News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, August 8th, 2022


It’s a no news is good news day again on the COVID-19 front. Nothing new from the Health Center or the state.  And, it looks like all of the positive tests we know about on the island are now more than 7 days old. State hospital usage data released Friday shows no material changes statewide or locally. Still, new COVID cases seem to be surging downstate with the count of counties where the rates fit the C-D-C’s high-risk definition jumping from 12 to 18.  According to the C-D-C people in public places in those counties should all be wearing masks, but the Governor continues to say that the state will not be imposing any new mask mandates. Charlevoix County is at the next to lowest risk level, though, with less than 10 new cases a day.


Baroque on Beaver events wrapped up Saturday evening with Glorious Baroque featuring the Festivals first Young Soloist Competition Winner. Julia LaGrand who played a Mozart violin concerto with the festival orchestra. She was also a guest on Songs from the Trail Saturday evening and talked about her work to create opportunities for musicians with disabilities.  Her performance was remarkable—even more so because she just finished her senior year of High School—and she is blind. If you missed seeing her, you can catch the Songs from the Trail interview with her as a Podcast on our podcast page later today.


We reported last week on a West Mcihigan library the was facing closure after it lost millage support.

Voters defunded the Patmos Library in Jamestown Township in Ottawa County in a dispute over some kids books it had on its shelves. But now almost $50,000 has been raised in a Go Fund Me campaign to help keep it open. That’s quite a bit short of the $245 thousand lost from the budget as a result of the millage defeat, but supporters say they expect to raise more. The Library Board there meets later today to discuss their options.




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



Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Transportation authority meets at noon on Tuesday at their H-Q across from the ferry dock. B-I-A holds its annual meeting at 3:00 at the BIC Center. Registration and a reception start at 2:30. You can register online at—and pay your dues at the same time if you like.  St. James Planning Commission has a special meeting on Tuesday at 6:00. Peaine Township Board meets Tuesday evening at 7:00. St. James Board meets Wednesday at 5:30. That’s it for the week. Locations and details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Monday, Senior Chair Yoga is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Also Monday, Tennis is probably off given the weather, but normally is on the municipal courts from 10 to noon. At noon, it’s the next Marine Museum Monday with a presentation at, you guessed it, the Marine Museum.  Bring your lunch along if you like. And, as back to school starts to come into the picture, Volleyball Camp is on starting today through Wednesday at school.  Check with the front desk at school if you are interested.


Tuesday, The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 9:00 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the Municipal Tennis Courts. At 8:00 Tuesday evening, meet up next to Marina South for Protopia’s Tuesday evening Bike Boodle. Bring your own bike and light.


Wednesday, Senior Chair Yoga is on at 9:30 up in the Hangout at the BIC Center and Summer Yoga is on in the Theater. Tennis is at 10:00 over on the municipal courts. The Historical Society’s Picnic on the Patio continues its summer run at noon at the Print Shop. Bring a lunch, if you like, and your curiosity about the island. Wednesday evening over at the Gregg Fellowship Center its BINGO. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship and games start at 7:00. Also at 7:00, another meet the author event at the Library. Ellen Airgood, a noted Michigan writer will be there to talk about her books including her latest, which is Tin Camp Road. It’s set mostly in the U-P, but has a chapter that features Beaver Island.


Thursday, the original island Farmer’s Market is on at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop from 8:30 to 10:30. Senior Tai Chi is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 9:30. At 10:00 at the Library there’s the Summer Story Hour with its ocean theme for this summer.  Stories activities and more at your district library. And, Pickleball is from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts. Elks club meets at 5:00 at the Peaine Township Hall. Last, but certainly not least for Thursday is the BIC Center WVBI Secret Garden Summer Gala, Tickets are sold out, but if you have them remember things kick off at 6:00.


Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program starts up in the Hangout at 9:00 and runs until 10:00. Summer Yoga is on at 9:30. Tennis starts at 10:00 and runs to noon over on the municipal tennis courts. Homecoming events kick-off with the first games of the Mike Perdue Memorial Softball Tournament at 2:00 over at Bud McDonough Memorial Field.


Saturday, Pickleball is on over on the municipal tennis courts from 10 to noon. Also at 10:00, the softball tournament continues with a great concession stand open this year for refreshments and lunch.


Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar. The downtown farmer’s market is on from 11 to 3. And the Homecoming Chicken Dinner is on from 4:30 to 7:00 at Holy Cross Hall.


And, a final calendar note… to great music events still on deck for August at the BIC Center. The RFD Boys will be here on Saturday the 20th—they were a sellout last year—and then on the Tuesday after that, Mark Ortwein and his Jazztet will play at the BIC Center. If you saw him play with the St. James Jazz ensemble at the brewery earlier this week, you’ll want to see him again—and if you missed it, well, here’s your chance. Tickets for both shows are at

BIRTHDAYS:  None on our list today, but, if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  Lots of folks left or tried to leave the island on Sunday as Baroque wound down. But the weather stopped some from flying and it will again today. So expect delays in town around ferry time.  And the rain is causing its usual problems. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1974, President Richard Nixon resigns from office. Left reeling from the Watergate scandal, and facing the looming prospect of impeachment, President Richard Nixon broadcasts his decision to resign. A first in US presidential history, the resignation will become official the next day, ending an infamous chapter in political corruption

MERRIAM-WEBSTER WORD OF THE DAY: crepuscular (adjective) [krih-PUHSS-kyuh-ler] which means “of, relating to, or resembling twilight.” It is also used in zoological contexts to describe creatures that are active during twilight, or to the activities of such creatures. The early Romans had two words for the twilight. Crepusculum was favored by Roman writers for the half-light of evening, just after the sun sets; diluculum was reserved for morning twilight, just before the sun rises—it is related to lucidus, meaning “bright.” We didn’t embrace either of these Latin nouns as substitutes for our word twilight, but we did form the adjective crepuscular in the 17th century. The word’s zoological sense, relating to animals that are most active at twilight, developed in the 19th century.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Monday

Here’s a thought for the day from Gerald R. Ford, a Michigander who succeeded Richard Nixon as President: “Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.”


On a lighter note: A chainsaw goes to the barber. The barber says, “Let me guess. Buzz cut?”

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Monday, August 8th, 2022. 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. 



Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 3pm. Patchy fog between 8am and noon. High near 70. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.


Mostly cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 54. North wind 10 to 15 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 74. North wind around 5 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 62. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 81. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 57.


Sunny, with a high near 76.

Thursday Night

Clear, with a low around 55.


Sunny, with a high near 79.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 60.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Out on the Big Drink:


ENE wind 15 to 20 kt becoming NNE in the afternoon. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 2pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Waves 1 to 3 ft.


Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


WSW wind 10 to 15 kt. Sunny. Waves around 2 ft.

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 66 at White Shoal, 71 in Little Traverse Bay and 68 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002