News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, June 25th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, June 25th, 2020.
First, some news…
The on again, off again order from Governor Whitmer closing gyms and fitness centers downstate is on again. That after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and federal district court judge’s order enjoining the governor’s restriction. The order came at 8:40 p.m. last night—that with gyms and fitness centers set to reopen this morning. Gyms and fitness centers in the northern lower peninsula and UP have been allowed open since June 1, but those downstate were still ordered closed by the governor.
The COVID-19 data from state health officials yesterday shows a big jump in new confirmed cases. 323 were reported yesterday bringing the total in the state to 61,953. Four new deaths were reported, as well, bringing that total to 5,868. Seven day moving average of cases is up again to 223. Average for deaths remains at 11.
On the Island, total tests run now stands at 89. 84 tests results are back. 83 of those are negative. Still only one back as positive.
In our region, total confirmed case count is up three to 234. Death toll steady at 22. Additional cases are in Emmet, where there are two more and in Otsego with one more. No other changes. County by county numbers are in today’s script online if you are interested. [Otsego confirmed case count is at 103 with 10 deaths. Emmet is at 21 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 38 cases with six deaths. Charlevoix has 18 cases including one from the island, and two deaths. Kalkaska has 19 confirmed cases two deaths. Antrim 15 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 12, no deaths. And Benzie is at five cases and no deaths.] Up in the U-P, they are up two cases to 140. The majority of cases are in Marquette County, which has 63. Meantime, Ontonagon County remains the only county in the state with no cases. Death toll in the UP is steady at 16.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Two meetings on the calendar for today. Joint Telecommunications Committee has posted a meeting for 1:00 this afternoon so the group can attend a webinar being put on by Merit, which provides internet services to Michigan universities, colleges and schools including B-I-C-S. B-I-E-S-A has a meeting set for 2. That’ll be at Peaine Township Hall. Information on participating on both meetings will be in the calendar as soon as we have it.
Pickleball is on. 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. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in Ray and Ann’s Hangout. That’s at 10:30 on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Today, Paradise Bay Coffee Shop opens up for their summer run, and the Farmer’s Market will be back out there for the Summer. That’s Thursday from 9 to 11 through Labor Day—starting today. Paradise Bay is open for dining outside only.
On Saturday, the Health Center Wellness Garden volunteer team has a Garden Sale set. That’ll be from 11 to 2. Plants, garden decor and gardening tools will be for sale and knowledgeable gardeners will be available to answer your questions. All proceeds will be used to enhance and further develop the wellness garden which is funded solely by donations. Prevention rules will be followed—social distancing and so on—but this will be a great opportunity to come out and see the beautiful Wellness Garden and hear from the experts who keep it that way about how they do it—al while raising some money for the garden and getting some plants for your place.
On what’s this back on the calendar? Did you say BINGO! That’s right, bingo is back after an extended winter’s nap starting next Wednesday. That’s at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for Fellowship. Games start at 7. They plan to play pretty much every Wednesday evening through the fall.
And, if you are looking for something to do online, why not check out the BIC Center/WVBI 2020 Gala Auction. 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. Or just go to the BIC Center or WVBI websites and click on Auction in the menu at that top. As you browse the vast selection, remember this: thanks to our auction donors who have donated every item up for auction, everything you pay for your item 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 75. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Friday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Friday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 8pm and 2am, then a chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Saturday A 30 percent chance of showers before 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. West wind around 10 mph. Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 54. Sunday Sunny, with a high near 81. Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 57. Monday Sunny, with a high near 85. Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 85. Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 83.
Out on the big drink…
Today WSW wind around 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Friday SW wind around 10 kt. A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Waves 1 to 2 ft. Saturday W wind around 10 kt. A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am. Waves around 1 ft. Sunday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.
Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or outbound to either airport. Beltway running smoothly. Bridges clear. Turtles especially busy today in the wet, which has the roads slick. So, let’s be careful out there. Especially in the fawn and turtle crossing zones
BIRTHDAYS: None on our list today, but, if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1950 North invades south and the Korean War begins. After Japan surrendered at the end of World War II and relinquished control of Korea, the nation has been divided between communist and capitalist powers. With support from the Soviet Union, North Korea now invades US-supported South Korea in a bid to reunify the country, and a bloody 3-year war ensues. Also on this day in 1984: ‘Purple Rain’ album hits store. Prince releases his sixth album, which will boost The Purple One to new levels of stardom, producing five hit singles, winning two Grammys and an Oscar, and eventually selling more than 20 million copies. (
WORD OF THE DAY: omnipotent (adjective) [ahm-NIP-uh-tunt], which means: having absolute power over all : almighty; having virtually unlimited authority or influence; being notoriously without moderation : arrant. The word omnipotent made its way into English through Anglo-French, but it ultimately derives from the Latin prefix omni-, meaning “all,” and the word potens, meaning “potent.” The omni- prefix has also given us similar words such as omniscient (meaning “all-knowing”) and omnivorous (describing one that eats both plants and animals). Although omnipotent is most often used in general contexts to mean “having virtually unlimited authority or influence” (as in “an omnipotent warlord”), its original applications in English referred specifically to the power held by an almighty God. The word has been used as an English adjective since the 14th century, and since the 16th century it has also been used as a noun referring to one who is omnipotent. (from Merriam Webster)
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Neil deGrasse Tyson: “I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people’s politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true.” On a lighter note: Before changing Baby Yoda’s diaoer, one must ask. Do…or doo doo not?
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, June 25th, 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.