News Update

Community Calendar for October 5, 2017

Today is Thursday October 5th, 2017.
I’m Greg Doig with today’s WVBI Community Calendar.

The Beaver Island Community Center Fall hours
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am -9pm
Sunday Closed

Resale Store Notice
The summer schedule of Tues. through Sat. From noon until 4 continues until the end of September. Beginning in October, we have to limit the schedule to Thursday through Saturday from noon until 4. Our summer has been profitable, enjoyable, and very busy. We appreciate each volunteer, donor, and shopper.
The St. James Board had its regular meeting last evening. Along with some regular business, the board heard reports from all of the island boards to which it appoints members. Connie Wojan and Donna Kubic were there to report on the Health Center. They reported that the center expects to receive a one hundred thousand dollar grant from the state to update outdated equipment. With respect to the issues surrounding Wendy White’s departure, they asked people to read their response in the Northern Islander. Elaine West reported for the Airport Board, which is working on a number of projects including resealing the runway and aprons. Bob Tidmore reported on the work of the Planning Commission including their efforts to address blight.
After the board reports, Kitty McNamara reported that the conversion of the village streetlights to L-E-D bulbs had just been completed earlier on Wednesday. Also, the board voted to adopt three strategic goals, which are improving recreation opportunities, addressing broadband services and dealing with blight and they heard an update on the school’s efforts to improve broadband service at B-I-C-S. The school has found a way to fit what it needs for that project on the remaining space on the St. James tower. The board seemed inclined to approve that use once the board receives a final engineering report, which is expected soon.
Chairman McNamara also noted that she had notified the townships attorney about the township consolidation proposal, as it appears likely to get on the ballot.

Pickleball 9:30 BICC

The Beaver Island Archipelago Trails Association will be working to clear the Blue Trail.
Time: 9:00 to 12:00
Where: We will meet at south end light house
There will also be a short safety orientation before we begin work. DNR releases must be completed before you work.
Tools to bring: hand clippers, loppers, bow saws
Questions – please call Mark Engelsman at 630-488-2949

Games Galore 1-4 p.m. BICC

Farmers Market 3-5 p.m. next to Daddy Franks

Arthritis Foundation Exercise 10 – 11 a.m. BICC

BICS Islanders Volleyball at Mackinac
Soccer at Grand Marais this weekend
Bite of Beaver Island – 5K Boodle – Crafts
Plan Ahead – October 7th

Saturday, October 7th 10am-2pm
Bite of Beaver “Arts, Crafts & Other Goodies!”
Come sample the “other” goodies of the Bite of Beaver festival! Peruse our Beaver Island and Island-related Artisans’ and Crafters’ wares, including everything from hand-thrown functional pottery to hand-blown glass-beaded jewelry; fur, bone and leather accessories to watercolor prints and textile collectibles; precious metals and stone accessories to sweet-smelling candles and relaxation materials. You’ll find something for everyone–and everyone on your gift-list. Not to mention prizes…to be awarded at 2pm!
Featured Artists and items:
• Mary Acker Original watercolor prints and paintings (framed and unframed), handmade leather bags, handmade, original vintage Native American jewelry
• SharAnn Chesshire Original painted greeting cards (many with Island theme), portion of proceeds go to benefit Alzheimer research
• Maureen Cull Hand-painted decorative items and cards
• Darlene Dooley Hand-crafted whimsical jewelry, including Lake Michigan wire-wrapped stones
• Jacque LaFreniere/Island Soy Soy candles and soaps, pillows
• Nanci Likens Embroidered fabrics: shirts, kitchen towels, bib aprons, plus purses, microwave mitts and pads, and key rings
• Jackie Madigan Hand-crafted stuffed stuff and other stuff, including animals, purses, bottle gift bags, coasters, and more
• Larissa McGinnity Handmade stoneware and porcelain pottery
• Nancy Peterson/Beaver Island Jewelry Hand-crafted glass-beaded jewelry, utensils, and other items
• Betty Salveter Hand warmers, lavender and relaxation products
• Mark Valente & Laura Green/Flattail Furs Hand-crafted beaver, coyote & fox hats, ear muffs, mittens, koozies & headbands, plus unique jewelry & décor items

Below are the forms for the Bite of Beaver Island weekend. Everyone is welcome to participate or just come and enjoy a beautiful fall weekend. Chef space is limited so please don’t delay.
Chef Form
Boodle 5K Entry Form
Community Center Vendor Form

Lego Club BIDL 12:30 p.m.

Movies BICC

7 p.m. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
PG-13 | 2h 9min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon while being pursued by an undead sea captain and his crew. Stars:

Free Will Donation Suggested $5
BICC and Shamrock Bar and Restaurant

Contra Dance
Saturday October 7th, 7:00pm at the St. James Episcopal Church
stay updated, and be more involved please join our Facebook group Beaver Island Community Contra Dance. If you are not on FB, give Larissa a call 2125, if you have questions


Coming Up
Charlevoix County Veteran’s Affairs Office Director John Hess visits the island the second Tuesday of each month to provide assistance to Beaver Island veterans in dealing with the VA and other issues. You can stop by the BIRHC to see him from 10am to 1pm, or give him a call at 231-547-7220.
Following his regular time at the Health Center Tuesday, October 10th, John will host a special ‘Meet ‘n Greet’ with his Assistant Cheryl Young from 1 – 2:30pm at the Beaver Island Community Center upstairs in the Hangout. Come chat with John and Cheryl and have some fresh coffee and cookies!

