News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

DATE: 23/24/2020
From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, March 24th, 2020.
First, some news…
Michigan’s Governor Whitmer’s stay at home order is now in effect. And the result is even less activity downtown than normal for this time of year with almost everyone at home until April 13th. You are OK to go out for food, medicine and other essential things—and to work if you job is essential. On the mainland, grocery stores
Still no reported COVID-19 cases on the island. In a bid to minimize exposure here the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority has issued an advisory stating that the island shouldn’t be consider a safe haven and urging that anyone arriving on the island from the mainland self-quarantine for 14 days. That includes folks on the island who make trips to the mainland. The B-I-E-S-A has formed a COVID-19 management team made up of Health Center Director Tammy Radionoff, E-M-S Director Cody Randall, St. James Supervisor Kitty McNamara, Peaine Township Supervisor and B-I-E-S-A board member Bob Turner.
Island businesses continue to adapt to a COVID-19 world. The latest is McDonough’s Market. They’ve reduced hours to 10 to 4 Monday through Saturday, keeping 11 to 1 for Sunday. More significantly, they are asking that customers call or email in orders in advance so that items can be picked from the shelves, bagged and ready when you arrive. This is to limit exposure for all involved. That’s especially critical for the market staff so they can be sure to keep the store open. . Number to call to order groceries is 231 448 2733. Store email is Island Energies has reduced their hours. They’re now open from 10 to 4 Monday through Saturday and from 11 to 3 on Sunday. Powers Hardware has has also cut back hours. They’ll be open 10 to 3 Monday through Saturday. That’s a change from a plan to close up altogether on Saturday. They are offering curb-side service if you’d prefer not to come into the store. Just call ahead to 2572 to set that up with them. The BIC Center remains open with a limit of five guests in the building at a time. So, none of the regular activities are going on, but you can drop in to use the PCS, printers, internet or rest rooms.
If you feel you need to stay at home, Charlevoix County Transit has plans to help with that. They’ve eliminated fares and are providing delivery service to help folks get food and other essential supplies. To arrange for delivery groceries, meals, medicine and other necessities, please call their dispatch desk at 231.582.6900. The C-O-A can help with that, too. Local director Kathy Ehinger says she can deliver food or other supplies to seniors as needed. Just give her a call at the office at 448-2124 or after hours on her cell phone at 231-620-5199.
A reminder that the Health Center has established protocols for responding for patients that may have the virus. There is a separate screening room and a separate entrance will be used. If you think you may have the virus, you should call the Health Center at 2275 before coming in and follow their directions. The Health center now has COVID-19 testing kits on hand—but just three of them for now. So they will have to be used judiciously. For tips from our health center pros on what to do, listen to our Beaver Island Perspectives program with them first broadcast on Friday. It’s available as a podcast on W-V-B-I dot net. Just go there and click on the podcasts menu.
Dalwhinnie’s and the Shamrock are continuing their takeout service: Dalwhinnie’s service is clustered around lunchtime from 10 to 1 Wednesday through Sunday with a limited menu-but they are trying to accommodate special requests. Shamrock will be open Monday through Saturday from 4 to 7 with an expanded menu from last week, including daily specials. Check the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page for details or just call the restaurants for details and to place your order.
Speaking of the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page, you can find that by going to W-V-B-I dot net and scrolling down a little. There’s a button for it right there. You’ll find official information from the townships, our latest COVI-19 news and updates as well as state and federal news and resources.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island… Well, pretty much nothing in person, the Michigan Sea Grant has announced a series of video presentations for the week that might be interesting to attend from the safety of your house. The second one is today at 10:30. It’s called Be A hero stop marine debris. They have a presentation planned at the same time every day this week. Check the calendar for details on the topics and information on how to sign up and sign in. Do you have suggestions for other online events to attend that would be of interest to islanders? Let us know and we’ll add them to the calendar and pass them along.
You can find information on events planned for the summer on our Discover Beaver Island Summer calendar. Just point your browser at summer dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 40. Light southeast wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Tonight Increasing clouds, with a low around 32. East wind around 10 mph becoming south after midnight. Wednesday A slight chance of rain and snow before 10am, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Wednesday Night Rain before 5am, then rain and snow. Low around 33. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Thursday Rain and snow, mainly before 10am. High near 39. North wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Thursday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Friday Night A chance of rain and snow between 2am and 4am, then a chance of snow after 4am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. Saturday Snow likely before 9am, then rain and snow likely between 9am and 11am, then rain likely after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. Saturday Night A chance of rain before 10pm, then a chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Sunday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.
TRAFFIC: None. Nada. Zip. Critter count: 15 deer on or along Sloptown road and a turkey hanging out at the edge of town. Roads are going to get messy today as the temperature warms up. So, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Jessica LaFreniere, Emma Jean Belfy, Larry Dawson, Kyle Butler, Jouhn Matela, Elliot Sawyer and Miles Dedloff-Rooy are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to them and, if you we missed you on the list today, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1998 there is an oil tanker spill in Alaska. Just past midnight, the Exxon Valdez strikes a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The resulting spill of up to 38 million gallons of crude oil is the largest in US history and will devastate 11,000 square miles of pristine wilderness.
WORD OF THE DAY timorous (TIM-uh-rus) which means: 1 : of a timid disposition : fearful 2 : expressing or suggesting timidity Timid and timorous don’t just have similar spellings and meanings; they are etymologically related as well. Both words ultimately derive from the Latin verb timēre, meaning “to fear.” The immediate ancestor of timid is Latin timidus (with the same meaning as timid), whereas timorous traveled to Middle English by way of the Latin noun timor (“fear”) and the Medieval Latin adjective timorosus. Timid may be the more common of the two words, but timorous is older. It first appeared in English in the mid-15th century; timid came on the scene a century later. Both words can mean “easily frightened” (as in “a timid mouse” or “a timorous child”) as well as “indicating or characterized by fear” (as in “he gave a timid smile” or “she took a timorous step forward”). (
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…
Here’s a thought for the day: “Every storm runs out of rain.” On a lighter note: Wjhat happends when you eat to many navy beans. You may have a dishonorable dscharge
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, March 24th, 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.