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August 2002
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A Schooner Appears: the Sailing Vessel Denis Sullivan

The Water is Wide - Beaver Islanders still making a living off Lake Michigan

Beaver Island meets the Michigan Land Use Institute

The Good Ship Grande Mariner

The Amvets March On

The Arrival of the Camp Quality Kids

Money and space Challenge Rural Health

A Local Poet Steps Forward

Preserving the Whiskey Point Light

The Way it Was: Christadelphians inthe Woods

News from the Townships

What's New with Beaver Island Internet

Museum Week

The Mother of all Tugs

The Fourth of July

The Adventures of Gray Wolf

The Cull Reunion

Readers' Favorite Recipes

On This Date

Johann S. Bach comes to Beaver Island

The Community House
Project achieves Major Milestone

A Possible Partnership between PABI and the C of C

Weather or Not

New Owners Jeff and Bill Cashman

Classified Ads

THE GOOD SHIP Grande Mariner

On July 27th the Grande Mariner floating elderhostel made its second stop (of 6 scheduled arrivals) at Beaver Island during the summer. On a typical trip, she leaves Chicago and stops at Holland, Frankfort, Beaver Island, and Mackinac. Then she cruises up the St. Mary's River and through the Sault Locks for a sniff of the colder and deeper water of Lake Superior before turning tail and moseying down Lake Michigan's west shore to complete her eight-day trip.

The passengers who came ashore here and took a tour in a Boat Company van or wandered around downtown said that the food on board was excellent. An added interest was having Fred Stonehouse as the resident historian. He spends a few hours each day telling stories from his vast amount of shipwreck lore; unless the weather is rough, in which case he switches to tales about our early settlers on the land. All in all, the $1,500 to $3,000 fare seemed like a good price to those on board.
The 183'-long front-loading ship is busy year-around, cruising the Mississippi down to New Orleans in the fall and spring and plying the Caribbean in the winter.

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