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April 2003
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St. Patrick’s Day Festivities in front of the Shamrock

News from the Beaver Island Wildlife Club

Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year

Chili Cook-off a Big Success

Plans afoot for a Community Walk

Talking Threads Quilt on Display at McDonough’s Market

Rural Arts and Culture Grant Update

Melvin Snags a Record Pike

Patrick Cull makes the State GeoBee

Two Beaver Island School Board Seats up for Reelection

Awarding the Bid for the New Beaver Island Health Center

How the BIRHC Board determined the need for a new Facility

On This Date

Beaver Island Peace Vigil; AmVets put up Flags on Main Street

Partnership Project Holds Meetings

A Phenomenon Made of Ice

News from the Townships & the Township Annual Meetings

Fire Department Acquires New Thermal Imaging Equipment

Deerwood - The world's finest B&B

Snow Sleuth

A fine time on Arranmore

One Hundred Years Ago

BIBCO & BITA Negotiations may be Nearing Resolution

Mary Minor 1932-2003

Charles Dunlevy 1915-2003

Weather or Not

Charlevoix County Commissioners Meetings

Beaver Island's Egg Lake Bog

Land Swap

Peaine Offered Property

Classified Ads

A Phenomenon made of Ice

In early March, whispers began to abound about an unusual feature on the ice south of Cable's Bay: from the air, it looked like someone had broken hundreds of huge blue mirrors. People driving by began to stop and trudge out onto the fractured glacial sheet. At a thousand feet from shore the phenomenon was seen to be the result of a crack-and-surge cycle that had broken chunks of thick, clear ice and stacked them upon themselves at every conceivable angle. The individual pieces were too big, too askew, and too numerous to navigate, but on a sunny day they transformed the landscape into a glimmering, magic kaleidoscope.

In their midst two ice caves were found, 12'-tall mounds hollowed out into workable igloos by a combination of extreme buckling and the churning of the snow-filled wind. By the middle of March the fame of these caves had spread far and wide, and a sunny Sunday brought the curious out; on the day we stopped, we met fourteen others who made their way out from shore through alternating slush, snow, and slippery-as-glass glare ice.

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