News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, October 26th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, October 26th, 2020. 

First, some news…

 

After a summer of keeping COVID-19 at bay, our neighbors up on Mackinac island are now battling an outbreak.  They’ve had 47 new cases since September 23.  As they head to the end of their season they are struggling to keep business running.  Some establishments have closed early, including Mission Pointe Resort and The Pink Pony.  While Halloween and the last weekend of the season are typically very busy on Mackinac, that probably won’t be the case this year.  Officials blame the outbreak on COVID-19 fatigue. “We’re all tired of wearing masks and avoiding others and it can get easy to let your guard down,” said Kerry Ott of the local health department.

 

On Friday, school official across Charlevoix and Emmet counties sent a letter to their communities urging that they not let COVID fatigue upset success so far this year in the Char-EM I-S-D. They are asking community members to remain attentive to safety measures:  Wearing masks, social distancing, reducing gatherings, avoiding large groups, and staying home when sick.  A copy of the letter is on our COVID-19 Info page.

 

State officials reported 5,164 combined new cases in the their Friday and Saturday afternoon reports.  There were 3, 338 new cases on Saturday alone.  There are three times the number of people in Michigan hospitals with COVID-19 like symptoms as there were a month ago, but still more than a third of hospital beds remain open, and the number of COVID-19 deaths, though up slightly, have not shown any spike. Still, the state’s chief medical officer calls the number of new cases alarming and is urging all to all follow guidelines.

 

The new cases reported over the weekend bring the total cases in the state since the start to 158,026 with 38,429 active.  35 new deaths were reported, but 27 of those were reclassifications.  The rolling average for new cases is up to 1,827 a day and deaths up to 28.  Safe Start stats remain unchanged because they haven’t been updated, something it seems ought to be done under the circumstances.

 

In our region, there were 97 new cases and no new deaths in the Friday and Saturday reports.  17 of the new cases were in Charlevoix, 22 in Emmet and 27 in Grand Traverse. There are 541 active cases in the region with averages at 33 new cases a day and no deaths.

 

Full county-by-county data for 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

154688

7147

1826

18

Region

1607

40

50

0

TVC Zone

2362

70

73

0

UP

4768

86

101

3

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

1655

25

 

Region

29

0

 

TVC Zone

42

0

 

UP

116

3

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

98

0

2

0

Benzie

106

2

4

0

Charlevoix

131

4

6

0

Emmet

193

4

12

0

Grand Traverse

645

13

16

0

Kalkaska

100

4

0

0

Leelanau

129

2

2

0

Otsego

205

11

8

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

36073

 

 

Region

514

 

 

TVC Zone

745

 

 

UP

3027

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

 

 

Data from 10/23/2020

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

158026

7182

3338

35

Region

1654

40

47

0

TVC Zone

2434

70

72

0

UP

4971

92

203

6

Note: 27 deaths are reclassifications from prior dates

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

1876

28

 

Region

33

0

 

TVC Zone

48

0

 

UP

94

4

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

104

0

6

0

Benzie

107

2

1

0

Charlevoix

142

4

11

0

Emmet

203

4

10

0

Grand Traverse

656

13

11

0

Kalkaska

103

4

3

0

Leelanau

132

2

3

0

Otsego

207

11

2

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

38429

 

 

Region

541

 

 

TVC Zone

792

 

 

UP

3138

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Data from 10/24/2020

 

The Charlevoix Elks Lodge 2856 initiated 48 new members from the island on Saturday in a ceremony here at the BIC Center.  Included among the inductees was Skip McDonough.

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

 

Lots of meetings for you last week of October meeting planner.  At noon, there’s and airport Commission meeting at the municipal airport. St. James Finance Committee meets at 1:00 today at the Township Hall and at 5:30, the St. James Township Board is holding a special meeting a island aesthetics and eliminating blight, also at the hall. Wednesday, the St. James Public Works Committee has a special meeting set for 11 at the Township Hall, and Thursday the B-I-E-S-A is meeting at the Peaine Township Hall at 2:00.

 

More info including details on each of the meetings including remote attendance info are in the calendar entries at calendar dot W-V-B-I dot net.

