News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, September 20th, 2022

From our Langford Family studios on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I. 

First some news:


The Township Planning Commissions held a joint meeting yesterday to hear a report from their consultants in the on-going project to update the island’s master plan. L-I-A-A personnel participated by Zoom and reported on the results of the public input session on the plan held at the BIC Center in late August.  AT that session, participants had the opportunity to vote on the importance of various issues and provide input on post-it notes.  From all of that L-I-A-A identified some key issues for coverage in the updated plan.  Among them are the importance of E-M-S services, concerns about infrastructure including broadband services, protection of the environment, affordable and workforce housing and energy sustainability.  The planning teams are going to review the results of the survey in detail at a working meeting and then reconvene with L-I-A-A to identify priorities for the updated plan.


The Harbor Springs Festival of the Book is back this fall in a big way.  Over Eleven hundred attendees have signed up for sessions with all of them sold out. There will be 41 authors at the event with 30 scheduled sessions and attendees from 19 states and Canada. The festival starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Waste Management Committee meets today at 1:30. BIA Board meets this afternoon, too, at 4:00 in a meeting that’s open to the public. Wednesday morning at 10:00 there’s an E-Tipp Information and Strategy meeting via Zoom with the island’s  National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) Advisor, Liz Weber.  The island was the winner of an E-Tipp grant and this meeting will kick off the process of working to plan for energy reliability, affordability and sustainability on the island. Also Wednesday, the St. James Public Works Committee meets at 11:00 and the Joint Telecommunications Committee meets Thursday at 4:30. Meeting details and locations are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Tuesday, The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the new Peaine Township Park courts.


Wednesday, Senior Chair Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30. And, BINGO at Gregg Fellowship Hall.  Doors open at 6:15 for Fellowship and the games start at 7:00. Only a few more Bingo nights left this year.


Thursday, Pickleball is from 10 to noon on the Peaine Township Park court.  At 1:00 at the library there’s Story Hour. Also, at 1:00, Games Galore in the Hangout at the BIC Center until 4:00. And Euchre returns this week.  Games this year are at the Whiskey Point Brewery. Cards hit the table at 7:00.


Friday, Tennis starts at 10:00 and runs to noon over on the municipal tennis courts. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program starts up in the Hangout at 10:30…it’s new for fall time…and runs until 11:30. And Friday marks the Fall equinox—officially at 9:03 local time Friday evening. The equinox is the moment when the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading southward.


Saturday, the Trails Association has a work day planned for the new Middle Perron Trail. Meet at the intersection of Camp 3 and Greenes Lake Trails. Pickleball is on at Peaine Township Park from 10 to noon. Story Hour is on at the library at 10:00. C-M-U Biological Station has its annual Community Appreciation dinner set for the evening.  Things get underway at 6:00.  There’ll be appetizers and drinks, and then dinner.  Come out mingle with your fellow islanders, celebrate C-N-U’s work this year and enjoy the last whiffs of summer on Big Sand Bay.  


Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar. Downtown Farmer’s Market is on from 11 to 3 behind Daddy Franks on King’s Highway. 


Looking ahead, on September 30th and October 1st, get set for the return of Beaver Tales to the BIC Center stage and, the weekend after that, movies roar back into the BIC Center Theater with a Double Gun showing of both Top Gun movies on October 8th…the original at 4:30 and Maverick at 7:00.


Monday, Senior Chair Yoga is back after a hiatus.  It starts at 9:30 in the Hangout at the BIC Center. Tennis is on over at the municipal courts from 10 to noon.

BIRTHDAYS:  Laila Coffell is celebrating today.  Happy Birthday to Laila, and if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports save for cars slowing down and occasionally stopping to pluck apples from the right of way. And the deer are busy nabbing them, too.  So, let’s be careful out there—especially around the school.

ON THIS DAY in 1954, the first successful FORTRAN program runs. FORTRAN, which is an acronym for “FORmula TRANslator,” was invented at IBM by a group led by John Backus. FORTRAN’s purpose was to simplify the programming process by allowing the programmer (“coder”) to use simple algebra-like expressions when writing software. It also took over the task of keeping track of where instructions were kept in memory–a very laborious and error-prone procedure when undertaken by humans. FORTRAN is still in use today in scientific and engineering applications, making it one of the oldest programming languages still in use (COBOL is another).

MERRIAM-WEBSTER WORD OF THE DAY: Our word of the day is verdigris (noun) [VER-duh-greess] which is a green or bluish deposit, usually of copper carbonates, that forms on copper, brass, or bronze surfaces. “Green of Greece”—that is the literal translation of vert de Grece, the Anglo-French phrase from which we get the modern word verdigris. A coating of verdigris forms naturally on copper and copper alloys such as brass and bronze when those metals are exposed to air. (It can also be produced artificially.) Like cinnabar, fuchsia, and amaranth before it, however, verdigris is also seeing increased use as a color name that can be applied to anything suggestive of its particular hue.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Tuesday

Here’s a thought for the day from FORTRAN creator John Backus: “Much of my work has come from being lazy.”


On a lighter note: What happens if your computer accepts too many cookies?  It has to take a data dump.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, September 20th, 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. 



Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Light southwest wind increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the morning.


A slight chance of showers between 11pm and 2am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 59. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy, with a northwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. Breezy, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Breezy, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.


Sunny, with a high near 65.

Friday Night

A chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.


A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.


Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68.

Sunday Night

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.


A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

Out on the Big Drink:


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


WNW wind 15 to 20 kt, with gusts as high as 25 kt. A slight chance of showers after 4pm. Waves 1 ft building to 4 ft.


NNW wind around 20 kt. Partly sunny. Waves around 3 ft.

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 69 in Little Traverse Bay, no report at White Shoal and 68 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002




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