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Community Calendar for Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

Plans for tomorrow’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic may be changing. The Health Department of Northwest Michigan issued a press release late Friday saying that their allocation of vaccines was changed by the state Health Department and that, quoting them here, “appointments may be adjusted to reflect this lower amount.” As of this morning, there was no additional information about what to expect. Unless and until you hear about a change in your appointment, though, word is you should plan on it for now.

 

On the COVID-19 data front, the data in the reports released Friday and Saturday afternoons continue to look good overall.  On average for the two day period there were 2,265 new cases a day statewide yesterday and  21 new deaths a day. Saturday’s report also included 90 reclassified deaths from prior dates. The seven-day running average for new cases is down to 1,702.  For deaths it is 60―that number still being affected by reclassifications of past deaths that are not tied to a disclosed time. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were an average of 60 new cases a day and one death over the two day reporting period. Charlevoix had 21 total new cases or 10 a day. It also had the single death. Averages for the region are 46 new cases and one death a day.

 

Statewide there are now 104,754 active cases―down again this time by about 5,000.  Our region has 2,024―which is down by about 60. 

 

Last reported average positivity rate statewide is down to 7.9%.  It is down in our safe start zone, but still high at 9.3%.  The rate in Charlevoix county is 4.9%, which is up from where it had been running. The C-D-C target is 3%.  New case per million rates seem to have plateaued a bit starting the last week of December, but they appear to be dropping again now. No update to the  statewide and safe start zone hospital occupancy rates, bit the last report was good.  It showed no COVID-19 patients at Munson in Charlevoix and seven at McLaren in Petoskey―all in their I-C-U. 

 

On the island, no changes.  No tests pending. No new positives since December 7th―so there are now no known cases on the island classified as active.

 

Complete data for our region plus summaries for the state, the T-C safe start zone and the U-P are in today’s script online.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

533602

13701

2598

29

Region

8533

177

70

0

TVC Zone

14326

355

101

-2

UP

15276

345

66

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

2074

60

 

Region

52

1

 

TVC Zone

76

2

 

UP

46

1

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

653

15

7

0

Benzie

669

27

5

0

Charlevoix

771

10

5

0

Emmet

1130

34

5

0

Grand Traverse

3252

47

31

0

Kalkaska

491

14

6

0

Leelanau

648

9

6

0

Otsego

919

21

5

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

107308

 

 

Region

2067

 

 

TVC Zone

3564

 

 

UP

2013

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

 

Data from January 15, 2021

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

535534

13804

1932

103

Region

8583

178

50

1

TVC Zone

14393

356

67

1

UP

15347

347

71

2

Two days of data. 90 deaths are reclassifications. There were 13 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

1702

60

 

Region

46

1

 

TVC Zone

59

2

 

UP

46

1

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

658

15

5

0

Benzie

672

27

3

0

Charlevoix

776

11

5

1

Emmet

1140

34

10

0

Grand Traverse

3273

47

21

0

Kalkaska

491

14

0

0

Leelanau

652

9

4

0

Otsego

921

21

2

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

104754

 

 

Region

2024

 

 

TVC Zone

3466

 

 

UP

1982

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

 

Data from January 16, 2021

 

Island gardening expert Babr Rahn says we are experiencing a winter drought that is really stressing the trees.  She says you can have a look at the pines on the public beach to see the impact.  Some winter watering is the solution, but you can’t water every tree on your property.  So, Barb says pick the ones and that matter most and give them a drink. You don’t have to use a hose. Use milk jugs. About one gallon per diameter inch poured slowly within the drip-line. The temperature of cold tap water is fine. Don’t use warm water.

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

 

Meeting planner for the week:  St. James Public Works Committee is set to meet Wednesday morning at 11. Library Board meets Thursday at 9:00. Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets Thursday at 4:30.

 

Pickleball is back indoors at the BIC Center. Players say they are coming in on an impromptu basis until things get back on schedule at the BIC Center, so until then you’ll need to check social media posts for days. They are playing from 1 to 3 when they do come in.

 

Resale shop will be open today from noon to four.  Their winter hours are Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 4 each day.

 

The Community Center is open from 1 to 3 the renovation work in the Hangout is complete. It looks almost finished.  We’ll keep you posted.

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:

M.L.King Day

A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 28. West wind around 5 mph.

Tonight

A 50 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 7pm. Cloudy, with a low around 19. West wind 5 to 15 mph.

Tuesday

A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. Blustery, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of snow showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday

A 40 percent chance of snow showers after 1pm. Patchy blowing snow after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. Breezy, with a northwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming southwest 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Wednesday Night

A 40 percent chance of snow showers before 1am. Patchy blowing snow before 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 24. Breezy.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of snow showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. Breezy.

Thursday Night

A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. Breezy.

Friday

A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. Blustery.

Friday Night

A chance of snow showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14.

Saturday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. 

Sunday

A chance of flurries. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26.

TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or outbound to the airports.  Bridges clear.  Island Beltway running smoothly.  But, roads are snow covered and slick, so  let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Over the weekend, Olivia Carey celebrated on Saturday. Mary Jean Pike, Mark Engelsman and Ron Stith were on Sunday.  Today, Tim McDonough, Pete Plastrick and Kinsey McCafferty are all celebrating.  Happy birthday Olivia, Mary Jean, Kinsey, Mark, Ron and Tim 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 1993 for the first time, every state in the U-S observes Martin Luther King’s birthday as a federal holiday.  The MLK observance was signed into law by President Reagan a decade earlier. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: preeminent (adjective) [pree-EM-uh-nunt], which means: exhibiting eminence especially in standing above others in some quality or position : prominent; standing out so as to be readily perceived or noted : conspicuous; jutting out : projecting. What is noteworthy about the following sentence? “Denali Mountain is a prominent eminence on the Alaskan landscape.” You very likely recognized two words that are closely related to preeminent: prominent and eminence. All three words are rooted in the Latin verb stem -minēre, meaning “to stand out.” Mount is also a related word: it comes from Latin mont- or mons, meaning “mountain,” which shares a common ancestor with -minēre. Mount leads us in turn to paramount, a word closely related in meaning to preeminent. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…

First, a special program note.  Wednesday evening after our news from FSN at five, a special edition of Beaver Island Perspectives will feature Christie Heller Perdue and the opening keynote she planned to give at the Beaver Island Player’s performance of Our Town last year―that to have been part of the Bige Read Our Town Our Island project. Of course COVID-19 did that in, but you can still hear Christie’s thoughts this evening on Beaver Island Perspectives or, if you miss that, as a podcast on WVBI dot net.  Then at seven on Wednesday evening, the Top Ten plus Five is taking a break so we can bring you a special music program called Our Town Our Island Our Music.  It’s a look at island musicians and the music they create―from early Alan Lomax recordings to current performers. Jacque La Freniere hosts the show with lots of background information on the songs and the artists.  That’s Wednesday at 7:00 right here on W-V-B-I. And don’t worry.  As is the case with James Bond, the Top Ten plus Five with Cynthia Jaye will return. Indeed, after Our Town Our Island Music airs at 9:00 on Wednesday we’ll present a special Island Music Top Ten Plus Five.

 

Now, here’s a thought for the day from Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Lightning Makes no sound until it strikes.”

On a lighter note:  How do we know the universe is expanding?  The Asteroid Belt is running out of notches.

That’s the Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18th, 2021. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios 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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