News Update

Community Calendar for March 15, 2017

Today is Wednesday March 15th (Ides of March), 2017. I’m Greg Doig with today’s WVBI Community Calendar.

March 15th, a free workshop will be offered at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center by Scott Kelly from BASES of Charlevoix. The purpose of the 4 hour program will be introduce the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous as it was originally intended to be presented by the founders of the program.
Whether you are just curious, or currently an A.A. member, this workshop is not to be missed. There will be 4 one hour segments, which will begin at 12:30 p.m., and run until 4:30 p.m., with 5 minute breaks between the segments. Please join us and bring a friend!

This year’s ice was a bit slow in coming, but the PABI ‘Ice Classic’ buoy is in position and ready to signal the coming of spring to Beaver Island.
The closest prediction wins half of the purse, with the other half going to support the Preservation Association of Beaver Island, including your Beaver Island Community Center and WVBI 100.1 FM.

Think Spring, have fun, and win money!
Enter TODAY–just stop at the Community Center, contact a PABI Board Member, or call 231-448-2022. $5 and 6 for $20

Here is a review of the past winners.
2016 No ice
2015 3:40 PM April 15th The amount was $432.50
2014 11:01 AM April 28th The winner collected $527.25.
2013 12:18 PM April 11–winner collected $700
2012 No Ice
2011 12:20 PM April 10th—The winner collected over $1,046
2010-4:10 PM March 18—The winner collected over $700.00
2009-1:58 PM April 9, 2009—The winner Collected over $1,100
2008-11.34 PM on April 8—-The winner Collected over $1,200
2007- 2:52 PM on March 28th —The winner Collected Over $1,200!
2006- 8:29 PM on March 29th—The winner Collected Over $600!

Bob Tidmore

St. Patricks Day Beaver Island Alumni Basketball Tournament
Referee’s: Shane Wood, Kyle Hondorp
Score Keepers: Tessa Jones, Rick Speck
Announcer: Adam Richards
Coach of the Green & Red Teams: Mike Myers
Green Team: Michael Pryor, Justin Martin, Dan Burton, John Brady,
Quinn Jones, Sun Kuntaro, Maeve Green
Team Sponsor – K&M Construction
Red Team: Travis Martin, Simeon Richards, Brian Timseck, Kai Drost,
Jenna Butler, Turner Jones
Team Sponsor – Island Energies
Coach of the Blue & White Teams: Bill Kohne
Blue Team: Cameron LaVasseur, Zack Bousquet, Forest Avery,
Ronny Marsh, Cameron Bartlet, Katie Lafreniere
Team Sponsor – Realestate One
White Team: Patrick McGinnity, Emily Burton, Jewel Cushman,
Jarod Wojan, Tyler Eldridge, Billy Lemmink
Team Sponsor – Beaver Island Lumber Company
Still room for a few players!
Join us for the 3rd annual Beaver Island Alumni Basketball Tournament & Crockpot Cook-Off at 5pm and games start at 5:30 Friday March 17, 2017 @ the Beaver Island Community School. Exciting games, great food, super stupendous trophies, prizes to be given, entertainment galore, and lots of community spirit.
If you haven’t already registered and want to play there is still time! Register for a team by calling Carol @ 231-838-2883 (team shirts provided with sign up). Islanders are welcome to fill these slots! All teams are shuffled to create fair and challenging games.
You can also sign up for the Chili/Soup/Anything you can put in a Crockpot Cook-Off by calling Deb @ 231-675-7155. Event is sponsored by the Beaver Island Sports Boosters and all proceeds support our student athletics program.
PS: We have a Leprechaun!
Free will donation for event.
Come out and root on the teams!

May 26-28, 2017
The 4th annual Beaver Island Birding Festival, Warblers on the Water, will be held on May 26-28, 2017, on Beaver Island, in northern Lake Michigan. The island is a spring migratory song and shore bird mecca with over 200 species of birds recorded from the island. Registration is limited and birders are urged to register early through the Beaver Island Birding Trail website at

Transportation to the island is via ferry or air taxi. Lodging is available on the island, and transportation for the various field trips will be provided to registered participants. More information about transportation and lodging is available on the website.

Expert speakers, researchers, and field guides will lead workshops and field trips to some of the island’s 30+ birding sites. Whether you are a novice or expert birder there will be something for you during this Memorial Weekend event.

Featured speakers include Jerry Weinrich, retired wildlife biologist with the Michigan DNR, who will present, “Michigan Eagles and Ospreys, A Bird’s Eye View,” Brian Allen, author, researcher, and conservationist, who will present “Birding Peru, Penguins to Piping Guans,” and Darrell Lawson, President of the Petoskey Regional Audubon Society, who will offer “Birding 101,” a popular program with advice on all aspects of birding. Field trips include a demonstration of mist netting by Dr. Nancy Seefelt, a biology professor at Central Michigan University, and two evening trips to spot owls and other nocturnal animals.

