News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

From America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, May 26th, 2020.
First, some news…
No additional fallout so far from the weekend news of an active COVID-19 case on the island. Concern for a few about what was being done in response seems to have settled after it became clear that those responsible had a response plan and were implementing it. No change this morning in data reported by the Health Center. 42 patients tested, 41 back as negative and that one positive.
While there was more activity than there has been for many Mondays, it was relatively quiet in town for a Memorial Day. The AMVETs conducted a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park, but with far fewer vets and observers in attendance. That was as planned according to Post Commander Bob Tidmore. “We were seeking to comply with the Governor’s orders while still providing an appropriate tribute,” he said. As a result, the AMVETS isolated themselves in to two groups of less than 10 and asked that people attend by watching on social media or listening on the radio. Islanders, who normally turn out in large numbers for such events, heeded that request and stayed away. Afterwards, the Hodgsons provided free burgers to all veterans who cared to have one at Daddy Franks.
At Holy Cross over the weekend, mass-goers had the chance to celebrate the Mass outside. Father Jim says everything went well for services on both Saturday and Sunday. The Bishop has given special disposition to hold mass outside the church through the end of the summer to avoid people being too close together while allowing all to attend.
The story off the island was similar. More people around than in a long time, but far from the usual crowds. M-Live reports say that people were out enjoying themselves on Monday, but cautious. Many businesses were still not open, apparently not having had enough time to get ready for the holiday given the Governor’s notice just a few days before the weekend.
Resistance to the Governor’s stay-at-home orders for all in Michigan continued as she extended the order on Friday to June 12. A group of gym owners joined to long list of those suing her. They along with hair salons, barber shops, theaters remain closed throughout the stay as do bars, restaurants, and other non-essential business downstate. The single island COVID-129 case showed up in local numbers yesterday. It was the only addition in the region with the confirmed case count in the counties we’ve been following jumping up that single case to 204. Death toll remains stable at 20-no change in that since May 12th. County by county, Otsego confirmed case count is table at 100 and still 10 deaths. Emmet is stable at 21 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 23 cases with five deaths. Charlevoix up the one island case to 15 with one death, Kalkaska had the other reported addition, up one confirmed case to 19 with two deaths, Antrim has 11 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 11, no deaths. And Benzie is at four cases and no deaths. Up in the U-P, they are up three to at 107 confirmed cases. Death toll is stable at 15.
Statewide, 202 new cases were reported and 12 new deaths. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 54,881 and total deaths to 5,240. Meantime, Michigan has the second highest unemployment rate in the nation at 22.7%. Only Nevada is higher. That’s more than one million people out of work in Michigan-up by 800,000 people since February.
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 safe.
Governor’s orders require you to wear face masks when in enclosed public spaces. Need a mask? Check with the Health Center. Probably makes sense to get in the habit of having one with you.
Keep up to date with the march back 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.
For what’s happening on your island…check the WVBI/BIC Center Community Calendar at
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Southwest wind around 5 mph. Tonight Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Wednesday A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday Night A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Calm wind. Thursday Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Thursday Night Showers likely, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Friday A 30 percent chance of showers before 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 42. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 57. Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 42. Sunday Sunny, with a high near 59. Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. Monday A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 62.
Out on the big drink…
Today Variable winds 5 kt or less. A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Areas of dense fog. Waves 1 ft or less. Tonight Variable winds 5 kt or less. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 3am. Patchy fog. Waves 1 ft or less. Wednesday Variable winds 5 kt or less. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Waves 1 ft or less.
TRAFFIC: Picking up a bit, but no delays. Lots more folks out walking and biking then has been the case-probably more due to the nice weather than anything else. So, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Our list is AWOL today, so if we missed you, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. We’ll catch up tomorrow.
ON THIS DAY in 1647, Alse Young is the first American executed for witchcraft. Forty-five years before the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials, the first American colonist accused of witchcraft, Alse Young, is executed in the town square of Hartford, Connecticut. More executions will follow, as witchcraft would remain a capital crime in Connecticut until 1750. Also on this date in 1951. Trailblazing astronaut Sally Ride is born. Sally Kristen Ride is born in Los Angeles, where she’ll become a nationally ranked tennis player by her junior year of high school. Her focus, however, will shift to science and astronomy. She will join NASA in 1978 and in 1983, she will become the first American woman in space. (
WORD OF THE DAY homonymous (adjective) [hoh-MAH-nuh-mus] which means: ambiguous; having the same designation; of, relating to, or being homonyms. The “ambiguous” sense of homonymous refers mainly to words that have two or more meanings. Logicians and scientists who wanted to refer to (or complain about) such equivocal words chose a name for them based on Latin and Greek, from Greek hom- (“same”) and onyma (“name”). In time, English speakers came up with another sense of homonymous referring to two things having the same name (Hawaii, the state, and Hawaii, the island, for example). Next came the use of homonymous to refer to homonyms, such as see and sea. There’s also a zoological sense. Sheep and goats whose right horn spirals to the right and left horn spirals to the left are said to be homonymous. (from Merriam Webster)
Now, to wrap up for this neoteric Beaver Island Tuesday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Neil deGrasse Tyson: “I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people’s politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true.” On a lighter note: Why did the tutle cross Kings Highway? We don’t know yet. He’s still crossing.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, May 26th, 2020. I’m Kevin Boyle, reporting online from vacation, wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever? And, thanks for reading.