News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, October 19th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, October 19th, 2020. 

First, some news…

 

As COVID-19 cases surge around the state—matching trends in the U-S and in Europe, among other places—the campaign rhetoric has heated up still more. Both Vice President Biden and President Trump visited Michigan in the past three days.  Biden was in Southfield on Friday where he spoke about protecting and expanding Obama-care, his role in rebuilding Michigan’s auto industry and his plans for the economy. His remarks got mixed reviews for accuracy. He appeared again later in Detroit. Governor Whitmer and Seantor Gary Peters were at the Southfield event, and Whitmer’s COVID-19 response compared to the President’s, Trump’s record on the economy and jobs along with Peter’s opponent John James were all subjects of attack.  James fired back at Biden’s attack later in the day Friday.  “Don’t forget your place in Black America,” he told the former V-P saying that he was the Democrat candidate only because Barack Obama chose him as V-P.  Biden had called James a disaster.  James said he was a disaster, but only for the Democrat’s narrative because he was a Black man who could think for himself.  He said Black American’s would do better with Trump’s economic plans.

 

Trump held a rally in Muskegon on Saturday where he touted his record, including the strong economy before COVID-19, and blasted what he called a draconian response by Governor Whitmer to COVID-19 in Michigan. The crowd broke into cheers of “Lock her up.”  Trump said that Michigan has to get Whitmer to open up the state and open up the schools—a bit of an odd demand given that most restrictions have been listed and schools are open for the most part albet it virtually in many cases by local choice.  Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield, a Republican, criticized the “Lock Her Up” cheers, saying the governor was just targeted.  “Let’s debate differences. Let’s win elections.  But not that,” he said. 

 

Arguments over mail in ballots continued last week with a court of appeals panel reversing a lower court order allowing two additional weeks for mail in ballots to arrive and be counted. The ballot receipt deadline and other provisions set aside by the lower court were matters for the Michigan legislative process to resolve—not the courts—the appeals panel said.  On that note, remember that today is the day you are advised by Post Office officials to get your absentee ballot in the mail to be sure it arrives on or before election day.

 

As the campaign attacks fly back and forth and arguments over the treatment of mail-in votes continue, the number of COVID-19 cases has been surging overall in the state –but not so much in our region.  Friday and Saturday’s reports included 3,806 new cases and 37 deaths state wide.  That brings totals to 144,897 cases—with 30,205 active—and 7,010 deaths.  Average is 1,463 new cases a day and 17 deaths a day. Safe start numbers for the state are 4.5% for the positive test rate—which continues to blip up—and 115.8 new cases per million, which looks like it has gone up if you compare that to the last number—but is shown as going down on the Safe Start page.  That’s quite often the case calling into question how accurate those calculations are.  We report on them because state officials say they rely on them in making their plans.

 

While cases surge state-wide, that’s not what’s happen in the group of counties we’ve followed here at W-V-B-I since the start—or in our safe start recovery zone, which is northern lower Michigan.  In our region there were 40 new cases in the Friday and Saturday reports and one new death. Two of the new cases are in Charlevoix.  The death was in Grand Traverse.  Total of active cases in the region is 390.  Average for new cases is 17 and the average for deaths is 0.  For what they may be worth, safe start numbers for our zone continue to look good with a 2.3 percent positive test rate—with less than 3% as the target—and new cases at 42.4 per million—again a number higher than that shown Friday but still graphed on a downward trend on the safe start page.  That’s above the target and in the B zone on the state’s low then A to E scale. At the health center, they are reporting another test run and three more back as negative. That puts us as 198 tests run with 190 back negative.  Two tests pending. Six positive tests none of which are active on the island.

 

Full county-by-county data for both Friday and Saturday for our region are in today’s script online along with state, regional, U-P and Safe Start Zone totals, plus rolling averages and active case estimates.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

143106

6987

2015

14

Region

1406

38

24

0

TVC Zone

2070

67

41

0

UP

3959

63

146

1

Note: 7 deaths are reclassifications from prior dates

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

1212

17

 

Region

15

0

 

TVC Zone

23

0

 

UP

90

2

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

80

0

1

0

Benzie

94

2

0

0

Charlevoix

116

4

2

0

Emmet

168

4

0

0

Grand Traverse

557

12

9

0

Kalkaska

92

4

6

0

Leelanau

120

1

4

0

Otsego

179

11

2

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

29243

 

 

Region

384

 

 

TVC Zone

544

 

 

UP

2612

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

 

Data from 10/16/2020

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

144897

7010

1791

23

Region

1422

39

16

1

TVC Zone

2098

68

28

1

UP

4313

67

354

4

Note: 7 deaths are reclassifications from prior dates

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

1463

17

 

Region

17

1

 

TVC Zone

26

1

 

UP

138

2

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

81

0

1

0

Benzie

96

2

2

0

Charlevoix

118

4

2

0

Emmet

170

4

2

0

Grand Traverse

560

13

3

1

Kalkaska

96

4

4

0

Leelanau

120

1

0

0

Otsego

181

11

2

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

30205

 

 

Region

390

 

 

TVC Zone

565

 

 

UP

2928

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

 

Data from 10/17/2020

 

Greenwald Construction and Real Estate One are sponsoring a community cleanup event on October 24th.  Their plans—announced yesterday—include free curbside pickups with scheduled appointments.  They’ll pick it up and take it to the transfer station, but you need to pay the disposal fees if any.  To schedule a pickup, call the Real Estate One office at 448-2449. 

