News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, September 26th, 2022

Pollsters say what’s being called the “parental rights” movement could be pivotal in elections this fall in Michigan from the bottom of the ticket to the top. Mobilized over frustration over mask mandates last year, some parents are targeting what they say is a lack of transparency in schools and an over-emphasis on sex, race, and gender issues in libraries and classrooms.  Others say this is all a largely manufactured crisis and the result of fearmongering by mostly conservative groups with a broader agenda. The issue seems set to have an impact on the outcome of the race for governor in Michigan as Republican candidate Tudor Dixon has moved to make it among the key issues of her campaign. The parental rights strategy worked for now governor Glen Youngkin in Virginia whose school-based campaign upset former Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Apparently sensing this trend, incumbent Governor Gretchen Whitmer has joined Dixon in condemning a Michigan Department of education video suggesting that teachers conceal the gender identity of students from parents in some cases. Michigan Pollster Steve Mitchell says the parental rights issue could help Republicans sway suburban mothers who may otherwise vote Democrat because of abortion.


Up north will soon add another superlative to its already long list.  Get set for the opening of the world’s longest timber-towered suspension bridge. It’s at Boyne Valley resort and set to open on October 15 just in time to enjoy spectacular fall views.  The twelve hundred foot long span will be open year-round and is a part of an effort to expand activities at the resort already renowned for wintertime fun on the slopes.


As it gets dark earlier and earlier, some have been wondering when we shift off Daylight Savings time.  It’s still a way off.  The shift happens this year at 2 a-m on November 6th

Here’s a look at what’s happening on your island…


Your meeting planner for the week has just one meeting on tap: Emergency Services Authority meets on Thursday at 2:00.  That’s it for the week. Meeting details and locations are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Monday, Senior Chair Yoga is at 9:30 in the Hangout at the BIC Center.


Tuesday, The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the new Peaine Township Park courts.


Wednesday, Senior Chair Yoga at 9:30. No Bingo this week, but it will return next week at the Gregg Fellowship Center and then again two weeks later in a last hurrah for the season.


Thursday, Pickleball is from 10 to noon on the Peaine Township Park court.  At 1:00 at the library, there’s Story Hour. Also, at 1:00, Games Galore in the Hangout at the BIC Center until 4:00. And Thursday evening there is Euchre on tap at the Whiskey Point Brewery. Cards hit the table at 7:00.


Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program starts up in the Hangout at 10:30.  Friday evening the premiere of the epic, overdue, outlandish return of Beaver Tales is on stage at the BIC Center. Showtime is 7:30. Lots of laughs and more. Tickets are available at the BIC Center front desk or at tickets dot bic center dot org. The show kicks off Bite of Beaver weekend. With the Beaver Island Boodle stepping off at 9:30 a.m.  There’ll be bands at the Shamrock and Beachcomber plus restaurant and pub specials at all of your favorite fall places—a new twist on Bite of Beaver.  Also Saturday, Story Hour for the young ‘uns at the library and Saturday evening Beaver Tales is on again at the BIC Center.  It’s your last chance to see the latest episode. Curtain at 7:30.  Tickets at the Front Desk or at tickets dot bic center dot org.  


Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar. Downtown Farmer’s Market is on from 11 to 3 behind Daddy Franks on King’s Highway. 


Looking ahead, movies will soon roar back into the BIC Center Theater with a Double Gun showing of both Top Gun movies. Flight time is October 8th…with the original on deck at 4:30 and Top Gun Maverick at 7:00.  DO you feel the need for speed?


BIRTHDAYS:  None on our list today, but if we missed you on that list, Happy Birthday to you from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.  And, a reminder that if you aren’t on the list to let Deb Robert know over at B-I-C-S.  Her 4th through 6th grade class will be busy making the 2023 Birthday Calendars soon.

TRAFFIC:  None, nada, zip. But, the roads are slick and there are some lake-sized puddles just waiting to nab you. So let’s be careful out there—especially around the school.

ON THIS DAY in 1960 U-S Vice President Richard Nixon meets Senator John Kennedy in a TV station for the first televised presidential debate in US history. As the two candidates spar, it’s obvious that Kennedy is more telegenic and most will consider him the winner, as the era dawns when TV will be a political kingmaker.

MERRIAM-WEBSTER WORD OF THE DAY: Our word of the day is forgot (noun) [fore-gaht] which is what happened to today’s word of the day as in I forgot to look it up. Ooops.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Monday

Here’s a thought for the day from President Richard Nixon who took the risk of the first televised presidential debate: “If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats. But if you take no risks, you win no victories.”


On a lighter note: What do you get when you cross a banana with geometry?  A slippery slope.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Monday, September 26th, 2022. 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. High near 58. Breezy, with a northwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.


Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 47. Breezy, with a northwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


Showers, mainly before 2pm. High near 50. Breezy, with a north wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Tuesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. Breezy, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


Partly sunny, with a high near 57. North wind 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 34.


Sunny, with a high near 64.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 50.


Sunny, with a high near 67.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 52.


Sunny, with a high near 69.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

Out on the Big Drink:


NW wind 15 to 25 kt. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. A slight chance of waterspouts. Waves 2 to 4 ft.


N wind 20 to 25 kt. Showers, mainly before 1pm. A slight chance of waterspouts. Waves 4 to 5 ft.


N wind 10 to 15 kt. Partly sunny. Waves 1 to 3 ft.

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 66 in Little Traverse Bay, no report at White Shoal and 65 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002