News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020. 

First, some news…

 

It’s been pretty good weather for painting the last several days and a group of folks took advantage of it to scrape, clean and paint the barn down at the south end lighthouse.  Dicky McEvoy and others did the work in this project lead by the Historical Society. Check it out next time you are at the south end.  Leave a donation if you can in the lighthouse tower.

 

State health officials reported 1,536 new cases yesterday, which represents two days of results.  There were 12 new deaths. That brings the total of confirmed cases to 117,406.  Of those 21,382 are active.  Death toll stands at 6,665. The seven-day running average for new cases is up to 685.  Average for deaths is stable at 11.  M-I Safe Start Map shows a state-wide positive test rate running average at 3.1%, which is at the bottom of the medium risk zone and the average new case rate state-wide is at 45.2 per million, which is at the low end of the high risk zone.

 

Our region had 24 new cases.  Two in Charlevoix. No new deaths. Overall total of cases in our region is now at 1,076 of which 357 are active. Rolling averages are 11 new cases a day and no deaths.  Safe Start data for our zone show the positive test at 1.9%, which is in the low risk zone.  The number of new cases per million is up to 22.3, which is a medium-high risk rating.

 

Health Center report this morning shows nothing new. Total tests run so far is 179. 173 back negative, none pending and six positive.  None of those are active cases on the island.

 

Full county-by-county data for our region are in today’s script online along with state, regional, U-P and Safe Start Zone totals, plus rolling averages and active case estimates. 

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

New Cases

New Deaths

Totals

State

117406

6665

1536

12

Region

1076

32

24

0

TVC Zone

1594

60

33

0

UP

1605

23

122

0

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

685

11

 

Region

11

0

 

TVC Zone

14

0

 

UP

46

0

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

New Cases

New Deaths

Region

Antrim

59

0

1

0

Benzie

74

2

10

0

Charlevoix

84

3

2

0

Emmet

139

4

2

0

Grand Traverse

401

7

1

0

Kalkaska

67

4

2

0

Leelanau

103

1

3

0

Otsego

149

11

3

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

21382

 

 

Region

357

 

 

TVC Zone

478

 

 

UP

717

Note: Look back now 28 days to adjust for 2 Sundays with no data.

 

 

Data from 9/21/2020

 

Some sad news.  Jon Runberg passed away on Sunday, just about a month after his wife Joyce passed away. We’ll have details on the memorial service when they become available.

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

 

Only one meeting for you meeting planner this week:  Emergency Services Authority is meeting Thursday at 2:00 at Peaine Township Hall. 

 

For fun this week, Pickleball on today, Thursday and Saturday on the municipal Tennis Courts from 10 to noon. Today and Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program in Ray and Ann’s Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30.  Wednesday evening Bingo at the Gregg Fellowship Center.  Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games at 7.

 

Thursday, Games Galore here at the BIC Center in the hangout from 1 to 4.  Farmer’s Market—maybe—2:30 to 4:30 at the corner by Daddy Franks.

 

Saturday there are movies here at the BIC Center.  4:00 show is E.T.—the extraterrestrial.  It’s Steven Spielberg’s classis digitally remastered and all spiffed up just for you.   Rated PG. Great fun for the entire family.  And at 7:00 it’s Welcome to Mooseport.  A former president and a current plumber face off in a fight for mayor—and a girl.  It’s rated PG-13.  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.

 

And, here’s one to get in your planner if you have kids.  The Christian Church has announced that a slightly modified Trunk or Treat event is on for this year—Halloween night from 5 to 6:30 at Gregg Fellowship Center.  No food this year—so you’ll have to wait for next year for Gerry’s famous Halloween night chilly unless you have an inside connection.  And, the event will be outside. If you want to hand out candy, bring your costume, decorations and candy. Tables supplied.   Masks and social distancing required.  Mom and dad need to make sure kids follow those rules.  Like always.

 

If you’ve been enjoying meals at the Circl M this summer, you should know the party will soon be ober.  The 27th will be their last date for the season. 

 

[And, Medicare open enrollment id coming up.  If you are interested in help with that, Lonnie at the C-O-A has some folks lined up for that.  They’ll be at the senior center in the county building on October 23rd from 9 to 6 and on the 24th from 9 to 1.  Call Lonnie at 2124 to set up an appointment.]

 

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.  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:

Today

Sunny, with a high near 70. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 51. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Scattered showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Thursday

Scattered showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high near 72.

Saturday Night

Showers likely after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Sunday

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Monday

A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 63.

Out on the big drink…

Today

SW wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 ft.

Wednesday

Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Thursday

SSE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming ESE in the afternoon. A chance of showers before 2pm. Waves 1 ft or less.

Water Temps: This morning: 59 at White Shoal.  57 at the mid-lake buoy. 59 at the bridge. 59 at Mackinac City. Down south, 60 at the Sleeping Bear Dunes lakeshore. And at the mid-lake buoy on the south end of the lake, it’s down to 65.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC: None, nada zip.  But, lots of deer dashing across the roads, so let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  None on our list today, but if we missed you on that list, happy birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1980 Saddam Hussein’s Iraq invades Ayatollah Khomeini’s Iran.  Considered the 20th-century’s lengthiest conventional war, the Iran-Iraq War begins as Iraqi forces invade an oil-rich Iranian border area. What will follow is almost eight years of battle that claims hundreds of thousands of lives but leaves the countries’ borders virtually unchanged. And, today is Hobbit Day, marking the anniversary of the ‘Long-Expected Party,’ which sets in motion the ‘Lord of the Rings’ book series. You can celebrate Hobbit Day by walking around barefoot all day and having seven meals like a hobbit.  Or someone locked down in a pandemic. (bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: sycophant (noun)[ si-kə-fənt], which means: a servile self-seeking flatterer. In ancient Greece, sykophantēs meant “slanderer.” It derives from two other Greek words, sykon (meaning “fig”) and phainein (meaning “to show or reveal”). How did fig revealers become slanderers? One theory has to do with the taxes Greek farmers were required to pay on the figs they brought to market. Apparently, the farmers would sometimes try to avoid making the payments, but squealers—fig revealers—would fink on them, and they would be forced to pay. Another possible source is a sense of the word fig meaning “a gesture or sign of contempt” (as thrusting a thumb between two fingers). In any case, Latin retained the “slanderer” sense when it borrowed a version of sykophantēs, but by the time English speakers in the 16th century borrowed it as sycophant, the squealers had become flatterers. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…

Here’s a thought for the day: “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

On a lighter note: Why did the birds prefer to sleep on memory foam?  They were no spring chickens.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, September 22nd, 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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