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Community Calendar for Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Thursday, July 22nd, 2021. 

First some news…


If you were hoping to be the first big winner in Michigan’s vaccination sweepstakes and your name isn’t LaTonda Anderson—well, maybe you’ll be the second big winner. Anderson picked up a cool million yesterday as the first big winner in the state’s MI Shot to Win sweepstakes. The goal of the promotion is to increase vaccination rates—but so far that really doesn’t seem to be happening. Indeed, the million-dollar winner got her shot back in March months before the contest was announced.  State opfficials say the contest is just one of many ways they are seeking to increase vaccination rates. BTW, the next big prize is two million and there are more $50,000 daily prizes, too.  You have to be vaccinated and entered to win.  Links to arrange both are in today’s new script online. 


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Up on Mackinac Island, there’s been a tragic death after a man apparently fell from the famous Arch Rock formation on the island.  He was found yesterday morning below the rock.  Officials say it is the first such apparent death in modern history, but that there have been too many close calls.  The warning signs are there for a reason, they say.


In a reversal of what was announced in letters to nearly 650,000 Michigan unemployment payment receipients, Governor Whitmer now says they won’t be required to make repayments if their claims were truthful.  The letters requested more information to determine compliance with federal requirements for COVID-19 juiced up unemployment payments to confirm that they qualified – which created fears that some might be required to pay money back.

No new COVID-19 data today.  The state is scheduled to release updates late tomorrow.  We’ll drop that on the WVBI COVID-19 Info page and details in our Monday report.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: None.  All done.  We’ll have next week’s meeting planner tomorrow.


Today, Thursday, the original island Farmer’s market is on out at the Paradise Bay Coffee Shop at 9.  Pickleball is on 10 to noon at the municipal tennis courts. Games Galore is here at the BIC Center from 1 to 4 up in the Hangout. And at 7:00 there’s another Museum Week event on the search for the Jarvis Lord shipwreck.  That’s at the Print Shop Museum at 7.


Friday there’s Yoga at 9:30 at the BIC Center and Chair Yoga at 10 at the Gallery.  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at 10:30 up in the Deerwood Hangout at the BIC Center.   And a Dark Sky viewing opportunity with telescopes on hand at the Donegal Bay Pavilion at 11:30 in the evening—after it is good and dark. 


[Saturday, C-O-A walking club at 9 starting at the C-O-A office. Pickleball is on 10 to noon over at the municipal tennis courts. At 2, the Historical Society has the second part of their Arranmore Connections program at the Print Shop Museum. Connect to our heritage back in Ireland  with a video conference back to Arranmore. And, there’s more heritage on tap with Our Town Our Island Our Music is on the air again at 3 here on the radio station. Movies are on at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is Justice Society: World War II. It’s rated PG-13. At 7:00 its’s The Courier.  Great Cold War spy story  rated PG-13. Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound at the BIC Center Theater. Concession Stand open for both. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at 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.  And, the Downtown Farmer’s Market is on starting at 11.  They have produce, baked goods, jams, jellies and other yummy stuff along with craft items.  Look for them at the corner on Kings Highway up the street from Daddy Franks.


On Monday, there’s Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30.  Marine Museum Mondays continue with a lunchtime presentation.  Bring your bag lunch and settle in for a great discussion of marine history on the island.  St. James Finance Committee meets at 1:00. And, preparations for Baroque on Beaver will intensify with the first event coming up on Friday.

On the fun front… today, Tuesday, the C-O-A has chair Yoga set at the Beaver Island Gallery at 9:30.  Pickleball is on from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts.  And, the Arthritis Foundation exercise program is on at the BIC Center at 10:30 up in the Deerwood Lodge hangout.


Wednesday, there’s Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30. At noon, Historical Society continues their Picnic on the Patio series. Bring your lunch and island curiosity.  Then, head out to Protar’s Home.  It will be open from 1 to 3 with docents on hand to tell you all about it.  It’s a snapshot of life on the island in a very different time. Wednesday evening, there’s and BINGO at Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games start at 7.]


One last Kid’s summer camp coming up. August 2nd through the 6th is the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program Summer Camp as part of Baroque on Beaver. Sign up details for both camps are in the calendar entry online.

Looking farther ahead, the BIC Center WVBI Starry Nights Summer Gala is coming up on August 12.  There’ll be great music, food and drink—plus silent and live auction fun. A strolling dinner is planned, so you’ll have the opportunity to catch up with friends you’ve not seen for a long time—and meet new ones.  Tickets are available at tickets dot bic center dot org.  []

BIRTHDAYS:  Tyler Eldridge is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Tyler.  And, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports.  Island Beltway is running smoothly—and that’s because the road crews are out grading the roads.  Watch out for them and give ’em room. And, let’s be careful out there. 

Fire Danger Level:  Moderate.

ON THIS DAY in 1793, an explorer completes a  crossing of North America. Twelve years before Lewis and Clark reach the Pacific, Scottish explorer Alexander Mackenzie finishes a North American cross-continental trip in what will be Canada. Mackenzie will lay the groundwork for Britain’s settlement of Canada and future continent-spanning expeditions further south. (

WORD OF THE DAY: guttural (adjective) [GUTT-uh-rul], which means: articulated in the throat;

being or marked by utterance that is strange, unpleasant, or disagreeable. Though it is now used to describe many sounds or utterances which strike the listener as harsh or disagreeable, the adjective guttural was originally applied only to sounds and utterances produced in the throat. This is reflected in the word’s Latin root—guttur, meaning “throat.” Despite the similarity in sound, guttural is not related to the English word gutter, which comes (by way of Anglo-French) from Latin gutta, meaning “drop.” (Merriam-Webster)

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

Here’s a thought for the day from Scottish Explorer Alexander Mackenzie: “Logic sometimes has very little to do with political action.”


On a lighter note, I’m reading a great book right now about body building.  It’s called Frankenstein.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Thursday, July 22nd, 2021. 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. 



Now…weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:


A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.


A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly between 8pm and 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph after midnight.


A 10 percent chance of showers before 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Southeast wind around 5 mph.

Friday Night

A chance of showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2am. Low around 66. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.


Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. High near 83. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 63.


Sunny, with a high near 83.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 63.


Sunny, with a high near 83.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 63.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Tuesday Night

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


A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Out on the Big Drink:


Variable winds 5 kt or less. A slight chance of showers after 3pm. Waves 1 ft or less.


Variable winds 5 kt or less. A slight chance of showers before 4pm. Waves 1 ft or less.

SSW wind 15 to 20 kt. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Waves 3 to 4 ft.

Water Temperatures: Little Traverse Bay buoy is reading 69 this morning. Up at White Shoal its 64.  72 at Mackinac.  Sleeping Bear buoy is 68. And, the mid-lake buoy is at 66. 



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