News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

This is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, September 8th, 2020. 

Just a short report today.  It’s Labor Day.


First, some news…


Today is back to school day for B-I-C-S students—the first day of school since March 14th when everything shut down.  Teachers have desks spaced out and masks will be required in the halls.  Hand sanitizer is everywhere.  Be sure to watch out for kids headed to and from school. 


Downstate, a U-S Federal District judge has issued an order that restrains Detroit police from using tear gas, batons, and rubber bullets against peaceful protestors.  Detroit’s police chief says the order changes nothing because “[e]very time we’ve had to use less-than-lethal force, it’s been to address violence by protesters, resisting arrest, or when they’ve tried to take over an intersection in violation of the law…”.  Protestors claim otherwise.  The order is a temporary injunction that expires in two weeks.  Before then, the court will hold additional hearings on preliminary relief as the case proceeds.


State health officials reported 1,156 new confirmed cases.  There were four new deaths. There are now 107,371 confirmed cases since the crisis began.  Of those 19,997 are active.  Death toll stands at 6,538. New case seven day running average is down is up to 700 due to changes in reporting. It had been at 600.  Average for deaths is down one to eight.  M-I Safe Start Map which is still based on data from last Saturday shows a state-wide positive test rate running average at 3.2%, which is just slipping into the low risk zone and the average new case per capita rate state-wide is at 48.2 per million, which is at the low end of the high risk zone. 


Our region had 14 new cases. One in Antrim, two in Benzie, two in Emmet, seven in Grand Traverse and two in Otsego. One new death reported in Emmet. Overall total of cases in our region is 934 of which 363 are less than 30 days old. There have been 32 deaths overall.  Rolling averages are 11 new cases a day and one death.  In the U-P there were 22 new cases and no new deaths. They now have 1,151 total cases with 493 active and 19 deaths. Averages are 22 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. 



Data from 9/7/2020


Safe Start data for our zone show the positive test rate at 2.2%, which is in the low risk zone.  The number of new cases per million is 25.9, which is medium-high risk.


Health Center report this morning shows nothing new. No more tests run to add to the total so far of 168.  Of those, 160 are back as negative, two pending and six positives—with five of those for folks who’ve left the island and the remaining one more than 30 days old. 

For what’s happening on the calendar, have a look at the Community Calendar online. Find it at


If you are in the shopping mood, don’t miss out on Island Treasures, the resale shop that supports the Beaver Island Fire and EMS teams.  They are on Donegal Bay Road a bit beyond the County Building on the other side of the road.  Open noon to four Thursday through Saturday.


And, if you are in a I need a place to live mood, word is there is an apartment available at Forest View.  Call Pete LoDicio for details at 448-2004.


If you are in the joining mood, both the Charlevoix Elks and the Beaver Island Currach Club are looking for members.  The Elks is a social organization focused on charity and the Beaver Island group is an auxiliary of the Charlevoix Lodge.  For more information reach out to Patrick Nugent on Facebook.  The Cutoff date for October initiation is October 7th.  The Currach Club is for folks interested in maintaining and rowing traditional Irish Currachs—a type of boat used on Arranmore and elsewhere in Ireland.  Sign up on their Facebook page.  Here’s the link:


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:


A 30 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 60. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast in the morning.


Showers likely, mainly before 3am. Cloudy, with a low around 46. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


Showers likely, mainly after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 59. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Wednesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Northeast wind around 5 mph.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. North wind around 5 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 49.


Sunny, with a high near 69.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.


A chance of showers after 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 70.

Saturday Night

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


Partly sunny, with a high near 66.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 48.


Sunny, with a high near 67.

Out on the big drink…


NNE wind around 10 kt. Showers likely, mainly after 4pm. Waves around 1 ft.


NNE wind around 15 kt. Showers, mainly before 4am. Waves around 2 ft.


NE wind 10 to 15 kt. Showers likely, mainly after 7am. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Wednesday Night

NE wind around 10 kt. A chance of showers before 2am. Waves around 1 ft.


NNE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming NNW in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Water Temps: Winds and rain have driven them down again. 63 at the mid-lake buoy. 62 at the bridge. 63 at Mackinac City.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

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

BIRTHDAYS:  Dee Gallagher, Katelynn Martin and Brock Rosema are celebrating today. Happy birthday to each of them, 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 1966 a new show boldly goes where no show has gone before. Gene Roddenberry pitched his story of 23rd-century interstellar exploration as a sort of outer space Western, and tonight ‘Star Trek’ makes its TV debut. The series will be cancelled just three seasons in, but reruns in syndication prove that the show will live long and prosper. Beam me up Scotty and Warp Factor 9 Mr. Sulu. (

WORD OF THE DAY: impregnable (adjective) [im-PREG-nuh-bul], which means: incapable of being taken by assault : unconquerable; unassailable; also : impenetrable. Impregnable is one of the many English words that bear a French ancestry, thanks to the Norman conquest of England in 1066. It derives from the Middle French verb prendre, which means “to take or capture.” Combining prendre with various prefixes has given our language many other words, too, including surprise, reprise, and enterprise. Remarkably, impregnable has a different origin from the similar-looking word pregnant; that word comes from a different Latin word, praegnas, meaning “carrying a fetus.” (Merriam-Webster)

Before we wrap up, a quick program note for you.  Baroque on Beaver leaders Robert Nordling and Matt Thomas have put together a special Baroque on Beaver REimagined Encore show for us.  We broadcast it Sunday afternoon at 2 and now it is available as a podcast on the WVBI podcast page.  Just point your browser at to find it.  

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Winston Churchill: “The most important thing about education is appetite.”

On a lighter note: What happened when the donuts were stolen from the teacher’s lounge?  Mr. Kohn proclaimed “It torus apart.”


That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, September 8th, 2020.  The on-air Calendar is now on vacation through the end of Labor Day week.  You’ll still get updates on WVBI dot net, including the latest COVID-19 tracking data and news.  But, we’re taking an on-air break through September 11th.  Until then, Kevin Boyle is away from the pest free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of the Voice of Beaver Island, but still wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for reading.