News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, October 21st, 2020. 

First, some news…

 

Governor Whitmer has signed a bipartisan bill extending unemployment benefits through the end of the year. It mirrors many but not all elements of one of her overruled executive orders—giving 26 weeks of benefits instead of 20 and allowing more businesses to take part in workshare programs to employ workers part-time while the state picks up the balance of their pay. With federal programs added to the mix, the bill means that Michigan workers put out of work by COVID-19 can be eligible for up to 59 weeks of benefits.  As part of a deal to get the unemployment provisions back in place, the governor agreed to limited liability exemptions fof employers from COVID-19 related employee claims.

 

Washtenaw County health officials have issued a stay at home order for undergraduate students at U of M.  It extends through election day.  Students are allowed to leave their rooms or home only to go to class, to get food to bring back, for exercise and for medical appointments.  But the go to class exception won’t be all that relevant as the University says it plans to eliminate almost all in person classes for the rest of the semester.  Students can choose to go home for the balance of the semester, but only after getting a negative COVID-19 test.

 

A Chiropractor is challenging the Michigan Health Department’s masking order—one that essentially replace the similar one from the governor that was tossed out by the Michigan Supreme Court. The lawyer in the case also represented the barber in a dispute with the state over opening his shop in violation of the governor’s orders. He says the health department has no authority under its statutory mandate to require masks or contact tracing—and that the only authority it does have is to limit the size of gatherings.    

 

Overall the number of cases in the state continues to grow at about what has become the new normal rate of 1,500 a day.  There were 1,586 cases in yesterday’s report with 33,522 of those active.  Averages are 1,670 new cases a day and 22 deaths a day.  Safe Start stats are 4.9% for the positive test rate—still blipping up according to the state’s chart—and 119.3 cases per million, which is up from yesterday but still shown headed sharply down on the safe start chart.

 

In our region, there were 23 new cases and one new death.  Three new cases in Charlevoix.  The death was in Leelanau. There are 445 active cases in the region with averages at 23 new cases a day and 1 death a day. Safe start data for our zone show the positive test rate up to 3.1%, which is now above the target.  New case rate is 52.7 per million—up from yesterday, but still headed down according to the state graph. 

 

Here on the island, no change in the data from the health center.

 

Full county-by-county data for both for our region are in today’s script online along with state, regional, U-P and Safe Start Zone totals, plus rolling averages and active case estimates.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

149392

7053

1586

22

Region

1497

40

26

1

TVC Zone

2210

70

39

1

UP

4413

74

149

5

Note: 7 deaths are reclassifications from prior dates

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

1670

22

 

Region

23

1

 

TVC Zone

36

1

 

UP

124

3

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

89

0

3

0

Benzie

100

2

1

0

Charlevoix

123

4

3

0

Emmet

178

4

1

0

Grand Traverse

594

13

11

0

Kalkaska

98

4

0

0

Leelanau

125

2

2

1

Otsego

190

11

5

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

33522

 

 

Region

445

 

 

TVC Zone

649

 

 

UP

2930

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

 

 

Data from 10/20/2020

 

So far this year we’ve had murder hornets, nuclear power plant attacking Mayflies and flesh eating weeds invading from Wisconsin among other things.  But just as you thought things couldn’t get worse,  here comes another sign that the year 2020 is a total train wreck: The traditional Halloween TV special “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” won’t be broadcast on network TV this year.  A Charlie Brown Christmas won’t be on either.  Apple has acquired the rights—so both specials will only be available on Apple TV this year.  Surely a meteor strike is next.

Now, here’s what’s happening on your island…

 

Meeting planner for this week is a short affair with just two meetings on the books. St. James Public Works Committee meets today at 11:00 at the Township Hall—a changeup from their regular meeting place at the governmental center.  BIESA meets Thursday at 2:00 at the Peaine Township Hall.

 

Today, C-O-A has the third in their series of Cyber Generations Cybersecurity seminars online for you.  That’s at 5:30. Topic is internet scams and fraud.  Call Lonnie at 2124 for info on how to Zoom in for it.  Also Wednesday evening is the last Bingo night of the season at Gregg Fellowship Center.  Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games at 7.

