Today is Tuesday, July 10th, 2018. I’m Kevin Boyle, with today’s W-V-B-I Community Calendar.
Here’s what’s happening on your island :
The Dorothy Gerber Strings Program summer school of Music starts up today at Beaver Island Community School.
At 10 this morning and every Tuesday during the summer there’s a computer workshop here at the BIC Center. Pat Bonadeo will be here to help with PC, Mac, tablet and smartphone issues.
The Beaver Island Transportation Authority holds its regular monthly meeting today. 12 noon at the transportation building across from the ferry terminal.
This evening, a movie here in the Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater at the BIC Center. It’s Finding Your Feet. Comedy, drama, romance. Great reviews. Rated PG-13. Showtime is 7.
Yoga classes continue here at the BIC Center on Wednesday. It’s restorative yoga t 9:30.
Wednesday, the Historical Society hosts another picnic at the Point out at the Lighthouse lawn. That’s at noon. They’ll have an open mic performance time, so bring your voice and your instruments if you are so inclined. Or just come to listen and enjoy th spectacular views on Whiskey Point.
Also Wednesday, St. James Township has its Public Works meeting at 3 at the Governmental Center across from the school and their board meeting at 5 at the Transportation Building-not the township hall because the Water|Ways exhibit is there.
Finally. Wednesday Bingo is back at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games start at 7.
Thursday: Farmers market out at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop starts at 9.
A schedule note for Thursday: The BIC Center will close early at 3 to set up for the PABI summer Gala.
Friday, Basic Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30.
Looking ahead to the weekend, the Holy Cross Altar Society is holding a Bake Sale across from the Post Office from 10 to noon. Get their early to have the best choice. Lego Club at the Library at 1. Scientific Cruises on the CMU Chippewa at 1 and 3. Call the Print Shop to sign up. Movies at the BIC Center on Saturday. The matinee is DC Lego Aquaman. Evening feature is The Leisure Seeker. And on Sunday way down on th south end there’s a This Place Matters Picnic down at the Beaver Head Light on the south end.
Looking ahead to next week….it’s Museum Week. We’ll look into that starting tomorrow.
More information on all of these events along with all events we know about on the island is on the w-v-b-I BIC Center community calendar at calendar dot w-v-b-I dot net. We try to get all events on the calendar, but if we’ve missed your event you can easily add it yourself by using the handy “Post Your Event” button in the upper right of the calendar or by sending an email with the details to calendar at w-v-b-I dot net. And here’s the great thing. If you post your event on our calendar, it shows up on all sorts of other websites automagically – News on the Net, the township websites, the BIBCO website, Real Estate One, Baroque on Beaver, the music festival and others. Plus folks get to hear about it on the air and see it on the digital signage network around town and across. That’s why we say … it’s one and done with the W-V-B-I Community calendar … the best way to get word out about your event on Beaver Island.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of the good folks down at Powers Hardware:
Today Sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the morning.
Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 79. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
Thursday A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. South wind 10 to 15 mph. OUT ON THE BIG DRINK:
Today Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves around 1 ft.
Wednesday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.
Conditions at 8 this morning here at the Pest Free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of W-V-B-I: a comfortable 64 degrees with winds calm with an occasional breeze from the NNW. Humidity was 77%. The pressure was 29-point-58 and drifting up. Dew point 57. Visibility 10 miles.
Around the island at 8: no report from Whiskey Point, 59 McCaulley’s Point, 67 on Greene’s Bay, 62 down at Lake G and at the W-V-B-I transmitter site it was 54 under a clear sky.
Water temps: 65 degrees at White Shoal and 64 at the mid-Lake buoy southwest of the island.
Looking out on Paradise Bay at 8 this morning, the Hodgson Enterprises Webcam showed it with just a few ripples and a clear sky. Beaver Islander at the dock. Emerald Isle across. Dock clear and dry. You can see what’s going on now by going to w-v-b-I dot net and scrolling down to see the webcam at the bottom.
ON THIS DATE of July 10, 1925, In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called “Monkey Trial” begins with John Thomas Scopes, a young high school science teacher, accused of teaching evolution in violation of a Tennessee state law.
The law, which had been passed in March, made it a misdemeanor punishable by fine to “teach any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals.” William Jennings Bryan, the three-time Democratic presidential candidate and a fundamentalist hero, volunteered to assist the prosecution. Soon after, Clarence Darrow agreed to join the ACLU in the defense, and the stage was set for one of the most famous trials in U.S. history.
The defense suffered early setbacks when Judge John Raulston ruled against their attempt to prove the law unconstitutional and then refused to end his practice of opening each day’s proceeding with prayer.
He destroyed the defense’s strategy by ruling that expert scientific testimony on evolution was inadmissible-on the grounds that it was Scopes who was on trial, not the law he had violated.
Darrow changed his tactics and as his sole witness called Bryan in an attempt to discredit his literal interpretation of the Bible. In a searching examination, Bryan was subjected to severe ridicule and forced to make ignorant and contradictory statements. In his closing argument, Darrow asked the jury to return a verdict of guilty in order that the case might be appealed. Under Tennessee law, Bryan was thereby denied the opportunity to deliver the closing argument he had been preparing for weeks. After eight minutes of deliberation, the jury returned with a guilty verdict, and Raulston ordered Scopes to pay a fine of $100, the minimum the law allowed.
In 1927, the Tennessee Supreme Court overturned the Monkey Trial verdict on a technicality but left the constitutional issues unresolved until 1968, when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a similar Arkansas law on the grounds that it violated the First Amendment.
DID YOU KNOW THAT San Francisco cable cars are the only National Monuments that can move?
WORD OF THE DAY: makebate (MEYK-beyt) which means a person who causes contention or discord. The rare noun makebate comes from the common English verb make and the uncommon, obsolete noun bate “strife, discord,” a derivative of the Middle English verb baten “to argue, contend; (of a bird) to beat the wings” (cf. abate), a borrowing from Old French batre “to beat.” Makebate entered English in the 16th century. BIRTHDAYS: Today Trevor Gorlewski and Rachel Champenoy. Happy birthday to both of them. If it’s your birthday and we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you, too.
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…
Here’s a thought for the day:
Knowledge is knowing what to say. Wisdom is knowing whether to say it.
On a lighter note:
What is a pirate’s favorite animal?
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That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, July 10th, 2018. I’m Kevin Boyle at W-V-B-I’ the Voice of Beaver Island wishing you a great day and asking you on behalf of Greg Doig: why not make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.