News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, May 21st, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, May 21st, 2020.
First, some news…
Big changes coming on the island as businesses start down the path back from shutdowns and shut-backs…
Today, McDonough’s Market plans to return to limited in store shopping. There’s be a one way path to follow through the store—so you’ll want to bring a list with you and it’ll be best if you have it organized by where things are in the store. Check our COVID-19 Info Page for a store map. And, don’t forget your mask. That will be required. Only ten customers will be allowed in at a time, with only one from each family. So, you may have to line up outside. Don’t forget about social distancing out there as well as in the store.
Tomorrow, both the Shamrock and Dalwhinnie’s will re-start dine-in service. Beginning Friday at 8 a.m. you’ll be able to enjoy a meal inside at Dalwhinnie’s for the first time since mid-March. They’ll be open until 2 p.m. with the same hours for Saturday. On Sunday and Monday, they’ll be open from 8 to noon with breakfast service only. After a break on Tuesday they’ll start their regular summer hours.
Down the street at the Shamrock, dine-in service starts again at 11:30. They’ll have reduced capacity and you’ll need to have a face mask while away from the table, just like at the Deli, but other than that things should seem pretty normal.
And Holy Cross is planning to bring congregants back in person to Mass this weekend. The order of worship familiar, but if the weather is nice the surroundings will be a little different because services are planned for outside if Mother Nature cooperates. If not, they’ll be inside with the number of folks limited.
So begins a slow path back to normal on the island—with capacities limited and vacation rentals still banned. And, lots of us emerging pretty shaggy looking because the ban on barbershops and salons is still in place. No, that’s not Sasquatch sitting in the WVBI studio in case you were wondering. Just me.
Meantime, Mackinac Island leaders have decided to stick to their plan to open on May 29 and, in the meantime, will discourage trips to the island by visitors. This despite the Governor’s order relaxing restrictions on bars, restaurants and non-essential retail operations in northern Michigan. Probably a little harder for them to turn things on a dime like can be done here.
And, speaking of shaggy. The weather was nice for Operation Haircut at the state Capitol yesterday. Barbers and stylists offered free haircuts in a protest against the Governor’s order that has shut down their shops in a protest organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition. A few earned $1,000 citations from Michigan State Police officers on the scene.
While that was going on, the Governor was busy dealing with flooding in the Midland area.
With Memorial Day weekend approaching, state health department officials reported 659 new cases of COVID-19 and 43 new deaths. That brings Michigan’s totals to 53,009 confirmed cases and 5,060 deaths. The most recent seven-day moving averages are 660 cases and 49 deaths per day. A week ago, those numbers were 477 for cases and 66 for deaths—so a tick up in new cases and a tick down in deaths.
On the island, still no confirmed cases and no change on the testing front. Still waiting on results for five tests. 38 tests for COVID-19 have been run at the Health Center. 33 are back as negative.
In the region, the confirmed case count inched up one to 201. Death toll is stable at 20. County by county, Otsego has 99 cases and 10 deaths. Emmet is stable at 21 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 23 cases with five deaths. Charlevoix still at 14 with one death, Kalkaska up pone new case to 18 with two deaths, Antrim has 11 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau up one case to 11, no deaths. And Benzie is at four cases and no deaths. Up in the U-P, they are up one case, too, to at 103 confirmed cases. Death toll is stable at 15.
A few reminders. Island fire and E-M-S personnel want you to practice situational awareness. Don’t do things that put you at risk. Stay safe.
Governor’s orders now require you to wear face masks when in enclosed public spaces. Need a mask? Check with the Health Center. Probably makes sense to get in the habit of having one with you.
Keep up to date with the march back 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.
Here’s what’s happening on your island…
Library Board has a meeting set for Thursday morning at 9. Historical Society Board is meeting Thursday evening at 7.
Next Monday, the AMVETS are proceeding with a no-live-audience, scaled back event on for Memorial Day. That’s to comply with the Governor’s order limiting gatherings to 10 people or less. Instead of coming down to Veteran’s Memorial Park to see the ceremony, you’ll be able to watch the event on Joe Moore’s News on the Net or listen to it tape-delayed here on WVBI. AMVET’s post commander Bob Tidmore says the ceremony will be shorter and smaller than normal, but no less sincere in honoring those with ties to the island that have served. One important part of that is remembering vets who have passed away during the last year. We’ve published the current list Bob has in this story on our website. If you are aware of any that aren’t on the list, please let Bob know so they can be remembered, too.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Sunny, with a high near 68. South wind around 5 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 45. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast after midnight. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 64. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon. Saturday Night A 40 percent chance of showers after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Sunday A 40 percent chance of showers before 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 66. Sunday Night A chance of showers after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Memorial Day A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Monday Night A chance of showers before 9pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9pm and 3am, then a chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Tuesday A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Tuesday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Wednesday A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.
Out on the big drink…
Today Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Friday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Saturday Variable winds 5 kt or less. A chance of showers after 2pm. Waves 1 ft or less. Sunday SSE wind around 10 kt. A chance of showers before 2pm. Waves 1 ft or less.
Remember, the water is still cold enough to kill you if you are in too long. Dress for the water, not the weather if you are out in small craft.
TRAFFIC: None. Quiet all around the island, still, But let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Florence Newman is celebrating. Happy birthday to each and every one of them. And, if we missed you, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1955, a part-time construction worker visits the studios of Chess Records and cuts his first record, a souped-up version of a traditional fiddle tune given new lyrics, a new title, and an unforgettable guitar riff. A smash crossover hit, ‘Maybellene’ will make Chuck Berry an overnight sensation and lead Rolling Stone magazine to later write, “Rock & roll guitar starts here.” (
WORD OF THE DAY cowcatcher (noun) [KOW-ketch-er] which means: an inclined frame on the front of a railroad locomotive for throwing obstacles off the track. New Jersey’s Camden and Amboy Railroad was the first in the U.S. to adopt the cowcatcher, adding it to its John Bull locomotive in the early 1830s. But, as the Model Railroader Cyclopedia warned, “don’t ever let a railroad man hear you use ‘cowcatcher.'” In its heyday, railroad workers preferred the name pilot for that v-shaped frame. In the 1940s and ’50s, cowcatcher jumped the tracks and took on a new life in TV and radio advertising jargon. The term was used for a commercial that was aired immediately before a program and that advertised a secondary product of the program’s sponsor. Such ads apparently got the name because they “went in front.” (from Merriam Webster)
Now, to wrap up for this neoteric Beaver Island Thursday…
Here’s a thought for the day from F. Scott Fitzgerald: “To be kind is more important than to be right. Many times, what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks but a special heart that listens.” On a lighter note: Which Star Wars Character is especially good at golf? Jabba the Putt.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, May 21st, 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.