News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 14th, 2021. 

First some news…


There was quite the turnout last evening for the Peaine Township meeting. About 30 bocce and pickleball players were there to urge the board to provide additional funding for construction of courts in Peaine Township Park.  The group has already raised a good chunk of the funds needed through grants and a go fund me campaign.  They are awaiting word on a tribal grant.  The board took no formal action on the request but assured the audience that they wouldn’t drop the ball of the project.  So to speak.


The Michigan state Board of Canvassers has finally certified the citizens petition drive to repeal the 1945 law that Governor Whitmer used to lock-down the state for most of last year.  The board had deadlocked on party lines, but the Supreme Court ordered them to certify after it found the petitioners had met requirements. Secretary of State Jocelyn Bennson had previously found the signatures valid, and Attorney General Dana Nessel investigated the petition campaign and found it, in her words, sleazy, but not illegal.


The Michigan Supreme Court found the statute in question unconstitutional last October after the petition drive was completed, but petition proponents say they want to make sure the law is off the books altogether.  They now turn to the state legislature, which has consistently bucked against the Governor’s use of the law, to repeal it. It seems likely they will—and the governor can’t veto it this time.  [Meantime, a liberal group formed to fight the repeal efforts says that they urge, quoting here, “lawmakers in both parties to reject Unlock Michigan’s illegal tactics and corrupt conduct, which completely undermines the integrity of our elections.”  The claim that the tactics were illegal or corrupt has been found to be false, and it isn’t clear how a citizen’s petition to repeal a law undermines elections.]


The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency has sent letters to about 650,000 people it says may not have been eligible for unemployment payments.  They have 20 days to complete paperwork to determine if they were eligible. If they weren’t, the agency says they will have to pay the benefits back.  Labor rights leaders say that isn’t true—that benefits paid as a result of an administrative error can’t be clawed back.  The M-I-A says that it has added additional qualifying reasons that may apply to some claimants and that may qualify an additional 50,000 claimants who were denied.  Those folks got letters too.  There’s a link to a M-Live with full details on the claim standards in today’s script online. []


Latest hospital utilization data is in from the state on COVID-19.  Numbers all continue to look good.  Overall utilization is normal and COVID patients are occupying 1.2% of all beds and 1.7% of I-C-U beds, No patients at Munson in Charlevoix or McLaren in Petoskey.  On the island, no new tests, no new cases.

There’s no COVID-19 data update today.  Next reports are due on Friday.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Thursday, Library Board meets at 9 at the library.  St. James Public Works Committee meets at 11 at the governmental Center, and the Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets at 4:30 at the Community Center.  Meeting details and information on remote attendance for each of these are in the calendar entries online.


This morning, the Episcopal Church has morning Prayer and fellowship at 9.  There’s Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30. At noon, Historical Society continues their Picnic on the patio with a talk about a Wigwam diorama at the museum. Bring your lunch and island curiosity.  Wednesday evening, there’s and BINGO at Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games start at 7.  And, at 9, you can get a preview of the upcoming Beaver Island Music Festival with a performance by Brother Crowe starting at 9 at the Shamrock.


Thursday, Paradise Bay Farmer’s market starts at 9.  Pickleball is on 10 to noon at the municipal tennis courts—unless it is raining, in which case they are here at the BIC Center. Rain or shine, Games Galore is here at the BIC Center from 1 to 4 up in the Hangout.  And Thursday, at noon, the Beaver Island Music Festival gets into non-stop swing for three days of great music.  There are events out at the festival grounds by the sleep away campground, but also events in town.  Artists this year include lots of newcomers like Samuel Acus and Roma Ransom—and some favorites like Dave Boutette and Kristy Lynn Davis.  A full schedule is on the festival website at B-I-M-F dot net.


Friday, there’s now Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30. An additional day has been added starting this Friday, so Yoga is now running Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at the BIC Center.  Plus, the C-O-A has Chair Yoga at the Beaver Island Art Gallery at 10.  And, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on at the BIC Center in the Hangout at 10:30.  So, lots of ways for you to get some group exercise in on Friday morning.


Saturday, Pickleball is on 10 to noon over at the municipal tennis courts.  Also Saturday, the Historical Society is bringing back their popular cemetery-based history tours. First one is this Saturday at 1:30 in the Northeast quadrant of Holy Cross Cemetery. The family names Gallagher, O’Donnell, Greene, and Bonner will be discussed.


