Community Calendar for Wednesday, August 17th, 2022

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Another no news is good news day on the local COVID-19 front. Nothing new from the Health Center. The latest state data shows an uptick in new cases—6,000 more this past week over the prior week—but a down tick in deaths from 108 to 88. In our region there were 271 new cases and three deaths. Charlevoix had 12 new cases during the week. The deaths were in Benzie, Emmet and Leelanau.

 

Petoskey City Commissioners have approved ballot language for a proposal to allow medical marijuana retailors to sell weed for recreational use. The question will be on the November ballot. Currently, Petoskey allows up to three medical marijuana establishments.

 

Habitat for Humanity celebrated the start of a new affordable housing project in Alanson yesterday.  They are working to raise five million in funds to build 43 modular homes in Emmet and Charlevoix counties by 2025 and 32 of them would be at the project in Alanson in the Meadowlands. 

Now, here’s a look at what’s happening on your island…

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Today, there’s a Joint Masterplan open house meeting at the BIC Center from 2 to 6. It’ll be a chance to learn about and provide input on the updated Master Plan for the island.  Again that’s today from 2:00 to 6:00 right here at the BIC Center. If you can’t make that time, there’s a link in the calendar entry online that can use to provide input. This afternoon there’s also a Parent Athlete meeting at B-I-C-S at 4:30 and the school board committee of the whole meets at 5:30. Thursday, the Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets at 4:30 at the BIC Center and the Library Board meets at the Library at 5:00.  That’s it for the week, Details are in the calendar entries online.

 

On the fun front today, Wednesday, there’s a Pastel Workshop at the Beaver Island Gallery starting at 8:30.  There is a fee and you should sign up in advance. Senior Chair Yoga is on at 9:30 up in the Hangout at the BIC Center and Summer Yoga is on in the Theater. Tennis is at 10:00 over on the municipal courts. The Historical Society’s Picnic on the Patio continues its summer run at noon at the Print Shop. Bring a lunch, if you like, and your curiosity about the island. Protar’s home is open from 1:00 to 3:00 and you might be able to arrange a tour of the Whiskey point light. Check at the Print Shop Museum. Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 Soccer practice starts up for the season at B-I-C-S. Wednesday evening over at the Gregg Fellowship Center its BINGO. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship and games start at 7:00.

 

Thursday, the original island Farmer’s Market is on at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop from 8:30 to 10:30. The Pastel Workshop continues at the Beaver Island Gallery. Senior Tai Chi is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 9:30. At 10:00 at the Library there’s the Summer Story Hour with its ocean theme for this summer.  Stories, activities and more at your district library. And, Pickleball is from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts.

 

Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program starts up in the Hangout at 9:00 and runs until 10:00. Summer Yoga is on at 9:30. Tennis starts at 10:00 and runs to noon over on the municipal tennis courts. At 7:00 Friday evening there’s a special event at the Print Shop Museum.  A presentation on Irish Music by Glenn Hendrix.  It’s a prelude to the upcoming Irish Felie with both a look at the history of the genre on the island and some demonstrations.

 

Saturday, Pickleball is on over on the municipal tennis courts from 10 to noon. Also at 10:00, the softball tournament continues with a great concession stand open this year for refreshments and lunch. Protar’s home is open from 1:00 to 3:00 and you might be able to arrange a tour of the Whiskey point light. Check at the Print Shop Museum. RFD Boys take to the stage at the BIC Center at 7:00 Saturday evening. Tickets are at tickets dot bic center dot org.

 

Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar.

 

And, a final calendar note… Mark Ortwein and his Jazztet will play at the BIC Center on the 24th. If you saw him play with the St. James Jazz ensemble at the brewery earlier this week, you’ll want to see him again—and if you missed it, well, here’s your chance. Tickets are at tickets.biccenter.org.  

 

Monday, Senior Chair Yoga is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Also Monday, Tennis is on over at the municipal courts from 10 to noon. At noon, it’s the next Marine Museum Monday with a presentation at, you guessed it, the Marine Museum.  Bring your lunch along if you like.

 

Tuesday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 9:00 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the Municipal Tennis Courts. At 8:00 Tuesday evening, meet up next to Marina South for Protopia’s Tuesday evening Bike Boodle. Bring your own bike and light.

BIRTHDAYS:  Marlene Wiser,m Ryan Oliver and Riley Williamson celebrate today. Happy Birthday to Marlene Ryan and Riley and if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports, island beltway running smoothly and no bridge delays. Still, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1959, Miles Davis remakes jazz music with a landmark album. A new cool modality unfurls on Miles Davis’ latest album, ‘Kind of Blue.’ Davis’ brilliant horn playing, and his sublime supporting ensemble, including Bill Evans and John Coltrane, will make the disc an enduring success, and it will be considered by some the greatest jazz record of all time.

MERRIAM-WEBSTER WORD OF THE DAY: wreak (verb) [REEK] which means “to bring about or cause (something that is harmful or damaging).” It is often used in the phrase “wreak havoc.” In its early days, wreak was synonymous with avenge, a meaning exemplified when Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus proclaims “We will solicit heaven, and move the gods / To send down Justice for to wreak our wrongs.” This sense is now archaic, but the association hasn’t been lost: although wreak is today most often paired with havoc, it is also still sometimes paired with vengeance. We humbly suggest you avoid wreaking either, no matter how badly you may crave your just deserts.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Wednesday

Here’s a thought for the day from Miles Davis: “Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.”

 

On a lighter note: How did the alligator feel after eating the bird? Full of egret. 

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, August 17th, 2022. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day—and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening. 

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Today

Sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the morning.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 62. West wind around 5 mph.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. South wind around 5 mph.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of rain after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Saturday Night

A chance of rain before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.

Sunday

A chance of rain after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Sunday Night

A chance of rain before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

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

Thursday

SSW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming WSW in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Friday

SW wind 5 to 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 70 in Little Traverse Bay, 64 at White Shoal and 70 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002

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Community Calendar for Tuesday, August 16th, 2022

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Another no news is good news day on the local COVID-19 front. Nothing new from the Health Center. State hospital utilization data released yesterday looked good.  Overall in-patient numbers dropped below normal and COVID-19 numbers were unchanged, but low.

 

Charlevoix police are working with the FBI to find out who called in a bomb threat that closed a block of Charlevoix’s downtown and closed U-S 31 last week. The caller said there were bombs on the bridge and a sniper in the area. Police sent a sharp shooter to the roof of the Earl hotel in response. But, a check of the bridge and surrounding area found nothing. Like a similar threat in Harbor Springs in 2021, police think this threat will turn out to have originated from overseas.

 

Civic leaders in Alpena, Sault Ste. Marie, Escanaba, Iron Mountain and Pellston are worried that just announced cuts to Delta’s regional air service to their communities will make travel up north more inconvenient and hurt the local economy. Non-stop service will end with jets flying from community to community rather than direct to Detroit. SkyWest says it is cutting back service due to pilot shortages despite record traffic this summer. The changes start September 12th.

Now, here’s a look at what’s happening on your island…

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Today, Waste management Committee meets at 1:30 at Peaine Township hall. B-I-A Borad meets that afternoon at 4:00 at the BIC Center. Wednesday there’s a Joint Masterplan open house meeting at the BIC Center from 2 to 6. It’ll be a chance to learn about and provide input on the updated Master Plan for the island.  Again that’s Wednesday the17th from 2:00 to 6:00 right here at the BIC Center. If you can’t make that time, there’s a link in the calendar entry online that can use to provide input. That afternoon there’s also a Parent Athlete meeting at B-I-C-S at 4:30 and the school board committee of the whole meets at 5:30. Thursday, the Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets at 4:30 at the BIC Center and the Library Board meets at the Library at 5:00.  That’s it for the week, Details are in the calendar entries online.

 

On the fun front today, Tuesday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 9:00 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the Municipal Tennis Courts. At 8:00 Tuesday evening, meet up next to Marina South for Protopia’s Tuesday evening Bike Boodle. Bring your own bike and light.

 

Wednesday, there’s a Pastel Workshop at the Beaver Island Gallery starting at 8:30.  There is a fee and you should sign up in advance. Senior Chair Yoga is on at 9:30 up in the Hangout at the BIC Center and Summer Yoga is on in the Theater. Tennis is at 10:00 over on the municipal courts. The Historical Society’s Picnic on the Patio continues its summer run at noon at the Print Shop. Bring a lunch, if you like, and your curiosity about the island. Protar’s home is open from 1:00 to 3:00 and you might be able to arrange a tour of the Whiskey point light. Check at the Print Shop Museum. Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 Soccer practice starts up for the season at B-I-C-S. Wednesday evening over at the Gregg Fellowship Center its BINGO. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship and games start at 7:00.

