News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, March 25th, 2020.
First, some news…
Some more changes in daily routines for islanders. Island Energies—the Gas Station at the Four Corners is moving to curb-side service only until further notice. Orders can be placed via phone at 448-2007 or email at<>. They ask that you include a phone number in all emailed orders. Fuel sales will be pre-pay only.Hours will remain 10-4 Monday-Saturday, but the station will be closed on Sundays until further notice.
Those procedures mirror those in effect at McDonough’s Market, Dalwhinnie’s and the Shamrock. Call ahead with your order and pick it up at the curb. The Hardware will do the same for you.
Still no reported COVID-19 cases on the island, but the number state-wide is really climbing quickly. The total number of cases now stand at 1,791, up from 1,328 on Monday. There have been 24 deaths. In Northern Michigan, there are now three confirmed cases in Charlevoix and Grand Traverse Counties, two in Emmet, one each in Leelanau and Kalkaska and 5 over in Otsego. Only deaths in Michigan appear to be down-state.
Remember that the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority is asking that anyone arriving on the island from the mainland self-quarantine for 14 days. That includes folks on the island who make trips to the mainland.
If you need delivery service at home, Charlevoix County Transit can help. They’ve eliminated fares and are providing delivery service. To arrange for delivery groceries, meals, medicine and other necessities, please call their dispatch desk at 231.582.6900. The C-O-A can help seniors with that, too. Call Kathy Ehinger at 448-2124 or after hours on her cell phone at 231-620-5199.
A reminder that the Health Center has established protocols for responding for patients that may have the virus. There is a separate screening room and a separate entrance will be used. If you need to visit the Health Center, you should call ahead at 2275 before coming in and follow their directions.
Be on the look-out for scam COVID-19 calls and offers. Best thing to do with a call is just hang-up. The scams run the normal gambit of nonsense, but a new one is the sale of COVI-19 protection patches. The attorney general is investigating a Rockford firm for that. Meantime, Ford and GM are gearing up to produce ventilators and other needed supplies.
What can you do? If you have personal protective equipment stashed at home, the Governor says health care providers could use what you can spare. Of course, stay home if possible. Practice social distancing—stay at least 6 feet away from others. Carry hand sanitizer with you and disinfecting wipes. Clean frequently sed services—frequently. Keep calm—and again, stay home if you can.
Looking for the latest on island info for COVID-19 response? Check the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page for details. You can find that by going to W-V-B-I dot net and scrolling down a little. There’s a button for it right there. You’ll find official information from the townships, our latest COVI-19 news and updates as well as state and federal news and resources.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island… Nothing local today, but the Michigan Sea Grant has announced a series of video presentations for the week that might be interesting to attend from the safety of your house. The third one is today at 10:30. It’s called One Fish, Two Fish, Make a Dish, Let’s Eat Fish. They have a presentation planned at the same time every day this week. Check the calendar for details on the topics and information on how to sign up and sign in. Do you have suggestions for other online events to attend that would be of interest to islanders? Let us know and we’ll add them to the calendar and pass them along.
You can find information on events planned for the summer on our Discover Beaver Island Summer calendar. Just point your browser at summer dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 40. Light southeast wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Tonight Increasing clouds, with a low around 32. East wind around 10 mph becoming south after midnight. Wednesday A slight chance of rain and snow before 10am, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Wednesday Night Rain before 5am, then rain and snow. Low around 33. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Thursday Rain and snow, mainly before 10am. High near 39. North wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Thursday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Friday Night A chance of rain and snow between 2am and 4am, then a chance of snow after 4am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. Saturday Snow likely before 9am, then rain and snow likely between 9am and 11am, then rain likely after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. Saturday Night A chance of rain before 10pm, then a chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Sunday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.
TRAFFIC: None. Nada. Zip. Critter count: 15 deer on or along Sloptown road and a turkey hanging out at the edge of town. Roads are going to get messy today as the temperature warms up. So, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Kathy Tidmore is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Kathy and, if you we missed you on the list today, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1807 British Empire ends its slave trade. Championed by religious groups and slavery abolitionist William Wilberforce, the Slave Trade Act becomes law in Great Britain and its colonies, ending the trading of slaves throughout the empire. It will be another 26 years before slavery itself will be abolished in the United Kingdom.
WORD OF THE DAY gibe; verb; (JYBE); that’s g-i-b-e, which means to utter taunting words; to deride of tease with taunting words. Confused about jibe with a “j” and gibe with a “g”? The distinction actually isn’t as clear-cut as some commentators would like it to be. Jibe is used both for the verb meaning “to be in accord” or “agree” (as in “the results do not jibe with those from other studies”) and for the nautical verb and noun referring to the act of shifting a sail from one side to the other (“jibe the mainsail,” “a risky jibe in heavy seas”). Gibe is used as a verb and noun for derisive teasing or taunting. But jibe is also a recognized variant of gibe, so it too has teasing or taunting uses. Gibe has been used occasionally as a variant of jibe, but the use is not common enough to warrant dictionary entry, and is widely considered an error. (
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Lucille Ball—that’s right, Lucy: “I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can do.” On a lighter note: Engineers are very close to releasing an artificially intelligent dog. But it keeps barking up the wrong decision tree.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, March 25th, 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.