News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

Reports are in on the weekend’s Warbler’s on the Water birding event—and it was a resounding success.  All of the birding excursions were fully booked and there were near full house audiences for the BIC Center presentations. Lots of folks contributed to the success.  Bob Sramek donated breakfast on Saturday. Island Airways and the Beaver Island Boat Company provided transportation for the presenters. The school and Burton’s Rentals provided transport vans for the excursions.  And, of course, the island’s intrepid Pam Grassmick organized the whole affair—in the midst of a pandemic.

 

The success of Warblers isn’t the only good news.  The state’s COVID-19 reports from yesterday are also bursting with good news across the board. They cover three days and show an average of just 287 new cases a day and four new deaths a day—again, statewide. That brings the seven day running averages to 572 new cases and 32 deaths a day. In our region there were four total new cases over the three-day period and no deaths. Charlevoix County had no new cases. Averages for our region are now 11 new cases a day and one death.

 

On the island, no new tests, no new positives and no tests pending.

 

Safe start dashboard has new case counts headed down state-wide, in our zone and in Charlevoix County. Positive test rates headed down, too. Current state rate is 4.7%. It’s 4.2% in the Traverse City zone.  And in Charlevoix County, we are at 2.4%, below the C-D-C’s 3% target. Active case counts are down again—by about  9,000 statewide over the holiday weekend, 256 in the T-V-C zone and 111 in our region, where we have 656 active cases.

 

And, finally, hospitalization utilization rates look good across the board.  Perhaps it’s a dip from the holiday weekend in overall utilization—but the numbers are good. Overall statewide utilization is at 74% and it’s 73.4% for I-C-Us.  COVID-19 utilization data has COVID-19 patients in 5.4% of beds statewide. For the I-C-U, the rate is 10.8%–those numbers steady from the last report but down over the longer term.  Numbers look good in our region, too with overall utilization at 74.7%.  It’s 74.3% for the I-C-U. Locally, Munson in Charlevoix continues with no COVID-19 patients. McLaren in Petoskey has six. That includes 3 patients in their I-C-U.

 

Remember, if you aren’t vaccinated, you need to continue wearing a mask for now while inside at public spaces. You can ditch the mask once you are fully vaccinated—and lucky for you the Health Center has COVID-19 vaccinations available. Just call 2275 to set up your appointment.  And, remember that masks are still required on the ferry and planes—and at school.

 

Complete data for our region plus summaries for the state, the T-C safe start zone and the U-P are in today’s script online.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

888581

19176

862

13

Region

15167

279

16

0

TVC Zone

26500

562

26

0

UP

19988

431

11

0

Includes 3 days of data.

 

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

572

32

 

Region

11

1

 

TVC Zone

17

1

 

UP

13

0

Note: Look back 6 days divided by 7 to adj. for no Sunday data.

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1299

23

4

0

Benzie

1058

34

1

0

Charlevoix

1291

21

0

0

Emmet

1904

41

0

0

Grand Traverse

5632

83

8

0

Kalkaska

1043

23

1

0

Leelanau

1021

18

1

0

Otsego

1919

36

1

0

Link to data.

Δ Active

 

 

Active

 

 

-9051

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

41154

 

 

-111

Region

656

 

 

-256

TVC Zone

1264

 

 

-108

UP

812

Note: Look back now 26 days to adjust for 4 Sundays with no data.

 

Data from June 1, 2021

Up on Mackinaw this week end, fire ripped through the upper level of a 120 year old home causing more than a million dollars in damage. The cause was a chimney fire.  Whe’s the last time your chimney was swept?  The owners say they will rebuild.

 

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week. St. James township board meets Wednesday at 5:30. B-I-C-S committee of the whole meets tomorrow afternoon at 4:30. Meeting details and info on remote attendance are in the calendar entries online.

 

Pickleball is on today from 1 to 3, outside. They play Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays—practice Tuesdays and Thursdays. The pickle ball crew is working to raise money to build dedicated outdoor courts at the Peaine Township park. There’s a link to their GoFundMe page in today’s script online. https://gofund.me/079aea65

 

Today, the Episcopal Mission is offering prayer and fellowship at 9 and then an open house reception at 5:30. Also this evening the Historical Society is offering a program on Dendro-archaeology—the study of tree ring data.  They’ll be looking at an analysis of samples from the timbers in the Print Shop museum log walls—among other things.  It’s in person—that’s right, in person at the Print Shop museum in their spectacular new space at 7. Admission is free. You need a mask only if you aren’t fully vaccinated.

