News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, May 22nd, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, May 22nd, 2020.
First, some news…
More changes coming on the island as businesses start down the path back from shutdowns and shut-backs…
New PABI C-E-O announced yesterday that the BIC Center is re-opening today. “I’m glad to finally be ablye to greet some people here at the Community Center,” she said. “Even if it is still at six or more feet away.” Social distancing and masks will be required, and at times it may be necessary to limit the number of people in the building, she added. To help he track of the number of people in the building, everyone will be required to sign-in upon arrival and sign-out at departure. The Concession stand will be open starting today and the Welcome Center and Hangout will be available for use. Plans to resume other BIC Center activities are still under way.
Also today, both the Shamrock and Dalwhinnie’s will re-start dine-in service. You’ll be able to enjoy a meal inside at Dalwhinnie’s for the first time since mid-March. They’ll be open until 2 p.m. with the same hours for Saturday. On Sunday and Monday, they’ll be open from 8 to noon with breakfast service only. After a break on Tuesday they’ll start their regular summer hours.
Down the street at the Shamrock, dine-in service starts again today at 11:30. They’ll have reduced capacity and you’ll need to have a face mask while away from the table, just like at the Deli, but other than that things should seem pretty normal.
Yesterday, McDonough’s Market returned to limited in store shopping. Everything seemed to go mostly smoothly—though it was a new experience for everyone with direction signs in the store aisle setting a path through the market. Here are some shopping tips: Remember to bring a list with you and it’ll be best if you have it organized by where things are in the store. Check our COVID-19 Info Page for a store map. And, don’t forget your mask. That’s required. Only ten customers are allowed in at a time, with only one from each family. So, you may have to line up outside. Don’t forget about social distancing out there as well as in the store.
And Holy Cross is planning to bring congregants back in person to Mass this weekend. The order of worship familiar, but if the weather is nice the surroundings will be a little different because services are planned for outside if Mother Nature cooperates. If not, they’ll be inside with the number of folks limited.
This may be the first holiday weekend—well, since forever—that more people head to Beaver Island than Mackinac island. That’s because Mackinac is sticking with its plans to begin opening back up on May 29th. They’ll have no ferries running this weekend—no service today through Sunday.
With Memorial Day weekend approaching, Governor Whitmer continued to relax her restrictions on activities in the state in orders signed yesterday. Gatherings of 10 people or fewer are now permitted with social distancing. Starting Tuesday, May 26, retail businesses not already allowed open and auto dealerships across the state will be allowed to operate via appointment only, with no more than ten people inside. Starting Friday, May 29, health care providers can perform nonessential medical, dental, and veterinary procedures.
The Governor won one court victory yesterday, but lost another. For the win, Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Diane Stephens ruled that the governor does have the authority to continue a state of emergency without legislative approval in a lawsuit brought by the legislative Republicans. An appeal is almost certain. For the loss, Shiawassee County Circuit Court Judge Matthew J. Stewart denied a request by the state Attorney General’s Office for a preliminary injunction to keep Karl Manke’s shop along West Main Street closed.
Latest data from state health officials has 501 new coronavirus cases added yesterday and 69 new deaths statewide. That puts totals at 53,510 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,129 deaths associated with the virus. Testing data continues to look good: Last reports on show that of 18,359 tests processed May 19, there were 1,217 positive tests (or six-point-six percent) and 17,359 negative tests.
On the island, still no confirmed cases and no change on the testing front. Still waiting on results for five tests. 38 tests for COVID-19 have been run at the Health Center. 33 are back as negative.
In the region, the confirmed case count stayed at 201. Death toll is stable at 20. County by county, Otsego has 99 cases and 10 deaths. Emmet is stable at 21 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 23 cases with five deaths. Charlevoix still at 14 with one death, Kalkaska stable at 18 with two deaths, Antrim has 11 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 to at 104 confirmed cases. Death toll is stable at 15.
