News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, July 2nd, 2020.
First, some news…
Governor Whitmer has once again shut down indoor bar service for downstate Michigan. Her new order doesn’t change the current rules for up north. The order allows service to continue outdoors and at bars inside where 70 per cent or less of the gross receipts are from alcohol sales. The Governor says the change is the result of a few high profile virus outbreaks started at bars including Harper’s in East Lansing where more than 100 cases have been traced. The Michigan Licensed Beverage Association complained that the action hurt businesses that weren’t the cause of the problem. Executive Director Scott Ellis said in a statement. “Instead of focusing on problem bars or problem areas, she’s going to kill businesses that are abiding by all of the rules and still struggling to survive.”
Experts rank going inside a bar as one of the riskiest activities for coronavirus exposure due to increased alcohol consumption, the lack of mask-wearing while drinking and the high likelihood of people mingling or packing in tightly in enclosed spaces. But, you can avoid that if all you want is a mixed drink. The Governor signed legislation yesterday that allows bars and restaurants to sell sealed cocktails and mixed drinks to go or for delivery. No word on whether island establishments will take advantage of that option. Full disclosure: I am a partner in Whiskey Point Brewing Company, which operates a brew pup on the island.
Beaver Island school staff and local emergency responders were busy yesterday look at the governor’s back to school plan. Assuming that the Traverse City region of the state, of which Beaver Island is a part, remains at phase five of the Governor’s reopening plan, B-I-C-S will be subject to the least restrictive measures under than plan, Still, operational changes are recommended in the plan, and yesterday’s meeting was a start at work on developing those. The complete state plan is available on the WVBI COVID-19 info page.
Health Department officials in Benzie County have identified a coronavirus exposure sites at the Streetside Grille in Suttons Bay. If you were there from noon to 9 p.m. on June 27 and 28, you are asked to self-monitor for symptoms and keep away from other people as much as possible. If you experience symptoms, you should notify the Health Center or, off the island, your health department. Daily COVID-19 data reported by state health officials has blipped down yesterday. There were 262 new cases, down from 373 yesterday, and below the running average of 311. State officials also reported four more deaths, also down from yesterday and below the current running average of 11. Total cases in Michigan now stand 64,132. Deaths total 5,951.
On the Island, no changes. Still at 96 tests run. 93 tests results are back. 92 of those are negative. Still only one back as positive. Three tests pending.
In our region, nothing new to report. Case count is steady at 260. Death toll is stable at 21. Full county by county data are in today’s script. [Otsego confirmed case count is at 104 with 10 deaths. Emmet is at 22 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 46 cases with six deaths. Charlevoix has 23 cases including one from the island, and two deaths. Kalkaska has 21 confirmed cases two deaths. Antrim 17 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 17, no deaths. And Benzie is at 10 cases and no deaths.] U-P is unchanged, too. Total case count up there is 161. Death toll is 18.
Worried about your license or vehicle registration expiring? If it was good through March 1, you now have until the end of September to take care of it after the Governor signed legislation yesterday extending the deadline. Some Secretary of State offices remain closed or have limited operation, so check before you visit one if you aren’t able to deal with your renewal online.
We continue to monitor what’s going on with the Line 5 shut down order. There was a hearing on Tuesday about continuing it, but so far no further developments. For now, the line is shut down.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Farmer’s Market is on today from 9 to 11 at Paradise Bay Coffee shop. Island vegetables are starting to come in, plus there is bread, canned goods and sweets to be had. Social distancing is being practiced. Please bring your mask.
Pickleball is on today. They are playing Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays on the municipal courts outside if the weather is nice. If it gets nasty, they’ll be inside here at the BIC Center. Please bring a mask for use while you can’t maintain social distancing.
Saturday is Independence Day. There’ll be a reverse parade—displays along the parade route and you’ll view them from your car. At the end of the route, there will be a hand out of treats. Things get started at noon. No official fireworks this year and no organized boat parade, but some unofficial activities may occur. If you go to watch, please practice social distancing, and bring a mask for when you can’t. Remember: Protect yourself. Protect the island. fireworks may follow.
No movies at the BIC Center, this weekend, but they will be back on the 11th with an animated version of the Hobbit at 4 and the Expendables 3 at 7. Trailers and more info are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org. Masks are required in the lobby and seating will follow social distancing guidelines with family pods together.
Have you stopped by the BIC Center/WVBI 2020 Gala Auction site yet? It’s all online this year with all sorts of great items up for bid. Check it out at auction dot BIC center dot org. All the items are donated, so everything you spend will go to support the BIC Center and WVBI.
[And…the 2020 BIC Center – WVBI Raffle is on. 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. You can also by them online at raffle dot bic center dot org. Or get one from any board member. All net proceeds go to benefit the BIC Center and WVBI.]
Keep up to date on COVID-19 news with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Just go to W-V-B-I dot net and click on COVID-19 Info in the menu at the top. Remember: Protect yourself. Protect the island.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Sunny, with a high near 84. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 61. Northwest wind around 5 mph. Friday Sunny, with a high near 86. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 61. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light in the evening. Independence Day Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Monday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Tuesday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Tuesday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Wednesday A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.
Out on the big drink…
Today Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Friday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Independence Day Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Sunday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.
Fire Danger Level: High.
TRAFFIC: It’s getting busy in town with a surge of holiday visitors—more people than we’ve seen since last summer. Lots of walkers. Lots of bikers. Lots of baby critters. So, let’s be careful out there. Especially in town and in the fawn and turtle crossing zones
BIRTHDAYS: Jared Robert, Kelly Collins, Larry Roy and Nick DeLaat are celebrating today and sharing their birthday with slain civil rights activist Medgar Evans. Happy birthday to Jared, Kelly, Larry and Nick, 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 1964, the landmark US Civil Rights Act becomes law. President Lyndon Johnson signs a culmination of centuries of activism and struggle, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in a televised ceremony at the White House. The new law bars racial segregation in public places, and discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. (
WORD OF THE DAY: obtain (verb) {ub-TAYN] which means: to gain or attain usually by planned action or effort; to be generally recognized or established : prevail. Obtain, which was adopted into English in the 15th century, comes to us via Anglo-French from the Latin obtinēre, meaning “to hold on to, possess.” Obtinēre was itself formed by the combination of ob-, meaning “in the way,” and the verb tenēre, meaning “to hold.” In its earliest uses, obtain often implied a conquest or a successful victory in battle, but it is now used for any attainment through planned action or effort. The verb tenēre has incontestably prevailed in the English language, providing us with such common words as abstain, contain, detain, sustain, and, perhaps less obviously, the adjectives tenable and tenacious. (from Merriam Webster)
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Martin Luther King, Jr.: “The time is always right to do what is right.” On a lighter note: Why did Humpty Dumpty fall off the wall? He had too much egg noggin.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, July 2nd, 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.