 

Thursday, the original island Farmer’s Market is on at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop from 8:30 to 10:30. The Pastel Workshop continues at the Beaver Island Gallery. Senior Tai Chi is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 9:30. At 10:00 at the Library there’s the Summer Story Hour with its ocean theme for this summer.  Stories, activities and more at your district library. And, Pickleball is from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts.

 

Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program starts up in the Hangout at 9:00 and runs until 10:00. Summer Yoga is on at 9:30. Tennis starts at 10:00 and runs to noon over on the municipal tennis courts. At 7:00 Friday evening there’s a special event at the Print Shop Museum.  A presentation on Irish Music by Glenn Hendrix.  It’s a prelude to the upcoming Irish Felie with both a look at the history of the genre on the island and some demonstrations.

 

Saturday, Pickleball is on over on the municipal tennis courts from 10 to noon. Also at 10:00, the softball tournament continues with a great concession stand open this year for refreshments and lunch. Protar’s home is open from 1:00 to 3:00 and you might be able to arrange a tour of the Whiskey point light. Check at the Print Shop Museum. RFD Boys take to the stage at the BIC Center at 7:00 Friday evening. Tickets are at tickets dot bic center dot org.

 

Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar.

 

And, a final calendar note… Mark Ortwein and his Jazztet will play at the BIC Center on the 24th. If you saw him play with the St. James Jazz ensemble at the brewery earlier this week, you’ll want to see him again—and if you missed it, well, here’s your chance. Tickets are at tickets.biccenter.org.  

 

Monday, Senior Chair Yoga is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Also Monday, Tennis is on over at the municipal courts from 10 to noon. At noon, it’s the next Marine Museum Monday with a presentation at, you guessed it, the Marine Museum.  Bring your lunch along if you like.

BIRTHDAYS:  Cory Palmer, Keith Grassmick, Heather McDonough, Mike Hess and Samantha Bontrager celebrate today. Happy Birthday to Samantha, Heather, Mike, Keith and Cory and if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  None, nada, zip. But, remember, you still aren’t the only one around. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1989, space storms crash a stock market’s computers. All trading is halted on the Toronto Stock Exchange as disc drives fail and computers crash. Scientists trace the failure to microchip interference from a geomagnetic storm caused by a massive solar flare, even larger than the one that took down Quebec’s power grid months earlier.

MERRIAM-WEBSTER WORD OF THE DAY: litany

(noun) [LIT-uh-nee] which refers to a usually lengthy recitation or enumeration of something, such as a set of complaints, names, or questions. It can also be used to refer to a sizeable series or set, which may or may not be spoken aloud, as when a drug has “a litany of possible side effects.” How do we love the word litany? Let us count the ways. We love its original 13th century meaning, still in use today, referring to a call-and-response prayer in which a series of lines are spoken alternately by a leader and a congregation. We love how litany has developed in the intervening centuries three figurative senses, and we love each of these as well: first, a sense meaning “repetitive chant”; next, the “lengthy recitation” sense owing to the repetitious—and sometimes interminable—nature of the original litany; and finally, an even broader sense referring to any sizeable series or set. Though litanies of this third sort tend to be unpleasant, we choose today to think of the loveliness found in the idea of “a litany of sonnets by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.”

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Tuesday

Here’s a thought for the day from President Harry S. Truman: “A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”

 

On a lighter note: I’d tell you a potato joke, but I’m not sure how to starch. 

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, August 16th, 2022. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day—and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening. 

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Today

Sunny, with a high near 79. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 55. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 57. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 80. Light south wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.

Saturday

A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.

Sunday

A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

E wind 5 to 10 kt becoming NNE in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Wednesday

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

Thursday

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

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 70 in Little Traverse Bay and 70 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.

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Community Calendar for Monday, August 15th, 2022

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Concerns about speeding are in the news again after a dog was hit and ultimately died from his injuries in East Side Drive last week. The incident was especially perplexing to onlookers because the driver of the vehicle that hit the dog reportedly ignored several people urging her to slow down.

 

 

A water main break downstate has lead to a boil water advisory and Governor Whitmer declaring a state of emergency for the counties. The water main break was discovered early Saturday morning near Great Lakes Water Authority’s Lake Huron Water Treatment plant. Some residents in peer, Macomb, Oakland, and St. Clair counties are all advised to boil drinking water until further notice. No word on when the break is expected to be repaired.

 

Up in the U-P, a wild fire out on Isle Royale has caused the closure of several campgrounds and trails at the National Park there.  The fire broke out Saturday and spread to about 10 acres of land on the wilderness island.  No injuries have been reported.  The cause is under investigation.

 

The cooler weather we’ve seen since the middle of last week has some of us wondering if we are in for an early and cooler fall.  M-Live forecasters say to worry not. Looking at models from the National Weather Service and other data, they say that September and October are looking to be a little warmer than normal—with typical amounts of rainfall, but a bit drier because of the warmer temps.  So quite pleasant overall.

Now, here’s a look at what’s happening on your island…

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Tuesday, Waste management Committee meets at 1:30 at Peaine Township hall. B-I-A Borad meets that afternoon at 4:00 at the BIC Center. Wednesday there’s a Joint Masterplan open house meeting at the BIC Center from 2 to 6. It’ll be a chance to learn about and provide input on the updated Master Plan for the island.  Again that’s Wednesday the17th from 2:00 to 6:00 right here at the BIC Center. If you can’t make that time, there’s a link in the calendar entry online that can use to provide input. That afternoon there’s also a Parent Athlete meeting at B-I-C-S at 4:30 and the school board committee of the whole meets at 5:30. Thursday, the Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets at 4:30 at the BIC Center and the Library Board meets at the Library at 5:00.  That’s it for the week, Details are in the calendar entries online.

 

On the fun front today, Monday, Senior Chair Yoga is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Also Monday, Tennis is on over at the municipal courts from 10 to noon. At noon, it’s the next Marine Museum Monday with a presentation at, you guessed it, the Marine Museum.  Bring your lunch along if you like.

 

Tuesday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 9:00 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the Municipal Tennis Courts. At 8:00 Tuesday evening, meet up next to Marina South for Protopia’s Tuesday evening Bike Boodle. Bring your own bike and light.

 

Wednesday, there’s a Pastel Workshop at the Beaver Island Gallery starting at 8:30.  There is a fee and you should sign up in advance. Senior Chair Yoga is on at 9:30 up in the Hangout at the BIC Center and Summer Yoga is on in the Theater. Tennis is at 10:00 over on the municipal courts. The Historical Society’s Picnic on the Patio continues its summer run at noon at the Print Shop. Bring a lunch, if you like, and your curiosity about the island. Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 Soccer practice starts up for the season at B-I-C-S. Wednesday evening over at the Gregg Fellowship Center its BINGO. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship and games start at 7:00.

 

Thursday, the original island Farmer’s Market is on at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop from 8:30 to 10:30. The Pastel Workshop continues at the Beaver Island Gallery. Senior Tai Chi is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 9:30. At 10:00 at the Library there’s the Summer Story Hour with its ocean theme for this summer.  Stories, activities and more at your district library. And, Pickleball is from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts.

 

Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program starts up in the Hangout at 9:00 and runs until 10:00. Summer Yoga is on at 9:30. Tennis starts at 10:00 and runs to noon over on the municipal tennis courts. At 7:00 Friday evening there’s a special event at the Print Shop Museum.  A presentation on Irish Music by Glenn Hendrix.  It’s a prelude to the upcoming Irish Felie with both a look at the history of the genre on the island and some deomostrations.

 

Saturday, Pickleball is on over on the municipal tennis courts from 10 to noon. Also at 10:00, the softball tournament continues with a great concession stand open this year for refreshments and lunch. RFD Boys take to the stage at the BIC Center at 7:00 Friday evening. Tickets are at tickets dot bic center dot org.

 

Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar.

 

And, a final calendar note… Mark Ortwein and his Jazztet will play at the BIC Center on the 24th. If you saw him play with the St. James Jazz ensemble at the brewery earlier this week, you’ll want to see him again—and if you missed it, well, here’s your chance. Tickets are at tickets.biccenter.org.  

BIRTHDAYS:  Kevin Gillespie and Eric Naranjo  celebrate today. Happy Birthday to Eric and Kevin and if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports but…expect delays in town around ferry time.  And, still lots of folks out exploring on bikes. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1947, British Empire’s former ‘jewel in the crown’ breaks free as Crown Rule ends in one of the most populous places on the planet, the vast, diverse country of India. Although the Dutch, Danish, and French were there before them, Britain has had a presence on the vast subcontinent since 1612. Today, however, India gains its freedom.

