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July 2003
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4th of July Festivities

BITA - BIBCO Reach an Agreement

Environmentally Sensitive Areas Ordinance on the Agenda

Vanishing Sturgeon

PABI's 1st Annual Goofy Golf Tournament

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive

Tara runs like the Wind

News from Beaver Island Hospice & Helping Hands

On This Date

Rutan Experimentals Fly-In at the Township Airport

Annual Firemen’s Picnic

Barry Pischner's New CD: Sailing On

The Island Welcomes New Sheriff Jim Campbell

The Bike Path: an Unqualified Success

Museum Week 2003 Schedule; Museums hold Open House

Some interesting occurrences at Meetings

A Solstice Celebration: The Second Annual High Tea

Whiskey Point Restoration; Rectory Auction

Camp Quality does Beaver Island

Charlevoix County Commission Meetings

Celebrating Flag Day

Charlie's Model A: on the way to the Shop

One Hundred Years Ago

The “Seven Sisters” Opens

BIRHC Board has Opening

Sunset Cruises available Once Again

Bob Hannon: 1950-2003

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Camp Quality does Beaver Island

Thanks to donations from Island merchants, the B. I. Boat Company, the Lions Club, and others, once again the Camp Quality kids spent an extended weekend on Beaver Island, which they enjoyed very much–and how appropriate, a special place for special people. Everyone they met felt honored to have them come.

After getting a tour of the Acacia in Charlevoix, the 12 campers, age 13 to 18, and a staff of 6 boarded the Emerald Isle on June 12th to start their 4-day Island adventure.

Upon arriving they hopped in “Big Blue” and the “Brown Bomber” provided by Gordy Heika, and drove to Dalwhinnie for a pizza party, donated by the Ironton Congregational Church. Then they headed for the Lighthouse School, their base camp. After a hike on the beach to Iron Ore Bay, they were ready to hit the sack.
The next day they met Jim Gillingham at Miller's Marsh, where he took them on the Nature Trail and pointed out newts, dragon flies, frogs, snakes, and turtles. When Jim found a pregnant garter snake, he showed them how to count the twelve babies inside. Another snake was molting, and he helped it slither out of its skin, which the kids loved.

After a climb on the Big Rock they went to the Dawsons' home for a picnic lunch on their porch and an introduction to Sweety, a 55-pound Pyrenees puppy. Eventually they made their way back to Beaver Head, where Michelle Gray and her Youth Consortium co-horts put on a campfire-cooked dinner of hamburgers, pizza, and pudgie pies. They kept the campfire going to cook desert: hollowed-out oranges filled with gingerbread mix, with the top put back on for cooking and then served with whipped cream. Some of the YC kids organized a volleyball game, and Corey Sowa and his guitar led a joyful sing-along around the dwindling fire.

On Sunday Don Meister met them at the stone circle, dressed in Indian garb for a discussion of the meaning and ceremonial use of the site. He talked about Native American culture, and explained what was in his tobacco pouch, and why. He told them about Keewaydinoquay and how much she had taught him–only a fraction, he said, of her storehouse of knowledge.

After a trip to Protar's Home, they climbed down and back up the steps at Zembla and then went to town for lunch at the Shamrock, which was all set. Then they rented bikes and broke up into different groups. Some took the Gull Harbor Nature Trail; some visited Skip Duhamel at his new fish store and watched him process the day's catch as he talked about the art of carving; others stopped in at one of the Museums to try their hand at the Treasure Hunts. Late in the warm afternoon they headed for Deerwood, where John and Sally gave them a special tour.
They had time for a little shopping the next day, before boarding the Emerald Isle for the trip back. The sea was calm both ways, and they had a wonderful trip across. They were in the Pilot House when the Beaver Islander passed, and were thrilled when the mighty ships honked back and forth. As they approached the Pine River channel in Charlevoix they discovered all their parents were out on the jetty, waving to welcome them home.
They had only one question: “when can we go back to Beaver again?”

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