Saori Shimizu and Ted Covey are pictured at Skyview Square, 112 S. Winter St.

New store offers entrepreneurs a place to sell handmade items

A new store next to El Chapulin in downtown Adrian aims to be a place where local entrepreneurs can sell their handmade items.

Sky View Square opened June 15 at 112 S. Winter St., and is adding vendors one at a time. When owner Ted Covey moved his marketing business, SHD Marketing Agency, from its previous home on South Main Street, he gained a lot of additional square footage — so he decided to put it to use. Covey is aiming to recreate the feel of an outdoor market, only indoors. He’s hired an artist to paint a sky on the ceiling — hence the name — and he’d like to bring in 20 or 30 more vendors. Currently the store has everything from clothing to home décor to dog treats. Continue Reading

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Adrian City Band to try downtown Pavilion as a performance venue

The Adrian City Band is trying something new. Instead of its usual home in the Trestle Park bandshell, the all-volunteer band will perform at the Farmers’ Market Pavilion downtown for the rest of the season. The band performed at the Pavilion last week, intending it to be only a temporary change due to Trestle Park being flooded. But city administrator Shane Horn said he and band director Jim Rice received a lot of positive feedback from both band members and concert attendees, most of them saying that parking was easier downtown and acoustics at the Pavilion were better. Horn added that last week’s relocated concert also had very good attendance. Continue Reading

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Video: Mural dedication in Adrian

Click below to watch part of the dedication ceremony for the new mural at the corner of Maumee and Locust streets, on the side of the Fishes and Loaves food pantry and across the street from the Adrian post office. Shown in the video are project facilitator Joni Warner of Siena Heights University and artist Martin Moreno. Previously:

Mural project slated for Adrian (The Daily Telegram, May 28)
Renaissance and renewal: Adrian mural project brings people together (Adrian Today, June 24)
Adrian has brush with native artist (The Blade, June 29)
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Community volunteers work on the new mural on the side of the Fishes and Loaves food pantry across from the Adrian Post Office.

Renaissance and renewal: Adrian mural project brings people together

Earlier today, I stopped by the site of Adrian’s new mural, which is being painted on the side of the Loaves and Fishes food pantry, just across from the Adrian Post Office at the corner of Maumee and Locust. I talked with Martin Moreno, the artist working on the project, about the design for the mural and how it came to be. “The whole theme is revitalization,” said Moreno, an Adrian native and Siena Heights University alumnus who now lives in Phoenix, Arizona. “We asked for input that would revolve around the concepts of revitalization, renewal and renaissance – new life, new beginnings.”

Area residents shared their ideas for the mural at community forums last week, and Moreno synthesized those ideas into a single design. The themes depicted include labor and faith. Continue Reading

Participants sought for Fourth of July parade

Civitan of Lenawee is seeking participants for this year’s Independence Day parade in Adrian. The parade will step off at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 4, with lineup beginning at 10 a.m. To register, call 734-418-8870 or email tcrhythms@tc3net.com. A registration form can also be downloaded here. Continue Reading

Steve Barkway broadcasts from the WLEN studios on a recent morning.

WLEN celebrates 50 years of serving the community through radio

It was 50 years ago today that radio station WLEN first went on the air, beaming 3,000 watts of news and music to the greater Lenawee County area. Five decades later, plenty of things have changed, but one thing hasn’t — the station’s relentless focus on serving its community with programming that’s local, local, local. John W. Koehn, who at the time was the comptroller for Merillat Industries and taught business at Adrian College, was joined by Norm Haft, Gaylord Baker and Jim Hazen in starting up the station, after Koehn was approached about the idea by Dick Lackie, Jim Wood and Ed Fortin. At the time, starting an FM radio station was a risky proposition. “Back in 1965, nobody even had an FM radio,” said John Koehn’s daughter, Julie Koehn, who is now the president of Lenawee Broadcasting Company and general manager of WLEN. Continue Reading

Click on the image to download the flyer for the city's June bulk trash collection day.

Here’s what you need to know about Adrian’s June spring cleaning pickup

From appliances to furniture, if you have old junk sitting around your house or garage that you need to get rid of, your chance is coming up. As we reported earlier, the city of Adrian and Stevens Disposal are planning a curbside junk pickup on the first two Saturdays in June. Your pickup date depends on where you live. If you live on Maumee Street or anywhere north of it: Your pickup date is Saturday, June 6. Items can be placed on the curb for pickup starting Wednesday, June 3, and they must be put out by 7 a.m. on the Saturday of pickup. Continue Reading