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Community Calendar for Friday, May 3rd, 2024

WVBI Community Calendar
May 3, 2024

From our Langford Family Studios on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I.

First some news…


As protests over investments in Israel and the war in Gaza have grown violent on both coasts, they’ve remained peaceful at three Michigan Universities. A brief encampment at Michigan State seems to have ended with the end of classes there.  At U of M, M-Live reports 200 protestors sitting and sleeping in tent son the Diag with daily life there switching between craft projects to pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli programming. So far, there have been no arrests, but there is growing concern about disruptions at upcoming commencement ceremonies that might violate a new U of M regulation on protests. At Western, a brief encampment of Western and Kalamazoo College students seems to have mostly ended with a promise from Western officials to meet to negotiate about student demands.


May is Mental Health Month and with that comes increased attention to suicide prevention. Research shows health care providers can play a crucial role suicide prevention, but especially at hospitals organized efforts at that are reported to be less than optimal. Farah Siddiqi (Farr-ah sih-DEE-kee) has more .

Recent research shows approximately half of people who die by suicide had contact with a health care professional within a month prior to their death. However, a recent study shows only 8-percent of hospitals are currently implementing all four recommended suicide prevention practices: safety planning, warm handoffs to outpatient care, patient follow-up, and lethal means counseling. Melissa Tolstyka, with Trinity Hospital in Ann Arbor, says a seamless transition from inpatient to outpatient care is critical. At Ann Arbor, she saw a 46-percent increase in compliance with comprehensive suicide risk assessments, and patients discharged on the suicide care pathway now receive a safety plan, which she sees as progress.


:18  “We continue to see a need for really robust programming, and not just within the behavioral health world, but in the medical world as well. Our organization really wanted to focus on bringing the behavioral health and the medical services together to enhance our safer suicide care practices for our patients.”

Tag:  This initiative is being piloted across various units at Trinity Hospitals in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids including the emergency department, psychiatric medical, and inpatient nursing units. If you or anyone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling or texting 9-8-8, the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.


Second Cut: Casie Sultana, a clinical nurse leader at Trinity Hospital Grand Rapids, prioritizes patient well-being, emphasizing support and improvement over solely managing risks within the facility.


:15  “We want to be someplace that people feel welcome to come to who are dealing with suicide. You feel so alone. It’s a very lonely journey, and we want people to come seek help and feel welcomed when they do that.”

Tag:  Susan Buchardt, also at Trinity Grand Rapids, advises other hospitals considering a similar program to learn from organizations that are already using it.

Finally in our news, a few reminders:


C-O-A is out of meal vouchers until some arrive from the mainland.  Check with them before making a trip to pick up your May supply.


The Historical Society is celebrating the first anniversary of their publication of the Northern Islander.  That’ll be at 1:00 Saturday afternoon at the paper’s original home: the Print Shop Museum. B-I-H-S Executive Director Lori Taylor-Blitz and Northern Islander editor Amy Marschner will talk more about the event and the history of the paper tonight on Island Reflections here on W-V-B-I. Listen after our news at 5:00 for that, or catch the Podcast id you miss it on-air.


There are still a few open field trip slots for the upcoming Birding Foray on the Beaver on Memorial Day Weekend. Sign up at tickets dot bic center dot org.  And, still a few places open for the BIC Center Memorial Day Saturday Golf tournament. Sign up at the BIC Center front desk.



Time and places are running out to sign up for the Tunes Makers Cornhole Tournament.  That will we on Memorial Day Saturday just ahead of the Is Everybody Happy Party. Registration Deadline is May 10th. Info on signing up is in the calendar entry and in today’s script online. To register call or text chuck at 231-675-5590.


You can also help support Tunes Music Makers by entering their Best of Beaver Island Raffle. The grand prize is an Island vacation package with airfare, boat fare, hotel, car rental, meals, gift cards at the hardware, the gallery, McDonoughs, Whiskey Point Brewing, the BIC Center and more. There’s also a 2nd place prize featuring a fishing charter and a third place with featuring jet ski rentals. You can enter online.  Info on how is in the calendar entry and today’s script.  Winners will be drawn at the Is Everybody Happy Party May 25th at 9:00 P-M.


