Thunder Bay Theatre has eyes set on new lobby, entrance

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — $55,000 separates the Thunder Bay Theatre from beginning construction on Phase I of their capital campaign, a campaign to completely reconstruct and revamp the venue in five years.For Phase I, the goal is to completely redo the lobby and entrance, creating a more welcoming and open atmosphere. The plan includes refurbishing the floors, removing the office space, moving the box office to the historic cigar humidor within the lobby, bringing back glass windows to let light in, a new entrance, new furniture, and more open space. The whole project will cost $150,000.“It’s dark in here,” said Managing Director Molly Stricker. “It doesn’t make you want to hang out here, and I think for the people who work here and a lot of our high school students, this would be a place of life all the time if it was more inviting.”The campaign is rooted in the Community Foundation For Northeast Michigan. Besser Foundation committed $30,000 to the campaign. The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs is providing a $40,000 grant. The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan provided a quarterly report with $25,000 worth of donations for Phase I.Funding is coming in strong for the reconstruction. Producing Artistic Director Jeffrey Mindock feels very confident heading into the final stretch of fundraising. All eyes lie on the new lobby concept designs soon to be a reality.“We want it to feel and look brand new while still paying an homage to what has come before us,” said Mindock.Mindock’s vision is to incorporate the old with the new. He wants to bring out the historical elements of the former drug store and cigar shop. Mindock also wants to honor the early days of Thunder Bay Theatre when the venue was brand new.“I want everybody to come together and go ‘wow!’ said Mindock. “I remember what this looked like when I was here, and now I’m proud now that I’m here again.”To learn more about the campaign and how to donate, visit the website Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Capital Campaign, Fletcher Street, Lobby, Phase I, Theatre, Thunder Bay TheatreContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending on October 4Next 2 Men are Dead and 1 Alpena Man in Serious Condition Following Crash in Tawas Citylast_img read more

MLB trade news: Phillies acquire Corey Dickerson from Pirates

first_img MLB trade news: A’s acquire starter Tanner Roark from Reds, who continue makeover #Phillies have acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for international signing bonus money and a player to be named later.— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) July 31, 2019The Pirates will receive a player to be named later and international bonus money.#Phillies are giving up relatively little to acquire OF Corey Dickerson, who is making $8.5 million this season and will become a free agent after the season: a PTBNL and international bonus money.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) July 31, 2019McCutchen tore his ACL earlier this season, and the Phillies have been forced to scramble in the outfield as Adam Haseley and Nick Williams have played a good amount of time. Related News Those numbers aren’t fantastic, but he has been hurt for a good portion of the season so they could easily improve given time. He becomes part of a wholesale makeover by the Phillies (56-50) in recent months as they chase a playoff spot. So the #Phillies ‘ July additions are:Corey DickersonDrew SmylyJason VargasBlake ParkerJose PirelaMike MorinAlso, Jay Bruce & Brad Miller in June. All for minimal prospect cost.There’s no real impact there, but it’s a significant depth upgrade if nothing else.— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 31, 2019Entering Wednesday’s play, Philadelphia is tied with Chicago for the second NL wild card, a half-game back of the Nationals and a game up on the Brewers.The trade deadline is at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday. MLB trade rumors: Brewers acquire Drew Pomeranz, Ray Black from Giants for top prospect MLB trade rumors: Nationals acquire Daniel Hudson, Roenis Elias, Hunter Strickland Both have potential, but Dickerson gives Philadelphia a more experienced, true left fielder and offers outfield depth.He is batting .317 with four home runs and 25 RBIs in 126 at-bats this season. The Phillies have been in need of outfield help since Andrew McCutchen went down and they just got it.Philadelphia has acquired Corey Dickerson from the Pirates, the Phillies announced Wednesday.last_img read more

