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Community Calendar for Tuesday, January 17th, 2023

It may feel like March…or even April…out there this morning, but M-Live forecasters are saying don’t be April-fooled. Another storm system is on its way to Michigan that could bring heavy snow to areas just north of Grand Rapids north into the U-P.  The current forecast calls for six inches on the island, but accumulation and the snow-ice line are still up in the air. So if you are longing for snow, it could be on the way as soon as Thursday. Keep your snow shovel handy.

 

 

With growing opposition to wind energy across Michigan, clean energy projects are increasingly looking to solar power as an option to meet the states carbon-free power generation goals. Clean-energy experts say that while wind power was once more cost-efficient than solar, that’s no longer the case. And solar takes lots less land, is silent and doesn’t dot the landscape with towering windmills.  For example, they say it takes about 80 acres of land for a wind system to generate three megawatts. Solar can do the same job with 30 acres with no noise and limited visual impact. Some say that solar projects displace farmland while wind projects do not.  Some also worry about electromagnetic-generated health issues from solar, but experts say they are safe. Right now, the bulk of non-nuclear clean energy in the state comes from wind, but the bulk of new projects getting started are solar.
https://www.bridgemi.com/michigan-environment-watch/growing-backlash-wind-energy-michigan-turns-solar-power

  

Finally in the news, two community initiatives to keep in mind.  First, be on the lookout in the next few days for an email from the Joint Townships Telecommunications Advisory Committee. You’ll be asked to click on a link to run a series of speed tests that will automatically report the results to a database.  No need to write anything down or send it in.  The data will be used to challenge the FCC’s broadband map for the island as well as for grant applications, system planning and continued advocacy for better service on the island.

 

Second, remember that the St. James Planning Commission is looking for your input on the current draft of the revised township recreation plan.  It includes a new section on harbor development. There’s be a public meeting to go over the plan and collect comments on it on Thursday at 5:30 here at the BIC Center. The plan needs to be finalized in February.

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Waste Management Committee meets today at 1:30. BIA Board this afternoon at 4:00 in a meeting open to the public. St. James Public Works usually meets Wednesday at 11:00. Joint Telecommunications Committee meets Thursday at 4:30. The Library board meets that evening at 5:00. St. James Planning Commission also has a special meeting set for Thursday evening at 5:30 to review the draft recreation plan.   Locations and more details are in the calendar entries online.

 

On the fun front today, On Monday, C-O-A Chair Yoga is a great way to start your week.  It starts at 10:00 up in the Hangout.

 

Tuesday, Talking Threads will be crafting out at the Peaine Township Hall starting at 9:00. Pickleball is on from 10:00 to noon in the Theater at the BIC Center. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout. At 6:00, a new event kicks off in the BIC Center Theater.  It’s Let’s Get Quizzical…a B-Y-O-B Trivia night. Bring your own team of two to four players or just show up and join a team. No charge to play. Sign up at tickets.biccenter.org.

 

Wednesday, there is COA Chair Yoga at 10:00, but C-O-A’s Bingo is moving to Thursday.  Time for Art continues Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 in the Welcome Center at the BIC Center. This week is the second in Lois Stipp’s two-week series on painting. Class that will be limited to 14 participants.  Sign up at the BIC Center Front Desk.

 

Thursday, Pickleball is 10:00 to noon in the Theater at the BIC Center. Tai Chi is also at 10:00 in the Hangout. Women’s Bible Study is on the calendar over at the Christian Church.  C-O-A is celebrating National Popcorn Day with BINGO and free popcorn. Grab your free box at the Concession Stand and then head upstairs for the games at 1:00.  Resale shop is open from noon to 4. And, Euchre is on tap at Whiskey Point Brewery Thursday, too. Cards hit the table at 7:00.

 

Friday, there is COA Chair Yoga at 10:00 and then Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at 10:30. Both are up in the Hangout. Resale Shop is open again from noon to 4:00.

 

Saturday, the Resale Shop is open from noon to 4:00. At the BIC Center, movies are on tap. The 4:00 show is Sonic the Hedgehog Two. The manic Dr. Robotnik is back on Earth with a new ally Knuckles. Sonic and his new friend Tails are all that stands in their way. Fun for the whole family, it’s rated P-G. At 7:00, it’s a high stakes game with Russel Crowe’s Pokerface. Secrets, revenge and thieves are all part of the game.  Rated R, this one is for the grownups at your house. Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater. Concession Stand open all day for both shows for snacks, a meal, or both.  No charge for admission but remember your free-will donation helps keep the great movies coming to the BIC Center. And, when you finish up the late show, you’ll come out to a New Moon. There’s more info about it on Dark Sky Island dot org.

  

Sunday there are services at the Christian Church at 10:00 and mass at Holy Cross at 12:15.

 

Looking ahead to next week…

 

BIRTHDAYS:  Mary Jean Pike and Mark Engelsman are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Mary Jean and Mark, 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:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports, but the rain and thaw have made a March-mess of the down-island roads. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1991 Operation Desert Storm begins. When earlier diplomatic negotiations yield no results and days after the US Congress authorizes the use of military force in Iraq and Kuwait, bombing missions over Iraq’s capital of Baghdad begin, marking the start of Operation Desert Storm. As US-led coalition forces fight to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi control, combat operations in the Persian Gulf War are broadcast on live TV. On this day image

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam Webster word of the day is hoodwink (verb) [HOOD-wink], which means “to deceive or trick someone.” We usually use the word wink to refer to a brief shutting of one eye, but hoodwink draws on an older and more obscure meaning of wink covered in our Unabridged Dictionary: “to close one’s eyes.” To hoodwink someone originally was to effectively do that kind of winking for the person; it meant to “cover someone’s eyes,” as with a hood or a blindfold. This 16th-century term soon came to be used figuratively for veiling the truth. “The public … is as easily hood-winked,” wrote the Irish physician Charles Lucas in 1756, by which time the figurative use had been around for decades—and today, that meaning of the word is far from winking out.

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from George H.W. Bush, president during the First Gulf War: “Don’t confuse being ‘soft’ with seeing the other guy’s point of view.”

 

On a lighter note, we have another robotics team submission today:  Which part of the Army accepts toddlers?  The Infantry.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, January 17th, 2023. 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. 

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Today

Showers. High near 38. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain showers likely before 1am, then a slight chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 30. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Wednesday

Cloudy, with a high near 32. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night

A 40 percent chance of snow after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. East wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Thursday

Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 32. Breezy, with an east wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of around 6 inches.

Thursday Night

A 50 percent chance of snow before 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 26.

Friday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.

Saturday

Cloudy, with a high near 31.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.

Monday

Cloudy, with a high near 34.

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