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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

Depot Town businesses battle for chili champion

Sidetrack's Cheeseburger Chili won first prize in the Depot Town Chili Challenge. Owner Linda French hands some chili to Councilmember Brian Robb, D-Ward 3. Initial estimates show the fundraiser garnered more than $1,000 for SOS Community Services. Photo by file photo

Sidetrack's Cheeseburger Chili won first prize in the Depot Town Chili Challenge. Owner Linda French hands some chili to Councilmember Brian Robb, D-Ward 3. Initial estimates show the fundraiser garnered more than $1,000 for SOS Community Services.
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Challenge to raise money for local charity Sunday

By David Gomez
Feb. 17, 2010    ·    2:37 p.m.


The Depot Town Chili Challenge will return for its fourth year Sunday to help raise money for needy families in the county.

Beginning at 3 p.m., participants will vote on which business whips up the most tasty chili. The challenge starts at Café Luwak and a map will take patrons to the other locations, finishing at the Corner Brewery

All of the proceeds from the event will be donated to SOS Community Services, a local non-profit organization that provides critical services to homeless families and children throughout Washtenaw County

Cafe Luwak, Queen of Hearts Bakery, Sidetrack, Aubrees, Ypsilanti Food Co-op, Ugly Mug and the Corner Brewery will be serving two types of chili each, according to Chelsea Clark, SOS Community Relations Coordinator.

“This event is a true testament to the local business owner’s generosity,” Clark said.

Clark said for $5 the participants get a map, pencil, voting cards and a tasting card. The event runs until 6 p.m., when the votes will then be tallied and a winning chili from one the entrants will be crowned.

Last year the event raised more than $1,000 for the charity. This was $300 more than the previous year’s amount. Clark said even a tough economic climate, Ypsilanti residents have remained generous.

“We have been able to out-do ourselves even when the economy is bad,” she said. “Last year’s record amount shows how committed the community is to helping.”

Last year, Sidetrack’s cheeseburger chili was declared the winner. Clark said she and other representatives from SOS will be on hand to see who claims the top honor this year.



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