Downtown Albion is looking fresh with new brick streets and a new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel that is taking shape. Here we can see the bike lanes, the wider sidewalks, and Kids ‘N’ Stuff. In the distance we see Cascarelli’s, the water tower, Ludington Center, the Coca Cola mural, and the Bohm Theatre.
Look inside your Morning Star or Ad-Visor this weekend if you live in the city of Albion or Marshall for your very own copy of the General Guide.
This issue has information about holiday traditions of the season including the new event Giving Tuesday. We’ll be posting more information here soon including answers to the puzzle inside. Look online for the Google Calendars that goes with the printed calendars and has links to official events.
Things are happening in Albion and sometimes it is good for neighbors to talk with each other. There are discussions on the app Nextdoor about Albion’s city government, services, special events and more.
Anyone can join NextDoor.com, but only people from Albion can see the discussions about Albion. It’s free. This app also helps during times when it is helpful to know who is raking leaves, shoveling snow, who lost their dog, who has lost their power and other neighborhood issues.
This year the Festival was not on the brick Superior Street, but in true Albion style we adapted to the situation and made it work. These aerial photos show a different perspective of where most of the activities were.
The end of one season and the beginning of another is quickly approaching. This time of year thousands of people will be headed to our upper peninsula in anticipation of walking across the Mackinac Bridge. For those not participating in this annual walk, you are invited to share in Albion’s Labor Day Walk the Trail.
The Albion Health Care Alliance invited the community out on Monday, September 4, 2017, Labor Day, to walk the trail. The event took place at 10:00am until 11:00am. Participants were asked to meet at the beginning of the trail, just off Hannah Street in Victory Park, close to Victory for Kids playground area.
Everyone is welcome to attend and walk: families, Albion College faculty, staff, and students, youth and those young in heart from the community and surrounding areas. It is a fun event that celebrates the walking trail and the end of summer. The Albion River Trail is approximately 1.6 miles long. One can walk the length in one direction, and then return by the same route, or choose another one to your own liking; walking at your own pace.
The Albion River Trail is now part of the North Country National Scenic Trail. See the map about this part of the trail on this link:
This issue of the General Guide is sponsored by Albion College, which is continuing to invest in the community of Albion. The college and its alumni have renovated a downtown building into the Ludington Center, a new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel is nearing completion in downtown Albion thanks to an Albion College alum who is a developer and a doctor, two college alumni who happen to be married to each other are tackling a downtown office redevelopment they call the Peabody Project, and another alum has made possible the revitalization of the Cass St. corridor between the college and downtown. Yet another college alum (a biology major!) is getting ready to open a micro brewery…
This is how the Superior Street renovation looked in the third week of August 2017. The bricks were not yet up to the Bohm Theatre and Cascarelli’s. It was a long summer for merchants, but the excitement is building for the new look for Albion downtown in the Fall of 2017. The question on many people’s minds is – will the bricks be done enough to have the Festival of the Forks (3rd weekend of September) on Superior Street – or will the Festival need to be more towards Stoffer Plaza or Rieger Park?? We did hear there might be a Cruise in on the bricks at least, the Friday of the Festival on September 15. This is not the official news! We also heard that it is hoped the bricks will be done for the Festival, and the new micro brewery will be open but no beer there.
“Trail Town Designation The City of Albion has been recognized by the Michigan Department of Resources (DNR) as the “hub” for Michigan trails. Two national walking and biking trails – the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) and the Great Lake‐to‐Lake Trail – along with Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail converge at Albion’s historic Victory Park, one of Albion’s 17 scenic parks. In addition, Albion was awarded a $294,000 Trust Fund Grant from the DNR to expand the Albion River Trail. The trail will extend past the newly‐renovated Albion College Equestrian Center. The City recognizes the importance of the community’s trails as an asset and seeks to be designated as a Trail Town. Trails would have signage posted that would allow for promoting and identifying the amenities and attractions that would be of interest to trail users at access points.”
The traditional Albion Labor Day River Trail Walk is sponsored by the Albion Health Care Alliance. Everyone is invited. Here is the official event page: albionhca.org/events.html
We are now including more options added for limited mobility and limited time walks. At 10 a.m. on Labor Day (September 4, 2017) please meet for a group photo by the Victory for Kids playground in Victory Park. After that we will do the Labor Day Bridge Walk over the Albion foot bridge. From there, some people had a car waiting on the other side of the bridge, others continued the walk on the Albion River Trail to Harris Field. (1.5 miles) Most people opt to walk back for the full walk of 3 miles.
Others had dropped off cars previously at Harris Field and carpooled back. In this way more people decided to customize the walk to their own schedule. Fresh cold bottled water was supplied at the 2016 walk by Culligan Water in Albion. It was a refreshing day, all around.