News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, September 17th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, September 17th, 2020—Constitution Day. 

First, some news…

 

Waste Management Committee met Tuesday. Chair Paul Cole said theTownships have approved the Committee’s recommendation to increase in the costs of green bags.  The increases are effective October 1, 2020. Small green bags – currently $2.50 per bag, will increase to $3.00 per bag. Large bags move from $4.00 per bag to $4.50.  The Committee continued to look at the pros and cons of single stream recycling or “mixed” recycling processes.  That’s a system where all recyclable materials are collected together for processing. The Paul said he recently met with Terry Amick, Facilities Manager for the County of Charlevoix, regarding the costs for the process. Amick observed that it was highly likely that the County would provide financial support to assist the Station if it is directed to adopt the single stream recycling process.  Amick noted most Charlevoix County Communities now use the single stream recycle process. 

 

Over the weekend M-S-U students were ordered to stay at home with limited exceptions.  Now, the Ottawa County health department has issued a similar order for all students at Grand Valley State University. The order requires students to stay in their dorms or apartments except for food, classes and work. They are also ordered to not return to their hometowns.  Health officials say they are frustrated by continuing parties and the failure of students to provide complete contact information.  More than 600 students at G-V-S-U have tested positive for COVID-19, that out of a population of 22,000. Officials say that cases appear to be spreading not at large events, but when students hang out in small groups in contained spaces like their rooms.

 

State health officials have reported a total of 680 new cases yesterday.  There were 11 new deaths. That brings the total of confirmed cases to 113,863.  Of those 20,678 are active.  Death toll stands at 6,623. The seven-day running average for new cases is down to 753.  Average for deaths is up one to 12.  M-I Safe Start Map shows a state-wide positive test rate running average at 3.4%, which is at the bottom of the medium risk zone and the average new case rate state-wide is at 52.1 per million, which is at the low end of the high risk zone.

 

Our region had 17 new cases.  None in Charlevoix. No new deaths. Overall total of cases in our region is now at 1,022 of which 375 are active. Rolling averages are 11 new cases a day and no deaths. 

 

Full county-by-county data for our region are in today’s script online along with state, U-P, regional  totals, plus rolling averages. 

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

113863

6623

680

11

Region

1022

32

17

0

TVC Zone

1526

60

25

0

UP

1347

22

41

2

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

753

12

 

Region

11

0

 

TVC Zone

14

0

 

UP

24

0

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

57

0

0

0

Benzie

60

2

3

0

Charlevoix

80

3

0

0

Emmet

133

4

4

0

Grand Traverse

393

7

7

0

Kalkaska

65

4

0

0

Leelanau

94

1

0

0

Otsego

140

11

3

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

20678

 

 

Region

375

 

 

TVC Zone

508

 

 

UP

541

Note: Look back now 29 days to adjust for no Sunday data.

 

 

 Data from 9/16/2020

 

Safe Start data for our zone show the positive test rate at 1.8%, which is in the low risk zone.  The number of new cases per million is 19.1, which now back down to a medium risk rating.

 

Health Center report this morning shows nothing new. Totals are 177 tests run, 167 back negative, four pending and six positive.  None of those are active cases on the island.

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

 

Meeting planner for the week: Library Board met this morning, so just one left.  Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee is meeting this afternoon at 4:30 at the Community Center.  Remote participation information for each of the meetings is in the calendar.

 

[Pickleball is on from 10 to 11 today on the municipal tennis courts.] Games Galore up in the Hangout at the BIC Center from 1:00 to 4:00. Farmer’s market in town from 2:30 to 4:30—or so we’ve heard.  Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program ion the Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30.

 

Saturday, Pickleball at the usual time and place, and movies here at the BIC Center.  4:00 show is Disney’s Inside Out.  Great fun for the entire family.  And at 7:00 it’s a rollicking look at election season with Irresistible.  Stars Steve Carell. Written by former Daily Show host Jon Stewart. 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.

 

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.  Stay up to date.  Remember: Protect yourself.  Protect the island.

Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:

Today

Sunny, with a high near 59. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Patchy frost after 3am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 35. North wind around 10 mph.

Friday

Areas of frost before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 58. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 42. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 46.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 65.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 49.

Monday

Sunny, with a high near 68.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 69.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 54.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Out on the big drink…

Today

NNE wind around 10 kt becoming NNW in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Friday

NNE wind 5 to 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Saturday

Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Water Temps: 60 at the mid-lake buoy. 57 at the bridge. 58 at Mackinac City. Cooling off down south, too, a little. Water is now 61 at the Sleeping Bear Dunes lakeshore. And at the mid-lake buoy on the south end of the lake, it’s down to 67.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC: Our W-V-B-I virtual optocopter is high in the sky above the island and spies—virtually nothing on the traffic front.  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports.  Lots of deer dashing across the roads though, so let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Today, Dean Peters, Ellen Kuligoskiand Larry Pease are celebrating. Happy birthday to Ellen, Dean and Peter, and if we missed you on that list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1787 delegates sign the Constitution in Philadelphia. Following Benjamin Franklin’s speech, delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia sign the Constitution. The day will later be observed as I Am an American Day, which will be renamed to Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Also on this day in 1976, NASA unveils a new spaceship in the California desert.  The new reusable orbital space vehicle, the space shuttle, is rolled out for its first public viewing in front of thousands of invited guests in Palmdale, California. It’s christened the ‘Enterprise’ after a write-in campaign by ‘Star Trek fans. (bing.com)  By the way, if you’d like to learn more about our Constitution you can do that weekend mornings at 6 by tuning in to W-V-B-I for Your Weekly Constitutional with law professor Stewart Harris.  He always has an interesting, non-stodgy discussion and a fun constitutional quiz. Give it a listen.

WORD OF THE DAY: limpid (adjective) [LIM-pid], which means: marked by transparency : pellucid; clear and simple in style; absolutely serene and untroubled. Since around 1600, limpid has been used in English to describe things that have the soft clearness of pure water. The aquatic connection is not incidental; language scholars believe that limpid probably traces to lympha, a Latin word meaning “water.” That same Latin root is also the source of the word lymph, the English name for the pale liquid that helps maintain the body’s fluid balance and that removes bacteria from tissues. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…

Here’s a thought for the day: “You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

On a lighter note: Why didn’t the virtual date go well?  It was a bad connection.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, September 17th, 2020.  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: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, as always, thanks for listening. 

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