News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, May 25th, 2023

A Coast Guard helicopter operating out of Traverse City was forced down in an emergency landing yesterday. The chopper encountered a hydraulic leak and had to land at the Lochenheath Golf Club along U-S 31 north of T-C. No one was hurt and damage was limited. The chopper was repaired on site and got back to its base about six hours later. The Coast Guard credit the pilot’s quick thinking for avoiding a worse outcome.


The Michigan State Housing Development Authority has extended its down payment assistance program to assist homebuyers in all areas of the state, including the island. The program loans up to ten thousand dollars available to help with down payments for a home purchase. Previously, it was available only in certain zip codes on the mainland. There’s a link to program details in today’s script online.


The Beaver Island Library is busy getting its summer programs ready. Plans include a summer MI Library Quest. Those participating will face all manner of ghasts and ghouls as they solve the mystery of their appearance across Michigan. There’ll be puzzles and riddles and fun. Things kick off on July 1st at the library or you can visit M-I dot gov forward slash My Library Quest to learn more. Also on tap are special summer story hours on Thursday and the Lego club on Saturdays.


Island artist Chris Screven has released some new tracks that cross the genres of his work. There are some jazz and folk tracks. You can find links to them at screven music dot org.


Here’s something to add to your list if you are across with the kids and happen by Boyne City. They’ve just opened a new splash pad there after almost a year of construction work. Mayor Hugh Conklin turned a water key to start the water fun yesterday. It will be open through the summer.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: The B-I-A Board will meet today at 4:00. That’s it for this meeting lite week. Additional details are in the calendar entry online.


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. At 1:00, there’s Games Galore until 4:00 at the BIC Center. Meantime, its Italian Day this Thursday at the Bodega and Burger and a Beer night at the Shamrock.


Friday kicks off with Senior Coffee and Donuts at 8:00 at the BIC Center. Then, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on at 9:00 up in the Hangout. The Resale Shop is open from noon to 4:00. At 4:00, there’s a Hot Dog Stand Fundraiser at the BIC Center to help support the Tea Room at the Irish Feile coming up later this year.  Five bucks get you a grilled dog, chips, and water. At 5:00, Warblers on the Water Birding Festival events get underway with an opportunity to Meet & Greet the Field Guides for the event as well as fellow birders.  All are welcome to this event at the BIC Center. If you want a burger instead of a dog, the Elks have their first burger night of the season planned for Friday night, too. They’ll have drive-through service at the Gregg Fellowship Center from 5:00 to 6:00. Charcoal-grilled burgers are $9 with sides for a dollar each.  You can order ahead or just drive through. And, Friday is Pizza Night at Dalwhinnies Eat in or take out. Just get your order in before 7:00 p.m.


Saturday is an Island Clean-up Day project for B-I-C-S students. Birding events continue, so be on the lookout for birders stopped here and there around the island. 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. No movies this weekend to make way for Memorial Day weekend events that include the Second Annual “Is Everyone Happy” party at Holy Cross Hall.  That gets underway at 6:00 and runs until 1:00 a.m. Proceeds benefit Tunes Music Makers, an organization formed to preserve the Island’s musical heritage and honor Ed Palmer. There’ll be live music, dancing, and food…and a cash bar. There’s a cool video about the reasons for the event in the calendar entry online.


Sunday there are services at the Episcopal Mission at 9:00, the Christian Church at 9:30, and mass at Holy Cross at 12:15. Warblers events continue Sunday as well with field trips and a keynote presentation at the BIC Center. Dr. Francesca Cuthbert will give a talk entitled An Unknown Treasure in the Great Lakes: Amazing Waterbird Diversity.  That’s at 1:30. No charge for admission.  All are welcome. 


On Monday, the AMVETS will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park to remember and honor those who have served our country in the military. Things will get underway at 11:00 Monday morning.


Finally in the calendar today, a note that movies at the BIC Center are on the move to Monday. Afternoons at 4:00 and evenings at 7:00.  There’s fantastic line up of shows set for June starting on Monday the 5th with Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantomania at 4:00 and John Wick Chapter 4 at 7:00. It’s Monday at the Movies starting June 5th and through the summer at the BIC Center.


Looking ahead to next week…


Monday, no planned community activities. But, Monday 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. Note the new time. Pickleball is on from 10:00 to noon on the outdoor courts over at Peaine Township Park. Note the new location. At the Bodega it’s Taco Tuesday. And, Tuesday evening, Trivia open mic night is back….and now over at the Harbour Bodega for its summer run. Sign-up for the set-list anytime during the day at the Bodega. The entertainment begins at 7:00.


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

BIRTHDAYS:  Mathew Cull is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Matthew, 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:  None. But, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1977 George Lucas’ newest project hasn’t inspired much confidence at 20th Century Fox. It opens in only 32 theatres, its premiere pushed ahead of other, presumed, sure-fire summer hits. But, ‘Star Wars’ proves the naysayers wrong, becoming a blockbuster hit and an unstoppable cultural phenomenon.

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam-Webster Word of the Day is hobbyhorse (noun) [HAH-bee-horss] which today usually means a topic that someone dwells on, returning to again and again, especially in conversation. Does your favorite hobby involve a horse? Whether it does or not, the word hobby is undeniably equine: it’s a shortening of the older term hobbyhorse. And in a strange etymological twist, the word hobbyhorse is itself a product of an older word hobby that in the 1400s referred to a small or medium-sized horse, especially one that moved at a gentle pace. By the mid 1500s, hobby horse was being used to refer to a horse costume worn by a person participating in a morris dance or other performance, and then to a toy consisting of a stick with a toy horse’s head at one end that a child pretends to ride. By the next century the literal horse was unneeded, and hobbyhorse could refer to a favorite pursuit or pastime—that is, our modern hobby. From pastime, the meaning of hobbyhorse was extended to “a subject that someone returns to repeatedly, especially in conversation.” This sense is typically encountered in such phrases as “get on one’s hobbyhorse” or “ride one’s hobbyhorse.”

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday, May 25th

Here’s a thought for the day from Star Wars creator George Lucas: “Always remember, your focus determines your reality.”


On a lighter note: What’s Hans Solo’s least favorite coffee shop? Java the Hutt.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Thursday, May 25th, 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. 



Areas of frost before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 64. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.


Areas of frost after 4am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 34. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.


Patchy frost before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 62. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 41. West wind around 5 mph becoming south in the evening.


Sunny, with a high near 65. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 44.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.

Memorial Day

Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Fire danger level on the island is: High. Out on the Big Drink…


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


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


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

Water Temps: 45 in Little Traverse Bay. 40 at the mid-lake buoy.