That Magical First Snow

The night of November 17th and most of the day on the 18th saw the island receiving the first "real" snowstorm of the season. Every year it's that magical first snow that's so special. All the sharp angles blur and form a fluffy blanket of snow on wrought iron gates, covering dried up Queen Anne's Lace and milkweed, all making winding staircase of crystaline flakes to the heavens. Trees both barren and full add to the sympony of flakes, with counter horizontal lines carrying the bars of music. For one perfect time it makes everything look different... clean... quiet... magical, not a trace of any previous passings. In Gull Harbor the boulders in the chilly water shoulder the brunt of winter and ice begins to form around each one like a lacy ballet tutu. The lapping of the waves keeps time with the silent symphony. It only happens once a year, that first magical snow.

   

  

  

Beaver Island to Ireland Trip

A trip to Ireland beginning March 30, 2006 is being planned for those interested in reconnecting with their Arranmore Island “roots”. The main focus of this trip will be on Arranmore Island, Co. Donegal for 3 nights; other stays will be in Donegal Town, Galway City, Tralee, Co. Kerry, and Ennis, Co. Clare. Interested Islanders, family and friends can get more information from Sandy LoDico: 231-448-2004 or e-mail: marieconnaghan@yahoo.com

SNOW PLOWING BID

2005-2006 School Year

Beaver Island Community School

Responsibilities when two or more inches of snow or significant drifting:

•  removal of snow from parking areas along fence, sidewalk, and in church parking lot areas;

•  removal of snow from fire lane in front of building and sidewalk;

•  maintain fire lanes to back of building;

•  maintain contact with school maintenance employee to ensure cooperation in snow removal;

•  all plowing must be completed by 7:30 a.m.

Please describe specifically the back up equipment to be used if the primary equipment breaks down:

In case of extremely heavy snow accumulation, would you have heavy duty equipment available to use? If so, please describe the equipment:

My bid is for $ _______ per hour for use of the primary equipment.

My bid is for $ _______ per hour for use of heavy equipment

I assure the Beaver Island Community School board of education that I will perform all needed snow plowing for the entire 2005-2006 school year.

Unsatisfactory performance will result in forfeiture of the bid award.

Damage done to school grounds while plowing must, in the spring, be repaired to the school's satisfaction .

Name ______________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________

Phone _____________________ Date __________________

•  Bids must be received in the school office by Monday, November 21, 2005 , at 3:00 p.m.

Beaver Island Community School reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids.

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