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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

Crowd braves rain to finish three-day festival

Photo by Christine Laughren

The 2009 Ypsilanti Heritage Festival wrapped up Sunday afternoon, following three days of countless activities and events. The festival was dedicated to the Ypsilanti Historical Museum and Archives, pictured on this year's poster.
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Contest winners announced Sunday afternoon

By Citizen staff
Aug. 25, 2009    ·    2:49 a.m.


The rain held off all weekend for Ypsilanti’s 31st annual Heritage Festival. 

While the skies were overcast for much of the event, the rain didn’t really come down until the winners of the Rubber Duck Race were announced Sunday evening. 

First second and third place prizes of the Rubber Duck Race went to Judy Lucchetti, Amir Leath and Ken Shalar, respectively.

It was drizzling before the Rubber Duck Race, when the Ypsilanti Area Jaycees announced the winners of this year’s Beautiful Baby contest. A prince, princess, king and queen were named among the 46 contestant. 

Julia Mastie and Scottie Michael Allen, Jr. were named princess and prince. Allie Horchem and Brandon Scott-Luke were named Queen and King. The babies were crowned by Miss Ypsilanti Taura Cheatham. 

This year's Corporate Duck Race winner was The Bank of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti Branch. Golden Limousine came in second place and Eastern Michigan University's Student Center came in third.

A $2,000 grand prize for this year's Nightmare Cruise went to Ypsilanti Resident Mike O'Brien for his 1987 Oldsmobile Calais. The prizes were courtesy of Aachen Auto, a salvage yard and auto parts supplier located on Michigan Avenue. Ypsilanti residents Jimmy Miller and Tom McGuire came in second and third place, respectively, for Saturday's Nightmare Cruise.

Downtown organizers put on a bed race this year during the Heritage Festival. Several businesses and organizations competed against each other in the relay race, pushing their beds down Pearl Street in a frenzy to change costumes and race back. 

The very first winners of downtown's bed race were the Ypsilanti Area Jaycees. Heikk’s Decorated Apparel Studio, located downtown on Michigan Ave., came in second and also won the spirit award. 

“I thought it was terrific,” said Denise Cutlip, an organizer with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti. “The bed race was a lot of fun.” 

Cutlip said the turnout for the first-ever event was better than they had hoped, and the group will likely put on the competition next year.



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