October 15th COA Dinner BICC

On Sunday, October 15th at 11:30 am, Father Jim Siler will be blessing island pets. This will take place on the Convent/Rectory lawn facing the harbor and the beach. This is an annual event on or near St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day

At our website, we’ve tried to include everything, but if we’ve missed your event you can easily add it yourself by using the handy “Post Your Event” button in the upper right of the calendar or by sending an email with the details to<>. And, we can make it easy for your events to show up in a nice calendar on your website, too, so you only have to post them once. Your website can show only your events or those plus other categories from the calendar that you choose.

If you are packing up to head off-island after your summer here, remember that the Pantry can use many of those foodstuffs that you don’t want to carry home with you. For your convenience, there are collection baskets at the Beaver Island Christian Church, Beaver Island Community Center, Beaver Island Rural Health Center, Fresh Air, Holy Cross Church and Island Airways.

We can accept unopened, unexpired non-perishable food items. Cash donations are tax-deductible and are always appreciated as well. Checks can be made payable to the Beaver Island Christian Church, PO Box 21, Beaver Island, 49782. Please write Food Pantry on the memo line. Or you can use the Donation button at the bottom of the home page at, Joe Moore’s News on the Net.
The Food Pantry Committee
Judi Meister, Beth Croswhite, Mark LaFreniere, Deb Plastrik and Chris Heikka

Weather –
WVBI BICC – Sponsored by McDonoughs Market
54 and clear

Today – Partly Cloudy. High 62F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight – Partly Cloudy. Low 49F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Greenes Bay Beach – Boyle Family
55 and clear
Same forecast as in town
Current Conditions – Greene’s Bay Beach, Beaver Island, MI

As of 8:30 AM Thursday, October 5, 2017

Forecast: Mostly Clear

Outside Temp: 55.5 F
High Outside Temp: 59.0 F at 1:22 AM
Low Outside Temp: 47.9 F at 12:41 AM
Outside Humidity: 79%

Heat Index: 55.0 F
Wind Chill: 52.0 F
Dew Point: 49.0 F

Barometer: 30.122″ and Steady

Wind Speed: 10.0 Mph
Wind Direction: WSW
High Gust: 19.0 Mph at 3:45 AM
10 min Avg Wind: 9.0 Mph

Rain Rate: 0.00″/Hour
Day Rain: 0.00″
Storm Rain: 0.00″
Month Rain: 0.00″
Year Rain: 8.41″

Phyllis Moore Forecast
Clear skies this morning, 53°, humidity is at 74%, pressure is at 30.13 inches, wind is from the west at 7 mph, dew point is 45°, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy in the evening and then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in effect through this afternoon.
TODAY: West wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots in the afternoon. Sunny early in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Waves building to 2 to 4 feet.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
ON THIS DATE of October 5, 1975 – “Cat’s in the Cradle” was released by Harry Chapin. The song’s lyrics began as a poem written by Harry’s wife, Sandra “Sandy” Gaston; the poem itself was inspired by the awkward relationship between her first husband, James Cashmore, and his father, John, a politician who served as Brooklyn Borough President. She was also inspired by a country music song she had heard on the radio. Harry also said the song was about his own relationship with his son, Josh, admitting, “Frankly, this song scares me to death.”
DID YOU KNOW THAT owls can’t move their eyes from side to side? Also, owls don’t have eyeballs. Rather, they’re more like eye tubes. They’re elongated and held in place by “sclerotic rings,” a bony structure in the skull. Because of this, owls can’t really move or roll their eyes. That’s why they have heightened mobility in their necks,
WORD OF THE DAY: aerie (AIR-ee, EER-ee) which means:
1) an apartment or office on a high floor in a high-rise building: a penthouse aerie with a spectacular view.
2) the nest of a bird of prey, as an eagle or a hawk.
Everything about aerie is confusing: its spellings, its pronunciations, its meanings. So it is only consistent that the etymology of aerie is also confusing. Aerie comes from a Medieval Latin noun with many spellings

Bottom of Form
Joe McDonough

Soon there will be work to upgrade Donegal Bay Road with tree removal and ditch placement to allow water run off which well help keep the road in better shape during heavy weather.
At times portions of the road will be single lane with flagmen/women slowing traffic during construction. Also, at times there will be detours from Indian Point Road to Font Lake Court, cars will be diverted around at these points and back to Donegal Bay Road at the Font Lake boat launch area.
Your patience and cooperation will be most appreciated, thank you!

… Still no delays to report on Beaver Island.

Hey, let’s be careful out there. Especially in the school zone.

To Lucas and all our listeners, it has been said that forgiveness begins when we forgive. It’s the best sort of change we can make. The gift of forgiving goes deep within us and those we forgive.

On a lighter note, my vacuum cleaner died the other die. I looked at it and realized that it had just bit the dust!!!

That’s the WVBI Community Calendar for Thursday October 5th, 2017.

I’m Greg Doig at WVBI‚ the Voice of Beaver Island. Make today the best ever, and thank you for listening!