News Update

Community Calendar for May 16, 2017

Today is Tuesday May 16th, 2017. I’m Greg Doig with today’s WVBI Community Calendar.

The mystery continues over the cause of the telecom outage on the island last week. Thursday morning at about 11 essentially all service went down – phones other than calls on the island, 9-1-1, the Internet and wireless services. There was sporadic service during the day until things seemed to come back for most that evening around 7:30. But, outages continued to be reported over the weekend, and the county 9-1-1 center reported that 9-1-1 wouldn’t be resolved until eight on Sunday evening. The word now is that everything is back to normal – so if you have an emergency go back to dialing 9-1-1 instead of the Health Center. W-V-B-I reached out to T-D-S headquarters in Wisconsin to find out the cause of the outage, but they have not responded.

Over at the Beaver Island Lodge there’s a special Transformational Self Love Yoga Weekend coming up. It gets started on Friday evening through Sunday morning with different styles in multiple sessions. Lodge Manager Vicky Fingeroot stopped by to tell us a little more about the event.

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You can hear more about the weekend this evening after the news at 5 on Beaver Island Perspectives, and you can find all the details for the event on our website on the WVBI-BI Center Calendar.

On this week’s Calendar

1900 Peaine Township Hall
Public Hearing on on Resilient Beaver Island Master Plan: Peaine & St. James Township Planning Commissions
It’s been a long road, but the updated Beaver Island Master Plan is ready for final review by the public. It’s not too late to let your voice be heard. Review the plan (it’s here: and attend the public hearing on May 16th at 7:00 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. You can find additional background on the plan and the process used to develop it here:

BICC 1000 Human Services Commission Meeting

Games Galore 1300 BICC

Lego Club meets at 1230 at BIDL on Saturday

At the Community Center


BI Robot Movie Festival fun promo you really should watch:

The final of 3 weeks of robot films brought to you by Team BIROBOT from the BICS

3p.m. The Iron Giant
PG | 1h 26min | Animation, Action, Adventure | 8.0
A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.
Brad Bird
Tim McCanlies (screenplay), Brad Bird (screen story by) |
Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel|

It came from outer space!
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated PG for fantasy action violence, language, some thematic material and smoking

7 p.m.
Doctor Strange
PG-13 | 1h 55min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 7.6
While on a journey of physical and spiritual healing, a brilliant neurosurgeon is drawn into the world of the mystic arts.

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!

BI Chamber Community Appreciation Day

1600 at the BIBCO Dock
Join the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce members in a Community Appreciation Celebration. There will be great food–a pig roast (by Happy Paddle Mark), side dishes and dessert. Beer, wine and soft drinks will also be provided. Everyone is welcome. There will be a free will donation taken and any proceeds over cost will be donated to the Beaver Island Food Pantry.
In case of inclement weather, the party will be held inside on the freight deck of the Emerald Isle.

Upcoming Events

Already gearing up for this year’s spring tournament. This year’s tournament dates will be on June 10th-11th. A free fishing weekend, no license required. At this time I am still rounding up details for this tournament. We are open for sponsors for the spring tournament. Sponsors may donate prizes or money to fund tournament expenses. If you would like to become a sponsor you can call me (Levi) at 231-459-6697, meet up with me at the hardware store, or mail your donation to The Beaver Island Wildlife Club. If you talk to Levi ask him about the Spring Turkey photo contest.

All Inclusive Yoga Retreat Coming to the Lodge May 19th to the 21st
The All-Inclusive Yoga Weekend at the Beaver Island Lodge is fast approaching. We are offering Island Residents who will not be staying at the hotel the following pricing:
Full Weekend:
$129 for Yoga and $200 for all meals and snacks Friday – Sunday
Saturday Only
$50 for Yoga and $50 for all meals and snacks.
Call The Lodge at 448-2396 to reserve your spot

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.

Update 5/8/17 Pam Grassmick
Spots are still available on some of the field trips. The birding field trips are geared for new birders, advanced birders, and those who just like to go out in nature and perhaps learn something new. The field trip leaders are some of the best in Michigan and we are fortunate to have them join us over Memorial Weekend. We’re setting up transportation and will be closing the registration on May 19th. Participants will be sporting a newly designed BIBT t-shirt illustrated by Trevor Grabill. Check out the BIBT website schedule and registration:
The festivities begin on Friday night, May 26th with “Michigan Eagles and Ospreys, A Bird’s Eye View” presented by Jerry Weinrich at 5 p.m. at the Community Center. Free and appropriate for all age groups. No registration is required for presentations.
Jerry Weinrich will speak on his dream job conducting a census of the eagle and osprey populations in the Northern Lower Peninsula. As a wildlife biologist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment for 30 years, Jerry has the distinction of coordinating the longest-running, large scale census of eagles and ospreys anywhere in the country. He has produced amazing aerial views, not only of nests with fledglings inside, but birds in flight as well. The eagle population, Weinrich says, is on the rise — up from 30 nesting pair in the Lower Peninsula when he started to 407 now. There are about 120 pair of nesting osprey, he said. Currently, Beaver Island is the only Great Lakes Island with a pair of nesting Osprey.
Weinrich hopes those who attend will walk away from the program with an appreciation of how well the eagles are doing.

