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Meet the Team

Editors

John Lusk

Advisor

John Lusk is in his twenty-sixth year of teaching at SC4, and has been reading newspapers since he could. In his fifteenth year as adviser to the Erie Square Gazette, Lusk hopes to continue working with the best students on campus for a few more years.

Twana Pinskey

Editor-in-Chief

Twana Pinskey is a journalism major and current Editor-in-Chief of the Erie Square Gazette. An accomplished photographer, her images have appeared in “Patterns” magazine three times. She is a NCSL (National Certified Student Leader), an on-air talent at 91.3 FM WSGR, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa-Lambda Mu Honors Society. Pinskey is a part-time broadcast journalist for WPHM AM 1380 at Radio First here in Port Huron. After completing her education, she plans to pursue freelance work as a photo journalist.

Zack Penzien

Production Editor

Zack Penzien is the production editor at the ESG. He is an artist, and sometimes a writer, in his spare time. He also runs a gamma world D&D game, which he likes to do a bunch. He is also a big fan of the Stouffer’s Mac and cheese that he was eating while he wrote this.

Danielle Kennedy

Copy Editor

A returning SC4 alumnus, Danielle Kennedy is the current Copy Editor for the Erie Square Gazette. Kennedy graduated with a degree in Communications Media back in 2009 and has returned to SC4 to pursue a degree in the field of corrections. Interests include: reading, writing, and the game.

Clay Kimball

Webmaster

Clay Kimball, 17, is a dual enrollment student and the webmaster for the Erie Square Gazette. Kimball currently attends Port Huron Northern High School, but spends most of his school days working towards an associate’s degree in Engineering Transfer and Physics.

Liz Whittemore

Photo Editor

2010 graduate of Algonac High School, Whittemore is currently a sophomore at SC4 pursuing a career in journalism. Whittemore is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the Global Awareness Club, and is the photo editor for the Erie Square Gazette. Residing in Algonac, in her spare time she likes reading, is a terrible bowler, loves photography and Arizona iced tea, and is constantly going on road trips. She plans to move and go to school in Chicago in the fall.

Christian McGeachy

Sports Editor

Christian McGeachy is a sophomore at St. Clair County Community College. McGeachy plans to transfer to Central Michigan University and major in Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts. His hometown is Marine City and he is the current sports editor for Erie Square Gazette.

Staff Writers

Alyssha Ginzel

Guest Columnist

Alyssha N. Ginzel spent her childhood years in Emmett, MI, eventually attending Yale High School.  Upon graduating twenty-first in her class, she enrolled at SC4 and began focusing on English, social science, and psychology courses in hopes of pursuing a career in either journalism or psychology.  She is currently a sophomore at SC4 and after acquiring her associate’s degree, plans to tour Europe before furthering her education.  Ideally, Alyssha strives to focus on journalism early in life and later, open her own child psychology clinic which advocates healing through the arts.

Gregory Lane

Staff Writer

Gregory Lane spent his early years in Marysville, and moved to Sierra Vista, Arizona, at the age of 12, he returned to Michigan in 2007. Lane currently has both an associate’s in Management and an associate’s in Marketing through SC4, and is currently pursuing an associate’s in General Business. He is also attending Walsh College, hoping to attain a BBA with a Management major. Lane is the current president of the Lambda Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. He hopes to pursue a career in marketing.

Christina Stoutenburg

Staff Writer

Christina Stoutenburg, 21, is a resident of Smiths Creek and a staff writer for the Erie Square Gazette. Stoutenburg is currently unsure about her major, but has an interest in TV broadcasting.

Brandy Standefer

Staff Writer

Brandy N. Standefer was born and spent the early part of her childhood in Texas, before moving to Port Huron and graduating from Port Huron High School in 2002. Standefer enrolled at SC4, and after debating many options, finally decided on pursuing a career in Broadcasting Journalism. She is currently a sophomore. Ideally, Standefer would like to find a job that involves writing, music and traveling.

Meghan Grady

Staff Writer

Meghan Grady is a nursing focused SC4 student. Grady grew up in Grosse Pointe near Detroit and currently dually resides in Grosse Pointe and Marysville. She currently works in the medical profession for a family practice in Clinton Township. Special interests include: freelance graphic art, photography, ballroom dancing, any outside activity including softball, tennis, swimming, and movies. Grady is currently striving for a freelance position as an un-official food critique to any restaurant that will have her.

