News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, November 25th, 2020. 

First some news…

 

Health Center yesterday reported two more negative tests results yesterday, and eight new tests—but no more positive results. Since a hunter left the island with symptoms, the center has run 57 tests.  10 of those are back positive, 31 negative and 16 are pending.

 

The developments have instantly transformed the island back to the way it felt in April.  All public places except the hardware and four corners have either closed or moved to curb-side or, in the case of the school, virtual service only. John Works could bring his cannon in, fire it loaded down main street and hit no one.

 

Meantime, businesses on the mainland continue to bristle under the state health departments shutdown orders. Restaurants, which are closed to dine-in service during what is usually one of their busiest weeks, have sued over the shut down—and an increasing number are openly defying the order. In Lapeer, a group of local places have banded together to reopen.  They say it is about survival for them and their employees—that they have and will operate safely.  They also say that the state’s own statistics show that restaurants have not been the primary source of community spread of the virus.

 

Yesterday’s state reports had 6,290 new cases and 145 deaths, with 51 of those reclassifications. Average for new cases is now 6,925 a day and 91 for deaths. The number of active cases in the state is at 162,480.  In our region, there were 103 new cases and one new deaths. 16 of the new cases were in Charlevoix.  The death was in Grand Traverse. There are now 3,036 active cases in our 8 county region, which is averaging 121 new cases a day and 3 deaths a day. 

 

Full data for our region and summaries, averages  and active case estimates for the state, the UP, and our Safe Start Zone are in today’s script online—all of those numbers calculated by W-V-B-I every day the state releases data.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

320506

8688

6290

145

Region

4690

86

103

1

TVC Zone

7394

152

201

3

UP

11072

191

114

2

51 of the state-wide deaths are reclassifications.

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

6925

91

 

Region

121

3

 

TVC Zone

218

4

 

UP

188

4

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

338

5

12

0

Benzie

297

5

12

0

Charlevoix

458

6

16

0

Emmet

822

28

15

0

Grand Traverse

1553

19

20

1

Kalkaska

292

5

10

0

Leelanau

319

3

9

0

Otsego

611

15

9

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

162480

 

 

Region

3036

 

 

TVC Zone

4960

 

 

UP

6101

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

 

 

Data for November 24, 2020

 

Last year about this time there was a different kind of pandemic brewing—one that had people thinking that taking a Polar Plunge at the public beach was a good idea—and it actually was because it was to raise money for the Food Bank.  This year, with a real Pandemic, it isn’t a good idea for big group—but one of the leaders of last year’s event is going to do it on her own if a $5,000 fund raising goal for the pantry is met by Thursday.  Hilary will make the plunge Thanksgiving morning if the goal is met.  You can send a check to the Christian Church or donate online.  Details on how are in the Calendar.  

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

 

Nothing.  Except for your ten person or less two family Thanksgiving celebration.  And Hilary’s plunge.

 

And speaking of Thanksgiving, the Shamrock is willing to do the cooking for you even if you can’t come on in to the Shamrock to enjoy it.  They are offering a full Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings for takeout.  Check their Facebook page or give them a call for details.

 

You can make a virtual visit to the NMU Art Department’s Senior exhibit online through the end of the week.  Details are in the calendar. 

 

Also, you can also take a look at life in the straits with a collection of materials about underexplored and exciting places, diving deep into the cultural and natural history of the region.  Normally it’s a series of life presentations, but this year they were done virtually and are available online.  Details on how to enjoy are in today’s script online.  [Here’s the link: The Life of the Straits.]

 

A number of folks have submitted other virtual events for you to enjoy at home.  We’re adding those to Community Calendar and will report on them in the days to come. If you have a virtual event to share, please shoot us an email about it to Calendar at W-V-B-I dot net or go to the calendar and post it online at calendar dot W-V-B-I dot net.  Just click the handy post your event button.

 

Because trouble never comes alone, as we’ve been battling a COVID outbreak on the island—we’ve also been battling some technical issues here at WVBI.  We expect to be back to what passes for normal this evening.  In the meantime, we apologize if you’ve missed some of your favorite shows or you tuned in to find us not there.

 

[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.  .

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

Today

Cloudy, with a high near 44. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the afternoon.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of rain before 10pm. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 36. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thanksgiving Day

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after midnight.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 41. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 43.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 35.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.

Monday

A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. Breezy.

Monday Night

A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Blustery.

Tuesday

A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. Breezy.

Out on the big drink…

Today

Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Thanksgiving Day

N wind 5 to 10 kt becoming SW 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. A slight chance of showers between 1pm and 4pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Friday

WNW wind around 10 kt. Partly sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Water Temps: 41 at White Shoal and 48 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island—with four footers out there.

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

BIRTHDAYS:  A bundle of them today: Laura Gillespie and Carol Janson are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Laura and Carol, 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 1783, three months after the Revolutionary War ended, the last contingent of British troops sail away from New York to the jeers and cheers of local residents. General George Washington leads a triumphant march as he retakes the city that the British had occupied since 1776. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: posthumous (adjective) [PAHSS-chuh-muss], which means: born after the death of the father; published after the death of the author; following or occurring after death. The etymology of the word posthumous tells a complex story. In Latin, posterus is an adjective meaning “coming after” (from post, meaning “after”). The comparative form of posterus is posterior, and its superlative form is postumus—P-O-S-T-U-M-S, which means, among other things, “last.” Postumus had specific application in referring to the last of a man’s children, which in some cases meant those born after he had died. Latin speakers incorrectly identified the -umus in this word with humus, meaning “dirt” or “earth” (suggesting the ground in which the unfortunate father now lay). The Latin spelling became posthumus, as if the word were formed from post and humus, and both the “h” and the suggestion of “after burial” or “after death” carried over into English. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from George Washington: “Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind than on the externals in the world.”

On a lighter note: How does James Bond like to sleep?  Under covers..

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, November 25th, 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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