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Community Calendar for Wednesday, January 12th, 2022

From our Langford Family studios on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday, January 12th, 2022. 

First some news …


The Health Center is reporting another five COVID-19 tests, and one negative result. They have nine tests with results pending. There are 32 cases on the island less than 30 days old.


Michigan state health officials are saying that the worst is likely yet to come in the current surge with predictions of up to 8,000 COVID-19 patients hospitalized by the end of the month or early February.  There are 5,000 patients now and that has many hospitals stretched to their limits. They also expect the number of new cases to double over that period.  As of the last report, there were about 300,000 cases less than 30 days old in the state.


The Health Center says their long-time Medical Director has retired effective as of January one. Dr. Edward Newcomb has been working with the Center since 1985. His role has been picked up by Dr. Daniel Mann.


Over at the transfer station, single stream recycling continues to be held up due to a backordered electrical switch—and the fact that the county sent over wrong-sized steel waste hoppers. Apparently that can’t be resolved until the boat starts running again. At their December meeting, the Committee worked out a solution to continue accepting aluminum cans over the winter.  They had said collection would stop. But, now they will be collected and stored at the old Anderson Marina pole barn until students from BICS can sort them. That activity generates money for school trips and activities. Also, it looks like the price of green bags will be going up again soon—this time because of increases in the costs of the bags.


Concerns about Lake Michigan seem to have subsided of late—along with the water.  But, it turns out the lake that is trumpeted as salt free is, in fact, getting saltier. Lily Bohlke has the story.

:57 Outcue…I’m Lily Bohlke, reporting

If you’d like to have a look at the salinity report, there’s a link to it in today’s script online.
Salinity report:


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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week.  Just two left. The Health Center Board meets tomorrow at 4:00.  That will be here at the BIC Center in the Theater. Elks meet at 5:00 at the Township Hall. Friday, there’s a special joint Townships Planning Commission meeting at 2:00 at the Peaine Township Hall. Wildlife Club meets Friday at 7:00 at Peaine Township Hall.


On the fun front today, Wednesday, Nothing but Needles is on for crafters at Peaine Township Hall.  That starts at 9:00. Also, it’s C-O-A’s Wellness Wednesday here at the BIC Center. Activities get underway at 10:00.


Tomorrow, Thursday, Tai-Chi at 9:30 and Pickleball at 10 here at the BIC Center.  And Thursday Afternoon is Games Galore up in the Hangout from 1:00 to 4:00. And you can play Euchre Thursday Evening over at the Whiskey Point Brewing Company.  Cards hit the table at 7:00.


Friday, Pickleball is on in the Theater at the BIC Center at 10:00. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in the Hangout at 10:30 and at 7:00 it’s C-O-A’s winter BINGO game also here at the BIC Center.


Saturday, the Library and Historical Society are starting a series of weekly workshops on using the Library Edition of Ancestry dot com.  Learn how to use it to research your family’s history. You can use the program at the library any time.  The workshops will continue on Saturdays through February.  They all will start at 1:00.


Also Saturday there are movies at the BIC Center with some special shows picked to celebrate M-L-K Day. At 4:00 it’s Selma, Lord, Selma. It’s the story of a young fan of Martin Luther King, Jr. who winds up being the youngest person to take part in the famous civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.  It’s a great show for the entire family.  At 7:00, it’s the Green Book.  A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. It’s a story inspired by a true friendship.  Rated PG-13.  Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater.  Concession Stand open for both shows. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org and in the Online Community Calendar.


Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar.


Tuesday, we have a bevy of activities for you here at the BIC Center. Tai-Chi is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Pickleball is on at 10:00 in the Theater. And the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout.

BIRTHDAYS:  Bud Rouch is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Bud 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:  Still very quiet out on the island roads, but the deer seem to be getting busy again. And, it remains super slick. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in in 1992 HAL 9000 becomes operational in Urbana, Illinois. In Arthur C. Clarke’s novel ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ the fictional HAL Lab debuts the HAL 9000, a supercomputer created to control the Discovery One spacecraft. Although polite, HAL’s operation of the pod bay door will prove to be unreliable. (

1:29 Outcue…I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me and I’m afraid that’s something I can’t allow to happen.

WORD OF THE DAY: stir-crazy (adjective) [STER-KRAY-zee], which means “distraught because of prolonged confinement.” Stir-crazy originated as a word to describe a prisoner who became distraught after prolonged confinement. Stir is a 19th-century slang word for “prison” that some word historians have suspected to be from Romani stariben, of the same meaning. But a convincing argument of that origin has yet been made. Today, stir-crazy describes any person who has become restless, agitated, or anxious from being or feeling entrapped in some place. It essentially describes the entire world after 20-plus months of COVID. (Merriam-Webster)

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

Here’s a thought for the day from HAL 9000: “It can only be attributable to human error.”

On a lighter note: Engineers are close to releasing an artificially intelligent dog.  But it keeps barking up the wrong decision tree.”

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, January 12th, 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. 


Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:


A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 26. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.


Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. North wind around 5 mph.


A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27. Light and variable wind becoming northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around -1. Wind chill values as low as -12. Blustery, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph.


Mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 8. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around -1.


Partly sunny, with a high near 17.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7.


A chance of snow after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26.

Sunday Night

A chance of snow before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.

M.L.King Day

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24.






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