MERRIAM-WEBSTER WORD OF THE DAY: dilatory (adjective) [DILL-uh-tor-ee] which means “tending or intended to cause delay.” It can also mean “tending to procrastinate or be late.” “Slow down, you move too fast / You got to make the morning last / Just kicking down the cobblestones / Looking for fun and feelin’…” dilatory? We can’t say Paul Simon was wrong to choose groovy to end that verse of “The 59th Street Bridge Song” but dilatory would have also made sense. You see, if procrastination is your style, dilatory is the word for you. It’s been describing things that cause delay since at least the 15th century, and its ancestors were hanging around with similar meanings long before that. The word’s source is dilatus, a form of the multifaceted Latin verb differre, meaning “to carry away in varying directions, spread abroad, postpone, delay, be unlike or distinct.” That verb is also an ancestor of the words different, differ, and defer—a fact we think is pretty groovy.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Monday

Here’s a thought for the day from Mahatma Gandhi: “Our greatest ability as humans is not to change the world; but to change ourselves.”

 

On a lighter note: What do you call a hen that counts eggs.  A mathama-chicken. 

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Monday, August 15th, 2022. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day—and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening. 

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Today

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 78. North wind around 5 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 61. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 79. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 60.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.

Friday

A chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Friday Night

A chance of showers before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.

Saturday

A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Sunday

A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

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

Tuesday

E wind 5 to 10 kt becoming NNE in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Wednesday

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

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: White Shoal is off-line this morning, 70 in Little Traverse Bay and 69 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002

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Community Calendar for Friday, August 12th, 2022

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The spotted lanternfly, an invasive bug that the D-N-R has on it look-out list, has now been spotted downstate in Pontiac. Officials say they have confirmed several egg masses there.  They say the winged pest likes to feast on fruit crops, particularly grapes, and presents a real threat to Michigan grape growers. The fly feeds on a wide range of plants including trees such as black walnut, river birch, willow, sumac, and red maple. They suck sap and excrete honeydew, a sticky liquid that collects on the ground and grows sooty mold, which can discolor and kill plants. So, yet another invasive to worry about keeping off the island. 

 

In other D-N-R news, they announced yesterday that deer hunters will be required to report all successful hunts online this fall. That’s after a voluntary test of the system last fall that went well. Reports are due within 72 hours of the kill.  Officials say filling out the form will take five minutes. There’s a link in today’s script online where you can learn more about the system. No word on what to do if you are at a deer camp with no internet service.  

 

 

And, speaking of broadband service, the F-C-C yesterday reversed its decision to award 885 million in Rural Digital Opportunity Funding to Starlink, the satellite based internet provider. Advocates for rural broadband call the decision a victory because, had the funding remained in place, areas for which it was awarded would have become ineligible for some of the current round of funding under last falls infrastructure act. The decision was driven by Starlink’s fairly slow upload speeds—typically less than 20 Mbps—and concerns that the service will not be able to keep up with throughput demands driven by fiber. 

Now, here’s a look at what’s happening on your island… 

 

Here’s your meeting planner for next week: Tuesday, Waste management Committee meets at 1:30 at Peaine Township hall. B-I-A Borad meets that afternoon at 4:00 at the BIC Center. Wednesday there’s a Joint Masterplan open house meeting at the BIC Center from 2 to 6. It’ll be a chance to learn about and provide input on the updated Master Plan for the island.  Again that’s Wednesday the17th from 2:00 to 6:00 right here at the BIC Center. If you can’t make that time, there’s a link in the calendar entry online that can use to provide input. That afternoon there’s also a Parent Athlete meeting at B-I-C-S and the school board committee of the whole meets at 5:30. Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets Thursday afternoon at 4:30 at the BIC Center and the Library Board meets at the Library at 5:00.  That’s it for the week, Details are in the calendar entries online.  

 

On the fun front today, Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program starts up in the Hangout at 9:00 and runs until 10:00. Summer Yoga is on at 9:30. Tennis starts at 10:00 and runs to noon over on the municipal tennis courts. Homecoming events kick-off with the first games of the Mike Perdue Memorial Softball Tournament at 1:00 over at Bud McDonough Memorial Field. 

 

Saturday, Pickleball is on over on the municipal tennis courts from 10 to noon. Also at 10:00, the softball tournament continues with a great concession stand open this year for refreshments and lunch.  

 

Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar. The Annual Bocce Ball Tournament is on at Peaine Township Park is on Sunday starting at 11:00—hopefully using the new Bocce Ball court for at least one field. Lunch is included in your registration. Sign up with Frank D’Andria. Also, the downtown farmer’s market is on from 11 to 3. And the Homecoming Chicken Dinner is on from 4:30 to 7:00 at Holy Cross Hall. 

 

And, a final calendar note… to great music events still on deck for August at the BIC Center. The RFD Boys will be here on Saturday the 20th—they were a sellout last year—and then on the Tuesday after that, Mark Ortwein and his Jazztet will play at the BIC Center. If you saw him play with the St. James Jazz ensemble at the brewery earlier this week, you’ll want to see him again—and if you missed it, well, here’s your chance. Tickets for both shows are at tickets.biccenter.org.  

 

Monday, Senior Chair Yoga is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Also Monday, Tennis is probably off given the weather, but normally is on the municipal courts from 10 to noon. At noon, it’s the next Marine Museum Monday with a presentation at, you guessed it, the Marine Museum.  Bring your lunch along if you like.  

 

Tuesday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 9:00 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the Municipal Tennis Courts. At 8:00 Tuesday evening, meet up next to Marina South for Protopia’s Tuesday evening Bike Boodle. Bring your own bike and light. 

 

Wednesday, Senior Chair Yoga is on at 9:30 up in the Hangout at the BIC Center and Summer Yoga is on in the Theater. Tennis is at 10:00 over on the municipal courts. Volleyball camp concludes today at school. The Historical Society’s Picnic on the Patio continues its summer run at noon at the Print Shop. Bring a lunch, if you like, and your curiosity about the island. Wednesday evening over at the Gregg Fellowship Center its BINGO. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship and games start at 7:00.  

 

Thursday, the original island Farmer’s Market is on at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop from 8:30 to 10:30. Senior Tai Chi is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 9:30. At 10:00 at the Library there’s the Summer Story Hour with its ocean theme for this summer.  Stories, activities and more at your district library. And, Pickleball is from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts.  

BIRTHDAYS:  Dan McDonough, Jacqueline Martin and Davi Stein celebrate today. Tomorrow, Tina Morgan, Becky Gercae, Patti Crawford and Alice Walker blow out candles. And Sunday it is Logan Crandall. Happy Birthday to Alice, Patti, Becky, Tina, Jacqueline, Davi and Dan and if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports but…expect delays in town around ferry time.  And, still lots of folks out exploring on bikes. So, let’s be careful out there.  

ON THIS DAY in 1981, IBM makes it personal with the 5150 computer. $1,565 will get you 16K of RAM, a 4.77 MHz CPU, and DOS 1.0 on IBM’s new entry into the marketplace, a machine marketed as a personal computer, or ‘PC.’ Open standards mean third parties can write software or build peripherals, which will contribute to the 5150’s huge success. 

 

MERRIAM-WEBSTER WORD OF THE DAY: melancholia (noun) [mel-un-KOH-lee-uh] which refers to a feeling of sadness or depression. It is also used to refer to a sad tone or quality that one perceives in something, such as a work of art or literature. When is a word full of humor yet far from humorous? Melancholia traces back to Greek melan- (“black, dark”) and cholē (“bile”). Medical practitioners once adhered to the system of humors—bodily fluids that included black bile, yellow bile, blood, and phlegm. An imbalance of these humors was thought to lead to disorders of the mind and body. One suffering from an excess of black bile (believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen) could become sullen, unsociable, and liable to depression. Today, doctors no longer ascribe physical and mental disorders to disruptions of the four humors, but the word melancholia is still used in psychiatry as a general term for despondency. 

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Friday 

Here’s a thought for the day from Thomas Watson, president of I-B-M in 1943: “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”  Ooops. 

 

On a lighter note: How do lumberjacks work from home? They log in.   

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, August 12th, 2022. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day—and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening.   

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Today 

Sunny, with a high near 75. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the morning. 

Tonight 

A 10 percent chance of showers after 5am. Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. 

Saturday 

A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly after 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 

Saturday Night 

A 30 percent chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Southeast wind around 5 mph. 

Sunday 

Partly sunny, with a high near 75. East wind 5 to 10 mph. 

Sunday Night 

Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. 

Monday 

Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. 

Monday Night 

Mostly clear, with a low around 60. 

Tuesday 

Sunny, with a high near 79. 

Tuesday Night 

Mostly clear, with a low around 60. 

Wednesday 

Sunny, with a high near 80. 

Wednesday Night 

Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. 

Thursday 

Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. 

Out on the Big Drink:  

Today 

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

Saturday 

SSW wind around 10 kt becoming SSE in the afternoon. A chance of showers. Waves 1 ft or less. 