Jessica Jack

Staff Writer

Jessica Jack, a Memphis High School graduate of 2009, has been working at the Erie Square Gazette for three semesters now and enjoys writing. She is on her third year of college here at SC4 and is studying to be an English major. In her spare time Jack enjoys reading and loves to spend time with her fiancé, family and friends. Although Jack is studying to be an English major, she is still not sure where she wants to do with her life once she graduates.

Your schooling may be over, but remember that your education still continues.

“My favorite memory of Lisa would be when I first met her! I walked into class with Twana and was amazed at this woman, so full of excitement over painting on someone face! She was incredible. This being the first time I met her, I was shocked at how personal she was with everyone. I took her class because of my wonderful experience with Twana that day and I am truly grateful for knowing her!”

-Jasmine Hall

“My favorite memory of Mrs. Sturtridge was how when we were in her class and she would always tell us one of her childhood stories. Especially when she pointed out that she grew up with one of my friends, and classmates, Craig Desjardin’s family and growing up on the street where I now live and how she told me all about the people that used to live there.”

-Brittany Vermeersch

Lisa Sturtridge, Adjunct Theatre Discipline Instructor, working with students in her fundamentals of stage makeup class, fall 2011.  Photo Credit: Twana Pinskey
Lisa Sturtridge, Adjunct Theatre Discipline Instructor, working with students in her fundamentals of stage makeup class, fall 2011. Photo Credit: Twana Pinskey

“My favorite memory of Lisa was the stories she told me of my family. You see, my dad’s brother and sisters grew up with Lisa on the same block. She would tell me stories of what my father used to do and how they used to play baseball in this field behind there street. She also told me about how my grandmother taught her how to sew dresses. Her stories brought back memories of my grandmother, and, for that hour, she felt like another Aunt, or even my grandmother, for she would always call me Paul, the name of one of my uncles, just like my grandmother.”

-Craig DesJardins

“We had been worrying about a particular student and something the student was struggling with. And we had this long conversation about what kind of options there were, and what might happen, and how to best do what would be useful for the student. We had come up with this very interesting, sort of formal ‘this is what you can do and what you can’t do and here’s the plan and here’s how you help and these are the suggestions you can make.’ About 20 minutes later I walk out into the hallway and Lisa has literally taken the student by the hand, she’s holding the student by the wrist, and she’s saying ‘Yes I know, but you’re coming with me, no, you’re coming with me, you’re coming with me right now, right now, and we’re going over there and I’m not letting go until you do.’ And I looked at her and I said, ‘Lisa this is the plan?’ And she said, ‘Well, whatever it takes, right?’ If she had a student that was struggling, she was just determined that she was going to do whatever she had to do to help.”

-Elaine Schatzline-Behr

“We were working on one of those blood and gore makeup things for an arts festival in town. Lisa showed up and there was a teenage boy who had just finished doing a big, gooey, wound, burn thing on his arm, and she walked over and she looked over at it and she said ‘Ohhh…that’s gross! That’s disgusting! I love it!’ Really well done make-up, she just loved it no matter how gross it was.”

-Elaine Schatzline-Behr

“Watching her interaction with the students, her enthusiasm. She had great recipes; her recipe for Febreeze is cheap vodka and water in a spray bottle.”

-Karen Jezewoski

“My sister, who was in the band, symphonic band with Lisa in high school. And Sue and Lisa were always fighting for first chair, and my sister was a pretty decent French horn player…she said Lisa was the most beautiful French horn player.”

-Holly Pennington

Liz Whittemore

Photo Editor

Students and colleagues mourn loss of beloved instructor

Students and colleagues, along with the cast and crew of the SC4 production of “Fool for Love,” grieve the loss of Adjunct Theatre Discipline Instructor, Lisa Sturtridge.

Lisa Sturtridge, Adjunct Theatre Discipline Instructor. Photo Credit: Twana Pinskey
Lisa Sturtridge, Adjunct Theatre Discipline Instructor. Photo Credit: Twana Pinskey

Sturtridge was doing what she loved best, helping her students perfect the craft of stage makeup and preparing for a show when she died on Oct. 10, 2011.

Sturtridge lived in Port Huron and was an adjunct faculty member of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at SC4, where she taught Fundamentals of Stage Makeup and Fundamentals of Theatre at SC4.

She had been the costume designer working on numerous Theatre Discipline productions at SC4 since 2004. She had worked in professional and academic theatre for more than 30 years.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in technical theatre with a costume and lighting design emphasis from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in costume design and dramatic literature from Emerson College in Boston. She also had designed costumes for Port Huron Civic Theatre.

