News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Tuesday, July 20th, 2021. 

First some news…


Folks turned out in force for the first Museum Week Music on the Porch session in two years.  The street was full of islanders and the porch full of music well past nine.


The island is fielding its own candidate for a seat on the power company’s board of directors. G-L-E is a member owned cooperative, so its members get to elect its directors.  Those positions are divided up by service areas and the election for the service area that includes the island is now on the island—and island Nathan Altman is running for the position.  He’s an advocate for Broadband Service for the island—as well as for looking at opportunities to use renewable energy sources on the island.  Every G-L-E member can vote—whether you live time on the island or not.  Look for the G-L-E monthly magazine in your mailbox—it’s called Michigan Country Lines—and you’ll find a cover on this month’s issue that is the mail in ballot. If your magazine gets sent to your off-island home or it is missing, you can call G-L-E and ask for a replacement ballot. Based on vote tallies from prior elections, Nathan can win if the island turns out in force to support him. 


There’s a drive by planned for today—a drive by anniversary salute, that is, for Phyllis and Joe Moore as they celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today.  Time is 1 PM.  Line up before starting at the four corners and headed towards town. 


Funeral services for Island Music Man Ed Palmer have been set for September 4th on Labor Day weekend. Ed moved his music show to heaven on Sunday. There’ll be a luncheon and then an old school foot stompin’ celebration of life party at Holy Cross Hall. So, plan to come on out.  Ed would want to see you dancin’.  And happy.

There’s no new COVID-19 data from the state.  Next update for that will be this afternoon and we’ll have an update tomorrow.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: St. James Board of Review meets this morning at 10 at the Township Hall. Waste management Committee meets today at 1:00 at Peaine Township Hall. Also today, the B-I-A Board meets on Tuesday at 4:00 at the BIC Center.  All are welcome.  St. James Public Works Committee meets on Wednesday at 11:00 at the governmental Center.  And that’s it for meetings for the week.  More details and information on remote attendance for each of these are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front… today, Tuesday, the C-O-A has chair Yoga set at the Beaver Island Gallery at 9:30.  Pickleball is on from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts.  And, the Arthritis Foundation exercise program is on at the BIC Center at 10:30 up in the Deerwood Lodge hangout. Museum week activities continue this evening at the Print Shop with Beads, Bones, Pipes and Seeds: Analysis of 250,000 artifacts from the Mormon Print Shop Site.  That’s an archeology presentation from N-M-U’s Dr. Scott Demel on the work he and his students have done at the museum. Also at 7 this evening we’re presenting Our Town, Our Island, Our Music with host Jacque LaFreniere who will take you on a tour of island music from the early Lomax recordings to modern artists with some music from the island’s beloved Ed Palmer along the way.  It’s an encore to last evening’s music on the porch. 


Wednesday, there’s Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30. At noon, Historical Society continues their Picnic on the Patio series. Bring your lunch and island curiosity.  Then, head out to Protar’s Home.  It will be open from 1 to 3 with docents on hand to tell you all about it.  It’s a snapshot of life on the island in a very different time. Wednesday afternoon is the annual Chicago to Mac Race afterparty.  Expect to see a bunch of sailboats in the harbor and racers relaxing in town. Check the calendar for event details.  Wednesday evening, there’s and BINGO at Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games start at 7.

Thursday, the original island Farmer’s market is on out at the Paradise Bay Coffee Shop at 9.  Pickleball is on 10 to noon at the municipal tennis courts. Games Galore is here at the BIC Center from 1 to 4 up in the Hangout. And at 7:00 there’s another Museum Week event on the search for the Jarvis Lord shipwreck.  That’s at the Print Shop Museum at 7.


[Friday there’s Yoga at 9:30 at the BIC Center and Chair Yoga at 10 at the Gallery.  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at 10:30 up in the Deerwood Hangout at the BIC Center.   And a Dark Sky viewing opportunity with telescopes on hand at the Donegal Bay Pavilion at 11:30 in the evening—after it is good and dark. 


