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May 2003
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The Plan for Furnishing the New Health Center

Notice to Voters: Important School Finance Issue

Chamber’s 2003 Citizen of the Year Banquet

James Kenwabakisee Cuts His Own Channel

Beaver Island Wildlife Club News

Patrick Cull, by Gosh

Michigan Townships Association

Coyotes on the Ice

Here comes... the Acacia

On This Date

My Grandfather’s Farm

Skip Duhamel: Our World-class Totem Pole Carver

News from the Townships

The EMS in Action

Charlevoix County Commissioners

Results ... from the Egg Lake Seven

The Way it Was: the Famine in Arranmore

BIBCO Press Release

Leadership Retreat to focus on challenges

Arts & Culture Grant Update

Carrie Podgorski makes Deans List

Local Poet Melissa Bailey wins Prize

17th Annual Beaver Island Talent Show

Native American and Crooked Tree teachers visit Lighthouse School

AmVets raise ribbons and flags for Beaver Island

One Hundred Years Ago

Paradise Bay Dive Shop comes to ... Paradise Bay

Come See “The Vile Veterinarian” - May 2nd 2003

Cindy Turns a Page

Weather or Not

Edgar B. Speer Refloated

Ronald Haggard 1977 - 2000

Lester Gallagher 1918 - 2002

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Edgar B. Speer Refloated

On April 8th the 1000-footer Edgar B. Speer was pulled free from Graham Shoal, just east of the Mackinac Bridge, in the morning. She had been caught in the ice, and dragged until she bottomed out.

The Purvis tug Reliance arrived on the scene about 9 a.m. and began working to pull the Speer free. The big tug was able to free the grounded thousand-footer about 10:30 a.m. and the Speer went to anchor near Round Island for inspections.

On Monday afternoon the Speer had become stuck in ice and was pushed aground by ice and high winds. The crew reported a soft landing on the shoal and did not know the ship was aground until they could no longer maneuver. The Soo Evening News reported that the crew heard none of the usual sounds of grounding on the mixed sand and gravel shoal. It is hopeful that the damage will be minimal due to the bottom materials and the slow speed at which she grounded.

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