News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, June 14th, 2021

 

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Monday, June 14th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

Saturday was a special day on the island with Beaver Island Community School sending nine graduates on to what ‘s next.  There was a pre-commencement parade—continue a tradition established last year—and commencement itself on the Soccer Field behind school.  Both were well attended, as were the after graduation receptions. Average weight on the island probably went up several pounds with all the good food, and many were relishing the opportunity to get together to celebrate in person for the first time in a long time. Congratulations to the graduating class of Emmalee Antkoviak, Quintan DeLaat, Zander Drost, Zander Holmes, Jessica LaFreniere, Salutatorian, Skylar Marsh, Mackenzie Martin, Elisha Richards, Valedictorian, and Serenity Tognetti.

 

And Sunday was special, too, with a drive-by birthday celebration for island music man Ed Palmer—who is celebrating 75 tuneful trips around the sun today. Ed brings us all joy every day with his music right here on W-V-B-I.

The COVID-19 data that same in over the weekend look very good for the most part, although there was a death here in Charlevoix County. Two days of reports showed an average of 258 new cases a day.  There were 11 deaths total during the period, plus 50 reclassified deaths on Momday. That brings the seven day running averages to 255 new cases and 25 deaths a day (including the reclassifications). In our eight-county region there were a total of 11 new cases across both reports and one death. Charlevoix County had one new case as well as the single death. Averages for our region are now four new cases a day and one death.

 

On the island, no new, no new positives and no tests pending. Last positive was May 14th. So, by the state’s definition, there are now no known active cases on the island.

 

Safe start dashboard has new case counts headed down state-wide, in our zone and in Charlevoix County. Positive test rates headed down, too, and are now under the C-D-C target of 3% across the board. Current state rate is 2.2%. It’s 2% in the Traverse City zone.  And, in Charlevoix County, we’ve are down to 2.5%. Active case counts are down—by about 3,600 statewide, 95 in the T-V-C zone, and down 57 in our region, where we have 384 active cases.

 

Hospitalization utilization rates continue to pretty much unchanged with the COVID-19 share of patients steady.  Statewide, that’s now 3.3% for all beds and 7.1% for I-C-U beds statewide. Locally, Munson in Charlevoix continues with no COVID-19 patients. McLaren in Petoskey has four, including two patients in their I-C-U.

 

Missing your COVID-19 vaccine? They are available at the Health Center. Just call 2275 to set up your appointment.  Also, masks are still required on the ferry and planes—and at school.

 

Complete data for our region plus summaries for the state, the T-C safe start zone and the U-P are in today’s script online.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

891933

19487

318

8

Region

15229

285

7

1

TVC Zone

26592

574

11

1

UP

20043

438

1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

229

18

 

Region

4

0

 

TVC Zone

7

1

 

UP

3

0

Note: Look back 6 days divided by 7 to adj. for no Sunday data.

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1301

23

1

0

Benzie

1063

35

0

0

Charlevoix

1302

21

1

0

Emmet

1915

42

4

0

Grand Traverse

5651

84

0

0

Kalkaska

1052

25

0

1

Leelanau

1023

19

0

0

Otsego

1922

36

1

0

Link to data.

Δ Active

 

 

Active

 

 

-1674

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

24592

 

 

-32

Region

409

 

 

-51

TVC Zone

721

 

 

-50

UP

469

Note: Look back now 26 days to adjust for 4 Sundays with no data.

 

Data from June 11, 2021

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

892131

19540

198

53

Region

15233

286

4

1

TVC Zone

26598

575

6

1

UP

20045

438

2

0

50 deaths are reclassified. There were 12 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

255

25

 

Region

5

0

 

TVC Zone

7

1

 

UP

3

0

Note: Look back 6 days divided by 7 to adj. for no Sunday data.

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1301

23

0

0

Benzie

1063

35

0

0

Charlevoix

1302

22

0

1

Emmet

1915

42

0

0

Grand Traverse

5653

84

2

0

Kalkaska

1052

25

0

0

Leelanau

1024

19

1

0

Otsego

1923

36

1

0

Link to data.

Δ Active

 

 

Active

 

 

-1973

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

22619

 

 

-25

Region

384

 

 

-44

TVC Zone

677

 

 

-44

UP

425

Note: Look back now 26 days to adjust for 4 Sundays with no data.

 

Data from June 12, 2021

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week: School Board meets this evening at 7. Waste Management Committee meets Tuesday at 1:00 at Peaine Township Hall. BIA Board meets Tuesday, too, at 4:00.  All interested folks are welcome to attend. Library Board meets Thursday Morning at 9. St. James Public Works is at 11 and the Joint Telecommunications Committee meets at 4:30.  More details and info on remote attendance are in the calendar entries online.

 

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on tomorrow from 10:30 to 11:30 in the hangout.

 

Wednesday, there’s morning Prayer & Fellowship at the Episcopal Mission at 9 and a reception there at 5:30.  Bingo is on at the Gregg Fellowship Center Wednesday evening, too. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Ganes start at 7.

