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Community Calendar for Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

From America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, May 27th, 2020.
First, some news…
Governor Whitmer signed an order yesterday allowing more ready access to COVID-19 testing around the state. It allows those who have been working outside their home for 10 or more days, or have COVID-19 recognized symptoms, or have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, or who live in a group setting (like a nursing home) to get a test without first seeing a doctor. That’s been the practical approach on the island now for at least three weeks. The Health Center continues to make tests available to anyone who has the concerns identified in the Governor’s order.
Once again, no change this morning in data reported by the Health Center. 42 patients tested, 41 back as negative and that one positive. Regional data continue to look good as well, but with three additional cases. Total confirmed cases are up one to 205. Death toll remains stable at 20-no change in that since May 12th. County by county, Otsego confirmed case count is table at 100 and still 10 deaths. Emmet is stable at 21 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 23 cases with five deaths. Charlevoix up the one island case to 15 with one death, Kalkaska had the other reported addition, up one confirmed case to 19 with two deaths, Antrim is up one to 12 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 11, no deaths. And Benzie is at four cases and no deaths. Up in the U-P, they are up one to at 108 confirmed cases. Death toll is stable at 15.
Statewide, officials reported 223 new cases and 26 new deaths. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 55,104 and total deaths to 5,266. Seven-day averages continue to look good as well. Average new case level is at 393-the lowest since March 23rd. Average for deaths is 36, the lowest since March 29th. Meantime, Michigan has the second highest unemployment rate in the nation at 22.7%. Only Nevada is higher. That’s more than one million people out of work in Michigan-up by 800,000 people since February.
Heres’ what’s happening on your island. B-I-C-S will conduct a part of the annual awards ceremony virtually this evening on Zoom. Things get underway at 5. Among the awards to be handed out are Citizen of the Year and Student of the year. To avoid Zoom bombing we aren’t posting the link, but we will provide it if you send an email to<> and ask.
School also has a sports awards ceremony planned for June 2nd. That’ll be by Zoom as well. Graduation will be a multi-day affair with an in-car parade around the harbor on June 6th-the date originally planned for ceremonies here at the Community Center. An in person graduation is tentatively planned for June 20th at 1:00.
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 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.
For what’s happening on your island…check the WVBI/BIC Center Community Calendar at
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Partly sunny, with a high near 72. South wind around 10 mph. Tonight A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2am. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Thursday Rain. Patchy fog before 8am. High near 64. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Thursday Night A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 58. Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 43. Sunday Sunny, with a high near 59. Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 43. Monday A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Monday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Tuesday A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.
Out on the big drink…
Today SSW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming WSW in the afternoon. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Patchy dense fog. Waves 1 ft or less. Thursday Variable winds 5 kt or less. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 8am. Waves 1 ft or less. Friday WNW wind 10 to 15 kt. A chance of showers before 8am. Waves 1 ft or less.
TRAFFIC: Picking up a bit, but no delays. Lots more folks out walking and biking then has been the case-probably more due to the nice weather than anything else. So, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Our list is AWOL today, so if we missed you, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. We’ll catch up tomorrow.
ON THIS DAY in 1942, ‘Dorie’ Miller awarded Navy Cross. For heroics that saved the lives of many fellow USS West Virginia crewmen during the Pearl Harbor attack, Messman Third Class Doris ‘Dorie’ Miller is the first black service member to receive the Navy Cross. For the next twoword of the day years he’ll serve bravely in the Pacific theater before perishing in the USS Liscome Bay’s catastrophic sinking. Read more here: (
WORD OF THE DAY longueur (noun) [lawn-GUR] which means: a dull and tedious passage or section (as of a book, play, or musical composition) – usually used in plural. You’ve probably come across long, tedious sections of books, plays, or musical works before, but perhaps you didn’t know there was a word for them. English speakers began using the French borrowing longueur in the late 18th century. As in English, French longueurs are tedious passages, with longueur itself literally meaning “length.” An early example of longueur used in an English text is from 18th-century writer Horace Walpole, who wrote in a letter, “Boswell’s book is gossiping; . . . but there are woful longueurs, both about his hero and himself.” (from Merriam Webster)
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…
Here’s a thought for the day: “Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought.” On a lighter note: Why did the dinosaur cross Kings Highway? He didn’t, because it was still just a tar pit.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, May 27th, 2020. I’m Kevin Boyle, reporting online from vacation, wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever? And, thanks for reading.