News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, March 26th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, March 26th, 2020.
First, some news…
The total number of cases now stand at 2,295, up from 1,791 on Tuesday. There have been 43 deaths. Still no reported COVID-19 cases on the island, but the number up north continues to climb. Four now in Charlevoix, three in Grand Traverse, two in each of Kalkaska and Emmet, one in Leelanau and 6 over in Otsego.
All the layoffs have overwhelmed the Michigan system for filing unemployment claims. A system that normally handles 5,000 claims a week has been overwhelmed, with phone lines jammed and the website freezing up. If you are trying to file, the word is to keep trying—perhaps at off times.
A reminder about changes at Island Energies—the Gas Station at the Four Corners They’ve moved to curb-side service only until further notice. Orders can be placed via phone at 448-2007 or email at<>. They ask that you include a phone number in all emailed orders. Fuel sales will be pre-pay only. Hours will remain 10-4 Monday-Saturday, but the station will be closed on Sundays until further notice.
Those procedures mirror those in effect at McDonough’s Market, Dalwhinnie’s and the Shamrock. Call ahead with your order and pick it up at the curb. The Hardware will do the same for you if you like.
Remember that the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority is asking that anyone arriving on the island from the mainland self-quarantine for 14 days. That includes folks on the island who make trips to the mainland.
The Health Center has established protocols for responding for patients that may have the virus. There is a separate screening room and a separate entrance will be used. If you need to visit the Health Center, you should call ahead at 2275 before coming in and follow their directions.
Michigan’s Attorney General is warning us to be on the look-out for scam COVID-19 calls and offers. Best thing to do with a call is just hang-up and ignore them. For example, some guys downstate apparently were selling patches they claimed could protect you from COVID-19. Not so much. As to what you can to do to avoid COVID-19–stay home if possible. Practice social distancing—stay at least 6 feet away from others. Carry hand sanitizer with you and disinfecting wipes. Use them. Clean frequently used services—frequently. Keep calm—and again, stay home if you can.
Looking for the latest on island info for COVID-19 response? Check the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page for details. You can find that by going to W-V-B-I dot net and scrolling down a little. There’s a button for it right there. You’ll find official information from the townships, our latest COVI-19 news and updates as well as state and federal news and resources.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island… Nothing local today, but the Michigan Sea Grant has announced a series of video presentations for the week that might be interesting to attend from the safety of your house. The third one is today at 10:30. It’s called Great Lakes Great Films Great writers. They have a presentation planned at the same time tomorrow on Lake Effect Weather. Check the calendar for details and information on how to sign up and sign in. Tonight, there’s on online webinar planned to address high lake levels. It’s the first community outreach event organized by the ad hoc Michigan High Water Action Team and comes, at least in part, from requests for such a session from Beaver Island. The webinar will feature staff from the Michigan Departments of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; Transportation; Natural Resources; Agriculture and Rural Development; and Insurance and Financial Services, as well as a representative from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They will cover water level basics and current forecasts, statewide high water impacts, and resources for residents. Local officials, community leaders, and the general public will also learn about the ongoing government response. There also will be time for audience questions. The webinar will begin at 6 p.m. and registration is now open. Go to the community calendar for more info and to find links to sign up. Both townships are conducting annual meetings on Saturday—St, James at 11 and Peaine at noon. They will be done by conference call. Details are on the website. Do you have suggestions for other online events to attend that would be of interest to islanders? Let us know and we’ll add them to the calendar and pass them along.
You can find information on events planned for the summer on our Discover Beaver Island Summer calendar. Just point your browser at summer dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today A slight chance of rain and snow before 9am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. North wind around 5 mph. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Northeast wind around 5 mph. Friday Night Increasing clouds, with a low around 32. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday Showers, mainly after 2pm. High near 42. Breezy, with an east wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Saturday Night Showers. Low around 36. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Sunday Showers likely, mainly before 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Sunday Night A chance of showers before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Tuesday Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Tuesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Wednesday Partly sunny, with a high near 42.
TRAFFIC: None. Nada. Zip. Road crews have made a transformation in the condition of lots of the roads at their. Critter count: 5 squirrels, a chipmunk and a turkey this morning. One of the squirrels was running across the road saying something about a bunch of nuts in his tree hole. Wait, did I just say I heard a squirrel talking? Hmm. I guess I need to be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Joan LaFreniere, Charley Pop and Larissa McGinnity are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to all three of them and, if you we missed you on the list today, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1953, American medical researcher Dr. Jonas Salk announces on a national radio show that he has successfully tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis, the virus that causes the crippling disease of polio. In 1952—an epidemic year for polio—there were 58,000 new cases reported in the United States, and more than 3,000 died from the disease. For promising eventually to eradicate the disease, which is known as “infant paralysis” because it mainly affects children, Dr. Salk was celebrated as the great doctor-benefactor of his time. Also on this date in1920 F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first novel is published. Princeton dropout, Army vet, and car-roof repairman F. Scott Fitzgerald sees his first novel, ‘This Side of Paradise,’ published. Its popular and critical success will announce the 23-year-old author as the poet of the Jazz Age. He’ll finish just three other novels in his lifetime, including ‘The Great Gatsby.’
WORD OF THE DAY ninja (NIN-juh) which means a person trained in ancient Japanese martial arts and employed especially for espionage and assassinations. Ninjas may seem mysterious, but the origin of their name is not. The word ninja derives from the Japanese characters nin and ja. Nin initially meant “persevere,” but over time it developed the extended meanings “conceal” and “move stealthily.” In Japanese, ja is the combining form of sha, meaning “person.” Ninjas originated in the mountains of ancient Japan as practitioners of ninjutsu, a martial art sometimes called “the art of stealth” or “the art of invisibility.” They often served as military spies and were trained in disguise, concealment, geography, meteorology, medicine, and also the arts of combat and self-defense we associate with modern martial arts. Popular legends still identify them with espionage and assassinations, but modern ninjas are most likely to study ninjutsu to improve their physical fitness and self-defense skills. (
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…
Here’s a thought for the day: “The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.” On a lighter note: why can’t you have an all chicken football team? There would be too many fowls.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, March 26th, 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.