News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, February 20th, 2023


The Eastern U-P is looking forward to substantial improvements in broadband service.  The U-S-D-A last week announced it was making a a $19.5 million grant to Alpha Enterprises Limited, Inc. to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network that will connect 1,023 people, 19 businesses and 10 farms to high-speed internet in Chippewa and Mackinac counties in Michigan. The project will serve socially vulnerable communities in Mackinac County. The current service available is similar to that now available on the island and, a look at the cost per home past shows it is similar to costs proposed in the Island’s own grant proposal submitted the summer before last—and denied by the N-T-I-A.


The Crooked Tree Arts Center has opened entries for its annual Young Writers Exposition competition. B-I-C-S students may submit one work of poetry or prose, or one of each, to the exposition. Winning writers of all age groups receive a medal, journal and McLean & Eakin Booksellers gift card, while also having their work published in the digital Petoskey News-Review. Middle and high schoolers who win will also receive cash awards. There’s more info on how to enter at crooked tree dot org.


Ash Wednesday is this week and a mainland church is adding a new twist to the imposition of ashes that’s traditional for the day.  The Greensky Church in Charlevoix will also be handing out a free box of eggs to those who need assistance. They’ll also have free food boxes.


Down in T-C, Traverse City Light and Power has installed a new, oil free line transformer in its electric lines.  It’s the first installation of such a unit it the U-S. The company say the new unit can better withstand temperature extremes, can’t explode like transformers with oil and, with the absence of oil, is environmentally friendly and safer for its workers.


Finally, in sports news this morning, the islanders basket ball squads had mixed results in play this weekend with the boys loosing and the girls winning. Next Weekend the teams head up to Hannahville for the Northern Lights League Tournament.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week:  B-I-A Board meets Tuesday at 4:00 in a session that is open to all. Emergency Services Authority meets Thursday at 2:00.  Thursday evening there’s an informational meeting at the BIC Center called Adulting 101: Insurance.  That’s at 6:00. And that’s it for the week. Meeting locations and details are linked in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Monday, C-O-A Chair Yoga is on at the BIC Center.  It starts at 10:00 up in the Hangout. Special at the Bodega on Monday is sliders. On the Dark Sky calendar, the Moon was new at 2:05 a.m. early this morning, so the skies should be especially dark tonight.


Tuesday, Talking Threads will be crafting out at the Peaine Township Hall starting at 9:00. Pickleball is on from 10:00 to noon in the Theater at the BIC Center. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout. Over at the Bodega, it Taco Tuesday.


Wednesday, there is COA Chair Yoga at 10:00, and C-O-A has Bingo at 1:00 with lots of fabulous prizes.  Time for Art continues Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 at the BIC Center. This week will a session of the Drawing Club of Improbable Dreams.  Also Wednesday evening over at the library will be the unveiling of Keith Grassmick’s mural. That’s at 5:00. And, the special at the Bodega on Wednesday is a Coney Dog and fries.


Thursday, Pickleball is 10:00 to noon in the Theater at the BIC Center. Tai Chi is also at 10:00 in the Hangout. Women’s Bible Study is on the calendar over at the Christian Church. Resale shop is open from noon to 4. At 1:00, there’s Story Hour for preschoolers at the library.  The Harbor Bodega special Thursday evening is Chinese or Italian, and its Burger and a Beer night at the Shamrock. Also, Euchre is on tap at Whiskey Point Brewery Thursday evening. Cards hit the table at 7:00.


Friday, there is COA Chair Yoga at 10:00 and then Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at 10:30. Both are up in the Hangout. Pickleball is on Friday, too, from 10:00 to noon in the Theater. Resale Shop is open again from noon to 4:00. And Friday is Pizza Night at Dalwhinnies Eat in or take out. Just get your order in before 7:00 p.m.


Saturday, Lego Club is at the library at 1:00. Building fun for all ages.  The Resale Shop is open from noon to 4:00. Also, there’s Brunch at the Shamrock until from 9:00 to 2:00. At the BIC Center, movies are on tap. The 4:00 show is Strange World from Disney. It’s the story of a farmer from an adventurous family who is swept away on a journey to strange, new place. Great fun for the whole family. Rated P-G. At 7:00, its Armageddon Time. Can the bonds of the family remain intact as time and people change? This award-winning film with Anthony Hopkins and Anne Hathaway explores that issue as the cold war is drawing to a close and American culture is undergoing big changes. It’s rated R. Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater. Concession Stand open all day for both shows for snacks, a meal, or both.  No charge for admission but remember your free-will donation helps keep the great movies coming to the BIC Center. Also Saturday Night, it’s Taco Night Dalwhinnies. Dine in or take out. They are open until 7:00.

Sunday there are services at the Christian Church at 10:00 and mass at Holy Cross at 12:15. Also Sunday Brunch at the Shamrock from 11:00 to 2:00.


Looking ahead to next week…


BIRTHDAYS:  Brad Coffell, Kathy Brouard and Jennifer Wojan are celebrating today. And, it is President’s Day celebrating the birthday of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Happy Birthday to Jennifer, Kathy and Brad, 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.  But, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1962 The Friendship 7 spacecraft and its pilot, Major John Glenn, make three orbits around the Earth and travel 65,763 nautical miles in just under five hours. Glenn’s flight, called the Mercury-Atlas 6, comes just months after Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s successful orbit of Earth on April 12, 1961.  Also on this date in 1985, Ireland’s legislators defy the Catholic Church wishes and legalize birth control.

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WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam Webster word of the day is prerogative (noun) [prih-RAH-guh-tiv], which means “right or privilege,” and especially refers to a special right or privilege that some people have. In ancient Rome, voting at legal assemblies was done by group, with the majority in a group determining the vote. The group chosen to vote first on an issue was called the praerogātīva, a word rooted in Latin rogāre, “to ask; to ask an assembly for a decision.” When English adopted prerogative from Latin, via Anglo-French, in the 15th century, it took only the idea of the privilege the ancient Roman voting group enjoyed; the English word referred then, as it also does now, to an exclusive or special right, power, or privilege. Often such a prerogative is tied to an office, official body, or nation, but as Bobby Brown reminded us in his 1988 song “My Prerogative,” the right to live as you like can also be referred to as a prerogative.

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…

Here’s a thought for the day from astronaut and senator John Glenn: “Too many people, when they get old, think that they have to live by the calendar.”


On a lighter note: How did the Zombie get into college?  He got all of the brains in the family.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Monday, February 20th, 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. 


Washington’s Birthday

A 40 percent chance of snow showers after 4pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 33. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.


Snow showers, mainly before 4am. Patchy blowing snow after 3am. Steady temperature around 31. Breezy, with a southeast wind 15 to 20 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.


A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 7am. Patchy blowing snow before 7am. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 22 by 5pm. Windy, with a northwest wind 25 to 30 mph decreasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

Tuesday Night

A 30 percent chance of snow after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 19. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east after midnight.


A 40 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 24. Breezy, with an east wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday Night

Snow likely before 1am, then snow showers after 1am. Low around 13. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 80%.


Snow showers. High near 18. Blustery. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Thursday Night

A chance of snow showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 6. Blustery.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 19.

Friday Night

A chance of snow showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.


A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 32.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30.