News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, March 1st, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Monday, March 1st, 2021. 

First, some news…


State COVID-19 data from Friday and Saturday reversed the drift up we’ve been seeing. Average data for two days 1,115 new cases and 35 new deaths. That’s with 62 reclassified deaths in the tally on Saturday. Seven-day running average for new cases is 1,095, which is up slightly now for five days in a row. For deaths, the average is 23 a day–with reclassifications included, but still down. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, on average for the two days there were 26 new cases and two deaths. Charlevoix had a total of two new cases for the period. There were deaths is Emmet, Leelanau, and Otsego, each with one. Seven day running average for our region for new cases is 27, that number now up slightly day over day for five days in a row. Average for new deaths is one. 


Statewide there are now 31,472 active cases, down about 1,300. Our region has 674, down 37. 


Statewide test positivity rate is down a tent9 to 3.6%.  It’s 3.5% in our safe start zone, up four tenths. In Charlevoix we are up a tenth 1.7%. C-D-C target is 3% or less.  New case per million rates continue on a steady slope down.


Overall hospital occupancy rates look good—both statewide and in our safe start zone—essentially normal.  COVID-19 occupancy rates look good, too. Statewide, 3.5% of available beds are occupied with COVID-19 patients. For I-C-U beds, COVID occupancy is 5.8%. 


There is now one COVID-19 patient at Munson in Charlevoix, up one, and one at McLaren in Petoskey—in their I-C-U.


On the island, no new tests.  None pending. Last positive test was December 7th.


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.



Data from February 26, 2021

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


At the BIC Center, Pickleball is on today in the BIC Center theater from 1 to 3. They play Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00. Practice Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same times. Tomorrow, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available 10:30 to 11:30 up in the Deerwood Hangout. BIC Center hours are 9 to 4 weekdays. Noon to 9 on Saturday.


Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show is Wonder. It’s a story of courage, acceptance and how kids can do the right thing that’s great for the entire family. Rated PG. And at 7, it’s Tesla—no, not a film about the car, but about the brilliant man the company is named for. It’s a very different take on the “based on actual events” genre with lots of critical acclaim.  You’ll learn something and have fun, too.  Rated PG-13. Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater. Concession stand will be open for snacks, a meal or both.  Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org.


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


C-O-A is planning an Easter Dinner on March 19. It’s a take-away meal and just 50 are available. The menu looks yummy, so sign up now to avoid disappointment. There a just 34 spots still open. Call Lonnie at 2124 to sign up.


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: St. James Township Planning Commission meets on Tuesday at 6. Wednesday B-I-C-S Board Committee of the whole meets at 4:00 and the monthly St. James Township Board meeting is at 5:30. Details are in the calendar entry online. 

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:


Snow showers likely, mainly before 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 15 by 4pm. Wind chill values as low as -3. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.


Partly cloudy, with a temperature falling to near 13 by 10pm, then rising to around 17 during the remainder of the night. Wind chill values as low as -3. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


Patchy blowing snow after 9am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. Windy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

Tuesday Night

Patchy blowing snow before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20 to 25 mph becoming northwest 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.


Partly sunny, with a high near 33. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 28.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 17.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 31.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 19.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 30.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 19.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Bridges are clear, Island beltway running smoothly—except for iron ore Bay, where the road is both closed for winter and underwater.  Meantime, temperature changes are making slick spots where you might not expect. So, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Donna Kubic and Julie Roy are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Julie and Donna, if we missed you on that list, happy birthday to you, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.  And, speaking of that list, we hear that there are still a few copies of it available at school.  Just give a call over if you’d like to have one and they’ll get it to you. Sales support class activities for Ms. Roberts’ class.

ON THIS DAY in 1692, the first suspects are accused in Salem witch hunt. Magistrates in the colonial Massachusetts village of Salem charge Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba with witchcraft. Before the hysteria ends, more than 150 will be accused and 19 executed. (

WORD OF THE DAY: gazette (noun) [guh-ZET], which means: a paper that is printed and distributed usually daily or weekly and that contains news, articles of opinion, features, and advertising : newspaper; an official journal; British : an announcement in an official gazette. You are probably familiar with the word gazette from its use in the names of a number of newspapers, but the original Gazettes were a series of bulletins published in England in the 17th and early 18th centuries. These official journals contained notices of government appointments and promotions, as well as items like bankruptcies, property transfers, and engagements. In British English, gazette can also refer to the kind of announcement that one might find in such a publication. It can also be used as a verb meaning “to announce or publish in a gazette.” The word derives via French from Italian gazetta. The related word gazetteer, which we now use for a dictionary of place names, once meant “journalist” or “publicist.” (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Albert Eistein: “Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

On a lighter note: What do witches get when their shoes are too tight? Candy corns.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island, Monday, Marcg 1st, 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.