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The History of Trick-or-Treat: a Halloween Tradition

Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in the US, for both kids and adults. While adults can have fun at parties that last through the night, kids mostly enjoy Trick-or-Treat. Though it’s now accepted as a normal holiday tradition, the history of Trick-or-Treat actually dates to ancient times.

2,000 Years In The Making

According to the History Channel, Trick-or-Treat has its origins in Celtic festivals over 2,000 years ago. In particular, the festival of Samhain was celebrated on October 31st, when it was believed the dead returned back to life. In order to ward off the evil spirits and keep them happy, sacrifices and homage (a.k.a. treats) were paid to the deceased.

Guy Fawkes Night

The tradition is also associated with Guy Fawkes Night. On November 5, 1606, Fawkes was executed for attempted treason (the so-called “Gunpowder Plot”). Many later commemorated his death with bonfires and by begging for pennies. Brits in the 17th century would go around asking for a “penny for the Guy,” a tradition much like Trick-or-Treating.

Pranksters

Modern celebrations didn’t really start until the 1920s, when Halloween pranks were popular. Many young people would cause damage in neighborhoods with their pranks, so adults would try to bribe them with candy and other rewards. Now, Americans spend more than $6 billion on Halloween, making it the second-largest commercial holiday.

At College Chevrolet Buick, we can’t wait for the celebration to start.

What’s Kevin Weighman’s Story?

Kevin Weighman - Service Manager

Kevin Weighman - Service Manager

Kevin Weighman is our Service Manager here at College Chevrolet Buick. The service department at our dealership is a large part of our business and we are very lucky to have Kevin running the show with our service customers. He is very knowledgable in the automotive industry with 18 years of experience and 9 years of experience at our dealership.

Kevin is originally from Jackson, MI but now resides in Albion where he enjoys watching and going to sports games, especially his Michigan State Spartans. If Kevin isn’t at or watching a game, you’ll find him hanging out with his children and girlfriend. His favorite TV show at the moment is “House of Cards”, but nothing will compare to his all time favorite, “Deadliest Catch”. What's Your Story

When looking more at the vehicle aspect of his life, Kevin is definitely a truck guy. He currently drives a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado but his favorite car that he’s ever owned was his 2012 2500 HD Duramax. The majority of Kevin’s favorite cars are ones that we have right on our lot, just like his dream car, the Silverado 3500 HD Duramax.

Whether it’s time for a service visit or you need some work done on your car, come say “Hi!” to our very own Kevin Weighman. Nothing is too difficult for our team and Kevin says that watching the technicians work together to solve difficult problems is what makes working at College Chevrolet Buick so great!

2018 Chevy Silverado Updates

There’s no pickup quite like the durable, bold Chevrolet Silverado. This truck manages to stick to traditional standards of strength and performance while adapting to the modern driver’s needs. So what are these new 2018 Chevy Silverado updates? College Chevrolet Buick has the latest word on the next model year.

 

2018 Chevy Silverado 1500

 

The next Chevy Silverado 1500 will maintain its steel body, its impressive powertrain lineup, and its unbeatable capability. Passengers will get some added luxury with the addition of OnStar and SiriusXM Satellite Radio in the Customer Convenience Package. In Work Truck models, the standard radio will be replaced with a Chevrolet MyLink 7-inch touch screen, and all trucks will now have a six-speaker sound system rather than a four-speaker one. The Rear Vision Camera becomes a new standard across all trim levels, too.


2018 Chevy Silverado HD

 

The next Chevy Silverado 2500 and 3500 will also get new standard Rear Vision Cameras in every truck, as well as the updated 7-inch Chevy MyLink touch screen and the new six-speaker audio system. The Z71 package and the High Country trim level will both get a new black grille mesh. Two new exterior colors take the place of three old ones so buyers now have more, updated aesthetic choices when picking out the ideal work truck for their lifestyles.

What’s Chuck Hiatt’s Story?

Chuck Hiatt

Chuck Hiatt – General Sales Manager

This month’s spotlight is on our very own General Manager, Chuck Hiatt! Chuck has been an integral part of College Chevrolet Buick for 12 years now. He is originally from Logansport, IN but now resides in Albion, where he cheers on the Michigan Wolverines.

