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Beacon Archive

January 2003
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Thanks to all the People on Beaver Island

On Sunday November 10th I arrived on Beaver Island about 4:30 after a 4-hour drive from Caledonia and a 2-hour boat ride from Charlevoix. My plan was to stay for about two weeks for hunting at my brother's place on the south end.

I was supposed to arrive at the cabin at the same time as my brother Mel Bellamy and his wife Judy, who were flying home from Missouri. I was the first to get there, so I unloaded my van.

This was about the 8th time of the Island for me, so I'd gotten to know quite a few of the Islanders.

When I went back into the cabin, the phone rang. It was Mel, who said they were in Wisconsin and should be on the Island in about two hours. That was the last time I heard his voice.

The next three days were like a living, walking nightmare. I know for a fact that if it were not for all of the people on the Island who stopped by or called, it would have been a whole lot worse. I had not realized Mel and Judy had so many good friends.
So I would like to thank each and every one of you for your thoughts, prayers, and good deeds done during the time when the search was going on. I want to say a special thank you to Ken Gittersonke (Mel and Judy's neighbor) for being there with me through the worst of the travail, to Denny Cook (another good neighbor), who brought Ken and I a warm dinner, Sue and Don Haney for their hospitality during the catastrophe, Mark LaFreniere for his concerns and for temporarily taking the responsibility of Mel and Judy's cat, and to Bill Cashman for driving me to the airport when I leftto name just a few. So thanks again, and may God bless all of you.

–Dale Bellamy


First Snow–time to Go

Another year in paradise over; had a fine time. Great weather, plenty of water (our flat-tailed friends to thank), the fall colors were spectacular.

The season was muted this year. Police protection was up, tourism down. The closing of the Rectory was a tragedy of Homeric proportions. Now it's the Beachcomber's turn. Can fudge be in its future? Is this the taming of Beaver Island?

On the positive side, the Bite of Beaver was tasty, and the new Peaine Township road signs are looking good.

The people proposing the World Trade Center memorial have honorable intentions, speaking as a New Yorker though; when I see that piece of the WTC it saddens me in the way a memorial to the victims of the Irish Potato Famine would sadden some of you.
I still hope for wolves and egg-rolls. Here's a new dream. The Rectory reopens as a pub, but the large dining room becomes a Dance Club. It would be good for the young folks.

Oh for spring, in the land of the living.

–Lucky


The Cantata was Excellent!

After hearing the Christmas Cantata: Bravo! Bravo! I have seen and heard many professional concerts and performers all over the country and this group was the best I've ever heard. I know all the hard work that went into this; as we left church every Sunday they came in and had hours of practice. I've talked to channel 9 & 10 about sending a video of their performance so others can have an opportunity to hear this exceptional music. Thank you Kathy and all the singers for the wonderful music.

–Pat Rowley


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