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

Several of Charlie Martin's cars have achieved a certain degree of fame over the years, such as the one he abandoned at the surf end of Redding's Trail, but none are as well-known as his “ski car.” This 1928 model A started life as a four-door, but after an accident was converted into a truck. The next change was to outfit the front end with a pair of skis so he could bring us the mail over the ice. When planes began delivering the mail the skis were removed, but Charlie moved on to other vehicles, especially new trucks bearing his name supplied by his son Ernie when he was winning awards as Chicago's best car salesman. The A last ran in the Bicentennial Parade, and then was allowed to rust into oblivion. But youngest son Mike, a millwright in Grand Rapids, carefully strapped her to a trailer and hauled her away, vowing she'll come back running like she was new, and this time will never leave the Island again.

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