News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

DATE: 6//24/2020 From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, June 24th, 2020.
First, some news…
The Trump administrations temporary freeze on visas is causing trouble for up north Michigan businesses that rely on seasonal workers from overseas. Employers stung by moths of government imposed shutdown are now finding they can’t find workers as they try to restart their businesses. That according to reports this morning from UpNorthLive. The biggest reported impact is around the straights area. No word of any troubles on the island.
The latest COVID-19 data continues to show a slight uptick in the number of cases reported. 221 new cases were reported yesterday. That will push the average daily reported cases higher. At 210, that number has hit its highest point since June 5th. State health officials haven’t said whether this is from increased testing or some other cause. Officials also reported 11 new deaths yesterday, which remains in line with recent numbers. The running average stands at 11 as well. The Tuesday numbers bring total confirmed cases in Michigan to 61,630. Deaths stand at 5,864.
On the Island, five more tests are reported since yesterday. All five of those are pending. 84 tests results are back. 83 of those are back as negative. Still only one back as positive.
In our region, looking at data from Saturday, total confirmed case count is steady at 231. Death toll steady at 22. That’s after an additional death reported yesterday and five new cases reported then as well. But, no changes today…so no change in any of the county by county data, but the numbers are in today’s script online if you are interested. [Otsego confirmed case count is at 103 with 10 deaths. Emmet is at 21 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 38 cases with six deaths. Charlevoix has 18 cases including one from the island, and two deaths. Kalkaska has 19 confirmed cases two deaths. Antrim 15 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 12, no deaths. And Benzie is at five cases and no deaths.] Up in the U-P, they are steady at 138 confirmed cases after adding five yesterday. The majority of cases are in Marquette County, which has 63. Meantime, Ontonagon County remains the only county in the state with no cases. Death toll in the UP is steady at 16.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Quiet on the meeting front this week except for a B-I-E-S-A meeting on tomorrow at 2. That’ll be at Peaine Township Hall. And, the Joint Telecommunications Committee has posted a meeting for Thursday as well so the group can attend a webinar being put on by Merit, which provides internet services to Michigan universities, colleges and schools including B-I-C-S. That’s at 1 on Thursday. Information on participating on both meetings will be in the calendar as soon as we have it.
Pickleball is busy again this week. 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. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in Ray and Ann’s Hangout. That’s at 10:30 on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Tomorrow, Paradise Bay Coffee Shop opens up for their summer run, and the Farmer’s Market will be back out there for the Summer. That’s Thursday from 9 to 11 through Labor Day. Paradise Bay is open for dining outside only.
Also on Saturday, the Health Center Wellness Garden volunteer team has a Garden Sale set. That’ll be from 11 to 2. Plants, garden decor and gardening tools will be for sale and knowledgeable gardeners will be available to answer your questions. All proceeds will be used to enhance and further develop the wellness garden which is funded solely by donations. Prevention rules will be followed—social distancing and so on—but this will be a great opportunity to come out and see the beautiful Wellness Garden and hear from the experts who keep it that way about how they do it—al while raising some money for the garden and getting some plants for your place.
And, if you are looking for something to do online, why not check out the BIC Center/WVBI 2020 Gala Auction. It’s all online this year with all sorts of great items up for bid. Beautiful art, fishing charters, lodging, supplies and more are all available for bid, plus auction organizers Lita Popke and Ron Wojan say there are more items to come. Auction is set to end August 5thj, but there are buy it now options if you want something now. Check it out at auction dot BIC center dot org. Or just go to the BIC Center or WVBI websites and click on Auction in the menu at that top. As you browse the vast selection, remember this: thanks to our auction donors who have donated every item up for auction, everything you pay for your item 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 A 30 percent chance of showers before 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Tonight Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday Sunny, with a high near 75. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Southwest wind around 5 mph. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Friday Night Showers, mainly between 8pm and 2am. Low around 57. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Saturday A 30 percent chance of showers before 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Sunday Sunny, with a high near 81. Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 57. Monday Sunny, with a high near 84. Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 84.
Out on the big drink…
Today WNW wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft. Thursday WSW wind around 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves around 1 ft. Friday SW wind around 10 kt. A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Waves around 1 ft.
Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or outbound to either airport. Beltway running smoothly. Bridges clear. Turtles especially busy today in the wet, which has the roads slick. So, let’s be careful out there. Especially in the fawn and turtle crossing zones
BIRTHDAYS: None on our list today, but, if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1374, dancing in the streets causes alarm in Germany. In the German town of Aix-la-Chapelle, people begin jumping, twirling, twitching, and hallucinating, all of it seemingly out of their control to stop, and some “dance” until they drop. The so-called “dancing plague” will spread to other cities and later be blamed on mass hysteria or bacterial infections. (
WORD OF THE DAY: gourmand (noun) [GOOR-mahnd][gore-mond], which means: one who is excessively fond of eating and drinking; one who is heartily interested in good food and drink; one who has lived through COVID-19. “What God has plagu’d us with this gourmaund guest?” As this exasperated question from Alexander Pope’s 18th-century translation of Homer’s Odyssey suggests, being a gourmand is not always a good thing. When gourmand began appearing in English texts in the 15th century, it was a decidedly bad thing, a synonym of glutton that was reserved for a greedy eater who consumed well past satiation. That negative connotation mostly remained until English speakers borrowed the similar-sounding (and much more positive) gourmet from French in the 19th century. Since then, the meaning of gourmand has softened so that although it still isn’t wholly flattering, it now suggests someone who likes good food in large quantities rather than a slobbering glutton. (from Merriam Webster)
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Peter Marshall: “When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” On a lighter note: Why can’t you trust a softball pitcher? They’re underhanded.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, June 24th, 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.