News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, November 18th, 2020. 

First some news…

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The joint Township COVID-19 Task Force updated their COVID-19 guidance yesterday in the wake of news that another island visitor has tested positive for COVID-19.  On the island for several days, the hunter had contact with others in his party and visited both the Shamrock and the Beachcomber.  After getting the positive test result, this person promptly notified those with whom he was in contact on the island as well as the Shamrock and Beachcomber. Shamrock and Beachcomber management promptly spoke to the Health Department of Northwest Michigan and, on their advice temporarily closed while notifying persons who had been on the premises while the person now diagnosed was there.

 

In connection with this positive case and related exposures as well as new state Health Department orders, the Task Force urges the following precautions:

·       Limit your interaction with others as much as possible.

·       Wear a Mask.

·       Respect Social Distancing and Avoid Gatherings

·       Wash your Hands.

·       Monitor your Health.

·       Pay attention for COVID-19 symptoms: Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath,

 

To implement the new state order, St. James Township Supervisor Kitty McNamara has adopted a statement requiring that all township meetings be conducted by teleconference or cancelled, limiting access to township buildings, and specifying that all township work be conducted from home to the extent possible, among other things. These measures are in effect through December 8th, and may be extended through the end of the year.

 

The Health Center says that if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should self-quarantine for five days from the date of the exposure and get tested. They report having plenty of test kits and say that results are generally available in two days.

 

Shamrock is back open for curb-side service after their one day shutdown to make sure everything was OK.  They are open from 4 to 7.  Dalwhinnies is open for curbside service for breakfast and lunch until 2:00.  And the BIC Center has breakfast, lunch and dinner items available for take out from 9 to 4.

 

B-I-C-S high school students had their last day of in person classes yesterday before going to virtual learning for at least three weeks.  For now, the school intends to continue in-person classes for pre-school through 8th grade.  The School Board’s Return to School Committee is meeting today to review next steps.

 

State health officials reported more than 12 thousand new cases in their latest report, which covered two days. There were 56 new deaths over the same period.  Average for new cases is now 6,825 a day and 61 for deaths. The number of active cases in the state is at 121,470—that based on the count of new cases less than 30 days old.  In our region, there were 208 new cases and seven new deaths. 11 of the new cases were in Charlevoix.  Deaths were in Antrim with one, Emmet with four and Grand Traverse with two. There are now 2,313 active cases in our 8 county region, which is averaging 125 new cases a day and 2 deaths a day. 

 

Full data for our region and summaries for the state, the UP data and our Safe Start Zone are in today’s script online.

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

272034

8128

7458

79

Region

3840

70

121

2

TVC Zone

5865

127

231

6

UP

9759

170

182

4

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

6965

70

 

Region

124

3

 

TVC Zone

202

5

 

UP

238

5

Note: Look back now 6 days divided by 7 to adj. for no Sun. data.

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

268

3

8

1

Benzie

222

3

3

0

Charlevoix

347

5

22

0

Emmet

725

22

32

0

Grand Traverse

1262

17

34

0

Kalkaska

241

4

12

0

Leelanau

263

2

5

0

Otsego

512

14

5

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

127137

 

 

Region

2418

 

 

TVC Zone

3767

 

 

UP

5446

Note: Look back now 26 days to adjust for 4 Sundays with no data.

 

 

 

 

In non-COVID-19 news, The Nature Conservancy has released an interesting mapping tool that shows climate resilient landscapes.  Michigan News Connection’s Mary Schuermann has the story:

 

The mapping tool shows some interesting resiliency features on Beaver Island.  There’s a link to it along with a screenshot of one example in today’s script.

 

 http://maps.tnc.org/resilientland/

Now, here’s the short list of what’s happening on your island… 

 

Here’s your meeting planner.  Today, the St. James Public Works Committee is meeting at 11. Thursday, Library Board meets at 9. Also Thursday, the Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets at 4:30. More details and info on remote attendance are in the calendar entries online.

 

Still awaiting word on church services this weekend.

 

[Don’t forget about the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Raffle.  Go to raffle dot bic center dot org if you would like to get tickets.  Or get them at the BIC Center from desk.]

Keep up to date on COVID-19 news with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Click COVID-19 Info in the menu at W-V-B-I dot net.  We are still working on updating new hours and services for everyone, but that should be complete by midday.

Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:

There’s a Lakeshore Flood Advisory tonight and tomorrow…

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Light and variable wind becoming south 10 to 15 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 41. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. Windy, with a southwest wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 46. West wind 5 to 15 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.

Saturday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.

Sunday

A chance of showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 41.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.

Tuesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42.

Out on the big drink…

Gale warning in effect today and tomorrow…

Today

S wind 5 to 10 kt increasing to 15 to 20 kt in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less building to 3 ft.

Thursday

SW wind around 25 kt, with gusts as high as 30 kt. Partly sunny. Waves 7 to 8 ft.

Friday

W wind 10 to 15 kt. Partly sunny. Waves around 2 ft.

Water Temps: 42 at White Shoal and 48 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island—with five foot waves out there this morning.

TRAFFIC: None, nada, zip.  But, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  My favorite middle child Emily Boyle is celebrating her 24th trip around the sun today.  She’s been yelling “yee hah!” all the way.  Happy Birthday to Emily, and if we missed you on our list, happy birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1970 a guy named Bill Gates starts messing with computers.  The Microsoft Corp. co-founder and CEO gets his start in computer programming at the Lakeside School in Seattle. The school owned some early computers and Gates and his friends spent nearly all their time pushing the machines to their limits. Time on Lakeside and other machines in the Seattle area was costly, however, so the newly formed Lakeside Programmers Group offered a local company free programming services on its PDP-10 in return for free time on the computer. The group designed a payroll program for the company. (computerhidtory.org)

WORD OF THE DAY: bugbear (noun) [BUG-bair], which means: an imaginary goblin or specter used to excite fear; an object or source of dread; a continuing source of irritation : problem. Bugbear sounds like some kind of grotesque hybrid creature from fable or folklore, and that very well may be what the word’s creator was trying to evoke. When the word entered English in the 16th century, it referred to any kind of creature made up to frighten someone; in 1592, Thomas Nashe wrote of “Meere bugge-beares to scare boyes.” The word’s first element refers not to the familiar creatures one encounters in the garden, but to a different bug entirely: since the 15th century, bug (from Middle English bugge, meaning “hobgoblin”—that is, a mischievous goblin) has referred to a ghost or goblin. The bear in bugbear is the one still feared today, and suggests what such made-up creatures were perhaps described as resembling. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates: “If geek means you’re willing to study things, and if you think science and engineering matter, I plead guilty. If your culture doesn’t like geeks, you are in real trouble.”

On a lighter note: What do hipsters and programmers have in common?  They like their java in a jar.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, November 18th, 2020.  I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from the Langford Family WVBI 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. 

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