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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

Leaping vaulters come to Frog Island

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Pole vaulting event scheduled for Saturday

By Josh Curmi
Aug. 21, 2009    ·    9:08 a.m.


Pole-vaulters of all ages and skill levels will have the opportunity to showcase their skills Saturday at the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival.

The local community and many elite pole-vaulters from the Midwest will be competing in the United States Track and Field Federation sanctioned event. This being a sanctioned event, any world records or performances will be accepted.

Event Coordinator and participant Paul Babits is looking forward to bringing this event to Michigan and the Heritage Festival.

“I am from Michigan and have always wanted to bring it back,” Babits said “The Heritage Festival has been fantastic and we are really excited about it being here.”

Babits also said spectators love watching the participants fly through the air and it’s a great event for kids.

“It’s like a circus event,” he said, laughing. “People watch and wonder how they get so high and want to try it themselves.”

Heritage Festival co-coordinator Kathy Bennet also anticipates a great atmosphere for the competition.

“I have talked to a lot of people and pole-vaulting sparked a real interest, it surprised me,” Bennet said. “I am excited to bring something that everyone is looking forward to.

“We anticipate a great crowd,” she said.

The event will start at 10 a.m., with beginners from ages 12 - 72 with the height starting at 6 foot, 6 inches.”

At 1 p.m., the elite men will jump, followed by the elite women at 3 p.m. These groups are both consisted of former and current national champions.

The high school boys and girls competition will be from 5 - 9 p.m.

There is a $45 fee to compete in the event due to insurance, sanction, and set-up fees.

Those who help set up for the competition may have their fee waived. For more information or any questions e-mail Paul Babits at polevaultcamps@comcast.net.

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