News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, October 15th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, October 15th, 2020. 

First, some news…

 

State legislative leaders have reached a deal with Governor Whitmer to extend employment benefits and provide businesses with new protections against COVID-19 lawsuits.  The governor had been resisting tying those issues together in the wake of Supreme Court decisions invalidating all of her COVID-19 orders. The bill would essentially restore the provisions of the governor’s order on unemployment benefits, extending their duration to up to 26 weeks.  On liability, it adopts a compromise on the extent to which a business can err and still avoid liability—setting the standard at diminimus non-compliance rather than substantial compliance. 

 

Other bills approved by both the senate and the house in the past few days would extend expired driver’s licenses through the end of the year, allow governments to continue holding remote meetings, add regulations for nursing homes, extend the use of electronic signatures for documents where they aren’t normally permitted and restore liability protections for healthcare provides involved in COVID-19 testing. 

Meantime, the House approved a resolution that if also approved by the Senate would extend additional subpoena power to a joint House-Senate committee looking into the state’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.  That panel complains that the governor and her officials have not been fully responsive to their inquiries on nursing home policy and contact tracing, among other things. 

 

Alongside those developments, the governor continues to work through the state’s executive agencies to replace her orders.  Yesterday the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration issues a list of emergency rules that replace various workplace safety provisions in the governor’s invalidated orders.  The new rules are valid for six months and can be extended for one six month period.  The full order is on our COVID-19 info page.

 

State health officials reported another big batch of new cases yesterday with 1,359 added to the tally.  That brings the total since the start to 139,061 with 26,449 of those active.  There were 13 new deaths bring the total there to 6,941.  Average for new cases is now at 1,174. For deaths the number is 15.  Safe start numbers for the state are 4.0% for the positive test rat—which continues to blip up—and 89.9 new cases per million, which continues its downward trend.

 

In our region there were 12 new cases and no new deaths. No new cases in Charlevoix.  Total active cases in the region is 350.  Average for new cases is 15 and the average for deaths is 0.  Safe start numbers for our zone continue to look good with a 2.1 percent positive test rate and new cases at 30.7 per million.  No change in the data from our health center. 197 tests run with 187 back negative.  Six positive tests none of which are active on the island.

 

Full county-by-county data for our region are in today’s script online along with state, regional, U-P and Safe Start Zone totals, plus rolling averages and active case estimates. 

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

139061

6941

1359

13

Region

1350

38

12

1

TVC Zone

1986

67

26

1

UP

3645

60

99

2

Note: 7 deaths are reclassifications from prior dates

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

1174

15

 

Region

15

0

 

TVC Zone

20

0

 

UP

90

2

Note: Look back now 6 days divided by 7 to adj. for no Sun. data.

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

76

0

3

0

Benzie

90

2

2

0

Charlevoix

108

4

0

0

Emmet

167

4

3

0

Grand Traverse

533

12

3

1

Kalkaska

85

4

1

0

Leelanau

114

1

0

0

Otsego

177

11

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

26449

 

 

Region

350

 

 

TVC Zone

492

 

 

UP

2362

Note: Look back now 26 days to adjust for 4 Sundays with no data.

 

 

Data from 10/14/2020

 

The Beaver Island Transportation Authority held their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday.  They are still awaiting final budget numbers from the state to complete heir budget for next year.  The Boat Company reported that the Coast Guard has approved the Beaver Islander for a return to service, but there are plans to take it to Escanaba yet this year for some additional repairs. Ridership reports for the season so far show passenger traffic down by 15% over all and down by 51% on the Beaver Islander.  Overall vehicle traffic was up by 3%.  Full stats are in today’s script online.

 

Now, here’s what’s happening on your island…

 

Meeting planner for the week: Library Board has a meeting at 9 on this morning at the library and the Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee is set to meet this afternoon at 4 at the Community Center. Details including remote attendance info are in the calendar entries.

