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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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Nels Peter Sorensen, Jr.

Dr. Nels Peter Sorensen Jr., age 65, of Greenville, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Greenville on April 4, 1938, the son of Nels Peter and Kathryn A. Baylis Sorensen. He was a graduate of Greenville High School in 1956, the University of Michigan and the U of M Dental School in 1964. He practiced dentistry in Greenville for 39 years. He was on the Greenville Board of Education for 20 years serving as Treasurer, and was an original member of the Danish Festival Band.

An accomplished musician, he was a member of the American Guild of Organists, served on the 1976 Bicentennial Committee, Greenville Rotary Club and Park Congregational Church. He received the Marian Kemp Outstanding Citizen Award this year, and for many years was a volunteer official at the High School track meets and served on the Band Boosters for the High School. His professional affiliations include the West Michigan Dental Society, the Michigan Dental Society, the Chicago Dental Society, and the American Dental Association.

He was married on July 30, 1960 to Carol Ann Mount. His father Dr. Nels preceded him in death in 1992, as did his mother, Kay, in 1987 and his sister, Jean Stout in 1984. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol, and their children and families; Chris and Michelle Sorensen of Southgate, Eric and Tammy Sorensen of Greenville and Lisle and Todd Merrifield of Comstock Park, his grandchildren; Kayleen, Hannah, Baker, Veronica and Audrey. Also his sister, Rae (George) Dewberry of Greenville and brothers-in-law, Gene (MaryJo) Mount of Greenville and James R. Stout of Chicago, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. A Memorial service was held on Thursday, July 17th.
Pete Sorensen was a longtime summer resident of Beaver Island, where his stone-fenced home east of McDonough's Market still holds a dental chair used by both him and his father when the Island had no dentist. He was truly loved, and will be missed by all who knew him.

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