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Community Calendar for Tuesday, August 15th, 2023

The Island lost a fixture yesterday with the passing of Don Cole. He was 96. Known for his wit, he was a frequent diner at Dalwhinnie in his later years often inviting folks to “sit with me” or asking to “sit with you.” Stories of the island and his adventures away from it would then ensue.


Ken Taylor, another island fixture passed away over the weekend. He was 83. Living in Ann Arbor, he had been a long time island resident and a donor to many causes on the island. His wife Judy passed away last year. For a number of years, they owned and ran the Beachcomber as an ice cream parlor.


Details on memorials for both Don and Ken are to come.


A fire in Charlevoix over the weekend has the Taffy Barrell closed. The fire was in the apartment above the store and, according to a report in the Charlevoix Courrier, it was noticed early Saturday morning by a baker coming to work at a nearby bakery. There was much concern that the fire could cause extensive damage as has been the case with several other fires in recent years in the town’s critical downtown shopping strip, but the fire department was able to quickly extinguish the blaze and no other businesses are closed. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Photo provided by The City of Charlevoix.


Finally, here’s an update on the Verizon service outage. Although an outage had been planned for yesterday morning, that work was postponed. As of yesterday afternoon, Verizon said the work planned for today on the north end will proceed taking their mobile service offline. That will be from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. While Version is down, you can use Wi-Fi calling if available on your device or, you can use temporary cell sites at the BIC Center, Health Center and the Township Airport. But, you will need to be just outside or in those locations to use the service.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week. BIA Board meets today at 4:00. Peaine Township Board meets Tuesday evening at 5:30. St. James Public Works meets Wednesday at 11:00.  Thursday, the J-TAC meets and 4:30 and the library Board meets at 5:00. That’s it for the week. Meeting locations and more details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Tuesday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is in the Hangout at 9:00. Pickelball is on the outdoor courts at Peaine Township Park at 9:00. It’s Taco Tuesday at the Bodega and Pizza Night at Dalwhinnies. And, the B-I-A holds its annual meeting on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the BIC Center.


Wednesday, there’s Summer Yoga in the Theater in the BIC Center at 9:30. The Whiskey Point Lighthouse Tower will be open for climbing from 5:00 to 7:00 Wednesday evening. Evening Pickleball is at 6:00. That’s over on the outdoor courts at Peaine Township Park. And BINGO is back at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open for fellowship at 6:15. Games start at 7:00. And, at 7:30 Claudia Schmidt returns to the BIC Center as part of the Beaver Island Jazz Series. Showtime is 7:30. Tickets are at tickets dot bic center dot org.


Highlights for the rest of the week include:


Thursday, the Farmer’s Market is on out at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop from 9:00 to 11:00. C-O-A has chair Yoga set at the Peaine Township Hall for 9:30. Pickleball is from 9:00 to 11:00 on the outdoor courts at Peaine Township Park. Women’s Bible Study is on the calendar over at the Christian Church. That’s at 10:00.  And C-O-A has Bingocize, a health information game based on BINGO out at the Peaine Township Hall at 10:30. The resale shop is open from noon to 4. And, it is Burger and a Beer night at the Shamrock. And, Thursday evening is the BIC Center-WVBI Summer Gala. Things get underway at 6:00 with Music starting at 7:00 along with auction and other fun to come along with a gourmet strolling dinner, delicious desserts and wine and beer at the bar. Tickets are at tickets dot bic center dot org.


Friday, there’s Senior Coffee and Donuts at the BIC Center at 8:00.  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on at 9:00 up in the Hangout. Summer Yoga is at 9:30 in the Theater. Talking Threads Quilt Bee Show is on at the Beaver Island Studio and Gallery from 10:00 to 4:00. The Resale Shop is open from noon to 4:00. And, Friday is Natalie’s Cantina Taco Night at Dalwhinnie. Eat in or take out. Just get your order in before 7:00 p.m.


Saturday kicks off with Pickleball outdoors on the Peaine Township Park courts from 9:00 to 11:00. The Resale Shop will be open from noon to 4:00. Lego Club is at the library at 1:00. Whiskey Point Lighthouse tower will be open from 1:00 to 3:00. There’s a Shrimp Boil at Dalwhinnie starting at 5:00. Also at 5:00, the Christian Church is holding a 60th anniversary dinner at the Gregg Fellowship Center.  Ham and beverages will be provided.  You bring sides, deserts and alternate mains if you can. All are invited.


Sunday there are services at the Episcopal Mission at 9:00, the Christian Church and the Lighthouse Fellowship at 10:00 and mass at Holy Cross at 12:15.


Looking ahead to next week…


Monday, there’s Summer Yoga at the BIC Center starting at 9:30 Monday is pizza and salad night at the Shamrock. And, for Monday Night at the Movies, the show is No Hard Feelings. This one is a comedy for the grown ups at your house. On the brink of losing her home, Maddie finds an intriguing job listing: helicopter parents looking for someone to bring their introverted 19-year-old son out of his shell before college. She has one summer to make him a man or die trying. It’s rated R. See it on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater…the way movies were meant to be seen. Concession stand open for snacks, a meal, or both. See the trailer and more at calendar dot W-V-B-I dot net.


NAME OF DAY: Today’s BIC Center name of the day is Rene. If that’s your name, drop by the BIC Center today for a free drink of your choice.


BIRTHDAYS:  Kevin Gillespie and Eric Naranjo are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Eric and Kevin and, if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  None, nada, zip. Parking issues seem to have subsided, but it still gets busy when the boat comes in.  Let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1483 Pope Sixtus the fourth consecrates a chapel in Rome after painters, including Botticelli, have finished their frescos. The ceiling, however, still needs a little work, and 25 years later a new pope will hire Michelangelo to paint what will be considered one of the greatest artworks of all time.

On this day image

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam-Webster Word of the Day is nexus (noun) [NEK-sus], which is a relationship or connection between people or things. When nexus came into English in the 17th century, it meant “connection” or “link.” Eventually, people began using it to refer to a connected group or series of things, as in “a nexus of relationships.” In recent decades it has taken on a third meaning: “center” or “hub,” perhaps from the notion that a point in the center of an arrangement serves to join together the objects that surround it.

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday

Here’s a thought for the day from philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein: “Belief in the causal nexus is superstition.”


On a lighter note: Why don’t oysters donate to charity? Because they’re shellfish.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, August 15th, 2023. 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. 



Sunny, with a high near 75. North wind 5 to 10 mph.


Mostly clear, with a low around 62. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday Night

Showers likely after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. Breezy, with a south wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.


Sunny, with a high near 71.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 59.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Breezy.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Fire danger level on the island is: High.

Out on the Big Drink…


NE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming WNW in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


SW wind around 15 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 ft.


SW wind 15 to 25 kt becoming NW in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 kt. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 4pm, then a chance of showers after 4pm. Waves 8 ft subsiding to 4 ft.

Water Temps: 69 in Little Traverse Bay. 68 at mid-lake southwest of Gull with another gorgeous sunrise shot from the camera out there. Sleeping Bear is 66. 66 up in the straights.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002