Next Tuesday is election day with just one thing on the ballot: a millage renewal for special education in the Char-EM I-S-D. It renews the existing levy that expired in 2023. Polls will be open from 7:00 in the morning until 8:00 p.m.


If you want to vote on something today, how about voting for the Beaver Island Retreat as the top glamping spot in U-S-A Today’s poll. You can vote once a day on that. And if you are job hunting, there are lots of job openings on the Island. You’ll find links and more info for these reminders in today’s script online.

The Beaver Island Retreat, the island’s glamping experience, is once again in the running to be named the top glamping spot in the country. At last check they were ranked number two in the U-S-A Today polling. You can help put them on top…and help the island get recognition, too…with a vote for them.  There’s a link in today’s script online.


Lots of job openings on the Island as we head towards our busy season. There’s a complete run down of what we know about in today’s script online.


The library is looking for a Children’s Librarian to organize programs for the kids and help maintain the collection at the library. 20 hours per week. Applications are due May 3rd at 5 p.m.


The Island’s Irish Heritage Group, the folks who organize the annual Irish Feile, want to hire an administrative assistant and bookkeeper. It’s a part time position that will be 10 to 15 hours per week year around. There’s information about qualifications and details on how to apply in today’s script and in the calendar entry online. The application deadline is May 6th. To view the full Job Description and Request for Proposal (RFP) document, follow the link at


B-I-C-S is looking for a soccer coach for the 2024 season. The job runs from August 12th to October 12th and get you a 24-hundred dollar stipend. Applications can be dropped by school or emailed to Kerry Smith.  There’s more info on how to apply in today’s script online. Send a cover letter expressing your interest to Kerry Smith by email or drop off in school office by 3:30 pm on May 8th, 2024.


St. James Township is looking for seasonal marina attendants for the upcoming season. Pay is 16 to 19 dollars an hour full time from mid-June through August. Head to the St. James Township website for application info or grab the link in today’s script online. Applicants should send a completed application and letter of interest to Harbormaster Marlene Wiser at or US Mail to: PO BOX 42, Beaver Island, MI 49782.

Now, here’s a look at events happening on your Emerald Isle…


First your meeting planner for the week…


A-A meets tonight and Saturday at 6:00. That’s it for the week. Locations and more details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Friday, Senior and Vets Coffee and Donuts is from 9:00 to 11:00 at the BIC Center. At 10:00, there’s Pickleball in the theater at the BIC Center while upstairs at 10:30 there’s the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program. Resale Shop is open noon to 4:00.


Saturday, Resale Shop is open again from noon to 4:00 there’s Lego Club at the library at 1:00. Also at 1:00, the northern Islander celebrates its first anniversary of publication by the Historical Society with a reception at the Print Shop Museum. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. Then, the BIC Center and B-I-C-S robotics team B-I-robot have a May the Fourth be with you Star Wars watch party starting at 2:00. All three films of the original trilogy on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center with a Cantina Bar experience out front and costume contest.  A New Hope screens at 2:00 followed by a B-I-robot demo at 4:30. You’ll see this year’s competition robot and racing mini robots. At 5:00, the Empire Strikes Back, then costume contest winners will be announced at 7:30.  At 8:00, it’s The Return of the Jedi. All of the shows are rated PG.


Sunday, there are services at the Christian Church at 10:00 a.m. and mass at Holy Cross Church at 12:15 p.m.


Looking ahead to next week…


Monday, C-O-A has Cardio Drumming. Music and exercise in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 10:00. It’s all you can eat pizza and salad night at the Shamrock starting at 5:00 and there is Pickleball in the theater at the BIC Center from 5:30 to 7:00. In our Dark Skies, the Moon will be near Mercury in Monday morning’s twilight. Reddish Mars will be there, too. Along with Earthshine on the almost new Moon. There’s more at dark sky island dot org.


