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Community Calendar for Monday, January 23rd, 2023

 

Schools around the state are trying to figure out how to deal with a new online writing app called Chat G-P-T.  It’s probably the most advanced so-called chat bot to emerge so far and it can do a lot more than chat.  Ask it to write an essay on the causes of World War II, and it will write one for you.  Need a poem? Just ask.  Want to write a computer program?  It can write in Python, Java, C-plus plus and many other languages. Some schools are blocking access to the app.  Others are looking at it as a tool to be used, where appropriate like a calculator. Some teachers say that while it is technically expert, ChatGPT doesn’t have a voice, so they feel they can tell when it is used. There’s more info in a story from Bridge Michigan linked in today’s script online.  And, no, Chat G-P-T didn’t write this story, but it could have.

 

In her first State of the State address of her second term, Governor Whitmer plans to call for policies and for the legislature to adopt laws aimed at reducing gun violence.  Her proposals include mandatory background checks for all gun sales, mandates for safe gun storage and red flag laws.  Her spokeperson says she will also propose “a comprehensive investment in law enforcement including better training, oversight and access to mental health resources.”

 

The Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee wants to remind you to go ahead and take their automatic online speed test at your home and other island locations.  They sent out emails last week to the folks they have on their list with a link to the test.  There’s also a post on the B-I-A website with all the info and a link. Go to Beaver Island Association dot org to find that. You need to be on the island to run the test. If you are away for the season, you are still asked to complete a short survey and then run the test when you return even if that isn’t until spring or summer.

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week: St. James planning Commission will have a special meeting Tuesday at 4:00 to hold a hearing on the updated recreation plan for the township. That’ll be here in the Theater at the BIC Center.  And that’s it for the week. More details including a link to the draft plan are in the calendar entry online.

 

On the fun front today, C-O-A Chair Yoga is a great way to start your week.  It starts at 10:00 up in the Hangout.

 

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.

 

Wednesday, there is COA Chair Yoga at 10:00, and C-O-A’s Bingo is on at 1:00 up in the Hangout with lots of fabulous prizes.  Time for Art continues Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 in the Welcome Center at the BIC Center. This week it is the Drawing Club of Improbable Dreams.

 

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.  At 1:00, there’s Story Hour for preschoolers at the library.  Resale shop is open from noon to 4. And, Euchre is on tap at Whiskey Point Brewery Thursday, too. 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. Resale Shop is open again from noon to 4:00.

 

Saturday, the Resale Shop is open from noon to 4:00. At the BIC Center, movies are on tap. The 4:00 show is The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild. Our pals drop through an ice hole into the Lost World and the Land of the Dinosaurs. Fun for the whole family, it’s rated P-G. At 7:00, it’s Father of the Bride with Andy Garcia and Gloria Estafan. Rated PG-13, it’s a fun rom-com that even dads will enjoy. 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.

   

Sunday there are services at the Christian Church at 10:00 and mass at Holy Cross at 12:15.

 

Looking ahead to next week…

 

BIRTHDAYS:  Haley Pease is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Haley 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, more snow is on the way so, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1849 Elizabeth Blackwell graduates from Geneva Medical College in New York, becoming the first woman in the US to do so. In 1857, Dr. Blackwell, along with her sister Emily and Marie Zakrzewska, will found the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children. On the 100th anniversary of her graduation, the American Medical Women’s Association will begin honoring her accomplishments by awarding the Elizabeth Blackwell Medal annually to women physicians. Also on this date in 1957 The toy company Wham-O has taken notice of a plastic flying disc invented by WWII veteran pilot Walter Morrison, who’s been selling his Pluto Platters on the beaches of Santa Monica, California. He sells the rights for the Pluto Platter to Wham-O, which soon changes its name to the Frisbee. On this day image

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam Webster word of the day is endemic (adjective) [en-DEM-ik], which means “growing or existing in a certain place or region.” It can also mean “common in a particular area or field.” Ever wonder how endemic ended up in the English language? Endemic made its way into English via French and New Latin and likely has its ultimate origin in the Greek adjective éndēmos, a word with multiple uses, among which is one describing a disease confined to one area. Éndēmos was formed from en- ( “in”) and a form of the noun dêmos, meaning “district, country, people.” That word was also key to the formation of the earlier word on which éndēmos was modeled: epidēmia, meaning “disease affecting a large number of individuals.” English adopted epidemic (also via French) in the early 17th century, but endemic didn’t become, uh, endemic until a century and a half later. (The now too-familiar relation pandemic slipped into the language in the mid 17th.) In current use,  endemic  characterizes diseases that are generally found in a particular area—malaria, for example, is said to be endemic to tropical and subtropical regions—while epidemic indicates a sudden, severe outbreak within that region or group that affects many while pandemic is a type of epidemic that affects an exceptionally high percentage of individuals in the area. 

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to graduate from medical school in the U-S: “Prejudice is more violent the blinder it is.”

 

On a lighter note: Why did the squirrel cross the road? Because he heard the ballet was performing the Nutcracker.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Monday, January 23rd, 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. 

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Today

Snow likely after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 30. Breezy, with a southwest wind 5 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight

Snow before 10pm, then a chance of snow showers between 10pm and 4am. Low around 27. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.

Tuesday

Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 26 by 5pm. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast after midnight.

Wednesday

Cloudy, with a high near 29. East wind 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 20.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25.

Thursday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 19.

Friday

Snow showers likely, mainly after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 30. Breezy.

Friday Night

A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 16. Breezy.

Saturday

Cloudy, with a high near 21. Blustery.

Saturday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 12.

Sunday

Cloudy, with a high near 18.

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