News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, July 30th, 2020

NEWS: 7/30/2020
From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, July 30th, 2020.
First, some news…
Governor Whitmer is reversing course and locking things back down in our region and the UP. The new restrictions close bars where more than 70% of the sales come from alcohol and limit gatherings to 10 people indoors and 100 people outside. The governor cited so-called “super-spreader” events in Lansing and Ann Arbor downstate and a July 4th gathering at Torch Lake as the reason for her actions. But, she is allowing Detroit Casinos to reopen at 15% of capacity.
While the absolute number of cases has spiked in the regions affected by the change since the beginning of the summer vacation season, the metrics that the state says are most important have remained good―and are trending down. The governor and her officials offered no explanation for this disparity in what their data show and their actions. The per capita new case rate spiked on July 4th, but has been falling ever since and yesterday dipped into the “low risk” zone. Our positive test rate―the number of positive tests compared to the number of tests down hasn’t left the “safe zone” since May 7th. It moved up slightly in early July, but has been trending down since then. There has been no surge in deaths and, while no death is to be ignored, the fact remains that the number of deaths in our region has been very low since early May.
Congressman Jack Bergman was critical of the governor’s move calling it a “slap in the face” to small businesses. He pointed out that the next month is critical to seasonal businesses and said that the governor, quoting him here, “has used her position over the past several days to complain about draft federal legislation, attack the President, and now bully First District constituents.” He also said it made absolutely no sense to close businesses here while allowing Casinos to open in Detroit.
Locally, there is more information on the recent positive test at the Health Center. As we reported yesterday, the individual involved has left the island on their own transportation―presumably, a private boat or plane―and the Health Department of Northwest Michigan has completed contact tracing for the case. The person had visited Island Energies and the hardware, but was wearing a mask at both places. We were told yesterday that both businesses had been notified, but it turns out that wasn’t the case―apparently due to confusion about who was to do that. Apparently, since the person wasn’t at either location for longer than 15 minutes the Health Department determined that now follow up with the businesses was necessary―so no contacts were made, but the process was reported as complete. Health Center staff misunderstood the notice that the process was complete to mean that the businesses had been contacted. The critical take-away is that the Health Department has concluded that no extra action is needed at either location. We’ve been told that the individual who tested positive is feeling ill, but has not been hospitalized. Hopefully, they will have a speedy recovery and join the pool of plasma donors.
South of the border, Gary, Indiana officials have decided to close beaches there for two weeks after the city saw a jump in COVID-19 cases. Apparently, this was at least partly in response to comments made by Dr. Anthony Fauci [Fow-Chee] on Good Morning America on Tuesday.
Now, here’s a look at the latest data. There was another big jump in the state’s daily case count yesterday―but once again state officials say that is partially the result of reporting issues. 996 new cases were reported, but about 300 of them were the result of clearing a backlog of tests. That brings the actual number more in line with recent results, which have been running high in any case. There were just two new deaths reported. Total cases now stand at 80,172 and deaths at 6,172. Seven day rolling averages are now at 703 for new cases and four for deaths. Positive test rate for the state as a whole is 3.5%. The target is three percent.
In the region affecting the island, five new cases were reported. No new deaths. New cases were in Emmet with two, Grand Traverse with two, Otsego with two. Leelanau dropped one case. Total cases in our region is 504. Total deaths are still at 24. Those numbers are totals since the start of the crisis. Full county-by-county data for the region are in today’s script online.
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Notwithstanding the governor’s actions, our safe start zone numbers continue to look good. Positive test rate is at 1.7 percent which is in the low risk classification in the plan. The new case rate is at 6.5, dropping into the lowest risk zone. There were nine new cases reported in the Traverse City Safe Start Zone yesterday.
Up in the U-P, the report showed nine new cases bringing their total to 442. No new deaths.
On the island, 134 total tests run. 129 are back as negative. Three pending. There have been two positive tests so far.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
For fun, this week: First and foremost, the Baroque on Beaver REimagined music festival continues. Today, at 10 and 3 we’ll reprise two of WVBI’s Behind the Scenes shows. This morning at 10, Dennis Winslow’s interview with Kevin Simmons and this afternoon at 3:00 Mark Beltaire’s chat with Adam Liebert, Connie Markwick, Leslie Deppe. This evening, tune in to the Baroque Channel on You Tube for a discussion with Music Director Robert Nordling and Choral Director Kevin Simons. Among other things, they’ll reflect on nineteen years of great music-making and look forward to the festival’s 20th anniversary next year.
