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Beacon Archive

July 2004
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News from the Townships

AmVets Retire Worn Flags

Long-EZ's return - Burt Rutan-designed experimental aircraft

PABI GroundBreaking

Island Airways Hangar Party

Wildlife Club News

School Election Results

Letters: To the Beaver Island Community

Walleye Pond a Success this Year

The yearbooks are in. The yearbooks are in. The yearbooks are in!

Thanks to Ed Wojan who orchestrated the event, Islanders get to Skydive from 11,000 ft. at Township Airport

On This Date

Museum Week 2004 Schedule of Events

A Sturdy New Home - Ben Fogg's new Tug Spartacus.

Lighthouse School Graduation

Silent Auction added to Fashion Tea

Phyllis Townsend 1911-2004

Preservationists named Honorary Architects

The Dig Continues - Suttons Bay Anthropology Club

Rich Gillespie will run for Charlevoix County Commissioner

Will there be a New Boat?

BIRHC Grand Opening - A Fine Celebration

One Hundred Years Ago

Art found in Nature - the Wood Sculpture of Bruce Struik

Mary Gallagher 1909-2004

Cecelia Kinney 1911-2004

Emergency Lights Available

New First Responders

Blood Drive; Hospice Needs Summer Caregivers

New Map of Beaver Island

 

Long-EZs Return

Once again the Township Airport was the locus of several Burt Rutan-designed experimental aircraft, which arrived from all over on the last weekend of June. These lightweight planes included several models, including the backward-looking 100-hp VariZs. These long-range flyers (Dick Rutan flew a Long EZ 4,800 miles non-stop) first came on the scene 25 years ago. The Long EZ weighs under 800 pounds, is 26' wide and 17' long, and can reach 185 mph. Typical range is over 1,500 miles. These pterodactyl-like planes picked the skydive weekend, so this became a time of tailgate parties and barking dogs, with well over 100 visitors stopping by.


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