News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, March 27th, 2020

From studSend<>ios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, March 27th, 2020.
First, some news…
COVID-19 continues to spread in Michigan. As of last evening, the total number of reported cases now stands at 2,856, up 561 in a day. There have been 60 deaths. Still no reported COVID-19 cases on the island, and just one more case in the counties we are watching up north. That’s in Otsego county, which now has 7 cases. There are four now in Charlevoix, three in Grand Traverse, two in each of Kalkaska and Emmet, one in Leelanau and 6 over in Otsego—those numbers the same as yesterday.
Island EMS Director and Cody Randall and Health Center Director Tammy Radionoff say that both EMS and the Health Center are well stocked with supplies. If and when a COVID-19 case appears on the island, in addition treating the patient, they plan to work hard to trace all of that persons contacts to try to limit further transmission. Right, they urge us to wash our hands, keep surfaces sanitized and stay at home. They’ll be our guests on Beaver Island perspectives this evening with more information on what they and the island COVID-19 Response team have been doing to be sure they are prepared. Listen after the news at 5.
COVID-19 continues to make changes in routines up north. The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians will hold its upcoming primary election entirely via absentee ballot because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ballots will be mailed to all tribal citizens registered to vote in the tribe’s six-county service area, including Charlevoix County. A tribal press release says, “No in-person voting will occur and no hand-delivered ballots will be accepted. All ballots shall be cast by mail.”
And, the scammers continue. Now they are playing of the expected stimulus checks that most can expect to receive. Don’t fall for it. Hang up.
Layoffs continue to overwhelm the Michigan system for filing unemployment claims. Long wait times and crashed online sessions are common according to reports, including here on the island. If you are trying to file, the word is to keep trying—perhaps at off times.
A reminder about changes at island businesses that remain open. The Station, McDonough’s Market, Dalwhinnie’s, the Shamrock and the Brewery have all moved to curb-side service only until further notice. Hardware will do the same if you like, but you can go inside if you need to hunt something down. Place your order in advance by phone or email. They’ll bring your order to you at the curb. Phone numbers and emails are available on our COVID-19 info page.
Remember, the Health Center has established protocols for responding for patients that may have the virus. There is a separate screening room and a separate entrance will be used. If you need to visit the Health Center, you should call ahead at 2275 before coming in and follow their directions.
Looking for the latest on island info for COVID-19 response? Check the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page for details. You can find that by going to W-V-B-I dot net and clicking on COVID-19 Info in the menu at the top. You’ll find official information from the townships, our latest COVI-19 news and updates as well as state and federal news and resources.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island… Nothing local today, but the Michigan Sea Grant has announced a series of video presentations for the week that might be interesting to attend from the safety of your house. The final one is today at 10:30. It’s on Lake Effect Weather. Check the calendar for details and information on how to sign up and sign in. Both townships are conducting annual meetings on Saturday—St, James at 11 and Peaine at noon. They will be done by conference call. Details-including links to all of the documents that will be discussed at the meetings-are in the calendar entries on the WVBI website.. Do you have suggestions for other online events to attend that would be of interest to islanders? Let us know and we’ll add them to the calendar and pass them along.
You can find information on events planned for the summer on our Discover Beaver Island Summer calendar. Just point your browser at summer dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Widespread dense fog, mainly before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 43. East wind around 5 mph. Tonight Increasing clouds, with a low around 34. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday Showers likely, mainly after 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 40. East wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Saturday Night Showers. Low around 37. Breezy, with an east wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Sunday Showers. High near 42. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Sunday Night Rain showers likely, possibly mixing with snow after 9pm, then gradually ending. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Monday Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Tuesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Wednesday Partly sunny, with a high near 43. Wednesday Night A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Thursday Partly sunny, with a high near 40.
TRAFFIC: None. Nada. Zip. Critter count: 5 deer on Slop town road lost in the fog and 4 defiant turkeys on the Kings Highway. Squirrels are staying in today, apparently, or practicing social distancing from humans. Roads looking pretty good after some hard work by the road commission team. No animals talking to me like yesterday morning—but, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: No birthdays on the list today, but this was Dick Burris’s birthday. If we missed you on our list, though, Birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1915 ‘Typhoid Mary’ is quarantined for life. Irish immigrant Mary Mallon is isolated on North Brother Island in New York’s East River. As an asymptomatic typhus carrier she is believed to have unwittingly infected 51 people and killed three in her role as a family cook. She will spend nearly three decades in isolation before dying of pneumonia.
WORD OF THE DAY cordial (KOR-jul) which means: 1 a : showing or marked by warm and often hearty friendliness, favor, or approval : politely pleasant and friendly b : sincerely or deeply felt 2 : tending to revive, cheer, or invigorate Cordial shares the Latin root cor with concord (meaning “harmony”) and discord (meaning “conflict”). Cor means “heart,” and each of these cor descendants has something to do with the heart, at least figuratively. Concord, which comes from con- (meaning “together” or “with”) plus cor, suggests that one heart is with another. Discord combines the prefix dis- (meaning “apart”) with cor, and it implies that hearts are apart. When cordial was first used in the 14th century, it literally meant “of or relating to the heart,” but this sense has not been in use since the 17th century. Today anything that is cordial, be it a friendly welcome, a compliment, or an agreement, comes from the heart in a figurative sense. (
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…
Here’s a thought for the day from George Carlin: “There’s a humorous side to every situation. The challenge is to find it.” On a lighter note: Why did the toothbrush cross the road? It was looking for a change of paste.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, March 27th, 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.