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- Featured History Subject -

History of the Central Library (1922-2006)
and the Bay County Library System.

The Central Library will close this month bringing an end to the history of library building on the east side of Bay City. A new building that is much larger is reading to begin a new chapter in the history of the Bay County Library System. This building will be known as the Alice and Jack Wirth Public Library.

The Central Library has an interesting history. Like the new library building there were many issues to overcome before it was finally erected. The amazing part of its history is that it took so long for the community to finally build a permanent library building on the east side of the river. For over 50 years the east side library operated out of temporary quarters which included sharing space in the sheriff’s office of the original county building, the city hall, and several commercial buildings.

William L. Clements, a member of the library board, took the lead position in getting a proper library building constructed. Clements was an avid collector of rare books and documents, which are now a part of the collections at the Clement’s Library at the University of Michigan. Clements did not get full support from within the community to invest in a central library building, and he ended up working with the Carnegie Corporation obtaining a grant from them for a major portion of the funding. However, to get their support they insisted on the creation of a central library board which didn’t exist at that time.

Residents on the west side of Bay City had the Sage Library with its own building that was donated by lumber baron Henry W. Sage in 1884, when West Bay City existed. They had their own board and they weren’t interested losing control of their fine library. After a long-period of haggling an agreement was worked that allowed each library to have their own board which fell under control of a central library board.

The land chosen for the Central Library was purchased from donations made by Clements, James E. Davidson and H.B. Smith who donated $20,000 for this purpose. At the time the property was known as the McEwan farm site, whose residence occupied the western half the block with the library owning the eastern half. $31,000 was appropriated towards the new library by the city, and the Carnegie contribution was $35,000. Architect, Albert Kahn of Detroit was contracted to design the new structure which was to be of colonial style made of Indiana sandstone and Bedford Stone trimming.

Bids for building the new library were requested in 1918. The bids received far exceeded the available funding. Adding to this problem was the WWI and a request from the federal government to forego any new constructions during this period. When the proposition was finally revisited in 1920, the board of trustees abort Kahn’s design for something affordable. Edward L. Tilton, an architect suggested by the Carnegie Corporation, who came up with a design usiing red brick which was substantially less expensive the sandstone called for by Kahn’s design. Bids were requested and this time the cost was around $80,000 and within the funding plan.

During July 1922, the library was relocated from its temporary quarters at the City Hall to the new Central Library building on Center Avenue. During January 2006, it will relocate one block north to the new Alice and Jack Wirt Public Library.

Heritage/Groups/ {Bay County Library System History}
Pictorials/ {Libraries}

- Bay-Journal Commentary -BJ Comments by Marvin Kusmierz, Editor

Statistics
Dec. 2005
Visits:35,044
Pages: 15
YTD 2005
Visits: 388,636
Pages: 185
Since Apr. 2002
Visits: 603,636
Views: 949,018
Pages: 1,027

Happy New Year!

What would life be like if it wasn’t for the calendar? Where would we be without seconds, minutes, hours, days, months and years to benchmark time? And, there would be no resolutions to be made for the new year!

At Bay-Journal, we can look back on 2005 as another year of outstanding progress. We had over 388,000 visits to the website in 2005, more than doubling the total of 162,000 during 2004. The website also went over 1,000 pages during 2005.

We’ve set a goal of 500 new history pages for 2006, but that will only be possible with help of volunteers. We’ve had over 70 individuals that have donated history material to Bay-Journal, but the largest contribution of history has come from other internet sources who have generously shared the histories they had on Bay County and the Saginaw Bay area. These contributions represent the largest number of history pages on Bay-Journal. These sources have already been tapped and to generate 500 new history pages in a year will take alot more volunteers than those who donated to Bay-Journal todate.

The website was designed to get viewers interested in local history and to become parcipants in building the the website's history content. We have had some very generous contributions but these have only touch on a small fraction of the many stories to be revealed and told.

I hope you’ll consider becoming a volunteer. Contact us and we’ll help you get started.

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    If you are familiar with the Bay County Library System's website, then you already know about all the useful tools it offers to local patrons. You can search their catalog for books, reserve them and even extend the date they are due on line. Also available online are databases for collections, magazines, newspapers, and electronic books.