Steven Stamkos injury update: Lightning captain out six to eight weeks

first_imgIt’s been a rough couple of weeks for Tampa Bay, and things just got a lot worse. The Lightning announced via their website on Saturday that captain Steven Stamkos will undergo surgery to repair a core muscle injury, with a recovery time of around six to eight weeks.  #TBLightning captain Steven Stamkos will undergo a surgical procedure on Monday, March 2 to repair a core muscle injury.Recovery and rehabilitation are anticipated to last approximately six to eight weeks.— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) February 29, 2020The surgery will take place on Monday at Washington University in St. Louis. After leaving Tuesday’s game against Toronto early, the star forward was ruled out Thursday night for Tampa Bay’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. He also missed games earlier in the month against Edmonton and Columbus with what the team called a “lower-body injury.”A six-week absence would keep Stamkos out until the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, while an eight-week layoff would keep him out until at least the second round if the Lightning make it that far. MORE: Check out where the Lightning fall in our latest NHL Power RankingsThe injury is a big blow to Tampa Bay, who lost four straight heading into Saturday after setting a franchise record with an 11-game win streak. Stamkos has been crucial to the team’s success all season, chipping in 29 goals and 37 assists in 57 games.The last time Stamkos missed extended time was during the 2016-17 season. He missed all but 17 games with a knee injury that year as the Lightning missed the playoffs by a single point.   The team is still one of the best in the league even without their star forward, but the pressure will be on players like Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point to pick up the slack while Stamkos is out. Nobody in Tampa Bay wants another early-round exit in the playoffs this year.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Just my imagination

first_imgAUBREY BRUCE “Each day through my window I watch her as she passes by. I say to myself, “You’re such a lucky guy.” To have a girl like her is truly a dream come true, out of all of the fellas in the world she belongs to me. But it was just my imagination, running away with me. It was just my imagination, running away with me.” —From the Temptations; ‘Just my Imagination’ I will be in Bradenton, FL (Pirates City) next week to check on the evolution or continued dissolution of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Unlike most of the “objective” sports scribes hailing from the steel city; I wear my heart on my sleeve when it comes to the Buc’s. When I think of the Pirates more memories come to mind than just athletes striking out, hitting homeruns or making great defensive plays. I continue to visualize my father in his pitch black bedroom; I was the last of 12 children and by the time I came along he and my mother inhabited separate bedrooms only coming together for what they both described as “occasional celebrations.” His new “mistress” displayed multi-personalities daily and had names like; Vernon Law, Bill Mazeroski, Donn Clendenon, Elroy Face, Bob Friend, Willie Stargell, John Candelaria, Steve Blass, Al Oliver, Manny Sanguillen. Let’s forget about individuals; he loved the Pittsburgh Pirates, period. The only thing visible in that “lightless chamber” that he retired to every evening to be transported to his own personal pirate ship was the lighted red power button on his Zenith radio. My nostrils “smile” as I recall the smell of cherry tobacco filling the air almost allowing the sound waves from the broadcast of the game to “piggyback” on the aromatic smoke as it wafted toward baseball” heaven.” Even amidst the blackness of the room dad may not have been sitting in the stands at Forbes Field or Three Rivers Stadium (he never lived to see PNC Park) but he had faith and believed that between the 1st and 9th inning someone was going to emerge as one of the Pirates heroes of the night. It might have been a nasty Elroy Face forkball that would end a promising rally for the opposition or a sliding “basket” catch somewhere out in right center field by Roberto “the great one” Clemente. Pirates’ manager Danny Murtaugh could almost always count on a “bloop” by Roberto Clemente and a “blast” by Wilver Dornell Stargell to almost always keep the Pirates in the game. By the way in 1971 Willie Stargell hit 48 home runs and the only “steroids” that he required was a plate full of collard greens and ham hocks and a nice cold pitcher full of vodka and orange juice. Every night, on my knees I pray “Dear Lord, hear my plea. Don’t let them take Joel Hanrahan away from me or I will surely cry.” The Pirates have to win now. Pittsburgh no longer has ex-Pirates GM Dave Littlefield to blame for stupid money motivated deals. For the life of me I cannot comprehend how management could even consider allowing super reliever Joel Hanrahan to slip out of their grasp.last_img read more