News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, July 23rd, 2021


From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Friday, July 23rd, 2021. 

First some news…


As stories about rising case rates and new mask mandates buzz from around the world and the nation, Michigan has among the lowest case rates in the U-S. ranking 45th among the states in new cases per capita and 23rd for hospitalizations. Experts chalk that up to higher vaccination rates in Michigan—though we rank only 25th amongst the states there.   Also helping may be natural antibodies acquired by some from the surge we experienced in the spring. Health experts say the situation could change quickly if the more virulent strain of the virus becomes predominant in Michigan—and they urge those who haven’t been vaccinated yet to get the shot to avoid another surge. Despite the chance to win millions if vaccinated, the number of folks getting shots continues to lag—so much so that about 400,000 doses of the vaccine may go unused as their expiration date looms in just four weeks. Info on how to get the jab and enter the state’s MI Shot to Win sweepstakes are in today’s script online.


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As expected, the state legislature has voted to repeal the 1945 the governor used to impose COVID-19 restrictions on the state—even though the state supreme court effectively repealed it by finding it unconstitutional last October. Proponents say taking it off the books assures it can’t be resurrected by the court. The legislature acted in response to a citizen’s petition, so the governor can’t veto the repeal.  The citizen’s group that organized to seek the repeal says they are going after the public health statute the Governor started using after the court’s ruling in October.  They want to limit the length of orders under that law to 28 days unless the legislature approves more time.


We told you yesterday about a death up on Mackinac Island after an apparent fall from the famous Arch Rock formation on the island. Police now say the fall wasn’t an accident and that the 40-year old victim intentionally jumped from the rock.  They’ve labeled the case an apparent suicide. The man’s family has asked for privacy and is urging those considering suicide and friends who hear talk of it to call a suicide prevention hotline.  The number for our region is in today’s script online. [Upper Peninsula Suicide Prevention Coalition at 800-562-7622.]

No new COVID-19 data today.  The state is scheduled to release updates later today.  We’ll drop that on the WVBI COVID-19 Info page and have analysis in our Monday report.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for next week: St. James Finance Committee meets Monday at 1.  B-I-E-S-A meets Thursday at 2.  That’s it. Meeting details and info on remote attendance are in the calendar online.


Today there’s Yoga at 9:30 at the BIC Center and Chair Yoga at 10 at the Gallery.  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at 10:30 up in the Deerwood Hangout at the BIC Center.   And a Dark Sky viewing opportunity with telescopes on hand at the Donegal Bay Pavilion at 11:30 in the evening—after it is good and dark. 


Tomorrow, Saturday, C-O-A walking club at 9 starting at the C-O-A office. Pickleball is on 10 to noon over at the municipal tennis courts. At 2, the Historical Society has the second part of their Arranmore Connections program at the Print Shop Museum. Connect to our heritage back in Ireland  with a video conference back to Arranmore. And, there’s more heritage on tap with Our Town Our Island Our Music is on the air again at 3 here on the radio station. Movies are on at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is Justice Society: World War II. It’s rated PG-13. At 7:00 its’s The Courier.  Great Cold War spy story  rated PG-13. Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound at the BIC Center Theater. Concession Stand open for both. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at bic center dot org.


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.  And, the Downtown Farmer’s Market is on starting at 11.  They have produce, baked goods, jams, jellies and other yummy stuff along with craft items.  Look for them at the corner on Kings Highway up the street from Daddy Franks.


Next week we’ll see a bit of a lull in activities as the island takes a beach break after the Music Festival and Museum Week. Things will spin back up into high gear—well high gear for the island—on Friday as Baroque on Beaver events begin.  In the meantime,  regular activities continue with Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30 on Monday.  Marine Museum Mondays continue with a lunchtime presentation.  Bring your bag lunch and settle in for a great discussion of marine history on the island.  St. James Finance Committee meets at 1:00.


Special events next week include the annual Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive.  That’s on Friday.  If you haven’t signed up yet, please consider doing that.  Links and info are in the calendar entry.  And, Baroque kicks off on Friday with Peter Ferry performing here at the BIC Center.  Ticket’s are available at


[Tuesday, the C-O-A has chair Yoga set at the Beaver Island Gallery at 9:30.  Pickleball is on from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts.  And, the Arthritis Foundation exercise program is on at the BIC Center at 10:30 up in the Deerwood Lodge hangout.


Wednesday, there’s Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30. At noon, Historical Society continues their Picnic on the Patio series. Bring your lunch and island curiosity.  Then, head out to Protar’s Home.  It will be open from 1 to 3 with docents on hand to tell you all about it.  It’s a snapshot of life on the island in a very different time. Wednesday evening, there’s and BINGO at Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games start at 7.


Today, Thursday, the original island Farmer’s market is on out at the Paradise Bay Coffee Shop at 9.  Pickleball is on 10 to noon at the municipal tennis courts. Games Galore is here at the BIC Center from 1 to 4 up in the Hangout.]


One last Kid’s summer camp coming up. August 2nd through the 6th is the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program Summer Camp as part of Baroque on Beaver. Sign up details for that are in the calendar entry online, too.

Looking farther ahead, the BIC Center WVBI Starry Nights Summer Gala is coming up on August 12.  There’ll be great music, food and drink—plus silent and live auction fun. A strolling dinner is planned, so you’ll have the opportunity to catch up with friends you’ve not seen for a long time—and meet new ones.  Tickets were almost gone, but the organizers have added a tent and increased to food order to accommodate some more folks—but they say that’s it. The remaining tickets are available at tickets dot bic center dot org.  []

BIRTHDAYS:  Lindsay Gorlewski, Levi Connor and Aria Halpin are celebrating today.  Tomorrow Gerry LaFreniere and Avery Gerace blow out candles—well, Gerry’s case its going to be a forest fire—and on Sunday John McNeil. BethAnn Lucas, Ed Troutman and Ike Eicher are all celebrating.  And, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports.  Island Beltway is running smoothly—no bridge delays. But, let’s be careful out there. 

Fire Danger Level:  Moderate. 

ON THIS DAY in 1967, tensions between African American residents and the police flare in Detroit, Michigan, during an early morning raid on a nightclub. Before the riot ends five days later, 43 people will be killed, more than 300 injured, some 1,400 buildings burned, and more than 7,000 people will be arrested. (

WORD OF THE DAY: expropriate (verb) [ek-SPROH-pree-ayt], which means: to deprive of possession or proprietary rights; to transfer (the property of another) to one’s own possession. If you guessed that expropriate has something in common with the verb appropriate, you’re right. Both words ultimately derive from the Latin adjective proprius, meaning “own.” Expropriate came to English by way of the Medieval Latin verb expropriare, itself from Latin ex- (“out of” or “from”) and proprius. Appropriate descends from Late Latin appropriare, which joins proprius and Latin ad- (“to” or “toward”). Both the verb appropriate (“to take possession of” or “to set aside for a particular use”) and the adjective appropriate (“fitting” or “suitable”) have been with us since the 15th century, and expropriate was officially appropriated in the 17th century. Other proprius descendants in English include proper and property. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Friday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Olympic athlete Kerry Strug who stuck a vault landing on this date in 1996 to win gold for the U-S team: “[P]ush yourself further than you think you can go each and every day – that is what separates the good from the great.”

On a lighter note, why doesn’t Carbon ever make the honor roll?  It always gets a C in chemistry.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, July 23rd, 2021. 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.