We're Going to Ireland!

Submitted by Julie Gillespie and Tara Palmer
While Tara was sitting at her computer a few weeks back, she came across some great deals with American Airlines. Having been ready to get back to the sod for a long time now, and knowing her Aunt Cindy had that same desire to get back to those green fields as well, Tara placed a phone call to Cindy asking her how she'd feel about taking a trip while trying to mask her  burning desire to go. When she said yes, Tara made some further phone calls hoping to round up 5 or 7 people to go. The next morning she received 5 calls from people interested in the trip and the following day Paul Cole called to tell Tara that over 25 people had booked. (And right now it's almost 40). There is such a wonderful and versatile group of people now booked to go on this trip. Tara and I could do a jig every time we think about it. Tara even convinced her mother, father and sisters to go and that was the hardest feat. So we've got piano players, people who've never left Michigan, mothers, students, older generations of islanders, young generations of islanders, some have been to Ireland more than once, some never, we've got people from Charlevoix, Chicago, Bay City, Glasgow and South Carolina. I could go on and on about the variety. But there is one thing we all have in common and that is our desire to share the music, the laughter, the stories, the history and the green fields not only with our ancestral connections on Arranmore Island but with all of Ireland. This will be a very historical and memorable event for Beaver Island and its people. After Cindy decided she was going, she called Michael Boyle, (a gentleman who had been to the Island for the original twinning ceremony and a Arranmore native now living in Chicago).  She told him that folks were heading that way and he said the people on Arranmore would want to do whatever they could to show their appreciation for the hospitality and friendship shown to them while they were on Beaver Island. 
 
A few days back Tara received a call from Michael Boyle. He was calling on behalf of the people of Arranmore to express their enthusiasm, excitement and gratitude for our upcoming trip to Ireland. Seems he has been putting the pressure on a few Beaver Islanders to get the ball rolling for a reciprocal twinning ceremony of Arranmore and Beaver Island similar to the one that took place on B.I in October of 2000. The people of Arranmore are planning a grand weekend for us of song and dance (and pints I'm sure!) and a special ceremony to twin the sister islands.
 
On a sad note to this story, Cindy has a fund going for the family of Maeve Boyle.  She was killed in a car accident in Ireland a few weeks ago.  Maeve, her parents and several members of their family had come to Beaver Island for the twinning ceremony.   This fund will be a tribute to Maeve's memory and to Madge and Gerald Boyle as a symbol of our Island's friendships.  Maeve was one of the friendliest people I've met in a long time and I will miss her great spirit.  She and I emailed each other many times after she left Beaver Island with the hopes that folks from the Island would be heading to Ireland for  the same purpose they had come to Beaver Island, and as Maeve would say for good "craic".  Please contact Cindy Gillespie-Cushman if you would like to donate to this fund.
 
Most of us will be departing out of O'Hare Airport Mar 5, 2003 and leaving Ireland on Mar 12.  Other folks are heading out from other areas, some have to leave Ireland earlier than the group I'm traveling with.  We will spend the week-end of Mar 7 on Arranmore and do some traveling after leaving there.  I'm hoping to meet up with the family of Kieran Gorman, who lives south of Arranmore in Sligo.  Kieran is the gentleman that was killed in the 9-11 tragedy, his wife moved back to Ireland after his death.  If anyone wants to join this trip, feel free to do so. 
 
See you on the sod.  Slainte!!!

Beaver Island Election Results

Beaver Island is divided into two townships sometimes with different items on the ballots.  There are 242 registered voters in Peaine Township and 266 registered voters in St. James Township.  Of those numbers, 202 persons voted in Peaine and 169 persons voted in St. James.  Very special thanks to Colleen Martin and Jean Palmer for providing the following information about their township elections for 2002.

Peaine Township

St. James Township

Straight Republican Party Ticket (REP) 42 35
Straight Democratic Ticket (DEM) 9 31
Straight Libertarian Party (LIB) 0 0
Straight Green Party (GRE) 1 1
Straight U.S. Taxpayers Party (UST) 0 0
Straight Reform Party (REF) 0 0
Straight Natural Law Party (NAT) 0 0

GOVERNOR/LT. GOVERNOR

Dick Posthumus/Bennett (REP) 101 87
Jennifer Granholm/Cherry (DEM) 81 76
Douglas Campbell/Buonarroti (GRE) 3 3
Joseph Pilchak/Pilchak (UST) 1 0
Write-In 0 0

SECRETARY OF STATE

Terri Lynn Land (REP) 116 104
Melvin Buth Hollowell (DEM) 59 53
Ray Ziarno (GRE) 2 2
Charles F. Conces (UST) 0 0
Write-In 0 0

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Mike Cox (REP) 100 94
Gary C. Peters (DEM) 68 63
Jerry Jay Kaufman (GRE) 6 3
Gerald Truman Van Sickle (UST) 1 0
Write-In 0 0