As news of Sturtridge’s passing spread, students, faculty and colleagues paused to remember Sturtridge.

Shawn Starkey, Executive Director of SC4 Publics Relations, said grief counselors were made available to students, colleagues and faculty.

“We are in shock, she was a well respected and cared about instructor,” said Starkey. “Our prayers and sympathies go out to her family, friends and students during this difficult time.”

Adjunct Instructor for the Visual and Performing Arts, and Drama Club Adviser, Tom Kephart, shared an office with Sturtridge and was working with her on the SC4 production of “Fool for Love” at the time of her death.

Kephart first met Sturtridge when he did the SC4 show, “Christmas Belles” three years ago. He said they spent a lot of time together since they shared an office.

“It’s just really weird to know she is not going to walk through the door anymore,” said Kephart. “The thing I admired most about Lisa is how she cared, really cared about the students at SC4.”

Kephart said former students have been calling and stopping in since her death, asking what they can do to help. Kephart felt this was a testimony to how students past and present felt about Sturtridge.

“Fool for Love” cast member Christian Jones, from St. Clair, SC4 sophomore and liberal arts major, shared his fondest memory of Sturtridge from the SC4 Drama Club production of “Welcome to the Moon.”

Jones’ character was a poet.

Sturtridge looked at him and wondered what to do for a costume. As a joke, Jones asked her for a Mozart wig and vest from that time period. According to Jones, she said she could do that and left coming back with a Mozart wig and period vest.

“She (Sturtridge) said I didn’t think anyone would ever ask for this in a million years,” shared Jones while laughing. “And of course she had it.”

Sound crew member from “Fool for Love,” SC4 student Alyssa Ferri, a veterinary major from Cass City, shared how Sturtridge loved her job and was always there for her students.

“She impacted everyone she knew,” said Ferri. “She had a way of touching everyone’s heart and she never forgot about her students.”

Kephart expressed similar sentiments. “It was her (Sturtridge) only constant, coming in here and working with the students is what made it worthwhile for her.”

There will be a memorial service honoring Lisa Oct.28th, at 3p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

Twana Pinskey

Editor-in-Chief

Student Government dodgeball a success

Rule number one: no balls to the face.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, Student Government hosted a free dodgeball tournament for student clubs in the SC4 gym from 10-12:30 p.m.

All players representing the clubs had to be SC4 students and active in those clubs.

The clubs that participated included: the Music Club, the Criminal Justice Club, the Gay Straight Alliance Club, the Student Government, and the Zombie Defense Council.

The winner of the tournament was given a small trophy. The semester’s dodgeball tournament winner was the Gay Straight Alliance Club.

Sean Lathrop, President of the Gay Straight Alliance Club said, “We played smarter, not harder.”

Each game lasted three minutes. In that length of time, the goal is to eliminate all players of the opposing team. If that does not happen, then at the end of three minutes the team with the least amount of eliminated players wins the game.

Upper left: Criminal Justice Club member Justin King and Gay Straight Alliance Club member Ryan Silver struggling to gain control of the dodgeball.  Upper middle: Members of the Criminal Justice Club and the Zombie Defense Council race toward the middle to get the dodgeballs.  Upper right: Criminal Justice Club members Justin King and Anthony Paolella take aim against the opposing team. Middle: Gay Straight Alliance Club members, and winners of the dodgeball tournament, Ryan Silver, Sean Lathrop and August Smith show off their newly acquired trophy.  Bottom left: Criminal Justice Club members ready themselves for the next game to start.  Bottom middle: Student Government Vice President Jonathon Brewer acts as referee for the game.  Bottom right: Zombie Defense Council members Caitlin Combs and Chris Campbell devise a plan of attack.
Upper left: Criminal Justice Club member Justin King and Gay Straight Alliance Club member Ryan Silver struggling to gain control of the dodgeball. Upper middle: Members of the Criminal Justice Club and the Zombie Defense Council race toward the middle to get the dodgeballs. Upper right: Criminal Justice Club members Justin King and Anthony Paolella take aim against the opposing team. Middle: Gay Straight Alliance Club members, and winners of the dodgeball tournament, Ryan Silver, Sean Lathrop and August Smith show off their newly acquired trophy. Bottom left: Criminal Justice Club members ready themselves for the next game to start. Bottom middle: Student Government Vice President Jonathon Brewer acts as referee for the game. Bottom right: Zombie Defense Council members Caitlin Combs and Chris Campbell devise a plan of attack.

