News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, January 25th, 2023

Even as the process continues to find a new chief for Charlevoix’s police department, additional allegations are surfacing against former chief Gerard Doan.  He abruptly resigned in the midst of a sexual harassment investigation based on a complaint from an existing department employee. Now, six other people…some current and some former employees…have raised additional allegations that include sex talk, racist remarks, lewd comments and ticket-fixing. That’s according to reporting in yesterday’s Petoskey News Review. The News-Review said Doan didn’t respond to requests for comment on the new allegations, but his attorney, Mary Beth Kur, said they were isolated an unintentional occurrences that shouldn’t overshadow his years of dedicated service to the community.  There’s a link to the News-Review article in today’s script online:


Forecasters say the track of the winter storm headed towards Michigan has shifted a bit north.  Ann Arbor, Oakland County and the Thumb of the state now have Winter Storm Warnings and Weather Advisories for Thursday. There could be up to six inches of snow in the warning areas and difficult travel through most of the southern half of the L-P.



The Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee says they are aware some people are encountering errors when trying to run the speed test they’ve asked island residents to run on their internet service. If that happens, you should wait a bit and try again.  B-I-A President Dick Mulvihill says it is critical to get tests from as many people on the island as possible using this system as it collects data in a way that is more difficult to challenge. So, stick with it he says and get the test run. There’s a post on the B-I-A website with all the info on the test and a link to get you to it. Just go to Beaver Island Association dot org to find it. There’s also a link in today’s script online. If you are away for the season, you are still asked to complete a short survey and then run the test when you return even if that isn’t until spring or summer.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: None.  We’ll have your planner for next week on Friday.


On the fun front today, Wednesday, there is COA Chair Yoga at 10:00, and C-O-A’s Bingo is on at 1:00 up in the Hangout with lots of fabulous prizes.  Time for Art continues Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 in the Welcome Center at the BIC Center. This week it is the Drawing Club of Improbable Dreams.


Thursday, Pickleball is 10:00 to noon in the Theater at the BIC Center. Tai Chi is also at 10:00 in the Hangout. Also at 10:00, Women’s Bible Study is on the calendar over at the Christian Church.  At 1:00, there’s Story Hour for preschoolers at the library.  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. Friday afternoon there’s a special extra movies showing at the BIC Center. It’s Disney’s Rise, which tells the stories of the first ever trio of brothers to make it to the N-B-A.  It’s a great basketball story for the whole family. Showtime is 4:00.  You might have an opportunity to meet and great members from the B-I-C-S Islanders basketball squads at the show.


Saturday, the Resale Shop is open from noon to 4:00. At the BIC Center, movies are on tap. The 4:00 show is The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild. Our pals drop through an ice hole into the Lost World and the Land of the Dinosaurs. Fun for the whole family, it’s rated P-G. At 7:00, it’s Father of the Bride with Andy Garcia and Gloria Estafan. Rated PG-13, it’s a fun rom-com that even dads will enjoy. 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.


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


Looking ahead to next week…


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:  Cody Gillespie, Bobby McDonough, Marie Boyle and Rita Pierano are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Rita, Marie, Bobby and Cody 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, our island beltway is running smoothly and the bridges are clear. But, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1947 Thomas Goldsmith, Jr. files a patent for a Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device, an interactive missile simulator game to be played on a screen. It’s the first video game. Prototypes will be made and the patent awarded the following year, but no commercial models will be released.

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam Webster word of the day is marginalia (noun) [mahr-juh-NAY-lee-uh], which is is a plural noun that refers to notes or other marks written in the margins of a text, and to nonessential matters or items. In the introduction to his essay titled “Marginalia,” Edgar Allan Poe wrote: “In getting my books, I have always been solicitous of an ample margin; this not so much through any love of the thing in itself, however agreeable, as for the facility it affords me of penciling suggested thoughts, agreements and differences of opinion, or brief critical comments in general.” At the time “Marginalia” was first published in 1844, marginalia was only a few decades old despite describing something—notes in the margin of a text—that had existed for centuries. An older word, apostille (or apostil), refers to a single annotation made in a margin, but that word is rarely used today. Even if you are not, like Poe, simply ravenous for scribbling in your own books, you likely know marginalia as a telltale sign that someone has read a particular volume before you.

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Elon Musk: “I like video games. That’s what got me into software engineering when I was a kid. I wanted to make money so I could buy a better computer to play better video games – nothing like saving the world.”


On a lighter note: What’s it called when you eat dinner playing video games? Fork Night.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, January 25th, 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. 



Snow likely, mainly after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 31. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.


Snow likely, mainly before 10pm. Cloudy, with a low around 21. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.


Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 22 by 8am. North wind 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of snow showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. North wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest after midnight.


Snow showers, mainly after 1pm. High near 31. Windy, with a south wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of around 3 inches.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Breezy.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 19.

Saturday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 12.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 18.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10.


Cloudy, with a high near 15.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 19.