News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, August 12th, 2020.
First, some news…
The Perseids meteor shower will peak tonight. Astronomers say you should be able to see them as soon as the sky is dark, but before the full moon rises—so from around 9:45 or so to 12:30 tomorrow morning. Our forecast says clear skies tonight, so we should have a good chance to watch them rain (or sprinkle) down.
Folks have been saying that it is hard to keep track of what Governor Whitmer’s 160 coronavirus executive orders permit, prohibit and require. Well, the state now has a handy web page for that. The link to it is way to goobledygook to repeat here, but there’s a link to it in today’s script and on our COVID-19 Info Page. It’s a really handy chart that they say will be updated as things change. It includes references to the relevant orders, too, so you can learn more if you need to.
And speaking of executive orders, the governor has issued two more. One extending infection control protocols for nursing homes and another keeping a requirement for grocery stores and pharmacies to have dedicated shopping hours for populations vulnerable to COVID-19. Both orders run through September 7.
State health officials reported a whopping 796 new cases yesterday and seven new deaths. Two of the deaths were reclassifications. Seven day running average for new cases is 672. For deaths it is 6. Positive test rate running average for the state is 3.2%. The target is three percent. Average new case per capita rate state-wide is at 36.6 per million, which is at the top of the medium high-risk zone. Safe start zone risk levels across the state remain at medium high for all zones except ours, which is at medium.
On the island, no change in the data. 147 tests run. 138 back as negative. 7 pending. Two old positives. No known active cases on the island.
In our region, new cases in Benzie with one, Emmet with two, Grand Traverse with another four and Leelanau with three for a total of 10 new cases. No new deaths. Total of cases in our region since the start is 588 with 25 deaths. Rolling averages are seven new cases a day and no deaths. In the U-P there were 22 new cases and no new deaths. They now have 697 total cases with 18 deaths. Averages are 17 new cases a day, no deaths.
Full county-by-county data for our region are in today’s script online along with state and recion totals, plus rolling averages.
COUNTY
Cases
Deaths
Δ Cases
Δ Deaths
Antrim
38
0
0
0
Benzie
28
1
1
0
Charlevoix
45
2
0
0
Emmet
56
2
2
0
Grand Traverse
195
5
4
0
Kalkaska
41
4
0
0
Leelanau
70
0
3
0
Otsego
115
11
0
0
Totals
State
88756
6264
796
7
Region
588
25
10
0
TVC Zone
939
47
12
1
UP
697
18
22
0

7 Day Rolling Averages
State
672
6

Region
7
0

TVC Zone
10
0

UP
17
0
Data from 8/10/2020
Our M-I safe start zone numbers continue to look good—which is good for school in-person next month. Positive test rate running average is at 1.0 percent which is in the low risk classification for the plan. The new case rate is at 5.9 per million today, which is in the low risk category. Average for that is 13.3, which is medium high risk. 12 new cases reported in the Traverse City Safe Start Zone yesterday. One new death. Rolling averages in the zone are 10 for new cases and 0 for deaths.
So that continues to look good for BICS plans to go back to school in person this fall. At yesterday’s B-I-A annual meeting, principal Wil Cwkiel talked about what that will look like. He said staff and students will need to wear face masks in common areas, but not in classrooms. That’s because there is enough space in the classrooms for social distancing. There’ll be lots of hand sanitizer and other safeguards. Sports? That’s still up in the air as the Northern Lights League tries to figure out what to do. If there are no league games, the school plans to have intramural competition.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Today, Marine Museum and the Print Shop will be open today from 11 to 5. Bingo this evening at the Greg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games at 7. South end lighthouse is open today and every day for self-guided tours. And don’t forget about the meteor shower after dark. Go outside. Look up.
Thursday, Farmer’s Market 9 to 11 at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop. Pickleball from 10 to noon on the municipal courts. Games Galore from 1 to 4 in the Hangout here at the BIC Center.
Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program from 10:30 to 11:30 in the Hangout. Also, a Plein Air painting event—that’s outdoor painting—at the Beaver Island Gallery as part of the Our Tow, Our Island events. You need to register in advance with Lois Stipp at the gallery. Starts at noon. Bring your own supplies. Lois will be there for help and advice.
Saturday, movies are on again at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is Artemis Fowl. It’s the story of a young criminal prodigy. From Disney. Rated PG. And at 7, an interesting film shot in Ireland. It’s End of Sentence – a coming together story that’s won a splash of awards. Probably for teens and up, but it has no rating. Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the McDonough’s Market Theater. Capacity is limited to comply with COVID-19 safety precautions and social distancing in family pods applies. Concession stand will be open for both shows for snacks, a meal or both. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org, our follow the BIC Center on Facebook to see them.
There are weekend services at Holy Cross on Saturday and Sunday, and Sunday services at the Christian Church and the Episcopal Mission. Times and details are on the calendar
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:
Today Sunny, with a high near 83. West wind around 5 mph. Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 59. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Thursday Sunny, with a high near 83. East wind around 5 mph. Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Friday Sunny, with a high near 83. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Saturday Night A chance of showers after 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Sunday A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Monday Sunny, with a high near 74. Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.
Out on the big drink…
Today Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Thursday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Friday SE wind 5 to 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.
Water Temps: 68 at the mid-lake buoy and at the bridge. No reports so far this year from White Shoal or Little Traverse Bay.
Fire Danger Level: Medium.
TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or out bound to the airports, the island beltway and bridges clear. Oh, wait. Here’s a report that traffic is blocked at the four corners. Seems Ron Wojan is talking to someone in a Beaver Island road chat. Something about golf scores. That should clear in about three minutes. But, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: The list was AWOL yesterday and Monday, so we missed birthday greetings for Brenda Welter and island video man Joe Moore On Monday. Happy birthday to both of them. Augustus Conaghan, Kellie Gillespie, Randy Osborn, Jamie Campbell, Caitlin and Connor Williams and JP Stigall all celebrated on Tuesday and today Dan McDonough, Steve West and Jackie Martin are all celebrating. Happy birthday to each and every one of them. And, if we missed you on our birthday list, happy birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1981 IBM makes it personal with the 5150 computer. $1,565 will get you 16K of RAM, a 4.77 MHz CPU, and DOS 1.0 on IBM’s new entry into the marketplace, a machine marketed as a personal computer, or ‘PC.’ Open standards mean third parties can write software or build peripherals, which will contribute to the 5150’s huge success. (bing.com)
WORD OF THE DAY: yaw (verb) [YAW], which means: in the case of a boat : to deviate erratically from a course (as when struck by a heavy sea) or to move from side to side; for an
of an airplane, spacecraft, or projectile : to turn by angular motion about the vertical axis; and, generally: to change from one to another repeatedly; to alternate. In the heyday of large sailing ships, numerous nautical words appeared on the horizon. Yaw is one such word. Its origin isn’t exactly known, but it began turning up in print in the 16th century, first as a noun (meaning “movement off course” or “side to side movement”) and then as a verb. For centuries, it remained a sailing word—often alongside pitch (“to have the front end rise and fall”)—with occasional extended use as a synonym of the verb alternate . When the era of airplane flight dawned, much of the vocabulary of sailing found new life in aeronautics, and “yawing” was no longer confined to the sea. Nowadays, yaw, pitch, and roll are just as likely to be used by pilots and rocket scientists to describe the motion of their crafts. (Merriam-Webster).
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…
Here’s a thought for the day: “When you talk, you are only repeating something you know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” On a lighter note: Why did the video gamer quit playing Call of Duty? Because doody called.
IMAGINE A SAD TROMBONE SFX
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, August 12th, 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.
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