News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Today is Wednesday, July 11th, 2018. I’m Kevin Boyle, with today’s W-V-B-I Community Calendar.
First a look at news:
There was some excitement on East Side Drive Monday evening. Beaver Island EMS, Beaver Island Fire Department, Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Department, Island Airways, and the United States Coast Guard were out to respond to a report of a possible boater in distress. B-I-E-M-S reports that after an exhaustive search from land, sea, and air, no boat or persons in distress were located. But, they’d like to remind you to use appropriate safety measures whenever you are on the water. Always wear a life vest. Dress for the water not the weather. Bring a marine radio. File a float plan. Learn more at u-s-c-g boating dot org. And’ don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1 to report a possible emergency. Better safe than sorry.
Here’s what’s happening on your island :
Yoga classes continue here at the BIC Center today. It’s restorative yoga at 9:30. Friday’s basic Yoga at 9:30. Mondays basic at 9:30 and therapeutic at 11.
At noon today, the Historical Society hosts another picnic at the Point out at the Lighthouse lawn. They’ll have an open mic performance time, so bring your voice and your instruments if you are so inclined. Or just come to listen and enjoy the spectacular views on Whiskey Point.
Also today, St. James Township has its Public Works meeting at 3 at the Governmental Center across from the school and their board meeting at 5 at the Transportation Building-not the township hall because the Water|Ways exhibit is there. That will be followed at 6 by a special Election Commission Meeting to appoint election inspectors for the primary election on August 7th.
This evening, bingo-bingo-bingo don’t you know is back at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games start at 7.
Thursday: Farmers market out at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop starts at 9.
A schedule note for Thursday: The BIC Center will close early at 3 to set up for the PABI summer Gala.
Friday, Basic Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30.
Looking ahead to the weekend, the Holy Cross Altar Society is holding a Bake Sale across from the Post Office from 10 to noon. Get their early to have the best choice. Lego Club at the Library at 1. Scientific Cruises on the CMU Chippewa at 1 and 3. Call the Print Shop to sign up. Movies at the BIC Center on Saturday. The matinee is Early Man. Evening feature is The Leisure Seeker. And on Sunday Museum Week events kick-off with a very special This Place Matters Picnic down at the Beaver Head Light on the south end.
Looking ahead to next week….it’s Museum Week so all sorts of events. Monday and Tuesday: History Fun day at Heritage Park from 1 to 4. Music on the Porch Monday at 7 pm. Tuesday, a Bishop Baraga talk and walk at Holy Cross. At 7 here at the BIC Center, a special tribute to Barry Pischner and the Beaver Island Balladeers. Wednesday, Picnic at the point starting at 11:30. There’ll be a Native American Water Ceremony and then a presentation of Coast Guard history with Frank Hatchett. Also Wednesday at the Greg Fellowship Center–the Historical Society Art Show and Sale gets underway from 1 to 4. Proceeds benefit the Historical Society. From 12 to 4 head out to Protar’s House for a living history tour. Wrap things up for your Wednesday with Historical Society version of the Antique Roadshow at the BIC Center from 7 to 9.
Whew! Action packed. And that’s just what’s happen Monday through Wednesday. We’ll dig into the rest of the week tomorrow after I catch my breath.
More information on all of these events along with all events we know about on the island is on the w-v-b-I BIC Center community calendar at calendar dot w-v-b-I dot net. We try to get all events on the calendar, but 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 or by sending an email with the details to calendar at w-v-b-I dot net. And here’s the great thing. If you post your event on our calendar, it shows up on all sorts of other websites automagically – News on the Net, the township websites, the BIBCO website, Real Estate One, Baroque on Beaver, the music festival and others. Plus folks get to hear about it on the air and see it on the digital signage network around town and across. That’s why we say … it’s one and done with the W-V-B-I Community calendar … the best way to get word out about your event on Beaver Island.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of the good folks down at Powers Hardware:
Today Sunny, with a high near 86. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.
Tonight Increasing clouds, with a low around 64. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph after midnight.
Thursday A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. South wind around 10 mph.
Friday A 40 percent chance of showers before 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
For the weekend ahead More gorgeous weather. Sunny. Highs around 82 both days. Lows in the mid-60s. OUT ON THE BIG DRINK:
Today Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.
Thursday S wind around 10 kt. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Waves around 2 ft.
Gorgeous out there through the weekend, too. Waves 2 feet or less. Variable winds 5 kts or less increasing to 10 kts out of the south on Sunday.
Conditions at 7 this morning here at the Pest Free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of W-V-B-I: a cool 59 degrees with no wind since 3 this morning. Humidity high at 89%. The pressure was high, too, at 29-point-63 and drifting higher. Dew point 56. Visibility 10 miles.
Around the island at 7: 60 at Whiskey Point, 57 McCaulley’s Point, 53 on Greene’s Bay, 60 down at Lake G and at the W-V-B-I transmitter site it was a chilly 51 under a mostly clear sky.

Water temps: 65 degrees at White Shoal and 64 at the mid-Lake buoy southwest of the island.
Looking out on Paradise Bay at 7 this morning, the Hodgson Enterprises Webcam showed it smooth as glass under a hazy summer sky. Just a few clouds. Beaver Islander at the dock. Emerald Isle across. One vessel already headed out. You can see what’s going on now by going to w-v-b-I dot net and scrolling down to see the webcam at the bottom.
And this just in: The Lake Michigan Whale Migration station has reports of Blue Unicorn whale sightings on the west side of High Island. Find out more on their Facebook page.
TRAFFIC: None. Zip. Nada. Except in town when the ferries come in. Let’s be careful down there and on East and West Side Drives. Speaking of which, dust from the dry roads can be a real problem where no dust retardant has been applied. With the sun it can make for no visibility at times. So, again, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DATE of July 11, 1804, in a duel held in Weehawken, New Jersey, Vice President Aaron Burr fatally shoots his long-time political antagonist Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton, a leading Federalist and the chief architect of America’s political economy, died the following day.
If you think politics are out of hand today. Head to Facebook and read Phyllis’s post for today about Burr and Hamilton. The guys in DC today are armatures by comparison.
Phyllis asks: DID YOU KNOW THAT A rainbow can be seen only in the morning or late afternoon. It can occur only when the sun is 40 degrees or less above the horizon? Except here on Beaver Island where you can see them any time because things are perfect here. WORD OF THE DAY: solecissm (SOL-uh-siz-uhm) which means a nonstandard or ungrammatical usage, as “unflammable” and “they was, ” or a breach of good manners or etiquette or any error, impropriety, or inconsistency. The noun solecism ultimately derives from Greek soloikismós “incorrect use of (Attic) Greek; incorrect use of language” (whether of individual words or in syntax), later “incorrect reasoning in logic,” and finally, “awkwardness.” It entered English in the 16th century.
BIRTHDAYS: Today Ed Wojan and Shirley Cole. Happy birthday to both of them. If it’s your birthday and we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you, too.
Now to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…
Here’s a thought for the day: Today is a great day to learn something new.
On a lighter note:
What did the Bus Drive rsay to the chatty chimpanzee?
Monkey talky, monkey walky.
SFX: (wah, wah, waaaaah)
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 11th, 2018. I’m Kevin Boyle at W-V-B-I’ the Voice of Beaver Island wishing you a great day and asking you on behalf of Greg Doig: why not make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.