For more specific information about Warblers on the Water visit Information about transportation to and accommodations on Beaver Island can be found at, and for information about the island visit the Chamber of Commerce’s web site at
The Beaver Island Association
P.O. Box 390
Beaver Island, MI 49782

The Food Pantry helps members of the Beaver Island “family” who are in need. Basic food items and personal care items are distributed once a month. The winter months are the time of greatest need for individuals and families here, and our pantry shelves are starting to empty out. Tax-deductible donations can be sent, made payable to the Beaver Island Christian Church, to the Food Pantry at PO Box 21, Beaver Island, MI 49782. Please write Food Pantry on the memo line. Or you can donate on Joe Moore’s News on the Net homepage at The Food Pantry is an ecumenical effort and we appreciate your help! Thank you so much.
Beth Croswhite, Mark LaFreniere, Judi Meister, Deb Plastrik
Food Pantry Committee

The Beaver Island Community Center Fall/Winter/Spring Hours
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am -9pm
Sunday Closed

If you are looking for information on all island events, find it on the new WVBI Community Calendar. Just head on over to the WVBI website and click on Calendar on the top menu. You’ll see things like:
library story time for kids – pickleball, games galore and more at the BICC – church services – school sports and township board meetings and more

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¬†<>. And, we can make it easy for your events to show up in a nice calendar on your website, too, so you only have to post them once. Your website can show only your events or those plus other categories from the calendar that you choose.

At the Community Center

3p.m. Storks
PG | 1h 27min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby. Directors: Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland Writer: Nicholas Stoller Stars: Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer

Motion Picture Rating: Rated PG for mild action and some thematic elements

7p.m. Don’t Breathe
R | 1h 28min | Crime, Horror, Thriller Rocky, a young woman wanting to start a better life for her and her sister, agrees to take part in the robbery of a house owned by a wealthy blind man with her boyfriend Money and their friend Alex

Motion Picture Rating: Rated R for terror, violence, disturbing content, and language including sexual references

All persons under the age of 18 wishing to see an R rated movie must have parental consent. The parental consent must be from a parent or legal guardian in one of the following ways:
1) In person at the BIC Center, or
2) By a telephone call to the on-site person in charge.
No texts or written notes will be accepted.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Free Will Donation (Suggested Donation is $5.00)
Thanks to Beaver Island Community Center Business Sponsor: The Shamrock Bar and Restaurant
The Beaver Island Community Center…
at the heart of a good community!

Weather – Sponsored by McDonough’s Market

17 and Sunny

Today – Flurries and a few snow showers throughout the day. High 28F. Winds NNW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 30%.

Tonight – Partly cloudy. Low around 20F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Greenes Bay Beach – Boyle Family Station
Current Conditions – Greene’s Bay Beach, Beaver Island, MI​

As of 8:29 AM Wednesday, March 15, 2017​

Forecast: Partially Cloudy​

Outside Temp: 17.2 F​
High Outside Temp: 22.2 F at 12:21 AM​
Low Outside Temp: 16.2 F at 7:32 AM​
Outside Humidity: 76%​

Heat Index: 17.0 F​
Wind Chill: 17.0 F​
Dew Point: 11.0 F​

Barometer: 30.303″ and Steady​

Wind Speed: Calm​
Wind Direction: N​
High Gust: 12.0 Mph at 1:25 AM​
10 min Avg Wind: 1.0 Mph​

Rain Rate: 0.00″/Hour​
Day Rain: 0.00″​
Storm Rain: 0.00″​
Month Rain: 0.28″​
Year Rain: 19.58″​

Phyllis Moore Weather
Only FIVE days until Spring!! Partly cloudy skies this morning, it’s 14°, feels like 4°, wind is at 7 mph from the NW, humidity is at 67%, pressure is rising from 30.22 inches, and visibility is 9.9 miles. Today: Mostly sunny in the morning then mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Isolated snow showers in the evening. Lows around 15°. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.

On this date of March 15, in 44 BC Julius Caesar was assassinated.

Did you know that Franklin Mars invented the Snickers Bar in 1930?

Word of the day: cimmerian (si-MEER-ee-uh n) which means 1) very dark; gloomy. 2) of, relating to, or suggestive of a western people believed to dwell in perpetual darkness. Cimmerian, also spelled Kimmerian, comes from the Latin plural noun Cimmeriī, a borrowing from the Greek plural noun Kimmérioi.

Jake Smelser

Here’s a quick reminder that the bridge in Charlevoix is going to be closed every night starting March twenty-seventh until April seventh from eleven p-m until five a-m. The closure is part of a project that started in January to repair the bridge substructure and steel, as well as upgrade the electrical and mechanical components. While the overnight closures will end on April seventh, the work on the bridge is scheduled to continue through May 25th, so as the spring goes on and visitors return, you should probably plan for delays caused by obstructions on the bridge. And, in case you were wondering, the bridge is a “bascule” bridge, which means it has weights that balance the load of the bridge span.

… Still no delays to report on Beaver Island.

Hey, let’s be careful out there. Especially in the school zone.

To Lucas and all our listeners, dare to smile, laugh and care and it will take you far down the good path.

On a lighter note, A robot walks into a bar, orders a drink, and lays down some bitcoins.
Bartender says, “Hey, we don’t accept bitcoins and we don’t serve robots.”
And the robot says, “Oh, but someday you will.”

Don’t forget to follow Beaver Island’s robot from BICS at

That’s the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday March 15th, 2017. I’m Greg Doig at WVBI‚ the Voice of Beaver Island. Have a great day, and thank you for listening!