Marshall Historic Home Tour runs Sept. 6-7

It all came down to one vote. In 1839, state Sen. James Wright Gordon was so certain Marshall would be named Michigan’s capital that he had a home built for Michigan’s governor. But during a key legislative session in 1847, Marshall — which is just east of Battle Creek — fell one vote short behind Lyon (soon to be renamed Lansing), and the rest in history. Today, the Marshall Governor’s Mansion still stands, and it’ll be one of eight museums and seven private homes on this Marshall Historic Home Tour, Sept. 6-7. The tour, Marshall’s 51st, will celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Governor’s Mansion. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 6 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 7. There are free shuttle buses and free parking at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. Advance tickets are $17 through Sept. 1 and $20 after that. For tickets or more information, go to or call (269) 781-8544.

Detroit woodworker recognized

by American Craft Exposition

Kyle Huntoon walked away from an engineering career in Seattle to return to Metro Detroit and do something that’s been in his family for four generations: woodworking. Huntoon, who now lives and works in Detroit, says he finds “inspiration in the design sensibility and careful craftsmanship of those who’ve come before me.” Huntoon and his business, Hunt & Noyer Woodworks, was recently recognized as an emerging artist in furniture design by the American Craft Exposition, a juried show of fine art for presentation and sale that runs today through Sunday in Evanston, Illinois. Huntoon showcase his handcrafted collection of tables, seating and sculptures. To learn more about Huntoon and Hunt & Noyer Woodworks (a melding of his father and mother’s surnames), visit

Crane & Canopy’s new throw pillows inspired by fashion runway

Crane & Canopy has a new line of decorative throw pillows sure to add some punch to your bedding. Inspired by the runway, Crane & Canopy’s new designer throw pillows feature modern prints, geometric shapes, chevron, houndstooth and seersucker as well as floral and polka dot prints. These 12- by 24-inch pillows are made of 100 percent cotton with a feather pillow insert. They’re $72 and only available online at

Flooding, cleanup tips

before and after next storm

As Metro Detroiters continue to clean up from last week’s devastating flooding, many are keeping an eye on the forecast with a nervous thought in mind: What if it happens again? Below are some good tips from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration and Certification before, during and after a flood:

Be prepared:

Before a big storm hits, gather valuable items or documents and store them in a secure, dry place. Clear all debris from gutters and downspouts and check your sump pump to ensure it is working properly.

Consider safety:

Prior to entering any storm or flood-damaged building, be wary of structural integrity and other safety hazards such as falling debris or shock hazards.

Work quickly:

Even though it can take mold a few days to appear, anything that can be done to control or minimize its speed of growth is vital. Mold thrives in moist environments with stale air, organic food sources (paper, wood, etc.) and temperatures between 68-86 degrees F.

Clean and disinfect everything:

Remove and dispose of all wet porous components such as mattresses, pillows, molding, insulation and portions of damaged walls. This also includes floor coverings such as carpet, pads, laminate, tile and sheet vinyl.

Dry it out:

Allow the space to dry thoroughly before reconstruction. Even if a surface feels dry to the touch, that doesn’t mean it is. Dryness is difficult to measure; it often requires a professional moisture assessment.

‘Garden Solitude’ just right for a welcome getaway

The peaceful setting depicted in a “Garden Solitude” is this week’s winner of the Homestyle Garden Photo Contest. Rudolph Besler of Grosse Pointe Farms has several sections to his garden, and this one has a koi pond in addition to the hydrangea tree that is “absolutely outstanding this year.” He says he finds the setting laden with begonias and petunias “very relaxing, and many times we will have a lunch or evening out there when the kids come over.” Besler will win a free home or garden book; and will also be a finalist for the grand prize, a $100 gift card to English Gardens. To enter your best garden photo, go to Or mail them to Homestyle Garden Photo Contest, 615 W. Lafayette, Detroit, MI 48226

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