News Update

Community Calendar Update

This is the WVBI Community Calendar for Monday, December 2nd, 2019.
First some news…
We have a winner for that shiny orange Kubota that’s been sitting out in front of the BIC Center all season. It’s Ray Cole, with the winning ticket bought for him by Lisa Doig. Congratulations to Ray and Lisa. And many, many thanks to all those who support the BIC Center and W-V-B_I by buying Kubota Raffle tickets, coming to the GALA, bidding in our summer auctions, participating in the ice classic and the road rally—and especially volunteering. The entire PABI board thanks you for your ongoing support of the BIC Center and W-V-B-I. We would not be here without you.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island…
Today, quiet while we all dig out from the storm. We saw a couple of 50 mile per hour wind gusts here at the BIC Center on Sunday morning with sustained winds at 30. About 8 inches of snow.
Tuesday, Pickleball from 10 to noon at the BIC Center and then again in the afternoon from 3:30 to 5:00. And, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at 10:30 up in the Hangout. And, Ladies Shuffleboard at the Shamrock at 7. Also, at 7, the St. James Township Planning Commission has a meeting set for the Township Hall.
Wednesday, B-I-C-S Board Facilities Committee meets at 3:30 at school. St. James Township board holds its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 at the Township Hall. And, the Conference on Faith series continues at the BIC Center. That’s at 6.
Thursday, Games Galore up in the Hangout from 1 to 4. Pickleball in the afternoon from 3:30 to 5. B-I-C-S Board Curriculum Committee meets at school at 3:30. And, Euchre is back after a Turkey Day break. Cards hit the table at Stoney at 7.
Friday, Arthritis Foundation exercise program up in the Ray and Ann Stanhope Hangout. That’s at 10:30.
Saturday, lots going on at the BIC Center as part of Shop Local First Saturday. Arts & Crafts Show and sale from noon to 3 with a gift wrap service provided by B-I-C_S students. Three movies on top—all great holiday classics. The Santa Clause at 1 followed by a BIC Center Tree lighting at 3 and then Eld at 3:30. That’ll finish up just in time for a community tree lighting outside with cartoling, and then National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 7. Plus, Santa will be here. We’re still waiting on the time for that but probably between noon and 3. Also, Saturday, Islanders basketball squads head off to Mackinac Island for the Great Lakes Islands basketball tournament to face teams from other great lakes islands.
Send<> Sunday, services at Holy Cross, the Lighthouse Fellowship and the Christian Church. Times and details are on the calendar. And, Sunday is the date for the Christmas Cantata. That’ll be at 2 at the Christian Church.
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.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of the good folks down at McDonough’s Market:
Today Sunny, with a high near 31. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Tonight Increasing clouds, with a steady temperature around 29. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Tuesday Cloudy, with a high near 34. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Tuesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Thursday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. Thursday Night A chance of snow showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Friday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Saturday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Sunday A chance of rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 38.
Out on the Big Drink…
Today NNE wind 10 to 15 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 to 3 ft. Tuesday SW wind around 20 kt. Mostly cloudy. Waves 4 to 5 ft. Water temps: 36 at White Shoal. Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: Slick out there this morning, but no delays. But, school is back in session. So, let’s be careful out there. Especially in the school zone
BIRTHDAYS: Don Tritsch and Sam Fogg are celebrating today. Kerruy Smith and Deb McDonald celebrated yesterday – Happy Birthday to them and, if we missed you on the list, to you too from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center..
ON THIS DAY Legend has it that on the night of December 2, 1777, Philadelphia housewife and nurse Lydia Darragh single-handedly saves the lives of General George Washington and his Continental Army when she overhears the British planning a surprise attack on Washington’s army for the following day.
During the occupation of Philadelphia, British General William Howe stationed his headquarters across the street from the Darragh home, and when Howe’s headquarters proved too small to hold meetings, he commandeered a large upstairs room in the Darraghs’ house.
On the evening of December 2, 1777, Darragh overheard the British commanders planning a surprise attack on Washington’s army at Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania, for December 4 and 5. Using a cover story that she needed to buy flour from a nearby mill just outside the British line, Darragh passed the information to American Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Craig the following day.
The British marched towards Whitemarsh on the evening of December 4, 1777, and were surprised to find General Washington and the Continental Army waiting for them. After three inconclusive days of skirmishing, General Howe chose to return his troops to Philadelphia.
It is said that members of the Central Intelligence Agency still tell the story of Lydia Darragh, one of the first spies in American history. (
WORD OF THE DAY: bon vivant (bahn-vee-VAHNT) which means a sociable person who has cultivated and refined tastes especially with respect to food and drink. Fans of fine French wine and cuisine won’t be surprised to hear that the French language gave us a number of words for those who enjoy good living and good eating. Gourmet, gourmand, and gastronome come from French, as does bon vivant. In the late 17th century, English-speakers borrowed this French phrase, which literally means “good liver.” No, we don’t mean liver, as in the organ. We mean liver, as in “one who lives (in a specified way)”—in this case, “one who lives well.” (
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…
Here’s a thought for the day from the Dali Lama: “When you talk you are only repeating what you already know. When you listen, you might learn something.”
On a lighter note: Why did the super villain cross the road? To get to the other side kick.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, December 2nd, 2019. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting today from across wishing you a great day and asking you: why not make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.