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Bilby’s to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

Earl and Marge Bilby are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

Earl D. Bilby was married to Marjorie A. Linden October 17, 1964 by Pastor K. Koeplin at Grace Lutheran Church in Tecumseh, Mich.

Marge is retired from United Savings Bank after serving 45 years while Earl is retired as a renowned carpenter from the area.

A cake and ice cream celebration is planned for October 18, from 4-6 p.m. at Raisin Charter Township Community Center, 3262 Gady Rd. The couple requests no gifts.

Film by local pastor to make Tecumseh debut Nov. 1 at TCA

“Mr. What” is the second movie by Pastor Alan Maki to feature Tecumseh in a faith-based family drama. Maki’s first film, “Sidewalk Singer” was well received in Tecumseh, throughout the United States, Canada and Finland.

Maki has always been a writer but never expected his writing to take him to the movies. “I got good feedback as a kid about my writing,” Maki said.

After a career as an English teacher and Baptist pastor, Maki found himself drawn to writing screenplays designed to inspire and represent the good values in a small town. He feels movies today often aren’t interested in depicting the good found in the world.

“Why not put out a movie for families that shows great values?” said Maki. “It makes me feel good to do something lovely.”

In the film, Mattiesko Wuopio, played by Maki, has spent 22 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. After being released from prison, Wuopio continues to feel imprisoned by the harassment he receives.

Redemption is found through his father who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, a stray dog, and a boy, played by Maki’s 12-year-old grandson, Mikah Scott Carter.

“Mr. What” is truly a family movie, with Maki’s son, Shaun, as director/cinematographer/editor. His daughter acts in the film as well, and Maki believes his grandson steals the movie with his portrayal.

“Mikah is fabulous,” Maki said. “It was fun getting to put my friends and family in a movie. It was just a thrill.”

Working with his son as director of the movie was a great experience for Maki. He believes the quality cinematography and sound carry the movie as much as the story does.

Shaun was thorough in the footage shot for the film, and his thoroughness benefited the actors in the film, as did Shaun’s careful editing.

“Shaun films every scene multiple times. He had a lot of shots to choose from,” said Maki. “Shaun did an amazing job. He’s my secret weapon.”

New signs point to growth in downtown

While Ann Arbor is mourning the loss of another unique business downtown, Middle Earth, with chain retailers slowly moving in, Tecumseh is seeing the growth of local, independent businesses.

“Here’s where we are super lucky in our downtown, we don’t have a single chain,” said Paula Holtz, Tecumseh Economic Development Director, “Instead, we have locally owned, operated, unique businesses that you can’t find anywhere else. That’s a really good thing.”

Tecumseh’s growth is accentuated by the impending introduction of two new restaurants downtown, Salsaria’s and Tecumseh Brewing Company, which are moving along. Both businesses are working towards completion, soon adding more of an evening element downtown.

Salsaria’s is a Brownfield site, which has slowed some aspects of the project. Before waste can be disposed of at the landfill from the site, it has to be approved.

“That could have been a very blighted property in our downtown after some time,” said Holtz about the Salsaria’s property.

A number of new lofts are also in various stages of completion above a handful number of businesses downtown. Dan Meikle’s lofts above Tecumseh Antiques & More are seeing drywall being put up, while second floor of the Spotted Cow should receive its permit next week to start putting in office space. Carpet On Wheel’s will have blueprints ready for the lofts above their business shortly.

“We’ve got a lot of projects going on in downtown and a ton of new investment,” said Holtz. “We’ve got a lot of private investment currently that we haven’t seen the likes of in a decade probably.”

These types of businesses and attractions give Tecumseh a unique offering to tourists, which the city has been trying to attract with its Pure Michigan campaign and listing on Michigan.org.

Tecumseh teens awaiting pretrial

According to Lenawee County Juvenile Probate Court Administrator John Drahuschak, the psychological evaluation for two boys that have been formally charged with a Threat of Terrorism has been completed. The boys were allegedly planning a threat of violence against students and staff at Tecumseh High School (THS) on September 11.

The threat was eliminated after two anonymous tips were phoned in to the main office at THS.

Drahuschak said that a pretrial is next, which should happen in the next few weeks.

Currently, the boys are still being held as minors.

Wacker celebrates two anniversaries

RAISIN TOWNSHIP — Wacker Chemical Corporation (WCC) celebrated two anniversaries on Saturday, Oct. 4, as the parent company, Wacker Chemie AG, reached its 100-year milestone, originating and based in Munich, Germany, and its 50th year operating a plant on Sutton Road in Raisin Township. A special open house and tour of the facilities was held for employee families and members of the public.

The company was founded by Dr. Alexander Ritter von Wacker, who, in 1913, said, “We are looking into the construction of a large industrial complex in southern Bavaria, with the aim of supplying a big range of products covering processes all the way from electro thermics to deep into organic chemistry. I have been able to risk such a difficult undertaking because I can rely on the assistance and loyalty of an extremely dedicated and experienced staff in all these areas.”

Today, Wacker operates a network on five continents and is one of the world’s leading and most research-intensive chemical company. Products range from silicones, binders and polymer additives for diverse industrial applications to bio- engineered pharmaceutical actives and hyper pure silicon for semiconductor and solar applications.

Wacker has a global workforce of 16,000 at a network of 25 production sites, 21 technical competence centers, 14 Wacker academy training centers and 52 sales offices in Europe, North and South America, as well as locations in China, India and Asia.

Ground was broken in 1964 on Sutton Road for the Raisin Township plant built at a cost of $5 million after an extensive site selection process that reviewed 180 possible locations. Attending the groundbreaking were government and industry leaders, including Michigan Governor George Romney.

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