Today in history: ISD receives news that vocational school has been approved | New

May 18, 1971

Supt. Sherman Martin of the Intermediate School District today received confirmation of the acquisition of 80 acres of land for the Wexford-Missaukee Vocational Training Center site. Martin said he received information from Senator John F. Toepp and CE Rademacher, superintendent in charge of trade and easements for the Lands Division of the Department of Natural Resources. Rademacher said the land was granted to the district for the professional site at a Conservation Commission meeting on Friday. The documents will be sent to the district in about 10 days, he said. The 80-acre site is located on East 13th Street. This is the eastern half of the southeast quarter of Section 27 of Haring Township, it has been reported. The land belongs to the state. Martin said Toepp was instrumental in helping the district apply for and secure the land.

May 18, 1996

A man described as a “champion of the community” received the Outstanding Citizen’s Award from the Business Hall of Fame. Doug Brown, a “Cadillac lifer,” was chosen by a committee of his peers to receive this honor. The award was presented Thursday at the annual Cadillac Chamber of Commerce banquet. Brown said he was unaware that the person described as the recipient was until the last item, that he is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Cadillac. “I don’t know what to say,” he said as his 90-year-old mother and another family member joined him on stage. “In my life, I haven’t been perfect, but I believe in working together. Each of us must give back what we can, ”he said. Brown was chosen for this honor because of his business and economic leadership, community and civic involvement, seniority in community service and political leadership, said Sherry Payne, vice president of the chamber. Brown, vice president of NBD Bank at Cadillac, has a “long heritage” of contributing to the community, Payne said. His involvement in the community began when he was a student at Cadillac High School. Brown was a member of the tennis team, ski club and ski team, Hi Y, legislature, Varsity Club and worked on the school newspaper. He is currently a member of the Cadillac Chamber of Commerce, Country Club, Elks Club, Tourism Association and Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau. Brown has been described by his peers as a provider of “unsolicited help”, “financial, physical and emotional support”. He is also considered a “major player” and “a leader who has helped us get to where we are and who will help us lead us into the future”.

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