News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, December 19th, 2019

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Thursday, December 19th, 2019.
First some news…
Joint Telecommunication Advisory Committee met last evening to continue review of the Quickstart broadband study they commissioned. Next step is to verify the data in the study about locations on the island to be served. The group also reviewed progress on the “Pools of Service” plan they have developed as an interim solution. That still appears to be on track for the spring. A reminder for the sake of full disclosure that I chair the committee.
Tomorrow is marks the day for the last ferry runs of the year. There might still be some space if you have some last minute things to get over there or back here, but after Emerald Isle gets back tomorrow afternoon that will be it until April. She’s to have some extensive engine work done this winter so, even though she won’t be sailing—it’ll be busy at the dock at least until that work is done.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island…
Library Board meets this morning at 9 at the library. Games Galore up in the Hangout from 1 to 4. Emergency Services Authority is meeting at 2 at Peaine Township hall. That’s in lieu of their meeting the day after Christmas we assume. B-I-C-S students will be caroling from 2 to 4:30. If you want to sing along, be at school you’re your own transportation a bit before 2 when they plan to leave. To get their performance locations, check with Kerry in the front office. Pickleball from 3:30 to 5 here at the BIC Center. And, Euchre is on. Cards hit the table at Stoney at 7.
Friday, Arthritis Foundation exercise program up in the Ray and Ann Stanhope Hangout. That’s at 10:30. Friday afternoon, the islander basketball squads get their school break off to a busy start with games up in Grand Marais in the UP. We’ll have results for you in our Community Calendar report.
Saturday, is busy at the BIC Center. Pickleball 10 to noon here at the BIC Center. And movies. We’re starting two weeks of Christmas Break Triple Features. An added show at 2 this weekend and next. 2 o’clock show this weekend is Abominable. Great animated show for the young ones at your house with losts of fun for mom and dad, too. AT 4, it’s Downton Abbey brought to the big screen. And at 7 it’s the thought provoking scif film Ad Astra.All three on the big screen with the big sound in the McDonough’s market theater. Concession stand will be open for both for snacks, a meal or both. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BCI Center dot org.
Sunday, services at Holy Cross, the Lighthouse Fellowship and the Christian Church. Times and details are on the calendar.
Next Monday, the calendar is empty save for a St. James Finance Committee meeting at 1 at the governmental center.
Next Tuesday, Christmas Eve, looks quiet except for potential unusual air travel. NORAD has an advisory out. We’ll be following that.
Next Wednesday is Christmas. Nothing on the calendar except, hopefully, time with family and friends.
You can find more information on all of these events and everything else that’s happening on the island at calendar dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of the good folks down at McDonough’s Market:
Today Snow showers likely, mainly before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26. South wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible. Tonight Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 25. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east after midnight. Friday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. Breezy, with a southeast wind 15 to 20 mph. Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. South wind 10 to 15 mph. Saturday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near 39. Sunday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Monday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. Monday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Tuesday Cloudy, with a high near 39. Tuesday Night Cloudy, with a low around 30. Christmas Day Cloudy, with a high near 37.
Out on the Big Drink…
Today …SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON…SSW wind 15 to 20 kt becoming WNW 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. A chance of snow showers, mainly before 3pm. Waves 2 to 4 ft. Friday ESE wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly sunny, then becoming cloudy during the afternoon. Waves 1 to 2 ft. Water temp: White Shoal looks to be off-line this morning. Let’s just call it cold.
TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or outbound to either airport. Island beltway running smoothly. Bridges clear. But. Lots of blowing snow and drifting out there. So, let’s be careful. Especially in the school zone
BIRTHDAYS: Mary Kukigoski and Kai Drost. Happy birthday to each of them and, if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you too from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. And speaking of the birthday calendar, do you have your 2020 copy yet? They make great Christmas gifts. Get one at school and help support Mrs. Robert’s class and their trips and projects for next year.
ON THIS DAY in 1843, Charles Dickens’ classic story “A Christmas Carol” is published.
Dickens was born in 1812 and attended school in Portsmouth. His father, a clerk in the navy pay office, was thrown into debtors’ prison in 1824, and 12-year-old Charles was sent to work in a factory. The miserable treatment of children and the institution of the debtors’ jail became topics of several of Dickens’ novels. In his late teens, Dickens became a reporter and started publishing humorous short stories when he was 21. In 1836, a collection of his stories, Sketches by Boz, later known as The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, was published. They became a huge success, soon reproduced with Oliver Twist (1838) and Nicholas Nickleby (1839). In 1841, Dickens published two more novels, then spent five months in the United States, where he was welcomed as a literary hero. Dickens never lost momentum as a writer, churning out major novels every year or two, often in serial form. Among his most important works are David Copperfield (1850), Great Expectations (1861), and A Tale of Two Cities (1859). He died in 1870 at the age of 58, with his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, still unfinished.
WORD OF THE DAY: haggard (HAG-urd) which means: 1 of a hawk : not tamed; 2 a : wild in appearance; b : having a worn or emaciated appearance : gaunt
Haggard comes from falconry, the sport of hunting with a trained bird of prey. The birds used in falconry were not bred in captivity until very recently. Traditionally, falconers trained wild birds that were either taken from the nest when quite young or trapped as adults. A bird trapped as an adult is termed a haggard, from the Middle French hagard. Such a bird is notoriously wild and difficult to train, and it wasn’t long before the falconry sense of haggard was being applied in an extended way to a “wild” and intractable person. Next, the word came to express the way the human face looks when a person is exhausted, anxious, or terrified. Today, the most common meaning of haggard is “gaunt” or “worn.” (
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…
Here’s a thought for the day: “A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right, and evil doesn’t become good just because it’s accepted by a majority.”
On a lighter note: What did Rosemary say when Sage proposed? It’s about Thyme.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, December 19th, 2019. 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 you: why not make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.