News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, July 6th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, July 6th, 2020.
First, some news…
The island’s solution to celebrating Independence Day while staying safe seems to have worked out well. About 300 cars lined up to take part in a reverse parade—with displays spaced out along the roadside and observers having a look from their vehicles. It assured social distancing, but still allowed everyone to celebrate. Businesses along the route set up displays and a number of the traditional parade elements were present along the route including the AMVETS, the double decker USA party pickup and, a newer tradition, the B-I-C-S robotic team’s robot buzzing about in front of the BIC Center. Goodie bags were distributed at the end of the route, so kids (and grownups got some traditional and not so traditional) parade treats. W-V-B-I had a crew reporting from a car taking the parade route, and Joe Moore captured it all on video for News on the Net. The official boat parade and fireworks were cancelled, but some folks took to the water as the sun went down and unofficial fireworks lit up the skies over Paradise Bay and around the island. All in all, it was a splendid and safe 4th. Hats off to Paul Cole, the B-I Chamber and many volunteers and participants who made it all happen.
Adding to the good news of that success, state health officials yesterday reported no new COVID-19 related deaths. That’s the first time that has happened since mid-March at the start of the crisis. They did report 343 new cases, though. That puts the number of conformed cases for the state at 65,876 with 5,972 deaths since the crisis began. Officials also announced that 52,841 have recovered from COVID-19. That leaves just over 7,000 active cases in the state. The seven-day average for new cases stands at 373, up from 290 the previous week. Seven day average for deaths is at 9. That’s the same as last week. Positive test rate is 2.8 percent, about where is has been since early June.
On the island, no change in the data. Still at 96 tests run. 93 tests results back. 92 negatives. Still only one back as positive. Three tests still pending.
But, in our region, a big jump over the weekend in new cases 270 to 304. Grand Traverse is up twelve to 63. Leelanau up nine to 26. Emmet is up six cases to 30. Kalkaska up four to 26. Antrim up three to 22. Charlevoix up one to 24. Otsego up one to 105 Kalkaska is up one to 22. Death toll is stable at 21. Full county by county data are in today’s script. [Otsego confirmed case count is at 105 with 10 deaths. Emmet is at 30 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 63 cases with six deaths. Charlevoix has 24 cases including one from the island, and two deaths. Kalkaska has 26 confirmed cases two deaths. Antrim 22 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 26, no deaths. And Benzie is at 8 cases and no deaths.] U-P is up 21 to 196. Ontonagon County, the last county in Michigan with no confirmed cases, picked up its first case over the weekend. Marquette has the most in the U-P with 72 cases. Death toll is stable at 18.
Here’s another COVID-19 cancellation: Beaver Island’s Big Read organizers have concluded they won’t be able to put on a live version of Our Town as part of their Our Town, Our Island events. Originally, the play had been planned for spring, but the outbreak pushed it to fall. Now, even that doesn’t seem possible. Instead, director Jacquie LaFreniere is planning a radio play for broadcast here on W-V-B-I and release as a podcast. That will allow for social distancing for the performers as well as the audience while still letting the show go on. As it must.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Quiet today. Tomorrow, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in Ray & Ann’s Hangout at the BIC Center. Starts at 10:30. That happens Tuesdays and Fridays all summer. Pickleball is on, too. They are playing Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays on the municipal courts outside if the weather is nice. If it gets nasty, they’ll be inside here at the BIC Center. Also, tomorrow, the B-I-C-S Board Policy Committee meets at school at 3:30. And St. James Township planning commission meets at the Township hall at 7.
Wednesday, BINGO continues at Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6;15 for fellowship. Games start at 7.
Farmer’s Market is next Thursday from 9 to 11 at Paradise Bay Coffee shop. Games Galore is available here at the BIC Center from one to four. Please remember that family pod based social distancing applies to all events and use of the BIC Center. Masks are required unless you are seated with your family pod.
