News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, November 17th, 2020. 

This morning there are reports on Facebook of an active COVID-19 case on the island.  Unfortunately, that’s all the information we right now.  But, as a result, Dalwhinnies has moved to take-out service only and the Shamrock has temporarily closed—all of that information from Facebook posts.  The Health Center is not reporting any positive test results this morning, but is showing one additional test and 8 pending tests back as negative.  They have two tests pending.


Meantime, restaurant owner’s around the state are reacting with a mix of resignation and despair to the latest shutdown order, that according to reporting by M-Live this morning. They say that of the 747 traced outbreaks now ongoing across the state, 47 have a source at a restaurant or bar.  Not a large percentage, but not many other classes of sources have more.  Whatever the wisdom of the decision, the impact appears to be significant. Michigan Restaurant and Lodging C-E-O Justin Winslow says 2,000 Michigan restaurants have closed so far this year and that without stimulus support, another 6,000 could close by spring.


Some national health experts have praised Michigan’s current response as nuanced and evidence based.  That’s how President Obama’s C-D-C director characterized it.  But, the West Michigan Business Forum’s leader Doug Devos is cautioning against further on-size fits all restrictions. He says businesses have plenty of incentive to avoid spread of the virus and are in the best position to implement safety precautions tailored to their circumstances.


Hospitalization utilization rates appear to be mixed across the state, with some reporting spikes and expressing dire concern about staffing while others are experiencing less impact.  Still, utilization is up across the board. Muskegon’s Mercy Hospital says they have an emergency situation due to staff shortages and Spectrum Health in west Michigan says they are days away from reaching capacity.  In our region, 69% of available beds are filled.  The rate is 84% for I-C-U beds. That compares to 58% and 77% at the end of October.


Here on the island, B-I-C-S high school students are in school in person for one last day before going to virtual learning for at least three weeks.  They’ll be using the day to get ready for that transition, but of course they already have experience with it from the spring semester.  For now, the school intends to continue in-person classes for pre-school through 8th grade.  The School Board’s Return to School Committee will meet on Wednesday to review next steps.


State health officials reported more than 12 thousand new cases in their latest report, which covered two days. There were 56 new deaths over the same period.  Average for new cases is now 6,825 a day and 61 for deaths. The number of active cases in the state is at 121,470—that based on the count of new cases less than 30 days old.  In our region, there were 208 new cases and seven new deaths. 11 of the new cases were in Charlevoix.  Deaths were in Antrim with one, Emmet with four and Grand Traverse with two. There are now 2,313 active cases in our 8 county region, which is averaging 125 new cases a day and 2 deaths a day. 


Full data for our region and summaries for the state, the UP data and our Safe Start Zone are in today’s script online.


Cases Deaths Δ Cases Δ Deaths
Totals State 264576 8049 12763 56
Region 3719 68 208 7
TVC Zone 5634 121 383 8
UP 9577 166 425 3
7 Day Rolling Averages State 6825 61
Region 125 2
TVC Zone 201 5
UP 254 4
Note: Look back now 6 days divided by 7 to adj. for no Sun. data.
County Cases Deaths Δ Cases Δ Deaths
Region Antrim 260 2 17 1
Benzie 219 3 15 0
Charlevoix 325 5 11 0
Emmet 693 22 26 4
Grand Traverse 1228 17 73 2
Kalkaska 229 4 12 0
Leelanau 258 2 19 0
Otsego 507 13 35 0
Est. Active Cases State 121470
Region 2313
TVC Zone 3564
UP 5618
Note: Look back now 26 days to adjust for 4 Sundays with no data.

 Data for November 16, 2020


In a bit of non-COVID-19 news, the B-I-C-S school board has a vacancy on the board they are looking to fill with an appointment of an interested community member. If you are interested, applications are due by 3:30 on December 7th. More information is in the calendar entry.

Now, here’s what’s happening on your island…or maybe we should say not happening.  Essentially all activities are shut down with only meetings continuing—and those will be virtual.  Here’s your meeting planner.  School has a National Honor Society induction for new members set for this evening, but only students, staff and family members can attend in person. You should be able to see it on Zoom.  Wednesday, the St. James Public Works Committee is meeting at 11. Thursday, Library Board meets at 9 a and the Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets at 4:30 on Thursday. More details and info on remote attendance are in the calendar entries online.


Still awaiting word on church services this weekend.


[Don’t forget about the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Raffle.  Go to raffle dot bic center dot org if you would like to get tickets.  Or get them at the BIC Center from desk.]

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.  We are still working on updating new hours and services for everyone, but that should be complete by midday.

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


Snow showers likely, mainly before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. Breezy, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.


Isolated snow showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.


Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Light and variable wind becoming south 10 to 15 mph in the morning.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.


A chance of showers after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 43.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 33.


A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.


Partly sunny, with a high near 41.

Out on the big drink…


NW wind 20 to 25 kt. Rain and snow showers likely before 3pm, then a chance of rain showers between 3pm and 4pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers after 4pm. Waves 4 to 5 ft.


WSW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming S 15 to 20 kt in the afternoon. A slight chance of snow showers before 7am. Waves 1 ft or less building to 3 ft.


SW wind 20 to 25 kt, with gusts as high as 30 kt. Mostly cloudy. Waves 5 to 6 ft.

Water Temps: 42 at White Shoal and 48 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island—with five foot waves out there this morning.

TRAFFIC: None, nada, zip.  But, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Cathy Jones is celebrating.  Happy Birthday to Cathy, and if we missed you on our list, happy birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1989 a nonviolent revolt begins in Czechoslovakia. 15,000 students march to protest the Communist Party’s oppressive rule. The demonstrations will increase and 10 days later 75 percent of the population will take part in a general strike. The Velvet Revolution will lead to the regime’s downfall before the year’s end. (

WORD OF THE DAY: fulvous (adjective) [FULL-vus], which means: of a dull brownish yellow : tawny.

Fulvous has never been a common word. You are most likely to encounter it in texts from the 19th century—unless, that is, you care about ducks. In that case, you might know about a kind of whistling-duck called the fulvous tree duck, which is a brownish duck with long legs and a long neck and an unusual world distribution. It lives in isolated populations in North America, South America, India, and Africa—remarkably without geographic variation. But back to fulvous: it shares a meaning with its direct ancestor, the Latin word fulvus, and fulvus itself is believed to possibly share an ancestor with flavus, Latin for “yellow.”. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Winston Churchill: “For myself I am an optimist. It does not seem to be much use being anything else.”

On a lighter note: What are the social influencers drinking at lunch?  Meme-mosas.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, November 17th, 2020.  I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from the Langford Family WVBI 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 listening.