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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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Native American and Crooked Tree teachers visit Lighthouse School

On March 24th, four distinctly different Crooked Tree Arts Center members arrived on Beaver Island to inspire the students at B.I.L.S. (Beaver Island Lighthouse School). They showed up at the airport, where students were waiting for them: Vivi Woodcock, who would teach drawing, Aleta Walton, drama, Sjoran Fitzpatrick, pottery, and Nancy Payne, photography. Each student chose the two classes they were most interested in for the next three days. Then the drama class created and performed a play, called Greater Tuna. All the participants were ecstatic about it and found it quite fulfilling.

The photography class filled a bulletin board with pictures demonstrating their talent. Now many of the kids are sending in their pictures to numerous contests around the U.S. The pottery class could make anything they wished. As a reminder of their creativity the students got to take home their work. The drawing class did more than just draw, and their paintings and artwork were impressive. Almost every student found some way to express him or herself through art, which was the goal of the Crooked Tree staff.

The Band of Ottawa Indians came to B.I.L.S. March 27th, the day after Crooked Tree left. Seven members of the Ottawa tribe flew over to teach the students about the Anishnabe life. Dan Chingwa showed how to make traditional beadwork, starting with a loom. From there a traditional dance was performed and explained by Winnay Wimgwase, Eva Oldman, and Steve Oldman. Lunch consisted of fry bread and taco toppings, a great treat. Then the well-known author Simon Otto read some of his stories about Native American theology to give everybody his perspective. Later, Yvonne Keshik discussed the Ottawa's opinions on personal accountability. The last person to speak was Joe Mitchell, an expert on the language and culture of his tribe. All of the students learned a lot about the Ottawa way of life, and their points seemed to have an impact on all who were willing to listen.

–Jason Westenbroek (student at B.I.L.S.)

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