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Community Calendar for Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11th, 2022

Bridge Michigan is reporting this morning that among the first targets of the new Democrat-controlled state legislature may be Michigan’s Right to Work Law, which made mandatory union membership illegal.  Union membership in Michigan has plummeted since the law passed in 2013.  Opponents of the law say it allows workers to benefit from the work of unions without helping to pay the cost of that effort. Proponents say it forces workers to endorse union causes with which they don’t agree.


Another election outcome is a smackdown for renewable energy in Mid-Michigan. Four referendums that would have established guidelines for wind turbine installation were defeated Tuesday in townships in Montcalm County. A solar referendum was defeated in one township in the county, after a similar referendum setting guidelines for utility-scale solar projects in another township failed during the August primary. All lost by at least a 2-1 voting margin. In addition, seven officials in three townships who were considered supporters of a proposed wind turbine project were successfully recalled, and replaced by residents who are against the siting of turbines in the area.


As the island looks back on lessons from the blackout last weekend, there has been much talk of getting portable generators on hand.  If that’s in your plans, M-Live has news this morning on four models you’ll want to avoid. Made by Generac and sold under that brand and DR Power systems, the handle on them can crush or actually amputate fingers. New models are no longer in stores, but they appear on the used market. There are fixes for the problem, so if you have or buy one of the units there is a solution.  There are more details in today’s script online.


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


Your meeting planner for next week: School Board meets Monday at 6:30. Waste Management Committee meets Tuesday at 1:30. B-I-A Board meets Tuesday at 4:00. St. James Public Works Committee meets Wednesday at 11:00. Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets Thursday at 4:30 Library Board meets at 5:00. That’s it for the week. Meeting locations and additional details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Friday, at the BIC Center, Pickleball is from 10 to noon in the theater, moving to their Tuesday, Thursday Friday winter schedule. Also today, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is up in the Hangout at 10:30. And, today  is Veteran’s Day.  The island AMVETS will conduct a ceremony in the gym at school starting at 11:11 in the morning. All are invited. And, this evening, a new island event: Johnny Applesqueeze at the Eisenmann residence.  Come on out from 4:00 to 8:00 to press some apple cider, have some snacks, play yard games and tell blackout stories by the fire. Bring any apples along you’d like pressed and containers to take cider home. You can also bring stiffer libations if you like.


On Saturday, Story Hour at the library at 10:00. Saturday afternoon the matinee at the BIC Center is Minions: The Rise of Gru. It’s the untold story of a 12-year-old’s dream to become a supervillain. Rated PG. Showtime is 4:00.  The evening show at 7:00 is Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness—which is where I think I’ve been living for a while. It’s rated PG-13 and has great reviews.  As always, the Concession Stand will be open for snacks, a meal or both. 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. Also Sunday, the annual Christmas Bazaar is on at Gregg Fellowship Center. Mark your calendar for local Christmas shopping from 11 to 2:30.


Monday, the C-O-A has Chair Yoga set for the BIC Center at 10:00 this morning.  If the power outage has you looking for a place to get some work done, grab a bite or get things charged up—all of that is available at the BIC Center today as always.


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. Then, C-O-A BINGO is on up in the Hangout at 1:00. Time for Art is off this week for the C-O-A Thanksgiving Dinner and next week so all can get ready for Thanksgiving.


Thursday, Pickleball is from 10 to noon inside here at the BIC Center.  Senior Tai Chi is at 10:00 in the Hangout. At 1:00 at the library, there’s Story Hour. Also, at 1:00, Games Galore is on in the Hangout at the BIC Center. At school at 3:00, there are Parent Teacher conferences.  Thursday evening, Euchre is on tap at the Whiskey Point Brewery. Cards hit the table at 7:00.


BIRTHDAYS:  Today is a birthday day for folks with names that start with “R.” Ronan Wearn and Ryann Turner are celebrating today. None on the list for Saturday. Ron Gallagher celebrates Sunday. Happy Birthday to Ryann, Ron and Ronan 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.  [And, a reminder that if you aren’t on the list, let Deb Robert know over at B-I-C-S.  Her 4th through 6th-grade class will be busy making the 2023 Birthday Calendars soon.]

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. But, in town it is busy around the dock when the ferry arrives with hunting traffic.  And lots of visitors around and deer dashing to hide from them. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1918 the Allies and Germany sign an armistice to end the first world war at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. Over 16 million people have died in four years of fighting. The First World War is described as “the war to end all wars” due to the bloody devastation. This day will hereafter be known as Armistice Day and, eventually in the U-S, it also becomes Veterans Day.  Also on this day in 1975, Michiganders awoke to news of the sinking of the Edmond Fitzgerald on Lake Superior.  Although a search for survivors was on, eventually it would become clear that all 29 crew members died in the wreck.

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam Webster word of the day is doughty (adjective) [DOW-tee], D-O-U-G-H-T-Y which is means “brave, strong, and determined” as opposed to dowdy [dow-DEE] D-O-W-D-Y, which means dull. There’s no doubt that doughty has persevered in the English language—it’s traceable all the way back to the Old English word dohtig—but how to pronounce it? One might assume that doughty should be pronounced like similarly spelled words like bought and sought, or perhaps with a long o, as in dough. But the vowel sound in doughty is the same as in doubt, and in fact, over the centuries, doughty’s spelling was sometimes confused with that of the now obsolete word doubty (“full of doubt”), which could be the reason we have the pronunciation we use today. The homophonous dowdy (“having a dull or uninteresting appearance”) can also be a source of confusion; an easy way to remember the difference is that you can’t spell doughty without the letters in tough (“physically and emotionally strong”).

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

Here’s a thought for the day from President Franklin Roosevelt: “More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars – yes, an end to this brutal, inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments.”


On a lighter note:  Why did Johnny Appleseed cross the road? To get to the other cider.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, November 11th, 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. 


Veterans Day

A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly before 10am. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 41 by 5pm. West wind 5 to 10 mph.


A slight chance of rain showers before 1am, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 1am and 4am, then a chance of snow showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


A chance of snow showers before 7am, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 7am and 10am, then a chance of snow showers after 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 39. North wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Saturday Night

A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 25. North wind 10 to 15 mph.


A chance of snow showers before 1pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 1pm and 4pm, then a chance of snow showers after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.


A chance of rain and snow showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41.

Tuesday Night

A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 27.


A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.

Wednesday Night

A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.


A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39.

Out on the Big Drink:

Veterans Day

W wind 15 to 20 kt. A chance of showers before 3pm, then a slight chance of showers after 4pm. Waves 2 to 3 ft.


NNW wind around 20 kt. Rain and snow showers likely, mainly after 3pm. Waves around 3 ft.


NNW wind 15 to 20 kt. A chance of snow showers. Waves 2 to 3 ft.


NNW wind 5 to 10 kt. Mostly cloudy. Waves 1 ft or less.


SE wind around 10 kt. A chance of showers. Waves 1 ft or less.

Fire Danger Level: Low

Water Temps: 47 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island with three to four-foot waves. 47 at White Shoal. No reading from Little Traverse Bay.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002