    Visit Yellow Pages!
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    [Visit Website]

    MyBayCity.com, which is a part of O.J. Advertising, Inc., and owned by O.J. Cunningham, Jr., has established itself as the premiere source for many that are interested in what's happening in the Bay City area. They main feature are articles written by a staff of seasoned writers who cover topics not normally available in the print media. Their lead writer, Dave Rogers, is a former reporter of The Bay City Times and an avid history buff that serves up stories on subjects ranging from history subjects to perspectives on contempory events. They also offer a "free" subscription service to notify viewers of new articles when they are published.

  • - Highlighted Regional News & Articles -

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  • Opinion Column:
    Thinking Out Loud!

    January 28, 2006
    Schools: Good Time To Modernize.
    - by Marvin Kusmierz
    December 4, 2005
    You Can Have Your Holiday, I'll Keep My Christmas!
    - by Marvin Kusmierz
    November 1, 2005
    Bankruptcy Signals the Need for Change.
    - by Michelle Krueger


    Please note: The featured news is an editorial service for our viewers. Its primarily focus is on local stories appearing in various public news sources. The headline and brief description for each story is prepared by the editor of Bay-Journal. Refer to the "Online Local/National News Sources" listing for additional news coverage.

    ^ Jan. 30 - Landmark Depot Renovation Could Begin This Spring Pending City's Help.

    BAY CITY: The idle and old Pere Marquette R.R. Depot needs to overcome one more obstacle to begin writing the next chapter of its history that dates back to 1904. The Great Lakes Foundation, owners of the property, are hoping the city will clear the way for a spring start of a $3.8 million renovation project by accepting a $700,000 grant from the state department of transportation. At tonight's City Commission meeting the subject will be discussed and on Febuary 6, commissioners will cast their decision. If approved, the project could be completed in 2007.

  • Full story: [Jan. 29: Dave Rogers - MyBayCity.com]

    ^ Jan. 29 - Special: Detroit Ready For Super Bowl XL On Feb. 5.

    DETROIT: Excitement is building as we head into the final week before Super Bowl XL, and the host city of Detroit is ready to put on a great show for a worldwise audience. Downtown Detroit will be the seen of many activities centered around what promises to be a super celebration. This will be the second super bowl game to have taken place in Michigan. The previous one, Super Bowl XVI, was held in 1994 at the Pontiac Silverdome with the San Francisco 49ers beating the Cincinnati Bengals 26-21. This year teams are the Pittsburg Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks.

    If you don't have a ticket or made reservations, its too late to be at the game, but if you want to enjoy experiencing the game with a crowd you'll have to find a pub with a big screen. If not your not into the bar scene and you have your own big screen TV, I'm sure you can get some friends over to help you cheer your favorite team to victory. In the meantime, here's a list of some websites to fill you in on this year's super bowl:

  • NFL: [Official Super Bowl Website]
  • The Teams: [Pittsburg Steelers] - [Seattle Seahawks]
  • The Field of Play: [Ford Field, Detroit, MI]
  • Advertising: Banking on humor. [Jan. 22: Paul R. La Monica - CNNMoney.com]
  • News: [Ninety Day Archive - MLive.com]
  • Midland: [Print shop working 24/7 for SI Commemorative Book. - Midland Daily News]
  • Recipes: [Super Bowl XL Recipes - StarChefs.com]

    ^ Jan. 27 - State Has 20 Point Strategy To Modernize Election Process.

    LANSING: Michigan's Secretary of State, Terri Lynn Land, has a 20 point strategy designed to make the election process easier and better:

    1. Encourage Young People to Vote.
    2. Make Absentee Volting Simpler.
    3. Clean up Michigan's Vote Lists.
    4. Promote Responsibile Voter Registration Drives.
    5. Protect the Vote of Siniors & the Vulnerable.
    6. Add Ease for Senior & Disable Voters.
    7. Eliminate Hurdles to Voting.
    8. Reduce Costs and Boost Awareness of Elections.
    9. Create a More Orderly Election Process.
    10. More Voting Options.
    11. Make Voting More Convenient.
    12. Use Technology to Reduce Lines on Election Day.
    13. Eliminate Disruptions in Polling Places.
    14. More Secure Voting.
    15. Secure the Integrity of the Ballots.
    16. 16. Minimize Politics on the Board of State Canvassers.
    17. Instill More Consistency in the County Canvass Process.
    18. Reform the Recount Process.
    19. Ensure the Integrity of the Ballot.
    20. Improve the Process for Amending the State Constitution.

  • Full story: [Jan. 28: Department of State - Michigan.gov]

    ^ Jan. 28 - Fifty Year Old's Retirement Pension of $99,000 In Question.

    FLINT: The Genesee County Retirement Commission has scheduled an evidentiary hearing to be held at special commission meeting this Monday, to address questions regarding the early retirement of an employee was able to enhance his retirement income to $99,000 annually after only ten years of employment.

  • Full story: [Jan. 28: Ron Fonger - The Flint Journal]

    ^ Jan. 27 - Williams Township Benefits From Monitor's No.

    WILLIAMS TWSP.: Monitor Township turned down a Redi-mix cement plant that wanted to locate in its industrial park, and Williams Township couldn't be happier they did. Team Elmer's, based in Traverse City, has signed a deal that will bring more tax revenue and about 10 new jobs to Williams Township.

  • Full story: [Jan. 27 - Schott E. Pacheo - The Bay City Times]

    ^ Jan. 27 - Job Cuts at GMC in Saginaw Have Next Day Ripple Affect in Bay City.

    BAY CITY: It took only one day after 171 cuts were made at GM's Saginaw Metal Casting plant to affect 37 jobs at its Powertrain plant in Bay City. Another 20 may also be let go next month.

  • Full story: [Jan. 27: Scott E. Pacheco - The Bay City Times]

    ^ Jan. 26 - Gov. Granholm's State of State - Delivers Hopeful Future.

    LANSING: Governor Granholm delivered an upbeat and optimistic message to the citizens of Michigan last evening during her State of the State address. The governor, a gifted speaker, certainly left those who heard her speech feeling hopeful that better times are ahead for the citizens of this state. Her message included several new proposals to deal with the shortcomings affecting the lives of many citizens, items such as, an expanded state 401K plan, affordable health-care and a scholarship program for higher education. And, she called for she called for an increase in the minimum wage saying pointing that last increase was nine years ago, and reminding the legislature that even they have found the need to increase their own wages over that time. She cite progress that has been made on the job front and about the direction Michigan is going to diversify its economy to reduce its dependence on the auto industry while doing whatever it takes to retain Michigan as the automobile capital of the world.

    However, the governor's hopeful message will be little more than words unless there is dynamic change in Lansing this election year. The citizens of Michigan can do much to help themselves by letting their representatives know they want politics set aside until the health of Michigan's economy is restored, then casting an informed vote at the poles for best candidate regardless of their party affiliation.

  • Reference (pdf file): {State of State Message - Jan 25, 2006.}
  • Full story: [Jan 26: Mark Hornbeck and Charlie Cain - Detroit News]

    ^ Jan. 25 - Dow Chemical Company Had a Record Year in 2005.

    MIDLAND: The best 4th quarter ever for the Dow chemical Company. Sales for 2005 were $46.3 billion, up 15% over 2004's figure. Strong cash flow allowed the company to reduce it debt 41 percent below a year ago lower and lower its debt to capital ratio to 29 percent.

  • Press release: [Dow Chemical Co.]

    ^ Jan. 24 - Major Cuts! Ford Motor Company Joins Delphi and GMC.

    DETROIT: Bill Ford, CEO of Ford Motor Company, announced major cuts in their North America operations will be made over the next few years, that will close 14 plants with the loss of over 30,000 jobs. The company lost $1.6 billion in 2005. The cuts will remove an estimated $6 billion in costs while improving the efficiency of its North American facilities.

  • Full story: [Jan. 24: Michael Gawenda, Washington - TheAge.com.au]

    ^ Jan. 23 - Dow May Be On Verge Of Announcing Another Local Expansion.

    MIDLAND: The Midland Daily News broke a story today that signals another local expansion is in the works by Dow Chemical Company, and it may be announce soon. No details are available other than is appears to be in their Methocel production, a product used in a variety of applications, the largest being in building materials. As the industry in the Tri-Counties declines, Dow Chemical Co. has been increasing jobs and tax bases.

