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Community Calendar for Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

First some news…


As the push to switch to electric vehicles continues, a new study says the changeover could cost Michigan roads 500 million dollars by 2030. That’s the result of revenue lost from gas taxes that e-vehicles don’t pay. If projections hold true, up to 25% of vehicles on the road won’t be paying gas taxes by 2030. Solutions to filling the gap include raising registration fees for vehicles that don’t use gas to switching to taxes based on miles driven. Governor Whitmer says that one option not on the table is raising gas taxes.  She tried a 45-cent rise in her first term, but that was widely criticized by the public and rejected by the then Republican-controlled legislature.


As the new year began, state health officials were concerned about a new surge in COVID-19 cases mixing with flu and other respiratory ailments overwhelming hospitals.  But, so far that has not happened. Instead, COVID-19 cases have plummeted by 29 percent, falling to the lowest level since April. The expected spread of the new X-B-B one point five subvariant also hasn’t yet happened.  It represents just 15 percent of the new cases.  But, when it does arrive, it doesn’t seem likely to drive hospital admissions given experience in the northeast of the US.  It represents 80 percent of new cases there, but so far the symptoms are mild with few people winding up hospitalized.


A reminder that what may be the final opportunity for public input on the updated St. James Recreation plan is set for tomorrow evening at the BIC Center. The plan includes a new section on harbor development. The meeting will be in the theater her at the BIC Center.  And, be on the lookout either late today or tomorrow for an email from the J-TAC about their online internet speed survey.   

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: St. James Public Works meets today at 11:00. Joint Telecommunications Committee meets Thursday at 4:30. The Library board meets that evening at 5:00. St. James Planning Commission also has a special meeting set for Thursday evening at 5:30. It’s a public hearing to review the draft recreation plan.   Locations and more details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Wednesday, there is COA Chair Yoga at 10:00, but C-O-A’s Bingo is moving to Thursday.  Time for Art continues Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 in the Welcome Center at the BIC Center. This week is the second in Lois Stipp’s two-week series on painting. Class that will be limited to 14 participants.  Sign up at the BIC Center Front Desk.


Thursday, Pickleball is 10:00 to noon in the Theater at the BIC Center. Tai Chi is also at 10:00 in the Hangout. Women’s Bible Study is on the calendar over at the Christian Church.  C-O-A is celebrating National Popcorn Day with BINGO and free popcorn. Grab your free box at the Concession Stand and then head upstairs for the games at 1:00.  Resale shop is open from noon to 4. And, Euchre is on tap at Whiskey Point Brewery Thursday, too. Cards hit the table at 7:00.


Friday, there is COA Chair Yoga at 10:00 and then Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at 10:30. Both are up in the Hangout. Resale Shop is open again from noon to 4:00.


Saturday, the Resale Shop is open from noon to 4:00. At the BIC Center, movies are on tap. The 4:00 show is Sonic the Hedgehog Two. The manic Dr. Robotnik is back on Earth with a new ally Knuckles. Sonic and his new friend Tails are all that stands in their way. Fun for the whole family, it’s rated P-G. At 7:00, it’s a high stakes game with Russel Crowe’s Pokerface. Secrets, revenge and thieves are all part of the game.  Rated R, this one is for the grownups at your house. Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater. Concession Stand open all day for both shows for snacks, a meal, or both.  No charge for admission but remember your free-will donation helps keep the great movies coming to the BIC Center. And, when you finish up the late show, you’ll come out to a New Moon. There’s more info about it on Dark Sky Island dot org.


Sunday there are services at the Christian Church at 10:00 and mass at Holy Cross at 12:15.


Looking ahead to next week…


On Monday, C-O-A Chair Yoga is a great way to start your week.  It starts at 10:00 up in the Hangout.


Tuesday, Talking Threads will be crafting out at the Peaine Township Hall starting at 9:00. Pickleball is on from 10:00 to noon in the Theater at the BIC Center. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout.

BIRTHDAYS:  Tim McDonough, Kinsey McCafferty and Pete Plastrick are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Kinsey, Pete and Tim, 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:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports, but the rain and thaw have made a March-mess of the down-island roads. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1993 Martin Luther King Jr. Day is marked in all states in the U-S. For the first time, every state in the US observes the federal holiday, signed into law by President Reagan a decade earlier, celebrating the civil rights leader’s birthday.

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam Webster word of the day is implacable (adjective) [im-PLAK-uh-bu], which means “not capable of being appeased, significantly changed, or mitigated; not placable.” Implacable is rooted in Latin placare, meaning “to soothe,” but its im- prefix is a variant of the negating prefix in- (as in inactive) and it signals that there’s nothing warm and fuzzy here. Someone or something described as implacable cannot be soothed, which usually means trouble: implacable is most often attached to words like foe, enemy, hatred and hostility. The opposite of implacable is, of course, placable; it means “easily soothed,” but sadly isn’t called upon very often. Another placare word is likely more familiar. Placate means “to soothe or appease”; it’s frequently applied when an angry person is made to feel less so.

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from American poet John Greenleaf Whittier, quoted by President Ronald Reagan in remarks while establishing Martin Luther King  Day: “Each crisis brings its word and deed.”


On a lighter note, did you hear the story about maple syrup? It starts out sappy.  Then it gets really steamy.  Bu the ending is kinda sweet.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, January 18th, 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. 



Cloudy, with a high near 34. North wind around 10 mph.


A 30 percent chance of snow after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Breezy, with an east wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Thursday-Winter Storm Watch at 4:00 a.m.

Snow, mainly after 8am. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 31. Breezy, with an east wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of around 6 inches.

Thursday Night-Winter Storm watch until 1:00 a.m.

Snow likely before 2am, then a chance of snow showers after 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 25. Blustery, with a northeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.


A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 8am. Cloudy, with a high near 29. North wind around 10 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.


Cloudy, with a high near 30.

Saturday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 26.


Cloudy, with a high near 30.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.

Monday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 27.


Cloudy, with a high near 32.




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