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Community Calendar for Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

This is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, September 9th, 2020. 

First, some news…

 

Governor Whitmer yesterday signed a bill into law that should soon drop $300 a week into unemployed worker’s accounts with funding for the benefit coming from Federal funds.  The benefit is retroactive to August 1st. Unemployed folks are entitle to the extra payment if they are otherwise entitled to $100 or more in unemployment benefits from the state, which is a stricter requirement than what applied to the $600 a week in aid that expired at the end of July. The new benefit will expire at the end of this month unless extended. A battle rages in Washington about the length and amount of any further extension.

 

 

State health officials reported 448 new confirmed cases in their data yesterday.  There was one new death. That’s right, just one death statewide.  There are now 107,819 confirmed cases since the crisis began.  Of those 20,415 are active.  Death toll stands at 6,530. New case seven day running average is down is at 662.  Average for deaths is down two to six.  M-I Safe Start Map which is still based on data from last Saturday shows a state-wide positive test rate running average at 3.4%, which is just slipping into the low risk zone and the average new case per capita rate state-wide is at 47.0 per million, which is at the low end of the high risk zone. 

 

Our region had just one new case in Grand Traverse County, but one case removed in Emmet—so no net change. No new deaths. Overall total of cases in our region is 934 of which 363 are less than 30 days old. There have been 32 deaths overall.  Rolling averages are 10 new cases a day and no deaths.  In the U-P there were five new cases and no new deaths. They now have 1,156 total cases with 496 active and 19 deaths. Averages are 21 new cases a day, no deaths. 

 

Full county-by-county data for our region are in today’s script online along with state and region totals, plus rolling averages. 

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

107819

6539

448

1

Region

934

32

0

0

TVC Zone

1320

55

-84

-4

UP

1156

19

5

0

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

662

6

 

Region

10

0

 

TVC Zone

1

0

 

UP

21

0

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

55

0

0

0

Benzie

55

2

0

0

Charlevoix

73

3

0

0

Emmet

122

4

-1

0

Grand Traverse

349

7

1

0

Kalkaska

57

4

0

0

Leelanau

89

1

0

0

Otsego

134

11

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

20416

 

 

Region

363

 

 

TVC Zone

401

 

 

UP

496

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Data from 9/8/2020

 

Safe Start data for our zone show the positive test rate at 2.4%, which is in the low risk zone.  The number of new cases per million is 24.6, which is medium-high risk. Seven net new cases in the T-C zone yesterday and no new deaths. 1,411 cases since the start with 492 active, and 59 deaths. Averages are 14 new cases a day and no deaths.

 

Health Center report this morning shows nothing new. No more tests run to add to the total so far of 168.  Of those, 160 are back as negative, two pending and six positives—with five of those for folks who’ve left the island and the remaining one more than 30 days old. 

For what’s happening on the calendar, have a look at the Community Calendar online. Find it at calendar.wvbi.net.

 

If you are in the shopping mood, don’t miss out on Island Treasures, the resale shop that supports the Beaver Island Fire and EMS teams.  They are on Donegal Bay Road a bit beyond the County Building on the other side of the road.  Open noon to four Thursday through Saturday.

 

And, if you are in a I need a place to live mood, word is there is an apartment available at Forest View.  Call Pete LoDicio for details at 448-2004.

 

If you are in the joining mood, both the Charlevoix Elks and the Beaver Island Currach Club are looking for members.  The Elks is a social organization focused on charity and the Beaver Island group is an auxiliary of the Charlevoix Lodge.  For more information reach out to Patrick Nugent on Facebook.  The Cutoff date for October initiation is October 7th.  The Currach Club is for folks interested in maintaining and rowing traditional Irish Currachs—a type of boat used on Arranmore and elsewhere in Ireland.  Sign up on their Facebook page.  Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/717788658768941/

 

Don’t forget about the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Gala Auction or the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Raffle.  Go to auction dot bic center dot org to bid on items in the auction and raffle dot bic center dot org to pick up raffle tickets.  You can also bid and get tickets 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

Showers likely, mainly after 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 59. North wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tonight

Showers, mainly before 2am. Patchy fog before 11pm, then patchy fog after midnight. Low around 46. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers before 8am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 64. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 46. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 69. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.

Saturday

Showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Sunday

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

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 47.

Monday

Sunny, with a high near 67.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 50.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 71.

Out on the big drink…

Today

NE wind around 10 kt. Showers likely, mainly after 4pm. Waves 1 ft or less.

Tonight

NNE wind 10 to 15 kt. Showers, mainly before 3am. Patchy fog between 10pm and midnight. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Thursday

N wind 5 to 15 kt. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Thursday Night

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

Friday

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

Friday Night

ENE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming SSE after midnight. Partly cloudy. Waves 1 ft or less.

Saturday

SSE wind around 10 kt. A chance of showers after 8am. Waves around 1 ft.

Water Temps: Winds and rain have driven them down again. 60 at the mid-lake buoy. 60 at the bridge. 61 at Mackinac City.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC: None, nada….zip. But, let’s be careful out there. And, remember, the road across Iron Ore Bay is out.  Your alternate is Betsy Smith’s Trail.

BIRTHDAYS:  Joe Timsak, Sue Howard and Theresa Mooney are celebrating today. Happy birthday to each of them, and if we missed you on that list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1839 an inventor makes pioneering photograph. England’s John Herschel is a true Renaissance man, and now the mathematician, inventor, chemist, and discoverer of the stunningly beautiful cyanotype process, makes the first photograph on a glass plate, which still exists. He also experimented with some color reproduction, noting that rays of different parts of the spectrum tended to impart their own color to a photographic paper. Herschel made experiments using photosensitive emulsions of vegetable juices, called phytotypes, also known as anthotypes, and published his discoveries in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London in 1842. (bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: bunkum (noun) [BUNG-kum], which means: insincere or foolish talk : nonsense. Some words in the English language have more colorful histories than others, but in the case of bunkum, you could almost say it was an act of Congress that brought the word into being. Back in 1820 Felix Walker, who represented Buncombe County, North Carolina, in the U.S. House of Representatives, was determined that his voice be heard on his constituents’ behalf, even though the matter up for debate was irrelevant to Walker’s district and he had little to contribute. To the exasperation of his colleagues, Walker insisted on delivering a long and wearisome “speech for Buncombe.” His persistent—if insignificant—harangue made buncombe (later respelled bunkum) a synonym for meaningless political claptrap and later for any kind of nonsense. (Merriam-Webster)

Before we wrap up, a quick program note for you.  Baroque on Beaver leaders Robert Nordling and Matt Thomas have put together a special Baroque on Beaver REimagined Encore show for us.  We broadcast it Sunday afternoon at 2 and now it is available as a podcast on the WVBI podcast page.  Just point your browser at wvbi.biccenter.org/podcasts to find it.  

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…

Here’s a thought for the day: “You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

On a lighter note: How did the coffee get so strong?  By doing the French press.

IMAGINE A SAD TROMBONE SFX

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, September 9th, 2020.  The on-air Calendar is now on vacation through the end of Labor Day week.  You’ll still get updates on WVBI dot net, including the latest COVID-19 tracking data and news.  But, we’re taking an on-air break through September 11th.  Until then, Kevin Boyle is away from the pest free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of the Voice of Beaver Island, but still wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for reading.  

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