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BC-MI--Michigan Weekend Exchange Digest, MI

May 15, 2019

AP-Michigan stories for May 19 and May 20. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at (313) 259-0650.

For Sunday, May 19, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-REIMAGINED LIBRARY

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ The gamut runs from Jane Austen to Leo Tolstoy and Lewis Carroll to George Orwell. But guitars, theremins, projectors and banjos also line the parchment-scented shelves of the Traverse Area District Library. The 30-some piece collection includes a wide array of musical instruments and sound and projection equipment. It became available to patrons after a late 2018 open house, and now anyone with a library card is welcome to borrow. By Brooke Kansier, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 603 words.

EXCHANGE-OLD BUILDING GETS NEW LIFE

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. _ Bryan Seckelmann still remembers getting dozens of phone calls telling him his building had fallen into the street. In June 2016, the roof collapsed along with a portion of the building, leaving bricks scattered over a portion of the downtown Benton Harbor road. According to Seckelmann, previous owners had built a roof on top of the original roof. The excess weight led to the collapse that pushed Seckelmann’s plans back a few years. Now Seckelmann is on the cusp of finishing a three-year project to raise the building’s roof and turn one of the oldest brick buildings in the city into a venue for wedding celebrations. By Tony Wittkowski, The Herald-Palladium. SENT IN ADVANCE: 517 words.

For Monday, May 20, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-RELICS FOUND

PORT HURON, Mich. _ While digging along East Quay Street downtown, construction crews recently discovered a slew of decades-old relics from another time in Port Huron. Several weeks into the reconstruction of Michigan and Quay streets, crews are wrapping up work on the far side of Quay before moving on to Michigan later this season. Along that section of turned-up soil, Warren said, they’d dug down several feet and discovered mostly glass bottles — some dating back over a century. By Jackie Smith, Times Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 799 words.

EXCHANGE-POT TO YOUR DOOR

DETROIT _ One Detroit dispensary has made buying pot almost as easy as ordering a pizza. Utopia Gardens recently made its first medical marijuana deliveries. Its service is the first for pot approved by the state of Michigan. The licensed provisioning center is hoping the deliveries will help provide safe access and reverse a downward trend in sales as unlicensed deliverers have proliferated. By Breana Noble, The Detroit News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 683 words.