News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, November 4th, 2019

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Monday, November 4th, 2019.
First some news…
An update on Line 5. The Michigan Court of Claims ruled Thursday that the state Legislature did not violate the Michigan Constitution last year by approving a deal between former Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Line 5 operator Enbridge. The challenged deal calls for replacing Line 5 with another pipeline that would run through a tunnel under the straits.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel argued that the law authorizing the details was rendered invalid by a technical deficiency–specifically that the law exceeds the scope of its title. Judge Michael Kelly rejected that argument.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she’ll appeal the court’s decision. Enbridge praised the ruling and says it is committed to moving forward with the tunnel. In the meantime, the 60 plus year-old Line 5 will continue to operate under the straights with no clear plan in place of how to handle a breach in the line while the straits of Mackinaw are covered in ice.
St. James Township Planning Commission had a meeting on Friday. New board member Joe Moore was brought up to speed on pending projects including work at the campground and in connection with the just acquired Anderson marina. There, work is in progress on transition matters and clearing the property, Bubblers for the docks are being rehabbed, the vehicles and boats on the property are being removed and work is underway to get the apartment house on the property moved to a lot on the Back Highway—which preserves some affordable housing.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island…
Today, the Transfer Stations winter hours are in effect. They are now open 11 to 5 Monday through Saturday. St. James Finance Committee has a special meeting this evening. That’ll be at 7 at the Governmental Center.
Tuesday, Pickleball from 10 to noon here at the BIC Center. They’re be playing Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the BIC Center now until the conference on faith series is done—then back to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at the BIC Center. Also Tuesday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at 10:30 up in the Hangout. A couple of meetings Tuesday afternoon. Airport Commission has scheduled a special meeting for noon. That’ll be in the Community Room at the municipal Airport. B-I-C-S Board Policy Committee meets at school at 3:30. And Tuesday evening, Ladies Shuffle Board at the Shamrock. That’ll be at 6. Continues weekly through next April. By the by, there was a St, James planning commission meeting on the calendar for Tuesday evening, too, but that has been canceled as the meeting was held by special notice last Friday.
Wednesday, the Historical Society’s Picnic at the Point series continues. Noon out at Whiskey Point. Topic is the Island’s History in Photos. And, Wednesday evening, the St. James Township board meets at 5:30 at the Township Hall. Also Wednesday evening, the Conference on Faith continues here at the BIC Center. That’ll be at 6.
Thursday, Games Galore here at the BIC Center from 1 to 4. B-I-C-S Board Curriculum Committee meeting at 3:30 at school. Euchre at Stoney at 7.
Friday, Pickleball 10 to noon here at the BIC Center. And, also today at the BIC Center, Arthritis Foundation exercise program up in the Ray and Ann Stanhope Hangout. That’s at 10:30.
Saturday, Pickleball at the BIC Center from 10 to noon. Movies at the BIC Center, too: Boy Genius at 4. Geeks unite. And a good old fashioned non-stop action flic at 7. It’s Fast and Furious: Hobs & Shaw with Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Idris Elba. Concession stand will be open for snacks or a meal. Or both. Trailers on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org.
Sunday, services at Holy Cross, the Lighthouse Fellowship and the Christian Church. Times and details are on the calendar. Also Sunday, a special meet and greet for the new director at the Health Center. That’ll be from 10:30 to 12:30. They’ll have some refreshments to share, so please drop by and say hello to the new director of our island health center.
Still one board looking for members…
And, the Health Center is also looking for two members for its board. Again, details in the Calendar. Applications are due by November 14, 2019.
You can find more information on all of these events and everything else that’s happening on the island at calendar dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of the good folks down at McDonough’s Market:
Today Periods of showers, mainly before 1pm. High near 45. Breezy, with a west wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Tonight Rain showers likely before 1am, then scattered rain and snow showers between 1am and 4am, then scattered snow showers after 4am. Cloudy, with a low around 30. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected. Tuesday A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 10am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a steady temperature around 33. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of snow showers after 1am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 26. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Wednesday Snow showers likely before 10am, then rain and snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 36. West wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible. Wednesday Night A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Thursday A 40 percent chance of snow showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. Thursday Night A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Friday A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 32. Friday Night A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Saturday A chance of rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 38. Saturday Night A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 27. Sunday A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.
Out on the Big Drink… Today W wind around 20 kt, with gusts as high as 25 kt. Showers, mainly before 10am. Waves 4 to 5 ft. Tuesday WNW wind around 20 kt, with gusts as high as 25 kt. A chance of showers, mainly before 10am. Waves around 5 ft.
Water temps: 52 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull. 48 at White Shoal. Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. A few deer on the way in,. No turkeys, though. Apparently they’ve ended their protests and gone into hiding.But, let’s be careful out there—especially in the school zone.
BIRTHDAYS: Meg Works, Mike Martin and Jaxxon Sowa celebrated yesterday. Today John Robert and Eric Hodgson are celebrating. Happy birthday to Meg, Mike, Jaxxon, Eric and John. And if we missed your birthday on the list, happy birthday from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DATE in 1979, Militants storm US Embassy in Tehran, take US hostages
The militants demand the US return the Shah of Iran, who’d fled after being overthrown in the Islamic Revolution. US President Carter refuses to “yield to blackmail” and imposes an Iran oil embargo. The hostages will remain in captivity for 444 days. Relations between the US and Iran have never recovered.
WORD OF THE DAY: sobriquet (SOH-brih-kay) which means a descriptive name or epithet: nickname. This synonym of nickname has the same meaning in modern French as it does in English. In Middle French, however, its earlier incarnation soubriquet referred to both a nickname and a tap under the chin. Centuries later, the connection between these two meanings isn’t clear, but what is clear is that the “nickname” meaning of sobriquet was well established in French by the time English speakers borrowed the term in the 17th century—and was the only meaning that was adopted. In current English, the spelling sobriquet is most common, but soubriquet is also an accepted variant. (Merriam-Webster)
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island for Monday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Will Rogers “Live in such a way that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.”
On a lighter note: Why did Adele cross the road? To say hello from the other side!
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, November 4th, 2019. 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 you: why not make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.

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