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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 fine time on Arranmore

We have just returned from Arranmore, where we had a most wonderful weekend.

The weather was terrible but it did not and could not dampen the spirits of all the people who participated. All the islanders assembled on the pier to greet the ferry. The school children formed a guard of honor and the pipe band played. That night in Gerry Early's Charlie O Hara gave a short and very moving talk on the evictions. After that we sang and danced into the wee small hours.

The twinning ceremony at the lake was very emotional despite the rain, and again a huge crowd gathered.
The mass on Saturday night was also a great experience culminating in the singing of the American and Irish National anthems. Thomas Phil Ban's was the venue that evening. Another late night!

The departure on Sunday at 1:30 was not without a lot of tears. As the pipe band played “The Shores of Amerikay” there was not a dry eye on the quay.

All in all a memorable occasion. The monument at the lake, an otter and a beaver with a salmon leaping in between, is quite beautiful. We went back to see it on Sunday afternoon–it is so impressive and will soon become a major tourist attraction on. It will of course serve as a permanent reminder of the close links between the two islands.

The gifts presented by your representatives were greatly appreciated and were so appropriate. We hope to meet the group again in Dublin, our home.

–Aidan and Rita Gallagher

Thanks to Rich Gillespie for these photos. You can see more of his Arranmore photos at

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