The Croswell Opera House's summer performance camp is for ages 5-15 and will include staging a production of "Annie, Kids."

Croswell Opera House announces theater summer camps

The Croswell Opera House is planning a pair of two-week day camps this summer for young people who are interested in learning about the art of theater. Both camps will run from July 20 to Aug. 2 and will culminate in a weekend-long performance of “Annie, Kids,” which is an abridged version of the Tony Award-winning musical “Annie.”

A performance camp for ages 5-15 will focus on acting, singing and dance. There will be a morning session for younger students and an afternoon session for older students, with both groups coming together for rehearsals toward the end of the two-week camp period. Students in the performance camp will work with a professional director, music director and choreographer to ensure a high-quality educational experience. Continue Reading

Bradley Smith, Rich Robinson and Doug Spade will speak Thursday at Siena Heights University about campaign finance.

Money in politics is topic of Thursday night event at Siena Heights

Bradley Smith, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, is one of several participants in the upcoming “The Business of Elections” panel discussion at Siena Heights University. The panel will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in Rueckert Auditorium. Other panelists will include Michigan Campaign Finance Network executive director Rich Robinson and former state Rep. Doug Spade. Smith was appointed FEC chair by former President Bill Clinton and is currently a law professor at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Robinson directs the nonpartisan Michigan Campaign Finance Network, while Spade served as a state representative from 1998-2004. Continue Reading

Adrian library seeks applicants for teen volunteer corps

The Adrian District Library is currently taking applications for its Volunteen program for students who will be in grades 7-12 next fall. This summer’s volunteer program begins June 8 and continues for nine weeks. Volunteers will work from two to four hours per week and may help run the summer reading program, assist at weekly storytimes, prepare crafts, work on the computer or work on special projects. No experience is necessary, but parent’s permission is required. There will be a Volunteen orientation at the library on Monday, June 1, at 4 p.m.

Applications are available upstairs in the Youth Services Department of the library or on this page. Continue Reading

Members of the Adrian College women's soccer team show participants in the YMCA's Healthy Kids Field Day how to kick a soccer ball.

Healthy Kids Field Day is Sunday

It’s time for the annual Healthy Kids Field Day, organized by the YMCA of Lenawee County and Adrian College student athletes. From noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 12, students in grades K-6 will be able to try out different sports activities in 15- to 20-minute blocks at stations around the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center on the Adrian College campus. More:

Read our feature about last year’s field day. Download the flyer for this year’s event. Continue Reading

Tylor Tenniswood (Adrian High School), Hannah Heers (Tecumseh High School) and Jared Demski (Blissfield High School) are students in the LISD Engineering, Design and CAD program.

LISD engineering students head to state competition

The LISD Tech Center will send all 33 of its Engineering, Design and CAD students to the Transportation and Civil Engineering (TRAC) state competition for the third year in a row. The state competition will be held on April 21 in Grand Rapids. The TRAC Civil Engineering competition is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Transportation and is intended to connect students to the real-world work experiences of a civil engineer. The scenarios include designing bridges and writing an extensive proposal. Instructor Kim Benson took 11 teams of three students each to this year’s qualifying competition. Continue Reading

A team from the LISD Tech Center culinary arts program placed first at the state ProStart competition and will advance to nationals. Pictured here are Chef Jake Graf and students Katie Schibetta, Isaac Jeffrey, Kourtney Reynolds, Carson Musolf and Sierra Bloomer.

LISD Tech Center culinary arts students advance to national competition

The Lenawee Intermediate School District Tech Center’s culinary arts class will send five students to the National ProStart competition in Anaheim, California, after their recent win at the state-level competition on March 22 and 23. Chef Jake Graf and teaching assistants Helen Thomas and Jamie Patrick accompanied 11 students to the state ProStart competition. Students on the winning team were Sierra Bloomer from Hudson High School, Kourtney Reynolds and Isaac Jeffrey from Adrian High School, Katie Schibetta from Tecumseh High School and Carson Musolf from Britton Deerfield High School. All members of the team are juniors except for Reynolds, who is a senior. The second team that placed at the ProStart competition was comprised of seniors Jessica Goethals (Addison High School), Angela Davis and Riley Carrier (Tecumseh High School), and junior Alexis Thacker (Madison High School). Continue Reading


Author of “Brain on Fire” to speak at Adrian College

Susannah Cahalan, the author of “Brain on Fire,” a memoir about her experience with a rare autoimmune disease, will speak this week at Adrian College. The speech, which will be at 7 p.m. Monday, March 16, in Dawson Auditorium, is part of the college’s annual recognition of Disability Awareness Week. “One day, I woke up in a strange hospital room, strapped to my bed, under guard and unable to move or speak. My medical records — from a month-long hospital stay of which I have no memory — showed psychosis, violence and dangerous instability,” Cahalan writes. “Yet, only weeks earlier I had been a healthy 24-year-old, six months into my first serious relationship and beginning a career as a cub reporter at the New York Post.”

Her speech will offer an in-depth description of her illness, beginning with feeling “off,” and descending into psychosis, violence and then near-death catatonia. Continue Reading

Free college trips scheduled for 2015

The Lenawee Youth Council and Lenawee College Access Network are planning another series of free college campus visits for local youth. (Click here for a previous story about the visits.) Here are the dates:

Adrian College: April 6. Meet at 9:15 a.m. at the Caine Student Center. The tour will end after lunch at 1 p.m.
Siena Heights University: April 25. Meet at 9:45 a.m. on the main floor of Dominican Hall. Continue Reading


Robinson Planetarium announces shows for March

Adrian College’s Robinson Planetarium has announced the following programs for March. Trip Through Space — Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m. This program will take you on an exciting tour through the Solar System and beyond. This journey through the night sky will include glimpses of several winter and early spring constellations, the Solar System, stars, nebulae, galaxies and more. This program is great for families and kids of all ages. IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System — Friday, March 13, at 7 p.m. This program follows the scientists and engineers who developed NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX). Continue Reading