News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, August 29th, 2023

The library has announced a new Children’s librarian. Maeve Green is returning to the island to take the position that is opening up with Smantha Bontrager who is moving back to Indiana to take on another library position. Maeve, the daughter of Kitty (McNamara) and Mike Green, was raised on the Island.  She is returning with her baby son and partner to live. Maeve has a strong elementary education background, having earned her degree at Northern Michigan University. She taught at the Beaver Island Community School for 3 years before leaving to work as a STEM Curriculum consultant. She is currently working on a Master’s Degree in K-12 Reading.


Bridge Michigan says Democrats in Lansing want to take control over green energy projects across the state.  That’s the reaction to a number of grass roots actions opposing wind and solar farms in rural areas of the state. House Majority Floor Leader Abraham Aiyash, a Democrat from Hamtramck, says he plans to introduce legislation in the coming weeks to move control of utility-scale wind and solar projects to the PSC. Utility-scale projects have met with fierce resistance in some communities with local boards that approved them voted out of office. Residents say they change the character of their communities while primarily benefiting urban areas.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week. There are two meetings on Critical Sand Dunes Permit Training next week. Both on Wednesday. The first is at 2:00 and the second at 7:00. Both here at the BIC Center in the theater. Only other meeting on tap next is the Emergency services authority at 2:00 on Thursday. 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. Pickleball is on the outdoor courts at Peaine Township Park at 9:00. It’s Taco Tuesday at the Bodega.


Wednesday, there’s Summer Yoga in the Theater in the BIC Center at 9:30. There’ll be the two training sessions on Critical Sand Dune Permitting at the BIC Center that we mentioned in the news. One at 2:00 and another at 7:00. 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.


Highlights for the rest of the week include…


Thursday, 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. The resale shop is open from noon to 4. And, it is Burger and a Beer night at the Shamrock.


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. The Resale Shop is open from noon to 4:00. And, Friday is Pizza 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. It’s Taco Night at Dalwhinnie starting at 4:00 And, Saturday evening, there’s a triple-play performance at the BIC Center. We’ll welcome R&B, soul & gospel artists The Carpenter Ants with guest stars John Ellington and Larry Groce to mark the official end of summer. Ellington performed with the Soul Brother’s Six with the hit “Some Kind of Wonderful.” Larry Groce is perhaps most known for being the host of N-P-R’s Mountain Stage, but he is also a famous musician known for work on many Disney shows and the hit Junk Food Junkie.  This is an amazing group of national stars to have on the Island. Tickets are at tickets dot bic center dot org. Showtime Saturday evening is 7:30.


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 is Labor Day and by tradition, it will be quiet on the Island as all those still here take a deep breath after a busy summer. The only think on the Calendar is Pizza Night at the Shamrock.


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


BIRTHDAYS:  B-I Robot alum Cam Barlett  is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Cam, 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. Still congestion in town when the boat arrives, though. So, let’s be careful out there

ON THIS DAY in 1831 English chemist and autodidact [auto-DI-dact] Michael Faraday publically demonstrates his discovery of electromagnetism, or as he calls it, a ‘wave of electricity,’ via electromagnetic induction. His discovery of this energy transmission will help generate mankind’s electrical revolution. Also on this date in 2005, Hurricane Katrina slams into the Gulf Coast near New Orleans devasting the city as levies breach and a storm surge sweeps in.

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam-Webster Word of the Day is oxymoron (noun) [ahk-sih-MOR-ahn], which means combination of words that have opposite or very different meanings, such as “cruel kindness” or “open secret.” In broader usage, oxymoron can also refer to something (such as a concept) that is made up of contradictory or incongruous elements. The ancient Greeks exhaustively classified the elements of rhetoric, or effective speech and writing, and gave the name oxymoron—literally “pointed foolishness”—to the deliberate juxtaposing of seemingly contradictory words. The roots of oxymoronoxys meaning “sharp” or “keen,” and mōros meaning “foolish,” are nearly antonyms themselves, making oxymoron nicely self-descriptive. Oxymoron originally applied to a meaningful paradox condensed into a couple of words, as in “precious bane,” “lonely crowd,” or “sweet sorrow.” Today, however, what is commonly cited as an oxymoron is often simply a curiosity of language, where one or both elements have multiple meanings (shrimp in “jumbo shrimp” doesn’t mean “small”; it refers to a sea creature), or a phrase whose elements seem antithetical in spirit, such as “organized chaos.”

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday

Here’s a thought for the day from Michael Faraday: “A man who is certain he is right is almost sure to be wrong.”


On a lighter note: An oxymoron walked into a bar… The silence was deafening.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, August 29th, 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. 



Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. High near 71. South wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 49. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 72. North wind around 10 mph.

Wednesday Night

Clear, with a low around 50. West wind around 5 mph.


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

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 57.


Sunny, with a high near 77.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Breezy.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Breezy.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 60.


Sunny, with a high near 81.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 62.

Labor Day

Sunny, with a high near 81.

Fire danger level on the island is: Moderate.

Out on the Big Drink…


SSW wind 15 to 20 kt becoming NW in the afternoon. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1pm. Waves 1 to 3 ft.


N wind 10 to 15 kt decreasing to 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 3 ft subsiding to 1 ft or less.


WSW wind 5 to 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Water Temps: 67 in Little Traverse Bay. 66 at mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island. Sleeping Bear is 66. 65 up in the straights.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002