Today is Wednesday, June 6th, 2018. I’m Kevin Boyle, with today’s W-V-B-I Community Calendar.
Today is the 74th anniversary of D-day. We’ll have more about that coming up, but first…
In our local news….
About 25 people turned out last evening for a presentation on the upcoming WaterWays exhibit being put on by the Historical Society. Museum director Lori Taylor-Blitz welcomed everyone. Then Michelle Arquette-Palermo had a presentation on the exhibit, which will have many interactive elements. Visitors will have the opportunity to rank how Waterways are important to them and see how their responses compare to others who have seen the exhibit. Ms. Arquette-Palermo will be on the island for a number of days while the exhibit is here. She’s from the Cranbrook Institute of Science near Detroit where she is head of their Freshwater Forum.
The Waterways exhibit will open on the 22nd at the St. James Township Hall and will run through August 5th. We’ll have more about it in upcoming reports.
And speaking of our waterways, A recent EPIC-MRA statewide poll of 600 likely voters in Michigan indicates that voters are concerned about Line 5 and want it shut down. Line 5 is the set of twin pipelines, owned by Enbridge Corporation, that run under the Straits of Mackinac and carry 23 million gallons per day of oil and natural gas liquids. One of the lines was apparently damaged this winter by a boat anchor that caused a rupture in a nearby electrical power conduit that resulted in a leak of mineral oil into the straits. The response to that spill was delayed by weather in the straits. None of the Coast Guard, the state or Enbridge have had anything to say on how the delay in responding to that spill might impact their ability to address a spill from line 5 in similar circumstances.
Here’s what’s happening on your island:
The library’s 2018 Summer Reading Program is underway. Libraries Rock is the theme. All kids, Pre k through 12th grade are invited to participate. Stop by the Library to register and get started. And be sure to come to the Sock-hop Kick Off party June 11 at the Library from 4-6 p.m. Music, Games, Crafts, and Food.
Island Treasures has shifted to summer hours. They’ll be open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4.
Tonight: BINGO at Gregg Fellowship hall. Doors open 6:15 for fellowship and the games start at 7.
This afternoon, St. James Township holds its regular township board meeting at 5. That’s a new regular time for the board meeting, so make a note. Their public works committee met this morning at 8. Check the St. James website for details and to download info for both meetings.
Friday here at the BIC Center it’s Games Galore from 1 to 4.
Another big weekend coming up. It’s graduation day for Katie LaFreniere and Forrest Avery. Katie is off to NCMC this fall to study nursing. Forrest is headed to U of M. Graduation is at 1 here at the BIC Center with a reception to follow out at the Golf Course from 2 to 5.
Also this weekend, two movies here at the BIC Center. Early Man is at 3. It’s from the folks who brought you Wallace and Gromit—so very cool clay stop motion animation and hilarious.
At 7, its’s a Wrinkle in Time—a great family movie about a girl searching for her scientist father across space and time.
Looking further out into June, coming up on June 14th the BIC Center has its first concert of the summer season. Kennedy’s Kitchen will be here. The show is at 8. Tickets are $25, $10 for students, and they are available at the BIC Center front desk.
And coming up in the weekend of the 16th, it’s the 3rd annual Spring Fishing Tournament down on Lake G brought to you by the Beaver Island Wildlife Club. Two categories again this year—kids 14 and under and everyone else. You can find more details on the online calendar at calendar dot W-V-B-I dot net.
And on our online calendar, we’ve tried to include everything, but if we’ve missed your event you can easily add it yourself by using the handy “Post Your Event” button in the upper right of the calendar or by sending an email with the details to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>. Get your event posted on-line and hear it here and see it on the digital signage network around town and across. That’s why we say … it’s one and done with the WVBI Community calendar … the best way to get word out about your event on Beaver Island. Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of the good folks down at Powers Hardware:
TODAY: Increasing clouds, with a high near 62. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: A 20 percent chance of showers before 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 68. Northwest wind around 5 mph.
FRIDAY: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
FOR YOUR WEEKEND: Both days sunny with highs in the low 70s. Could summer be here?
OUT ON THE BIG DRINK:
TODAY: Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming SSW 5 to 10 kt in the morning. A slight chance of showers after 4pm. Waves 1 ft or less.
TONIGHT: SW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming W after midnight. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Waves around 1 ft.
THURSDAY: Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves around 1 ft.
Nice forecast for the weekend, too. Winds 10 kts or less. Waves 1 ft or less.
But, it isn’t summer on the water yet—not by a long shot. Water temperature this morning was 48 degrees at White Shoal and 38 at the mid-Lake buoy. So remember, if you are out on the water, you need to be dressed for the water, not the weather. The lake is still cold enough to kill you quickly if you go in and don’t have a way to get out.