Also Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is The Croods: A New Age—great animated comedy from Dreamworks. A Stoneage family meets a modern family. It’s rated PG. And at 7:00 Godzilla takes on King Kong in a epic battle. It’s rated PG-13. Both shows beg for the BIG screen with the BIG sound at the BIC Center Theater. Concession Stand open for both. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at bic center dot org.


Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar.  And, the Downtown Farmer’s Market is on starting at 11.  They have produce, baked goods, jams, jellies and other yummy stuff along with craft items.  Look for them at the corner on Kings Highway up the street from Daddy Franks.


Next Monday, the C-O-A’s walking club gets busy on at 9.  They start at the County offices on Donegal Bay Road. And, there’s Yoga today at the BIC Center at 9:30.  Plus, the Historical Society continues their Marine Mondays lunch series today out at the Marine Museum at noon.  Bring a lunch if you like.

And, speaking of the historical society, they’ve revamped their website—and it is now full of great pictures and info about the island’s history.  Lots of great content—checking it out would be a great activity for this cloudy day.


Next Tuesday, the C-O-A has chair Yoga set at the Beaver Island Gallery at 9:30.  Pickleball is on from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts.  And, the  Arthritis Foundation exercise program will be on at the BIC Center at 10:30.


If you are looking for summer activities for the kids, there are two camps coming up:


The Historical Society has a camp for kids running during Museum Week.  That’s July 19th to the 23rd with different activities every day including a trip with CMU on Thursday. Also, August 2nd through the 6th is the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program Summer Camp as part of Baroque on Beaver. Sign up details for both camps are in the calendar entry online.

Looking farther ahead, the BIC Center WVBI Starry Nights Summer Gala is coming up on August 12.  There’ll be great music, food and drink—plus silent and live auction fun. A strolling dinner is planned, so you’ll have the opportunity to catch up with friends you’ve not seen for a long time—and meet new ones.  Tickets are available at tickets dot bic center dot org.  []

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


Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.


A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 10pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog after 4am. Low around 65. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.


Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 2pm, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog before 8am. High near 71. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. North wind around 10 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 74. North wind around 10 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 63.


Sunny, with a high near 76.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 64.


Sunny, with a high near 77.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 65.


Sunny, with a high near 77.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 65.


Sunny, with a high near 76.

Out on the Big Drink:


WSW wind 5 to 10 kt. Increasing clouds. Waves around 1 ft.


SW wind 10 to 15 kt becoming WNW in the afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1pm. Waves 1 to 2 ft.


NNE wind around 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Water Temperatures: Little Traverse Bay buoy is reading 64 this morning. Up at White Shoal its 66.  69 at Mackinac.  Sleeping Bear buoy is 62. And, the mid-lake buoy is at 64.  Remember, if you are using the Beaver Island Water Trail, you can file a float plan at the BIC Center and get a loaner EPIRB emergency beacon to take along on the trip. 

Fire Danger Level:  Low.

TRAFFIC:  It’s still busy in town during the day, but the evenings have slowed down a bit. Down island roads are freshly-graded, but the trees still hide opposing traffic.   Let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Marta Stein is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Marta.  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 in 1960, with funds raised by her friend and mentor, noted paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey, 26-year-old Jane Goodall journeys to Gombe Stream National Park on Lake Tanganyika, in what will later be Tanzania, Africa. There the amateur primatologist will begin her groundbreaking studies of chimpanzee communities. (

WORD OF THE DAY: shibboleth (noun) [SHIB-uh-luth], which means: a word or saying used by adherents of a party, sect, or belief and usually regarded by others as empty of real meaning; a widely held belief; truism, platitude; a use of language regarded as distinctive of a particular group; a custom or usage regarded as distinguishing one group from others. The Bible’s Book of Judges (12:4-6) tells the story of the Ephraimites, who, after they were routed by the Gileadite army, tried to retreat by sneaking across a ford of the Jordan River that was held by their enemy. The Gileadites, wary of the ploy, asked every soldier who tried to cross if he was an Ephraimite. When the soldier said “no,” he was asked to say shibbōleth (which means “stream” in Hebrew). Gileadites pronounced the word “shibboleth,” but Ephramites said “sibboleth.” Anyone who didn’t pronounce the initial sh was killed on the spot. When English speakers first borrowed shibboleth, they used it to mean “test phrase,” but it has acquired additional meanings since that time. (Merriam-Webster)

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

Here’s a thought for the day from Jane Goodall: “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”


On a lighter note: I tried to write a joke for today about a Portobello.  But, there was mushroom for improvement.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, July 14th, 2021. 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.