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Since the City broke ground in November, it has made significant progress on the 1910 Water Works building.

Here is the building from behind.  As you can see, it is draped in plastic to protect it from winter weather as work continues.  Planned completion date is May 18, 2011.  A number of items, including flooring, were salvaged from the building.

Mike Cain, Boyne City Manager, pointing to the vault in the center of the floor.  The vault will eventually house a time capsule.  Its cover will be flush with the floor and have a Boyne City logo.  Cain is looking for ideas — what kinds of items do you think should be in the time capsule?

Here is Mr. Cain again, pointing to repaired brickwork inside the building.

CCHPS President Georganna Monk and member Susan Vrondran are working with Michele Hewitt, Boyne City Deputy Treasurer and member of the Historical Commission, to research the history of the building and the town’s water and sewer system.  CCHPS will provide a display of historical materials for visitors to enjoy.

The original 2″ thick wood flooring is being re-laid inside the building with radiant heat below.  The remainder of the wood may be used for a bench or chair, possibly built by a local woodcarver or artist, for the area beside the history display.  The display itself may  contain items salvaged from the building, including valves and fixtures.  The committee is also considering having local artists paint a timeline near the ceiling, and incorporating recorded oral histories.

To read more about the 1910 Building project, click HERE.

If you have photographs, old newspaper clippings, or other materials you think might be helpful to the committee — including stories to tell — please call Georganna at 231-582-5326.

You can help preserve the past for the future.  To learn more about making a donation, click HERE; about volunteering, click HERE; about becoming a CCHPS member, click HERE.

Monday, December 6, 2010
5:30 pm till ??
Sommerset Point Yacht Club & Marina
4416 Lakeshore Drive, Advance

Our popular holiday dinner program will be in the Clubhouse at Sommerset Pointe Yacht Club this year.  It is on beautiful Lake Charlevoix, just west of Boyne City.   A private donor has contributed half the cost of the facility, helping us to keep this dinner affordable.  You needn’t be a member to attend — anyone with an appreciation for history, fine food, and socializing is welcome.

We’ll start with appetizers, warm conversation, and cash bar at 5:30 pm. At 6:30 we will enjoy a buffet dinner featuring squash soup, broccoli salad, roasted sesame chicken breast, carved pork roast, green beans with almonds, and vanilla-glazed fresh fruit bowl.

All-inclusive price for the dinner including tip will be $25 per person.  Send your check by November 22nd to:

CCHPS – Holiday Dinner
946 N Advance Road
Boyne City, MI 49712.

For more information, click HERE.

On November 22 we broke ground for restoration of Boyne City’s 1910 Water Works Building.  In spite of short notice, a group of CCHPS members, including President Georganna Monk, attended.

… by clicking HERE.  Past issues of the newsletter are available on the RESOURCES page.

You can download newsletters and other helpful publications by going to the RESOURCES tab.  Summer 2010 is now available!

At the annual meeting on July 26, 2010, the following directors were elected or re-elected:

Charles Gremel
Gerald “Jerry” Hummel
Patrick McCleary
Georganna Monk
Mark Postma
Jane Prebble

Welcome to new board member, Chuck Gremel.

Terms of Directors Hannah David, Cheri Leach, Mark Postma, and Raechel Wright expire in July of 2011.

On August 2, the board elected its officers for the 2010-2011 fiscal year:
Georganna Monk, President
Raechel Wright, Vice President
Tony Duerr, Secretary
Jane Prebble, Treasurer

The Annual Report for the year ending June 30, 2010 is available as a tri-fold brochure.  Download and print double-sided or just look at it here.  Click FY2010 Annual Report.

July 1, 2010: More great news! City Manager Michael Cain has let us know that Boyne City has been awarded a Historic Preservation Fund Certified Local Government grant of $54,450 to help restore the Water Works (1910) Building! The local match on this grant is $36,300. This grant, combined with the ICE grant of $285,800 described below, will enable the city to make city-wide water system improvements, and to return the building back to active water system service as a booster station while making other space in it available for public restrooms and historical interpretation.
March 27, 2010: Great news!  Boyne City has applied for and been awarded (in March of 2010) an “Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement” grant to upgrade the water system and put the 1910 Building back in service as a water booster station.  The MEDC grant, which requires matching funds, is for $285,000.  To learn more about the effort to restore this hundred-year-old building, click the Projects tab above.

The 140-year-old home of Lennie Beers Ingalls Campbell was burned to the ground on the morning of March 24, 2010.  The fourth-oldest structure in Charlevoix, located along the pioneer “Main Street,” now Park Avenue, will become a parking lot.  The picture to the left shows the fire crew and the crew filming “Frontier Boys” during one of the takes of the Molotov Cocktail scene.  Filming went on most of the night, and culminated in the 5:30 am burn-down, which was so hot it melted some of the siding on a nearby garage. CCHPS was able to salvage many items from the house prior to the burn and between scenes, and will offer them to Michigan historical societies so that they can be used in preservation projects and museum displays.

Watch the scene on YouTube by clicking HERE and HERE.

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