News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 1st, 2020.
First, some news…
Governor Whitmer unveiled a return to school guide for the fall in a news conference yesterday. The 60 plus page plan requires preparation and planning for three possible modes of operation: remote learning if the school is in a phase 3 zone of the Michigan Safe Start Plan, an in person plan with strict protocols for Phase 4 and a more flexible plan for Phase 5. Both of the in-school plans either require or recommend that staff and students in grades six to twelve wear masks at all times while in school, except when eating. For younger students, the requirements and recommendations vary, but for the island it appears they would wear masks while in the halls. Right now, we are in a Phase 5 area, so the least restrictive measures will apply this fall unless the designation for our zone changes. The complete plan is available on the WVBI COVID-19 info page.
As a result of recent surges in cases, the Lansing and Grand Rapids zones of the state yesterday saw their so called risk phase heightened—Lansing moved to high and Grand Rapids to medium high. Both regions had been at medium. The risk phase is one of the inputs to determine where a zone fits in the Governor’s reopening plan. For now, there’s no change in that for either region. They both remain in Phase Four.
A hearing on an injunction in the latest litigation over Line Five under the straits ran more than four hours yesterday. There was no ruling from the court, but a previously imposed preliminary injunction remains in effect. It shuts down the normal flow of nearly 23 million gallons of oil per day through the line. The current litigation is the result of something—it is unclear what—dragging across one of the two pipelines causing damage to its protective coating as well as one of the supports for the pipeline.
Daily COVID-19 data reported by state health officials has blipped up again. There were 373 new cases, up from 236 yesterday) and 32 new deaths, up from four yesterday. Total cases in Michigan now stand 63,870. Deaths total 5,947. Seven day moving average of cases is up again to 320. Yhat’s the highest since June 1. Average for deaths is up from 7 to 12.
On the Island, still at 96 tests run. 93 tests results are back. 92 of those are negative. Still only one back as positive. Three tests pending.
In our region, there’s been a third day over day jump in total confirmed cases. After being up 13 over the weekend and five on Monday, another eight were added yesterday, including one in Charlevoix bring the total to 260. Death toll is stable at 21. Case increases were in Grand Traverse, where they are up two to 46, Benzie where they are up three to ten, Charlevoix is up one to 23, Kalkaska up one to 21, and Leelanau up one to 17. Full county by county data are in today’s script. [Otsego confirmed case count is at 104 with 10 deaths. Emmet is at 22 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 46 cases with six deaths. Charlevoix has 23 cases including one from the island, and two deaths. Kalkaska has 21 confirmed cases two deaths. Antrim 17 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 17, no deaths. And Benzie is at 10 cases and no deaths.] Up in the U-P, they are up another eight four cases after adding nine over the weekend and four yesterday. That brings the total north of the bridge to 161. Death toll in the UP is stable at 18.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Three community meetings today. B-I-C-S Finance Committee at 8:30 and Facilities at 3:30. Also, St. James township board holds their regular meeting on Wednesday at 5:30. All ar ein person for the first time in months. You can attend online as well for the St. James meeting. Details are in the calendar entry at calendar dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Bingo is back tonight at the Gregg Fellowship Center after a long down season. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games start at 7:00.
Pickleball is back, too. They are playing Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays on the municipal courts outside if the weather is nice. If it gets nasty, they’ll be inside here at the BIC Center.
Thursday, the Farmer’s Market is on from 9 to 11 at Paradise Bay Coffee shop, Island vegetables are starting to come in, plus there is bread, canned goods and sweets to be had.
Saturday is Independence Day. There’ll be a reverse parade—not the parade going backwards, though. Instead, there will be displays along the parade route and you’ll view them from your car. At the end of the route, there will be a hand out of treats. Things get started at 2. No official fireworks this year, but a Saturday evening boat parade is planned, and some unofficial fireworks may follow.
No movies at the BIC Center, this weekend, but they will be back on the 11th with an animated version of the Hobbit at 4 and the Expendables 3 at 7. Trailers and more info are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org.
Here’s something you can do anytime—well at least until August 5th. It’s the BIC Center/WVBI 2020 Gala Auction. It’s all online this year with all sorts of great items up for bid. Check it out at auction dot BIC center dot org. All the items are donated, so everything you spend will go to support the BIC Center and WVBI.
[And…the 2020 BIC Center – WVBI Raffle is on. 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. You can also by them online at raffle dot bic center dot org. Or get one from any board member. All net proceeds go to benefit the BIC Center and WVBI.]
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 Sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Tonight Clear, with a low around 61. Northwest wind around 5 mph. Thursday Sunny, with a high near 84. West wind around 5 mph. Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 61. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Independence Day Sunny, with a high near 85. Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Monday Sunny, with a high near 85. Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Tuesday A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 85.
Out on the big drink…
Today Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Thursday WSW wind 5 to 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Friday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.
Fire Danger Level: High.
TRAFFIC: It’s getting busy in town with a surge of holiday visitors—more people than we’ve seen since last summer. Lots of walkers. Lots of bikers. Lots of baby critters. So, let’s be careful out there. Especially in town and in the fawn and turtle crossing zones
BIRTHDAYS: Jimmy Gillespi, Suzy Bonedeo and Loretta Slater are celebrating today. Happy birthday to each of them 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 1863, the largest battle of the American Civil War begins. General Robert E. Lee arrays his Confederate forces at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to destroy General George Meade’s Union army. The three-day conflagration will result in both sides counting some 23,000 casualties each, a Union victory, and a calamitous retreat back to Virginia for Lee. (
WORD OF THE DAY: farrago (noun) [fuh-RAH-goh] which means: a confused mixture : hodgepodge. Farrago might seem an unlikely relative of farina (the name for the mealy breakfast cereal), but the two terms have their roots in the same Latin noun. Both derive from far, the Latin name for spelt (a type of grain). In Latin, farrago meant “mixed fodder”—cattle feed, that is. It was also used more generally to mean “mixture.” When it was adopted into English in the early 1600s, farrago retained the “mixture” sense of its ancestor. Today, we often use it for a jumble or medley of disorganized, haphazard, or even nonsensical ideas or elements. (from Merriam Webster)
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Rosa Parks: “I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free…so other people would be also free.” On a lighter note: Why doesn’t the gingerbread man have teeth? Chronic gingervitis.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 1st, 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.