Lenawee County Fair Queen Emily Kapnick poses for a picture with first runner-up Meghan Niblack and second runner-up Emily Harke.

Emily Kapnick named 2015 Lenawee County Fair Queen

It’s fast becoming  a tradition at the Lenawee County Fair. Not only do the queen contestants compete with each other, they also battle the annual truck and tractor pull, which takes place at the grandstand, just a short distance from the bandshell. Sunday night was no different. Eight young women, ranging in age from 16 to 21, took to the stage in front of an audience packed with fans, many of whom waved posters and sported T-shirts in support of the contestants. It was against this backdrop — and serenaded by the deafening roar of the tractor pull — that Emily Kapnick, 18, of Adrian was crowned 2015 Fair Queen. Continue Reading

Brad and Casie Maggard are pictured in their new store, Maggard Razors, located in the former Amedai building on North Winter Street.

Maggard Razors expands into new downtown location

It all started with a safety razor, the old-fashioned, double-edged kind many folks remember their fathers using. Six years later, Brad Maggard is seeing his passion for the “traditional wet shave” and all its accoutrements neatly arranged in a spacious retail storefront in downtown Adrian. Maggard and his wife, Casie, just opened the doors to Maggard Razors’ new, larger location at 124 S. Winter St. in the former home of Amedai Salon and Spa. Maggard said the business outgrew its previous location, just a couple of blocks east on Main Street, where it had been since December 2012. Continue Reading

AHS principal Kevin Ohrman and board president Jed Engle cut the ribbon on the new Global Learning Center during the Monday meeting of the Adrian Public Schools Board of Education.

Adrian High School cuts ribbon on new Global Learning Center

Not so long ago, high school libraries were evolving into “media centers,” reflecting the changing times and the impact of technology on the printed word. In 1990, for example, the high school library still had shelves or “stacks” filled with books, tables and chairs set up to encourage quiet study, and the ubiquitous card catalog, with its 3×5 cards describing the library’s extensive collection of books. Fast-forward to 2015 and open the door to the Adrian High School “Global Learning Center.” This student-designed concept gives students a welcoming, modern area for study and research at the high school level while staying connected to the world of people and information. The newly-redesigned space, christened the “Global Learning Center,” was officially opened with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony during the board of education meeting Monday night. AHS principal Kevin Ohrman and board president Jed Engle snipped the Maple-blue ribbon. Continue Reading

About 60 people turned out for a town hall meeting on oil and gas revenues Monday night.

Citizens discuss ideas for oil and gas revenue at town hall meeting

About 14 people presented their ideas for what to do with royalties from oil and gas drilling on city land at a special town hall meeting held Monday night in the City Chambers Building. Some 60 residents attended the session. Mayor Jim Berryman said prior to the start of the event that the meeting was designed to gather ideas for using the money generated by the trust and not to debate the various issues surrounding the legislation of the trust. The trust now contains about $1.7 million. “Tonight’s discussion is where you, the public, tell us … Continue Reading

The title page of a presentation about the APS bond proposal. Scroll to the bottom of this story for a link to the full presentation.

February 24 school bond vote to address academics, technology, infrastructure

What can $39 million buy? According to the Adrian school district, critical improvements to academics, technology and infrastructure — if voters approve a proposed bond issue February 24. About 100 people were in the audience an informational open house January 21 at Adrian High School, which included an interactive presentation by Superintendent Bob Behnke and an open house-style opportunity for one-on-one conversations about how the money would be spent if the ballot issue is approved. Behnke said the bond issue targets improvements in four significant areas, “critical infrastructure improvements, upgrades to athletic facilities, program and technology upgrades and the Central Campus.” Behnke outlined the process the district followed in determining the needs for academics, athletics and arts, explaining how the final proposal grew out of the district’s strategic plan with its focus on academics, arts and athletics; a positive school culture and climate, community connections and organizational effectiveness. Behnke said the proposal addresses each of these areas to better prepare students to meet the challenges of the future. Continue Reading

Members of the Fair Trade Committee at Adrian College are pictured with some of the items now sold in the bookstore. Pictured in front are: Emily Toupalik, Maddie Fox, Michaela Barnhart, Magenta Binion and Carolyn Wirtz. In the back are: Jennifer Ellsworth, Deborah Field and Chris Momany.

Students’ and faculty members’ activism brings Fair Trade products to college

What is “fair trade” and why is it important? Deborah Field, a history professor at Adrian College, is passionate about the answer. “I think it’s important because, whether or not we realize it, our choices do have an impact on the rest of the world,” Field said.  “’Fair trade’ is a way to ensure that we are supporting sustainability and fair wages, rather than the exploitation of other people and the environment.”

Field’s enthusiasm is shared by a number of students, faculty and staff. Senior writing major Emily Toupalik recalled getting involved in the Fair Trade cause through another organization, “Not For Sale.”

“Before I came to Adrian College, I was completely unaware that slavery was still a foundation for a lot of industries today and that the legislation in place wasn’t effective,” Toupalik said. Continue Reading

Gloria Kuntz, owner of Passion 4 Fashion in downtown Adrian, poses with a display of "Ginger Snaps" jewelry. Kuntz, who also owns a boutique in Wauseon, Ohio, chose Adrian as the location for her second store.

‘Fashion passion’ behind new downtown Adrian boutique

Gloria Kuntz describes her new boutique as a “fashion-forward” kind of place and it appears to live up to its moniker. “Come in — We’re Awesome,” reads the sign on the door of Passion 4 Fashion, which opened earlier this week. The sign reflects the owner’s positive attitude and passion for trendy scarves, one-of-a-kind jewelry and fashionable handbags. Located at 143 N. Main St. in downtown Adrian, Passion 4 Fashion features a host of women’s clothing and accessories, including slacks, jeans, tops, dresses, and footwear. Continue Reading