News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, September 24th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, September 24th, 2020. 

First, some news…

 

Unlock Michigan says it has enough signatures to put a proposal before the state legislature to repeal the emergency powers act that the governor has used to shut down the state.  They need about 340,000 signatures.  They say they have 500,000.  The next step is for the Secretary of State’s office to review the signatures—a process that the office has in the past said takes about 60 days. If the signatures are approved, the legislature could vote to repeal the law with no need for a signature by the governor.  But, because it is an election year, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, an ally of the governor, says review of the signatures will probably take until next year after the current legislative session ends.  So, if Democrats take control of the State House, the petition could fall on deaf ears.

 

The Grand Jury’s action in the Breonna Taylor case down in Tennessee sparked protests in several communities down state, including Grand Rapids, but no reported violence. Taylor, a Black emergency medical technician, was shot and killed in her home by Louisville police on March 13 while they were executing a so-called no knock warrant involving a suspect who did not live there. Taylor was a native of Grand Rapids.

 

Michigan lawmakers approved a 62.75 billion dollar state budget yesterday.  Governor Whitmer is expected to sign it soon.  Thanks to federal funding, including loans, the budget avoids drastic cuts that would otherwise have been necessary because of tax revenue lost to the COVID-19 shutdown.  Unlike last year, the budget process was conducted largely behind closed doors.  It appears education funding for both K-12 and state universities will remain unchanged.  The budget includes 14.3 million to cover expanded access to broadband around the state.  There were only about $250 million in cuts.

 

State health officials reported 705 new cases yesterday.  There were 12 new deaths. That brings the total of confirmed cases to 118,615.  Of those 20,995 are active.  Death toll stands at 6,692. The seven-day running average for new cases is up to 679.  Average for deaths is stable at 11.  M-I Safe Start Map shows a positive test rate statewide at 3.2%, which is at the bottom of the old medium risk zone and new B risk zone,  and the average new case rate state-wide is at 52.8 per million, which is in the bottom half of the old high risk zone and new C risk zone.

 

Our region had 13 new cases.  Five in Charlevoix. No new deaths. Overall total of cases in our region is now at 1,093 of which 356 are active. Rolling averages are 10 new cases a day and no deaths.  Safe Start data for our zone show the positive test at 2.2%, which is in the low risk zone or A in the new scheme. By the way, it’s been in that zone since mid-May. The number of new cases per million is up to 29.1, which is a medium-high risk rating or B in the new scheme.

 

Health Center report this morning shows nothing new. Total for tests run is 179. 173 back negative, none pending and six positive.  None of those are active cases 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

New Cases

New Deaths

Totals

State

118615

6692

705

12

Region

1093

32

13

0

TVC Zone

1617

60

16

0

UP

1741

26

95

2

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

679

11

 

Region

10

0

 

TVC Zone

13

0

 

UP

56

1

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

60

0

1

0

Benzie

75

2

1

0

Charlevoix

89

3

5

0

Emmet

140

4

0

0

Grand Traverse

409

7

5

0

Kalkaska

67

4

0

0

Leelanau

104

1

1

0

Otsego

149

11

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

20955

 

 

Region

356

 

 

TVC Zone

474

 

 

UP

833

Note: Look back now 28 days to adjust for 2 Sundays with no data.

 


Data from 9/23/2020

 

Fall colors have started to pop on the island, but the seasonal display is well underway on the mainland.  The U-P is awash in color—about 50% ot total and northern Michigan is at 25%.  Looks with a few chilly nights in the forecast looks like the island will be on schedule for peak color in early October this year. 

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

 

Only meeting on your planner for this week is today:  Emergency Services Authority is meeting Thursday at 2:00 at Peaine Township Hall. 

 

For fun this week: Pickleball today and Saturday 10 to noon. It’s looking like an inside day today and possibly Saturday, too, so they will be here in the McDonough’s market Theater unless the sun comes out – in which case they will be on yhe municipal tennis courts.  And, euchre nights are spinning back up for the fall season this evening, but at a new venue.  They’ll be at the Shamrock on Thursdays at 7:00.  First one is tonight.  Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program in Ray and Ann’s Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30. 

 

Saturday there are movies here at the BIC Center.  4:00 show is E.T.—the extraterrestrial.  It’s Steven Spielberg’s classis digitally remastered and all spiffed up just for you.   Rated PG. Great fun for the entire family.  And at 7:00 it’s Welcome to Mooseport.  A former president and a current plumber face off in a fight for mayor—and a girl.  It’s rated PG-13.  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.

 

Medicare open enrollment is coming up.  If you are interested in help with that, Lonnie 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.

 

And if you are interested in learning more about protecting yourself online, the C-O-A has a series of online seminar’s coming up in October.  Every Wednesday evening at 7 by Zoom taught by an island cyber security expert.  Check with Lonnie at the COA to sign up and get the links.

 

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

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10am, then scattered showers. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 64. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tonight

Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 55. East wind around 5 mph becoming south after midnight.

Friday

Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 72. South wind 5 to 15 mph.

Friday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 59. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Saturday

Showers likely, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday Night

Rain likely, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday

A chance of rain before 8am, then a chance of rain after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Sunday Night

A chance of rain before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Monday

A chance of rain after 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 60.

Monday Night

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.

Tuesday

Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.

Tuesday Night

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.

Wednesday

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. Breezy

Out on the big drink…

Today

Variable winds 5 kt or less. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 10am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Waves 1 ft or less.

Friday

SSW wind 10 to 15 kt. Partly sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Saturday

SW wind 10 to 15 kt. Showers likely before 8am, then a chance of showers after 2pm. Waves 2 to 3 ft.

Water Temps: This morning: 59 at White Shoal.  57 at the mid-lake buoy. 59 at the bridge. 60 at Mackinac City. Down south, Sleeping Bear is still sleeping. Station is offline. At the mid-lake buoy on the south end of the lake, it’s 66.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or outbound to the airports.  Island Beltway clear. No bridge delays.  But, lots of deer dashing across the roads, so let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Michelle LaFreniere, Mary Cook and Brody Johnson are celebrating. Happy Birthday to each of them and, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1957 Ebbet’s Field bids farewell to their beloved ‘bums’.  The Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 in a bittersweet victory as the Dodgers plays their final game at Ebbet’s Field. The team’s been bought and will be moving to Los Angeles, much to the chagrin of their New York fans.  And, on this day in 1982, Prince fans learn to party like its 1999 as his album with that title is released to both critical and commercial success.  It propels him to mega-stardom.  (bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: nepotism (noun) [NEP-uh-tiz-um], which means: favoritism (as in appointment to a job) based on kinship. During his papacy from 1471–1484, Sixtus IV granted many special favors to members of his family, in particular his nephews. This practice of papal favoritism was carried on by his successors, and in 1667 it was the subject of Gregorio Leti’s book Il Nepotismo di Roma—titled in the English translation, The History of the Popes’ Nephews. Shortly after the book’s appearance, nepotism began to be used in English for the showing of special favor or unfair preference to any relative by someone in any position of power, be it ecclesiastical or not. (The nep- spelling is from nepote, a 17th-century variant of Italian nipote, meaning “nephew.”) (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Winston Churchill: “One always measures friendships by how they show up in bad weather.”

On a lighter note: How many nannies does it take to change a lightbulb? None.  Lightbulbs don’t wear diapers.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, September 24th, 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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