News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, December 1st, 2020. 

First, some news…

 

Health Center yesterday afternoon updated its figures to show one more positive test and three more negatives. No new tests were reported. Totals for the current outbreak on the island show 17 positive tests, 65 negative and 4 tests still pending. 77 tests have been run since the first case was reported with some negative results included in our tally coming from tests run before that. Positivity rate is 22.1 percent for the period, which is well above the state and local safe start zone averages.

 

Two service locations that had shut down in the wake of the COVID outbreak on the island are cautiously re-opening.  The BIC Center re-opened yesterday after a deep-clean―and the Transfer Station plans to re-open today at 11.  The BIC Center is open for take-out from the concession stand, technology access and other quick visits. The Transfer Station asks that you plan to handle your own materials if at all possible.  Both locations require masks and social distancing.

 

Yesterday’s state report covered Saturday and Sunday, and included 10,423 cases and 98 deaths or about 5,200 and 49 a day respectively. There are now an estimated 189,229 active cases in the state.  Average number of new cases a day now stands at 6,605 and the average number of daily deaths is 84. In our region, the latest report had 161 new cases and three new deaths. 16 of the new cases were in Charlevoix. The deaths were in Antrim, Benzie and Grand Traverse. There are 3,392 active cases in our region with averages of 113 new cases and three deaths each day.

 

Complete data for our region plus summaries for the state, the T-C safe start zone and the UP are in today’s script. Note that our average calculations for the last several days failed to take into account the report of two days of data on Friday, so they appeared to be higher than the actual 7 day averages.

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

360449

9134

10428

98

Region

5376

91

161

3

TVC Zone

8699

171

346

5

UP

11877

225

141

3

This report covers 2 days. Averages look back 5 reports covering 7 days.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

6605

84

 

Region

113

1

 

TVC Zone

215

3

 

UP

131

5

Note: Look back now 6 days divided by 7 to adj. for no Sun. data.

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

408

6

19

1

Benzie

385

6

31

1

Charlevoix

531

8

16

0

Emmet

900

28

22

0

Grand Traverse

1781

20

41

1

Kalkaska

347

5

18

0

Leelanau

349

3

7

0

Otsego

675

15

7

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

189229

 

 

Region

3392

 

 

TVC Zone

5765

 

 

UP

6220

Note: Look back now 26 days to adjust for 4 Sundays with no data.

 

 

Data from November 30, 2020

 

In our Bad Day for a Road Trip Department, if you were planning to drive to Chicago or Detroit, or head east on the turnpike today or tomorrow―you may want to rethink those plans. You’ll likely encounter heavy snow on the way with 4-6 inches forecast is south east Michigan, 6-8 inches in Indiana on the route to Chicago and up to 18 inches along the Ohio Turnpike south of Cleveland―with 6-8 inches on the rest of the Ohio turnpike. Heaviest snow in Michigan will be in the thumb with 6-8 inches forecast east of Bad Axe.

 

And in the Winner, winner, Fishin’ Dinner Department, PABI held the drawing to pick the winner for the 2020 BIC Center WVBI Raffle last evening at 8. To have light to broadcast the event on Facebook they had to come into the vestibule at the BIC Center rather than do the draw on the steps of the Shamrock.  Deputy Nicole Olson did the drawing after all ticket stubs were vigorously mixed by PABI board member Paul Cole.  The winner?  Ernie Martin.  BIC Center C-E-O Marcy Dean offered congratulations to Ernie and thanked all who purchased tickets

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

 

On your meeting planner for the week, just two items: St. James Planning Commission is set to meet Tuesday evening at 7.  B-I-C-S committee of the whole meets Wednesday at 4:00.  Both of those meetings will be virtual. Details including remote attendance info are in the calendar online.  Speaking of the school board, they have an open seat.  If you are interested in filling it, the deadline to do so is 3:30 on the 7th.  Details are in the calendar.

 

A number of you have responded to our request for virtual events to keep us occupied online at home―when we aren’t out walking in the woods or on the beach.  We’ll post those and start talking about them tomorrow.

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.

Weather, here there and everywhere C presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:

Today

Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 37. Breezy, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with a steady temperature around 33. Breezy, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 42. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Wednesday Night

Increasing clouds, with a low around 29. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. West wind around 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 39.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high near 40.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.

Monday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.

Out on the big drink…

Today

N wind around 25 kt, with gusts as high as 30 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves around 5 ft.

Wednesday

NNW wind 15 to 20 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 kt. Sunny. Waves 2 to 3 ft.

Thursday

W wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly cloudy. Waves around 2 ft.

Water Temps: 38 at White Shoal and 46 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island―with five footers out there.

TRAFFIC: None, nada, zip.  But, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Kerry smith is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Kerry, and if we missed you on our list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1955, Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man. Police arrest the African-American seamstress for violating Montgomery, Alabama’s racial segregation laws that require Black patrons to sit in the back of a bus and give up their seats to whites. The incident leads to a bus boycott, spearheaded by a young minister, Martin Luther King, Jr.  Also on this date in 1990, the Chinnel breaks through connecting England to the European mainland via a 31 mile tunnel that runs deep under the English Channel. When it opens in 1994, the Chunnel project will have taken about six years to complete. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: equity (noun) [EK-wuh-tee], which means: justice according to natural law or right; specifically : freedom from bias or favoritism; something that is equitable; the money value of a property or of an interest in a property in excess of claims or liens against it; the common stock of a corporation; a risk interest or ownership right in property; a right, claim, or interest existing or valid in equity.  Equity usually appears in courts of law as a term related to justice or proportional fairness, or in financial offices to property or one’s share of a company. The derivative root of the noun, which gained stability in the English language during the 1300s, is Latin aequus, meaning “even,” “fair,” or “equal”; however, to be fair, it was introduced to English by the French, whose adaptation of the Latin was equité. The French word has clear legal connotations; it means “justice” or “rightness,” and those meanings, plus a splash of “fairness,” carried over to the English word equity. Noah Webster, himself a lawyer, notes the legal term equity of redemption in his 1828 dictionary defining it as “the advantage, allowed to a mortgager, of a reasonable time to redeem lands mortgaged, when the estate is of greater value than the sum for which it was mortgaged.” This use led to the modern financial meanings of equity: “the value of a piece of property after any debts that remain to be paid are subtracted” and “a share in a company or of a company’s stock.” (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Rosa Parks: “It is better to teach or live equality and love … than to have hatred and prejudice.”

On a lighter note: Why do quarterbacks tell the corniest jokes?  So they don’t go over their receivers’ heads.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, December 1st, 2020.  I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from the Langford Family WVBI 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. 

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