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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

Lake Shore fireworks and festival


Apartment complex hosts holiday event

By Dan DuChene
Jul. 6, 2009    ·    4:33 a.m.

Ypsilanti residents were treated to fireworks on Ford Lake for the first time since 2003 Wednesday night.

The event was part of Lake Shore Apartment’s Family Festival, which took place at company’s property on the corner of Grove Road and Bridge Street Wednesday and wrapped up Sunday.

Joanna Hardesty, the event’s organizer, estimated 5,000 people had turned out to the festival during the five days it was in operation. She said the attendance was good, considering a couple days of poor weather.

“It went together very well,” Hardesty said.

This was the first year the apartment complex put on the festival, and Hardesty said the group got a late start. She said Lake Shore had intended to put on a fireworks display last year, but did not organize a festival. The display last year was canceled due to rain.

Hardesty said planning for a festival wasn’t started until April. She said the festival—with rides, games, food and live entertainment—is intended to help the new property’s new management company reach out to the community, and to create a foundation to help make the fireworks display more permanent.

“It’s something positive for the area,” she said.

Normally, she said it takes a year to plan an event like this.

Aside from carnival rides and games, the festival also featured live music from Motown group the Contours and the Red Wings’ Karen Newman. The festival also had a petting zoo and an outdoor showing of “Yes Man,” featuring Jim Carrey. It also hosted an acrobatic motorcycle stunt show and 40 artist and merchant booths.

“It’s been a tremendous success,” Hardesty said.

Next year, she said the fireworks may move to a day on the weekend, and the number of days the festival runs may be reduced from five to around three. She did say, however, that the community can expect it next year.

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