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Community Calendar for Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

From our Langford Family studios on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Tuesday, January 11th, 2022. 

First some news …


The Health Center is reporting a big blast of additional tests, but just a few more positive results. They show 46 more tests run—probably a lot of them at school—but just three new positive results. That brings to 17 the number of people testing COVID-19 positive since January first and makes for 32 active cases on the island.


Data released by the state on Monday shows new cases continue to surge—though not as much as last week—and hospital utilization continuing to run high—but deaths are low and appear to be dropping. Here are the numbers: 14,841 new cases a day for the three days covered by the report (that’s down by about 6,000) and 56 total new deaths down by 75—over 200 if you count reclassified deaths in Friday’s report. That pushes the seven day running averages to 13,219 for new cases and 94 for deaths including reclassifications. In our region, there were 452 total new cases for the three period and no deaths. That’s tight.  None. 35 of the new cases were in Charlevoix. Hospital utilization is at 81.8% overall with 22% of beds occupied with COVID-19 patients—up from 18.7%. For I-C-U beds, utilization is 82% overall with 27.8% COVID-19 patient occupied—up from 25.8%.


It’s worth noting again that while other numbers remain high—indeed virtually every county in Michigan is at the top of reporting ranges—the number of deaths occurring seems to be dropping. 



Down in Traverse City, the school board has voted to reimpose a mask mandate effective tomorrow—that after dropping their mask mandate at a meetin gin December effective the first of the year.  They say going back to masks is necessary to attract substitute teachers. Staff shortages have forced T-Caps to move to remote learning for some grades—and 6th through 12th graders are virtual for all of this week.


As the national debate over remote learning continues, there’s new data in from a Michigan State University Study that shows students forced online learn less than they do while in school. The report says Black, Latino and economically disadvantaged students fell even farther behind—though the way the data are presented really begs the question of whether the real issue is economic status rather than race. Curiously, the report doesn’t compare performance for students who were in school for the bulk of last year to those who were not. We’ve asked the report authors about both of these questions, but have not yet received a response. There’s a link to the report in today’s script online: Report


Meantime, Michigan universities will get funding to increase the capacity for sequencing and research into infectious diseases, including COVID. Michigan News Connections Lily Bohlke has the story.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week.  Peaine Township Board meets this evening at 7:00 at the Township Hall. Wildlife Club meets Friday at 7:00 at Peaine Township Hall.


On the fun front today, Tuesday, we have a bevy of activities for you here at the BIC Center. Tai-Chi is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Pickleball is on at 10:00 in the Theater. And the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout.


Wednesday, Nothing but Needles is on for crafters at Peaine Township Hall.  That starts at 9:00. It’s C-O-A’s Wellness Wednesday here at the BIC Center at 10:00.


Thursday, Tai-Chi at 9:30 and Pickleball at 10 here at the BIC Center.  And Thursday Afternoon is Games Galore up in the Hangout from 1:00 to 4:00. And you can play Euchre Thursday Evening over at the Whiskey Point Brewing Company.  Cards hit the table at 7:00.


Friday, Pickleball is on in the Theater at the BIC Center at 10:00. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in the Hangout at 10:30 and at 7:00 it’s C-O-A’s winter BINGO game also here at the BIC Center.


Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center with some special shows picked to celebrate M-L-K Day. At 4:00 it’s Selma, Lord, Selma. It’s the story of a young fan of Martin Luther King, Jr. who winds up being the youngest person to take part in the famous civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.  It’s a great show for the entire family.  At 7:00, it’s the Green Book.  A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. It’s a story inspired by a true friendship.  Rated PG-13.  Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater.  Concession Stand open for both shows. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org and in the Online Community Calendar.


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



BIRTHDAYS:  Today, my number one daughter Erin Yafen Boyle is celebrating her 25th trip around the sun. Happy Birthday to Erin 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 the roads are slick and the wind continues to bring branches down. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in in 1569 England draws its first lottery. Chartered by Queen Elizabeth I, the first lottery is drawn in England for benefit of “publique good workes.” Later, ticketing rights will be sold to brokers, the precursor to what will one day be called stockbrokers. Also on this date in 1908, President Teddy Roosevelt moves to protect the Grand Canyon by declaring it a national monument. In 1919 it becomes one of the first National Parks. (


WORD OF THE DAY: tome (noun) [TOHM], which is a large or scholarly book. Tome comes from Greek tomos, meaning “section” or “roll of papyrus.” The Greek is related to the verb temnein, “to cut”; in ancient times, long scrolls of papyrus were divided into sections. When tome was first used in English, it referred to a book that was a part of a multi-volume work or a major part of a single-volume book. (Merriam-Webster)

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

Here’s a thought for the day from the President Teddy Roosevelt on the Grand Canyon: “Leave it as it is… The Ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it.”

On a lighter note: Why did the echo cross the canyon?  To bounce off the other side.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, January 11th, 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. 


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


Isolated snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 27. Wind chill values as low as zero. South wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.


Isolated snow showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 24. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.


A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. North wind 5 to 10 mph.


A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 1.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 13.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 2.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 19.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15.

M.L.King Day

A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25.

Out on the big drink…

There’s a gale warning coming into effect tomorrow with waves up to 9 feet off the west side and 13 feet out in the open waters of the lake. Keep your kayak icebreaker in the rack.




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