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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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Robinson Planetarium offers two shows per month during the summer

Throughout the summer, Robinson Planetarium at Adrian College will offer planetarium shows on two Fridays each month. The first program is “Star Talk: The Spring Sky.” This live planetarium program will feature the sun, summer constellations, and visible planets. Special attention will be paid to objects that are easily visible with binoculars or a small telescope along with a discussion of the different types of viewing aids that amateur astronomers use to explore the night sky. 

The show will end with “Solar Quest,” a short full dome movie that shows the interconnectedness of the sun and Earth, including how space weather affects the atmosphere to create the northern lights and distorts Earths the magnetic field. You will see images of granules, solar flares and coronal mass ejections from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and learn how scientists are using the observatory to predict space weather. Shows will be on the following Fridays at 7 p.m.: June 26, July 17, and July 31. Robinson Planetarium is located at the eastern end of Peelle Hall on the corner of Charles and Williams streets on the Adrian College campus. Continue Reading

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Lenawee United Way announces funded programs for 2015-18

Lenawee United Way has announced nine community programs that the organization has committed to help fund for the next three years. The grants were approved Tuesday by the Lenawee United Way board of directors, and all are connected to at least one of the organization’s goals, which are to improve health, education and financial stability for residents of Lenawee County. United Way has committed to three years of funding for the following programs:

The 3-year-old program at Adrian Community Preschool. The YMCA of Lenawee County’s 3-year-old scholarship program. Triple Play, a comprehensive health and wellness program at the Boys and Girls Club of Lenawee. Continue Reading

This photo from the Lenawee County Historical Museum archives shows the Adrian Cardinals, a Latino baseball team from the 1960s.

Historical society to create exhibit on German and Latino immigrants to Lenawee County

The Lenawee County Historical Society has received an $18,000 grant from the Michigan Humanities Council for a new museum exhibit focusing on the German and Latino populations in Adrian. The grant is part of about $600,000 awarded to 26 Michigan organizations through the MHC’s Heritage Grants program. Ray Lennard, a member of the Lenawee County Historical Society board, said there are many interesting stories to tell about both immigrant groups, but the historical museum doesn’t have much material on either group. The story of German communities in Lenawee County begins around the 1830s, Lennard said, with a strong influx to the northern part of the county. The area where the Adrian Post Office now stands was once called Dutch Hill, and it was a German-speaking enclave for many years — centered largely around St. Continue Reading

Christy Gagneur, pictured at Pneuma Women's Wellness Centre, is working toward opening a massage therapy school in downtown Adrian.

Massage therapist seeks to open school in downtown Adrian

Several years ago, Christy Gagneur discovered the art of massage therapy and the power of therapeutic touch. Now, the co-owner of Pneuma Women’s Wellness Centre in downtown Adrian wants to share the wealth by opening a new school to train massage therapists. The Adrian School of Massage would be located at 117 E. Maumee St., downstairs from Pneuma’s current location. Gagneur, who has been a practicing massage therapist since 2009, said that “Getting my feet wet with Pneuma is what gave me the encouragement to say I can do this and do it well and do it with excellence.” Gagneur had originally planned to pursue mission work in Africa, and then thought she wanted to work in art education — but then prayer and reflection led her to realize those weren’t the right paths for her, and massage was where she found her niche. Continue Reading