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Community Calendar for Monday, January 10th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Monday, January 10th, 2021. 

First some news …


Health Center is reporting a blast of additional tests and positive results. Eight tests since Friday and five new positives.  That brings to 14 the number of positive people since January first and makes for 29 active cases on the island—completely reversing the downslope in cases we were seeing as 2021 came to a close.


Data released by the state on Friday shows new cases continue to surge, and hospital utilization continuing to run high–but deaths are remaining fairly low. Here are the numbers: 20,346 new cases a day for the two days covered by the report and 123 new deaths plus 136 deaths reclassified from prior dates.  That pushes the seven day running averages to 13,219 for new cases and 94 for deaths including reclassifications. In our region, there were 413 total new cases for the two period and four deaths. 45 of the new cases were in Charlevoix. The deaths were in Antrim, Emmet, Grand Traverse and Otsego with one each.  Hospital utilization is at 83.3% overall with 18.7% of beds occupied with COVID-19 patients. For I-C-U beds, utilization is 82% overall with 25.8% COVID-19 patient occupied.


The surge is big enough that a fifth federal medical team is on the way to Michigan to help. The 30-person Disaster Medical Assistance Team will include advanced practice physicians, emergency and intensive care nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and logistics and supply chain personnel.


Among those with new COVID cases this weekend is Michigan’s Lt. Governor. Garlin Gilchrist announced on Twitter that he had tested positive. 


Some folks out fishing on Green Bay—that’s Green Bay, not Greene’s Bay—had a bit of a thrill this weekend after the sheet of ice they were on broke free and started to drift out into open water. 27 people were rescued after the passing of a barge apparently caused the ice they were on to break free.


And speaking of Green Bay, their football team finally went down to a defeat inflicted by the Detroit Lions. That’s right.  The Lions won their third game of the season in their final outing this year—knocking off the Packers 37 to 7 yesterday at home on Ford Field.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week.  Peaine Township Board meets Tuesday evening at 7:00 at the Township Hall. Wildlife Club meets Friday at 7:00 at Peaine Township Hall.


On the fun front, walks in the chilly woods today, or maybe drop by the BIC Center for a game of chess.


Tomorrow, Tuesday, we have a bevy of activities for you here at the BIC Center. Tai-Chi is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Pickleball is on at 10:00 in the Theater. And the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout.


Wednesday, Nothing but Needles is on for crafters at Peaine Township Hall.  That starts at 9:00. It’s C-O-A’s Wellness Wednesday here at the BIC Center at 10:00.


Thursday, Tai-Chi at 9:30 and Pickleball at 10 here at the BIC Center.  And Thursday Afternoon is Games Galore up in the Hangout from 1:00 to 4:00. And you can play Euchre Thursday Evening over at the Whiskey Point Brewing Company.  Cards hit the table at 7:00.


Friday, Pickleball is on in the Theater at the BIC Center at 10:00. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in the Hangout at 10:30 and at 7:00 it’s C-O-A’s winter BINGO game also here at the BIC Center.


Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center with some special shows picked to celebrate M-L-K Day. At 4:00 it’s Selma, Lord, Selma. It’s the story of a young fan of Martin Luther King, Jr. who winds up being the youngest person to take part in the famous civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.  It’s a great show for the entire family.  At 7:00, it’s the Green Book.  A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. It’s a story inspired by a true friendship.  Rated PG-13.  Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater.  Concession Stand open for both shows. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org and in the Online Community Calendar.


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



BIRTHDAYS:  Today, Kelton Hunter and Anna Posthumus are celebrating.  Happy Birthday to Anna and Kelton and, if we missed you on the list—now or while the Community Calendar was on its holiday break—Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  None.  But the roads are slick and the wind continues to bring branches down. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in in 49 B-C-E, Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon. Saying, “The die is cast,” Julius Caesar and his troops cross a shallow river in northeastern Italy, triggering civil war. “Crossing the Rubicon” will later enter the world’s lexicon as an expression meaning to take an irrevocable step that commits one to a specific course. Perhaps it was the first meme. Also on this date in 1964, the first Beatles album is released by Vee-Jay Records in the U-S. It’s called introducing the Beatles and is followed just ten days later by a Capitol Records released named Meet the Beatles that will become a massive chart topper.(

WORD OF THE DAY: affable (adjective) [AF-uh-bul], which means being pleasant and at ease in talking to others” or “characterized by ease and friendliness.  Affable comes from Latin affārī, meaning “to speak to.” Other fārī relatives—the word itself means “to speak”—are infant, fable, and fate, among others. (Merriam-Webster)

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

Here’s a thought for the day from the Julius Ceaser: All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures.


On a lighter note: What do you call a restaurant that only serves cabbage?  A gas station.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Monday, January 10th, 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. 


Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:


Scattered snow showers, mainly after 1pm. Patchy blowing snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 11. Wind chill values as low as -15. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


Scattered snow showers before 10pm. Patchy blowing snow before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 4. Wind chill values as low as -12. Blustery, with a northwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 28. Wind chill values as low as -7. Windy, with a southwest wind 15 to 25 mph increasing to 25 to 35 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Windy, with a west wind 30 to 35 mph decreasing to 25 to 30 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. Breezy, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.


A chance of snow after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23.

Friday Night

A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11.


A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 21.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26.

Out on the big drink…

There’s a gale warning coming into effect tomorrow with waves up to 9 feet off the west side and 13 feet out in the open waters of the lake. Keep your kayak icebreaker in the rack.




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