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Community Calendar for Monday, December 5th, 2022

It was a busy weekend on the island with three big events underway. Friday and Saturday was the Great Lakes Islands Basketball tournament with teams here from Washington Island and Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island in Lake Erie.  Mackinaw was scheduled to be here, but didn’t make the trip because of weather concerns. The Put-in-Bay ladies team took home the trophy for the 4th time in a row.  They’ve won every GLIA tournet so far.  The Washington Island Bucks took home the men’s trophy.  With one less team for playoffs, time was made for scramble play on Saturday with players from all teams mixed onto squads. Eight games were played with many of them very close, including one that came down to a winning shot right at the buzzer. There was also a fun night event at the BIC Center with a spaghetti dinner, organized games and freetime.  The kids had a blast and, though tired at the end of play Saturday, all had smiles.  The weather made for an extra day on the island, something that all islanders are used to.  Word is that all are safely home now.

Also this weekend, there was a sellout crowd for Drag Bingo Saturday evening at the BIC Center. A trio of performers dressed it up and danced it up with Bingo games saucily called in between.  Th crowd came dressed to the nines as well, and a good time was had by all.


And, on Sunday, the 21st annual Beaver Island Christmas Canta was at the Christian Church. Atfter as series of ensemble performances, the Cantata Choir presented the Christmas Promise. The vening ended with the near-full house audience joining in a carol sing of We Wish you a Merry Christmas—with Layla adding trombone to the last verse. If you missed it, or want to hear it again, we recorded it and will broadcast it for all to enjoy on Christmas Eve and again Christmas day.


The Township Treasurers mailed out the Winter Tax bills last week.  They included a short survey to collect information on internet speeds available at your home or business on the island.  That’s part of an effort by the townships’ Joint Telecommunications Committee to check the accuracy of information the state and federal governments plan to use to divide up funding to improve broadband service.  B-I-A President Dick Mulvahill says it’s critical to the island’s future that we make sure that info is correct, a view echoed by the Chair of the Telecommunications Committee—that would be yours truly. Please fill out the survey and return it with your tax bill.

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


Your meeting planner for the week: St. James Planning Commission has a meeting set for Tuesday at 6:00. Their Finance Committee meets Wednesday at 1:00. The Elks Club meets Thursday evening at 5:30…and note there was an error in the calendar that had them meeting last week, so sorry for that miscue.  That’s it.  Meeting details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Monday, the C-O-A had Chair Yoga set for the BIC Center at 10:00 this morning, but I believe Lonnie is still out sick, so probably cancelled for today. Today at 5:00 is the order deadline for the Cookie Carnival. Details are in the calendar entry online and there are order forms at the BIC Center front desk.


Tuesday, Talking Threads will be crafting out at the Peaine Township Hall starting at 9:00. Pickleball is on at 10:00, in the Theater here at the BIC Center where it will be through the winter. And the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout.


Wednesday, Chair Yoga is scheduled for upstairs in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 10:00. C-O-A Bingo is scheduled at 1:00 up in the Hang Out. Time for Art is continues this week with another session of The Drawing Club of Improbable Dreams continuing this week.  You can also bring your own project for open studio time.


Thursday Pickleball is from 10:00 to noon in the Theater. Tai Chi is set for 10:00. Also at 10:00, there is Women’s Bible Study over at the Christian Church.  At 1:00, Story Hour is on at the library. And Euchre is on tap at Whiskey Point Brewery Thursday, too. Cards hit the table at 7:00.


Friday, at the BIC Center, Pickleball is from 10 to noon in the theater.  Chair Yoga set for 10:00 in the Hangout followed by the Arthritis Foundation exercise program is on for 10:30. Games Galore is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center starting at 1:00.  


On Saturday, Cookie Carnival pickup is from 11:00 until 2:00.  Remember, you need to order in advance by 5:00 today.] And don’t forget that Saturday is the drop-off deadline for the Ellen Welke Memorial Toy Drive.  Drop unwrapped, new toys at the Welke Airport or over in Charlevoix at the airport. Movies are back Saturday at the BIC Center with Disney’s dystopian fairy tale Disenchanted and Julia Roberts and George Clooney in a dystopian effort to break off their daughter’s marriage in Ticket to Paradise. Both shows are great fun, rated PG and PG-13 respectively. No charge, but remember your donation at the show to help cover the costs keeps the movies coming.


Sunday, there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar.


Looking ahead to next week….


BIRTHDAYS:  Katie LaFreniere, Carolyn Works and Denny Cook are celebrating today.  Happy birthday to Denny, Carolyn and Katie, 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…but, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1933 Champagne corks pop as prohibition ends in America.Utah casts the last vote needed to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution that repeals the now-reviled 18th Amendment, which had made the manufacture, sale, and transport of alcohol illegal. Some states will opt to stay dry for years, and Mississippi won’t repeal prohibition until 1966.

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam Webster word of the day is abdicate (verb) [AB-dih-kayt], which means to renounce or relinquish a position of usually sovereign power. It can also mean “to cast off; discard.” Give it up for abdicate, a word powerful enough to undo a coronation. If you need a term to describe formally throwing in the towel, this one should prove—perhaps ironically—a royal success. Coming from the prefix ab- (meaning “from,” “away,” or “off”) and the Latin verb dīcere (meaning “to speak”), abdicate is used primarily for those who give up sovereign power or who evade a very serious responsibility. English has dīcere to thank for a hodgepodge of other words, among them dictate, contradict, prediction, and the crown jewel of them all: dictionary.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Monday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Al Capone: “Prohibition has made nothing but trouble.”


On a lighter note:  Prohibition made you want to cry into your beer and denied you the beer to cry into.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Monday, December 5th, 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. 



A slight chance of rain and snow showers after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.


A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 1am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 25. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.


A 30 percent chance of snow showers after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 37. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

A 30 percent chance of snow showers between 10pm and 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.


A chance of rain showers after 1pm, mixing with snow after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Light west wind becoming northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.


Partly sunny, with a high near 36.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.


Partly sunny, with a high near 36.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.


A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.

Out on the Big Drink:


WSW wind 10 to 20 kt. Mostly cloudy. Waves 6 ft subsiding to 2 ft.


NNE wind around 10 kt becoming ESE in the afternoon. A chance of rain after 3pm. Waves 1 ft or less.


WNW wind 10 to 15 kt becoming NNW in the afternoon. A chance of rain after noon. Waves around 1 ft.

Fire Danger Level: Low

Water Temps: 38 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island with no wave height report. 38 at White Shoal. No reading from Little Traverse Bay.