News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, July 31st, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, July 31st, 2020.
First, some news…
Lots of discussion in the media this morning about what needs to be done to get back to school come September. TV stations in Detroit and Grand Rapids hosted a virtual town hall yesterday about that during which that state’s chief medical officer said back to school in person is possible if people across Michigan wear masks and social distance to keep COVID-19 cases from spiking. Back to school plans are due from districts across the state on August 15. Right now, a number of districts down state are signaling that they will be virtual only, including Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Ann Arbor. The Kalamazoo teacher’s union is calling back to school in person a looming disaster and demanding that all classes be online. Meantime, Catholic schools there say they will be back in person.
During the town hall, concern was expressed about the availability of funding for safety measures. Some said it was a public health crisis not to have kids in school. As to the risks for educators, one teacher on the panel noted that lots of essential service workers have been out since the start so everyone can get the supplies they need. She said, “It’s disingenuous of us to turn around and say, ‘Well I can’t teach your kids, but you can still keep doing services for me.”
On the island, the current plan is to return to class in person. Our regional numbers and the data the state says it will use for evaluating things continue to look good for that. No change in info from our Health Center. Total tests run still at 134. 129 back negative. Three pending. Two positive, but no known positive cases on the island.
In the region affecting the island, 14 new cases were reported, and three cases removed from the lists. No new deaths. New cases were in Grand Traverse with 16 and Kalkaska with one. Removals were in Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego—each down one. Total cases in our region is 518. Total deaths are still at 24. Those numbers are totals since the start of the crisis. Full county-by-county data for the region are in today’s script online.
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Our M-I safe start zone numbers continue to look good. Positive test rate is at 1.6 percent which is in the low risk classification for the plan. The new case rate is down again from 6.5 yesterday to 5.2 per million today. Low risk rating there, too. 16 new cases reported in the Traverse City Safe Start Zone yesterday. No new deaths.
Up in the U-P, the report showed 25 new cases bringing their total to 476. No new deaths.
State-wide, there was another burst of new cases with 715 reported as confirmed. 19 new deaths were also reported. Total cases now stand at 80,887 and deaths at 6,191. Seven day rolling averages are now at 706 for new cases and six for deaths. Positive test rate for the state as a whole is 3.5%. The target is three percent. Safe start zone risk levels across the state are set at medium high for all zones except ours, which is set at medium.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
The Baroque on Beaver REimagined music festival continues today—for its final day this year. On tap are a reprise two of WVBI’s Behind the Scenes shows. This morning at 10, Dennis Winslow’s interview with Baroque perfromers Liz Bert, Steve Landane and Kim Teachout and this afternoon at 3:00 Baroque board members Tammy McDonough, Sally Rehkopf and Peter Amster will be with WVBI’s Mark Beltaire talking about the past, present and future of the festival. Main events for today are a penl discussion lead by Music Director Robert Nordling on Making Nusic in Today’s World with cellist Andrea Yun, trombonist Joe Radtke, oboist Mezraq Ramli, and violist Dilek Engin-Stolarchuk. That’s at 2:00 this afternoon on the Baroque You Tube Channel. Things wrap up this evening with John Rutter’s Gaelic Blessing. That will be at 7:30—again on the Baroque You Tube Channel.
.Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on today from 10:30 to 11:30 in Ray and Ann’s Hangout here at the BIC Center. Also today, the Marine Museum and the Print Shop will be open today from 11 to 5. And the south end lighthouse is open today and every day for self-guided tours.
Tomorrow, Pickleball from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts. Also, tomorrow the Historical Society has a special Protar Walk planned. That will depart from his house on Sloptown and head down the road to his grave and then back. Along the way, there’ll be presentations about Protar’s life and his work on the island. The walk revives and old tradition. The protar home will be open, too, before and after the walk from 11 until about 1:00.
Movies are on tomorrow, too, here at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is LEGO’s Shazam: Magic and Monsters. Fun for the whole family. And at 7, Booksmart. That one’s for the grownups. It’s rated R. 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 are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org, our follow the BIC Center on Facebook to see them.
Saturday evening at 7 the Beaver Island Sustainability Fair continues its virtual events with a look at Clean Energy on the island and beyond. Sign up information to attend is in the calendar entry.
Saturday is also the deadline for applying for student success grants from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. Find out more and apply on their website at C-three-F dot org. Saturday is also the deadline for turning in bids for some cement work at the library. Details are in the calendar.
Sunday, the Graveyard Walk and Talk that got rained out last weekend will happen. Weather looks good this time. That starts at 11:30 at Holy Cross Cemetery.
And, 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.
Quick meeting planner for next week: B-I-C-S Board policy committee meets on Tuesday at 3:30. St, James planning Commission Tuesday at 7. B-I-C_S Board Finance is at 8:30 Wednesday morning. Facilities at 3:30. St. James Board at 5:30. B-I-C-S Curriculum Committee meets Thursday at 3:30.
Don’t forget about the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Gala Auction or the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Raffle. Both are on now. Go to auction dot bic center dot org to bid on items in the auction and raffle dot bic center dot org to pick up raffle tickets. You can also bid and get tickets at the BIC Center from desk.
[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 Info 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 81. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Tonight Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 60. North wind around 5 mph becoming east after midnight. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 82. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph. Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph. Sunday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 55. Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 76. Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 79. Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Thursday Sunny, with a high near 80.
Out on the big drink…
Today N wind around 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Saturday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Sunday NE wind around 10 kt becoming N in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.
Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: A check with the virtual W-V-B-I octo-copter high in the skies above the island—so high you virtually can’t see it—shows there is virtually no traffic. None. Nada. Zip. But, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Today, Joannie Adams, Ann Miller and Rose Hockey are celebrating. Tomorrow, Aiden Martin and Kim Jones. And Sunday, McCauley Connaghan. Happy birthday to Joannie, Ann, Rose, Aiden, Kim and McCauley, and, if we missed you on our birthday list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1989 North America gets its hands on Game Boy. Nintendo releases the black-and-white handheld console, letting gamers play ‘Super Mario Land,’ ‘Tetris’ and other titles on the go. The Game Boy (and subsequent color version) will go on to sell more than 100 million units and chew up countless hours of productive time. And, on this date in 1930, evil lurking in the hearts of men is no longer unknowable as ‘The Shadow debuts on the ‘Detective Story Hour,’ a popular radio program. His appeal will grow until he gets his own radio serial, which will run for 24 years, spawning one of the most well-known catchphrases in American radio history and chewing up countless hours of productive time. As for the catch phrase? You’ll have to ask the Shadow. The Shadow knows. (
WORD OF THE DAY: rife (adjective) [RYFE], which means: prevalent especially to an increasing degree; abundant, common; copiously supplied : abounding. English is rife with words that have Germanic connections, many of which have been handed down to us from Old English. Rife is one of those words. Not a whole lot has changed with rife in its long history. We continue to use the word for negative things, especially those that are widespread or prevalent. Examples are “shoplifting was rife” or “the city was rife with greed and corruption.” Rumors and speculation are also frequently described as “rife.” But rife can also be appropriately used for good or neutral things. For example, you might speak of the summer garden being “rife” with scents or the island being rife with COVID-19 safety compliance. (Merriam-Webster).
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…
Here’s a thought for the day: “Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” On a lighter note: Why did Johnny Appleseed cross the road? To get to the other cider.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, July 31st, 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.