News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, September 18th

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, September 18th

First, some news…

 

Michigan Health officials are reporting the death of a 2-month old baby from COVID-10.  That’s the youngest person in the state known to have died from the virus that has plagued us since March.    Michigan Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said the death shows that even though children are less likely to get severely ill from COVID-19, they still can. Children between the ages of 0-9 represent 2 percent of Michigan’s total COVID-19 cases and almost zero percent of deaths. 98% of deaths have been persons over 60 while they account for 28% of cases.

 

State health officials have reported a big batch of new cases yesterday – a total of 829 new cases.  There were 11 new deaths. That brings the total of confirmed cases to 114,692.  Of those 21,031 are active.  Death toll stands at 6,632. The seven-day running average for new cases is down again to 739.  Average for deaths is down one to 11.  M-I Safe Start Map shows a state-wide positive test rate running average at 3.4%, which is at the bottom of the medium risk zone and the average new case rate state-wide is at 57.2 per million, which is at the low end of the high risk zone.

 

Our region had 10 new cases.  Two in Charlevoix. No new deaths. Overall total of cases in our region is now at 1,032 of which 378 are active. Rolling averages are 11 new cases a day and no deaths.  Safe Start data for our zone show the positive test rate down to 1.7%, which is in the low risk zone.  The number of new cases per million is up to 23.0, which is now back down to a medium-high risk rating.

 

Health Center report this morning shows nothing new. Totals are 177 tests run, 167 back negative, four pending and six positive.  None of those are active cases 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

113863

6623

680

11

Region

1022

32

17

0

TVC Zone

1526

60

25

0

UP

1347

22

41

2

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

753

12

 

Region

11

0

 

TVC Zone

14

0

 

UP

24

0

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

57

0

0

0

Benzie

60

2

3

0

Charlevoix

80

3

0

0

Emmet

133

4

4

0

Grand Traverse

393

7

7

0

Kalkaska

65

4

0

0

Leelanau

94

1

0

0

Otsego

140

11

3

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

20678

 

 

Region

375

 

 

TVC Zone

508

 

 

UP

541

Note: Look back now 29 days to adjust for no Sunday data.

 

 

 Data from 9/16/2020

 

Some shipwreck explorers have finally found the wreck of the car ferry Pierre Marquette, that sank 110 years ago last week.  She took 18 of 29 passengers down with her and had been lost to the depths of the lake until this summer.  She was found in about 500 feet of water 25 miles off Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Here final voyage departed Ludington with a destination of Milwaukee.

 

Here’s an interesting item from Detroit.  How many movies have you seen where someone jumps a car across and opening drawbridge—usually to escape just in the nick of time? A fellow tried it down in Detroit just a few days ago. Except, he didn’t seem to be trying to get away from anyone and instead of making a getaway he popped all for tires and wound up getting arrested.  So, if you were thinking about jumping the Charlevoix Bridge next time it’s a close call, maybe not.

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

 

Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program ion the Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30.

 

Saturday, Pickleball at the usual time and place, and movies here at the BIC Center.  4:00 show is Disney’s Inside Out.  Great fun for the entire family.  And at 7:00 it’s a rollicking look at election season with Irresistible.  Stars Steve Carell. Written by former Daily Show host Jon Stewart. 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.

 

And, here’s one to get in your planner if you have kids.  The Christian Church has announced that a slightly modified Trunk or Treat event is on for this year—Halloween night from 5 to 6:30 at Gregg Fellowship Center.  No food this year—so you’ll have to wait for next year for Gerry’s famous Halloween night chilly unless you have an inside connection.  And, the event will be outside. If you want to hand out candy, bring your costume, decorations and candy. Tables supplied.   Masks and social distancing required.  Mom and dad need to make sure kids follow those rules.  Like always.

 

And, Medicare open enrollment id coming up.  If you are interested in help with that, Lonnie at the C-O-A has some folks lined up for that.  They’ll be 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.

 

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.  Stay up to date.  Remember: Protect yourself.  Protect the island.

Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:

Today

Areas of frost before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 57. North wind around 5 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 40. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. South wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the morning.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. South wind around 5 mph.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 67. South wind 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 50.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 69.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 53.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 71.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Thursday

A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 67.

Out on the big drink…

Today

NNE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming NW in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Saturday

SSW wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Sunday

S wind 10 to 15 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Water Temps: 60 at the mid-lake buoy. 56 at the bridge. 58 at Mackinac City. Cooling off down south, too, a little. Water is now 61 at the Sleeping Bear Dunes lakeshore. And at the mid-lake buoy on the south end of the lake, it’s down to 67.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC: Our W-V-B-I virtual octocopter is high in the sky above the island and spies—virtually nothing.  None, nada & zip on the traffic front.  But wait, here comes a flight to the mainland, so its gotta move.  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports.  Lots of deer dashing across the roads though, so let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Mary Palmer is  celebrating today. Over the weekend Colt Maudrie has a birthday Saturday and Laila Coffel on Sunday. Happy birthday to each of them, and if we missed you on that list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1960 Cuba’s new leader pays a visit to the U-S. Leftist revolutionary Fidel Castro, prime minister of Cuba after his forces ousted Batista’s government the year before, arrives in New York to meet with Americans sympathetic to his cause, and will later speak at the UN. His visit, at the height of Cold War, causes consternation in some and sparks celebration in others. (bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: delve (verb) [DELV], which means: to dig or labor with or as if with a spade; to make a careful or detailed search for information; to examine a subject in detail.  We must dig deep into the English language’s past to find the origins of delve. The verb traces to the early Old English word delfan and is related to the Old High German word telban, meaning “to dig.” For centuries, there was only delving—no digging—because dig didn’t exist until much later; it appears in early Middle English. Is the phrase “dig and delve” (as in the line “eleven, twelve, dig and delve,” from the nursery rhyme that begins “one, two, buckle my shoe”) redundant? Not necessarily. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, in some local uses, dig was the term for working with a mattock (a tool similar to a pick), while delve was reserved for work done using a spade. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…

Here’s a thought for the day: “Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”

On a lighter note: It’s hard to imagine the world before the zipper.  But there is a name for it.  It was a no fly zone.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, September 18th, 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, as always, thanks for listening. 

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