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Community Calendar for Pearl Harbor Day, Wednesday, December 7th, 2022

A wave of colds, flu and more seems to be sweeping the island.  Lots of folks are home sick and so many students were out yesterday that the school shut down and will be closed again today. As a result, the wreath laying that had been set for today has been cancelled. The plan is to put them out tomorrow starting at 10:00 with volunteers who are well. If you aren’t sick and haven’t had you flu shot yet for the year, now might be a good time to grab it.  Call the health Center to make an appointment at 2275. And, for more information of the wreath laying, contact Katherine Meintsma by phone or shoot her an email at katherin dot Meintsma at bic center dot org.  


A new study says the Little Traverse Wheelway is generating about 10-million-dollars a year for the local economy.  That was last year.  While the pandemic had some positive impact on trail usage, the Little Traverse Conservancy says the uptick has held even as the Pandemic has faded.  Trail use now is at about 116 thousand users each year.


There’s a special Dark Sky event coming up this evening.  At 11:08 tonight, the cold full moon will slip in front of Mars in what is known as a lunar occultation of the Red Planet. The event will be visible for much of the Americas, Europe and Northern Africa….and will be visible here on the island assuming we aren’t done in by clouds.  The event will run from about 1:015 to 11:15. There’s more info in the calendar and at dark sky island dot org.


Finally this morning, a reminder to fill out the Internet Speed Survey included in your Winter Tax bill.  The data collected will be used to review the accuracy of the FCC Broadband Map that will be used to allocate funding from the Infrastructure Bill for internet improvements. You can also fill out the survey online.  Find it on the B-I-A website at beaver island association dot org.

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


Your meeting planner for the week: There had been a Peaine Township Planning Commission meeting set for Wednesday at 7, but that has been canceled. The Elks Club meets Thursday evening at 5:30…and note there was an error in the calendar that had them meeting last week, so sorry for that miscue.  That’s it.  Meeting details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Wednesday, Chair Yoga is scheduled for upstairs in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 10:00. C-O-A Bingo is scheduled at 1:00 up in the Hang Out. Time for Art is continues this week with another session of The Drawing Club of Improbable Dreams continuing this week.  You can also bring your own project for open studio time.


Thursday Pickleball is from 10:00 to noon in the Theater. Tai Chi is set for 10:00. Also at 10:00, there is Women’s Bible Study over at the Christian Church.  At 1:00, Story Hour is on at the library. And Euchre is on tap at Whiskey Point Brewery Thursday, too. Cards hit the table at 7:00.


Friday, at the BIC Center, Pickleball is from 10 to noon in the theater.  Chair Yoga set for 10:00 in the Hangout followed by the Arthritis Foundation exercise program is on for 10:30. Games Galore is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center starting at 1:00.  


On Saturday, Cookie Carnival pickup is from 11:00 until 2:00.  Remember, you need to order in advance by 5:00 today.] And don’t forget that Saturday is the drop-off deadline for the Ellen Welke Memorial Toy Drive.  Drop unwrapped, new toys at the Welke Airport or over in Charlevoix at the airport. Movies are back Saturday at the BIC Center with Disney’s dystopian fairy tale Disenchanted and Julia Roberts and George Clooney in a dystopian effort to break off their daughter’s marriage in Ticket to Paradise. Both shows are great fun, rated PG and PG-13 respectively. No charge, but remember your donation at the show to help cover the costs keeps the movies coming.


Sunday, there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar.


Looking ahead to next week….


Monday, the C-O-A has Chair Yoga set for the BIC Center at 10:00 this morning.


Tuesday, Talking Threads will be crafting out at the Peaine Township Hall starting at 9:00. Pickleball is on at 10:00, in the Theater here at the BIC Center . And the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout.

BIRTHDAYS:  Tara Palmer-Pop, Sally Lonsberry and Sherrilyn Haggard are all celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Sherrilyn, Sally, and Tara 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. [Remember, you can pick your 2023 Birthday Calendar up at the front desk at school, As always, it’s been decorated by Mrs Robert’s class. Proceeds go to fund their spring class trip.

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

ON THIS DAY in 1941 in a surprise, early-morning attack, 360 Japanese warplanes bomb the US Pacific naval fleet and in a two-hour assault kill about 2,400 Americans — almost half the casualties are aboard the battleship USS Arizona. The US will declare war on Japan the following day.

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam Webster word of the day is lachrymose (adjective) [LAK-ruh-mohss], which is used to describe someone who tends to cry often, or something that tends to cause people to cry. The misty-eyed souls among us will appreciate lachrymose, a word that can describe a person who tends to cry often, or an emotional trigger that induces tears. Those more stoic in disposition might be moved (though not to tears) to learn that lachrymose also has a scientific counterpart: its older cousin lachrymal can mean “of, relating to, or marked by tears,” or (usually with the alternative spelling lacrimal) “of, relating to, or being glands that produce tears.” Both lachrymose and lachrymal come from the Latin noun lacrima, meaning “tear.”

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Wednesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from President Franklin Roosevelt: “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”


On a lighter note:  Why don’t people eat clocks? It’s too time consuming.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, December 7th, 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. 



A 30 percent chance of snow showers after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 29 by 5pm. Light northwest wind becoming north 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.


A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light in the evening.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 25. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph after midnight.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. East wind 10 to 15 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.

Saturday Night

A chance of rain and snow showers before 1am, then a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.

Monday Night

A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.


Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 43. Breezy.


Out on the Big Drink:


NNW wind 10 to 20 kt. A chance of rain, mainly after 3pm. Waves 1 to 2 ft.


N wind 15 to 20 kt decreasing to 5 to 10 kt after midnight. Mostly cloudy. Waves 3 ft subsiding to 1 ft or less.


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

Thursday Night

E wind 5 to 15 kt. Partly cloudy. Waves 1 ft or less.


E wind 15 to 20 kt. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 ft.

Fire Danger Level: Low

Water Temps: 44 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island with less than one foot waves. 38 at White Shoal. No reading from Little Traverse Bay.