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Sunday, February 10, 2019

History behind Beckwith School in Flint, Michigan.

Beckwith School is one of many schools in Flint, Michigan that have been forgotten and faded away with time. The Beckwith School itself served as one of the many early educational institutions of Flint, Michigan along with many others. Not much is known about the Beckwith School itself.


Beckwith School began its life in Flint, Michigan in 1896 as a single story house. This single story house was a one-room school where 1st grade through 6th grade were taught. At that time, Beckwith School was a 1-6 school. (7th grade was added later.) After students completed 6th grade, students were bussed into Flint to attend Flint Community Schools. Westwood Heights School District (Westwood Heights Schools) operated the school from 1896 to 2001.

Beckwith School had its own school district called Beckwith School District which it operated on. The school district was never well off financially. So they relied on Westwood Heights School District and Flint Community Schools for help.

1920 is Beckwith School moved to location on Clio Avenue between Carpenter Road and Pierson Road. 7th grade was added in 1920. School was taught in a two story house this time as opposed to a one story house. After students completed 6th grade and 7th grade, students transferred over to Flint Community Schools to attend Flint Central High School.

During the 1931 is when Westwood Heights School District, Beckwith School District, and Flint Community Schools had an agreement to pay the tuition of the students attending high school at Flint Central High School. Not many school districts could not pay the tuition of their high school students. Especially the rural school districts. That had meant many students didn’t get a chance to go to high school,


In 1947, Beckwith School moved to a different location on Ridgeway Avenue near the intersection of Doran Street & Ridgeway Avenue. This building was a single story red and brown brick building with a black and brown roof. For the most part, the color of the roof was black. 1950 is when Beckwith School became a K-8 school. Beckwith School became Beckwith Elementary School.

Students began attending Beecher High School operated by the Beecher Community School District in Beecher, Michigan in 1952. After 8th grade is when students transferred over to Beecher Schools to attend Beecher High School.

Beckwith School and its school district merged into Westwood Heights School District in 1957. This left Westwood Heights School District to operate Beckwith School as an elementary school for students in grades 1 through 6.

For whatever reason, 1974 is the year when Beckwith School closed. This left the school to be abandoned. Westwood Heights School District began searching for tenants they could lease from. Luck came their way in 1976. Genesee Christian School became the first tenant to lease from Beckwith School. Genesee Christian School leased quarters in the former Beckwith School in 1976. At that time, the 2-year-old school had about 100 students.


In 1987, Genesee Christian School had relocated to a bigger space thus leaving the school vacant again for the second time. Westwood Heights School District made no improvements to the building during that time.

In 1989 during the 1988-1989 fiscal year, Beckwith School burned down in a fire. The cause of the fire left just a part of the building standing and the basement was left open. That fire left the basement exposed. However the exact cause of the fire remains unknown.

1991 is when Beckwith School was demolished. The parking lot was repaved over with cement. The asphalt has since been covered up.

Beckwith School was located at Ridgeway Avenue, Flint, Michigan, US 48504.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Donald Trump signs hemp bill into law.

The Marijuana Times, High Times, and KiwiFarms.net report that the US Congress passed a bill to legalize hemp and President Donald Trump says he will sign the bill into law. The bill President Donald Trump will sign into law is called the 2018 Farm Bill. (Ref: https://kiwifarms.net/threads/u-s-congress-passes-bill-to-legalize-hemp-trump-says-he-will-sign-it-into-law.50895/)

The 2018 Farm Bill includes a provision to legalize hemp throughout the entire country. This bill will allow farmers to grow it as any other agricultural commodities available once the bill takes effect. It will be the first time in decades that hemp will be finally legal after the bill is finalized. Hemp soon will become legalized. (Ref: https://themarijuanaherald.com/news/u-s-congress-passes-bill-to-legalize-hemp-trump-says-he-will-sign-it-into-law/)

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 34 states have passed some type of policy allowing hemp to be cultivated at the state level. States such as Arizona, Texas, Colorado, and North Dakota are considering legalizing hemp to help the industry.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Round Rock Stagecoach Inn successfully relocated.