The Gay Straight Alliance Club came in first, the Music Club second, then the Criminal Justice Club, Student Government, and then the Zombie Defense Council.

Production Editor for the Erie Square Gazette and Zombie Defense Council President Zachary Penzien said, “I feel that the ZDC did good in this event, as Poison once said we, ‘don’t need nothin’ but a good time.’ Also I think what we lacked in athleticism we made up for in enthusiasm.”

“If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!” Sean Lathrop said, quoting the character Patches O’ Houlihan from the 2004 movie “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.”

The event gave the clubs a chance to promote themselves, be involved with school, and have fun with friends.

“I think that we will probably actually practice in the future, that may help,” said Penzien.

“Every club played their heart out. It was impressive to see how well teams play and work together,” said Student Government Treasurer Matthew Boyd.

Student Government Vice President Jonathon Brewer said, “Overall I think the tournament fulfilled the intentions of Student Government. We organized and executed an event that was for the clubs. The awareness of those clubs were made through social media and personal interactions.”

There is hope to make the dodgeball tournament a once a semester event. At this moment in time, the event for next semester has not yet been approved by Student Government and no planning has been started.

“The intentions are for it to happen though,” said Jonathon Brewer.

For more information on student clubs and how to get involved, click on the “Current Students” option on the SC4 website (www.sc4.edu). For information on upcoming events, check your email for the weekly Student Connections news.

Liz Whittemore

Photo Editor

Lt. Governor Brian Calley visits Pregnancy Center

The Blue Water area welcomed Lt. Governor Brian Calley to the Blue Water Pregnancy Center’s reception on Sept. 10 at their new Griswold Street location in Port Huron.

Lt. Governor Brian Calley spoke with attendees at a reception for the Blue Water Pregnancy Center at their future Griswold Street location in Port Huron, Sept. 10.
Lt. Governor Brian Calley spoke with attendees at a reception for the Blue Water Pregnancy Center at their future Griswold Street location in Port Huron, Sept. 10.

Calley was invited to provide an update on how he felt the centers efforts will help the Blue Water community and enhance the centers ability to provide services once the expansion is completed.

Calley said he enjoys the Blue Water Area and found it beautiful with a strong sense of community.

“Today is about a community coming together to solve a problem and not waiting for someone from the outside coming in to save you,” said Calley. He said he found the centers success inspiring.

The center’s fundraising chairperson, Lauren Hager said the non-profit center’s current location at 730 Griswold Street no longer meets the need of the growing numbers of those seeking services at the center.

Hager said the center is not well known and according to Hager, he “wants to introduce the center to more people in the community.”

According to the center’s executive director, Jennifer Rose, the center is in the middle of a campaign to raise $190,000. Rose explained that of the approximate 2000 pregnancies in St. Clair County each year, half are unplanned.

“We have gone from serving 100 people seven years ago to almost 800 residents currently receiving services at the center,” said Rose.

According to the Blue Water Pregnancy Center’s web site, the center was founded in 1986. Some of the services offered include: free pregnancy testing, free limited ultrasounds, confidential peer counseling, maternity and baby clothing, and more.

For further information on the center and services provided, contact them at:  (810)985-4673 or email director Jennifer Rose at: bwpcc.director@gmail.com.

Twana Pinskey

Editor-in-Chief

SC4 students see the world: mission India

Having the life of a community college student has been great and very convenient, but does not exactly provide a means to experience life outside of the comforts of home.

Since the option of transferring to a university was still a year away, I decided to sign up for a program through the Salvation Army called Summer Missions Teams, or SMT. It is a missions program that sends young adults, ages 18 to 28, to different parts of the world on mission trips lasting six weeks total.

The goal of SMT is to educate and influence the people in different countries around the world about God and the beliefs of the Salvation Army. While I was not able to choose the country that I would be sent to, or the people I would go with, my desire to do something amazing in another part of the world outweighed my concerns and fears.

I applied in early January, 2011, and on Feb. 27, was informed that my application was accepted and that I would be spending this summer in India.

I, along with six other students my age from around the central part of the United States, set out on June 13 for Chennai, India, the major city in the southern part of India. From there we took a 15 hour train ride north to the Andhra Pradesh region of East Central India.

Our trip started at the beginning of their rainy season, which usually averages around 35 to 44 degrees Celsius, or 95 to 112 degrees Fahrenheit.

Starting from the northern most part of the region, we spent the next six weeks visiting Salvation Army Churches and facilities within six different divisions of the region, including: Rahjamundry, Tanuku, Eluru, Gudivada, Mandaveli, and Vijawada. In total we visited almost 40 churches, three youth hostels, four schools, and thousands of wonderful people.

