News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, June 9th, 2023

B-I-C-S graduation is tomorrow. Parents, faculty, fellow students and the community will celebrate the success of graduating seniors Olga Burton and Aidan Dean and give them a send-off for what’s next. Things kick off with a parade starting at noon at the post office. Formal commencement ceremonies start at 1:00 on the soccer pitch behind the school. Olga is the class valedictorian. She’s headed to U of M on a full-ride scholarship this fall. Aidan is the salutatorian and is headed to Michigan State, also with scholarship support.  Congratulations and Godspeed to both of them in all that is next.


Efforts to address year-round housing issues in Charlevoix ran into a snag earlier this week as the City Council voted not to approve a ballot proposal that would have dedicated a piece of city property near Ferry Beach to year-round housing. The problem was not with the idea, but with the way the proposal was worded. According to lawyers for the city, it was contrary to the city charter among other problems. The Council gave the OK for proponents and the lawyers to work together to reform the language and will consider the proposal again if something is agreed ahead of the August 1 deadline to get the proposal on the November ballot.


Meantime, efforts to address housing issues on the island continue. The Housing Task Force has a public input session planned for next Thursday, June 15th, to review some options and gather public input on how to proceed. The session will be at the BIC Center at 5:30 next Thursday.


In Lansing, lawmakers are looking at legislation that would require agricultural equipment manufacturers to make diagnostics, maintenance, repair parts, tools and documentation available to owners and independent repair providers. It’s part of a broader “right-to-repair” movement aimed at sidelining tech manufacturers’ monopoly on repairing devices they sell by using copyright and encryption to thwart others from making repairs.


The Grayling fire is now fully contained according the D-N-R, but experts say it and the other fires across the state…and the fires in Canada that are bringing a haze to the state…and an unhealthy one to southern Michigan and areas on the east coast…may be just the start. Continued dry conditions are expected, that while the north woods continue to fill with campers and visitors as school-years end and families head out on vacation and other summer breaks. D-N-R experts say 90 percent of forest fires are started by human activity, so the best means of prevention is avoiding activities that can spark fires. Campfires are the biggest culprit based on the causes of fires so far this year.  Fireworks and outdoor grills are also a problem. Although some rain is expected on the island this weekend, the fire danger here remains set at extreme. So, plan on skipping the campfire, grilling out and campfires until things get wetter.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for next week: Christian Church Board meets Monday at 7:00. Beaver Island Transportation Authority Meets Tuesday at noon. Peaine Township Board meets that evening at 5:30. St. James Board meets Wednesday at 5:30. The Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets Thursday at 4:30. Library Board meets Thursday, too, at 5:00. And there’s the Housing Forum at 5:30. That’s it for the week. More details and meeting locations are in the calendar entries 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. Again, no movies this Saturday, as they have moved to Mondays where they will be all summer.


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


Looking ahead to next week:


Monday movies are on tap at the BIC Center.  That’s right, it is Monday at the Movies with shows at 4:00 and 7:00. The matinee is Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. Chris Pine leads a cast of adventurers on a quest to recover a lost relic.  It’s rated PG-13.  The 7:00 show is Supercell. Alec Balwin leads another team of adventurers on a quest to see storm. It’s PG-13, too. Both shows on the BIG Screen with the BIG Sound in the BIC Center Theater. Concession Stand open for both shows. And it 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. Starting at 11:00 St. James Township has events planned to celebrate the completion of two important township recreation projects. Things kick off at the new Municipal Marina North with recognition for those bringing that project to completion. There’ll be a light lunch at Dalwhinnie’s and then at 1:00 activities will move to the St. James Campground to highlight improvements made there. Meantime, at the Bodega it’s Taco Tuesday. And, Tuesday evening is Open Mic Night at the Bodega. Sign up for the set-list at any time during the day. Performances start at 7:00.


Wednesday, the special at the Bodega on Wednesday is a Coney Dog and fries.


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. Then at 4:00 there’s an Adulting 101 seminar at the BIC Center on buying a car.  That will be up in the Hangout. Meantime, it’s Chinese Day at the Bodega and Burger and a Beer night at the Shamrock.


BIRTHDAYS:  A rare all-bros birthday list today: Jake Drost is celebrating today. Tomorrow it’s Brad Maudrie. And Sunday Keith Albin, Forest Avery and Will Markey celebrate. Happy Birthday to Will, Forest, Keith, Brad, and Jake, 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 delays to the airports. The Island beltway is running smoothly. No bridge delays. But, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1986 the Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center opened to support the precursor to the modern Internet, the National Science Foundation’s NSFNET, which linked five supercomputer centers across the country. The NSF allowed commercial use of the Internet for the first time in 1991, and in 1995, it decommissioned the backbone, leaving the Internet a self-supporting industry.

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam-Webster Word of the Day is saturnine (adjective) [SAT-er-nyne] which describes people who are glum and grumpy, or things that suggest or express gloom. Saturnine is far—even astronomically far—from the cheeriest of words. It has a long history of describing the glum and grouchy among us, and comes ultimately from Sāturnus, name of the Roman god of agriculture, who was often depicted as a bent old man with a stern, sluggish, and sullen nature. Saturn, the ringed gas giant that is one of five planets visible to the naked eye, is of course the namesake of Sāturnus, and Saturn does indeed seem to dawdle; it requires over 29 of our Earth years to orbit the sun. The ancient Romans (like some astrologists today) believed those who are born when Saturn is rising in the sky may tend toward being a Gloomy Gus or Debbie Downer.

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday

Here’s a thought for the day: “Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.”


On a lighter note: Why did the turtle cross the road?  We don’t know yet. He is still crossing. 

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, June 9th, 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. 



Widespread haze after 3pm. Sunny, with a high near 75. West wind 5 to 10 mph.


Widespread haze between 7pm and 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. West wind 5 to 10 mph.


A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. North wind around 10 mph.


A 40 percent chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 69. Northeast wind around 10 mph.

Sunday Night

A 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.


Rain likely, mainly after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Monday Night

Rain likely, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.


A chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 72.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 54.


Sunny, with a high near 76.

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

Out on the Big Drink…


NW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming WSW in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


Variable winds 5 kt or less. A slight chance of showers after 1pm. Waves 1 ft or less.


NNE wind around 10 kt. A chance of showers. Waves around 1 ft.


N wind around 15 kt. Showers likely. Waves around 2 ft.


N wind around 10 kt becoming NW in the afternoon. A chance of showers. Waves around 1 ft.

Water Temps: 49 in Little Traverse Bay. 51 at the mid-lake buoy. 59 up in the straights. 52 at Sleeping Bear.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002