It really got cool during the overnight. It got down to 37 out at the WVBI transmitter site on Kings Highway. 37 on June 6th.
Conditions at 7 this morning are quire varied: 50 degrees at the BIC Center. Wind calm. Humidity 78% and the pressure was 29.45 and rising quickly. Dew point 44. Around the island, temps all over the place it was 55 at Whiskey Point, 43 at McCauley’s Point, 41 on Greene’s Bay, 49 down at Lake G and at the W-V-B-I transmitter site it was a chilly 40 and clear.
Looking out on Paradise Bay, the Hodgson Enterprises Webcam showed just a few ripples this morning under a gorgeous clear sky. You can see what’s going on now by going to w-v-b-I dot net and scrolling down to see the webcam at the bottom.
POLLEN REPORT: Medium levels today, but up a bit with the dry weather. It’s 7 with mulberry, Oak and grasses the leaders.
ON THIS DATE of June 6, 1944 was D-Day.
Although the term D-Day is used routinely as military lingo for the day an operation or event will take place, for many it is also synonymous with June 6, 1944, the day the Allied powers crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, beginning the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control during World War II. Within three months, the northern part of France would be freed and the invasion force would be preparing to enter Germany, where they would meet up with Soviet forces moving in from the east.
With Hitler’s armies in control of most of mainland Europe, the Allies knew that a successful invasion of the continent was central to winning the war. Hitler knew this too, and was expecting an assault on northwestern Europe in the spring of 1944. He hoped to repel the Allies from the coast with a strong counterattack that would delay future invasion attempts, giving him time to throw the majority of his forces into defeating the Soviet Union in the east. Once that was accomplished, he believed an all-out victory would soon be his.
On the morning of June 5, 1944, U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe gave the go-ahead for Operation Overlord, the largest amphibious military operation in history. On his orders, 6,000 landing craft, ships and other vessels carrying 176,000 troops began to leave England for the trip to France. That night, 822 aircraft filled with parachutists headed for drop zones in Normandy. An additional 13,000 aircraft were mobilized to provide air cover and support for the invasion.
By dawn on June 6, 18,000 parachutists were already on the ground; the land invasions began at 6:30 a.m. The British and Canadians overcame light opposition to capture Gold, Juno and Sword beaches; so did the Americans at Utah. The task was much tougher at Omaha beach, however, where 2,000 troops were lost and it was only through the tenacity and quick-wittedness of troops on the ground that the objective was achieved. By day’s end, 155,000 Allied troops–Americans, British and Canadians–had successfully stormed Normandy’s beaches.
For their part, the Germans suffered from confusion in the ranks and the absence of celebrated commander Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, who was away on leave. At first, Hitler, believing that the invasion was a feint designed to distract the Germans from a coming attack north of the Seine River, refused to release nearby divisions to join the counterattack and reinforcements had to be called from further afield, causing delays. He also hesitated in calling for armored divisions to help in the defense. In addition, the Germans were hampered by effective Allied air support, which took out many key bridges and forced the Germans to take long detours, as well as efficient Allied naval support, which helped protect advancing Allied troops.
Though it did not go off exactly as planned, as later claimed by British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery–for example, the Allies were able to land only fractions of the supplies and vehicles they had intended in France–D-Day was a decided success. By the end of June, the Allies had 850,000 men and 150,000 vehicles in Normandy and were poised to continue their march across Europe.
You can read more about it in Phyllis’ Facebook post for today.
Phyllis asks: DID YOU KNOW THAT In 1929, the Michigan State Police established the first state police radio system in the world?
WORD OF THE DAY: superluminal (soo-per-LOO-muh-nl) which means appearing to travel faster than the speed of light. So, used in a sentence, Judy says her husband is superluminal. One of the Latin sources for the English adjective superluminal “faster than the speed of light” is the very familiar prefix and preposition super- “above, beyond.” The second Latin source is the adjective lūminōsus “filled with light, dazzling.” So again, used in a sentence: “Erin, Emily and Ryan think their dad is luminous.” Superluminal entered English in the 20th century and the Boyle family lexicon only recently.
TRAFFIC: Zip, nada, none. But, let’s be careful out there especially traveling up and down east and west side drives and double-especially in the school zone.
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…
Here’s a thought for the day: It is difficult to bring people to goodness with lessons, but it is easy to do so by example. On a lighter note: What did the father buffalo say to his son when he left for college?
Wait for it. Do you have it?
SFX: (wah, wah, waaaaah)
That’s the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday, June 6th, 2018. I’m Kevin Boyle at WVBI‚ the Voice of Beaver Island wishing you a great day and asking you on behalf of Greg Doig to, why not, make it best day ever. And, thanks for listening.