News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, July 27th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, July 27th, 2020.
First, some news…
Friday’s Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive was once again a big success. Versiti collected 63 units of blood from islanders and many cookies were consumed according to Richie Gillespie’s daughter Kelly Sopczynski. Kelly, who works for Versiti, was one of the organizing forces behind this year’s drive. Also helping out were the Boat Company and Island Airways with transportation, the Beaver Island Christian Church with use of Gregg Fellowship hall and, as always, Connie Wojan with organizing everything. Thanks go first and foremost to the many donors, of course. If you weren’t able to donate, please consider doing it the next time you are across. It’s easy to set it up so you are in and out. Just go to versiti dot org forward slash Michigan to find a convenient location and set up a time.
The weekend saw the biggest batch of new COVID-19 cases reported we’ve seen in quite a while. Two days of reports brought a net increase of 2072 new confirmed cases in Michigan. That apparently included a number of reclassifications. The total since the start of the crisis is now 78,019. There was rejiggering of the death count, too, with 14 new deaths reported, but a net increase of just 1 bringing the total to 6,149. 55,162 cases are now marked as recovered, leaving almost 17,000 cases after considering deaths.
Looking at the averages, the new case count 7 day moving average is at 577. For deaths it is down to 6. Positive test rate for the state as a whole is 3.4%. The target is three percent.
In our region, 15 new cases were reported over the weekend. No new deaths. New cases were in Antrim with two, Charlevoix with four, Grand Traverse with six and Leelanau with three. Total cases in our region is 482. Total deaths are 24.
Looking at our safe start zone, the numbers continue to look good for in person school this fall. Positive test rate is 1.7 percent which is in the low risk classification in the plan. The new case rate has fallen again to 4.9 per million of population—which puts the region in the low risk classification for that metric, too. There were 19 new cases reported in the Traverse City Safe Start Zone over the weekend and one new death.
Up in the U-P, they reported 32 new cases bringing their total to 414. No new deaths.
On the island, 9 more tests have been run bringing that total to 133. 125 are back as negative. 7 pending. Still only one positive test and that case is classified as recovered.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Meeting planner: St. James Finance Committee meets on today at 1:00 at the Governmental Center.
For fun, this week: First and foremost, the Baroque on Beaver REimagined music festival. Today, at 10 and 3 WVBI’s Behind the Scenes radio series continues a trio of Baroque artists chat with Rockin’ the Boat host Mark Beltaire about a broad range of topics. At 7:30, Jeffrey Nordling will be on the Baroque You Tube channel with a special Poetry Slam. We’re told the reading is intense, but short—so be on time. And, Festival Music Director Robert Nordling will be our guest today on Beaver Island Perspectives to talk about the schedule for the next few days. Catch that after our news at 5:00 this evening. Tomorrow’s festival events include another in our series of radio shows at 10 and 3 with another panel of artists, Triple Solo concerts released on the You Tube channel at 4 and at 7:30 The Bach + Beethoven Experience – A Curated Concert & Musical Fun Night—some of it live—again on the Baroque You Tube channel.
Also this week, Pickleball Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Tuesday and Friday 10:30 to 11:30 in Ray and Ann’s Hangout here at the BIC Center. Bingo at Gregg Fellowship Center Wednesday evening. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games at 7:00. Farmer’s Market on Thursday from 9 to 11 out at Paradise Bay.
Tomorrow, Art in the Harbor may give it a go today from 10 to noon out on the sidewalk in front of the BIC Center and, also today, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in Ray and Ann’s Hangout at the BIC Center from 10:30 to 11:30. Tomorrow, there’s Pickleball from 10 to noon at the Municipal Tennis Courts.
Movies on Saturday here at the BIC Center. 4:00 show tomorrow is LEGO’s Shazam: Magic and Monsters. Fun for the whole family. And at 7, Booksmart. That one’s for the grownups. It’s rated R. Both on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the McDonough’s Market Theater. Concession stand will be open for both shows for snacks, a meal or both. Trailers on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org, our follow us on Facebook to see them.
Saturday evening at 7 the Beaver Island Sustainability Fair continues its virtual events with a look at Clean Energy on the island and beyond. Sign up information to attend is in the calendar entry.
Saturday is also the deadline for applying for student success grants from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. Find out more and apply on their website at C-three-F dot org.
And, remember, the Marine Museum and the Print Shop are open today and Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 to 5 throughout the summer. Protar’s home is open Wednesdays from 11 to 1. And the south end lighthouse is open every day for self-guided tours.
There are weekend services at Holy Cross on Saturday and Sunday, and Sunday services at the Christian Church and the Episcopal Mission. Times and details are on the calendar.
The BIC Center/WVBI 2020 Gala Auction is all online this year at auction dot BIC center dot org. Bid, buy and win two ways by getting something useful and supporting the BICX Center and W-V-B-I. You can also support us by picking up a ticket for a chance to win the 2020 BIC Center-W-V-B-I Raffle. Grand prize is the Tracker fishing and sport boat parked out in front of the BIC Center. Tickets are available now at the BIC Center front desk or buy them online at raffle dot BIC Center dot org. Or get them from any PABI Board member.
Keep up to date on COVID-19 news with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Click COVID-19 in the menu at W-V-B-I dot net. Stay up to date. Remember: Protect yourself. Protect the island.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. West wind around 10 mph. Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 62. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday A 30 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. Northwest wind around 5 mph. Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 78. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 57. Thursday Sunny, with a high near 78. Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 57. Friday Sunny, with a high near 81. Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 82. Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 61. Sunday Sunny, with a high near 82.
Out on the big drink…
Today NW wind around 10 kt becoming W in the afternoon. A slight chance of showers before 10am. Waves around 1 ft. Tuesday WSW wind 10 to 15 kt. A slight chance of showers after 2pm. Waves around 2 ft. Wednesday NW wind around 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.
Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: Occasional social distanced mid-road car chat delays reported—well—all over. Fawn crossings on Fox Lake Road. Lost bikers on East Side Drive. And Turtles crossing Kings Highway by the stone house. Let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Darlene Dooley. Happy birthday to Darlene, 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 1940 a brazen bunny saunters onto the screen. Huntsman Elmer J. Fudd meets “that pesky wabbit” for the first time in ‘A Wild Hare,’ an animated short subject from Warner Bros. What’s up, Doc? For Bugs Bunny, it’ll be crazy popularity, decades of movie releases, an Oscar win, and a TV compilation show that runs for 40 years. (
WORD OF THE DAY: anomaly (noun) [uh-NAH-muh-lee], which means: something different, abnormal, peculiar, or not easily classified: something anomalous; deviation from the common rule : irregularity; the angular distance of a planet from its perihelion as seen from the sun. You might be familiar with the Greek word homos, which means “same.” It is from this word that we get words like homonym, homogeneous, and homophone, all of which have to do with sameness or similarity. What does this have to do with anomaly? Although it’s not obvious, homos is a part of the etymology of anomaly, too. Anomaly is a descendant of the Greek word anōmalos, which means “uneven” or “irregular.” Anōmalos comes from the prefix a- (meaning “not”) and the word homalos (meaning “even”)—and homalos comes from homos. (Merriam-Webster).
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…
Here’s a thought for the day: “Teachers open doors, but you must enter yourself.” On a lighter note: What did the panther say at the poker party? I’d be lion of I said I was a cheetah.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, July 27th, 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.