News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, July 23rd, 2020.
First, some news…
Governor Whitmer has been sued again over her COVID-19 orders. This time it’s a couple that has an indoor wedding planned at the Baker Events Center for tomorrow. They say the current limit of ten people for such events discriminates against their plan as compared to what is allowed for restaurants and that it shouldn’t be restricted in any event because it is a religious ceremony. No comment as of this morning from the governor or her attorney general.
We reported a while back about initial approvals for a vaccine candidate being made in Michigan by Pfizer. They and their partner BioNTech, a small German firm, have now made a $1.95 billion deal with the U.S. government to supply up to 100 million doses by the end of the year. Some of that production would happen in Kalamazoo. The companies say they plan to start a Phase 2b/3 trial later this month and are anticipating enrolling up to 30,000 subjects. The say regulatory review could begin in October 2020.
The daily reports on new COVID-19 cases and deaths once again revealed a large number of new cases, but limited fatalities. Health officials reported 523 new coronavirus cases and six new COVID-19 deaths. That brings the total number of confirmed cases to 75,248 and deaths to 6,141. Seven day rolling averages are 579 new cases and eight deaths. Statewide, 493 people are now in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 120 people are on ventilators.
Numbers in our region show another splash of new cases. 13 of them. But, no new deaths. New cases are in Antrim with rwo, Charlevoix with one, Emmet with four, Grand Traverse with three, Kalkaska with two and Leelanau with one. That brings total cases in the regio since the start of the crisis to 456. Death toll remains at 24. Full details for our area are in today’s script online.
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In the Traverse Region, as defined by the state, there were 16 new cases, no new deaths. The state’s safe start map still shows us in good shape for in person classes this fall for school.
No change in our island data from the Health Center. 124 tests since the start of the crisis. All but three of those are back as negative. Two are pending. Still only one positive test and that case is classified as recovered.
Earlier this week we reported on the seemingly never ending stream of threats facing us—some real some imagined. COVID-19 (real), murder hornets (real, but not really a threat), flame thrower armed squirrels from North Korea (not real, but funny), nuclear power plant clogging mayflies (real, and a problem), a a crock on the loose downstate (really?) and an asteroid that might hit Earth (real, but its actually going to miss). What more could there be you ask? How about carnivorous plants getting ready to invade from Wisconsin. That’s right. Those cheese heads across the lake are massing flesh eating plants on the U-P border. The English sundew, an insect-eating plant, was discovered in Ashland County for the first time in 40 years. The Wisconsin D-N-R found them and, actually, there aren’t that many, they aren’t invading, and our friends in Wisconsin like us except when we cheer for the Lions.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Meeting planner: Emergency Services Authority meets today at 2:00 at Peaine Township hall. Peaine Township Board of review meets this Friday at 11:00.
For fun, this week: Today, is the Farmer’s Market out at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop. That’s 9 to 11. There’s Pickleball today, too, from 10 to noon at the Municipal Tennis Courts. They play same time Saturday, too. Also today, Games Galore in the Hangout from 1 to 4. Friday, Art in the Harbor may give it a go from 10 to noon out on the sidewalk in front of the BIC Center and the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on Friday up in Ray and Ann’s Hangout at the BIC Center from 10:30 to 11:30. Also Friday, Baroque REimangined gets underway on Friday with a series of virtual events including broadcasts here on WVBI. We’ll chat with festival director and principal conductor Robert Nordling along with principal trumpet and principal coordinator Matt Thomas in a special interview on Friday afternoon on the air here after our news at 3:00. We’ll have a run down of everything that’s happening plus some behind the scenes info. The opening night Gala with pianist Kevin Cole will be available online from Baroque at 7:30 Friday evening. Check the Baroque website for info on how to watch. Saturday, there’s another Gala online opening event with Martha Guth, also at 7:30. Tomorrow and next week as part of the Festival, we’ll have interviews on the air here at WVBI at 10:00 in the morning and repeated at 3:00 in the afternoon. That’s tomorrow and next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Plus Robert Nordling will be our guest on Beaver Island perspectives tomorrow after the news at five and again next week. So, events next week will be virtual—but there will still be a flurry of activity that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own easy chair at home.
