News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, June 1st, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, June 1st, 2020.
First, some news…
Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing were under curfews last night as city leaders responded to long nights of lawless rioting that transformed otherwise peaceful protests arising out of the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. In Lansing, windows were smashed, cars set afire and people attacked. All of it filmed for Facebook. Grand Rapids apparently suffered even more destruction. M-Live quotes a witness as saying that downtown Grand Rapids is unrecognizable. And riots in Detroit lead to the death of at least one person. Of the chaos, Governor Whitmer said in a social media post “[W]e are seeing the historic inequities of racial injustice coming to a tipping point in communities across America, including here in Michigan.” She said she was angry with those who “instigated violence and vandalism,” but not at those who protested peacefully. Previously, she has said that protests against her stay-at-home orders were likely to lead to an extension of stay-at-home requirements. That apparently because some failed to observe social distancing requirements. No such assertion this time.
On the COVID-19 front, numbers continue to look good. On the island, 75 tests have been run. 62 of those are back as negative. 12 pending. Still only one back as positive. That person has reported on social media that tests of all of her contacts have, so far, come back negative. Additional tests will, apparently, be necessary to confirm there was no spread.
Numbers across the state are, well, nominal. Officials reported 513 new cases yesterday and 28 new deaths. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 57,397. However, almost 40-thousand of those cases are more than thirty days old and deemed recovered by state officials. That leaves just under 20-thousand active cases. Total deaths from COVID-19 in Michigan are 5,491. Seven-day case averages continue to look good. Average new case level is at 388, and daily deaths at 38.
In our region, total confirmed cases edged up from 205 on Friday to 211. Death toll remains stable at 20—no change in that since May 12th. County by county, Otsego confirmed case count is up 2 to 102 with 10 deaths. Emmet is stable at 21 with two deaths. Grand Traverse added four cases bring the total there to 27 cases with five deaths. Charlevoix stable at 15 cases including one from the island, and one death. Kalkaska has 19 confirmed cases two deaths. Antrim 12 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 11, no deaths. And Benzie is at four cases and no deaths. Up in the U-P, they are up three to 115 confirmed cases. Death toll is stable at 15.
News of openings and re-openings continues around the island. Circle-M opened for the season over the weekend with take-out service available. Eager Beaver is once again online as is Whiskey Point Brewing. Resale shop plans to re-open on June 12 and the 13th from noon to 4:00 each day.
Now, heres’ what’s happening on your island. Airport Commission has a meeting set for today at noon, on Zoom. There’s a Mindful families Webinar at 4:00 Monday afternoon. B-I-C-S Board Policy Committee is set to meet by Zoom Tuesday afternoon at 3:30. B-I-C-S Sports awards ceremony by Zoom will be at 7. St. James planning Commission is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 and the regular St. James Township board meeting is on Wednesday at 5:30. Both of those will be by audio conference. Also Wednesday, B-I-C-S Board Committees are busy: Finance at 9:30 and Facilities at 3:30. Both meetings by Zoom. And Thursday, the Board Curriculum Committee meets at 3:30—again by Zoom. Where we have them, the virtual meeting participation details are in the calendar. School doesn’t give them for the most part until near the meeting, so check the school website for those.
And, get these graduation events on your calendar: There’ll be an in-car parade around the harbor on June 6th—the date originally planned for ceremonies here at the Community Center. And an in-person graduation is tentatively planned for June 20th at 1:00.
A few reminders. Island fire and E-M-S personnel want you to practice situational awareness. Don’t do things that put you at risk. Stay safe.
Governor’s orders require you to wear face masks when in enclosed public spaces. Need a mask? Check with the Health Center. Probably makes sense to get in the habit of having one with you.
Keep up to date with the march back 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.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 4pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 66. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Tonight Showers before 4am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 4am and 5am, then a chance of showers after 5am. Patchy fog. Low around 50. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tuesday A slight chance of showers before 8am, then a slight chance of showers after 2pm. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 70. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tuesday Night A 40 percent chance of showers after 2am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 52. Calm wind. Wednesday A 30 percent chance of showers before 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Light northwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 50. Thursday Sunny, with a high near 70. Thursday Night A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. Friday A chance of showers before 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 48. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 69. Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. Sunday A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 68.
Out on the big drink…
Today SW wind around 10 kt. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Waves 1 to 2 ft. Tuesday SW wind around 10 kt. Partly sunny. Waves around 1 ft.
Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: None. But, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: On Saturday, Kendra Thorson and Marie Boyle celebrated. Today Tammy McDonough and Tom Whitman are celebrating—and sharing a birthday with Morgan Freeman. Happy birthday to them, and if we missed you, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1921, Tulsa’s prosperous African-American community is destroyed. Known as the ‘Black Wall Street,’ and the nation’s wealthiest African-American neighborhood, the Greenwood district of Tulsa, OK, is attacked by gangs of marauding whites. When the Tulsa race riot ends, 35 city blocks have been burned, 800 are injured, upwards of 300 are dead, and 10,000 left homeless. (
WORD OF THE DAY stiction (noun) [STIK-shun] which means: the force required to cause one body in contact with another to begin to move. Stiction has been a part of the English language since at least 1946, when it appeared in a journal of aeronautics. While stiction refers to the force needed to get an object to move from a position at rest, it is not related to the verb stick. The word is a blend word formed from the st- of static (“of or relating to bodies at rest”) and the -iction of friction (“the force that resists relative motion between two bodies in contact”). So, basically, it means “static friction” (or to put it another way, “stationary friction”). (from Merriam Webster)
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Oliver Goldsmith: “Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” On a lighter note: What’s worse than an insult from a leprechaun? A burn from a dragon.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, June 1st, 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 .