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Community Calendar for Monday, September 11th, 2023


Another Irish Feile is in the books and, with more than 100 visitors from Arainn Mohr it is sure to be remembered as a special one. Our Irish sister Islan’s pipe band was here and performed multiple times to excitement every time.  There were cultural presentations, an ceremony inducting new member’s of the Island’s Irish American Hall of Fame, Irish food at the Hall and around town and music all weekend including the Byrne Brothers and Aoife Scott at the BIC Center.


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The Island’s next event is the Harvest on the Harbor, a fall festival that will include Bite of Beaver, the Boodles, hayrides and music at venues around town…including Zachariah Malachi here at the BIC Center. It’s planned for the 13th and 14th and, from M-Live’s fall color predictions, it looks like it will be right in the midst of peak color on the island. M-Live forecasters say colors will peak in the UP between October 1st and 7th, in the Northern lower from the 3rd to 10th, middle lower the 7th to 14th and in the south the week after that.  Since we are always a week to 10 days behind the mainland, that should put us at peak or just a little off it for Harvest on the Harbor.

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The C-O-A says that the Beaver Island office is closed until further notice. For meal vouchers, please call 231-237-0103.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Health Center Board has called a special meeting for today at 4:00. School Board meets at 6:30 this evening and the Christian Church Board meets at 7:00. Transportation Board meets tomorrow at noon. Peanie Township Board meets tomorrow evening at 5:30. St. James Board meets Wednesday evening at 5:30. That’s it for the week. More details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Monday is a quiet day on the island. The only thing on the Calendar other than the meetings is Pizza Night at the Shamrock.


The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is in the Hangout at 9:00. Pickleball is on the outdoor courts at Peaine Township Park at 9:00. At 10:00, there’s a Veteran’s Social at the BIC Center running until 2:00. If you are a vet drop by to pick up a free COA meal voucher. Also, it’s Taco Tuesday at the Bodega.


Wednesday, there’s a Dark Sky dark sky guided viewing opportunity at 5:30 a.m. at the Gull Harbor Nature preserve. View the waning Crescent Moon rising over Lake Michigan accompanied by Venus, Orion and the Pleaides. Then, in the evening at 5:30, there’s a Dark Sky presentation at the BIC Center by Robert Parrish. He’s been working with the Dark Sky team on the island and helped create and now manages a dark sky park in Cass County downstate.  Also Wednesday there is evening Pickleball is at 6:00. That’s over on the outdoor courts at Peaine Township Park.


Thursday, gets going with Pickleball outdoors on the Township Courts. There’s Women’s Bible Study at 10:00 at the Christian Church. Resale Shop open noon to 4:00. Games Galore at the BIC Center at 1:00. It’s Burger & a Beer Night at the Shamrock. And, with a new moon Thursday night on the Dark Sky Calendar, it’s a perfect time for another Guided Dark Sky Viewing opportunity with Robert Parish and Bill Markey. Come to the Little Bay Nature Preserve at 10:00 p.m. for this for a chance to view Saturn and Jupiter.  Also, Zodiacal Light should be visible and maybe the Northern Lights.


On Friday, things kick off with senior coffee and donuts at the BIC Center at 8:00. Then, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is upstairs in the Hang Out at 10:30. The Resale Shop is open from noon to 4:00. B-I-C-S Soccer and Volleyball squads head out Friday afternoon for their second go of the season up in Big Bay.


Saturday has Pickleball outdoors on the Peaine Township Park courts from 9:00 to 11:00. The Resale Shop will be open from noon to 4:00. Lego Club is at the library at 1:00. And, Saturday evening, movies are back at the BIC Center. The show is Asteroid City. It’s the story of a family that heads to Asteroid City for some star gazing only to have their lives changed forever.  Directed by Wes Anderson, it follows his eclectic film design that has been a hit in other films shown at the BIC Center including the Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs and the Fantastic Mr. Fox. See it on the BIG Screen with the BIG SOUND in the BIC Center Theater the way movies were meant to be seen. Rated PG-13. The Concession stand will be open for snacks, a meal or both.


Sunday there are services at the Episcopal Mission at 9:00, the Christian Church and the Lighthouse Fellowship at 10:00 and mass at Holy Cross at 12:15.


Looking ahead to next week…

NAME OF DAY: Today’s BIC Center name of the day is Alice. If that’s your name, drop by the BIC Center today for a free drink of your choice.


BIRTHDAYS:  B-I Robot official trail mix maker Judi Meister celebrates today along with Dustin Crandall and Meagan Smith. Happy Birthday to Meagan, Judi and Dustin and, if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC: It’s really quiet on the island today with summer behind us and the Feile wrapped up. But remember that school is back in session. So, let’s be careful out there, especially in the school zone.

ON THIS DAY in 2001 four passenger jets are hijacked in a terrorist suicide plot, with two planes slamming into New York’s World Trade Center twin towers causing their collapse, one hitting the Pentagon outside Washington, DC, and another crashing in Pennsylvania. The death toll from the worst terrorist attack on American soil will reach nearly 3,000 on that day and grow still today as those involved in rescue operations succumb to illness caused by dust and other materials encountered in rescue efforts.On this day image

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam-Webster Word of the Day is injunction (noun) [in-JUNK-shun], which is an order from a court of law that says something must be done or must not be done. Injunctioninjunction, what’s your function? When it first joined the English language in the 1400s, injunction referred to an authoritative command, and in the following century it developed a legal second sense applying specifically to a court order. Both of these meanings are still in use. Injunction ultimately comes from the Latin verb injungere (“to enjoin,” i.e., to issue an authoritative command or order), which in turn is based on jungere, meaning “to join”: it is joined as a jungere descendant by several words including junctionconjunctionenjoin, and join.

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday

Here’s a thought for the day from President Harry S. Truman: “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”


That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Monday, September 11th, 2023. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening. 



Showers likely, mainly after 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 61. North wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


Showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 52. North wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


A slight chance of showers between 2pm and 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. North wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. North wind around 10 mph.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. North wind 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 45.


Sunny, with a high near 69.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.


A chance of rain. Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Fire danger level on the island is: High.

Out on the Big Drink…


NNE wind 5 to 10 kt. Showers likely, mainly after noon. Waves 1 ft or less.


N wind around 15 kt. Mostly cloudy. Waves around 2 ft.


N wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Water Temps: 67 in Little Traverse Bay. 65 at mid-lake buoy southwest off Gull Island. Sleeping Bear is sleeping. 66 up in the straights.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002


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