 

Thursday, Resale Shop is open noon to 4.  Word is they have all sorts of great new stuff in with folks returning and de-cluttering after the lockdown. Games Galore is on at the BIC Center up in the Deerwood Lodge hangout from 1 to 4.

 

Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in the Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30.

 

Saturday is Gardener’s day at the Health Center.  There will be all sorts of plants for sale along with gardening tools and accessories, plus island gardeners there with advice on making your garden bloom.  Plants will include annuals and perennials,  all island grown. All proceeds benefit the Wellness Garden outside the Health Center, which is maintained by volunteers without any tax support. Sale runs from 11 to 2.

 

Also Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is Wall-E, presented by the B-I-C-S robotics team B-I Robot. They’ll be on hand with a few of their robots to answer questions about the team before the show.  Movie is rated PG, so great for the whole family.  At 7, it’s The World’s End—well, the movie the world’s end not the actual end of the world—at least as far as we know.  A bunch of friends come home to do the ultimate pub crawl only to discover that their home town has become overrun with humanoid robots. Hold my beer while I watch this.  It’s rated R. Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater. Concession stand will be open both.  Trailers are on the BIC Center website at bic center dot org.

 

Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church at the Episcopal Mission.  Times and more details are in the calendar.

 

If you are looking for summer activities for the kids, her are a couple:

 

B-I-C-S robotics team bIrobot has a cybersecurity camp planned for this summer.  It’ll be run June 21 to 25th. Got to  the bIrobot website for details and to sign up. Its at B-I robot dot org.  And, Vacation Bible School is on this summer June 29 to July 1st. Sign up information and details are in the calendar entry online.  Also, Augist 2nd through the 6th is the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program Summer Camp as part of Baroque on Beaver. SIhup details are in the calendar entry online.

 

And, if you are looking for entertainment for the summer, the BIC Center has a full summer season planned for you—kicking off with Dave Bennett on Saturday, June 26 and wrapping up with Claudia Schmidt on Labor day.  Along the way there are a pair of plays from CMU…Baroque on Beaver gala concerts, and the R-F-D boys.  Tickets for all of these events are available now at the BIC Center front desk and, new this year, online on the BIC Center website.  Just go to bic center dot org and click on tickets in the menu—or just go straight to tickets dot bic center dot org. You can pick up your tickets for the whole summer plus grab raffle tickets for the boat fundraiser and a W-V-B-I cap or sticker all in one transaction. Pretty handy.

Keep up to date on COVID-19 news with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Click COVID-19 Info in the menu at W-V-B-I dot net.

Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Northwest wind around 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 54. North wind around 10 mph.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 75. North wind around 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 48. North wind 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 74. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 54.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Thursday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly before 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 54.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 76.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

W wind around 10 kt. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Tuesday

NNE wind around 10 kt becoming NNW in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Wednesday

Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Water Temperatures: Little Traverse Bay buoy is reading 57 this morning. Up at White Shoal its 56.  60 at Mackinac.  Sleeping Bear buoy is finally in and has 59.  Mid-lake buoy still M-I-A. Temps are warming quickly, but the water is still cold—especially offshore. Remember, dress for the water, not the weather.  And, if you are using the Water Trail, remember that you can file a float plan at the BIC Center and get a loaner EPIRB emergency beacon to take along on the trip.

Fire Danger Level:  …now at moderate with all the rain this weekend. Your campfire is OK.  Be sure to douse it with water at the end.

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Island Beltway running smoothly. Bridges are clear. Road crews have been out grading, though, so let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  The island’s own music man Edward Palmer is celebrating along with Sveta Stebbins. Happy Birthday to Svetta and Edward and, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.

ON THIS DAY in 1777, A flag is chosen for 13 colonies now united as a nation. Thirteen white stars representing each state are united on a field of blue, and 13 alternating stripes of red and white symbolize the former colonies that broke away from British rule. 100 years later the first flag day observance is held and in 1949 Congress officially designates June 14th as Flag Day.  (Bing.com and History.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: deride (verb) [dih-RYDE], which means: to laugh at or insult contemptuously; to subject to usually bitter or contemptuous ridicule or criticism : to express a lack of respect or approval.

Deride is a combination of the prefix de- (“make lower”) and ridēre, a Latin verb meaning “to laugh.” Ridēre echoes in other English words as well, some common and some obscure. In the former category we have ridicule and ridiculous. Ridicule functions as both verb (“to make fun of”) and noun (“the act of making fun of”), while ridiculous describes what arouses or deserves ridicule or mockery. Obscure ridēre words include arride (it has an obsolete meaning of “to smile or laugh at,” and also means “to please, gratify, or delight”) and irrision, a synonym of derision, the close noun relation of deride. Also in the category of obscure ridēre words is risorius; this medical term refers to a narrow band of facial muscle fibers that reach to the corners of the mouth to make smiling possible.  (Merriam-Webster)

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

Here’s a thought for the day from Edward Palmer: “Is everyone happy?”

 

On a lighter note: How campers does it take to light a latern? One to pour the fuel, another to pump the tank, another to light the match…and another to say “Forget it…I’ll just get the flashlight.”

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Monday, June 14th, 2021. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening. 

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