News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, August 16th, 2022

Another no news is good news day on the local COVID-19 front. Nothing new from the Health Center. State hospital utilization data released yesterday looked good.  Overall in-patient numbers dropped below normal and COVID-19 numbers were unchanged, but low.


Charlevoix police are working with the FBI to find out who called in a bomb threat that closed a block of Charlevoix’s downtown and closed U-S 31 last week. The caller said there were bombs on the bridge and a sniper in the area. Police sent a sharp shooter to the roof of the Earl hotel in response. But, a check of the bridge and surrounding area found nothing. Like a similar threat in Harbor Springs in 2021, police think this threat will turn out to have originated from overseas.


Civic leaders in Alpena, Sault Ste. Marie, Escanaba, Iron Mountain and Pellston are worried that just announced cuts to Delta’s regional air service to their communities will make travel up north more inconvenient and hurt the local economy. Non-stop service will end with jets flying from community to community rather than direct to Detroit. SkyWest says it is cutting back service due to pilot shortages despite record traffic this summer. The changes start September 12th.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Today, Waste management Committee meets at 1:30 at Peaine Township hall. B-I-A Borad meets that afternoon at 4:00 at the BIC Center. Wednesday there’s a Joint Masterplan open house meeting at the BIC Center from 2 to 6. It’ll be a chance to learn about and provide input on the updated Master Plan for the island.  Again that’s Wednesday the17th from 2:00 to 6:00 right here at the BIC Center. If you can’t make that time, there’s a link in the calendar entry online that can use to provide input. That afternoon there’s also a Parent Athlete meeting at B-I-C-S at 4:30 and the school board committee of the whole meets at 5:30. Thursday, the Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets at 4:30 at the BIC Center and the Library Board meets at the Library at 5:00.  That’s it for the week, Details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Tuesday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 9:00 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the Municipal Tennis Courts. At 8:00 Tuesday evening, meet up next to Marina South for Protopia’s Tuesday evening Bike Boodle. Bring your own bike and light.


Wednesday, there’s a Pastel Workshop at the Beaver Island Gallery starting at 8:30.  There is a fee and you should sign up in advance. Senior Chair Yoga is on at 9:30 up in the Hangout at the BIC Center and Summer Yoga is on in the Theater. Tennis is at 10:00 over on the municipal courts. The Historical Society’s Picnic on the Patio continues its summer run at noon at the Print Shop. Bring a lunch, if you like, and your curiosity about the island. Protar’s home is open from 1:00 to 3:00 and you might be able to arrange a tour of the Whiskey point light. Check at the Print Shop Museum. Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 Soccer practice starts up for the season at B-I-C-S. Wednesday evening over at the Gregg Fellowship Center its BINGO. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship and games start at 7:00.


Thursday, the original island Farmer’s Market is on at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop from 8:30 to 10:30. The Pastel Workshop continues at the Beaver Island Gallery. Senior Tai Chi is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 9:30. At 10:00 at the Library there’s the Summer Story Hour with its ocean theme for this summer.  Stories, activities and more at your district library. And, Pickleball is from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts.


Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program starts up in the Hangout at 9:00 and runs until 10:00. Summer Yoga is on at 9:30. Tennis starts at 10:00 and runs to noon over on the municipal tennis courts. At 7:00 Friday evening there’s a special event at the Print Shop Museum.  A presentation on Irish Music by Glenn Hendrix.  It’s a prelude to the upcoming Irish Felie with both a look at the history of the genre on the island and some demonstrations.


Saturday, Pickleball is on over on the municipal tennis courts from 10 to noon. Also at 10:00, the softball tournament continues with a great concession stand open this year for refreshments and lunch. Protar’s home is open from 1:00 to 3:00 and you might be able to arrange a tour of the Whiskey point light. Check at the Print Shop Museum. RFD Boys take to the stage at the BIC Center at 7:00 Friday evening. Tickets are at tickets dot bic center dot org.


Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar.


And, a final calendar note… Mark Ortwein and his Jazztet will play at the BIC Center on the 24th. If you saw him play with the St. James Jazz ensemble at the brewery earlier this week, you’ll want to see him again—and if you missed it, well, here’s your chance. Tickets are at  


Monday, Senior Chair Yoga is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Also Monday, Tennis is on over at the municipal courts from 10 to noon. At noon, it’s the next Marine Museum Monday with a presentation at, you guessed it, the Marine Museum.  Bring your lunch along if you like.

BIRTHDAYS:  Cory Palmer, Keith Grassmick, Heather McDonough, Mike Hess and Samantha Bontrager celebrate today. Happy Birthday to Samantha, Heather, Mike, Keith and Cory and if we missed you on our 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. But, remember, you still aren’t the only one around. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1989, space storms crash a stock market’s computers. All trading is halted on the Toronto Stock Exchange as disc drives fail and computers crash. Scientists trace the failure to microchip interference from a geomagnetic storm caused by a massive solar flare, even larger than the one that took down Quebec’s power grid months earlier.


(noun) [LIT-uh-nee] which refers to a usually lengthy recitation or enumeration of something, such as a set of complaints, names, or questions. It can also be used to refer to a sizeable series or set, which may or may not be spoken aloud, as when a drug has “a litany of possible side effects.” How do we love the word litany? Let us count the ways. We love its original 13th century meaning, still in use today, referring to a call-and-response prayer in which a series of lines are spoken alternately by a leader and a congregation. We love how litany has developed in the intervening centuries three figurative senses, and we love each of these as well: first, a sense meaning “repetitive chant”; next, the “lengthy recitation” sense owing to the repetitious—and sometimes interminable—nature of the original litany; and finally, an even broader sense referring to any sizeable series or set. Though litanies of this third sort tend to be unpleasant, we choose today to think of the loveliness found in the idea of “a litany of sonnets by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.”

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Tuesday

Here’s a thought for the day from President Harry S. Truman: “A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”


On a lighter note: I’d tell you a potato joke, but I’m not sure how to starch. 

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, August 16th, 2022. 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 79. East wind 5 to 10 mph.


Clear, with a low around 55. Northeast wind around 5 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 57. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.


Sunny, with a high near 80. Light south wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.


A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.


A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Out on the Big Drink:


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


Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 70 in Little Traverse Bay and 70 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.