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New flagpole dedicated at Tecumseh Middle School

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A new flagpole was dedicated on Monday morning, March 23, at Tecumseh Middle School (TMS) by Tecumseh’s American Legion Underwood-Orr Post 34 and Hall-Slater VFW Post 4187.

An honor guard raised the donated flag. TMS Principal Rick Hilderley introduced staff that have military service and welcomed the American Legion and VFW members who attended.

The old flagpole’s base was corroded and had to be replaced. The new flagpole was moved closer to the school near the carved statue of Tecumseh next to the middle school.

When the flag was raised the middle school classes joined in and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Annual Spring Bulb Show bursts with color at HLG conservatory

On Friday, March 13, Hidden Lake Gardens hosted its first-ever Spring Bulb Show preview, a sneak peak for members only of the gardens’ annual show located in the temperate house at the conservatory. Ninety-three people attended the show preview, according to Paul Pfeifer, Managing Director at Hidden Lake Gardens. The show opened to the public March 14 and runs through March 29.

“We were all pleasantly surprised at the number of folks here and the enthusiasm,” said Pfeifer. “It was a nice event. We hope to do more.”

Pfeifer said that the extra member activities the gardens is trying to host stems from this year being the 70th anniversary the property was gifted to Michigan State University from Harry A. Fee, an Adrian businessman, in 1945.

“We thought, maybe we could have an opportunity to give back to members as a way for thanking them for all they do for Hidden Lake Gardens,” said Pfeifer “We’re trying to do more things for our members. The idea arose from the plant sale in May. The night before the plant sale, members can come to shop first, before it opens to the public the next day.”

Diane Faust, Conservatory Manager at Hidden Lake Gardens, said when she orders the bulbs for the show, she tries to maintain a color scheme. This year, she said, the show focuses on pastel colors like purples, pinks, and lighter shades of blues and lavenders.

“I try to shake things up ever year,” Faust said.

The show is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week and is free to members. The $3 admission fee into Hidden Lake Gardens for non-members includes admittance into the Spring Bulb Show.

Membership includes free admission, newsletters, programs, events and bulletins, 10 to 20 percent discount on courses, workshops and lectures, 10 percent discount on gift shop merchandise, admittance into the plant sale preview, and reciprocal gardens program.

Membership costs are as follows:

• Single — $35 for one person

Cause of Britton fire still unknown

The fire at Interstate Pallet Company, located at 294 Maple Street in Britton, on Wednesday, March 18, is still under investigation, according to Ridgeway Fire Department Chief Jim Frayer. The building was a complete loss.

Frayer added the property does not receive village water and sewer services, and that there is no contact information available for the property’s owner, Glenn Guy.

A phone call to Interstate Pallet Company’s listed number by the Herald discovered the line has been disconnected.

No one was injured in the fire, said Frayer, though he added one Ridgeway Fire Department firefighter had to be treated for heat exhaustion. That firefighter returned to work Thursday, March 19.

At approximately 3 p.m. Wednesday, Lenawee County Dispatch reported a caller responded after hearing an explosion while another caller reported seeing flames. Frayer said that several propane tanks were located on the property, some of which exploded. The Herald was on the scene when an explosion occurred.

Shortly after one explosion, a primary utility pole burned from the fire, fell, taking power lines with it. Frayer said the Village of Britton was without power for an estimated one-and-a-half hour.

Carnegie Library art studios to open for April 24 Art Walk

The arrival of spring is identified in many different ways, and for many people spring has sprung when the annual Art Walk arrives. This year on April 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., downtown Tecumseh will be filled with artists and people ready for spring and art and warm breezes.

Many downtown merchants extend their store hours to accommodate people ready to enjoy the delights along the Boulevard. In its eighth year, the Art Walk has become a popular right of spring.

“Each business hosts an artist or two or more,” said Paula Holtz, economic development director for Tecumseh. “The artists typically do some demonstrating as well as have their work for sale. We hope to have artists inside and outside the buildings downtown. I think you’ll see a greater number of artists.”

Holtz has worked closely with Community Arts of Tecumseh (CAT) to find a variety of artists for the Art Walk. Different mediums are represented including photography, sculpture, jewelry making, and watercolor art.

“It’s nice to see the folks demonstrate their talents,” said Holtz. “People have the opportunity to enjoy the artistic process and technique.”

Artists working in the Carnegie building will have open studio hours during the Art Walk. Visitors can see the extensive renovations in the historic former library and meet the artists and possibly buy their work.

CAT is sponsoring special activities for young people of all ages. Downtown sidewalks will be decorated with special creations.

CAT volunteers will make chalk outlines of children and adults. The subjects themselves then decoratively fill in the outlines.

Local restaurants are also participating. Visitors will have the chance to sample some of the food available in Tecumseh.

“We do have three strolling musicians out as well,” Holtz said. “People are eager to get out and enjoy the spring weather.”

Tecumseh Youth Theater to present ‘CATS’ March 27-29

Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) is about to be invaded by local felines as Tecumseh Youth Theater (TYT) presents “CATS” as its spring musical. The hit Broadway play is cast with local high school students who strut their tails Friday-Sunday, March 27-29.

There is also a special presentation on Thursday. The Gala is a fundraiser for TYT, and features a full cast meet and greet on stage after the show.

“The Gala is the same evening as Diva’s at Dusk. We are inviting any divas to have dinner in town and come and enjoy some theater,” said producer Molly Rice.

This challenging production may have only one set used for the whole play, but the performers get a workout with extensive singing and dancing. In the past, TYT productions have focused on singing or dancing, but “CATS” requires both talents at the same time.

“This is like walking and chewing gum at the same time,” Rice said. “It’s a hard thing to get used to. With the talent we have in our small town we knew we could pull this production off. Our kids are so incredibly talented. We knew vocally we had no worries whatsoever.”

Fight scenes were part of the production for the young men acting in the show. They had to learn the craft of stage fighting, and there were a few bumps and bruises for the actors.

“They had to learn how to tumble and learn how to land,” said Rice. “I am amazed. The boys are young and agile and they learn very quickly. The actors are dancing and singing all at the same time. They are tired. We have put them through their paces. It’s been a long rehearsal process.”

As the choreographer, Jennifer Williams worked with the kids on the movement for the play, while Dr. Tom Hodgman took on the duties of music director. Paired with director Emily McCormerly, the three worked with 23 high school actors to bring together the perfect mix of musical theater.

Fire strikes Britton property

Ridgeway Township Fire Department, assisted by Tecumseh and Clinton Fire Departments, responded to a property fire on Railroad Street in Britton, north of M-50, Wednesday afternoon, March 18, at approximately 3 p.m. Lenawee County Dispatch reported a caller responded after hearing an explosion. A second explosion erupted from the fire and a power pole toppled, taking power lines and transformers with it, just after the picture above was taken.

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