On the date of January 2, 2019, the Round Rock Stagecoach Inn of Round Rock was successfully relocated to 750 Chisholm Trail in an effort of historic preservation by Round Rock Preservation as part of their Round Rock Preservation Project. The Inn has been relocated with no issues. Round Rock Preservation preserved this historic inn as part of the Restore Stagecoach Inn Community Project.

However only $25,000 dollars have been funded to this restoration effort. Round Rock Preservation asks for more donations to meet their $100,000 dollar goal. 100% of the funds donated will go to restore the Round Rock Stagecoach Inn. Round Rock Preservation depends on donations from individuals and businesses to raise funds to preserve significant important historic structures and sites within the City of Round Rock. The City now asks the public to fund the exterior and interior restoration of the RR Stagecoach Inn. The cost of the restoration is approximately $250,000.

Round Rock Stagecoach Inn was built in 1848. Round Rock Stagecoach Inn is better known as the Old Stagecoach Inn. More information can be found at www.rrpreservation.org and www.roundrocktexas.gov/stagecoach-inn.

The Round Rock Stagecoach Inn is now located at 750 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock, Texas, US 78681.

Former Dymet Corp building in Muskegon, Michigan to turn into development training facility.

A partnership between Muskegon County, Michigan State University and Michigan Works of Muskegon was announced on March 9, 2015. The plans are to develop a deconstruction research and development training facility called Second Harvest at the former Dymet Power Metallurgy building in Muskegon, Michigan. (Ref: https://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2015/03/stakeholders_industry_leaders.html)

Michigan Works of Muskegon plans to used deconstruction materials attained from the elimination of blight homes and the former Dymet Corp building. The private sector could benefit from it. However much needs to be renovated. The presence of hydraulic oil, sodium cyanide, oxidizer, and nickel powder drums and several other unknown drums are definitely there.

According to EPA, a Phase I Environmental Assessment and a Phase II Environmental Assessment have already been performed at this site. Liquid spills have remained untouched and need to be cleaned up before any commercial use. (Ref: https://semspub.epa.gov/work/05/928995.pdf)

The former Dymet Corp building is located at 1901 Peck Street, Muskegon, Michigan, US 49441.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Nims School of Muskegon, Michigan lay abandoned.

Muskegon Public Schools shut down Nims School in the year of 2012 after the school district faced a budget deficit. By 2014, the school became abandoned. As of 2019, nothing has happened yet. Plans and efforts have been made over the years to revitalize the former Nims Elementary School as reported by mlive. However work has yet to be done.

Short history of Gordon McGregor School in Windsor, Ontario Canada explored.

Gordon McGregor School was named after Gordon M. McGregor, who was the organizer for the Ford Motor Company of Canada. The school served students living in the Ford City section of Windsor, Canada.

This building has historical roots. Gordon McGregor School was constructed in 1924 using masonry brick similar to Tudor Revival. The school originally had 12 classrooms. 11 rooms were filled in just 2 months. 12 more classrooms were added in 1927 due to high demand of expansion. Mr. K.C. Hortop served as the Gordon McGregor School’s first principal from 1924 to 1955.

On January 9, 1950, Gordon McGregor School celebrated its 25th anniversary. The announcement was made by Mr. K.C. Hortop. Gordon McGregor School was a JK-13 school. (Ref: Windsor Star, Page 10, January 9, 1950)

The school closed in 2016. The reason why Ministry of Education closed Gordon McGregor School was to create a JK-12 school (JK-12 facility) at Percy P. McCallum School. The school was declared surplus.

Many students and parents were upset about the closure of this school. They spoke at city hall meetings protesting the school’s closure. Some parents created petitions to prevent the school from closing. Its students were sent to McCallum School.

Gordon McGregor School is located at 1646 Alexis Road, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Its postal address is 1646 Alexis Rd, Windsor, ON N8Y 4P4, Canada.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

History of Gershom School in Detroit, Michigan explored.




