News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Today is Thursday, August 2nd, 2018. I’m Kevin Boyle, with today’s W-V-B-I Community Calendar.
First some news…
The Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative met yesterday at Beaver Island Community School. There were presentations on invasive species control efforts related to Emerald Ash Borer, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, and terrestrial shoreline species such as Invasive Phragmites, Autumn Olive, and Japanese Knotweed. The State of Michigan has organized treatment for the island which is expected in late August or September.
The group also discussed a new community survey program covering the Fox islands and Isle Royal as well as a project that is gathering data on invasive species on all of the great lakes islands in Michigan.
A complete report on the meeting from Pam Grassmick is available on the W-V-B-I website in today’s News. Go there and click on News at the top.
Complete NLMIC Report from Pam Grassmick:
Multiple off island organizations and islanders met for an all day meeting under the umbrella of the Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative (NLMIC) at the BICS. Of note were presentations on invasive species control efforts related to Emerald Ash Borer, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, and terrestrial shoreline species such as Invasive Phragmites,Autumn Olive, and Japanese Knotweed. The State of Michigan has organized treatment areas through representatives and Dusty Jordan from the Charlevoix, Antrim, Kalkaska, and Emmett Counties (CAKE) via Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas(CISMA) is one such group. Dusty and his survey crew are from Antrim County. IS treatment is expected in late August or September. While on the islands they will be treating Glossy Buckthorn on Garden Island as well as surveys. The Nature Conservancy (Shaun Howard) has been awarded IS funding which will pass through to the CAKE organization for survey work.
Two new initiates were also discussed and funded:
New project (Oct 1, 2018 – Feb 28, 2019): “Prioritization of Three Remote Islands for Natural Community Surveys: Isle Royale, North Fox Island, South Fox Island;” MNFI/Cohen – Preisser (Information)

Status: on-going project (Oct 2017 – March 2019): “Gathering Baseline Data Guide Invasive Species Planning and Action on Michigan’s GL Islands;” MNFI/Higman (Information)
After two plus years of work the Landscape Level Planning group also had their draft maps adopted related to Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) surveys: Definitions of areas:
Special Conservation Areas

Areas of publicly administered lands and water, typically associated with an Ecological Reference Area or rare Natural Community, that will not be subject to management and that will be left to undergo natural processes. Should a disease or invasive species issue emerge that threatens the ecological integrity of these areas, management will be scaled appropriately to the scale of the issue, with every effort made to intervene as minimally as possible.

Beaver Island (Archipelago) Cultural Resource Areas
Areas of publicly administered lands and water where important cultural sites or objects have been identified and are protected from activities that may be a detriment to these cultural resources.

Selective Management Areas

Areas of publicly administered lands and water where mid- to late-successional forests are maintained and/or restored primarily through selective timber management techniques appropriate for the forest community type that result in the generation of forest products and that approximate ecological processes.

Habitat Maintenance and Restoration Areas

Areas of publicly administered lands and water where the full suite of habitat management techniques, including early-successional timber management, is available to achieve habitat goals or to restore the full habitat potential of a site for identified species.

The 12,000 public administered areas are equally covered with roughly 4,000 acres given to each designation and corridors identified.

