News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, October 16th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, October 16th, 2020. 

First, some news…

 

New developments this week on Line 5 and its proposed replacement under the Straits of Mackinac. A group surveying the bottom of the lake in the area with concerns about the proposed replacement tunnel says they’ve found what they believe could be an Ice Age cultural site.  The group, most of them native American women, were using a remote operated underwater vehicle when they made the discovery.  They say they have also learned that state officials new about this in February and that an Enbridge contractor first made the discovery, but was told to ignore the finding.  What have they found down there?  “Linear stone alignments” similar to Ice Age caribou hunting grounds discovered in Lake Huron in 2009.  There is concern these artifacts could be harmed by vibrations from the drilling process. The State Historic Preservation Office is reviewing the findings and will advise EGLE, the state agency reviewing Enbridge’s plans, about them.  EGLE says it will take that into consideration in its review of the tunnel proposal.  Enbridge says it was unaware of the presence of the artifacts.  This issue joins concerns raised by geologists who say the lake bed won’t support the proposed tunnel.

 

Meantime, bills have been introduced in the State House this week concerning use of anchors in the straits.  One would ban large vessels from anchoring there or using any equipment that could come in contact with Line 5. There would be stiff fines for violators and Enbridge would be required to mark the Line’s path with buoys. The other bill would make anchoring a large boat there a felony.

 

The Michigan Department of Treasury says all stores selling returnable bottle and cans must start accepting returns immediately.  Returns have been shutdown since March, except for machines which were required to come back online back in June.

 

And, Michigan State Attorney General Dana Nessell has joined the growing list of officials with approved recall petitions.  The Board of State Canvassers approved a petition by Albion resident Chad Baase yesterday.  He also has recall efforts underway against Whitmer, along with Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.  He has sixty days to gather the slightly more than one million signatures to get each of the recalls on the next state ballot.

Speaking of the governor and the A-G, the attorney general has announced charges against a 14th person involved in the kidnapping plot against the governor.  A Wisconsin man was arrested yesterday in the case on a charge of supporting terrorism.  He’s alleged to have helped with surveillance of the governor’s family summer home by buying night vision goggles and recording things with a dashcam, among other things.

 

State health officials reported a huge batch of new cases yesterday with 2,030 added to the tally.  That brings new cases to their highest point since back in April. While the surge in cases hasn’t been accompanied by a similar surge in deaths, state health officials remain concerned about the strain on the healthcare system.  The surge seems to be happening downstate and in the U-P, effectively bookending our part of the state.  There’s a map from Bridge Michigan in todays script that shows the details.

 

Yesterday’s report brings the total cases since the start to 141,091 with 27,908 of those active.  There were 32 new deaths bring the total there to 6,973.  Average for new cases is now at 1,293. For deaths the number is 18.  Safe start numbers for the state are 4.1% for the positive test rate―which continues to blip up―and 99.9 new cases per million, which is a blip up from yesterday after about a week of going down―but those safe start numbers are several days behind.  Current data is as of the 12th.

 

In our region there were 32 new cases and no new deaths. Six new cases in Charlevoix.  Total active cases in the region is 377.  Average for new cases is 15 and the average for deaths is 0.  Safe start numbers for our zone continue to look good with a 2.2 percent positive test rate―with less than 3% as the target―and new cases at 35.9 per million.  That’s above the target and in the B zone on the state’s low then A to E scale. No change in the data from our health center. 197 tests run with 187 back negative.  Six positive tests none of which are active on the island.

 

Full county-by-county data for our region are in today’s script online along with state, regional, U-P and Safe Start Zone totals, plus rolling averages and active case estimates. 

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

141091

6973

2030

32

Region

1382

38

32

0

TVC Zone

2029

67

43

0

UP

3813

62

168

2

Note: 7 deaths are reclassifications from prior dates

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

1293

18

 

Region

15

0

 

TVC Zone

22

0

 

UP

96

2

Note: Look back now 6 days divided by 7 to adj. for no Sun. data.

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

79

0

3

0

Benzie

94

2

4

0

Charlevoix

114

4

6

0

Emmet

168

4

1

0

Grand Traverse

548

12

15

0

Kalkaska

86

4

1

0

Leelanau

116

1

2

0

Otsego

177

11

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

27908

 

 

Region

377

 

 

TVC Zone

528

 

 

UP

2507

Note: Look back now 26 days to adjust for 4 Sundays with no data.

 

 

Data from 10/14/2020

 

Greenwald Construction and Real Estate One are sponsoring a community cleanup event on October 24th.  Their plans―announced yesterday―include free curbside pickups with scheduled appointments.  They’ll pick it up and take it to the transfer station, but you need to pay the disposal fees if any.  To schedule a pickup, call the Real Estate One office at 448-2449. 

Now, here’s what’s happening on your island…

 

We’re done with meetings for this week and the planner for next week is easy with just two meetings on the books. St. James Public Works Committee meets Wednesday at 2:00 at the Governmental Center.  BIESA meets Thursday at 2:00 at the Peaine Township Hall.

