News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, April 29th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Thursday, April 29th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

There was a slight uptick in the number of new cases in yesterday’s state COVID-19 report with 4,371 new cases. There were 38 new deaths. That brings the seven-day running average for new cases up to 4.167. For deaths, the average is 62 including reclassifications. In our region, there were 76 new cases and four deaths. Seven of the new cases and one death were in Charlevoix. The other deaths were in Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Otsego with one each.

 

Safe start dashboard has new case count headed down across the board–state-wide, in our zone and in Charlevoix County. Positive test rate is 13.3% state-wide, 12.2% in our zone and 8.4% in the county—those numbers all down.

 

Hospital utilization data is moving upstate wide and in our region, but the COVID-19 share of it is holding pretty much steady.  Overall occupancy for regular beds statewide is 82.1% and 83.7% for I-C-U beds. Normal is in the mid 70s.  15.7% of regular beds have COVID-19 patients in them.  For I-C-U beds, the rate is 26.2%. Numbers are steady locally. Munson still has one patient in Charlevoix and McLaren in Petoskey is has 11.

 

At the health Center, no new tests.  No tests pending. Last positive tests were on the 7th.  There have been three positive tests since the current island cases began. Positive rate is 9.1%.

 

Complete data for our region plus summaries for the state, the T-C safe start zone and the U-P are in today’s script online.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

833891

17467

4371

38

Region

14309

256

76

4

TVC Zone

24825

512

135

7

UP

18973

409

63

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

4167

62

 

Region

61

2

 

TVC Zone

119

3

 

UP

51

1

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1209

21

5

0

Benzie

1006

31

6

0

Charlevoix

1227

19

7

1

Emmet

1795

40

18

0

Grand Traverse

5323

75

12

1

Kalkaska

958

21

6

1

Leelanau

982

17

5

0

Otsego

1809

32

17

1

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

3831

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

173120

 

73

Region

3062

 

143

TVC Zone

5484

 

4

UP

1835

Note: Look back now 26 days to adjust for 4 Sundays with no data.

 

 

Data from April 27, 2021

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

 

First, here’s your meeting planner for the week: Just one left. Emergency Services Authority meets tomorrow, Thursday, afternoon at 2:00.  Details and remote attendance info are in the calendar entry online. 

 

Games Galore is available 1 to 4 up in the Deerwood Lodge Hangout at the BIC Center. Pickleball practice is on today from 1 to 3, probably outside so B-I-C-S 4th and 5th graders can work on their play.  Pickleball play is Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays—practice Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available tomorrow, Friday, 10:30 to 11:30 up in the Deerwood Lodge hang out.  BIC Center hours this week are 9 to 4 weekdays. Noon to 9 on Saturday. Closed Sunday.

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show is a superpower combo. It’s Justice League. Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his new-found ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. It’s rated PG-13.  At 7, it’s another new release: Denzel Washington and Rami Malek star in a crime drama with non-stop twists and turns as they hunt a serial killer in L-A.  It’s rated R. Both shows have great popular and critical reviews and you’ll see both on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater.   Concession stand will be open with all your favorite movie treats and pizza plus Nathan’s Hot Dogs and soft pretzels. Trailers are on the BIC Center web site at bic center dot org.

 

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

 

On the shopping front, library has a DVD and T-shirt sale going on through the end of the month or until everything is sold.  Plus, they have a new supply of paperback books available—western and sci-fi stories. Resale shop is open Thursday and Friday noon to four.

 

If you are looking for summer activities for the kids, the library is planning a Tails and Trails program for this summer. No group activities for now, but there will be packets of reading materials, crafts, fun activities and more you can pick up. There are 6 themes with new packets of materials every two weeks on a new theme. To participate, call the library to sign up by June 1. They are at 2701.

 

Also, a reminder that the Wildlife Club has shrubs and trees available for pickup and planting.  They look great and make good wildlife food, too, as they grow. They are on hand now and more will be arriving. Call Jacque LaFreniere at 2220 to arrange pickup.

 

Speaking of shrubs and trees, island landscaper Barb Rahn want you to remember to deep soak trees and plants you love around your house.  Our drought continues, she says, and they need it.

 

Finally, B-I-C-S is taking bids for lawn care for the season.  They are due on at 3:30 in the afternoon on May 5th. Bidding details are in the calendar entry online.

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.

Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:

Today

Cloudy, with a high near 53. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 34. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 45. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Friday Night

Increasing clouds, with a low around 35. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south after midnight.

Saturday

A chance of showers between 8am and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. South wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.

Sunday

A 40 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.

Monday

A chance of showers before 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38.

Tuesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 52.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

ENE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Patchy fog between 9am and 10am. Waves 1 ft or less.

Friday

NW wind 15 to 20 kt, with gusts as high as 30 kt. Sunny. Waves 3 to 4 ft.

Saturday

S wind around 15 kt, with gusts as high as 25 kt. A chance of showers before 1pm. Waves 2 to 3 ft.

Water Temperatures: Up at White Shoal its 39.  Same at Mackinac.  Rest of the buoys are still out of the water.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC:  None. [No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Island Beltway running smoothly with caution delays at the south end where the road has emerged from the lake. Bridges are clear. Roads pretty much smooth as a newly dropped fawn’s belly.] Still, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  None on the list today. But, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.

ON THIS DAY in 1429, Joan of Arc breaks the siege of Orleans. After routing the French at Agincourt, the English are poised to gain control of France if they can take Orleans after months of laying siege to the walled city. Joan of Arc, 17, arrives and turns the tide for what will be a decisive French victory. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: amicable (adjective) [AM-ih-kuh-bul], which means: aracterized by friendly goodwill : peaceable. Amicable showed up in the English language in the 15th century, ushered in by writers who had such a love of Latin that they were using a literary form of the language, now called Late Latin, when all the other Latin speakers were using Vulgar Latin, that is the nonliterary Latin that eventually developed into the Romance languages. The Late Latin root of amicable is amīcābilis, meaning “friendly,” and when amicable was introduced to English it was moving into semantic territory that friendly had occupied for some 400 years. But English has always been magnanimous about accepting newcomers. As is so often the case with Latin-derived synonyms, the new word became the more formal term—it’s most often used to describe agreements and relationships—while the old tried-and-true word retained its broad use. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Joan of Arc: “Get up tomorrow early in the morning, and earlier than you did today, and do the best that you can.”

 

On a lighter note: What is Aquaman’s favorite artform? Water colors.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Thursday, April 29th, 2021. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening. 

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