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August 2004
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News from the Townships

AmVets Fishing Tournament Scheduled for September 11th-12th

Staff Changeover at Beaver Island Community School

Fourth of July Golf Tournament a Big Hit

Marching in the Rain: A Forth of July few will forget

Dedicating the Town Clock

On This Date

Shipping out the Logs

Concert on the Harbor

Sunset Picnic August 15th

Inland Seas Kayaking Inland Seas Eco-Tours

Art Show Success highlights Museum Week

A Wedding on the Beach

Volleyball Camp

Boyne Thunder Poker Race to Beaver

Recreation Resource Project Special Summary Report

One Hundred Years Ago

Sky Divers Return

Livingstone Studio's Meet the Artist

BIRHC Fashion Tea at Deerwood

B.I. Christian Church celebrates 41 years, honors Greggs

Camp Quality on Beaver

Trouble with the Bridge

BIRHC Benefit Dinner September 17th at Nina's

Go Wendy!


Marching in the Rain

Beaver Island has been smiled on by the sun for so many years now on the Fourth that when the sky opened and a downpour doused the would-be paraders, no one knew enough to get out of the rain. So the Annual Parade took place after all, following an intrepid performance by Signe's Soaked Irish Tappers and the valiant Community Choir, squeezed tightly together under the Yacht Dock roof.

The sidewalks were thick with the huddled crowds, whose attitude seemed to be, “If they've got the dedication to march, we can have the dedication to watch.” As the puddles grew deeper and float after float slogged past with the riders chucking candy, the general feeling was that the parade would pass through town quickly and then everyone would hurry home to dry clothes and a fire, but as the crowd prepared to depart a shout went up: “By gosh, here they come again!” Sure enough, the parade had circled the last block and come back in stately formation, beaming with pride at its pluck and perseverance.

The music played on. The clouds seemed to drift away, but then returned; the sky was so thick and dark that the scheduled fly-overs were called off. Yet everyone stayed to the very end, not minding in the least if they were hit by one of the traditional water balloons.

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