  • Full story: [Jan. 23: Kathie Marchlewski - Midland Daily News]

    ^ Jan. 22 - Some Library Employees Disgruntled With New Director.

    BAY CITY: The opening of the new Wirt Library in February may not be as happy an ocassion as it might be for some employees. The Bay City Library System has hurdled the public complaints associated with system wide multi-million dollar upgrading of library facilities, and now has to deal complaints from within the system itself according to information the Times developed regarding a survey completed by employees on the performance of the library's director.

  • Full story: [Jan. 22: Steve Neavling - The Bay City Times]

    ^ Jan. 21 - New Business Could Become Bay County's Fourth Largest Taxpayer.

    MONITOR TWSP.: Monitor Township officials will most like clear a zone request that'll make room for a new warehouse distribution business at the townships industrial park off Mackinaw Rd. near US-10. At stake are a potential 200-300 jobs and a significant growth in the tax base of the township and county.

  • Full story: [Jan. 21: Dave Rogers - MyBayCity.com]

    ^ Jan. 19 - Study Diagnoses Condition of Airport Main Building As Terminally Ill!

    TRI-COUNTIES: Officials at MBS International Airport got the results of a $200,000 study on the aging main termenal bulding, which states a number of major structural features are on the verge of failure over the next five years. That was the good new, the bad news is that the estimated cost to renovate the old building is about the same as building new one, hovering around $31 million.

  • Full story: [Jan. 19: Jeremiah Stettler - The Saginaw News]

    ^ Jan. 18 - Budget Figures Misleading Without Understanding Reference.

    MIDLAND: An editorial by Ralph E. Wirth, managing editor for the Midland Daily News took an extra step after reading a press release that stated "Annual state tax revenues are down nearly $3 billion from 2000." An investigation into the subject at the Michigan.gov website turned up figures that were no where near the figure used in the press release. His editorial explains how opposing figures can both be correct.

  • Full story: [Jan. 18: Ralph E. Wirth - Midland Daily News]

    ^ Jan. 18 - Renovation Breathing New Life Into Historic Stadium in Flint.

    FLINT: The aging Atwood Stadium will soon no longer look its age. The stadium which was built in 1929 is getting a major face lift that'll give it a more youthful appearance.

  • Full story: [Jan. 18: Christofer Machniak - The Flint Journal]

    ^ Jan. 17 - Detroit's Spectacular NA International Auto Show Ends.

    DETROIT: Organizers of the 18th annual auto show in Detroit estimate the cost of this year's show was over $200 million, which doesn't include the costs of the 700 automobiles that were displayed.

  • Full story: Includes auto photo gallary. [Jan. 17: Joel Kurth - The Detroit News]

    ^ Jan. 15 - The Bay City Times Now Publishing News 24/7.

    BAY CITY: The argument that newspapers deliver day old news no longer fits The Bay City Times, which has embraced the power and convenience of the internet to bring breaking news stores 24/7. A new feature has been added to their website giving viewers the most current news, which is then elaborated on more fully in their next printed edition of the news.

  • Full story: [Jan. 15: Tony Dearing - The Bay City Times]

    ^ Jan. 15 - Memorable Dursa Louise Cole Silenced After 97 Years.

    BAY CITY: The lady that etched her name into local history by bringing sound to local theaters during the silient movie era, died Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at Bay Regional Medical Center. Dursa had a passion for reading and for reaching out to others. She was manager at the Bay Book and Card Shop on Washington Avenue during her working years, and later as she volunteered her time to the gift shop of the hospital. Dursa will be missed by all who have been touched by her life of goodwill.

  • Full story: [Jan 15: Pati LaLonde - The Bay City Times]
  • Reference: [Obituary - The Bay City Times]

    ^ Jan. 14 - First of Second Day Lecture Series An Informative Success.


    Dale Wolicki answering questions
    after completing his presentation.

