News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, April 7th, 2020.
First, some news…
The absolute number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb in our state with now 8 days of more than 1,000 day over day increases. There 1,503 new confirmed cases yesterday. The number of deaths from the virus continues to grow as well with 110 new deaths yesterday. The state has climbed to 17,221 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 727 deaths. Compare that to where things stood on March 30th: 6,498 total cases and 184 deaths. Reports say part of the increase in cases is the result of increased testing.
The island continues to be free of any confirmed case, but the numbers continue to grow in northwest Michigan. Grand Traverse, Charlevoix, Antrim and Leelanau all saw one additional case each moving to 14, 8, 5 and 2 respectively. Otsego jumped 2 to 26. Emmet is at 13 and Benzie dropped by one case to none. No new deaths, which is good news. The current tally for the region is 7. In the UP, there are now 33 cases with 15 of those in Marquette County. Four deaths reported.
Local Businesses in Northwest Michigan allowed to remain open to serve critical needs now have another set of rules to follow. As of yesterday at noon businesses must have active employee screening procedures, a log all of the screening results in either paper or digital form, and plans for keeping people at least 6 feet apart. All of that must be available for inspection by the Health Department. A copy of the order and a link to information from the Health Department is available on our COVID-19 Info page at w-v-b-I dot net.
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Cancellations on the island now include the Toy Museum—closed for the 2020 season, the New Deal Art and Music Event planned by the Historical Society and the Cultural Arts Association, Easter vents—all services, brunch and the Easter Egg hunt—and of course the balance eof the school year at least in school. Teachers are working on remote learning plans this week and instruction that way will resume on Monday, though. Jury is still out on BASH and Graduation. A few reminders:
Island fire and E-M-S personnel want you to practice situational awareness. Don’t do things that put you at risk. COVID-19 procedures can slow their response time, and they want to avoid unnecessary exposure risks for critical personnel.
And don’t forget that the 2020 census. Even if you don’t get a letter from the Census Bureau, you can go ahead and complete the census online. Just go to 2020-census dot gov and, when you are asked for the code from your census letter, click the box saying you didn’t receive one and go ahead and enter your Beaver Island address. Of course, if you did get the letter, fill in the code. It is important for all island residents to complete the census because those number will be used to allocate resources for the next 10 years.
Looking for the latest island info on COVID-19? Check the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page for details. You can find that by going to W-V-B-I dot net and clicking on COVID-19 Info in the menu at the top. You’ll find official information from the townships, our latest COVI-19 news and updates as well as state and federal news and resources.
You can find information on events planned for the summer on our Discover Beaver Island Summer calendar. Just point your browser at summer dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Showers likely, mainly after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 47. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Tonight Areas of drizzle with a chance of showers before 8pm, then areas of drizzle between 8pm and 11pm. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 36. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Wednesday A 30 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Wednesday Night A chance of rain showers before midnight, then a chance of rain and snow showers between midnight and 2am, then a chance of sprinkles and flurries after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Thursday A chance of sprinkles and flurries before 8am, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 8am and noon, then a chance of rain showers after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Breezy, with a west wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Thursday Night A chance of snow showers between 7pm and 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Blustery. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 39. Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Saturday A chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Saturday Night A chance of rain showers before 1am, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Sunday A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Sunday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Monday Partly sunny, with a high near 39.
TRAFFIC: No traffic. No delays and, oddly, no critters this morning. Must be they are all sleeping in. Still, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Caitlin Boyle, Susie Fisher, Maura Turner and Mike Weed are celebrating. Happy Birthday to each of them and, if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1994 the Rwandan Genocide begins. In the aftermath of the Rwandan Civil War, conflicts in the African nation continue, reaching a flash point when ethnic Hutu forces kill Belgian peacekeepers and launch a genocidal campaign against their neighbors, the Tutsi. Roughly 800,000 will die in the largest genocide since World War II.
WORD OF THE DAY incarcerate (in-KAHR-suh-rayt) which means: 1 : to put in prison 2 : to subject to confinement A criminal sentenced to incarceration may wish their debt to society could be canceled; such a wistful felon might be surprised to learn that incarcerate and cancel are related. Incarcerate comes from incarcerare, a Latin verb meaning “to imprison.” That Latin root comes from carcer, meaning “prison.” Etymologists think that cancel probably got its start when the spelling of carcer was modified to cancer, which means “lattice” in Latin—an early meaning of cancel in English was “to mark (a passage) for deletion with lines crossed like a lattice.” Aside from its literal meaning, incarcerate has a figurative application meaning “to subject to confinement,” as in “people incarcerated in their obsessions.” (merriam-webster.com)
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…
Here’s a thought for the day “Don’t base your decisions on the advice of those who won’t have to deal with the results.” On a lighter note: Why was the dog proud of himself? Because he did his doody.
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That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, April 7th, 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, thanks for listening.
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