News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Tuesday, May 14th, 2019.
First some news…
Peaine Township Board met last evening. Pam Grassmick was there. She reported to the board on a notice she received yesterday from the Charlevoix, Antrim, Kalkaska and Emmet Counties Invasive Species Collaborative. The islands Beaver Island Association, the Little Traverse Conservancy , and CAKE have been awarded $30,000 to treat spotted knapweed, Phragmites and an invasive cattail.
The board took a number of actions last evening. Angel Welke was appointed to the Peaine Township Planning Commission. Carla Martin was appointed to Waste Transfer Committee. Transfer Station employees got a raise. Lawn bid went to Jean’s Lawn Service. Both townships will go in with E-M-S to purchase 9 personal locator beacons for paddlers this summer. These will be available for loan at the Water Trail Headend here at the BIC Center. The BIC Center is also purchasing 5 units, so there will be 14 total for use.
The question of flood insurance coverage for homeowners being affected by our current high lake levels was raised. Paul Welke has taken pictures to document the damage. Supervisor Bill Kohls is looking into getting the same sort of relief for Peaine shoreline owners that St. James township has applied for.
Thanks to Pam for her report on the meeting.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island …
Today, Pickleball here at the BIC Center from 9:30 to 11:30. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program also at the BIC Center from 10 to 11. Peaine Township Planning Commission meets at 7 on this evening at the township hall.
Wednesday, Talking Threads Quilt Guild meets Wednesday at 9:30. B-I Fit Hours are 9 to 11 and 3:30 to 5. At B-I-C-S. If you want to bid on the Cisco, those bids are due Wednesday at 5. More info in the calendar of you want to buy this classic research vessel that is an island fixture.
Thursday, B-I Fit hours are 6:30 to 8:30. Pickle Ball is here at the BIC Center from 9:30 to 11:30. Library Board Meeting at 7 Thursday evening at the library.
Friday, B-I Fit hours are 9 to 11. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program here at the BIC Center from 10 to 11. Calendar says Daddy Franks is also opening this Friday, but with the sale that may be delayed. We’ll follow up on that. Over at the health center there’s an eye clinic from 9 to 4. Call 2275 to sign up. Friday evening, the Wildlife club has a meeting on the calendar for 5:30 at the Peaine Township Hall.
Saturday, B-I Fits hours are 8:30 to 10:30 in the morning. Lego Club at the library at 1. Self Defense class at 5 at the Peaine Township Hall. Here at the BIC Center, two movies—a pair of documentaries this weekend that are not your typical documentary deal: Showing at 4 it’s Muderball—the story of full contact rugby played by paraplegics in wheelchairs. It’s rated R, so not for the kids. At 7, it’s Apollo 11—the story of our first trip to set foot on the moon. With the 50th anniversary of the mission coming up in July—this is one to bring your kids to so they know the story. It’s rated G and, besides the great story of the mission, includes all sorts of high resolution video you’ve probably never seen before. Concession stand will be open all day Saturday with treats both for the shows and you island adventures.
Sunday, services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church and the Lighthouse fellowship. Details are on the calendar.
You can find more information on all of these events and everything else that’s happening on the island at calendar dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Summer hours are coming to your BIC Center on May 20th. Opening times will be 9 to 9 Monday through Saturday, 9 to 5 on Sundays. And with that comes the need for additional staffing at the BIC Center. Pay is competitive for these part time positions. If you are interested, get your resume and a letter of interest to Nick De Laat by dropping by the BIC Center or sending it to the BIC Center at info dot org. And, don’t forget to put the 1st Annual Pickleball tournament on your calendar. Whether you plan to play or watch, you won’t want to miss it. Signup to play at the BIC Center front desk.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of the good folks down at McDonough’s Market: Today Sunny, with a high near 61. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Tonight A 30 percent chance of showers after 2am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 42. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Wednesday A 30 percent chance of showers before 8am. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 59. Northwest wind around 10 mph. Wednesday Night Areas of frost after 2am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 37. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Thursday Showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy frost before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Thursday Night Showers likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Out on the Big Drink… Today WSW wind 5 to 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Wednesday NW wind 5 to 10 kt. A chance of showers, mainly before 7am. Waves 1 ft or less. Water temperature at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island is 36. 36 in Little Traverse Bay, too. Fire Danger Level: Low
TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or outbound to either airport. Beltway running smoothly. Bridges clear. But the rain has turned our dirt roads into mud baths so let’s be careful out there, especially in the school zone.
[[Now, time for a look at Phyllis’s posts for today..]] ON THIS DATE in 1796 English scientist Edward Jenner inoculates a patient with the cowpox pathogen, thereby immunizing him from smallpox, a highly infectious, scarring plague that has already killed millions. Jenner has created the world’s first vaccine and will be called ‘the father of immunology.’
DID YOU KNOW: 85% of movie actors earn less than $5,000 a year from acting! So, maybe rethink those career plans?
WORD OF THE DAY: plat·i·tude [ˈpladəˌt(y)o͞od] a NOUN, which means a remark or statement, especially one with a moral content, that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful. A hackneyed/trite/banal/overworked saying. Platitude comes from the French “plat”, which means flat. It entered English in the early 19th century.
Birthdays: Adam Anderson has the stage to himself today. Happy birthday to Adam. And, if we missed you on our list—Happy Birthday to you too from all of us at W-V-B-I and Beaver Island Community Center.
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Edward Jenner, the father of immunology: The deviation of man from the state in which he was originally placed by nature seems to have proved to him a prolific source of diseases.
On a lighter note…
How many lemmings does it take to change a lightbulb? Just one. But then they all want to do it.
SFX: Wah, wah, wah….
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, May 14th, 2019.
I’m Kevin Boyle at the pest free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of the Voice of Beaver Island wishing you a great day and asking you: why not make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.
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