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Community Calendar for Wednesday, March 16th, 2022

From our Langford Family studios on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday, March 16th, 2022.

First some news …


The cause of Monday’s island-wide communications outage still has no official explanation from T-D-S or  Verizon—the providers who were down. The Internet was out from shortly after 10:00 until almost 6:00 Monday evening.  9-1-1 service and long-distance calling were down—and mobile users with service from Verizon had no data or voice service. A-T and T voice and data service along with local calling remained available for the most part, but there were sporadic reports that they failed as well. Service at school continued because it uses a sperate link to the mainland operated in cooperation with C-M-U.  B-I-A president Dick Mulvihill commented “…that the outage illustrates, yet again, the need for the island to take charge of its communications destiny.” The N-T-I-A grant application filed by the townships to head in that direction was recently turned down, but the Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee, which organized that application and which I chair, is looking at additional grant opportunities arising out of the infrastructure bill passed last fall. The award of those grants is projected to be two years out.  So, it may be that the island will need to pursue a locally funded solution to the problem. Discussion of that—along with pursuing grants on a parallel basis—is on the agenda for J-Tack’s Thursday meeting. 


Fire has completely destroyed a Mackinaw Island cottage. The fire was noticed early Tuesday morning by a security guard at the Grand Hotel. When firefighters arrived on the scene, the two-story home was fully engulfed in flames. No foul play is suspected.


Once again, Nothing new on the COVID-19 data front from the Health Center. There are no known active cases on the island. State data released on Monday showed continued good trends. Seven-day running average for new cases is now at 703.  For deaths, it is 44 including reclassified deaths. In our region, there were 46 new cases and no deaths. Charlevoix County had one new case.  Hospital occupancy rates, including for COVID-19, continue to look good.  But, locally, both Munson in Charlevoix and McLaren in Petoskey added a patient to their rolls. Charlevoix now has one COVID-19 patient and Petoskey six, with one in the I-C-U.


The state health department has updated its guidance on dealing with positive COVID-19 tests. Among other things, the guidance now calls for five days of isolation for those testing positive. More details are in today’s script online.


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If you were thinking that the thaw that’s started means it’s time to put away the snow shovel—not so fast–maybe.  M-Live forecasters say we may get another dose of snow late Friday into Saturday—and this time at least one model says the island will be in the path of the center of the storm.  But, right now they say it will only amount to an inch or so. Still, don’t put your shovel away as that will likely cause the accumulation to grow. There’s a map in today’s script that shows the projections.


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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: St. James Public Works Committee meets today, Wednesday, at 11:00 at their township hall. Thursday, the Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets at 4:30 at the BIC Center. Library Board meets at 5:00 at the library. Meeting details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Wednesday, Nothing but Needles is on at the Peaine Township Hall. That event for crafters starts at 9:00. Also, it’s C-O-A’s Chair Yoga at 10:30. Wednesday afternoon Thelma’s Cookie Decorating Class is on at the BIC Center. Start time is 3:00 p.m. Kids are welcome. You need to RSVP in advance. Details on how to do that are in the calendar. Wednesday evening it’s Time for Art at the BIC Center with Cindy Ricksgers. Start time is 5:00. This week is an open studio week, so bring along your own project.


Thursday, Tai-Chi is at 9:30 and Pickleball at 10 both here at the BIC Center.  Tai-Chi in the Hangout and Pickleball in the Theater. Games Galore is on up in the Hangout from 1:00 to 4:00 and stick around for with Heidi Vigil’s ComminiTea Time from 3:00 to 4:00—also in the Hangout. Also at the BIC Center Thursday afternoon starting at 3:00 we’ll be celebrating the great day with rotating presentations of Corey Adkins documentaries on the history of the island as well as Moondance Film’s Home on the Island that tells the story of the island’s connection Arranmore Island in Ireland. Thursday evening, you can play Euchre Thursday evening over at the Whiskey Point Brewing Company.  Cards hit the table at 7:00.


Friday, Pickleball is on—in the Theater at the BIC Center at 10:00. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in the Hangout at 10:30 and at noon it’s C-O-A’s winter BINGO game also here at the BIC Center.


Saturday, starting at noon the BIC Center will offer continuous screening of Corey Adkins documentaries on the island as well as Home on the island—all as part of St, Patrick’s Day celebrations on the island.  Those include the traditional games starting around 1:00 out in front of the Shamrock, live music at the Shamrock and Beachcomber Saturday evening and a live recording of W-V-B-I’s Saint Patrick’s Day on the Island special with recording at the Shamrock, including coverage of the Games.


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


Monday, Chair Yoga is on up ion the Hangout.  Start time is 10:00.


Tuesday, Tai Chi is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Pickleball is on at 10:00 in the Theater. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout.


BIRTHDAYS:  Chloe Timsak, Cody Middleton, and Joe Callion are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Chloe, Cody and Joe and, if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  None, nadda, zip. But the island beltway is a skating rink as are many of the sidewalks in town…and the upcoming thaw is going to turn them into a slosh pit. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1926 the Space Age edges closer when scientist Robert Goddard sends a rocket propelled by gasoline and liquid oxygen 41 feet in the air for 2.5 seconds at his Aunt Effie’s farm in Auburn, Massachusetts. It’s the first succesful test of a liquid fueled rocket.  Its successors will take men to the moon, probes to Mars and now take off and land again on ocean barges. (

WORD OF THE DAY: intersperse (verb) [in-ter-SPERSS], which means “to place or insert something at intervals in or among other things.” Intersperse comes from Latin interspersus, a combination of the prefix inter- (“between or among”) and sparsus, the past participle of spargere, meaning “to scatter.” Sparsus is also the source of sparse.


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

Here’s a thought for the day from rocket-man Robert Goddard:  “It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”


On a lighter note: How do you send soda pop to an astronaut? With a bottle rocket. What do you call a leprechaun prank?  A Saint Pat trick.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, March 16th, 2022. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day– and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening. 



Partly sunny, with a high near 45. South wind 5 to 10 mph.


A 20 percent chance of showers after 2am. Areas of fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Southwest wind around 10 mph.


A 10 percent chance of showers before 8am. Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. West wind around 5 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

A 40 percent chance of snow before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.


A chance of snow between 8am and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.


Partly sunny, with a high near 38.

Monday Night

A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.


A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.