 

Resale Shop is open tomorrow noon to four.  They’re open the same hours Friday and Saturday, too. Games Galore is on tomorrow at the BIC Center in the hangout from 1 to 4.  Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is from 10:30 to 11:30 at the BIC Center—that’s also up in the hang out. BIC Center hours are 9 to 4 weekdays. Noon to 9 on Saturday and noon to 4 on Sunday.

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is Tom & Jerry, the movie.  Cartoon hilarity ensues as Tom is hired to root Jerry out of his digs at a fancy New York hotel.  It’s a neat mix of live action and classic cartoon animation.  It’s rated PG, so great for the whole family.  At 7:00 p.m., its Anthony Hopkins in The Father.  A story of aging that’s won critical acclaim across the board and an Oscar for best actor for Hopkins. It’s PG-13. Concession stand will be open.  Trailers are on the BIC Center website at bic center dot org.

 

Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church at the Episcopal Mission.  Times and more details are in the calendar.

 

The health Center is looking for an additional board member. No medical background is required, but members who can bring some experience or expertise that will strengthen center operations are sought. Letters of interest are due by Midnight June 7.

 

If you are looking for summer activities for the kids, the library is planning a Tails and Trails program for this summer. There will be packets of reading materials, crafts, fun activities and more you can pick up. There are 6 themes with new packets of materials every two weeks on a new theme. Technically, yesterday was the last day to sign up to  participate, but W-V-B-I’s crack investigative team has learned you might have a day or two more. Sign the kids up now with a call to the library on 2701.

 

B-I-C-S robotics team bIrobot has a cybersecurity camp planned for this summer.  It’ll be run June 21 to 25th. Check the bIrobot website for details at B-I robot dot org.  Apparently, the sign up info wasn’t actually available there until this weekend—but it is now, so if you tried earlier and couldn’t find it, try again.  It’s right on the front page now.

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.

Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. South wind around 5 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 50. Southeast wind around 5 mph.

Thursday

A slight chance of showers between 2pm and 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Thursday Night

A chance of showers between 8pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 75. Breezy.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 55.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Thursday

SSW wind around 10 kt. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Waves 1 ft or less.

Friday

WSW wind 5 to 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves around 1 ft.

Water Temperatures: Little Traverse Bay buoy is reading 52 this morning. Up at White Shoal its 52.  53 at Mackinac.  Still too cold for the Midlake and Sleeping Bear buoys…they are still hibernating…and too cold for you, too, if you fall in while out there. Remember, dress for the water, not the weather.  And, if you are using the Water Trail, remember that you can file a float plan at the BIC Center and get a loaner EPIRB emergency beacon to take along on the trip.

Fire Danger Level:  …is high, even with the rain we’ve gotten…so let’s be careful. Save that brush burning for later and watch your grill.

TRAFFIC:  Not much, but dust is still an issue on the roads except for East Side drive—where the road crews got down some dust suppressant.  Summer has begun for traffic and there more cars, bikers and walkers all around. [Right now, no delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Island Beltway running smoothly with caution delays at the south end where the road has emerged from the lake. Bridges are clear. Roads pretty much smooth as a Beaver’s bottom.] So, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Nathan Martin, Maureen Cull, James Donaldson, Levi Donaldson and Nathan Walker are all celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Maureen, Nathan, James, Levi, Nathan, 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.

ON THIS DAY in 1919, Anarchist bombs explode in eight US cities. Operatives of Italian anarchist Luigi Galleani detonate package bombs in eight cities, causing property destruction and two deaths. Future US president and his wife, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, narrowly escape a blast, having walked by a package moments before it detonated.  (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: colleague (noun) [KAH-leeg], which means: an associate or coworker typically in a profession or in a civil or ecclesiastical office and often of similar rank or status : a fellow worker or professional. Which of the following words come from the same source as colleague: college, legacy, collaborate, allegation, collar, relegate, delegate? It might be easier to guess if you know that the ancestor in question is legare, a Latin verb meaning “to choose or send as a deputy or emissary” or “to bequeath.” It turns our all of the words in that list except collaborate (which comes from the Latin collaborare, meaning “to labor together”) and collar (from collum, collus, Latin for “neck”) are descendants of legare.

(Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Wednesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from anarchist bombing survivor Franklin Roosevelt: “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.”

 

On a lighter note: Why shouldn’t you let an eagle drive your car?  They’ll tear down the road and then screech to a halt.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening. 

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