News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, September 21st, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, September 21st, 2020. 

First, some news…

 

Owners of the property where the big birch tree is located have decided to close the property off to the public.  After enduring criticism from some bout their care for the tree and watching others abuse it by carving their initials in it and doing other things to hurt it—the Dawson’s say in a Facebook post that they’ve had enough.  They are especially concerned that the big limb everyone likes to climb on for pictures has been weakened to the point where it is no longer safe for the public or the tree.  So the property is now fenced off for now and folks will have to enjoy it from afar.

 

Press on the mailand are reporting a “frenzy” in the real estate market that they attribute to COVID-19, which has both driven an interest in getting gout of urban areas and—with remote work the norm—created the opportunity.  Here on the island realtor Ed Wojan just listed a property with an asking price of $3 million.  Realtors across the northern part of the lower peninsula are reporting activity at a pace they haven’t seen in years with quick sales, higher prices and even bidding wars.  That’s true on the island as well according to our local realtors.  And for now, there is no sign of the market cooling off.

 

State health officials have reported 1178 new cases since Friday.  There were 21 new deaths. That brings the total of confirmed cases to 115,870.  Of those 20,049 are active.  Death toll stands at 6,653. The seven-day running average for new cases is down again to 621.  Average for deaths is down one to 11.  M-I Safe Start Map shows a state-wide positive test rate running average at 3.4%, which is at the bottom of the medium risk zone and the average new case rate state-wide is at 54.5 per million, which is at the low end of the high risk zone.

 

Our region had 20 new cases.  One in Charlevoix, but also one removed there. No new deaths. Overall total of cases in our region is now at 1,052 of which 341 are active. Rolling averages are nine new cases a day and no deaths.  Safe Start data for our zone show the positive test at 2.1%, which is in the low risk zone.  The number of new cases per million is up to 25.0, which is a medium-high risk rating.

 

Health Center report this morning shows two more tests run. Those and everything else pending ar back as negative.  Totals are 179 tests run, 173 back negative, none pending and six positive.  None of those are active cases on the island.

 

Full county-by-county data 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

New Cases

New Deaths

Totals

State

115387

6638

695

6

Region

1038

32

6

0

TVC Zone

1546

60

13

0

UP

1446

23

61

0

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

651

10

 

Region

8

0

 

TVC Zone

12

0

 

UP

31

1

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

New Cases

New Deaths

Region

Antrim

58

0

0

0

Benzie

62

2

1

0

Charlevoix

83

3

1

0

Emmet

136

4

0

0

Grand Traverse

396

7

3

0

Kalkaska

65

4

0

0

Leelanau

95

1

0

0

Otsego

143

11

1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

21109

 

 

Region

369

 

 

TVC Zone

501

 

 

UP

599

Note: Look back now 29 days to adjust for no Sunday data.

 

 

 Data from 9/18/2020

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

New Cases

New Deaths

Totals

State

115870

6653

483

15

Region

1052

32

14

0

TVC Zone

1561

60

15

0

UP

1483

23

37

0

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

621

11

 

Region

9

0

 

TVC Zone

12

0

 

UP

33

0

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

New Cases

New Deaths

Region

Antrim

58

0

0

0

Benzie

64

2

2

0

Charlevoix

82

3

-1

0

Emmet

137

4

1

0

Grand Traverse

400

7

4

0

Kalkaska

65

4

0

0

Leelanau

100

1

5

0

Otsego

146

11

3

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

20049

 

 

Region

341

 

 

TVC Zone

454

 

 

UP

600

Note: Look back now 28 days to adjust for 2 Sundays with no data.

 

 

Data from 9/19/2020

 

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

 

Only one meeting for you meeting planner this week:  Emergency Services Authority is meeting Thursday at 2:00 at Peaine Township Hall. 

 

For fun this week, Pickleball on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on the municipal Tennis Courts from 10 to noon. Tuesday and Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program in Ray and Ann’s Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30.  Wednesday evening Bingo at the Gregg Fellowship Center.  Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games at 7.

