News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

 

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Tuesday, April 27th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

Yesterday’s COVID-19 report from the state continues to show a downward trend in new cases. For the two day period covered by the report here were an average 3,262 new a day and 18 new deaths a day. That brings the seven-day running average for new cases down again now to 4,566. For deaths, the average is 60 and headed down. In our region, there were an average of 43 new cases a day and one death over both days. There were six new cases in Charlevoix. The death was in Antrim.

 

Safe start dashboard has new case count headed down across the board–state-wide, in our zone and in Charlevoix County. Positive test rate is 13.7% state-wide, 13.2% in our zone and 10.7% in the county—those numbers all down.

 

Hospital utilization data is showing a dip both overall and for COVID-19 cases.  Overall occupancy for regular beds statewide is 77.4% and 81.7% for I-C-U beds. 15.7% of regular beds have COVID-19 patients in them.  For I-C-U beds, the rate is 25.9%. Numbers are down locally. While Munson still has one patient in Charlevoix and McLaren in Petoskey is down by six to 11.

 

At the health Center, no new tests.  No tests pending. Last positive tests were on the 7th.  There have been three positive tests since the current island cases began. Positive rate is 9.1%.

 

Complete data for our region plus summaries for the state, the T-C safe start zone and the U-P are in today’s script online.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

825844

17324

6524

35

Region

14164

248

86

1

TVC Zone

24584

500

190

2

UP

18865

407

73

1

Includes two days of data.

 

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

4566

60

 

Region

63

1

 

TVC Zone

122

3

 

UP

54

0

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1201

19

2

1

Benzie

996

31

5

0

Charlevoix

1209

17

6

0

Emmet

1763

40

5

0

Grand Traverse

5282

74

43

0

Kalkaska

950

20

10

0

Leelanau

974

17

2

0

Otsego

1789

30

13

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

3071

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

173380

 

78

Region

3081

 

114

TVC Zone

5537

 

10

UP

1794

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

 

Data from April 26, 2021

 

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

 

First, here’s your meeting planner for the week: Just one left. Emergency Services Authority meets Thursday afternoon at 2:00.  Details and remote attendance info are in the calendar entry online. 

 

Pickleball practice is on today from 1 to 3, probably outside so B-I-C-S 4th and 5th graders can work on their play.  Pickleball play is Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays—practice Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available today10:30 to 11:30 up in the Deerwood Lodge hang out.  BIC Center hours this week are 9 to 4 weekdays. Noon to 9 on Saturday. Closed Sunday.

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show is a superpower combo. It’s Justice League. Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his new-found ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. It’s rated PG-13.  At 7, it’s another new release: Denzel Washington and Rami Malek star in a crime drama with non-stop twists and turns as they hunt a serial killer in L-A.  It’s rated R. Both shows have great popular and critical reviews and you’ll see both on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater.   Concession stand will be open with all your favorite movie treats and pizza plus Nathan’s Hot Dogs and soft pretzels. Trailers are on the BIC Center web site at bic center dot org.

 

Sunday there are services at Holy Cross and the Christian Church.  Times and more details are in the calendar. 

 

On the shopping front, library has a DVD and T-shirt sale going on through the end of the month or until everything is sold.  Plus, they have a new supply of paperback books available—western and sci-fi stories. Resale shop is open Thursday and Friday noon to four.  And, the hardware is now opening up on Sundays again as the island comes back to life for spring.

 

And, if you are looking for summer activities for the kids, the library is planning a Tails and Trails program for this summer. No group activities for now, but there will be packets of reading materials, crafts, fun activities and more you can pick up. There are 6 themes with new packets of materials every two weeks on a new theme. To participate, call the library to sign up by June 1. They are at 2701.

 

Speaking of shrubs and trees, island landscaper Barb Rahn want you to remember to deep soak trees and plants you love around your house.  Our drought continues, she says, and they need it.

 

Also, a reminder that the Wildlife Club has shrubs and trees available for pickup and planting.  They look great and make good wildlife food, too, as they grow. They are on hand now and more will be arriving. Call Jacque LaFreniere at 2220 to arrange pickup.

 

Finally, B-I-C-S is taking bids for lawn care for the season.  They are due on at 3:30 in the afternoon on May 5th. Bidding details are in the calendar entry online.

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

Isolated showers between 11am and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 47. East wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 8pm and 2am, then showers likely after 2am. Cloudy, with a steady temperature around 42. Northeast wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Wednesday

Showers likely, mainly before 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 52. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers before 8pm, then a chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Northeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Thursday

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

A chance of rain showers before 4am, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Breezy.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 34.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with a high near 56.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.

Monday

A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 56.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

E wind 10 to 15 kt becoming NE in the afternoon. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 10am and 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Waves around 1 ft.

Wednesday

N wind around 10 kt. Showers, mainly before 1pm. Waves around 1 ft.

Thursday

NE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming NNW in the afternoon. A chance of showers. Waves 1 ft or less.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC:  None. [No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Island Beltway running smoothly with caution delays at the south end where the road has emerged from the lake. Bridges are clear. Roads pretty much smooth as a newly dropped fawn’s belly.] Still, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  [] are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to [].  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 1986, HBO’s signal gets hacked. Satellite TV dealer John MacDougall, under the pseudonym ‘Captain Midnight,’ jams the broadcast signal of the cable network for a few minutes, replacing its programming with a protest message. The protest? HBO has scrambled its signal, forcing satellite TV customers to pay for HBO. MacDougall will receive a $5,000 fine and a year of probation. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: rococo (adjective) [ruh-KOH-koh], which means: of or relating to an artistic style especially of the 18th century characterized by fanciful curved asymmetrical forms and elaborate ornamentation; of or relating to an 18th century musical style marked by light gay ornamentation and departure from thoroughbass and polyphony; excessively ornate or intricate. In the 18th century, French artists rebelled against the ponderousness of baroque style and began to create light, delicate interior decorations, furniture, and architectural elements characterized by fanciful, curved, asymmetrical forms and elaborate ornamentation. The name of their new style, rococo, has been traced to the French rocaille, a term that evoked the ornamental use of rock and shell forms. In time, rococo was also applied to similarly ornamented and intimate styles of painting and music. But all fashions fade, and by the mid-1800s the rococo style was deemed excessively ornate and out-of-date. Now rococo is often used with mild disdain to describe the overly elaborate. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…

Here’s a thought for this earth day: “Don’t cheat the world of your contribution.  Give it all you’ve got.”

 

On a lighter note: What did the custodian say when he jumped out of the closet? “Supplies!”

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, April 27th, 2021. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios 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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