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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


Phyllis Townsend

Phyllis Isobel Townsend passed away on June 13th during the night, at the age of 93.

Born in Dauphin, Manitoba, she was the second youngest of ten children. Upon completion of her secondary education, she taught school for a year and then went to Winnipeg General Hospital for her basic nursing education.

She came to the United States to pursue her career, married, and had a family. For many years she served on the Michigan Board of Nursing as educator, consultant, and surveyor of licensure requirements for Michigan's nursing programs. She retired to Beaver Island in 1969, and soon became involved in many community activities, which included the Historical Society, writing the first Zoning Ordinance, building the Library, and serving on the Preservation Association, and was an active member of the St. James Episcopal Church. One of her favorite activities was playing bridge, anytime, anywhere. She was known for her love of literature (late in life she set out to reread the classics) and encouragement of others to further their education.

She is survived by three children, ten grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

She will be remembered with love by many. Contributions in her memory may be made to the local Hospice and the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.

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