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Community Calendar for Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday, May 15th, 2019.
First some news…
Island responders were bust yesterday afternoon dealing with a vessel in distress out in Lake Michigan. Neil Boyle flying for Island Airways was the first to locate the pleasure craft, which appeared to be disabled. Boats went out from the island along with several Coast Guard vessels including the Mackinaw. No word of any injuries and it appears the boat was towed into Round Lake later last evening, so as Paul Welke said in a Face Book post about it all this morning, “Al’s well that ends well.”
Several safety notes. Paul observed that all the folks on the boat in trouble appeared to be wearing life vests, and apparently they were able to radio for help with a VHF radio. The D-N-R and Beaver Island E-MS remind you to always use your life vest and bring a V-H-F radio when goin gout on the Lake. A mobile phone isn’t going to do the job. Fortunately, it appears no one in this incident wound up in the water. That’s a good thing because its 36 degrees, and you wouldn’t last long without a survival suit or other appropriate gear.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island …
Today and every Wednesday, Talking Threads Quilt Guild meets Wednesday at 9:30. B-I Fit Hours today are 9 to 11 and 3:30 to 5 att B-I-C-S. If you want to bid on the Cisco, those bids are due today at 5.
Thursday, B-I Fit hours are 6:30 to 8:30. Pickle Ball is here at the BIC Center from 9:30 to 11:30. Library Board Meeting at 7 Thursday evening at the library.
Friday, B-I Fit from 9 to 11. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program here at the BIC Center from 10 to 11. Over at the health center there’s an eye clinic from 9 to 4. Call 2275 to sign up. Friday evening, the Wildlife club has a meeting on the calendar for 5:30 at the Peaine Township Hall.
Saturday, B-I Fits hours are 8:30 to 10:30 in the morning. Lego Club at the library at 1. Self Defense class at 5 at the Peaine Township Hall. Here at the BIC Center, two movies—a pair of really interesting documentaries: Showing at 4 it’s Muderball—the story of full contact rugby played by paraplegics in wheelchairs. It’s rated R. At 7, it’s Apollo 11—the story of our first trip to set foot on the moon. It’s rated G and, besides the great story of the mission, it includes all sorts of 70 mm film from the mission that you’ve probably never seen before. Concession stand will be open all day Saturday with treats both for the shows and you island adventures.
Sunday, services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church and the Lighthouse fellowship. Details are on the calendar.
You can find more information on all of these events and everything else that’s happening on the island at calendar dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Summer hours are coming to your BIC Center on May 20th. Opening times will be 9 to 9 Monday through Saturday, 9 to 5 on Sundays. And with that comes the need for additional staffing at the BIC Center. If you are interested, get your resume and a letter of interest to Nick De Laat by dropping by the BIC Center or sending it to the BIC Center at info dot org. And, don’t forget to put the 1st Annual Pickleball tournament on your calendar. It’s June 2nd. Sign up to play by May 26th.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of the good folks down at McDonough’s Market: Today A 20 percent chance of showers before 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Tonight A 10 percent chance of showers after 5am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 39. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday Showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 54. Southeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Thursday Night Showers likely before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. West wind around 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Northwest wind around 10 mph. Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Out on the Big Drink… Today WNW wind 5 to 10 kt. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Thursday SE wind 5 to 10 kt. Showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Waves 1 ft or less. Water temperature at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island is 36. 37 in Little Traverse Bay. Remember, dress for the water, not the weather if you are going out on the lake in a small craft. Fire Danger Level: Low
TRAFFIC: None. Nada. Zip. But, let’s be careful out there, especially in the school zone.
[[Now, time for a look at Phyllis’s posts for today..]] ON THIS DATE in 1928, A mouse named Mickey makes his debut. Screened before a test audience, a silent short animated film made by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks fails to find a movie distributor. But, the lead character of ‘Plane Crazy,’ Mickey Mouse, won’t be fated to obscurity however, as his second outing, ‘Steamboat Willie,’ makes a big splash and forms the foundation for The Walt Disney Companies. There’s a link to Plane Crazy in our script for today’s show on the WVBI website. Look under News:
DID YOU KNOW: The longest recorded flight of a chicken was 13 seconds.
WORD OF THE DAY: glitch[noun], which means a usually minor malfunction; also : an unexpected defect, fault, flaw, or imperfection, a minor problem that causes a temporary setback, a snag, sometimes, a false or spurious electronic signal. Turns out that there’s a glitch in the etymology of glitch—the origins of the word are not known for sure, though it may derive from the Yiddish glitsh, meaning “slippery place.” Glitch started showing up in print in English in the mid-20th century in reference to a brief unexpected surge of electrical current. The term was new enough in 1962 that the astronaut John Glenn, writing in the book Into Orbit, felt the need to explain the term to his readers: “Literally, a glitch is a spike or change in voltage in an electrical circuit which takes place when the circuit suddenly has a new load put on it.” Today, you don’t have to be an astronaut to be familiar with the word glitch, which can be used of any minor malfunction or snag.
Birthdays: No glitches on the birthday front. We’ve got lots of them. Darrell Butler, Jr., Ashley Runberg, Melvin LaPont, and Eileen Woolford-Ballard are all celebrating today. Happy birthday to all of them. And, if we missed you on our list—Happy Birthday to you too from all of us at W-V-B-I and Beaver Island Community Center.
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Walt Disney: “I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.”
On a lighter note…
Why do birds fly north for summer? Because it takes too long to drive.
SFX: Wah, wah, wah….
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, May 15th, 2019.
I’m Kevin Boyle at the pest free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of the Voice of Beaver Island wishing you a great day and asking you: why not make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.

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