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ann head shotThe Adrian Area Chamber of Commerce today announced Ann Hughes will retire as the organization’s President and CEO at the end of this year, effective December 30, 2014. Hughes’ announcement will bring to a close a remarkable 30-year career in the non-profit industry, and will begin an orderly leadership transition over the next six months.

Hughes has spent the last 30 years in the Chamber profession; nearly 18 of those years having been spent at the former Lenawee County Chamber of Commerce. Under Hughes’ leadership, the Adrian Area Chamber has grown to serve more than 500 member businesses, organizations and agencies.

Hughes, along with her husband Phil Hughes, founded the Adrian Area Chamber of Commerce as an Adrian-based business development organization in late 2002. Phil, also retiring at the end of this year, has been responsible for membership sales.

Although retiring from the Chamber, the couple will not be idle. Ann and Phil will be pursuing a new business venture early in 2015, and are anticipating continuing as active members of the Adrian business community.

Londa Pickles, Chamber Board Chair, had nothing but praise for Hughes after her announcement. “Ann Hughes has been a very strong leader, and one who has guided the Chamber through challenging times and growing pains,” Pickles said. “The board is grateful for her innumerable contributions over the last twelve years, as well as her dedication to the Adrian and Lenawee business community.”

The Chamber’s board of directors confirmed there is a solid succession plan in place to hire a new President and CEO, and ensures a successful future for the organization and its membership.

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The new 2014-2015 Adrian, MI Local Buyers’ Guide Directories are here!

Adrian Area Chamber of Commerce Directories are available at the Chamber office, 137 N. Main Street, or by calling the office at 517-265-2320. Our annual publication features the Chamber’s membership directory as well as  information on our community. For a digital copy of the book, click the image below to view or download a printable .pdf of the publication.

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The Lenawee Community Mental Health Authority will be offering a free Mental Health First Aid training session on Friday, July 25 at 8 a.m. in the River Raisin Room of the Human Services building at 1040 S. Winter St. Mental Health First Aid introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding, and looks at common supports. This 8-hour course is taught by certified “Mental Health First Aid USA” instructors. In it, you will learn what to do until appropriate professionals and other help can begin. To register or for more information, contact Amy … (read more…)

The weather these days is perfect for golf and the Chamber’s 7th Annual “It’s All About the Fun” Golf Tournament is the perfect way to get involved and support a fun project. There are several ways to participate:

  • Grab some friends and enter the tournament. It really is a great day! $100 per person.
  • Be a golf hole sponsor – have your business name at the tee for $100.
  • Donate sleeves of golf balls – we need 144 sleeves, any donations will be appreciated!
  • Gift certificates and cards are needed for prizes – all kinds are welcome!
  • Get out of … (read more…)

Thursday, July 17

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The Adrian Area Chamber’s 7th Annual “It’s All About The Fun!” Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, September 5 at the Lenawee Country Club. This yearly golf event is one of the Chamber’s most popular events and always delivers a day of fun and sun on the links. The Chamber is now accepting team registrations for the 2014 tournament. Team slots are already half full! Don’t get left out – register soon!

Team cost is $400, or $100 per golfer, and includes carts, greens fees, continental breakfast and lunch. There will be prizes for the top three teams, as well as contest … (read more…)

The following is a transcript of the speech State Representative Nancy Jenkins delivered at the May 30 Crowdfunding workshop held at Adrian College, made available by Rep. Jenkins for any who were unable to attend the workshop but are interested in Michigan’s crowdfunding initiative.

Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today about a topic that just a little less than a year ago, I knew nothing about. Over the course of one year, investment crowdfunding has become a reality in Michigan and has generated a lot of excitement.

Prior to taking office in 2011, I had … (read more…)

scam-alertAccording to the Adrian Police Department, a scam that has been used in other parts of the US has recently surfaced in Adrian. Suspects are calling businesses claiming to be utilities departments and telling the owners that they are behind in their bills. The suspects tell the owners … (read more…)


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The Adrian Public Library has recently expanded its offering of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks by partnering with over 45 libraries in the Woodlands Library Cooperative. The Library has been offering eBook titles through its OverDrive collection for a couple of years now. “We have recently joined the Woodlands Downloadable Library ( and will be able to offer access to hundreds of additional eBook and audiobook titles,” said Shirley Ehnis, Library Director. “We … (read more…)

Summer fun has arrived! The Corner Park at The Centre opened July 5, providing families and children the opportunity to BOUNCE, CLIMB, SPLASH, and SWIM as they visit each of the park’s four major areas. The Corner Park has it all – combining features designed for free play and movement to keep families and children active. It is a place for community and fellowship, with ample shaded seating, concessions, free wireless Internet access, and so much more! The park expands The Centre’s existing summer fitness options, adding outdoor aquatic classes, water sport leagues, bounce classes, … (read more…)

The Washtenaw-Lenawee Chapter of The American Red Cross will be conducting the following Health & Safety Classes in Lenawee in July.

First Aid/Adult & Pediatric CPR/AED Whole class
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 9:00 AM TO 4:00 PM

First Aid/Adult & Pediatric CPR/AED Online Skills Class Only
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 11: AM TO 2:45 PM

First aid/Adult CPR/AED Whole Class
Friday, July 18, 2014 from 9:00 AM TO 3:00 PM

First Aid/Adult CPR & Pediatric CPR/AED Recertification only
Monday, July 28, … (read more…)

Summertime in Adrian and Lenawee County is filled with fun happenings and events which can be enjoyed by everyone! Let’s take a look at some of the July activities that make enjoying a “Staycation” enjoyable and affordable:

  • The Kiwanis Trail provides opportunities for exercise as well as opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings. Bike, walk or run any or all of the available 8+ miles of paved surface that runs from Riverside Park, through Trestle Park and continues the Green Highway, just before you reach Tecumseh.
  • Enjoy a concert during the … (read more…)

The Lenawee United Way is looking for projects for their Day of Action, held on Friday, September 19, 2014. If your agency, church, civic club or school has a project that needs volunteer help, go to and complete the Project Request information. Projects will be accepted until July 18. A listing of available projects will be on the Lenawee United Way’s website for teams to adopt starting July 28. For more info, contact Christine MacNaughton at 517-263-4696 or (read more…)

Do you have a big heart and extra room? Educatius International is looking for loving families to host exchange students coming to Adrian High School at the beginning of the Fall semester. Host families recieve a monthly stipend to help offset costs. If you are interested in hosting a student for the 2014-2015 school year or would like more information, please contact Jennifer at … (read more…)

The Lenawee County Fair & Events Grounds has announced their schedule for the 175th Lenawee County Fair, running July 20 through July 26, 2014. General Fair Gate Admission is $5 with ages 9 and under free. Concert Headliner Tyler Farr (Redneck Crazy, Whiskey in My Water) will be performing in the Grandstand on Thursday, July 24 at 8 p.m. with special concert guest Frankie Ballard (Helluva Life). Tickets are available now at the fair office, 602 N. Dean St. in Adrian, or online at For more … (read more…)