News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, July 22nd, 2022


Health Center is reporting another ten COVID-19 tests run with three of those back positive and two with results pending. That brings the current active case count to four.  Nothing new from the state or the local health department.  Next state reports on hospital utilization come out this afternoon.


With Joe Moore’s resignation as St. James Township supervisor, the remained of the board has voted to appoint Bobbi Welke to that role. Her first regular meeting in the new position will be the Board;s August session.


Attorneys for the state on Thursday asked the Michigan Court of Appeals to delay enforcement of 2018 initiatives that would raise the minimum wage and expand paid sick leave, arguing the new rules should be suspended during an ongoing legal debate. A Court of Claims judge struck down legislative action that adopted and then repealed the changes. State attorneys are challenging that decision, and asking the appeals court to delay implementation until the legal battle is resolved.


Meantime, Wolverine Power and Consumer’s energy are in a Michigan district court fighting over the closure of the J-H Campbell Power plant.  Great Lakes Energy, our local power company, is a member of the Wolverine group and purchases power from them. Consumer wants to shut down the coal fired plant on Pigeon Lake near West Olive, but Wolverine says that breaches a power supply agreement it has with Consumers. Wolverine says it stands to lose 37-million dollars if the plant is shuttered—because they will need to find replacement power sooner than planned.  G-L-E and other co-op members of Wolverine have warned customers of potential blackouts this summer because of early shutdowns of plants downstate.  The Michigan Public Service Commission has voted to authorize the shutdown of the plant.


More the two-dozen South Haven beach goers have been hit with one-thousand-dollar fines for going in the lake when now-swim flags are up.  Officials say they don’t issue the citations without warning.  The recent round of enforcement came after two more Lake Michigan drownings in the area.


Michiganders in mental health crisis now have a short-cut for help: calling or texting 988. The number — similar to 911 calls for general emergencies — links callers to crisis counselors located throughout the state.


Finally, in the news, one of our island paramedics who just moved here is looking for family housing for the fall. Something needs to be lined up before school starts. If you can help, there’s contact info in today’s script on line: 989-413-4000.

Now, here’s a look at what’s happening on your island…


Here’s your meeting planner for next week: Beaver Island Christian Church has a meeting scheduled at the township hall for 3:00 on Tuesday. Emergency Services Authority meets on Thursday at 2:00. And, that’s it for the week. Where we have them, meeting details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program starts up in the Hangout at 9:00 and runs until 10:00. Tennis starts at 10:00 and runs to noon over on the municipal tennis courts. Museum Week Art show has its last day at the Gregg Fellowship Center. There’s also a basketmaking presentation going on all afternoon at the Print Shop Museum and a special session in the even at 7:00 on Pine Quill Baskets with Yvonne Keshik, a recognized master of the craft.


Saturday, Pickleball is on over on the municipal tennis courts from 10 to noon. Museum week activities continue with the museums open and a special Drum Dance presentation out at Whiskey Point by the light starting at 2.  That’s a very special cultural event. Saturday evening, Michael Carluccio brings Frank Sinatra’s music to the BIC Center stage along with that of his Rat Pack buddies. Just three tickets left as of this morning. Snag them at tickets are at


Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar. The downtown farmer’s market is on from 11 to 3. 


Monday, we head into a bit of a quiet week in terms of special summer events—the let’s all go to the beach time between the Music Festival and Museum Week and Baroque on Beaver Week. Still, there are plenty of activities Summer Yoga is on at the BIC Center morning at 9:30 in the Theater while there is Senior Chair Yoga up in the Hangout. Also Monday, Tennis is on over on the municipal courts from 10 to noon. At noon, it’s the next Marine Museum Monday with a presentation at, you guessed it, the Marine Museum.  Bring your lunch along if you like.


