News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, August 28th, 2023

50 thousand customers remain without this morning downstate as Consumer’s Power and D-T-E continue to struggle to restore power. The outages were caused by a storm that plowed across the state last Thursday that developed into strong winds with some reported tornadoes as it made its way into southern Michigan. Crews from six states have been working around the clock to restore power that was out at one point to about 355 thousand customers. The storm caused five deaths from auto and boating accidents as well as fallen trees.


A fishing boat sank four miles off the coast of Arcadia in Lake Michigan yesterday. There were four people on board. Three were recovered by a nearby boat, but one person appears to have drowned.  A search continued into last evening. The cause of the sinking is under investigation.


And as we get ready to close out August, you may want to note a special full moon at the end of the month.  It will be a supermoon because of the earth’s proximity to its nearest neighbor, but it will also be a Blue Moon…the second full moon this month. So mark your calendar on August 30th for something that happens only once in a Spure Blue moon.


And, don’t forget that coming up on the 8th is the end of the library’s summer reading challenge. The goal is 100,000 minutes of reading and the tally is 40,000 right now. Keep on reading and be sure to turn in your logs.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week. There are two meetings on Critical Sand Dunes Permit Training next week. Both on Wednesday. The first is at 2:00 and the second at 7:00. Both here at the BIC Center in the theater. Only other meeting on tap next is the Emergency services authority at 2:00 on Thursday. More details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Monday, there’s Summer Yoga at the BIC Center starting at 9:30. It’s International Read a Comic in Public Day, so drop by the library, check out a graphic novel and come down and read it on the chairs out front of the BIC Center. Or, head down the street and enjoy it with pizza and salad night at the Shamrock. Then, you’ll probably want to see a movie. And, how convenient. Tonight is for Monday Night at the Movies at the BIC Center. The show is Dead Man’s Hand. Reno, a newly married gunfighter seeking a quiet life with his bride. When Reno kills a bandit in self-defense, he finds them both pulled back into his old ways. It’s a great, classic western with rave reviews. It’s rated R. See it on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater…the way movies were meant to be seen. The Concession Stand will be open for snacks, a meal, or both. See the trailer and learn more on the BIC Center website.


Tuesday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is in the Hangout at 9:00. Pickleball is on the outdoor courts at Peaine Township Park at 9:00. It’s Taco Tuesday at the Bodega.


Wednesday, there’s Summer Yoga in the Theater in the BIC Center at 9:30. There’ll be two training sessions on Critical Sand Dune Permitting at Peaine Township Hall. One at 2:00 and another at 7:00. You’ll learn the permitting process for critical sand dune areas on the island from EGLE and D-E-Q experts.  The Whiskey Point Lighthouse Tower will be open for climbing from 5:00 to 7:00 Wednesday evening. Evening Pickleball is at 6:00. That’s over on the outdoor courts at Peaine Township Park.


Highlights for the rest of the week include…


Thursday, Pickleball is from 9:00 to 11:00 on the outdoor courts at Peaine Township Park. C-O-A has chair Yoga set at the Peaine Township Hall for 9:30. Women’s Bible Study is on the calendar over at the Christian Church. That’s at 10:00. And C-O-A has Bingocize, a health information game based on BINGO out at the Peaine Township Hall at 10:30. The resale shop is open from noon to 4. And, it is Burger and a Beer night at the Shamrock.


Friday, there’s Senior Coffee and Donuts at the BIC Center at 8:00.  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on at 9:00 up in the Hangout. Summer Yoga is at 9:30 in the Theater. The Resale Shop is open from noon to 4:00. And, Friday is Pizza Night at Dalwhinnie. Eat in or take out. Just get your order in before 7:00 p.m.


Saturday kicks off with Pickleball outdoors on the Peaine Township Park courts from 9:00 to 11:00. The Resale Shop will be open from noon to 4:00. Lego Club is at the library at 1:00. Whiskey Point Lighthouse tower will be open from 1:00 to 3:00. It’s Taco Night at Dalwhinnie starting at 4:00 And, Saturday evening, there’s a triple-play performance at the BIC Center. We’ll welcome R&B, soul & gospel artists The Carpenter Ants with guest stars John Ellington and Larry Groce to mark the official end of summer. Ellington performed with the Soul Brother’s Six with the hit “Some Kind of Wonderful.” Larry Groce is perhaps most known for being the host of N-P-R’s Mountain Stage, but he is also a famous musician known for work on many Disney shows and the hit Junk Food Junkie.  This is an amazing group of national stars to have on the Island. Tickets are at tickets dot bic center dot org. Showtime Saturday evening is 7:30.


Sunday there are services at the Episcopal Mission at 9:00, the Christian Church and the Lighthouse Fellowship at 10:00 and mass at Holy Cross at 12:15.


Looking ahead to next week…


NAME OF DAY: Today’s BIC Center name of the day is Amanda. If that’s your name, drop by the BIC Center today for a free drink of your choice.


BIRTHDAYS:  Brook Slater and Sara Mullen are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Sara and Brook, and if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you too from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  None. Nada. Zip. Still congestion in town when the boat arrives, though. So, let’s be careful out there

ON THIS DAY in 1963 Dr. King delivers a speech of dreams in Washington, DC. Standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, his voice ringing out to some 250,000 listeners, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers a stirring speech that will galvanize the civil rights movement and be heralded as one of the greatest orations in American history.

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam-Webster Word of the Day is assay (verb) [a-SAY], which is is a technical word that means “to test something (such as a metal or drug) to find out what it contains or to assess its value.” Usage experts warn against confusing the verbs assay and essay. Some confusion shouldn’t be surprising; not only do the two somewhat uncommon words look and sound alike, they also come from the same root, the Middle French word essai, [eh-say] meaning “test” or “effort.” (Essai, in turn, comes from the Late Latin word exagium, [ex-A-gium] meaning “act of weighing.”) At one time, the two terms were synonyms, sharing the meaning “try” or “attempt,” but they are now typically differentiated, with essay meaning “to try or attempt” (as in “a comedic actor essaying her first dramatic role”) and assay meaning “to test or evaluate” (as in “blood assayed to detect the presence of the antibody”). Of course, essay is more common as a noun referring to a short analytic or personal literary composition, but that’s another essay.

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday

Here’s a thought for the day from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”


On a lighter note: Why don’t ants get sick? Because they have tiny antibodies!

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Monday, August 28th, 2023. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening. 



Sunny, with a high near 73. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.


A chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11pm and 2am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 57. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11am, then a chance of showers between 11am and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Southwest wind around 10 mph becoming northwest in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. North wind 10 to 15 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 72. North wind around 10 mph.

Wednesday Night

Clear, with a low around 54.


Sunny, with a high near 74.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 58.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 59.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Fire danger level on the island is: Moderate.

Out on the Big Drink…


SW wind around 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


SW wind 5 to 15 kt becoming NNW in the afternoon. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 7am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 7am and 4pm, then a chance of showers after 4pm. Patchy fog before 7am. Waves 1 to 2 ft.


NNE wind around 10 kt becoming NW in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Wednesday Night

WNW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming SSW after midnight. Mostly clear. Waves 1 ft or less.

Water Temps: 68 in Little Traverse Bay. 67 at mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island. Sleeping Bear is 65. 63 up in the straights.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002