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Comstock Park fountain to be replaced, but skipping bid process prompts objections

The nonfunctional fountain at Comstock Park, on the west edge of Adrian’s downtown, will be replaced soon. But several speakers at Monday night’s city commission meeting objected to the city skipping its normal bid process in awarding the $56,500 contract for the job. The commission voted 5-1 to award the contract to The Beaubien Companies to put a new water feature in the place of the current fountain. The money will come from the capital projects budget within the Fee Estate, which is a fund bequeathed to the city of Adrian by Harriet Kimball Fee for parks and beautification. City administrator Shane Horn said that he, Mayor Jim Berryman, and parks and engineering services director Todd Brown visited the Adrian College campus and looked at the fountain at the Adrian Tobias Center. Continue Reading

Pi Benio, vice president of the Lenawee Council for Visual Arts, shows one of the buildings the LCVA will lease from the city of Adrian on the former Adrian Training School campus.

Arts group plans to offer classes at former Adrian Training School site

The old Adrian Training School campus on the north side of town sits empty — 55 acres of quiet grounds and vacant buildings. Since the former juvenile detention facility was closed over six years ago, the city has struggled to find a new use for it — an effort made harder because the state requires it be used for a public purpose. Now, a local arts organization has a new vision for the site: a place where people of all ages can come to learn about art and exercise their creativity. The Adrian City Commission tonight gave its stamp of approval to leasing three of the buildings on the campus to the Lenawee Council for Visual Arts, which plans to offer classes starting this fall. Pi Benio, vice president of the LCVA, said the group will start with ceramics, then expand to other media such as woodworking, letterpress, sculpture and glass. Continue Reading

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

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Notebook of Adrian College founder Asa Mahan is back on campus after restoration

A piece of Adrian College history is back on campus following intensive conservation efforts in Browns Summit, North Carolina. A notebook written by Adrian College founder Asa Mahan, filled with outlines for sermons, lectures and books, was in deteriorating condition when it was sent to the ECS Conservation Group in April 2014. Many of the pages, penned beginning in 1840, were detached or riddled with water stains. The notebook’s binding was in poor condition, offering little protection to the historic writings inside. Librarian Noelle Keller and college chaplain Chris Momany discussed what needed to be done to preserve the document and, with the help of vice president for development Jim Mahony, a donor was identified to bring their conservation plans to reality. 

Support for the project, which cost about $4,600, came from the Julia M. & Everett L. Ridge Trust. Continue Reading

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Blues-n-Brews Festival returning the first Saturday in October

Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Blues-n-Brews Festival in downtown Adrian on Saturday, October 3. The annual festival features beer, wine and hard cider from more than 30 Michigan breweries and wineries along with live blues music. The event, at The Pavilion at 115 Toledo S.t, will be held from 4-10 p.m. with early entry at 3 p.m. for VIP ticketholders. The Blues-n-Brews group organizes this annual event as a way for music lovers and craft beer enthusiasts to enjoy an eclectic sampling of beers from across the state of Michigan and great live music without having to travel outside the Lenawee County area. The featured breweries for this year’s event include Atwater, Bell’s, Chelsea Alehouse, Cotton Brewing Company, Dark Horse Brewing Company, Grand River Brewing, New Holland, Shorts, Rochester Mills, Tecumseh Brewing and more. Continue Reading