Tuesday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 9:00 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the Municipal Tennis Courts. Tuesday evening Claudia Scmidt makes a return to the BIC Center stage as part of the Beaver Island Jazz Series.  Claudia is a fantastic musician with a songbook that cuts across jazz into many genres. Never a day goes by that we don’t play something from her catalog on W-V-B-I—and this coming Tuesday evening you can hear her live on the stage at the BIC Center.  Tickets are available at  Again, showtime is 7:00 Tuesday evening.  At 8:00 Tuesday evening, meet up next to Marina South for Protopia’s Tuesday evening Bike Boodle. Bring your own bike and light.


Wednesday, Chair Yoga is on at the BIC Center starting with stretch at 9:30 and full at 10:00. Meantime, Summer Yoga is on in the Theater from 9:30 to 10:30. Tennis is on from 10 to noon on the municipal courts. BINGO is on at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open for fellowship at 6:15. Games start at 7:00.


Thursday, the farmers market is on out at Paradise Bay coffee shop with the start time moved up to 8:30. Pickleball is 10 to noon on the municipal courts.


Looking for summer activities for the kids? There’s a summer reading program at the Library with a variety of events on tap.  Check in with the library for details.


And, a final calendar note…tickets for the BIC Center W-V-B-I Secret Garden Summer Gala or on sale. You can get them at the BIC Center front Desk or online at tickets dot BIC Center dot org. This year’s event will be in Gene Masta’s beautiful gardens surrounding the old Lifesaving station that once stood at Whiskey Point…and that is now his summer home. Strolling dinner, music, libations, raffles and both silent and live auctions will add to the fun of mingling with your island friends in the Secret Garden.

BIRTHDAYS:  Tyler Eldridge celebrates today. Lindsay Gorlewski, Levi Connor and Aria Halpin are celebrating Saturday. Sunday, it’s Gearld LaFreniere and Avery Gerace. Happy Birthday to Avery, Aria, Lindsay, Gerald, Levi and Tyler and, if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  None, nada, zip…except for the occasional car to car chat. Remember, local tradition says you must move on within 60 seconds of another car arriving behind you. Let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1587, English colonists land at Roanoke Island off the coast of present-day North Carolina. Although a previous colony on the island had vanished, Sir Walter Raleigh hopes this second colony will flourish. But three years later, relief ships will find it completely deserted, and the Lost Colony of Roanoke will become a haunting mystery. 


(verb) [MYOOZ] which means to think about something carefully and thoroughly. The word can also mean “to become absorbed in thought,” or “to think or say something in a thoughtful way.” Muse on this: the word muse comes from the Anglo-French muser, meaning “to gape, to idle, to muse.” (Amuse has the same source.) The image evoked is one of a thinker so absorbed in thought as to be unconsciously open-mouthed. Those who muse on their pets’ musings might like to know that muser is ultimately from Latin musus, meaning “mouth of an animal”—also source of the word muzzle. The sister goddesses of Greek mythology known as the Muses have no etymological link: that word, which in lowercase refers to a source of inspiration, comes from Greek Mousa. The ultimate Greek origin of the word museum translates as “of the Muses.”

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Friday

Here’s a thought for the from Sir Walter Raleigh: “It is not truth, but opinion that can travel the world without a passport.” 


On a lighter note: Who was the sweetest Knight at the Round Table?  Sir Up.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, July 22nd, 2022. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day—and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening. 



A 10 percent chance of showers after 5pm. Sunny, with a high near 83. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.


A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 86. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 62. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.


Showers and thunderstorms before 11am, then a chance of showers between 11am and 2pm. High near 80. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 58.


Sunny, with a high near 78.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 59.


Sunny, with a high near 82.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.


A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 81.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Out on the Big Drink:


SW wind 10 to 20 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft building to 4 ft.


WSW wind 5 to 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.


WSW wind around 10 kt becoming WNW in the afternoon. A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10am, then a chance of showers between 10am and 1pm. Waves around 1 ft.


NW wind around 10 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves around 1 ft.


WSW wind 5 to 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 65 at White Shoal, 67 at the straits and 68 at Sleeping Bear. 65 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.