Saturday, C-O-A walking club at 9 starting at the C-O-A office. Pickleball is on 10 to noon over at the municipal tennis courts. At 2, the Historical Society has the second part of their Arranmore Connections program at the Print Shop Museum. Connect to our heritage back in Ireland  with a video conference back to Arranmore. And, there’s more heritage on tap with Our Town Our Island Our Music is on the air again at 3 here on the radio station. Movies are on at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is Justice Society: World War II. It’s rated PG-13. At 7:00 its’s The Courier.  Great Cold War spy story  rated PG-13. Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound at the BIC Center Theater. Concession Stand open for both. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at bic center dot org.


Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar.  And, the Downtown Farmer’s Market is on starting at 11.  They have produce, baked goods, jams, jellies and other yummy stuff along with craft items.  Look for them at the corner on Kings Highway up the street from Daddy Franks.


On Monday, there’s Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30.  Marine Museum Mondays continue with a lunchtime presentation.  Bring your bag lunch and settle in for a great discussion of marine history on the island.  St. James Finance Committee meets at 1:00. And, preparations for Baroque on Beaver will intensify with the first event coming up on Friday.]


One last Kid’s summer camp coming up. August 2nd through the 6th is the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program Summer Camp as part of Baroque on Beaver. Sign up details for both camps are in the calendar entry online.

Looking farther ahead, the BIC Center WVBI Starry Nights Summer Gala is coming up on August 12.  There’ll be great music, food and drink—plus silent and live auction fun. A strolling dinner is planned, so you’ll have the opportunity to catch up with friends you’ve not seen for a long time—and meet new ones.  Tickets are available at tickets dot bic center dot org.  []

BIRTHDAYS:  Zack Bosquet, Halie Olson and Elizabeth Smesler are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Halie, Elizabeth and Zack.  And, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  None, nada, zip.  Except when the ferry’s come in.  Then it’s a madhouse downtown. Let’s be careful out there. 

Fire Danger Level:  Low.

ON THIS DAY in 1969, two men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon—and left a plaque there saying just that. The Lunar Execusion Module Eagle sets down in the Sea of Tranquility and six hours later Neil Armstrong descends a ladder and steps off the draft onto the moon’s surface. Buzz Aldrin joins him minutes later while millions back on planet earth marvel as they watch a grainy black and white broadcast of the event live from the moon. Top that, Snap chat. (

Fly me to the moon

WORD OF THE DAY: attenuate (verb) [uh-TEN-yuh-wayt], which means: to lessen the amount, force, magnitude, or value of : weaken; to reduce the severity, virulence, or vitality of; to make thin or slender. Attenuate ultimately comes from a combining of the Latin prefix ad-, meaning “to” or “toward,” and tenuis, meaning “thin,” a pedigree that is in keeping with the English word’s current meanings, which all have to do with literal or metaphorical thinning. The word is most common in technical contexts, where it often implies the reduction or weakening of something by physical or chemical means. You can attenuate wire by drawing it through successively smaller holes, for example, or attenuate gold by hammering it into thin sheets. Current evidence dates the term to the 16th century, in which we find many references to bodily humors in need of being attenuated; modern medicine prefers to use the word in reference to procedures that weaken a pathogen or reduce the severity of a disease. (Merriam-Webster)

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

Here’s a thought for the day from Neil Armstrong: “That’s one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.”


On a lighter note, here’s what Apollo 12 Commander Pete Conrad said when he stepped off the Lunar Module onto the moon: “Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me.”

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, July 20th, 2021. 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. 


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


A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8am and 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. West wind around 15 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.


Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. North wind 10 to 15 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 79. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.


A 40 percent chance of showers after 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Friday Night

A chance of showers after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.


A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.


Sunny, with a high near 84.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 63.


Sunny, with a high near 84.

Out on the Big Drink:


W wind 10 to 15 kt becoming N in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Waves around 2 ft.

NE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming WNW in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


Variable winds 5 kt or less. A chance of showers. Waves 1 ft or less.

Water Temperatures: Little Traverse Bay buoy is reading 69 this morning. Up at White Shoal its 68.  73 at Mackinac.  Sleeping Bear buoy is 68. And, the mid-lake buoy is at 67.  Great shot of sunrise this morning in our news script for today.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002



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