Now, here’s what’s happening on your island…

 

Meeting planner for this week is a short affair with just two meetings on the books. St. James Public Works Committee meets Wednesday at 2:00 at the Governmental Center.  BIESA meets Thursday at 2:00 at the Peaine Township Hall.

 

Quiet today on the calendar—but it should be a decent day for a color boodle.

 

Tomorrow, Pickleball 10 to noon.  Meet up here at the BIC Center to decide where to play—probably inside given the forecast. Also, Tuesday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in the Deerwood Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30.  Wednesday, C-O-A has the third in their series of Cyber Generations Cybersecurity seminars online for you.  That’s at 5:30. Topic is internet scams and fraud.  Call Lonnie at 2124 for info on how to Zoom in for it.  Also Wednesday evening is the last Bingo night of the season at Gregg Fellowship Center.  Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games at 7.

 

On Thursday, Games Galore from 1 to 4 here at the BIC Center and then Euchre at the Shamrock. Cards hit the table at 7.

 

Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is up in the Deerwood Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30.

 

Friday and Saturday are the dates for the Medicare Open enrollment meetings set up by the C-O-A.  9 to 6 on Friday and 9 to 1 on Saturday.  Call Lonnie at 2124 to set up an appointment.

 

Saturday, Greenwald Construction and Real Estate One are sponsoring a community cleanup event.  Their plans include free curbside pickups with scheduled appointments.  They’ll pick it up and take it to the transfer station, but you need to pay the disposal fees if any.  To schedule a pickup, call the Real Estate One office at 448-2449. 

 

Also, Saturday— Pickleball is on from 10 to noon.  And just one movie this weekend as the Elks are having an induction ceremony here at the BIC Center Saturday afternoon. Evening movie is Beckman. It’s a high energy action flick with good guys and bad guys.  Rated R.  Concession stand will be open—for snacks, a meal or both.  Pizza and hot dogs are on the menu along with all your favorite movie treats. Trailer is on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org.  And, if you were waiting to see the Good Dinosaur—which originally had been set for Saturday afternoon—don’t worry, it’s coming in November.

 

There are weekend services at Holy Cross and Sunday services at the Christian Church.  Times and details are on the calendar.

 

 

[C-O-A is has a fall recipe contest on now. Submit your winner today through the deadline on the 28th.  Details are in the calendar.]

 

[If you are planning on voting absentee for the upcoming election, the time to get your ballot and get it back is running out. Officials suggest mailing your ballot in by the 19th. Still need to get an absentee ballot?  Hurry up and ask for one from your township clerk.]

 

[Don’t forget about the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Raffle.  Go to raffle dot bic center dot org if you would like to get tickets.  Or get them at the BIC Center from desk.]

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:

Today

A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 10am, then a slight chance of rain showers between 10am and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Light west wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight

A slight chance of rain showers, mixing with snow after 10pm, then gradually ending. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 32. West wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday

A 40 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Showers, mainly after 8pm. Low around 36. East wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. West wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.

Thursday

Showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 57. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Thursday Night

Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 43.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly before 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 55.

Friday Night

A chance of showers before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.

Saturday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48.

Out on the big drink…

Today

Variable winds 5 kt or less. A chance of showers, mainly before 2pm. Waves 1 ft or less.

Tuesday

N wind 5 to 10 kt becoming E in the afternoon. A slight chance of showers after 5pm. Waves 1 ft or less.

Wednesday

SSW wind 10 to 20 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy. Waves 1 ft building to 4 ft.

Water Temps: This morning: 49 at White Shoal and   55 at the mid-lake buoy.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC: None.  But branches down all over the place. So, let’s be careful out there.

BIRTHDAYS:  None on our list today, but, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1987 Mayhem strikes Wall Street and world markets.  Hong Kong’s stock market is the first domino to fall in a cascade of global financial markets sent tumbling by a combination of faulty computer-assisted trading, oil price fluctuations, missile attacks on US vessels, and even a cyclone in the UK. The Dow Jones falls by a precipitous 508 points, or more than 22 percent.  (bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: quotidian (adjective) [kwoh-TID-ee-un], which means: occurring every day; belonging to each day : everyday; commonplace, ordinary.  In William Shakespeare’s play As You Like It, the character Rosalind observes that Orlando, who has been running about in the woods carving her name on trees and hanging love poems on branches, “seems to have the quotidian of love upon him.” The Bard’s use doesn’t make it clear that quotidian derives from a Latin word that means “every day.” But as odd as it may seem, his use of quotidian is just a short semantic step away from the “daily” adjective sense. Some fevers occur intermittently—sometimes daily. The phrase “quotidian fever” and the noun quotidian have long been used for such recurring maladies. Poor Orlando is simply afflicted with such a “fever” of love. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…

Here’s a thought for the day abolitionist John Brown: “Never give up something that you really want. It is difficult to wait, but more difficult to regret.”

On a lighter note: What do you call and ad for fireworks?  A spark plug.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, October 19th, 2020.  I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from the Langford Family WVBI 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. 

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