News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday, April 28th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

Tuesday’s  COVID-19 report from the state had more good news on the number of new cases—just 3,676 statewide—but also the largest number of new deaths in quite a bit with 57. It also included 48 recalssified deaths. That brings the seven-day running average for new cases down again now to 3,566. For deaths, the average is 59. In our region, there were 51 new cases a day and four deaths. There 11 of the new cases and one death were in Charlevoix. The other deaths were in Antrim with two and Otsego with one.

 

Safe start dashboard has new case count headed down across the board–state-wide, in our zone and in Charlevoix County. Positive test rate is 13.6% state-wide, 12.7% in our zone and 9.4% in the county—those numbers all down.

 

Hospital utilization data is showing a dip both overall and for COVID-19 cases.  Overall occupancy for regular beds statewide is 80.3% and 81.4% for I-C-U beds. 15.7% of regular beds have COVID-19 patients in them.  For I-C-U beds, the rate is 27%. Numbers are down locally. While Munson still has one patient in Charlevoix and McLaren in Petoskey is down by six to 11.

 

At the health Center, no new tests.  No tests pending. Last positive tests were on the 7th.  There have been three positive tests since the current island cases began. Positive rate is 9.1%.

 

C-D-C yesterday relaxed, slightly, some of its mask guidance.  It now says it is safe for fully vaccinated people to be outside away from large groups without a mask and that, among fully vaccinated people, even some small indoor gatherings without masks are OK.  This conflicts with Michigan health department orders now in effect for indoors, but reports are those will be changed shortly.

 

Complete data for our region plus summaries for the state, the T-C safe start zone and the U-P are in today’s script online.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

829520

17429

3676

105

Region

14233

252

69

4

TVC Zone

24690

505

106

5

UP

18910

409

45

2

48 deaths are reclassifications. There were 57 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

3566

59

 

Region

51

1

 

TVC Zone

101

2

 

UP

43

1

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1204

21

3

2

Benzie

1000

31

4

0

Charlevoix

1220

18

11

1

Emmet

1777

40

14

0

Grand Traverse

5311

74

29

0

Kalkaska

952

20

2

0

Leelanau

977

17

3

0

Otsego

1792

31

3

1

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

3571

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

176951

 

54

Region

3135

 

90

TVC Zone

5627

 

45

UP

1839

Note: Look back now 26 days to adjust for 4 Sundays with no data.

 

Data from April 27, 2021

 

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

 

First, here’s your meeting planner for the week: Just one left. Emergency Services Authority meets tomorrow, Thursday, afternoon at 2:00.  Details and remote attendance info are in the calendar entry online. 

 

Pickleball is on today from 1 to 3, probably outside so B-I-C-S 4th and 5th graders can work on their play.  Pickleball play is Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays—practice Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Tomorrow, Games Galore is available 1 to 4 up in the Deerwood Lodge Hangout at the BIC Center. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available Friday 10:30 to 11:30 up in the Deerwood Lodge hang out.  BIC Center hours this week are 9 to 4 weekdays. Noon to 9 on Saturday. Closed Sunday.

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show is a superpower combo. It’s Justice League. Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his new-found ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. It’s rated PG-13.  At 7, it’s another new release: Denzel Washington and Rami Malek star in a crime drama with non-stop twists and turns as they hunt a serial killer in L-A.  It’s rated R. Both shows have great popular and critical reviews and you’ll see both on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater.   Concession stand will be open with all your favorite movie treats and pizza plus Nathan’s Hot Dogs and soft pretzels. Trailers are on the BIC Center web site at bic center dot org.

 

Sunday there are services at Holy Cross and the Christian Church.  Times and more details are in the calendar. 

 

On the shopping front, library has a DVD and T-shirt sale going on through the end of the month or until everything is sold.  Plus, they have a new supply of paperback books available—western and sci-fi stories. Resale shop is open Thursday and Friday noon to four.

 

If you are looking for summer activities for the kids, the library is planning a Tails and Trails program for this summer. No group activities for now, but there will be packets of reading materials, crafts, fun activities and more you can pick up. There are 6 themes with new packets of materials every two weeks on a new theme. To participate, call the library to sign up by June 1. They are at 2701.

 

Also, a reminder that the Wildlife Club has shrubs and trees available for pickup and planting.  They look great and make good wildlife food, too, as they grow. They are on hand now and more will be arriving. Call Jacque LaFreniere at 2220 to arrange pickup.

 

Speaking of shrubs and trees, island landscaper Barb Rahn want you to remember to deep soak trees and plants you love around your house.  Our drought continues, she says, and they need it.

 

Finally, B-I-C-S is taking bids for lawn care for the season.  They are due on at 3:30 in the afternoon on May 5th. Bidding details are in the calendar entry online.

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.

Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:

Today

Showers likely, mainly before noon. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 52. North wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. North wind around 5 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 34. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 49. Breezy, with a northwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 33.

Saturday

A chance of rain and snow before 9am, then a chance of rain between 9am and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.

Sunday

A chance of rain after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 56.

Sunday Night

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.

Monday

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.

Tuesday

A chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 55.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

NNE wind 10 to 15 kt. Showers, mainly before noon. Waves around 1 ft.

Thursday

NNE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming W in the afternoon. A slight chance of showers after 10am. Waves 1 ft or less.

Friday

NW wind 15 to 20 kt, with gusts as high as 30 kt. Sunny. Waves 2 to 3 ft.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC:  None. [No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Island Beltway running smoothly with caution delays at the south end where the road has emerged from the lake. Bridges are clear. Roads pretty much smooth as a newly dropped fawn’s belly.] Still, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Jean Kinsley and Danielle Dedloff are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Jean and Danielle.  And, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.

ON THIS DAY in 1789, Mutiny breaks out on the HMS Bounty. Having completed his mission of sailing from England to Tahiti to gather breadfruit saplings, Captain Bligh finds his command under siege less than a month into the return voyage. Acting Lieutenant Fletcher Christian leads the mutinous crewmembers, and they will set Bligh and 18 loyalists adrift in an open boat.

(Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: herald (verb) [HAIR-uld], which means: to give notice of : announce; to greet especially with enthusiasm : hail; publicize; to signal the approach of : foreshadow. While herald the verb is more common today, herald the noun is older. When the word was first used in the early 14th century, it referred to an official at a tournament (one of those knightly sporting events the Middle Ages are famous for); the herald’s duties included making announcements, hence the word’s uses relating to announcements, literal and metaphorical. The word is ultimately Germanic in origin, coming from a long-lost word that can be translated as “one directing or having authority over a body of armed men,” though like so many words of 14th century vintage, it came to English by way of Anglo-French. The resemblance between herald and the name Harold is not coincidental: Harold is a modern form of Chariovalda, the name of a 1st century C.E. leader of the Batavi [beh-TAVE-ee], a tribe who lived on the lower Rhine. The Germanic source of Chariovalda, turned into a generic noun, is also the source of herald. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…

Here’s a thought for the day: “If a ruler who wants to act honourably is surrounded by unscrupulous men, his downfall is inevitable.”

 

On a lighter note: Why did the butter knife put on a bow tie?  Because he wanted to look sharp.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, April 28th, 2021. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening. 

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