Sunday 

E wind 5 to 10 kt becoming NNE in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. 

Monday 

NNE wind 5 to 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. 

Tuesday 

ENE wind 5 to 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. 

Fire Danger Level: High 

Water Temps: White Shoal is off-line this morning, 70 in Little Traverse Bay and 69 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island. 

 

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Community Calendar for Thursday, August 11th, 2022

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State new case data released yesterday showed a big drop in the number of new cases, but a slight uptick in deaths. There were an average of 1,920 new cases and 16 deaths each day during the seven-day reporting period. Charlevoix saw an average of just under seven new cases a day and no deaths. Meantime, hospitalization utilization continued to look good with normal numbers over all and a drop in COVID-19 occupancy statewide.  No changes locally with just three COVID-19 patients at McLaren and none at Munson. And, nothing new from the Health Center.  No known active cases on the island.

 

Buyers hoping to get in line to order Ford Motor Company’s popular all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup learned this week the price of the base model is going up 17.5 percent. The automaker blames inflation for rising costs, like the extra $4 billion it is spending on commodities like steel and aluminum. Indeed, Michigan’s top five publicly traded companies cite inflation as the reason they have raised the price on products, everything from surgical equipment to breakfast cereal.

 

Charlevoix will soon have a representative among the global contingent living aboard the International Space Station. Josh Cassada will be one of four astronauts to spend six months aboard the ISS. A 1993 grad of Charlevoix High School, he’s

the pilot for an upcoming SpaceX Crew-5 mission that will launch in September.

 

A reminder that stargazers will be treated to a double-header of spectacles this week, as the last meteor shower of the summer shares the sky with the final super moon of the year.  The August full moon will hit its peak on this evening just after 9:30.

The annual Perseid meteor shower will peak Friday into Saturday overnight with as many as 90 colorful meteors per hour over peak nights. The moon’s light will obscure some of the Perseids’ shooting stars during the nights of their maximum activity, but don’t give up on your stargazing — meteor rates will still be better than pretty much any other night this year. The best time to watch will be just after midnight early Saturday morning.

Now, here’s a look at what’s happening on your island…

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Nothing, nada, all done for the week. We’ll have your planner for next week tomorrow, and one thing you may want to include a Community Open House being hosted by the island’s Planning Commissions.  It’ll be a chance to learn about and provide input on the updated Master Plan for the island.  Mark your calendar for the 17th from 2:00 to 6:00 right here at the BIC Center. If you can’t make that time, there’s a link in the calendar entry online that can use to provide input.

 

On the fun front today, Thursday, the original island Farmer’s Market is on at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop from 8:30 to 10:30. Senior Tai Chi is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 9:30. At 10:00 at the Library there’s the Summer Story Hour with its ocean theme for this summer.  Stories, activities and more at your district library. And, Pickleball is from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts. Elks club meets at 5:00 at the Peaine Township Hall. Last, but certainly not least for tonight is the BIC Center WVBI Secret Garden Summer Gala, Tickets are sold out, but if you have them remember things kick off at 6:00.

 

Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program starts up in the Hangout at 9:00 and runs until 10:00. Summer Yoga is on at 9:30. Tennis starts at 10:00 and runs to noon over on the municipal tennis courts. Homecoming events kick-off with the first games of the Mike Perdue Memorial Softball Tournament at 2:00 over at Bud McDonough Memorial Field.

 

Saturday, Pickleball is on over on the municipal tennis courts from 10 to noon. Also at 10:00, the softball tournament continues with a great concession stand open this year for refreshments and lunch.

 

Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar. The Annual Bocce Ball Tournament is on at Peaine Township Park is on Sunday starting at 11:00—hopefully using the new Bocce Ball court for at least one field. Lunch is included in your registration. Sign up with Frank D’Andria. Also, the downtown farmer’s market is on from 11 to 3. And the Homecoming Chicken Dinner is on from 4:30 to 7:00 at Holy Cross Hall.

 

And, a final calendar note… to great music events still on deck for August at the BIC Center. The RFD Boys will be here on Saturday the 20th—they were a sellout last year—and then on the Tuesday after that, Mark Ortwein and his Jazztet will play at the BIC Center. If you saw him play with the St. James Jazz ensemble at the brewery earlier this week, you’ll want to see him again—and if you missed it, well, here’s your chance. Tickets for both shows are at tickets.biccenter.org.

 

ON THIS DAY in 1973, American Graffiti cruises into theaters. Writer/director George Lucas takes moviegoers back to the early 1960s with stories of drive-ins, high-school sock hops, and cruising the strip. The cast includes Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Mackenzie Phillips, Harrison Ford, and Cindy Williams.

 

 

MERRIAM-WEBSTER WORD OF THE DAY: alleviate (verb) [uh-LEE-vee-ayt] which means “to make something less painful, difficult, or severe” or “to partially remove or correct.” Now for a bit of light reading. Alleviate comes from Latin levis, meaning “having little weight.” (Levis also gave rise to the English adjective light, as in “not heavy.”) In its early days, alleviate could mean “to cause (something) to have less weight” or “to make (something) more tolerable.” The literal “make lighter” sense is no longer used, and today only the “relieve” sense remains. Incidentally, not only is alleviate a synonym of relieve, it’s also a cousin; relieve comes from levare (“to raise”), which in turn comes from levis.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Thursday…

Here’s a thought for the day from filmmaker George Lucas: “You can’t do it unless you can imagine it.”

 

On a lighter note: Why did the dandelion quit dating? It kept getting blown off.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Thursday, August 11th, 2022. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day—and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening. 

 

Weather:

 

Today

Sunny, with a high near 76. North wind 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 58. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 76. North wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Saturday

A 50 percent chance of showers after 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. South wind 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with a high near 76.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 62.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 79.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 62.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 78.

 

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

N wind 10 to 15 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Friday

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

Saturday

S wind around 10 kt. Showers likely, mainly after 1pm. Waves around 1 ft.

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 63 at White Shoal, 69 in Little Traverse Bay and 69 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002

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Community Calendar for Wednesday, August 10th, 2022

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It’s yet another no news is good news day on the COVID-19 data front. Nothing new from the Health Center or the state.  No known active cases on the island. Next new case and death data comes out this afternoon. We’ll cover that tomorrow.

 

Beaver Island Association held its annual meeting yesterday at the BIC Center. There were presentations on an island sustainability project looking at green power generation on the island, an invasives quiz, and reviews of the associations efforts on workforce housing and broadband.

 

The Grand Traverse County Road Commission has adopted a plan to build a bridge that will be the third longest within the state.  The one hundred-million-dollar project would add a crossing of the Boardman river south of town. If things go to plan, the first traffic will be on it in about six years.

 

A group of Michigan charter schools are challenging new rules set by the U.S. Department of Education on charter eligibility for federal startup funds. They say the new rules, that add additional hurdles for those seeking funding, exceed the DOE’s authority under the law and that they essentially weaponize President Biden’s skepticism toward charter schools. The charter schools program was first created by Congress during the Clinton administration and expanded under the Obama administration. Supporters of the new rules say they protect students and communities from some of the charter industry’s worst practices, which they say include poaching high-performing students from local districts while leaving more vulnerable students behind. Charter school supporters dispute those assertions.

 

In Dark Sky news, stargazers will be treated to a double-header of spectacles this week, as the last meteor shower of the summer shares the sky with the final super moon of the year.

 

The annual Perseid meteor shower will peak Friday into Saturday overnight with as many as 90 colorful meteors per hour over peak nights. Meantime, the August full moon will hit its own peak on Thursday evening just after 9:30. It is 2022′s last “super moon” — a phenomenon that occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest to Earth at the same time it is full, making it appear especially large and bright. The full moon’s light will obscure some of the Perseids’ shooting stars during the nights of their maximum activity. But don’t give up on your stargazing — meteor rates will still be better than pretty much any other night this year.

 

The best time to watch will be just after midnight early Saturday morning.

Now, here’s a look at what’s happening on your island…

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Transportation authority meets at noon today at their H-Q across from the ferry dock. Also today, B-I-A holds its annual meeting at 3:00 at the BIC Center. Registration and a reception start at 2:30. You can register online at tickets.biccenter.org—and pay your dues at the same time if you like.  St. James Planning Commission has a special meeting on Tuesday at 6:00. Peaine Township Board meets Tuesday evening at 7:00. St. James Board meets Wednesday at 5:30. That’s it for the week. Locations and details are in the calendar entries online.

