News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, June 4th, 2021


From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Friday, June 4th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

The Beaver Island Fire Department this morning changed their evaluation of fire danger on the island to Very High.  That means no uncovered outdoor fires—no brush burning, no camp fires, no fire works.  You can use a covered grill, but Chief Tim McDonough says you should take special care with the ashes.

 

Governor Whitmer spoke to business groups in Grand Rapids yesterday in an effort to get the legislature to act on 18 billion in federal COVID funding that’s now stuck in a stalemate between them and the governor. She outlined various spending proposals including a grant program to boost wages to a minimum of $15 hour. Apparently, the idea is to make wages the equivalent of what’s now available from unemployment benefits, though it isn’t clear from the proposal why it is believed folks would come to work for the same amount they can get at home. Other proposed spending would go to restaurants and other place-based businesses to cover operating expenses.  Another bucket of spending would be for business accelerator programs.

 

Daily state COVID reports for Thursday had more good news. They show 510 new cases and no net new deaths across the state. There were 62 reclassified deaths in the report and apparently some deaths taken off the rolls. That brings the seven day running averages to 485 new cases and 34 deaths a day (including the reclassifications). In our eight-county region there were 14 new cases and one death. Charlevoix County had two new cases. The death was in Emmet. Averages for our region are now 10 new cases a day and one death.

 

On the island, no new tests, 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. Current state rate is 3.9%. It’s 3.8% in the Traverse City zone.  And in Charlevoix County, we are at 2.5%, below the C-D-C’s 3% target. Active case counts are down—by about  4,500 statewide, 136 in the T-V-C zone, and down 59 in our region, where we have 648 active cases.

 

Hospitalization utilization rates have ticked up a bit after the holiday weekend, but the COVID-19 share of patients looks steady. Munson in Charlevoix continues with no COVID-19 patients. McLaren in Petoskey has six. That includes 3 patients in their I-C-U.

 

Remember, if you aren’t vaccinated, you need to continue wearing a mask for now while inside at public spaces. You can ditch the mask once you are fully vaccinated—and lucky for you the Health Center has COVID-19 vaccinations available. Just call 2275 to set up your appointment.  And, remember that 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

889511

19266

510

57

Region

15186

280

14

1

TVC Zone

26522

564

19

2

UP

20006

435

7

3

62 deaths are reclassified. 5 deaths removed from the rolls for a net of 0 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

485

34

 

Region

10

1

 

TVC Zone

14

1

 

UP

10

1

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1299

23

1

0

Benzie

1058

34

0

0

Charlevoix

1295

21

2

0

Emmet

1906

42

2

1

Grand Traverse

5642

83

7

0

Kalkaska

1044

23

1

0

Leelanau

1022

18

0

0

Otsego

1920

36

1

0

Link to data.

Δ Active

 

 

Active

 

 

-4525

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

40091

 

 

-59

Region

648

 

 

-136

TVC Zone

1228

 

 

-59

UP

797

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

 

Data from June 3, 2021

 

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

 

Meetings are done for this week.  Here’s your meeting planner for next week:  Monday, there’s a joint township planning Commission meeting at 7:00 at Peaine Township hall.  Tuesday, the Transportation Authority is meeting at noon at their H-Q across from the boat dock. Peaine Township Board meets Tuesday evening at 7. Meeting details and info on remote attendance are in the calendar entries online.

 

Resale Shop is open today noon to four.  They’re open the same hours Saturday, too. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is from 10:30 to 11:30 today at the BIC Center—that’s up in the Deerwood Lodge hang out. BIC Center hours are 9 to 4 weekdays. Noon to 9 on Saturday and noon to 4 on Sunday.