Friday, word is that Art in the Harbor may be back on the sidewalk in front of the BIC Center. We’ll keep you posted.
After a pause for the holiday, movies are back here at the BIC Center this weekend. Movies on Saturday are an animated version of the Hobbit at 4 and the Expendables 3 at 7. Trailers and more info are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org. Concession stand will be open for snacks, a meal or both.
Sunday, worship services are on at Holy Cross and the Christian Church. Times and details are on the calendar.
Over on the mainland, our friends at the Charlevoix Circle of the Arts have a Summer Salon running at their gallery in Charlevoix. The show runs through August 15. The Charlevoix Circle of Arts supports the island’s music education program with strings classes it provides. So, if you have a chance, drop in to see the Salon when you are across and suggest it to visitors.
And, coming up next weekend, the Big Read project starts a series of Graveyard Walks and Talks to present the history of the island told through lives of people who made that history. The Walk and Talks will continue every other Sunday through the summer starting at 11:30.
Have you stopped by the BIC Center/WVBI 2020 Gala Auction site yet? With the annual Summer Gala dinner postponed due to COVID, the auction is all online this year. There are all sorts of great items up for bid. Check it out at auction dot BIC center dot org. And, don’t miss your chance to support the BIC Center and W-V-B-I by picking up a ticket 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—it’s just waiting to get in the water. Tickets are available now at the BIC Center front desk. You can also buy them online at raffle dot BIC Center dot org. Or get one from any board member. All proceeds from the Auction and net proceeds from the raffle go to benefit the BIC Center and WVBI.
Keep up to date on COVID-19 news with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Just go to W-V-B-I dot net and click on COVID-19 Info in the menu at the top. 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 90. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Tonight A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Tuesday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. Thursday A chance of showers between 8am and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Thursday Night A chance of thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Friday A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.
Out on the big drink…
Today Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Tuesday Variable winds 5 kt or less. A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Waves 1 ft or less. Wednesday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.
Fire Danger Level: High.
TRAFFIC: After a busy weekend, W-V_B-I octo copter artificial intelligence traffic prediction models say their will be less traffic in town today. But, that it will still be busier than has been the norm for most of the year. So, let’s be careful out there. Especially in town and in the fawn and turtle crossing zones
BIRTHDAYS: Video game guru and future robot builder Andy Glynn is celebrating. Happy birthday to Andy, 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 1957, two Liverpool teenagers trade tunes and forge a friendship. John Lennon, 16, has already formed his own band, The Quarrymen, and the guy he meets at the Woolton Parish Church garden in Liverpool, England, 15-year-old Paul McCartney, impresses him so much with his guitar playing that he will ask him to join the band. Also, on this date in 1994, ‘Forrest Gump’ starts its run in theaters. The movie tells the story of a man with a low IQ and a big heart who stumbles into some of the defining moments of 20th century US history. The film will become a massive hit, winning six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Tom Hanks), and Best Director. Remember, stupid is as stupid does. (
WORD OF THE DAY: legerdemain (noun) [lej-er-duh-MAYN] which means: sleight of hand; a display of skill and adroitness. In Middle French, folks who were clever enough to fool others with fast-fingered illusions were described as leger de main, literally “light of hand.” English speakers condensed that phrase into a noun when they borrowed it in the 15th century and began using it as an alternative to the older sleight of hand. (That term for dexterity or skill in using one’s hands makes use of sleight, an old word from Middle English that derives from an Old Norse word meaning “sly.”) In modern times, a feat of legerdemain can even be accomplished without using your hands, as in, for example, “an impressive bit of financial legerdemain.”
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…with legerdemain of course…
Here’s a thought for the day from Helen Keller: “To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.” On a lighter note: Why did the cat stop playing basketball? He through up too many hairballs.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, July 6th, 2020. I’m Kevin Boyle, reporting from the pest free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of the Voice of Beaver Island, wishing you a happy Independence Day weekend and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best one ever? And, thanks for listening.