News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, May 29th, 2020

From America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, May 29th, 2020.
First, some news…
Health Center continues to ramp up testing presumably in response to concerns over the positive test return last Saturday. They now report 68 people tested. 60 of those are back as negative, seven are pending and one has come back positive. Additional good news is that th person who did test positive reports she has checked with all of her contacts. They have all now tested and come back negative.
News of re-openings continues around the island. Eager Beaver is once again online as is Whiskey Point Brewing. Resale shop plans to re-open on June 12 and the 13th from noon to 4:00 each day. Unfortunately, there also seems to have been an unwelcome opening at Grassmick’s barn: Brad reports that a lawn mower, an air compressor and a nail gun have gone missing from there.
With the end of the governor’s current stay at home order, some politicians are lobbying in advance for no more extensions. The Ottawa County board has supported its chair in sending a letter urging that the restriction come to an end. Saying there is a “growing loss of credibility and belief” in the necessity for it as well as for distinctions being made that, to many, seem arbitrary. “[I]t is illogical that Meijer and Home Depot can be open but car showrooms cannot; that you can sit at a bar in Manistee but not in Ludington or Grand Haven — assuming proper safety precautions; that you can sit on the beach in a crowd but not attend church — again leaving to the congregation and clergy the responsibility for safe services,” according to the letter. Meantime, in an interview with I-P-R News Radio, State Senator Curt Vanderwall who represents Mason, Lake, Osceola and Ogemaw counties-says there are no reason for his counties to continue to be shut down while counties with similar characteristics to the north are not. In an interview ahead of the holiday weekend, he said that we need to be prepared for the next phase of the crisis, which is going to be a mental health crisis-and that the longer we stay closed, the worse that will be.
While that debate continues, the governor and president agree on at least one thing. That’s an extension of use of the National Guard to help in pandemic response through July 31. Th egovernor made a request for that Wednesday and the president approved it yesterday afternoon.
Numbers across the state edged back from the bounce they took yesterday. Officials reported 406 new cases yesterday and 38 new deaths. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 56,014 and total deaths to 5,372. Seven-day case average continues to look good. Average new case level is at 358.
In our region, total confirmed cases are steady at 205. Death toll remains stable at 20-no change in that since May 12th. County by county, Otsego confirmed case count is stable at 100 with 10 deaths. Emmet is stable at 21 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 23 cases with five deaths. Charlevoix 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 three to 112 confirmed cases. Death toll is stable at 15.
Heres’ what’s happening on your island. Health Center Board is meeting tomorrow. It’ll be a Zoom meeting starting at 9:30. Details are in the calendar online. Airport Commission has a meeting set for Monday at noon, also on Zoom. There’s a Mindful families Webinar at 4:00 Monday afternoon. B-I-C-S Board Policy Committee is set to meet by Zoom Tuesday afternoon at 3:30. B-I-C-S Sports awards ceremony by Zoom will be at 7. St. James planning Commission is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 and the regular St. James Township board meeting is on Wednesday at 5:30. Both of those will be by audio conference. Also Wednesday, B-I-C-S Board Committees are busy: Finance at 9:30 and Facilities at 3:30. Both meetings by Zoom. And Thursday, the Board Curriculumn Committee meets at 3:30-again by Zoom. Where we have them, the virtual meeting participation details are in the calendar. School doesn’t give them for the most part until near the meeting, so check the school website for those.
And, get these graduation events on your calendar: There’ll be an in-car parade around the harbor on June 6th-the date originally planned for ceremonies here at the Community Center. And an in-person graduation is tentatively planned for June 20th at 1:00.
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 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.
For what’s happening on your island…check the WVBI/BIC Center Community Calendar at
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Tonight Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 43. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 57. Northwest wind around 15 mph. Saturday Night Patchy frost after 3am. Otherwise, clear, with a low around 36. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west after midnight. Sunday Sunny, with a high near 60. West wind around 15 mph. Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 41. Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Monday Night Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Tuesday Showers likely, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Tuesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Wednesday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.
Out on the big drink…
Today W wind around 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Saturday NW wind around 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft. Sunday WSW wind 10 to 15 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.
Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: Picking up a bit, but no delays. Lots more folks out walking and biking then has been the case-probably more due to the nice weather than anything else. So, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Today Butch Hogarth, Miranda Rooy and Keith Szczepanski are celebrating-and sharing a birthday with J-F-K. Happy birthday to 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 1851, Sojourner Truth delivers her famous ‘Ain’t I a Woman?’ speech. African American abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth attends the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, where she delivers an impromptu speech that will become known as ‘Ain’t I a Woman?’ Differing versions of her speech will be published, but an 1863 account-which, among other inaccuracies, incorrectly gave her a Southern accent-will become the historical standard. (
WORD OF THE DAY assail (verb) [uh-SAIL] which means: to attack violently : assault; to encounter, undertake, or confront energetically; to oppose, challenge, or criticize harshly and forcefully; to trouble or afflict in a manner that threatens to overwhelm; to be perceived by (a person, a person’s senses, etc.) in a strongly noticeable and usually unpleasant way. Assail comes from an Anglo-French verb, assaillir, which itself traces back to the Latin verb assilire (“to leap upon”). Assilire combines the prefix ad- (“to, toward”) with the Latin verb salire, meaning “to leap.” (Salire is the root of a number of English words related to jumping or leaping, such as somersault and sally, as well as assault, a synonym of assail.) When assail was first used in the 13th century, it meant “to make a violent physical attack upon.” By the early 15th century, English speakers were using the term to mean “to attack with words or arguments.” Now the verb can refer to any kind of aggressive encounter, even if it is not necessarily violent or quarrelsome, as in “Upon entering the room, we were assailed by a horrible odor.” (from Merriam Webster)
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Eleanor Roosevelt: “A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.” On a lighter note: How do you count a shark’s teeth? Not by hand.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, May 29th, 2020. I’m Kevin Boyle, reporting online from vacation, wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever? And, thanks for reading.