News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, August 3rd, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, August 3rd, 2020.
First, some news…
Tomorrow is election today. If you haven’t already voted by absentee ballot, you might want to mark your calendar now with a reminder to drop by your township hall (or local polling location if you are a mainlander) to vote. On the island ballots are contested primary elections for our state House seat, our County board seat and township trustee seats. Also on the ballot are millage proposals for recycling, senior services, airport operations, roads, E-M-S and our local school. There is a link to look at the ballot you’ll see in the script for today’s news on our website: []
On the COVID-19 front, a steady flow of new cases were added to the tally over the weekend. 735 on Saturday and 423 yesterady. A total of seven new deaths. That brings pandemic totals to 82,779 reported cases and 6,203 deaths. As on Friday, the state had classed 60,022 cases. Taking into account deaths, that leaves 16,554 active cases. Seven-day averages stand at 768 for news cases and 8 for deaths. Positive test rate for the state as a whole is 3.6%. The target is three percent. Safe start zone risk levels across the state are set at medium high for all zones except ours, which is set at medium.
In the region affecting the island, nine new cases were reported over the weekend with one case removed. No new deaths. New cases were in Antrim with three, Benzie with one, Grand Traverse with four, Kalkaska with one and Leelanau with one. The removal was in Emmet. Total cases in our region is 518. Total deaths are still at 24. Those numbers are totals since the start of the crisis. Full county-by-county data for the region are in today’s script online.
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Grand Traverse
Data from Sunday
Our M-I safe start zone numbers continue to look good. Positive test rate is down again to 1.2 percent which is in the low risk classification for the plan. The new case rate is up a bit to 6.8 from 5.2 per million today. Low risk rating there, too. 16 new cases reported in the Traverse City Safe Start Zone over the weekend. No new deaths.
Up in the U-P, the report showed 41 new cases bringing their total to 537. No new deaths.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Tomorrow, Pickleball from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on tomorrow, too, from 10:30 to 11:30 in Ray and Ann’s Hangout here at the BIC Center. And, another reminder: tomorrow is election day.
Wednesday, the Marine Museum and the Print Shop will be open today from 11 to 5. Protar’s home open from 1 to 3. And the south end lighthouse is open today and every day for self-guided tours.
Thursday, Farmer’s Market from 9 to 11. Pickleball 10 to noon on the municipal courts. Games galore at the BIC Center in the Hangout from 1 to 4. Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program from 10:30 to 11:30 in the hangout. Saturday, movies are on again at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is Dolittle starring Robert Downey, Jr. Fun for the whole family. Rated PG. And at 7, The Way Back C the story of a basketball comeback with Ben Affleck. That one’s for the grownups. It’s rated R. Both on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the McDonough’s Market Theater. Concession stand will be open for both shows for snacks, a meal or both. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org, our follow the BIC Center on Facebook to see them.
There are weekend services at Holy Cross on Saturday and Sunday, and Sunday services at the Christian Church and the Episcopal Mission. Times and details are on the calendar.
Quick meeting planner for the week: B-I-C-S Board policy committee meets on Tuesday at 3:30. St, James planning Commission Tuesday at 7. B-I-C_S Board Finance is at 8:30 Wednesday morning. Facilities at 3:30. St. James Board at 5:30. B-I-C-S Curriculum Committee meets Thursday at 3:30.
Don’t forget about the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Gala Auction or the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Raffle. Both are on now. Go to auction dot bic center dot org to bid on items in the auction and raffle dot bic center dot org to pick up raffle tickets. You can also bid and get tickets at the BIC Center from desk.
[The BIC Center/WVBI 2020 Gala Auction is all online this year at auction dot BIC center dot org. Bid, buy and win two ways by getting something useful and supporting the BICX Center and W-V-B-I. You can also support us by picking up a ticket for a chance to win the 2020 BIC Center-W-V-B-I Raffle. Grand prize is the Tracker fishing and sport boat parked out in front of the BIC Center. Tickets are available now at the BIC Center front desk or buy them online at raffle dot BIC Center dot org. Or get them from any PABI Board member.]
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. Stay up to date. Remember: Protect yourself. Protect the island.
Weather, here there and everywhere C presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Partly sunny, with a high near 67. North wind 10 to 15 mph. Tonight Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. North wind around 10 mph. Tuesday Partly sunny, with a high near 72. North wind around 10 mph. Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 77. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 58. Thursday Sunny, with a high near 79. Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 63. Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.
Out on the big drink…
Today NE wind 10 to 15 kt. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 3 ft. Tuesday NNE wind 10 to 15 kt. A slight chance of showers before 7am. Waves around 1 ft. Wednesday NW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.
Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: A check with the virtual W-V-B-I octo-copter high in the skies above the island―so high you virtually can’t see it―shows there is virtually no traffic. None. Nada. Zip. But, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Master builder Dave Schwartzfisher is celebrating today Happy birthday to Dave, and, if we missed you on our birthday list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1977 Radio Shack unveils the TRS-80 computer. Tandy announces one of the first mass-market home computers, the TRS-80, to be sold in its Radio Shack stores. It features 4K of RAM and sells for $399 (or $599 with a monitor and tape recorder for storage). Upgrades will keep various TRS-80 models―lovingly called the Trash 80 by aficionados―on the market until 1991. (
WORD OF THE DAY: risible (adjective) [RIZZ-uh-bul], which means: capable of laughing; disposed to laugh; arousing or provoking laughter; especially : laughable; associated with, relating to, or used in laughter. If someone makes a ridiculous remark about your risible muscles, they are not necessarily deriding your physique. Risible can also mean “associated with laughter,” so risible muscles can simply be the ones used for laughing. (You’ve also got a set of risorius muscles around your mouth that help you smile.) Next time you find something laughable, tip your hat to ridēre, the Latin verb meaning “to laugh” that gave us risible as well as ridiculous and deride. (Merriam-Webster).
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…
Here’s a thought for the day: “The greatest thing in live is love. The second is laughtger.” On a lighter note―something you might find risible: Once upon a time, a man found a mushroom in the woods on Beaver Island. And that’s the morel of the story. …
OK. So, that one was risible only because it was so lamentable. That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, August 3r, 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.