irish hills en Part of an Irish Hills landmark coming down <p>Part of the iconic Irish Hills Towers in Lenawee County is being demolished this week.</p><p></p><p>Members of a small wrecking crew are slowly dismantling the two observation decks that top the six story tall wooden towers.&nbsp;&nbsp; The work is expected to take a few days, depending in part on the weather.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The towers have been a landmark along U-S Route 12 in southern Michigan since the 1920’s and they're on the National Register of Historic Places.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>But age and neglect have taken a toll in recent years.</p><p></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 04:10:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13332 at Part of an Irish Hills landmark coming down Fighting to save an Irish Hills landmark <p>If you grew up in southeast or southcentral Michigan any time from the 1920s right through the 20th century and into the early part of this century, chances are you and your family visited or at least passed through the Irish Hills.</p><p>Driving along US-12, it's impossible to miss the major landmarks of the Irish Hills, the twin observation towers. Generations of Michigan families have climbed these towers to get a good look at the surrounding countryside.</p><p>But the clock is ticking on those landmark towers.</p><p>Donna Boglarsky, the president of the Irish Hills Historical Society and former owner of the towers, joined us in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Thu, 23 May 2013 21:14:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 12711 at Fighting to save an Irish Hills landmark An angry, overflow crowd grills oil company execs about drilling in the Irish Hills <p>An overflow crowd filled a public meeting last night&nbsp;in Brooklyn, south of Jackson. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Many in the crowd are worried about the environmental impact of a growing oil drilling operation in the Irish Hills.</p><p>&quot;There is nothing they can do here to keep from having an accident...It&#39;s going to happen,&quot; proclaimed one&nbsp;of the people&nbsp;in the audience.&nbsp;</p><p>The crowd at the public meeting demanded answers from a panel of oil industry executives and state officials about drilling going on in the Irish Hills.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The region&nbsp;is&nbsp;becoming one of the&nbsp;leading&nbsp;crude oil production centers in Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Tim Baker is a vice president with West Bay Exploration, the company doing much of the drilling. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;He admits they need to do a better job explaining how they are trying to drill safely.</p><p>&ldquo;These people have a lot of good questions.&nbsp; This is a beautiful area.&nbsp; There&rsquo;s a lot of beautiful lakes and streams here,&quot; Baker said after the meeting, &quot;We wanted to communicate to them that we are trying to develop (the oil) the best way possible.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Many Irish Hills residents are worried oil drilling may end up lowering their property values. Fri, 09 Mar 2012 00:11:15 +0000 Steve Carmody 6564 at An angry, overflow crowd grills oil company execs about drilling in the Irish Hills