News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, August 10th, 2022

It’s yet another no news is good news day on the COVID-19 data front. Nothing new from the Health Center or the state.  No known active cases on the island. Next new case and death data comes out this afternoon. We’ll cover that tomorrow.


Beaver Island Association held its annual meeting yesterday at the BIC Center. There were presentations on an island sustainability project looking at green power generation on the island, an invasives quiz, and reviews of the associations efforts on workforce housing and broadband.


The Grand Traverse County Road Commission has adopted a plan to build a bridge that will be the third longest within the state.  The one hundred-million-dollar project would add a crossing of the Boardman river south of town. If things go to plan, the first traffic will be on it in about six years.


A group of Michigan charter schools are challenging new rules set by the U.S. Department of Education on charter eligibility for federal startup funds. They say the new rules, that add additional hurdles for those seeking funding, exceed the DOE’s authority under the law and that they essentially weaponize President Biden’s skepticism toward charter schools. The charter schools program was first created by Congress during the Clinton administration and expanded under the Obama administration. Supporters of the new rules say they protect students and communities from some of the charter industry’s worst practices, which they say include poaching high-performing students from local districts while leaving more vulnerable students behind. Charter school supporters dispute those assertions.


In Dark Sky news, stargazers will be treated to a double-header of spectacles this week, as the last meteor shower of the summer shares the sky with the final super moon of the year.


The annual Perseid meteor shower will peak Friday into Saturday overnight with as many as 90 colorful meteors per hour over peak nights. Meantime, the August full moon will hit its own peak on Thursday evening just after 9:30. It is 2022′s last “super moon” — a phenomenon that occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest to Earth at the same time it is full, making it appear especially large and bright. The full moon’s light will obscure some of the Perseids’ shooting stars during the nights of their maximum activity. But don’t give up on your stargazing — meteor rates will still be better than pretty much any other night this year.


The best time to watch will be just after midnight early Saturday morning.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Transportation authority meets at noon today at their H-Q across from the ferry dock. Also today, B-I-A holds its annual meeting at 3:00 at the BIC Center. Registration and a reception start at 2:30. You can register online at—and pay your dues at the same time if you like.  St. James Planning Commission has a special meeting on Tuesday at 6:00. Peaine Township Board meets Tuesday evening at 7:00. St. James Board meets Wednesday at 5:30. That’s it for the week. Locations and details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Wednesday, Senior Chair Yoga is on at 9:30 up in the Hangout at the BIC Center and Summer Yoga is on in the Theater. Tennis is at 10:00 over on the municipal courts. Volleyball camp concludes today at school. Season practices for the B-I-C-S team start next week. The Historical Society’s Picnic on the Patio continues its summer run at noon at the Print Shop. Bring a lunch, if you like, and your curiosity about the island. Wednesday evening over at the Gregg Fellowship Center its BINGO. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship and games start at 7:00. Also at 7:00, another meet the author event at the Library. Ellen Airgood, a noted Michigan writer will be there to talk about her books including her latest, which is Tin Camp Road. It’s set mostly in the U-P, but has a chapter that features Beaver Island.


Thursday, the original island Farmer’s Market is on at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop from 8:30 to 10:30. Senior Tai Chi is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 9:30. At 10:00 at the Library there’s the Summer Story Hour with its ocean theme for this summer.  Stories activities and more at your district library. And, Pickleball is from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts. Elks club meets at 5:00 at the Peaine Township Hall. Last, but certainly not least for Thursday is the BIC Center WVBI Secret Garden Summer Gala, Tickets are sold out, but if you have them remember things kick off at 6:00.


Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program starts up in the Hangout at 9:00 and runs until 10:00. Summer Yoga is on at 9:30. Tennis starts at 10:00 and runs to noon over on the municipal tennis courts. Homecoming events kick-off with the first games of the Mike Perdue Memorial Softball Tournament at 2:00 over at Bud McDonough Memorial Field.


Saturday, Pickleball is on over on the municipal tennis courts from 10 to noon. Also at 10:00, the softball tournament continues with a great concession stand open this year for refreshments and lunch.


Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar. The Annual Bocce Ball Tournament is on at Peaine Township Park is on Sunday starting at 11:00—hopefully using the new Bocce Ball court for at least one field. Lunch is included in your registration. Sign up with Frank D’Andria. Also, the downtown farmer’s market is on from 11 to 3. And the Homecoming Chicken Dinner is on from 4:30 to 7:00 at Holy Cross Hall.


And, a final calendar note… to great music events still on deck for August at the BIC Center. The RFD Boys will be here on Saturday the 20th—they were a sellout last year—and then on the Tuesday after that, Mark Ortwein and his Jazztet will play at the BIC Center. If you saw him play with the St. James Jazz ensemble at the brewery earlier this week, you’ll want to see him again—and if you missed it, well, here’s your chance. Tickets for both shows are at


Monday, Senior Chair Yoga is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Also Monday, Tennis is probably off given the weather, but normally is on the municipal courts from 10 to noon. At noon, it’s the next Marine Museum Monday with a presentation at, you guessed it, the Marine Museum.  Bring your lunch along if you like.


Tuesday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 9:00 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the Municipal Tennis Courts. At 8:00 Tuesday evening, meet up next to Marina South for Protopia’s Tuesday evening Bike Boodle. Bring your own bike and light.

BIRTHDAYS:  Island news and wetaherman Joe Moore is celebrating today along with Brenda Welter, Gina Belfy and Joann Gatliff.  Happy Birthday to Joann, Gina, Brenda and Joe and if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports but…expect delays in town around ferry time.  And, still lots of folks out exploring on bikes. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1519, Magellan’s fleet sets sail to circle the globe. Explorer Ferdinand Magellan leads a fleet of five Spanish ships bound westward for an Atlantic crossing, then to sail into what Magellan will name the ‘Mar Pacifico,’ meaning ‘peaceful sea.’ He will die before his one surviving vessel completes the first circumnavigation of the Earth—which completely missed the vast inland seas that are the Great Lakes.


(adjective) [TRIV-ee-ul] which means “of little worth or importance.” When English speakers adopted the word trivial from Latin trivialis in the 16th century, they used it to mean just what its Latin ancestor meant: “found everywhere, commonplace.” But the source of trivialis is about something more specific: trivium, from tri- (three) and via (way), means “crossroads; place where three roads meet.” The link between the two presumably has to do with the commonplace sorts of things a person is likely to encounter at a busy crossroads. Today, the English word typically describes something barely worth mentioning. Such judgments are, of course, subjective; feel free to mention this bit of trivia to anyone and everyone who crosses your path.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Wednesday

Here’s a thought for the day from British sailor Pete Goss: “If you are going to do something, do it now. Tomorrow is too late.”


On a lighter note: Why are grizzlies so light on their feet? They only carry the bear necessities.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, August 10th, 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. 



Sunny, with a high near 80. West wind 5 to 10 mph.


Clear, with a low around 55. North wind 5 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 76. North wind 5 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night

Clear, with a low around 53. North wind 5 to 15 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.


A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Saturday Night

A chance of rain before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.


Partly sunny, with a high near 78.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.


Out on the Big Drink:


WSW wind 10 to 15 kt becoming NW in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.


N wind 10 to 15 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.


Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 65 at White Shoal, 70 in Little Traverse Bay and 68 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.