John Hallwas en Honoring Macomb’s Military Heritage <p>Two tours of Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb will be held on Memorial Day with a focus on local military figures. Fri, 23 May 2014 00:00:42 +0000 Rich Egger 53676 at Honoring Macomb’s Military Heritage A Helping Hand for Historic Oakwood Cemetery <p>Even a cemetery can use a little love sometimes, and the group "<a href="" target="_blank">Friends of Oakwood Cemetery</a>" plans to put a little love into the grand old graveyard in Macomb. Thu, 23 May 2013 00:17:17 +0000 Rich Egger 34263 at A Helping Hand for Historic Oakwood Cemetery Colchester's “Bootlegger” Comes to the Silver Screen <p>&ldquo;Kelly&rdquo; Wagle lived a charmed life. In the 1920s he had become successful as a bootlegger in Colchester which was &ldquo;dry&rdquo; for much of the decade. He had escaped the clutches of the law many times.<br /><br />He left Brent&#39;s Restaurant and started to walk the two blocks to his home. An assassin pulled up in a Ford coupe and fired three shotgun blasts that ended Wagle&#39;s charmed life. Wagle died at 9:15 p.m. April 8, 1929.<br /><br />Documentary filmaker Ryan Walker has been fascinated by Wagle&#39;s sordid story.<br /> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 15:43:31 +0000 James Lenz 17102 at Colchester's “Bootlegger” Comes to the Silver Screen Emphasis - June 15 <p>Rich Egger&#39;s guests are author and historian John Hallwas and former Macomb Mayor Bob Anstine. They talk about the city&#39;s annual Heritage Days celebration, which takes place Thursday, June 21 - Sunday, June 24.<br /><br />Heritage Days began during Anstine&#39;s administration. He thinks the first one was held in 1981.<br /><br />&ldquo;We were looking for an annual activity. We came up with this concept - the city city council, the Chamber of Commerce, and others - and that&#39;s when it started,&rdquo; Anstine said.<br /> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 16:04:51 +0000 Rich Egger 16787 at Emphasis - June 15 Digging Up History at Macomb's Oakwood Cemetery <p>Historian and author John Hallwas was looking for a different take on Macomb&#39;s history. He found it by going through its grandest old graveyard, which is Oakwood Cemetery.<br /><br />The result is the book <em>Here to Stay: Reflections on the Dead in a Small Town Cemetery</em>. It will be released in the coming days.<br /><br />&ldquo;Cemeteries are like huge puzzles. The more time you spend strolling through them, noticing things ... there are many mysteries in the cemetery,&rdquo; Hallwas said. &ldquo;The cemetery is a big vast canvas of mysteries.&rdquo;<br /> Thu, 24 May 2012 03:11:25 +0000 Rich Egger 15617 at Digging Up History at Macomb's Oakwood Cemetery