Event Pictorials
August 13, 2011
The Quincy Haven Apartments Dedication and Ribbon Cutting was held Friday, August 12, 2011, in somewhat inclement weather with light rain that came as the ceremonies opened, but failed to dampen the spirits of the crowd assembled.
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With umbrellas about to come out, the crowd assembled for the start of the ceremonies. It has been two years since the beginning of the project. Ron Antilla, President of the Hancock Housing Commission (H.H.C.), opened the program with a welcome to all attending, and would introduce the members of the Hancock Housing Commission. Antilla also introduced the Hancock Housing Manor Staff (Amy Juntinen, acknowledging an intro, waving, is the Secretary, Assistant to the Executive Director), along with other staff members seated in that section. Hancock City Manager Glenn Anderson introduced the Hancock Council members present, and gave a background history of the project and the impact it had and will have on the community and the area.
John Haeussler, Vice President of the H.H.C. , gave n overview of the project and the efforts needed to see the project to its successful completion. Haeussler also introduced the special guests in attendance. Tenants will be eligible for subsidized rents, and the units will all offer barrier free living quarters. After a special commendation to H.H.C. Executive Director Gale Ross for the above and beyond efforts in seeing the project to realization, despite her having to deal with a major battle with cancer for the past two years, often having to travel out of state for treatment, it was an emotional moment as Haeussler gave her a congratulatory long hug. Pastor Aaron Gehrke, of Saints Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, gave the Opening Prayer and Luncheon Blessing. Barely able to contain her excitement, Executive Director Gale Ross took the podium for her comments, with Amy Juntinen giving her moral support. For Gail, it was an emotional time, as she thanked all who made this vision a reality.
With her staff members rallying round for support, a tearful Ross explained what the new facility would mean for the new handicapped tenants, and that the new apartment complex was not only a first for the Upper Peninsula, but the first such facility built in Michigan. Barry Givens, a past City Council Member & Mayor, and a current H.H.C. Member, took the podium to introduce various guests for their comments. First to speak was Majorie Green, Community Investment Development Manager for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis. Next was Jamie Shinner Hooper, Executive Director of the Community Economic Development Alliance of Michigan.
Also in attendance was MI State Senator Tom Casperson, 39th District. Christine Miller, Supportive Housing Specialist, MI Housing Development Authority was next to give remarks. he was followed by Tracie Williams, Managing Director for OHM Engineering, of Hancock. Mike Mattila, and Tim Seppanen, of Yalmer Mattila, Inc., building contractor, also spoke of how pleased they were to be the builders of this new handicapped Apartment complex. This was the last project for the Company, after many years of existence, due to retirements. The Company and their wide building experience will be missed.
City of Hancock Mayor William Laitila, spoke on behalf of the City of Hancock. And finally, the moment all were waiting for, the official opening of the new complex by the cutting of the ribbon, as Executive Director Gail Ross wielded the scissors. Hooray, and kudos (thanks) to all who took part in making this dream a reality, including sadly, a few no longer with us. The program was followed by a luncheon in the Hancock Manor main community room.
[ Photos: Roland Burgan r-burgan@charter.net ].
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