News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, April 8th, 2020.
First, some news…
For now, the seemingly relentless climb in COVID-19 cases continues. Michigan officials say there are 1,749 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 118 new deaths on Tuesday. That’s the second day there have been more than 100 deaths. Totals now stand at 18,970 confirmed cases and 845 deaths from the virus.
On the island, the B-I-E-S-A COVID-19 reported yesterday afternoon that the Health Center has run three COVID-19 tests so far. The results of two were negative. They are still waiting on the third. The Committee is urging everyone to continue to abide by the stay at home order, and to follow social distancing and other safety rules when allowed trips out are made. The island continues to be free of any confirmed case, but the numbers continue to grow in northwest Michigan. The tally now stands at 28 cases in hard hit Otsego County. Grand Traverse has 15. Emmet 14, Charlevoix 8, Kalkaska 10 Antrim 6 and Leelanau 3. 9 deaths in the region. Up in the UP, there are 37 cases, still concentrated in Marquette. No new deaths there with that sad number still standing at 4.
Cancellations on the island now include the Toy Museum—closed for the 2020 season, the New Deal Art and Music Event planned by the Historical Society and the Cultural Arts Association, Easter vents—all services, brunch and the Easter Egg hunt—and of course the balance eof the school year at least in school. Teachers are working on remote learning plans this week and instruction that way will resume on Monday, though. Jury is still out on BASH and Graduation.
In state news, the state legislature has approved a 23-day extension of the state of emergency, going through April 30. Voting took many hours as the chamber could only have a limited number of members in at a time. The state of emergency extends the Governor’s authority to make executive decisions and issue certain types of orders. It is not the same as her stay at home order, which for now runs through April 13.
A second field hospital location has been set by the state, this one at the Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi. That’s in addition to one almost complete at the former Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit.
The U-S Post office says postal deliveries are slowing down nationwide as the pandemic takes a toll on its workers. They have 386 out sick nationwide. In Michigan, the primary impact has been in the southeast part of the state around Detroit.
In COVID-19 sports news, the M-L-B is thinking about moving the first games of the season all to Arizona where they would be played without fans present and with special quarantine procedures for the players. So, maybe there will be some baseball to watch on T-V soon.
A few reminders:
Island fire and E-M-S personnel want you to practice situational awareness. Don’t do things that put you at risk. COVID-19 procedures can slow their response time, and they want to avoid unnecessary exposure risks for critical personnel.
And don’t forget that the 2020 census. Even if you don’t get a letter from the Census Bureau, you can go ahead and complete the census online. Just go to 2020-census dot gov and, when you are asked for the code from your census letter, click the box saying you didn’t receive one and go ahead and enter your Beaver Island address. Of course, if you did get the letter, fill in the code. It is important for all island residents to complete the census because those number will be used to allocate resources for the next 10 years.
Looking for the latest island info on COVID-19? Check the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page for details. You can find that by going to W-V-B-I dot net and clicking on COVID-19 Info in the menu at the top. You’ll find official information from the townships, our latest COVI-19 news and updates as well as state and federal news and resources.
You can find information on events planned for the summer on our Discover Beaver Island Summer calendar. Just point your browser at summer dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Showers likely, mainly after 5pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Tonight Showers likely, mainly before 8pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 33. West wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Thursday A chance of snow showers before 1pm, then a chance of sprinkles and flurries between 1pm and 2pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers after 2pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 37. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Thursday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 37. Northwest wind around 15 mph. Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. Saturday Night A chance of rain showers before 11pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. Sunday A chance of rain and snow showers before 9am, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Sunday Night A chance of rain showers before 1am, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Monday A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Monday Night A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Tuesday A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.
TRAFFIC: No traffic. No delays and, oddly, no critters this morning. Must be they are all sleeping in. Still, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Fletcher Randall is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Fletcher and, if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1959 Grace Hopper leads computer programming milestone. Mathematician, computer scientist, and rare woman in her field, Grace Hopper consults at a two-day conference with the best brains in the new realm of computer programming. The committee will build on Hopper’s earlier work to develop what will be the groundbreaking programming language COBOL. She’s honored at every FIRST Championship event as one of the F-R-C robotics completion fields named after her, a distinction she shares with Einstein among others..
WORD OF THE DAY berserk (ber-SERK) which means: frenzied, crazed — usually used in the phrase go berserk. Berserk comes from Old Norse berserkr, which combines ber- (“bear”) and serkr (“shirt”). According to Norse legend, berserkrs were warriors who wore bearskin coverings and worked themselves into such frenzies during combat that they became immune to the effects of steel and fire. Berserk was borrowed into English (first as a noun and later as an adjective) in the 19th century, when interest in Scandinavian myth and history was high. It was considered a slang term at first, but it has since gained broader acceptance. (
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…
Here’s a thought for the day “People fail because they try. People try because they believe. People succeed because they still believed even when they failed.” On a lighter note: What did the berserk candy bar say to his therapist? Sometimes I feel like a nut. Sometimes I don’t.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, April 8th, 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, thanks for listening.