News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, July 21st, 2020.
First, some news…
The argument over the use of federal law enforcement in Portland has managed to spill over to Michigan after President Trump said we would send federal law enforcement to other cities including Detroit. Governor Whitmer says there’s no reason for that. She says that Detroit has been peaceful for two months and that if the President really wants to help he’d encourage Mitch McConnell to pass the HEROES Act.
Meantime, new COVID-19 cases continue to pile up in Michigan. The daily report released yesterday afternoon showed 489 new confirmed cases bringing the total to 74,152. Seven day moving average is up again to 633. Seven deaths were reported yesterday, which makes the total toll 6,126. Average remains stable, though, at 7—which is the lowest it has been since the start of the crisis. If you look at the first surge in cases, the death rate seemed to track with up to a 20 day lag and its now been well more than 20 days since the current uptick in cases started—so perhaps the stable and low death rate will hold. Time will tell. On the island, no new tests reported. The tally is at 124. All but three of those are back as negative. Two are pending. Still only one positive test and that case is classified as recovered.
In our region, the confirmed case count is up 10 cases to 437. One new death in Kalkaska bring them to four deaths and the region to 24. New cases are in Emmet with one, Grand Traverse with seven and Leelanau with two. No new cases elsewhere. Current numbers are in today’s script online. [Antrim 27 cases, still no deaths. Benzie is at 20 cases and one death. Charlevoix has 36 cases including one from the island, and two deaths. Emmet is at 41 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 119 cases with six deaths. Kalkaska has 32 confirmed cases, four deaths. Leelanau at 53, no deaths. Otsego confirmed case count is at 109 with 10 deaths.] U-P is up 18 cases to 344. Death toll remains the same at 18.
So far this year there’s been COVID-19. Murder hornets. Flame thrower armed squirrels from North Korea. Nuclear power plant attacking mayflies. A comet Neowise flyby. We’ve survived them all. And just when you thought it might be safe to go outside with a mask at a safe social distance, reports start swirling that another asteroid is on a collision path with Earth. In November. Oh, oh. But, it turns out not so much. First of all, even if the thing was coming straight at us, it isn’t that big and is likely to break up in the atmosphere. And, the math in the YouTube video that started all the fuss is apparently a little off. That’s all according to Mike Murray, an astronomer from the Delta College planetarium interviewed by M-Live. Any pieces that actually impact Earth are expected to take out the murder hornets and the flame throwing squirrels anyway, so rest easy. So, instead you can worry about the wrm weather. M-Live weather experts say it is supposed to be warmer than usual in Michigan at least through August. On the other hand, September and October are expected to be a bit warmer than normal, too.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Meeting planner: Emergency Services Authority meets on Thursday at 2:00 at Peaine Township hall.
For fun, this week, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on today and Friday up in Ray and Ann’s Hangout at the BIC Center from 10:30 to 11:30. Wednesday, BINGO at Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open for fellowship at 6;15. Ganes at 7:00. Thursday is the Farmer’s Market out at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop. That’s 9 to 11. There’s Pickleball Thursday, too, from 10 to noon at the Municipal Tennis Courts. They play same time Saturday, too. Games Galore in the Hangout from 1 to 4. Friday, Art in the Harbor may give it a go from 10 to noon out on the sidewalk in front of the BIC Center. And Baroque REimangined gets underway on Friday with a series of virtual events and broadcasts here on WVBI. The opening night Gala with pianist Kevin Cole will be available online from Baroque at 7:30 Friday evening. Check the Baroque website for info on how to watch. Saturday, there’s another Gala online opening event with Martha Guth, also at 7:30.
Also Saturday, movies here at the BIC Center—a Marvel Superheroes Weekend. 4:00 show is Captain Marvel and the 7:00 show is Avenger’s Endgame. Both on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the McDonough’s Market Theater. Concession stand will be open for both shows for snacks, a meal or both. Trailers on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org, or follow us on Facebook to see them.
And, remember, the Marine Museum and the Print Shop are open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 to 5. Protar’s home is open Wednesdays from 11 to 1. And the south end lighthouse is open every day for self-guided tours.
There are weekend services at Holy Cross and Sunday services at the Christian Church and the Episcopal Mission. Times and details are on the calendar.
The BIC Center/WVBI 2020 Gala Auction is all online this year at auction dot BIC center dot org. Check it out, bid on something and when you win, all the proceeds go to support the BIC Center and W-V-B-I. You can also support the BIC Center and W-V-B-I by picking up a ticket for a chance to win the 2020 BIC Center-W-V-B-I Raffle. Grand prize is the Tracker fishing and sport boat parked out in front of the BIC Center. Tickets are available now at the BIC Center front desk or buy them online at raffle dot BIC Center dot org. Or get them from any PABU Board member.
Keep up to date on COVID-19 news with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Click COVID-19 in the menu at W-V-B-I dot net. Stay up to date. Remember: Protect yourself. Protect the island.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Sunny, with a high near 78. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon. Tonight A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 4am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 4am and 5am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 60. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Wednesday Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 7am and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. East wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. Northeast wind around 5 mph. Thursday Sunny, with a high near 82. Northeast wind around 5 mph. Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Friday Sunny, with a high near 84. Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Saturday A chance of showers after 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Saturday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Sunday A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Sunday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.
Out on the big drink…
Today Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Wednesday E wind 15 to 20 kt. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 11am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Waves 2 to 3 ft. Thursday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.
Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Bridges clear. Island beltway running smoothly. Occasional social distanced mid-road car chat delays. Let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Mike McDonough and Emily Smelser are celebrating. Happy birthday to Emily and Mike, and if we missed you on the list, Happy birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1983 Antarctica station achieves big freeze with lowest recorded temp. Scientists at the Vostok Research Station, located at the ‘Pole of Cold’ on the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, log the coldest temperature ever recorded at an inhabited location when the mercury falls to -128.6 F below zero. Reports of hot toddies all around have not been confirmed. (
WORD OF THE DAY: Inculcate (verb) [in-KUL-kayt], which means: to teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions. Inculcate derives from the past participle of the Latin verb inculcare, meaning “to tread on.” In Latin, inculcare possesses both literal and figurative meanings, referring to either the act of walking over something or to that of impressing something upon the mind, often by way of steady repetition. It is the figurative sense that survives with inculcate, which was first used in English in the 16th century. Inculcare was formed in Latin by combining the prefix in- with calcare, meaning “to trample,” and ultimately derives from the noun calx, “heel.” (Merriam-Webster).
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…
Here’s a thought for the day from U.S Representative and civil rights leader John Lewis, who just passed away: “We are one people, we are one family, and we all live in the same house — the American house.” On a lighter note: Why can one parrot do? Not as much as Toucan.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, July 21st, 2020. I’m Kevin Boyle, reporting from the pest free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of the Voice of Beaver Island, wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.