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Community Calendar for Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday, January 8th, 2020.
Here’s what’s happening on your island…
Today gets underway with Everything to do with Needles at the Peaine Township Hall. Knitting needles, sewing needles, quilting—no matter what your interest or skill level, you are welcome to join in the fun 9:30 to noon. This Wednesday and every Wednesday through spring. Krys Lyle can give you more info. Reach her at 231-649-1625 or call Kathie at C-O-A at 2124. Wednesday evening is the next meeting of the Discover Beaver Island group at the Peaine Township Hall at 5. They are working to develop events for and promote the island. If you are interested in the effort, please come. Paul Cole from the Chamber leads the meetings.
Tomorrow, the Charlevoix County Community Foundation is holding a meeting here at the BIC Center at 10 to talk about their new grant process and opportunities. That’ll be up in the hangout at 10. If you are interested in a C-C-C-F grant, this would be a meeting should attend. Also Thursday, Pickleball is on at the BIC Center from 10:00 to noon and 3:30 to 5:00. Also, Games Galore up in the Ray and Ann Stanhope Hangout from 1 to 4. B-I-C-S Board Curriculum Committee meeting at school at 3. And, Thursdays are Euchre Nights at Stoney. Cards hit the table at 7.
Friday, the B-I-C-S HOSA team heads out for their first competition of the New Year. Be sure to cheer them on. And, speaking of school teams, the B-I-C-S robotics team b-I-robot is busy designing and building their 2020 robot after the launch of the competition on Saturday.
Saturday is busy at the BIC Center. Pickleball 10 to noon. And movies, too. At 4, it’s Judy, an award winning film about Judy Garland. Lots of memorable music and an outstanding performance by Rene Zellweger as Ms. Garland. It’s rated P-G-13.At 7 it’s The Lighthouse—an off-beat film noir type thriller that’s also been blessed with many awards. It’ll make you wonder what more stories lie behind our island lighthouses. Stars William Dafoe. Rated R. Concession stand will be open for snacks, a meal or both. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BCI Center dot org.
Sunday, services at Holy Cross, the Lighthouse Fellowship and the Christian Church. Times and details are on the calendar. Next Monday, bit the Peaine Township Board and the B-I-C-S Boards are meeting. Peaine at the Township Hall and School Board at School. Both meetings at 7.
Next Tuesday, Pickleball at the BIC Center from 10 to noon and again from 3:30 to 5. Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is from 10:30 to 11:30 up in the Hangout. B-I-A Board meets at 4 at school in the admin conference room. And, the day ends with Ladies Shuffleboard at the Shamrock. That’s at 7.
And, a reminder Everyone’s an Artist photo contest this year. Deadline for entries is February 15th. Winners will have their photos displayed for sale at the Beaver Island Gallery for sale during museum week. All proceeds will benefit the Historical Society. Send the highest resolution version you have of up to three photos as entries to lois A-T-C-A-L stipp one at A-O-L dot com. Again, the deadline is February 15th. More info is in the Calendar on line. The contest is made possible with support from Betsy and Glen Borre.
You can find more information on all of these events and everything else that’s happening on the island at calendar dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of the good folks down at McDonough’s Market:
Today A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 18. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Tonight A 30 percent chance of snow showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature rising to around 20 by 3am. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Thursday A chance of snow showers before 2pm, then a chance of snow showers and freezing rain between 2pm and 4pm, then rain likely, possibly mixed with snow showers after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 39. Breezy, with a southeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Thursday Night Showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Cloudy, with a low around 33. South wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Friday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. Northwest wind around 5 mph. Friday Night Snow showers likely, mainly after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 22. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Saturday A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 26. Saturday Night A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. Sunday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. Sunday Night A chance of snow showers after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 21. Monday A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. Monday Night A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Tuesday Cloudy, with a high near 33.
TRAFFIC: All is quiet on this first Tuesday of 20-20. No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. But, the kids are back to school, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Skip McDonough, matriarch of the McDonough clan, one of the founders of PABI and the Community Center, W-V-B-I fan and all around good soul is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Skip and, if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you too from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY January 8, 1877, Oglala Lakota warrior Crazy Horse and his men—outnumbered, low on ammunition and forced to use outdated weapons to defend themselves—fight their final losing battle against the U.S. Cavalry in Montana.
Six months earlier, in the Battle of Little Bighorn, Crazy Horse and his ally, Sitting Bull, led their combined forces of Sioux and Cheyenne to a stunning victory over Lieutenant Colonel George Custer (1839-76) and his men. The Indians were resisting the U.S. government’s efforts to force them back to their reservations. After Custer and over 200 of his soldiers were killed in the conflict, later dubbed “Custer’s Last Stand,” the American public wanted revenge. As a result, the U.S. Army launched a winter campaign in 1876-77, led by General Nelson Miles (1839-1925), against the remaining hostile Indians on the Northern Plains.
Combining military force with diplomatic overtures, Nelson convinced many Indians to surrender and return to their reservations. Much to Nelson’s frustration, though, Sitting Bull refused to give in and fled across the border to Canada, where he and his people remained for four years before finally returning to the U.S. to surrender in 1881. Sitting Bull died in 1890. Meanwhile, Crazy Horse and his band also refused to surrender, even though they were suffering from illness and starvation.
On January 8, 1877, General Miles found Crazy Horse’s camp along Montana’s Tongue River. U.S. soldiers opened fire with their big wagon-mounted guns, driving the Indians from their warm tents out into a raging blizzard. Crazy Horse and his warriors managed to regroup on a ridge and return fire, but most of their ammunition was gone, and they were reduced to fighting with bows and arrows. They managed to hold off the soldiers long enough for the women and children to escape under cover of the blinding blizzard before they turned to follow them.
Though he had escaped decisive defeat, Crazy Horse realized that Miles and his well-equipped cavalry troops would eventually hunt down and destroy his cold, hungry followers. On May 6, 1877, Crazy Horse led approximately 1,100 Indians to the Red Cloud reservation near Nebraska’s Fort Robinson and surrendered. Five months later, a guard fatally stabbed him after he allegedly resisted imprisonment by Indian policemen.
WORD OF THE DAY: urfeit (SER-fut) which means:
1 : an overabundant supply : excess
2 : an intemperate or immoderate indulgence in something (such as food or drink)
3 : disgust caused by excess
There is an abundance—you could almost say a surfeit—of English words that derive from the Latin facere, meaning “to do.” The connection to facere [fah keer ay] is fairly obvious for words spelled with “fic,” “fac,” or “fec,” such as sacrifice, benefaction, and infect. For words like stupefy (a modification of Latin stupefacere) and hacienda (originally, in Old Spanish and Latin, facienda) the facere factor is not so apparent. As for surfeit, the “c” was dropped along the path that led from Latin through Anglo-French, where facere became faire and sur- was added to make the verb surfaire, meaning “to overdo.” It is the Anglo-French noun surfet (“excess”), however, that Middle English borrowed, eventually settling on the spelling surfeit. (
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Winston Churchill: “The best evidence of the fairness of any settlement is that it fully satisfies neither party.”
On a lighter note: A wispy cloud walks into the Whiskey Point Brewery and orders an Island Amber. The bartender says, “Wait. Are you Cirrus?”
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, January 8th, 2020. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from the pest free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of the Voice of Beaver Island wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.