Chuck has been in the car industry for 28 years and has formed his own opinion of different models over his years of experience. Chuck currently drives a 2017 Suburban & a Buick Enclave but his favorite car that he’s ever owned was his Corvette. If he had to pick a favorite car on our lot, he would pick his very own Suburban, or a Tahoe. The Suburban is even Chuck’s dream car because of the luxury and spare space that the vehicle entails.

What's Your StoryAside from cars, Chuck has many other interests and hobbies that he enjoys doing in his free time. He loves hanging out with his grandkids, golfing, seeing Alabama lose, and watching the Big Bang Theory. His favorite show of all time is Hill Street Blues.

We invite you to come say “Hi!” to our General Manager, Chuck Hiatt! He loves helping customers find their perfect car and maybe our staff can help you find yours.

What’s Pam McMillan’s Story?

Pam McMillan
Pam McMillan

Pam McMillan – Controller At College Chevrolet Buick

Pam McMillan is the Controller here at College Chevrolet Buick. First, you may be wondering just what a Controller does. Pam is in charge of directing the overall financial planning, budgeting, and accounting here at the dealership. Needless to say, Pam is a very important member of our team!

Pam is from Detroit and went to Cleary University, but currently calls Marshall her home. She’s very knowledgeable when it comes to the automotive industry. She’s been at College Chevrolet Buick for 9 years and has been in the industry for 48! Pam isn’t big into sports, but when not at work you’ll find her doing puzzles and traveling. Her favorite television show currently is “Last Man Standing”, but she loves catching reruns of “The Carol Burnett Show”.

When it comes to vehicles, Pam is partial to the ones we have on our lot! Her favorite car of all-time was her 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS and her favorite on our lot currently is the Buick Enclave. She currently drives a Chevy Equinox. Pam says that the best part of her job is the diversity she gets to experience every single day. We invite you to come say “Hello!” to our Controller, Pam McMillan!

Last-Minute Road Trip – Top Things To Do in Michigan

to do in Michigan

Don’t let summer slip away without taking another road trip or two. Get your car tuned up at the College Chevrolet Buick service department, then head out to experience one of these fun things to do in Michigan.

 

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Summer is the perfect time to visit the Upper Peninsula. The whole area is beautiful, but if you’re in need of a specific destination, you can’t go wrong with Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Gorgeous rock formations, scenic hiking trails, and sand dunes all face the vast horizon of Lake Superior.

 

Motown Museum

Honor Michigan’s role in Motown music by visiting the official museum in Detroit. A guided tour will teach you everything there is to know about the Motown spirit. You’ll feel so connected to the history you might even imagine you see Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, or the Four Tops in the hallway.

 

Detroit Institute of Arts 

While you’re in Detroit, be sure to stop at this world-class museum. You’ll be surprised at the richness of the permanent collection, as well as the diversity of rotating exhibitions.

 

Mackinac Island State Park

This park is another of Michigan’s must-see natural attractions. Not only will you enjoy gorgeous views of water and land, but you’ll experience something special on this automobile-free island, where life seems slower and simpler.

Scenic Drives in Michigan

Many midwesterners already know that summer is the perfect time to visit Michigan. Temperatures are warm but milder than southern states, and wildlife and nature are at their best. Enjoy the Great Lake State by taking your vehicle from College Chevrolet Buick on one of these scenic drives in Michigan.

 

Red Arrow Highway

This beautiful route will take you through some of the most charming beach towns and past the gorgeous southern coast of Lake Michigan. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to stop and explore interesting Michigan cities like Union Pier and Harbert. There are many wine vineyards to be enjoyed along this route, too—just make sure you reserve a quaint bed and breakfast or a cozy campsite to sleep it off before continuing on your course along the west side of Michigan.

 

M-22

If camping is definitely a goal, take M-22 north towards Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The road stretches along a different part of the Lake Michigan coast, and takes you to gorgeous destinations such as Sleeping Bear Dunes, as well as Huron-Manistee National Forests.

