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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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Washington Islanders Visit Beaver.

At 8 AM on October 3rd nine Washington Island Wisconsin residents took off in an Island Airways Brittany Norman bound for a day on Beaver Island. The trip, which took just over half an hour, passed over many of the beautiful islands gracing northern Lake Michigan.

Although the day was cloudy the threatening rain never materialized and the lucky Washington Islanders had a most wonderful adventure. After renting two cars and filling up with coffee and sticky buns, we toured the Print Shop Museum. After all, the connection between our two islands was first established during Mormon times, when Washington Island fishermen joined the raiders that "swept the Beavers clean." Eight of our group then took off to explore the rest of the Island. Some managed to climb to the top of the Beaver Head Light, whose second keeper, Joseph Lobdell, came from Washington Island. The ninth member who had visited before remained to talk with the museum director. A late lunch, a visit to the Marine Museum, and visits to the local stores rounded off the day's activities. We flew home to our island with some great memories, and resolved to return again next year.

Similarities we noticed included Beaver's friendly people, the habit of waving as cars pass each other, and the feeling of release from tension that we all experienced. We felt we weren’t that far from home. But there were differences as well: Washington Island has no paved streets with curbs and gutters; the lamps on our Main Road are just attached to utility poles; and, the really big one: our airport (singular) has only grass and no paving.

–Bill Olsen, Jackson Harbor Press

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