News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Today is Wednesday, August 8th, 2018. I’m Kevin Boyle, with today’s W-V-B-I Community Calendar.
Now, some news…
Yesterday was election day. Primary races, a contest between Richie Gillespie and Nancy Ferguson for a seat on the County Commission and mire. Here are the results we know about.
In the republican primary race for our district county commissioner, Nancy Ferguson won out over islander Richie Gillespie with 532 votes to 431. Nancy will face off against John Teesdale in November. He was unopposed and had 405 votes. On the island, Richie won by 137 to 99 votes, overwhelmingly carrying St. James 81 to 37 and just missing in Peaine 56 to 62.
For Govenor, Bill Schulte will be the republican nominee. He was the favorite in both St. James and Peaine. The Democrats’ choice was Gretchen Whitmer. She was also the favorite in both townships on the island.
Wayne Schmidt came out on top of the challenger for his state senate seat. He was the favorite on the island, too. In November he’ll face off against Jim Page, who was unopposed.
Triston Cole was unopposed in the primary. His opponent in Novmeber will be Melissa Fruge, who was unopposed on the Democrat side.
While the voting was going on, a helicopter was ferrying two crashed planes to Welke airport. The planes crashed last week while one was taking off, the other landing, at a grass field on North Fox Island. One of the planes was destroyed and the other badly damaged. Island Airways’ Paul Welke says it is a miracle that no one was killed or even seriously hurt. The planes will be taken back to the mainland by barge.
Here’s what’s happening on your island…
Today, Restorative Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30. This evening at 7, the Peaine Township Board meets at their township hall. Agenda and other info on the Peaine Township website at Peaine T-W-P dot org. Also Wednesday evening, BINGO at the Gregg Fellowship Center. As always, doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games start at 7.
On Thursday, Farmer’s Market out at the Paradise Bay Coffee Shop. That’s across from the Township Airport on Donnel Moore’s Lane. With garden’s coming in, there’ll be more vendors than ever with lots of great produce. Time to reap what’s been sowed. Plus, fresh bread, sweets, jams, jellies and home canned goods.
Friday, Basic Yoga here at the BIC Center at 9:30 and Arthritis Exercise Program at 10. Also here at the BIC Center, Art in the Harbor out front on the sidewalk. You can shop the work of local artisans and grab a snack from 10 to 2. Again, that’s Friday.
Also Friday at 1:30 over at the Community School there’ll be a robotics competition. It’s called Mars Rover. You’ll get to see teams from the b-i-robot Robotics Camp compete against each other in a mission on Mars.
And, Friday evening Trina Hamlin will be bringing her outstanding repertoire of blues, folk, pop and rock to the Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater here at the BIC Center. Show is at 8. Tickets available now at the BIC Center front desk or with a quick call to 231-448-2022. While you’re at it, you can also pick up tickets for The Way Down Wanderers. They’ll be here on August 31st at 8.
On Saturday, there’s a Bake Sale at the Beaver Island Christian Church from 10 to 2:00. All sorts of yummy fresh baked goods. And more. Proceeds will support upgrades to the Gregg Fellowship Center. Also Saturday, Lego Club at the Library at 1. And, two movies here at the BIC Center. Isle of Dogs is at 3. It’s animation like you’ve never seen before with a great story about a biy and his lost dog. And at 7, from Steven Spielberg, it’s Ready Player One. That’s a virtual reality hunt for a very real treasure. Both films are rated PG-13.
Sunday, it’s the second annual Bocce [bŏch′ē] tournament. This year it’s a fund-raiser for Friends of Beaver Island Animals. The fun starts at noon at the Peaine Township Park. $20 per player in advance. $25 on the event day—so sign up early. Your ticket includes food and drink while you play. Winners will take home some prizes. Everyone will have fun and know they’ve helped take care of our animal friends here on the island. For info and tickets call 448-2603.
And this weekend is Homecoming. Softball Saturday and dinner Sunday 4:30 to 7:30. And more. We’ll have details later in the week.
For your planner for next week, here are a few important meetings. Tuesday, the Beaver Island Transportation Authority Board meets at noon at their office on main street. Peaine township Planning Commission meets at 7 at the township hall. Thursday the Historical Society Board meets there at 7.
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:
Today Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Light southwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Tonight A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 2am and 5am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 66. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday A 10 percent chance of showers before 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Lows around 60.
Friday Sunny, with a high near 77. North wind around 5 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
Nice weekend coming up. Sunny and near 80 both days. Lows in the mid-60s. OUT ON THE BIG DRINK: Today NNW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy. Waves around 1 ft. Wednesday SW wind around 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves around 1 ft. At 7 this morning at the pest free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of W-V-B-I –it was 61. Winds calm. Humidity still high at 96%. Dew point 60. Pressure 29 point 3-7 and falling. Visibility 10 miles. Around the island at 8 – it was 60 at Whiskey Point, 59 at McCauley’s Point, 56 on Greene’s Bay, 61 on Lake G and no report from our transmitter site. Still waiting on parts there. Looking out on Paradise Bay at 7 from the Hodgson Enterprises W-V-B-I BIC Center webcam—Paradise Bay was smooth as silk. Haze and a few clouds overhead.
TRAFFIC: None. But it has been busy downtown, especially when the ferries come in. Lots of folks strolling about and at the beach. Lots of kids on bikes. So let’s be careful down there and take it easy running up and down East and West Side Drives.
ON THIS DATE of August 8, 1974, in an evening televised address, President Richard M. Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign. With impeachment proceedings underway against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, Nixon was finally bowing to pressure from the public and Congress to leave the White House.
Just before noon the next day, Nixon officially ended his term as the 37th president of the United States. Before departing with his family in a helicopter from the White House lawn, he smiled farewell and enigmatically raised his arms in a victory or peace salute. Minutes later, Vice President Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States in the East Room of the White House. After taking the oath of office, President Ford spoke to the nation in a television address, declaring, “My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.”
DID YOU KNOW THAT There are more collect calls on Father’s Day than any other day of the year?
WORD OF THE DAY: calescent (Kuh-LES-uhnt) which means growing warm; increasing in heat. It entered English in the early 19th century.
Birthdays: None on our list, but if it’s your birthday and we missed you on our list, happy birthday to you as well.
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…
Here’s a thought for today from Dr. Seuss: Sometimes you will never know the value of something, until it becomes a memory.
On a lighter note:
How do you send pop to an astronaut?
With a bottle rocket.
SFX: (wah, wah, waaaaah)
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, August 8th, 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.