News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday, June 9th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

M-Live has a report out this morning about the presence of so-called forever chemicals in rains around the Great Lakes basin. They say it is literally raining P-FAS.  It’s in the snow, too. Rainwater collected in Cleveland in April showed 1,000 parts per trillion of P-FAS, among other things.  Scientists say the data is preliminary, but it is of concern because is shows that P-FAS and other forever-chemicals are showing up everywhere in the environment. The reported levels are very low, but right now the levels at which P-FAS becomes harmful are not well understood.  There’s a link to the full M-Live story in today’s script.

 

President Biden’s proposed budget includes funds to deal with drinking water issues, which some say are desperately needed in Michigan. Michigan News Connection’s Lily Bohlke has more.

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1:02 Outcue…I’m Lily Bohlke, reporting.

Yesterday’s COVID-19 data had more good news. There  were 293 new cases and 19 new deaths across the state—along with 37 reclassified deaths in the report.  That brings the seven day running averages to 354 new cases and 37 deaths a day (including the reclassifications). In our eight-county region there were six new cases and no new deaths. Charlevoix County had no new cases. Averages for our region are now six new cases a day and one death.

 

On the island, no new tests, no new positives and no tests pending. Last positive was May 14th.

 

Safe start dashboard has new case counts headed down state-wide, in our zone and in Charlevoix County. Positive test rates headed down, too, and are now under the C-D-C target of 3% across the board. Current state rate is 2.7%. It’s 2.3% in the Traverse City zone.  And in Charlevoix County, we are down to 2.6%. Active case counts are down—by about  2,400 statewide, 96 in the T-V-C zone, and down 53 in our region, where we have 467 active cases.

 

Hospitalization utilization rates continue to pretty much unchanged—after a normal weekend dip—and the COVID-19 share of patients is down a bit again after a few flat days.  Statewide, it’s now 3.3% for all beds and 7.1% for I-C-U beds statewide. Locally, Munson in Charlevoix continues with no COVID-19 patients. McLaren in Petoskey now has four, that’s up one. That includes two patients in their I-C-U, that count also up by one.

 

Missing your COVID-19 vaccine? They are available at the Health Center. Just call 2275 to set up your appointment.  Also, 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

891057

19432

293

56

Region

15211

283

6

0

TVC Zone

26563

571

7

1

UP

20031

436

6

1

37 deaths are reclassified. Over the weekend there were 19 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

354

37

 

Region

6

1

 

TVC Zone

9

1

 

UP

6

1

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

0

0

Benzie

1062

35

1

0

Charlevoix

1299

21

0

0

Emmet

1911

42

0

0

Grand Traverse

5648

84

2

0

Kalkaska

1048

23

2

0

Leelanau

1023

19

1

0

Otsego

1921

36

0

0

Link to data.

Δ Active

 

 

Active

 

 

-2465

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

30249

 

 

-53

Region

467

 

 

-96

TVC Zone

888

 

 

-52

UP

581

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

 

Data from June 8, 2021

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week: They are all done.  We’ll have next week’s planner on Friday.

 

Pickleball is on today from 1 to 3, outside. They play Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays—practice Tuesdays and Thursdays. [They are working to build outdoor courts at the Peaine Township park—along with a Bocci Ball court. You can support that at their GoFundMe page.  A link is in today’s script online. https://gofund.me/079aea65]

 

Also today, the Episcopal Mission has an open house at 5:30 this evening. Then you can head over to the Gregg Fellowship Center for BINGO.  Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games start at 7.

 

Thursday morning you’ll have a chance to see a partial solar eclipse—just as the sun is coming up.  More about that in today’s Storyteller’s Night Sky with Mary Stewart Adams—listen today on the air today after our news at 3 and 6, or head to our website for the podcast.  There’s also info in the Beaver Island Dark Sky Sanctuary entry for the event in our online calendar—including a handy animation that shows you where and when to look.  And remember, you need eye protection to take in the view safely.  Finally, there’s a spectacular shot of a full annular eclipse on the Bing homepage today.  We shipped a copy and dropped it today’s script online, too.

 

 

Also Thursday, Games Galore is on up in the Hangout from 1 to 4. Resale Shop is open Thursday from noon to four.  They’re open the same hours Friday and Saturday, too. Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program from 10:30 to 11:30 in the hangout.

