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Community Calendar for Wednesday, August 17th, 2018

Today is Friday, August 17th, 2018.  I’m Kevin Boyle, with today’s W-V-B-I Community Calendar.


First some sports…


Week 10 of the Men’s Summer Golf League came off without many surprises. Mike-Kevin did sneak past Ron-Larry in a close match and thus swapped places in the standings with Mike-Kevin moving up to third and Ron-Larry dropping to fourth, but only by a point.  Frank-Ivan are in the lead. Ron-Dave are the caboose.


Next week is the regular season finale featuring a showdown between Ron-Larry and Joe-Bob, the fourth-place team and the second-place team. Meanwhile, the first-place team of Frank-Ivan will give up three strokes to Jim-Cameron while trying to increase their two-point advantage over Joe-Bob.


August 29th marks the Playoff Night and the completion of another fine season of league play. The players will celebrate with pizza and beverages at the Shamrock after play that night.


Celebrating this week with a Maple Farms chicken is Doug Meaney with a near eagle on the first hole. Good job Doug!


Thanks to Frank Solle for that fine report—and for keeping us in the loop on the golf results all season.

Now, here’s what’s happening on your island…


Today: Basic Yoga at the BIC Center at 9. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program there, too, at 10 on Friday.  Meantime, out in front of the BIC Center its Art in the Harbor from 10 to 2.  All sorts of great work from local artisans available for sale.  Great early Christmas shopping or for gifts to bring back from America’s Emerald Isle.


If you are looking for gifts, be sure to check out the silent auction going on at the Health Center.  Just drop in the lobby and see what they have.  That supports the wellness garden.  And there are lots of fun Beaver Island gifts at the Resale Shop out on Donegal Bay Road.  That supports out fire department and E-M-S.


And, have you noticed that big, orange Kubota out there.  That would make a slick gift.  Or maybe you could keep it for yourself. You can learn all about it and how you can get a chance win it while supporting PABI, the BIC Center and WVBI.  The Art in the Harbor Folks can help you, or just pop in to the BIC Center and ask at the front desk.


Saturday: Lego club at the library at 1.  And movies at the BIC Center: Rock Dog at 3 and Avengers Infinity War at 7.


Coming up next week, Volleyball camp at the community school.  That runs Monday to Wednesday.  Check in with Kerry Smith to sign up.


Yoga continues all next week here at the BIC Center.  Basic and restorative on Monday at 9:30 and 11.  Therapeutic on Wednesday at 9:30 and Basic again Friday at 9:30.


And, we just got word from Jimmy McCafferty that he’s planning another Women’s self defense class for next Tuesday.  That’ll be at 7 at Peaine Township Hall.  Response to the first class was great, so this one should be good, too.


And, next weekend there’ll be traditional Celtic music sessions out at the Brother’s Place.  Musicians from all over Michigan are coming to play Celtic music and relax.  Could there be a better place for that than the Brother’s Place on Beaver Island?  Details are on the calendar at calendar dot wvbi dot net.


Also, here’s a look at the movies for next weekend.  Coco at 3 and Deadpool 2 at 7.


And, more great music coming to the BIC Center, too.  At the end of the month The Way Down Wanderers will be here.  They aren’t limited by genre.  They just play great music.  Foot stamping fun say the critics.  They’re at the BIC Center August 31st at 8.  And, coming in September, it’s the Kennedy’s Kitchen.  More foot stomping fun from a band that does everything Irish. Kennedy’s Kitchen will be in the Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater on September 22nd at 8.  Tickets for both events are available now at the BIC Center front desk or by calling 448-2022.


And make a note of this for your end of summer clean-up.  Hazardous waste collection days are planned at the Transfer station on the 31st and September 1.

You can find more information on all of these events and everything else we know about that’s happening on the island at calendar dot w-v-b-I dot net. If we’ve missed your event you can easily add it yourself by using the handy “Post Your Event” button in the upper right of the calendar. Post it there.  Hear it here.  See it on the digital signage around town and across—and on other Beaver Island websites.  It’s one and done with the W-V-B-I – BIC Center Community Calendar.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of the good folks down at Powers Hardware:



Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Northeast wind around 5 mph.


Nice weekend coming up again. Sunny both days.  Highs in the high 70s.  Lows in the low 60s.


And, nice on Monday, too.  Partly sunny, with a high near 77.


If you are visiting Beaver Island and wondering if our weather is always this nice…..It is.




NNE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming NNW in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.



NE wind 5 to 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.



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


Harbor view from the Hodgson Enterprises WVBI BIC Center Webcam was gorgeous this morning.  Bay smooth as glass.  Sun coming up in a hazy summer sky.  Check out the current view on our website at w-v-b-I dot net. Just scroll to the bottom of any page.

TRAFFIC:  None.  Island beltway is running smoothly. Bridges clear. No delays inbound or outbound to either airport. But, it still gets busy in town as the day moves on—especially when the ferries come in.  So let’s be careful out there.  Especially driving up and down East and West Side drives.  And let’s, remember.  The roads are narrow.  Your side is the right side.  Not the middle.  Especially on blind corners.

ON THIS DATE of August 17, 1969, the grooviest event in music history–the Woodstock Music Festival–draws to a close after three days of peace, love and rock ‘n’ roll in upstate New York.

Conceived as “Three Days of Peace and Music,” Woodstock was a product of a partnership between John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfield and Michael Lang. Their idea was to make enough money from the event to build a recording studio near the arty New York town of Woodstock.

The most memorable moment of the concert for many fans was the closing performance by Jimi Hendrix, who gave a rambling, rocking solo guitar performance of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

A 25th anniversary celebration of Woodstock took place in 1994 in Saugerties, New York. Known as Woodstock II, the concert featured Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills and Nash as well as newer acts such as Nine Inch Nails and Green Day.

Phyllis asks: DID YOU KNOW THAT The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

WORD OF THE DAY: corpocracy (kawr-POK-ruh-see) which means a society in which corporations have much economic and political power. Corpocracy is an unlovely compound noun formed from corporate or corporation plus the common combining form -cracy, ultimately from the Greek combining form -kratía, formed from krátos “strength, power,” and the noun suffix -ía. Corpocracy is not a recent word: it first appears in print in 1935, right smack in the middle of the Great Depression, during FDR’s first term.

Birthdays: Marlene Wiser, Barb Gersler, Ryan Oliver and Riley Williamson.  Happy birthday toMarlene, Barb, Ryan and Riley!  If we missed you on our list, happy birthday to you as well.
Time now for StoryCorps…

This week, a history lesson from the StoryCorps Mobile Booth.

More than a half century ago, Percy White III lived on a farm with his grandparents, parents, and two sisters in a small house in Dinwiddie County, Virginia without electricity and running water…

The land was owned by Robert Marek, who people called Mr. Marks, and Percy’s family worked the fields…

He came to StoryCorps with his friend Terry Wright, to remember what life was like there…

ACTUALITY: 2018-08-17 StoryCorps_White_broadcast.mp3 (2:40)
That was Percy White III and Terry Wright at StoryCorps in Arlington, Virginia. Percy’s father, Percy White Jr., died in 2000.

Their conversation will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Do you have a story to share?  Let us know about it at stories dot w-v-b-I dot net.

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…


Here’s a thought for today from Aretha Franklin:  Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you’re doing. If you’re not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it


On a lighter note:

What do you call a shark in parachute pants?

M.C. Hammerhead.

SFX: (wah, wah, waaaaah)

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, August 17th, 2018.

I’m Kevin Boyle at W-V-B-I‚ the Voice of Beaver Island wishing you a great day and asking you: why not make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening.