Questions, Anyone?

Bi-path name

Q. With the current discussion about the name of the Alpena bi-path, a reader asks, “What is the history behind the naming of the bi-path?” ?

A. The bi-path was Alpena’s bicentennial project in 1976 when the whole country was working on projects to commemorate the nation’s 200th birthday. Alpena’s bicentennial project was the bi-path, sponsored by the Thunder Bay Arts Council and the explanation of how the bi-path was named is in a TBAC publication, “The Alpena Sculptured Bikeway/Walkway.” The softcover, reader-friendly eight-page report is in special collections at the Alpena County Library. ??

The report states, “Police officer Russell Mainville, who was in charge of the public schools’ bicycle safety program, sent hundreds of questionnaires to the elementary schools in the area asking that the students choose a name for the path and give reasons for their choice. Over seven hundred entries were turned in. Three students from Lincoln School won with their choice of “BiPath,” bi representing bicentennial and bicycle.” ??

Leaves falling early

  • ?Q. Reader Bill Miles asks, “Why were some leaves falling so early this year?” ?

A. Ben Nowakowski, forester for the Alpena and Montmorency Conservation districts, explains that leaves of many trees are falling because of stress from drought. He says, “Trees that are ?stressed from drought shut down early to conserve moisture so they will have enough to grow next year. This is especially apparent in red maple, horse chestnut, and other ornamentals. This can happen with many species of trees. ??”

Ash trees are usually the first to lose their leaves in early fall. Many of the ash trees in Northeast Michigan lost their leaves this summer due to infestation by emerald ash borer. Those trees will not regrow a new set of leaves next spring.” ??

1873 teachers’ rules ??

Q. Some time ago the Q&A column had rules of conduct for teachers in 1915. What were the rules in 1873?

A. The following rules were also sent by local historian Robert Kujawa from a book titled “Michigan’s Pride in America.”

“List of Teachers’ Work Rules- for 1873” ?

1.Teachers will fill lamps each day, clean chimneys and trim wicks. ?

2. Each teacher will bring a pail of water and a bucket of coal for the day’s sessions. ?

3. Make pens carefully. You may whittle nibs (of goose feathers) to suit individuals tastes ?

4. Men teachers may take one evening each week to go courting; or two evenings, if they go to church regularly. ?

5. Teachers will work eight hours daily and spend two hours reading the Bible or some other good book. ?

6. Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct, will be discharged.

7. Every teacher should lay aside from his pay a goodly sum of his earnings for his benefit during his declining years so that he will not become a burden on society. ?

8. Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool halls, public halls, or gets shaved in a barber shop, will give good reason to suspect his worth, honesty and integrity.

9. The teacher who performs his labor faithfully and without fault for five years, will be given an increase of 25 cents a week in his pay, providing the Board of Education approves.

Please send questions or comments to ?or to “Questions, Anyone?” The Alpena News, 130 Park Place, Alpena, MI ?49707.