 

Today, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is up in the Deerwood Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30.

 

Saturday― Pickleball is on from 10 to noon.  As the weather bounces around, they are meeting at the BIC Center and then deciding whether to play inside here or outside on the municipal tennis courts over by the resale shop.  And there are movies here at the BIC Center.  4:00 show is Sonic The Hedgehog.  Your favorite video game character comes to life in a mix of live action and animation that’s really cool.  Rated PG.  Great fun for the whole family.  And at 7:00 it’s an award-winning independent film called Babyteeth.  This one’s for the grownups at your house with a rating of NC-17.  Concession stand will be open for both shows―for snacks, a meal or both.  Pizza and hot dogs are on the menu along with all your favorite movie treats. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org.

 

There are weekend services at Holy Cross and Sunday services at the Christian Church.  Times and details are on the calendar.

 

Next week, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Tuesday and Friday 10:30 to 11:30 up in the Deerwood Hangout.  Pickleball Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10 to noon.  Cyber Security Class online Wednesday evening.  Topic is Internet Scams and Fraud.  Call the C-O-A at 2124 for logon info. Games Galore 1 to 4 here in Thursday and then Euchre at the Shamrock. Cards hit the table at 7.

 

[C-O-A is has a fall recipe contest on now. Submit your winner today through the deadline on the 28th.  Details are in the calendar.]

 

Medicare open enrollment is underway and the meetings the C-O-A has set up to help are at the end of next week.  They’re at the senior center in the county building on October 23rd from 9 to 6 and on the 24th from 9 to 1.  Call Lonnie at 2124 to set up an appointment.

 

If you are planning on voting absentee for the upcoming election, the time to get your ballot and get it back is running out. Officials suggest mailing your ballot in by the 19th. Still need to get an absentee ballot?  Hurry up and ask for one from your township clerk.

 

[Don’t forget about the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Raffle.  Go to raffle dot bic center dot org if you would like to get tickets.  Or get them at the BIC Center from desk.]

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 C presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:

Today

A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 9am, then a chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 20 mph becoming west in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tonight

Rain showers likely before 1am, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. West wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Saturday

A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 10am, then rain showers likely. Increasing clouds, with a high near 55. Breezy, with a west wind 10 to 20 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 9pm. Cloudy, with a low around 38. Breezy, with a south wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. West wind 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers before 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

Monday

A 30 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46.

Monday Night

A chance of rain showers before 11pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 11pm and midnight, then a chance of rain showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.

Tuesday

A chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.

Wednesday

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38.

Thursday

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54.

Out on the big drink…

Today

W wind 15 to 20 kt, with gusts as high as 25 kt. A chance of showers, mainly after 11am. A slight chance of waterspouts after 1pm. Waves around 4 ft.

Saturday

WSW wind 15 to 25 kt becoming SSE in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 kt. Showers, mainly after 2pm. Waves 2 to 3 ft.

Sunday

W wind around 15 kt. A chance of showers. Waves 5 ft subsiding to 2 ft.

Water Temps: This morning: Down 50 at White Shoal.  55 at the mid-lake buoy. 54 at the bridge. 52 at Mackinac City. Down south, the buoy at Sleeping Bear has gone into hibernation.  It’s been recovered for the winter. At the mid-lake buoy on the south end of the lake, 57.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC: None.  But branches down all over the place. So, let’s be careful out there.

BIRTHDAYS:  Erin Myers is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Erin and, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1859 an abolitionist attacks an armory at Harpers Ferry. Inspired by his anti-slavery beliefs, and enraged by pro-slavery violence, abolitionist John Brown launches an armed assault on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Brown and his small band of supporters is no match for the US Marines that will be called out against him. Brown was tried for treason against Virginia, found guilty and hanged on December 2nd of the same year―the first person to be hanged for treason in the history of the country. A number of his co-raiders followed him to the gallows. While southerners were relived the raid had been stopped and it’s perpetrators punished, Brown’s execution was viewed as a calamity in the North.  The Civil War followed in just a few years. (bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: futile (adjective) [FYOO-tul], which means: serving no useful purpose : completely ineffective; occupied with trifles : frivolous. Futile broke into 16th-century English as a Latinate borrowing from Middle French. The Latin derivative, fūtilis, was used to describe things that are brittle or fragile and, by extension, things serving no purpose or being pointless. These meanings survive in the English futile, which denotes ineffectiveness or frivolousness. In 1827, English author Robert Southey found use for the word by blending it into utilitarian to form futilitarian, a word that is used for anyone who believes that human striving is futile―that is, ineffective and/or frivolous. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…

Here’s a thought for the day abolitionist John Brown: “I cannot remember a night so dark as to have hindered the coming day.”

On a lighter note: Why did the spiders have such a strong connection?  They saw eye to eye to eye to eye to eye to eye to eye to eye.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, October 16th, 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. 

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