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Community Calendar for Monday, August 20th, 2018

Today is Monday, August 20th, 2018.  I’m Kevin Boyle, with today’s W-V-B-I Community Calendar.


Here’s what’s happening on your island…


Today: Volleyball camp gets underway at B-I-C-S.  Basic Yoga at the BIC Center at 9. Therapeutic at 11.  Both of those are in the Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater.


Tuesday, Computer Workshop On-on-one with Pat Bonadeo here at the BIC Center.  Also Tuesday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is at 10 upstairs in Carol’s Hangout.  Tuesday evening, there’s another Women’s Self Defense Class at 7 at Peaine Township Hall.  Response to the first class was great, so this one should be good, too.


Wednesday: restorative Yoga at 9 here at the BIC Center. Bingo Wednesday evening at the Gregg Fellowship Center.  Come at 6:15 for fellowship. Then take the gloves off and get to the battle when the games start at 7.


Thursday, some bad news and good news.  Bad news is it’s the next to last Farmer’s Market of the season.  Good news is that gardens are in and there should be lots of fresh island produce.  Plus baked goods, canned goods and sweets.  Plus you can grab breakfast or lunch at the Coffee Shop, plus some of Dale’s fresh, Beaver Island roasted coffee beans to take home.  The market runs from 9 to 11.


Also Thursday, Games Galore at the BIC Center.


Friday, It’s Basic Yoga at 9 and the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at 10 here at the BIC Center.  Art in the Harbor is taking a week off.  They’ll be back Labor Day weekend.


But this weekend, starting Friday there’ll be traditional Celtic music sessions out at the Brother’s Place.  It’s a retreat for musicians from all over Michigan, They’re coming to play Celtic music and relax.  You’re welcome to drop in and listen in the afternoon and evenings, but keep in mind they are here on a retreat—so they ask that you not talk while they play.


Saturday: Lego club at the library at 1.  Also, movies here at the BIC Center.  Coco at 3 and Deadpool 2 at 7.


And, more great music coming to the BIC Center, too.  At the end of the month The Way Down Wanderers will be here.  They aren’t limited by genre.  They just play great music.  Foot stamping fun say the critics.  They’re at the BIC Center August 31st at 8.  And, coming in September, it’s the Kennedy’s Kitchen.  More foot stomping fun from a band that does everything Irish. Kennedy’s Kitchen will be in the Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater on September 22nd at 8.  Tickets for both events are available now at the BIC Center front desk or by calling 448-2022.


And, coming up on September 1st, there’ll be dedication events for the sparkling, new Beaver Island Water Trail—after more than five years of work by many, many folks.  U-S Congressman Jack Bergman will be here along with our state senator Wayne Schmidt and state representative Triston Cole.  Also, Jon Allan from the office of the Great Lakes, Jennifer Kleitch from the DNR and Harry Burkholder from L-I-A-A in Traverse City.


Starting at noon there’ll be a paddling outfitters display at the BIC Center. There’ll be paddling demos at 1 at the Public Beach and at 3 at the St. James Park next to LakeSports.  Then at 4 a reception and presentation at the BIC Center with snacks and beverages. And at 7, a special paddling documentary double feature with Sea Kayaking Around Ireland followed by episode 2 of Blue Planet Two.


Finally, make a note of this for your end of summer clean-up.  Hazardous waste collection days are planned at the Transfer station on the 31st and September 1.

You can find more information on all of these events and everything else we know about that’s happening on the island at calendar dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of the good folks down at Powers Hardware:



A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the morning.



A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, then a chance of showers after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 65. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.



Showers likely, mainly between 9am and 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 72. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Overnight, showers ending about 9, then breezy with a low around 57.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Northwest wind around 10 mph.


Then sunny the rest of the week.  A few clouds Wednesday, Highs in the mid-70s. Lows in the low-60s.  Pretty much perfect.




S wind 5 to 10 kt becoming E in the afternoon. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Waves around 1 ft.



NNE wind around 10 kt becoming NNW in the afternoon. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 2pm, then a chance of showers. Waves 1 to 2 ft.


Harbor view from the Hodgson Enterprises WVBI BIC Center Webcam was gorgeous this morning.  A few ripples out there under a hazy, summer sky.  Speed boat sitting in a trailer on the dock that really wants to be in the water.  Beaver Islander there. Emerald Isle headed home.  Check out the current view on our website at w-v-b-I dot net. Just scroll to the bottom of any page.

TRAFFIC:  None.  Island beltway is running smoothly. Bridges clear. No delays inbound or outbound to either airport. But, it still gets busy in town as the day moves on—especially when the ferries come in.  So let’s be careful out there.  Especially driving up and down East and West Side drives.  And let’s, remember.  The roads are narrow.  Your side is the right side.  Not the middle.  Especially on blind corners.

ON THIS DATE of August 20, 1911, a dispatcher in the New York Times office sends the first telegram around the world via commercial service. Exactly 66 years later, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sends a different kind of message–a phonograph record containing information about Earth for extraterrestrial beings–shooting into space aboard the unmanned spacecraft Voyager II.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Hershey’s Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it’s kissing the conveyor belt.

WORD OF THE DAY: squamous (SKWEY-muhs) which means covered with or formed of squamae or scales. The adjective squamous is a direct borrowing of Latin squāmōsus “covered with scales, scaly”, a derivative of the noun squāma “scale (on a fish or reptile), metal plate used in making armor.” The ultimate etymology of squāma is unclear, but it is related to squālēre “to be covered or crusted in scales or dirt,” and the derivatives of squālēre include squālidus “having a rough surface” and squālor “roughness, dirtiness, filth.” Squamous entered English in the 16th century.

Birthdays: Over the weekend: Marge Peters, Chad Crandall and Jenna Wilk.  And today, a flock of birthdays: Jayne Bailey, Lisa & Jeanne Gillespie, Ruth Gregg, Ann Gregg, Shelly Smith, Andrea Keehn, Kim Bousquet, Signe Thomas and Marlaina Cole.  Happy birthday to–let’s see if I can do this—Marge, Chad, Jenna, Jayne Kisa, Jeanne, Ruth, Ann, Shelly, Andrea, Kim, Signeand and Marlaina.  If we missed you on our list, happy birthday to you as well.
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…


Here’s a thought for today from Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the U-N, who passed away this week-end:  We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin,

but we all belong to one human race.


On a lighter note…with school coming up, I thought we should try a playground joke:

Why did the chicken cross the playground?

To get to the other slide.

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That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, August 20th, 2018.


I’m Kevin Boyle at W-V-B-I‚ the Voice of Beaver Island wishing you a great day and asking you: why not make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening.