News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, June 12th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, June 12th, 2020.
First, some news…
A discussion about the so-called “defunding” of police is going on across–mostly in down -state. Not very many seem to view that as actually eliminating police departments—though some do. Instead, the focus seems to be on reallocating funds to other resources and eliminating some purchases—like tear gas. Governor Whitmer has said that she is against defunding, but instead supports what she calls “real investments in communities.” She says the movement is really about making sure everybody is—quoting here—”safe, protected, respected, and has opportunity under the law.”
South winds brought high water into Paradise Bay earlier this week causing damage to the docks at the township’s new Marina North. Marina Manager Marlene Wiser says work on raising the docks will start next week. The rising lake levels have delayed open of the newly acquired space and have scorched electrical service at both marinas because the systems are under water. Lake Michigan set record high water levels for May—up four inches over any past high. Records are projected to be hit every month until October with up to another half-foot of Lake Level rise. Surges will be on top of that.
A big opening on the island today. The Resale Shop will be open from noon until 4 today and again tomorrow. They’ll be accepting donations in Carol’s Barn during those hours, too. Wondering if you have something to donate? They say if it is good enough to give to a friend, it is good enough to donate to the Resale Shop. All donations must be clean and in good condition. Social distancing is in effect with face masks required, so be sure to bring yours along.
Statewide data on COVID-19 continues to look good. Yesterday, 218 new cases were reported and 26 deaths. That brings totals in the state to 59,496 cases and 5,737 deaths.
Running averages continue to look good as well. Seven day moving averages stand at 179 cases 20 deaths.
Island situation remains stable. 80 tests run. 77 of those are back as negative. 2 pending. Still only one back as positive.
In our region, total confirmed case count is stable at 222—that after a multiple day run of small increases. Death toll remains stable at 20—no change in that since May 12th. County by county data are unchanged, but in today’s script online if you are interested. [Otsego confirmed case count is at 102 with 10 deaths. Emmet is at 21 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 34 cases with five deaths. Charlevoix has 16 cases including one from the island, and one death. Kalkaska has 20 confirmed cases two deaths. Antrim 12 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 11, no deaths. And Benzie is at five cases and no deaths.] Up in the U-P, they are steady at 125 confirmed cases. Death toll is stable, too. That’s at 16.
Here’s a reminder about dealing with Garlic Mustard, an invasive weed that is bad for native woodland plants including Trillium. It has appeared on the island. At a B-I-A meeting this week, Pam Grassmick reported that essentially all the infestations were along roads or paths. Although some eradication has been done, there is more to do and it needs to be done this week. Get in touch with Pam to help out. You can reach her at 2314. You can see pictures in today’s news script.
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Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Here’s your meeting planner for next week. St. James Public works committee meets by conference call next week on Wednesday at 11. Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets Wednesday at 5 by Zoom. Details on attending are in the calendar entries.
Pickleball is back in business on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10. They are playing on the municipal courts when the weather is good and here at the BIC Center when it is not. Social distancing and masks are required. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on again here at the BIC Center on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 up in the Hangout.
And, movies are coming back to the BIC Center. 4:00 show on Saturday will be Spies in Disguise. James bond comes to animation in a great film for kids and parents. And at 7:00, it’s the Green Book. It’s based on a true story of a tour of the Deep South by African American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley and Italian American bouncer Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga who served as Shirley’s driver and bodyguard. Family pod social distancing will be in effect and you’ll need a face mask except when you are seated in your pod. Concession stand will be open. Previews and more info will be available on the BIC Center website later today along with the lineup for the rest of the month, which includes the latest Star Wars and Spiderman shows along with Little Women and The Gentlemen.
Have you noticed that shiny new boat sitting out in front of Community Center? It’s the grand prize for the 2020 BIC Center-WVBI Raffle. Tickets are available now at the BIC Center from desk and they’ll be available online soon. All net proceeds go to benefit the BIC Center and WVBI.
Keep up to date on the COVID-19 situation with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Just go to W-V-B-I dot net and click on COVID-19 Info in the menu at the top. Remember: Protect yourself. Protect the island.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Mostly cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 62. Northwest wind around 10 mph. Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 42. North wind around 10 mph. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 65. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday Night Clear, with a low around 46. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Sunday Sunny, with a high near 71. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 48. Monday Sunny, with a high near 73. Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 53. Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 78. Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.
Out on the big drink…
Today WNW wind around 10 kt. Sunny. Waves around 1 ft. Saturday ENE wind 5 to 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Sunday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.
Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: Looking good because there isn’t any. Roads are looking great because of hard work by the county crews, who were busy dealing with a washout down on Iron Ore Bay at the south end. As the leaves fill in, more and more blind curves on the north south runs—especially on West Side Drive. So, let’s be careful out there. Especially in the fawn and turtle zones
BIRTHDAYS: Grace Cushman, Brock Martin and Ayden Oliver are celebrating today—sharing a birthday with teenage author Anne Frank. Over the weekend, Susie Harmon, Austyn Oliver and Juliette Maudrie are celebrating on Saturday and Piano Man Ed Palmer and Sveta Stebbins share the day on Sunday. Happy birthday to Grace, Brock, Ayden, Susie, Austyn, Juliette, Ed and Sveta and, if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you as well from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1963 a civil rights leader is assassinated at his home. Medgar Evans, a WWII veteran and civil rights leader working on high-profile cases, including the deaths of Emmet Till and James Meredith, Medgar Evers, is shot in the back and through the heart as he arrives at his home. His murderer will be twice acquitted and not be sent to prison until 1994. Also on this date in 1987, in then West Berlin, US President Ronald Reagan makes his case for ending the arms race, an then directly challenges the Soviet premier with a phrase that will prove prophetic as the Cold War draws to a close: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” (
Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
WORD OF THE DAY fictitious (adjective) [fik-TISH-us] which means: of, relating to, or characteristic of fiction : imaginary; conventionally or hypothetically assumed or accepted; of a name : false, assumed; not genuinely felt. Fictitious is related to the Medieval Latin word fictīcius, meaning “artificial,” “imaginary,” “feigned,” or “fraudulent.” It was first used in English as an antonym for natural. For instance, a fake diamond would be referred to as a fictitious one. This use indicates the word’s deeper Latin roots: fictīcius is from the Latin verb fingere, meaning “to mold, fashion, make a likeness of; pretend to be.” Nowadays, fictitious is no longer used for physical things shaped by the human hand. Rather, it is typically used for imaginative creations or for feigned emotions. (from Merriam Webster)
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…
Here’s a thought for the day from John Muir: “The power of imagination makes us infinite.” On a lighter note: What has two wings, a tail, and breathes fire? A Chicken with heartburn.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, June 12th, 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.