UNITED STATES SENATOR

Andrew Rackowski (REP) 74 64
Carl Levin (DEM) 98 97
Eric Borregard (GRE) 5 1
John S. Mangopoulos (REF) 0 2
Doug Dern (NAT) 0 0
Write-In 0 0

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS 1ST DISTRICT

Don Hooper (REP) 68 55
Bart Stupak (DEM) 107 105
John W. Loosemore (LIB) 1 1
Write-In 0 0

STATE SENATOR 37TH DISTRICT

Jason Allen (REP) 108 92
Michael Estes (DEM) 69 68
Write-In 0 0

STATE REPRESENTATIVE 105TH DISTRICT

Ken Bradstreet (REP) 109 96
Mike Webster (DEM) 65 62
Write-In 0 0

MEMBERS OF STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

Vote for 2

Carolyn L. Curtin (REP) 96 73
Michael Warren (REP) 80 69
Elizabeth W. Bauer (DEM) 57 61
Nancy L. Quarles (DEM) 47 55
Diane Barnes (LIB) 1 1
Scotty Boman (LIB) 4 3
Kyle Moxley (GRE) 7 3
Karen Anne Shelley (GRE) 7 4
Judith Czak (UST) 0 0
Ron Monroe (UST) 3 1
Michael A. Kitchen (NAT) 1 0
Write-In 0 0

MEMBER OF THE U OF M BOARD OF REGENTS

Vote for 2

Andrea Fischer Newman (REP) 100 80
Andrew C. Richner (REP) 81 68
Ismael Ahmed (DEM) 39 45
Greg Stephens (DEM) 52 59
William W. Hall (LIB) 2 2
Susan Fawcett (GRE) 16 6
Matt Petering (GRE) 9 2
Rick Gualdoni (UST) 3 0
Nick Waun (REF) 0 0
David Arnot (NAT) 0 3
Write-In 0 0

MEMBERS OF MSU BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Vote for 2

Joanne G. Emmons (REP) 96 72
Donald W. Nugent (REP) 82 69
Colleen M. McNamara (DEM) 68 65
Cal Rapson (DEM) 41 51
Surjit Dulai (GRE) 7 3
Jason LaFay (GRE) 8 5
Barbara J. Pacifico (UST) 2 1
Crystal A. Van Sickle (UST) 1 0
Write-In 0 0

MEMBERS OF WAYNE STATE BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Vote for 2

Diane L. Dunakiss (REP) 92 71
Andrew G. McLemore, Jr. (REP) 73 61
Leon H. Atchison (DEM) 51 53
Richard Bernstein (DEM) 50 53
Thomas W. Jones (LIB) 5 2
Stacy Spaulding Van Oast (LIB) 5 2
Frederick Kline (GRE) 10 4
Harold H. Dunn (UST) 4 2
Robert S. Miller 2 1
Kathleen Oakford (NAT) 4 1
Write-In 0 0

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE

Vote for 2

J. Martin Brennan 24 18
Michael L. Donahue 20 10
Maggie W. Drake 24 16
Donnelly Wright Hadden 2 3
Elizabeth A. Weaver 83 69
Robert Young 82 75
Bruce H. Yuille 6 4
Write-In 0 0

COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE 4TH DISTRICT - INCUMBENT

Vote for 2

Richard Griffin 94 74
Patrick Murphy Meter 91 64
Write-In 0 3

COURT OF APPEALS 4TH DISTRICT - NON-INCUMBENT

James G. Cavanagh 48 45
Bill Schuette 66 48
Write-In 0 0

CIRCUIT JUDGE 33RD CIRCUIT

Richard M. Pajtas 101 98
Write-In 1 0

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE 90TH DISTRICT

Richard W. May 96 88
Write-In 2 2

PROPOSAL 02-1 REFERENDUM ON PA 269

Yes 83 76
No 86 72

PROPOSAL 02-2 AUTHORIZE BONDS

Yes 98 85
No 67 62

PROPOSAL 02-3 AMEND STATE CONSTITUTION

Yes 67 68
No 102 80

PROPOSAL 02-4 TOBACCO SETTLEMENT REVENUE

Yes 79 47
No 98 102

COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 6

Shirley J. Roloff (REP) 130 110
Joseph King (GRE) 26 10
Write-In 10 16

GRANDVUE OPERATING MILLAGE

Yes 75 90
No 83 52

GRANDVUE OPERATING MILLAGE INCREASE

Yes 49 61
No 108 79

TOWNSHIP TREASURER PEAINE TOWNSHIP

Christina M. Morgan (REP) 111 n/a
Write-In 81 n/a

AIRPORT OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE - PEAINE TOWNSHIP

Yes 103 n/a
No 65 n/a

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