Not much history is known about the Gershom School in Detroit, Michigan. It is one of Detroit’s many forgotten schools next to Morley School, Cass Union School, Andrew Jackson Intermediate School, and Hunter High School. This news article will explore and explain the history behind Gershom School.


Gershom School was established and built in the Delray neighborhood of Detroit in 1912. The building itself was a 1,088 square foot building constructed out of masonry brick. The school was located on a 8,276 square foot lot. The building had 4 restrooms and a basement. The roof was made out of asphalt. Originally the school was 3 stories in height on an L-shaped building plan.

The student population was largely German Jewish and Czechoslovakian. However overtime, the student population largely became German Jewish. No African American students attended there during that time.

Sometime during the mid-20th century is when the 3rd floor of Gershom School was leveled making the building then become 2 stories. More high school aged students began attending the high school. This led to crowded classrooms. Sometime during the early 1970s is when the 2nd floor of Gershom School was leveled making the building then become 1 story.

The front of Gershom School.
The front of Gershom School.

Detroit Public Schools sold the building to a private homeowner in 1975. No other known modifications were made during that time. Several alterations and modifications were made to the building specifically for its interiors. The other portion of the building located in the very back was demolished.

On the date of 9/5/2005, the property was to a couple of homeowners. These 2 homeowners heavily altered the interiors of this building. (Ref: https://www.redfin.com/MI/Detroit/124-S-Dupont-St-48209/home/98400484)
Gershom School as it appeared in 2015.
Gershom School as it appeared in 2015.

On the date of Friday, August 21, 2015, Wayne County had filed for foreclose on the former school lot due to unpaid bills and unpaid taxes. $805 dollars of taxes were due at the time. Wayne County put the property up for auction on the date of Wednesday, September 16, 2015. It was during the auction date that Wayne County sold the lot to the Treasurer of Wayne County.
(Ref: Wayne County CAD, Document Number: 0524640638)
Gershom School in 2018 after the arson. Notice how the roofs and windows are missing.
Gershom School in 2018 after the arson. Notice how the roofs and windows are missing.

Sometime in 2017 is when the building burned down due to arson. The roof completely perished during the fire.

Ruins of Gershom School.
Ruins of Gershom School.
Today the property and school are now owned by the Treasurer of Wayne County. According to trulia.com, this property is no longer available to rent or to buy. (Ref: https://www.trulia.com/p/mi/detroit/124-s-dupont-st-detroit-mi-48209--2099307101)


Gershom School is located at 124 South Dupont Street, Detroit, Michigan, US 48209.



Sunday, January 6, 2019

Round Rock Stagecoach Inn now relocated.

On the date of January 2, 2019, the Round Rock Stagecoach Inn of Round Rock was successfully relocated to 750 Chisholm Trail in an effort of historic preservation by Round Rock Preservation as part of their Round Rock Preservation Project. The Inn has been relocated with no issues. Round Rock Preservation preserved this historic inn as part of the Restore Stagecoach Inn Community Project.

However only $25,000 dollars have been funded to this restoration effort. Round Rock Preservation asks for more donations to meet their $100,000 dollar goal. 100% of the funds donated will go to restore the Round Rock Stagecoach Inn. Round Rock Preservation depends on donations from individuals and businesses to raise funds to preserve significant important historic structures and sites within the City of Round Rock. The City now asks the public to fund the exterior and interior restoration of the RR Stagecoach Inn. The cost of the restoration is approximately $250,000.

Round Rock Stagecoach Inn was built in 1848. Round Rock Stagecoach Inn is better known as the Old Stagecoach Inn.

More information can be found at www.rrpreservation.org and www.roundrocktexas.gov/stagecoach-inn.

Former Boys & Girls Club in Saginaw, Michigan now abandoned.

A former Boys & Girls Club located in Saginaw, Michigan is now abandoned. For those who did not know, this former Boys & Girls Club was once home to a school called Nelle Haley Elementary School which was operated by Saginaw Public School District from 1971 to 2008. In 2010 the school district sold property to Boys & Girls Club.

