News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, July 7th, 2020.
First, some news…
Down in Cass County, the organizer of a July 4th sandbar party on Diamond Lake could face charges for violating the governor’s order prohibiting large outdoor gatherings. Pictures of the event show many hundreds of people without masks and failing to observe social distancing—with lots of drinking going on. The rules put a cap of 100 people and require social distancing at outdoor social gatherings. Such parties along with bars downstate are being called the epicenter of a surge in new cases in the state. Health officials also point to migrant farmworkers housed in close quarters as another source of outbreaks.
Despite concern over such events and a very obvious surge in new cases over the past week, data reported yesterday by state officials showed a downward trend—odd for a Monday when there have often been bumps in the numbers due to weekend delays in reporting. 297 new cases were reported yesterday and three deaths. 343 new cases and no new deaths were reported on Sunday. That brings the total of confirmed COVI-19 cases in Michigan to 66,171 and total deaths to 5,975. Current average for new cases is 382, up again from yesterday. Average for daily deaths is at 9, close to where it has been for some time.
On the island, no change in the data. Still at 96 tests run. 93 tests results back. 92 negatives. Still only one back as positive. Three tests still pending.
After a big jump over the weekend in new cases in our region—the count is up four net cases in yesterday’s data. Total is now 308. Kalkaska up two to 28. Charlevoix up two to 26. Otsego up one to 106. Benzie up one to nine. Grand Traverse up one to 64. Leelanau up one to 27. That’s eight new cases, but Emmet is down four cases—that after jumping up six over the weekend bringing us to a net increase of four. Death toll is stable at 21. Full county by county data are in today’s script. [Otsego confirmed case count is at 106 with 10 deaths. Emmet is at 26 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 64 cases with six deaths. Charlevoix has 26 cases including one from the island, and two deaths. Kalkaska has 28 confirmed cases two deaths. Antrim 22 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 27, no deaths. And Benzie is at 9 cases and no deaths.] U-P is up 13 to 209. Death toll is stable at 18.
Island vet Dr. Jeff Powers wants you to be on the lookout for ticks on your pets—and yourself. A tick borne disease called anaplasmosis can cause COVID-19 like symptoms in people. It is still relatively rare, but apparently present on the island in deer ticks as Jeff has seen six positive tests in pets for the disease. If you find a tick on yourself, best bet is to be in touch with the health center for assistance. For more info on the disease, check today’s script online for a link to an article posted by Dr. Powers.
Now, a line five update: Materials have resumed flowing through the western of the two pipelines that make Line 5’s crossing under the straights. That after an Ingham County Circuit Court judge lifted a restraining order. The flow will allow inline inspection devices to be pushed through the line, which requires a flow through the line. Reports from those inspections are due to the state the middle of this week. Presumably, operation of the line will continue unless the inspection device shows a problem. Meantime, a restraining order continues to prohibit the reopening of the east leg of the line until a federal regulator says it is safe to reopen. The controversy arose after Enbridge disclosed damage to supports and protective coating on the east leg and is part of a larger controversy concerning operation of the line.
Here’s a reminder about another COVID-19 cancellation: Beaver Island’s Big Read organizers have concluded they won’t be able to put on a live version of Our Town as part of their Our Town, Our Island events. Originally, the play had been planned for spring, but the outbreak pushed it to fall. Now, even that doesn’t seem possible. Instead, director Jacquie LaFreniere is planning a radio play for broadcast here on W-V-B-I and release as a podcast. That will allow for social distancing for the performers as well as the audience while still letting the show go on. As it must.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Today, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in Ray & Ann’s Hangout at the BIC Center. Starts at 10:30. That happens Tuesdays and Fridays all summer. Pickleball is on today, too. They are playing Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays on the municipal courts outside if the weather is nice. If it gets nasty, they’ll be inside here at the BIC Center. Also, today, the B-I-C-S Board Policy Committee meets at school at 3:30. And St. James Township planning commission meets at the Township hall at 7. Wednesday, BINGO continues at Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games start at 7. And, speaking of BINGO, the Commission on Aging has started a sort of road rally bingo game. There’ll be a weekly game starting this week. Numbers are posted around town and online. Get cards at the C-O-A office and bring your winning card there to collect prizes. Call Lonnie at 2124 for details.
