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Community Calendar for Wednesday, September 13th, 2023

Over in Antrim County both sides have rested their cases in the trila bout the failed plot to kidnap Governor Whitmer. The jury will hear closing arguments today and, after alternates are excused, they will begin deliberations. They will decide if the defendants, twin brothers Bill and Mike Null and Eric Molitor are guilty of providing material support for terrorist acts and illegally possessing firearms. If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison.


On the weather front, M-Live forecasters say some frost is on the way for the state. The Western UP saw some this morning, they say, and tomorrow it could sneak below the bridge. The lake will keep us well above the frost line, but the tip of the mitt could approach freezing. Alas, winter is coming.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: St. James Board meets this evening at 5:30. That’s it for the week. More details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Wednesday, this evening at 5:30, there’s a Dark Sky presentation at the BIC Center by Robert Parrish. He’s been working with the Dark Sky team on the island and helped create and now manages a dark sky park in Cass County downstate.  Also this evening Pickleball is at 6:00. That’s over on the outdoor courts at Peaine Township Park.


Thursday, gets going with Pickleball outdoors on the Township Courts. There’s Women’s Bible Study at 10:00 at the Christian Church. Resale Shop open noon to 4:00. Games Galore at the BIC Center at 1:00. It’s Burger & a Beer Night at the Shamrock. And, with a new moon Thursday night on the Dark Sky Calendar, it’s a perfect time for another Guided Dark Sky Viewing opportunity. Come to the Little Sand Bay Nature Preserve at 10:00 p.m. for this for a chance to view Saturn and Jupiter.  Also, Zodiacal Light should be visible and maybe the Northern Lights. Check the Dark Sky Facebook page for last minute info on whether the weather will cooperate.


On Friday, things kick off with senior coffee and donuts at the BIC Center at 8:00. Then, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is upstairs in the Hang Out at 10:30. The Resale Shop is open from noon to 4:00. B-I-C-S Soccer and Volleyball squads head out Friday afternoon for their second go of the season up in Big Bay.


Saturday has Pickleball outdoors on the Peaine Township Park courts from 9:00 to 11:00. The Resale Shop will be open from noon to 4:00. Lego Club is at the library at 1:00. And, Saturday evening, movies are back at the BIC Center. The show is Asteroid City. It’s the story of a family that heads to Asteroid City for some star gazing only to have their lives changed forever.  Directed by Wes Anderson, it follows his eclectic film design that has been a hit in other films shown at the BIC Center including the Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs and the Fantastic Mr. Fox. See it on the BIG Screen with the BIG SOUND in the BIC Center Theater the way movies were meant to be seen. Rated PG-13. The Concession stand will be open for snacks, a meal or both.


Sunday there are services at the Episcopal Mission at 9:00, the Christian Church and the Lighthouse Fellowship at 10:00 and mass at Holy Cross at 12:15.


Looking ahead to next week…


Monday is a quiet day on the island. The only thing on the Calendar other than the meetings is Pizza Night at the Shamrock.


Tuesday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is in the Hangout at 9:00. Pickleball is on the outdoor courts at Peaine Township Park at 9:00. Also, it’s Taco Tuesday at the Bodega. And, Tuesday evening its time to get Quizzical at the BIC Center.  It’s the monthly trivia game.  No charge this month but you do need to sign up in advance at tickets dot bic center dot org. Then quizzing starts at 6:00.


NAME OF DAY: Today’s BIC Center name of the day is Patricia. If that’s your name, drop by the BIC Center today for a free drink of your choice.


BIRTHDAYS:  None on our list today but, if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC: It’s really quiet. But remember that school is back in session. So, let’s be careful out there, especially in the school zone.

ON THIS DAY in 1990 Two separate yet equally important groups debut on NBC. Detective Mike Logan arrests the perpetrators and DA Ben Stone prosecutes them as ‘Law & Order,’ a combo of police procedural and courtroom drama, makes its prime-time bow. The show will go on to be the longest-running crime drama on US television and spawn spin-offs galore.

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WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam-Webster Word of the Day is abstain (verb) [ub-STAYN], which means to choose to not do or have that thing. Abstain can also mean specifically “to choose not to vote.” If you abstain, you’re consciously, and usually with effort, choosing to hold back from doing something that you would like to do. Abstain traces back through Middle English and Anglo-French to the Latin verb abstinēre, which combines the prefix ab- (“from, away, off”) with tenēre, a Latin verb meaning “to hold.” Tenēre has many offspring in English; other descendants include containdetainmaintainobtain, pertainretain, and sustain, as well as some words that don’t end in -tain, such as tenant and tenaciousAbstain, like many of its cousins, has been used by English speakers since at least the 14th century.

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…without abstaining from our usual ending…

Here’s a thought for the day from Law & Order producer Dick Wolf: “It’s show business. No show, no business.”


On a lighter note: What did master Yoda say when he saw himself on a 4k tv? H-D-M-I.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, September 13th, 2023. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening. 



Sunny, with a high near 60. North wind 5 to 10 mph.


Clear, with a low around 43. West wind around 5 mph becoming north in the evening.


Sunny, with a high near 67. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 52. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. South wind 10 to 15 mph.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.


A 30 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 70.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51.


A chance of showers after 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 68.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

Fire danger level on the island is: Low.

Out on the Big Drink…


N wind 5 to 10 kt becoming NW in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


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

Water Temps: 64 in Little Traverse Bay. 64 at mid-lake buoy southwest off Gull Island. 65 up in the straights.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002