Tuesday, it’s Election Day with the Special Ed millage renewal on the ballot. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Talking Threads is at 9:00 a.m. Crafting and yacking at the Peaine Township Hall. C-O-A Chair Yoga is at the BIC Center in the Hangout at 10:00. Meantime, in the Theater, Pickleball is on from 10:00 to noon. At 10:30 it’s the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program in the Hangout. Over at the library at 2:30. Maeve Green will be there with story hour. In the Dark Skies, Tuesday night will be the new Moon. There’s more about that at dark sky island dot org.


Wednesday, at the BIC Center, C-O-A has Cardio Drumming at 10:00 in the theater and Bingo at 1:00 in the Hangout.  At 5:00, it’s Time for Art at the BIC Center. This week it’s Botanical Tile Making in a class lead by Larrissa McGinnity and Mark Engelsman. It’s all filled up, though, with only standby signup available. Do that at the BIC Center Front Desk.  Also on Wednesday evening, there’s an Adult Faith Formation class up in the Hangout. That starts at 7:00.


Thursday paddles out with Pickleball. That’s from 10:00 to noon in the Theater at the BIC Center. Women’s Bible Study is also at 10:00 over at the Christian Church. And, at the library at 10:00 there’s a Babes & Toddlers Mix Up. Fun time for the little ones with activities, stories and more. Tai Chi is in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 11:00. Resale Shop is open noon to 4:00. At 1:30 there’s a Healthy Gardening Soil presentation by Dr. Nate Walton at the library And Thursday is Burger and a Beer night at the Shamrock at 5 p.m. Down the street at the Wild Strawberry Cafe it’s Euchre Night. Cards hit the table at 6:00.

NAME OF DAY: Today’s BIC Center name of the day is Hugo. If that’s your name, head on down to the BIC Center today for a free drink of your choice.


BIRTHDAYS: None on our list today, but if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Island beltway is running smoothly. No bridge delays. But, let’s be careful out there.

On this day in 1948, ‘CBS Television News’ (later ‘CBS Evening News’) debuts as a 15-minute show anchored by Douglas Edwards. In 1963 it will become the first 30-minute weeknight network news broadcast. Future anchors will include Walter CronkiteDan RatherKatie Couric, and Scott Pelley.

Our Merriam Webster Word of the Day is melee (noun) [MAY-lay], which means a confused fight or struggle, especially one involving hand-to-hand combat. English has no shortage of words for confused and noisy fights, some, like fraybrawl, , more common than others such as  donnybrook or  fracas. Melee tends to be encountered more often in written rather than spoken English, but it is far from obscure, and has seen increasing use especially in the context of video games featuring some form of hand-to-hand combat. Such games allow players to  with all manner of rivals and baddies from the comfort and safety of their home, with mix being an especially apt word alongside melee: the latter comes from the French word mêlée, [MAY-lee] spelled the same as our melee, but which in turn comes from the Old French verb mesler [MAY-lee], spelled m-e-s-l-e-r, meaning “to mix.”

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday

Here’s a thought for the day from long-time C-B-S news anchor Walter Cronkite: “The ethic of the journalist is to recognize one’s prejudices, biases, and avoid getting them into print.”

On a lighter note: We have this breaking news: The CEO of IKEA has been elected Prime Minister of Sweden. He’s currently assembling his cabinet.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, May 3rd, 2024. The Community Calendar will be on Spring Break for the next two weeks as I head off for a graduation and a series of off-island meetings. Of course, the online calendar will be available throughout, and the on-air version will return on May 20th.  Until then, 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. 



Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 10am. High near 59. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


Mostly clear, with a low around 43. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.


Increasing clouds, with a high near 57. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. West wind around 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 38.


Sunny, with a high near 60.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.


Showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 60.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 2am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.


A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.


A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 57.


Fire danger level on the island set at Moderate…

Out on the big drink…


S wind around 10 kt becoming W in the morning. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8am. Patchy fog before 9am. Waves around 1 ft.


ESE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming NE in the afternoon. Increasing clouds. Waves 1 ft or less.


NW wind around 10 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


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


ESE wind 10 to 15 kt. Showers likely. Waves 1 to 2 ft.