From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, August 13th, 2020.
First, some news…
Friske Orchard—the place you see when driving down to Traverse City—has sued Governor Whitmer to prevent any action on her part that would shut down its operations. At least part of the dispute seems to revolve around a recent order that requires businesses to enforce mask requirements. Fiske says that’s a personal choice and that enforcement shouldn’t fall to them. They also say that prior court orders preclude enforcement of the order against them—that the Court of Claims has already ruled against that. Yet, they say—quoting them here “the Governor continues with her administrative actions against Friske in direct contempt of this prior court order.” Asked by M-Live about the suit, the Governor’s office had no comment on it, but said that wearing a mask is and should be the responsibility of every Michigander. The same lawyer that represented Owosso barber Karl Manke in his successful litigation battle with the state is representing Friske.
A reminder that the state now has a handy web page that can help you keep track of what’s required, prohibited and allowed by the governpr’s orders. The link to it is way to goobledygook to repeat here, but there’s a link to it in today’s script and on our COVID-19 Info Page. It’s a really handy chart that they say will be updated as things change. It includes references to the relevant orders, too, so you can learn more if you need to.
State health officials reported 515 new cases yesterday and nine new deaths. Seven day running average for new cases is 652. For deaths it is 7. Positive test rate running average for the state is 3.2%. The target is three percent. Average new case per capita rate state-wide is at 34.4 per million, which is at the top of the medium high-risk zone. Still headed down overall. Safe start zone risk levels across the state remain at medium high for all zones except ours, which is at medium.
On the island, no change in the data. 147 tests run. 138 back as negative. 7 pending. Two old positives. No known active cases on the island.
In our region, new cases in Charlevoix with one, Emmet with one, and Grand Traverse with three. Leelanau is down three for a total three net new cases. No new deaths. Total of cases in our region since the start is 591 with 25 deaths. Rolling averages are seven new cases a day and no deaths. In the U-P there were 15 new cases and no new deaths. They now have 712 total cases with 18 deaths. Averages are 18 new cases a day, no deaths.
Full county-by-county data for our region are in today’s script online along with state and recion totals, plus rolling averages.
7 Day Rolling Averages
Data from 8/12/2020
Our M-I safe start zone numbers continue to look good—which is good for school in-person next month. Positive test rate running average is at 1.1 percent which is in the low risk classification for the plan. The new case rate is at 5.1 per million today, which is in the low risk category. Average for that is 11.6, which is medium high risk. Four new cases reported in the Traverse City Safe Start Zone yesterday. One new death. Rolling averages in the zone are nine for new cases and 0 for deaths.
So that continues to look good for BICS plans to go back to school in person this fall. At Tuesday’s B-I-A annual meeting, principal Wil Cwkiel talked about what that will look like. He said staff and students will need to wear face masks in common areas, but not in classrooms. That’s because there is enough space in the classrooms for social distancing. There’ll be lots of hand sanitizer and other safeguards. Sports? That’s still up in the air as the Northern Lights League tries to figure out what to do. If there are no league games, the school plans to have intramural competition.
You may remember some stiff breezes on the island last Sunday night. A few branches and a bunch of leaves were down Monday morning. That’s nothing compared to what turns out to have happened in the UP about 100 miles west and a little north of us. AN EF1 tornado touched down there generating winds of 105 mph. Luckily, it was mostly out in the woods, because it took down more than 100 trees. But, some boats were damaged and some kayaks wound up in the woods. The storm also generated straight line winds of 80 mph. You might say the weather went to hell very quickly.
The weather in the U-P isn’t the only thing going to Hell this week. Netflix has gone there, too. Hell Michigan, that is. They are shooting an episode of “Netflix is a joke there through Friday. No word on an air date yet, but we’re pretty sure it won’t be as good a show as the Boonies.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Today, Farmer’s Market 9 to 11 at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop. Pickleball from 10 to noon on the municipal courts. Games Galore from 1 to 4 in the Hangout here at the BIC Center. South end lighthouse is open today and every day for self-guided tours. And after dark, there’s the Perseid’s meteor shower to enjoy here on our Dark Sky Island. Check right after dusk and before the moon comes up. Clouds are in the forecast tonight, so your results may vary.
Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program from 10:30 to 11:30 in the Hangout. Marine Museum and the Print Shop will be open tomorrow, Friday, from 11 to 5. Also, a Plein Air painting event—that’s outdoor painting—at the Beaver Island Gallery as part of the Our Town, Our Island events. You need to register in advance with Lois Stipp at the gallery. Starts at noon. Bring your own supplies. Lois will be there for help and advice.
Saturday, movies are on again at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is Artemis Fowl. It’s the story of a young criminal prodigy. From Disney. Rated PG. And at 7, an interesting film shot in Ireland. It’s End of Sentence – a coming together story that’s won a splash of awards. Probably for teens and up, but it has no rating. Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the McDonough’s Market Theater. Capacity is limited to comply with COVID-19 safety precautions and social distancing in family pods applies. Concession stand will be open for both shows for snacks, a meal or both. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org, or follow the BIC Center on Facebook to see them.
There are weekend services at Holy Cross on Saturday and Sunday, and Sunday services at the Christian Church and the Episcopal Mission. Times and details are on the calendar
Don’t forget about the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Gala Auction or the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Raffle. Go to auction dot bic center dot org to bid on items in the auction and raffle dot bic center dot org to pick up raffle tickets. You can also bid and get tickets at the BIC Center from desk.
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. Stay up to date. Remember: Protect yourself. Protect the island.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. Light northeast wind becoming east 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Tonight Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Southeast wind around 10 mph. Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday Night Showers likely, mainly between 8pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Sunday A 30 percent chance of showers before 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 53. Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.
Out on the big drink…
Today E wind 5 to 10 kt becoming NNE in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Friday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Saturday SE wind 5 to 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.
Water Temps: 68 at the mid-lake buoy and at the bridge. 70 at Mackinac City.
Fire Danger Level: Medium.
TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or out bound to the airports, the island beltway and bridges clear. But, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Tina Morgan and Becky Gerace are both celebrating. Happy birthday to Tina and Becky. And, if we missed you on our birthday list, happy birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1961 East is sealed off from West in a divided capital. While the city sleeps, Soviet-backed East German soldiers begin erecting a barbed-wire barrier in Berlin, making solid what’s been for 15 years a geopolitical split within Germany’s capital. The wall sealed off the east from the west. The East German government said it protected its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the “will of the people” from building a socialist state—but it was brought down by those people in 1989 not too long after President Reagan called for its removal in a speech on the west side of the wall. Bits of the wall are in the statute of President Reagan that stands in the U-S Capitol building. (bing.com)
WORD OF THE DAY: catch-22 (noun) [KATCH-twen-tee-TOO], which means: a problematic situation for which the only solution is denied by a circumstance inherent in the problem or by a rule; also : the circumstance or rule that denies a solution; an illogical, unreasonable, or senseless situation; a measure or policy whose effect is the opposite of what was intended; a situation presenting two equally undesirable alternatives; hidden difficulty or means of entrapment : a catch. Catch-22 originated as the title of a 1961 novel by Joseph Heller. (Heller had originally planned to title his novel Catch-18, but the publication of Leon Uris’s Mila 18 persuaded him to change the number.) The novel’s catch-22 was as follows: a combat pilot was crazy by definition (he would have to be crazy to fly combat missions) and since army regulations stipulated that insanity was justification for grounding, a pilot could avoid flight duty by simply asking, but if he asked, he was demonstrating his sanity (anyone who wanted to get out of combat must be sane) and had to keep flying. Catch-22 soon entered the language as the label for any irrational, circular, and impossible situation. (Merriam-Webster).
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…
Here’s a thought for the day: “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” On a lighter note: Why masseuses like to talk about their work? It’s a touchy subject.
IMAGINE A SAD TROMBONE SFX
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, August 13th, 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.