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Community Calendar for Tuesday, December 6th, 2022


A new study says the Little Traverse Wheelway is generating about 10-million-dollars a year for the local economy.  That was last year.  While the pandemic had some positive impact on trail usage, the Little Traverse Conservancy says the uptick has held even as the Pandemic has faded.  Trail use now is at about 116 thousand users each year.


There’s a special Dark Sky event coming up tomorrow.  At 11:08 in the evening, the cold full moon will slip in front of Mars in what is known as a lunar occultation of the Red Planet. The evnt will be visible for much of the Americas, Europe and Northern Afrida….and will be visible here on the island assuming we aren’t done in by clouds.  The event will run from about 1:015 to 11:15. There’s more info in the calendar and at darkskyisland dot org.


Finally this morning, a reminder to fill out the Internet Speed Survey included in your Winter Tax bill.  The data collected will be used to review the accuracy of the FCC Broadband Map that will be used to allocate funding from the Infrastructure Bill for internet improvements. You can also fill out the survey online.  Find it on the B-I-A website at beaver island association dot org.

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


Your meeting planner for the week: St. James Planning Commission has a meeting set for Tuesday at 6:00. Their Finance Committee meets Wednesday at 1:00. There had been a Peaine Township Planning Commission meeting set for Wednesday at 7, but that has been canceled. The Elks Club meets Thursday evening at 5:30…and note there was an error in the calendar that had them meeting last week, so sorry for that miscue.  That’s it.  Meeting details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Tuesday, Talking Threads will be crafting out at the Peaine Township Hall starting at 9:00. Pickleball is on at 10:00, in the Theater here at the BIC Center . And the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout.


Wednesday, Chair Yoga is scheduled for upstairs in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 10:00. C-O-A Bingo is scheduled at 1:00 up in the Hang Out. Time for Art is continues this week with another session of The Drawing Club of Improbable Dreams continuing this week.  You can also bring your own project for open studio time.


Thursday Pickleball is from 10:00 to noon in the Theater. Tai Chi is set for 10:00. Also at 10:00, there is Women’s Bible Study over at the Christian Church.  At 1:00, Story Hour is on at the library. And Euchre is on tap at Whiskey Point Brewery Thursday, too. Cards hit the table at 7:00.


Friday, at the BIC Center, Pickleball is from 10 to noon in the theater.  Chair Yoga set for 10:00 in the Hangout followed by the Arthritis Foundation exercise program is on for 10:30. Games Galore is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center starting at 1:00.  


On Saturday, Cookie Carnival pickup is from 11:00 until 2:00.  Remember, you need to order in advance by 5:00 today.] And don’t forget that Saturday is the drop-off deadline for the Ellen Welke Memorial Toy Drive.  Drop unwrapped, new toys at the Welke Airport or over in Charlevoix at the airport. Movies are back Saturday at the BIC Center with Disney’s dystopian fairy tale Disenchanted and Julia Roberts and George Clooney in a dystopian effort to break off their daughter’s marriage in Ticket to Paradise. Both shows are great fun, rated PG and PG-13 respectively. No charge, but remember your donation at the show to help cover the costs keeps the movies coming.


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


Looking ahead to next week….


Monday, the C-O-A has Chair Yoga set for the BIC Center at 10:00 this morning.


BIRTHDAYS:  None on our list today, but if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center. [Remember, you can pick your 2023 Birthday Calendar up at the front desk at school, As always, it’s been decorated by Mrs Robert’s class. Proceeds go to fund their spring class trip.

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

ON THIS DAY in 1865 Slavery is abolished in the United States. Eight months after the end of the Civil War, the 13th amendment is ratified. Its passage was secured after intense lobbying by President Abraham Lincoln, whose Emancipation Proclamation had declared slaves free, but left their status after the war uncertain. Also on this date in 1964, ‘Rudolph’ lights up TV for the first time

The stop-motion animation special airs on NBC. Created by Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass and filmed in Japan, the show will become a holiday classic.

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam Webster word of the day is solace (noun) [SAH-lus], which means “someone or something that gives a feeling of comfort to a person who is experiencing grief, sadness, or anxiety.” Solace is a 14th century borrowing from Latin by way of Anglo-French. Its Latin ancestor solari means “to console.” (Solari itself is from the Greek word hilaros, meaning “cheerful”—also source, of course, of hilarious.) Solace is not related to solar (that comes from Latin sol by way of solaris), but it is a close relation of console (“to try to make (someone) feel less sadness or disappointment”) and consolation (“something that makes a person feel less sadness, disappointment, etc.”). In addition to its noun function, solace can be used as a verb (“he was solaced by the company of his children”). For those of you who take solace in knowing the more obscure members of our vast language, we are pleased to also present solacer (“one who solaces”) and solacement (“an act of solacing or the condition of being solaced”).

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

Here’s a thought for the day from Abraham Lincoln: “I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”


On a lighter note:  Why can’t you have a concert at the poultry farm?  The chickens won’t stop shouting free bird.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, December 6th, 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. 



Partly sunny, with a high near 38. East wind 5 to 10 mph.


Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. East wind around 10 mph becoming west after midnight.


Partly sunny, with a high near 38. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. Calm wind.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Breezy.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.


A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.

Out on the Big Drink:


NNE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming ESE in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy. Waves 1 ft or less.


NW wind around 10 kt becoming N in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy. Waves 1 ft or less.


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

Fire Danger Level: Low

Water Temps: 43 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island with two-foot waves. 38 at White Shoal. No reading from Little Traverse Bay.