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Ever wonder where all the coins go after they are thrown into the fountains inside Southland Center? Over $1,100 worth ended up with the Friends of the Taylor Veterans Museum this week.
Southland Mall periodically cleans out the fountains and donates the coins to charities. This time, they picked the 501(c)3 Friends of the Taylor Veterans Museum, the major supporter of the museum, which is located inside Taylor City Hall. Bill Barrett of Southland contacted Museum Commissioner Frank Canning about the donation.
"Bill contacted us," Canning said. "My wife worked at Southland before retiring 10 years ago, so I know a lot of people there. He asked if we were a non-profit, and when I said yes, we ended up with $1,129.08."
Canning and Museum Board Chairman John "Jack" Myers, also a member of the City Council, ended up with buckets of coins at the local credit union.
Under the leadership of Rouse Properties, Southland Center has reinvested heavily into the site and have reaped plenty of rewards, as new retailers have lined up for a chance to locate in the Eureka Road mainstay. Southland was one of the original four J.L. Hudson Detroit-area malls, and is now arguably the strongest, drawing not only from the Taylor and Downriver region, but from places as far away as Canada.
As it renovated, it demolished the old, vacant Mervyn's building on its west side and replaced it with the Cinemark Southland Center and XD, the highest tech movie theater in the area. It also added upscale, destination-point eateries like Grimaldi's and Primanti Bros., and a BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse is currently being built in the out lot nearest Pardee and Eureka. As Southland Center has improved, so as the rest of the Eureka Road business and entertainment district between Allen Road and Telegraph, luring such stalwarts as Panera Bread, Menards, La-Z-Boy and, coming soon, Wahlburgers. That district is one of the hottest development areas in the State of Michigan.
The Taylor Veterans Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Admission is free. For more information, call 734-374-8775 and leave a message. The museum features beautiful display cabinets that currently house 11 veterans’ personal collections - which are on loan or have been donated to the museum - including a Medal of Honor Recipient. In the atrium of City Hall, a display case houses memorabilia honoring U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell, 2nd Lt. U.S. Army. Former Congressman Dingell is currently the longest-serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives. If you or someone you know would like to showcase a service member's memorabilia in the museum, or serve as a volunteer host, please call or fax your request to 734-946-4636.
Honor a veteran
If you are seeking a great way to honor a military veteran? Look no further than the Taylor Veterans Museum Memorial Paver Program, which is currently underway. It’s a great gift for the holidays … or any other time, for that matter. The museum commission is installing beautiful decorative pavers to the memorial gardens area, located adjacent to the Cameron Priebe Plaza directly in front of the Taylor Police Department. The museum commission has been given permission by City Council to improve the memorial gardens area, which including the special memorial to the late Holly McGeogh, a fountain and memorials to Taylor veterans who died in various wars.The commission has already taken its first order. According to Museum Commission Chairman Jack Myers, they would like to have the first set of bricks in place by Spring 2018, ready for the next Armed Forces Day. To order, forms are available at the museum, or inside the October Taylor Today Magazine (which is due out shortly). You can mail your order to the City of Taylor Veterans Museum Memorial, PO Box 564, Taylor, MI, 48180, or drop the form off at the museum. All checks or money orders should be made out to The Friends of the Taylor Veterans Museum.