News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, May 28th, 2020

From America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, May 28th, 2020.
First, some news…
Health Center now has 15 COVID-19 tests pending. The sudden surge of tests is presumably at least partially in response to news over the weekend of a person on the island testing positive ahead of elective surgery. Health Center is reporting 57 patients tested with 41 tests back negative, one positive and 15 pending.
News of the positive test doesn’t seem to have much affected activity on the island. Though down from normal, traffic this week in town has been up dramatically from the week before as folks return to dining out and shopping in. Dalwhinnie’s, the Shamrock and the Community Center are all open for dining with the option to eat inside, and both McDonough’s Market and Island Energies have reopened for in-store shopping.
And, once again you can drop by the Eager Beaver to do laundry or wash your car. Theresa McDonough says they’ve been doing a soft reopening but are not pretty much back to normal. Plenty of cars out there with three or more months of grime on them needing a wash.
Governor Whitmer’s husband’s attempt to get their boat in the water for the Memorial Day weekend has brought the governor plenty of attention she’d probably just as soon not have. Media across the country have picked up the story. It all stems from what the governor claims was a failed attempt at humor by her husband. When told there was no chance of getting the boat in, he reportedly asked, “I am the husband to the governor, will this make a difference?” There has been coverage from television and cable networks, major metro newspapers and major websites—even the U-K based Guardian Newspaper’s US website was on the story.
Oops. Apparently not so funny.
Meantime, barber shops and salons continue to bristle under the governor’s shutdown orders. A group of two dozen owners and workers delivered a letter to the governor yesterday laying out a comprehensive health and safety plan for re-opening more than 350 facilities across the state. The plan is modeled after plans in other states where such businesses have been allowed to reopen.
Numbers across the state took a bit of a bounce yesterday as slow reporting over the weekend flowed in. Officials reported 504 new cases yesterday, the largest single day tally in six days. That and 68 new deaths. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 55,334 and total deaths to 5,334. Officials said the surge was partly due to weekend reporting delays and partly from increased testing in Michigan prisons. Seven-day averages continue to look good though. Average new case level is at 371—the lowest since March 23rd. Average for deaths is 39, up three from yesterday, but still well below the averages even at the beginning of May.
In our region, total confirmed cases are steady at 205. Death toll remains stable at 20—no change in that since May 12th. County by county, Otsego confirmed case count is stable at 100 with 10 deaths. Emmet is stable at 21 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 23 cases with five deaths. Charlevoix at 15 cases including one from the island, and one death. Kalkaska has 19 confirmed cases two deaths. Antrim 12 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 11, no deaths. And Benzie is at four cases and no deaths. Up in the U-P, they are up one to at 109 confirmed cases. Death toll is stable at 15.
Heres’ what’s happening on your island. Nothing on the township calendars for this week, but next week is busy. Aiport Commisison has a meeting set for Monday at noon. St. James planning Commission is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 and the regular St. James Township board meeting is on Wednesday at 5:30.
BICS School board has committee meetings next week. Policy at 3:30 on Tuesday, Finance at 8:30 and Facilities at 3:30 on Wednesday, and Curriculum at 3:30 on Thursday. Last day of School is the 5th.
School also has a sports awards ceremony planned for June 2nd. That’ll be by Zoom. Graduation will be a multi-day affair with an in-car parade around the harbor on June 6th—the date originally planned for ceremonies here at the Community Center. An in person graduation is tentatively planned for June 20th at 1:00.
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 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.
For what’s happening on your island…check the WVBI/BIC Center Community Calendar at
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 11am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11am and 2pm, then periods of showers after 2pm. Patchy fog before 10am. High near 67. South wind around 5 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Tonight Periods of showers, mainly before 11pm. Low around 46. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 58. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Saturday Night Clear, with a low around 38. Sunday Sunny, with a high near 60. Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 40. Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Monday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Tuesday A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. Tuesday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. Wednesday A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 68.
Out on the big drink…
Today Variable winds 5 kt or less. Showers. Areas of dense fog. Waves 1 ft or less. Friday W wind 5 to 10 kt. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing. Waves 1 ft or less. Saturday NW wind around 10 kt. Sunny. Waves around 1 ft.
Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: Picking up a bit, but no delays. Lots more folks out walking and biking then has been the case—probably more due to the nice weather than anything else. So, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: We missed Donald Cole, Aeden Cole, Lysander McGinnity and Alicia Rosema on Tuesday and John Runberg yesterday. Today Coulter Thorson is celebrating. Happy birthday to 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 1934, rare quintuplet birth leads to sensation and sadness. Ontario, Canada’s Dionne family welcomes five baby girls, an extremely rare multiple birth. All will survive to adulthood, but at four months old they’re made wards of the state, becoming a lucrative attraction while living, and being constantly observed, in a tourist park called ‘Quintland.’ (
WORD OF THE DAY empirical (adjective) [im-PEER-uh-kul] which means: originating in or based on observation or experience; relying on experience or observation alone often without due regard for system and theory; capable of being verified or disproved by observation or experiment; of or relating to empiricism. When empirical first appeared as an adjective in English, it meant simply “in the manner of an empiric.” An empiric was a member of an ancient sect of doctors who practiced medicine based exclusively on observation or experience as contrasted with those who relied on theory or philosophy. The name empiric derives from Latin empīricus, itself from Greek empeirikós, meaning “based on observation (of medical treatment), experienced.” The root of the Greek word (-peiros) is a derivative of peîra, meaning “attempt, trial, test.” (from Merriam Webster)
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…
Here’s a thought for the day: “Unfortunately knowledge is not the single key to success. We have to commit to change.” On a lighter note: I tried to write a good chemistry joke. But it was too formulaic.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, May 28th, 2020. I’m Kevin Boyle, reporting online from vacation, wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever? And, thanks for reading.

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