News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, June 5th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, June 5th, 2020.
First, some news…
And perhaps the biggest news, is the good news that there was no news of unrest yesterday. Peaceful protests continued with displays of unity in multiple locations yesterday, but no reports of violence or looting. And, concerns about disruptions in Traverse City this weekend seem to have been calmed. Meantime, lots of news of arrests for looting and vandalism as law enforcement and victims turn to social media to help identify perpetrators.
In other good news, COVID-19 data continue to look good. On the island, no change in the data. 75 tests have been run. 62 of those are back as negative. 12 pending. Still only one back as positive.
State-wide numbers continue a positive trend. Officials reported 206 new cases yesterday and 25 new deaths. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 58,241. Total deaths from COVID-19 in Michigan are 5,595. Seven-day case averages continue to look good. Average new case level is at 318, the lowest since March 22nd, and daily deaths at 32, the lowest since March 27th.
In our region, total confirmed case count is up one to at 212. Death toll remains stable at 20-no change in that since May 12th. County by county data are unchanged except for Grad Traverse where the additional case was recorded. They are now at 28 confirmed cases. Data for the rest of the counties we’ve been watching is in today’s script online. [Otsego confirmed case count is at 102 with 10 deaths. Emmet is stable at 21 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 28 cases with five deaths. Charlevoix stable at 15 cases including one from the island, and one death. Kalkaska has 19 confirmed cases two deaths. Antrim 12 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 11, no deaths. And Benzie is at four cases and no deaths.] Up in the U-P, they are up one case to 117 confirmed cases. Death toll is at 16.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Tomorrow, Saturday, there’s a special graduation event. Seniors will march the 4th of July parade route in their graduation robes, mortarboards and regalia. The community is encouraged to line the parade route in cars parked on the side of the road. Seniors are recording greetings and picking music to go with the parade that we will broadcast here on W-V-B-I. So, plan to be here Saturday to greet and congratulate the class of 2020. And, be sure to have your radio tuned to 100.1 F-M. Next week, another rash of meetings is on the calendar. School board on Monday evening at 7 by Zoom. Beaver Island Transportation Authority on Tuesday at noon by conference call, B-I-A Board Tuesday at 4 by Zoom. And the Peaine Township Board Tuesday evening at 7 by conference call.
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.
Keep up to date with the latest 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 Scattered showers, mainly between 10am and 4pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 68. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Tonight Partly cloudy, with a low around 50. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 67. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 45. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. East wind around 5 mph. Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 50. Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 54. Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Tuesday Night Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Wednesday Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. Wednesday Night A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. Thursday A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.
Out on the big drink…
Today SSW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming NW in the afternoon. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 1 ft or less. Saturday NW wind around 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves around 1 ft. Sunday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.
Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Lots of critters out though, and the leaves are all back-so you can’t see around corners as well as you may have gotten used to. So, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Today Mary Kay McPherson, Francis Pike and Sally Stebbins are celebrating-and sharing a birthday with actor Mark Wahlberg. This weekend, master of recycling Bob Marsh is celebrating. Sunday, master of the greens John Work is celebrating along with Captain Ken Scoggins and Dennis Monachino. Happy birthday to each of them, and if we missed you, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1968 Robert F. Kennedy is brought down by assassin’s bullets. Presidential candidate Robert Kennedy is shot three times as he departs the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after giving a victory speech following his California Democratic Primary win. He will die the next day from his wounds, almost five years after his brother John was assassinated. On the same day the year before, Israel’s six day war with Egypt begins. Citing an Arab military build-up near its border with Egypt, Israel launches air strikes on Egyptian airfields, destroying upwards of 400 aircraft. The Six-Day War will grow to include Syria and Jordan, and Israel will capture the Sinai Peninsula, Gaza Strip, and the Golan Heights. (
WORD OF THE DAY rendition (noun) [ren-DISH-un] which means: the act or result of rendering something: such as a performance or interpretation of something; a depiction; a translation. Also, a surrender; the surrender by a state of a fugitive to another state charging the fugitive with a crime : interstate extradition. Rendition entered English in the early 17th century and can be traced to the Middle French word reddition and ultimately to the Latin verb reddere, meaning “to return.” The English verb render is another descendant of reddere, so perhaps it is no surprise that rendition fundamentally means “the act or result of rendering.” English speakers also once adopted reddition itself (meaning either “restitution, surrender” or “elucidation”), but that word has mostly dropped out of use. Incidentally, if you’ve guessed that surrender is also from the same word family, you may be right; surrender derives in part from the Anglo-French render [ren-druh], which likely influenced the alteration of reddition to rendition. (from Merriam Webster)
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Mark Twain “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” On a lighter note: What happened when the math teacher gave out extra homework? The addition caused division to multiply.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, June 5th, 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.