 

Pickleball is on today from 10 to noon.  As the weather bounces around, they are meeting at the BIC Center and then deciding whether to play inside here or outside on the municipal tennis courts over by the resale shop.  Also today, Games Galore here at the BIC Center from 1 to 4.  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is Friday up in the Deerwood Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30.

 

Saturday—Pickleball in the morning from 10 to noon.   And there are movies here at the BIC Center.  4:00 show is Sonic The Hedgehog.  Your favorite video game character comes to life in a mix of live action and animation that’s really cool.  Rated PG.  Great fun for the whole family.  And at 7:00 it’s an award-winning independent film called Babyteeth.  This one’s for the grownups at your house with a rating of NC-17.  Concession stand will be open for both shows—for snacks, a meal or both.  Pizza and hot dogs are on the menu along with all your favorite movie treats. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org.

 

There are weekend services at Holy Cross and Sunday services at the Christian Church.  Times and details are on the calendar.

 

[C-O-A is has a fall recipe contest on now. Submit your winner today through the deadline on the 28th.  Details are in the calendar.]

 

Medicare open enrollment is coming up.  If you have question about that, Lonnie Allen at the C-O-A has some folks lined up for that.  They’ll be at the senior center in the county building on October 23rd from 9 to 6 and on the 24th from 9 to 1.  Call Lonnie at 2124 to set up an appointment.

 

If you are planning on voting absentee for the upcoming election, the time to get your ballot and get it back is running out. Officials suggest mailing your ballot in by the 19th. Better get your absentee ballot request in now if you haven’t already and then get your ballot in—unless you plan to vote in person.

 

[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. 

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

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly between 2pm and 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 47. Breezy, with a northwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Tonight

A slight chance of showers before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers after 2am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 35. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 46. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday Night

Rain showers likely, possibly mixing with snow after 1am, then gradually ending. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. West wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Saturday

Showers likely after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 8pm. Cloudy, with a low around 37. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday

A 40 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.

Monday

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48.

Monday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.

Tuesday

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

Wednesday

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54.

Out on the big drink…

Today – Gale Warning in effect.

Today

WNW wind 20 to 25 kt, with gusts as high as 35 kt. A chance of showers. Waves 7 ft subsiding to 4 ft.

Friday

W wind around 20 kt. Showers, mainly after 2pm. Waves 4 to 5 ft.

Saturday

WSW wind around 15 kt becoming S in the afternoon. Showers likely after 2pm. Waves 2 to 3 ft.

Water Temps: This morning: Up to 53 at White Shoal.  56 at the mid-lake buoy. 53 at the bridge. 53 at Mackinac City. Down south, the buoy at Sleeping Bear has gone into hibernation.  It’s been recovered for the winter. At the mid-lake buoy on the south end of the lake, 58.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC: None.  But branches down all over the place. So, let’s be careful out there.

BIRTHDAYS:  Emmalee Antkoviak, Raleigh Brandt, Dr. Jeff Powers and David Breden are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to each of them and, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1951 TV (SFX: Lucy, I’m home!)  viewers meet Lucy and Ricky as ‘I Love Lucy’ debuts. Starring Lucille Ball as a showbiz-hungry New Yorker and Desi Arnaz as her bandleader husband, ‘I Love Lucy’ premieres on CBS. Despite network qualms about depicting Ball married to a Cuban American on prime time TV (even though they were married in real life), audiences will make ‘Lucy’ the top US show for four of its six seasons. A 2012 poll will rate the sitcom the best show ever. (bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: kiln (noun) [KILN], which means: an oven, furnace, or heated enclosure used for processing a substance by burning, firing, or drying. The word kiln was kindled in Old English as a bundle of c-y-l-n. Unlike many words that descend from Old English, however, kiln is not ultimately Germanic in origin but was borrowed from Latin culina, meaning “kitchen,” an ancestor of the English word culinary, which has been a menu option in English since the 17th century. An ingredient in culina is coquere, meaning “to cook” in Latin.  (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Lucy star Lucile Ball: ““Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.””

On a lighter note: Why did the horse cross the road?  I don’t know.  It left before I could ask the equestrian.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, October 15th, 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. 

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