Paving the way

HANCOCK – The road to good intentions will be paved with special bricks in Ray Kestner Waterfront Park in Houghton, according to Jon Julien.

Julien, who is a Keweenaw Community Foundation board member, said the KCF is selling bricks as a fundraiser. The bricks will be used to replace the boardwalk at the park.

“It’s a great way to replace a blighted sidewalk,” he said.

Julien said those who buy a brick can have it engraved with their name and the names of their family members, family crest, or their business.

There are three sizes of bricks for sale, Julien said. A standard 4-inch-by-8-inch brick costs $100; 12-inch-by-12-inch is $500; and 18-inch-by-18-inch is $1,000.

Julien said the paving project will begin in mid-summer and take about two weeks to complete.

The money raised by the sale of paver bricks will go to the Houghton Rotary high school endowment and the KCF administration endowment, Julien said.

Julien said the goal of the KCF board is to raise $56,000 within the next two weeks.

“We hope to have all our sales in by May 1,” he said.

There are four methods for purchasing a brick, Julien said.

They can be purchased online at, where there is a form for doing so. Donors can call the KCF office at 482-9673, or walk in at 236 Quincy St. in Hancock.

Additionally, they can be purchased from any KCF board member.

“This is a great way to mark your contribution to the community,” Julien said of the bricks.