    BAY CITY: The first in a series of lectures was held today at the Bay County Historical Society Museum. Dale Patrick Wolicki, the museum's architectural historian, kicked the series taking visitors through a history tour catalog home manufactured by Bay City companies up until the mid-1980s. Names such as Aladdin, Lewis and to some extent, Sterling shipped to points all over the USA. Wolicki estimated their number at over 100,000. He also took this opportunity to update information on some the homes and structures that appeared his book, "The Historic Architecture of Bay City." The next lecture will be presented by Dick Van Nostrand, former photographer at The Bay City Times. "How You Can Take Better Photos" is scheduled for February 11, 2006, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Admission is free. -- By Marvin Kusmierz - Bay-Journal.

  • Reference: History of Kit-Houses. [Mail Order House Research]
  • Reference: Aladdin Homes & Catalogs. [Central Michigan Universary]

    ^ Jan. 14 - Help Wanted For Good Paying Jobs At Dow Chemical Co.

    MIDLAND: Help wanted ads will be posted in Mid-Michigan local newspapers by the Dow Chemical Company beginning today. The jobs are being generated by their manafacturing plant in Midland making automotive adhesive coatings, and the hourly pay ranges from 18.90 to $25.20 an hour plus benefits.

  • Full story: [Jan. 14: Kathie Marchlewski - Midland Daily News]
  • Reference: Company website. [Dow Chemical Company]

    ^ Jan. 12 - Confirmed! Professional Baseball Planned For Midland By 2007.

    Clarkson Ball ParkAs far back as the 1880s both Bay City and Saginaw fielded professional baseball teams. Shown here is Clarkson field that opened in 1909. It was located on the s.s. of Center Ave. just beyond the present Rail Trail.

    MIDLAND: The rumor that a minor league baseball team was coming to Midland was confirmed as true by William S. Stavropoulos, chairman of the board of Dow Corning Corporation. At a meeting held at the Valley Plaza he announced that non-profit group known as the Michigan Baseball Foundation, has been quietly working on the proposition for the past five months, and a deal is imminent that would result in the building of a baseball stadium beginning this April, that would be ready for play by the 2007 baseball season. Funding is being provided in part by The Dow Chemical Co. Foundation, The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow Foundation, The Charles J. Strosacker Foundation and Dow Corning Corporation.

  • Full story: [Jan. 12: Dan Chalk - Midland Daily News]
  • Related story: Cash puts Midland in league of its own. [Jan. 12: Jeff Kart & Patti Brandt - The Bay City Times]
    Update: Take me out to the ballgame. [Jan. 13: Jeff Kart - The Bay City Times]
    Update: Foundation inundated with inquiries about team. [Jan. 15: Dan Chalk - Midland Daily News]
    Update: Deal Signed! [Jan. 19: Chris Marchand - Midland Daily News]
  • Reference: Local Baseball History. {John Clarkson & Old Newspaper Articles}

    ^ Jan. 11 - Economic Consultant Advises Vassar To Get Rid Of Musty Smell.

    VASSAR: Being designated a "Cool City" by the state of Michigan has opened up some opportunities for change in downtown Vassar. One of them was a survey done by HyettPalma that details issues that need to be addressed by the community to make progress, including removing of the moldy, musty smell from years of flooding from the Cass River after completion of the Moore Drain project that begins this Spring.

  • Full story: [Jan. 11: Shawn Jenkins - Vassar Pioneer Times]

    ^ Jan. 11 - Study - Agriculture Adds $60.1 Billion Annually To State's Economy.

    LANSING: There is a segment of Michigan's economy that appears to be doing well according to a recent study done by Michigan State University. Their finding estimate agriculture adds $60.1 billion dollars annually to Michigan's economy and is growing.

  • Full story: [Jan. 11: Michigan Newswire - Michigan.gov]

    ^ Jan. 10 - Headquarters of Michigan Sugar Co. Moved To Monitor Township.

    MONITOR TWSP.: The Michigan Sugar Co. headquarters formerly operating out of leased space in Saginaw has been moved to the company's facilities in Monitor Township. The cost savings move is part of the company's consolidation efforts resulting from it merging with Monitor Sugar co. in Oct. 2004.

  • Full story: Jan. 10: Rob Clark - The Bay City Times]

    ^ Jan. 09 - Genesee County Economic Development Groups Will Merge.