Farmer’s Market is Thursday from 9 to 11 at Paradise Bay Coffee shop. Games Galore is available here at the BIC Center from one to four. Please remember that family pod based social distancing applies to all events and use of the BIC Center. Masks are required unless you are seated with your family pod.
Friday, word is that Art in the Harbor may be back on the sidewalk in front of the BIC Center. We’ll keep you posted.
After a pause for the holiday, movies are back here at the BIC Center this weekend. Movies on Saturday are an animated version of the Hobbit at 4 and the Expendables 3 at 7. Trailers and more info are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org. Concession stand will be open for snacks, a meal or both. Sunday, worship services are on at Holy Cross, the Christian Church and the Episcopal Mission. Times and details are on the calendar.
Over on the mainland, our friends at the Charlevoix Circle of the Arts have a Summer Salon running at their gallery in Charlevoix. The show runs through August 15. The Charlevoix Circle of Arts supports the island’s music education program with strings classes it provides. So, if you have a chance, drop in to see the Salon when you are across and suggest it to visitors.
And, coming up next weekend, the Big Read project starts a series of Graveyard Walks and Talks to present the history of the island told through lives of people who made that history. The Walk and Talks will continue every other Sunday through the summer starting at 11:30.
Have you stopped by the BIC Center/WVBI 2020 Gala Auction site yet? With the annual Summer Gala dinner postponed due to COVID, the auction is all online this year. There are all sorts of great items up for bid. Check it out at auction dot BIC center dot org. And, don’t miss your chance to support the BIC Center and W-V-B-I by picking up a ticket 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—it’s just waiting to get in the water. Tickets are available now at the BIC Center front desk. You can also buy them online at raffle dot BIC Center dot org. Or get one from any board member. All proceeds from the Auction and net proceeds from the raffle go to benefit the BIC Center and WVBI.
Keep up to date on COVID-19 news with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Just go to W-V-B-I dot net and click on COVID-19 Info in the menu at the top. Remember: Protect yourself. Protect the island.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 87. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Tonight Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 64. West wind around 5 mph. Wednesday Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph. Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. South wind around 5 mph. Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Thursday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Friday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 87. Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 61. Sunday Sunny, with a high near 86. Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 62. Monday Sunny, with a high near 88.
Out on the big drink…
Today W wind 5 to 10 kt. A chance of showers and thunderstorms before noon. Waves 1 ft or less. Wednesday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Thursday SW wind around 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.
Fire Danger Level: High.
TRAFFIC: W-V-B-I octo copter artificial intelligence traffic prediction models again say there will be less traffic in town today. But, that it will still be busier than has been the norm for most of the year. So, let’s be careful out there. Especially in town and in the fawn and turtle crossing zones
BIRTHDAYS: PABI’s own Judy Gallagher is celebrating today. Happy birthday to Judy from all of us at the BIC Center and W-V-B-I, and if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you too. We hope it is a great one.
ON THIS DAY in 1981, the first female Supreme Court justice nominee is announced. President Ronald Reagan fulfills a campaign promise and announces the nomination of Arizona judge Sandra Day O’Connor for a position on the US Supreme Court. O’Connor will be confirmed by the Senate, becoming the first woman on the Court, and will serve for 25 years. (
WORD OF THE DAY: sound (adjective) [SOWND] which means: free from injury or disease; free from flaw, defect, or decay; solid, firm; stable; also : secure, reliable; free from error, fallacy, or misapprehension; thorough; deep and undisturbed;: hard, severe; showing good judgment or sense. English contains several sound homographs, all with distinct histories. For example, the sound that means “something heard” descends from Latin sonus, whereas the sound that means “to measure the depth of water” traces to Middle French sonde –s-o-n-d-e. Another sound, as in “of sound mind and body,” is the contemporary form of Old English’s gesund. Gesund is related to several words in other languages, such as Old Saxon gisund (meaning “sound”), Old Frisian sund (“fresh, unharmed, healthy”), and Gothic swinths (“sound” or “healthy”). Another relative is Old High German’s gisunt (“healthy”), which led to modern German’s gesund, the root of gesundheit [gə-ˈzu̇nt-ˌhīt].
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” On a lighter note: What do you call discounted sushi? A raw deal.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, July 7th, 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 weekend and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.