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09/02/14
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    • Next Year’s Fishing Tournament
    • Don't miss the Cantata December 6th and 7th
    • Santa visits the Island December 13th
    • BMX at Peaine Park?
    • On this Date
    • A Marvelous Week with Moondance: Irish Film Company’s Week on Beaver Island
    • Letters: Thanks to the people of the Island; Medical Center Conflict
    • Welcome home, Sue and Frank
    • Eleanor Felix 1921-2003
    • Mediation comes to Beaver Island
    • Excerpts from the Letter from the Prosecuting Attorney
    • The CCG Responds to the Prosecutor’s Letter
    • The Annual Christmas Bazaar
    • Our first winter storm
    • Thanks from the Sports Boosters
    • The Very Newest Islanders
    • News from the Townships
    • PABI Ends the Year Actively – and with Appreciation
    • AmVets hold Veterans Day Ceremony
    • A Letter to the Governor - Funding Island Education ( Language for Small Schools State Aid Payment )
    • School plans for 21st Century Learning Scholarship
    • Back to the Drawing Board, and the BIRHC Regular Meeting
    • CMU Closing Party
    • Pumpkins' Whazoo
    • A New Town Clock
    • One Hundred Years Ago
    • Another Emerald Isle: the Monserrat presentation
    • New & Improved Classified Ads [ view classifieds online ]
     
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    • News from the Beaver Island Hospice
    • November 4th: Montserrat (a free presentation)
    • Ellen Welke Memorial Toy Drive
    • Births - Welcome New Islanders!
    • Christmas Bazaar November 23
    • Jerry Volgenau's New Book
    • Beaver Island Historical Society Highlights
    • Photos from the Second Annual Bite of Beaver Island
    • On This Date
    • Letters to the Editor: Island Planning
    • Neal Green awarded Silver Dolphins
    • Coffee House To Open
    • Elizabeth Whitney Williams Fest
    • The Blessing of The Pets
    • A 50th Class Reunion on Beaver Island
    • News from the Townships
    • Running the Boodle
    • BIRHC Meeting Summary
    • BIRHC Receives $15,000 Grant
    • PABI’s Parking Problem may be solved
    • The Home that Paddy Ruah Built
    • One Hundred Years Ago
    • Boatsmart Author Visits
    • Partnership Project; Head Light Concerns
    • Letters to the Editor: On the State of the Island
    • Beaver Island’s 20 Irish Tappers
    • News from the Wildlife Club; thoughts on the proposed tournament
    • The Way it Was: The Winter of ‘36
    • New & Improved Classified Ads [ view classifieds online ]
     
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    • Recreation Resource Project Draft Report
    • The Circle M re-auctioned
    • Sue Solle is hired as a new Family Nurse Practitioner for the Island
    • School Board Vacancy
    • A Hundredth Birthday Party
    • Letters: Concerning the BIRHC Consultant
    • This Year’s “Peaceful Communities’ Beaver Island Retreat”
    • The Chippewa, a Doughty Little Boat and an Island Treasure
    • On This Date
    • Beaver Island Wildlife Club's “Successful Hunter” Contest
    • Charlevoix County Commissioners Meetings
    • Las Vegas coming to the Holy Cross Hall
    • Montserrat, anyone?
    • Charlevoix County Road Commission holds meeting on Beaver Island
    • ‘Haunted’ Lake Michigan Lights
    • Don't miss the Island Boodle and the Bite of Beaver Island, October 4th
    • News from the Townships
    • Suttons Bay Anthropology Club Digs Out History
    • The Chamber raises its Sights
    • Beaver Island Health Fair
    • The Poor Ironton Ferry
    • Letters: We’re a Community
    • Thanks to Robert Gillespie
    • History in the News: Jim Wojan to donate first Island Road Grader
    • BIRHC Board Thanks Community for Support
    • Larry K. Tepe 1965-2003
    • BIRHC Meeting Report
    • Here Lies Beaver Man – a narrative poem
    • Letters to the Editor Regarding the New Health Center; Terrorism on Beaver Island
    • One Hundred Years Ago
    • Whiskey Point Light – another step
    • Carl Vertican Sr.: 1923 - 2003
    • Thanks from the Preservation Association
    • A Good Time at Dannyville
    • A Wedding on the Hill
    • Celebrities... on Beaver Island?
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    • Greene Family Reunion
    • A Summer of Tall Ships: The Caledonia anchors in Paradise Bay
    • Beaver Island Property Owners Association Annual Meeting
    • The Lumberyaard Party, part 2
    • An Island Grandchild: Maclaren Aisling
    • Beaver Island Health Fair to be held September 13th
    • CMU Art Show 2003
    • On This Date
    • Tom Dorais 1921 - 2003
    • Charlevoix County Commissioners Meetings
    • Island Blood Drive Goes Over the Top
    • Island Boodle 5k/Run/Walk to be held October 4th
    • "Bite of Beaver Island" plans move forward for October 4th & 5th
    • New Traffic Rules
    • Historical Society Annual Meeting
    • News from the Townships
    • A Wonderful Afternoon Sail aboard the Schooner Madeline
    • Trudy Boyles 1910-2003
    • One Hundred Years Ago
    • BIRHC Disagreement Continues
    • An Open Letter to the Beaver Island Community from Sue Meis
    • CCG Pledge Drive
    • Letters: Safe Biking
    • Letters: Dr. Wendy White and the BIRHC
    • The Summer’s Softball Finale
    • Homecoming Celebrations 2003
    • Letters: Lake Geneserath Fishing Contest Called Off
    • The Lucky Seven Walleye
    • PABI's Goofy Golf a Smashing Success
    • Letters: The Egg Lake Seven
    • Letters: Restrictions Impact Land Value
    • Beaver Island featured on the WMTA Cover
    • New & Improved Classified Ads [ view classifieds online ]
     