Other fun on the island includes the Farmer’s Market today from 9 to 11 out at Paradise Bay. Also, Pickleball today and Saturday from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program on Friday 10:30 to 11:30 in Ray and Ann’s Hangout here at the BIC Center. Also Friday, the Marine Museum and the Print Shop will be open today from 11 to 5. And the south end lighthouse is open every day for self-guided tours.]
Saturday, the Historical Society has a special Protar Walk planned. That will depart from his house on Sloptown and head down the road to his grave and then back. Along the way, there’ll be presentations about Protar’s life and his work on the island. The walk revives and old tradition. The protar home will be open, too, before and after the walk from 11 until about 1:00. Movies are on this Saturday here at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is LEGO’s Shazam: Magic and Monsters. Fun for the whole family. And at 7, Booksmart. That one’s for the grownups. It’s rated R. 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.
Saturday evening at 7 the Beaver Island Sustainability Fair continues its virtual events with a look at Clean Energy on the island and beyond. Sign up information to attend is in the calendar entry.
Saturday is also the deadline for applying for student success grants from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. Find out more and apply on their website at C-three-F dot org. Saturday is also the deadline for turning in bids for some cement work at the library. Details are in the calendar.
Sunday, the Graveyard Walk and Talk that got rained out last weekend will happen. Weather looks good this time. That starts at 11:30 at Holy Cross Cemetery.
And, 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.
Don’t forget about the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Gala Auction or the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Raffle. Both are on now. Go to auction dot bic center dot org to bid on items in the auction and raffle dot bic center dot org to pick up raffle tickets. You can also bid and get tickets at the BIC Center from desk.
[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 Info 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 C presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Sunny, with a high near 79. Northwest wind around 5 mph. Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 58. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Friday Sunny, with a high near 81. Northeast wind around 5 mph. Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 60. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Saturday Night A 30 percent chance of showers after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Sunday A 40 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Sunday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 76. Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 57. Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 78.
Out on the big drink…
Today N wind 5 to 10 kt becoming WNW in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Friday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Saturday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.
Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: None. Nada. Zip. But, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: A bevy of Belfy birthdays today― Suzy Belfy-Brenden and Mark Belfy are celebrating. Happy birthday to Suzy and Mark, and, if we missed you on our birthday list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1975 Labor leader Jimmy Hoffa vanishes without a trace. After arriving at a Detroit restaurant at 2:45 in the afternoon to settle a feud with Mafia members, Jimmy Hoffa disappears. The ex-Teamsters Union leader will never be found, nor will any credible clues to his whereabouts be uncovered, despite decades of law enforcement efforts. Also on this date in 1999, ‘The Blair Witch Project’ haunts theaters. The low-budget thriller tells the story of the fictional Blair Witch legend through ‘found footage.’ It will become one of the first films to attribute its success to viral marketing, thanks to a website with fake police reports, interviews, and other items that convince some viewers it’s a documentary. And, also on this date in 1994, I tricked my wife into marrying me. (
WORD OF THE DAY: catastrophe (noun) [kuh-TASS-truh-fee], a momentous tragic event ranging from extreme misfortune to utter overthrow or ruin; utter failure : fiasco; a violent and sudden change in a feature of the earth; a violent usually destructive natural event (such as a supernova); the final event of the dramatic action especially of a tragedy. When English speakers first borrowed the Greek word katastrophē starting with a “K” (from katastrephein, meaning “to overturn”) as catastrophe in the 1500s, they used it for the conclusion or final event of a dramatic work, especially of a tragedy. In time, catastrophe came to be used more generally of any unhappy conclusion, or disastrous or ruinous end. By the mid-18th century, it was being used to denote truly devastating events, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Finally, it came to be applied to things that are only figuratively catastrophic―burnt dinners, lost luggage, really bad movies, or bad decisions. (Merriam-Webster).
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday, July 30th…
Here’s a thought for the day: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” On a lighter note: Where does the B-I-C-S science classroom skeleton go for a fun night out? Anywhere on the island so long as it is a hip joint.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, July 30th, 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.