News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday, October 16th, 2019.
First some news:
Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee met last evening. There was an update on progress on the Committee’s proposal to bring 200 mega bit per second service to key locations on the island. Both townships have signed onto the plan. The Health Center and school are reviewing it. Other planned participants will consider it at upcoming board meetings. The results of a Quickstart study looking at ways to provide true high speed service to the island are expected in two weeks. The committee believes that will be the starting point for a long term plan to improve service. Full disclosure. I chair the committee. Waste management Committee was scheduled to meet yesterday, too. We’ll have a report on that tomorrow.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island…
Today, the Historical Society’s Picnic at the Point series continues. Noon out at Whiskey Point. Topic is economic history of the island. Wednesday evening, there’s a Conference on Faith going on here at the BIC Center. That’s at 6. It’s the first event in a 10 series. This is a non-denominational event. All are welcome to explore their faith. No Bingo this week. That’s because Bev’s quilting event is back through the weekend.
Thursday, Pickleball from 10 to noon outside on the municipal courts if the weather holds, otherwise inside at the County (instead of the BIC Center for this Thursday). Games Galore up in the hangout here at the BIC Center from one to four. And the Beaver Island Library Board meets at 7 in the evening at the library.
On Friday the C-O-A is holding a Medicare Open Enrollment clinic from 9 to 4 at the County Building here on the island. The C-O-A says it’s important to review your coverage every year and they’ll have experts on hand to help you do just that. Again, Friday 9 to 4 at the County Building over on Donegal Bay Road.
Also, Friday, Arthritis Foundation exercise program up in the Hangout here at the BIC Center. That’s at 10:30.
Saturday, Islander Volleyball Squad is off for the N-L-L tournament. Be sure to wish them good games if you see them before they go. Also Saturday, movies here at the BIC Center in the McDonough’s Market Theater on the big screen with the big sound: Casper at 4 and The Addams Family at 7. Concession stand will be open for both shows with snacks or a meal. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org.
Sunday, services at Holy Cross, the Lighthouse Fellowship and the Christian Church. Times and details are on the calendar.
Next Monday, the St. James Township Finance Committee holds its regular monthly meeting at the Governmental Center at 1. And, a hearty group of islanders will be up on Mackinac Island for the third annual Great Lakes Islands Alliance summit. They’ll be there with representatives from about 15 other great Lakes islands from four states and two countries. This after some islanders participated in a Global Island summit earlier this week that involved participation from islands around the world.
Next Tuesday, Pickleball from 10 to noon here at the BIC Center. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at 10:30 up in the Hangout. And to round out the day today, Ladies Shuffle Board at the Shamrock. That’s at 6 and will continue weekly through next April.
Several board positions open with upcoming application deadlines…
St James Township is seeking applications for a trustee for the Beaver Island Transportation Authority board. The appointment is for the remainder of the current term through September 2021. You must be a St. James resident for this position. To apply, submit a letter of interest explaining how you’d carry out the responsibilities—check the post on the calendar or the St. James website for a list of those— of a board member and how your individual skills will benefit BITA. Letters must be submitted by email to: Supervisor Kathleen McNamara,<>. Application deadline is October 25th.
And, the Health Center is also looking for two members for its board. Terms are for three years. You can apply by sending a letter of interest to the Health Center, or send it by email to contact-us at B-I rural health dot org (<>). Your letter should include a brief summary of your background, your qualifications, and your vision for the Health Center. Applications are due by November 14, 2019
You can find more information on all of these events and everything else that’s happening on the island at calendar dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of the good folks down at McDonough’s Market:
Today Periods of showers, mainly before 11am. High near 51. Breezy, with a north wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Tonight Showers likely before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. Breezy, with a north wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Thursday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. North wind around 15 mph. Thursday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light after midnight. Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 54. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. Saturday A 50 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 59. Saturday Night A chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Sunday Night A chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Monday Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 61. Monday Night Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. Tuesday A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53.
Out on the Big Drink… Today N wind 25 to 30 kt, with gusts as high as 35 kt. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 2pm, then a chance of showers. Waves around 6 ft. Thursday N wind around 15 kt. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 ft.
Water temps: No report from Little Traverse Bay. 57 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull. 55 at White Shoal. It’s getting cool out there. Remember, if you are out paddling to enjoy the fall colors from off shore—dress for the water—not the weather. Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. No bridge delays. But, let’s be careful out there—especially in the school zone.
BIRTHDAYS: Erin Meyers has the day to herself today to celebrate, unless we missed you on the list for today, in which case happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.
Now a look at Phyllis Moore’s posts for today…
ON THIS in 1987, in an event that had viewers around the world glued to their televisions, 18-month-old Jessica McClure is rescued after being trapped for 58 hours in an abandoned water well in Midland, Texas.
The drama unfolded on the morning of October 14, 1987, when McClure fell through the 8-inch-wide opening of an abandoned well while playing with other children in the backyard of her aunt’s home day-care center. After dropping about 22 feet into the well, the little girl became stuck. Over the next two-and-a-half days, crews of rescue workers, mining experts and local volunteers labored around the clock to drill a shaft parallel to the one in which McClure was trapped. They then tunneled horizontally through dense rock to connect the two shafts. A microphone was lowered into the well to keep tabs on the toddler, who could be heard crying, humming and singing throughout the ordeal.
On the night of October 16, a bandaged and dirt-covered but alert Baby Jessica, as she became widely known, was safely pulled out of the well by paramedics. By that time, scores of journalists had descended on Midland, a West Texas oil city, and the rescue was carried out on live television before a massive audience.
WORD OF THE DAY: genial (JEE-nee-ul) which means: 1 : favorable to growth or comfort : mild 2 : marked by or freely expressing sympathy or friendliness 3 : displaying or marked by genius Genial derives from the Latin adjective genialis, meaning “connected with marriage.” When genial was first adopted into English in the mid-16th century, it meant “of or relating to marriage,” a sense that is now obsolete. Genialis was formed in Latin by combining the -alis suffix (meaning “of, relating to, or characterized by”) with genius, meaning “a person’s disposition or inclination.” As you may have guessed, Latin genius is the ancestor of the English word genius, meaning “extraordinary intellectual power”—so it’s logical enough that genial eventually developed a sense (possibly influenced by the German word genial) of “marked by very high intelligence.”
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island for Wednesday…
Here’s a thought for the day “Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
On a lighter note: Why did the Yoga Instructir buy air freshener? The feet index was rising
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for for Wednesday, October 16th, 2019. I’m Kevin Boyle at the pest free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of the Voice of Beaver Island wishing you a great day and asking you: why not make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.