    FLINT: Four separate economic development groups in the Flint and Genessee County area will no longer be competing with each other for funding as they are expected to become one by the end of this month, and will operate under the name of the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce. The decision to consolidate their efforts was made after a study was completed on the four separate entities indicated they could be more effective by merging their efforts.

  • Full story: [Jan. 9: Melissa Burden - The Flint Journal]

    ^ Jan. 09 - Finance Expert Says Personnel Cuts Needed To Balance School Budgets.

    SAGINAW: According to Sharif Shakami, co-director of the Education Policy Center at Michigan State University, schools facing budget problems from year to year need to make serious job cuts to resolve their delema. His remarks were made in addressing a $5.5 deficit faced by the Saginaw School District for next year's school budget. Pushing out expenses into the next budget, closing schools, cutting back on supplies, and closing buildings are not enough to overcome the problem. Ironically, in August 2004 residents of the district approved $70 million in taxes which can only be used for upgrading buildings.

  • Full story: [Jan. 9: Corey Mitchell - The Saginaw News]

    ^ Jan. 09 - Students At Pigion High School First To Learn Global Alphabet.

    Pigeon: One of the first things students learn when they begin attending school is the alphabet that is essential to learning writing skills. High school students at the Elkton-Pigion-Bay Port High School are among the first learn the new Global Alphabet that uses only ten strokes to learn Chinese and Latin letters.

  • Full story: [Jan. 9: Megan Frounfelter - The Huron Daily Tribune]

    ^ Jan. 08 - School Districts Up Against A Proverbial Financial Wall.

    BAY COUNTY: Parents, students, teachers and administrators up against a proverbial wall when it comes to balance the financial budgets of schools. Projected balanced budgets at the beginning of the school year are falling short of the mark and schools are being foreced to make mid-year cuts to obtain a balanced budget. One common reason heard among many school districts is unexpected increases in retirement and healthcare costs, items they can do little to control. It appears the practice of offering early retirement bonuses to replace higher paid positions with lower paid individuals is backfiring. School systems must make dynamical changes to become cost efficient before this proverbial wall can be removed.

  • Full story: [Jan. 8: Scott E. Pacheo - The Bay City Times]
  • Reference: School retirement & healthcare costs. [Jan. 1, 2006: William Mayes - Midland Daily News]
  • Reference: Press Release [Jun. 1, 2005: Michigan School Business Officials (pdf)]
  • Reference: Proposed changes to retirement plan. [Jul. 7, 2005: Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel]

    ^ Jan. 07 - Final Day And Farewell To Central Library In Bay City.

    BAY CITY: Today was the last day for the public to visit the Central Library in Bay City. Its doors will be forever closed to the public as employees begin the process of moving into the new Alice and Jack Wirth Public Library building this coming Monday, which is just one block west of the old. To commemorate the closing a final farewell was held from 3 to 5 p.m., with snacks and refreshments being served. Attendance was high with some visitors having to park as far as a block away. Some of the former and retired employees attended the affair, and many shared their fond memories at the library.

  • Pictorial Library/ {Bay County Libraries} - Bay-Journal.com}

    ^ Jan. 05 - Bax Axe Residents Advised To Purge Water Pipes!

    BAD AXE: After a long-wait the new Port Austin to Bad Axe pipeline is expected to begin flowing out of city taps sometime today. However, residents are advised that water will be safe to drink although it may be discolored until the old service pipe lines are are purged of built up residue. The new water source has been discussed for many years, and in August 2004 the $11.335 pipe line project was launched.

  • Full story: [Jan. 5: Matt Treadwell - The Huron Daily Tribune]

    ^ Jan. 05 - Kmart Reshuffling Work Force - Vassar Jobs Cut Wednesday.

    VASSAR: According to an employee whose job was terminated at the Kmart store in Vassar, about 10 employees were let go, and some of them worked at Kmart over 15 years. The cuts at the local Kmart store are said to be part of a reshuffling plan revising staffing levels at Kmart's 1,400 stores.

  • Full story: [Jan. 5: Matt Treadwell (AP) - The Huron Daily Tribune]

    ^ Jan. 05 - Bridge Work In Bay City Begins Jan. 17, 2006 - Will Last 18 Months.