This program, we soon discovered, was just as much for our team as it was for the people, who blessed us in so many ways. We learned a new level of humbleness as we visited the homes of people and children who were incredibly poor and yet still full of joy.

SC4 student, Joel Smith, shown here in the Mandaveli Division of India with a 104 year old woman who lives on her own and receives no help from her family. She has to walk on her own to get to church. Photo Credit: Justin Johnson
SC4 student, Joel Smith, shown here in the Mandaveli Division of India with a 104 year old woman who lives on her own and receives no help from her family. She has to walk on her own to get to church. Photo Credit: Justin Johnson

Some of the villages that we visited had never had any outside contact. Many of the elderly were amazed to see a group of seven young white people. Most having never seen a white person in their life.

Although it was hard to communicate because of the language barrier, the people we met connected to us easily and we were able to build relationships with many of the people and translators who taught us a lot of Telegu, the language of the Andhra Pradesh Region.

Regardless of the evident poverty that was everywhere we traveled to, the positive effects that the Salvation Army had on this country were just as visible and amazing to see. We discovered that not only does the Salvation Army bring financial support and food to the poorest of villages, but because the people who convert to the beliefs of the Salvation Army are considered Christian, they are no longer affected by the caste system, which is still a problem throughout India.

Learning all that I have about India and meeting all the people who have influenced and done so much for me has given me a new appreciation for life. Although there is still much work to be done in India, I have experienced firsthand all of the good that is happening there right now. While my stay in India was relatively ephemeral, the events of this trip will stay with me forever.

Joel Smith

Guest Writer

What hath time wrought?

It’s 1961, and I’m the new student getting the Port Huron Junior College tour by one Daniel Yakes, the sophomore who sort of adopted me, became my student mentor, and one of my best friends.  He even shared his locker with me, as I subsequently did with his sister the next year.

We weren’t St. Clair County Community College yet. That didn’t happen until the first semester I was a full time teacher at PHJC in 1967, when the voters approved a millage for a CC district and we became SC4. I even have the lay-off letter from the PHSD to prove it since none of the SC4 faculty worked for them anymore.

Tom Obee photo credit Twana Pinskey
Erie Square Gazette alumni Tom Obee addresses new inductees at the PTK Fall 2010 induction. Photo credit Twana Pinskey

The walls of the MB were pretty much lined with lockers (until the building was completely rebuilt internally in 1980-82 and came to look pretty much as it does now). After all, it was an old high school building..

The first floor was a basement back then, cluttered with a maze of machines from the old high school’s shop which were now being used by the college. On the far left of the front of the building, where the business department is currently housed, was the chemistry lab in which the infamous iodine incident occurred—caused by the two klutzes in the station behind me who also spilled acid down the back of my pant leg, burning the pants and me.

Most of us who were not in industrial arts programs stayed out of the central hallway as much as possible, since we would otherwise be sprayed with sparks from welding students who didn’t want us liberal arts types soiling their sacred ground. At the NB end of that floor: on the west side was the rather small cafeteria and on the east side was the college book store.

Let’s go up the stairs. No, you can’t take the elevator, at least not without a time machine. The second floor—now the administrative/conference room/Public Relations/Alumni Relations, etc., floor. Starting again at the east end of the building, Dean Browning’s Office is where the President’s Office is today.  We had no president yet.  Off to the left (as you faced the Dean’s Office) was a huge classroom and also the room in which new students were tested and oriented.  It’s now the Vice President of Instruction’s Office area, along with many other offices.

On the right is a copy machine cubby, and further over to the right is another large classroom.  Where Kirk Kramer’s Office is today were two smaller offices, one for the Dean of Men and one for the Dean of Women.  There was a very special man in the Dean of Men’s Office—Dean Chester Aubuchon, now deceased, but one of the great lesser known human beings of all time.  Ask me sometime what and his “out-of-pocket” scholarships meant to me and to worthy, needy students.

The second floor was really the main floor, with classrooms from one end to the other and the hallway lined with the ubiquitous lockers.  Funny story:  when I first came back as a faculty member, I was a smoker, and smoking was (gasp) allowed in the building.  I had a cigarette dangling—I’d like to think a la’ James Dean, but that’s pure fantasy—as I walked into the Faculty Men’s Room, and promptly was informed by (now) wonderful friend Prof. Bob Tansky that students were not allowed in the faculty men’s room, as he looked disapprovingly at the cigarette. Besides classrooms, the floor had many faculty offices including those of philosophy teacher Grace Donaldson and French Teacher Madame Koshay. On the east end along the hallway wall were the biology labs.