What’s interesting is that Saginaw Public School District sold the property to the Boys & Girls Club only to have them abandon the place in 2012. The Boys & Girls Club used the building for only 2 short years before abandoning the place. It is unknown as to exactly the Boys & Girls Club abandoned this former school building.

The school is not spared from vandalism. In September 2012, a graffiti piece with the captions of “R.I.P Hood A” was spray painted near a window to the front entrance. Graffiti can be seen over parts of this former school particularly on the west end. The “R.I.P Hood A” graffiti piece is still visible at the front entrance to the school.

For now, the school sits abandoned again for the second time. Only time will tell if the building gets repurposed, demolished, or vandalized. Overgrown grass and vegetation have surrounded the building. So far no windows have been broken. No known alterations have been made to either its interior corridors or exterior corridors. The interior walls and exterior walls remain intact. Its interior corridors or exterior corridors have not been modified since the school closed in 2008.

This former Boys & Girls Club & Nelle Haley Elementary School are located at 3240 Livingston Street, Saginaw, Michigan, US 48601.

Daniel D. Riney Hall in River Rouge, Michigan is facing demolition.

Today as 2018, the Daniel D. Riney Hall now lays dilapidated and in ruins. There are several huge gaping holes in the roof that can be seen from aerial view. More than 25% of its roof is missing. So far nothing has been done to repair these holes. However the city of River Rouge is looking redevelopment opportunities for the property.

Demolition of Riney Hall and the former ice arena is a future project that is in the works. The demolition of Riney Hall and the former ice arena will cost about $500,000. (Ref: http://www.thenewsherald.com/news/river-rouge-infused-with-jobs-redevelopment-thanks-to-snyder-s/article_923c9886-da92-5421-b3b7-344697d1493d.html)

Daniel D. Riney Hall was once the former River Rouge Arena which was a former ice arena where hockey games were played. Both Daniel D. Riney Hall and River Rouge Arena are/were owned by the city of River Rouge. Interestingly enough, the site is currently apart of the R-1 zone which permits primarily single-family homes and crosses 3 parcel boundaries.

Daniel D. Riney Hall is located at 141 East Great Lakes Street, River Rouge, Michigan, US 48218.

Great Lakes Field batting cages in River Rouge, Michigan faces demolition.

The Great Lakes Field batting cages now face demolition. The City of River Rouge plans to revitalize Great Lakes Field by construction of new buildings and batting cages. Demolition of the batting cages is a future project that is in the works. So far nothing has been done. The city of River Rouge is looking redevelopment opportunities for the property.

Great Lakes Field batting cages are located at 131 East Great Lakes Street, River Rouge, Michigan, US 48218.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Warren Webster and Co. Building of Camden, New Jersey to be demolished.

The city of Camden, New Jersey had put up a demolition bid for the Warren Webster and Co. Building. The contract provides demolition for removal of one commercial building on 6/28/2018. All footings will be removed from final site gradings. Concrete slabs will be restored. (Ref: https://www.ci.camden.nj.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/ad-Bid-18-22-1601-and-1625-Federal-Street.pdf)

Bids will not be received after the time specified for the opening of the bids. Bids received after the hour appointed will be deemed invalid and returned unopened to the Bidder. Specifications may be obtained at the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Room 213, City Hall, 520 Market Street, Camden, New Jersey 08101. Any questions concerning this bid, please contact the City of Camden Purchasing Bureau at 856-757-7159 or fax questions to 856-541-9668.

Lead removal is no longer pending. A Phase I Environmental assessment has already been completed by Camden Redevelopment Agency under EPA funding.The Phase I Environmental assessment was performed in order to comply with All Appropriate Inquiry before the site can be sold to a developer for redevelopment. There are no current redevelopment activities. Contractors are not going to have difficulty removing the building.


