News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, November 21st, 2019

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Thursday, November 21st, 2019.
First, some news… The Joint Townships Telecommunications Advisory Committee met last evening to hear a report from consultants that the townships engaged to prepare a prelimnary study on broadband options for the island. The report looked at wireless, fiber and mixed mode proposals and concluded that a mixed mode system could likely be completed on at lkeast a break even basis. A full fiber system would require community and, probably, grant funding with a cost price tag in the neighborhood of two point five million. Presentation of the report and discussion took almost two hours. The committee will take some time to study the report and then meet again to consider its next set of recommendations to the townships. Meantime, the Pools of Service project—intended to bring higher speed service to select locations where the public can access it—is proceeding with 6 of 8 planned participants having voted to go forward. Again, full disclosure. I chair that committee.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island…
Today, Library Board meeting at 9 in the morning at the library. Games Galore here at the BIC Center from 1 to 4. Euchre at Stoney. Cards hit the table at 7:00.
Friday, Arthritis Foundation exercise program up in the Ray and Ann Stanhope Hangout. That’s at 10:30.
Saturday, Pickleball at the BIC Center from 10 to noon. Movies at the BIC Center, too: Get out your purple top and orange shorts. Dora the Explorer and The Lost City of Gold comes to the big screen with the big sound in the McDonough’s Market Theater at 4. It’s rated PG. At 7, Holly Hunter is going Home for the Holidays—and wondering why. It’s a great family comedy about going home for Thanksgiving. That’s at 7. Rated PG-13.
Sunday, services at Holy Cross, the Lighthouse Fellowship and the Christian Church. Times and details are on the calendar.
Next Monday, the St. James Finance Committee has a meeting at the governmental center. That’s at 1:00 in the afternoon.
Next Tuesday, Pickleball from 10 to noon at the BIC Center and then again in the afternoon from 3:30 to 5:00. And, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at 10:30 up in the Hangout. And, Ladies Shuffleboard at the Shamrock at 7.
Next Wednesday evening, the Conference on Faith continues here at the BIC Center. That’ll be at 6.
And, don’t forget, next Thursday—Thursday next week—is Thanksgiving.
You can find more information on all of these events and everything else that’s happening on the island at calendar dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of the good folks down at McDonough’s Market:
Today Rain. Patchy fog. High near 43. South wind around 15 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. Tonight Rain showers likely before 9pm, then scattered rain and snow showers between 9pm and 2am, then a slight chance of snow showers after 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 28. Blustery, with a northwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Friday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 29. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 39. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. Sunday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. Sunday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Monday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Monday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Tuesday A chance of rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 39. Tuesday Night Rain and snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 31. Wednesday Rain and snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37.
Out on the Big Drink… Today Gale warning and small craft advisories in effect today and tomorrow. S wind 15 to 20 kt becoming WSW in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 kt. Periods of showers. Waves 3 to 4 ft. Friday NNW wind 10 to 20 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 kt. Partly sunny. Waves 2 to 4 ft.
Water temps: 42 at White Shoal. That’s the only station still reporting. Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: None, nada, zip. But, it is really sloppy out there. Ground is saturated. So, let’s be careful out there—especially in the school zone.
BIRTHDAYS: Skylar Marsh and Connie Wojan are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Skylar and Connie and to you, too, if we missed you on the list – Happy Birthday from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center..
ON THIS DAY in 1934, a young and gangly would-be dancer took to the stage of Harlem’s Apollo Theater to participate in a harrowing tradition known as Amateur Night. Finding herself onstage as a result of pure chance after her name was drawn out of a hat, the aspiring dancer spontaneously decided to turn singer instead—a change of heart that would prove significant not only for herself personally, but also for the future course of American popular music. The performer in question was a teenaged Ella Fitzgerald, whose decision to sing rather than dance on this day in 1934 set her on a course toward becoming a musical legend. It also led her to victory at Amateur Night at the Apollo, a weekly event that was then just a little more than a year old but still thrives today.
WORD OF THE DAY: fortitude (FOR-tuh-tood) which means strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage. Fortitude comes from the Latin word fortis, meaning “strong,” and in English it has always been used primarily to describe strength of mind. For a time, the word was also used to mean “physical strength”; William Shakespeare used that sense in Henry VI, Part 1: “Coward of France! How much he wrongs his fame / Despairing of his own arm’s fortitude.” But despite use by the Bard, that second sense languished and is now considered obsolete. (
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island for Thursday…
Here’s a thought for the day, “So much of what we take in is about bigger, better and more. But for some of us small, simple and quiet are all we need. It’s okay to be happy with a calm life.”
On a lighter note: How do you start a party on the Starship Enterprise? Set phasers to
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, November 21st, 2019. 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 you: why not make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.