News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020. 

First, some news…

 

Michigan lawmakers are getting ready to pass an annual budget bill that Bridge Michigan says has largely been negotiated behind closed doors—and that many lawmakers have seen for less than 24 hours. Governor Whitmer and Republican legislative leaders say a more transparent process is another victim of the COVID-19 crisis, but to some it seems like just more of the same—especially from the Whitmer administration, which has been slow to share some COVID-19 data and processes.  The cloak over the budget process matters because the dramatic drop in state revenues caused by the Governor’s shutdown orders will, under the Michigan Constitution, require cuts to expenditures.  And they won’t be small.  So far, leaders have said that K-12 and local governments will be spared from cuts, but there has been little other news.

 

State health officials have reported 504 new cases yesterday, which is a bit below recent one day tallies.  There were 15 new deaths, which is a little above. That brings the total of confirmed cases to 117,910.  Of those 21,118 are active.  Death toll stands at 6,680. The seven-day running average for new cases is up to 675.  Average for deaths is stable at 11.  M-I Safe Start Map has been updated to change the target zone labels from low, medium high and so on to A through E, with E being the worst. The state says that’s intended to reduce confusion with the risk levels assigned to the Economic Recovery phase labels it assigns to each zone of the state—which don’t correlate to the risk levels in the Safe Start Map—and to line the levels up with national standards. The maps shows a positive test rate statewide at 3.1%, which is at the bottom of the old medium risk zone and new B risk zone,  and the average new case rate state-wide is at 53.1 per million, which is in the bottom half of the old high risk zone and new C risk zone.

 

Our region had four new cases.  None in Charlevoix. No new deaths. Overall total of cases in our region is now at 1,080 of which 351 are active. Rolling averages are 11 new cases a day and no deaths.  Safe Start data for our zone show the positive test at 1.8%, which is in the low risk zone or A in the new scheme. By the way, it’s been in that zone since mid-May. The number of new cases per million is up to 29.1, which is a medium-high risk rating or B in the new scheme.

 

Health Center report this morning shows nothing new. Total for tests run is 179. 173 back negative, none pending and six positive.  None of those are active cases on the island.

 

Full county-by-county data 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

New Cases

New Deaths

Totals

State

117910

6680

504

15

Region

1080

32

4

0

TVC Zone

1601

60

7

0

UP

1646

24

41

1

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

675

11

 

Region

11

0

 

TVC Zone

14

0

 

UP

49

1

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

59

0

0

0

Benzie

74

2

0

0

Charlevoix

84

3

0

0

Emmet

140

4

1

0

Grand Traverse

404

7

3

0

Kalkaska

67

4

0

0

Leelanau

103

1

0

0

Otsego

149

11

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

21118

 

 

Region

351

 

 

TVC Zone

473

 

 

UP

750

Note: Look back now 28 days to adjust for 2 Sundays with no data.

 

 

Data from 9/22/2020

 

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

 

Only one meeting for you meeting planner this week:  Emergency Services Authority is meeting Thursday at 2:00 at Peaine Township Hall. 

 

For fun this week, Bingo at the Gregg Fellowship Center this evening.  Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games at 7. Pickleball on Thursday and Saturday on the municipal Tennis Courts from 10 to noon. Euchre is spinning back up for the fall season on Thursday, too, but at a new venue.  They’ll be at the Shamrock on Thursdays at 7:00.  Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program in Ray and Ann’s Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30. 

 

Saturday there are movies here at the BIC Center.  4:00 show is E.T.—the extraterrestrial.  It’s Steven Spielberg’s classis digitally remastered and all spiffed up just for you.   Rated PG. Great fun for the entire family.  And at 7:00 it’s Welcome to Mooseport.  A former president and a current plumber face off in a fight for mayor—and a girl.  It’s rated PG-13.  Concession stand will be open for both shows—for snacks, a meal or both.  Pizza and hot dogs are on the menu along with all your favorite movie treats.

 

And, here’s one to get in your planner if you have kids.  The Christian Church has announced that a slightly modified Trunk or Treat event is on for this year—Halloween night from 5 to 6:30 at Gregg Fellowship Center.  No food this year—so you’ll have to wait for next year for Gerry’s famous Halloween night chilly unless you have an inside connection.  And, the event will be outside. If you want to hand out candy, bring your costume, decorations and candy. Tables supplied.   Masks and social distancing required.  Mom and dad need to make sure kids follow those rules.  Like always.

 

And, Medicare open enrollment id coming up.  If you are interested in help with that, Lonnie at the C-O-A has some folks lined up for that.  They’ll be at the senior center in the county building on October 23rd from 9 to 6 and on the 24th from 9 to 1.  Call Lonnie at 2124 to set up an appointment.

 

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.  Stay up to date.  Remember: Protect yourself.  Protect the island.

Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 71. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 55. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely after 8am. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 64. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers before 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 56. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 73. South wind 5 to 15 mph.

Friday Night

A 40 percent chance of rain after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Saturday

A 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70.

Saturday Night

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Sunday

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Sunday Night

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Monday

A chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 63.

Monday Night

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45.

Tuesday

Rain likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 58.

Out on the big drink…

Today

Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Thursday

SSW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming ESE in the afternoon. A chance of showers. Patchy fog before 9am. Waves 1 ft or less.

Friday

S wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Water Temps: This morning: 60 at White Shoal.  57 at the mid-lake buoy. 60 at the bridge. 60 at Mackinac City. Down south, Sleeping Bear is sleeping. Station is offline. At the mid-lake buoy on the south end of the lake, it’s down to 65.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or outbound to the airports.  Island Beltway clear. No bridge delays.  But, lots of deer dashing across the roads, so let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Abagail Hart, John McCafferty and Demetrius Richards are celebrating. Happy Birthday to each of them and, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1889 Handmade playing cards launch Japan’s Nintendo.  Fusajiro Yamauchi thinks a revival of Japanese card playing would mean good business, so he founds Nintendo Koppai in Kyoto, a company specializing in the Hanafuda card game. A century or so later the firm will gain worldwide success when it evolves into an electronic games company. (bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: crabwise (adverb) [KRAB-wyze], which means: sideways; in a sidling or cautiously indirect manner.  There’s no reason to be indirect when explaining the etymology of crabwise—we’ll get right to the point. As you might guess, the meaning of the word is directly related to that sidling sea creature, the crab. If you have visited a beach near the sea, you have probably seen crabs scuttling along, often moving sideways. Though the behavior is surely above reproach to the crabs themselves, English speakers tend to be suspicious of what comes at them from the side, and the modern meanings of crabwise reflect this suspicion of the crab’s lateral approach. The word crept into English in the early 19th century and has been sidling into our sentences ever since. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…

Here’s a thought for the day: “Life gives us new lessons each day not for learning but to improve our understanding.”

On a lighter note: Why did the echo cross the canyon?  To bounce off the other side—side—side.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020.  I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from the pest free Hogarth Pest Control 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, as always, thanks for listening. 

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