News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

Yesterday’s E-TIPP kick-off meeting had a good turnout with about 15 folks from the island or with connections to the island on the call. Liz Weber from the National Energy Lab introduced participants to the process and stressed that the goal of the project was to support the island in developing energy transition strategies consistent with the priorities of the island community. She stressed that the funding for the project was to facilitate the development of plans.  Funding to implement them will need to come from other sources. Participants expressed concerns about the long-term reliability of the power cable under the lake that now feeds energy to the island with some expressing a goal of reducing reliance on it by working with GLE or others to develop solar projects on the island.  A number of island leaders were on the call including newly installed St. James Board Chair Bobbi Welke. Next steps include the development of working groups and facilitating community discussion about transition priorities.  Some of that work is already underway as part of the update of the island’s master plan. 


Hayes Township residents opposed to zoning changes from agricultural to industrial in their community on the shores of Lake Michigan celebrated victory yesterday after the company asking for the change withdrew the proposal. They are also opposed to other zoning changes in there area, some of which are based on the community’s current master plan, which they say needs to be updated. Their experience illustrates the importance of the planning process.  The issue in Hayes township is one of a number of planning disputes that have sprung up in the Charlevoix and Petoskey areas this year, including a now rejected proposal to build a housing development and boat basin on Lake Charlevoix. 


Down by Detroit, a school district closed for a second day yesterday as it reels from a cyber-attack on the district’s computers.  Students have been told not to use school-issued devices while the district’s I-T team works to recover from the attack.

Now, here’s a look at what’s happening on your island…


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: In addition to the ETIPP Zoom meeting at 10:00 this morning, the Wednesday meeting lineup includes the St. James Public Works Committee at 11:00. Tomorrow, the Joint Telecommunications Committee meets at 4:30. Meeting details and locations are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Thursday, Pickleball is from 10 to noon on the Peaine Township Park court.  At 1:00 at the library there’s Story Hour. Also, at 1:00, Games Galore in the Hangout at the BIC Center until 4:00. And Euchre returns this week.  Games this year are at the Whiskey Point Brewery. Cards hit the table at 7:00. And Thursday evening marks the Fall equinox—officially at 9:03 p.m. local time. The equinox is the moment when the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading southward.


So Friday is the first official day of fall. Tennis starts at 10:00 and runs to noon over on the municipal tennis courts. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program starts up in the Hangout at 10:30…it’s new for fall time…and runs until 11:30.


Saturday, the Trails Association has a work day planned for the new Middle Perron Trail. Meet at 9:00 at the intersection of Camp 3 and Greenes Lake Trails. Pickleball is on at Peaine Township Park from 10 to noon. Story Hour is on at the library at 10:00. C-M-U Biological Station has its annual Community Appreciation dinner set for the evening.  Things get underway at 6:00.  There’ll be appetizers and drinks, and then dinner.  Come out mingle with your fellow islanders, celebrate C-N-U’s work this year and enjoy the last whiffs of summer on Big Sand Bay.  


Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar. Downtown Farmer’s Market is on from 11 to 3 behind Daddy Franks on King’s Highway. 


Looking ahead, on September 30th and October 1st, get set for the return of Beaver Tales to the BIC Center stage and, the weekend after that, movies roar back into the BIC Center Theater with a Double Gun showing of both Top Gun movies on October 8th…the original at 4:30 and Maverick at 7:00.


Monday, Senior Chair Yoga is back after a hiatus.  It starts at 9:30 in the Hangout at the BIC Center. Tennis is on over at the municipal courts from 10 to noon.


Tuesday, The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the new Peaine Township Park courts.


Wednesday, Senior Chair Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30. No Bingo this week, but it will return next week at the Gregg Fellowship Center and then again two weeks later in a last hurrah for the season.


BIRTHDAYS:  None on our list today, but if we missed you on that list, Happy Birthday to you from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  None, nada, zip. But, let’s be careful out there—especially around the school.

ON THIS DAY in 1985, the first Farm Aid concert takes to the stage with musiciansperforming to help family farmers. Inspired by Live Aid, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young organize Farm Aid, a concert in Champaign, IL to benefit American family farmers. Other performers include Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Johnny Cash, and Lou Reed.

MERRIAM-WEBSTER WORD OF THE DAY: Our word of the day is defer (verb) [dih-FER] which means “to choose to do (something) at a later time.” There are two distinct words spelled defer in English, each with its own history and meaning. The defer having to do with allowing someone else to decide or choose something, or with agreeing to follow someone else’s decision, tradition, etc., (as in “He deferred to his parents’ wishes”) comes from the Latin verb dēferre, meaning “to bring down, convey, transfer, submit.” The defer synonymous with delay comes from Latin differre, which itself has several meanings, including two that resound in its English descendant: “to postpone” and “to delay.” Another meaning of differre is “to be unlike or distinct,” which makes apparent another of its descendants: differ—spelled D-I-F-F-E-R—meaning “to be different.”

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Thursday

Here’s a thought for the day from Willie Nelson: “Three chords and the truth – that’s what a country song is.”


On a lighter note: What does Star Wars music sound like up in the mountains? Yoda-ling.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Thursday, September 22nd, 2022. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day—and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening. 



A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 2pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Breezy, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. North wind 5 to 15 mph.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. South wind around 5 mph.


Showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 66. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 51. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


Showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49.


Showers likely, mainly after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63. Breezy.

Monday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45.


A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 61.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

Out on the Big Drink:


NNW wind around 20 kt, with gusts as high as 30 kt. A chance of showers, mainly before 1pm. A slight chance of waterspouts. Waves 4 to 5 ft.


NE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming WSW in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


S wind 10 to 15 kt. Showers likely, mainly after 1pm. Waves 1 to 2 ft.


NW wind 10 to 15 kt. Showers likely, mainly after 1pm. Waves 1 to 2 ft.


NNW wind 15 to 20 kt. Showers likely. Waves around 3 ft.

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 68 in Little Traverse Bay, no report at White Shoal and 67 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.