 

On the fun front today, Wednesday, Senior Chair Yoga is on at 9:30 up in the Hangout at the BIC Center and Summer Yoga is on in the Theater. Tennis is at 10:00 over on the municipal courts. Volleyball camp concludes today at school. Season practices for the B-I-C-S team start next week. The Historical Society’s Picnic on the Patio continues its summer run at noon at the Print Shop. Bring a lunch, if you like, and your curiosity about the island. Wednesday evening over at the Gregg Fellowship Center its BINGO. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship and games start at 7:00. Also at 7:00, another meet the author event at the Library. Ellen Airgood, a noted Michigan writer will be there to talk about her books including her latest, which is Tin Camp Road. It’s set mostly in the U-P, but has a chapter that features Beaver Island.

 

Thursday, the original island Farmer’s Market is on at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop from 8:30 to 10:30. Senior Tai Chi is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 9:30. At 10:00 at the Library there’s the Summer Story Hour with its ocean theme for this summer.  Stories activities and more at your district library. And, Pickleball is from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts. Elks club meets at 5:00 at the Peaine Township Hall. Last, but certainly not least for Thursday is the BIC Center WVBI Secret Garden Summer Gala, Tickets are sold out, but if you have them remember things kick off at 6:00.

 

Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program starts up in the Hangout at 9:00 and runs until 10:00. Summer Yoga is on at 9:30. Tennis starts at 10:00 and runs to noon over on the municipal tennis courts. Homecoming events kick-off with the first games of the Mike Perdue Memorial Softball Tournament at 2:00 over at Bud McDonough Memorial Field.

 

Saturday, Pickleball is on over on the municipal tennis courts from 10 to noon. Also at 10:00, the softball tournament continues with a great concession stand open this year for refreshments and lunch.

 

Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar. The Annual Bocce Ball Tournament is on at Peaine Township Park is on Sunday starting at 11:00—hopefully using the new Bocce Ball court for at least one field. Lunch is included in your registration. Sign up with Frank D’Andria. Also, the downtown farmer’s market is on from 11 to 3. And the Homecoming Chicken Dinner is on from 4:30 to 7:00 at Holy Cross Hall.

 

And, a final calendar note… to great music events still on deck for August at the BIC Center. The RFD Boys will be here on Saturday the 20th—they were a sellout last year—and then on the Tuesday after that, Mark Ortwein and his Jazztet will play at the BIC Center. If you saw him play with the St. James Jazz ensemble at the brewery earlier this week, you’ll want to see him again—and if you missed it, well, here’s your chance. Tickets for both shows are at tickets.biccenter.org.

 

Monday, Senior Chair Yoga is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Also Monday, Tennis is probably off given the weather, but normally is on the municipal courts from 10 to noon. At noon, it’s the next Marine Museum Monday with a presentation at, you guessed it, the Marine Museum.  Bring your lunch along if you like.

 

Tuesday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 9:00 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the Municipal Tennis Courts. At 8:00 Tuesday evening, meet up next to Marina South for Protopia’s Tuesday evening Bike Boodle. Bring your own bike and light.

BIRTHDAYS:  Island news and wetaherman Joe Moore is celebrating today along with Brenda Welter, Gina Belfy and Joann Gatliff.  Happy Birthday to Joann, Gina, Brenda and Joe and if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports but…expect delays in town around ferry time.  And, still lots of folks out exploring on bikes. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1519, Magellan’s fleet sets sail to circle the globe. Explorer Ferdinand Magellan leads a fleet of five Spanish ships bound westward for an Atlantic crossing, then to sail into what Magellan will name the ‘Mar Pacifico,’ meaning ‘peaceful sea.’ He will die before his one surviving vessel completes the first circumnavigation of the Earth—which completely missed the vast inland seas that are the Great Lakes.

MERRIAM-WEBSTER WORD OF THE DAY: trivial

(adjective) [TRIV-ee-ul] which means “of little worth or importance.” When English speakers adopted the word trivial from Latin trivialis in the 16th century, they used it to mean just what its Latin ancestor meant: “found everywhere, commonplace.” But the source of trivialis is about something more specific: trivium, from tri- (three) and via (way), means “crossroads; place where three roads meet.” The link between the two presumably has to do with the commonplace sorts of things a person is likely to encounter at a busy crossroads. Today, the English word typically describes something barely worth mentioning. Such judgments are, of course, subjective; feel free to mention this bit of trivia to anyone and everyone who crosses your path.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Wednesday

Here’s a thought for the day from British sailor Pete Goss: “If you are going to do something, do it now. Tomorrow is too late.”

 

On a lighter note: Why are grizzlies so light on their feet? They only carry the bear necessities.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, August 10th, 2022. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day—and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening. 

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Today

Sunny, with a high near 80. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 55. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 76. North wind 5 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night

Clear, with a low around 53. North wind 5 to 15 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Saturday Night

A chance of rain before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with a high near 78.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

 

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

WSW wind 10 to 15 kt becoming NW in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Thursday

N wind 10 to 15 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Friday

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

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 65 at White Shoal, 70 in Little Traverse Bay and 68 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.

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Community Calendar for Tuesday, August 9th, 2022

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It’s a no news is good news day again on the COVID-19 front. Nothing new from the Health Center or the state.  No known active cases on the island. State hospital usage data released Monday shows no material changes statewide or locally. Next new case and death data comes out Wednesday afternoon.

 

Governor Whitmer has tested positive for COVID-19, but she says her symptoms are mild and that she will continue to work while in quarantine. She is fully vaccinated and had been double boosted prior to getting sick.

 

While it has really been uncomfortably warm only a few days so far this summer on the island, the weather across—even up north—has been really warm for a long stretch.  But, this morning brought relief across the state and some weather that feels a little fall-like outside your island door this morning.  Temps dipped into the high 50s overnight on the island and are no higher than the low 70s across the state. Comfortable temperatures are expected across the state for the rest of the week—and worry not, it will be nice and summer-like here on the island.

 

In Dark Sky news, stargazers will be treated to a double-header of spectacles this week, as the last meteor shower of the summer shares the sky with the final super moon of the year.

 

The annual Perseid meteor shower will peak Friday into Saturday overnight with as many as 90 colorful meteors per hour over peak nights. Meantime, the August full moon will hit its own peak on Thursday evening just after 9:30. It is 2022′s last “super moon” — a phenomenon that occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest to Earth at the same time it is full, making it appear especially large and bright. The full moon’s light will obscure some of the Perseids’ shooting stars during the nights of their maximum activity. But don’t give up on your stargazing — meteor rates will still be better than pretty much any other night this year.

 

The best time to watch will be just after midnight early Saturday morning.

Now, here’s a look at what’s happening on your island…

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Transportation authority meets at noon today at their H-Q across from the ferry dock. Also today, B-I-A holds its annual meeting at 3:00 at the BIC Center. Registration and a reception start at 2:30. You can register online at tickets.biccenter.org—and pay your dues at the same time if you like.  St. James Planning Commission has a special meeting on Tuesday at 6:00. Peaine Township Board meets Tuesday evening at 7:00. St. James Board meets Wednesday at 5:30. That’s it for the week. Locations and details are in the calendar entries online.

 

On the fun front today, Tuesday, volleyball camp continues at school. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 9:00 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the Municipal Tennis Courts. At 8:00 Tuesday evening, meet up next to Marina South for Protopia’s Tuesday evening Bike Boodle. Bring your own bike and light.

 

Wednesday, Senior Chair Yoga is on at 9:30 up in the Hangout at the BIC Center and Summer Yoga is on in the Theater. Tennis is at 10:00 over on the municipal courts. The Historical Society’s Picnic on the Patio continues its summer run at noon at the Print Shop. Bring a lunch, if you like, and your curiosity about the island. Wednesday evening over at the Gregg Fellowship Center its BINGO. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship and games start at 7:00. Also at 7:00, another meet the author event at the Library. Ellen Airgood, a noted Michigan writer will be there to talk about her books including her latest, which is Tin Camp Road. It’s set mostly in the U-P, but has a chapter that features Beaver Island.

 

Thursday, the original island Farmer’s Market is on at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop from 8:30 to 10:30. Senior Tai Chi is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 9:30. At 10:00 at the Library there’s the Summer Story Hour with its ocean theme for this summer.  Stories activities and more at your district library. And, Pickleball is from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts. Elks club meets at 5:00 at the Peaine Township Hall. Last, but certainly not least for Thursday is the BIC Center WVBI Secret Garden Summer Gala, Tickets are sold out, but if you have them remember things kick off at 6:00.

 

Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program starts up in the Hangout at 9:00 and runs until 10:00. Summer Yoga is on at 9:30. Tennis starts at 10:00 and runs to noon over on the municipal tennis courts. Homecoming events kick-off with the first games of the Mike Perdue Memorial Softball Tournament at 2:00 over at Bud McDonough Memorial Field.

 

Saturday, Pickleball is on over on the municipal tennis courts from 10 to noon. Also at 10:00, the softball tournament continues with a great concession stand open this year for refreshments and lunch.

 

Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar. The Annual Bocce Ball Tournament is on at Peaine Township Park is on Sunday starting at 11:00—hopefully using the new Bocce Ball court for at least one field. Lunch is included in your registration. Sign up with Frank D’Andria. Also, the downtown farmer’s market is on from 11 to 3. And the Homecoming Chicken Dinner is on from 4:30 to 7:00 at Holy Cross Hall.

 

And, a final calendar note… to great music events still on deck for August at the BIC Center. The RFD Boys will be here on Saturday the 20th—they were a sellout last year—and then on the Tuesday after that, Mark Ortwein and his Jazztet will play at the BIC Center. If you saw him play with the St. James Jazz ensemble at the brewery earlier this week, you’ll want to see him again—and if you missed it, well, here’s your chance. Tickets for both shows are at tickets.biccenter.org.

 

Monday, Senior Chair Yoga is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Also Monday, Tennis is probably off given the weather, but normally is on the municipal courts from 10 to noon. At noon, it’s the next Marine Museum Monday with a presentation at, you guessed it, the Marine Museum.  Bring your lunch along if you like.

BIRTHDAYS:  Josh Naranjo is celebrating today.  Happy Birthday to Josh and if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports but…expect delays in town around ferry time.  And, still lots of folks out exploring on bikes. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1945, three days after Hiroshima was destroyed by the first nuclear weapon strike in history, Nagasaki, Japan, is hit by an atomic blast dropped from a US bomber. Upwards of 39,000 people are immediately killed as the city is leveled, and Japan will surrender less than week later, ending World War II.

MERRIAM-WEBSTER WORD OF THE DAY: riposte

(noun) [rih-POHST] which is a clever retort or retaliatory measure. In fencing, it refers specifically to a quick return thrust immediately following a successful defensive action. English speakers borrowed the name for this particular maneuver from French in the early 1700s, but the French had simply modified the Italian word risposta, which literally means “answer.” Ultimately these words come from the Latin verb respondēre, meaning “to respond.” It seems fitting that riposte has since come full circle to now refer to a quick and witty response performed as a form of retaliation.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Tuesday

No thought for the day or bad joke. Outta time!

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, August 9th, 2022. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day—and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening. 

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Today

Sunny, with a high near 75. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 62. Southwest wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 80. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 57. North wind 5 to 15 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 77. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night

Clear, with a low around 54.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 78.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 61.

Saturday

A chance of rain after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Saturday Night

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.

Monday

Partly sunny, with a high near 79.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

NNW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming WSW in the morning. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Wednesday

SW wind 10 to 15 kt becoming WNW in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 2 to 3 ft.

Thursday

N wind 10 to 15 kt. Sunny. Waves around 1 ft.

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 63 at White Shoal, 70 in Little Traverse Bay and 68 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.

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Community Calendar for Monday, August 8th, 2022

Posted Leave a commentPosted in News Update

 

It’s a no news is good news day again on the COVID-19 front. Nothing new from the Health Center or the state.  And, it looks like all of the positive tests we know about on the island are now more than 7 days old. State hospital usage data released Friday shows no material changes statewide or locally. Still, new COVID cases seem to be surging downstate with the count of counties where the rates fit the C-D-C’s high-risk definition jumping from 12 to 18.  According to the C-D-C people in public places in those counties should all be wearing masks, but the Governor continues to say that the state will not be imposing any new mask mandates. Charlevoix County is at the next to lowest risk level, though, with less than 10 new cases a day.

 

Baroque on Beaver events wrapped up Saturday evening with Glorious Baroque featuring the Festivals first Young Soloist Competition Winner. Julia LaGrand who played a Mozart violin concerto with the festival orchestra. She was also a guest on Songs from the Trail Saturday evening and talked about her work to create opportunities for musicians with disabilities.  Her performance was remarkable—even more so because she just finished her senior year of High School—and she is blind. If you missed seeing her, you can catch the Songs from the Trail interview with her as a Podcast on our podcast page later today.

 

We reported last week on a West Mcihigan library the was facing closure after it lost millage support.

Voters defunded the Patmos Library in Jamestown Township in Ottawa County in a dispute over some kids books it had on its shelves. But now almost $50,000 has been raised in a Go Fund Me campaign to help keep it open. That’s quite a bit short of the $245 thousand lost from the budget as a result of the millage defeat, but supporters say they expect to raise more. The Library Board there meets later today to discuss their options.

 

 

 

Now, here’s a look at what’s happening on your island…

 

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Transportation authority meets at noon on Tuesday at their H-Q across from the ferry dock. B-I-A holds its annual meeting at 3:00 at the BIC Center. Registration and a reception start at 2:30. You can register online at tickets.biccenter.org—and pay your dues at the same time if you like.  St. James Planning Commission has a special meeting on Tuesday at 6:00. Peaine Township Board meets Tuesday evening at 7:00. St. James Board meets Wednesday at 5:30. That’s it for the week. Locations and details are in the calendar entries online.

 

On the fun front today, Monday, Senior Chair Yoga is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Also Monday, Tennis is probably off given the weather, but normally is on the municipal courts from 10 to noon. At noon, it’s the next Marine Museum Monday with a presentation at, you guessed it, the Marine Museum.  Bring your lunch along if you like. And, as back to school starts to come into the picture, Volleyball Camp is on starting today through Wednesday at school.  Check with the front desk at school if you are interested.

 

Tuesday, The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 9:00 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the Municipal Tennis Courts. At 8:00 Tuesday evening, meet up next to Marina South for Protopia’s Tuesday evening Bike Boodle. Bring your own bike and light.

 

Wednesday, Senior Chair Yoga is on at 9:30 up in the Hangout at the BIC Center and Summer Yoga is on in the Theater. Tennis is at 10:00 over on the municipal courts. The Historical Society’s Picnic on the Patio continues its summer run at noon at the Print Shop. Bring a lunch, if you like, and your curiosity about the island. Wednesday evening over at the Gregg Fellowship Center its BINGO. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship and games start at 7:00. Also at 7:00, another meet the author event at the Library. Ellen Airgood, a noted Michigan writer will be there to talk about her books including her latest, which is Tin Camp Road. It’s set mostly in the U-P, but has a chapter that features Beaver Island.

 

Thursday, the original island Farmer’s Market is on at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop from 8:30 to 10:30. Senior Tai Chi is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 9:30. At 10:00 at the Library there’s the Summer Story Hour with its ocean theme for this summer.  Stories activities and more at your district library. And, Pickleball is from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts. Elks club meets at 5:00 at the Peaine Township Hall. Last, but certainly not least for Thursday is the BIC Center WVBI Secret Garden Summer Gala, Tickets are sold out, but if you have them remember things kick off at 6:00.

 

Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program starts up in the Hangout at 9:00 and runs until 10:00. Summer Yoga is on at 9:30. Tennis starts at 10:00 and runs to noon over on the municipal tennis courts. Homecoming events kick-off with the first games of the Mike Perdue Memorial Softball Tournament at 2:00 over at Bud McDonough Memorial Field.

 

Saturday, Pickleball is on over on the municipal tennis courts from 10 to noon. Also at 10:00, the softball tournament continues with a great concession stand open this year for refreshments and lunch.

 

Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar. The downtown farmer’s market is on from 11 to 3. And the Homecoming Chicken Dinner is on from 4:30 to 7:00 at Holy Cross Hall.

 

And, a final calendar note… to great music events still on deck for August at the BIC Center. The RFD Boys will be here on Saturday the 20th—they were a sellout last year—and then on the Tuesday after that, Mark Ortwein and his Jazztet will play at the BIC Center. If you saw him play with the St. James Jazz ensemble at the brewery earlier this week, you’ll want to see him again—and if you missed it, well, here’s your chance. Tickets for both shows are at tickets.biccenter.org.

BIRTHDAYS:  None on our list today, but, if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  Lots of folks left or tried to leave the island on Sunday as Baroque wound down. But the weather stopped some from flying and it will again today. So expect delays in town around ferry time.  And the rain is causing its usual problems. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1974, President Richard Nixon resigns from office. Left reeling from the Watergate scandal, and facing the looming prospect of impeachment, President Richard Nixon broadcasts his decision to resign. A first in US presidential history, the resignation will become official the next day, ending an infamous chapter in political corruption

MERRIAM-WEBSTER WORD OF THE DAY: crepuscular (adjective) [krih-PUHSS-kyuh-ler] which means “of, relating to, or resembling twilight.” It is also used in zoological contexts to describe creatures that are active during twilight, or to the activities of such creatures. The early Romans had two words for the twilight. Crepusculum was favored by Roman writers for the half-light of evening, just after the sun sets; diluculum was reserved for morning twilight, just before the sun rises—it is related to lucidus, meaning “bright.” We didn’t embrace either of these Latin nouns as substitutes for our word twilight, but we did form the adjective crepuscular in the 17th century. The word’s zoological sense, relating to animals that are most active at twilight, developed in the 19th century.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Monday

Here’s a thought for the day from Gerald R. Ford, a Michigander who succeeded Richard Nixon as President: “Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.”

