Published 10/21/2020
8:15pm

Celebrating National Apple Day With A 'Beauty'-ful Update

Have You Heard of the Shiawassee Apple?  Learn More When You Visit The Shiawassee Apple Museum Online!

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Dan Bacon of Mason County shared this photo of his Shiawassee Apple graft (2019) and said if it stays healthy, he'll have one for The Shiawassee Apple Museum in 2021!

Josh Strickland is the Publisher of Durand Now. He's also the Curator of The Shiawassee Apple Museum. Since learning about this celebrated, but long-forgotten and "virtually extinct" variety of apple that was birthed in and named for Shiawassee County back around 1840, he's been collecting all the information he can about it, and making it available online here.

He imagines, one day, a physical museum location where guests can visit, learn more, and maybe even eat a "Shiawassee Beauty."  Today, October 21st, which happens to be National Apple Day, he shared some news that could mean that vision is an important step closer to being possible.

"I have made contact with several out-of-town growers in recent years that were able to graft from existing trees (one of which, I was told, exists in Shiawassee County, but whose owner does not want its location disclosed), whom indicated that it would be possible to obtain a tree from them. One of these growers, Dan Bacon of Mason County, said if his graft continues to grow healthy, he would anticipate making a graft available to us in 2021," he wrote.

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"Our desire to plant and grow a tree (or trees) locally would be done with the intention of supporting public education about the history of the Shiawassee apple, as well as making its fruit available," he added.

Read the full post here

Originally called "Shiawassee Beauty" for its "fine quality and extreme beauty," (T. T. Lyon) the variety was first cultivated in a nursery in Gaines, Genesee County.  The original tree, among others, was sold, moved and then planted in Vernon.

An apple that nearly no one today knows was named a "Promising New Fruit" in the Yearbook of the Department of Agriculture in 1911.

In 2016, a cidery in Wisconsin created a Shiawassee Apple Cider, for the purpose of evaluation and experimentation.  How did it taste?  Find out here, at The Shiawassee Apple Museum!

We support our farmers and all those in the agriculture industry. Visit our AG page for related resources and information, made possible by Coffield Oil.

There's more local news from Durand Now on this page!  Keep reading!

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2020: Turkey To Go

Lennon United Methodist Church's annual turkey dinner is set for October 22nd, but this year, turkey will be served curbside.

Call ahead to place your order, 810-621-3676, or order when you arrive, between 4:30 and 7pm on Thursday October 22nd.

Lennon United Methodist Church is located at 1014 Oak Street in Lennon. Dinner prices $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Children 4 years old and under are free.

Latunski Fit To Stand Trial

Shiawassee County District Judge, Ward Clarkson, has ruled that 51 year old, Mark Latunski, accused in the brutal December 2019 killing of 25 year old Kevin Bacon, is mentally fit to stand trial.

Latunski has been in the care of a State psychiatric hospital for the past ten months.

After connecting via a dating app, authorities say Bacon went to Latunski's home. Responding to a request for a wellness check at Latunski's Tyrrell Road home, deputies discovered Bacon's body.

A preliminary hearing is set for October 23rd at 8:30am.

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Sandula Clock Tower Gets Repairs, New Look

After fundraising for work to renovate the Sandula Clock Tower in downtown Durand, the newly updated attraction is not only ready to weather another quarter-century or so, new LED lighting installed by contractor, Eric Cleveland, makes it an even brighter spot in the city.

The color of the newly-installed lighting can be changed. The clock tower was lit red on Tuesday September 1st. On September 4th, the clock tower was lit green. There are more than 30 color options that will be changed for different events and seasons.

Earlier in the summer the Durand Rotary Club set out to raise funds for replacement of the asphalt roof with a metal roof, replacement of damaged wood sections, and repairs to the clock faces. All of these updates were completed with the more than $12,000 in donations that was collected.

The group is currently evaluating the sound system that plays music from the tower and is expecting the system may need to be replaced. Some other minor repairs are planned in the lobby of the tower as well.

The Durand Rotary Club appreciates the generous community response to the club’s efforts to maintain and preserve the Sandula Clock for the future.

Built by local resident John Sandula in the early 1950's, the clock design is based on the style of a Hungarian cathedral clock. The bells on the clock are nearly 150 years old, given to Sandula from the First United Methodist Church of Durand.

The clock was originally housed on top of the Simplicity Engineering machine shops. After it was removed from the factory and stored for several years, the Durand Rotary Club undertook a fund raising campaign to repair the clock and build the tower to house it. The beautiful white stone tower and restored clock were dedicated by the City of Durand and the Rotary Club in 1996.

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