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Almont Civil War Memorial Plaque Installation

 
 
The Almont DDA, in cooperation with the Almont American Legion hosted a plaque installation ceremony honoring those from the Almont community who served and gave their lives during the American Civil War.  More than 250 men joined the Union Army from Almont.  Sixteen died in action and nineteen died of disease.

Rick Liblong, a former Almont resident and lifelong supporter of the community is the author of "Answering the Call to Duty," which highlights Almont's contribution to this war.  He graciously designed and had the plaque cast and donated it to the Village of Almont as a permanent memorial to the sacrifices made by the community. The plaque is cast in bronze and features a picture of Almont's Liberty Pole dedication on July 4, 1865.  The plaque is permanently mounted in the Fountain Park downtown.  
The Almont American Legion coordinated a flag ceremony and 21 gun salute as well as provided comments regarding Almont's place in this time in history.  A reading of the Gettysburg Address and names of the deceased followed.  Ms. Elizabeth Russell, a graduate of the Almont High School sang our National Anthem.
 

Memorial Tree Re-Dedication Ceremony

 
The Almont DDA held a re-dedication ceremony for the memorial tree downtown for the families of the deceased for whom it was planted.  The plaques recognizing their loved ones and the "Light the Night" funding sponsors were unveiled by the Almont Village President, Mr. Steven Schneider.

Boy Scout Troop #128 assisted with the ceremony and remarks were made by the Lapeer County Community Foundation Y.A.C. Chair, Ryan Karinen.  Our deepest appreciation to the family members of Genn Edgett, Randy Lessner and Shawn Wilson for joining us on this special occasion.
 

2012

 
 
 
History of the Tree

The “Light the Night” community lighting campaign represents a partnership between the Almont DDA, Village of Almont, local business community and service organizations and residents.  It is a true private-public partnership geared to enhance the quality of life in our local community and preserve a local tradition.

In 1982, three young men in the community lost their lives in separate unrelated accidents.  Any unexpected los of life is difficult, but at 23 years of age, this loss was especially tragic.  Glenn Edgett, Randy Lesner and Shawn Wilson were lifelong residents of Almont, graduates of Almont High School and members of the same Boy Scout troop.  To honor their memory, their parents planted the blue spruce at its current location.  This tree has thrived and in nearly 30 years has grown to over 50 feet tall.   As the tree grew, it served as a natural choice to serve as Almont’s holiday tree – lighting the community in the evening and early morning hours at a dark time of year. It is lit during our annual “Holly Day Light Parade” by a local elementary student and Santa.  Together – they throw a pretend switch and the tree lights to the delight of the approximately 800 people that attend this event.  This year will mark the 15th anniversary of the Holly Day Light Parade.
 
Take time to enjoy this memorial tree as you pass through town this season and remember those whose lives were lost.  Join us this spring when we will host a re-dedication ceremony in their memory and place permanent plaques by the tree recognizing them as well as our partners who made this project possible.
 
Thank You Sponsors!
 
 
Star Sponsor ($1,000+)
Lapeer County Community Foundation - Youth Advisory Committee
Speedway LLC
 
Garland Sponsors ($500-$999)
The Family of Shawn Wilson
 
Spruce Sponsors ($250-$499)
Almont Area Chamber of Commerce
American Tree
Almont/Dryden Lodge No. 51
Chuck Brown
Inez Wilson Weston
Kingsbury School
Terry Roach
Tri-County Bank
 
Bulb Sponsors ($150-$249)
Almont/Dryden Lioness Club
Almont Historical Society
Great Lakes Legal Team
 
Supporters (up to $149)
Almont Car Wash
Beverly Alexander
Christine Bailey
CSB Bank
Dr. Jay Vanderest
Don Themm Enterprises
Donation in Memory of Alvin Kaflik
Donation in Memory of Shawn Wilson
Eric Flinn
Gear Master
Grabill Incorporated
Merle and Henrietta Frescura
Michael and Judith Ions
Poochie Parlor
Reliteration
Shooting Stars of Almont
 
 
The Lapeer County Community Foundation provides grants that enhance the quality of life in Lapeer County.  The Foundation manages endowments totaling over $8 million in 58 funds for a wide range of charitable purposes.  Please visit www.lapeercountycommunityfoundation.org to learn more about our community partnerships.
 
 
 

Almont wins coveted 2012 Michigan Historic Preservation Network Award

 

The Village of Almont DDA is proud to announce that the Almont Community Historical Museum rehabilitation project was chosen to receive a 2012 Michigan Historic Preservation Network “Building Award.” This award confirms the importance this building plays in the cultural identity of our village and identifies this project as making a significant contribution to the preservation of Michigan’s heritage. 16 award winners from across Michigan were selected in five categories, including: Building, Citizen, Community, Preservation Gem, and Lifetime Achievement.

Seven Building Awards are presented for projects completed within the last three years. Winning projects may be a restoration or rehabilitation, and must include exterior work, but may also include interior work. While many think of preservation as the multi-million dollar restoration of large historic landmarks, preservation is not limited by size, location or cost.

This year’s winners include:

· Almont Historical Museum, Almont. The Village of Almont’s only remaining historic wood structure was returned to its nineteenth century charm and now serves as the home of the community’s Historical Museum

· 1945 Standard Oil Gas Station, Detroit

· 5716 Wellness, Detroit. Formerly known as the San Telmo Cigar Factory

· Accident Fund Holdings, Inc. National Headquarters, Lansing

· The Arrmory, Lansing

· Flat Iron Building, Grand Rapids

 

 

Water Tower Project Complete

 

After having faithfully served the Village of Almont since 1914, the historic water tower no longer serves as a beacon to visitors downtown.   After much anticipation, the new tower,  located in the Almont Research and Industrial Park, is fully operational.  This new 300,000 gallon tower began servicing the community in November.  People are already noticing the positive increase in water pressure.  Infrastructure improvements such as this will continue to make Almont an attractive place to live and do business in.

 

The old tower was removed by Iseler Demolition of Romeo.  In a well choreographed event - the entire project was completed within a day.  This event attracted many visitors to downtown.  With the removal of the tower, this paves the way for the Downtown Development Authority’s plans to further expand parking lot improvements to the southwest corner of downtown.

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