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Community Calendar for Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022

More details surfaced yesterday concerning the abrupt suspension and then resignation of former Charlevoix Police chief Gerard Doan. A report from Charlevoix City attorney Scott Howard says that Doan engaged in repeated and regularly inappropriate conduct based on sex resulting in a hostile work environment. The specific events leading to his departure involved a female subordinate continual and unseemly comments “about women’s bodies, dress, appearance and physical fitness, sharing unwanted details about his personal sexual activity, gifts, unwanted special treatment and orchestrating certain events or scenarios in order to spend time with her. The report says his firing would have been recommended had he not resigned. Charlevoix City Manager Mark Heydlauff, who suspended Doan when the issue came to his attention, says Doan has not been charged with any crime. In comments to the Charlevoix Courier, he said he thought that the City handled the situation well, but that he had never encountered such a situation before. He says the city will be working to update policies and training as a result of the incident.


Ski resorts are opening up around Northwest Michigan, the earliest season start for some since 2017.  Near us, Nub’s Nob, Boyne Falls, Boyne Mountain and the Highlands are all opening up tomorrow for the season. Treetops over by Gaylord opens Friday.


Now, some holiday notes for you…


W-V-B-I is set to help with the soundtrack for your Thanksgiving holiday with special music and shows for the day.  Plus, you can add your greetings to the mix by leaving a message on the station’s voicemail at 2022 or by visiting add-my-voice dot W-V-B-I dot net.


Connie Boyle has once again organized a toy drive to make sure all kids have something under the Christmas tree. There are collection boxes at the airports on both sides.  Don’t wrap them up.  Just drop new toys off at any location.  There are more details in the calendar entry online.


Here are a pair of special Holiday events to add to your calendar.  On Thursday, December 1st there’ll be s stocking stuffer sleigh ride from the BIC Center out to the lighthouse with goodies available at the pocket gardens that have been decorated by community groups. The ride will stop at the Community Christmas tree for a tree-lighting ceremony and then wind up at the BIC Center for hot cocoa and treats.  Things get started at 6:00 p.m. at the BIC Center. And, on December 11th join us at the BIC Center for a full day of Christmas events including cookie decorating, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and a special holiday concert. Cookie decorating gets underway at 1:00, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 2:00 and the concert starts at 4:00.


And, if you are headed across for shopping the day after Thanksgiving, Charlevoix has their tree lighting ceremony from 3 to 6 on Friday afternoon right downtown. Sanat will be there with a chance to get a picture, there’s a holiday parade at 5:30 and then then the tree lighting.

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


Your meeting planner for next week: St. James has two special meetings planned. Public Works at 9:30 and the Township board at 5:30. That’s all for the week. Meeting details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Wednesday, Chair Yoga is upstairs in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 10:00. C-O-A Bingo and Time for Art are off this week for so all can get ready for Thanksgiving.


Thursday is Thanksgiving.  Tune in to W-V-B-I for a soundtrack for the day infused with special holiday music and programs.  You can add your own special holiday greeting to the mix at


Friday, at the BIC Center, Pickleball is from 10 to noon in the theater.  No Chair Yoga or Arthritis Foundation Exercise program. But, Friday evening at 7:00, the Bullet Train will be presented in a special late departure showing in the BIC Center Theater.  It was playing the night the great Blackout started with quite a few folks in the theater, so we are putting git back up on the schedule board for another go. It’s the story of a reformed tough guy played by Brad Pitt confronting five assassins on a bullet train in Japan. Rated R.  Showtime 7:00.  


On Saturday, Story Hour at the library at 10:00. Saturday afternoon the matinee at the BIC Center is Lyle, Lyle Crocodile. Based on the long-time favorite children’s book, it tells the story of a Crocodile living in Manhattan. Rated PG.  Great fun for the whole family. Showtime is 4:00.  The evening show at 7:00 is the Northman. A young Viking prince is on a quest to avenge his father’s murder, adopting a drive and persona that is representative of the Northmen on Beaver Island. Action and adventure ensue. Plus, Nicole Kidman. And animal skins. It’s rated R.  As always, the Concession Stand will be open for snacks, a meal or both. Trailers are in the calendar entries and on the BIC Center website. No admission charge for movies at the BIC Center, but your freewill donation helps keep the movies coming. 


Sunday, there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar.


Looking ahead to next week….


Monday, the C-O-A has Chair Yoga set for the BIC Center at 10:00 this morning. Monday evening, the Elks hold their monthly take away burger night with pickup at the Gregg Fellowship Center. They’ll be serving from 5 to 6:30.


Tuesday, Talking Threads will be crafting out at the Peaine Township Hall starting at 9:00. Pickleball is on at 10:00, in the Theater here at the BIC Center where it will be through the winter. And the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout.

BIRTHDAYS:  Today, Michael McCafferty, Karl Heller, Theresa McDonough and Cate Philips are celebrating. Tomorrow, on Thanksgiving, Diane McDonough will be blowing out the candles with her Thanksgiving dinner. Friday, it’s Laura Gillespie and Carol Jansson, Saturday Eula Thomas celebrates and Sunday Sid Burgess will be enjoying some birthday cake with Thanksgiving left-overs. Happy Birthday to Eula, Carol, Laura, Diane, Cate, Theresa, Sid, Karl and Michael and, if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

TRAFFIC:  None, nada, zip.  But the melting snow and runoff are making a mess of the down-island roads and deer are buzzing about everywhere. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1888 The Palais Royale Saloon, a bar in San Francisco, rolls out a device that will be an overnight success and will eventually drum player pianos out of drinking establishments: the jukebox. This initial version, a nickel-and-slot player, is a phonograph with stethoscope-like tubes.

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam Webster word of the day is vamoose (verb) [vuh-MOOSS], which means to depart quickly. In the 1820s and ’30s, the American Southwest was rough-and-tumble territory—the true Wild West. English-speaking cowboys, Texas Rangers, and gold prospectors regularly rubbed elbows with Spanish-speaking vaqueros [vä-ˈker-(ˌ] in the local saloons, and a certain amount of linguistic intermixing was inevitable. One Spanish term that caught on with English speakers was vamos, which means “let’s go.” Cowpokes and dudes alike adopted the word, at first using a range of spellings and pronunciations that varied considerably in their proximity to the original Spanish form. But when the dust settled, the version most American English speakers were using was vamoose.

Now, it is almost time to vamoose for this for Beaver Island Wednesday…but first…

Here’s a thought for the day from John Wayne: “Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway!”


On a lighter note:  What’s black and white and red all over? A Pilgrim who spilled the cranberry sauce.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022. The Community Calendar will take a break the next two days, but will return on Monday. Until then, I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day and a very Happy Thanksgiving—and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day and best Thanksgiving ever? And, thanks for listening. 



Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.


Partly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 37. Calm wind.

Thanksgiving Day

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. South wind 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 1am. Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 32. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming northwest after midnight.


Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.


A chance of rain and snow showers before 1pm, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.


A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 41.

Out on the Big Drink:


SSW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming SSE in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


SSW wind around 10 kt. Increasing clouds. Waves 1 ft or less.

Thanksgiving Day

SSW wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly cloudy. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Thursday Night

SW wind around 15 kt becoming NW after midnight. A chance of rain before midnight. Waves around 2 ft.


NW wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly cloudy. Waves 1 to 3 ft.

Fire Danger Level: Low

Water Temps: 44 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island with one to two foot waves. 41 at White Shoal. No reading from Little Traverse Bay.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002