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Community Calendar for Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

If you are headed to downtown TC in the coming months, you’ll want to plan for even more congestion than usual as both the North Cass and Union Street bridges down there will be closed starting next Monday.  It’s a reconstruction project, so the closures will last up to six months. Other shorter-term road construction projects in town will add to the traffic problems through the spring.  TC offic8ials say the goal is to have everything done in time for their Cherry Festival.

 

There’s another winter storm headed towards the state today, but this one will just skim the L-P’s southern border and may cause some issues in Detroit including for flights from Detroit Metro AIrport. Monroe, Lenewee and Hillsdale counties could get up to 8 inches of snow, though. Ann Arbor might get four inches with some accumulation as far north as Mount Pleasant and the tri-cities. For us, just some flurries.

 

Finally, a reminder that the Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee wants you to go ahead and take their automatic online speed test at your home and other island locations.  There’s a post on the B-I-A website with all the info and a link. There’s a link to that in today’s script online or you can just go to Beaver Island Association dot org to find everything you need on this. You need to be on the island to run the test. If you are away for the season, you are still asked to complete a short survey and then run the test when you return even if that isn’t until spring or summer. https://www.beaverislandassociation.org/2023/01/20/updated-internet-speed-survey/

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Peaine Township Board has added a special meeting for today at 2:00 at the township hall. Also today, the St. James planning Commission will have a special meeting Tuesday at 4:00 to hold a hearing on the updated recreation plan for the township. That’ll be here in the Theater at the BIC Center.  A link to the draft plan is in the calendar entry online. And that’s it for the week.

 

On the fun front today, 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.

 

Wednesday, there is COA Chair Yoga at 10:00, and C-O-A’s Bingo is on at 1:00 up in the Hangout with lots of fabulous prizes.  Time for Art continues Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 in the Welcome Center at the BIC Center. This week it is the Drawing Club of Improbable Dreams.

 

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.  At 1:00, there’s Story Hour for preschoolers at the library.  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 The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild. Our pals drop through an ice hole into the Lost World and the Land of the Dinosaurs. Fun for the whole family, it’s rated P-G. At 7:00, it’s Father of the Bride with Andy Garcia and Gloria Estafan. Rated PG-13, it’s a fun rom-com that even dads will enjoy. 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.

   

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

 

Looking ahead to next week…

 

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

 

BIRTHDAYS:  Ivan Martin, Barb Rakoski and Kat Irmscher are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Kat, Barb and Ivan 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, nada zip. But, once again fresh, fine snow is making the roads slick and has covered about most of the sand our hard working road crews have put down so, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1940 John Ford‘s movie adaptation of John Steinbeck‘s 1939 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel debuts, telling the story of the Joad family’s struggles as they travel from Oklahoma to California. It will win two Academy Awards, including best director, and eventually be selected for preservation by the Library of Congress. On this day image

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam Webster word of the day is balkanize (verb) [BAWL-kuh-nyze], which is an often-capitalized verb meaning “to break up (a region, a group, etc.) into smaller and often hostile units.” It can also mean “to divide or compartmentalize.” The Balkan Peninsula of southeastern Europe is lapped by the Adriatic Sea in the west and the Black Sea in the east. It is named for the Balkan Mountains, a mountain range that extends across Bulgaria from its border with Serbia to the Black Sea. (Balkan comes from the Ottoman Turkish balḳān, meaning “wooded mountain or mountain range.”) The Balkan States are commonly characterized as comprising Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia, with mainland portions of Greece and the European portion of Turkey often being included as well. The English word, which is often capitalized, is the lexical offspring of geography and history: the decline of the Ottoman Empire in the 18th century led to a series of revolts that accelerated the fracturing of the region into smaller states whose unstable coexistence led to violence that came to a head in World War I. Since the early 20th century, balkanize and its related noun, balkanization, have come to refer to the kind of divisive action that can weaken countries or groups, among other things.

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from director John Ford: “You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.”

 

On a lighter note: What’s the opposite of irony?  Wrinkly.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, January 24th, 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

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

A slight chance of snow showers between 1am and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Wednesday

Snow showers likely, mainly after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 30. East wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Snow showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Cloudy, with a low around 22. North wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26. North wind around 15 mph.

Thursday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 21.

Friday

A 50 percent chance of snow showers after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 32. Breezy.

Friday Night

A chance of snow showers before 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 16. Breezy.

Saturday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 21. Blustery.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11.

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 17.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10.

Monday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 16.

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