Museum plans program on history of U.S. 12

U.S. 12 is shown passing through Ypsilanti in this image by Dwight Burdette.

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U.S. 12 is shown passing through Ypsilanti in this image taken from a photo by Dwight Burdette.

John Geisler, professor emeritus at Western Michigan University, will present a program about the history of U.S. 12, and its role in Lenawee County. The program will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Lenawee County Historical Museum, 110 E. Church St., Adrian. Admission is free.

In 1825, the United States government appropriated $3,000 for a federal highway, the second in the nation, which was laid out along an ancient Indian trail. Maintained almost continually by federal, state, and local governments, the highway has been used constantly through the present.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Croswell celebrates 40th anniversary of ‘Rocky Horror’ with two midnight showings

columbiaBreak out the fishnets and the rubber gloves — but no toast, please. The Croswell Opera House in downtown Adrian will celebrate the 40th anniversary of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” this weekend with two midnight showings of the classic movie.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” starring Tim Curry and based on the stage musical by Richard O’Brien, was released in 1975 and became a cult sensation.

The Croswell will offer two Halloween weekend showings on the big screen, on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31. Preshow activities, including a costume contest, will begin at 11 p.m., and the movie will start at midnight.

Tickets are available online at

Write-in candidate Stevens expands city commission candidate list to seven

Devin Stevens

Devin Stevens

Though only six candidates are on the ballot, a seventh person is in the race for Adrian City Commission, with an announcement by Devin Stevens that he plans to run as a write-in.

Stevens, who has been active in conservative political circles since well before his graduation from Madison High School in 2013, works at Old National Bank. In his campaign announcement on Oct. 7, he listed public safety as his first priority. He also talked about economic development and changing the way city commissioners are elected to get more representation from the east side of Adrian.

Click here to read Stevens’ campaign announcement, and here to read about the six candidates whose names appear on the ballot, Chuck Chase, Tom Faulhaber, Nicole Gestwite, Allan Heldt, Ray Lennard and Lad Strayer.

A candidate forum sponsored by the Lenawee County chapter of NAACP will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Dominican Hall at Siena Heights University.

Biggie’s Pizza owners to buy Morning Fresh Bakeries locations

Morning Fresh

A longtime Adrian institution — not to mention a favorite spot for college students or anyone needing a late-night pick-me-up — is getting a new owner.

Allen Heldt

Allen Heldt

Allen and Tiffany Heldt, the owners of Biggie’s Pizza in the Adrian Mall, are purchasing both Adrian locations of Morning Fresh Bakeries from Jerry Gallatin, who is planning to retire. The change of ownership will take place Jan. 1.

“Allen will do a good job,” Gallatin said, noting Heldt’s success at keeping Biggie’s open through challenging times.

Gallatin opened the first Morning Fresh Bakery in Blissfield in 1972 at the age of 21. The North Main Street location in Adrian opened in 1982, in a building just behind its current location, and the South Main location opened in 1985. There are currently three Morning Fresh stores: both Adrian locations and a third in Perrysburg, an existing business that Gallatin purchased in 2013.

“The Morning Fresh brand has been in the city for 40 years, and if I can do it half as good as he’s done it, I think we’re going to be in good shape,” Heldt said. (more…)

Robinson Planetarium announces October schedule

planetarium_main_650_317Robinson Planetarium and Observatory at Adrian College has announced its upcoming show schedule for October. Admission is free for all showings.

Star Talk: Autumn Constellations. With the frosty evenings of fall upon us and the celebration of All Hallows Eve near, the winged horse Pegasus and Andromeda are high in the sky and Saturn, the jewel of the heavens, is low on the western horizon.  Later in the evening, brilliant winter constellations begin to rise in the east.  In the early morning hours, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Mars are visible low in the eastern sky.  This live talk will discuss the constellations and planets that are visible in October. (Friday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m.)

Forces of Nature. Get up close and personal to nature’s most powerful and extreme forces. Cameras capture erupting volcanoes, devastating earthquakes, and powerful storms as a team of scientists travel the world in an attempt to figure out what causes these dangerous, yet undeniably thrilling natural occurrences. Putting their lives on the line in the name of scientific discovery, these experts forge their way through volcanic flows, along treacherous fault lines, and in cars heading straight into a raging tornado. (Remaining Fridays in October at 7 p.m. — Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30.)

Robinson Planetarium is located at the eastern end of Peelle Hall on the corner of Charles and Williams streets on the Adrian College campus.

ConTroll YA young adult literature convention announces 2015 author lineup

Guests at the 2015 ConTroll YA conference will be Kate Bassett, Tracy Biler, Ellen Hopkins, Courtney Allison Moulton, Bethany Neal and Eric Priuska.

Guests at the 2015 ConTroll YA conference will be Kate Bassett, Tracy Biler, Ellen Hopkins, Courtney Allison Moulton, Bethany Neal and Eric Priuska.

The organizers of ConTroll YA, the second annual young adult literature conference at the Adrian District Library, have announced this year’s author lineup.

ConTroll YA announcementReturning authors Kate Bassett, Courtney Allison Moulton, Bethany Neal and Eric Priuska will be joined by two new guests: Tracy Bilen, the author of “Watch Your Back” and “What She Left Behind,” and Ellen Hopkins, the New York Times-bestselling author of “Crank,” “Glass” and more.

The guests were announced last night on ConTroll YA’s Twitter account.

The convention will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Adrian District Library.

Click here to read our story about the convention’s first year.