News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Today is Tuesday, February 26th, 2019.  I’m Kevin Boyle, with today’s W-V-B-I Community Calendar.
First some news…


The Titan Challenge team at B-I-C-S is getting ready to head to Davenport University this afternoon for their competition tomorrow.  Team member Riley Williamson has word on what the Grand Rapids event entails.


ACTUALITY: 01 Riley Williamson Interview RAW.FLAC (:45)
Riley says he’ll let us know how the team does.  We wish them the best of luck!
Here’s what’s happening on your Emerald Isle…


Today, Pickle Ball from 9:30 to 11:30 here at the BIC Center. Also, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program from 10 to 11.  That’s upstairs in Carol’s Hangout. Tuesday evening: Ladies’ Shuffleboard at the Shamrock.


Wednesday, Talking Threads Quilt Guild at Praine Township hall.  That’s at 9:30 in the morning.


Thursday, more Pickle Ball at the BIC Center.  9:30 to 11:30 in the McDonough’s Market Theater. Games Galore in Carol’s Hangout from 1 to 4.  Emergency Services Authority has a meeting planned for Thursday afternoon at 2 at Peaine Township Hall. Thursday evening at 7, Euchre over at Stoney.


Friday evening, it’s the annual alumni basketball tournament and crockpot chili cook off over at school.  We’ll have details later this week, but mark your calendar now and plan to be there at 5 for great food and great fun.


Saturday: Lego club at the Library at 1:00.  Special presentations at the BIC Center starting at 3.  The BICS robotics team will be there with a series of events on the upcoming FIRST robotics competition season.  The games this year are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo program’s first human landing on the moon, so the team is showing a NOVA documentary on Apollo 8 at 3 and the feature film First Man about Neil Armstrong—the first person to set foot on the moon—at 7.  In between, they’ll present live telecasts of the first weekend of Destination Deep Space competition events from around the world on the big screen in the McDonough’s Market Theater and show you the robot they’ve built to compete in this year’s events.


Also over at the community school, B-I Fit is almost set to begin operations. Mark your calendar for March 4th for that.  But, you have to be a member to use the facility. Membership registration packets are available now at the BICS office or at the BI Fit tab on the Beaver Island Community School website ( Get a membership packet to fill out today so you can start exercising on March 4th!

You can find more information on all of these events and everything else we know about 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:



Mostly sunny, with a high near 12. Wind chill values as low as -7. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light west in the afternoon.


Snow, mainly after 1am. Low around 7. Wind chill values as low as -4. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph after midnight. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.


Snow, maybe 2 inches of it, mainly before 1pm. High near 19. Wind chill values as low as -5. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

A chance of snow before 7pm, then a chance of snow showers between 7pm and 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7. Wind chill values as low as zero. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 22. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11.


[MARINE FORECAST: The harbor is still frozen.  No waves.  Good ice fishing.]


TRAFFIC:  Things moving smoothly on the Island Beltway. No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. But, it is slick with the ice under the snow.  So, let’s be careful out there.  Especially in the school zone.

Now, checking in on posts from Phyllis: ON THIS DATE  in 1929, in one of his final acts as president, Calvin Coolidge dedicates acreage in the Grand Teton mountain range as a national park.


In the 1920s, cattle ranching and homesteading in the Yellowstone and Grand Teton regions hit an economic slowdown. While some families persisted in farming and ranching, others opened their lands to hunting, fishing and dude ranching as a way to supplement their income. In 1925, residents of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, near the Tetons circulated a petition supporting the establishment of a park, declaring “we have tried ranching, stock-raising, and from our experience have become of the firm belief that this region will find its highest use as a playground.”


The original boundaries of the Grand Teton National Park included just the Teton mountain range and several lakes. Total acreage of the park increased under Franklin Roosevelt in 1943 and again by an act of Congress in 1950. Today, the park consists of more than 300,000 acres.

DID YOU KNOW THAT  the world’s youngest parents were age 8 and 9? They lived in China and had their child in 1910.
WORD OF THE DAY (from Phyllis): cozen (KUHZ-uhn) which means to cheat, deceive, or trick. The verb cozen has a doubtful ancestry. One plausible etymology has cozen associated with the noun cousin (i.e., the relative), modeled on the French usage of the verb cousiner “to call ‘cousin,’” i.e., to claim fraudulent kindred to gain some profit or advantage. A second etymology derives cozen from Italian cozzonare “to engage in horse trading, cheat.” Cozen entered English in the 16th century.
Don’t forget about the Ice Classic going on now.  You might think the buoy has blown over to Northcutt, but it is still out there by the ferry dock. Make the best prediction of when the buoy goes through the ice and you’ll take home half the entry fees. You can buy your entry here at the BIC Center. Details on the web at bic center dot org.
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…

Here’s a thought for the day: “We make our choices. Then our choices make us.”


On a lighter note…

What do you call an elephant on ice skates?

An ice breaker.

Maybe we can get one for the harbor…

SFX: Studio Bell
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, February 26th,  2019.


I’m Kevin Boyle at the pest free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of the Voice of Beaver Island wishing you a great day and asking you: why not make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening.