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July 2004
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News from the Townships

AmVets Retire Worn Flags

Long-EZ's return - Burt Rutan-designed experimental aircraft

PABI GroundBreaking

Island Airways Hangar Party

Wildlife Club News

School Election Results

Letters: To the Beaver Island Community

Walleye Pond a Success this Year

The yearbooks are in. The yearbooks are in. The yearbooks are in!

Thanks to Ed Wojan who orchestrated the event, Islanders get to Skydive from 11,000 ft. at Township Airport

On This Date

Museum Week 2004 Schedule of Events

A Sturdy New Home - Ben Fogg's new Tug Spartacus.

Lighthouse School Graduation

Silent Auction added to Fashion Tea

Phyllis Townsend 1911-2004

Preservationists named Honorary Architects

The Dig Continues - Suttons Bay Anthropology Club

Rich Gillespie will run for Charlevoix County Commissioner

Will there be a New Boat?

BIRHC Grand Opening - A Fine Celebration

One Hundred Years Ago

Art found in Nature - the Wood Sculpture of Bruce Struik

Mary Gallagher 1909-2004

Cecelia Kinney 1911-2004

Emergency Lights Available

New First Responders

Blood Drive; Hospice Needs Summer Caregivers

New Map of Beaver Island


BIRHC Grand Opening – A Fine Celebration

All of Beaver Island came together on June 25th 2004 to toast the extensive and coordinated efforts that led through many twists and turns to the creation of our new Health Center. Senator Phil Hoffman was the MC for an hour-and-a-half procession of thanking to a large audience that took its seats after touring the new facility, donut in hand (provided by Eric Hodgson at no charge), and observing a demonstration of the telemedicine program. The first to be thanked were the Gill and Traudt families, who responded to Bill McDonough's entreaty by working with Ed Wojan (who donated many services) to figure out how to give $200,000 worth of land (purchased by the family back in 1906) to the BIRHC. Ed called in a few more favors: Dennis Penfold did the needed appraisal; Northern Preferred Title provided title insurance; Ferguson/ Chamberlain did surveying; Abrams Aerials provided a topo map from Evan Karnes' material; and Jim Wojan donated the entire cost of a needed access road.

Anne Glendon recounted the many steps required to get this far: coming to terms with the shortcomings of the old facility; creating a task force to determine what was needed; and developing a funding plan. B. J. Wyckoff was instrumental in convincing the Island it needed and deserved a first-class facility, and Pete LoDico took it upon himself to investigate the needs of seniors. Don Spencer added that Practice Management Associates from St. Claire had provided guidance, and a search committee had settled on Hobbs + Black as the project architect.

Don also had high praise for Robert Gillespie, and for two of his helpers, John McCafferty and Kevin Barry McDonough, as well as for Haggards Plumbing and Heating and Daman Electric. He thanked Universal Sign for free signage, Munson Hospital for donated furnishings and computers, Ed Welter for providing free storage; Paul Armstrong for the PA system (given to the AmVets and loaned for this occasion); BJ and Bob Hoogendorn for the flowers; Frank Solle for his pictures; Jon Fogg for his tent; the Grand Traverse May Band for its $25,000 grant; Providence Hospital for the equipment it donated, and Parker Motor Freight and Morse Moving for their shipping of donations to the Island. Board President Connie Wojan praised Don Spencer, who was the building project manager, for his perseverance and for maintaining a level head as the storms swirled around. Don received a round of applause for his efforts.

The audience was full of people who had helped: Jim Haveman, just back from Iraq; representatives from Ken Bradstreet, Bart Stupak, and Carl Levin; Jason Allen, Joe Gougeon, and Mickey Mortimer; Shirley Roloff and Mary Beth Kur; Bob Tambellini; Undersheriff Snyder and his deputies; and our local Supervisors, John Works and Don Vyse, to name a few. Arlene Brennan praised the staff now in place: Sue Solle, Donna Kubic, Betty Hudgins, Barb Ken, Pam Nicholas, and Grace Matela.

Joe Reed touched on the newly-launched Capital Campaign, saying that Dr. Lange's efforts had created an endowment fund of $111,000 at the CCCF, which the Board wants to grow to $1,500,000 to produce about $70,000 in income for operations. An unnamed donor offered a three-part $300,000 Challenge Grant, and Joe said the first third has been matched (thanks to Robert Gillespie, Jackie Madigan, Phyllis & Elwood Baker, Lois & Arnie Rich, and others.) Excited, he also said that the Welter Foundation had agreed to pay to pave the entire BIRHC parking lot.

After months of wrangling, it was good to find that a sense of accomplishment had produced a feeling of peace. For the first time the Island was able to step back and bask in this tremendous achievement, which had required the combined efforts of dozens and dozens of people. The spirit that swept over the 140 people squeezed into the tent was that if we continue to work together, there is absolutely no limit to what we can do.

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