News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, August 11th, 2020.
First, some news…
Governor Whitmer yesterday vetoed legislation that would shield healthcare providers from lawsuits for care provided during a state of emergency. She said the bill would unnecessarily endanger patients. The governor had provided for such protection in one of her executive orders, but that protection has expired. In a written statement, House Speaker Lee Chatfield questioned why the governor “felt our frontline healthcare workers deserved this protection two months ago, but not today.”
Last week we reported on the use of a racial slur by Leelanau County Road Commissioner Tom Eckerle. He has now resigned, that after using the N-word in explaining why he wasn’t wearing a face mask at a public meeting. He said he didn’t want to burden a newly hired manager with the controversy. All of his fellow commissioners had signed a letter asking for his resignation.
State health officials reported 557 new cases and eight new deaths yesterday. Seven day running average is up one for new cases is 653 for new cases. For deaths it is 6. Totals since the start are 87,960 cases and 6,257 deaths. Positive test rate running average for the state is down again to 3.2%. The target is three percent. Average new case per capita rate state-wide is at 36 per million, which is at the top of the medium high-risk zone. Safe start zone risk levels across the state remain at medium high for all zones except ours, which is at medium.
On the island, no change in the data. 147 tests run. 138 back as negative. 7 pending. Two old positives. No known active cases on the island.
In our region, new cases in Benzie with one, Grand Traverse with four and Kalkaska with two for a total of seven new cases. One new death over in Otsego county. Total of cases in our region since the start is 578 with 25 deaths. Rolling averages are six new cases a day and no deaths. In the U-P there were 15 new cases and no new deaths. They now have 675 total cases with 18 deaths. Averages are 15 new cases a day, no deaths.
Full county-by-county data for our region are in today’s script online.
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Grand Traverse
Data from 8/10/2020
Our M-I safe start zone numbers continue to look good—which is good for school in-person next month. Positive test rate running average is at 1.0 percent which is in the low risk classification for the plan. The new case rate is at 5.9 per million today, which is in the low risk category. Average for that is 13.3, which is medium high risk. Eight new cases reported in the Traverse City Safe Start Zone yesterday. One new death. Rolling averages in the zone are 9 for new cases and 0 for deaths.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Beaver Island Transportation Authority meets today at noon at their H-Q across from the ferry dock. B-I-A is holding its annual meeting today at 4. That’ll be out at the golf course under a tent. All are welcome to attend. Full disclosure. I’m the current president of B-I-A. Peaine Township Planning Commission had a meeting on the books for this evening, but it is cancelled. Peaine Township Board meets at 7. And that’s it for the week on the meeting front.
For fun today, Pickleball 10 to noon on the municipal courts. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program from 10:30 to 11:30 in the hangout here at the BIC Center. South end lighthouse is open today and every day for self-guided tours.
Tomorrow, Marine Museum and the Print Shop will be open today from 11 to 5. Bingo Wednesday evening at the Greg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games at 7.
Thursday, Farmer’s Market 9 to 11 at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop. Pickleball from 10 to noon. Games Galore from 1 to 4 in the Hangout here at the BIC Center.
Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program from 10:30 to 11:30 in the Hangout.
Saturday, movies are on again at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is Artemis Fowl. It’s the story of a young criminal prodigy. From Disney. Rated PG. And at 7, an interesting film shot in Ireland. It’s End of Sentence – a coming together story that’s won a splash of awards. Probably for teens and up, but it has no rating. Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the McDonough’s Market Theater. Capacity is limited to comply with COVID-19 safety precautions and social distancing in family pods applies. Concession stand will be open for both shows for snacks, a meal or both. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org, our follow the BIC Center on Facebook to see them.
There are weekend services at Holy Cross on Saturday and Sunday, and Sunday services at the Christian Church and the Episcopal Mission. Times and details are on the calendar
Don’t forget about the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Gala Auction or the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Raffle. Go to auction dot bic center dot org to bid on items in the auction and raffle dot bic center dot org to pick up raffle tickets. You can also bid and get tickets 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 81. West wind 5 to 15 mph. Tonight Clear, with a low around 61. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 83. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 64. Calm wind. Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the morning. Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 66. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Saturday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Sunday A chance of showers. Sunny, with a high near 77. Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.
Out on the big drink…
Today WSW wind around 10 kt. Sunny. Waves around 1 ft. Wednesday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Thursday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Water Temps: 68 at the mid-lake buoy and at the bridge. No reports so far this year from White Shoal or Little Traverse Bay.
Fire Danger Level: Medium.
TRAFFIC: W-V-B-I virtual octocopter is flying high in the blue skies above the island—so high you virtually can’t see it—and it spies….no delays inbound or out bound to the airports, the island beltway and bridges clear. But, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: The list was AWOL yesterday, so we missed birthday greetings for Brenda Welter and island video man Joe Moore. . Happy birthday to both of them. And today, is a busy on the birthday front. Augustus Conaghan, Kellie Gillespie, Randy Osborn, Jamie Campbell, Caitlin and Connor Williams and JP Stigall are all celebrating. Happy birthday to each of them. And,if we missed you on our birthday list, happy birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1965 South Central Los Angeles is engulfed in flames and rioting. Spurred by poverty, racism, and tension between residents and the city’s police, riots break out in L.A.’s Watts neighborhood. Lasting six days, the worst rioting yet seen in the city’s history will count more than 3,000 people arrested, over 1,000 injured, and 34 dead. Also on this day in 1973, ‘American Graffiti’ cruises into theaters. Writer/director George Lucas takes moviegoers back to the early 1960s with stories of drive-ins, high-school sock hops, and cruising the strip. But, instead of going to that show today in 1973, D-J Clive ‘Kool Herc’ Campbell is throwing a party in the rec room of his South Bronx apartment building playing dance music on what he calls the ‘Merry Go Round,’ — two manually-controlled turntables. It’s a great success, and DJ Kool Herc will be hailed by many as the father of hip-hop. (
WORD OF THE DAY: malaise (noun) [muh-LAYZ], which means: an indefinite feeling of debility or lack of health often indicative of or accompanying the onset of an illness. Malaise, which ultimately traces back to Old French, has been part of English since the 18th century. One of its most notable uses, however, came in 1979—well, sort of. U.S. President Jimmy Carter never actually used the word in his July 15 televised address, but it became known as the “malaise speech” all the same. In the speech, Carter described the U.S. as a nation facing a “crisis of confidence” and rife with “paralysis and stagnation and drift.” He spoke of a “national malaise” a few days later, and it’s not hard to see why the “malaise” name stuck. The speech was praised by some and criticized by others, but whatever your politics, it remains a vivid illustration of the meaning of malaise. (Merriam-Webster).
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Leonardo da Vinci: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” On a lighter note: In life Mozart wrote symphonies in a wide range of keys. But, in death, he was more into D composition.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, August 11th, 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.