BOC votes to deny opening of Cairn time capsule

By: 
Dave Lein, Editor

Photo by Dave Lein

Antrim County Commissioners (from left) Melissa Zelenak, David Heeres, Dawn LaVanway and Ed Boettcher examine the Hugh J. Gray Cairn Monument in Kewadin prior to last Friday’s special meeting.

KEWADIN – There will be an anniversary ceremony, but don’t expect any surprises.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the West Michigan Tourist Association. To commemorate the milestone – and WMTA founder Hugh J. Gray – the organization had planned to hold a celebration on Monday, July 24 at the monument, originally dedicated to Gray and his work 79 years ago. As part of the celebration, the WMTA had hoped to open a time capsule (or “crypt”) within the monument – review and document its contents, add some new materials and seal it up for future generations to discover.

However, a “miscommunication” between the Antrim County Board of Commissioners, Milton Township and local citizens resulted in a decision to nix part of the WMTA’s planned celebration.

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