News Update

Thursday, June 10th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Thursday, June 10th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

Islander’s with a northeast view had a great view of the Annular Eclipse this morning. A few clouds in the way, but the event was still quite visible.

 

In more worldly news, the Michigan Senate is considering limiting the use of “no-knock” warrants.  Breonna Taylor’s mother testified in support off banning them all together at a hearing yesterday. Taylor is the Kentucky women killed when police in Louisville executed a no-knock warrant in search of drugs. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says she supports the change.  Some law enforcement representatives say that no-knock warrants are necessary in some cases to protect officers. Among other changes under consideration are requirements that all officers involved in such entries wear uniforms and limits on when forcible entry is allowed—even after a knock.

Yesterday’s COVID-19 report from the state was another good one. There  were 257 new cases and seven new deaths across the state.  That brings the seven day running averages to 330 new cases and 33 deaths a day (including the reclassifications). In our eight-county region there were six new cases and no new deaths. Charlevoix County had one new case. Averages for our region are now six new cases a day and one death.

 

On the island, five new tests, five new negatives, no new positives and no tests pending. Last positive was May 14th.

 

Safe start dashboard has new case counts headed down state-wide, in our zone and in Charlevoix County. Positive test rates headed down, too, and are now under the C-D-C target of 3% across the board. Current state rate is 2.6%. It’s 2.1% in the Traverse City zone.  And in Charlevoix County, we are down to 2.5%. Active case counts are down—by about 1,500 statewide, 54 in the T-V-C zone, and down 10 in our region, where we have 457 active cases.

 

Hospitalization utilization rates continue to pretty much unchanged with the COVID-19 share of patients steady.  Statewide, that’s now 3.3% for all beds and 7.1% for I-C-U beds statewide. Locally, Munson in Charlevoix continues with no COVID-19 patients. McLaren in Petoskey has four, including two patients in their I-C-U.

 

Missing your COVID-19 vaccine? They are available at the Health Center. Just call 2275 to set up your appointment.  Also, masks are still required on the ferry and planes—and at school.

 

Complete data for our region plus summaries for the state, the T-C safe start zone and the U-P are in today’s script online.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

891314

19439

257

7

Region

15213

283

2

0

TVC Zone

26569

571

6

0

UP

20040

436

9

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

330

33

 

Region

6

1

 

TVC Zone

9

1

 

UP

6

1

Note: Look back 6 days divided by 7 to adj. for no Sunday data.

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1299

23

0

0

Benzie

1062

35

0

0

Charlevoix

1301

21

2

0

Emmet

1911

42

0

0

Grand Traverse

5648

84

0

0

Kalkaska

1048

23

0

0

Leelanau

1023

19

0

0

Otsego

1921

36

0

0

Link to data.

Δ Active

 

 

Active

 

 

-1568

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

28681

 

 

-10

Region

457

 

 

-54

TVC Zone

834

 

 

-26

UP

555

Note: Look back now 26 days to adjust for 4 Sundays with no data.

 

Data from June 9, 2021

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week: They are all done.  We’ll have next week’s planner on Friday.

 

Pickleball is on today from 10 to noon, outside. They’ve switched to summer hours and no more practice because the courts are needed for tennis, too. [They are working to build outdoor courts at the Peaine Township park—along with a Bocci Ball court. You can support that at their GoFundMe page.  A link is in today’s script online. https://gofund.me/079aea65]

 

Also today, Games Galore is on up in the Hangout from 1 to 4. Resale Shop is open noon to four.  They’re open the same hours Friday and Saturday, too.

 

Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program from 10:30 to 11:30 in the hangout.

 

Saturday is graduation day for B-I-C-S’s batch of lock-down hardened seniors.  Things kick off at 12:30 with a graduation parade that will run from the Post Office to school.  Graduation is at 1:00 p.m. at school on the soccer field with everyone welcome to attend. If it rains, graduation will be inside with staff and families in attendance. The graduating class includes Emmalee Antkoviak, Quintan DeLaat, Zander Drost, Zander Holmes, Jessica LaFreniere, Salutatorian, Skylar Marsh, Mackenzie Martin, Elisha Richards, Valedictorian, and Serenity Tognetti.  Congratulations to each of them!

