News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, July 6th, 2018

Today is Friday, July 6th, 2018. I’m Kevin Boyle, with today’s W-V-B-I Community Calendar.
First, some news:
Red Flag warning from the National Weather Service today for all of northern lower Michigan-including Beaver Island. That means weather conditions are ripe for fire, and for us out here in the woods on an island with a great-but small-fire department-we need to be very careful with fire today. No fireworks. No camp fires. Nothing that could risk starting a fire on the island.
Primary elections are coming up soon here in Michigan. To vote in them, you need to be registered where you live. If that’s here on the island, you can get registered by dropping by either of the township offices. The deadline to do that and vote in the primary is coming up quickly-July 9.
Here’s what’s happening on your island :
Yoga today at the BIC Center as part of the summer Yoga program. Today’s class is basic yoga. It starts at 9:30. Yoga classes continue on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays throughout the summer. All proceeds benefit the BIC Center.
Tonight, the CMU Summer Theater program is busy again in the Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater here at the BIC Center. They had a great turnout for their show last evening (which was great), and they’ll be back again tonight with another comedy: The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby. Here’s what it’s about: Investment banker James Bell gets stuck in the sleepy town of Kooshog Lake during their annual fishing derby. It’s a quirky comedy complete with romance, broken hearts and a shark attack and it’s for teens and older. Curtain goes up at 7:30. Tickets on sale now at the BIC Center Front desk.
Also today, the Eve & Glen McDonough Summer Music School continues at Reddeer. The Marine Museum has a special after-hours presentation on Paddling Adventures in the Great Lakes. That’s at 7. Or, if you want to head out for some kayaking, the Happy Paddle folks are offering a Sea Kayak tour Firday evening. Drop by either of their locations-the shack on the public beach or the store next to our soon to be brewery and the bank-for details.
On Friday, Yoga here at the BIC Center at 9:30. It’s the Basic Class on Fridays. Also here at the BIC Center, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is at 11. Yoga in the auditorium. Arthritis Exercise up in the Hang Out.
More fun for the weekend. Lego club at the library on Saturday. Also on Saturday, movies here at the BIC Center- DC Lego Super Hero Girls at 3 and Black Panther at 7 – so another super hero movie weekend. Also Saturday over at Redeer on King’s Highway-it’s the 11th annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert. That’s at 7. The Barbarossa Brothers will be there and they’ll be playing at the Beachcomber after.
Next week: The CMU Biological Station is offering a college credit biology class for high school students. You can earn 3 college credits in just a few weeks with a fun class that will use the island as a lab. On Monday. The Beaver Island holds its annual meeting from 4 to 6 here at the BIC Center. You don’t have to be a member to attend. The BIA helped get the birding and water trails going, is working on internet issues and has helped with many other issues on the island concerning environmental and economic sustainability. So, if you are interested in any of those things, you might want to attend. Full disclosure. I serve of the BIA board.
Ongoing events include the Water|Ways exhibits out at Whiskey Point. There are interactive displays both in the ST. James Hall and at the C-M-U Boathouse. Silent auctions with items on display are underway both here at the BIC Center and over at the Heath Center. The one here helps support the Community Center and WVBI. The one at the Health Center helps support the Wellness Garden over there. And, don’t forget the resale shop out on Donegal Bay. Their name is island treasures because that’s what they have out there. Shopping at the resale helps support the Fire Department.
More information on all of these events along with all events we know about on the island is on the w-v-b-I BIC Center community calendar at calendar dot w-v-b-I dot net. We try to get all events on the calendar, but if we’ve missed your event you can easily add it yourself by using the handy “Post Your Event” button in the upper right of the calendar or by sending an email with the details to calendar at w-v-b-I dot net. And here’s the great thing. If you post your event on our calendar, it shows up on all sorts of online calendars automagically – Joe Moore’s News on the Net Calendar as well as community calendars on the township websites, the BIBCO website, Real Estate One, Baroque on Beaver, the music festival and others. Plus folks get to hear about it on the air and see it on the digital signage network around town and across. That’s why we say … it’s one and done with the W-V-B-I Community calendar … the best way to get word out about your event on Beaver Island.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of the good folks down at Powers Hardware:
The National Weather Service in Gaylord has issued a RED FLAG WARNING for all of northern lower Michigan, which is in effect from 8 AM this morning to 8 PM EDT this evening.
A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now….or will shortly. Across northern lower Michigan temperatures will be in the mid-70s, humidity 20 to 30 percent and winds 10 to 20 mph. This combination of strong winds…low relative humidity…and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.
On the island…
Today Sunny, with a high near 74. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
Tonight Clear, with a low around 51. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday Sunny, with a high near 76. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Low 61.
Sunday Sunny, with a high near 78. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Low 63.
Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.
Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 79. OUT ON THE BIG DRINK:
Today N wind 5 to 10 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.
Saturday SW wind around 10 kt. Sunny. Waves around 1 ft.
Sunday SW wind around 15 kt. Sunny. Waves 2 to 3 ft. Conditions at 8 this morning here at the Pest Free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of W-V-B-I: a comfortable 63 degrees with light winds out of the ENE at about 5 mph gusting to 20. Humidity just 58% and headed down. The pressure was 29-point-85 and headed up quickly. Dew point 45. Visibility to the Mackinaw Bridge.
Around the island at 8: it was 62 at Whiskey Point, 58 at McCaulley’s Point, 56 on Greene’s Bay, 62 down at Lake G and at the W-V-B-I transmitter site it was 60 under clear blue skies.

