August 16, 2013This continues our report from 8/14/2013 about the creation of bronze bells.Before reassembling the flask, the artisans use a hollow metal tube to perforate the top of the negative bell impression and then, using a spoon, they carve a small concave circle around the top of the bell, as we see Rawaf doing in the picture to the left. This allows for a smoother pouring of the bronze into the mold.[photos and text by Soleri archive intern Julia Dorn-Giarmoleo]In the meantime, the furnace where the bronze is melted gets loaded up. Here is Andy putting unusable bells and other pieces of scrap bronze in the furnace to be melted down and re-used.The two sides of the flask are then reassembled, the wooden flask is taken off and the molds are lined up on the ground. A metal or plastic frame is then put around the sand mold, as Jonas is pictured doing in this photo. Ingots are then placed on the molds to prevent any possible movement.Two artisans, (pictured here are Andy and Jonas) don protective clothing, and lift the crucible containing the molten bronze out of the furnace.They carefully pour the bronze into each of the molds. The other artisans follow the pouring with shovels, so that should any bronze fall onto the cement or out of the mold, they can quickly throw sand on it to prevent any danger or injury.The molds are then left to cool for about an hour, or until the bronze is solidified. This report will continue on Monday.
Categories: Glenn News,Glenn Photos 18Mar Glenn encourages students, parents to consider Youth ChalleNGe Academy Michigan National Guard program helps with high-school GED(Left to right): Kay Carter, Rep. Gary Glenn, Cadet Executive Officer Sousha Carlevaris-Bianco, Kay’s son Cadet Cpl. Andrew Carter, and Cadet Cpl. Lujuan Grigsby II, all of Midland.State Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland encourages local teens aged 16-18 who have dropped out or been expelled from school and their parents to consider a free program administered by the Michigan National Guard that helps students earn a high-school degree and college credits.The next Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy (MYCA) at Fort Custer in Battle Creek begins July 2015, and while there are orientations scheduled throughout the state during the next three months, a session in the Bay City Armory, 2510 Wilder Road in Bay City, is coming up April 11.Rep. Glenn learned firsthand about the MYCA during a winter meeting at the state Capitol in Lansing with three Midland youths — Cadet Executive Officer Sousha Carlevaris-Bianco, Cadet Cpl. Andrew Carter and Cadet Cpl. Lujuan Grigsby II.“I’m proud of Sousha, Andrew and Lujuan for overcoming past challenges and committing themselves to learning the self-discipline and job skills necessary to succeed in life,” said Glenn, who served eight years with the U.S. Army Reserves and Army National Guard, including the 1460th Transportation Company in Midland. “They need our encouragement and support, and the Michigan National Guard deserves our gratitude for helping these Midland youths, and others like them across the state, turn their lives around.”Carter’s mother, Kay Carter, also of Midland, called MYCA “an amazing military-type academic program (that) has changed the course of his life through very hard work and determination.”“Not everyone makes it to the end of this program, but Andrew did!” she said. “We are so very proud of our son. He has accomplished many goals while at the academy. He has matured, found self-esteem and pride for what he has overcome and what he has accomplished. He leaves with a plan for his future and over the next year will work closely with two wonderful mentors. We thank God for opening the doors for him to attend MYCA and answering many prayers for our son.”MYCA is paid for by the U.S. Department of Defense and the state of Michigan and administered by the Michigan National Guard. Meals, housing, and uniforms are provided at no cost to the cadets or their families, and there is no military obligation for participants.The academy features an 18-month, two-phase program focused on self-discipline and jobs skills, which encourages physical, mental and moral development, with participants receiving more than 800 hours of classroom instruction and 160 hours of vocational-technical training, to earn a high school GED and up to 21 college credits. Along with taking part in daily physical training to develop good health, nutrition, hygiene habits and life-coping skills, the youths also perform over 40 hours of community service and conservation activities.Additionally, the youths put together a life plan that they work to execute with help from an assigned mentor in their community.Those eligible to apply are male and female high school dropouts or potential dropouts aged 16-18 who are U.S. citizens or legal residents of the U.S. and the state of Michigan, who have not been convicted of a felony and are not currently on parole or probation for anything other than juvenile-status offenses. Applicants must be drug-free and will be tested.Complete applications are not required to attend an orientation session, but priority consideration is given. More information is available by calling 800-372-0523 or online at MIYCP.org.To contact Rep. Glenn, call toll free at 1-855-GLENN98; email at GaryGlenn@house.mi.gov; go to his website, RepGaryGlenn.com; or send mail to Anderson House Office Building, S-1287, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.
State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the month of July.“Traveling across my district every week and consistently holding monthly office hours in every county has allowed me to stay accessible to the people I represent. While maintaining this kind of demanding schedule can be challenging at times, I am committed to keeping in touch with residents and the local issues of concern,” said Rep. Chatfield, R-Levering.His July office hours schedule is:Tuesday, July 7thEmmet County Parks Place Café 2495 U.S. 31 in Conway 9-10:30 a.m.Cheboygan County State Street Coffee 211 West State Street in Cheboygan 12-1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9thChippewa County Willabee’s Restaurant 9915 West 6 Mile Road in Brimley 9-10:30 a.m.Mackinac County Java Joe’s 959 North State Street in St. Ignace 2-3:30 p.m.No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Anyone unable to attend may contact Rep. Chatfield’s office by calling (517) 373-2629, via email at email@example.com or through his website at www.RepChatfield.com. 02Jul Rep. Chatfield announces July office hours Categories: Chatfield News