News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, November 15th, 2023


Peaine Township Board held its regular monthly meeting last night. The establishment of a Natural Resource Advisory Committee and Natural Resource Specialist position was discussed, but after discussion the board declined to participate. They felt the matters should be handled by the planning commission for now. The board also considered a proposal to join St. James in supporting a proposal by the Joint Planning Commission to update the island’s zoning ordinances. The project would cost each township $10,000. The board voted to review the proposal and consider it in December. The board also discussed the Lake G dock and the possible need for liability insurance for it, approved the acceptance of a grant for a security camera at airport and and decided to place the township’s AED in a heated box accessible from outside the hall.



In Lansing yesterday, Michigan Court of Claims Judge Robert Redford rejected a pair of lawsuits that sought to bar former president Trump from the Michigan primary ballot for “insurrection.” He also ruled in a countersuit by Trump that Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has no authority to decide whether Trump should be disqualified based on “federal constitutional law.” But, he declined to rule on Trump’s fitness for the general election or to settle debate over the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution disqualifies Trump from holding office.


Back on the island, don’t forget about the Waste Management Committee Blight Survey.  It’s online. It’s anonymous. And it’s important to getting grant funding to clean up the island. There’s a link in today’s script and on the B-I-A website.

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


Here’s your meeting planner:


St. James Public Works Committee meets Wednesday at 11:00. J-TAC meets Thursday at 4:30. AA meets Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 6:00. That’s it for the week. Meeting locations and details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Wednesday, there’s Time for Art at the BIC Center at 5:00. This week the project is making Fairy Doors.


Thursday, gets going with Pickleball at 10:00 at the BIC Center. There’s Women’s Bible Study at 10:00 at the Christian Church. Resale Shop open noon to 4:00. Games Galore at the BIC Center at 1:00. And, it’s Burger & a Beer Night at the Shamrock.


Friday, things kick off with senior and vets coffee and donuts at the BIC Center 8:00 until 10:00. Pickleball is on again at 10:00. Then, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is upstairs in the Hang Out at 10:30. The Resale Shop is open from noon to 4:00. Friday evening is the Hunter’s Dinner at the Shamrock to support the Wildlife Club. Yummy food, the annual Rifle drawing and other games, plus great company. And on the Dark Sky calendar the Leonids meteor shower will be at peak this evening. Check out Dark Sky Island dot org for viewing tips.

Saturday, The Resale Shop will be open from noon to 4:00. Lego Club is at the library at 1:00. It’s the last scheduled day for our beloved Harbour Bodega. They plan to do catering next year, but no store. So grab a last treat and come over to see the Little Mermaid Movie Festival at the BIC Center. At 4:00 it’s the original animated version that brought a great story and songs that have become the favorite tunes of many a childhood to the big screen. It’s rated G. Then at 7:00. It’s the live action of the story with, well, lots of action and amazing special effects—all with the great story and fantastic music. Rated PG-13.


Sunday there are services at the Christian Church at 10:00 and mass at Holy Cross at 12:15.


Looking ahead to next week…


Monday, C-O-A had Bingocize on the calendar at the BIC Center at 11:00, but I believe that is off while Lonnie is away.  Check with the front desk. But we know that Pickleball is on this evening at 5:00 at the BIC Center and it is all you can eat salad and pizza at he Shamrock. And, in the Dark Skies tonight look for Saturn glowing brightly next to the Moon. Check dark sky island dot org for more details.


Tuesday, there’s Pickleball at 10:00, now inside at the BIC Center. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is in the Hangout at 10:30. And Big Buck contest entries are due today by 5:00 at the hardware.


NAME OF DAY: Today’s BIC Center name of the day is Buck. If that’s your name, drop by the BIC Center today for a free drink of your choice. Unless you are a deer. No deer allowed at the front desk.


BIRTHDAYS:  Kevin Allen celebrates today. Happy Birthday to Kevin, 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. And, a reminder: Birthday Calendars for 2024 are available for sale at the B-I-C-S front desk. Proceeds support field trips for Deb Robert’s class at B-I-C-S.

TRAFFIC: None, nada, zip. But, let’s be careful out there, especially in the school zone.

ON THIS DAY in 1771 The Second Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation, which unifies the 13 American colonies under a weak central government and names this new country the United States of America. Also on this date in 1943 Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler orders that Romani (or Roma) people are to be put on “the same level as Jews” and placed in concentration camps. In this genocide many of the Roma will go to Auschwitz, and about 500,000 of them will die during the Nazi reign of terror.

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WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam-Webster Word of the Day is thesaurus (noun) [thih-SOR-us], which is a book of words or of information about a particular field or set of concepts; especially : a book of words and their synonyms.  In the early 19th century, archaeologists borrowed the Latin word thesaurus to denote an ancient treasury, such as that in a temple. Soon after, the word was metaphorically applied to a book containing a treasury of words or information about a particular field. In 1852, the English scholar Peter Mark Roget published his Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases, in which he listed a treasury of semantically related words organized into numerous categories. This work led to the common acceptance of the term thesaurus to refer to “a book of words and their synonyms.”

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday

Here’s a thought for the day from George Washington: “99% of failures come from people who make excuses.”


On a lighter note: What do lexicographers prefer for breakfast? Synonym rolls.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, November 15th, 2023. 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, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 52. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.


Mostly clear, with a low around 39. South wind 5 to 10 mph.


Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Breezy, with a south wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

Thursday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 37. Windy, with a south wind 25 to 35 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. Breezy, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.


Partly sunny, with a high near 44.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 41.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44.

Monday Night

A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 33.


A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43.

Fire danger level on the island is: Low.

Out on the Big Drink…


W wind 15 to 20 kt decreasing to 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon. Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny. Waves 5 ft subsiding to 1 ft.


S wind 15 to 20 kt increasing to 20 to 25 kt in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft building to 6 ft.


NW wind 10 to 20 kt. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 ft.

Water Temps: 48 at mid-lake buoy southwest off Gull Island. The straights buoy has been pulled for winter as have Little Traverse Bay and the Sleeping Bear.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002