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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

Nightmares Cruise in Depot Town

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Contestants compete for $2,000 top prize, awarded to worst looking vehicle

By Christine Laughren
Aug. 17, 2009    ·    10:52 a.m.


It’s that time of year again, time for cruising in the car.  

So, dust off your rusted, ravaged, corroded, crumbling, mangled, mutilated faded and frayed vehicle and cruise over to Depot Town’s Nightmare Cruise.
 
Sponsored by Aachen Auto, the Nightmare Cruise, now in its fourth year, will once again award cash prizes to the most dilapidated, decrepit, rundown looking vehicles in the bunch.  

“May the biggest piece of sh-- win,” Keith Bragg, owner of Aachen Auto, wrote in a release to the community. 

Line-up for the event begins at 12:45 Saturday afternoon, with the parade of sorry excuses for vehicles beginning at 1 p.m. All vehicles must be legally registered and run. Organizers ask oil and other leaks be kept to a minimum. Best of all, there is no registration or entry fee for the event. 

This year’s top prize is $2,000, with the second and third place winners taking home $300 and $100 respectively. 

All cars will stop at the Nightmare Cruise platform while announcer John Brendell talks about the highlights, lowlights and maybe even some dangling lights of each vehicle. Winners will be determined by a panel of judges. And, though they won’t be donning their black robes, these judges have experience. 

Judge Charles Pope and Magistrate Mark Nelson of the 14B District Court in Ypsilanti Township will be presiding over the proceedings, along with Lex Medias from Ferrous Processing, an environmentally friendly scrap recovery company.  

While judges are making their final verdict, children attendees will be chosen to help Aachen Auto crush 10 to 12 vehicles with its massive car crusher 

“It’s always a lot of fun,” said Jane Ridner, an organizer of the cruise. “To me, the car crushing is the best, especially watching the kids as they push the levers and watch the cars get smooshed.” 
 

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