News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, June 11th, 2021

 

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Friday, June 11th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

Saturday is graduation day for B-I-C-S’s batch of lock-down hardened seniors.  Things kick off at 12:30 with a graduation parade that will run from the Post Office to school.  Graduation is at 1:00 p.m. at school on the soccer field with everyone welcome to attend. If it rains, graduation will be inside with staff and families in attendance. The graduating class includes Emmalee Antkoviak, Quintan DeLaat, Zander Drost, Zander Holmes, Jessica LaFreniere, Salutatorian, Skylar Marsh, Mackenzie Martin, Elisha Richards, Valedictorian, and Serenity Tognetti.  Congratulations to each of them! Parties to celebrate the success of each of these fine graduates are planned for Saturday afternoon and evening. 

Yesterday’s state COVID-19 report was yet another good one. There  were 301 new cases and twelve new deaths across the state, plys 28 reclassified deaths.  That brings the seven day running averages to 330 new cases and 30 deaths a day (including the reclassifications). In our eight-county region there were nine new cases and one new death. Charlevoix County had no new cases. The death was in Kalkaska. Averages for our region are now five new cases a day and one death.

 

On the island, after five new tests and five new negatives reported yesterday—nothing more new, no new positives and no tests pending. Last positive was May 14th.

 

Safe start dashboard has new case counts headed down state-wide, in our zone and in Charlevoix County. Positive test rates headed down, too, and are now under the C-D-C target of 3% across the board. Current state rate is 2.4%. It’s 2% in the Traverse City zone.  But, in Charlevoix County, we’ve are down to 2.5%. Active case counts are down—by about 1,500 statewide, 54 in the T-V-C zone, and down 10 in our region, where we have 457 active cases.

 

Hospitalization utilization rates continue to pretty much unchanged with the COVID-19 share of patients steady.  Statewide, that’s now 3.3% for all beds and 7.1% for I-C-U beds statewide. Locally, Munson in Charlevoix continues with no COVID-19 patients. McLaren in Petoskey has four, including two patients in their I-C-U.

 

Missing your COVID-19 vaccine? They are available at the Health Center. Just call 2275 to set up your appointment.  Also, masks are still required on the ferry and planes—and at school.

 

Complete data for our region plus summaries for the state, the T-C safe start zone and the U-P are in today’s script online.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

891615

19479

301

40

Region

15222

284

9

1

TVC Zone

26581

573

12

2

UP

20042

438

2

2

28 deaths are reclassified. There were 12 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

301

30

 

Region

5

1

 

TVC Zone

8

1

 

UP

5

0

Note: Look back 6 days divided by 7 to adj. for no Sunday data.

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1300

23

1

0

Benzie

1063

35

1

0

Charlevoix

1301

21

0

0

Emmet

1911

42

0

0

Grand Traverse

5651

84

3

0

Kalkaska

1052

24

4

1

Leelanau

1023

19

0

0

Otsego

1921

36

0

0

Link to data.

Δ Active

 

 

Active

 

 

-2415

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

26266

 

 

-16

Region

441

 

 

-62

TVC Zone

772

 

 

-36

UP

519

Note: Look back now 26 days to adjust for 4 Sundays with no data.

 

Data from June 10, 2021

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for next week: School Board meets Monday at 7. Waste Management Committee meets Tuesday at 1:00 at Peaine Township Hall. BIA Board meets Tuesday, too, at 4:00.  All interested folks are welcome to attend. Library Board meets Thursday Morning at 9. St. James Public Works is at 11 and the Joint Telecommunications Committee meets at 4:30.  More details and info on remote attendance are in the calendar entries online.

 

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on today from 10:30 to 11:30 in the hangout.

 

As we mentioned graduation in our news, graduation is Tomorrow for B-I-C-S seniors.  Quick recap: Parade through town at 12:30, Ceremony on the soccer pitch at 1:00 p.m. Parties afterwards.

