News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, April 2nd, 2020.
First, some news…
Township officials issued a weekly update to their COVID-19 information statement yesterday. The headline was “It may be April Fool’s Day, but the virus is no joke.” They continue to urge fourteen day self-quarantines for folks coming across from the mainland. The update also includes information on what to do if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19. Check our COVID-19 info page for the full statement.
The number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Michigan climbed by 1,719 cases yesterday, bringing the state’s total confirmed cases to 9,334. The number of deaths has reached 337, with 78 new deaths reported since Tuesday. That’s a 30 percent increase in fatalities in 24 hours.
Still no reported COVID-19 cases on the island, but the island has suffered a loss in the passing of Joe Moore’s brother Neil Feck—who passed away yesterday after a battle with COVID19. Also, apparently not from COVID19, Adam Richard’s mom passed away yesterday as well. Our condolences to both families family. The first COVID-19 related deaths have occurred in the counties we’ve been tracking up north. Both yesterday. One in Grand Traverse and one in Emmet. Slight day over day increase in COVID-19 cases: Grand Traverse is up one to 8, Antrim up 1 to four, Otsego up one to 19, and Emmet up two to 7. Still 4 in Charlevoix and 7 in Kalkaska. Cases above the bridge now at 12, up 2.
Governor Whitmer had some thoughts on the numbers earlier this week: “I think we have to pause and remember that every one of those is a person. It’s a Michigander whose life was cut short, who leaves loved ones and friends and a story behind, ” she said.
The Governor and state lawmakers are discussing an extension of the state of emergency in Michigan. The governor wants as 70 day extension to her authority. Lawmakers say they’ll support an extension for a reasonable amount of time. Meantime, the governor yesterday formally declared a state of disaster in Michigan, which triggers additional federal aid among other things.
Beaver Island Boat Company says it’s delaying the start of the 2020 season until May first. If you have reservations for freight or a vehicle in April, they’ll be reaching out to you to reschedule. BIBCO president Tim McQueer says things could change given the circumstances, so if you are planning travel on the boat keep in touch for the latest.
McDonough’s Market is settling into their new routine of curb-side service. With some experience, they have some suggestions and requests to speed service for everyone. Although they enjoy chatting on the phone, email orders are a lot more efficient. Include your telephone number for questions and, if you will pay by credit card, include that info in the email. They’ll delete the card number after the order is placed. Let them know when you’d like to pick up, and, finally, it’ll speed your order if you try to group things by where they are in the store. The email to use for orders is Mcdonoughsmarket at gmail dot com. That’s mcdonoughsmarket all run together with no apostrophe at g-mail dot com.
A reminder form Island fire and E-M-S personnel to practice situational awareness. Don’t do things that put you at risk. Like go out on the ice. Or out on the big lake in small craft. Or hike trails you don’t know. That’s because emergency responders have to take extra steps to protect against COVID-19 when responding, which can slow response.
Remember, if you are headed to the health center, you need to call ahead at 2275 and follow their procedures. They’ll have special steps for you to follow if you are experiencing flu like symptoms.
In all the COVID chaos—don’t for get that the 2020 census is underway, and it’s critical that we get an accurate and complete count for the island. Even if you’ve not received a letter on the Census, you can complete the task online. Just go to 2020-census dot gov and, when you are asked for the code from your census letter, click the box saying you didn’t receive one and go ahead and enter your Beaver Island address. Again, it is important for all island residents to complete the census because those number will be used to allocate resources for the next 10 years.
Looking for the latest island info on COVID-19? Check the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page for details. You can find that by going to W-V-B-I dot net and clicking on COVID-19 Info in the menu at the top. You’ll find official information from the townships, our latest COVI-19 news and updates as well as state and federal news and resources.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island… Nothing on the calendar for the week ahead. Deadline for MEDC grants and loans for small businesses is coming up on the third—that’s tomorrow. Details are on the calendar. And remember, if you have suggestions for other online events that would be of interest – let us know and we’ll add them to the calendar and pass them along.
You can find information on events planned for the summer on our Discover Beaver Island Summer calendar. Just point your browser at summer dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Sunny, with a high near 50. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 29. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. East wind around 5 mph. Friday Night A 40 percent chance of showers after 2am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 36. East wind around 10 mph. Saturday A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Monday A chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Monday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Tuesday A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Tuesday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Wednesday A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.
TRAFFIC: None. Nada. Zip. But the road crews have been busy all over the island, and things are smooth as a leprechaun’s bottom. Critter count: one deer this morning, but the sunshine and warm remperatures will probably bring everyone out so, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Josh Runberg, Alvina Napont, Dan Rausch and Bryan Foli are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to each of them and, if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1968 the movie ‘2001’ opens, causing controversy and blowing minds. Stanley Kubrick’s collaboration with science-fiction master Arthur C. Clarke premieres in Washington, DC, and the movie will go on to garner glowing and glowering reviews in equal measure. It will eventually be hailed as a masterpiece.
WORD OF THE DAY pleonasm play noun PLEE-uh-naz-um which means: 1 : the use of more words than those necessary to denote mere sense (as in the man he said) : redundancy
2 : an instance or example of pleonasm Did You Know?
Pleonasm, which stems (via Late Latin) from the Greek verb pleonazein, meaning “to be excessive,” is a fancy word for “redundancy.” It’s related to our words plus and plenty, and ultimately it goes back to the Greek word for “more,” which is pleōn. Pleonasm is commonly considered a fault of style, but it can also serve a useful function. “Extra” words can sometimes be helpful to a speaker or writer in getting a message across, adding emphasis, or simply adding an appealing sound and rhythm to a phrase—as, for example, with the pleonasm “I saw it with my own eyes!” (
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…
Here’s a thought for the day “There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.” On a lighter note: Why did the swimmer throw all of his gear into the water? His accountant told him to pool his resources.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, April 2nd, 2020. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from the pest free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of the Voice of Beaver Island wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.