On Saturday, movies here at the BIC Center—a Marvel Superheroes Weekend. 4:00 show is Captain Marvel and the 7:00 show is Avenger’s Endgame. Both on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the McDonough’s Market Theater. Concession stand will be open for both shows for snacks, a meal or both. Trailers on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org, our follow us on Facebook to see them.
And, remember, the Marine Museum and the Print Shop are open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 to 5. Protar’s home is open Wednesdays from 11 to 1. And the south end lighthouse is open every day for self-guided tours.
There are weekend services at Holy Cross on Saturday and Sunday, and Sunday services at the Christian Church and the Episcopal Mission. Times and details are on the calendar.
The BIC Center/WVBI 2020 Gala Auction is all online this year at auction dot BIC center dot org. Bid, buy and win two ways by getting something useful and supporting the BICX Center and W-V-B-I. You can also support us by picking up a ticket for a chance to win the 2020 BIC Center-W-V-B-I Raffle. Grand prize is the Tracker fishing and sport boat parked out in front of the BIC Center. Tickets are available now at the BIC Center front desk or buy them online at raffle dot BIC Center dot org. Or get them from any PABI Board member.
Keep up to date on COVID-19 news with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Click COVID-19 in the menu at W-V-B-I dot net. Stay up to date. Remember: Protect yourself. Protect the island.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 81. North wind around 5 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Tonight Clear, with a low around 60. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming east after midnight. Friday Sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 63. South wind around 5 mph. Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Saturday Night A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Sunday A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Sunday Night Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8pm and 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 61. Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 79. Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 79.
Out on the big drink…
Today N wind 5 to 10 kt. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing. Waves 1 ft or less. Friday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Saturday SW wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft. Sunday SW wind around 15 kt. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 3 ft.
Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Bridges clear. Island beltway running smoothly. Occasional social distanced mid-road car chat delays reported at the four corners. More fawn crossings on West Side Drive. Lost bikers on the Fox Lake Road. And Turtles crossing King’s Highway. Let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Lindsay Gorlewski, Levi Connor and Aria Halpin are celebrating. Happy birthday to Lindsay, Aria and Levi, 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.
ON THIS DAY in 1967 violence in Detroit as the 12th Street Riot begins. Tensions between African American residents and the police flare in the Motor City during an early morning raid on a nightclub. Before the riot ends five days later, 43 people will be killed, more than 300 injured, some 1,400 buildings burned, and more than 7,000 people will be arrested. (
WORD OF THE DAY: gyre (noun) [JYRE], spelled G-Y-R-E, which means: a circular or spiral motion or form; especially : a giant circular oceanic surface current. William Butler Yeats opens his 1920 poem, “The Second Coming,” with the following lines: “Turning and turning in the widening gyre / The falcon cannot hear the falconer; / Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; / Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world….” Often found in poetic or literary contexts as an alternative to the more familiar circle or spiral, gyre comes via the Latin gyrus from the Greek gyros, meaning “ring” or “circle.” Gyre is also frequently encountered as an oceanographic term that refers to vast circular systems of ocean currents, such as the North Atlantic Gyre, a system of currents circling clockwise between Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Gyre is also sometimes used of more localized vortices, such as those produced by whirlpools or tornadoes. (Merriam-Webster).
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…
Here’s a thought for the day from composer George Frideric Handel: “Learn all there is to learn, then choose your own path.” On a lighter note: Why did the turtle cross Kings Highway? We don’t know yet. He’s still crossing.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, July 23rd, 2020. I’m Kevin Boyle, reporting from the pest free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of the Voice of Beaver Island, wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.