News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, June 11th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, June 11th, 2020.
First, some news…
Defunding the police was discussed at a Grand Rapids virtual townhall meeting on policing yesterday. Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Payne was questioned about decisions to use aggressive measures against protestors during rioting in the city. He said those measures weren’t used until police came under attack. City Manager Mark Washington said he wasn’t prepared to move to defunding the police, especially with no plans on how to maintain public safety. Police funding in Grand Rapids is also protected by a charter amendment that sets it at no less than 32% of the general fund—a requirement that came into place in the nineties as part of a tax increase.
In Lansing, Democrat lawmakers in the Senate are advancing a resolution to declare racism a public health crisis. They say this is in response to the disproportionate way in which the COVID-19 pandemic is harming the state’s black population. Black residents account for about 13.6 percent of the state’s population but 40 percent of all coronavirus deaths in the state.
As businesses re-open across the state, mask wearing has become a flash point. The orders allowing reopening require them inside, but some customers object while others are concerned about hose who do not wear them. On the island, people are asked to use masks when in public places unless they are sitting down and not moving around. Experts say that wearing masks and social distancing are critical to avoiding spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
As Mackinac Island reopens, they are asking visitors to B-Y-O-P-P-E. That’s Bring your own personal protective equipment. They’ve posted signs encouraging visitors to follow safety procedures that are illustrated with examples of their iconic horses following them. Be sure to wash your hooves. See the script for a picture. [Mackinac Island signs]
The Michigan legislature is on track to allow restaurants to sell to-go and delivery cocktails, as well as allow local governments to create “social districts” where people of age can purchase to-go drinks and consume them in designated areas.
Statewide data on COVID-19 continues to look good. Yesterday, 171 new cases were reported and 13 deaths. That brings totals in the state to 59,278 cases and 5,711 deaths.
Running averages continue to look good as well. Seven day moving averages stand at 178 cases 20 deaths.
Island situation remains stable despite many trips tip the mainland and an influx of returnees since mid-May. 80 tests run. 77 of those are back as negative. 2 pending. Still only one back as positive.
In our region, total confirmed case count is up one to 222. Death toll remains stable at 20—no change in that since May 12th. County by county data are unchanged except for Lelanau where there is one additional case bring them to 12 cases. Data for the rest of the counties we’ve been watching is unchanged, but in today’s script online if you are interested. [Otsego confirmed case count is at 102 with 10 deaths. Emmet is at 21 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 34 cases with five deaths. Charlevoix has 16 cases including one from the island, and one death. Kalkaska has 20 confirmed cases two deaths. Antrim 12 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 11, no deaths. And Benzie is at five cases and no deaths.] Up in the U-P, they are up one case to 125 confirmed cases. Death toll is stable at 16.
Here’s a reminder about dealing with Garlic Mustard, an invasive weed that is bad for native woodland plants including Trillium. It has appeared on the island. At a B-I-A meeting this week, Pam Grassmick reported that essentially all the infestations were along roads or paths. Although some eradication has been done, there is more to do and it needs to be done this week. Get in touch with Pam to help out. You can reach her at 2314. You can see pictures in today’s news script.
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Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Here’s your meeting planner for next week. St. James Public works committee meets by conference call next week on Wednesday at 11. Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets Wednesday at 5 by Zoom. Details on attending are in the calendar entries.
Pickleball is back in business on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10. They are playing on the municipal courts when the weather is good and here at the BIC Center when it is not. Social distancing and masks are required. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on again here at the BIC Center on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 up in the Hangout.
And, movies are coming back to the BIC Center. 4:00 show on Saturday will be Spies in Disguise. James bond comes to animation in a great film for kids and parents. And at 7:00, it’s the Green Book. It’s based on a true story of a tour of the Deep South by African American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley and Italian American bouncer Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga who served as Shirley’s driver and bodyguard. Family pod social distancing will be in effect and you’ll need a face mask except when you are seated in your pod. Concession stand will be open. Previews and more info will be available on the BIC Center website later today along with the lineup for the rest of the month, which includes the latest Star Wars and Spiderman shows along with Little Women and The Gentlemen.
Have you noticed that shiny new boat sitting out in front of Community Center. It’s the grand prize for the 2020 BIC Center-WVBI Raffle. Tickets are available now at the BIC Center from desk and they’ll be available online soon. All net proceeds go to benefit the BIC Center and WVBI.
Keep up to date on the COVID-19 situation 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 Partly sunny, with a high near 66. Southwest wind around 15 mph. Tonight A 20 percent chance of showers between midnight and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Northwest wind around 10 mph. Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 43. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 67. Northeast wind around 5 mph. Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 46. Sunday Sunny, with a high near 70. Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 48. Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.
Out on the big drink…
Today WSW wind 15 to 20 kt. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Waves 3 to 4 ft. Friday NW wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft. Saturday NE wind 5 to 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Sunday NE wind 5 to 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.
Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: Looking good because there isn’t any. But, let’s be careful out there. Especially in the fawn and turtle zones
BIRTHDAYS: Keith Albin and Forest Avery are celebrating today. Happy birthday to Forest and Keith and, if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you as well from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1986 ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ released. John Hughes’ comedy about a high school student’s elaborate plan to skip school hits theaters. It will become a box office success and produce quotes and catch phrases that will permeate pop culture for years to come. It’s over. Go home. Go. (
It’s over. Go home. Go. [FBDO Sting]
WORD OF THE DAY vilipend (verb) [VIL-uh-pend] which means: to hold or treat as of little worth or account : contempt; to express a low opinion of : disparage. Vilipend first appeared in English in the 15th century and had its heyday during the 19th century—being found in the works of such well-known authors as Sir Walter Scott, William Makepeace Thackeray, and George Meredith—but it fell into relative obscurity by the 20th century. The word comes to us through French from the Latin roots vilis [VI-liss], meaning “cheap” or “vile,” and pendere [pen-DEAR], meaning “to weigh” or “to estimate.” These roots work in tandem to form a meaning of “to deem to be of little worth.” Each has contributed separately to some other common English words. Other vilis offspring include vile and vilify, while pendere has spawned such terms as append, expend, and dispense. (from Merriam Webster)
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed they are not it.” On a lighter note: I wouldn’t recommend playing poker with fungi. They’re always spore losers.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, June 11th, 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.