The Warren Webster and Co. Building was constructed in 1888 entirely out of brick. Warren Webster and Co. occupied the building from 1888 to 1923. The building was sold to Felton-Sibley Paints in 1924. The site was also utilized by the Victor Talking Machine Company as a warehouse to store materials from the until 1935. Borden Chemical operated a facility there from 1967 to 1981.
(Ref: Philadelphia Inquirer, Page 42, Thursday, May 15, 1969)

The Warren Webster and Co. Building has been abandoned since 1981 when Borden Chemical shut down its operations. The property and building were destroyed by a fire in the mid-1980s and has remained vacant since then. (Ref: https://archive.epa.gov/epapages/newsroom_archive/newsreleases/73da070f4e96831185257720005b2c71.html)

The City of Camden acquired the property in February 1999. This building and its property was last owned by New Jersey Transit when they purchased the property from City of Camden in 2002. (Ref: http://njparcels.com/sales/0408_1184_5)

For now the Warren Webster and Co. Building sits abandoned and dilapidated in various states of ruin until a bidder purchases the bid.

The Warren Webster and Co. Building is located at 1625 Federal Street, Camden, New Jersey, US 08105.

Daniel D. Riney Hall in River Rouge, Michigan now in ruins and facing demolition.

Today as 2018, the Daniel D. Riney Hall now lays dilapidated and in ruins. There are several huge gaping holes in the roof that can be seen from aerial view. More than 25% of its roof is missing. So far nothing has been done to repair these holes. However the city of River Rouge is looking redevelopment opportunities for the property.

Demolition of Riney Hall and the former ice arena is a future project that is in the works. The demolition of Riney Hall and the former ice arena will cost about $500,000. (Ref: http://www.thenewsherald.com/news/river-rouge-infused-with-jobs-redevelopment-thanks-to-snyder-s/article_923c9886-da92-5421-b3b7-344697d1493d.html)

Daniel D. Riney Hall was one the former River Rouge Arena which was a former ice arena where hockey games were played. Both Daniel D. Riney Hall and River Rouge Arena are/were owned by the city of River Rouge. Interestingly enough, the site is currently apart of the R-1 zone which permits primarily single-family homes and crosses 3 parcel boundaries.

Daniel D. Riney Hall is located at 141 E. Great Lakes Street, River Rouge, Michigan, US 48218.

Ferris Elementary School in Highland Park, Michigan slated to be razed.

In 2013, mlive reported that Ferris Elementary School in Highland Park, Michigan is slated to be razed. Demolition is still pending as Ferris Elementary School still sits abandoned and vacant as of 2018. Vandals and scrappers have broken into the place stealing copper among other things. Everything of value has been stripped out all around the property. The atrium is now completely overgrown with vegetation.

The school has become another eyesore for the community. Ferris Elementary School is one of the many abandoned schools of Highland Park that has yet to be repurposed, renewed, revitalized, upgraded, or demolished.

Ferris Elementary School operated as George W. Ferris Elementary School (aka Ferris School) in Highland Park, Michigan from 1911 to 2001 and was operated by Highland Park Schools.

Ferris Elementary School is located at 59 Cortland Street, Highland Park, Michigan, US 48203.

History behind King Academy of Inkster, Michigan explored.

Not much history is known about King Academy. However King Academy was one of the many abandoned schools in Inkster, Michigan. This new article will explore some history and will shed some light on this school.

King Academy served as a private school from 1997 to 2005. King Academy operated a charter school for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade. It was located next to the former Blanchette Junior High School aka Blanchette Middle School which Inkster Public Schools operated.


12 acres of land were acquired on Henry Ruff Road in 1990 by Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ. Inkster Christian Academy and Pentecostal Temple Day Care were its firsts tenant to own the property. This building was built as a $2.5 million educational facility. Construction was completed in 1991. (Ref: http://ptchurch.net/history/)

In 1996, Sister Karen Corner came up with a written proposal for a charter school. Her proposal was brought to Inkster Public Schools. Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ sold the building to King Academy for a charter school in 1997.

