Ypsilanti Citizen Community Sidetrack

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

Independence Day Parade

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Oldest parade for holiday here in Ypsi

By Dan DuChene
Jul. 6, 2009    ·    4:30 a.m.


There were large crowds gathered for the 80th annual Ypsilanti Fourth of July Parade Saturday.

The oldest Independence Day parade in Michigan, event organizer Chad Crabtree estimated more than 2,000 people had gathered to watch the parade along Cross Street.

Organized with by the Ypsilanti Area Jaycees, with help from the American Legion, the parade had nearly 70 groups and organizations walking from the water tower to Depot Town at 11 a.m. He said with all the participants, the parade stretched a half mile long.

The Jaycees handed out four awards amongst the participants. The American Legion won the best veterans' group. St. Paul Lutheran School won best children's group. The Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation won best float. The Lincoln High School Band won best musical group.

Every category had a runner up except the best veterans' group. Boy Scout Troop 290 came behind St. Paul Lutheran School. The Ypsilanti Area Jaycees came behind the Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation. And, Ypsilanti Public Schools came behind the Lincoln High School Band.

Crabtree, community director for the Jaycees, said the parade has been the oldest of its kind in the state for eight years running. It’s a mile and a half long.

The parade took an hour and a half to complete.

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