News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, September 15th, 2020. 

First, some news…

 

Down in Lansing, it looks like the governor and state legislative leaders have agreed to a budget framework for next year.  It doesn’t appear that we will need to deal with funding for our school, boat and health center being held hostage by the governor like it was last year. Leaders said both parties worked together this year to come together on a budget–very different than last year.  

 

State health officials have reported a total of 1,008 new confirmed cases yesterday.  The number sounds high, but it represents two days of results as they’ve stopped issuing reports on Sunday. There were 10 new deaths. That brings the total of conformed cases to 112,612.  Of those 20,457 are active.  Death toll stands at 6,601. The seven-day running average for new cases is down to 749.  Average for deaths is up two to 10.  M-I Safe Start Map which is still based on data from the 9th shows a state-wide positive test rate running average at 3.5%, which is at the bottom of the medium risk zone and the average new case per capita rate state-wide is at 47.6 per million, which is at the low end of the high risk zone.

 

Our region had 12 new cases in the last two reports.  Two new cases including two in Charlevoix. Overall total of cases in our region is now at 1,000 of which 374 are less than 30 days old. There have been 32 deaths overall.  Rolling averages are nine new cases a day and no deaths.  In the U-P there were 33 new cases and no new deaths. They now have 1,283 total cases with 488 active and 20 deaths. Averages are 19 new cases a day, no deaths. 

 

Full county-by-county data for our region are in today’s script online along with state and region totals, plus rolling averages. 

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

112612

6601

1088

10

Region

1000

32

12

0

TVC Zone

1494

60

17

0

UP

1283

20

33

0

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

749

10

 

Region

9

0

 

TVC Zone

13

0

 

UP

19

0

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

57

0

0

0

Benzie

58

2

-1

0

Charlevoix

80

3

2

0

Emmet

127

4

2

0

Grand Traverse

382

7

5

0

Kalkaska

64

4

2

0

Leelanau

94

1

-1

0

Otsego

138

11

3

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

20457

 

 

Region

374

 

 

TVC Zone

504

 

 

UP

488

Note: Look back now 29 days to adjust for no Sunday data.

 

 

 Data from 9/14/2020

 

Safe Start data for our zone show the positive test rate at 2.0%, which is in the low risk zone.  The number of new cases per million is 20.1, which is medium-high risk. The TVC zone continues to be the lowest risk zone in the state. There were 36 new cases in the reports for the T-C zone Friday and Saturday. No deaths. 1,477 cases since the start with 520 active, and 60 deaths. Averages are 13 new cases a day and no deaths.  

 

Today’s Health Center report has nothing new. Total tests so far are 173.  166 negative. One test is pending.  There have been six positive tests so far, but it appears none of those are current active cases on the island.

Now, here’s what’s happening on your island…

 

Meeting planner for the week: Waste management Committee meets Tuesday at 1:00 at Peaine Township Hall. St. James Public Works Committee meets Wednesday at 11 at the Governmental Center. Also Wednesday, the Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets at 5:00 at the Community Center.  And the Library Board meet Thursday morning at 9 at the Library.  Remote participation information for each of  the meetings is in the calendar.

 

For fun this week, today there is Pickleball from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts.  Also today, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program from 10:30 to 11:30 up in Ray and Ann’s Hangout here at the BIC Center.   No Bingo this week.  It’s back next week.  Thursday, Pickleball is 10 to 11. Games Galore up in the Hangout at the BIC Center from 1:00 to 4:00. Farmer’s market in town from 2:30 to 4:30—or so we’ve heard.  Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program ion the Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30.

 

Saturday, Pickleball at the usual times and movies here at the BIC Center.  4:00 show is Disney’s Inside Out.  Great fun for the entire family.  And at 7:00 it’s a rollicking look at election season with Irresistible.  Stars Steve Carell. Written by former Daily Show host Jon Stewart. Concession stand will be open for both shows—for snacks, a meal or both.  Pizza and hot dogs are on the menu along with all your favorite movie treats.

 

Don’t forget about the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Gala Auction or the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Raffle.  Go to auction dot bic center dot org to bid on items in the auction and raffle dot bic center dot org to pick up raffle tickets.  You can also bid and get tickets 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.  Stay up to date.  Remember: Protect yourself.  Protect the island.

Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:

Beach Hazard statement is in effect until 10 this evening. High wave action, and strong currents--so dangerous swimming conditions expected.

Today

Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Windy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Breezy, with a southwest wind around 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Wednesday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 69. Southwest wind around 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 43. North wind 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 58. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 39.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 58.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 39.

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 60.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.

Monday

Partly sunny, with a high near 69.

Out on the big drink…

Today

Gale warning in effect through tomorrow morning. SSW wind around 25 kt, with gusts as high as 35 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 4 ft building to 7 ft.

Wednesday

WSW wind 10 to 15 kt becoming NW in the afternoon. A slight chance of showers after 2pm. Waves 5 ft subsiding to 2 ft.

Thursday

N wind around 10 kt. Sunny. Waves around 1 ft.

Water Temps: 62 at the mid-lake buoy. 60 at the bridge. 60 at Mackinac City. Water is at 64 down at the Sleeping Bear Dunes lakeshore. And at the mid-lake buoy on the south end of the lake, it’s still a balmy 68.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC: None, nada….zip. But, let’s be careful out there. And, remember, the road across Iron Ore Bay is officially out.  Your alternate is Betsy Smith’s Trail. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Today, Patsy Hospenthal is celebrating. Happy birthday to Patsy, and if we missed you on that list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1950 General MacArthur lands US Marines at Inchon, Korea. General Douglas MacArthur commands a joint US-United Nations force in a bold invasion of South Korea 25 miles from communist-held Seoul. The amphibious landing of some 50,000 troops 100 miles south of the 38th parallel will end North Korea’s string of victories and cut their forces in two. (bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: Sisyphean (adjective) [sis-uh-FEE-un], which means: of, relating to, or suggestive of the labors of Sisyphus; specifically : requiring continual and often ineffective effort. In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was a king who annoyed the gods with his trickery. As a consequence, he was condemned for eternity to roll a huge rock up a long, steep hill in the underworld, only to watch it roll back down. The story of Sisyphus is often told in conjunction with that of Tantalus, who was condemned to stand beneath fruit-laden boughs, up to his chin in water. Whenever he bent his head to drink, the water receded, and whenever he reached for the fruit, the branches moved beyond his grasp. Thus to tantalize is to tease or torment by offering something desirable but keeping it out of reach—and something Sisyphean demands unending, thankless, and ultimately unsuccessful efforts. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…

Here’s a thought for the day: “The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”

On a lighter note: Knock knock. Who’s there? Sue Doak.  Sue Doak who?  I guess you’ll have to puzzle it out.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, September 15th, 2020.  I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from the pest free Hogarth Pest Control 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, as always, thanks for listening. 

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