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is Sully. It’s the store of the pilots, crew and passengers on a plane forced to ditch in the Hudson River in New York City after a bird strike disable both of its engines. Stars Tom Hanks and rated PG-13. You may have seen this, but it is a great film worth seeing again. At 7 it’s a new release starring Jodie Foster.  The Mauritanian is the story og a War on Terror Gitmop prisoner—based on a true story.  It doesn’t play out as you might expect Rated R. 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.

 

If you are looking for summer activities for the kids, her are a couple:

 

B-I-C-S robotics team bIrobot has a cybersecurity camp planned for this summer.  It’ll be run June 21 to 25th. Got to  the bIrobot website for details and to sign up. Its at B-I robot dot org.  And, Vacation Bible School is on this summer June 29 to July 1st. Sign up information and details are in the calendar entry online. 

 

And, if you are looking for entertainment for the summer, the BIC Center has a full summer season planned for you—kicking off with Dave Bennett on Saturday, June 26 and wrapping up with Claudia Schmidt on Labor day.  Along the way there are a pair of plays from CMU…Baroque on Beaver gala concerts, and the R-F-D boys.  Tickets for all of these events are available now at the BIC Center frobt desk and, new this year, online on the BIC Center website.  Just go to bic center dot org and click on tickets in the menui—or just go straight to tickets dot bic center dot org. You can pick up your tickets for the whole summer plus grab raffle tickets for the boat fundraiser and a W-V-B-I cap or sticker all in one transaction. Pretty handy.

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

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 86. East wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. East wind 5 to 15 mph.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 3am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. East wind around 5 mph becoming south after midnight.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of showers before 9am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the afternoon.

Friday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers after 3am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Sunday

A chance of showers before 9am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Monday

Sunny, with a high near 76.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 53.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 76.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

NE wind 5 to 15 kt. Patchy fog before 9am. Waves 1 ft or less.

Tonight

ESE wind around 10 kt. Mostly clear. Waves 1 ft or less.

Thursday

E wind 5 to 10 kt becoming NNE in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Thursday Night

ENE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming S after midnight. Partly cloudy. Waves 1 ft or less.

Friday

SSW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming NNE in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Water Temperatures: Little Traverse Bay buoy is reading 57 this morning. Up at White Shoal its 60.  57 at Mackinac.  Temps are warming quickly, but the water is still cold—especially offshore. 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:  …still at very high. No uncovered outdoor fires. No fireworks, Use your covered grill with extreme care.

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Dust is still an issue on West Side Drive south of the airport. Otherwise, Island Beltway running smoothly. Bridges are clear. Newly dropped fawns all over the place though. So, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Jake Drost is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Jake and, 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 1954, has the red-scare ringleader ‘no sense of decency’? Wisconsin Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy’s relentless vendetta against supposed communist infiltration in the government and show biz enters a new stage of absurdity at hearings targeting the US Army. McCarthy’s groundless insinuations incite Joseph Welch, an Army lawyer, to utter his famous reproach. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: enjoin (verb) [in-JOIN], which means: to direct or impose by authoritative order or with urgent admonition; forbid, prohibit; to prohibit by a judicial order : put an injunction on.Enjoin has the Latin verb jungere, meaning “to join,” at its root, but the kind of joining expressed by enjoin is quite particular: it is about linking someone to an action or activity by either requiring or prohibiting it. When it’s the former at hand—that is, when enjoin is used to mean “to direct or impose by authoritative order or with urgent admonition”—the preposition to is typically employed, as in “they enjoined us to secrecy.” When prohibition is involved, from is common, as in “signs enjoin attendees from photographing the event.” In legal contexts, enjoining involves prohibition by judicial order, through means of an injunction, as in “the judge enjoined them from selling the contract.” (Merriam-Webster)

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

Here’s a thought for the day from former general and President Dwight D. Eisenhower—speaking of Senator McCarthy: “I will not get into a pissing contest with that skunk.”

 

On a lighter note: How many soccer players does it take to change a light bulb? We’re not sure, but it would be a lot less if they could use their hands.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, June 9th, 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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