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November 2002
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School cultural project receives Grant

Letters: Bill McDonough’s prime ribs

Letters: Joe Moore to the BIRHC Board

Letters: the BIRHC Board responds to Joe Moore

Greene’s Lake: Suitable for Framing

The Way it Was: A Man’s Home is His Castle

Walden on Skids: Dick Winnick’s home slides away

Lighthouse School receives Grant

On this Date

Beaver Island Wildlife Club

What's new with Mary Blocksma?

The CMU Closing Party

Local Couple Dines with the Vice President

One Hundred Years Ago

Pumpkinanigans at Pumpkinopolis: a Grand Pumpkinalia

News from the Townships

Bite of Beaver

Karaoke: the Island sings along

Book Review: Dave Miles’ Bob Miles’ Charlevoix II

A Fine Romance

A Fine Propeller

Health Center News

Ships in the News

News from the Gospel Ship

Washington Islanders

The Township Airport

Weather or Not

Family Discovery Safety Night

Recipes from our Readers: Venison

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What's new with Mary Blocksma?

Since moving Beaver Island Arts to Bay City two years ago, Mary has been at least as productive as she was during her many years here. Her most recent book, Necessary Numbers, has arrived in bookstores. This fascinating volume explains the numbers used to measure everything from sunscreen to sandpaper to cholesterol levels, so that those who read it will know what they're talking about when they say they use 87 octane gas in their car or mention that the latest California quake was 6.1 on the Richter scale. The book provides hundreds of sources for additional information, many of which are accessible through the internet.

Another of Mary's books, Lake Lover's Year, was named second-best memoir of the year by the Independent Publisher's Association. A copy was picked up by the editor of the magazine Watercolor Magic, who was so impressed she commissioned her to write an article about switching media for the October issue. Still another book, Great Lakes Nature, will be published in a new color edition by University of Michigan in April of 2004 (the old version is still available, as are all of Mary's books, cards, prints, and posters, through her web site,
In September Mary accepted an offer from the Glen Arbor Art Association to act as artist-in-residence for ten days; plenty of time to paint the beaches of Sleeping Bear Dunes. She will be at the East Jordan Holiday Fair on November 9th, the Saginaw Hollyday Fair on December 11th, and hold an Open House at her Bay City studio on November 16th and 17th, where the first 30 visitors can choose a piece of free original art!

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