News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, September 14th, 2022.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan says that the new omicron COVID-19 booster shot is now available up north. Our Health Center is taking sign-ups now to get it as soon as it is shipped across to us.  You can also sign up at locations on the mainland. If you are thinking about a flu shot, the health center says they expect to have those in the next week or two, as well. The Health Department will be here for a vaccine clinic on October 7th.  Both flus shots and the omicron booster will be available at that clinic, too. 

 

Michigan businesses that depend on rail transport are bracing for a potential U.S. freight rail workers’ strike.  A work stoppage would leave twenty percent of freight in Michigan stranded according to a Bridge Michigan report. Business leaders are asking Congress to intervene to stop the strike. The mere threat of the strike is already having an impact as some shipments have been cancelled to avoid stranding material in transit.  Friday is the deadline to reach a compromise without congressional intervention. 

 

The Peaine Township board met last evening and, among other things, heard a detailed report from Invasives Coordinator Shelby Harris on the efforts of her team this summer. Work was completed on the island and on other islands in the archipelago with the help of two summer interns. Harris says she hopes to get the internship program in place evenin earlier next year and wen through an extensive rundown of work they did this summer along with plans for the fall.  In other action, the board renewed the charter of the Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee and ask them to prepare a letter supporting a proposal by Peninsula Fiber to get grant funding for underwater fiber links to the island from Charlevoix and the UP.  Full disclosure: I chair the J-Tac. 

 

And, in radio station news, you may have noticed the W-V-B-I stream missing in action starting yesterday afternoon.  Our streaming provider made some changes that took that service down through the night—but everything is now back to normal….or what passes for normal.  We are sorry for the service interruption. 

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the rest of the week: St. James Township Board meets this evening at 5:30. Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets was set to meet Thursday at 4:30, but that is being delayed to next week due to schedule conflicts. Library Board meets Thursday at 5:00.  Meeting details and locations are in the calendar entries online. 

 

On the fun front today, Wednesday, there is nothing on the calendar except the St. James Board Meeting in the meeting planner.  First time we’ve had a quiet day since back in May. 

 

Thursday, Pickleball is from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts.  Also Thursday, at 1:00 at the library there’s Story Hour with a different theme each week. Also at 1:00, Games Galore in the Hangout at the BIC Center from 1:00 to 4:00. And, Thursday evening Euchre is back in season.  Games this year are at the Whiskey Point Brewery. Cards hit the table at 7:00. 

 

Friday, Tennis starts at 10:00 and runs to noon over on the municipal tennis courts. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program starts up in the Hangout at 10:30…it’s new for fall time…and runs until 11:30.  

 

Saturday, Pickleball is on the municipal tennis courts from 10 to noon. Story Hour is on at the Library at 10:00. Young Lions Jazz Collective is on stage with jazz at the BIC Center.  It’s the final show in the 2022 Beaver Island Jazz Series brought to you by the Beaver Island Performing Arts Alliance, the BIC Center and W-V-B-I. Showtime is 7:30. Tickets are available at the BIC Center front desk and at tickets dot bic center dot org.    

 

Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar. Downtown Farmer’s Market is on from 11 to 3 behind Dady Franks on King’s Highway.   

 

Looking ahead, on September 30th and October 1st, get set for the return of Beaver Tales to the BIC Center stage and, the weekend after that, movies roar back into the BIC Center Theater with a Double Gun showing of both of the Top Gun movies on October 8th…the original at 4:30 and Maverick at 7:00. 

 

Monday, Tennis is on over at the municipal courts from 10 to noon. Senior Chair Yoga is on hiatus along with all other C-O-A activities at the BIC Center until the week of September 17th. Today is the last day for the Paradise Coffee Shop for the season. 

 

Tuesday, The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 9:00 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the Municipal Tennis Courts. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Our list is M-I-A today, so we will catch up tomorrow. In the meantime, if we have missed you on our missing list, Happy Birthday to you from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports.  But, westside drive is getting pretty rough from the combo of rain and lots of heavy haul trucks bringing loads up into town. And, remember, school is back in session. So, let’s be careful out there.  

ON THIS DAY in 1959, two days after launching, the Soviet Union’s space probe ‘Luna 2’ crash-lands on the moon’s surface. The spherical spacecraft becomes the first man-made object to reach another celestial body, and the first of many future moon visitors. 

 

MERRIAM-WEBSTER WORD OF THE DAY: Our word of the day is broadside (noun) [BRAWD-syde] which today often means a very strong and harsh spoken or written attack, but it has other meanings as well, among them “an attack by a ship in which all the guns on one side of the ship are fired together.” Nautical language is both fascinating and fun, what with its jibbooms and spirketing, its scuppers and poop decks. As these four terms demonstrate, not all ship-related words sail over to landlubber vocabulary, but broadside is one that has. It originally referred to the side of a ship above the water, then later to the guns arrayed along that side. The further use of broadside to refer to the firing of all those guns at once eventually led to the figurative “volley of abuse” sense—a strongly worded attack intended to shiver one’s timbers. The printing-related uses of broadside, referring originally to sheets of paper, and then to matter printed on such paper, arose independently. 

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Wednesday 

Here’s a thought for the day from author an geo-synchronous orbit satellite inventor Arthur C. Clarke: “The Moon is the first milestone on the road to the stars.”  

 

On a lighter note: What did scientists say when they discovered a skeleton on the surface of the moon? The cow didn’t make it. 

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, September 14th, 2022. 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.   

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Today 

Sunny, with a high near 68. North wind around 10 mph. 

Tonight 

Mostly clear, with a low around 51. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. 

Thursday 

Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. South wind 5 to 15 mph. 

Thursday Night 

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. South wind 5 to 10 mph. 

Friday 

A 30 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. 

Friday Night 

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. 

Saturday 

A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. 

Saturday Night 

Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. 

Sunday 

Showers likely, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. 

Sunday Night 

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. 

Monday 

Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. 

Monday Night 

Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. 

Tuesday 

A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. 

Out on the Big Drink:  

Today 

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

Thursday 

SE wind around 10 kt becoming S in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Waves around 1 ft. 

Friday 

SW wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly cloudy. Waves 1 to 2 ft. 

Fire Danger Level: High 

Water Temps: 69 in Little Traverse Bay, no report at White Shoal and no water temp report from the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island (but a nice picture). 

 

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