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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

Precious pets

Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

Jaycees continue competition this year

By Charnika Jett
Aug. 17, 2009    ·    11:02 a.m.


People arguing about whose pet is the most adorable will be able to settle their squabble once and for all, while raising money for a good cause at the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival.

The Ypsilanti-area Jaycees are returning to the Heritage Festival for the seventh annual Precious Pets contest. This friendly contest is open to all animals.

Festival-goers vote for the contestants during all three days of the event. Voting closes early on Sunday, so Jaycees can tally the votes and announce the winner onstage. The entry fee is $5, and all proceeds go to the Humane Society of Huron Valley.

Jodi Flavell, president of the Jaycees, urges owners of all pets to enter the fun contest.

“It doesn’t have to be a dog or a cat,” Flavell said. “Two years a go a hermit crab won.”

Precious Pets is branched off from another Jaycee contest, called Beautiful Babies, where people vote on the cutest child, instead of pets.

Jane Carr, a member of the Jaycees, said the group saw a need for a contest for people who didn’t have children, but owned pets. Those members also volunteered at the HSHV and thought about how much it could benefit the non-profit organization.

“They took their knowledge of the humane society and their knowledge of the project that we already ran for children and combined that into a new project that focused on pets instead,” Carr said.

Votes for the precious pets is 25 cents, but instead of using quarters voters will purchase “Jaycee” money to ease trouble when counting votes, and to also easily allow voters to spend as much as they want.

“Some people really want their pet to win, so they’ll spend $20,” Flavell said laughing. “That’s great though, because the money goes to the Humane Society, so that’s the motivation of it.”

Visitors will vote their choice for the most precious pet at the Jaycee booth during festival hours. At the booth, there will be a board with pictures of pet contestants and each will have a number. Next to it will be a doghouse with slits in it next to a number. Voters will enter the Jaycee money into the slit that represents their vote.

The Jaycees is a leadership training community service organization that has been in Ypsilanti for about 71 years, and is the largest chapter in the state.

“In general, our goal is to learn the skills of being business and career-oriented through helping organizations in the community that needs support and also build networking opportunities in the community as well,” Carr said.

“So this is one of the networking opportunity to be able to work with another non-profit organization like the humane society,” she said.

Winners of Precious Pets will receive a $50 gift certificate to Mantis Pets Supply and also have their picture displayed on the Ypsilanti Area Jaycee Website.

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