News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 20th, 2022

From our Langford Family studios on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 20th, 2022. 

First some news,


No news is good news from the Health Center this morning.  No new tests.  No new positive results. Now down to five active cases on the island.


A Michigan Court of Claims judge ruled yesterday that the legislature violated the state constitution when it adopted and then quickly weakened minimum wage and paid sick leave initiatives in 2018.  That legislative move was in response to a voter initiative directing Michigan to increase its minimum wage law to $12 an hour — up from $9.87 — and require thousands of previously exempt small businesses to provide paid sick leave to workers. Voter initiatives become effective if the legislature does not act to implement their requirements.  The judge ruled that the legislature couldn’t adopt them and then amend them again in the same session—even though there is no such restriction in the constitutional provisions on voter initiatives. Business interests say that they will appeal the ruling and have asked that implementation be stayed during that process.

Albion College officials have called off the hunt for an alligator spotted in their Whitehouse Nature Center on the Kalamazoo river. There were several gator sightings of a gator at the nature reserve just outside Albion about ten days ago.  Officials say visitors should continue to use caution while visiting the Center.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: St. James Public Works Committee meets today at 11 at their Township Hall.  Amik Circle Society holds their annual meeting at noon today at the Mound as part of Museum Week. The public is invited. Directions to get there are available at the Print Shop Museum and there will be a shuttle from the Municipal Airport. Thursday, the Joint Telecommunications Committee meets at 4:30 at the BIC Center. Library Board meets at 5:00 at the library.  And that’s it for the week. Meeting details are in the calendar entry online.


On the fun front today, Wednesday, Chair Yoga is on at the BIC Center starting with stretch at 9:30 and full at 10:00. Meantime, Summer Yoga is on in the Theater from 9:30 to 10:30. Tennis is on from 10 to noon on the municipal courts. At 11, the Museum Week Art Show opens at Gregg Fellowship Center. At noon, head over to the Print Shop Museum for a Picnic on the Patio presentation. Bring along a lunch if you like. Wednesday evening at 7:00 there’ll be a presentation at the Print Shop Museum on the Anishinaabeg Chiefs of Beaver Island—Chiefs Peaine and Kenwabikisee. No BINGO this week. It returns next Wednesday.


Thursday, the farmers market is on out at Paradise Bay coffee shop with the start time moved up to 8:30. Senior Tai Chi is on at the BIC Center in the Hangout at 9:30. Pickleball is 10 to noon on the municipal courts. The Museum Week Art Show opens at 11 and runs to 4. Thursday evening there’s a presentation on Cultural Discoveries Beneath the Straits of Michigan. That’s at the Print Shop at 7. And, it’s Open Mic on the Porch at the Harbour Bodega. Signup at 6:30. Performances start at 7:00.


Friday, Summer Yoga is on in the theater at 9:30 and the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program starts up in the Hangout at the same time. Both of those here at the BIC Center. Tennis starts at 10:00 and runs to noon over on the municipal tennis courts. Museum Week Art show has its last day at the Gregg Fellowship Center. There’s also a basketmaking presentation going on all afternoon at the Print Shop Museum and a special session in the even at 7:00 on Pine Quill Baskets with Yvonne Keshik, a recognized master of the craft.


With such a packed calendar, we’ll save activities on Saturday and Sunday for tomorrow’s report.  But. Don’t forget about a special opportunity for dinner and a show Saturday evening as Michael Carluccio brings Frank Sinatra’s music to the BIC Center stage along with that of his Rat Pack buddies. Tickets are at


Saturday, Pickleball is on 10 to noon.


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. The downtown farmer’s market is on from 11 to 3. 


Monday, Summer Yoga is on at the BIC Center morning at 9:30 in the Theater while there is Senior Chair Yoga up in the Hangout. Also Monday, Tennis is on over on the municipal courts from 10 to noon. Att noon, it’s the next Marine Museum Monday with a presentation at, you guessed it, the Marine Museum.  Bring your lunch along if you like. Monday evening there’s a meet the author book signing at the library at 7:00 with Lori Taylor and over at the Print Shop, Museum week kicks off with Music on the Porch.


Tuesday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 9:00 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the Municipal Tennis Courts. Tuesday evening at 8, meet up next to Marina South for Protopia’s Tuesday evening Bike Boodle. Bring your own bike and light.


Looking for summer activities for the kids? There’s a summer reading program at the Library with a variety of events on tap.  Check in with the library for details.


And, a final calendar note…tickets for the BIC Center W-V-B-I Secret Garden Summer Gala or on sale. You can get them at the BIC Center front Desk or online at tickets dot BIC Center dot org. This year’s event will be in Gene Masta’s beautiful gardens surrounding the old Lifesaving station that once stood at Whiskey Point…and that is now his summer home. Strolling dinner, music, libations, raffles and both silent and live auctions will add to the fun of mingling with your island friends in the Secret Garden.

BIRTHDAYS:  Zack Bosquet, Haylie Olson and Elizabeth Smelser are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Elizabeth, Haylie and Zack and, if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports, but there are still delays in town when the ferry comes in—lots of hikers and bikers and beach goers. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1969… NASA’s Apollo 11 Lunar Module lands 238,855 miles from Earth in the Sea of Tranquility and six hours later astronaut Neil Armstrong exits the vehicle, descends a short ladder, and becomes the first human to walk on the moon. Minutes later, astronaut Buzz Aldrin will join Armstrong on the surface. Millions back home tune in to grainy black and white images on tube T-Vs to witness the historic event. 


(adjective) [WAG-ish] which means “resembling or characteristic of a wag”—a wag being a clever person who is prone to joking—and is also a synonym of humorous. One who is waggish acts like a wag. What, then, is a wag? It has nothing to do with a dog’s tail; in this case a wag is a clever person prone to joking. Though light-hearted in its use and meaning, the probable source of this particular wag is grim: it is thought to be short for waghalter, an obsolete English word that translates as gallows bird, a gallows bird being someone thought to be deserving of hanging. The wag in waghalter is the familiar wag having to do with movement, and halter is another word for a noose.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Wednesday

Here’s a thought for the day from the Apollo 11 crew: “We came in peace for all mankind.”


On a lighter note: How do astronauts blow their noses in space?  It’s snot rocket science.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, July 20th, 2022. 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. 



Scattered showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 5pm, then isolated showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.


Isolated showers before 8pm, then isolated showers and thunderstorms between 8pm and 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.


Sunny, with a high near 81. West wind 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.


Sunny, with a high near 85. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.


A chance of showers before 8am, then a chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 59.


Sunny, with a high near 80.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 61.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Out on the Big Drink:


SSW wind 15 to 20 kt becoming WSW in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 kt. Showers and thunderstorms before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 2pm and 4pm, then a chance of showers after 4pm. Waves 3 to 4 ft.


W wind 10 to 15 kt. Sunny. Waves 2 to 3 ft.


WSW wind 10 to 15 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 66 at White Shoal, 69 at the straits and 68 at Sleeping Bear. 64 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.