 

On the fun front, Pickleball is tomorrow 10 to noon here at the BIC Center in the theater, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is here tomorrow up in the Deerwood Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30.

 

Wednesday is the last Cyber Generations session on Cyber Security.  Topic this time is Social Media.  Starts at 5:30 online.  Lonnie Allen at the C-O-A has info for you on how to Zoom in for the class.  Reach him at 2124.

 

Thursday, Pickleball 10 to noon.  Games Galore up in the Hangout from 1 to 4. Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program in the hangout from 10:30 to 11:30.

 

Saturday― Pickleball is on again from 10 to noon.  And on the big screen with the big sound, two excellent Halloween shows for you―with Trunk or Treat at the Christian Church in between.  At 4:00 Scooby Doo and those pesky kids solve a Halloween caper in Happy Halloween Scobby Doo.  It’s a new show this near that’s great for the whole family. Trunk or treat at the Gregg Fellowship Center runs from 5 to 6:30.  It’s outside this year and no kitchen to keep things COVID safe.  Then at 7:00 back here at the BIC Center…it’s back in theaters on the mainland and back here, too:  Tim Burton’s the Nightmare Before Christmas with Jack Skellington, the Boogie Oogie Boogie man and all their friends.  PG and great for the whole family, too, the perhaps a bit of a scare for the youngest.  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. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org.  And, all Halloween afternoon and evening we’ll have special Halloween music for your pumpkin celebrations right here on WVBI.

 

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, but the dealine to enter is the 28th. Get those recipes in!  Details are in the calendar.]

 

[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 C presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:

Today

Snow showers likely before 9am, then rain and snow showers likely between 9am and noon, then scattered rain showers after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 39. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tonight

A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 8pm, then a slight chance of snow showers after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Tuesday

A chance of rain and snow showers before 11am, then a chance of rain showers between 11am and 2pm. Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 43. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday Night

Increasing clouds, with a low around 32. Windy, with a southwest wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Breezy.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Breezy.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Breezy.

Out on the big drink…

Today

NNW wind 10 to 15 kt. Showers likely, mainly before 3pm. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Tonight

N wind 5 to 15 kt. A slight chance of showers between 8pm and 5am. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Tuesday

SSW wind 5 to 10 kt increasing to 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. A chance of showers, mainly between 9am and noon. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Tuesday Night

SW wind 20 to 25 kt, with gusts as high as 35 kt. Mostly cloudy. Waves 5 ft building to 8 ft.

Wednesday

WSW wind 15 to 25 kt, with gusts as high as 35 kt. Partly sunny. Waves 9 ft subsiding to 5 ft.

Water Temps: This morning: 48 at White Shoal and   53 at the mid-lake buoy.

TRAFFIC: None, nada, zip  But, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Cory Sowa, Yvonne Crandall and Karen Whitecraft are celebrating today. Happy birthday to Cory, Yvonne and Karen, 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 1881 Shots ring out near a corral in Tombstone. It’s three hours past high noon on the streets of Tombstone, Arizona Territory, when lawmen ‘Doc’ Holliday and the Earp Brothers meet the Clanton-McLaury gang and their feud erupts. Thirty seconds later three are dead, three are wounded, and the Gunfight at the OK Corral enters Wild West lore. (bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: repine (verb) [rih-PYNE], which means: to feel or express dejection or discontent : complain; to long for something, In longing, one can “repine over” something (“repining over her lost past”), or one can “pine for” something. The two words, used thus, mean close to the same thing, but not exactly. Pining refers to intense longing for what one once knew. Repine adds an element of discontent to any longing―an element carried over from its sense “to feel or express dejection or discontent,” which has been in use since the 16th century. Washington Irving used the earlier sense in his 1820 work The Sketch Book: “Through the long and weary day he repines at his unhappy lot.” Pine and repine are from Old English pīnian (“to suffer”) and probably ultimately from Latin poena (“punishment”). Poena also gave us pain. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…no repine involved…

Here’s a thought for the day from Wyatt Earp: “Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything. ”

On a lighter note: Did you hear about the stunt man who broke his arm?  He had to be recast.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, October 26th, 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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