News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, October 10th, 2019

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Thursday, October 10th, 2019.
First some news…
The Beaver Island Transportation Authority held their regular monthly meeting Tuesday as well as their annual meeting. The annual meeting saw reelection of officers and other routine business. In the regular meeting the board heard that repairs to the Emerald Isle have expanded in scope and are running over budget. But, BIBCO says they expect the boat to be back in service as planned. The main concern discussed at the meeting was the Governor’s line item veto to the budget. If the cuts are not restored they will have a shortfall of around $40,000 for boat operations. That’s in addition to previously reported cuts to the school budget of $155,000 and cuts to the Health Center as well. Finally, the board passed a resolution recognizing Steve West for his service to the board over the years.
By the way, have you written to the governor yet with your thoughts on her actions? Probably good to reach out to our Senator and state rep, too.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island…
Today, Thursday, Charlevoix County Transit is holding a Community Workshop to help plan the future of the service. They’ll provide results from their survey this summer and gather additional input. Workshop runs from 9:30 to 12:30—drop by get an update and provide your input at any point during that time. Also, today, Pickleball from 10 to noon –hanging on to playing outside as long as they can. Games Galore up in the hangout here at the BIC Center from one to four. B-I-C-S Board Curriculum Committee meets at 3:30 at school.
Friday, Arthritis Foundation exercise program up in the Hangout here at the BIC Center.
Saturday, movies here at the BIC Center in the McDonough’s Market Theater on the big screen with the big sound: Beetlejuice at 4 and Toy Story 4 at 7. Concession stand will be open for both shows with snacks or a meal. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org.
Sunday, services at Holy Cross, the Lighthouse Fellowship and the Christian Church. Times and details are on the calendar.
Next Monday, two Board meetings, both at 7 Monday evening. B-I-C-S Board holds their regular meeting at school and the Peaine Township Board meets in the township hall. Again, both meetings at 7. Next Tuesday, Pickleball from 10 to noon. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at 10:30 up in the Hangout. You’ll want to make note of this: There’s an immunization clinic at school from 11 to 2:30—a chance for you to get your immunizations up to date and your kids up to date. Think you are up to date? Have you had your flu shot for this year. Nope? Well, you can take care of that at the Immunization Clinic being run by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan at school. You can just drop in, but you’ll speed things up for everyone if you call them at 800-432-4121 to set up an appointment. Also next Tuesday, the Waste Management Committee has their regular monthly meeting at 1:00 p.m. at Peaine Township Hall. And, the Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee has their regular monthly meeting in the administrative conference room at B-I-C-S at 5.
Next Wednesday, the Historical Society’s Picnic at the Point series continues. Noon out at Whiskey Point. Topic is economic history of the island. Wednesday evening, there’s a Conference on Faith going on here at the BIC Center. That’s at 6. It’s the first event in a 10 series. DISCOVER the JOY and Purpose in your story. ALL are WELCOME!!! Also next Wednesday, Ladies Shuffle Board is starting up again at the Shamrock. That’s at 7. No Bingo next week.That’s because Bev’s qui;ting event is back through the weekend
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 Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. East wind 10 to 15 mph. Tonight A 10 percent chance of showers after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Southeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Friday Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 65. Breezy, with a southeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Friday Night Showers, mainly between 8pm and 2am. Low around 40. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Saturday A chance of showers before 8am, then a chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Saturday Night Showers, mainly after 8pm. Low around 37. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Sunday Showers. High near 49. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Sunday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Columbus Day Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. Monday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Tuesday A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. Tuesday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. Wednesday A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50.
Out on the Big Drink… Today ESE wind around 10 kt. Partly sunny. Waves around 1 ft. Friday SE wind around 20 kt, with gusts as high as 30 kt. Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Waves around 4 ft.
Water temps: No report from Little Traverse Bay. 57, which is off 3 degrees, at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull. And off a degree White Shoal—now at 55. SO we are well back tyo the point where it is dangerous to be in the water without protective gear for more than a short period. So, if you are out paddling to enjoy the fall colors from off shore—remember to dress for the water—not the weather. Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: None. Nada. Zip. But, deer and turkeys everywhere. I lost count of the turkeys this morning on the way in. Deer count was 6 including a nice buck. So, let’s be careful out there—especially in the school zone.
BIRTHDAYS: MacKenzie Martin and Wil Cwikiel are celebrating today. Happy birthday to MacKenzie and Wil. And, if you are missing from the list for today, happy birthday to you from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DATE in 1935, George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess premieres on Broadway.
Porgy and Bess began its journey to the Broadway stage in 1926, when George Gershwin wrote a letter late one night to the author of a book he was reading proposing that the two of them collaborate on an operatic adaptation. The African-American poet DuBose Heyward, author of the novel Porgy, immediately agreed to Gershwin’s proposal, but commercial commitments in New York prevented Gershwin from actually beginning work on the project for another seven years. In the meantime, singer Al Jolson attempted to mount a musical version of Porgy starring himself in blackface, but that effort foundered in 1932, leaving the way open for the Gershwin-Heyward collaboration that would feature an all-African American cast of classically trained singers—revolutionary casting in 1930s America.
The critics of the day were decidedly mixed in their reception of Porgy and Bess, however. While Olin Downes of TheNew York Times found “much to commend it from the musical standpoint,” composer/critic Virgil Thomson, writing for the New York Herald-Tribune,was less kind, calling Gershwin’s incorporation of blues and jazz influences into a “serious” operatic score to be “falsely conceived and rather clumsily executed…crooked folklore and half-way opera.”
George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward died in 1937 and 1940, respectively, not knowing that the poorly-received Porgy and Bess, which premiered on this day in 1925 and closed some four months later, would later gain recognition as one of the most important American musical works of the 20th century.
WORD OF THE DAY: blandish (BLAN-dish) which means: 1 : to coax with flattery : cajole 2 : to act or speak in a flattering or coaxing manner The word blandish has been a part of the English language since at least the 14th century with virtually no change in its meaning. It ultimately derives from blandus, a Latin word meaning “mild” or “flattering.” One of the earliest known uses of blandish can be found in the sacred writings of Richard Rolle de Hampole, an English hermit and mystic, who cautioned against “the dragon that blandishes with the head and smites with the tail.” Although blandish might not exactly be suggestive of dullness, it was the “mild” sense of blandus that gave us our adjective bland, which has a lesser-known sense meaning “smooth and soothing in manner or quality.” (Merriam-Webster)
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…
Here’s a thought for the day from the Dalai Lama: “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
On a lighter note: Where does Chocolate Milk come from? A Dairy Cacao.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, October 10th, 2019. I’m Kevin Boyle at 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.