News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020.
First, some news…
Overall, it appears to have been a much calmer downstate last evening. After peaceful protests during the day, it appears that curfews in Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids quelled the violence of prior nights after some relatively minor skirmishes. From reports, it appears that overwhelming police presence backed up by the National Guard had a lot to do with the result.
But, chaos and destruction came to the streets of Kalamazoo after peaceful protests during the day. It appears most of the damage was smashed windows, though. Still, the city is on edge.
Governor Whitmer addressed the unrest in a press conference yesterday, where she also announced more relaxation of her shut down orders and a lifting of her stay-at-home order. She asked protestors to remain peaceful and channel their anger into meaningful action, while asking local officials to “bring down the heat.”
On the COVID-19 front, the governor said the data the state is watching had progressed to the point where her stay-at -home order could be lifted immediately after being in effect for more than two months. She also announced that the entire state would join northern Michigan in phase four of the M-I Safe Start recovery plan. That means bars, restaurants and non-essential businesses can reopen, but with folks still working at home if possible. Still closed are gyms, salons, barbers, state licensed casinos and theaters. Reports are that they may finally be allowed to re-open on July 4th.
COVID-19 data continue to look good. On the island, 75 tests have been run. 62 of those are back as negative. 12 pending. Still only one back as positive. That person has reported on social media that tests of all of her contacts have, so far, come back negative.
Numbers across the state look good, too. Officials reported just 135 new cases yesterday and 25 new deaths. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 57,532. Total deaths from COVID-19 in Michigan are 5,516. Seven-day case averages continue to look good. Average new case level is at 379, and daily deaths at 39. Positive test rate is now at 3.7 percent.
In our region, total confirmed case count is stable at 211. Death toll remains stable at 20—no change in that since May 12th. County by county, Otsego confirmed case count is at 102 with 10 deaths. Emmet is stable at 21 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 27 cases with five deaths. Charlevoix stable at 15 cases including one from the island, and one death. Kalkaska has 19 confirmed cases two deaths. Antrim 12 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 11, no deaths. And Benzie is at four cases and no deaths. Up in the U-P, they are stable, too, with 115 confirmed cases. Death toll is stable at 15. For both our region and the UP, the vast majority of confirmed cases are now over 30 days old, so in the statewide list of recovered cases. Statewide, almost 40-thousand cases are more than thirty days old and deemed recovered by state officials. That leaves just under 20-thousand active cases statewide.
Finally, in re-opening news…after some debate, the Farmer’s Market is coming back to Paradise Bay on Thursdays this summer. First one is set for June 25th.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Today, B-I-C-S Board Policy Committee is set to meet by Zoom Tuesday afternoon at 3:30. B-I-C-S Sports awards ceremony by Zoom will be at 7.
C-O-A has a fresh fruit box distribution for seniors set for this evening at Welke airport at 5. The goal is to provide these to the most food insecure. Call Lonnie Allen at the C-O-A at 2124 for more information.
St. James planning Commission is scheduled for today at 7 and the regular St. James Township board meeting is on Wednesday at 5:30. Both of those will be by audio conference. Also Wednesday, B-I-C-S Board Committees are busy: Finance at 9:30 and Facilities at 3:30. Both meetings by Zoom. And Thursday, the Board Curriculum Committee meets at 3:30—again by Zoom. Where we have them, the virtual meeting participation details are in the calendar. School doesn’t give them for the most part until near the meeting, so check the school website for those.
And, get these graduation events on your calendar: There’ll be an in-car parade around the harbor on June 6th—the date originally planned for ceremonies here at the Community Center. And an in-person graduation is tentatively planned for June 20th at 1:00.
A few reminders. Island fire and E-M-S personnel want you to practice situational awareness. Don’t do things that put you at risk. Stay safe.
Governor’s orders require you to wear face masks when in enclosed public spaces. Need a mask? Check with the Health Center. Probably makes sense to get in the habit of having one with you.
Keep up to date with the march back 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.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today A slight chance of showers between 2pm and 5pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 72. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. West wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Wednesday Mostly cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 71. West wind around 5 mph. Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 49. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Thursday A 30 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Light south wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Thursday Night A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 66. Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 46. Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Sunday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Monday A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 70.
Out on the big drink…
Today SSW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming WSW in the afternoon. Patchy fog after 2pm. Waves around 1 ft. Wednesday W wind 5 to 10 kt. Patchy fog before 2pm. Waves 1 ft or less.
Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: None. But, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Today Nathan Martin and Maureen Cull are celebrating—and sharing a birthday with Dana Carvey. Happy birthday to them, and if we missed you, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1953, A young queen is crowned in Westminster Abbey. In the first major event to be televised internationally, Elizabeth Windsor, 25, is crowned Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. Sixteen months in preparation, the coronation hosts 8,000 guests to witness the ceremony from inside London’s Westminster Abbey, while millions across Europe watch on live TV. (
WORD OF THE DAY eolian (adjective) [ee-OH-lee-un] which means: borne, deposited, produced, or eroded by the wind. When Aeolus [ee-uh-lus] blew into town, things really got moving. He was the Greek god of the winds and the king of the floating island of Aeolia [ee-oh-lee-ah]. In The Odyssey, Homer claims Aeolus helped Odysseus by giving him a favorable wind. Aeolus also gave English speakers a few terms based on his name, including the adjective eolian, which is often used for wind-sculpted geological features such as caves and dunes, and aeolian harp, the name for an instrument that makes music when the wind blows across its strings. (from Merriam Webster)
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…
Here’s a thought for the day: “Everything is easy if you are crazy. Nothing will be easy if you are lazy.” On a lighter note: Did you hear about the family that went on a safari? They say a giraffe and a meerkat, and that’s the long and short of it.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, June 2nd, 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 .