The third floor had men’s and ladies’ rooms on the NB side of the building (which are now part of 308MB and the elevator).  There were classrooms on the east side and the library on the west side. The library took all of the west side a good way past the “curve.” I worked there for 70 cents an hour until my sophomore year when I got a big raise to 75 cents.

But 75 cents would buy a great meal at Diana’s downtown.   You don’t know what you’re missing. It sure beat the food-poisoning pits I usually could afford. In the middle of that floor after the curve was a huge room – now mostly the Speech room and the classroom on the other side of the hall – called the “multi-purpose room” where registration took place and students congregated during the semester—it was sort of the student entertainment center where euchre tournaments were constantly ongoing.  Not poker. No one could afford that!

Past the multi-purpose room, you see more classrooms and offices of famous professors:  Elwin Hartwig (history), Alton Reeves (Engllish), Fred Adolph (political science), and many others. For me in my sophomore year, the centerpiece of that floor was straight ahead in what is now the third floor lounge:  the office of the Jay-Cee, one of the earliest incarnations of the now famous Erie Square Gazette.

I inhabited that office (crowded as it was) for most of 1962-63, co-editing with John Crist.  He did layouts and some writing.  I did editorials, news stories,  and a humor column called “Clyde Flakebrain,” mostly stolen (well, I really did have permission) from the young man who created the character, and who gave me that tour the first few days and who was now at WMU. Clyde was based on a real human being, a fellow student Dan and I both knew quite well.

Now for a tour of the rest of the campus: One old building, a collapsing machine shop which looked the part, was used by the industrial arts folks as well as the Maintenance staff. Most of us never went in it. It was torn down ages ago and replaced with the much bigger AJT about the time I came back as a teacher. A street runs from the end of River St. by the west side of the building, and intersects Erie St. just before the bridge. Just to the northwest side of the MB and across that street, right about where the gates to the Theisen parking lot are now, was a fabulous hamburger joint. The food was cheap and not too inedible.

Across the east side of Erie was a church, a Maytag store, and a couple other buildings where the parking lot now is.

Okay, that’s it.  Oh, you want more—the NB, the CEM, etc?  Sorry, foolish you.  The North Building was then St. Steven’s School. The crosses are still on the building. And where the CEM now is was a beautiful Catholic Church. Beyond them to the north were streets (Willow for one) lined with beautiful large old houses where many of us who were from out-of-county roomed. Mrs. Armstrong, bless you, wherever you are.  You took good care of my buddy and me from Sanilac County.  In loco parentis.

Where was I between June of 1963 and February 1 of 1967?  At the University of Michigan and University of Wisconsin.  But it sure felt good to come home again that February in 1967.

Tom Obee

Guest Writer

HACked to pieces

319 Huron Ave in Port Huron held many memories for residents of the area.

Patricia Ledsworth, who grew up on Wright Street before the bridge was built on top of where her childhood home sat, remembers going to The Family Theater as a child. According to Ledsworth, a bag of popcorn cost five cents.

With four or five other theaters downtown, the Family Theater did not stay in business, but the building was not empty for long.

HAC Collapse
Collage of the Huron Athletic Club on demolition day. Photos by Brian Johnston. Illustration by Liz Whittmore

Marylee Schmidt, 70, says before it was the Huron Athletic Club, “it was the men’s clothing store.” Schmidt said there was not another place for men to go pick out nice slacks and coats.

“The owner, George Innes, knew everybody in town,” said Schmidt, 71. “He passed away early this month. What a shame, that was the nicest store.” Innes hand-tailored the clothing sold to Port Huron Area shoppers.

Hannah Redlawski of SC4 remembers it being the only other place men could shop other then JC Penney.

With 319 Huron Ave in the spotlight again, online communities are buzzing with memories.  The Times Herald’s website is littered with comments regarding the fallen HAC, remembering the good old days, and not sparing any feelings when it came to the opinion of what became of the building.

The memoires like that of Schmidt and Ledsworth have fallen way to memories of a sports bar with a floor made from a basketball court, and rentable pool tables.

“The HAC was the easiest place for those parked in Mcmoran parking lot to hit up after an Icehawks game,” said Warren Ledsworth, 77.

The HAC’s removal will leave an empty spot in the heart of downtown Port Huron.

Rachael Krafft

Staff writer