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Community Calendar for Thursday, January 13th, 2022

From our Langford Family studios on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Thursday, January 13th, 2022. 

First some news …


The Health Center is reporting another big blast of tests.  There are 41 in today’s report. 39 of those are already back negative and two of them pending. The report shows one person less as tested positive.  Current tally for the month is now 16 people tested positive.  There are 11 total tests pending and now 31 cases on the island less than 30 days old.


The latest data from the state—released yesterday afternoon—shows new cases at 14,229 a day over the two days covered by the report and a total of 68 new deaths. There were also 282 reclassified deaths in the report.  That moves the seven-day running averages down for new cases to 12,751, but up for deaths to 73—though that number includes the reclassifications. In our region, there were 328 total new cases and four deaths.  21 of the new cases were in Charlevoix. The deaths were in Grand Traverse with two and Emmet and Otsego with one each.


Hospital utilization continues to run high with COVID-19 occupancy of beds extremely high.  The numbers haven’t changed much from the last report. Locally, Munson in Charlevoix has two COVID-19 patients. McLaren in Petoskey has 19 overall with five in their I-C-U.


Michigan insurance regulators are warning consumers to be on the lookout for scams around upcoming auto insurance refunds. They say there is nothing you need to do in connection with those.  Your insurer will either send you a check or make a direct deposit to your account.  So if you get calls unsolicited calls about your refund, just hang up.  By the way, the state says your refund will arrive sometime between mid-March and the first week of May.  The amount is $400 per vehicle.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week.  Just two left. The Health Center Board meets today at 4:00.  That will be here at the BIC Center in the Theater. Elks meet today at 5:00 at the Township Hall. Friday, there’s a special joint Townships Planning Commission meeting at 2:00 at the Peaine Township Hall. Wildlife Club meets Friday at 7:00 at Peaine Township Hall.


On the fun front today, Thursday, Tai-Chi at 9:30 and Pickleball at 10 here at the BIC Center.  And Thursday Afternoon is Games Galore up in the Hangout from 1:00 to 4:00. And you can play Euchre Thursday Evening over at the Whiskey Point Brewing Company.  Cards hit the table at 7:00.


Friday, Pickleball is on in the Theater at the BIC Center at 10:00. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in the Hangout at 10:30 and at 7:00 it’s C-O-A’s winter BINGO game also here at the BIC Center.


Saturday, the Library and Historical Society are starting a series of weekly workshops on using the Library Edition of Ancestry dot com.  Learn how to use it to research your family’s history. You can use the program at the library any time.  The workshops will continue on Saturdays through February.  They all will start at 1:00.


Also Saturday there are movies at the BIC Center with some special shows picked to celebrate M-L-K Day. At 4:00 it’s Selma, Lord, Selma. It’s the story of a young fan of Martin Luther King, Jr. who winds up being the youngest person to take part in the famous civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.  It’s a great show for the entire family.  At 7:00, it’s the Green Book.  A working-class Italian American bouncer becomes the driver of an African American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. It’s a story inspired by a true friendship.  Rated PG-13.  Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater.  Concession Stand open for both shows. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org and in the Online Community Calendar.


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


Tuesday, we have a bevy of activities for you here at the BIC Center. Tai-Chi is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Pickleball is on at 10:00 in the Theater. And the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout.


Wednesday, Nothing but Needles is on for crafters at Peaine Township Hall.  That starts at 9:00. Also, it’s C-O-A’s Wellness Wednesday here at the BIC Center. Activities get underway at 10:00.

BIRTHDAYS:  Leaha Cary is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Leaha 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:  No delays—but the roads are really slick. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in in 1968 Johnny Cash records a live album ‘At Folsom Prison.’ Newly sober after a serious drug problem, Johnny Cash brings his band, and wife June Carter Cash, to Folsom State Prison in California to record two live sets. The album will sell millions and revitalize the career of The Man in Black. (

WORD OF THE DAY: meritorious (adjective) [mair-uh-TOR-ee-us], which means deserving of honor or esteem. People who demonstrate meritorious behavior certainly “earn” our respect, and you can use that fact to remember that meritorious comes from the Latin verb merēre, which means “to earn.” Nowadays, the rewards earned for meritorious acts are likely to be of an immaterial nature: gratitude, admiration, praise, etc. But that wasn’t always so. The history of meritorious recalls a reward more concrete in nature: money. In Latin, meritorious literally means “bringing in money.” (Merriam-Webster)

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

Here’s a thought for the day from Johnny Cash: “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”

On a lighter note: Why can’t you trust data about cookouts?  It’s usually skewered.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Thursday, January 13th, 2022. 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 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 28. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.


Mostly cloudy, with a low around 2. North wind 5 to 10 mph.


Mostly cloudy and cold, with a steady temperature around 4. Wind chill values as low as -17. Northeast wind around 15 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around -2. Wind chill values as low as -17. Northeast wind around 15 mph.


Partly sunny, with a high near 15. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5.


Partly sunny, with a high near 25.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15.

M.L.King Day

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.


A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23.

Tuesday Night

A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11.


A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 21.



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