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Community Calendar for Thursday, June 8th, 2023

B-I-C-S graduating seniors Olga Burton and Aidan Dean are featured in today’s Charlevoix Courrier online. Olga is the class valedictorian. She’s headed to U of M on a full-ride scholarship this fall. Dean is the salutatorian and is headed to Michigan State, also with scholarship support.  There’s a link to the article in today’s script online:



A recently released study says that Emmet County, home of Petoskey, is among the wealthiest counties in the state. It ranks 7th. Grand Traverse, Leelanau nd Benzie counties also are among the top ten. The study looked at median wage and invest income and housing values to come up with the rankings.


Governor Whitmer yesterday signed legislation yesterday that bans drivers from using mobile devices. The new law goes into effect at the end of this month. It bans drivers from using social media, watching or recording videos or holding their phones to make a call while driving in addition to texting. Violators can be fined $100 for a first offense, $250 for subsequent violations and be required to complete a driver improvement course if they are cited three or more times within a three-year period. The signing occurred at vent at Plymouth’s Mitchel Kiefer Memorial Rink, which was dedicated to Mitchel Kiefer after he was killed when his car was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by a distracted driver in 2016.

Bridge photo by Lauren Gibbons

Now, here’s a look at what’s happening on your island…


Here’s your meeting planner for this week: All done. None, nada, zip.  We’ll have your meeting planner for next week tomorrow.


On the fun front today, Thursday, C-O-A has chair Yoga set at the Peaine Township Hall for 9:30. Pickleball is 10:00 to noon on the outdoor courts at Peaine Township Park. Women’s Bible Study is on the calendar over at the Christian Church. That’s at 10:00.  And C-O-A has Bingocize, a health information game based on BINGO out at the Peaine Township Hall at 10:30. The resale shop is open from noon to 4. Story Hour with Sam at the library at 1:00. Also, at 1:00, there’s Games Galore until 4:00 at the BIC Center. Then at 4:00 there’s an Adulting 101 seminar at the BIC Center on buying a car.  That will be up in the Hangout. Meantime, it’s Chinese Day at the Bodega and Burger and a Beer night at the Shamrock.


Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on at 9:00 up in the Hangout. The Resale Shop is open from noon to 4:00. And, Friday is Pizza Night at Dalwhinnies Eat in or take out. Just get your order in before 7:00 p.m.


Saturday, Pickleball is outdoors on the Peaine Township Park courts from 10:00 to noon. The Resale Shop will be open from noon to 4:00. Lego Club is at the library at 1:00. Building fun for all ages. Again, no movies this Saturday, as they have moved to Mondays where they will be all summer.


Sunday there are services at the Episcopal Mission at 9:00, the Christian Church and the Lighthouse Fellowship at 10:00 and mass at Holy Cross at 12:15.


Looking ahead to next week:


Monday movies are on tap at the BIC Center.  That’s right, it is Monday at the Movies with shows at 4:00 and 7:00. The matinee is Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. Chris Pine leads a cast of adventurers on a quest to recover a lost relic.  It’s rated PG-13.  The 7:00 show is Supercell. Alec Balwin leads another team of adventurers on a quest to see storm. It’s PG-13, too. Both shows on the BIG Screen with the BIG Sound in the BIC Center Theater. Concession Stand open for both shows. And it is Sliders Day at the Bodega while the Shamrock has all-you-can-eat pizza and salad for dinner.


Tuesday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 9:00 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on from 10:00 to noon on the outdoor courts over at Peaine Township Park. At the Bodega it’s Taco Tuesday. And, Tuesday evening is Open Mic Night at the Bodega. Sign up for the set-list at any time during the day. Performances start at 7:00.


Wednesday, the special at the Bodega on Wednesday is a Coney Dog and fries.


BIRTHDAYS:  Alice Ledbetter is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Alice, and if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you too from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound delays to the airports. The Island beltway is running smoothly. No bridge delays. But, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1949 Newspeak, thoughtcrimes, and Big Brother are introduced as George Orwell’s vision of a dystopian future is published. ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ will be seen as both a great literary work and an accurate warning of the “double plus ungood” rise of totalitarianism and surveillance. On this day image

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam-Webster Word of the Day is etiquette (noun) [ET-ih-kut] which refers to the rules of proper and polite behavior that are expected in social or official life. If you’re looking for a polite topic of conversation to raise at your next gathering of word lovers, today’s word of the day  just the ticket. The French word étiquette means “ticket”; its direct French ancestor also referred to a label attached to something for description or identification. Spaniards of the 16th-century adopted the French word (altering it to etiqueta), and used it to refer to the written protocols describing the behavior demanded of those who appeared at court. Eventually, etiqueta came to be applied to the court ceremonies themselves as well as to the documents which outlined their requirements. Word of this linguistic development got back to the French, who then expanded their word’s meaning to include “proper court behavior” along with its “label” sense. By the middle of the 18th century English speakers had taken on etiquette as their own, applying it to the rules that indicate the proper and polite way to behave, whether in the presence or royalty or not.

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday

Here’s a thought for the day from 1984 author George Orwell: “Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.”


On a lighter note: Did you hear about the contest to win a ton of cow manure? To the victor go the soils. 

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Thursday, June 8th, 2023. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening. 



Sunny, with a high near 74. North wind 5 to 10 mph.


Mostly clear, with a low around 52. North wind 5 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 74. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.


A 30 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 73. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.


A 40 percent chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 72.

Sunday Night

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.


A chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 73.

Monday Night

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.


A chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 75.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Fire danger level on the island is: EXTREME. No outdoor fires, no fireworks.

Out on the Big Drink…


N wind around 10 kt becoming NW in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


NW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming WSW in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


SSW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming W in the afternoon. A chance of showers. Waves 1 ft or less.

Water Temps: 50 in Little Traverse Bay. 51 at the mid-lake buoy. 59 up in the straights.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002