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Community Calendar for Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday, September 8th, 2021. 

First some news…


School got off to a good start yesterday kicking off with a flag ceremony and greetings. Students then headed off to class.  Masks are required in school this year due to requirements imposed by the local health department.  The board had been planning not to require masks given the current conditions on the island, but the edict from the health department left them with no choice.  Unfortunately, it appears that has caused some parents to pull their students from school and send them elsewhere. The board is reaching out to the health department to ask that masking requirements not apply to the school.  No word on when they may hear back.


Meantime, down in Grand Haven, the president of the school board has resigned citing threats and harassment he has received over the masking issue.  John Siemion said his health required that he step back after 22 years on the board. Masks are required in Grand Haven because of a health department order, which the board implemented.


In other news, a strong line of storms rolled through southern Michigan last evening leaving 140,000 service locations without power.  Wind gust of almost 70 mph and egg-sized hail were reported at some locations.  Our forecast called for heavy rain at times yesterday, but that really didn’t seem to materialize.


The state didn’t report COVID data yesterday.  Their next report comes out late today. Locally, the health center reported two negative test results and reduced its test count by one—wiping all the pending tests off the board. We’ve had three positive tests on the island since early August.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for next week: B-I-C-S Borad Committee of the Whole meets today at 4:30 at school.  Thursday both St. James and Peaine Townships will hold separate public hearings to consider adopting no wake zones on Font Lake.  The Peaine hearing will also cover Fox Lake and will be at 2.  The St. James hearing will be at 5:30.  The expected result at both meetings is adoption of a resolution calling on the D-N-R to establish no wake policies for those lakes.  Both meetings are at the respective township halls. And that’s it. More info on each meeting is in the calendar entry for it online.


Today, Wednesday, BINGO is on at the Gregg Fellowship Center.  Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games start at 7.


Thursday, Pickleball is on 10 to noon at the municipal tennis courts.  Games Galore is on from 1 to 4 at the BIC Center.


Friday, the  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is at 10:30 up in the Deerwood Hangout at the BIC Center.


Saturday, B-I-C-S soccer and volleyball rteams have games.  They face Hannahville at home. Saturday afternoon there are movies at the BIC Center.  4:00 show is Joey & Ella—great movie for the kids—it’s a Kangaroo Tale.  And the Saturday night show is Pig staring Nicholas Cage.  It’s all about a man and his truiffle hunting pig.  Great reviews.  Rated R. Showtime is 7.


Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendarAnd, the Downtown Farmer’s Market is on starting at 11.  They have produce, baked goods, jams, jellies and other yummy stuff along with craft items.  Look for them at the corner on Kings Highway up the street from Daddy Franks.


Monday, there’s Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30. Also Monday evening, the Port Saint James Property Association is holding a board meeting at Peaine Township hall.  Members are invited to attend.


Tuesday, Pickleball is on from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts. There’s also the Arthritis Foundation exercise program at the BIC Center at 10:30 up in the Deerwood Lodge hangout. At 11, the C-O-A has a session on Medicare 101 planned.  That’ll be here at the BIC Center along with another session at 1:00 on Medicaid-D dash S-N-P.


Meeting planner for next week: PSJA Bpard meets on Monday at 5:30 at the Peaine Township Hall. Transportation Authority meets Tuesday at their HQ at noon. Peaine Township Planning Commission meets Tuesday evening at 5:30 at the township hall.  St. James Public Works meets Wednesday at 11 at the Governmental Center.  On Thursday the Librarty Board meets at 9 at the library and the Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets at 4:30 at the BIC Center.  Saturday, the PSJA holds its annual meeting at 9:30 at the Peaine Township Hall. Details for all of the meetings are in the calendar entries online.

BIRTHDAYS:  Dee Gallagher, Katelynn Martin and Brock Rosema are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Dee, Katelynne and Brock, and if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you, too, you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  None, nada, zip.  But, let’s be careful out there.

Fire Danger Level:  Low. 

ON THIS DAY in 1966 a new show boldly goes where no show has gone before. Gene Roddenberry pitched his story of 23rd-century interstellar exploration as a sort of outer space Western, and tonight ‘Star Trek’ makes its TV debut. The series will be cancelled just three seasons in, but reruns in syndication prove that the show will live long and prosper. (

WORD OF THE DAY: egregious (adjective) [ih-GREE-juss], which means: “obviously or noticeably bad.” Egregious comes from a Latin word meaning “distinguished” or “eminent.” It was once a compliment to someone who had a remarkably good quality that placed him or her above others. Today, the meaning of the word is noticeably less complimentary, possibly as a result of ironic use of its original sense. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Wednesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Mr. Spock: “Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.”


On a lighter note: What’s commander Work’s favorite drink?  Deep Space wine.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, September 8th, 2021. 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. 


Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:


A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


Isolated showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.


A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 71. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. North wind 5 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 74. Light west wind becoming southwest 10 to 15 mph in the morning.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.


A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Breezy.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Out on the Big Drink:


WNW wind around 20 kt, with gusts as high as 30 kt. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. A slight chance of waterspouts. Waves 4 to 6 ft.


NNW wind 10 to 15 kt. A slight chance of showers. Waves 1 to 2 ft.


SW wind 5 to 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.



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