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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

Promotion committee brings ideas to Superior Township

Brenda Baker, chair of the Committee to Promote Superior Township, (right) goes over the agenda at Wednesday evening's meeting. The Committee's mission is to foster pride, unity and a sense of place among Superior Township Residents. Photo by Christine Laughren

Brenda Baker, chair of the Committee to Promote Superior Township, (right) goes over the agenda at Wednesday evening's meeting. The Committee's mission is to foster pride, unity and a sense of place among Superior Township Residents.
Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

Group looks for resident input

By Christine Laughren
Jan. 7, 2009    ·    10:32 p.m.

At first glance it’s a simple mission.

“Our mission is to foster pride, unity and a sense of place among Superior Township Residents.”

That is the mission of the Committee to Promote Superior Township. Established in September 2008, the ad-hoc committee has met several times and is now beginning to hone in on the initiatives it has set forth.

But the mission is more difficult to pin down as some may think, and the committee is looking for input from area residents throughout the Township.

Committee Chair Brenda Baker said she proposed the committee because of the new growth and development in recent years.

“I was concerned these new people would not understand the special township that we have,” she said.

Some major ideas that have been generated from previous meetings include tours of the community as well as a greater focus on the community’s history.

At tonight’s committee meeting the group discussed different ways to implement a car or walking tour. A printed, self-guided pamphlet or an audio format were both considered.

Committee member and newly appointed Township Trustee Alex Williams presented a process that could be taken to develop audio tours and scripts may be written for some locations by the next meeting.

Some members of the committee will be taking a trial car tour Saturday. Locations on the list of sites considered for the tour include the nature preserve, local barns and farmhouses, cider mills, cemeteries, the Huron Valley Humane Society and the Dixboro area.

The group has also been looking at new ways to communicate with residents including a quarterly Township newsletter and new ways to utilize the Township’s Web site. The latest newsletter is scheduled to be distributed February 9.

Baker said one of the toughest jobs is fostering pride in the area’s neighborhoods.

“How do we get people together and out of their homes,” she asked the group.

Committee member and Township Trustee Nancy Caviston suggested neighborhood associations may be a good way to communicate with several people in the area. However, others pointed out that not all areas have neighborhoods have associations.

Rhonda McGill suggested getting the community’s input on ways to bring neighborhoods and organizations together. The group will follow-up with existing neighborhood associations in the interim.

If you are interested in participating with the Committee to Promote Superior Township or have suggestions or ideas please call the Township office at 734-482-6099. The next scheduled meeting for the committee is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21 at the Superior Township Hall.

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