We hope you join us during the Memorial Day birding festivities for free presentations at the Community Center. Bring a friend and hear from our globe-trotting birding friends share their exciting experiences birding, learn about the oldest ongoing raptor monitoring project related to Ospreys and Bald Eagles, and learn a few new songbird identification techniques. More information can be found at: Registrations for the guided field trips are active and we encourage individuals who are interested to sign up early.
Thank you to our 2017 sponsors who are making the Beaver Island Birding Trail events possible:

While you’re at the website you can see all the great sponsors. There is also a new addition to their site. After the Saturday and Sunday morning birding field trips, Karen Whitecraft, owner of Beaver Island Massage, licensed massage therapist, will be available to help with “warbler necks”. Karen will offer on-site chair massages at the Community Center from 12:30-3:00 p.m. both days.

More details on this and more at the BIBT website.
Beaver Island Preservation Association
Beaver Island Association
Beaver Island Boat Company
Beaver Island Golf Course
Beaver Island Wildlife Club
Beaver Island Studio and Gallery
Beaver Beacon
Holy Cross Church
Island Airways
Little Traverse Conservancy
McDonough’s Market
Paradise Bay Coffee Shop
The Beaver Island Association
P.O. Box 390
Beaver Island, MI 49782

Don’t miss the Beaver Island Community Players performances of the reprise to the hit 2015 production of ‘Drinking Habits’!
Saturday, May 27 7:30pm
Sunday, May 28 8:00pm
Call 231-448-2022 for tickets! $13/Adult, $8/Student

Win a BIMF Vacation!
July 16-22, 2017
Go to and get your tickets today.
Click the Vacation Donation Button and place your order.
You can also order by sending a check to BIMF PO Box 23, Beaver Island, MI 49782 or by calling BIMF at 231-838-2883 with your order or with any questions that you may have.
Only 300 tickets will be sold!
License #R40968

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

At our website, 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.

Transit Service

Try the toll-free number between 6am and 7pm M-F and S 8:00-5:00:
Or try the on-line reservation system 24/7:
Go to the tab “Existing Customers Schedule Transit Rides.”

Weather – Sponsored by McDonough’s Market

56 and cloudy this morning

Today – Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 63F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tonight – Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Low 52F. Winds S at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Phyllis Moore Forecast
Overcast skies this morning, it’s 48°, feels like 45°, wind is at 7 mph from the SE, humidity is at 76%, pressure is falling from 29.84 inches, and visibility is 9.9 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. A 50% chance of rain showers. Highs in the lower 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20% chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory In Effect From This Evening Through Wednesday Afternoon Today: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers early in the morning. Slight chance of showers in the morning and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Patchy fog in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Patchy fog. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
On this date of May 16, 1987 – The Bobro 400 set sail from New York Harbor with 3,200 tons of garbage. The barge travelled 6,000 miles in search of a place to dump its load. It returned to New York Harbor after 8 weeks with the same load.
Did you know lion’s can’t roar until the age of 2?
Word of the day: forgettery (fer-GET-uh-ree) which means a faculty or facility for forgetting; faulty memory. Forgettery is a humorous formation based on forget and (the pronunciation of) memory. The phenomenon is very common in ordinary life, such as that panicky moment when one cannot recall the name of one’s dinner partner or where one parked the car in the mall parking lot. It is a little surprising that such a useful term entered English only in the 19th century.

Greenes Bay Beach – Boyle Family Station
56 and overcast this morning

Today – Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. High 63F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight – Isolated thunderstorms early, then mainly cloudy after midnight. Low 52F. Winds S at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Current Conditions – Greene’s Bay Beach, Beaver Island, MI
As of 8:29 AM Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Forecast: Partially Cloudy
Outside Temp: 57.5 F
High Outside Temp: 57.5 F at 8:29 AM
Low Outside Temp: 53.2 F at 12:04 AM
Outside Humidity: 71%
Heat Index: 57.0 F
Wind Chill: 58.0 F
Dew Point: 48.0 F
Barometer: 29.840″ and Steady
Wind Speed: Calm
Wind Direction: S
High Gust: 4.0 Mph at 7:59 AM
10 min Avg Wind: Calm
Rain Rate: 0.00″/Hour
Day Rain: 0.00″
Storm Rain: 0.00″
Month Rain: 0.52″
Year Rain: 2.60″

Danny LaFreniere

Make a note if you are headed to the mainland: The bridge in Charlevoix is being worked on. The overnight work ended early.
Work will continue in that area though until May 25th though, so plan accordingly.

… 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, the struggles from adversity can often lead us to new creativity and better results, in our endeavors.

On a lighter note, smile and the world smiles with you. Fart and no one’s smiling!!!

That’s the WVBI Community Calendar for Tuesday May 16th, 2017. I’m Greg Doig at WVBI‚ the Voice of Beaver Island. Have a great day, and thank you for listening!