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Community Calendar for Friday, September 1st, 2023

With the Labor Day weekend here comes the end of the summer vacation season, but increasingly the season is ending early as more and more schools start a week or more before the holiday. Michigan K-12 schools need a waiver to start before Labor Day, but this year 75% of them had waivers to start early. That leaves businesses without summer help at the end of the season according trade associations.  Here on the island, it led to the early closure of the Paradise Bay Coffee shop.


A new A-A-R-P survey says Michigan adults 45 and older are most concerned with staying mentally sharp as they age about. Farah Siddiqi has more.

Lisa Dedden Cooper, manager of advocacy for AARP Michigan, said the Vital Voices survey analyzed health security, financial security and community livability. Although concerns for things such as retirement and access to Social Security are common results, the survey also made new financial findings.


“Being able to afford groceries and other necessities actually was extremely highly rated,” she said, adding that “93% of people said that was an important issue that something that was on their mind, that’s we think an important issue.”


AARP conducts the Vital Voices research every three years. Results for each state are released based on the timing of their survey. Michigan’s came out this month.


Cooper said family caregivers are particularly interested in things such as the ability to age in place in their homes, and having access to alternatives to nursing-home care. Dedden Cooper said those issues will shape how they vote in the 2024 elections.


“Ninety percent of the survey respondents support having some sort of a tax credit for family caregivers to help offset the caregiving expenses that they are facing,” she said.


AARP’s legislative priorities include family caregiving issues at both the state and federal level. About 4 million Michigan residents are age 50 and older, representing 39% of the state’s population. In November 2022, voters in this age demographic cast more than 60% of the total ballots in the state’s general election.

If you are a Harry Potter fan and happen to be across this month, you may want to drop by the Charlevoix library to see a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine entitled “Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World.” Library director Ryan Deery says the exhibit looks at how the Harry Potter series incorporated magic that is based partially on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy. A variety of special events are planned as part of the exhibit. There are details in an article from today  Charlevoix Courrier that’s linked online.

Harry Potter Party


Meanwhile, the Beaver Island Library is coming up on the the end of its summer reading challenge on the 8th. The goal is 100,000 minutes of reading and the tally is 40,000 right now. Keep on reading and be sure to turn in your logs.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for next week. St. James Planning Commission meets Tuesday at 6:00. Peaine Planning Commission meets Wednesday morning at 9:00. St. James Finance and Administration meets Wednesday at 1:00. BICS Committee of the Whole meets Wednesday at 5:30. That’s it for the week. Meeting locations and more details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Friday, there’s Senior Coffee and Donuts at the BIC Center at 8:00.  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on at 9:00 up in the Hangout. Summer Yoga is at 9:30 in the Theater. The Resale Shop is open from noon to 4:00. And, Friday is Pizza Night at Dalwhinnie. Eat in or take out. Just get your order in before 7:00 p.m.


Saturday kicks off with Pickleball outdoors on the Peaine Township Park courts from 9:00 to 11:00. The Resale Shop will be open from noon to 4:00. Lego Club is at the library at 1:00. Whiskey Point Lighthouse tower will be open from 1:00 to 3:00. It’s Taco Night at Dalwhinnie starting at 4:00 And, Saturday evening, there’s a triple-play performance at the BIC Center. We’ll welcome R&B, soul & gospel artists The Carpenter Ants with guest stars John Ellington and Larry Groce to mark the official end of summer. Ellington performed with the Soul Brother’s Six with the hit “Some Kind of Wonderful.” Larry Groce is perhaps most known for being the host of N-P-R’s Mountain Stage, but he is also a famous musician known for work on many Disney shows and the hit Junk Food Junkie.  This is an amazing group of national stars to have on the Island. Tickets are at tickets dot bic center dot org. Showtime Saturday evening is 7:30.


Sunday there are services at the Episcopal Mission at 9:00, the Christian Church and the Lighthouse Fellowship at 10:00 and mass at Holy Cross at 12:15.


Looking ahead to next week…


Monday is Labor Day and by tradition, it will be quiet on the Island as all those still here take a deep breath after a busy summer. The only thing on the Calendar is Pizza Night at the Shamrock.


Tuesday, it is back-to-school time for students at B-I-C-S. Be on the lookout for students walking to and from school and some congestion around school at drop-off and pick-up times. Also Tuesday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is in the Hangout at 9:00. Pickleball is on the outdoor courts at Peaine Township Park at 9:00. It’s Taco Tuesday at the Bodega and at 7:00 it is time for Open Mic Night also at the Bodega.  Sign up to be on the set list at the counter before 6:30.


Wednesday, there’s one last session of Summer Yoga in the Theater in the BIC Center at 9:30. Evening Pickleball is at 6:00. That’s over on the outdoor courts at Peaine Township Park.


Thursday, Pickleball is from 9:00 to 11:00 on the outdoor courts at Peaine Township Park. Women’s Bible Study is on the calendar over at the Christian Church. That’s at 10:00. The resale shop is open from noon to 4. And, it is Burger and a Beer night at the Shamrock.

NAME OF DAY: Today’s BIC Center name of the day is James. If that’s your name, drop by the BIC Center today for a free drink of your choice.


BIRTHDAYS:  Jackie Madigan, Heidi Vigil and Faolan McGinnity are celebrating today. Tomorrow, it’s Mike Green, Penelope Markey and Kylie Pritchet. Sunday, Ryley Maudria celebrates. Happy Birthday to Ryley, Kylie, Penelope, Heidi, Jackie, Mike and Faolan and, if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you too from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  There’s congestion when the boat arrives, but no delays inbound or outbound to the airports and parking seems to be fine in town. Still, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1939 history’s most destructive war dawns with a massive invasion. Hitler’s armed forces descend on Poland with blitzkrieg force and, getting assistance from the Soviet Union, will decimate the country’s archaic military, controlling the nation within a month. Per their Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Germany and the USSR will divide up the conquered territory and World War Two is underway.

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam-Webster Word of the Day is embargo (noun) [im-BAHR-goh], which refers to a government order that limits trade in some way. In broader usage, embargo can function as a synonym of prohibition. English speakers got embargo—both the word and the concept, it seems—from the Spanish in the early 17th century. The word first referred specifically to a government order prohibiting commercial ships from entering or leaving that country’s ports. (The Spanish word comes from embargar, “to bar.”) By the middle of the 17th century embargo was being used more broadly to refer to any government order that limits trade in some way. Today, the word is applied more broadly still to refer to various prohibitions. Publishers, for example, often place an embargo on a book to prevent stores from selling it before its official release date.

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday

Here’s a thought for the day from Winston Churchill: “I no longer listen to what people say, I just watch what they do. Behavior never lies.”


On a lighter note: Where does December come before September? The dictionary.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, September 1st, 2023. 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. 



Sunny, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.


Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 64. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 63.

Labor Day

Sunny, with a high near 86.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 65.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.


A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.


Partly sunny, with a high near 71.

Fire danger level on the island is: Moderate.

Out on the Big Drink…


SW wind around 15 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.


SW wind 15 to 20 kt, with gusts as high as 30 kt. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny. Waves 4 to 6 ft.


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

Labor Day

SW wind 10 to 15 kt. Sunny. Waves around 2 ft.


SW wind around 15 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves around 2 ft.

Water Temps: 67 in Little Traverse Bay. 65 at mid-lake buoy southwest off Gull Island. Sleeping Bear is sleeping. 64 up in the straights.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002