News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

Health Center is reporting three new tests this morning with all back negative.  However, there tally also shows three new positives—apparently from prior periods out of 14 tests (including today’s three new tests).  It unclear whether any of those three positives is less than three days old. State has released new hospital utilization data that shows no big changes. COVID-19 occupancy is unchanges overall and no change locally, where there are three patients at McLaren in Petoskey.


Election results are in from yesterday’s polling. All three County millage proposals passed—for parks, transit and veterans—and all three St. James millage proposals passed as well—for fire, the medical center and roads. Newcomer Tudor Dixon picked up the G-O-P nomination to run against Governor Whitmer in November and she was the favorite in Peaine, too, but not in St, James where Kevin Rinke took the lead. Triston Cole was the favorite for the G-O-P nomination for state senator in both island townships, but not overall. Johh Damoose was the winner. He’ll face off against Barbara Conley, who won the Democrat primary overall and on the island. For our state House seat, Neil Fiske was the district winner.  He also won in Peaine, but Parker Fairbairn was the choice in St. James. Fiske will face Jodi Decker. For Michigan’s First U-S house district, candidates on both sides of the aisle ran unopposed.  Incumbent Jack Bergman will face-off against Bob Lorinser in November. There are links to full island results and M-Live A-P results as well as a nice analysis of results by Bridge Michigan in today’s script online.


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In the race for blood donations, the results from last Friday’s Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood drive are in, and they are good. Drive co-organizer Connie Wojan reports 72 units collected or about 13 units an hours, which is almost double what are normally collected at similar events on the mainland. Drive organizers say thanks to all for another success.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Peaine Township planning meets this morning at 9:00. St. James Finance meets this afternoon at 1:00. St. James Planning did have a meeting set for last evening, but it was rescheduled to next week. More info is 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. 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. Or, head on down to the greenspace across from the deli and brewery to hear the St. James Jazz Ensemble play. Bring some food and grab something to drink if you like.  There are still some picnic seats available to purchase, but you can also bring your own chairs or a blanket and plop on down for free. At 4:00, composer Tony Manfredonia will make a presentation at the Print Shop Museum on the creation of the piece he wrote for the festival. It’s a rare behind the scenes look at the creative process complete with musicians to demo things. This on Beaver Island Perspectives Baroque Music Director Robert Nordling will once again be Dennis Winslow’s guest on the program with a look at upcoming festival events. Listen after our news at 5:00 today and through Friday for those reports.  No doubt they’ll discuss this evening’s Founders Choral Concert set for 7:30 over at the school. It’s the first of the Baroque big ensemble shows to take the stage. Again, the baton comes down at 7:30. Also, Wednesday evening over at the Gregg Fellowship Center its BINGO. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship and games start at 7:00.


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. And, Pickleball is from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts. Over at the Beaver Island Gallery, Baroque heads outside for Chamber Music Alfresco.  That’s at 2:00. Then at 7:30 at school it’s the Greatest Hits of 1750 as the festival orchestra takes to the stage for the first time for this season.


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. And, Baroque on Beaver continues with their Kids Koncert at 2:00. It’s the final result of the Dorthy Gerber Summer Strings camp run in collaboration with Baroque on Beaver with students learning from Baroque performers and putting on a fantastic show over at the Community School. Then, Friday evening it’s time for the Festival Orchestra and Once Upon a Time. Musical stories of nature, the heavens, war and more presented by the full Festival Orchestra with Music Director Robert Nordling conducting.  Showtime is 7:30 again at school. Tickets are available at tickets dot bic center dot org.


Saturday, Pickleball is on over on the municipal tennis courts from 10 to noon. Baroque events conclude with the full orchestra and Glorious Baroque.  Baroque comes in many forms and they will all be on display in this spectacular finish to the twenty-first season of Baroque on Beaver. Tickets are available at tickets dot bic center dot org.


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 downtown farmer’s market is on from 11 to 3.


Monday, Senior Chair Yoga is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Also Monday, Tennis is on over on the municipal courts from 10 to noon—if it stops raining in time. 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.


Looking for summer activities for the kids? There’s a summer reading program at the Library with a variety of events on tap.  Check in with the library for details.


And, a final calendar note…tickets for the BIC Center W-V-B-I Secret Garden Summer Gala or on sale. You can get them at the BIC Center front Desk or online at tickets dot BIC Center dot org. This year’s event will be in Gene Masta’s beautiful gardens surrounding the old Lifesaving station that once stood at Whiskey Point…and that is now his summer home. Strolling dinner, music, libations, raffles and both silent and live auctions will add to the fun of mingling with your island friends in the Secret Garden.

BIRTHDAYS:  Dave Schwartzfisher is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Dave 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 big delays out there except in town around ferry time, but the rain is taking a toll on down-island roads.  They are slick and some wash-boarding is developing. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1977, Radio Shack unveils the TRS-80 computer. Tandy announces one of the first mass-market home computers, the TRS-80, to be sold in its Radio Shack stores. It features 4K of RAM and sells for $399 (or $599 with a monitor and tape recorder for storage). Upgrades will keep various TRS-80 models on the market until 1991.


Patina (noun) [puh-TEE-nuh] which is a usually green film that forms on copper and bronze that is exposed to moist air for an extended time. The word can also refer to a shiny or dark surface that over time forms naturally on something (such as wood or leather), or to a literal or figurative thin layer. When Italians began using patina in the 17th century to refer to the green film that forms on the surface of copper, they were drawing on Latin, in which patina means “a shallow dish.” (Presumably, the Italian meaning developed from the observation of such film forming on copper dishes.) By the mid-18th century, English speakers were also calling the green film patina, and by the 20th century, they’d expanded the word’s application to surface appearances of things that have grown more beautiful with age or use—think of an old wooden desk or a tarnished silver goblet. Use of the word to refer to thin layers both literal and figurative (“a patina of grime,” “a patina of respectability”) followed soon after.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Wednesday…

Here’s a thought for day again today from President Kennedy: “Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.”


On a lighter note: Why should you have Spiderman on the board of your start-up company? Because he knows how to scale a business. And, for my fellow coders out there, I can’t tell you a joke about Python if there is no pun indented.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, August 3rd, 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. 



Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 11am and noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 56. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 58. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light northeast after midnight.


Sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the morning.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 65.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

Saturday Night

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63.


A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.

Sunday Night

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 60.


Sunny, with a high near 79.

Out on the Big Drink:


SSW wind 15 to 20 kt, with gusts as high as 30 kt. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Waves around 3 ft.


N wind around 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves around 1 ft.


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

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 67 at White Shoal, 67 in Little Traverse Bay and 66 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.




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