News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, May 20th, 2020.
First, some news…
Governor Whitmer notched another victory in court yesterday when a Court of Claims judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction based on constitutional challenges to the statutes she has used to issue her executive orders. Judge Michael Kelly ruled that the plaintiffs in the case—Michigan United for Liberty—had not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits or irreparable harm—both of which must be shown for preliminary relief. The ruling doesn’t resolve the case and did not address the question of whether the Governor has exceeded her authority under the statutes—an issue that was much discussed a preliminary injunction hearing on a separate Court of Claims case brought by the legislature. A ruling on that injunction request, which also relied on a constitutional challenge, is expected shortly.
Meantime, many up north businesses allowed to open on Friday under one of the Governor’s most recent orders are scrambling to make opening plans. No word yet from island restaurants on whether and when they will return to dining in. Whisky Point Brewery is looking at plans to reopen the tap room, but owner Patrick McGinnity says it likely won’t be this Friday. Full disclosure: your announcer is one of the owners of the brewery. Hopefully, we’ll have more to report on this tomorrow.
With Memorial Day weekend approaching, McDonough’s Market plans to return to limited in store shopping tomorrow and Holy Cross is planning to bring congregants back in person to Mass this weekend. Services are planned for outside if possible. If not, they’ll be inside with the number of folks limited. So it is a slow march back to normal—with capacities limited and vacation rentals still banned.
Numbers reported by state officials yesterday showed a jump in deaths day over day with 102 new deaths reported—pushing the state total for COVID-19 deaths past 5,000 to 5,017. However, 43 of the deaths reported yesterday didn’t occur in the preceding 24 hours. The s even-day moving average for deaths is 49 — down from the 71-death per day average last week. 35 new cases were reported bring the confirmed COVID-19 case count to 52,350.
On the island, still no confirmed cases and no change on the testing front. Still waiting on results for five tests. 38 tests for COVID-19 have been run at the Health Center. 33 are back as negative.
In the region, the confirmed case count inched up one to 200. Death toll is stable at 20. County by county, Otsego has 99 cases and 10 deaths. Emmet 21 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 23 cases with five deaths. Charlevoix still at 14 with one death, Kalkaska stable at 17 with two deaths, Antrim has 11 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau up one case to 11, no deaths. And Benzie is at four cases and no deaths. Up in the U-P, they are up one case, too, to at 102 confirmed cases. Death toll is stable at 15.
A few reminders. Island fire and E-M-S personnel want you to practice situational awareness. Don’t do things that put you at risk. Stay safe.
Governor’s orders now require you to wear face masks when in enclosed public spaces. Need a mask? Check with the Health Center. Probably makes sense to get in the habit of having one with you.
Keep up to date with the march back with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Just go to W-V-B-I dot net and click on COVID-19 Info in the menu at the top.
Here’s what’s happening on your island…
St. James Public Works Committee is meeting this morning at 11.
B-I-A has a board meeting planned for 3:30 today. And, the Joint Telecommunications Committee is meeting at 5. Both meetings by Zoom with details in the calendar entries. Full disclosure: I serve on both committees.
Library Board has a meeting set for Thursday morning at 9. Historical Society Board is meeting Thursday evening at 7. Next Monday, St. James Finance Committee is meeting at 1 and next Thursday has an entry for a B-I-E-S-A meeting at 2.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Sunny, with a high near 67. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Tonight Clear, with a low around 42. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday Sunny, with a high near 64. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 45. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast after midnight. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon. Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Saturday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. Saturday Night A chance of showers between 8pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Sunday Night A chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. Memorial Day A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. Monday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Tuesday A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.
TRAFFIC: None. Roads are in good shape thanks to hard work by the county road crews, But let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Paul Niehaus celebrated 90 trips around the sun on Monday. Word is he yelled yeehaw as he went past the starting line. Today, Derrick Burris, Cathy Graham, and Bob Tidmore are celebrating. Happy birthday to each and every one of them. And, if we missed you, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1993, ‘Cheers’ closes up after 11 seasons. The fictional bar ‘where everybody knows your name’ has its last call on TV, with an estimated 90 million viewers tuning in to make it one of the most-watched finales. The show had nearly been canceled for low ratings during its first season before becoming a mainstay of NBC’s Thursday-night lineup. Meantime, our island bars where everyone knows your name hope to re-open soon. Also on this date in 1873, Levi and Davis are granted a patent for pants. German immigrant Levi Strauss and Russian immigrant Jacob Davis, receive a patent on Davis’ invention, a new and improved work pant made from denim jean fabric and reinforced by copper rivets. (
WORD OF THE DAY neoteric (adjective) [nee-uh-TAIR-ik] which means: recent in origin : modern. An odd thing about neoteric is that this word for things that are modern and new is itself rather old. It’s been part of English since at least 1596, and its roots go back even further—to ancient Greek. We adapted the word from Late Latin neōtericus, which also means “recent.” Neōtericus in turn comes from Late Greek neōterikós and ultimately from Greek néos, meaning “new” or “young.” As old as its roots are, however, neoteric itself entered English later than its synonyms modern (which appeared earlier in the 16th century) and newfangled (which has been with us since the 15th century). (from Merriam Webster)
Now, to wrap up for this neoteric Beaver Island Wednesday…
Here’s a thought for the day from author Toni Morrison: “If you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down.” On a lighter note: Why did the pillow cross the road? To collect the chicken feathers.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, May 20th, 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.