College Trustees to Calvaruso – Sell – We Need Cash

Written by John Face

August 17, 2022

Interim Albion College President Joe Calvaruso and Chief Financial Officer Gary Black have been instructed to sell.

Interim Albion College President Joe Calvaruso

The college Trustees Executive Committee has told them to start selling all the properties purchased under former Albion College President Mat Johnson to help raise funds for the cash strapped school. Johnson resigned last December after his very public altercation with an elderly Albion woman and icon.

Former College President Mat Johnson

Readers should remember that Johnson with the help of Attorney Richard Lindsey Jr., who at the time was the local school board President, were buying property throughout the city. These land purchases caused great concern for residents due to the fact that Marshall Public Schools was trying to pass a school bond in which some of that money would build a desperately needed Elementary School in Albion

Many claims from the public that Lindsey’s involvement with the college as a paid consultant was illegal along with what at the time was Johnsons attempt to force his plan of building the elementary school on some of this purchased college land was a major reason the Bond issue was soundly defeated.

Richard Lindsey former School Board President and lawyer

The college Trustees have also officially put on hold any work that was planned for the Washington Gardner High School. This means the three million already spent on the steam tunnel that ripped up streets, and that was only partially complete for the Gardner project was all for nothing.

City Watch has learned though from sources that during the construction phase of the steam tunnels the college discovered their physical plant was too small to supply steam to the new building anyway, according to sources that was another reason the college had to stop the project. City Watch has attempted several times to get any comment on this, but Calvaruso has not given any response to City Watch.

College executives have been told moving forward that these actions are needed for cash flow as the college must stop raiding endowment funds.

City Watch will update this story as needed.

Fleetwood Gold Headlines Big Week of Music in Albion

Written by John Face

August 14, 2022

The week starts with Ben Traverse performing a free concert at the Albion Malleable starting at 7:00 P.M. and ends at 9:00 P.M.

Next will be 5 Second Rule performing at Stoffer Plaza for the Walk the Beat Summer Concert Series. This free concert starts at 5: 30 P.M. and ends at 7:30 P.M.

Then on Sunday at Swingin’ at the Shell sees the return of Fleetwood Gold, the spectacular Fleetwood Mac tribute band who performed here last year. This free show starts at 6:00 P.M. and ends at 7:30 P.M.

Swingin’ at the Shell – Band Shell Theatre, Victory Park, Albion MI off Haven Road

Stoffer Plaza/Farmers Market Albion Behind Historic Bohm Theatre, also off of Erie Street in Historic Downtown Albion

8/15 Ben Traverse – Albion Malleable – 7:00 P.M.

8/17 Albion Farmers Market – Stoffer Plaza 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

8/17 5 Second Rule – Stoffer Plaza 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

8/21 Fleetwood Gold (Fleetwood Mac Tribute) – Swingin @ the Shell – Band Shell Theatre 6 P.M.

Apply to Join Our DART NASA Social

An illustration of the DART spacecraft heading toward an asteroid.

We’re attempting the world’s first mission to deflect an asteroid in space—and you’re invited! If your passion is sharing your love of space science and engaging the world via social media, then this is the event for you.

NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)—built and managed by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland—will demonstrate and test asteroid deflection by kinetic impactor. The spacecraft will deliberately collide with a target asteroid—which poses no threat to Earth—to change its speed and path. If successful, DART’s kinetic impact method could be used in the future if a hazardous asteroid on a collision course with Earth were ever discovered.

The NASA Social event will occur on Monday, Sept. 26, and will include a tour of facilities, interaction and Q&A with DART mission experts, and a special IMAX film screening.

NASA Social registration for the DART social opens on Aug. 10 and the deadline to apply is Aug. 15 at 9 a.m. EDT. All social applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Apply Now

ACT II Community Theatre Announces Auditions

Play On

A show written by Rick Abbott

Auditions for Play On

Where: Salem United Church of Christ

  113 W. Pine Street

  Albion, MI   49224

When: August 22nd and 23rd from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. 

              Callbacks August 24th if needed

What auditioners need to know:

  • Mask is not required, social distance please when auditioning
  • Roles include 3 male and 7 female 
  • Age 16-60
  • Actors will be asked to read from the script during auditions.

Performance Dates: October 21-23 at the historic Bohm Theater 

Directed by Lynn Schofield-Dahl

Questions? Contact ACT II at

Or call the director at 269-858-8968

“Play On!” Is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. http://www.Concord

Please take your seat, ACT II is about to begin

This Week for Music in Albion Starting Tonight Thru Sunday

Written by John Face

August 8, 2022

Once again, we see a great week for music in Albion. It all starts tonight at the Albion Malleable at 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M., Albion will see The Wallens take the stage. The Wallens are a very popular duo that has brought great music to Albion.

Wednesday of course is the Farmer’s Market from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at Stoffer Plaza.

Also Wednesday night is the next installment of The Walk the Beat Albion summer concert series. This show starts at 5:30 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. at Stoffer Plaza on the river. Dylan Tolbert will be performing, and he like the Wallens has been to Albion and become a fan favorite.

Then we end the week with Swingin’ at the Shell on Sunday night. 6:00 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. we see Drew Hale. In its 19th season Swingin’ at the Shell continues to bring in some of the best talent.

Albion Splash Pad Opens with Huge, UHH, Splash

Written by John Face

August 6, 2022

Photos by John Face

McIntosh Park is the place to be on a hot summer day in Albion as dozens of children and adults flock to the new splash pad. As this writer walked up to the pad it was swarmed with children, screaming in joy as they played with each other and cooling themselves in the water. Add to this a brand-new playground area makes this entire area impressive.

