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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

Classified Ads

The Paradise Bay Dive Shop comes to … Paradise Bay

This summer one more dream will be unfurled against the Beaver Island backdrop: Mike and Gail Weede will open their Paradise Bay Dive Shop here on Beaver Island. Located at the former Gillespie Oil and Transit office and dock, Mike and Gail will be teaching the finer points of diving, taking guests for dives on the various wrecks scattered around the archipelago, or simply conducting a sunset cruise on a balmy evening.

After a winter diving in Florida, Mike and Gail are full of new stories about underwater lore–maybe next winter they’ll stay and write a book.

Mike and Gail plan to use their 30' Baha, Island Time, the perfect size and speed for a 6-pack charter. Mike is a PADI-certified instructor as well as a licensed Coast Guard captain. Mike and Gail have developed a relationship with some Traverse City dive shops, who will send divers here to complete their certification and give discounts on equipment to Mike and Gail's customers–they'll have some equipment to rent , but haven’t yet been able to stock a complete line of gear.

Lately a number of conscientious voices have been championing ecotourism. Almost as the answer to that prayer this enterprise has appeared on the heels of other eco-friendly businesses such as Ken Bruland's Inland Seas Kayaking and Eric and Carrie Myers' Beaver Island Eco-Tours. “Take only pictures, leave only bubbles” is the Dive Shop's motto, so let the bubbles begin. To get in on the fun, bring your log book and a valid ‘C’ card–or just give them a call. Early bookings have been encouraging, so this summer keep an eye out for red “diver down” flags with their diagonal white stripe: if you're in a boat, remember to stay 150' away.

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