News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, July 14th, 2022

Nothing new this morning from the Health Center. Current active case count is 14. The state released its weekly new case and death report yesterday and, for the first time in six weeks, it showed an uptick in new cases big enough to change the 30 day count. It showed an average of 1,968 new cases a day statewide and 17 deaths a day. In our region there were an average of 32 new cases a day and no deaths. Charlevoix showed an average of two new cases a day. Overall hospital utilization continues to run at normal. No change for COVID-19 occupancy overall, and no change locally. 


The Mackinaw County Sherrif’s office says it has solved the long-cold case of a new born infant found dead in a Hudson Township campground back in 1997.  They say they have arrested the mother of the infant after modern D-N-A testing led them to her in Wyoming. After an interview with investigators, she was arrested and is now awaiting extradition to Michigan.


Big surf on Lake Michigan down by Grand Haven has claimed another three lives.  A seven year old boy and 16 year boy drown yesterday in separate incidents, and a 33 tear-old man is presumed drowned after going missing in another incident—all of them occurring within minute of each other according to M-Live reports.


Governor Whitmer signed an executive order yesterday refusing to extradite abortion patients or providers who come to the state for reproductive care. She says she will not participate in other states’ efforts to make it a crime to exercise a fundamental right. But for a Court of Claims injunction, abortion would now be illegal in Michigan in most cases.  The issue appears headed to the ballot this fall in a proposal that would amend the state constitution to provide access to abortion.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Elks Club meets this evening at 5:00 at Peaine Township Hall. And that’s it for the week. Meeting details are in the calendar entry online.


On the fun front today, Thursday, the farmers market is on out at Paradise Bay coffee shop with the start time moved up to 8:30. Senior Tai Chi is on at the BIC Center in the Hangout at 9:30. Pickleball is 10 to noon on the municipal courts. There are also two in town Music Festival events with Eric Nassau playing for lunch at Dalwhinnie’s and Dave Boutette and Kristi Davis playing at the Bodega at 2:00. In the middle of that, Games Galore is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center from 1:00 to 4:00. Then, the music festival kicks off with acts on the festival stage out in the woods off west side drive at 6:00. First up is Chris “Wink” Winkleman.


Friday, kicks off with KLT’s Omelet in the Morning show live from the Harbor Bodega with coverage of the Music Festival. Summer Yoga is taking a day off, but tennis is on from 10 to noon on the municipal courts. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in the Hangout at 10:30. Festival performers Good Morning Bedlam will be our guests at noon here on WVBI. Lynn and the Moonshine runners will be at the Print Shop Museum at 1:00 and the festival stage comes alive for the evening with The Bootstrap Boys at 5:00. And, the Elks have their July Burger Night planned for Friday evening.  Drive through only at the Gregg Fellowship Center from 5 to 6:30. Fresh grilled burgers with your choice of toppings and chips are $8. Sides of coleslaw and potato salad available for $1 each.  All net proceeds go to Elks projects for the community.


Saturday, Pickleball is on 10 to noon. Dave Boutette and Kristi Davis will wake up Festival goers on the stage at 9:30.  Then, Gretchen Dolphin has Yoga on the public beach at 11. Christopher WINK Winkleman is playing at Dalwhinnies for lunch and Hannah Harris and John Warslter will be with us here on WVBI starting at 1:00. Festival stage comes alive at 4:00 with Lynn and the Moonshine runners. Lineup for the evening includes the Ragbirds and the Accidentals. Meantime, in town Saturday evening, Dave Bennett and his quartet are back at the BIC Center. Jazz and Honkytonk, blues , country and pop—he covers all the bases with an energetic shows that has always been a hit on the island.  No doubt there’ll be some tunes from his latest album along with some favorites. Tickets are available at tickets dot bic center dot org.


Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar. The downtown farmer’s market is on from 11 to 3.  Museum Week activities get underway Sunday afternoon at 1:00 down at the Beaver Head light at the south end with a Community Picnic.  Lunch will be served at 2:00.  All are welcome. And Sunday evening. Music Festival events wrap up with Dave Boutette and Kristi Davis playing at the Circle M Sunday at 8 and Soul Patch will at the Shamrock at 9.


And, a final calendar note…tickets for the BIC Center W-V-B-I Secret Garden Summer Gala or on sale. You can get them at the BIC Center front Desk or online at tickets dot BIC Center dot org. This year’s event will be in Gene Masta’s beautiful gardens surrounding the old Lifesaving station that once stood at Whiskey Point…and that is now his summer home. Strolling dinner, music, libations, raffles and both silent and live auctions will add to the fun of mingling with your island friends in the Secret Garden.


Monday, Summer Yoga is on at the BIC Center morning at 9:00. Also Monday, Tennis is on over on the municipal courts from 10 to noon. And at noon, it’s the next Marine Museum Monday with a presentation at, you guessed it, the Marine Museum.  Bring your lunch along if you like.


Tuesday, Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the Municipal Tennis Courts. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout. Tuesday evening at 8, meet up next to Marina South for Protopia’s Tuesday evening Bike Boodle. Bring your own bike and light.


Wednesday, Chair Yoga is on at the BIC Center starting with stretch at 9:30 and full at 10:00. Meantime, Summer Yoga is on in the Theater from 9:30 to 10:30. Tennis is on from 10 to noon on the municipal courts. At noon, head over to the Print Shop Museum for a Picnic on the Patio presentation. Bring along a lunch if you like. Wednesday evening its BINGO time over at Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games start at 7:00.


Looking for summer activities for the kids? There’s a summer reading program at the Library with a variety of events on tap.  Check in with the library for details.

BIRTHDAYS:  Marta Stein is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Marta and, if we missed you on our 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 are delays in town when the ferry comes in—and more traffic than normal on west side drive with the music festival spinning up and folks heading back and forth that way. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1789 Parisians storm an ancient symbol of royal tyranny. The French Revolution’s flash point is centered on Paris’ Bastille, as upwards of 1,000 insurgents attack the medieval fortress and prison to acquire its large stores of gunpowder. Bastille Day will be celebrated from then on as a national holiday in France.

MERRIAM-WEBSTER WORD OF THE DAY: validate (Verb) [VAL-uh-dayt] which, with respect to something, means to “recognize, establish, or illustrate” its worthiness or legitimacy. When validate first entered the language in the mid-17th century, its meaning was tied fast to its close relative, the adjective valid: to validate something, such as a marriage or treaty, was to make it legally valid. This meaning is still current, but the word is now used in nonlegal and informal contexts. If the museum you visit validates your parking ticket, the museum official marks the ticket and you do not have to pay for parking. If someone’s claims cannot be validated, those claims cannot be confirmed. And if a coach puts an untested player into the game and the player scores the winning point, the player’s strong performance validates the coach’s decision.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Thursday

Here’s a thought for the day from Voltaire: “Superstition sets the whole world in flames, but philosophy douses them.”


On a lighter note: What happens when Thor breaks wind? There is thunder from down under. 

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Thursday, July 14th, 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. 



Sunny, with a high near 79. North wind around 5 mph.


Mostly clear, with a low around 58. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 61. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Monday Night

A chance of showers after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.


A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Out on the Big Drink:


Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


Variable winds 5 kt or less. Partly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Fire Danger Level: Low

Water Temps: 59 at White Shoal, 64 at the straits and 64 at Sleeping Bear. 63 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.