News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, September 11th, 2020

This is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, September 11th, 2020—the 19th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks in New York City, Arlington and Shanksville.  Never forget. 

First, some news…

 

Both legs of Line 5, the Enbridge pipeline under the straits, are in operation again. That after the Federal Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said it had not found any “integrity issues” with the east line.  The east line had been shut down since June after an inspection showed damage to supports and protective coating apparently caused by something being dragged across the pipeline.  The west line was also closed for a short time.  On Wednesday the Ingham County court that had enjoined operation of the east line dissolved its order preventing operation of the line.  Environmental groups and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel continue to fight to shut down the pipeline. Meantime, the Michigan DNR is conducting a review of Enbridge’s compliance with the easement governing use of the line.  Governor Whitmer says the results of that process should be announced shortly. Also underway is a review of an Enbridge plan to replace the pipeline with a tunnel that would in turn carry pipelines under the lakebed at the straights. 

Charlevoix may or may not see a campaign visit by President Trumps son.  At City Commission earlier this week it was revealed that the campaign had sought a permit for a rally in Charlevoix that could include an appearance by Donald Trump Jr.  The rally is planned for the 15th.  Local Republican Party vice chair Tony Cutler says that a visit isn’t likely, according to a report in the Charlevoix Courier.  Time will tell.

 

State health officials reported a whopping 924 new confirmed cases in their data yesterday.  There were 18 new deaths, but one taken off the list attributed to Grand Traverse for a net of 17. There are now 109,519 confirmed cases since the crisis began.  Of those 20,763 are active.  Death toll stands at 6,569. The seven-day running average for new cases is up again to 732.  Average for deaths is up one to seven.  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 43.8 per million, which is at the low end of the high risk zone. 

 

Our region had 13 new cases in yesterday’s report and as noted above, one death taken off the roll in Grand Traverse County.  New cases were in Emmet, Kalkaska and Leelanau with one each and Grand Traverse with 12.  Both Charlevoix and Otsego had one case removed. Overall total of cases in our region is 960 of which 372 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 22 new cases and no new deaths. They now have 1,199 total cases with 502 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

109519

6569

924

17

Region

960

32

13

-1

TVC Zone

1441

60

13

-1

UP

1199

19

22

0

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

732

7

 

Region

10

0

 

TVC Zone

14

0

 

UP

20

0

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

55

0

0

0

Benzie

56

2

0

0

Charlevoix

75

3

-1

0

Emmet

123

4

1

0

Grand Traverse

365

7

12

-1

Kalkaska

60

4

1

0

Leelanau

91

1

1

0

Otsego

135

11

-1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

20763

 

 

Region

372

 

 

TVC Zone

502

 

 

UP

502

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Data from 9/10/2020

 

Safe Start data for our zone show the positive test rate at 2.2%, which is in the low risk zone.  The number of new cases per million is 21.7, which is medium-high risk. The TVC zone continues to be the lowest risk zone in the state. There were 13 new cases in the T-C zone yesterday and the one death in Grand Traverse taken off. 1,441 cases since the start with 502 active, and 60 deaths. Averages are 14 new cases a day and no deaths.  

 

No changes in today’s Health Center report. Total tests so far are 172.  Of those, 167 are back as negative, three pending and six positives—with five of those for folks who’ve left the island and the remaining one more than 30 days old.  So, still no known active cases on the island.

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

Sunny, with a high near 67. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.

Tonight

A 10 percent chance of showers after 5am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 49. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast after midnight.

Saturday

Showers likely, mainly after 8am. Cloudy, with a high near 68. South wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Saturday Night

Showers likely before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Southeast wind around 10 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with a high near 68. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 48.

Monday

Sunny, with a high near 66.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 49.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 49.

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 67.

Out on the big drink…

Today

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

Tonight

NE wind 10 to 15 kt becoming SSE after midnight. A slight chance of showers after 5am. Waves 1 ft or less.

Saturday

SSE wind 10 to 15 kt. Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Saturday Night

SSE wind around 15 kt becoming WSW after midnight. Showers likely before 2am. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Sunday

WNW wind around 15 kt. Partly sunny. Waves 2 to 4 ft.

Water Temps: 62 at the mid-lake buoy. A chilly 56 at the bridge. 61 at Mackinac City. Water is at 62 down at the Sleeping Bear Dunes lakeshore. And at the mid-lake buoy on the south end of the lake, it’s still a balmy 69.

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:  Judi Meister and Dustin Crandall are celebrating today. Unfortunately, we had them on the list yesterday when in fact we should have had Dawn Johnson, Steve Drost and Bill Kohne.  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 2001 Islamic terrorists hit major US cities in coordinated attack. Four passenger jets are hijacked in a terrorist suicide plot, with two planes slamming into New York’s World Trade Center twin towers, one hitting the Pentagon outside Washington, DC, and another crashing in Pennsylvania. The death toll from the worst terrorist attack on American soil will reach 2,977. The attacks were organized by a terror group run by Osama bin Laden.  In April 2011, President Obama ordered a covert operation to kill or capture bin Laden. On May 2, 2011, the White House announced that SEAL Team Six had successfully carried out the operation, killing him in his Abbottabad compound in Pakistan. (bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: (Ruddy) adjective [RUDD-ee], which means: having a healthy reddish color; red, reddish; British — used as an intensive. In Old English, there were two related words referring to red coloring: rēad and rudu. Rēad evolved into our present-day red. Rudu evolved into rud (a word now encountered only in dialect or archaic usage) and ruddy. Most often, ruddy is applied to the face when it has the red glow of good health or is red from a suffusion of blood from exercise or excitement. It is also used in the names of some birds, such as the American ruddy duck. In British English, ruddy is also used as a colorful euphemism for the sometimes offensive intensive bloody, as 20th-century English writer Sir Kingsley Amis illustrates in The Riverside Villas Murder: “Ruddy marvelous, the way these coppers’ minds work…. I take a swing at Chris Inman in public means I probably done him in.” (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 Friday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Todd Beamer, a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001 as he and other passengers were getting ready to storm the cockpit of their hijacked plane: “Are you guys ready? Let’s roll.”

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, September 11th, 2020.  The on-air Calendar is back on Monday.  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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