News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, December 23rd, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Thursday, December 23rd, 2021. 

First some news …


The Health Center is reporting three new COVID-19 tests run—but all of them are back negative. No tests pending. No new positives. Meantime, four more of the positive cases previously reported are now more than 30 days old, so the active case count on the island is now unofficially 13.


State data released yesterday showed a blip up in new cases and a jump up in new cases pushing the seven-day running averages to 5,762 for new cases and to 115 for new deaths. Even with that, though, the number of active cases statewide has dropeed again to about 172,000, down about 3,000. In our region, there were 168 new cases over the two days covered by the report and two new deaths. Nine of the news cases were in Charlevoix. The deaths were both in Otsego.


Hospitalization utilization continues to run high over and very high for COVID-19, but the statewide data seem to have plateaued. Locally, no change. In Charlevoix, Munson as one patient and McLaren in Petoskey has 14.

As we head to Christmas, a reminder that Comet Leonard is still visible out there on clear nights.  The Christmas comet won’t be back for a number of years—80,000 or so of them—so now is the time to catch it in the dark skies over Beaver Island.  There’s a spotting chart in today’s script online.

More info at:

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week.  A man in a red suit will be here late tomorrow evening or early the next day to meet with boys and girls around the island who have been good this year. Locations will vary. Next week: St. James has a Finance Committee meeting set for Monday at 1:00 and the BIESA has their monthly meeting set for Thursday at 2:00. More details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Thursday, Euchre is on at Whiskey Point Brewery.  Cards with the table at 7. School is out, so no C-O-A lunch signup.


Friday, is Christmas Eve.  The BIC Center will be closed, but W-V-B-I will start two days of special Christmas program including lots of your favorite Christmas tunes and some new ones we’ve found to keep things interesting.  Plus, our Christmas specials from your favorite W-V-B-I shows, Christmas radio theater and more including Ron Gregg’s The Gift of Christmas, the 2021 Christmas Cantata and the WVBI Christmas Party. And, we’ll have reports from NORAD on the progress of Santa’s sleigh. No movies on Saturday.  The BIC Center will re-open for regular hours Monday through Thursday next week, but will be closed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Movies are back on January 8th with Space Jam and Free Guy.


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


Tuesday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on here at the BIC Center. That’s up in the hangout at 10:30.


Wednesday, Nothing but Needles is on at the Peaine Township Hall. They start at 9. Crafting fun and fellowship for everyone.

BIRTHDAYS:  Rita Palmer and Chris Heikka are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Chris and Rita and, if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  None.  But…we do have reports that there will be some unusual air traffic tomorrow with landings at places other than airports. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1823, a newspaper in Troy, New York, publishes an anonymous poem with the memorable opening line, “Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house…” Literature professor Clement Clarke Moore will later be identified as the author of the poem that will help define the modern Santa Claus. (

WORD OF THE DAY: paucity (noun) [PAW-suh-tee] which means smallness of number or quantity.

Paucity refers to “littleness” in numbers (as in “a paucity of facts”) or quantity (“a paucity of common sense”). The word comes from paucus, Latin for “little.” (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Thursday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Charles Dickens: “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”


On a lighter note: How did Santa’s little helper stop eating cookies?  With a lot of Elf control.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Thursday, December 23rd, 2021. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day– and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening. 


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


A 50 percent chance of snow, mainly after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 34. South wind 5 to 15 mph.


A 30 percent chance of snow before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. South wind around 10 mph.


Rain likely, possibly mixed with snow showers after 1pm, becoming all rain showers after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 1am. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. South wind around 5 mph becoming northwest after midnight.

Christmas Day

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.

Sunday Night

Snow showers likely after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 23.


Snow showers likely, mainly before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 34.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.


A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 36.

Tuesday Night

A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 22.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.