News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

It’s cold out there now after temps in the mid-60’s last week.  Now, M-Live forecasters say up to a foot of snow could be on the way to us this weekend and as much as 15 inches over in Charlevoix.  But then, they say, we’ll have a warm-up as we head through Thanksgiving week. Not into the 60s, but very possibly in the 50s on the island. There’s a map showing expected snowfall this weekend in the script online.

Wayne State University and the State of Michigan have launched a new website and phone line to provide assistance and training for the state’s first responders confronting the stresses they face in their everyday duties. Mark Richardson has more:

Intro: First responders experience some of the most horrific events in modern life and often carry huge loads of stress home from their jobs. A new program developed by Wayne State University provides resources and cutting-edge services to Michigan first responders to alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder and other work-related mental health challenges. The result is Frontline Strong Together, a website and 24/7 call line created by first responders and mental-health experts. Wayne State psychiatry professor Doctor Alireza Amirsadri is the project’s main developer. He says high stress pushes too many first responders to the edge.

               :13  “Part of trauma, in fact, is that you dismiss, you deny, you try to rationalize, intellectualize all these. But in reality, it is avoidance of discussing it and the impact of stress on them.”

 

Tag:  Wayne State teamed with the Michigan Crisis and Access Line in consultation with police and fire unions, paramedics and dispatchers to develop the program. The Frontline Together Strong website is at FST5,org, and the helpline is 833-34STRONG (833-347-8764).

 

Second Cut: Amirsadri says in developing the program, he found that there is a stigma among many police, firefighters and other first responders against admitting to a mental health issue and seeking help.

               :09  “We were seeing them in need of mental health issues and many of them were not accepting although they were suffering from symptoms. So, many of them were self-medicating.”

 

Third Cut: He says research shows that 30 percent of first responders experience mental health disorders, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, compared with 20 percent of the general public.

               :09  “Did you know that the life of police officers at retirement is about 15 years less than a civilian? 15 to 20 years less? There’s a reason for it.”

 

Tag:  The program is funded through a 2 million dollar grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

In our Dark skies this week you can take in the Leonid’s meteor shower, which peaks in the wee hours of Friday morning. Experts say you should see 15 to 20 meters per hour.  There are viewing tips in the Dark Sky calendar at dark sky island dot org.

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

 

Your meeting planner for the week: Waste Management Committee meets today at 1:30. B-I-A Board meets this afternoon at 4:00. St. James Public Works Committee meets Wednesday at 11:00. Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets Thursday at 4:30. Library Board meets at 5:00. That’s it for the week. Meeting locations and additional details are in the calendar entries online.

 

On the fun front today, Tuesday, Pickleball is on at 10:00, in the Theater here at the BIC Center where it will be through the winter. And the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout.

 

Wednesday, Chair Yoga is upstairs in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 10:00. Then, C-O-A BINGO is on up in the Hangout at 1:00. And then at 5:00, the COA will be serving up their Thanksgiving Dinner while, over at the Shamrock, the annual Hunter’s Dinner starts at 6:00. It’s the Wildlife Club’s big fundraiser for the year.  Also, this schedule note: Time for Art is off this week for the C-O-A Thanksgiving Dinner and next week so all can get ready for Thanksgiving.

 

Thursday, Pickleball is from 10 to noon inside here at the BIC Center.  Senior Tai Chi is at 10:00 in the Hangout. At 1:00 at the library, there’s Story Hour. Also, at 1:00, Games Galore is on in the Hangout at the BIC Center. At school at 3:30 the Elks are sponsoring a Hoops Shoot fundraiser for the sports teams at school.  Thursday evening, Euchre is on tap at the Whiskey Point Brewery. Cards hit the table at 7:00.

 

Friday, at the BIC Center, Chair Yoga is at 10:00 in the Hangout. Pickleball is from 10 to noon in the theater, moving to their Tuesday, Thursday Friday winter schedule. Also Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is up in the Hangout at 10:30.

 

On Saturday, Story Hour at the library at 10:00. Saturday afternoon the matinee at the BIC Center is The Bad Guys. It’s the story of bad guys gone good. Rated PG. Showtime is 4:00.  The evening show at 7:00 is Three Thousand Years of Longing. It’s rated R and has great reviews and answers the question what do you do with three wishes.  As always, the Concession Stand will be open for snacks, a meal or both. Trailers are in the calendar entries and on the BIC Center website. No admission charge for movies at the BIC Center, but your freewill donation helps keep the movies coming. 

 

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

 

Monday, the C-O-A has Chair Yoga set for the BIC Center at 10:00 this morning. 

 

BIRTHDAYS:  Sue Welke and Kevin Allen are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Sue and Kevin and, if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.  [And, a reminder that if you aren’t on the list, let Deb Robert know over at B-I-C-S.  Her 4th through 6th-grade class will be busy making the 2023 Birthday Calendars soon.]

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. But, in town it is busy around the dock when the ferry arrives with hunting traffic—probably peaking today.  And lots of visitors around and deer dashing to hide from them. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1777 the Second Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation, which unifies the 13 American colonies under a weak central government and names this new country the United States of America. The document, a precursor to the Constitution, will be ratified by the states on March 1, 1781. On this day image

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam Webster word of the day is augur (verb) [AW-gur], which is means to show or suggest, especially from omens, that something might happen in the future. In ancient Rome, augurs were official diviners whose function it was to divine whether the gods approved of a proposed undertaking, such as a military move. They did so by various means, among them observing the behavior of birds and examining the entrails of sacrificed animals. We doubt the Romans predicted that augur would eventuate into a verb meaning “presage or foretell,” but in retrospect, augur’s path must have been in the stars.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Tuesday…

Here’s a thought for Goldwin Smith: “The father of confederation is deadlock.”

 

On a lighter note, this thought from John Stewart: “Why did the Articles [of Confederation] fail so completely? Most historians believe the founding fathers spent a great deal of their first constitutional convention drafting the Declaration of Independence and only realized on July 3rd the Articles were also due.”

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, November 15th, 2022. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day—and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening. 

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Today

Snow showers, mainly after 1pm. High near 36. East wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tonight

Snow showers, mainly before 4am. Low around 30. East wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Wednesday

A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 34. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 27. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Thursday

Snow showers after 1pm. High near 35. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 24. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Friday

Snow showers. High near 36. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Friday Night

Snow showers likely, mainly before 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 19. Breezy.

Saturday

Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.

Saturday Night

A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Breezy.

Sunday

A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. Breezy.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. Breezy.

Monday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. Breezy.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

ENE wind 10 to 15 kt. Rain and snow likely, mainly after 1pm. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Wednesday

NNE wind 10 to 15 kt. A chance of rain and snow. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Thursday

NNW wind 5 to 15 kt becoming SW in the afternoon. A chance of snow showers before 9am, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 9am and noon, then rain showers likely after noon. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Friday

W wind around 15 kt. Snow showers. Waves 3 to 4 ft.

Fire Danger Level: Low

Water Temps: 46 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island with waves around two feet. 43 at White Shoal. No reading from Little Traverse Bay.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002

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