    LANSING: The Michigan Department of Transporation will begin reconstruction work amounting to $3.8 million on state highway bridges in Bay City. On January 17, work will start on the east span of the Lafayette Bridge (M-13/M-84) which is scheduled to be completed in April. Work on the west span of the bridge will be done Jun. - Sep. Then from Jan. - Jun. 2007, work be done on the Veterans Memorial Bridge (M-25).

  • Full story: [Jan. 5: Michigan Newswire - Michigan.gov]

    ^ Jan. 05: Essexville-Hampton School District Facing More Budget Cuts.

    ESSEXVILLE: Residents in Essexville and Hampton Township recieved an announcement from Corinne M. Netzley, superintendent of schools, advising them that the school district is facing critical budget issues. The $300,000 surplus expected the current year has been reduced to about $50,000. Spiraling retirement and healthcare costs along with flat revenue from the state are given as the reasons affecting the budget. Drastic steps will be necessary to reduce expenses and avoid operating in deficit which is illegal in Michigan. -- A meeting is scheduled for January 30th, 7:00 p.m., at the Garber High School auditorium for public input.

  • Link to: [Essexville Hampton Public Schools]

    ^ Jan. 04 - Baseball Team Rumored To Be Interested In Midland.

    MIDLAND: A item reported on the WJRT-TV news show on Tuesday that a Midwest League Minor League baseball franchise was interested in moving to Midland, has caught city officials of Midland by surprise as they have heard nothing about it.

  • Full story: [Jan. 04: Tony Lascari - Midland Daily News]

    Jan. 5 - WJRT TV-12 reported minor league sources have confirmed a deal on is on a fast track to
    bring a baseball team to Midland. The architectural firm that designed the Comerica Park in Detroit has been contacted, and 20 acres owned by Dow Chemical Company in downtown Midland is being considered.

  • Full story: [Jan. 5: Terry Camp - WJRT TV-12]

    ^ Jan. 03 - Bar Area Chamber of Commerce Wants To Up With Midland and Saginaw.

    BAY CITY: Michael D. Steward, president of Bay Area Chamber of Commerce says the organization goal for 2006 is to work closely with Midland and Saginaw on marketing the Tri-County area. If a successful alliance can be worked out, it could be a turning point in bring new businesses and jobs to this area.

  • Full story: [Jan. 03: Scott E. Pacheco - The Bay City Times]
  • Reference article: {Oct 25, 2004: Bay Co. Economy - Dynamic Change Required.} - Bay-Journal.com

    ^ Jan. 03 - Dow Chemical Co. Submits Remedial Plan To State.

    LANSING: The Department of Environmental Quality on December 29, 2005, received a work plan from the Dow Chemical Company for conducting a remedial investigation of the contamination of soils in the Midland area soils and the Tittabawassee River floodplain. This plan will be discussed at the next quarterly meeting of the Tri Cities Dioxin Community which will be held February 9, 2006, at the Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw.

  • Full story: [Jan. 3: Michigan Newswire - Michigan.gov]

    ^ Jan. 02 - Auto Job Losses To Affect Michigan Economy In 2006.

    SAGINAW: Last years news about Michigan's struggling automobile manufactures will be felt heavily in 2006 when major jobs cuts are expected to take place along with cuts in wages and benefits of those who still have a job. According to a study done by the University of Michigan, Michigan will loose about 9,600 jobs in the auto industry. That figure will be much higher due job losses at companies supporting automobile manufacturing companies.

  • Full story: [Jan. 2: Jeremiah Stettler - The Saginaw News]

    ^Jan. 01 - Mark J. Oberschmidt Is Fine Example Of Caring Individual.

    SAGINAW: Every now and then individuals like Mark J. Oberschmidt come to the attention of the general public as fine examples of what caring is all about. Such individuals usually find a way to make a positive difference in the lives of other people. In Mark's case, he has been helping low income families since the 1970s by purchasing run down homes on the west side of Saginaw and fixing them up to rent at prices affordable to low income families. But, Mark goes one step further by working with them whenever they may fall behind on their rent.

  • Full story: [Jan. 1: Jessica Soule - The Saginaw News]


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