There have been several attempts over the last couple of decades to brand the north-side neighborhood claiming Calhoun as its nominal main street. There’s been Quaker Village and Freedom Acres but, for the 40 to 60 in attendance at last Saturday’s mid-summer get together, the Fremont Garden neighborhood might more readily roll off the tongue.
The Fremont “Tomato Heads” under the community organizing efforts of John Wright threw the second of the season’s garden-centric get-togethers at the corner of Fremont and Frelinghuysen. Neighbors of all ages and station gathered on Frelinghuysen to eat some barbequed hotdogs and burgers, get their faces painted by Amy Clagett of The Mylestone Project, listen to the slam poetry offerings of neighbor James Dixon, all the while listening to Class Act jamming original offerings as well as selections from the likes of The White Stripes or The Ramones from the convenient porch of an abandoned house.
Regardless of what you name the neighborhood, what all in attendance experienced was “community”. In the waning mid-summer light, with the music flowing, people in small groups talking, and children riding laps around the tables on their foot scooters, one could find the perfect expression of timeless community.Read more
If you were at the corner of Fremont andFreylinghausen between 12:00 and 3:00 it wouldn’t have been hard to imagine yourself at an outing in the Treme district of New Orleans or a block party in Brooklyn. The sounds of Pogo Rey and The Blue Haze cranking out blues classics from Congo Square to Wang Dang Doddle from their impromptu set up on the porch of an abandoned house, to the barbeque pulled pork and coleslaw care of The Arcadian Brewery, to the rich mix of neighbors of all ages grooving to the sounds while planting, raking, and painting the new art wall at the Fremont Garden on the corner. What you could be sure of was that you were in the absolute coolest place in Battle Creek, that day and many before and to come.
The day was put together by The Fremont Tomato Heads, under the leadership of the local community activism of John Wright ostensibly to have the garden’s new fence converted into an “art wall” by local artists of all age. A group of young adults from The Mylestone Project had agreed to support the effort and flyers were circulated in the surrounding neighborhoods; but nobody knew what to expect. A crowd of about 20 divided itself between working in the garden and painting the art wall when Pogo Rey and the boys just showed up, commandeered the aforementioned porch, and using electricity provided by extension from a neighbor’s, started laying down the perfect vibe for a springtime day in a community garden.
For more pictures of this event, and information about community gardening and related events, go to http://www.facebook.com/BCURBANGARDENMAN?clk_loc=3. You’ll want to be there next time it happens!Read more
Night Ranger ranked as one of rock’s biggest “arena bands” with hits like “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” and “Sister Christian”….but as the decade drew to a close, Night Ranger’s popularity declined and their string of Platinum albums came to a close with 1988’s “Big Life”. The band continued to release LPs and tour throughout the years, but they have yet to recapture the phenomenal success they enjoyed during the 80’s.Read more
Since 1947, the 110th wing at the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base courageously answered the nation's call in times of conflict. Now they need your help! We need to stand together. Tell congress to embrace the Air National Guard and reinstate the C-27J. It's the most effective and efficient way to defend America.Read more
We got a pretty good dollop of winter Thursday night which sent this reporter on a quest to a couple of community garden spots I’d worked last summer. I wasn’t in search of the usual suspects, like cauliflower or brussel sprouts, one might assume as being the only edible thing left in a garden covered with early snow. No, I was on the trail of what may be the last of the year’s fresh arugula.Read more
While not strictly an 80's band (They released their debut LP in 1977), Foreigner achieved their greatest success in the 80's with hits like "Waiting for A Girl Like You", "I Want To Know What Love Is" and "Urgent". But that was yesterday....(pun intended).....What are the boys from the world's most faceless band doing these days? Well, for one, they are releasing new CDs of (sometimes) new music and touring. Or are they? Because, secondly, if you happened to catch them live last year on their tour with Journey, you didn't really see them. They weren't there. We'll get to that shortly.Read more
A lot of things have changed in Battle Creek over the last 50 or so years; downtown theaters and department stores, Eaton and Clark Equipment, and tours of Post just to name a few. For most of us these changes happen gradually enough so that they go by without much notice. It is only in moments of nostalgia that we contemplate the magnitude of their loss and are saddened. But if on returning to Battle Creek on a Sunday morning, after years of absence, and in passing the corner of Van Buren and Capital, you might come to believe that the touchstones of your past were still in place in old Battle Creek.Read more
With their breakthrough LP "Pyromania", Def Leppard converted overly pop-friendly American radio into a haven for guitar distortion, booming bass and high adrenaline melodies. By no stretch of the imagination was Def Leppard first in making hard rock, but they were arguably the best during the 1980's.Read more
Battle Creek Central’s boys and girls basketball teams entered tonight’s game with revenge on their minds. Back on December 9 in Marshall, both the Bearcats and the Ladycats were soundly defeated by the Marshall Redhawks. The girls lost 39-59 while the boys lost 53-74.Read more
