News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, March 30th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, March 30th, 2020.
First, some news…
Michigan officially surpassed 5,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 yesterday, going from 4,650 on Saturday to 5,486 on Sunday. The 836-day over day case increase falls below the daily record — 993 — set Saturday, there were 21 new deaths Sunday, bringing the total in Michigan to 132.Still no reported COVID-19 cases on the island, but a big jump over the week in the counties we are watching up north. There are now 17in Otsego county up from 7 on Friday. Six in T-C up from 4 on Friday. Charlevoix still at 4, Kalkasa and Emmet each up 2 to 4, and still one in Leelanau. Just 3 cases north of the bridge.
The chaos of COVID-19 has pushed what otherwise might have been a big news story into the back ground. That’s the 2020 Census. Because of concerns about travel, a lot of island residents who would normally be headed back to the island from winter adventures won’t be getting back to the island on time, and that means they won’t be seeing census mailings in their P.O. Box or mailbox up here. Those forms can be forwarded, but you can still complete the census online showing Beaver Island as your residence. Just go to 2020-census dot gov and, when you are asked for the code from your census letter, click the box saying you didn’t receive one and go ahead and enter your Beaver Island address. Of course, it is important for all island residents to complete the census because those number will be used to allocate resources for the next 10 years.
Baroque on Beaver continues to be a go for this summer. In an email distributed Saturday, Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Chair Tammy McDonough said the board had met and decided to hold the course for now and continue to evaluate the situation. She says the entire Festival team have been hard at work getting ready and will continue their efforts.
N-E-A big read events have now officially been reset to October with the play Our Town set for Bit eof Beaver weekend. There will be performance s on Saturday and Sunday here at the BIC Center.
Island EMS Director and Cody Randall and Health Center Director Tammy Radionoff say that both EMS and the Health Center are well stocked with supplies. If and when a COVID-19 case appears on the island, in addition treating the patient, they plan to work hard to trace all of that persons contacts to try to limit further transmission. Right, they urge us to wash our hands, keep surfaces sanitized and stay at home. They were our guests on Beaver Island perspectives Friday and discussed all the work that’s been done to prepare the island. If you missed that, you can listen to the program as a podcast. Just go to w-v-b-I dot net and click on Podcasts.
COVID-19 continues to make changes in routines up north. The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians will hold its upcoming primary election entirely via absentee ballot because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “All ballots shall be cast by mail,” says the tribal announcement.
No such requirement yet for the upcoming May election, which will have a ballot issue on it for the Char-Em I-S-D. But, the Department of Elections is encouraging everyone to vote absentee. St. James Township clerk Julie Gillespie says she is waiting to hear if they will move to absentee only. Absentee ballots should be available soon, she says.
What used to be called the Cobo Center—now the TCF Center—is going to be a FEMA field hospital for the next six months. As a result, the 2020 auto show has been cancelled.
A reminder about changes at island businesses that remain open. The Station, McDonough’s Market, Dalwhinnie’s, the Shamrock and the Brewery have all moved to curb-side service only until further notice. Hardware will do the same if you like, but you can go inside if you need to hunt something down. Place your order in advance by phone or email. They’ll bring your order to you at the curb. Phone numbers and emails are available on our COVID-19 info page.
Remember, if you are feeling flu symptons and feel you need to go into the health center, you need to call ahead at 2275 and follow their procedures. If you are having trouble breathing—remember, call 9-1-1—not the Health Center.
Looking for the latest on island info for COVID-19 response? Check the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page for details. You can find that by going to W-V-B-I dot net and clicking on COVID-19 Info in the menu at the top. You’ll find official information from the townships, our latest COVI-19 news and updates as well as state and federal news and resources.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island… Pretty much nothing this week—so far. But, if you have suggestions for other online events that would be of interest – let us know and we’ll add them to the calendar and pass them along.
You can find information on events planned for the summer on our Discover Beaver Island Summer calendar. Just point your browser at summer dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Cloudy, with a high near 39. Breezy, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Tonight Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Tuesday Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Tuesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Wednesday Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph. Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Thursday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Friday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Saturday A chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Saturday Night A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Sunday A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 43.
TRAFFIC: None. Nada. Zip. Critter count: 1 deer. Roads holding up well as the thaw continues, but, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Mary Jane Martin, Kathy Ehinger and Ken McDonald celebrated on Saturday. Gordon Heikka yesterday. None on the list today, but if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1867 Seward’s Folly nets the US vast Russian territory. Secretary of State William Seward purchases 586,412 square miles of land in the far northwest of Russian America. Many say “Seward’s icebox” isn’t worth $7.2 million, but the future state of Alaska will turn out to be a bargain. Also on this day in 1981, a gunman opens fire on President Reagan. As he’s leaving a Washington, DC, hotel, the President is shot in the chest in an assassination attempt by John Hinckley, Jr. Doctors will later reveal that the bullet missed the president’s heart by just an inch.
WORD OF THE DAY laissez-faire (less-ay-FAIR) which means: 1 : a doctrine opposing governmental interference in economic affairs beyond the minimum necessary for the maintenance of peace and property rights 2 : a philosophy or practice characterized by a usually deliberate abstention from direction or interference especially with individual freedom of choice and action The French phrase laissez faire literally means “allow to do,” with the idea being “let people do as they choose.” The origins of laissez-faire are associated with the Physiocrats, a group of 18th-century French economists who believed that government policy should not interfere with the operation of natural economic laws. The actual coiner of the phrase may have been French economist Vincent de Gournay, or it may have been François Quesnay, who is considered the group’s founder and leader. The original phrase was laissez faire, laissez passer, with the second part meaning “let (things) pass.” Laissez-faire, which first showed up in an English context in the first half of the 19th century, can still mean “a doctrine opposing governmental interference in economic affairs,” but it is also used in broader contexts in which a “hands-off” or “anything-goes” policy or attitude is adopted. It is frequently used attributively before another noun. (
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Fed Rogers: “Some days, doing the best we can do may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn’t perfect on any front, and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.”” On a lighter note: Why did the trombone cross the road? To get to the other slides.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, March 30th, 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.