News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, July 8th, 2022

Health center isn’t showing any new positive COVID-19 tests, but there are at least three new positives on the island that we’ve learned about through other channels. Nothing new from the state.


Health Center Board was to have met today, but the meeting has been cancelled for lack of a quorum.  Some board members are off island and several are battling COVID.  No word yet on a new meeting date.


At-home COVID-19 treatment will soon be easier now that the FDA has given pharmacists the authority to prescribe the antiviral COVID pill directly to patients. Pharmacists are now allowed to prescribe Paxlovid, Pfizer’s antiviral pill used to mitigate symptoms of COVID-19 — joining doctors, nurses and physician’s assistants among those authorized to prescribe the treatment in the short timeframe when the pill is effective.


Michigan’s three-member Public Service Commission yesterday directed straits pipeline operator Enbridge Energy to submit more evidence related to safety, engineering and maintenance on a proposed tunnel and the existing dual-span pipeline before deciding whether to grant Enbridge a key permit it needs to begin construction. Enbridge says the tunnel will make the pipeline safer than the existing line, which lies exposed on the bottom of the straits where it is vulnerable to anchor strikes. Opponents say the ground under the straits won’t support the tunnel, among other objections. The state has ordered that the existing line be shut down, but Enbridge continues to operate it while battling the shutdown order in Federal Court.


Looking for an activity for your teen this summer?  The library has a treasures of the deep project going on right now for them. It’s a crossword puzzle that you complete using clues found on the websites of libraries around the state. Entries are due at the end of the month. Information on how to participate is in today’s script online.


Teens are invited to participate in MiLibraryQuest, Summer 2022: Treasures
of the Deep.
Pirates, shipwrecks, and monsters have inhabited our oceans
for millennia. Treasures of the Deep will challenge teen explorers to complete
a crossword puzzle by finding clues on the websites of Michigan libraries.
Answers to the puzzle will include famous pirates, real shipwrecks, and
mythological monsters. The Quest begins on June 15. Solve the puzzle by
July 31 and enter to win a prize from your library.

After June 15th, Go to the MiLibraryQuest website

Click on “Current Quest” to get started.

Complete the Crossword puzzle and follow the directions to submit

before July 31st.



And, a final reminder that if you don’t have one already, Beaver Island E-M-S urges you to get a green address sign out on the road by your house.  The reflective numbers on them help E-M-S and other emergency services to find your house when you need it most.  The signs are available from the Fire Auxiliary for just $35. You can place an order at McDonough’s Market or online at shop dot bic center dot org.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for next week: Transportation Authority meets at noon on Tuesday at their H-Q across from the ferry dock. St. James Planning Commission has a meeting at 6:00 Tuesday evening at their township hall, and the Peaine Township Board meets that evening at 7:00 at their township hall. St. James Township board meets Wednesday evening at 5:30 at their Township Hall. Elks Club meets Thursday evening at 5:00 at Peaine Township Hall. And that’s it for the week. Meeting details are in the calendar entry online.


On the fun front today, Friday, there’s Summer Yoga at the BIC Center starting at 9:00 on the stage in the theater. Also, tennis from 10 to noon on the municipal courts. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in the Hangout at 10:30. Friday marks the start of an Astronomy workshop at the C-M-U biological station that runs through next Monday It’s a noncredit course. Sign up info is in the calendar entry online.   Friday evening, the Irish Speakers series kicks off at the library at 7:00. Pat Commins and Elizabeth Rice will be there to discuss their book Irish Immigrants in Michigan-A History in Stories.


Saturday, Pickleball is on 10 to noon. Saturday evening, the Glenn McDonough Memorial Concert is on at Redeer. Music in the pines is and island tradition.


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.  And a celebration of life for the inimitable Paul Niehaus is planned at his hangar starting at 5.  Bring your instrument if you play and be prepared to dance and have fun to celebrate Paul’s amazing journey through life.


Monday, Summer Yoga is on at the BIC Center morning at 9:00. There’s an Island Lake Ecology Workshop at CMU’s Biological Station on East Side Drive. It runs from 9:30 to 2:00. Register online at the link in the calendar entry. Also Monday, Tennis is on over on the municipal courts from 10 to noon. And at noon, it’s the first Marine Museum Monday with a presentation at, you guessed it, the Marine museum.  Bring your lunch along if you like.


Looking for summer activities for the kids.

Next Week, it’s time for the Beaver Island Music Festival. There’ll be music in the woods starting on Thursday evening with full lineups on Friday and Saturday. There’s a link to tickets in the BIC Center Ticket store at tickets dot bic center dot org or go to B-I-M-F dot net.


Tuesday, Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the Municipal Tennis Courts. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout. Tuesday evening at 8, 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. Tennis is on from 10 to noon on the municipal courts. At noon, head over to the Print Shop Museum for a Picnic on the Patio presentation. Bring along a lunch if you like. Wednesday evening its BINGO time over at Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. 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. Senior Tai Chi is on at the BIC Center in the Hangout at 9:30. Pickleball is 10 to noon on the municipal courts. And Games Galore is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center from 1:00 to 4:00.


There’s a summer reading program at the Library with a variety of events on tap.  Check in with the library for details. And vacation Bible School starts up next Tuesday. Details on signing up for this no charge three day campe are in the calendar entry online.


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:  Country Classics host Sheri Timsak celebrates today along with Terry Mooney, Stacy Golden and Kris Bontrager. Tomorrow, Connie Boyle with some birthday math along with Kim Mitchell, Brad Coffel, Jr. and Ellen Neuman. And Sunday is the day for Trevor Gorlewski and Rachel Champenoy. Happy Birthday to Rachel, Ellen, Kim, Connie, Kris, Stacy, Sheri, Terry, Brad and Trevor 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:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. The island beltway is running smoothly.  And the bridges are as clear as a starlit island night. But, it is busy in town especially around ferry arrival times. Plus, lots of bikers and hikers are out enjoying the wonders of the island, so, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1947 papers report a peculiar crash and the capture of a “flying saucer” at a ranch near the town of Roswell in the New Mexico desert. They question the US military’s claim that it is the crash of a weather balloon. In the 1990s the military will finally reveal that a top-secret nuclear test-monitoring balloon was recovered at the site.    

MERRIAM-WEBSTER WORD OF THE DAY: postulate (verb) [PAHSS-chuh-layt], which means to assume or claim something (such as an idea or theory) as true especially for the purposes of starting a discussion. When you postulate an idea or theory you suggest that it is true especially for the purposes of an argument or discussion. The word is mostly at home in formal and academic contexts, but don’t let that stop you from postulating, for example, that takeout for dinner makes sense given the cook’s delayed return home from work. The word postulate also functions as a noun referring to something that’s been postulated, as in “a theory based on disputed postulates.” Both verb and noun have their source in Latin postulare, meaning “to assume.”

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

Here’s a thought for the day from Agent Fox Mulder: “The Truth is out there.”


On a lighter note: Why was the alien so big? From taking asteroids. 

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, July 8th, 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. 



Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph.


Mostly clear, with a low around 57. North wind 5 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 78. North wind around 5 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 60. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

Sunday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


Showers likely, mainly before 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Monday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.


Partly sunny, with a high near 77.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 59.


Sunny, with a high near 80.

Out on the Big Drink:


NE wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny. Waves around 1 ft.


ENE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming N in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


SW wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.


SW wind 10 to 15 kt. A chance of showers. Waves 2 to 3 ft.


WNW wind around 10 kt. Partly sunny. Waves around 1 ft.

Fire Danger Level: Low

Water Temps: 60 at White Shoal, 63 at the straits and 63 at Sleeping Bear. 61 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island. The water is warming up, but the temps are still cool enough to be dangerous if you get stuck in the water for an extended period. Remember, if you are out in a small craft, dress for the water not the weather.