In 1997, Pastor King facilitated the award of a charter school from the Inkster Public Schools to operate King Academy. King Academy opened its doors in September 1997. 105 students attended during the 1997-1998 school year and 221 students during the 1998-1999 school year. The church has benefited greatly from this venture. (Ref: https://www.mackinac.org/2984)

King Academy provided multiple educational opportunities such as computer classes and summer programs. Its parental involvement was very high thanks to the parent-teacher cooperatives. King Academy attracted students from Inkster Public Schools. (Ref: http://ptchurch.net/history/)

King Academy served 154 students in grades Kindergarden through 6 in 2005. 2005 was the last year King Academy would operate under. 98% of the student body were black during that time, which was higher than the Michigan state average of 32%. King Academy closed in 2005. Declining enrollment is what led this particular charter school to close. Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ purchased King Academy in 2005. The sale was finalized in the year of 2006. (Ref: https://www.publicschoolreview.com/king-academy-profile)

Wayne-Westland Community Schools acquired the building from Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ in July 2013 after finding out the church was neglecting their maintenance duties. Most of the building was not up to code or city standards. When Wayne-Westland Community Schools received the building, it was already in very rough shape. The building deteriorated further due to the harsh winter climate every year.

Today King Academy is abandoned. Illegal dumping has taken place at this site promoting the City of Inkster to fine and penalize its current owners. Many of its windows are boarded up with plywood. However that has not kept away vandalism and theft. Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ no longer owns the building or its property. Today Wayne-Westland Community Schools owns the building and its property.

Neighbors complain the building is an eyesore and want it removed. Many neighbors complain that City of Inkster lets abandoned buildings stay around for too long such as this one and want it gone.


King Academy is located at 1615 Henry Ruff Road, Inkster, Michigan, US 48141.

History of Woodson Elementary School in Inkster, Michigan explored.

Woodson Elementary School (Woodson School) was operated by Inkster Public Schools from 1951 to 2012.

Woodson Elementary School was constructed in 1950 and opened in 1951. Its building is a single story tall on 9 acres of land as many of the elementary schools operated by Inkster Public Schools were. Many of the elementary schools operated by Inkster Public Schools were at least single story tall. Woodson Elementary School (Woodson School) was one of the many elementary schools that were constructed in the 1950s.

Woodson Elementary School closed in 2012 when Baylor-Woodson Elementary School was rebuilt and reestablished. This school was closed down due to the Inkster Public Schools budget deficit. Woodson Elementary School merged into Baylor-Woodson Elementary School during the same year when Burger Baylor School for Students with Autism was established.

An outreach program called Equipped For Life rented the building from Inkster Public Schools on a lease for about a year in 2013.

The school was sold for a price of $15,000 dollars in 2014 as multi-purpose building. However the building soon fell into disrepair over the years. Woodson Elementary School has been closed for years and in states of disrepair. The Woodson Elementary School building will need asbestos removal before demolition.

Today Woodson Elementary School is now abandoned. The property has overgrown vegetation which covers the grounds. Illegal dumping has been occurring on the property since 2014. Windows are boarded up. Only furniture remains inside that has yet to be retrieved or hauled off. The site has since become a storage ground for unused furniture and related equipment.

Woodson Elementary School is located at 29665 Pine Street, Inkster, Michigan, US 48141.

Urban Renewal Coordinator's Office of Inkster, Michigan found abandoned.

Urban Renewal Coordinator's Office was established as an office building next to LeMoyne Park in 1960. The building was built under provisions of Urban Renewal Project No. Michigan R-21, Inkster, Michigan in May 17, 1960 as part of the Southwest Redevelopment Project. The office building opened in 1961. Land disposition documents and other related documents were held at the Urban Renewal Coordinator's Office.

The Urban Renewal Coordinator's Office was actually the Urban Renewal Department under another name. Allen Park Commission was housed at this location at one point.

At some point in 2010 is when the Urban Renewal Coordinator's Office was repurposed into an Inkster Police Department division. The police department relocated elsewhere leaving this building to become abandoned in 2011.

Today the site has overgrown vegetation covers the grounds. However most of its windows are still in tact and have not been broken from harsh weather ironically. Several doors remain locked. Neighbors complain the building is an eyesore and want it removed. Many neighbors complain that City of Inkster lets abandoned buildings stay around for too long such as this one. Neighbors want it gone.

Urban Renewal Coordinator's Office is located on 4310 Middlebelt Road, Inkster, Michigan, US 48141.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Donald Trump to sign hemp bill into law.