 

Also Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is Sully. It’s the store of the pilots, crew and passengers on a plane forced to ditch in the Hudson River in New York City after a bird strike disable both of its engines. Stars Tom Hanks and rated PG-13. You may have seen this, but it is a great film worth seeing again. At 7 it’s a new release starring Jodie Foster.  The Mauritanian is the story og a War on Terror Gitmop prisoner—based on a true story.  It doesn’t play out as you might expect Rated R. Concession stand will be open.  Trailers are on the BIC Center website at bic center dot org.

 

Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church at the Episcopal Mission.  Times and more details are in the calendar.

 

If you are looking for summer activities for the kids, her are a couple:

 

B-I-C-S robotics team bIrobot has a cybersecurity camp planned for this summer.  It’ll be run June 21 to 25th. Got to  the bIrobot website for details and to sign up. Its at B-I robot dot org.  And, Vacation Bible School is on this summer June 29 to July 1st. Sign up information and details are in the calendar entry online. 

 

And, if you are looking for entertainment for the summer, the BIC Center has a full summer season planned for you—kicking off with Dave Bennett on Saturday, June 26 and wrapping up with Claudia Schmidt on Labor day.  Along the way there are a pair of plays from CMU…Baroque on Beaver gala concerts, and the R-F-D boys.  Tickets for all of these events are available now at the BIC Center frobt desk and, new this year, online on the BIC Center website.  Just go to bic center dot org and click on tickets in the menui—or just go straight to tickets dot bic center dot org. You can pick up your tickets for the whole summer plus grab raffle tickets for the boat fundraiser and a W-V-B-I cap or sticker all in one transaction. Pretty handy.

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.

Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:

Today

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11am, then a slight chance of showers between 11am and 5pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 81. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight

A slight chance of showers between 11pm and 2am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 63. East wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Saturday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. North wind around 5 mph becoming west after midnight.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 78. West wind 5 to 15 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 55.

Monday

Sunny, with a high near 78.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 53.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 75.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 52.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 77.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 55.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

E wind 5 to 10 kt becoming NNE in the afternoon. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Waves 1 ft or less.

Saturday

E wind 5 to 10 kt becoming NNE in the afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1pm. Waves 1 ft or less.

Sunday

W wind 5 to 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Water Temperatures: Little Traverse Bay buoy is reading 57 this morning. Up at White Shoal its 60.  58 at Mackinac.  Sleeping Bear buoy is finally in and has 60.  Mid-lake buoy still M-I-A. Temps are warming quickly, but the water is still cold—especially offshore. Remember, dress for the water, not the weather.  And, if you are using the Water Trail, remember that you can file a float plan at the BIC Center and get a loaner EPIRB emergency beacon to take along on the trip.

Fire Danger Level:  …still at very high. No uncovered outdoor fires. No fireworks, Use your covered grill with extreme care.

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Dust is down with the rain on the Island Beltway. It’s running smoothly. Bridges are clear. Some limbs down here and there though. So, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Keith Albin, Forrest Avery and Wil Markey are celebrating today. Tomorrow its Grace Cushman, Brock Martin and Ayden Oliver. Sunday Susie Harman, Austyn Oliver and Juliette Maudrie celebrate. Happy Birthday to Grace, Susie, Juliette, Keith, Forrest, Wil, Brock, Ayden and Austyn and, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.

ON THIS DAY in 1986, John Hughes’ comedy about a high school student’s elaborate plan to skip school hits theaters. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will become a box office success and produce quotes and catch phrases that will permeate pop culture for years to come. It’s over. Go home. Go. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: poignant (adjective) [POY-nyunt], which means: painfully affecting the feelings : piercing; deeply affecting : touching; designed to make an impression : cutting; pleasurably stimulating; being to the point : apt; pungently pervasive. Poignant comes to English from French, and before that from Latin—specifically, the Latin verb pungere, meaning “to prick or sting.” Several other common English words derive from pungere, including pungent, which can refer to, among other things, a sharp odor. The influence of pungere can also be seen in puncture, as well as punctual, which originally meant simply “of or relating to a point.” Even compunction and expunge come from this pointedly relevant Latin word. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Friday…hopefully in a somewhat poignant way …

Here’s a thought for the day from Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

 

On a lighter note: What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple? Finding a snake.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, June 11th, 2021. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening. 

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