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Community Calendar for Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Tuesday, January 19th, 2021. 

First, some news…


It appears that allocation shortages notwithstanding, the COVID-19 clinic here on the island is going to proceed as planned.  Some have received calls advising them to get their shots on the mainland, but when those calls are checked—they turn out to be mistakes.  The Health Department says if you registered for Beaver Island shot today, that is where you will get your shot.


Here’s the procedure—and this will likely apply for all COVID-19 vaccination clinics on the island. Please arrive at the Health Clinic a few minutes early and park in the rear parking lot. Stay in your car until your appointment time. Then go to the back door of the clinic and ring the doorbell to be admitted. Wear a mask and use hand sanitizer.  Bring your ID and, if you have insurance, your insurance card.


The Health Department says that despite the allocation issues, they plan to administer 3,000 shots across their four county service area this week. There are still about 1,200 open appointment times on the mainland reserved for those 65 and older.  None of those appointments are on the island this week, but more are being planned.  So, if you are 65 or older and have not already registered, you should do so now. Instructions on how to do that are posted on the WVBI COVID-19 Info page and are available on the Health Center website.  You can also call Lonnie Anderson at the C-O-A for help.  


On the COVID-19 data front, the data in the report released yesterday continue to look good overall.  On average for the two day period there were 1,422 new cases a day statewide yesterday and  10 new deaths a day. The seven-day running average for new cases is up by 100 to 1,824.  For deaths it is 51—which is dropping, but still being affected by reclassifications of past deaths that are not tied to a disclosed time. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were an average of 35 new cases a day and one death over the two day reporting period. Charlevoix had 11 total new cases total. The single death was in Grand Traverse. Averages for the region are 52 new cases and one death a day.


Statewide there are now 100,392 active cases—down again this time by about 4,000.  Our region has 1,926—which is down by about 200. 


Last reported average positivity rate statewide is down to 7.1%.  It is down in our safe start zone by two points to 7.2%.  The rate in Charlevoix county is 4.4%, which is up from where it had been running. The C-D-C target is 3%.  New case per million rates seem to have plateaued a bit starting the last week of December, but they appear to be dropping again now. No update to the  statewide and safe start zone hospital occupancy rates, bit the last report was good.  It showed no COVID-19 patients at Munson in Charlevoix and seven at McLaren in Petoskey—all in their I-C-U. 


On the island, there’s been another test run and it is back as negative.  No tests pending. No new positives since December 7th—so there are now no known cases on the island classified as active.


Complete data for our region plus summaries for the state, the T-C safe start zone and the U-P are in today’s script online.






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Note: Look back now 6 days divided by 7 to adj. for no Sunday data.






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Note: Look back now 26 days to adjust for 4 Sundays with no data.



Data from January 18, 2021


Island gardening expert Babr Rahn says we are experiencing a winter drought that is really stressing the trees.  She says you can have a look at the pines on the public beach to see the impact.  Some winter watering is the solution, but you can’t water every tree on your property.  So, Barb says pick the ones and that matter most and give them a drink. You don’t have to use a hose. Use milk jugs. About one gallon per diameter inch poured slowly within the drip-line. The temperature of cold tap water is fine. Don’t use warm water.

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


Meeting planner for the week:  St. James Public Works Committee is set to meet Wednesday morning at 11. Library Board meets Thursday at 9:00. Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets Thursday at 4:30.


Pickleball is back indoors at the BIC Center. Players say they are coming in on an impromptu basis until things get back on schedule at the BIC Center, so until then you’ll need to check social media posts for days. They aren’t playing today, but plan to play again on Wednesday.


Resale shop will be open today from noon to four.  Their winter hours are Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 4 each day.


The Community Center is open from 1 to 3 the renovation work in the Hangout is almost complete. Some work on the ceiling remains to be done and then everything has to be cleaned and furniture and fixtures returned to their places.  Current plan is to resume full hours and movies on February 1st. We’ll keep you posted.

Keep up to date on COVID-19 news with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Click COVID-19 Info in the menu at W-V-B-I dot net.

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


Snow showers. Steady temperature around 22. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.


Snow showers likely, mainly before 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 14. Northwest wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.


A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 1pm. Patchy blowing snow after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 31. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

Wednesday Night

Areas of freezing drizzle before 8pm, then areas of snow showers and freezing drizzle between 8pm and 11pm, then areas of freezing drizzle after 11pm. Patchy blowing snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


A 30 percent chance of snow showers after 1pm. Patchy blowing snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.


A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23.

Friday Night

A chance of snow showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 22.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15.


A chance of snow showers or flurries. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26.

Sunday Night

A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28.

TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or outbound to the airports.  Bridges clear.  Island Beltway running smoothly.  But, roads are snow covered and slick, so  let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Janet Nank, Patrick McGinnity and Pam Grassmick are all celebrating.  Happy birthday Janet, Pam and Patrick and, if we missed you on that list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1977 Miami gets its first recorded snow. Drivers pull over, children run out of classrooms, and signs on garbage trucks jokingly promise ‘Free Snow Removal’ as a few white flakes fall from the sky in the Miami area. It won’t amount to more than a dusting, but Florida residents will remember it for decades. (

WORD OF THE DAY: conjecture (verb) [kun-JEK-cher], which means: to arrive at or deduce by surmise or guesswork : guess; to form a supposition or inference. When the noun conjecture entered English in the 14th century, it referred to the act of interpreting signs or omens especially to make prognostications. That sense is now obsolete, but by the 16th century both the noun and verb conjecture had acquired the meanings of speculation and inference that we use today. Conjecture derives via Middle English and Middle French from the Latin verb conicere (“to throw together”), a combination of com- (“together”) and jacere (“to throw”). (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…

First, a special program note.  Tomorrow evening after our news from FSN at five, a special edition of Beaver Island Perspectives will feature Christie Heller Perdue and the opening keynote she planned to give at the Beaver Island Player’s performance of Our Town last year—that to have been part of the Bige Read Our Town Our Island project. Of course COVID-19 did that in, but you can still hear Christie’s thoughts this evening on Beaver Island Perspectives or, if you miss that, as a podcast on WVBI dot net.  Then at seven on tomorrow evening, we’ll bring you a special music program called Our Town Our Island Our Music.  It’s a look at island musicians and the music they create—from early Alan Lomax recordings to current performers. Jacque La Freniere hosts the show with lots of background information on the songs and the artists.  That’s Wednesday at 7:00 right here on W-V-B-I. Then, at 9:00 we’ll present a special Island Music Top Ten Plus Five.


Now, here’s a thought for the day from Thomas Edison who on this date in 1883 brought the first electric street lights in the world to Roselle, New Jersey: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

On a lighter note: What did on ham say to the other in the oven.  It’s getting hot in here so take off all your cloves.

That’s the Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, January 19th, 2021. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening.