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Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

‘Blanket Express’ provides warm holiday season

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Three Ypsilanti residents gather blankets, canned goods for needy

By Tom Perkins
Nov. 16, 2009    ·    8:32 a.m.


Superior Township Treasurer Brenda McKinney, Sidetrack owner Linda French and Superior Township resident Samantha Towler are teaming up for the fifth straight year to help keep the area’s underprivileged warm and fed this holiday season.

The trio is once again soliciting blanket and canned goods for the “Blanket Express” drive, which last year collected over 500 blankets for the needy.

“Residents in the township really like doing this,” McKinney said. “They actually call me and e-mail to remind me not to forget to get going on it. There is a need for it in our community.”

Towler started the program five years ago and French and McKinney have since signed up to help lead.

McKinney says the program grows every holiday season, and last year was extra special because one resident donated 29 handmade shawls, which were then dropped off at the Bortz Health Care Center and Nursing Home on Michigan Avenue.

“That was a really nice experience because we were really able to give a lot of patients new and nice blankets,” McKinney said.

Much of the food is donated to the Food Gatherers, and the blankets are provided to several area churches.

The deadline for donations is December 11, though McKinney said blankets or food donated past the date will still be put to good use.

At 11a.m. on Dec. 12, residents are invited to join the group in distributing the donations, which will be done on a Christmas float with Santa and Mrs. Claus and their helpers.

“Throw everything in a pick up truck and drop it off? Noooo – we get out the Santa suits gloves, hats and costumes for the helpers and have a good time with it,” McKinney said.

Residents can drop off new blankets at the Superior Township hall on Prospect Road or at Sidetrack Bar and Grill in Ypsilanti, but McKinney said that she prefers donations go to the Township hall.

“Linda and I have a little competition going for bragging rights, so everyone should drop off donations at the hall,” she said jokingly.

For more information, contact Brenda McKinney at 734-482-6099.

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