News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, June 26th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, June 26th, 2020.
First, some news…
A Michigan circuit judge has ordered a shutdown of the controversial pipeline under the straits. The order comes after two recent reports of damage to the line. The order came in response to a request filed by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. The judge said the potential for damage to the great lakes was both substantial and in some cases irreparable. The order will remain in effect until the court acts on a request for a preliminary injunction at a hearing scheduled for June 30. Then, the court may extend the shutdown or allow operations to resume. Both the court and the attorney general were critical of Enbridge’s failure to provide information about the cause of the damage. Enbridge says the line is safe, but that it has been shut down for now.
Governor Whitmer’s latest order allows pro sports to restart-but with no live audience and subject to safety guidelines including participants staying six feet apart subject to the extent that’s compatible with the sporting activity. It’s effective immediately. Meantime, after being whipsawed by the courts with conflicting rulings, owners of some downstate gyms went ahead and opened yesterday despite the latest order saying they could not. Multiple gyms had already opened ahead of yesterday-ignoring the governor’s orders. Police say they will issue citations, but that it isn’t their job to shut the gyms down. They say that task falls to the health department.
There’s been lots of discussion in social media among islanders about how seriously social distancing and the importance of masks is being taken on the mainland. Probably fair to say your experience may vary. But, the Grand Traverse County Health Department has issued a notice identifying a number of T-C area sites as possible COVID-19 exposure sites. Included are bars, wineries, restaurants, and a food truck court where people admitted they failed to follow social distancing and prevention measures.
Meantime, asymptomatic exposure is being blamed for an outbreak of COVID-19 in west Michigan. Health officials say contact tracing found that the asymptomatic workers exposed their co-workers to the virus, as well as family and household members, who eventually became infected by the virus.
The COVID-19 data from state health officials yesterday shows a jump again in cases and, for the first time, in deaths. 353 new cases were reported yesterday bringing the total in the state to 62,324. 18 new deaths were reported, up from 11 new ones yesterday. The death toll in Michigan is now 5,868. Seven day moving average of cases is up again to 241. Average for deaths is at 10.
On the Island, total tests run still stands at 89. 84 tests results are back. 83 of those are negative. Still only one back as positive.
In our region, total confirmed case count is steady at 234. Death toll steady at 22. So no changes in county by county numbers, the current data are in today’s script online if you are interested. [Otsego confirmed case count is at 104 with 10 deaths. Emmet is at 23 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 38 cases with six deaths. Charlevoix has 18 cases including one from the island, and two deaths. Kalkaska has 19 confirmed cases two deaths. Antrim 15 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 12, no deaths. And Benzie is at five cases and no deaths.] Up in the U-P, they are steady at 140 cases. The majority of cases are in Marquette County, which has 63. Meantime, Ontonagon County remains the only county in the state with no cases. Death toll in the UP is steady at 16.
Legal consequences are accumulating for those who allegedly turned protest into an excuse to loot and destroy. 14 people have been arraigned in connection with the riots in Grand Rapids with authorities using social media posts to identify some of those charged. The first of those charged was ordered to stand trial yesterday. He’s charged with rioting, larceny and malicious destruction of property. The riot charge is a ten-year felony.
Legal consequences will likely also accumulate for a women who lead police on a 70 mile chase yesterday northbound on I-75. Police deployed stop sticks that deflated the driver’s tires. She drove across the Mackinac bridge on rims-no word if on the grates or off-and wound up stopped at the toll booth.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
No more community meetings this week. Next scheduled are school board committee meetings next week on Wednesday.
Tomorrow, the Health Center Wellness Garden volunteer team has a Garden Sale set. That’ll be from 11 to 2. Plants, garden decor and gardening tools will be for sale. All proceeds will be used to enhance and further develop the wellness garden which is funded solely by donations.
Also tomorrow, movies are on at the BIC Center. Four o’clock show is Star Wars: The rise of Skywalker. It’s the final installment of the original trilogy of trilogies. If you haven’t seen, now’s your chance to see it on the big screen with the big sound in the McDonough’s Market Theater If you have seen it, you know you want to see it again. It’s rated PG-13. The evening show at seven o’clock is Little Women. It’s the beloved story of the March sisters brought to the big screen. Rated PG. Concession stand will be open for both shows. Trailers and more info are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org.
Pickleball is on tomorrow, too. They are playing Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays on the municipal courts outside if the weather is nice. If it gets nasty, they’ll be inside here at the BIC Center.
Next week, Vacation Bible School and the Trudy Works Memorial Golf Tournament are off. But, BINGO is on. That’s right, bingo is back after an extended winter’s nap. It’s at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for Fellowship. Games start at 7. They plan to play pretty much every Wednesday evening through the fall.
Here’s something you can do anytime-well at least until August 5th. It’s the BIC Center/WVBI 2020 Gala Auction. It’s all online this year with all sorts of great items up for bid. Check it out at auction dot BIC center dot org. As you browse the vast selection, remember this: thanks to our auction donors who have donated every item up for auction, everything you pay for your item will go to support the BIC Center and WVBI.
[And…the 2020 BIC Center – WVBI Raffle is on. 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. You can also by them online at raffle dot bic center dot org. Or get one from any board member. All net proceeds go to benefit the BIC Center and WVBI.]
Keep up to date on COVID-19 news 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 Increasing clouds, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Tonight A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 55. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Sunday Sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph. Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 58. Monday Sunny, with a high near 84. Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Thursday Sunny, with a high near 83.
Out on the big drink…
Today SW wind around 10 kt. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Waves 1 to 2 ft. Saturday W wind around 10 kt. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am. Waves around 1 ft. Sunday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.
Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or outbound to either airport. Beltway running smoothly. Bridges clear. Turtles especially busy today in the wet, which has the roads slick. So, let’s be careful out there. Especially in the fawn and turtle crossing zones
BIRTHDAYS: None on our list today, but, 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 1997, Harry meets Hogwarts in a spellbinding story. A boy learns he is not merely a muggle, and is summoned to study at a school of sorcery, in the debut children’s novel published on this day by an unknown British writer. ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ will spawn six sequels and make a household name of author J.K. Rowling. And, in 1483, King Richard III begins his rule of England. His reign will be brief, ending two years later at the Battle of Bosworth Field, but his infamy will live on, as a future scribe named Shakespeare will find inspiration in Richard’s reputed villainy. (
WORD OF THE DAY: Yokel (noun) [YOH-kul], which means: a naive or gullible inhabitant of a rural area or small town. The origins of yokel are uncertain, but it might have come from the dialectal English word yokel used as the name for the green woodpecker (the nickname is of imitative origin). Other words for supposedly naive country folk are chawbacon (from chaw, meaning “chew,” and bacon), hayseed (which has obvious connections to country life), and clodhopper (indicating a clumsy, heavy-footed rustic). But city slickers don’t always have the last word: rural folk have had their share of labels for city-dwellers too. One simple example is the often disparaging use of the adjective citified. A more colorful (albeit historical) example is cockney, which literally means “cocks’ egg,” or more broadly “misshapen egg.” In the past, this word often designated a spoiled or foppish townsman-as opposed to the sturdy countryman, that is. (from Merriam Webster)
Now, to wrap up for all us island yokels on this Beaver Island Friday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Leonardo da Vinci: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” On a lighter note: What’s it called if a pig eats bacon? Hammibalism.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, June 26th, 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.