News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, July 26th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Monday, July 26th, 2021. 

First some news…

 

Michigan environmental regulators have ordered Enbridge energy to retrieve a 15-thousand pound anchor from the lakebed in the straits. Enbridge says the stray anchor became detached when a barge being used for seasonal maintenance work tried to lift it.  It’s on the bottom near the controversial dual-span pipeline.  The state has ordered Enbridge to stop using the line, but they have defied the order.  The dispute is in Federal Court downstate.

 

The group that worked successfully to rein in the emergency powers of Michigan governors is now campaigning to limit the emergency authority of Michigan health officials—who report to the governor.  Unlock Michigan points out that when the Michigan Supreme Court invalidated the law that Governor Whitmer had been using to lock down the state, she simply shifted to using authority granted to the health department. They want to limit that ability to just shy of a month’s time.  After that, the health department would need an OK from the state legislature to continue orders.  They plan to start collecting signatures later this month.

The case of the botched plan to kidnap Governor Whitmer seems to get more bizarre with each passing day. Lawyers for some alleged to be involved in the plot say they were egged on by FBI informants who, among other things, proposed blowing up bridges to delay police response.  And, one of the F-B-I leads on the case is now accused by prosecutors of brutally beating his wife after swingers sex party.

COVID-19 data from Friday again shows an uptick in the number of new cases a day—from 257 a day on average for the prior period to 432 a day on average for the three days in Friday’s report. But, the running seven day average is down to 332 from 366 because there were more cases in the report for the same period last week.  There were 14 new deaths during the three day period plus another seven deaths reclassified from prior dates in the report—with that average now down 50% week over week to five. In our region, there were 38 new cases over the three days including five in Charlevoix.  There was one death.  That was in Kalkaska.

 

The active case numbers are up again.  Statewide there are 6919—up 2,000 from a week ago. In our region we have 131, up 28 from last week.  But, on the island, there are no active cases.  No new tests.  Last positive was in mid-May.

 

Hospital data was updated as well, and it all still looks good.  Overall occupancy numbers are normal, and the COVID-19 case load is just 1.3% statewide.  Locally, Munson has no patients. McLaren has one.

 

Check our script online for complete local date and summaries for our safe start zone, the UP and the state.  And, there;s info there, too, about how you can find a vaccine location and sign up for the Michigan vaccination lottery.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

899921

19883

1295

21

Region

15380

292

38

1

TVC Zone

26824

589

53

1

UP

20227

445

28

0

15 deaths were reclassified. With other adj., the total for the period was 14.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

332

5

 

Region

8

0

 

TVC Zone

11

0

 

UP

8

0

Note: Look back 2 reports divided by 7 to adj. for no Sat-Mon & Wed-Fri rpts.

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1309

24

-1

0

Benzie

1071

35

4

0

Charlevoix

1319

22

5

0

Emmet

1927

42

5

0

Grand Traverse

5710

86

12

0

Kalkaska

1078

28

6

1

Leelanau

1034

19

5

0

Otsego

1932

36

2

0

Link to data.

Δ Active

 

 

Active

 

 

1123

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

6919

 

 

36

Region

131

 

 

50

TVC Zone

195

 

 

23

UP

169

Note: Look back 21 data days to adjust for no data 4 Sun. & Sat. & 1 WD.

Data for July 23, 2021

[ Get Vaccinated: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_103214—,00.html

Get entered: https://www.mishottowin.com/ ]

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week: St. James Finance Committee meets today at 1.  B-I-E-S-A meets Thursday at 2.  That’s it. Meeting details and info on remote attendance are in the calendar online.

 

There’s a bit of a lull in activities this week as the island takes a beach break after the Music Festival and Museum Week. Things will spin back up on Friday as Baroque on Beaver events begin.  In the meantime, regular activities continue with Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30 on Monday.  Marine Museum Mondays continue with a lunchtime presentation.  Bring your bag lunch and settle in for a great discussion of marine history on the island.  St. James Finance Committee meets at 1:00.

 

Tuesday, the C-O-A has chair Yoga set at the Beaver Island Gallery at 9:30.  Pickleball is on from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts.  And, the Arthritis Foundation exercise program is on at the BIC Center at 10:30 up in the Deerwood Lodge hangout.