A few reminders. Island fire and E-M-S personnel want you to practice situational awareness. Don’t do things that put you at risk. Stay safe.
Governor’s orders now require you to wear face masks when in enclosed public spaces. Need a mask? Check with the Health Center. Probably makes sense to get in the habit of having one with you.
Keep up to date with the march back 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.
Here’s what’s happening on your island…
On Monday—Memorial Day—the AMVETS are proceeding with a no-live-audience, scaled back event on for Memorial Day. That’s to comply with the Governor’s order limiting gatherings to 10 people or less. Instead of coming down to Veteran’s Memorial Park to see the ceremony, you’ll be able to watch the event on Joe Moore’s News on the Net or listen to it tape-delayed here on WVBI. AMVET’s post commander Bob Tidmore says the ceremony will be shorter and smaller than normal, but no less sincere in honoring those with ties to the island that have served. One important part of that is remembering vets who have passed away during the last year. We’ve published the current list Bob has in this story on our website. If you are aware of any that aren’t on the list, please let Bob know so they can be remembered, too.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. West wind around 5 mph. Tonight Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 69. East wind around 5 mph. Saturday Night Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Sunday Showers likely, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Sunday Night A 30 percent chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Memorial Day A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Monday Night Showers likely, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. Tuesday A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Tuesday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. Wednesday A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. Wednesday Night A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 48. Thursday A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 64.
Out on the big drink…
Today Variable winds 5 kt or less. Patchy fog after 3pm. Waves 1 ft or less. Tonight Variable winds 5 kt or less. Patchy fog. Waves 1 ft or less. Saturday Variable winds 5 kt or less. A slight chance of showers after 2pm. Areas of fog. Waves 1 ft or less. Saturday Night ENE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming SE after midnight. Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Waves 1 ft or less. Sunday SSE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming WSW in the afternoon. Showers likely, mainly before 8am. Waves 1 ft or less.
Remember, the water is still cold enough to kill you if you are in too long. Dress for the water, not the weather if you are out in small craft.
TRAFFIC: None. Quiet all around the island, still, But let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Matt Kuligoski is celebrating today. Saturday, Erin McPherson, Jon Bonedeo, Cameron La Vasseur and Kirk Welter are celebrating. Sunday, it’s Mark LaFreniere and Carrie Wojan’s turn, Happy birthday to each and every one 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 1980, a recreation revolution begins with a game that gobbles. Japanese company Namco introduces ‘Puck Man,’ an arcade maze game based on the idea of eating. Introduced months later to the US and renamed ‘Pac-Man,’ it will grow in popularity to become the most famous, most profitable, and some say most influential, arcade video game ever released. And on this day in 1992, late-night legend Johnny Carson signs off after 30 years of hosting ‘The Tonight Show.’ (
WORD OF THE DAY preen (verb) [PREEN] which means: of a bird: to groom with the bill especially by rearranging the barbs and barbules of the feathers and by distributing oil from the uropygial gland; to dress or smooth (oneself) up; primp; to pride or congratulate (oneself) on an achievement; to make oneself sleek; to behave or speak with obvious pride or self-satisfaction. Preen hatched in 14th-century Middle English, and early on it displayed various spelling forms, including prenen, prayne, prene, and preyne. The word traces to Anglo-French puroindre, or proindre, linking pur-, meaning “thoroughly,” with uindre, oindre, meaning “to anoint or rub.” One of the first writers known to apply preen to the human act of primping was Geoffrey Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales. Centuries later (sometime during the late 19th century), the prideful meaning of preen hatched, joining another bird-related word, plume, which was being used with the meaning “to pride or congratulate (oneself)” from the first half of the 17th century. (from Merriam Webster)
Now, to wrap up for this neoteric Beaver Island Friday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Aristotle: “There is only one way to avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing and be nothing.” On a lighter note: Why did the man become an archaeologist? His career was in ruins.
Kinda like the career of our joke of the day…
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, May 22nd, 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.