News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, February 28, 2019

Today is Thursday, February 28th, 2019. I’m Kevin Boyle, with today’s W-V-B-I Community Calendar.
First some news…

The B-I-C-S Titan Challenge team lead by Connie Boyle did well yesterday at Davenport University down in Grand Rapids. The challenge is a business strategy contest. The team took two first places and one second place in pool play. Based on those scores they wound up 10th out of 48 teams with the top teams very close to each other in scores. So, an outstanding performance by the team of young business people from the island including Riley Williamson, Zander Drost, Eli Richards and McKenzie Martin.
Here’s what’s happening on your Emerald Isle…

Today and every Thursday, Pickle Ball at the BIC Center. 9:30 to 11:30 in the McDonough’s Market Theater. Games Galore in Carol’s Hangout from 1 to 4. Emergency Services Authority has a meeting planned for Thursday afternoon at 2 at Peaine Township Hall. Thursday evening at 7, Euchre over at Stoney.

Friday evening, it’s the annual alumni basketball tournament and crockpot chili cook off over at school. Food will be served from 5 to 7. Along the way there’ll be basketball action with the islander boys squad taking on the volunteer firefighters and the girls squad taking on the BICS women faculty. Play starts at 6. The BICS Cheer Team will be there to cheer and do some routines, plus the BICS robotics team b-I-robot will reveal their 2019 robot for competition is the F-R-C Deep Space challenge. Great food, great fun. Don’t miss it.

Saturday: Lego club at the Library at 1:00. Special presentations at the BIC Center starting at 3. The BICS robotics team will be there with a series of events on the upcoming FIRST robotics competition season. The games this year are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo program’s first human landing on the moon, so the team is showing a NOVA documentary on Apollo 8 at 3. Apollo 8 was first to orbit the moon and brought home the now-famous earthrise picture. The feature film at 7 is First Man about Neil Armstrong—the first person to set foot on the moon. In between, they’ll present live telecasts of the first weekend of Destination Deep Space competition events from around the world on the big screen in the McDonough’s Market Theater and show you the robot they’ve built to compete in this year’s events.

On Monday, the Beaver Island Oral History project continues. Meet out at St. James township hall. And, B-I Fit is set to begin operations at your community school. All sorts of greta exercise equipment set to go, but, you have to sign up to use it. Membership registration packets are available now at the BICS office or at the BI Fit tab on the Beaver Island Community School website (
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.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of the good folks down at McDonough’s Market:

A chance of flurries before 10am. Sunny, with a high near 23, but wind chill values as low as -5. Eith southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.
A chance of flurries. Partly cloudy, with a low around 10. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Increasing clouds, with a high near 25. Southwest wind around 5 mph.
Friday Night
More snow—3 inches of it. Low around 17. East wind around 5 mph.

Looking good for the weekend if you are thinking about coming across to Discover Beaver Island in its winter glory.

A chance of snow and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
Saturday Night
Chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7.
Yet another chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 14.
Sunday Night
You’ll never guess. Chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 0.

[MARINE FORECAST: The harbor is still frozen. No waves. Good ice fishing.]

TRAFFIC: Things moving smoothly on the Island Beltway. No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. But, it is slick with the ice under the snow. So, let’s be careful out there. Especially in the school zone.
Now, checking in on posts from Phyllis: ON THIS DATE in 2013, less than three weeks after making the unexpected announcement that he would step down, 85-year-old Pope Benedict XVI officially resigns. Citing advanced age as the reason for giving up his post as the leader of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church, Benedict was the first pontiff to relinquish power in nearly 600 years.

Benedict was born Joseph Ratzinger in the village of Marktl in Bavaria, Germany, on April 16, 1927. On April 19, 2005, following the death of Pope John Paul II, the 78-year-old Ratzinger was elected the 265th pope. During his eight-year papacy, Benedict championed a conservative agenda while also contending with scandals involving clergy sex-abuse and corruption at the Vatican Bank.
DID YOU KNOW THAT in the 16th and 17th centuries in the country of Turkey, anyone caught drinking coffee was put to death.
WORD OF THE DAY: petrichor (PE-tri-kawr) which means a distinctive scent, usually described as earthy, pleasant, or sweet, produced by rainfall on very dry ground. Petrichor is an uncommon word used in mineral chemistry or geochemistry to describe the pleasant scent of rain falling on very dry ground. Petrichor is a compound of the Greek nouns pétrā “rock, stone” (as in petroleum “rock oil”) and īchṓr, the juice or liquid—not blood!—that flows in the veins of the Olympian gods. About 60 percent of ancient Greek words have no satisfactory etymology; īchṓr is one of them. Petrichor was coined by two Australian chemists, Isabel “Joy” Bear and Richard Grenfell Thomas, in 1964.
Don’t forget about the Ice Classic going on now. You might think the buoy has blown over to Northcutt, but it is still out there by the ferry dock. Make the best prediction of when the buoy goes through the ice and you’ll take home half the entry fees. You can buy your entry here at the BIC Center. Details on the web at bic center dot org.
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Pope Benedict: “God is always faithful to his promises, but he often surprises us in the way he fulfils them.”

On a lighter note…
What’s a princess’s favorite hot dog topping?
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That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, February 28th, 2019.

I’m Kevin Boyle at 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.