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    R e c e n t  S t o r i e s

    The Challenger Tucks in at Sand Bay
    Challenger
    One of my favorite Christmas presents this year was getting a call that the Southdown Challenger had spent the night tucked in at Sand Bay and was still there on Christmas morning. So we hopped in the car and then walked the bay from one point to the other as the freighter swung around on her anchor with a magnificent plume of steam to show us her best side. The photos are in the February Beacon, on newsstands now.
    Christmas Cantata
    How's the Snow?
    After a mild beginning to winter and a warm reprieve in December, Beaver Island finally got all the snow we had been asking for in January. So the Island is now a winter wonderland for all those who enjoy venturing out on snowmobiles, skis, and snowshoes to take in the winter beauty and have a lot of fun at the same time. More winter photos and stories in the February Beacon!
    Christmas Cantata
    2003 Cantata
    This was the event that Island singers and musicians have been practicing for all fall, and all that practicing certainly did pay off! The story and photos are in the January Beacon.
    Moondance
    Moondance
    A Marvelous Week with Moondance: the Irish Film Company’s Week on Beaver Island. Story appears in the December Beacon.
    Moondance
    Pileated Woodpecker
    "Woody" woodpecker checking to see what he is getting for Christmas... another wonderful photograph from Jeff Powers! Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.
    CMU Closing Party
    CMU's annual Beaver Island closing party has become one of the Island's hallmark fall traditions. It's always fun to see the CMU students come out in amazing costumes while enjoying the live music. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image, or take a peak at the December Beacon.
    Bite of Beaver
    The Second Annual Bite of Beaver Island organized by Deborah Harwood and the Chamber of Commerce was even better than last year with table after table of delicious offerings and a great turn out. We have lots of photos from the event in the November Beacon!
    Island Boodle
    The First Annual Beaver Island Boodle which Gail and Mike Weede organized as part of the Chamber's October 4th Bite of Beaver Island festival was a huge success with 68 people entering this first-time Island event! More pictures in the November Beacon!
    Madeline

    August 7th was truly a lucky day. As I walked up to the Gillespie dock to take a few photographs of a beautiful schooner tied up there, I learned they were just about to take an afternoon sail and had room for one more. So with camera in hand, I jumped aboard... (story appears in the September Beacon)

     
    Fall Deer
    Jeff Powers sent us this picture of two deer enjoying the fall colors. We had already printed our color pages for November when we received it, but I thought our web site visitors would enjoy it. Click on the thumbnail for a much larger and crisper image.
     
    Walleye
    As a late-breaking addition to the story which appears in the August Beaver Beacon, even though the first netting from the new walleye pond was disappointing, several volunteers from the Wildlife Club returned to rescue seven additional and very large young walleyes.
    Amistad
    On July 13th a crowd gathered at the Boat Dock to watch the Schooner Amistad tie up and spend the night. On the 14th an equally large crowd gathered at Whiskey Point to watch her depart with sails up. A perfect start for Museum Week!
    New Bike Path
    The new Bicycle Path next to the Donegal Bay road is now officially open. On the 4th, everyone met at 11:30 to walk and ride down the trail to the north shore.
    The 4th of July

    We waited until the evening of the 4th to print the final pages of the July Beaver Beacon so we could get pictures of all the 4th of July festivities: the Parade, the cannon, the horses, the tap dancers... and lots more.

     
    AmVets Raise Flags
    On April 9th the AmVets moved their patriotic display team to Whiskey Point and began decorating the Light. Story in the May Beaver Beacon.
    A School Play
    The Vile Veterinarian, a 5th and 6th Grade Play featured in the May and June Beaver Beacon
    St. Patrick's Day
    On March 15th, at the onset of the year's first heat wave, Beaver Island turned Irish. One man visiting from downstate who kept coming out of the Shamrock with a fresh drink was heard to claim that he believed the obstacle race, tug of war, and fish toss that took place on Main Street had been held simultaneously, but it was not true. Story appears in the April Beaver Beacon.  More St. Patrick's Day Photos
    Arranmore Twinning
    Thirty months after our cousins from Ireland came here, over 50 Beaver Islanders returned the favor by going there.
    Read all about the Beaver Island - Arranmore Twinning trip in the March & April Beaver Beacons. More Arranmore Twinning Photos
    Grand Rapids Party

    At one time parties in Chicago, Grand Rapids, and Lansing allowed friends of Beaver Island to get together, but these celebrations all faded away-until Grand Rapids came up with the idea of featuring live Beaver Island music!
    Read more about the Grand Rapids Party in the March Beaver Beacon

    House Parties

    For over 100 years this was the primary form of entertainment on Beaver Island, get-togethers that included stories, gossip, and live music-and now, thanks to Cindy Ricksgers and the Youth Consortium, they're back!
    Lots more pictures from the House Parties in the February Beaver Beacon, and more stories to come.

     


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