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Community Calendar for Monday, January 6th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Monday, January 6th, 2020.
Here’s what’s happening on your island…
Lois Stipp has announced the return of the Everyone’s an Artist photo contest this year. You are invited to submit up to three photos as entries in the contest. Photos from those entries will be selected to be printed and displayed at the Beaver Island Gallery for sale during museum week. Make sure you send the highest resolution file possible. All proceeds will benefit the Historical Society. You retain the copyright. Send entries to lois A-T-C-A-L stipp one at A-O-L dot com. They are due February 15th. The contest is made possible with support from Betsy and Glen Borre. More info is in the Calendar on line.
Tuesday, Pickleball at the BIC Center from 10 to noon and again from 3:30 to 5. Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is from 10:30 to 11:30 up in the Hangout. B-I-C-S Board Policy Committee meets at 3 at school. And, the day ends with Ladies Shuffleboard at the Shamrock—back after a holiday break. That’s at 7.
Wednesday gets underway with Everything to do with Needles at the Peaine Township Hall. Knitting needles, sewing needles, quilting—no matter what your interest or skill level, you are welcome to join in the fun 9:30 to noon. This Wednesday and every Wednesday through spring. Krys Lyle can give you more info. Reach her at 231-649-1625 or call Kathie at C-O-A at 2124. Wednesday evening is the next meeting of the Discover Beaver Island group at the Peaine Township Hall at 5. They are working to develop events for and promote the island. If you are interested in the effort, please come. Paul Cole from the Chamber leads the meetings.
Thursday, Pickleball is back at the BIC Center. 10:00 to noon and 3:30 to 5:00. Games Galore up in the Ray and Ann Stanhope Hangout from 1 to 4. B-I-C-S Board Curriculum Committee meeting at school at 3. And, Thursdays are Euchre Nights at Stoney. Cards hit the table at 7.
Friday, the B-I-C-S HOSA team heads out for their first competition of the New Year. Be sure to cheer them on. And, speaking of school teams, the B-I-C-S robotics team b-I-robot is busy designing and building their 2020 robot after the launch of the competition on Saturday.
Saturday is busy at the BIC Center. Pickleball 10 to noon. And movies. At 4, it’s Judy, an award winning film about Judy Garland. Lots of memorable music and an outstanding performance by Rene Zellweger as Ms. Garland. It’s rated P-G-13.At 7 it’s The Lighthouse—an off-beat film noir type thriller that’s also been blessed with many awards. It’ll make you wonder what more stories lie behind our island lighthouses. Stars William Dafoe. Rated R. Concession stand will be open for snacks, a meal or both. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BCI Center dot org.
Sunday, services at Holy Cross, the Lighthouse Fellowship and the Christian Church. Times and details are on the calendar.
You can find more information on all of these events and everything else that’s happening on the island at calendar dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of the good folks down at McDonough’s Market:
Today Patchy blowing snow before 4pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Tonight Increasing clouds, with a steady temperature around 31. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Tuesday A 50 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of snow showers after 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Wednesday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 20. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Wednesday Night A 40 percent chance of snow showers after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 15. Thursday Snow showers likely before 4pm, then rain showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 38. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Thursday Night Rain showers likely before 7pm, then rain and snow showers likely between 7pm and 10pm, then rain showers likely after 10pm. Cloudy, with a low around 32. Friday A chance of snow showers before 7am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. Saturday A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 27. Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Sunday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28.
TRAFFIC: All is quiet on this first Monday of 20-20. But, there’s lots of fresh snow over ice on the roads and the kids are back to school, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: We missed a lot while the Community Calendar was on Holiday Break. Belated greetings to Captain Bob Turner from the W-V-B-I Fishing Report. He had a double celebration on New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Day was Bob Hudgins double celebration. Liam Racine and Kate DeJonge celebrated on the 2nd. Friday, Brittany Bosquet, Marilyn Reed, Masha Stebbins, Father Doherty and Barbara Rahn all shared a celebration. Sunday was the big day for Brontae Cole, Bryan Timsak and Pat Nugent. And, today—Patti Cull is celebrating. Happy Birthday and Happy New year to all of them and, if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you too from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1838, Samuel Morse’s telegraph system is demonstrated for the first time at the Speedwell Iron Works in Morristown, New Jersey. The telegraph, a device which used electric impulses to transmit encoded messages over a wire, would eventually revolutionize long-distance communication, reaching the height of its popularity in the 1920s and 1930s. Because telegraph companies typically charged by the word, telegrams became known for their succinct prose–whether they contained happy or sad news. The word “stop,” which was free, was used in place of a period, for which there was a charge. In 1933, Western Union introduced singing telegrams. During World War II, Americans came to dread the sight of Western Union couriers because the military used telegrams to inform families about soldiers’ deaths.
Over the course of the 20th century, telegraph messages were largely replaced by cheap long-distance phone service, faxes and email. Western Union delivered its final telegram in January 2006. Now, we tweet.
WORD OF THE DAY: agrarian (uh-GRAIR-ee-un) which means:
1 : of or relating to fields or lands or their tenure
2 a : of, relating to, or characteristic of farmers or their way of life
b : organized or designed to promote agricultural interests
Today, an acre is generally considered to be a unit of land measuring 43,560 square feet (4,047 square meters). Before that standard was set, it’s believed that an acre represented a rougher measurement: the amount of land that could be plowed in one day with a yoke of oxen. Both acre and agrarian derive from the Latin noun ager and the Greek noun agrós, meaning “piece of land, field.” (You can probably guess that agriculture is another descendant.) Agrarian, first used in English in the 16th century, describes things pertaining to the cultivation of fields, as well as the farmers who cultivate them. (
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Winston Churchill “We can’t build the future for our children, but we can build our Children for the future.”
On a lighter note: Why does fresh produce always taste so good? Because farmers always try their harvest.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, January 6th, 2020. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from the pest free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of the Voice of Beaver Island wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.