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Community Calendar for Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022

Hopes to keep the Palisades nuclear plant operating appear to have run into a roadblock. Word came yesterday that the federal government has denied Holtec International’s request for funds to reopen the shuttered plant in southwest Michigan. While a spokesperson for Governor Whitmer, who had lobbied for federal funds to keep the plant open, called the failed bid a “temporary setback”—others say it is likely the end of the road for the plant. It delivered 800 megawatts of emission-free energy to the state’s power grid.


The Federal Communications Commission has released an updated broadband availability map that will be used to allocate broadband grants from the infrastructure bill.  Its maps have a reputation for being wildly inaccurate and experts say this update also includes lots of inaccurate data.  But this time consumers have the ability to challenge the claimed speeds available at their locations.  The island’s Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee will be digging in to that process and provide information on the process in the coming weeks. The committee is meeting today with that task on its agenda.


Now, some holiday notes for you…


W-V-B-I is set to help with the soundtrack for your Thanksgiving holiday with special music and shows for the day.  Plus, you can add your greetings to the mix by leaving a message on the station’s voicemail at 2022 or by visiting add-my-voice dot W-V-B-I dot net.


Connie Boyle has once again organized a toy drive to make sure all kids have something under the Christmas tree. There are collection boxes at the airports on both sides.  Don’t wrap them up.  Just drop new toys off at any location.  There are more details in the calendar entry online.


Here are a pair of special Holiday events to add to your calendar.  On Thursday, December 1st there’ll be s stocking stuffer sleigh ride from the BIC Center out to the lighthouse with goodies available at the pocket gardens that have been decorated by community groups. The ride will stop at the Community Christmas tree for a tree-lighting ceremony and then wind up at the BIC Center for hot cocoa and treats.  Things get started at 6:00 p.m. at the BIC Center. And, on December 11th join us at the BIC Center for a full day of Christmas events including cookie decorating, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and a special holiday concert. Cookie decorating gets underway at 1:00, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 2:00 and the concert starts at 4:00.


And, if you are headed across for shopping the day after Thanksgiving, Charlevoix has their tree lighting ceremony from 3 to 6 on Friday afternoon right downtown. Sanat will be there with a chance to get a picture, there’s a holiday parade at 5:30 and then then the tree lighting.

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


Your meeting planner for the week: Just one this week.  The Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets today at 4:30 at the BIC Center in a special make-up meeting after missing their regular meeting due to weather. Meeting 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. C-O-A Bingo and Time for Art are off this week for so all can get ready for Thanksgiving.


Thursday is Thanksgiving.  Tune in to W-V-B-I for a soundtrack for the day infused with special holiday music and programs.  You can add your own special holiday greeting to the mix at


Friday, at the BIC Center, Pickleball is from 10 to noon in the theater.  No Chair Yoga or Arthritis Foundation Exercise program.


On Saturday, Story Hour at the library at 10:00. Saturday afternoon the matinee at the BIC Center is Lyle, Lyle Crocodile. Based on the long-time favorite children’s book, it tells the story of a Crocodile living in Manhattan. Rated PG.  Great fun for the whole family. Showtime is 4:00.  The evening show at 7:00 is the Northman. A young Viking prince is on a quest to avenge his father’s murder, adopting a drive and persona that is representative of the Northmen on Beaver Island. Action and adventure ensue. Plus, Nicole Kidman. And animal skins. It’s rated R.  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.


Looking ahead to next week….


Monday, the C-O-A has Chair Yoga set for the BIC Center at 10:00 this morning. Monday evening, the Elks hold their monthly take away burger night with pickup at the Gregg Fellowship Center. They’ll be serving from 5 to 6:30.

BIRTHDAYS:  Today, Gail Greenwald and Dan Burton are celebrating. Happy Birthday to Gail and Dan 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. 

TRAFFIC:  None, nada, zip.  But the roads are slick. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1963 a sniper shoots and kills John F. Kennedy, the 35th US president, as his motorcade wends through Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald will soon be arrested for the shooting but will be shot and killed shortly thereafter. Also on this date in 1966, DuPont receives a patent for a liquid crystal solution five times stronger than steel that, five years later, it brings to market as Kevlar.

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam Webster word of the day is leonine (adjective) [LEE-uh-nyne], which means of, relating to, or resembling a lion. Most people or characters described as leonine aren’t cowardly (with one famous exception, of course), but rather noble, strong, regal, or possessed of similarly positive virtues associated with pride-forming big cats. Leonine clawed its way into the English language from the Latin word leo (“lion”), which in turn comes from the Greek word leōn. Today, we have an interesting range of words that relate back to leōn: leopard (leōn + pardos, a Greek word for a panther-like animal); chameleon (leōn + the Greek chamai, meaning “on the ground”); and the names Leo, Leon, and Leonard. But the dancer’s and gymnast’s leotard is not named for its wearer’s cat-like movements. Rather, it was simply named after its inventor, Jules Léotard, a 19th-century French aerial gymnast.

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

Here’s a thought for the day from Kevlar inventor Stephanie Kwolek: “All sorts of things can happen when you’re open to new ideas and playing around with things.”


On a lighter note:  Why should airplane propellors be called fans? Because pilots sweat when they get turned off.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, November 22nd, 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. 



Cloudy, with a high near 40. West wind 5 to 10 mph.


Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 34. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.

Thanksgiving Day

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 32.


Partly sunny, with a high near 45.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 34.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.


A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39.

Out on the Big Drink:


SW wind around 15 kt. Cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 ft.


SW wind around 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves around 1 ft.

Thanksgiving Day

SSW wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly cloudy. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Fire Danger Level: Low

Water Temps: 44 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island with two foot waves. 40 at White Shoal. No reading from Little Traverse Bay.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002