News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, February 13th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Thursday, February 13th, 2020.
First, some news…
Discover Beaver Island group met last evening at the Peaine Township Hall. After going over the status of various projects, including the Winter Carnival, the 2020 summer events calendar, this fall’s Irish Festival, and the work of the Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee—the discussion turned to housing availability on the island. A number of those present felt that the lack of housing was limiting growth and, eventually, would lead to population shrinkage on the island. B-I-C-S superintendent Wil Cwikiel reported that the school had lost a number of qualified applicants over the unavailability of both long-term rental housing and suitable housing available for purchase. Carol Burton, who serves on the Charlevoix County Community Foundation Board reported on a new affordable housing program that C-three-F is supporting that is being undertaken by the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance. Several northwest Michigan communities are helping to fund the program, but so far, the island is not directly involved. A takeaway was that a look at that should be had by both township boards—and that both boards needed to start addressing the issue. The group will meet again on March 11 at 5.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island…
Today, Everything to do with Needles at the Peaine Township Hall. 9:30 to noon every Wednesday through spring. And, the monthly Discover Beaver Island Meeting is set for 5 at the Peaine Township Hall.
Tomorrow, Thursday, Pickleball is on at the BIC Center from 10:00 to noon. Resale shop is open for winter hours on Thursdays from noon to 4. Also, Games Galore up in the Ray and Ann Stanhope Hangout from 1 to 4. And, Thursdays are Euchre Nights at Stoney. Cards hit the table at 7.
Friday, Island Basketball squads are away at Maplewood. If you want to tag along, check with Kerry at school about space on the plane.
Also Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in the hangout from 10:30 to 11:30. Island Treasures open noon to 4.
Saturday, kicks of the Beaver Island Winter Carnival. Ice fishing, , indoor and outdoor games for kids here at the BIC Center, a luminary walk and bonfire, live music Friday and Saturday nights at the Shamrock and more. Chamber President Paul Cole was in yesterday for Beaver Island Perspectives to talk about all of the details. If you missed that, you can listen to the program as a podcast. Just go to W-V-B-I dot net and click on the podcast menu at the top of the page==then scroll down in the list that pops up to find the show with Paul.
Also Saturday, Pickleball at the BIC Center from 10 to noon. Then, the resale is open from noon to 4. And Special Winter Carnival movies at the BIC Center. We’ll have a special showing of Home on the Island at 1. That’s a film about the connection between the island and Arramore Island in Ireland. At 4, keeping with the Winter Carnival theme, the show is Disney’s Frozen. It’s rated PG and seeing it will get you up to speed for our showing of Frozen Two here next month. At 7, we’ll have on on-screen concert. It’s the story of Linda Ronstadt on the Big Screen with the Big Sound. Linda Ronstadt The Sound of My Voice is the title of the show with all her classics and a great story to go with them. Rated PG-13. Concession stand will be open for snacks, a meal or both—for both movies. Plus, special treats available for the winter carnival’s downtown events. Trailers for the movies are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org.
Sunday, services at Holy Cross, the Lighthouse Fellowship and the Christian Church. Times and details are on the calendar.
Next Tuesday, Tuesday, Pickleball at the BIC Center 10 to noon. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program in the Ray & Ann Stanhope Hangout here at the BIC Center from 10:30 to 11:30. Day ends with Ladies Shuffleboard at the Shamrock. Pucks hit the boards at 7.
And, a reminder to you photographers out there—that time is running out to get your three best shots in for this year’s Everyone’s an Artists photography contest being organized by Lois Stipp and the Beaver Island Gallery. Deadline is the 15th. Contest details are on the calendar.
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 Partly sunny, with a high near 11. Wind chill values as low as -15. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Tonight Isolated snow showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 9. Wind chill values as low as -7. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 20. Wind chill values as low as -5. West wind around 15 mph. Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Saturday Snow likely, mainly after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 32. Breezy, with a southwest wind around 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches. Saturday Night A 30 percent chance of snow before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. Sunday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26. Sunday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. Washington’s Birthday A chance of snow showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. Monday Night A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. Tuesday A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 26. Tuesday Night A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. Wednesday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 22.
TRAFFIC: None. It’s too cold for traffic. Actually, plow crews are out getting rid of the snow that came last night—so watch out for them. And it’s slick everywhere. So, let’s be careful out there. Especially in the school zone.
BIRTHDAYS: Tasha Runberg, Robert Cole and Andi Kohls are celebrating today. Happy birthday to Tasha Andi and Robert, and if we missed you on the list today, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1633, Astronomer Galileo is in Rome for his Inquisition trial. Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome to stand trial for advocating that the Earth revolves around the Sun, a criminal heresy to the Roman Catholic Inquisition. Galileo will be found “vehemently suspect of heresy” and sentenced to indefinite house arrest, where he will remain until his death. Oops. Turns out he was right.
Today, Galileo is recognized for making important contributions to the study of motion and astronomy. His work influenced later scientists such as the English mathematician and physicist Sir Isaac Newton, who developed the law of universal gravitation. In 1992, the Vatican formally acknowledged its mistake in condemning Galileo. (
WORD OF THE DAY: gustatory (GUSS-tuh-tor-ee) which means relating to or associated with eating or the sense of taste. Gustatory is a member of a finite set of words that describe the senses with which we encounter our world, the other members being visual, aural, olfactory, and tactile. Like its peers, gustatory has its roots in Latin—in this case, the Latin word gustare, meaning “to taste.” Gustare is a somewhat distant relative of several common English words, among them choose and disgust, but it is a direct ancestor of gustatory, gustation, meaning “the act or sensation of tasting,” and degustation, meaning “the action or an instance of tasting especially in a series of small portions.” (
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Isaac Asimov: “The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not “Eureka!” but ‘That’s funny…”
And, on a lighter note: Why did the pharmaceutical cross the road? To get to the other side effect..
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, February 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.