Scenic Drives in Michigan

US-2

You haven’t really toured Michigan until you’ve also gotten a taste of the Upper Peninsula. You can catch US-2 just across the Mackinac Bridge in St. Ignace. From there, you’ll take it along the southern coast of the UP. Breathtaking sites are aplenty up here, whether you’re on the southern end or catch M-117 at Engadine to head north towards the stunning Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Employee Spotlight: Matthew Sullivan

Matt Sullivan

Matthew Sullivan

This month, we’d like to highlight Matthew Sullivan! He is a Parts Consultant here at College Chevrolet Buick and has been a part of our team since 2006. He has been working specifically in our parts department since 2013, so he really knows his stuff! Matthew is from Homer, but currently calls Albion his home.

Matthew currently drives a 2002, but his favorite car of all time was his 1977 K5 Blazer. If he had to pick his favorite vehicle that we sell on our lot, it would be a 2017 Silverado 2500HD Duramax Diesel truck. He also believes that the Silverado matches his personality best. If Matthew could have any car in the world, he would choose a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.

When not at work, you’ll find Matthew off-roading, watching Sprint Cup races, being a volunteer firefighter, or spending time with his family. He enjoys watching “Fast and Loud” and cheering on the Detroit Tigers.

We invite you to stop by and say “Hi!” to Matthew! He would be happy to help answer any questions you may have regarding parts for your car, truck, or SUV!

Employee Spotlight: Rob Brown

This month, we’d like to highlight one of our newest team members. Meet Rob Brown, our new sales consultant. He’s Battle Creek native and has been working in the automotive industry for 20 years. He graduated from Harper Creek High School and also attended Kellogg Community College. Rob is a proud Combat U.S. Army Veteran who took part in Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

Rob isn’t big on television, but he does enjoy golfing, fishing, and spending quality time with his daughter, Kylie. He is also a huge Detroit Tigers fan!

If Rob were a car, he says that a truck would match his personality best. Currently, he drives a 1999 Olds 88, but his favorite car he’s ever owned is a 1998 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. His favorite vehicle that we carry on our lot is a Chevy Camaro. Rob says that the worst car he’s ever driven is a Ford Festiva.

Rob’s favorite thing on the job is meeting with new people and helping them with their vehicle needs. Stop by and say “Hey!” to our newest team member, Rob Brown today!

Eat Outside at These Michigan Restaurants with Outdoor Patios

When the summer rolls around, there is nothing quite like enjoying a cold beverage and a fresh meal on the patio of a great restaurant. Fortunately for residents of Albion, there are a number of excellent dining establishments within driving range that offer outdoor seating to further enhance your eating experience.

Michigan Restaurants with Outdoor Patios

Hungry Howie’s (Albion)

While there are several great places to eat right here in Albion, a lot of the finer dining establishments have, let’s say, a more industrial aesthetic. Hungry Howie’s is one of the very few places to eat in Albion with a patio, which is reason enough to visit in the summer, but Howie’s pizza should be all the incentive you need to drop in. We recommend the Howie Special on thin crust in particular!

The Curragh (Holland)

Looking out over the water at Milwaukee is The Curragh in Holland, MI, an Irish pub famous for its St. Patrick’s Day celebration and unique menus. Stop by this season to dine from the Tulip Time 2017 menu, which includes exceptional Guinness® Cheese Soup, the Ambassador Sandwich and unforgettable Guinness® Fish & Chips. Enjoy all of this with—you guessed it—a cold Guinness® from The Curragh’s patio and soak up the sun. To learn more about what’s going on at The Curragh, visit CurraghHolland.com.

Bill’s Beer Garden (Ann Arbor)

If part of your summer plans entail a trip to Blue Country, then swing by Bill’s Beer Garden in Ann Arbor. Just a block away from Main St., Bill’s has the perfect patio for dining, conversing, and cheering on the home team. While Bill’s Beer Garden specializes in adult beverages, its partnership with Mark’s Carts means you can grab everything from paella and tapas to Indian food and pizza from nearby food carts and fuel up.

If you want to dine outside, these restaurants are hard to beat. If you want to get there in style, College Chevrolet Buick has plenty of the latest cars, trucks, and SUVs to choose from—including plenty of models that come with sunroofs!