News Update

Current Events Report for April 8, 2016

Today is Friday, April 8th,2016. I’m Greg Doig with today’s WVBI Community Calendar.




A heartfelt “Thank You” to Pam Nicholas for her many years of service to our Island seniors, friendships, and community involvement.


Pam, it is impossible to say how much you and Ted will be sooo missed on a daily basis – and sooo greatly embraced every time you return to visit!


Our thoughts, prayers, and Island well-wishes go with you…for you will be forever held in the heart(s) of our Island!


May the best be for the both of you!


Ann T. Partridge

The Commission on Aging,

Serving Seniors of Charlevoix County


Deadline for Citizen of the Year Nominations

Date Change – Guest Speaker


The deadline for nominations for Beaver Island’s 2015 Citizen of the Year is April 22, 2016. The award is given each year by the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce for community service before and during the prior year. A nomination form can be found here.

Click to access Cit-of-year-2015.pdf


The award banquet will be Saturday May 21 at the Holy Cross Hall. The guest speaker at the banquet will be Amanda Wilkin. Ms Wilkin is ‎Executive Director of the Charlevoix Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB).


Patrick McGinnity – Just wanted to announce that the Whiskey Point Brewing Company website has just gone live. Not much there yet, but at the bottom of the landing page you can sign up for a mailing list to keep up to date on the latest developments, upcoming beer tastings, and all that sort of good stuff.


Check it out and sign up at


Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office has announced an ORV class they will hold on Saturday, 04/09/16, from 9am to 3pm in our training room located in the basement of our jail.  Contact Genna Gauthier at 231-547-4461, call anytime for further information. Pre-registration is preferred but not required.



Find out more at and look at the Twitter feed for links. The state competition in Grand Rapids is next week, Currently the BIROBOT team ranks at 32. The top 102 teams are invited to compete. Formal announcements start this Saturday night through Monday the 11th.  We will update the Facebook page for those that choose that platform over twitter. Don’t forget to visit the BIROBOT shop at their website. Buy a BIROBOT t-shirt for spring and summer. Join the cool kids and adults that will be wearing them. If you want to be a sponsor, click the link to join the team as a sponsor.



Please join us at the Beaver Island Community Center on Thursday, April 28th from 3-5:30 p.m. for an Open House with the Office of Great Lakes, Maine’s Island Institute, and Maine islanders.


Meeting Objectives:

1) Information sharing-to summarize the major project activities to date, including progress towards advancing the Beaver Island priority issue areas and longer term coordination opportunities; and

2) Engagement-to seek support, interest, and involvement by Beaver Islanders and others to assist with project components going forward.

A direct link to the agenda can be found at:


Among the great birding opportunities this Spring, is the 2016 Warblers on the Water event, celebrating Beaver Island’s unique location and its spectacular birding over the Memorial Day weekend, May 28-29. Guided field trips, demonstrations and presentations will be scheduled on the island, showcasing the Beaver Island Birding Trail. Visit the Beaver Island Birding Trail website to register.





If you are looking for information on all island events, find it on the new WVBI Community Calendar. Just head on over to the WVBI website and click on Calendar on the top menu.


We’ve tried to include everything, but if we’ve missed your event you can easily add it yourself by using the handy “Post Your Event” button in the upper right of the calendar or by sending an email with the details to¬† And, we can make it easy for your events to show up in a nice calendar on your website, too, so you only have to post them once. Your website can show only your events or those plus other categories from the calendar that you choose. What a deal! Email us or call for details.



At the Community Center

Next COA Dinner is April 10th 1100 to 1200

Suggested donations 13 to 60 $8 and others $4

Full menu on forum and in our calendar section


Pickle Ball Tuesday and Thursday 0930 to 1100


Games Galore will now be held on Thursday‚

at 1pm to 4pm


The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program will now be available on¬

FRIDAYS ONLY, 11am-12pm @ BI Comm Center




DOUBLE FEATURE: this week only: We begin at 3 pm with 30 minutes of Shimmer & Shine! Followed by Barbie and friends in Spy Squad!


Shimmer and Shine

TV-G | 30min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy |



Follows the magical adventures of genie twin sisters Shimmer and Shine and their human best friend Leah, who, when needing help with various dilemmas, is granted three wishes after summoning the genies with a rub of her oil lamp pendant necklace. Written by Anonymous

Barbie: Spy Squad (2016)

Video | 75 min | Animation, Family | 15 January 2016 (Poland)



Rebecca Husain, Britt Irvin, Rachel Staman | See full cast and crew »



Three gymnasts become secret agents.

Feature Presentation: 7 pm

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.

Director: Francis Lawrence

Writers: Peter Craig (screenplay), Danny Strong (screenplay)

Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth |


Thanks to Beaver Island Community Center Business Sponsors , the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant, and the Beaver Island Boat Company


Job Posting

Part-time position (+/- 30 hours a week) available at the Beaver Island Waste Transfer Station.


In making its decision, the Committee will consider the applicant’s relevant work experience and mechanical aptitude. A CDL and hazmat certification(s) are greatly preferred.


Interested parties should send their cover letter, work-related references and resume to:

William Kohls

P.O. Box 26

Beaver Island MI 49782.


Please submit resumes by April 12, 2016. Please direct any questions to or call Mr. Kohls at 231.448.2389 during office hours (10:00 am – 2:00 pm on Thursdays.) Prospective applicants may also direct their questions to Robert Marsh at 231.448.2228.




Current Conditions – Greene’s Bay Beach, Beaver Island, MI


As of 8:29 AM Friday, April 8, 2016


Forecast: Mostly Cloudy, Snow within 12 hours


Outside Temp: 23.8 F

High Outside Temp: 30.5 F at 12:00 AM

Low Outside Temp: 23.4 F at 4:37 AM

Outside Humidity: 73%

Barometer: 29.801″ and Rising Slowly


Wind Speed: 3.0 Mph

Wind Direction: NNW

High Gust: 10.0 Mph at 1:52 AM

10 min Avg Wind: 2.0 Mph


Rain Rate: 0.00″/Hour

Day Rain: 0.00″

Storm Rain: 0.25″

Month Rain: 0.49″

Year Rain: 0.49″


Phyllis Moore report –

this morning at 24°, with a windchill of 15°, wind is at 9 mph from the NW with gusts up to 16 mph, humidity is at 71%, pressure is rising from 1005 mb, and visibility is 10+ miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs around 30°. North winds at 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Snow showers likely. Lows around 16°. North winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of April 8, 1513 – Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain.

Did you know that an egg contains every vitamin except vitamin C?

Word of the day: raconteuse (rak-uh n-TOOZ, -TOOS) which means a woman who is skilled in relating stories and anecdotes interestingly. Raconteuse is the feminine form of the French term raconteur, which in turn derives from the verb raconter meaning “to tell.” It entered English in the mid-1800s.



Grace Gatliff Doig



Hey, Let’s be careful out there. Especially in the school zone.



To Lucas and all our listeners, the late Admiral William S. Halsey said, “All problems become smaller if, instead of indulging them, you confront them. Touch a thistle timidly and it pricks you; grasp it boldly, and its spines crumble.” Not sure if that would work the same with a porcupine, but tackling problems is the way to go.

That’s the WVBI Community Calendar for Friday, April 8th,2016. I’m Greg Doig at WVBI ‚the Voice of Beaver Island.

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