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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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Sunset Cruises available Once Again

Paradise Bay Dive Shop was happy to announce the opening of their new enterprise on Beaver Island. The doors opened on June 1st at the former Gillespie Oil and Transit, which Gail and Mike Weede spent the spring making ready for scuba divers, cruise takers, snorkelers, and visitors.

One of their first excursions was a trip to Squaw and Garden Islands. Transported by their 30’ Baja cruiser Island Time, they had a smooth and comfortable ride. They taxied to shore with a small inflatable raft, and walked to the Lighthouse and its historic outbuildings. At Garden they skirted the reefs to enter the mouth of Indian Harbor on the lower west side. After anchoring they rafted ashore, where one of the younger passengers found treasure: a discarded cell phone, no doubt flung away in the spirit of freedom. After a short walk they paddled back to the boat and headed home.

The experience of walking on an island where no one lives, of finding old trails leading into the mysterious interior, and cruising over the waves of Lake Michigan on sunny day is a surefire recipe for shedding the weight of coping with the daily grind.

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