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The Lucky Seven
Or Walleye Pond Epilogue
Submitted by Jeff Powers
Even though the walleye pond had a frustrating start, several
diehard volunteers from the Beaver Island Wildlife Club managed to rescue seven
VERY LARGE healthy walleyes on July 23rd, 2003. Well, since seven is a
lucky number and this raises are total number of walleyes to seventy, maybe this
all bodes well for next year. 2003 was a bad year for walleye ponds in Michigan,
with the DNR's best ponds only yielding twenty percent of their normal yield.
The Beaver Island Wildlife Club will soon plant rye in the pond area, and work
on several factors which will improve our success in the future, including
conditioning the water for at least a month prior to fish arriving and
oxygenation of the pond. Thanks for all of the community support, we'll
keep trying this until we get it right!
It’s About ISLAND TIME!
“LUMBARR YARRD PARTY”
AND FORREST’S GRADUATION CELEBRATION
SUNDAY August 10th
Powers’ ACE Hardware Lumberyard
Everyone Invited… “ARRR”
Congratulations to Beaver Island's newest Emergency Medical
Technicians: Cindy Gillespie-Cushman, Karen Whitecraft, Ken Bruland, and Forrest
Powers. On July 8, 2003, the above and Joannie Adams passed the State of
Michigan EMT Practical Exam. They also took the National Registry Exam for
Basic EMTs. Results in, all four passed. Joannie's results aren't
available since she turned 18 just four days ago. So far 100% pass
rate. Good luck, Joannie. All need to apply for State of Michigan
licensure. Joe Moore, Chairperson of Beaver Island EMS, looks forward to
putting them on the on-call schedule. Great job everyone!
Between Iraq and a Hard Spot
Since my brother, 1SG Ron Gregg, arrived back stateside from
Iraq on the 13th, I asked him to write something about his adventures. The
following is what he sent to me and I hope there will be more in the future.
are they still over there? That seems to be the biggest question asked
by the American public, concerning our troops in Iraq. The best thing I
can do is to provide my perspective based on what was going on in the areas I
was working in. Please understand that this is my opinion and not the
official stance of the government, the Army, or the 101st Airborne Division
I returned from Iraq a week ago, to prepare for a new job. I was shocked
by the news and seeing that there are many Americans who don't understand the
plight of our soldiers in Iraq.
Please allow me to clarify a few points: 1.) Our soldiers want to come
home. They're homesick; they miss the comforts of home and family, the
summer fun, and good old American food. 2.) Our soldiers on the ground
in Iraq understand that they have a very important mission that must be done.
If given the chance, I'm sure many of them would not leave voluntarily, unless
there was someone there to replace them. To leave too soon would cause
all they've done to start unraveling. Those two conflicting points are
the same conflicts all working Americans face: the balance between work and
family. The reason soldiers want to ensure the job is done, is the
simplest one of all: if we leave Iraq too soon, we'll be coming back to do
this whole thing all over again.
The Iraqi population is made up of probably 99% great people. There are
still about 1% of them out there that haven't figured out that they are not
going to win, and that everything they do against the coalition forces only
slows down the reconstruction process. That 1% (if that many) is still
dedicated to Saddam's cause, and many of them are not even Iraqis. There
is a chunk of the population over there who "think" they want
American Forces to leave. The world media seems to delight in
broadcasting the opinions of those folks in the bigger cities who have no idea
about what the Coalition Forces have done and are still doing for Iraq.
I was working in a rural region. The people there were nervous whenever
we moved to another location because they associate the Coalition Forces with
everything that has gone right in their lives in the past few months.
They are safer. They are no longer subjected to maltreatment at the
hands of Saddam's goons. They are seeing their schools being repaired,
remodeled and replaced. They are seeing medical clinics pop up in places
they always thought there should be one. They are seeing water pipelines
installed where they had to pay 10 times the going rate for water to be
trucked in. They saw brief Coalition control of gas stations and propane
distribution centers, then suddenly everyone was receiving their propane and
gas for their cars. They saw all of these things and many more.
What they did not see very often was the work that Coalition Forces, our
American Soldiers, were doing behind the scenes to make all of this happen for
How does this happen? I'll tell you how it happened in the area I worked
in. We established a base of operation to work out of for an
indeterminate amount of time. Our leaders assigned us areas, and tasks
to be accomplished in those areas. There was no time limit, but there
was no question about the urgency either. Our tasks were assigned
priorities according to the immediate needs of the people. Very quickly,
American soldiers whose expertise is fighting and winning through violent
means, suddenly shifted gears and began fixing up a broken country. It
was done beautifully.
Of course the media quit covering everything after the major moving pieces of
the war came to a halt. When the majority of the violence ceased, so did
the media coverage. Good news doesn't sell newspapers and isn't exciting
to watch. America did not see our soldiers:
· Continuing to work around the clock in extreme heat to ensure people could
get access to food, water, and fuel.
· Silently guarding remote villages from rogue gangs and looters.
· Travel 100s of miles though dusty plains to ensure adequate means were
available to harvest a meager wheat crop in remote villages.
· Stand in the background and ensure contracts were established through
legitimate means; contracts that created jobs so the local population could
improve their own roads, build or repair their own schools and clinics,
protect their own property, provide their own police force, harvest their own
crops, and manage their own affairs.
· Applying all they learned in high school and college government classes
toward establishing local democratic governments and coaching the new leaders
through the entire process to establish an interim infrastructure to get a
nation back on its feet.
· Evacuate villages threatened by industrial fires. They didn't see the
emergency centers established. They didn't see Americans risking life
and limb to fight fires through poisonous gasses, so that thousands could
safely return to their homes.
America didn't see the UN or non-government organizations assisting in all of
these things, because they haven't …yet. All of the things that have
been done thus far have been done by American soldiers. American
soldiers who care enough to make a difference. American soldiers who are
working away from their own families so that other families can live free.
America did not see the statistics of how many soldiers lose their lives on
American highways when not deployed. Yes, we want them all home soon and
safely. Let's let them finish the tasks at hand. If we abandoned
the Iraqi people after soundly defeating their army and removing their
government, we would be leaving millions of good people at the mercy of
neighboring countries, who are hoping for that very thing to happen. If
we pull out too soon, who will fill the void we create?
We are all so fond of saying "God Bless America". I wonder how
many of us realize that he has blessed us with a great deal. Maybe a
little effort and sacrifice now and again to earn those blessings really isn't
too much to ask.
Bellamy Memorial Service
will be a memorial service for Mel and Judy Bellamy on Sunday, July 27th at the
Beaver Island Christian Church at 2:00 p.m. followed by a potluck
luncheon. On November 10, 2002, Mel and Judy lost their lives in a plane
accident while returning to the island. Although their island residency
had not numbered in many years, they both were very involved within the island
community and their loss was felt by all the the people. They are survived
by their children Melissa & James Crova of Romulus, Jennifer Bellamy of
Royal Oak, and Michael & Jenny Bellamy of Newaygo and their granddaughters
Anna & Renee Crova. Melvin is also survived by his mother Leona
Bellamy of Newaygo, his brothers and sister Ron & Edie Bellamy of Newaygo,
Dale & Glenna Bellamy of Caledonia and Bev & Bob Karman of Kentwood. Our
thoughts and prayers are with the family as they were when this tragic event