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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

Huge turnout at Marshmallow Drop

Children scramble to collect Easter Eggs at the Jaycees' annual Easter Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Drop at Frog Island Saturday. Nearly 600 children came out to the event. Video from the event will be posted soon. Photo by Christine Laughren

Children scramble to collect Easter Eggs at the Jaycees' annual Easter Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Drop at Frog Island Saturday. Nearly 600 children came out to the event. Video from the event will be posted soon.
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Jaycees organize Easter fun for kids, help charities

By Dan DuChene
Mar. 29, 2010    ·    10:21 a.m.


Organizers credit the sunny morning with a larger than expected turnout at Saturday's Easter Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Drop.

Approximately 600 children attended the event at Frog Island, scrambling to find Easter eggs and running to get a marshmallow dropped from a hovering helicopter.

“We were really happy with the turnout,” said Carrie Crabtree, president of the Ypsilanti Area Jaycees, which has been putting on the event annually.

“We were really appreciative of the weather,” she said. “It was a really nice day to be out.”

Crabtree said it was the most attended Easter Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Drop in the last five years. The Jaycees had planned on 400 to 500 children and had 37 volunteers at the event to run the morning's activities.

The entry fee per child was $1 or one canned food item. The cans were to be donated to the Ann Arbor-based Food Gatherers to help less fortunate families in the area during the Easter holiday. Crabtree said most paid the $1, but the Jaycees did collect “quite a bit of donations for the Food Gatherers.”

Participants brought in 200 non-perishable food items for the group.

“We'll do something bigger and better for the Food Gatherers next year,” Crabtree said, expecting to build from this year's success.

In addition to the money raised for the Food Gatherers, a bake sale at the event raised more than $100 for the March of Dimes' March for Babies.

The large turnout for the event had created a shortage of parking in Depot Town, especially with spaces along the west side of the Freighthouse closed for the building's renovation. Some participants had chosen to park their cars near the railroad tracks, some within a few feet.

The Ypsilanti Police Department had to tow some vehicles parked to close to the tracks. The Jaycees constantly made reminders to parents to move cars if they are parked near the tracks. Crabtree said the issue had never come up in the past.

“It was sort of a new situation,” Crabtree said. “I would hope that doesn't happen again.”

She said the group will discuss ways to prevent the problem when planning next year's event.

With money raised for various charities and the children who found eggs and picked up marshmallows with candy and toys, Crabtree considers the event a mission accomplished.

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