News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, August 30th, 2023

After a week of fall-like temps across much of northern Michigan, M-Live forecasters say summer like temps are on the way back for next week. The island could see temps in the 80s as soon as this Sunday and places downstate and even up north could reach 100 or more. 104 in Alpena?  That’s what some of the models say right now. But the experts at M-Live say the highs are more likely to be in the 90s. But still? The 90s up north in early September. Grab your sun bonnet and water bottle and get ready to enjoy a few more beach days.

GFS Forecast Model for Sunday high temps. Image from NWS via M-Live.


The library has set a special back-to-school story hour for tomorrow with Maeve Green, the new children’s librarian there.  It will be at 10:00 tomorrow morning with a back-to-school story and some silly songs.


Don’t forget that there is a super special full moon tonight and it looks like the weather will be perfect for it. Aside from helping to mark the end of the summer vacation season, it will loom especially large in the sky because of the earth’s proximity to its nearest neighbor making it a supermoon, but it will also be a Blue Moon…the second full moon this month. So make some time to peak outside tonight and catch something that happens only once in a Super Blue moon. Moonrise is at 8:40 this evening at 108 degrees or ESE and moonset is tomorrow morning at 7:29 at 256 degrees or WSW.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week. There are two meetings on Critical Sand Dunes Permit Training next week. Both on Wednesday. The first is at 2:00 and the second at 7:00. Both here at the BIC Center in the theater. Only other meeting on tap next is the Emergency services authority at 2:00 on Thursday. More details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Wednesday, there’s Summer Yoga in the Theater in the BIC Center at 9:30. The Whiskey Point Lighthouse Tower will be open for climbing from 5:00 to 7:00 Wednesday evening. Evening Pickleball is at 6:00. That’s over on the outdoor courts at Peaine Township Park.


Thursday, Pickleball is from 9:00 to 11:00 on the outdoor courts at Peaine Township Park. Women’s Bible Study is on the calendar over at the Christian Church. That’s at 10:00. The resale shop is open from noon to 4. And, it is Burger and a Beer night at the Shamrock.


Highlights for the rest of the week include…


Friday, there’s Senior Coffee and Donuts at the BIC Center at 8:00.  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on at 9:00 up in the Hangout. Summer Yoga is at 9:30 in the Theater. The Resale Shop is open from noon to 4:00. And, Friday is Pizza Night at Dalwhinnie. Eat in or take out. Just get your order in before 7:00 p.m.


Saturday kicks off with Pickleball outdoors on the Peaine Township Park courts from 9:00 to 11:00. The Resale Shop will be open from noon to 4:00. Lego Club is at the library at 1:00. Whiskey Point Lighthouse tower will be open from 1:00 to 3:00. It’s Taco Night at Dalwhinnie starting at 4:00 And, Saturday evening, there’s a triple-play performance at the BIC Center. We’ll welcome R&B, soul & gospel artists The Carpenter Ants with guest stars John Ellington and Larry Groce to mark the official end of summer. Ellington performed with the Soul Brother’s Six with the hit “Some Kind of Wonderful.” Larry Groce is perhaps most known for being the host of N-P-R’s Mountain Stage, but he is also a famous musician known for work on many Disney shows and the hit Junk Food Junkie.  This is an amazing group of national stars to have on the Island. Tickets are at tickets dot bic center dot org. Showtime Saturday evening is 7:30.


Sunday there are services at the Episcopal Mission at 9:00, the Christian Church and the Lighthouse Fellowship at 10:00 and mass at Holy Cross at 12:15.


Looking ahead to next week…


Monday is Labor Day and by tradition, it will be quiet on the Island as all those still here take a deep breath after a busy summer. The only think on the Calendar is Pizza Night at the Shamrock.


Tuesday, it is back-to-school time for students at B-I-C-S. Be on the lookout for students walking to and from school and some congestion around school at drop-off and pick-up times. Also Tuesday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is in the Hangout at 9:00. Pickleball is on the outdoor courts at Peaine Township Park at 9:00. It’s Taco Tuesday at the Bodega and at 7:00 it is time for Open Mic Night also at the Bodega.  Sign up to be on the set list at the counter before 6:30.


NAME OF DAY: Today’s BIC Center name of the day is Lonnie. If that’s your name, drop by the BIC Center today for a free drink of your choice.


BIRTHDAYS:  Ernie Martin, Sunday Night Oldies favored daughter Rach Becker, Erin Randall, Eva Donaldson, Nean Smith and Jim Cull are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Eva, Erin, Rach, Jim, Nean, and Ernie, and if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you too from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  None. Nada. Zip. Still congestion in town when the boat arrives, though. So, let’s be careful out there

ON THIS DAY in 1967 Thirteen years after he successfully argued in front of the US Supreme Court against racial segregation in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall is confirmed by the Senate to become the first African American justice on that very same court. On this day image

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam-Webster Word of the Day is caustic (adjective) [KAWSS-tik]. In general contexts, caustic describes bluntly and harshly critical remarks, statements, or ways of being and communicating, as in “a caustic remark” or “caustic humor.” In contexts involving chemistry, caustic is a synonym of corrosive, and is used to describe things capable of destroying or eating away matter by chemical action. If you have a burning desire to know the origins of caustic, you’re already well on your way to figuring it out. Caustic was formed in Middle English as an adjective describing chemical substances, such as lime and lye, that are capable of destroying or eating away at something. The word is based on the Latin adjective causticus [caus-tee-koos], which itself comes ultimately from the Greek verb kaiein [Kay-INE], meaning “to burn.” In time, caustic was baked into the English language as an adjective describing people or things (such as wit or remarks) that are bitingly sarcastic. Other kaiein descendants in English include cautery and cauterize, causalgia [caw-sal-gee-ah] (a burning pain caused by nerve damage), and encaustic (a kind of paint that is heated after it’s applied).

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday

Here’s a thought for the day from Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall: “The measure of a country’s greatness is its ability to retain compassion in time of crisis.”


On a lighter note: Why did Adele cross the road? To say hello from the other side!

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, August 30th, 2023. 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 70. North wind 5 to 10 mph.


Clear, with a low around 52. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.


Sunny, with a high near 73. Light southwest wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming south in the evening.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.


Remember, you can also check the current weather conditions with the WVBI webcams with cameras on the island and links to cams in Charlevoix and up at the straits.  Staits cam captured for the news script today shows the Edgar Speer passing under the bridge.


Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Breezy.


Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Breezy.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 59.


Sunny, with a high near 83.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 62.

Labor Day

Sunny, with a high near 83.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 63.


Sunny, with a high near 81.


Fire danger level on the island is: Moderate.

Out on the Big Drink…


N wind 10 to 20 kt. Sunny. Waves 4 ft subsiding to 1 ft.


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


S wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Water Temps: 66 in Little Traverse Bay. 65 at mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island with four footers out there this morning generating quite the bouncy buoy-cam sunrise this morning. Sleeping Bear is offline. 61 up in the straights.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002