 

On a lighter note: A chainsaw goes to the barber. The barber says, “Let me guess. Buzz cut?”

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Monday, August 8th, 2022. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day—and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening. 

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Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 3pm. Patchy fog between 8am and noon. High near 70. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 54. North wind 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 74. North wind around 5 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 62. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 81. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 57.

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 76.

Thursday Night

Clear, with a low around 55.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 79.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 60.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

ENE wind 15 to 20 kt becoming NNE in the afternoon. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 2pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Waves 1 to 3 ft.

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

WSW wind 10 to 15 kt. Sunny. Waves around 2 ft.

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 66 at White Shoal, 71 in Little Traverse Bay and 68 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002

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Community Calendar for Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

Posted Leave a commentPosted in News Update

Health Center is reporting three new tests this morning with all back negative.  However, there tally also shows three new positives—apparently from prior periods out of 14 tests (including today’s three new tests).  It unclear whether any of those three positives is less than three days old. State has released new hospital utilization data that shows no big changes. COVID-19 occupancy is unchanges overall and no change locally, where there are three patients at McLaren in Petoskey.

 

Election results are in from yesterday’s polling. All three County millage proposals passed—for parks, transit and veterans—and all three St. James millage proposals passed as well—for fire, the medical center and roads. Newcomer Tudor Dixon picked up the G-O-P nomination to run against Governor Whitmer in November and she was the favorite in Peaine, too, but not in St, James where Kevin Rinke took the lead. Triston Cole was the favorite for the G-O-P nomination for state senator in both island townships, but not overall. Johh Damoose was the winner. He’ll face off against Barbara Conley, who won the Democrat primary overall and on the island. For our state House seat, Neil Fiske was the district winner.  He also won in Peaine, but Parker Fairbairn was the choice in St. James. Fiske will face Jodi Decker. For Michigan’s First U-S house district, candidates on both sides of the aisle ran unopposed.  Incumbent Jack Bergman will face-off against Bob Lorinser in November. There are links to full island results and M-Live A-P results as well as a nice analysis of results by Bridge Michigan in today’s script online.

 

St, James: https://wvbi.biccenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/St-James-Twp-August-2022.pdf
Peaine: https://wvbi.biccenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Peaine-Twp-August-2022.pdf

mLive: https://www.mlive.com/politics/electionresults/

https://www.mlive.com/politics/2022/08/michigan-state-senate-election-results-for-aug-2-2022.html

https://www.mlive.com/politics/2022/08/michigan-us-house-election-results-for-aug-2-2022.html 

BridgeMI: https://www.bridgemi.com/michigan-government/michigan-primary-takeaways-big-night-trump-bad-night-black-democrats

 

In the race for blood donations, the results from last Friday’s Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood drive are in, and they are good. Drive co-organizer Connie Wojan reports 72 units collected or about 13 units an hours, which is almost double what are normally collected at similar events on the mainland. Drive organizers say thanks to all for another success.

Now, here’s a look at what’s happening on your island…

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Peaine Township planning meets this morning at 9:00. St. James Finance meets this afternoon at 1:00. St. James Planning did have a meeting set for last evening, but it was rescheduled to next week. More info is in the calendar entries online.

 

On the fun front today, Wednesday, Senior Chair Yoga is on at 9:30 up in the Hangout at the BIC Center and Summer Yoga is on in the Theater. Tennis is at 10:00 over on the municipal courts. The Historical Society’s Picnic on the Patio continues its summer run at noon at the Print Shop. Bring a lunch, if you like, and your curiosity about the island. Or, head on down to the greenspace across from the deli and brewery to hear the St. James Jazz Ensemble play. Bring some food and grab something to drink if you like.  There are still some picnic seats available to purchase, but you can also bring your own chairs or a blanket and plop on down for free. At 4:00, composer Tony Manfredonia will make a presentation at the Print Shop Museum on the creation of the piece he wrote for the festival. It’s a rare behind the scenes look at the creative process complete with musicians to demo things. This on Beaver Island Perspectives Baroque Music Director Robert Nordling will once again be Dennis Winslow’s guest on the program with a look at upcoming festival events. Listen after our news at 5:00 today and through Friday for those reports.  No doubt they’ll discuss this evening’s Founders Choral Concert set for 7:30 over at the school. It’s the first of the Baroque big ensemble shows to take the stage. Again, the baton comes down at 7:30. Also, Wednesday evening over at the Gregg Fellowship Center its BINGO. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship and games start at 7:00.

 

Thursday, the original island Farmer’s Market is on at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop from 8:30 to 10:30. Senior Tai Chi is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 9:30. And, Pickleball is from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts. Over at the Beaver Island Gallery, Baroque heads outside for Chamber Music Alfresco.  That’s at 2:00. Then at 7:30 at school it’s the Greatest Hits of 1750 as the festival orchestra takes to the stage for the first time for this season.

 

Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program starts up in the Hangout at 9:00 and runs until 10:00. Summer Yoga is on at 9:30. Tennis starts at 10:00 and runs to noon over on the municipal tennis courts. And, Baroque on Beaver continues with their Kids Koncert at 2:00. It’s the final result of the Dorthy Gerber Summer Strings camp run in collaboration with Baroque on Beaver with students learning from Baroque performers and putting on a fantastic show over at the Community School. Then, Friday evening it’s time for the Festival Orchestra and Once Upon a Time. Musical stories of nature, the heavens, war and more presented by the full Festival Orchestra with Music Director Robert Nordling conducting.  Showtime is 7:30 again at school. Tickets are available at tickets dot bic center dot org.

 

Saturday, Pickleball is on over on the municipal tennis courts from 10 to noon. Baroque events conclude with the full orchestra and Glorious Baroque.  Baroque comes in many forms and they will all be on display in this spectacular finish to the twenty-first season of Baroque on Beaver. Tickets are available at tickets dot bic center dot org.

 

Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar. The downtown farmer’s market is on from 11 to 3.

 

Monday, Senior Chair Yoga is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Also Monday, Tennis is on over on the municipal courts from 10 to noon—if it stops raining in time. At noon, it’s the next Marine Museum Monday with a presentation at, you guessed it, the Marine Museum.  Bring your lunch along if you like.

 

Tuesday, The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 9:00 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the Municipal Tennis Courts. At 8:00 Tuesday evening, meet up next to Marina South for Protopia’s Tuesday evening Bike Boodle. Bring your own bike and light.

 

Looking for summer activities for the kids? There’s a summer reading program at the Library with a variety of events on tap.  Check in with the library for details.

 

And, a final calendar note…tickets for the BIC Center W-V-B-I Secret Garden Summer Gala or on sale. You can get them at the BIC Center front Desk or online at tickets dot BIC Center dot org. This year’s event will be in Gene Masta’s beautiful gardens surrounding the old Lifesaving station that once stood at Whiskey Point…and that is now his summer home. Strolling dinner, music, libations, raffles and both silent and live auctions will add to the fun of mingling with your island friends in the Secret Garden.

BIRTHDAYS:  Dave Schwartzfisher is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Dave and, if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  No big delays out there except in town around ferry time, but the rain is taking a toll on down-island roads.  They are slick and some wash-boarding is developing. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1977, Radio Shack unveils the TRS-80 computer. Tandy announces one of the first mass-market home computers, the TRS-80, to be sold in its Radio Shack stores. It features 4K of RAM and sells for $399 (or $599 with a monitor and tape recorder for storage). Upgrades will keep various TRS-80 models on the market until 1991.

MERRIAM-WEBSTER WORD OF THE DAY:

Patina (noun) [puh-TEE-nuh] which is a usually green film that forms on copper and bronze that is exposed to moist air for an extended time. The word can also refer to a shiny or dark surface that over time forms naturally on something (such as wood or leather), or to a literal or figurative thin layer. When Italians began using patina in the 17th century to refer to the green film that forms on the surface of copper, they were drawing on Latin, in which patina means “a shallow dish.” (Presumably, the Italian meaning developed from the observation of such film forming on copper dishes.) By the mid-18th century, English speakers were also calling the green film patina, and by the 20th century, they’d expanded the word’s application to surface appearances of things that have grown more beautiful with age or use—think of an old wooden desk or a tarnished silver goblet. Use of the word to refer to thin layers both literal and figurative (“a patina of grime,” “a patina of respectability”) followed soon after.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Wednesday…

Here’s a thought for day again today from President Kennedy: “Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.”

 

On a lighter note: Why should you have Spiderman on the board of your start-up company? Because he knows how to scale a business. And, for my fellow coders out there, I can’t tell you a joke about Python if there is no pun indented.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day—and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening. 

