News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 29th, 2020.
First, some news…
Yesterday, the Health Center reported another positive COVID-19 test—only the second during the course of the crisis. The Center has confirmed to us that they are working with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan on tracing contacts and getting those contacts tested. We’ll pass along additional information on this as we get it with posts to the WVBI COVID-19 Info Page.
There was another blip up in the state’s daily case count yesterday with 669 new cases added to the tally. That brings the total for the pandemic to 79,176. There were 16 new deaths reported—quite a bit above the trend. Total deaths are now at 6,170. Seven day rolling averages are now at 636 for new cases and five for deaths. Positive test rate for the state as a whole is 3.4%. The target is three percent.
In the region affecting the island, seven new cases were reported. No new deaths. New cases were Charlevoix with two, Emmet with one, Grand Traverse with three, Leelanau with three and Otsego with one. Total cases in our region is 499. Total deaths are still at 24.
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Our safe start zone numbers continue to look good for in person school this fall. Positive test rate is at 1.5 percent which is in the low risk classification in the plan. The new case rate is at 7.1, just above the the lowest risk zone. There were nine new cases reported in the Traverse City Safe Start Zone yesterday.
Up in the U-P, they reported 14 new cases bringing their total to 442. No new deaths.
On the island, as we noted at the top, the Health Center this morning reported another positive test result and an additional test. 129 are back as negative. Three pending. There have been two positive tests so far.
Governor Whitmer moved the Grand Rapids Zone down to Medium Risk yesterday for purposes of the Michigan Safe start program. It had been at high risk along with the Lansing zone after a burst of new cases. Lansing dropped back to medium a while back. Now, every zone in the state is set at medium risk except for ours. We are set at low for the Traverse City Zone.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
For fun, this week: First and foremost, the Baroque on Beaver REimagined music festival. Today, at 10 and 3 WVBI’s Behind the Scenes radio series continues with a panel of Baroque board members. Tammy McDonough, Sally Rehkopf [Ray-koff] and Peter Amster will join WVBI’s Dennis Winslow to talk about putting together this year’s festival at more. At 2:00, festival Choral Director will be on the Baroque You Tube channel with an exciting announcement about a new project for Baroque on Beaver. It’s a young artists contest, Kevin will have the details, but the winners will be performers in next year’s event. At 4:00 this afternoon the Baroque You Tube channel will light again with another triplet of solo concerts featuring Jennet Ingle, Leslie Young Deppe, Mark Buchner, Adam Liebert, Zachary Boyt, and Kurt Civilette. After our news at 5:00, Festival Music Director Robert Nordling will be our guest for a final time this week on Beaver Island Perspectives to talk about this evening’s performance and the schedule for the next few days. And this evening’s performance is at 7:30. It’s violist Michael Hall with a spectacular evening of music and insight.—again on the Baroque You Tube channel.
Also this week, Bingo tonight at Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games at 7:00. Pickleball Thursday and Saturday from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts. Farmer’s Market on Thursday from 9 to 11 out at Paradise Bay. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program on Friday Friday 10:30 to 11:30 in Ray and Ann’s Hangout here at the BIC Center.
Saturday, the Historical Society has a special Protar Walk planned. That will depart from his house on Sloptown and head down the road to his grave and then back. Along the way, there’ll be presentations about Protar’s life and his work on the island. The walk revives and old tradition. The protar home will be open, too, before and after the walk from 11 until about 1:00. Movies are on this Saturday here at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is LEGO’s Shazam: Magic and Monsters. Fun for the whole family. And at 7, Booksmart. That one’s for the grownups. It’s rated R. Both on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the McDonough’s Market Theater. 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.
Saturday evening at 7 the Beaver Island Sustainability Fair continues its virtual events with a look at Clean Energy on the island and beyond. Sign up information to attend is in the calendar entry.
Saturday is also the deadline for applying for student success grants from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. Find out more and apply on their website at C-three-F dot org. Saturday is also the deadline for turning in bids for some cement work at the library. Details are in the calendar.
[And, remember, the Marine Museum and the Print Shop are open today and Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 to 5 throughout the summer. Protar’s home is open Wednesdays from 1 to 3. And the south end lighthouse is open every day for self-guided tours.]
Sunday, the Graveyard Walk and Talk that got rained out last weekend will happen. Weather looks good this time. That starts at 11:30 at Holy Cross Cemetery.
And, there are weekend services at Holy Cross on Saturday and Sunday, and Sunday services at the Christian Church and the Episcopal Mission. Times and details are on the calendar.
Don’t forget about the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Gala Auction or the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Raffle. Both are on now. Go to auction dot bic center dot org to bid on items in the auction and raffle dot bic center dot org to pick up raffle tickets. You can also bid and get tickets at the BIC Center from desk.
[The BIC Center/WVBI 2020 Gala Auction is all online this year at auction dot BIC center dot org. Bid, buy and win two ways by getting something useful and supporting the BICX Center and W-V-B-I. You can also support us by picking up a ticket for a chance 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. Or get them from any PABI Board member.]
Keep up to date on COVID-19 news with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Click COVID-19 Info in the menu at W-V-B-I dot net. Stay up to date. Remember: Protect yourself. Protect the island.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the morning. Tonight Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday Sunny, with a high near 79. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 58. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Friday Sunny, with a high near 81. Northeast wind around 5 mph. Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 81. Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 77.
Out on the big drink…
Today NNW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Thursday NNW wind 5 to 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Friday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.
Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: W-V-B-I virtual octocopter is high in the skies above the island—so high you virtually can’t see it—and it spies no traffic. But, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: John Gillespie, Barry McDonough and Olga Burton are celebrating today on what would also have been a birthday for our friend Jack Gallagher. Happy birthday to John, Barry and Olga—and we hope the heavenly hosts are enjoying Jack’s stories and have learned by now that most of them are made up. And, if we missed you on our birthday list, happy birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1836 France honors its war veterans with a triumphal arch. Standing 164 feet tall and 148 feet wide, Paris’ Arc de Triomphe, a neoclassical monument to the heroism of Revolutionary and Napoleonic War veterans, creates a breathtaking sight and will quickly become a favorite backdrop for struggles and celebrations in the City of Light. (
WORD OF THE DAY: pejorative (adjective) [pih-JOR-uh-tiv], which means: having negative connotations; especially : tending to disparage or belittle : depreciatory [di-ˈprē-shē-ˌā tory]. “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Parents have given that good advice for years, but unfortunately many people haven’t heeded it. The word pejorative makes it clear that both English and Latin speakers have long known that disparaging words can make a bad situation worse. Pejorative derives from the Late Latin adjective pējōrātus, which in turn comes from the Latin verb pējōrāre, meaning “to make or become worse.” Although pejorative words have probably always been part of English, the adjective pejorative has only been found in English texts since the late 1880s. Before then, English speakers could rely on older synonyms of pejorative such as derogatory and uncomplimentary to describe disparaging words. (Merriam-Webster).
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…
Here’s a thought for the day: “Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see.” On a lighter note: Why did the alligator cross the Fox Lake Road. Well, first, like our cows yesterday, it was lost. And, it wanted to be Bayou.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 29th, 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.