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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

Charles Dunlevy 1915-2003

Charles Francis Dunlevy, grandson of Island shopkeeper Yankee Jim, passed away on January 23rd 2003 in Elmhurst, Illinois at the age of 88. Although born in Chicago, he treasured his Beaver Island roots. It was on one of his many trips here that he went to an AA meeting in 1964, an experience that changed his life and led to 37 sober years. As a retiree from his job as a maintenance engineer for Loretto Hospital he took up long-distance bicycling and earned a college degree in counseling. He was known as “Grandpa Chuck” to the children he assisted as a crossing guard or when he dressed up as Santa Claus. He was married for 63 years to his wife Marion, whom he met in a dance class.

Over the years he played an important role as a support partner to dozens of AA members. “He was never embarrassed or secretive about his addiction,” his granddaughter said. “Rather than hide the fact, he faced his problems head-on and encouraged others to do the same.” He always carried a special coin to remind himself of his struggle. “He was always there for those who needed his help.”

He is survived by his wife, by a son, Paul, two daughters, Lydia Waterloo and Catherine Tardy, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

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