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Beacon Archive

November 2002
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School cultural project receives Grant

Letters: Bill McDonough’s prime ribs

Letters: Joe Moore to the BIRHC Board

Letters: the BIRHC Board responds to Joe Moore

Greene’s Lake: Suitable for Framing

The Way it Was: A Man’s Home is His Castle

Walden on Skids: Dick Winnick’s home slides away

Lighthouse School receives Grant

On this Date

Beaver Island Wildlife Club

What's new with Mary Blocksma?

The CMU Closing Party

Local Couple Dines with the Vice President

One Hundred Years Ago

Pumpkinanigans at Pumpkinopolis: a Grand Pumpkinalia

News from the Townships

Bite of Beaver

Karaoke: the Island sings along

Book Review: Dave Miles’ Bob Miles’ Charlevoix II

A Fine Romance

A Fine Propeller

Health Center News

Ships in the News

News from the Gospel Ship

Washington Islanders

The Township Airport

Weather or Not

Family Discovery Safety Night

Recipes from our Readers: Venison

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The Island Airport.

Once again we have the opportunity to support the Township Airport at the polls. In the primary the ¾-mill proposal was defeated by a handful of votes, in part because of a lack of understanding of how this matter came about.

One aspect of the FAA’s mission is to support the development of small airports, such as ours. To do this they let it be known that we might receive a series of grants, for which we would have to put up between 5 and 10% to qualify. Our airport committee, taking the long view, went for it. Consequently we received over a million dollars for improvements–at a cost of only $48,000. Our strip was widened to 100’ and lengthened to 4,000 as part of a general upgrade that included tree clearing and installing state-of-the-art lighting.

Few people deny that this was a wise move, because year by year this public facility is bound to play an increasing role in enhancing the viability of our growing community. Because it’s municipally owned, it qualifies for further grants. And if Island Airways ever relocates here, a possibility it has begun to explore, it will push its use through the 10,000-passenger plateau, which automatically will bring the State another million and a half in federal aeronautics money.

We need this all-weather landing field as one of the lynchpins for our future prosperity. Considering its importance, ¾ of a mill is little enough to pay.

–Mike Scripps

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