News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, July 21st, 2022

State new case and death data released yesterday showed almost 14-thousand new cases over the week, about the same as last weeks. New deaths were down slightly from 122 for the week to 106. There were 235 new cases for the week in our eight-county region and two deaths. Those were in Benzie and Grand Traverse counties. Charlevoix had 21 new cases and no deaths. Hospital utilization data was updated as well.  No big changes overall and no changes at Munson or McLaren. Health Center has no new tests or results reported as of this morning. There are two active cases on the island.


Those who grew up in the 60s and 70s may fondly remember trips out to Boblo Island by Detroit back when it was an amusement park.  There’s a new documentary out about the boats that made the journeys to the island.  It made the rounds of film festivals earlier this year and will be shown in theaters in Michigan, including hopefully ours, starting in September. The film is narrated from the perspective of the SS Columbia, one of the Boblo boats, and follows the efforts to save her sister ship, the S.S. Ste Claire. Motown legend, Martha Reeves, voices the Columbia in the movie.  There’s a link to the trailer in today’s script online:


Meanwhile, researchers are taking advantage of the warm summer weather over on Lake Huron to map the bottom of the lake. They say that before they started, there was more information on the surface of mars than the bottom of the Great Lakes.  They are planning to change that with detailed data for all five of the lakes that they say will help with many efforts, including identifying old shipwrecks. There’s more in a Bridge Michigan articled linked in today’s script online:


Finally, in the news, one of our island paramedics who just moved here is looking for family housing for the fall. Something needs to be lined up before school starts. If you can help, there’s contact info in today’s script on line: 989-413-4000.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: The Joint Telecommunications Committee meets at today 4:30 at the BIC Center. Library Board meets at 5:00 at the library.  And that’s it for the week. Meeting details are in the calendar entry online.


C-O-A activities are cancelled for the rest of the week.  They will resume on Monday.


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. Pickleball is 10 to noon on the municipal courts. The Museum Week Art Show opens at 11 and runs to 4. Thursday evening there’s a presentation on Cultural Discoveries Beneath the Straits of Michigan. That’s at the Print Shop at 7. And, it’s Open Mic on the Porch at the Harbour Bodega. Signup at 6:30. Performances start at 7:00.


Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program starts up in the Hangout at 9:00 and runs until 10:00. Tennis starts at 10:00 and runs to noon over on the municipal tennis courts. Museum Week Art show has its last day at the Gregg Fellowship Center. There’s also a basketmaking presentation going on all afternoon at the Print Shop Museum and a special session in the even at 7:00 on Pine Quill Baskets with Yvonne Keshik, a recognized master of the craft.


Saturday, Pickleball is on over on the municipal tennis courts from 10 to noon. Museum week activities continue with the museums open and a special Drum Dance presentation out at Whiskey Point by the light starting at 2.  That’s a very special cultural event. Saturday evening, Michael Carluccio brings Frank Sinatra’s music to the BIC Center stage along with that of his Rat Pack buddies. Just three tickets left as of this morning. Snag them at tickets are at


Saturday, Pickleball is on 10 to noon.


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. 


Monday, Summer Yoga is on at the BIC Center morning at 9:30 in the Theater while there is Senior Chair Yoga up in the Hangout. Also Monday, Tennis is on over on the municipal courts from 10 to noon. 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. Monday evening there’s a meet the author book signing at the library at 7:00 with Lori Taylor and over at the Print Shop, Museum week kicks off with Music on the Porch.


Tuesday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 9:00 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the Municipal Tennis Courts. 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. BINGO is on at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open for fellowship at 6:15. 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.


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.

BIRTHDAYS:  Mike McDonough, Emily Smelser, Cissy Cull and Meg Anderson are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Meg, Cissy, Emily and Mike 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:  None, nada, zip…except when the boat comes in or there is wildlife activity along the road. Let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1983, Antarctica station achieves big freeze with lowest recorded temp. Scientists at the Vostok Research Station, located at the ‘Pole of Cold’ on the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, log the coldest temperature ever recorded at an inhabited location when the mercury falls to -128.6 F below zero. Reports of hot toddies all around have not been confirmed. 


(noun) [eye-KAH-nuh-klast] which originally referred to someone who destroys religious images or who opposes their veneration. It is now used to refer broadly to anyone who attacks widely accepted beliefs or institutions. Iconoclast comes from the Greek word eikonoklastēs, which translates literally as “image destroyer.” While the destruction wrought by today’s iconoclasts is figurative—in modern use, an iconoclast is someone who criticizes or opposes beliefs and practices that are widely accepted—the first iconoclasts directed their ire at religious icons, those representations of sacred individuals used as objects of veneration. The Byzantine Empire’s Iconoclastic Controversy occurred in the 8th and 9th centuries, but the word iconoclast didn’t find its way to English until the 17th century. Figurative use came later still.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Thursday

Here’s a thought for the day allegedly from one of the scientists at the south pole on this date in 1983: “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” 


On a lighter note: Here’s the first thought that scientist had when she stuck her head out the door: “Boy, it’s cold out.”

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Thursday, July 21st, 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 83. West wind 10 to 15 mph.


Mostly clear, with a low around 64. West wind 5 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 84. Breezy, with a west wind 10 to 20 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 64. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.


A 30 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


A 30 percent chance of showers before 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 59.


Sunny, with a high near 80.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 60.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62.


A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

Out on the Big Drink:


W wind 10 to 15 kt. Sunny. Waves 2 to 3 ft.


SW wind 10 to 15 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 to 3 ft.


WSW wind around 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves around 1 ft.

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 64 at White Shoal, 68 at the straits and 68 at Sleeping Bear. 64 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.