Kiwanis Trail

Who uses the Kiwanis Trail? Resident surveys trail users to find out

After a discussion at an Adrian City Commission meeting earlier this summer about resurfacing part of the Kiwanis Trail, which runs from Adrian almost all the way to Tecumseh, city resident John Kuschell started wondering what kind of use the trail gets. But instead of just wondering, he decided to find out. He designed a survey and visited the trail 21 times during July and August, taking three hours per visit and traveling the entire length. With the help of Tom MacNaughton, Re-Bicycle Lenawee, Adrian Locksmith and Cyclery, Maple City Wheelers and the YMCA of Lenawee County, he conducted 233 face-to-face interviews along the trail and gathered offsite responses from trail users, as well as counting the number of people using the trail at different times of day. The final tally was the result of counting 720 trail users, conducting face-to-face interviews with 233, and collecting written surveys from 71 more. We’ll post more about the findings later, but in the meantime, here’s what the survey found. Continue Reading

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7th annual Splash and Dash Youth Triathlon is Saturday

The seventh annual Splash and Dash youth triathlon will be held Saturday, July 11, at Bohn Pool in Adrian. The event features a youth triathlon and duathlon for kids ages 7-14, and a Fun Run for kids ages 3-6. The youth triathlon and duathlon entry fee is $25 ($30 on race day), while the Fun Run is just $10 ($15 on race day). As part of the pre-race packet pickup, there will be a “Triathlon 101” Clinic, led by Gregg Iddings on Friday, July 10, at Bohn Pool starting at 5 p.m.

Kids are encouraged to register in advance at the YMCA front desk (638 W. Maumee St. in Adrian), or they can register the day of the race. Continue Reading


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


Free ‘Fun at the Farm’ evening is Friday at the YMCA

The YMCA of Lenawee County is putting on a “Fun at the Farm” family fun night from 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 29. The event is free and will include a petting zoo, pony rides, a bounce house, kids’ train rides, a DJ, arts and crafts, and games. Concessions will be available. Visitors can also enter to win prizes such as free swimming lessons and youth sports, free Y membership, and 50 percent off a week of summer camp. The YMCA is at 638 W. Maumee St. Continue Reading

Bohn Pool will once again be part of the city's budget this season.

City will help pay for Bohn Pool’s operation this summer

After the city of Adrian and the YMCA of Lenawee County merged their recreational programs and put them all under the YMCA’s administration, the Y found it was losing money as a result.  Now the city is committing to help the YMCA cover the costs of operating Bohn Pool this summer, in exchange for more control over the pool’s operations. “Historically, Bohn Pool is not a moneymaking venture by any means,” city administrator Shane Horn said at tonight’s city commission meeting. During a work session a few months ago, city commissioners agreed that they did not want to risk seeing the pool close, and felt that taking back some responsibility for the pool would be reasonable. Under the new agreement, the city will cover any financial shortfall the pool incurs this year. The city will also be responsible for up to 10 hours per week of wages for the YMCA associate director, who is responsible for the pool, during pool season, and a city seasonal employee, John Knauss, will take a more active leadership role at the pool. 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

Mayor Jim Berryman speaks at a study session before Monday's city commission meeting.

Mayor: “I think we’re in agreement here that people in the city of Adrian want Bohn Pool to be open”

Bohn Pool was one of several topics of discussion at the Adrian City Commission’s pre-meeting study session Monday night. City administrator Shane Horn presented commissioners with a preliminary look at the city’s 2015-16 budget. Although he stressed that it was still very much in the early stages, it didn’t look good. Even with eliminating most capital expenses, dipping into the city’s information technology reserves, and cutting about $100,000 from the library budget, early estimates still show the city facing a deficit. (Although a proposal on the May 5 ballot would spin the library off into its own separate entity, independent from the city’s budget, the city commission will need to pass a budget based on things being the way they are now.)

If the city takes back some responsibility for the operation of Bohn Pool — a possibility that came up because the YMCA of Lenawee County took a financial hit from running the pool last year — that could increase the deficit even more. Continue Reading

The YMCA of Lenawee County took over the administration of city recreation programs in 2013.

YMCA takes a financial hit from absorbing city rec program, but parties aren’t giving up

A little over a year after taking over the city of Adrian’s recreation programs, the YMCA of Lenawee County has experienced financial losses from the cost of taking on those responsibilities. But during an Adrian City Commission study session Monday night, neither the YMCA nor the city seemed willing to give up on the partnership. Instead, YMCA executive director Sue Smith and board president Dusty Steele asked the city for a continued dialogue about how the partnership can be made to work. “We need your help, we need your advice, we need to sit down at the table,” Steele said. The partnership, which was the result of the city facing a serious financial shortfall, began in 2013. Continue Reading

Community Celebration Day

Community Celebration Day is Saturday, Aug. 2

The annual Community Celebration Day, organized by The Centre in collaboration with several community partners, will take place Saturday, Aug. 2. The event was originally called Family Celebration Day and took place on the grounds of The Centre, but for the past five years has been a citywide celebration with activities taking place all over Adrian. Events include a 5K run and walk at The Centre, along with free games, inflatables and use of the Corner Park, which is The Centre’s new water park. The city of Adrian and YMCA of Lenawee County will offer free swimming at Bohn Pool from 1 to 6 p.m., and there will also be a party in Robert and Harriet Parish Park from noon to 4 p.m., featuring entertainment, games, food, prizes and carriage rides. Continue Reading

Jillienne Bowers will present "The Science of Music" from 3-4 p.m. Tuesday at the Adrian Public Library.

Family Calendar: Week of July 7, 2014

An arts-and-crafts workshop for kids, a lesson on the science of music, and a youth triathlon are among the highlights of our Family Calendar for this week. To submit events for the calendar, email The science of music: The Adrian Public Library’s Terrific Tuesday series presents “The Science of Music” from 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, with Adrian resident and Toledo Symphony Orchestra violinist Jillienne Bowers. Bowers will introduce kids to the science behind what we hear through a special performance of “The Story of Ferdinand.” Bowers is also the orchestra director at Lenawee Christian School. Continue Reading