News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, November 19th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, November 19th, 2020. 

First some news…


Michigan’s new three week pause got underway yesterday, but some fear it will turn out to be more than a pause and run through the end of the year or longer. That’s what the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association is saying as they head to court to challenge the order. They say the order is invalid because they are being treated differently than other businesses, like gyms and hair salons.  M-D-H-H-S director Robert Gordon says that because you have to take a mask off to eat or drink, they are different.  M-R-L-A president Justin Winslow says the data don’t support that contention. Gordon says they do.   Winslow says his group isn’t trying to make a political point.  They are simply fighting for life of their businesses. The lawsuit is the last available option to keep an industry from imploding.


Republican legislative leaders continue to criticize the new restrictions as overreaching in too many circumstances, but both the Senate Majority Leader

Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield say calls to impeach the governor are a distraction and wrong headed.  Chatfield said Republicans aren’t a party that will impeach someone over policy differences.  Republicans have called for a more regional plan based on localized data rather than uniform rules across the state and have introduced legislation to that effect.  The governor and some Republicans say that plan, which has been pending for a number of weeks, doesn’t address the current crisis.


The island seems to have taken the changes in stride.  There were a steady stream of folks driving by the back door at Dalwhinnies for take-away yesterday at lunch, and Facebook is full of rave reviews for the Shamrock’s dinner offerings last evening. Folks headed indoors at the hardware, the BIC Center, post office and the market have been masking up without complaint.


There has been plenty of discussion about the case of a hunter who left the island after experiencing symptoms and then tested positive on the mainland. It appears that contact tracing from that case has been completed and those with relevant contacts have been asked to self-quarantine and test if they experience symptoms.  Perhaps as a result, the Health Center reported 8 additional tests run yesterday and one previous test back as negative.  They now have 11 tests pending.  The only positive tests in their report are from months ago.  All recent results are negative. 


The schools COVID planning team met yesterday afternoon in a session to look at their go-forward plan.  The order requires high school students to change to remote learning, which has happened as of today—but allows pre-K through 8th graders to continue in person classes. So far, the school says they plan to continue with that course.  Some wonder whether the split makes sense given the number of households with teachers and/or students in both groups.


State health officials reported more than 5,772 new cases in their latest report. There were 62 new deaths.  Average for new cases is now 6,932 a day and 67 for deaths. The number of active cases in the state is at 130,000 (oddly enough that’s the exact number)—based on the count of new cases less than 30 days old.  In our region, there were 120 new cases and one new death. 21 of the new cases were in Charlevoix.  The death was in Antrim. There are now 2,489 active cases in our 8 county region, which is averaging 125 new cases a day and 2 deaths a day. 


Full data for our region and summaries, averages  and active case estimates for the state, the UP, and our Safe Start Zone are in today’s script online—all of those numbers calculated by W-V-B-I everyday the state releases data.

Now, here’s the short list of what’s happening on your island… 


Here’s your meeting planner.  Today, the Library Board meets at 9. And the Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets at 4:30. More details and info on remote attendance are in the calendar entries online.


Tomorrow, the Health Department is coming back on Friday between 11:30-3:30 to do another flu clinic at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center  If you would like to get your flu shot please call 800-432-4121—or if you forget, just drop in.  It would be a very bad year not to get your flu shot.


Still awaiting word on church services this weekend.  Christian Church board is meeting today to decide what to do.


[Don’t forget about the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Raffle.  Go to raffle dot bic center dot org if you would like to get tickets.  Or get them at the BIC Center from desk.]

Keep up to date on COVID-19 news with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Click COVID-19 Info in the menu at W-V-B-I dot net.  We are still working on updating new hours and services for everyone, but that should be complete by midday.

Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:

There’s a Lakeshore Flood Advisory through 7:00 this evening…


Partly sunny, with a high near 51. Windy, with a southwest wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.


Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.


Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Breezy, with a west wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.


A 30 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 42.

Sunday Night

A chance of rain showers, mixing with snow after 9pm, then gradually ending. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.


Partly sunny, with a high near 38.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.

Tuesday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 31.


Partly sunny, with a high near 43.

Out on the big drink…

Gale warning in effect today and tomorrow…


SW wind 20 to 25 kt, with gusts as high as 35 kt. Partly sunny. Waves 6 to 7 ft.


W wind 15 to 20 kt. Partly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 ft.


WNW wind 5 to 10 kt. Mostly cloudy. Waves 1 ft or less.

Water Temps: 44 at White Shoal and 48 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island—with 12 foot waves out there this morning.

TRAFFIC: None, nada, zip.  But, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Penny Young and Alex Kuligoski are celebrating today.  Happy Birthday to Penny and Alex, and if we missed you on our list, happy birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1958 rescuers were coming back with the two survivors and the bodies of their crewmates on the bulk carrier S-S Carl D. Bradley. Charlevoix came to a stop as the Coast Guard cutter Sundew came back in the Pine River into Round Lake after a harrowing night out on the Lake in rescue attempts.  The Bradley had split in two late the prior day and plunged to the bottom about 12 miles southwest of Gull Island after battling a November storm. As it happens, there were 12-foot waves last night out in that area of the lake. 35 crewmen lost their lives in the wreck.  Of the two survivors only Frank Mays remains alive today.  He’s been a visitor to the island and the Historical Society has recorded several interviews with him about the tragedy if you’d like to learn more. (

WORD OF THE DAY: cohesive (adjective) [koh-HEE-siv], which means: exhibiting or producing cohesion : causing parts or members to unify or stick together. Cohesive describes something that sticks together literally or figuratively. To get into the stickiness of the matter, look at the word’s etymology: cohesive ultimately derives from Latin haerere, meaning “to stick.” Other descendants of haerere in English include adhere (literally meaning “to stick”), its relative adhesive (a word for a substance for sticking things together), inhere (meaning “to belong by nature or habit”), and even hesitate (which implies remaining stuck in place before taking action). Haerere also teamed up with the prefix co- to form cohaerere, an ancestor of cohesive, cohesion (“a sticking together”), cohere (“to stick together”), and coherent (“able to stick together” or “logically consistent”). (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Bradley survivor Frank Mays : “If we make it ‘til daylight, we’ll be found.”

On a lighter note: Did you hear about the new electric car from Germany?  It’s called a Volts wagon.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, November 19th, 2020.  I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from the Langford Family WVBI 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.