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Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 21st, 2021. 

First some news…


The island’s Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee is working on behalf of the townships and with the B-I-A to complete a broadband survey on the island.  The data collected will be used in connection with a grant application to support the implementation of a Fiber-to-the-Home based broadband system on the island—and your response is important.  There’s a link to the survey in today’s script online as well as on the township websites, at the B-I-A website and on various Facebook feeds including Beaver Island This and That.  If you haven’t completed the survey yet, please do it today and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.


Governor Whitmer has vetoed a bill that would have ended a $300 a week boost to unemployment benefits early instead of in September.  She says she’s open to an early cut if the legislature will boost  standard weekly benefits to $422 a week and spend 1.4 billion dollars on child care. Business owners have criticized the extra unemployment benefits, saying it encourages people not to work and is causing a labor shortage.

COVID-19 data from Tuesday seems to show a more new normal rate of new cases—and very few new deaths—over the four day period it covers.  There were an average of 257 new cases a day and though 14 deaths show up in the report, the state says essentially all of those are from prior dates.  The new data drives the 7 day running averages to 366 new cases a day and 9 deaths.  In our region there were 20 total new cases reported over the period—so 5 a day on average—and no new deaths.


The active case numbers are up a bit again.  Statewide there are 5,796 active cases, up about 850.  In our region we have 95, up 12.  But, on the island, there are no active cases.  No new tests.  Last positive was in mid-May.


Hospital data was updated as well, and it all still looks good.  Overall occupancy numbers are normal, and the COVID-19 case load is just 1.2% statewide.  Locally, Munson has no patients. McLaren has picked up one.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Just one left: St. James Public Works Committee meets today at 11:00 at the governmental Center.  And that’s it for meetings for the week.  More details and information on remote attendance for each of these are in the calendar entries online.


Wednesday, there’s Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30. At noon, Historical Society continues their Picnic on the Patio series. Bring your lunch and island curiosity.  Then, head out to Protar’s Home.  It will be open from 1 to 3 with docents on hand to tell you all about it.  It’s a snapshot of life on the island in a very different time. Wednesday afternoon is the annual Chicago to Mac Race afterparty.  Expect to see a bunch of sailboats in the harbor and racers relaxing in town. Check the calendar for event details.  Wednesday evening, there’s and BINGO at Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games start at 7.

Thursday, the original island Farmer’s market is on out at the Paradise Bay Coffee Shop at 9.  Pickleball is on 10 to noon at the municipal tennis courts. Games Galore is here at the BIC Center from 1 to 4 up in the Hangout. And at 7:00 there’s another Museum Week event on the search for the Jarvis Lord shipwreck.  That’s at the Print Shop Museum at 7.


Friday there’s Yoga at 9:30 at the BIC Center and Chair Yoga at 10 at the Gallery.  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at 10:30 up in the Deerwood Hangout at the BIC Center.   And a Dark Sky viewing opportunity with telescopes on hand at the Donegal Bay Pavilion at 11:30 in the evening—after it is good and dark. 


[Saturday, C-O-A walking club at 9 starting at the C-O-A office. Pickleball is on 10 to noon over at the municipal tennis courts. At 2, the Historical Society has the second part of their Arranmore Connections program at the Print Shop Museum. Connect to our heritage back in Ireland  with a video conference back to Arranmore. And, there’s more heritage on tap with Our Town Our Island Our Music is on the air again at 3 here on the radio station. Movies are on at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is Justice Society: World War II. It’s rated PG-13. At 7:00 its’s The Courier.  Great Cold War spy story  rated PG-13. Both shows on 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.


On Monday, there’s Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30.  Marine Museum Mondays continue with a lunchtime presentation.  Bring your bag lunch and settle in for a great discussion of marine history on the island.  St. James Finance Committee meets at 1:00. And, preparations for Baroque on Beaver will intensify with the first event coming up on Friday.

On the fun front… today, 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 is on at the BIC Center at 10:30 up in the Deerwood Lodge hangout.]


One last Kid’s summer camp coming up. 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.  []

BIRTHDAYS:  Zack Bosquet, Halie Olson and Elizabeth Smesler are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Halie, Elizabeth and Zack.  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.

TRAFFIC:  None, nada, zip.  Except when the ferry’s come in.  Then it’s a madhouse downtown. Let’s be careful out there. 

Fire Danger Level:  Low.

ON THIS DAY in 1983, scientists at the Vostok Research Station, located at the ‘Pole of Cold’ on the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, log the coldest temperature ever recorded at an inhabited location when the mercury falls to -128.6 F below zero. Satellite data shows a record low of 135.7 below zero in Eastern Antartica, but there was no one there. Meantime, reports of hot toddies all around at Vostok have not been confirmed. (

WORD OF THE DAY: receipt (noun) [rih-SEET], which means: a writing acknowledging the receiving of goods or money; proof, evidence; the act or process of receiving;  something received — usually used in plural; and finally, recipe.  These days it may seem odd to speak of “grandma’s cookie receipt,” but in the past, receipt was a synonym of recipe. Early use of receipt refers to medicinal preparations. Recipe didn’t arrive until the 1500s, and it too was first used to describe a formula for medicine. In time, both words gained use in cookery, after which recipe slowly became the preferred word. Receipt later acquired its more familiar sense of “a writing acknowledging the receiving of goods or money.” Both words, receipt and recipe, ultimately derive from Latin recipere (“to receive”). (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Wednesday…a day on which I would be glad to be in receipt of cookies made with your favorite cookie receipt…

Here’s a thought for the day from Aristotle: “To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”


On a lighter note, why shouldn’t snowmen get angry?  Because if they get too heated they have a meltdown.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, July 21st, 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. 



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