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ALPENA – A newspaper photo of Pope Pius XII, a 50-cent article and a copy of the Greater Alpena Catholic Campaigner were among the items removed from a time capsule Thursday in the gymnasium of the former Catholic Central High School.
More than 100 graduates from the Catholic center, their families and members of the public attended the time capsule reveal, which was also part of an open house for the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena, which has the intends to revitalize the building into a new clubhouse.
Alpena’s Boys and Girls Club teamed up with the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan to reveal the time capsule, which was discovered in April during part of the building being demolished.
The event was a trip down memory lane for many of the school’s graduates.
Barry Canfield, from the class of 1952, donned a blue and gold Catholic Central knit sweater for the event, Phillip Harris from the class of 1959 attended the event with his wife, Bonnie Harris, while on vacation from summer, and Judy Oliver, of the Class of 1960, carefully studied class photos that she had never seen before.
Marie Kaminski of the class of 1952 and Carol Clearwood of the class of 1954 – the first four-year-old class to graduate from high school – helped Besser Museum officials open the time capsule and reveal its contents.
The director of the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, Chris Witulski, read a document which showed that Spence Brothers was the general contractor for Catholic Central High School and that the total cost of building the school was 398,000 $.
Kaminski said the parents worked very hard to raise the $ 400,000 needed to build the high school, which opened in 1950.
“I remember my mother, she was in charge of a fish fry that raised money – every Friday she worked there to run this place,” Kaminski said. “I wish she was here to see what’s going on now.”
The renovation of the building for the new home of the Boys and Girls Club in Alpena is expected to cost around $ 3.2 million. Officials said they still have around $ 1.25 million to raise and construction on the project will begin once their funding is lifted.
“This facility will allow us to triple our space, expand our programming and create new opportunities for the youth in our community,” said Jennifer Calery, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena, to event participants.
Calery said the mission of the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena is to empower and inspire all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as kind, productive, caring citizens. and responsible.
The revitalization project would include a culinary arts kitchen, multimedia library, science, technology, engineering, arts and math lab, workforce development center and space for adolescents for club members aged 12 to 18.
Calery said the teen space is important because it increases membership and gives teens their own space.
“This is really important to our community because it actually increases your community’s high school graduation rates,” she said. “When you have a space for teenagers, it reduces youth crime rates. “
Calery said they would like the project to be completed in two years, but they are currently monitoring the cost of building materials and waiting for some of those costs to come down. She said they want to make sure the project can be completed at a financially responsible cost.
For more than 95 years, Alpena’s Boys and Girls Club has changed and saved young lives during their out-of-school period, Calery said.
She said club officials want every child in Alpena to be in a safe and supportive environment when not at home or at school. The club provides refuge to nearly 1,200 young people each year, she said, although there are more who need it.