News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, May 25th, 2021


From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Tuesday, May 25th, 2021. 

First, some news…


Yesterday’s state COVID-19 numbers had more good news.  The Monday reports cover two days and typically show a bit of a dip in numbers due to the weekend period they cover, but they were down even for that.  There were an average of just 689 new cases a day statewide for the period and seven deaths a day—again statewide. That brings the statewide seven day running averages to 1,104 new cases a day and 47 deaths.  In our eight-county region, there were an average of 10 new cases a day and no deaths.  Charlevoix county had one new case total. Averages are 17 new cases a day and no deaths.


Safe start dashboard has new case counts headed down state-wide, in our zone and in Charlevoix County. Positive test rates headed down, too. Current state rate is 6.5%. It’s 6.4% in the Traverse City zone.  And in Charlevoix County, we are at 4.8%. Active case counts are down again—by about 3,600 statewide, 118 in the T-V-C zone and 58 in our region. We should be below 1,000 active cases in our region in the next day or so.

Remember, if you aren’t vaccinated, you need to continue wearing a mask for now in public inside spaces. If you want to ditch your mask, but have missed the vaccination clinics –the Health Center has COVID-19 vaccinations available now on demand.  No need to wait for a clinic or go across.  You can get your shot right here on the island at your convenience.  Just call 2275 to set up your appointment.  And, remember that masks are still required on the ferry and planes—and at school.


The hospitalization utilization rates may have dipped for the weekend, but yesterday’s report shows them coming down—finally. Overall statewide utilization is at 76.6% and it’s 75.5% for the I-C-U—both of those numbers within the range of what the C-D-C says are normal.  And that comes with lowered COVID-19 utilization as well. 6.4% of beds statewide have COVID-19 patients. For the I-C-U, the rate is 12.7%.  In our region, overall utilization is still high at 80%.  It’s 76.3% for the I-C-U. Locally, Munson in Charlevoix continues with no COVID-19 patients. McLAren in Petoskey has five total, and they’ve moved one out of their I-C-U leaving just one patient there.


On the island, after four new tests and negatives in their Friday report—no updates yesterday, No new tests, no new positives and no tests pending.


Complete data for our region plus summaries for the state, the T-C safe start zone and the U-P are in today’s script online.






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This report covers two days.




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Note: Look back 6 days divided by 7 to adj. for no Sunday data.






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Grand Traverse




















Link to data.







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Note: Look back now 26 days to adjust for 4 Sundays with no data.


Data from May 24, 2021


Now, a look at what’s happening on your island…


Here’s your meeting planner for the week. BIA Board meets today at 4 at the BIC Center for a special meeting. BIESA meets Thursday at 2:00 at Peaine Township Hall.  The Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee has a special meeting set for Thursday at 4:30 at the BIC Center. Meeting details and info on remote attendance are in the calendar entries online.


Pickleball practice is on today from 1 to 3, outside unless it starts raining. Pickleball play is Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays—practice Tuesdays and Thursdays. The pickle ball crew is working to raise money to build dedicated outdoor courts at the Peaine Township park behind the township hall.  The installation would also include a Bocci Ball court. There’s a link to their GoFundMe page in today’s script online.


Today, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available today 10:30 to 11:30—that’s up in the Deerwood Lodge hang out at the BIC Center. BIC Center hours are 9 to 4 weekdays. Noon to 9 on Saturday. Closed Sunday, but Sunday hours will start June 6th.  That’s the weekend after this Memorial Day weekend.


This evening, there’s a Family Historian night set at the Print Shop Museum.  Come on in and help identify islanders, places and things in the museum’s collection of island photographs.  If you have things to add to the archive, bring them along. Docents will be on-hand to help with the process.  And you’ll get a chance to see the new museum exhibit space along with the recently installed exhibit on artifacts retrieved from the yard at Protar’s home.



Resale shop will be open this week during their regular opening times Thursday through Saturday from noon to 4:00—that after being closed Friday and Saturday last week. But, they’ll have spiffy new floors to show off to you as a result. Remember, if it is nice enough to give to a relative or friend, it’s good enough to donate to the resale.


This coming weekend is Memorial Day weekend. Joining Daddy Franks and the Circle M in season openings—they both opened at the end of last week–will be the Paradise Bay Coffee shop and the Lodge. Reports are that Stoney will remain closed for now.  Paradise Bay won’t open for full regular summer hours, though, until June 26th.


Friday, the Beaver Island Birding Festival gets underway with another iteration of Warblers on the Water, brought to you by the BIA.  The excursions for this year are sold out, but there are events open to all at the BIC Center on Saturday and Sunday.  Saturday at 4 there’s a presentation on the amazing migratory pracices of birds.  On Sunday at 1:30 islander Dr. Beth Leuk will present the amazing story—and talk about risks to—the Monarch butterfly.  Her husband will follow at 3 with a presentation about the amazing plants found in the islands many bogs.  And, Saturday evening at 7, the BIC Center will present this year’s academy award winning documentary.  It’s my Octopus Teacher.  Good for all audiences, W-V-B-‘s film critic Rebbecca Eicher calls it the best documentary…ever.  With beautiful cinematography and a great story.


Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church and starting this Sunday at the Episcopal Mission.  Times and more details are in the calendar.


Next Monday, the AMVETS will hold their traditional Memorial Day remembrance at Veterans Memorial Park. Events get underway at 11.


Here’s an item from the Dark Sky Sanctuary calendar: Tomorrow morning there’s a full Super Flower Blood Moon on the way just ahead of sunrise.  It’ll be a blood or red moon as we’ll see the beginning of what will be a full solar eclipse of the moon farther west. Get your camera ready.  We’ll have more details in today’s Storyteller’s Night Sky from Mary Stewart Adams.  If you miss it on air, it’ll be posted as a podcast at noon.


Finally, a reminder that the library’s bid request for a lighting upgrade closes Friday.  Details are in the calendar entry online.


The health Center is looking for an additional board member. No medical background is required, but members who can bring some experience or expertise that will strengthen center operations are sought. Letters of interest are due by Midnight June 7.


The Wildlife Club and the B-I-A want you to be aware that there is a highly communicable disease spreading among rabbits.  It’s no risk to humans, but it could do real damage to the rabbit population on the island were it to spread here.  So, be aware and check with your vet before bring any rabbit to the island.  More info is in a post on the B-I-A website at beaver island association dot org.


If you are looking for summer activities for the kids, the library is planning a Tails and Trails program for this summer. There will be packets of reading materials, crafts, fun activities and more you can pick up. There are 6 themes with new packets of materials every two weeks on a new theme. To participate, call the library to sign up by June 1. They are at 2701.


B-I-C-S robotics team bIrobot has a cybersecurity camp planned for this summer.  It’ll be run June 21 to 25th. Check the bIrobot website for details at B-I robot dot org.

Keep up to date on COVID-19 news with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Click COVID-19 Info in the menu at W-V-B-I dot net.

Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:


A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.


A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Increasing clouds, with a low around 50. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 64. Breezy, with a west wind 10 to 20 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 42. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


Partly sunny, with a high near 59. Northeast wind around 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.


Partly sunny, with a high near 58.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.


Sunny, with a high near 63.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 44.


Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.

Memorial Day

A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

Out on the Big Drink:


SW wind 10 to 20 kt, with gusts as high as 35 kt. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Waves 2 to 4 ft.


WSW wind 10 to 15 kt becoming NNW in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 kt. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny. Waves 2 to 3 ft.


NNE wind around 10 kt. Partly sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Water Temperatures: Little Traverse Bay buoy is reading 50 this morning. Up at White Shoal its 51.  50 at Mackinac.  Midlake and Sleeping Bear buoys are still hibernating.

Fire Danger Level:  …is high, even with the rain we’ve gotten…so let’s be careful. Save that brush burning for later and watch your grill.

TRAFFIC:  None, for the most part. But there is a lot more activity on the island than a month ago, especially downtown when the boat arrives. More walkers and bikers all around, too. And, it’ll be even busier as we come to the end of the week. [No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Island Beltway running smoothly with caution delays at the south end where the road has emerged from the lake. Bridges are clear. Roads pretty much smooth as a newly dropped fawn’s belly.] So, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Matthew Cull is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Mathew, 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 1977, George Lucas’ space opera opens in theaters. Director George Lucas’ newest project hasn’t inspired much confidence at 20th Century Fox. It opens in only 32 theatres, its premiere pushed ahead of other, presumed, sure-fire summer hits. ‘Star Wars’ proves the naysayers wrong, becoming a blockbuster hit and an unstoppable cultural phenomenon. And, as if any Douglas Adams fan needs reminding, today is towel day.  Remember, always keep yours handy.  You never know when the Vogons might show up. (

WORD OF THE DAY: bumbershoot (noun) [BUM-ber-shoot], which means: umbrella. Umbrellas have plenty of nicknames. In Britain, brolly is a popular alternative to the more staid umbrella. Sarah Gamp, a fictional nurse who toted a particularly large umbrella in Charles Dickens’s novel Martin Chuzzlewit, has inspired some English speakers to dub oversize versions gamps. Bumbershoot is a predominantly American nickname, one that has been recorded as a whimsical, slightly irreverent handle for umbrellas since the late 1800s. As with most slang terms, the origins of bumbershoot are a bit foggy, but it appears that the bumber is a modification of the umbr- in umbrella and the shoot is an alteration of the -chute in parachute (since an open parachute looks a little like an umbrella). (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Douglas Adams from his book The Restaurant at the End of the Universe:  “There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. … There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”


On a lighter note: What’s the real reason the Mandalorian doesn’t remove his helmet?  Baby Yoda’s full diaper.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, May 25th, 2021. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening.