News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, July 11th, 2022

There’s a rash of new positive COVID tests on the island with twelve positive results on the Health Center tally board as of this morning.  That’s after 25 tests.  State’s hospital data released on Friday shows no material changes. Over utilization remains near normal and COVID-19 occupancy is steady and remains low.


Health Center announced Friday that they’ve hired a seasoned Nurse Practitioner. Joan Matejovsky will start in August. She worked at the health center in 2019 and 2020 and has more than 30 years of experience in nursing.


Lake Explorer, a dredging ship that was doing some work up in the straits yesterday arrived at the Ferry dick last night around 10:00 to spend the night.  She’s already underway this morning.


There was a big turnout for the Hangar party held last evening to celebrate Paul Niehaus’s life. There was lots of good German food and plenty of stories told about Paul and his many adventures.


Looking for an activity for your teen this summer?  The library has a treasures of the deep project going on right now for them. It’s a crossword puzzle that you complete using clues found on the websites of libraries around the state. Entries are due at the end of the month. Information on how to participate is in today’s script online.


Teens are invited to participate in MiLibraryQuest, Summer 2022: Treasures
of the Deep.
Pirates, shipwrecks, and monsters have inhabited our oceans
for millennia. Treasures of the Deep will challenge teen explorers to complete
a crossword puzzle by finding clues on the websites of Michigan libraries.
Answers to the puzzle will include famous pirates, real shipwrecks, and
mythological monsters. The Quest begins on June 15. Solve the puzzle by
July 31 and enter to win a prize from your library.

After June 15th, Go to the MiLibraryQuest website

Click on “Current Quest” to get started.

Complete the Crossword puzzle and follow the directions to submit

before July 31st.



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


Here’s your meeting planner for next week: Transportation Authority meets at noon on Tuesday at their H-Q across from the ferry dock. St. James Planning Commission has a meeting at 6:00 Tuesday evening at their township hall, and the Peaine Township Board meets that evening at 7:00 at their township hall. St. James Township board meets Wednesday evening at 5:30 at their Township Hall. Elks Club meets Thursday evening at 5:00 at Peaine Township Hall. And that’s it for the week. Meeting details are in the calendar entry online.


On the fun front today, Monday, Summer Yoga is on at the BIC Center morning at 9:00. There’s an Island Lake Ecology Workshop at CMU’s Biological Station on East Side Drive. It runs from 9:30 to 2:00. Register online at the link in the calendar entry. Also Monday, Tennis is on over on the municipal courts from 10 to noon. And at noon, it’s the first Marine Museum Monday with a presentation at, you guessed it, the Marine Museum.  Bring your lunch along if you like.


Tuesday, Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the Municipal Tennis Courts. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout. Tuesday evening at 8, meet up next to Marina South for Protopia’s Tuesday evening Bike Boodle. Bring your own bike and light. 


Wednesday, Chair Yoga is on at the BIC Center starting with stretch at 9:30 and full at 10:00. Tennis is on from 10 to noon on the municipal courts. At noon, head over to the Print Shop Museum for a Picnic on the Patio presentation. Bring along a lunch if you like. Wednesday evening its BINGO time over at Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games start at 7:00. Wednesday evening catch a preview of the music festival with Hannah Harris and John Warstler at the Beachcomber and the Bootstrap Boys at the Circle M.  Music starts at 9 at both venues.


Thursday, the farmers market is on out at Paradise Bay coffee shop with the start time moved up to 8:30. Senior Tai Chi is on at the BIC Center in the Hangout at 9:30. Pickleball is 10 to noon on the municipal courts. There are also two in town Music Festival events with Eric Nassau playing for lunch at Dalwhinnie’s and Dave Boutette and Kristi Davis playing at the Bodega at 2:00. In the middle of that, Games Galore is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center from 1:00 to 4:00. Then, the music festival kicks off with acts on the festival stage out in the woods off west side drive at 6:00. First up is Chris “Wink” Winkleman.


Friday, kicks off with KLT’s Omelet in the Morning show live from the Harbor Bodega with coverage of the Music Festival. Summer Yoga is taking a day off, but tennis is on from 10 to noon on the municipal courts. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in the Hangout at 10:30. Festival performers Good Morning Bedlam will be our guests at noon here on WVBI. Lynn and the Moonshine runners will be at the Print Shop Museum at 1:00 and the festival stage comes alive for the evening with The Bootstrap Boys at 5:00. And, the Elks have their July Burger Night planned for Friday evening.  Drive through only at the Gregg Fellowship Center from 5 to 6:30. Fresh grilled burgers with your choice of toppings and chips are $8. Sides of coleslaw and potato salad available for $1 each.  All net proceeds go to Elks projects for the community.


Saturday, Pickleball is on 10 to noon. Dave Boutette and Kristi Davis will wake up Festival goers on the stage at 9:30.  Then, Gretchen Dolphin has Yoga on the public beach at 11. Christopher WINK Winklleman is playing at Dalwhinnies for lunch and Hannah Harris and John Warslter will be with us here on WVBI starting at 1:00. Festival stage comes alive at 4:00 with Lynn and the Moonshine runners. Lineup for the evening includes the Ragbirds and the Accidentals. Meantime, in town Saturday evening, Dave Bennett and his quartet are back at the BIC Center. Jazz and Honky tonk, blues , country and pop—he covers all the bases with an energetic shows that has always been a hit on the island.  No doubt there’ll be some tunes from his latest album along with some favorites. Tickets are available at tickets dot bic center dot org.


Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar. The downtown farmer’s market is on from 11 to 3.  Dave Boutette and Kristi Davis are playing at the Circle M Sunday evening at 8 and Soul Patch will be at the Shamrock at 9.


Looking for summer activities for the kids.

Next Week, it’s time for the Beaver Island Music Festival. There’ll be music in the woods starting on Thursday evening with full lineups on Friday and Saturday. There’s a link to tickets in the BIC Center Ticket store at tickets dot bic center dot org or go to B-I-M-F dot net.


There’s a summer reading program at the Library with a variety of events on tap.  Check in with the library for details. And vacation Bible School starts up next Tuesday. Details on signing up for this no charge three day campe are in the calendar entry online.


And, a final calendar note…tickets for the BIC Center W-V-B-I Secret Garden Summer Gala or on sale. You can get them at the BIC Center front Desk or online at tickets dot BIC Center dot org. This year’s event will be in Gene Masta’s beautiful gardens surrounding the old Lifesaving station that once stood at Whiskey Point…and that is now his summer home. Strolling dinner, music, libations, raffles and both silent and live auctions will add to the fun of mingling with your island friends in the Secret Garden.

BIRTHDAYS:  Shirley Cole and Ed Wojan are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Shirley and Ed and, if we missed you on our 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 except when the ferry comes in. Plus, lots of bikers and hikers are out enjoying the wonders of the island, so, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1804 a deadly duel ends political rivalry. Then U-S Vice President Aaron Burr and former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton arrive at New Jersey’s Palisades and proceed with a pistol duel after years of public rivalry. Hamilton fires into the air, but Burr shoots directly at Hamilton, felling him with a fatal bullet. Burr then the vice president of the country was indicted in both New Jersey and New York for murder, but neither charge reached trial. Hamilton’s death led to the demose of his political party, the Federalists.   

MERRIAM-WEBSTER WORD OF THE DAY: carp (verb) [KAHRP], which means “to complain in an annoying way,” and often suggests that such complaining is habitual. Though someone might hypothetically carp about the fish known as carp, the similarity between the words is wholly coincidental. Both entered the English language in the 15th century but from different sources. Like many terms for plants and animals adopted at that point in the language’s history, the fish’s name traces back to Late Latin, but the verb is of Scandinavian origin. It shares an ancestor with the Icelandic verb karpa, meaning “to dispute” or “to wrangle,” which in turn comes from an Old Norse word meaning “boasting” or “arrogance.” We promise there’s nothing fishy about that.

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

Here’s a thought for the day from Federalist Papers author and bad duelist Alexander Hamilton: “A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.”


On a lighter note: Why was the ladder unlucky in love? It was always being stood up. 

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Monday, July 11th, 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. 



BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON: High wave action, strong currents, and dangerous swimming conditions expected. A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11am, then a chance of showers after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 8pm and 2am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am, then a slight chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. North wind 10 to 15 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 77. North wind around 10 mph.

Wednesday Night

Clear, with a low around 57.


Sunny, with a high near 79.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 61.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Friday Night

A chance of showers after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63.


Partly sunny, with a high near 81.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.


Sunny, with a high near 82.

Out on the Big Drink:


WSW wind 10 to 15 kt. A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Waves 2 to 3 ft.


WNW wind 10 to 15 kt. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Waves around 1 ft.


N wind around 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Fire Danger Level: Low

Water Temps: 60 at White Shoal, 63 at the straits and 63 at Sleeping Bear. 61 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island. The water is warming up, but the temps are still cool enough to be dangerous if you get stuck in the water for an extended period. Remember, if you are out in a small craft, dress for the water not the weather.