Clare City honors Sentinel years of service

The Clare City Commission issued a proclamation of appreciation to The Clare Sentinel Monday outlining 120 years of “a long and distinguished history and value and worth to the citizens of Clare and the greater Clare Community.”

Due to economic conditions, the Sentinel recently stopped publication of the newspaper. The last issue was released on April 10.

The proclamation was issued and read by Clare Mayor Pat Humphrey at the City meeting. “A part of Clare’s history has ended,” he said. Commissioner Tom Koch added, “It was a sad day for the community.”

Part of the wording said the publication spanned three centuries, and said, “…the distinguished history and evolution of The Clare Sentinel has been inextricably linked to the history and growth of its’ namesake, the City of Clare – and remains today as one of the primary chronicles of this city’s history – since it was first published as The Clare Sentinel in 1892.”

The proclamation listed previous owners of the Sentinel including the families of Palmer, Jeffries, Feighner, Elden and Al Bransdorfer. A copy of the proclamation will be sent to Alan Blanchard who is the most recent owner of the newspaper.

In another matter, veteran DPW employee Denny Baldwin, who has announced his retirement, was honored by the City Commission. City Manager Ken Hibl said in his agenda report, “Denny has faithfully served the residents of the City of Clare for the past thirty-six years as an employee of the Department of Public Works, the vast majority of that time spent as a heavy equipment operator.”

Hibl said a retirement party for Baldwin is scheduled for May 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clare DPW.

Other business at the Clare City Commission meeting included:

*approval of ballot language for the renewal of .75 mills for Parks and Recreation projects, which will be on the August Primary Election ballot. The millage funds are used for improvements to the city parks and for capital improvement projects;

*approval of a fireworks permit for the Summerfest display planned on June 29;

*reappointment of Al Iacco and Vince Demasi to the Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Board;

*a report by Steven Kingsbury including finalizing the Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant used to extend the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail into downtown Clare; changes in the EVIP certification requirement; and communication from Merit Reach-3MC Project about locating 32 strands of fiber in the City’s Public Safety Building as a connection point for Broadband access in the Clare area for community organizations and Internet service providers.

*In her report, Main Street Manager Lori Schuh listed new downtown businesses. She said Rays Bicycle Shop is scheduled to open in downtown Clare, and Loving Hands opened recently as did Covet Cut and Color. She also said the Summer Concert Series will begin June 7 and the Farm and Arts Market opens May 31.

In his report, Hibl told the board that Gary DeShano intends to donate a 16.5 acre parcel of property along the Tobacco River on the north side of Brookwood Drive. Although the property is a designated wetland it has recreational potential, Hibl said.