News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, May 19th, 2020.
First, some news…
Governor Whitmer had big news for up north yesterday. Effective Friday at 12:01 A-M, she’s lifting her closing order on bars, restaurants and so-called non-essential retail operations. COVID-19 prevention measures must be in place—a limit on the number of people inside, masks and social distancing among them—but it is a step back to normal—or at least out of the house. Gatherings of up to ten people are allowed. The pullback applies to all counties in the U-P and 17 counties in northern lower Michigan including Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Antrim, Kalkaska and hard hit Otsego county. Not reopening are vacation rentals, campgrounds or other lodging options for people who don’t live up north. Curiously, the stay-at-home provisions remain in place with exceptions for essential workers, but seemingly not for dropping by the pub. Perhaps some clarity will arrive in an F-A-Q.
Meantime, as we wrote yesterday, signs of getting back to normal—or maybe getting to the new-for-a-while normal—are joining signs of spring on the island. Holy Cross Church announced this weekend that services will resume there on Memorial Day weekend. If possible, mass will be held outside, but if need be it will be inside with a limit on the number of people who can be inside. Either way, social distancing rules will apply.
That reopening comes along with news that McDonough’s Market plans to begin in store shopping on the 21st. There’ll be a limit on the number of visitors in the store at a time. Face mask and social distancing requirements will apply.
And, the Boat Company announced yesterday that all passengers will now be asked to ride in the passenger cabin rather than having the option to ride in their vehicles. And, they will be loading and unloading all vehicles—after disinfecting them. So, once you drop your vehicle at the dock, you are supposed to stay out of it until you pick it up on the other side. Masks are required.
Good news in terms of overall reductions continues on the numbers front. State officials yesterday reported 773 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 24 new COVID-19 related deaths in the state. That brings totals to 51, 915 confirmed cases and 4, 915 deaths. That’s more deaths than caused by the flu in Michigan since the year 2000—twice as many. Since 2000, 2,179 have died from the flu.
On the island, still no confirmed cases. 38 tests for COVID-19 have been run at the Health Center. 33 are back as negative and 5 pending.
In the region, the confirmed case count is the same as yesterday at 199. Death toll is stable at 20. County by county, Otsego has 99 cases and 10 deaths. Emmet 21 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 23 cases with five deaths. Charlevoix still at 14 with one death, Kalkaska stable at 17 with two deaths, Antrim has 11 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau stable at ten cases, no deaths. And Benzie is at four cases and no deaths. Up in the U-P, they are at 101 confirmed cases, same as yesterday. Death toll is stable at 15.
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 home. Stay safe.
Remember, the Governor’s orders now require you to wear face masks when in enclosed public spaces like the hardware store or the Post Office or on the ferry—and soon enough, the market, restaurants and bars. If you need a mask, check with the Health Center. They have some fun designs made by island crafters.
Looking for the latest island info on COVID-19? Check the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page for details. You can find that by going to W-V-B-I dot net and clicking 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 30 percent chance of rain before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. Breezy, with an east wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 43. East wind 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 69. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday Night Clear, with a low around 42. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Thursday Sunny, with a high near 60. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon. Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 44. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 63. Saturday Night A chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Sunday A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. Sunday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Memorial Day A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 65.
TRAFFIC: None. But, the roads are slick. So if you head out on a necessary trip, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: SaturdayDanny LaFreniere, Rory Randall and Cody Randall celebrated. Sunday was the day for Megan Heller. Yesterday, Matt Fogg and Reese Johnson were celebrating and today Cindy Cushman and Lori Glynn are celebrating. Happy birthday to each and every one of 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 1916 three world powers carve up the Middle East. With expectations of an Ottoman defeat at the hands of the Triple Entente, the Sykes-Picot Agreement maps out the territories that the United Kingdom, France, and Russia plan to control in the Middle East. The secret plan will be exposed, angering Arab leaders who were promised independent rule. Also on this date in 1992, Amy Fisher shoots Mary Jo Buttafuoco. Fisher is allegedly having an affair with Mary Jo’s husband, Joey Buttafuoco. Mary Jo Buttafuoco is injured but survives the attack. Fisher will spend seven years in prison, and the sensational story will become the subject of multiple Buttafuoco TV movies. All because the name Buttafuoco is so much fun to say. (
WORD OF THE DAY disabuse (verb) [diss-uh-BYOOZ] which means: to free from error, misconception, or fallacy. We know the verb abuse as a word meaning “to misuse,” “to mistreat,” or “to revile.” But when disabuse first appeared in the early 17th century, there was a sense of abuse, now obsolete, that meant “to deceive.” Sir Francis Bacon used that sense, for example, when he wrote in 1605, “You are much abused if you think your virtue can withstand the King’s power.” The prefix dis- has the sense of undoing the effect of a verb, so it’s not surprising that disabuse means “to undeceive.” English speakers didn’t come up with the idea of joining dis- to abuse all on their own, however. It was the French who first appended their prefix dés- to their verb abuser. English disabuse is modeled after French désabuser. (from Merriam Webster)
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Albert Einstein: “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” On a lighter note: Why did the lion cross the road? To get to the other pride.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, May 19th, 2020. I’m Kevin Boyle writing from home away 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 reading.