News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Tuesday, May 4th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

There’s a COVID-19 vaccination clinic planned for today at school, but the fog has the vaccination team trapped on the other side.  And, it doesn’t look like it will lift in time for them—so today’s event has been cancelled.  They are looking at times next week.  We’ll keep you up to date here on that and you can check the school website for updates, too.

 

Speaking of fog, your Community Calendar reporter got stuck across in the fog yesterday with no equipment to do the news.  Sorry for the missed day.

 

Yesterday’s state COVID-19 report again shows a downward trend in new cases over the two-day period it covers with just 2,518 new cases a day.  There were 29 deaths for the entire period or 15 a day. That brings the seven-day running average for new cases down to 3,368. For deaths, the average is up two to 64 including reclassifications. In our region, there were 37 new cases a day and one death overall. Charlevoix had a tota of three new cases—the death was in Benzie.

 

Safe start dashboard has new case count headed down across the board–state-wide, in our zone and in Charlevoix County for more than 20 days each. Positive test rate is 12.3% state-wide, 12% in our zone and 7.3% in the county—those numbers down across the board.

 

Hospital utilization data continues to run high, but it is down a bit, perhaps from the weekend, and the COVID-19 share of it has dropped even with that.  Overall occupancy for regular beds statewide is 78.5% and 81.9% for I-C-U beds. In our zone, those numbers are higher at 77.7% for regular beds and 85.9% for the I-C-U. Normal is in the mid 70s.  Statewide, 13.1% of regular beds have COVID-19 patients in them.  For I-C-U beds, the rate is 23.9%. Locally, Munson in Charlevoix is down a patient to none while McLaren in Petoskey is up one to 12.

 

At the health Center, no new tests.  No tests pending. Last positive tests were on the 7th.  There have been three positive tests since the current island cases began. Positive rate is 9.1%.

 

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.

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

849420

17771

5035

29

Region

14538

259

73

1

TVC Zone

25294

522

155

3

UP

19209

411

66

0

New referrals of confirmed cases to the MDSS since Saturday, May 1st. 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

3368

64

 

Region

53

2

 

TVC Zone

101

3

 

UP

49

1

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1225

21

9

0

Benzie

1024

32

6

1

Charlevoix

1225

20

3

0

Emmet

1829

40

9

0

Grand Traverse

5420

75

32

0

Kalkaska

987

21

2

0

Leelanau

990

18

3

0

Otsego

1838

32

9

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

11664

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

165627

 

136

Region

2874

 

291

TVC Zone

5252

 

92

UP

1837

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

 

 

Data from May 3, 2021

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

 

No more meetings this week: St. James Planning Commission Tuesday evening at 6:00, the B-I-C-S committee of the whole meets tomorrow, Wednesday, at 4:00 and the St, James Township Board Wednesday, too, at 5:30.  Meeting details and remote attendance info are available in the calendar online.

 

At the BIC Center today, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available 10:30 to 11:30 up in the Deerwood Lodge hang out. Pickleball practice is on today from 1 to 3, probably outside so B-I-C-S 4th and 5th graders can work on their play.  Pickleball play is Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays—practice Tuesdays and Thursdays. BIC Center hours this week are 9 to 4 weekdays. Noon to 9 on Saturday. Closed Sunday.

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show is the first of two Eighties Flashbacks we have this month. It’s The Breakfast Club—the film that brought you the brat pack—or at least one of them—as an odd mix of high school students discover there is a lot to learn in detention, but it is rate R, so for the grownups at your house. At 7, it’s the story of a women who heads to the wilderness to recover from trauma. It’s Land, another new release film at the BIC Center. Rated PG-13—a great story for the family. Both shows have great popular and critical reviews and you’ll see both on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater.   Concession stand will be open with all your favorite movie treats and pizza plus Nathan’s Hot Dogs and soft pretzels. Trailers are on the BIC Center web site at bic center dot org.

 

Sunday there are services at Holy Cross and the Christian Church.  Times and more details are in the calendar. 

 

[On the shopping front, library has a DVD and T-shirt sale going on until they run out.  Plus, they have a new supply of paperback books available—western and sci-fi stories. Resale shop is open Thursday and Friday noon to four.]

 

[If you are looking for summer activities for the kids, the library is planning a Tails and Trails program for this summer. No group activities for now, but 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.

 

Also, a reminder that the Wildlife Club has shrubs and trees available for pickup and planting.  They look great and make good wildlife food, too, as they grow. They are on hand now and more will be arriving. Call Jacque LaFreniere at 2220 to arrange pickup.

 

Speaking of shrubs and trees, island landscaper Barb Rahn want you to remember to deep soak trees and plants you love around your house.  Our drought continues, she says, and they need it.

 

Finally, B-I-C-S is taking bids for lawn care for the season.  They are due on at 3:30 in the afternoon on May 5th. Bidding details are in the calendar entry online.]

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:

Today

A slight chance of drizzle. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 50. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight

A slight chance of drizzle. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 49. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. West wind around 5 mph.

Thursday

Areas of frost before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 49. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.

Friday

Areas of frost before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 48.

Friday Night

Widespread frost after 2am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 33.

Saturday

Widespread frost, mainly before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 50.

Saturday Night

Areas of frost after 4am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 35.

Sunday

Areas of frost. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 51.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

NW wind 10 to 15 kt. A slight chance of showers before noon. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Wednesday

NNW wind 10 to 15 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Thursday

WSW wind 5 to 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Water Temperatures: Up at White Shoal its 42.  40 at Mackinac.  Rest of the buoys are still out of the water.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC:  None. [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.] Still, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Loie Connaghan, TurnerJones, Brennan Jones, Quinn Jones, Dave Rosema and Kathleen Wood are all celebrating today. We missed Audrey Beilman, Sandy Hallahan, Micah Richards and Kassandra Lodico yesterday. Happy Birthday to Audrey, Sandy, Kassandra, Kathleen, Loie, Turner, Brennan, Quinn, Dave, and Micah.  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 1979, the first woman prime minister in British history arrives at 10 Downing Street after her Conservative Party sweeps the elections. Margaret Thatcher will prove to be one of the country’s longest tenured PMs as well as one of the most controversial. (Bing.com)

'Iron Lady' reigns

WORD OF THE DAY: succumb (verb) [suh-KUM], which means: to yield to superior strength or force or overpowering appeal or desire; to be brought to an end (such as death) by the effect of destructive or disruptive forces. If the idea of someone succumbing brings to mind the image of a person lying down before more powerful forces, you have an excellent grasp of the Latin that gave English succumb. Succumb derives from the French word succomber, which is itself from the Latin word succumbere, meaning “to fall down” or “to yield.” Succumbere was formed by combining sub-, meaning “under,” with -cumbere, meaning “to lie down.” The earliest application of succumb in the late 15th century was as a transitive verb meaning “to bring down” or “to overwhelm,” but this sense is now obsolete. The current sense of “to yield” first appeared in print in the early 17th century; the more specific use—yielding to a disease or other destructive force—followed decades later. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Margaret Thatcher: “Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become habits. Watch your habits for they become your character. And watch your character for it becomes your destiny. What we think, we become.”

 

On a lighter note—this one from Lonnie Allen: What do you call a belt made of bad watches? A waste of time.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, May 4th, 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. 

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