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June 2003
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McDonough’s Market - 70 Years serving Beaver Island

Don't bother trying to fix it … if it's not Baroque

Graduation Time

Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce Plans for the 4th of July

The Historical Society releases the schedule for Museum Week

BIPOA Nature Lecture: Painted Turtles of the Beaver Archipelago

CMU Summer Nature Walk series

BIRHC to Raffle Truck

Health Center Groundbreaking

The State of the Internet on Beaver Island

Honoring Bev and Mike

On This Date

One Hundred Years Ago

A Fine Spring Concert

An Environmental Protection section proposed for our Zoning Ordinance

Passings: Robert Smith; Gary Tepe; Margaret Way; Dan Green

Rural Arts & Culture Grant Update

Mary Gets a New Gallery

Roasting Jerry

The Sun Also Rises … over PABI's Community House: Summer Solstice Celebrations

The Class Play: A Class Act

Lighthouse School News

News from the Townships

Work at Beaver Head

BICS Students get Handhelds

Island Airways Hanger Party

Emerald Isle Security Exercise

Making a Walleye Pond

The Leadership Retreat suggests an approach for the Lansing Reception

A Report on The Lansing Reception

Peaine Township helps the Island move closer to a Master Plan

The AmVets in Action: yellow ribbons and posters

Weather or Not

Camp Quality Returns

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Roasting Jerry

On Saturday, May 17th, some of Jerry LaFreniere's many friends packed the Holy Cross Parish Hall to roast one of Beaver Island's most well-liked sons. The decorations reflected Jerry's years as the engineer for the Beaver Island Boat Company and his long relationship with the ferry Beaver Islander, which he nursed along for thousands of miles. The walls were decked with life rings and anchors, and paper sea gulls flew above the stage, looking for an appropriate place to leave their bread crumbs. Tables held "sick bags" filled with popcorn. Interspersed were photos, in all of which he was beaming his signal-light smile, and the wonderful caricatures drawn by Island artist Kelly Duhamel depicting the events of Jerry's life.

Each attendee received a scroll with the evening events, part of which read:

“Cead Mile Failté - One hundred thousand welcomes.
“Tonight as we journey through a sea of memories - some stiff waters, many high tides - be prepared to experience rolling waves of laughter and whitecaps of delight.”

The cruise directors for the evening were Jayne Bailey and Lisa Gillespie, who kept things moving – although Jerry's life provided plenty of material to work with, as did the many speakers. A wonderful job was done by all.

Thanks, Jerry, for being such a great sport!

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