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New site to help brewers meet demand

The reduced hours at the Tecumseh Brewing Company are not a result of lost interest from the community, but quite the opposite. The three-barrel production system at the downtown Tecumseh brewpub hasn’t been able to keep up with customer demand.

However, that will soon change as Tecumseh Brewing has bought the Aquaculture Research Corporation facility located at 105 E. Russell Rd.

Kyle DeWitt, co-founder and co-owner of Tecumseh Brewing, said a price on the building had been negotiated and hopes to have the 15-barrel brewhouse operating by this fall.

“Everything’s been great,” DeWitt said. “People are really liking it and we knew we were onto something. We needed to be able to produce more beer. We needed to ramp up production.”

The warehouse gives Tecumseh Brewing 6,000 square feet of space to increase production, which DeWitt said would give them the capacity to produce growlers and kegs on an almost unlimited basis.

Current hours at the brewpub are Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to midnight and Sundays, noon to 10 p.m. DeWitt said Thursday hours will be added sometime in the next few weeks.

Hidden Lake Gardens celebrates 70 years of partnership with Michigan State University

On Tuesday, members of the Tecumseh District Library (TDL) will travel to Hidden Lake Gardens for a special celebration. Harry Fee donated the property to Michigan State University (MSU), then Michigan State College, seventy years ago for the enjoyment of the public.

“The purpose of Harry Fee selecting to partner with MSU on the donation was that he really wanted to make sure that Hidden Lake Gardens would be open for the benefit of the public,” said Hidden Lake Gardens Managing Director Paul Pfeifer. “We decided not to have a big event but to try to acknowledge it and celebrate it at our smaller events.”

Fee, of Adrian, bought the property to make his dream of owning a lake come true. After an unsuccessful attempt at farming, he began planting trees.

Although his original goal was to have a working nursery, Fee found himself focusing more on the creation of natural art through horticulture design. Pfeifer believes the gift of the gardens to MSU was a natural result from the bonds he created with staff in the College of Agriculture.

“The partnerships he had formed there inspired his donation,” Pfeifer said.

During the TDL presentation Tuesday evening, patrons will learn about the beginning of the gardens and Fee’s philosophy, which continues at Hidden Lake Gardens to this day. “We still take to heart Mr. Fee’s quote ‘The prime object of the gardens being for the benefit of the public,’” said Pfeifer.

Fee’s philosophy of creating pictures with landscape design has always been a focus, even when the picture changed. Pfeifer pointed out Hosta Hillside was originally a rock garden because of the open and sunny area.

As the trees grew around the spot, the design changed after inspiration by the Michigan Hosta society to create a showcase for the shade loving plants. The high canopy and location near the lake create perfect conditions for hosta plants to thrive.

Criteria set in search for next city manager

By this November, the City of Tecumseh could have a new and permanent city manager. Monday started a seven-step process with the Michigan Municipal League (MML) to find a new city manager.

Tecumseh City Council met with Joyce Parker and Jessica Reed from the MML to discuss the criteria for the city’s next manager. Also discussed was the timeline for the process along with producing an advertising video.

Council decided a bachelor’s degree in a governmental field would be required with a master’s degree preferred.

“There might be a candidate that has the years of experience that just doesn’t have the master’s degree,” said councilmember Ron Wimple. “Just because that individual doesn’t have a master’s, I would hate to cut an individual out if he’s got experience versus the degree.”

Councilmember Gary Fox said he would like someone with experience unique to Michigan and its municipal laws.

Councilmember Larry VanAlstine Jr. agreed, saying it would take someone two to three years to learn the nuances of Michigan municipal laws. He added he’d like to see someone with both union and non-union employee management.

“They’re different animals and require different approaches to management,” VanAlstine Jr. concluded.

Community involvement was one trait council was adamant about candidates needing.

“Tecumseh is a unique community,” said Wimple. “We have a thriving downtown. We have a good reputation. I’m not looking for somebody that can do their job sitting in their office, they have to do the job by being in the community.”

Acting City Manager Joe Tuckey said staff informed him they’d like someone with human resources skills, while he personally would like to see someone with knowledge of benefits and insurance.

“We want someone who wants this job, not a job,” said Tecumseh City Attorney Scott Baker.

Heat and rain fails to dampen fun at Faster Horses Festival

A swift-moving storm Saturday evening cancelled a performance by Dwight Yoakam and delayed Brad Paisley from performing at the third annual Faster Horses Festival 2015, as organizers had to send festival-goers back to their cars and campgrounds.

