News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, June 7th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Monday, June 7th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

The township planning commissions are holding a joint meeting this evening at Peaine Township Hall to discuss housing issues.  Th e meeting is set for 7 and will include a presentation and discussion with Steven Schnell.

 

The politicos down in Lansing finally seem to have awakened to the fact that folks can’t into the Secretary of States office to get plates, renew drivers licenses and so on.  But they can’t agree what to do about it.  Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson adopted a temporary appointment only system as the pandemic wore on―that and repeated extensions of deadlines are said to be the source of the backlog. And Benson announced recently that the appointment only approach is a permanent change.  Democrats want to spend $25 million on over-time to address the issue.  Republicans say not a dime until the offices open up again to walk―in service. 

 

Weekend COVID-19 data looks good. There  were an average of 417 cases a day and an average of 15 deaths a day.  There were also 66 reclassified deaths. That brings the seven day running averages to 439 new cases and 36 deaths a day (including the reclassifications). In our eight-county region there were 20 new cases and three deaths over the two days. Charlevoix County had four new cases. The deaths were in Benzie, Grand Traverse and Leelanau with one each. Averages for our region are now nine new cases a day and one death.

 

On the island, no new tests, no new positives and no tests pending. Last positive was May 14th.

 

Safe start dashboard has new case counts headed down state-wide, in our zone and in Charlevoix County. Positive test rates headed down, too. Current state rate is 3.3%. It’s 3.6% in the Traverse City zone.  And in Charlevoix County, we are up to 3.6%, now above the C-D-C’s 3% target. Active case counts are down―by about  4,300 statewide, 135 in the T-V-C zone, and down 82 in our region, where we have 566 active cases.

 

Hospitalization utilization rates continue to pretty much unchanged―a little high from what the C=D=C says is normal overall―but the COVID-19 share of patients continues to drop.  Statewide, it’s now 3.9% for all beds and 8.1% for I-C-U beds statewide. Locally, Munson in Charlevoix continues with no COVID-19 patients. McLaren in Petoskey has three. That includes 1 patient in their I-C-U.

 

Remember, if you aren’t vaccinated, you need to continue wearing a mask for now while inside at public spaces. You can ditch the mask once you are fully vaccinated―and lucky for you the Health Center has COVID-19 vaccinations available. Just call 2275 to set up your appointment.  And, remember that 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

890328

19364

817

98

Region

15200

283

14

3

TVC Zone

26546

569

24

5

UP

20021

435

15

0

Data from secondary table with revised onset & death dates.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

524

39

 

Region

11

1

 

TVC Zone

15

1

 

UP

10

1

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1299

23

0

0

Benzie

1060

35

2

1

Charlevoix

1299

21

4

0

Emmet

1909

42

3

0

Grand Traverse

5646

84

4

1

Kalkaska

1045

23

1

0

Leelanau

1022

19

0

1

Otsego

1920

36

0

0

Link to data.

Δ Active

 

 

Active

 

 

-1710

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

38381

 

 

-53

Region

595

 

 

-71

TVC Zone

1157

 

 

-62

UP

735

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

 

Data from June 4, 2021

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

890345

19365

17

1

Region

15200

283

0

0

TVC Zone

26546

569

0

0

UP

20021

435

0

0

66 deaths are reclassified. Over the weekend there were 33 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

439

36

 

Region

9

1

 

TVC Zone

13

1

 

UP

7

1

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1299

23

0

0

Benzie

1060

35

0

0

Charlevoix

1299

21

0

0

Emmet

1909

42

0

0

Grand Traverse

5646

84

0

0

Kalkaska

1045

23

0

0

Leelanau

1022

19

0

0

Otsego

1920

36

0

0

Link to data.

Δ Active

 

 

Active

 

 

-2572

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

35809

 

 

-29

Region

566

 

 

-64

TVC Zone

1093

 

 

-46

UP

689

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

 

Data from June 5, 2021

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week:  As we mentioned at the top, today there’s a joint township planning Commission meeting at 7:00 at Peaine Township hall.  Tomorrow, Tuesday, the Transportation Authority is meeting at noon at their H-Q across from the boat dock. Peaine Township Board meets Tuesday evening at 7. Meeting details and info on remote attendance are in the calendar entries online.

 

Pickleball is on today from 1 to 3, outside. They play Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays―practice Tuesdays and Thursdays. The pickle ball crew is working to raise money to build dedicated outdoor courts at the Peaine Township park. There’s a link to their GoFundMe page in today’s script online. https://gofund.me/079aea65

 

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is tomorrow from 10:30 to 11:30 today at the BIC Center―that’s up in the Deerwood Lodge hang out. BIC Center hours this week are 9 to 4 weekdays. Noon to 9 on Saturday. Plans to open Sunday are delayed, but coming soon we are told.

 

Tomorrow evening the North Central Michigan College has an online  presentation on the 1980’s history of the Odawa Community. It was a decade of big change as the tribe opened a Casino and moved to enforce other treaty rights. Eric Memenway is the presenter.  It’s online. Registration information is in the calendar entry.

 

Wednesday the Episcopal Mission has a prayer service planned at 9 and an open house at 5:30. Then you can head over to the Gregg Fellowship Center for BINGO.  Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games start at 7.

 

Thursday, Games Galore is on up in the Hangout from 1 to 4. Resale Shop is open Thursday from noon to four.  They’re open the same hours Friday and Saturday, too. Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program from 10:30 to 11:30 in the hangout.

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is Sully. It’s the store of the pilots, crew and passengers on a plane forced to ditch in the Hudson River in New York City after a bird strike disable both of its engines. Stars Tom Hanks and rated PG-13. You may have seen this, but it is a great film worth seeing again. At 7 it’s a new release starring Jodie Foster.  The Mauritanian is the story og a War on Terror Gitmop prisoner―based on a true story.  It doesn’t play out as you might expect Rated R. Concession stand will be open.  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.

 

The health Center is looking for an additional board member. No medical background is required, but members who can bring some experience or expertise that will strengthen center operations are sought. Letters of interest are due by Midnight June 7.  That’s tonight.

 

If you are looking for summer activities for the kids, here’s one last call out for the library’s Tails and Tales program is underway. Call them at 2701 to see if you can still join.

 

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. 

 

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 frobt desk and, new this year, online on the BIC Center website.  Just go to bic center dot org and click on tickets in the menui―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 C presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Southwest wind around 15 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tuesday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Light northeast wind increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the morning.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 77.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.

Saturday

A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

SW wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 ft.

Tuesday

Variable winds 5 kt or less. Patchy fog before 8am. Waves 1 ft or less.

Wednesday

NE wind 5 to 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Water Temperatures: Little Traverse Bay buoy is reading 55 this morning. Up at White Shoal its 57.  57 at Mackinac.  Apparently it is still too cold for the Midlake and Sleeping Bear buoys…they are still hibernating…But it is definitely too cold for you, too, if you fall in while out there in a kayak, on paddleboard or other small craft. Without proper gear, your life expectancy could be measured in minutes. 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:  …still at very high. No uncovered outdoor fires. No fireworks, Use your covered grill with extreme care.

TRAFFIC:  Dust hazard remains in effect. Other than that, no delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Island Beltway running smoothly with caution delays at the south end where the road has emerged from the lake. Bridges are clear. Newly dropped fawns all over the place though. So, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  John Works, Ken Scoggins and Dennis Monoachino are all celebrating today. Happy Birthday to John, Ken and Dennis 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 1942, a ferocious three-day battle a thousand miles west of Hawaii ends in a rout of the Japanese navy by an underestimated American defense. Pearl Harbor is partly avenged on its six-month anniversary, and the Battle of Midway turns the tide towards Allied victory in the Pacific. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: solipsism (noun) [SOH-lip-sih-zum], which is: a theory holding that the self can know nothing but its own modifications and that the self is the only existent thing; also : extreme egocentrism.

Did You Know?

 

French philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650) can be blamed for the idea that if one whittles away beliefs about which one cannot be certain, one will eventually land at the existence of the self as a singular certainty; however, he cannot be blamed for either the word solipsism or the theory it refers to. Philosophical application of the word likely owes something to the French translation of a satiric work written in 1645. The pertinent term is a composite of the Latin solus (“alone”) and ipse (“self”). (Merriam-Webster)

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

Here’s a thought for the day from George Washington: “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

 

On a lighter note: I’d tell you an umbrella joke, but it might go over your head.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Monday, June 7th, 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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