News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday, September 11th, 2019.
First, a reminder… today is the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country. You’ll see flags at half-staff in remembrance. And we’ll have more on that in a few minutes.
Now, some news…
Beaver Island Transportation Authority met yesterday at noon. Just the board and two in the audience were there. In addition to routine business, the board voted to transfer the old mainland shuttle busses for one dollar each—one to the school and the other to the Historical Society.
Plans for sending the Emerald Isle off to dry dock were discussed. She’ll leave on the 22nd and isn’t expected back until the end of November—maybe even early December. So, it would be wise to be thinking about end of season needs now said Board Chair Bob Tidmore. The Beaver Islander will be running in the Emerald Isle’s stead, but she can’t carry as much. So, the boat company has additional runs of the Emerald Isle planned ahead of her departure on the 22nd for Dry Dock. Check the Boat company website at bibco dor com for details.
While in dry dock, the Emerald isle will get an extensive make over—some $600,000 is work over all. She’ll be painted from stem to stern, have a number of windows, doors, stairs and bulkheads replaced or repaired, here bow thruster tunnel replaced, and more—plus get her 5 year Coast Guard inspection. When she gets back, it appears her upper engines will need an overhaul. That’ll happen after the season ends at the dock here on the island.
The board also discussed an upcoming public meeting in Charlevoix on proposals to relocate or revamp the ferry dock over there. That’s being organized by the City of Charlevoix. Still waiting on a final date and time. Apparently they have no plans to come to the island to gather input, so if you are interested in the issue, you’ll have to plan to go across for that meeting. We’ll let you know the info when we get it.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island…
Today, the Historical Society had a Picnic at the Point planned, but the speaker had to cancel. So no Picnic at the Point today, but they plan to be back next week and through November. So, no picnic at the Point—but you could have lunch at Circle M. It’s open for lunch today, tomorrow and Friday. This afternoon at 4 the Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee is meeting at the school. Chamber has a Business After Hours meet-up planned for the Circle M from 5 to 7. And, BINGO is back tonight at the Greg Fellowship hall. Doors open for fellowship at 6:15. Games at 7.
Tomorrow, Thursday, Pickleball at the municipal tennis courts—10:00 to noon. Also tomorrow, the Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative is meeting here at the BIC Center. It brings interested groups together with the D-N-R to work on management of stat elands in the archipelago. Meeting starts at 10 and runs to 4. Bring your own lunch. Everyone is welcome to attend. No Games Galore Thursday because of that meeting. B-I-C-S Board curriculum committee has a meeting set for 3:30 that afternoon.
Friday…Arthritis Foundation exercise program up in Carol’s Hangout here at the BIC Center.
Saturday, Pickleball from 10 to noon on the municipal courts. They say they are playing outside as long as the weather holds. Also Saturday, movies here at the BIC Center. The 4:00 show is Wild Rose. A young English woman with a bit of a checkered past chases her dream of becoming a country music star. Lots of awards for this great story. It’s rated R. Show at 7 is Dark Phoenix—another in the X-man series of stories—and this one is another great one. Rated PG-13. Concession stand will be open for snacks or a meal for both shows. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org.
Sunday: Services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church and the Lighthouse fellowship. Details are on the Calendar.
Monday: Saint James has a Finance Committee meeting at 1 at the Governmental Center. Monday evening, here at the BIC Center on the issues facing the townships in implementing the new recreational marijuana law. On the table, among other things, are what sorts of growing and sales operations will be permitted on the island, if any, and where. Folks from the Michigan State Extension service will be there to facilitate the discussion.
Next Tuesday, Pickleball from 10:00 to noon on the Municipal Tennis Courts. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at 10:30 here at the BIC Center up in Carol’s Hangout. Alas, no movie next Tuesday, those are done for the season with the Community Center shifting to its off-season hours. Tuesday evening there’s a hearing on the Peaine Township Recreation Plan being conducted by the Peaine Township Planning Commission. That’s set for 7 at Peaine Township hall.
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 A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 69. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Tonight A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 5am. Cloudy, with a low around 51. East wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Thursday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am. Cloudy, with a high near 67. East wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Thursday Night Showers. Low around 53. Breezy, with a southeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Friday Showers, mainly before 2pm. High near 71. Breezy, with a south wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Breezy. Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Saturday Night A chance of showers after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. Sunday A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 73. Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 55. Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Out on the Big Drink… Today NE wind 5 to 10 kt. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Waves 1 ft or less. Thursday E wind around 15 kt. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 7am. Waves around 3 ft. Water temps: Down to 65 in Little Traverse Bay and 62 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull. But, up to 62 at White Shoal Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: None, nada, zip. Still lots of water pooled here and there making things slick—and it is going to stay wet through Friday. And deer. Everyewhere. So, let’s be careful out there—especially in the school zone.
BIRTHDAYS: Judi Meister, Dustin Crandall and Racheal Scripps are celebrating birthdays today. Happy birthday to Judi, Rachel and Dustin. 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.
ON THIS DATE in 2001, on a clear Tuesday morning, at 8:45 a.m. an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The impact left a gaping, burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in higher floors. As the evacuation of the tower and its twin got underway, television cameras broadcasted live images of what initially appeared to be a freak accident. Then, 18 minutes after the first plane hit, a second Boeing 767—United Airlines Flight 175—appeared out of the sky, turned sharply toward the World Trade Center, and sliced into the south tower at about the 60th floor. The collision caused a massive explosion that showered burning debris over surrounding buildings and the streets below. America was under attack.
As millions watched in horror the events unfolding in New York, American Airlines Flight 77 screamed over Arlington Virginia and slammed into the west side of the Pentagon military headquarters at 9:45 a.m. Jet fuel from the Boeing 757 caused a devastating inferno that led to a structural collapse of a portion of the giant concrete building. All told, 125 military personnel and civilians were killed in the Pentagon along with all 64 people aboard the airliner.
Less than 15 minutes after the terrorists struck the nerve center of the U.S. military, the horror in New York took a catastrophic turn for the worse when the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed in a massive cloud of dust and smoke. At 10:30 a.m., the other Trade Center tower collapsed. Close to 3,000 people died in the World Trade Center and its vicinity, including a staggering 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers, and 37 Port Authority police officers who were struggling to complete an evacuation of the buildings and save the office workers trapped on higher floors.
Meanwhile, a fourth California-bound plane–United Flight 93–was hijacked about 40 minutes after leaving Newark International Airport in New Jersey. Because the plane had been delayed in taking off, passengers on board learned of events in New York and Washington via cell phone and Airfone calls to the ground. Knowing that the aircraft was not returning to an airport as the hijackers claimed, a group of passengers and flight attendants planned an insurrection. The passengers fought the four hijackers and are suspected to have attacked the cockpit with a fire extinguisher. The plane then flipped over and sped toward the ground at upwards of 500 miles per hour, crashing in a rural field in western Pennsylvania at 10:10 a.m. All 45 people aboard were killed.
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…
Here’s a thought for the day from President George Bush on the evening of September 11th 18 years ago: “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.”
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, September 11th, 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.