News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, April 6th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, April 6th, 2020.
First, some news…
The number of COVID-19 cases continued to grow over the weekend. There were 1,493 new COVID-19 cases reported Sunday, up slightly up from Saturday’s daily total of 1,481, but down from 1,953 new cases Friday. There are now 15,718 confirmed cases in Michigan. 77 new deaths were reported on Sunday, bringing the total to 617 COVID-19-related deaths. The island continues to be free of any confirmed case, but the numbers continue to grow in northwest Michigan. There was a jump of 6 cases in Emmet over the weekend to 13. Charlevoix is up 2 to 7. Antrim still has 4. Grand Traverse is up 3 to 12. Kalkaska up 1 to 8. One new cas ein Benzie and still one in Leelanau. Otsego is now up to 24 cases. There have been 7 deaths—3 in Grand Traverse and two each in Kalkaska and Emmet. Now 32 cases in the UP with three deaths.
Local Businesses in Northwest Michigan allowed to remain open to serve critical needs now have another set of rules to follow. The Health Department has issued an order effective at noon today that requires those businesses to implement employee screening procedures-including taking temperatures, create plans for keeping people at least 6 feet apart, and document and log all of that in either paper or digital form that must be available for inspection by the Health Department. A copy of the order and a link to information from the Health Department is available on our COVID-19 Info page at w-v-b-I dot net.
On the island, sad news for those of us who view a visit (or 10) to the Toy Museum as an integral part of summer. It won’t be open this season. Tricia and Jason say in a Facebook post that it was a difficult decision with this being her 50th year in business. She started Homemade Goods in Chicago when Jason was born in 1970, and then opened the Toy Museum on the island in 1980.
Beaver Island Boat Company made a freight run on Friday, which was the Emerald Isle’s first voyage across for 2020. But, they are delaying the start of the 2020 season until May first. If you have reservations for a vehicle in April, they’ll be reaching out to you to reschedule.
A reminder form Island fire and E-M-S personnel to practice situational awareness. Don’t do things that put you at risk. COVID-19 procedures can slow their response time, and they want to avoid unnecessary exposure risks for critical personnel.
In all the COVID chaos—don’t forget that the 2020 census. Even if you don’t get a letter from the Census Bureau, you can go ahead and complete the census online. Just go to 2020-census dot gov and, when you are asked for the code from your census letter, click the box saying you didn’t receive one and go ahead and enter your Beaver Island address. Of course, if you did get the letter, fill in the code. It is important for all island residents to complete the census because those number will be used to allocate resources for the next 10 years.
Looking for the latest island info on COVID-19? Check the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page for details. You can find that by going to W-V-B-I dot net and clicking on COVID-19 Info in the menu at the top. You’ll find official information from the townships, our latest COVI-19 news and updates as well as state and federal news and resources.
You can find information on events planned for the summer on our Discover Beaver Island Summer calendar. Just point your browser at summer dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 45. West wind around 5 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Tonight Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 35. East wind around 5 mph. Tuesday A slight chance of showers before 2pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 2pm and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Tuesday Night Showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. East wind around 5 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Wednesday A 40 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 46. Northwest wind around 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Wednesday Night A chance of rain showers, mixing with snow after 1am, then gradually ending. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Thursday A chance of snow showers before 9am, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 9am and 11am, then a chance of rain showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Thursday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Blustery. Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Saturday A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 43. Saturday Night A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Sunday A chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 42.
TRAFFIC: No delays. No one is out, except the critters 23 turkeys in the field along Sloptown road this morning and 3 deer looking for an opportunity to leap across the road.. So, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Over the weekend, Jim Wojam and Karin Marciniak celebrated on Saturday. Sunday was the day for Sophie Mcdonough, Sanomalyn Naranjo, Steve Glynn and Adelyn Grogan. Today Karen Slanga, Nathan McDonough and Tucker Hogarth are celebrating. Happy Birthday to each of them and, if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1924 the first round-the-world airplane flight departs. The US Army Air Service launches the first aerial circumnavigation of the globe, using a specially modified torpedo bomber and relay teams of pilots. Several countries had vied to be the first to accomplish the feat, but 175 days and 27,553 miles later, the US team will fly into the history books.
WORD OF THE DAY forsooth (fer-SOOTH) which means: in truth : indeed — often used to imply contempt or doubt. Forsooth sounds like a dated word, but it is still part of modern English; it is primarily used in humorous or ironic contexts, or in a manner intended to play off the word’s archaic vibe. Forsooth was formed from the combination of the preposition for and the noun sooth. Sooth survives as both a noun (meaning “truth” or “reality”) and an adjective (meaning “true,” “sweet,” or “soft”), though it is rarely used by contemporary speakers and writers. It primarily lives on in the verb soothe (which originally meant “to show, assert, or confirm the truth of”) and in the noun soothsayer (that is, “truthsayer”), a name for someone who can predict the future.(
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Plato: “Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” On a lighter note: What does an acorn say when it grows up? Geometry.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, April 6th, 2020. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from the pest free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of the Voice of Beaver Island wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.