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Community Calendar for Thursday, January 19th, 2023

Travel will be tough going in the Northern L-P and the U-P today as a winter storm that will bring us eight to 10 inches of snow blows through.  There’ll be snow north of the midsection of the LP and north with freezing rain, sleet and heavy rain south of there.  Predicted snow totals increase as you head north from 2 to 12 inches, but drop off as you head west past the midsection of the U-P. Along with the precipitation will come high winds with gusts up to 45 mph.



If you are over in Grayling in the coming week, you might see more activity and hear things you don’t normally hear in the winter.  That’s because the National Guard Base there will be hosting the U-S military’s annual Winter Strike exercise there. About 600 Guard personnel will take on the fresh snow and cold temperatures to meet objectives of the Department of Defense’s arctic strategy. Participating units will include units from  Wisconsin, Michigan and South Carolina.


And, over in Harbor Springs, Boyne Highlands is getting ready to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the resort there. Events are planned for Friday and Saturday. The resort was resurrected from the bankrupt remains of its predecessor called Harbor Highlands and made a splash when it opened with a three-person chairlift.

The Highlands at Harbor Springs is shown at night.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Joint Telecommunications Committee meets today at 4:00…a half hour earlier than normal to accommodate another meeting. The Library board meets that evening at 5:00. St. James Planning Commission also has a special meeting set for Thursday evening at 5:30. It’s a public hearing to review the draft recreation plan.   Locations and more details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Thursday, Pickleball is 10:00 to noon in the Theater at the BIC Center. Tai Chi is also at 10:00 in the Hangout. Women’s Bible Study is on the calendar over at the Christian Church.  C-O-A is celebrating National Popcorn Day with BINGO and free popcorn. Grab your free box at the Concession Stand and then head upstairs for the games at 1:00.  Resale shop is open from noon to 4. And, Euchre is on tap at Whiskey Point Brewery Thursday, too. Cards hit the table at 7:00.


Friday, there is COA Chair Yoga at 10:00 and then Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at 10:30. Both are up in the Hangout. Resale Shop is open again from noon to 4:00.


Saturday, the Resale Shop is open from noon to 4:00. At the BIC Center, movies are on tap. The 4:00 show is Sonic the Hedgehog Two. The manic Dr. Robotnik is back on Earth with a new ally Knuckles. Sonic and his new friend Tails are all that stands in their way. Fun for the whole family, it’s rated P-G. At 7:00, it’s a high stakes game with Russel Crowe’s Pokerface. Secrets, revenge and thieves are all part of the game.  Rated R, this one is for the grownups at your house. Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater. Concession Stand open all day for both shows for snacks, a meal, or both.  No charge for admission but remember your free-will donation helps keep the great movies coming to the BIC Center. And, when you finish up the late show, you’ll come out to a New Moon. There’s more info about it on Dark Sky Island dot org.


Sunday there are services at the Christian Church at 10:00 and mass at Holy Cross at 12:15.


Looking ahead to next week…


On Monday, C-O-A Chair Yoga is a great way to start your week.  It starts at 10:00 up in the Hangout.


Tuesday, Talking Threads will be crafting out at the Peaine Township Hall starting at 9:00. Pickleball is on from 10:00 to noon in the Theater at the BIC Center. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout.


Wednesday, there is COA Chair Yoga at 10:00, and C-O-A’s Bingo is on at 1:00 up in the Hangout with lots of fabulous prizes.  Time for Art continues Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 in the Welcome Center at the BIC Center. This week it is the Drawing Club of Improbable Dreams.


BIRTHDAYS:  Janet Nank, Patrick McGinnity and Pam Grassmick are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Pam, Janet & Patrick, 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 inbound or outbound to the airports, but there probably won’t be much activity taking off or landing at the airports today. And,  whiteouts and drifting snow are likely on Kings Highway and Donnel Moors’ at the runway ends. Probably some limbs and trees coming down here and there. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1977, with some climate scientists predicting a new ice age, Miami gets its first recorded snow. Drivers pull over, children run out of classrooms, and signs on garbage trucks jokingly promise ‘Free Snow Removal’ as a few white flakes fall from the sky in the Miami area. It won’t amount to more than a dusting, but Florida residents will remember it for decades.

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam Webster word of the day is misanthrope (noun) [MISS-un-throhp], which means someone who hates people in general. The essence of misanthrope might be understood in modern parlance as “haters gonna hate.” Adopted in the early 17th century from Greek misanthrōpos, “hating humankind,” (from misein, “to hate,” and anthrōpos, “human being”) its use was encouraged by French playwright Molière’s 1666 satiric comedy Le Misanthrope, which depicts a bitter critic of society who chooses exile over contact with other people. Misanthrope has a close relation in misanthropy, “a hatred or distrust of humankind,” which in turn has an opposite that, happily, is more common than either: philanthropy most often refers to the practice of giving time and money to help others; its Greek root means “loving humankind.” Philanthropes also exist, though they’re usually referred to as philanthropists.

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…

Here’s a thought for the day from French poet, actor and playwright Molière: “Beauty without intelligence is like a hook without bait.”


On a lighter note: Why did the snowplows ask for a raise? Because they are just scraping by.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Thursday, January 19th, 2023. 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. 



Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 32. Breezy, with an east wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of around 8 inches on the north end to 10 inches mid-island and south.


Snow, mainly before 1am. Low around 23. Breezy, with a northeast wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.


A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 27. North wind 10 to 15 mph.

Friday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 22. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west after midnight.


Cloudy, with a high near 30. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

Saturday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 26.


Cloudy, with a high near 30.

Sunday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 26.


Cloudy, with a high near 32.

Monday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 26.


Cloudy, with a high near 32.

Tuesday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 25.


Cloudy, with a high near 31.




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