 

Later Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is Sully. It’s the store of the pilots, crew and passengers on a plane forced to ditch in the Hudson River in New York City after a bird strike disable both of its engines. Stars Tom Hanks and rated PG-13. You may have seen this, but it is a great film worth seeing again. At 7 it’s a new release starring Jodie Foster.  The Mauritanian is the story og a War on Terror Gitmop prisoner—based on a true story.  It doesn’t play out as you might expect Rated R. Concession stand will be open.  Trailers are on the BIC Center website at bic center dot org.

 

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

 

If you are looking for summer activities for the kids, her are a couple:

 

B-I-C-S robotics team bIrobot has a cybersecurity camp planned for this summer.  It’ll be run June 21 to 25th. Got to  the bIrobot website for details and to sign up. Its at B-I robot dot org.  And, Vacation Bible School is on this summer June 29 to July 1st. Sign up information and details are in the calendar entry online. 

 

And, if you are looking for entertainment for the summer, the BIC Center has a full summer season planned for you—kicking off with Dave Bennett on Saturday, June 26 and wrapping up with Claudia Schmidt on Labor day.  Along the way there are a pair of plays from CMU…Baroque on Beaver gala concerts, and the R-F-D boys.  Tickets for all of these events are available now at the BIC Center frobt desk and, new this year, online on the BIC Center website.  Just go to bic center dot org and click on tickets in the menui—or just go straight to tickets dot bic center dot org. You can pick up your tickets for the whole summer plus grab raffle tickets for the boat fundraiser and a W-V-B-I cap or sticker all in one transaction. Pretty handy.

Keep up to date on COVID-19 news with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Click COVID-19 Info in the menu at W-V-B-I dot net.

Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:

Today

Sunny, with a high near 87. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 62. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Friday

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Light and variable wind becoming northeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers after 2am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 59. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 78.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 55.

Monday

Sunny, with a high near 77.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 53.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 75.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 53.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 77.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

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

Friday

SE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming W in the morning. Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Waves 1 ft or less.

Saturday

SSE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming NNW in the afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1pm. Waves 1 ft or less.

Water Temperatures: Little Traverse Bay buoy is reading 56 this morning. Up at White Shoal its 59.  59 at Mackinac.  Sleeping Bear buoy is finally in and has 60.  Mid-lake buoy still M-I-A. Temps are warming quickly, but the water is still cold—especially offshore. Remember, dress for the water, not the weather.  And, if you are using the Water Trail, remember that you can file a float plan at the BIC Center and get a loaner EPIRB emergency beacon to take along on the trip.

Fire Danger Level:  …still at very high. No uncovered outdoor fires. No fireworks, Use your covered grill with extreme care.

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Dust is still an issue on West Side Drive south of the airport. Otherwise, Island Beltway running smoothly. Bridges are clear. Newly dropped fawns all over the place though. So, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Brett Maudrie is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Brett and, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.

ON THIS DAY in 1963, in an attempt to end gender-based wage discrimination, President Kennedy signs the Equal Pay Act of 1963 into law. It states that for jobs performed under similar working conditions and requiring equal skill, effort, and responsibility, gender may not be used as a basis for paying lower or higher wages. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: majuscule (noun) [MAJ-uh-skyool], which means: a large letter (such as a capital). Majuscule looks like the complement to minuscule, and the resemblance is no coincidence. Minuscule appeared in the early 18th century as a word for a lowercase letter, then later as the word for certain ancient and medieval writing styles which had “small forms.” Minuscule then acquired a more general adjectival use for anything very small. Majuscule is the counterpart to minuscule when it comes to letters, but it never developed a broader sense (despite the fact that its Latin ancestor majusculus has the broad meaning “rather large”). The adjective majuscule also exists, as does its synonym majuscular. Not surprisingly, the adjectives share the noun’s specificity, referring only to large letters or to a style using such letters. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Thursday…a majuscule letter day…

Here’s a thought for the day from Susan B. Anthony: “I do not demand equal pay for any women save those who do equal work in value.”

 

On a lighter note: Why don’t Zombies like pirates?  They’re too salty.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Thursday, June 10th, 2021. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening.