News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, August 9th, 2022

It’s a no news is good news day again on the COVID-19 front. Nothing new from the Health Center or the state.  No known active cases on the island. State hospital usage data released Monday shows no material changes statewide or locally. Next new case and death data comes out Wednesday afternoon.


Governor Whitmer has tested positive for COVID-19, but she says her symptoms are mild and that she will continue to work while in quarantine. She is fully vaccinated and had been double boosted prior to getting sick.


While it has really been uncomfortably warm only a few days so far this summer on the island, the weather across—even up north—has been really warm for a long stretch.  But, this morning brought relief across the state and some weather that feels a little fall-like outside your island door this morning.  Temps dipped into the high 50s overnight on the island and are no higher than the low 70s across the state. Comfortable temperatures are expected across the state for the rest of the week—and worry not, it will be nice and summer-like here on the island.


In Dark Sky news, stargazers will be treated to a double-header of spectacles this week, as the last meteor shower of the summer shares the sky with the final super moon of the year.


The annual Perseid meteor shower will peak Friday into Saturday overnight with as many as 90 colorful meteors per hour over peak nights. Meantime, the August full moon will hit its own peak on Thursday evening just after 9:30. It is 2022′s last “super moon” — a phenomenon that occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest to Earth at the same time it is full, making it appear especially large and bright. The full moon’s light will obscure some of the Perseids’ shooting stars during the nights of their maximum activity. But don’t give up on your stargazing — meteor rates will still be better than pretty much any other night this year.


The best time to watch will be just after midnight early Saturday morning.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Transportation authority meets at noon today at their H-Q across from the ferry dock. Also today, B-I-A holds its annual meeting at 3:00 at the BIC Center. Registration and a reception start at 2:30. You can register online at—and pay your dues at the same time if you like.  St. James Planning Commission has a special meeting on Tuesday at 6:00. Peaine Township Board meets Tuesday evening at 7:00. St. James Board meets Wednesday at 5:30. That’s it for the week. Locations and details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Tuesday, volleyball camp continues at school. 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, 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. Wednesday evening over at the Gregg Fellowship Center its BINGO. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship and games start at 7:00. Also at 7:00, another meet the author event at the Library. Ellen Airgood, a noted Michigan writer will be there to talk about her books including her latest, which is Tin Camp Road. It’s set mostly in the U-P, but has a chapter that features Beaver Island.


Thursday, the original island Farmer’s Market is on at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop from 8:30 to 10:30. 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. Elks club meets at 5:00 at the Peaine Township Hall. Last, but certainly not least for Thursday is the BIC Center WVBI Secret Garden Summer Gala, Tickets are sold out, but if you have them remember things kick off at 6:00.


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. Homecoming events kick-off with the first games of the Mike Perdue Memorial Softball Tournament at 2:00 over at Bud McDonough Memorial Field.


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.


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. The Annual Bocce Ball Tournament is on at Peaine Township Park is on Sunday starting at 11:00—hopefully using the new Bocce Ball court for at least one field. Lunch is included in your registration. Sign up with Frank D’Andria. Also, the downtown farmer’s market is on from 11 to 3. And the Homecoming Chicken Dinner is on from 4:30 to 7:00 at Holy Cross Hall.


And, a final calendar note… to great music events still on deck for August at the BIC Center. The RFD Boys will be here on Saturday the 20th—they were a sellout last year—and then on the Tuesday after that, Mark Ortwein and his Jazztet will play at the BIC Center. 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 for both shows are at


Monday, Senior Chair Yoga is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Also Monday, Tennis is probably off given the weather, but normally is on 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:  Josh Naranjo is celebrating today.  Happy Birthday to Josh 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:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports but…expect delays in town around ferry time.  And, still lots of folks out exploring on bikes. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1945, three days after Hiroshima was destroyed by the first nuclear weapon strike in history, Nagasaki, Japan, is hit by an atomic blast dropped from a US bomber. Upwards of 39,000 people are immediately killed as the city is leveled, and Japan will surrender less than week later, ending World War II.


(noun) [rih-POHST] which is a clever retort or retaliatory measure. In fencing, it refers specifically to a quick return thrust immediately following a successful defensive action. English speakers borrowed the name for this particular maneuver from French in the early 1700s, but the French had simply modified the Italian word risposta, which literally means “answer.” Ultimately these words come from the Latin verb respondēre, meaning “to respond.” It seems fitting that riposte has since come full circle to now refer to a quick and witty response performed as a form of retaliation.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Tuesday

No thought for the day or bad joke. Outta time!

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, August 9th, 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 75. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.


Clear, with a low around 62. Southwest wind around 5 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 80. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 57. North wind 5 to 15 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 77. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night

Clear, with a low around 54.


Sunny, with a high near 78.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 61.


A chance of rain after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Saturday Night

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.


Partly sunny, with a high near 79.

Out on the Big Drink:


NNW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming WSW in the morning. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


SW wind 10 to 15 kt becoming WNW in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 2 to 3 ft.


N wind 10 to 15 kt. Sunny. Waves around 1 ft.

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 63 at White Shoal, 70 in Little Traverse Bay and 68 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.