News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020.
First, some news…
A federal judge has effectively shut down Governor Whitmer’s order preventing gyms and fitness centers from reopening. “The court has not been presented with any evidence that shows a rational relation between the continued closure of indoor gyms and the preservation of public health,” said U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Mahoney in his order. The action comes as in a suit brought on behalf of 180 gyms across the state. The complaint argued gyms have been arbitrarily forced to remain closed without the presentation of any scientific data supporting the governor’s orders.
COVID-19 data released yesterday showed 179 new cases and seven new deaths. The daily new case rate had blipped above 200 for four days, but now it has been below for two. Before the blip there was a string of below 200 case days going back to June 12th. Totals in Michigan now stand at 61,409 confirmed cases and 5,853 COVID-19 related deaths. Weekly ‘averages reflect the blip up in new cases. That number has moved from 152 to 192. But new deaths have remained low. That number is at 12.
On the Island, no change in the data. 84 tests have been run. 83 of those are back as negative. None pending. Still only one back as positive.
In our region, looking at data from Saturday, total confirmed case count is up five to 231. Death toll steady is up one to 22. The additional death and one of the new cases were in Grand Traverse bringing them to 38 cases and six deaths. Otsego added another case taking them to 103, that after a long run with no new cases. Charlevoix has added a case bringing us to 18. And Antrim added two cases bringing them to 15. No other change in county by county data, but they are in today’s script online if you are interested. [Otsego confirmed case count is at 103 with 10 deaths. Emmet is at 21 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 38 cases with six deaths. Charlevoix has 18 cases including one from the island, and two deaths. Kalkaska has 19 confirmed cases two deaths. Antrim 15 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 12, no deaths. And Benzie is at five cases and no deaths.] Up in the U-P, they are up five to 138 confirmed cases, representing another significant jump in cases. But, the death toll steady at 16.
In re-opening news, state parks started welcoming campers yesterday. And people are ready to go. Apparently some parks on are bookedb on weekends through Labor Day.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Quiet on the meeting front this week except for a B-I-E-S-A meeting on Thursday at 2. That’ll be at Peaine Township Hall.
Pickleball is busy again this week. They’ll be playing tomorrow, Thursday and Saturday on the municipal courts outside if the weather is nice, which looks pretty certain for the week. If it gets nasty, they’ll be inside here at the BIC Center. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in Ray and Ann’s Hangout. That’s at 10:30 on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Coming Thursday, Paradise Bay Coffee Shop opens up for their summer run, and the Farmer’s Market will be back out there for the Summer. That’s Thursday from 9 to 11 through Labor Day. Paradise Bay is open for dining outside only.
Also on Saturday, the Health Center Wellness Garden volunteer team has a Garden Sale set. That’ll be from 11 to 2. Plants, garden decor and gardening tools will be for sale and knowledgeable gardeners will be available to answer your questions. All proceeds will be used to enhance and further develop these gardens which are funded solely by donations. Prevention rules will be followed—social distancing and so on—but this will be a great opportunity to come out and see the beautiful Wellness Garden and hear from the experts who keep it that way about how they do it—al while raising some money for the garden and getting some plants for your place.
And, if you are thinking about a drive down to the south end, the Historical Society has opened up the tower at Beaver Head Light. So, if you want to give it a climb while you are down there, it is ready for you. Let’s make sure we all take care of this special place so open access can continue.
And, if you are looking for something to do online, why not check out the BIC Center/WVBI 2020 Gala Auction. It’s all online this year with all sorts of great items up for bid. Beautiful art, fishing charters, lodging, supplies and more are all available for bid, plus auction organizers Lita Popke and Ron Wojan say there are more items to come. Auction is set to end August 5thj, but there are buy it now options if you want something now. Check it out at auction dot BIC center dot org. Or just go to the BIC Center or WVBI websites and click on Auction in the menu at that top. As you browse the vast selection, remember this: thanks to our auction donors who have donated every item up for auction, everything you pay for your item will go to support the BIC Center and WVBI.
[Have you noticed that shiny new boat sitting out in front of Community Center? It’s the grand prize for the 2020 BIC Center-WVBI Raffle. Tickets are available now at the BIC Center from desk and they’ll be available online soon. Or get one from any board member. All net proceeds 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 Showers, mainly before 3pm. Patchy fog between 9am and 10am. High near 68. Northwest wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. Tonight A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 3am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 51. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday A slight chance of showers between 9am and noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 55. Friday A 30 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Sunny, with a high near 79. Friday Night A chance of showers before 9pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 9pm and 3am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. Saturday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Saturday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. Monday Partly sunny, with a high near 84.
Out on the big drink…
Today NNW wind 15 to 20 kt. Showers, mainly before 2pm. Patchy fog before 2pm. Waves 2 to 3 ft. Wednesday WNW wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly cloudy. Waves around 2 ft. Thursday WSW wind around 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves around 1 ft.
Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: Roads are wet and, out of town, slurpy. A road condition known only on the island. Still, no delays inbound or outbound to either airport. Beltway running smoothly. Bridges clear. Turtles especially busy today. So, let’s be careful out there. Especially in the fawn and turtle crossing zones
BIRTHDAYS: Daryl Mooney is celebrating today sharing the day with Alan Turing, one of the fathers of modern computing. Happy birthday to Daryl, 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.
ON THIS DAY in 1931, Aviator Wiley Post takes off to break world record. Once a flying circus performer, aviator Wiley Post has bigger plans as he and his navigator take off from New York in their single-engine plane hoping to beat a 21-day circumnavigation flight record. Post will break that record, and by a lot, when he flies around the world in just eight days. (
WORD OF THE DAY: fraternize (verb) [FRAT-er-nyze], which means: to associate or mingle as brothers or on fraternal terms; to associate on close terms with members of a hostile group especially when contrary to military orders; to be friendly or amiable. Both fraternize and fraternal (meaning “of, relating to, or involving brothers”) come to us, by way of Medieval Latin, from Latin frater, meaning “brother.” Other frater descendants in English include friar, fraternity, and confraternity (“a society devoted especially to a religious or charitable cause”). Even brother itself shares a relationship with frater. These days, although fraternize can still refer to a brotherly association or simple friendliness, it often occurs in contexts, such as “fraternizing with the enemy,” implying friendliness toward someone who would be better avoided (from Merriam Webster)
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Jim Morrison: “There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors.” On a lighter note: Why can’t you tell a kleptomaniac a joke? Because they always take things…literally.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, June 23rd, 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.