But the storm didn’t rain on the attendees’ desire to enjoy the country music fest. Gates reopened at 10 p.m., after the storm had passed, with Brad Paisley hitting the stage around 11:35 that evening to a packed house of eager fans.

An estimated crowd of nearly 40,000 attended this year’s festival at Michigan International Speedway (MIS); almost double the 23,000 that attended last year.

Headliners included Carrie Underwood and Florida Georgia Line, while the Next From Nashville Stage played host to up-and-coming country musicians. Other performers included Justin Moore, Lonestar, Lee Brice, Thomas Rhett and many others.

Michigan-born Frankie Ballard, who performed Sunday evening, had a little trouble with his denim jacket in the warm weather. He struggled to take it off, eventually tossing it back over his head and into the possession of a security guard near the stage.

The security then tossed the jacket into the crowd.

“The security guard just threw a $900 jacket into the crowd,” Ballard said. Eventually, Ballard got the jacket back.

Rain Saturday morning delayed festivities as temperatures skirted the 90-degree mark over the festival’s three-day outing leading to numerous heat and alcohol related emergencies amongst festival-goers.

Over the three-day event, Jackson Community Ambulance responded to 407 rescue calls, according to MLive. Calls on drunken guests, lacerations, allergic reactions, minor medical emergencies, and broken bones were responded to.

Cambridge Township Police Chief Larry Wibbeler said six misdemeanor arrests were made including four or five for disorderly conduct and two assault and battery arrests, reported MLive.

Bigger crowds attend annual Sidewalk Sales weekend

Although the weekend was hindered by humid, hot weather and then violent storms, that didn’t stop residents from turning up at the annual summer Sidewalk Sales located in downtown Tecumseh. Multiple storefronts and vendors gathered for the sales, offering discounted prices to go along with the various events happening throughout the weekend, which included live bands, a pig roast, games for kids, a pancake breakfast and the annual Pet Parade.

The pet parade was a popular event again this year with 65-75 pets showing up to walk Chicago Boulevard from Pearl Street to Adam’s Park. “I think it was the biggest pet parade so far. Each year, the pets and pet owners outdo themselves on costumes. It’s a great event for pets, the owners and the spectators,” said Linda Hewlett, marketing coordinator for the city’s Economic Development Department.

The Grand Marshals for the Pet Parade were Officer Josh Perry and the dog Diesel from the City of Adrian Police Departments Canine Unit, and Henry Timmerman with Moxie, his leader dog.

The winners of the Pet Parade were: Jim and Jean Tuttle with their dachshunds, Tody and Tucker; Kendall McComis with his bloodhound mix, Ranger; Megan Greenweil with her dalmation, Pyro; Noah Jenkins and his lab mix, Hunter; Jared Staib and his golden retriever, Allie; Mikki Cochran with the English bull terrier, Issac; Kaylee Horoway and her bearded dragon Spike; and Lily Marytell and family with Bowser the goat and Fluffit the duck.

“The pet parade went very well. It had a really good turnout, and everyone seemed happy,” Hewlett said. “Crowds were good, and families enjoyed the sales and other activities available throughout the weekend.”

Becky Phibbs, employee at Antiques and More, worked all weekend during the Sidewalk Sales. She thought that the event had a great turnout. “I thought it was fabulous. We had more people than usual, and for sale we had anything and everything. My favorite part was being very busy.”

Motorcyclist in critical condition following accident on Macon Road

TECUMSEH — On Sunday, July 19, at approximately 10:23 p.m., Clinton Police attempted to stop a motorcycle on southbound Clinton-Tecumseh Road near Clinton-Macon Road. The driver of the motorcycle was driving erratically at speeds of 40 mph in a 25 mph zone. The officer activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The driver then accelerated to approximately 80 mph disobeying the police signal. The driver continued to Macon Road where he turned eastbound. As the driver approached a curve near Bater Road he lost control and crashed off the south side of Macon Road.

The driver was checked by officers and was unresponsive. LCA, Tecumseh fire rescue responded to the scene and the driver was transported by Survival Flight to U of M hospital. The Lenawee County accident Investigation team was activated and Tecumseh Police Department assisted at the scene.

U of M hospital reports that the driver, a 52-year-old Adrian man, is in critical but stable condition. Further investigation is continuing by the Clinton Police Department with assistance from the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department.

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