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Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 11am and noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 56. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 58. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light northeast after midnight.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the morning.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 65.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

Saturday Night

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63.

Sunday

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.

Sunday Night

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 60.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 79.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

SSW wind 15 to 20 kt, with gusts as high as 30 kt. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Waves around 3 ft.

Thursday

N wind around 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves around 1 ft.

Friday

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

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 67 at White Shoal, 67 in Little Traverse Bay and 66 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.

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Community Calendar for Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

Posted Posted in News Update

Health Center is reporting three new tests this morning with all back negative.  However, there tally also shows three new positives—apparently from prior periods out of 14 tests (including today’s three new tests).  It unclear whether any of those three positives is less than three days old. State has released new hospital utilization data that shows no big changes. COVID-19 occupancy is unchanges overall and no change locally, where there are three patients at McLaren in Petoskey.

 

Election results are in from yesterday’s polling. All three County millage proposals passed—for parks, transit and veterans—and all three St. James millage proposals passed as well—for fire, the medical center and roads. Newcomer Tudor Dixon picked up the G-O-P nomination to run against Governor Whitmer in November and she was the favorite in Peaine, too, but not in St, James where Kevin Rinke took the lead. Triston Cole was the favorite for the G-O-P nomination for state senator in both island townships, but not overall. Johh Damoose was the winner. He’ll face off against Barbara Conley, who won the Democrat primary overall and on the island. For our state House seat, Neil Fiske was the district winner.  He also won in Peaine, but Parker Fairbairn was the choice in St. James. Fiske will face Jodi Decker. For Michigan’s First U-S house district, candidates on both sides of the aisle ran unopposed.  Incumbent Jack Bergman will face-off against Bob Lorinser in November. There are links to full island results and M-Live A-P results as well as a nice analysis of results by Bridge Michigan in today’s script online.

 

St, James: https://wvbi.biccenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/St-James-Twp-August-2022.pdf
Peaine: https://wvbi.biccenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Peaine-Twp-August-2022.pdf

mLive: https://www.mlive.com/politics/electionresults/

https://www.mlive.com/politics/2022/08/michigan-state-senate-election-results-for-aug-2-2022.html

https://www.mlive.com/politics/2022/08/michigan-us-house-election-results-for-aug-2-2022.html 

BridgeMI: https://www.bridgemi.com/michigan-government/michigan-primary-takeaways-big-night-trump-bad-night-black-democrats

 

In the race for blood donations, the results from last Friday’s Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood drive are in, and they are good. Drive co-organizer Connie Wojan reports 72 units collected or about 13 units an hours, which is almost double what are normally collected at similar events on the mainland. Drive organizers say thanks to all for another success.

Now, here’s a look at what’s happening on your island…

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Peaine Township planning meets this morning at 9:00. St. James Finance meets this afternoon at 1:00. St. James Planning did have a meeting set for last evening, but it was rescheduled to next week. More info is in the calendar entries online.

 

On the fun front today, Wednesday, Senior Chair Yoga is on at 9:30 up in the Hangout at the BIC Center and Summer Yoga is on in the Theater. Tennis is at 10:00 over on the municipal courts. The Historical Society’s Picnic on the Patio continues its summer run at noon at the Print Shop. Bring a lunch, if you like, and your curiosity about the island. Or, head on down to the greenspace across from the deli and brewery to hear the St. James Jazz Ensemble play. Bring some food and grab something to drink if you like.  There are still some picnic seats available to purchase, but you can also bring your own chairs or a blanket and plop on down for free. At 4:00, composer Tony Manfredonia will make a presentation at the Print Shop Museum on the creation of the piece he wrote for the festival. It’s a rare behind the scenes look at the creative process complete with musicians to demo things. This on Beaver Island Perspectives Baroque Music Director Robert Nordling will once again be Dennis Winslow’s guest on the program with a look at upcoming festival events. Listen after our news at 5:00 today and through Friday for those reports.  No doubt they’ll discuss this evening’s Founders Choral Concert set for 7:30 over at the school. It’s the first of the Baroque big ensemble shows to take the stage. Again, the baton comes down at 7:30. Also, Wednesday evening over at the Gregg Fellowship Center its BINGO. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship and games start at 7:00.

 

Thursday, the original island Farmer’s Market is on at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop from 8:30 to 10:30. Senior Tai Chi is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 9:30. And, Pickleball is from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts. Over at the Beaver Island Gallery, Baroque heads outside for Chamber Music Alfresco.  That’s at 2:00. Then at 7:30 at school it’s the Greatest Hits of 1750 as the festival orchestra takes to the stage for the first time for this season.

 

Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program starts up in the Hangout at 9:00 and runs until 10:00. Summer Yoga is on at 9:30. Tennis starts at 10:00 and runs to noon over on the municipal tennis courts. And, Baroque on Beaver continues with their Kids Koncert at 2:00. It’s the final result of the Dorthy Gerber Summer Strings camp run in collaboration with Baroque on Beaver with students learning from Baroque performers and putting on a fantastic show over at the Community School. Then, Friday evening it’s time for the Festival Orchestra and Once Upon a Time. Musical stories of nature, the heavens, war and more presented by the full Festival Orchestra with Music Director Robert Nordling conducting.  Showtime is 7:30 again at school. Tickets are available at tickets dot bic center dot org.

 

Saturday, Pickleball is on over on the municipal tennis courts from 10 to noon. Baroque events conclude with the full orchestra and Glorious Baroque.  Baroque comes in many forms and they will all be on display in this spectacular finish to the twenty-first season of Baroque on Beaver. Tickets are available at tickets dot bic center dot org.

 

Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar. The downtown farmer’s market is on from 11 to 3.

 

Monday, Senior Chair Yoga is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Also Monday, Tennis is on over on the municipal courts from 10 to noon—if it stops raining in time. At noon, it’s the next Marine Museum Monday with a presentation at, you guessed it, the Marine Museum.  Bring your lunch along if you like.

 

Tuesday, The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 9:00 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the Municipal Tennis Courts. At 8:00 Tuesday evening, meet up next to Marina South for Protopia’s Tuesday evening Bike Boodle. Bring your own bike and light.

 

Looking for summer activities for the kids? There’s a summer reading program at the Library with a variety of events on tap.  Check in with the library for details.

 

And, a final calendar note…tickets for the BIC Center W-V-B-I Secret Garden Summer Gala or on sale. You can get them at the BIC Center front Desk or online at tickets dot BIC Center dot org. This year’s event will be in Gene Masta’s beautiful gardens surrounding the old Lifesaving station that once stood at Whiskey Point…and that is now his summer home. Strolling dinner, music, libations, raffles and both silent and live auctions will add to the fun of mingling with your island friends in the Secret Garden.

BIRTHDAYS:  Dave Schwartzfisher is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Dave and, if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  No big delays out there except in town around ferry time, but the rain is taking a toll on down-island roads.  They are slick and some wash-boarding is developing. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1977, Radio Shack unveils the TRS-80 computer. Tandy announces one of the first mass-market home computers, the TRS-80, to be sold in its Radio Shack stores. It features 4K of RAM and sells for $399 (or $599 with a monitor and tape recorder for storage). Upgrades will keep various TRS-80 models on the market until 1991.

MERRIAM-WEBSTER WORD OF THE DAY:

Patina (noun) [puh-TEE-nuh] which is a usually green film that forms on copper and bronze that is exposed to moist air for an extended time. The word can also refer to a shiny or dark surface that over time forms naturally on something (such as wood or leather), or to a literal or figurative thin layer. When Italians began using patina in the 17th century to refer to the green film that forms on the surface of copper, they were drawing on Latin, in which patina means “a shallow dish.” (Presumably, the Italian meaning developed from the observation of such film forming on copper dishes.) By the mid-18th century, English speakers were also calling the green film patina, and by the 20th century, they’d expanded the word’s application to surface appearances of things that have grown more beautiful with age or use—think of an old wooden desk or a tarnished silver goblet. Use of the word to refer to thin layers both literal and figurative (“a patina of grime,” “a patina of respectability”) followed soon after.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Wednesday

Here’s a thought for day again today from President Kennedy: “Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.”

 

On a lighter note: Why should you have Spiderman on the board of your start-up company? Because he knows how to scale a business. And, for my fellow coders out there, I can’t tell you a joke about Python if there is no pun indented.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day—and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening. 

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Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 11am and noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 56. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 58. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light northeast after midnight.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the morning.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 65.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

Saturday Night

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63.

Sunday

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.

Sunday Night

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 60.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 79.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

SSW wind 15 to 20 kt, with gusts as high as 30 kt. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Waves around 3 ft.

Thursday

N wind around 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves around 1 ft.

Friday

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

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 67 at White Shoal, 67 in Little Traverse Bay and 66 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.

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