News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, November 27th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, November 27th, 2020. 

First, some news…


Health Center is reporting three new positive tests and eight more negative tests results since yesterday morning.  For this outbreak, they’ve run 69 tests with 13 positive results, 45 negative and 11 still pending.  There have been no hospital admissions in connection with any of the positive tests.


State health officials didn’t report data yesterday, so no updates there. Last reports showed over-all new cases state-wide on a gradual downward trajectory and a pretty steep drop-off in positive tests rates.  Time will tell whether holiday gatherings yesterday will reverse that trend. 


In our Polar Plunge department, the fund raising goal for the Food Pantry was met, so Hillary Rose took a swim as promised Thanksgiving Day morning over in Charlevoix.  Conditions were brisk, but the lake was calm—and there was no need to fight for space on the beach.  The Food Pantry says thanks to all who donated.


In our “I no longer feel left out department,” after watching New York Governor Cuomo win an International Emmy for his press conference performances early this year, Michigan’s governor may have been feeling left out.  But, no more.  Time announced yesterday that she is in the running to be named Person of the Year. You can vote online, but only id you agree to get email from Time.  


Finally, in our “I’m a survivor” department, after high water made for difficult nesting this year one little bird’s flight south is being celebrated as a victory. A Piping Plover born on Manitou Island has been spotted on Kiawah Island in South Carolina.  The fledging is the sole survivor of three siblings born this year, but its appearance where the birds winter is a good sign.  The birds also nest on the island and around the archipelago.  It’s estimated that there are about 65 to 75 nesting pairs—in the world. No word on the archipelago’s fledglings so far.

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


Not a lot. Worship services are on for this weekend at Holy Cross and the Christian Church.  Times and details are in the calendar. On Monday, PABI will conduct the drawing for the BIC Center and W-V-B-I 2020 Raffle.  That’ll be at 8:00 Monday evening at the Shamrock. On your meeting planner for next week, just two items” St. James Planning Commission is set to meet Tuesday evening at 7.  B-I-C-S committee of the whole meets Wednesday at 4:00.  Both of those meetings will be online. Details including remote attendance info are in the calendar online.  Speaking of the school board.  They have an open seat.  If you are interested in filling it, the deadline to do so is 3:30 on the 7th.  Details are in the calendar.

Keep up to date on COVID-19 news with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Click COVID-19 Info in the menu at W-V-B-I dot net.  .

Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:


A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 40. West wind 5 to 15 mph.


A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 8pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 31. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.


Partly sunny, with a high near 43. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. Breezy.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Blustery.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Breezy.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.

Out on the big drink…


W wind 10 to 15 kt. A chance of showers after 4pm. Waves 1 to 2 ft.


WSW wind around 20 kt. Sunny. Waves 4 to 5 ft.


SW wind around 15 kt becoming WNW in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Waves around 3 ft.

Water Temps: 41 at White Shoal and 47 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island—with one footers out there.

TRAFFIC: None, nada, zip.  But, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  None on the list today or for Saturday. Madison Rauch is celebrating Sunday. Happy Birthday to Madison, and if we missed you on our list, happy birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1973, the US Senate confirms Michigan Congressman Gerald R. Ford as vice president. He succeeds Spiro Agnew, who had resigned after pleading no contest to tax evasion. Ford will serve as vice president for less than a year before succeeding Nixon as president, after he resigns in the fallout from the Watergate scandal. And, this date in 1924 saw the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.  (

WORD OF THE DAY: ulterior (adjective) [ul-TEER-ee-er], which means: going beyond what is openly said or shown and especially what is proper; further, future; more distant; situated on the farther side.

Although now usually hitched to the front of the noun motive to refer to a hidden need or desire that inspires action, ulterior began its career as an adjective in the 17th century describing something occurring at a subsequent time, such as “ulterior measures” taken after a lawful request. It then started to be used to mean both “more distant” (literally and figuratively) and “situated on the farther side.” The “hidden” sense, which is most familiar today, followed after those, with the word modifying nouns like purpose, design, and consequence. Ulterior comes directly from the Latin word for “farther” or “further,” itself assumed to be from ulter, meaning “situated beyond.” (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…

Here’s a thought for the day from President Gerald Ford: “Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.”

On a lighter note: How did the dad justify buying a boat?  There was a sail.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, November 27th, 2020.  I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from the Langford Family WVBI 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.