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Community Calendar for Thursday, April 21st, 2022

From our Langford Family studios on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Thursday, April 21st, 2022.

First, some news…


The Health Center is reporting its first new COVID-19 tests for April with one back positive and one back negative.  That’s the first positive test on the island since February 3rd. Meanwhile, the data released by the state yesterday show another uptick in new cases—but deaths and hospital utilization remain steady. There were 140 new cases in our region and five deaths.  The deaths were in Grand Traverse with two and in Benzie, Leelanau and Otsego with one each.  Charlevoix had six new cases.


B-I-C-S superintendent and principal Wil Cwikiel has been honored as a hometown health hero by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. He was nominated for the honor by Dr. Joshua Meyerson, the departments medical director for untiring efforts to make sure COVID-19 vaccinations were available to all island residents. Beaver Island residents topped the list of most vaccinated residents in the health department’s four-county jurisdiction. Wil was officially recognized last week at a ceremony in Lansing as part of National Public Health Week.


Wil Cwikel (right), Superintendent-Principal of Beaver Island Community Schools, received the Hometown Health Hero award in Lansing earlier this week. Pictured with him are (from left) Health Department of Northwest Michigan Health Officer Lisa Peacock, and Cwikel’s wife Gail Gruenwald. 


The island’s planning commissions are starting work on updating the island’s Master Plan.  A current plan is necessary for many funding opportunities and helps island leaders in reaching community objectives says the Michigan Townships Association. The plan also serves as the legal document that guides the island’s zoning ordinances. The update process will be an opportunity for community stakeholders to bring their ideas or suggestions to the planning commissions for inclusion into the updated plan.

There will be scheduled community meetings and focus groups throughout the next six months. This will be followed by a 66-day comment period, culminating with approval and adoption by both township boards. Information on the plans is available at both Township Websites and on the B-I-A website. If you’d like to join the email list for the project, contact Krys Lyle and she will add you to it. Links and contact info for Krys are in today’s script online.


Kry Lyle

Peaine Township Planning Site:

St. James Township Planning Site:

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: The Joint Telecommunications Committee meets Thursday at 4:30 in the Hangout at the BIC Center. Library Board meets that afternoon, too, at 5:00 at the library. Meeting details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Thursday, Tai Chi is on at the BIC Center at 9:30. Pickleball is on, too, in the theater from 10 to noon. Games Galore is on up on the Hangout from 1:00 to 4:00.  Thursday evening, Euchre is on deck at Whiskey Point Brewing Company. Cards hit the table at 7:00.


Friday, Pickleball is on—in the Theater at the BIC Center at 10:00. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in the Hangout at 10:30. And, at 12:30 it is time for BINGO brought to you by the C-O-A.


Saturday evening, the movie at the BIC Center is American Underdog. It’s the true-life story of N-F-L M-V-P and Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, who went from stocking shelves at a supermarket to becoming an American Football star. It’s an uplifting story that has gotten great reviews and will be fun for the whole family. It’s rated PG. Concession stand will be open. Trailer is on the BIC Center website at bic center dot org.


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


Monday, Chair Yoga is on up in the Hangout.  Start time is 10:00.


Tuesday, Tai Chi is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Pickleball is on at 10:00 in the Theater. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout. Tuesday evening, it’s Open Mic Night at the Harbour Bodega. Sign-up at 6:30. Performances start at 7:00. Special snacks available for a freewill donation along side the full Bodega menu.

Wednesday, Nothing but Needles is on at the Peaine Township Hall starting at 9:00. And, Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 it is Time for Art at the BIC Center. This week’s project is papermaking.

BIRTHDAYS:  Today, Hannah Robert, Sadie Cwikiel and Catherine Meintsma are all sharing a birthday with Queen Elizabeth.  Happy birthday to Catherine, Sadie, Hannah and the queen and, if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  None, nada, zip. But, let’s careful out there. 

ON THIS DAY in 753 BCE, Rome is founded.

According to tradition, orphaned twins Romulus and Remus establish what will become one of the world’s great cities. Legend holds that the twins had been saved from starvation by a she-wolf who’d found them abandoned in a cave on Palatine Hill. This area will eventually become Rome’s center.

WORD OF THE DAY: juxtapose (verb) [JUK-stuh-pohz], which means “to place (different things) side by side (as to compare them or contrast them or to create an interesting effect).” A back-formation is a word that has come about through the removal of a prefix or a suffix from a longer word. Etymologists believe juxtapose is a back-formation that was created when people trimmed down the noun juxtaposition. Historical evidence supports the idea: juxtaposition shows up in the 17th century and juxtapose in the 19th.  Juxtaposition is a combination of Latin juxta, meaning “near,” and English “position.”

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

Here’s a thought for the day from Manfred von Richthofen—the Red Baron—who was finally shot down on this day in 1918: “Success flourishes only in perseverance — ceaseless, restless perseverance.”


On a lighter note: How many campers does it take to light a lantern?  One to pour the fuel, a second to pump the tank, a third to light the match and a fourth to say, “Forget it. Just use the flashlight.”

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Thursday, April 21st, 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 likely before 8am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Light northeast wind becoming east 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Friday Night

A chance of showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2am. Low around 37. East wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.


Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 8am. High near 54. Southeast wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.


A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. Breezy.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.


Partly sunny, with a high near 43.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.