News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 15th, 2020.
First, some news…
Two experimental coronavirus vaccines that are being manufactured in Michigan got fast track approval from the FDA yesterday. That expedites the review process at the FDA, and was granted based on preliminary data from the initial clinical studies in the U.S. The manufacturing is now happening at Pfizer’s plant in Kalamazoo County. If the ongoing studies are successful, and the vaccine candidate receives regulatory approval, the Pfizer and its partners say they expect to manufacture up to 100 million doses by the end of 2020, but not all of that would be made in Michigan. Still, good news for the fight against COVID-19 and the state’s economy.
Not so good news on the mask compliance front. Disputes over masks lead to knife fights yesterday, one at a Meijer’s leading to an arrest and another leading to the suspect being shot and killed by police. Knife fights and shootings. Over masks??
The governor has once again extended Michigan’s state or emergency due to COVID-19. The new extension runs through August 11th. The extension will allow the governor to issue further orders and keeps existing orders in effect. It does not by itself create any new requirements.
State-wide number of new cases jumped up again yesterday with 584 reported. There were six new deaths reported, a statistic that is grim but that has remained stable for the most part even as the number of new cases has been on the rise since the middle of the month. Current average new case rate is up again to 526, but the average daily death toll is down to 11 from 14. Total cases in Michigan are 70,306 with 6,081 deaths.
On the island, no change. Total tests run is 118. 109 back as negative. Eight tests pending. Still only one back as positive.
In our region, the confirmed case count is up 14 cases to 379. Benzie up 1 to 14. Grand Traverse up 9 to 97. Leelanau up 4 to 44. No other changes. Death toll is at 21, no change there. Full county by county data are in today’s script. [Antrim 25 cases, still no deaths. Benzie is at 14 cases and no deaths. Charlevoix has 28 cases including one from the island, and two deaths. Emmet is at 35 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 97 cases with six deaths. Kalkaska has 29 confirmed cases two deaths. Leelanau at 44, no deaths. Otsego confirmed case count is at 107 with 10 deaths. NOTE: Data in yesterday’s script in this section were not updated day over day.] U-P is up 15 cases to 280. Death toll is down two to 18—where it had been for some time—apparently after the misclassification of deaths with deaths in Schoolcraft and Delta counties.
Don’t forget, today is tax day.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Meeting planner: St. James Public Works has a meeting set for 11 next tomorrow at the Governmental Center. Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets tomorrow at 5 by Zoom. Access information is on the Calendar. Health Center Board meets Saturday at 9 in the Community Room at the Health Center.
Marine Museum and the Print Shop are open today from 11 to 5. This is the first day this season for the Print Shop. B-I-H-S Executive Director Lori Taylor Blitz was in to talk about that last Friday on Beaver Island Perspectives. Check our podcasts to hear that interview. She says that you will be able to sneak an inside peak of the new addition through a Dutch door if you visit today. She expects the addition to open in August. The museums will be open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays for the rest of the summer from 11 to 5. Reduced opening times from normal are to allow time for extra cleaning. And Protar’s home is open today from 11 to 1. That will be a weekly opening time on Wednesdays for the rest of the summer.
Fun for the rest of this week includes Bingo tonight at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship; games at 7:00. Pickleball is on again tomorrow and Thursday and Saturday from 10 to noon on the municipal courts, unless it rains—in which case they’ll be inside here at the BIC Center. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is Friday 10:30 to 11:30 up in Ray and Ann’s Hangout at the BIC Center. Farmer’s Market Thursday 9 to 11 out at Paradise Bay Coffee. Games Galore up in the Hangout on Thursday from 1 to 4. And Movies this weekend: 4:00 show is Trolls: World Tour—it’s rated PG. Lots of fun for the whole family. And at 7:00, it’s the Fate of the Furious. Lots of fast cars, fast guys and fast gals. Lots of things crash. And blow up. PG-13. Concession stand will be open for both shows for snacks, a meal or both. Trailers on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org, our follow us on Facebook to see them.
There are weekend services at Holy Cross and Sunday services at the Christian Church and the Episcopal Mission. Times and details are on the calendar.
Have you stopped by the BIC Center/WVBI 2020 Gala Auction site yet? There are all sorts of great items up for bid. Check it out at auction dot BIC center dot org. And, don’t miss your chance to support the BIC Center and W-V-B-I by picking up a ticket to win the 2020 BIC Center-W-V-B-I Raffle. Grand prize is the Tracker fishing and sport boat parked out in front of the BIC Center. Tickets are available now at the BIC Center front desk or buy them online at raffle dot BIC Center dot org.
Keep up to date on COVID-19 news with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Just go to W-V-B-I dot net and click on COVID-19 Info in the menu at the top. Remember: Protect yourself. Protect the island.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 11am, then a slight chance of showers after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 82. West wind around 5 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Tonight A 50 percent chance of showers before 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 64. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Friday Sunny, with a high near 87. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 67. Saturday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Saturday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. Sunday Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8am and 2pm, then a chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Sunday Night A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Monday A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.
Out on the big drink…
Today SSW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming NNE in the morning. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Waves 1 to 2 ft. Thursday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Friday WSW wind around 10 kt. Sunny. Waves around 1 ft.
Fire Danger Level: Moderate. But it will probably be low by the end of the day with the rain.
TRAFFIC: Roads are wet and slick. If you are visiting and have never driven on our dirt roads when they get really wet, be especially careful. You’d be surprised how slick they are. Let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Marie LaFreniere and John Van Dyke are celebrating today, sharing a birthday with Linda Ronstadt.. Happy birthday to each of them, and if we missed you on the list, Happy birthday to you on the list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and the Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1799, the key to unlocking ancient hieroglyphs is found in Egypt. A large slab inscribed with three different languages, including hieroglyphics and Ancient Greek, is discovered by a soldier in Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign. Once part of a monument from 196 BCE, the Rosetta Stone will be the modern world’s key to deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. (
WORD OF THE DAY: indite (verb) [in-DYTE], which means: make up, compose; to give literary or formal expression to; to put down in writing. Indite spelled I-N-D-I-T-E looks like a misspelling of its homophone indict spelled I-N-D-I-C-T, meaning “to charge with a crime,” and that’s no mere coincidence. Although the two verbs are distinct in current use, they are in fact related etymologically. Indite ending with T-E is the older of the two and more logically spelled; it has been in the English language since the 1300s. Indict, which came about as an alteration of indite, appeared in the 16th century. Ultimately, both terms come from Latin indicere, meaning “to make known formally” or “to proclaim,” which in turn comes from in- plus dīcere, meaning “to talk, speak, or say.” (Merriam-Webster).
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…
Here’s a thought for the day from president John F. Kennedy: “The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is unchangeable or certain.” Why did the squirrel cross the road? Because he heard the Beaver Island Ballet was performing the Nutcracker.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 15th, 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.