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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

Easter Bunny brings eggs, marshmallows to Frog Island

The Ypsilanti Area Jaycees are expecting 300 - 400 children to attend this Saturday's Easter Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Drop. At approximately 9 a.m. thousands of marshmallows will fall from a helicopter onto the field in Frog Island Park. Photo by File Photo

The Ypsilanti Area Jaycees are expecting 300 - 400 children to attend this Saturday's Easter Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Drop. At approximately 9 a.m. thousands of marshmallows will fall from a helicopter onto the field in Frog Island Park.
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Ypsi Jaycees host fun for kids, help less fortunate Saturday

By David Gomez
Mar. 26, 2010    ·    3:41 a.m.


The Ypsilanti Jaycees will play host to their annual Easter Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Drop starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at Frog Island Park.

The Jaycees are expecting 300 to 500 children to show up this year for the Easter Bunny and the dropping of over 100 pounds of jumbo-sized marshmallows from a helicopter. The children can redeem the marshmallows they grab for prizes and candy.

This year the Jaycees are asking for a $1 donation per child, or a can of food. The donated food will go to the Ann Arbor-based Food Gatherers to help less fortunate families during the Easter holiday.

According to Kat Dickenson, a member of the Ypsilanti Jaycees, the Jaycees are hoping people will choose to donate food in place of money this year.

“We’ve asked the children to bring canned goods, so it’s teaching the children to give to the needy,” Dickenson said. “We are hoping to get more food than money. If each kid brings one can that’s 500 cans of donated food for Food Gatherers.”

Dickenson said the marshmallow drop was previously sponsored by Ypsilanti Township 16 years ago, but the event was cut due to lack of funding. The Jaycees have run the event themselves for the past six years.

The Jaycees have had to rely on the generosity of others in the community to put on the marshmallow drop year after year. This year, the Jaycees received a $125 dollar donation from Erie Investments to buy an Easter Bunny suit.

Dickenson said it was costing the Jaycees $100 each time they rented a suit from Fantasy Attic Costumes in Depot Town. They decided owning a suit was a better idea for the future.

The biggest cost the Jaycees had this year was $550 to rent a helicopter out of Wayne County to drop the marshmallows for the children.

The Ypsilanti Jaycees have four different levels of sponsorship for those interested in donating to the event, which ends at noon, with the Easter Egg hunt taking place after the marshmallow drop.

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