News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, June 2nd, 2023

The Health Center Board is meeting today with a busy agenda.  Among the topics is review of the center’s emergency preparedness plan, which includes provisions for dealing with issues ranging from bad weather, to supply shortages and an active shooter. The meeting is today at 4:00.


Down in Grand Rapids, a Muslim Rights Group has sued the sheriff over the forced removal of a woman’s hijab [hee-jab]. Mark Richardson has more.

1:51   Outcue…I’m Mark Richardson

A Muslim rights group is taking the Kent County Sheriff’s Office to court for forcing a Michigan woman to remove her hijab for a booking photo.

The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a claim this week alleging the sheriff’s office violated the religious rights of Jannah Hague, 21, of Grand Rapids.

Amy Doukoure, staff attorney for the council, said the sheriff’s office insisted on taking one of her two booking photos without her hijab, and posting it on a public website.

“We believe that Kent County’s dual hijab policy or dual photograph policy is unnecessary,” Doukoure asserted. “And that’s sort of what we have worked through with the city of Detroit, the city of Ferndale, and the Michigan Department of Corrections, and the lawsuits that we settled last year.”

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office said Hague was detained on April 8 following an altercation at her home but declined to make any further comment.

Dockoure pointed out Muslim women wear the hijab as part of a sincerely-held belief they must cover their hair, neck and ears in the presence of men who are not related to them. She added removing a hijab in front of non-related men is highly offensive to practicing Muslim women.

“Policies are set by the jail or the institution and not necessarily through state law,” Dockoure explained. “I don’t believe laws in any state protect women’s right to wear the hijab explicitly.”

She hopes to offer training and hopefully modify the policy at Kent County, reminded people of all faiths to maintain their rights.

“Even if you are detained or you’re arrested by law enforcement, it does not — first of all — indicate you’re a criminal because you’re innocent till proven guilty in the United States,” Dockoure said. “And it also doesn’t mean that you have to be stripped of all your religious rights or even all your constitutional rights.”

And, in T-C, Traverse City Tourism announced Thursday that it will hold an International Fireworks Championship at Turtle Creek Stadium there. Competitors from around the world will create unique fireworks displays with musical accompaniment, which will be formally judged. It’s the first time for such a competition in the U-S. It is set for September 9th.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for this week: The Health Center has a board meeting today at 4:00. On Saturday, the Harbor View Motel Condo owner’s association has a meeting set for 3:30. Next week, St. James Planning Commission meets Tuesday at 6:00, Peaine Planning meets Wednesday at 9:00, St. Jame Finance And Administration meets Wednesday at 1:00 and B-I-C-S Committee of the whole meets at 5:30 That’s it for another meeting lite week. Additional details are in the calendar entry online.


On the fun front today, Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on at 9:00 up in the Hangout. The Resale Shop is open from noon to 4:00. And, Friday is Pizza Night at Dalwhinnies Eat in or take out. Just get your order in before 7:00 p.m.


Saturday, Pickleball is outdoors on the Peaine Township Park courts from 10:00 to noon. The Resale Shop will be open from noon to 4:00. Lego Club is at the library at 1:00. Building fun for all ages. And Saturday evening is a Full Moon…the Strawberry moon as we head into summer. Looking for movies on Saturday?  They’ve moved to Mondays for the summer to make way for weekend events at the BIC Center. There’s fantastic line up of shows set for June starting on Monday the 5th with Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantomania at 4:00 and John Wick Chapter 4 at 7:00. It’s Monday at the Movies starting June 5th and through the summer at the BIC Center.


Sunday there are services at the Episcopal Mission at 9:00, the Christian Church at 9:30, the Lighthouse Fellowship at 10:00 and mass at Holy Cross at 12:15.


Looking ahead to next week…


Monday is Sliders Day at the Bodega while the Shamrock has all-you-can-eat pizza and salad for dinner.


Tuesday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 9:00 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on from 10:00 to noon on the outdoor courts over at Peaine Township Park. At the Bodega it’s Taco Tuesday.

Wednesday, the special at the Bodega on Wednesday is a Coney Dog and fries. There are Academic Awards at BICS at 2:30. And there’s BINGO at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open for fellowship at 6:15. Games start at 7:00.


Thursday, C-O-A has chair Yoga set at the Peaine Township Hall for 9:30. Pickleball is 10:00 to noon on the outdoor courts at Peaine Township Park. Women’s Bible Study is on the calendar over at the Christian Church. That’s at 10:00.  And C-O-A has Bingocize, a health information game based on BINGO out at the Peaine Township Hall at 10:30. The resale shop is open from noon to 4. Story Hour with Sam at the library at 1:00. Also at 1:00, there’s Games Galore until 4:00 at the BIC Center. Meantime, it’s Chinese Day this Thursday at the Bodega and Burger and a Beer night at the Shamrock.


BIRTHDAYS:  Nathan Martin, Maureen Cull, James Donaldson, Levi Donaldson, and Nathan Walker are celebrating today. Tomorrow, it’s Gary Morgan and Annika Anderson, and Sunday Richie Gillespie, Jack Hallahan, Ben Mach, and Hadly McCafferty celebrate. Happy Birthday Annika, Hadly, Ben, Jack, Richie, Nathan, Levi, James, Maureen, and Nathan, and if we missed you on the 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. No bridge delays. But, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1897 it turns out that Mark Twain is still very much alive. Accomplished man of American letters, and possessor of an impressively arid wit, Mark Twain recounts for the New York Journal a visit from a journalist who mistakenly believed the author might be deceased. “The report of my death was an exaggeration,” Twain tells the reporter.


WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam-Webster Word of the Day is obstinate (adjective) [AHB-stuh-nut] which means “stubborn.” It describes people who refuse to change their behavior or ideas in spite of reason, arguments, or persuasion, and it describes things that are not easily fixed, removed, or dealt with.  English has no shortage of words to describe stubbornness, and obstinate is one you might want to latch onto. It suggests an unreasonable persistence. Animals can be obstinate, too—for instance, say, a beloved pet cat that refuses to get out of your easy chair when you want to sit down. Such an example makes a lot of sense with regard to obstinate‘s history, too: the word traces back to a combination of the Latin prefix ob-, meaning “in the way,” and a word related to stare [star-AY], meaning “to stand.” But if you’re adamant about describing Whiskers’ stubborn behavior in more faunal terms, allow us to suggest bullheadeddogged, or mulish.

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday

Here’s a thought for day from John Steinback: “In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explodes, and every sunset is different.”


On a lighter note: Why did the dandelion quit dating?  It kept getting blown off. 

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, June 2nd, 2023. 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 85…warmer inland. East wind around 5 mph.


Increasing clouds, with a low around 55. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. East wind 5 to 15 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. East wind 5 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 74. East wind around 5 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.


Partly sunny, with a high near 73.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.


Sunny, with a high near 70.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Fire danger level on the island is: EXTREME. No outdoor fires, no fireworks.

Out on the Big Drink…


Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


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


Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


N wind 5 to 10 kt. Partly sunny. Waves around 1 ft.


NNE wind around 10 kt becoming NNW in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Waves around 1 ft.

Water Temps: 57 in Little Traverse Bay. 56 at the mid-lake buoy.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002