A New Perspective

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016 –

Few of our readers are old enough to remember the instant hit song of 1964, “The Eve of Destruction.”  As Albion faces demolition of what’s left of an entire city block downtown, and the potential of having our school system dissolved with no public schools in town, we feel a loss of our sense of identity.  Yet when seen from a different perspective, perhaps we are making room for something better, even if there are some “bumps in the road.”

 We’ll be posting more information here soon related to these things, plus Local Food resources, so please check back soon.  In the meantime, we share with you the lyrics of the classic hit “Eve of Destruction.”
We’ll be posting more history here soon that is interesting in the light of 2016.

Eve of Destruction

A hit song by Barry McGuire – 1965

The eastern world it is exploding
Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’
You’re old enough to kill but not for votin’
You don’t believe in war but whats that gun you’re totin’?
And even the Jordan River has bodies floatin’

But you tell me
Over and over and over again my friend
Ah, you don’t believe
We’re on the eve of destruction

Don’t you understand what I’m tryin’ to say
Can’t you feel the fears I’m feelin’ today?
If the button is pushed, there’s no runnin’ away

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Tour of Gardner House Museum

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The Gardner House is once again offering a Mother’s Day – this year on Saturday May 7, 2016. There will be two seatings to choose from – one at 11:00 a.m. and the other at 1:00 p.m. Reservations are necessary, so visit the official website for the Gardner House Museum to learn more. http://www.albionhistoricalsociety.org/gardner.php … Continue reading →

Mother’s Day in Albion

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This portrait of Juliette Calhoun Blakeley is in the Gardner House Museum. On May 13, 1877, the second Sunday of the month, Juliet Calhoun Blakeley stepped into the pulpit of the Methodist-Episcopal Church and completed the sermon for the Reverand Myron Daughterty. According to local legend, Daughterty was distraught because an antitemperance group had forced his son to spend the night in a saloon. Proud of their mother’s achievement, Charles … Continue reading →

Albion Public School District is MUCH Bigger Than Just City of Albion

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The Albion Public Schools District will be holding a vote of the electorate on May 3rd, 2016 in which the following question will be asked: “Shall Albion Public Schools, Calhoun and Jackson Counties, Michigan, be annexed to Marshall Public Schools, Calhoun County, Michigan, to be effective July 1, 2016?” Voters within the district are eligible to cast a ballot in this election. District voters include residents in the townships of … Continue reading →

School Test Scores

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Calhoun County Michigan district school test scores are available in a convenient format as supplied by The Coordinating Council. Click on the image at left to see excerpts about test scores for Albion Schools and for Marshall schools for the past year. See the Calhoun County Report Cards for previous years. Earlier years include Albion High School scores.  Look around page 16 to see the information. We will post more … Continue reading →

Albion Black History – West Ward School

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We are sharing a link to early Black History, when some Albion families wanted a separate school. Click on the image to get to the story, about West Ward School. Here are some excerpts from that page: “The exact circumstances and reasons surrounding the transformation of West Ward School into an all-black school are varied. Decisions were made in special meetings between various parties during the 1917-18 school year, and … Continue reading →

Eve of Destruction

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  Eve of Destruction A hit song by Barry McGuire – 1965 The eastern world it is exploding Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’ You’re old enough to kill but not for votin’ You don’t believe in war but whats that gun you’re totin’? And even the Jordan River has bodies floatin’ But you tell me Over and over and over again my friend Ah, you don’t believe We’re on the eve … Continue reading →

Hotel Developer’s Connections to Albion College

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Earlier we posted a link to a WJR Radio interview with Dr. Sam Shaheen about his connections to Albion College and the “Uptown Bay City” project he and his family is working on.  We thought the interview was quite interesting, so we are offering this transcript. Paul W. Smith Show – WJR WJR interviews Dr. Shaheen and the link is on this page (about halfway down the page) on May … Continue reading →

Albion’s New Hotel Developer

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As promised, we are assembling information about the new hotel that is going to be built in downtown Albion. The developer of the hotel is Dr. Sam Shaheen, an Albion College graduate who still practices medicine every day.  Read about Dr. Shaheen’s father, also named Dr. Sam Shaheen, who recently passed on, but left a legacy of vision for his family and many others. http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2013/08/passion_integrity_and_commitme.html WJR interviews Dr. Shaheen and … Continue reading →

Spring Forward – Aerial views – 1985 – 2016

Downtown Albion 1985.  Notice the block across from the Bohm Theatre and how many large buildings were there.

Albion’s downtown has changed so much since 1985 when this aerial view hand tinted print was created. We’ll list some of the changes here later, but now you can click on the image to see for yourself.  It’s is natural to grieve all that we have lost.  It’s important also. And yet, what if there is more to come?  Possibly good things, even though we wish things were back the … Continue reading →

What used to be Wilking’s Office Supply in Albion Michigan

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Albion Michigan – Friday April 8, 2016 – The demolition of the 200 block of South Superior Street continues. This video shows how fast the work is being done, in anticipation of a new hotel in this block, next door to Cascarelli’s of Albion. The way the buildings crumble is a bit reminiscent of the old Godzilla movies or a Star Wars film, where a big animal or machine rips … Continue reading →