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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

Cafe Luwak wins Chili Challenge

A participant in the Depot Town Chili Challenge is served some chili from the Corner Brewery, the last stop on the route and where the winner of the challenge, Cafe Luwak, was announced. Photo by David Gomez

A participant in the Depot Town Chili Challenge is served some chili from the Corner Brewery, the last stop on the route and where the winner of the challenge, Cafe Luwak, was announced.

Event raises more than $1,700 for local charity

By David Gomez
Feb. 23, 2010    ·    10:29 a.m.

The Corner Brewery was crowded.

Bicycle enthusiasts stood outside and talked about their ride while the rest of their group was inside with the crowd enjoying mugs of beer and samples of chili.

The line for chili remained constant throughout the day, the last stop on the Depot Town Chili Challenge was where everyone would end up.

One group that was especially happy to see the large turnout was SOS Community Services. This year’s Chili Challenge crowd donated more than $1,700 to help needy families in Washtenaw County, according to Ellen Offen, development director for SOS.

“We are very happy, lots of people showed up,” Offen said. “There was wonderful support from the Depot Town merchants, especially Jim from Café Luwak.”

Attendees registered for the event at Café Luwak, which was the first stop on the challenge. SOS was there to pass out maps and collect the $5 donation to participate in the event.

The map showed all seven chili stops as well as the names of the chili creations. Each stop served two kinds of chili, one containing meat and one vegetarian option.

The most interesting chili of the day was the vegetarian chili from the Ypsilanti Food Co-op. It contained delicious chunks of sweet squash, which is not a common ingredient in chili. The sweetness was balanced out with spice, this made for an unusual, but satisfying cup of chili.

Other local businesses that participated in the event were Queen of Hearts Bakery, Ugly Mug, Sidetrack and Aubree’s Saloon.

As the Chili Challenge came to an end, patrons continued to flock to Corner Brewery. Chelsea Clark, SOS community relations coordinator, got on the microphone to announce that Café Luwak’s meat chili was the voted the winner.

Cheers filled the air and another winner had been crowned. More importantly, the local community was able to donate even more money to SOS than last year.

The Chili Challenge may have been over, but the last stop, the Corner Brewery was packed with many fun-loving Ypsilanti residents. For them, the night was just getting started.

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