The Marijuana Times, High Times, and KiwiFarms.net report that the US Congress passed a bill to legalize hemp and President Donald Trump says he will sign the bill into law. The bill President Donald Trump will sign into law is called the 2018 Farm Bill. (Ref: https://kiwifarms.net/threads/u-s-congress-passes-bill-to-legalize-hemp-trump-says-he-will-sign-it-into-law.50895/)   

The 2018 Farm Bill includes a provision to legalize hemp throughout the entire country. This bill will allow farmers to grow it as any other agricultural commodities available once the bill takes effect. It will be the first time in decades that hemp will be finally legal after the bill is finalized. Hemp soon will become legalized. (Ref: https://themarijuanaherald.com/news/u-s-congress-passes-bill-to-legalize-hemp-trump-says-he-will-sign-it-into-law/)

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 34 states have passed some type of policy allowing hemp to be cultivated at the state level. States such as Arizona, Texas, Colorado, and North Dakota are considering legalizing hemp to help the industry.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Copper sediment samples found in Texas HHSC water supply.

On the date of 10/4/2018, an employee of Texas HHSC found copper sediment in the water coming from a water fountain. The copper sediment sample was recorded and documented on the date of 10/4/2018. Later that very day is when an employee taped the copper sediment sample on top of the water fountain. This was an attempt to warn and inform Texas HHSC employees along with contractors about copper in their water supply coming from a particular water fountain.

Copper sediment sample from 10/4/2018.
Copper sediment sample from 10/4/2018.


Sticky notes were posted on the water fountain with the captions of “Mmm… copper” and “Can we drink this or nah”. One sticky note has a humorous remark poking fun at this situation with a caption saying “Enjoy a glass of water. Have a copper more while you’re at it”.

Sticky notes with humorous remarks.
Sticky notes with humorous remarks.
Another sticky note with a humorous remark.
Another sticky note with a humorous remark.

The Texas HHSC has had some major plumbing issues over the years it’s been open. However this is not surprising considering there was a rat infestation which caused a $60,000 vermin infestation last year in 2017 at the Texas HHSC building. Sewer rats were found in water pipes causing damage. (Ref: https://www.texastribune.org/2017/11/29/texas-health-regulators-overrun-several-hundred-rats/)

Any exact plans as to how the removal of copper in the Texas HHSC water supply have not been confirmed or made public yet.


Copper sediment found in a water bottle.
Copper sediment found in a water bottle.

What happened to Building 27 at Willowbrook State School?

Building 27 at Willowbrook State School was built in 1941 and completed in 1943. The building was designed to be a male infirmary and is a one-story structure constructed out of brick. This building along with Building 25 and Building 29 were designed to be for non-ambulatory patients. (https://s-media.nyc.gov/agencies/lpc/arch_reports/689.pdf)

Many of its patients were nonverbal and required continuous care. Many could not walk or speak. Building 27 housed 140 profoundly retarded (IQs under 20) adolescents of both sexes. Only a few were toilet trained which is why the building reeked of urine and feces.
(https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/GPO-CRECB-1972-pt5/pdf/GPO-CRECB-1972-pt5-1-1.pdf)
(Ref: https://www.thecrimson.com/article/1973/10/5/for-a-friend-in-the-snakepit/)

Building 27 was featured in the 1972 documentary Willowbrook : The Last Great Disgrace recorded by Geraldo Riviera for his news exposé. These patients did have clothes on. But the one thing that couldn’t be hidden is that there were no training programs. That all these patients did was sit during the day.
(Ref: http://index.geraldo.com/folio/willowbrook)

Today Building 27 is now a part of CUNY College of Staten Island. The perimeter is fenced off with a chain link fence. Building 27 is now being used for storage along with Building 25. The abandoned former Willowbrook State School buildings are owned by the College of Staten Island.

Students who attend CUNY College of Staten Island claim they hear voices coming from these building as they believe the campus is haunted. Some students and local residents have claimed to hear voices coming from Building 27 and Building 25.