News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, June 30th, 2020.
First, some news…
The BICS School Board held its annual budget hearing last evening setting a budget of 2.1 million for next year. That includes funds to build a reserve to cover anticipated maintenance costs. The board was able to avoid drastic changes to the school budget. That hasn’t been the case in other communities around the state. For example, the Grand Rapids School Board has cut 10.6 million from its budget and Kalamazoo Schools 7.4 million. After several months of meeting remotely, the board decided that it will resume in-person meetings with proper social distancing. That includes committee meetings starting tomorrow. The board also elected Vicki Smith to serve as president. She replaces Susi Meyers, who has resigned from the board after many years of service.
Meantime, in Lansing, political leaders have reached a deal on balancing the state’s budget using a combination of cuts and help from the federal government to close the gap. The COVID-19 shutdown mandated by the governor to fight the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a 2.2 billion dollar shortfall.
In other COVID-19 related mainland news, Meijer is suspending cash payments at self-checkout lines. This because there is a coin shortage arising from decreased economic activity, according to a report on MLive yesterday. Apparently only stores around Grand Rapids are affected. Similar issues have arisen on the island with small bills.
Daily COVID-19 data reported by state health officials blipped back a bit. There were 236 new cases, down from over 300 yesterday) and four new deaths, down from 19 yesterday. Total cases in Michigan now stand 63,497 with 51,009 recovered. After accounting for 5,915 total COVID-19 deaths in the state, that leaves just over 6,000 active cases. Seven day moving average of cases is up again to 298. But even with the spike over the weekend, average for deaths is down to 7.
On the Island, still at 96 tests run. 93 tests results are back. 92 of those are negative. Still only one back as positive. Three tests pending.
In our region, there’s been another jump in total confirmed cases. After being up 13 over the weekend, we are up another five to 252. Death toll is stable at 21. Case increases were in Grand Traverse, where they are up three to 44 and Benzie where they are up two to seven. Here’s the full county by county rundown. Otsego confirmed case count is at 104 with 10 deaths. Emmet is at 22 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 44 cases with six deaths. Charlevoix has 22 cases including one from the island, and two deaths. Kalkaska has 20 confirmed cases two deaths. Antrim 17 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 16, no deaths. And Benzie is at seven cases and no deaths. Up in the U-P, they are up another four cases after adding nine over the weekend bringing the total to 153. Death toll in the UP is stable at 18.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Several community meetings this week. St. James township board holds their regular meeting tomorrow at 5:30. B-I-C-S Committee meetings are happening Wednesday, too. Finance at 8:30 and Facilities at 3:30. All of these meetings will be in person. St. James will also have the option to join by conference call. Info on how to do that is in the calendar entry.
Pickleball is on tomorrow. 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.
Bingo is back after a longer than normal quiet run. Balls start dropping tomorrow evening at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games start at 7:00.
Thursday, the Farmer’s Market is on from 9 to 11 at Paradise Bay Coffee shop, Island vegetables are starting to come in, plus there is bread, canned goods and sweets to be had.
Saturday is Independence Day. There’ll be a reverse parade—not the parade going backwards, though. Instead, there will be displays along the parade route and you’ll view them from your car. At the end of the route, there will be a hand out of treats. Things get started at 2. No official fireworks this year, but a Saturday evening boat parade is planned, and some unofficial fireworks may follow.
No movies at the BIC Center, this weekend, but they will be back on the 11th with 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.
Here’s something you can do anytime—well at least until August 5th. It’s the BIC Center/WVBI 2020 Gala Auction. It’s all online this year with all sorts of great items up for bid. Check it out at auction dot BIC center dot org. 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.
[And…the 2020 BIC Center – WVBI Raffle is on. 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. You can also by them online at raffle dot bic center dot org. 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 Sunny, with a high near 89. South wind around 5 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 61. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast after midnight. Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 84. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Calm wind. Thursday Sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 61. Independence Day Sunny, with a high near 86. Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 62. Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.
Out on the big drink…
Today SE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming NE in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Wednesday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Thursday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.
Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: Quiet out there, but traffic on the island is increasing as more and more summer visitors arrive. Lots of walkers. Lots of bikers. Lots of baby critters. And lots of turtles who can’t decide what side of the road they need to be on. So, let’s be careful out there. Especially in the fawn and turtle crossing zones
BIRTHDAYS: Lori Souders and basketball flying man Elisha Richards are celebrating today. Happy birthday to each of them 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 1953, the first Chevrolet Corvette rolls off the line. The first Corvette is built in Flint, Michigan. The ‘Vette had been designed solely for the 1953 New York Auto Show, but enthusiasm from the public and Chevy’s chief engineer led to production of this consumer model. It will become an iconic sports car, with the one millionth Corvette being produced in 1992. (
WORD OF THE DAY: louche (adjective) [LOOSH] which means: not reputable or decent
Did You Know? Louche ultimately comes from the Latin word luscus, meaning “blind in one eye” or “having poor sight.” This Latin term gave rise to the French louche, meaning “squinting” or “cross-eyed.” The French gave their term a figurative sense as well, taking that squinty look to mean “shady” or “devious.” English speakers didn’t see the need for the sight-impaired uses when they borrowed the term in the 19th century, but they kept the figurative one. The word is still quite visible today and is used to describe both people and things of questionable repute. (from Merriam Webster)
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Socrates: “Be as you wish to seem.” On a lighter note: Why did the turtle break up with the giraffe? They never saw eye to eye.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, June 30th, 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.