News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, July 24th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, July 24th, 2020.
First, some news…
Yesterday saw another big batch of new COVID-19 cases reported by state health officials. There were 699 confirmed in their report along with 7 new deaths. That continues the trend of a large absolute number of cases and few deaths. However, its important to note the increase in the number of cases is at least in part a function of increased testing. The daily testing rate has more than doubled in the past month while the positive result rate has moved from an average of around 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent. Meantime, the absolute number of deaths has continued a steady decline. The average there now stands at 5.5. The average daily new case count is at 586.
Numbers in our region show another 11 new cases. But, no new deaths. New cases are in Benzie with three, Emmet with one, and Grand Traverse with eight. Charlevoix is down one. That brings total cases in the region since the start of the crisis to 467. Death toll remains at 24. Full details for our area are in today’s script online.
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In the Traverse Region, as defined by the state, there were 13 new cases, no new deaths. The state’s safe start map still shows us in good shape for in person classes this fall for school.
Up in the U-P, twelve new cases bringing their total to 382. No new deaths.
No change in our island data from the Health Center. 124 tests since the start of the crisis. All but three of those are back as negative. Two are pending. Still only one positive test and that case is classified as recovered.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Meeting planner: Peaine Township Board of review meets today at 11:00. Next week, St.l James Finance Committee meets on Monday at 1:00 at the Governmental Center.
For fun, yet this week: Art in the Harbor may give it a go today from 10 to noon out on the sidewalk in front of the BIC Center and, also today, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in Ray and Ann’s Hangout at the BIC Center from 10:30 to 11:30. Tomorrow, there’s Pickleball from 10 to noon at the Municipal Tennis Courts.
Of course, the big event news is the start today of the much beloved Baroque on Beaver Music Festival. Its going to be different this year—reimagined is the tag they are using-with all virtual events. Tune in today at 10 and 3 for an in depth look at what’s on tap in the first of five special programs we have on the festival. In addition to today’s show, we’ll have them on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday—again at 10 and 3 each day. Each show with different guests and a different behind the scenes look at the festival—past, present and future.
And that’s just what’s happening here on the station. The main events will all be on the Baroque on Beaver You Tube Channel. Go to You Tube and search Baroque on Beaver. Subscribe (which is free) and you’ll be set for the festival. The opening night Gala with pianist Kevin Cole is at 7:30 Friday evening. Saturday, there’s another Gala online opening event with Martha Guth, also at 7:30. Events continue online throughout next week. There’s a full schedule in the online community calendar and on the baroque website. Plus Robert Nordling will be our guest on Beaver Island perspectives this evening after the news at five and again next week with a quick summary of everything that is coming up.
Lots of classical music coming up, but movies, too, here at the BIC Center—a Marvel Superheroes Saturday is on tap. 4:00 show tomorrow is Captain Marvel and the 7:00 show is Avenger’s Endgame. Both on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the McDonough’s Market Theater. Concession stand will be open for both shows for snacks, a meal or both. Trailers on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org, our follow us on Facebook to see them.
And, remember, the Marine Museum and the Print Shop are open today and Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 to 5 througout the summer. Protar’s home is open Wednesdays from 11 to 1. And the south end lighthouse is open every day for self-guided tours.
There are weekend services at Holy Cross on Saturday and Sunday, and Sunday services at the Christian Church and the Episcopal Mission. Times and details are on the calendar.
The BIC Center/WVBI 2020 Gala Auction is all online this year at auction dot BIC center dot org. Bid, buy and win two ways by getting something useful and supporting the BICX Center and W-V-B-I. You can also support us by picking up a ticket for a chance to win the 2020 BIC Center-W-V-B-I Raffle. Grand prize is the Tracker fishing and sport boat parked out in front of the BIC Center. Tickets are available now at the BIC Center front desk or buy them online at raffle dot BIC Center dot org. Or get them from any PABI Board member.
Keep up to date on COVID-19 news with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Click COVID-19 in the menu at W-V-B-I dot net. Stay up to date. Remember: Protect yourself. Protect the island.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the morning. Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 64. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph after midnight. Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Southwest wind around 15 mph. Sunday Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Sunday Night Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 2am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Monday A 30 percent chance of showers before 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 61. Tuesday A chance of showers after 2pm. Sunny, with a high near 80. Tuesday Night A chance of showers before 8pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 80. Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Thursday Sunny, with a high near 81.
Out on the big drink…
Today Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Saturday SSW wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft. Sunday SW wind around 15 kt. A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am. Waves 2 to 3 ft.
Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: In honor of the virtual Baroque on Beaver events, our virtual, artificial intelligence equipped W-V_B_I octo-copter is flying high above the island and it spies—no traffic. Occasional social distanced mid-road car chat delays reported at the four corners. Fawn crossings on Podg-enog. Lost bikers on the French Bay trail. And Turtles crossing Sloptown. Let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Avery Kay Gerace and everyone’s favorite fix anything dude Gerry LaFraneire are celebrating today. Tomorrow, John MacNeil, Beth Ann Lucas and Ed Troutman are lighting candles. Sunday, it’s Tony Connaghan. Happy birthday to Avery, Gerry, John, Beth Ann, Ed and Tony, 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.
ON THIS DAY in 1911 a Peruvian mountaintop’s ancient city is rediscovered. Explorer Hiram Bingham III has organized the Yale Peruvian Expedition to search for lost Incan cities, and with the help of Melchor Arteaga, Bingham finds a biggie: a citadel abandoned for more than three centuries perched almost 8,000 feet above the South American jungle floor called Machu Picchu. (
WORD OF THE DAY: bowdlerize (verb) [BOHD-ler-ize], which means: in literature : to expurgate (something, such as a book) by omitting or modifying parts considered vulgar; to modify by abridging, simplifying, or distorting in style or content. Few editors have achieved the notoriety of Thomas Bowdler. He was trained as a physician, but when illness prevented him from practicing medicine, he turned to warning Europeans about unsanitary conditions at French watering places. Bowdler then carried his quest for purification to literature, and in 1818 he published his Family Shakspeare [sic], a work in which he promised that “those words and expressions are omitted which cannot with propriety be read aloud in a family.” The sanitized volume was popular with the public of the day, but literary critics denounced his modifications of the words of the Bard. Bowdler applied his literary eraser broadly, and within 11 years of his death in 1825 the word bowdlerize was being used to refer to expurgating books or other texts. (Merriam-Webster).
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…
Here’s an un- bowdlerized thought for the day from William Shakespeare “The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.” On a lighter note: When gathering berries on the island, you have to be picky.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, July 24th, 2020. I’m Kevin Boyle, reporting from the pest free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of the Voice of Beaver Island, wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.