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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

Christmas comes early for Ypsilanti student

Capt. Michelle Stanbury and Ypsilanti Fire Chief Jon Ichesco (left) presented a new bike to YHS student James Kleimola Thursday afternoon. Kleimola's old bike was stolen over the summer. Photo by Christine Laughren

Capt. Michelle Stanbury and Ypsilanti Fire Chief Jon Ichesco (left) presented a new bike to YHS student James Kleimola Thursday afternoon. Kleimola's old bike was stolen over the summer.
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Special needs child receives new bike

By Christine Laughren
Dec. 19, 2008    ·    2:03 p.m.

Ypsilanti High School student James Kleimola won’t forget to lock his bike up this time.

The 17-year-old received a new bike from the Ypsilanti Fire Department to replace his old one, which was stolen this summer. The bike was rolled through the front doors of YHS Thursday afternoon as a surprise to the teenager.

“I really miss my other bike a lot,” Kleimola said with a smile while checking out his shiny new Schwinn. “The one that I had before was a nice bike but I can keep this one forever.”

Kleimola’s mother Christine said her son, who has Cerebral Pulsy, forgot to lock his bike up this summer and it was taken while they were away from the house for the day. She said he was really disappointed it was stolen.

“They left the helmet but took the bike,” she said with a chuckle. “He went all around the neighborhood to look for that bike.”

Christine said the bike she purchased for her son was intended to take him into adulthood.

“A bike is really important for him,” she said. “I don’t think James will ever drive a car.”

Fire Chief Jon Ichesco said he received a call about Kleimola’s stolen bike from a custodian at YHS. The Fire Department gives holiday gifts every year to local children. Capt. Michelle Stanbury, who typically coordinates the holiday gifts, said the gift to Kleimola was a little spur of the moment. But she said they were able to talk with Ypsilanti Cycle and find Kleimola a nice bike.

“This is probably more than he asked for,” Ichesco said of the new bike. “All he said is he wanted a bike.”

Kleimola said he is very thankful he got a new bike.

“I feel blessed and I feel very fortunate,” he said.

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