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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 Adventures of Gray Wolf

A few years ago, when one of his grandkids asked Don Butcher (Donna King's father) to tell him one of his hair-raising stories of flying up to sportsman's Canada, his wife said that it would save a lot of time if he'd put them in a book. The idea stuck, and he decided to act on it. Now he's almost through the 1st printing (1362 books) and is making a few changes before bringing out the second edition.

On Saturday, July 27th, he appeared at a book-signing party at the Beaver Boat-Tique and sat out a brief rainstorm under a sheet tent rather than retreat inside and disappoint his many fans. There's something about flying a seaplane into the northern wilds, which he did for over 40 years, and catching a pike too large to wrestle into the canoe, or having a moose that should have stayed down from the first shot rise up and charge, that excites almost everyone.

In a sense, Don's full career as a sportsman was a lucky break. In 1947 he was working as a machinist in Hamtramck when his doctor gave him the glum news: a year and a half to live, if he was lucky. Deciding not to spend it in the city, he bought a resort on Lake Otsego outside of Gaylord and moved north. His business took off; he now has 14 employees.

He began taking friends across the border to enjoy the little time he believed he had left. Maybe it's true that the days you spend fishing don't count against your allotted time, but for whatever reason, he's still going strong. And, perhaps more importantly, he's still happily married. The secret? Here's his smiling wife's version: "I never once told him he couldn't go fishing.”

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