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August 2003
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PABI Launches a Revised Plan

PABI Sunset Picnic Update

AMVETS sponsor Lake Geneserath Fishing Tournament in September

Washington Islanders visit Beaver and suggest Exchange Trips

Chamber has Big Plans: 2nd Annual Bite of Beaver Island Expanded Fall Events

Weather or Not

On This Date

Studying Art in an Artist's Paradise

The Freedom Schooner Amistad Pays a Call

Nels Peter Sorensen, Jr.: 1938-2003

Aleta Doris Kenwabikise: 1955-2003

Proposed Downtown / Public Beach Parking Lot

Museum Week 2003

Wildlife Club News

Charlevoix County Commissioners Meeting Report

News From the Townships

A Challenge to the BIRHC Board

The Opposition Organizes

Letters to the Editor Regarding the BIRHC

From the Board: About the Current Controversy

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The Amistad Pays a Call

On a sunny July 12th the towering Freedom Schooner Amistad sailed into Paradise Bay on her way to Chicago from her home port of Mystic, Connecticut. Named after the slave ship Amistad, which it replicates, she is owned by a national non-profit organization set up to promote improved relationships between the races. (The original Amistad, commemorated in Steven Speilberg's movie, provoked a unique event: in 1839 its cargo of slaves won their freedom in the U. S. Supreme Court and returned home when their charismatic leader Joseph Cinque convinced the Court to classify them as “kidnapped Africans” instead of property.) The ship left the East Coast in early May. On July 5th she headed out of Toledo, and is due at Chicago on July 26th, where she'll spend two weeks at the Navy Pier.

Having a draft of over 10', she tied up at the ferry dock, promising to leave before the Emerald Isle arrived Sunday morning. Skip Duhamel donated a meal's worth of smoked fish, and dozens of people milled around, awed and impressed with her workmanship. A couple who lived in Mystic happened to be visiting Beaver Island and were surprised to find the boat they had watched being built.

No advance notice had been given because up to the last minute they did not know if they'd stop–despite Jack Kelly's diligent lobbying all spring. Barry Pischner and Bill McDonough spoke to the captain and crew about stopping on her return trip this fall, letting the school kids have a tour, and giving a presentation about the significance and meaning of the events the ship commemorates. The response was that as much as they'd like to do this, it would all depend on how the home office reacted to our request.


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