 

On Thursday, Games Galore from 1 to 4 here at the BIC Center and then Euchre at the Shamrock. Cards hit the table at 7.

 

Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is up in the Deerwood Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30.

 

Friday and Saturday are the dates for the Medicare Open enrollment meetings set up by the C-O-A.  9 to 6 on Friday and 9 to 1 on Saturday.  Call Lonnie at 2124 to set up an appointment.

 

Saturday, Greenwald Construction and Real Estate One are sponsoring a community cleanup event.  Their plans include free curbside pickups with scheduled appointments.  They’ll pick it up and take it to the transfer station, but you need to pay the disposal fees if any.  To schedule a pickup, call the Real Estate One office at 448-2449. 

 

Also, Saturday— Pickleball is on from 10 to noon.  And just one movie this weekend as the Elks are having an induction ceremony here at the BIC Center Saturday afternoon. Evening movie is Beckman. It’s a high energy action flick with good guys and bad guys.  Rated R.  Concession stand will be open—for snacks, a meal or both.  Pizza and hot dogs are on the menu along with all your favorite movie treats. Trailer is on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org.  And, if you were waiting to see the Good Dinosaur—which originally had been set for Saturday afternoon—don’t worry, it’s coming in November.

 

There are weekend services at Holy Cross and Sunday services at the Christian Church.  Times and details are on the calendar.

 

[C-O-A is has a fall recipe contest on now. Submit your winner today through the deadline on the 28th.  Details are in the calendar.]

 

[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

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. West wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Thursday

Showers, mainly after 2pm. High near 58. East wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Thursday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 40. East wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Friday

Showers, mainly before 8am. High near 51. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high near 44.

Saturday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 32.

Sunday

Showers likely after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 46.

Sunday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 35.

Monday

A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 47.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.

Tuesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.

Out on the big drink…

Today

W wind 15 to 20 kt, with gusts as high as 25 kt. Mostly cloudy. Waves 1 ft building to 6 ft.

Thursday

ENE wind 10 to 15 kt becoming ESE in the afternoon. Showers, mainly after 2pm. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Friday

NW wind 15 to 20 kt. Showers, mainly before 8am. Waves 2 to 3 ft.

Water Temps: Temps are up this morning: 50 at White Shoal and   55 at the mid-lake buoy.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC: None, but color is everywhere.  Prettiest fall we’ve had in years say many. But, let’s be careful out there.  Don’t drive into a tree while you are looking at the forest.

BIRTHDAYS:  Jenna Butler, Captain Kevin McDonough and Joe Bosquet are all celebrating today. Happy birthday to Jenna, Kevin and Joe, and, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1854 a nurse journeys to the heart of battle.  Although born to a life of luxury, Florence Nightingale is devoted to serving others and begins a long journey to the Ottoman Empire to help soldiers wounded in the Crimean War. Nurse Nightingale will significantly reduce death rates, and lay the foundations of the modern nursing profession. (bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: dorsal (adjective) [DOR-sul], which means: relating to or situated near or on the back especially of an animal or of one of its parts; situated out of or directed away from the axis : abaxial. The most famous use of dorsal is with fin, whether it conjures the ominous dorsal fin of sharks or the benign, even benevolent, image of porpoises and dolphins. Less well-known is the botanical sense of dorsal, meaning “facing away from the axis or stem” (thus the underside of a leaf can be the dorsal side), or the linguistic sense referring to articulations made with the back part of the tongue (\kuh\ and \guh\, for example). Dorsal can be used of non-living things too (in particular, the backs of airplanes), as can its opposite, ventral, which means “relating to the belly.” Dorsal descends from Latin dorsum (“back”), which also gave us dossier (via French, for a bundle of documents labeled on the back) and reredos [rare-ra-dos] (“an ornamental screen or partition wall behind an altar”). (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Florence Nightingale: “I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.”

On a lighter note: When does a joke become a “Dad” joke?  When it becomes apparent.  

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, October 21st, 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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