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa updated those present on the Piping Plover activity on the High Island spit which resulted in the banding of two PP chicks. 40 Common Tern nests were also documented on the High Island Spit but all had nest failures. Spit signage will be pursued to discourage human disturbance of the area by recreational boaters.
The first Dorothy Gerber Strings Orchstra Camp has been running this week. Director David Reimer says it’s going well.
ACTUALITY: Reimer 2018-08-02 1.mp3
The students are working to put together a concert that will be part of Baroque on Beaver. That’ll be on Friday at 2 at Beaver Island Community School.
ACTUALITY: Reimer 2018-08-02 2.mp3
The Kids play for Kids concert is tomorrow at 2 at school.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island…
It’s Thursday, so Farmer’s Market out at Paradise Bay Coffee shop. That’s from 9 to 11. Come early for the best selection. Games Galore here at the BIC Center from 1 to 4. Pick your favorite board or card game and play with fellow islanders. At 2, Baroque continues with a special planned pop-up performance at the Beaver Island Gallery. The Donegal Bay Winds will be there playing outside along with the winds of Lake Michigan rustling through the pine trees above.
And, this evening, Baroque on Beaver continues with Nothing But Bach Almost. That’s at Holy Cross Church at 7:30. Again, we’ll have more on that as well as other upcoming performances when we talk to Robert Nordling on Beaver Island Perspectives this afternoon after the news at 5.
Friday, basic Yoga here at the BIC Center at 0:30. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program also here at 10. Baroque on Beaver Kids Play for Kids concert at the school at 2. Art in the harbor at their new location out in front of the BIC Center from 10 to 2. The baroque evening concert is at the school. It’s Baroque on Fire.
Couple of movies here at the BIC Center this weekend. DC Lego Aquaman at 3 and Lean on Pete at 7. Both of those are Saturday. And Baroque wraps up on Saturday with Baroque in Blue at the school at 7:30.
You can find more information on all of these events and everything else we know about that’s happening on the island at calendar dot w-v-b-I dot net. If we’ve missed your event you can easily add it yourself by using the handy “Post Your Event” button in the upper right of the calendar. Post it there. Hear it here. See it on the digital signage around town and across—and on other Beaver Island websites. It’s one and done with the W-V-B-I – BIC Center Community Calendar.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of the good folks down at Powers Hardware:
Today Showers and thunderstorms likely before 8am, then isolated showers between 8am and 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. North wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Tonight Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. North wind around 5 mph. Friday Sunny, with a high near 74. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Great weekend coming up. Sunny. Highs in the low 80s. Lows mid-60s. Maybe some showers Sunday overnight. OUT ON THE BIG DRINK: Today NNW wind 5 to 10 kt. Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 11am. Waves around 1 ft. Friday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves around 1 ft.
Nice weekend coming up on the lake, too. Waves a foot or less Saturday, 2 on Sunday. Winds 5 to 10 kts varying between from south around to the west. At 8 this morning at the pest free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of W-V-B-I it was a pleasant 60. Winds out of the NE at 5. Humidity 93%. Dew point 58. Pressure 29 point 4-2 and rising slowly. Point zero five inches of rain overnight. Around the island at 8, it was 60 out at Whiskey Point, 59 at McCauley’s Point, 60 on Greene’s Bay, 62 on Lake G and at the W-V-B-I transmitter site just south of the stone house on King’s Highway, it was 59 under misty skies. Looking out on Paradise Bay at 7:30 from the Hodgson Enterprises W-V-B-I BIC Center webcam—just a few ripple out there under a cloudy sky. Beaver Islander there. Dock wet. Emerald Isle across.
TRAFFIC: Roads are slick, especially our dirt roads once you are out of town. So let’s be careful out there and take it easy running up and down East and West Side Drives.
ON THIS DATE of August 2, 1923, in a hotel in San Francisco, President Warren G. Harding dies of a stroke at the age of 58. Harding was returning from a presidential tour of Alaska and the West Coast, a journey some believed he had embarked on to escape the rumors circulating in Washington of corruption in his administration.
In the summer of 1923, as Washington began discussing rumors of corruption in the departments of the Interior and Justice and in the Veterans Bureau, Harding departed on a speaking tour of Alaska and the West. On August 2, he died of an embolism. Early the next morning, Vice President Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as president by his father, a notary public, in his family home in Plymouth, Vermont.
For the rest of his first term, one of President Coolidge’s principal duties was responding to public outrage over the Teapot Dome oil-leasing scandals, the revelations of fraudulent transactions in the Veterans Bureau and Justice Department, and the reports of his predecessor’s dalliances.
Read more about it in Phyllis’s Facebook post for today.
Phyllis asks: DID YOU KNOW THAT In the United States, a pound of potato chips costs two hundred times more than a pound of potatoes.
WORD OF THE DAY: nubilous (NOO-buh-luhs) which menas cloudy or foggy. The English adjective nubilous comes straight from Latin nūbilus, a derivative of nūbēs “cloud.” Nubilous entered English in the 16th century.
Now to wrap up for this Beaver Island Baroque on Beaver week Thursday…
Here’s a thought for day from Calvin Coolidge: “The right thing to do never requires any subterfuge. It is always simple and direct.”
On a lighter note:
Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon?
Great food, no atmosphere.
SFX: (wah, wah, waaaaah)
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, August 2nd, 2018.
I’m Kevin Boyle at W-V-B-I‚ the Voice of Beaver Island wishing you a great day and asking you: why not make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.
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