BOC votes to deny opening of Cairn time capsule

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.

Read the full story in our regular edition of The Review. To subscribe to the paper for just $34 a year, which includes access to our full online e-edition, please go to the subscription page on this website at:


The Review


Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 313
Bellaire, MI 49615
Phone: 231-533-5651
Fax: 231-533-4662
Physical Address: 
4470 S. M-88 Hwy.
Bellaire, MI 49615

View Map

Email Us

Facebook Facebook Twitter

Please Login for Premium Content