Albion area children play and stay cool on one of the warmest days of the year
Splash pad playtime

The park is here because of a generous donation from Tony and Christie DeNicola. This is one of many projects that they are helping to fund here in Albion. Tony and Christie, Albion residents by birth, wanted to do something special for their hometown and especially the children of Albion. So, the splash pad was one of the ideas they came up with.

I spoke with several parents and children. Nothing but grins. One parent said “when I got here and saw this, I thought this can’t be Albion. We are not supposed to have nice things like this”. Her daughter told me, “This was so fun, can this be here all the time”. Yeah, not going to lie, I absolutely loved the look on her face when I told her it belongs to all of us and will be here forever.

Another mom and daughter were very happy and wanted to know how this happened (the splash pad). I explained the generosity of the DeNicola family, and she said she didn’t know them but wanted to thank them. “We have had so much fun today.” Her daughter looked at me and asked, “will this always be free to come here?” I was happy to tell her yes as a smile came on her face.

The playground area with new rides was being used as well. The ground softly padded, and the rides were unique. Beside the playground there is a new pavilion. This building will have public bathrooms, but they are not complete yet (Please someone bring in porta potties for the rest of the season. Two different moms asked for that) Take a moment and look at all the great pictures. This park is a wonderful addition to Albion.

McIntosh Park is located beside Dean Drive. Take Austin Ave. to State Street and turn north at the Russian Church, bear right at the fork and you can see the park area toward the back, follow the street around to it. Hours are 10 A.M. until 8 P.M.

Calhoun County -19-Year-Old Arrested in Connection with Several Crimes

Monday, August 1, 2022
On Saturday, July 30, 2022, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the area of 27 Mile Road near H Drive N in Sheridan Township to check on a subject in a vehicle. The subject was called in as ossibly unconscious, had been parked off the road for at least an hour, and brush was placed on the vehicle in an attempt to conceal it. A 19-year-old Albion man was found in the vehicle. The vehicle had been stolen from Jackson County and had several catalytic converters located inside it, which are believed to be recently stolen. The subject was identified as a person of interest in several stolen vehicles and break-ins both from Calhoun County, including many townships on the east side of the county, and Jackson County. The subject also had pending burglary warrants out of Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office and was taken into custody without incident.During interviews with Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office Detectives, the suspect confessed to several crimes including burglaries, stolen vehicles, and fleeing and eluding police. These crimes span multiple jurisdictions including Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police. During the interview, he provided the location of another stolen vehicle from Pennfield Township. The vehicle was located and recovered in a rural section of Jackson County.If anyone has any additional information, please contact the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office at 269-781-0880 or Silent Observer at 269-964-3888.

Albions Music Scene Rules the Coming Week

Written by John Face

July 30, 2022

One thing Albion Michigan has that most other cities in our state don’t have, that is weekly live music, and the coming week is no exception. Three days of top-notch musical acts grace the stages around town and all of Albion invites you to come and enjoy.

Swingin’ at the Shell which is in its 19th year starts the week Sunday night at the Band Shell Theatre located in Victory Park with the one and only Denise Davis and the Motor City Sensations. This show will be one you will not want to miss. This is a free concert and starts at 6:00 P.M. until 7:30 P.M.

Then on Monday night we see the monthly Blues at the Bohm which is held the first Monday of the month at the Historic Bohm Theatre. This month Crooked Root headlines the evening that starts at 7:00 P.M. with them bringing the fire of their blues. Tickets are only $10.00 each and can be bought the night of the show or online. Click here to order tickets.

On Wednesday we have Albions Farmer’s Market from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. located at Stoffer Plaza on the river behind the Bohm.

Then from 5:30 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. Wednesday another free concert during the Famer’s Market at Stoffer Plaza on the main stage we see the Walk the Beat Summer Concert Series continue with Albions very own The Dixie Mafia performing.

FBI Deputy Director Delivers Keynote Address at the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives Conference

Washington, D.C.

FBI National Press Office

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July 23, 2022

This weekend, FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate delivered the keynote address and participated in a panel discussion at the 46th annual training conference of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) in Orlando, Florida. The theme of this year’s conference was “Driving Change: Redefining Law Enforcement and Public Safety Across America.”

In his remarks, Deputy Director Abbate addressed some of the biggest threats facing the country, including active shooter incidents and domestic violent extremism, and also emphasized the invaluable benefits of the FBI’s partnerships.

“The threats we address on behalf of our country, we face head on, in partnership with many organizations, mental health service providers, and government and law enforcement agencies,” said Deputy Director Abbate. “And it’s those partnerships and our public interactions that help prevent the worst things from happening.”

The Deputy Director’s keynote address was followed by a panel discussion titled “Addressing a Challenging Year of Crime and Violence II” where participants discussed the causes and solutions of the rise violent crime in 2020 and 2021.

Holy Smokes Albion Area – Big Time Concerts this Week

Written by John Face


This coming week will see two great concerts. Albion MI is the place for the best in live music for the state of Michigan. Of course, you can follow all the live music in Albion by checking out our upcoming events page simply by clicking on picture below.

Wednesday evening at 5:30 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. at Stoffer Plaza during the Albion Farmers Market we have Who Cross Dat Road? band.

Then on Sunday for Swingin’ at the Shell the legendary Denise Davis and the Motor City Sensations will perform at the Band Shell Theatre in Victory Park at 6:00 P.M. until 7:30 P.M.

Both shows are outside, so bring your own chair. These shows will happen rain or shine so come have some fun.

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