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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


Rich Gillespie’s Hat’s in the Ring

Former Charlevoix County Commissioner Rich Gillespie has agreed to run again. This Island-born lifetime resident’s reluctance was due to the heavy demands of his business projects, but his memory of the difference an Island-based Commissioner can make when he served in this capacity a decade back motivated him to enter the race. “Last time I was effective in helping bring the County Transit System to the Island, and helping get the King’s Highway repaved,” he said. “Well, the paving’s giving out, and without a voice on the Commission, Beaver Island could miss out on effective opportunities to remedy the situation.”

Rich feels strongly that he’s the right person for the job. “I learned first-hand what good can come from sitting on that Board, and saw the benefits it brought to Beaver Island. Prior to my taking a seat on the County Board, we were not taken seriously by county officials. I chaired several important committees during my tenure, and grew respect for Beaver Island and its citizens as a result. My great concerns these days are taxes, and equal distribution and representation.”

Like everyone else in business, he’s had some disagreements, but he hopes that anyone who may be skeptical will overcome their differences for the good of the Island. “For me, the Island has always come first. I’d like to give something back to the community that has been so good to my family and I. There’s really nothing in this for me personally except the chance to help improve the quality of life for everyone here.”

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