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On Tuesday, January 24th, students in the cafeteria at Kellogg Community College (KCC) were asked to get involved in shaping the Omnibus Farm Bill now under development in Washington DC. Provisions of the bill run for 5 years and 2012 is a renewal year. Michigan voters enjoy an elevated roll in the process because our Senator, Debbie Stabenow (D), chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee. “As Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Stabenow has the opportunity to stand up for small farmers, consumers and the environment by supporting a “Fairer” Farm Bill,” said Alistair Hall, Field Organizer with Food & Water Watch, which organized the event.Read more
A mostly unstructured painting class is helping a group of students with various levels of artistic experience get in touch with their creative side.Read more
Knowing I was a teen in the 80's, it wouldn't surprise anyone who peered into my parked car to see a pile of CDs in the front seat of such bands as "Whitesnake", "Def Leppard", "Journey" or "The Cars". What MAY surprise that curious peeper is that these CDs are not your typical collection of "oldies". They are in fact, NEW albums by some of the greatest bands of the spandex, big hair, pop-music decade.Read more
A robotics program has been started in the Harper Creek schools and will hopefully spread to other Battle Creek area school districts.Read more
The 2011 Battle Creek Central Holiday Tournament is in the books. But rather than write a traditional story about the three games from last night, I decided to do an audio podcast with highlights from each game, my MVP of the tournament, and the play of the tournament. Hope you enjoy!Read more
High school basketball fans were treated to a belated Christmas present on Tuesday night as Battle Creek Central hosted it’s annual Holiday Tournament at the Battle Creek Central Fieldhouse. Teams from Albion, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Warren made the trip to the Cereal City for the holiday tradition that dates back to the late 1980s.Read more
All of the Vet to Vet groups are run for Veterans by Veterans. They dedicate themselves to helping fellow Veterans in their time of need, leaving no Veteran behind. They seek to reach out to fellow Veterans whenever possible. “As Veterans, we are here to teach, to learn, and to help ourselves and others on the road to recovery,” added Howard.”Read more
This first ever event will raise money to support the technology at BCACS.Read more
With a John Harvey Kellogg type passion for the health of the Battle Creek community, Dr. Mark McCullough has developed a unique methodology in his chiropractic practice and other ancillary businesses that is catapulting him into the national spotlight and getting the attention of book publishers and other media sources.Read more
Walking into the door of Charitable Union Gift Shop at 85 Calhoun Street in Battle Creek may be a bit of a surprise. Looking beyond the very professionally displayed gift shop, one would not expect to see the hustle and bustle of quilters and crafters busily practicing their art form at the distant end of the room. However, there is a daily flurry of volunteer activity taking place within the walls of the oldest continually operating charitable organization in Battle Creek. In fact, this may be the oldest charitable organization within the entire state.Read more
This year marks an important change in Medicare’s annual open enrollment, the time period during which people can change plans or shift from Medicare Advantage to traditional Medicare. Open enrollment starts earlier, lasts longer but also ends earlier to allow for plans to take effect on January 1, 2012 with no delays. Open enrollment lasts from October 15 through December 7, 2011.Read more
If you consult a dictionary for the definition of “artisan”, you would see the following: “ar•ti•san (noun) – skilled craftsperson, somebody who is skilled at a craft.” Precede this noun with the adjective, “unique”, and you have the description of an individual tucked away in a rural setting within the greater Battle Creek area…a very “unique artisan”. With only approximately 200 people in the world actively practicing in his craft, this community member has been described by one of his customers as possibly being among the top 5 crafters in his profession worldwide.Read more
On January 29th - Febuary 5th, Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools celebrated their annual Catholic Schools Week. Here's a look at what St. Philip Central High School did to celebrate CSW.Read more
It may be a personal question, but what kind of soap do you use? Do you know the content of the soap that is being absorbed through your skin? Can you pronounce the ingredients in your soap? If not, you may want to meet local business entrepreneur, Kelly Dempsey, owner of Romancing the Skin, a business of natural skin care and beauty products produced locally by the owner herself.Read more
For the past 23 years, I’ve spent Christmas here in town surrounded by my immediate family. We only go out to visit a family member’s house; otherwise, we spend Christmas inside. So it came as a strange shock to find out my dad would have to work on Christmas Sunday. It was a strange shock because it didn’t hit me right off the bat – many people across the country and around the world work on Christmas Day, what makes this any different?Read more
The Lakeview School District Board of Education is currently seeking applicants for the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award. The award, established in 1983, recognizes Lakeview High School graduates who have graduated at least 20 years earlier (1992 or before) and have distinguished him or herself through community service and personal and professional accomplishments.Read more
In December 2006, PA480 was passed and signed into law. This law took the negotiation of a video franchise away from local municipalities and allowed video service providers to go directly to the State of Michigan for their franchise to provide services throughout Michigan.Read more
One single decision can end or change one or more lives. In 1997, a Pennfield High School student was killed by a drunk driver. The school then took action by starting a program at the school called SADD(Students Against Destructive Decisions).Read more