Water temps: 64 degrees at White Shoal and 61 at the mid-Lake buoy southwest of the island.
Looking out on Paradise Bay this morning, the Hodgson Enterprises Webcam showed it with just a few ripples and a clear sky-Beaver Islander at the dock. Emerald Isle across. You can see what’s going on now by going to w-v-b-I dot net and scrolling down to see the webcam at the bottom.

ON THIS DATE of July 6, 1971, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, dies in New York City at the age of 69. A world-renowned jazz trumpeter and vocalist, he pioneered jazz improvisation and the style known as swing.
Louis Daniel Armstrong was born in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, in 1901. He grew up in poverty and from a young age was interested in music. In 1912, he was incarcerated in the Colored Waif’s Home for Boys, allegedly for firing a gun into the air on New Year’s Eve. While there, he played cornet in the home’s band. Upon his release, he dedicated himself to becoming a professional musician and soon was mastering local jazz styles on the cornet.
Eventually known as the great Satchmo, he had a major effect on the swing and big band sound that dominated popular music in the 1930s and ’40s. A great performer, Armstrong appeared regularly on radio and in American films. Because he spread jazz around the world through his extensive travels and hit songs, many called him “Ambassador Satch.” Although in declining health in his later years, he continued to perform until his death on this day in 1971.
You can read more about the great Satchmo in Pyhillis’s Facebook post for today. And hear his music right here on WVBI. It’s a beautiful world after all.
Phyllis asks: DID YOU KNOW THAT A category three hurricane releases more energy in ten minutes that all the world’s nuclear weapons combined? Phyllis’s WORD OF THE DAY: campcraft (KAMP-kraft) which means the art of outdoor camping. Campcraft is a straightforward compound noun. Camp ultimately derives from Latin campus “field, plain,” especially the Campus Martius “the field of Mars” (so called from the altar dedicated to Mars), which was originally pastureland between the Tiber River and the northwest boundary of Rome. The Campus Martius was used for recreation and exercise, various civilian meetings, and army musters and military exercises. Craft is a common Germanic word aslo found in Old English, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish. All of the Germanic languages except English have maintained the original meaning “strength, power”; only English has developed the sense “skill, skilled occupation.” Campcraft entered English in the 20th century.
BIRTHDAYS: Andy Glynn. Happy birthday to Andy. If it’s your birthday and we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you, too.
Time now for StoryCorps…
Today – a story about returning to the place where your life changed course.
25 years ago this week… Greg Yance arrived in the tiny town of Niota Illinois, on the banks of the Mississippi River…
He was serving a sentence for a drug conviction… and was sent to Niota with a group of inmates to shore up the town’s levee.
This was during The Great Flood of 1993… the Mississippi and Missouri rivers overflowed… causing one of the costliest and most devastating floods in U.S. history.
Greg hadn’t been back to Niota since the flood… until recently, when he reconnected with Neoma Farr, a local beauty shop owner he first met 25 years ago.
ACTUALITY: 2018-07-06 StoryCorps_Yance_broadcast.mp3 (2:34)
That was Neoma Farr and Greg Yance, remembering the Great Flood of 1993… Neoma still runs her beauty shop in Niota… it’s where they recorded this interview.
Greg never returned to prison and now works as a machine operator at a factory in Rockford, Illinois.
Their conversation will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Do you have a story to tell? Let us know about it by sending an email to
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…
Here’s a thought for the day from legendary filmmaker Orson Welles:
If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
On a lighter note:
Why do pirates make great singers?
Because they love to hit the high Cs?
SFX: (wah, wah, waaaaah)
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, July 6th, 2018. I’m Kevin Boyle at W-V-B-I’ the Voice of Beaver Island wishing you a great day and asking you on behalf of Greg Doig: why not make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.