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Community Calendar for Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Tuesday, February 18th, 2020.
Now here’s what’s happening on your island…
Today, Pickleball at the BIC Center 10 to noon. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program in the Ray & Ann Stanhope Hangout here at the BIC Center from 10:30 to 11:30. Waste Management Committee meets at 1:00 at Peaine Township Hall for their regular monthly meeting. Day ends with Ladies Shuffleboard at the Shamrock. Pucks hit the boards at 7.
Wednesday, the Everything to do with Needles gang will get crafty at the Peaine Township Hall from 9:30 to noon. The Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets at school at 5.
Thursday, Library Board Meets at 9 at the library. Pickleball 10 to noon. Community C-P-R training at the Health Center from 1:00 to 5:00. Are you certified in C-P-R? No? Don’t wait until you wish you were. Sign up for this class by giving the health center a call at 2275. Also Thursday, Euchre out at Stoney. Cards hit the table at 7.
Friday, Island Basketball squads head off to Hannahville for the Northern Lights League Tournament. Check with the school for details on game times and logistics if you want to go along to cheer on our Islanders.
Also Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in the hangout from 10:30 to 11:30. Island Treasures open noon to 4.
Saturday, Pickleball at the BIC Center from 10 to noon. Then, the resale is open from noon to 4. And movies here at the BIC Center. Our Hollywood Classic Matinee month continues with a double feature. At 1, it’s State Fair-the Rogers and Hammerstein on big screen with plenty of 50’s sty;e action and romance. Rated approved in the ratings of the day, but probably PG by today’s standards. And at 4, get ready for West Side Story—the stage classic brought to the big screen. It’s rated Approved, too. And at 7, it’s a modern story of gangs in New York City: Twenty-one Bridges is the show and it will keep you glued to your seat with suspense and action. It’s rated R. Concession stand will be open for snacks, a meal or both—for all three shows. Trailers for the movies are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org.
Sunday, services at Holy Cross, the Lighthouse Fellowship and the Christian Church. Times and details are on the calendar.
Next Monday, St. James Finance Committee has a meeting Scheduled. That’ll be at 1:00 at the Governmental Center across from the school.
You can find more information on all of these events and everything else that’s happening on the island at calendar dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of the good folks down at McDonough’s Market:
Today Snow before 10am, then snow showers likely between 10am and 1pm. Patchy blowing snow after 11am. Temperature falling to around 26 by 5pm. Blustery, with a northwest wind 5 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of around 2 inches. Tonight Scattered snow showers. Patchy blowing snow after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Wind chill values as low as -1. Blustery, with a northwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Wednesday Isolated snow showers before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 18. Wind chill values as low as -3. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as zero. Northwest wind around 10 mph. Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 19. West wind 5 to 15 mph. Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 15. Friday Sunny, with a high near 30. Breezy. Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Breezy. Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 35. Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near 35. Sunday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Monday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.
TRAFFIC: Everything is moving—but slowly. Road crews are out. Watch out for them and give them room. . It is extra slick, so, let’s be careful out there. Especially in the school zone.
BIRTHDAYS: Today, Alice Belfy and Sally Fogg are celebrating. Happy birthday to each of them, and if we missed you on the list today, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
Now, a look at Phyllis’ posts for today… ON THIS DAY in 1885, Mark Twain publishes his famous–and famously controversial–novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Twain first introduced Huck Finn as the best friend of Tom Sawyer, hero of his tremendously successful novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Though Twain saw Huck’s story as a kind of sequel to his earlier book, the new novel was far more serious, focusing on the institution of slavery and other aspects of life in the antebellum South.
At the book’s heart is the journey of Huck and his friend Jim, a runaway slave, down the Mississippi River on a raft. Jim runs away because he is about to be sold and separated from his wife and children, and Huck goes with him to help him get to Ohio and freedom. Huck narrates the story in his distinctive voice, offering colorful descriptions of the people and places they encounter along the way.
Even in 1885, two decades after the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn landed with a splash. A month after its publication, a Concord, Massachusetts, library banned the book, calling its subject matter “tawdry” and its narrative voice “coarse” and “ignorant.” In the 1950s, the book came under fire from African-American groups for being racist in its portrayal of black characters, despite the fact that it was seen by many as a strong criticism of racism and slavery.
Aside from its controversial nature and its continuing popularity with young readers, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been hailed by many serious literary critics as a masterpiece. No less a judge than Ernest Hemingway famously declared that the book marked the beginning of American literature: “There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.” (
WORD OF THE DAY: bootless (BOOT-lus) which means useless, unprofitable. This sense of bootless has nothing to do with footwear. The “boot” in this case is an obsolete noun that meant “use” or “avail.” That boot descended from Old English bōt and is ultimately related to our modern word better, whose remote Germanic ancestor meant literally “of more use.” Of course, English does also see the occasional use of bootless to mean simply “lacking boots,” as Anne Brontë used the word in Agnes Grey (1847): “And what would their parents think of me, if they saw or heard the children rioting, hatless, bonnetless, gloveless, and bootless, in the deep soft snow?” (
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…
Here’s a thought for the day: “You are not born with beauty; your beauty is created by who you are. Your inner beauty is more important than how people see you on the outside.”
And, on a lighter note: What’s more amazing than a talking dog? A spelling bee.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, February 18th, 2020. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from the pest free Hogarth Pest Control 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.