News Update

Weekend Community Calendar for Friday, March 20th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Weekend Community Calendar for Friday, March 20th, 2020.
First, some news…
Here’s the latest on coronavirus 19 response on the island. Island Energies is reducing their hours starting today. They’ll now be open from 10 to 4 Monday through Saturday and from 11 to 3 on Sunday. Those hours are until further notice. Powers Hardware has changed plans. They were going to close up after Saturday, but now they’ve confirmed they are considered a vital service, so they will be open, but for limited hours. 10 to 3 Monday through Saturday. They are offering curb-side service, too, if you’d prefer not to come into the store. Just call ahead to 2572 to set that up with them. Resale shop is going to be closed until further notice, but Donna Stambaugh says to give her or Karen Wojan a call if you need something from the shop. They are glad to help you out.
The statewide number of folks diagnosed with COVID-19 is now at 334 with three deaths. They are a man in his 50s with underlying health conditions who died a Beaumont Hospital in Wayne County; an 81-year-old patient being treated at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and a woman in her 50s with underlying health conditions who died at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac. No cases reported yet on the island. Here’s an interesting statistic. 39 percent of the known cases in Michigan involve people under 40.
As we reported yesterday, Charlevoix County Transit has announced that they are eliminating fares and adding delivery service for Beaver Island. This is aimed at helping those who need assistance getting food and other essential supplies. Delivery of groceries, food pantry, and senior meals will begin immediately. To arrange for delivery, please call 231.582.6900. The C-O-A can help with that, too. Local director Kathy Ehinger says she can deliver food or other supplies to seniors as needed. Just give her a call at the office at 448-2124 or after hours on her cell phone at 231-620-5199.
The Beaver Island N-E-A Big Read project has announced that their programs, originally planned for May, will be postponed until fall. Center piece of that was to be the play Our Town, and rehearsals were underway for that. The current plan is to resume rehearsals in September with events in October. We’ll keep you posted.
Remember, if you are planning to head to the mainland next week to take care of any business at state or county offices, you should call ahead to make sure the office will be open and to schedule an appointment if required. So far we know that the Secretary of State’s office as well as the Charlevoix County offices are both requiring advance appointments.
The Health Center has established protocols for responding for patients that may have the virus. There is a separate screening room and a separate entrance will be used. If you think you may have the virus, you should call the Health Center at 2275 before coming in and follow their directions. The Health center now has COVID-19 testing kits on hand—but just three of them for now. So they will have to be used judiciously. For tips from our health center pros on what to do, listen to our Beaver Island Perspectives program with them first broadcast on Friday. It’s available as a podcast on W-V-B-I dot net. Just go there and click on the podcasts menu.
A reminder about takeout food service from Dalwhinnie’s and the Shamrock: Dalwhinnie’s service is clustered around lunchtime from 10 to 1 Wednesday through Sunday with a limited menu-but they are trying to accommodate special requests. Shamrock will be open Thursday through Saturday from 5 to 7 with a single item on the menu each day. Call the restaurants for details and to place your order.
The BIC Center will remain open during the week, but has decided to close on Saturdays. It’s closed on Sundays in the winter, anyway, of course. Until further advice from the health department, no more than five guests can be in the building at any one time. As a result, all activities have been cancelled, but the center will be available if you need internet access, a PC or a printer. The restrooms will also be available. Small group meetings are OK, too, but you should coordinate those with the front desk.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island… Well, pretty much nothing. Library closed. Pickleball cancelled. Resale Shop closed. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program off. Games Galore. Not so many. Ladies Shuffleboard shuffles no more. No Euchre cards. No crafty quilters. Sunday, services at Holy Cross are suspended for now, but you can watch the stream on News on the Net of mass celebrated at the regular time. We are checking on what the Lighthouse Fellowship and the Christian Church are doing. For now, their times and details are on the calendar.
You can find information on events planned for the summer on our Discover Beaver Island Summer calendar. Just point your browser at summer dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Tonight Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Blustery, with a north wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 28. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 18. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph after midnight. Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Sunday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Tuesday Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Tuesday Night A chance of rain showers after 8pm, mixing with snow after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Wednesday A chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Wednesday Night A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Thursday Rain and snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41.
TRAFFIC: None. Nada. Zip. Critters all sheltering in place apparently, because I saw known on the way in. But, the roads remain slick, so let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Larry Kubic, Justin Kenwabikise and Chris Morgan are celebrating today. Tomorrow is the day for Moe Butler, Sierra Woodring and Stanley Rosema. And, Rick Speck, Rory Connagham and Donna Stambaugh are celebrating Sunday. Happy birthday to each and every one, and, if we missed you on the list today, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…
Here’s a thought for the day: “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.” On a lighter note: What did the little mountain say to the bigger mountain? Hi Cliff!
That’s the W-V-B-I Weekend Community Calendar for Friday, March 20th, 2020. That Thing with Rich Appel is up next. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from the pest free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of the Voice of Beaver Island wishing you a great weekend and asking: why not go ahead—punch the coronavirus in its receptors by staying at home and making it the best weekend ever? And, thanks for listening.