 

Wednesday, there’s Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30. At noon, Historical Society continues their Picnic on the Patio series. Bring your lunch and island curiosity.  Then, head out to Protar’s Home.  It will be open from 1 to 3 with docents on hand to tell you all about it.  It’s a snapshot of life on the island in a very different time. Wednesday evening, there’s and BINGO at Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games start at 7.

 

 

Special events this week include the annual Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive.  That’s on Friday.  If you haven’t signed up yet, please consider doing that.  Links and info are in the calendar entry.  And, Baroque kicks off on Friday with Peter Ferry performing here at the BIC Center.  Ticket’s are available at tickets.biccenter.org.

 

[Thursday, the original island Farmer’s market is on out at the Paradise Bay Coffee Shop at 9.  Pickleball is on 10 to noon at the municipal tennis courts. Games Galore is here at the BIC Center from 1 to 4 up in the Hangout.

 

Friday there’s Yoga at 9:30 at the BIC Center and Chair Yoga at 10 at the Gallery.  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at 10:30 up in the Deerwood Hangout at the BIC Center  Andg, the Baroque on Beaver Music Festival kicks of with the first of two gala opening concerts.  Tonight at 7:30

 

Tomorrow, Saturday, C-O-A walking club at 9 starting at the C-O-A office. Pickleball is on 10 to noon over at the municipal tennis courts. At 2, the Historical Society has the second part of their Arranmore Connections program at the Print Shop Museum. Connect to our heritage back in Ireland  with a video conference back to Arranmore. And, there’s more heritage on tap with Our Town Our Island Our Music is on the air again at 3 here on the radio station. Movies are on at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is Justice Society: World War II. It’s rated PG-13. At 7:00 its’s The Courier.  Great Cold War spy story  rated PG-13. Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound at the BIC Center Theater. Concession Stand open for both. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at 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.  And, the Downtown Farmer’s Market is on starting at 11.  They have produce, baked goods, jams, jellies and other yummy stuff along with craft items.  Look for them at the corner on Kings Highway up the street from Daddy Franks.]

 

One last Kid’s summer camp coming up. August 2nd through the 6th is the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program Summer Camp as part of Baroque on Beaver. Sign up details for that are in the calendar entry online, too.

Looking farther ahead, the BIC Center WVBI Starry Nights Summer Gala is coming up on August 12.  There’ll be great music, food and drink—plus silent and live auction fun. A strolling dinner is planned, so you’ll have the opportunity to catch up with friends you’ve not seen for a long time—and meet new ones.  Tickets were almost gone, but the organizers have added a tent and increased to food order to accommodate some more folks—but they say that’s it. The remaining tickets are available at tickets dot bic center dot org.  [http://tickets.biccenter.org]

BIRTHDAYS:  Tony Connagham is celebrating today.  Happy Birthday to Tony 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.

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports.  Island Beltway is running smoothly—no bridge delays. But, let’s be careful out there. 

Fire Danger Level:  Low. 

ON THIS DAY in 1975, the disco era hustles onto the scene with a chart-topper. Inspired by a line dance already popular in Manhattan discotheques, songwriter Van McCoy’s mostly instrumental homage hits the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. ‘The Hustle’ will kick-start disco music’s rise, win a Grammy, and become one of the definitive grooves of the ’70s. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY:

Urbane (adjective) [er-BAYN], which means: notably polite or polished in manner. City slickers and country folk have long debated whether life is better in town or in the wide-open spaces, and urbane is a term that springs from the throes of that debate. In its earliest English uses, urbane was synonymous with its close relative urban (“of, relating to, characteristic of, or constituting a city”). Both words come from the Latin adjective urbanus (“urban, urbane”), which in turn is derived from urbs, meaning “city.” Urbane developed its modern sense denoting savoir faire from the belief (no doubt fostered by city dwellers) that living in the city made one more suave and polished than did leading a rural life. (Merriam-Webster)

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

Here’s a thought for the day: “You know, your clothes may say disco, but your eyes say rock n roll.

On a lighter note, have you heard the one about the oyster who went to the a disco and pulled a mussel?

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Monday, July 26th, 2021. 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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