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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

Partnership Project holds meeting

On March 18th, 2003 the Beaver Island Partnership Project held another meeting, attended by 11 members including Shirley Roloff (County Commissioner), Don Schneider (undersheriff), Rod Cortright (MSU extension), and Jim Haveman (Conservation Resource Alliance) from off the Island. Much of the meeting was taken up by reports from members, primarily Pete LoDico, who talked about the Housing Commission's narrowing of their focus, and Bill Cashman, who discussed the Historical Society's decision to try to make its Oral History project self-supporting.
The Partners had written a letter to the District Fisheries Biologist to ask that 30 to 50,000 of the State's 300,000 Chinook salmon fingerlings be released in Beaver Island's harbor. Shirley Roloff mentioned that there was a down side to this program, judging from how it went in Charlevoix. “If the conditions aren't right, they'll die,” she stated. “We had the banks of the river cluttered with dead fish.”

The subcommittee concerned with promoting eco-friendly tourism, particularly in the off season, presented a rough draft of a list of viable businesses that might be sought and encouraged. Rod Cortright suggested that a team from MSU's Tourism Resources program might be induced to come to Beaver Island in the middle of May, look the Island over during the first day, and then conduct a public meeting in the evening before meeting with the Partners the next day. Another person who might come over at this time is Tom Bailey of the Nature Conservancy, who might hold a seminar on the complexities of creating conservation easements on private land.

Plans are afoot for Charlevoix County to lease space in the Medical Center for a bunk room, office, and holding cell. A question was raised: “If you have this additional space, will we see more of the State Police?” Those who have grown used to our friendly deputies find the State Police to be somewhat arrogant by comparison. The answer: “You'll probably see them less, because of all the budget cut-backs. But they'll be here for Homecoming at least.”

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