 

Pickleball is on today from 1 to 3, outside. They play Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays—practice Tuesdays and Thursdays. The pickle ball crew is working to raise money to build dedicated outdoor courts at the Peaine Township park. There’s a link to their GoFundMe page in today’s script online. https://gofund.me/079aea65

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is Tom & Jerry, the movie.  Cartoon hilarity ensues as Tom is hired to root Jerry out of his digs at a fancy New York hotel.  It’s a neat mix of live action and classic cartoon animation.  It’s rated PG, so great for the whole family.  At 7:00 p.m., its Anthony Hopkins in The Father.  A story of aging that’s won critical acclaim across the board and an Oscar for best actor for Hopkins. It’s PG-13. 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.

 

The health Center is looking for an additional board member. No medical background is required, but members who can bring some experience or expertise that will strengthen center operations are sought. Letters of interest are due by Midnight June 7.

 

If you are looking for summer activities for the kids, here’s one last call out for the library’s Tails and Trails program. There will be packets of reading materials, crafts, fun activities and more you can pick up. There are 6 themes with new packets of materials every two weeks on a new theme. Sign the kids up now with a call to the library on 2701.

 

B-I-C-S robotics team bIrobot has a cybersecurity camp planned for this summer.  It’ll be run June 21 to 25th. Check the bIrobot website for details at B-I robot dot org.  Apparently, the sign up info wasn’t actually available there until this weekend—but it is now, so if you tried earlier and couldn’t find it, try again.  It’s right on the front page now.

 

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

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 55. Breezy, with a southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Saturday

A 20 percent chance of showers before 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 76. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Breezy.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Tuesday

A chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Wednesday

A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Thursday

A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

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

Saturday

SW wind 15 to 20 kt. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 10am and 4pm. Waves 2 to 4 ft.

Sunday

SW wind around 15 kt. Sunny. Waves around 3 ft.

Water Temperatures: Little Traverse Bay buoy is reading 57 this morning. Up at White Shoal its 52.  56 at Mackinac.  Apparently it is still too cold for the Midlake and Sleeping Bear buoys…they are still hibernating…But it is definitely too cold for you, too, if you fall in while out there in a kayak, on paddleboard or other small craft. Without proper gear, your life expectancy could be measured in minutes. 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:  …again set this morning to very high. No uncovered outdoor fires. No fireworks, Use your covered grill with extreme care.

TRAFFIC:  Dust hazard remains in effect. Other than that, no delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Island Beltway running smoothly with caution delays at the south end where the road has emerged from the lake. Bridges are clear. Newly dropped fawns all over the place though. So, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Richie Gillespie, Jack Hallahan and Hadly McCafferty are all celebrating today. Over the weekend, Mary Kay McPherson, Francis Pike and Sally Stebbins are taking on the candles. Sunday, Bob Marsh celebrates. Happy Birthday to Mary Kay, Sally, Francis, Richie, Jack, Hadly, and Bob and, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.

ON THIS DAY in 1989, a brutal crackdown in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square as the People’s Liberation Army arrives with assault weapons and tank columns to forcibly remove pro-democracy student demonstrators after seven weeks of protests. The government crackdown escalates, and thousands are killed as the Chinese military fires into the crowds. China continues to deny the events happened and is suppressing protests today in Hong Kong.  The C-C-P are a bunch of classless, lying scumbags. (Bing.com)

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WORD OF THE DAY: rigmarole (noun) [RIG-uh-muh-rol], but as a verb, not a noun, which means: confused or meaningless talk; a complex and sometimes ritualistic procedure. In the Middle Ages, the term Ragman referred to a game in which a player randomly selected a string attached to a roll of verses and read the selected verse. The roll was called a Ragman roll after a fictional king purported to be the author of the verses. By the 16th century, ragman and ragman roll were being used figuratively to mean “a list or catalog.” Both terms fell out of written use, but ragman roll persisted in speech, and in the 18th century it resurfaced in writing as rigmarole, with the meaning “a succession of confused, meaningless, or foolish statements.” In the mid-19th century rigmarole (also spelled rigamarole, reflecting its common pronunciation) acquired the sense referring to a complex and ritualistic procedure. (Merriam-Webster)

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

Here’s a thought for the day from George Washington: “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

 

On a lighter note: I’d tell you an umbrella joke, but it might go over your head.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, June 4th, 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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