 

Saturday there are movies here at the BIC Center.  4:00 show is E.T.—the extraterrestrial.  It’s Steven Spielberg’s classis digitally remastered and all spiffed up just for you.   Rated PG. Great fun for the entire family.  And at 7:00 it’s Welcome to Mooseport.  A former president and a current plumber face off in a fight for mayor—and a girl.  It’s rated PG-13.  Concession stand will be open for both shows—for snacks, a meal or both.  Pizza and hot dogs are on the menu along with all your favorite movie treats.

 

And, here’s one to get in your planner if you have kids.  The Christian Church has announced that a slightly modified Trunk or Treat event is on for this year—Halloween night from 5 to 6:30 at Gregg Fellowship Center.  No food this year—so you’ll have to wait for next year for Gerry’s famous Halloween night chilly unless you have an inside connection.  And, the event will be outside. If you want to hand out candy, bring your costume, decorations and candy. Tables supplied.   Masks and social distancing required.  Mom and dad need to make sure kids follow those rules.  Like always.

 

And, Medicare open enrollment id coming up.  If you are interested in help with that, Lonnie at the C-O-A has some folks lined up for that.  They’ll be at the senior center in the county building on October 23rd from 9 to 6 and on the 24th from 9 to 1.  Call Lonnie at 2124 to set up an appointment.

 

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.  Stay up to date.  Remember: Protect yourself.  Protect the island.

Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:

Today

Sunny, with a high near 69. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly between 11pm and 5am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tuesday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 70. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 52. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Light southwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 68.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high near 71.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Sunday

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Out on the big drink…

Today

S wind 10 to 20 kt. Sunny. Waves 2 to 3 ft.

Tonight

SSW wind 10 to 15 kt. A chance of showers, mainly between 3am and 5am. Waves 2 to 3 ft.

Tuesday

WSW wind 10 to 15 kt. A slight chance of showers before 8am. Waves 2 to 3 ft.

Tuesday Night

WSW wind 5 to 10 kt. Mostly clear. Waves 1 ft or less.

Wednesday

Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Water Temps: 60 at the mid-lake buoy. 59 at the bridge. 59 at Mackinac City. Cooling off down south, too, a little. Water is now 60 at the Sleeping Bear Dunes lakeshore. And at the mid-lake buoy on the south end of the lake, it’s down to 66.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or outbound to the airports.  Island Beltway clear. No bridge delays.  But, lots of deer dashing across the roads, so let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Jeff Mstelle and Chris Vanthoff are  celebrating today. Happy birthday to each of them, and if we missed you on that list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1937 J.R.R. Tolkien’s new novel ‘The Hobbit’ is published in London.  It will sell out fast as the Oxford professor’s tale proves a hit with readers and critics alike. Publishers request a sequel, and more than a decade later ‘The Lord of the Rings will be delivered. Also on this date in 1942, one of history’s largest warplanes takes to the skies. The B-29 Superfortress makes its maiden flight from Seattle’s Boeing Field. Almost 4,000 of the enormous US combat planes will be built, including the two that will drop the world’s first atomic weapons over Japan. (bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: ubiquitous (adjective) [yoo-BIK-wuh-tuss], which means: existing or being everywhere at the same time : constantly encountered : widespread. Ubiquitous comes to us from the noun ubiquity, meaning “presence everywhere or in many places simultaneously.” Both words are ultimately derived from the Latin word for “everywhere,” which is ubique. Ubiquitous, which has often been used with a touch of exaggeration to describe those things that it seems like you can’t go a day without encountering, has become a more widespread and popular word than ubiquity. It may not quite be ubiquitous, but if you keep your eyes and ears open, you’re apt to encounter the word ubiquitous quite a bit. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…

Here’s a thought for the day: “Stand up for what is right, even if you stand alone.”

On a lighter note: What do you call it when bumblebees line up for a drink?  Bar bee queuing.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, September 21st, 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, as always, thanks for listening. 

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