News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 8th, 2020.
First, some news…
After sliding down day-over-day for four days, new COVID-19 case reports spike up again yesterday to 454, up from 297 the day before. State officials say it is best to look at the running average, which is up slightly from 382 to 394. Health officials also reported 30 more COVID-19 related deaths yesterday, but 20 of those were reclassifications from prior periods. Average for that is now down to 8. Total cases in Michigan is now 66,627 with 6,006 deaths. The cumulative positive test rate has moved up to 3.3 percent after dipping down to 2.4 percent in recent days.
On the island, no change in the data. Still at 96 tests run. 93 tests results back. 92 negatives. Still only one back as positive. Three tests still pending.
In our region, the confirmed case count is up three cases to 311. Grand Traverse up three to 67. Emmet up one to 27, but Leelanau down one to 26, so a net increase of three. Death toll is stable at 21. Full county by county data are in today’s script. [Otsego confirmed case count is at 106 with 10 deaths. Emmet is at 27 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 67 cases with six deaths. Charlevoix has 26 cases including one from the island, and two deaths. Kalkaska has 28 confirmed cases two deaths. Antrim 22 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 26, no deaths. And Benzie is at 9 cases and no deaths.] U-P is up 10 to 219. Death toll is stable at 18.
Looking at recovered cases, which by the states count is any case more than 30 days old that hasn’t resulted in a death, the counties we’ve been tracking in northwest Michigan have 196 recoveries and 20 deaths (based on data from June 8), leaving 95 active cases. In the U-P, its 104 recoveries and 16 deaths leaving 99. State-wide, officials report 52,841 recoveries. Taking into account deaths, that leaves 7,780 active cases.
Michigan is suing the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education over the distribution of emergency education funding under the federal coronavirus relief package. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says regulations adopted by the department improperly requires allocation of funds to private schools. Commenting on the suit, the governor said “Students have missed out on graduations and proms and seeing their friends at school every day. They’ve done their part to protect one another… now it’s time for the federal government to do their part.” It’s not clear how that is more true for students in public schools than in private. Public school advocates say the funds were intended for and are needed most in public schools. Education Secretary DeVos, who is from Michigan, said the relief funds are for all students, teachers, and families and that there is nothing in the law that allows districts to discriminate against private schools in distributing the relief funds.
Island vet Dr. Jeff Powers wants you to be on the lookout for ticks on your pets—and yourself. A tick borne disease called anaplasmosis can cause COVID-19 like symptoms in people. It is still relatively rare, but apparently present on the island in deer ticks as Jeff has seen six positive tests in pets for the disease. If you find a tick on yourself, best bet is to be in touch with the health center for assistance. For more info on the disease, check today’s script online for a link to an article posted by Dr. Powers.
And, while you’re not watching out for coronavirus, murder hornets, power station attacking mayflies and flame throwing squirrels from North Korea, if you head to southeast part of the state, be on the lookout for an alligator on the loose. It escaped from a home in Clinton township and is looking for a meal.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Today, BINGO continues at Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games start at 7. And, speaking of BINGO, the Commission on Aging has started a sort of road rally bingo game. There’ll be a weekly game starting this week. Numbers are posted around town and online. Get cards at the C-O-A office and bring your winning card there to collect prizes. Call Lonnie at 2124 for details.
Farmer’s Market is tomorrow from 9 to 11 at Paradise Bay Coffee shop. Also, tomorrow, pickleball is on. 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. Tomorrow afternoon, Games Galore is available here at the BIC Center from one to four.
Friday, word is that Art in the Harbor may be back on the sidewalk in front of the BIC Center. We’ll keep you posted. And, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on up in Ray and Ann’s Hangout.
After a pause for the holiday, movies are back here at the BIC Center this weekend. Movies on Saturday are 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. Concession stand will be open for snacks, a meal or both.
Sunday, worship services are on at Holy Cross, the Christian Church and the Episcopal Mission. Times and details are on the calendar.
And, coming up this weekend, the Big Read project starts a series of Graveyard Walks and Talks to present the history of the island told through lives of people who made that history. The Walk and Talks will continue every other Sunday through the summer starting at 11:30. Dates are on the calendar; first one is this Sunday.
Have you stopped by the BIC Center/WVBI 2020 Gala Auction site yet? With the annual Summer Gala dinner postponed due to COVID, the auction is all online this year. 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—it’s just waiting to get in the water. Tickets are available now at the BIC Center front desk. You can also buy them online at raffle dot BIC Center dot org. Or get one from any board member. All proceeds from the Auction and net proceeds from the raffle 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 and hot, with a high near 92. Heat index values as high as 95. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Tonight A slight chance of showers between 4am and 5am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%. Thursday Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92. Heat index values as high as 95. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday Night A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. South wind around 5 mph. Friday A 30 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Friday Night A 30 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 88. Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 61. Monday Sunny, with a high near 87. Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 64. Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 89.
Out on the big drink…
Today Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Thursday S wind around 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Friday SW wind around 10 kt. A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Waves around 1 ft.
Fire Danger Level: Extreme. So, no fireworks and no fires except in containments like firepits and grills. Even with those you need to be careful.
TRAFFIC: Things have quieted back down, but it is still busy in town when the ferry arrives. And lots of folks are talking to the roads on bikes. So, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: W-V-B-I’s Sheri Timsak is celebrating today along with Terry Mooney and Stacy Golden Happy birthday to Judy from all of us at the BIC Center and W-V-B-I, and if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you too. We hope it is a great one.
ON THIS DAY in 1947, Papers report a peculiar crash in New Mexico desert. Newspapers report the capture of a “flying saucer” at a ranch near the town of Roswell and question the US military’s story about the crash of a weather balloon. In the 1990s the military will finally reveal that a top-secret nuclear test-monitoring balloon was recovered at the site. That’s their story and they are sticking to it. (
WORD OF THE DAY: Emulate (verb) EM-yuh-layt, which means: to strive to equal or excel; imitate; especially : to imitate by means of hardware or software that permits programs written for one computer to be run on another computer; to equal or approach equality with. If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, then past speakers of English clearly had a great admiration for the Latin language. The verb emulate joined the ranks of Latin-derived English terms in the 16th century. It comes from aemulus, a Latin term for “rivaling” or “envious.” Two related adjectives—emulate and emulous—appeared within a half-century of the verb emulate. Both mean “striving to emulate; marked by a desire to imitate or rival” or sometimes “jealous,” but emulous is rare these days and the adjective emulate is obsolete.
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Abraham Lincoln: “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?” On a lighter note: Why was the garden so stinky? Because the garner pooped his plants?
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 8th, 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.