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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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Rutan Experimentals Fly In

On June 20th eight similar Burt Rutan-style experimental aircraft arrived at the Township Airport for what has become an annual event, a gathering of friendly owners of this responsive, highly efficient, and very maneuverable design. Rutan achieved fame for his Voyageur, the first plane to fly nonstop around the world. These Cozys and LongEZs are similar in their radical approach. Flying at 160 knots, they cover a thousand miles at a hop. Each one is built from scratch from plans, a process usually taking 5 to 10 years. Occasionally one comes on the market, typically at a price in excess of $50,000; there might be a thousand in existence, most in Canada and the USA with a few in Europe and elsewhere.

This group of pilots arrived here from Minnesota and Wisconsin and Ohio and Pennsylvania, and set up their tents on a mowed section of lawn on which Bob Banville, who once owned one, had built a stone fire circle. Every so often a few would meander into town to see what was going on, but generally they were content to sit back and see who else might arrive, literally from out of the blue.

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