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Community Calendar for Friday, May 10, 2019

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is Kevin Boyle with the WVBI Community Calendar for Friday, May 10th, 2019.
First some news… The Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative met yesterday here at the BIC Center. Among other business, representatives from the various constituencies represented in the collaborative—which includes folks from state and local government, tribal leaders, N-G-O leaders and Beaver Island residents, took time to recognize Pat Lederle for his efforts in creating and leading the Collaborative. Pat, who is a senior member of the D-N-R’s wildlife division is retiring soon and this N-L-M-I-C meeting was the last he will attend in that capacity. Pat was presented with a small canoe paddle made of island cherry by the Beaver Island boat shop with decorations from island artists. Among other work, the collaborative yesterday adopted a long in the making map laying out conservation zones and related management criteria for state lands on the island. It will serve as a guide for future use of these lands.
Also yesterday, C-M-U honors students were busy at B-I-C-S with a Family Science Education Fair. There were more than 20 exhibits there each staffed by one or more knowledgeable C-M-U students. A B-I-C-S student made put-put golf course was also on display. They built it with help from the C-M-U Honors students, who also presented the school with a mosaic made from reclaimed plastic and metal bottle and jar tops. Another group of C-M-U honor students were hear at the BIC Cnter last evening to record 4 short radio plays—complete with sound effects—in front of a live audience. If you missed that, you can hear the shows—all of which are original student work based on Beaver Island stories right here this afternoon after our global news report at 5.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island …
Today, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at the BIC Center from 10 to 11. This evening at 7, it’s finally time for the annual 4th and 5th grade play. This year the show is Expose’: Holiday Celebrities Tell All. Preview reviews from island arts reporters say it’s a great show that’s lots of fun for all audiences. Reserved seats are $7. Call the BIC Center to get your tickets. All proceeds go to support the 4th and 5th grade trip to Camp Hayo-Went-Ha. Again, showtime is 7 this evening.
Saturday, Lego Club at the library at 1. Self Defense class at 5 at the Peaine Township Hall. Here at the BIC Center, two movies: Showing at 4 it’s the Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Snarkiness will no doubt abound with lots of fun for kids and mom and dad. It’s rated PG. At 7, Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway star in Serenity. A fishing boat captain juggles facing his mysterious past and finding himself ensnared in a reality where nothing is what it seems. Kinda sounds like a Beaver Island story, no? But, it’s one for grown-ups because it is R. Concession stand will be open all day Saturday with treats both for the shows and you island adventures.
Sunday, services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church and the Lighthouse fellowship. Details are on the calendar.
Coming up next week, on Monday, Dental services start at the dental clinic in the Health Center. And, the B-I-C-S- school board holds their regular monthly meeting Monday evening at 7. Other meetings to get on your planner for next week are the Peaine Township Planning Commision meeting at 7 on Tuesday at the township hall and the Library Board Meeting on Thursday at 7 at the library.
You can find more information on all of these events and everything else that’s happening on the island at calendar dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Summer hours are coming to your BIC Center on May 20th. Opening times will be 9 to 9 Monday through Saturday, 9 to 5 on Sundays. And with that comes the need for additional staffing at the BIC Center. Pay is competitive for these part time positions. If you are interested, get your resume and a letter of interest to Nick De Laat by dropping by the BIC Center or sending it to him by email at Nicholas dot delaat at biccenter<mailto:Nicholas.delaat@biccenter> dot org.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of the good folks down at McDonough’s Market: Today Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 49. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Tonight Areas of frost after midnight. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 33. Southwest wind around 5 mph. Saturday Areas of frost before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 54. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Saturday Night Areas of frost after 1am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the evening. Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Sunday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Monday Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. Out on the Big Drink… Today WNW wind around 10 kt. Cloudy early, then gradual clearing. Waves 1 ft or less. Saturday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Sunday ENE wind 5 to 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Fire Danger Level: Low
TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or outbound to either airport. Beltway running smoothly. Bridges clear. But the rain has turned our dirt roads into mud baths so let’s be careful out there, especially in the school zone.
Phyllis is sleeping in this morning because it is her birthday, so we had to find our own on this date feature for today… ON THIS DATE in 1869, the presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads meet in Promontory, Utah, and drive a ceremonial last spike into a rail line that connects their railroads. This made transcontinental railroad travel possible for the first time in U.S. history.
Plans for the connection began in 1862, one year into the Civil War when a Republican-controlled Congress passed the Pacific Railroad Act. The Act guaranteed public land grants and loans to the two railroads Congress chose to build the transcontinental line. Construction began in 1866. Harsh winters, staggering summer heat, Indian raids and the lawless, rough-and-tumble conditions of newly settled western towns made conditions for the Union Pacific laborers–mainly Civil War veterans of Irish descent–miserable. The overwhelmingly immigrant Chinese work force of the Central Pacific also had its fair share of problems, including brutal 12-hour work days laying tracks over the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
For all the adversity they suffered, the Union Pacific and Central Pacific workers were able to finish the railroad–laying nearly 2,000 miles of track–by 1869, ahead of schedule and under budget. Journeys that had taken months by wagon train or weeks by boat now took only days. Their work had an immediate impact: The years following the construction of the railway were years of rapid growth and expansion for the United States, due in large part to the speed and ease of travel that the railroad provided.
DID YOU KNOW: The red planet has blue sunsets. Just as colors are made more dramatic during Earth sunsets, Martian sunsets make the blue around the sun look more prominent, because all the fine dust in the atmosphere is the perfect size for scattering blue light across the sky more efficiently than any other color.
WORD OF THE DAY: popinjay (POP-in-jey) which means a person given to vain, pretentious displays and empty chatter. Popinjay entered English in the 13th century in the now obsolete sense of a picture or representation of a parrot (as on a tapestry).
Birthdays: Jeremy Sowa, Lois Williams, Deb Plastrick and Steve Hagerman. Happy birthday to both of them. And, if we missed you on our list—Happy Birthday to you too from all of us at W-V-B-I and Beaver Island Community Center.
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…
Here’s a thought for the day—engraved on the golden spike driven to complete the trancontinental railroad: “May God continue the unity of our country as this railroad unites the two great oceans of the world.”
On a lighter note…
How do zombies travel in style? They take the Gorient Express.
SFX: Wah, wah, wah….
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, May 10th, 2019.
I’m Kevin Boyle at the pest free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of the Voice of Beaver Island wishing you a great day and asking you: why not make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.