News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, December 21st, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Tuesday, December 21st, 2021. 

First some news …


Mostly good news again, today, on the COVID-19 data front.  Yesterday’s release from the state shows another drop in the average number of new cases a day down to 4,666 as well as for deaths, which were down to 53 including reclassifications.  That moves the seven day running averages to 5,481 for new cases and 106 for deaths—down for new cases, but no change for deaths. Our region—the eight county region we’ve followed from the start—had 185 new cases and 18 deaths total over the three day reporting period. 13 of the new cases were in Charlevoix along with one of the deaths. The other deaths were in Grand Traverse with five, Benzie with four, Antrim, Kalkaska and Leelanau with two each, and Emmet and Otsego with one each.  That’s the first time we’ve had a death reported in each of the counties we follow since the early days of the pandemic—so a dark cloud on otherwise encouraging data. Active case counts are down again, though, across the board—statewide down about 3,000 to 175,576 and in our region down about 200 to 2,796.  And, hospital utilization shows more signs of trending down—though it continues to be high overall and very high for COVID-19. Locally, Munson in Charlevoix is up one patient from none and McLaren in Petoskey is down two patients to 14.  No new tests at the Health Center—no new cases, no tests pending.


Complete numbers for our region along with summaries of other state data and hospital utilization data are in our COVID-19 report online.


In the Traverse Ticker this morning, word is that the school board down there is lifting its mask mandate for students after Christmas Break. Masks will still be required on busses as mandated by federal law and in Head Start classrooms.


M-Live says most of the state is looking at a green Christmas with temperatures downstate headed into the high 4os and low 50s.  We’ll warm up, too, but with our snow yesterday and more today, it seems likely we’ll have snow on Christmas.  But, when will Paradise Bay freeze.  Once again it look like it will be way later than normal.


Ice or no, the Emerald Isle is back on the island after her final trip from Charlevoix yesterday afternoon. As she pulled in for the final time under the command of retiring captain Mike Green, he and hearty band of passengers celebrating his retirement were greeted by students from B-I-C-S who walked down from school in a blustery burst of snow—and plenty of others. 

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Today, the Waste Management Committee meets at 1:00 at Peaine Township Hall.  B-I-A board meets at 4:00 at the BIC Center up in the Hang Out.  All are welcome.   That’s it for the week. More details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on here at the BIC Center. That’s up in the hangout at 10:30.


Wednesday, Nothing but Needles is on at the Peaine Township Hall. They start at 9. Crafting fun and fellowship for everyone.


Thursday, Euchre is on Thursday evening at Whiskey Point Brewery.  Cards with the table at 7. School is out, so no C-O-A lunch signup.


Friday, is Christmas Eve.  The BIC Center will be closed, but W-V-B-I will start two days of special Christmas program including lost of your favorite Christmas tunes and some new ones we’ve found to keep things interesting.  Plus, our Christmas specials from all of your favorite W-V-B-I shows, Christmas radio theater and more. And, we’ll have reports from NORAD on the progress of Santa’s sleigh. No movies on Saturday.  The BIC Center will re-open for regular hours Monday through Thursday next week, but will be closed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Movies are back on January 8th with Space Jam and Free Guy.


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

BIRTHDAYS:  Jason Darwin, Audrey Van Dyke and Juli Runberg celebrate today. Happy Birthday to Mary, Ella, Lexi, Dianna, B.J and Brad 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.  But…let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1913, The first crossword puzzle is published. Arthur Wynne introduces a new puzzle called ‘Word-Cross’ in the New York World newspaper’s ‘Fun’ section. The diamond-shaped grid has numbered squares, clues, and simple instructions to fill the blanks. A typographical error a few weeks later will change the name to ‘Cross-Word.’ That one will stick. (

WORD OF THE DAY: exasperate (verb) [ig-ZASS-puh-rayt] which means to cause irritation or annoyance to someone or to excite the anger of someone. Exasperate comes from Latin exasperare, whose base, asper, means “rough.” A relative of asper is asperity, which can refer to the roughness of a surface or the roughness of someone’s temper. Another is spurn, meaning “to reject.”


Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Tuesday…

Here’s a thought for the day: “The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping-stone is how high you raise your foot.”


On a lighter note: Why did Humpty Dumpty fall off the wall?  He had too much egg noggin.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, December 21st, 2021. 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. 


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


Snow, mainly after 1pm. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 31. Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of around 3 inches.


Snow likely before 10pm, then scattered snow showers, mainly between 10pm and 4am. Patchy blowing snow after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. Blustery, with a southwest wind 15 to 25 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.


Isolated snow showers before 7am, then a slight chance of snow showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Southwest wind around 5 mph.


A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 34. Light southwest wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning.


No marine forecast today. They’ll resume when the ferry restarts in April.


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