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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

Remodel Green 08 hits Ypsilanti

Remodel Green 08, held in the Eastern Michigan University Ballroom, saw about 500 visitors this year. Photo by Remodel Green 08

Remodel Green 08, held in the Eastern Michigan University Ballroom, saw about 500 visitors this year.
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Expo and conference brought hundreds

By Christine Laughren
Nov. 1, 2008    ·    12:05 p.m.


Remodel Green 08 promised to deliver one of the most informative events focusing on green remodeling in North America and it came to Ypsilanti this past Friday and Saturday.

According to the organization's Web site Remodel Green 08 was a two day event that “brings together builders, architects, designers, homeowners, suppliers and community leaders who share excitement about green building, a phenomenon that is outperforming all other segments of the construction industry across the U.S.”

The expo and conference took place in the Ballroom of Eastern Michigan University’s Student Center, with more than 14,000 square feet of exhibition space and 1,500 conference delegates.

Co-organizer Jason Bing said the conference and expo, now in its second year, provided educational sessions geared toward the green remodeling industry as well as give green vendors the opportunity to showcase their wares to the community.

“Not only were the homeowners exposed to concepts and technology that are available but they were also face to face with people that can help them get a project done,” Bing said.

The co-organizer also said the presentations made both days were beneficial to industry professionals as well.

There are two keynote speakers for the event. Joe Lstiburek, public speaker & lecturer in building science, spoke Friday. Saturday’s keynote presentation was given by Scott Morgan, host of several HDTV shows including, “Eco-Smart Living” and “Restoration and Renovation.”

Recycle Ann Arbor, the Clean Energy Coalition and the southeastern chapter National Association of Remodeling Industry organized the event.
Sean Reed, executive director of the Clean Energy Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting clean energy technologies, said the conference and expo presents a “one-stop-shop” atmosphere beneficial to the entire community and well as the region.
He said the inevitable and continuous rise in energy costs are going to have an impact on people’s wallets but he said the conference shows citizens ways to save.

“You aren’t powerless in dealing with these issues and you’re also not alone,” Reed said. "There are a lot of things you can do and we want to show people what their options are.”

Bing said he and other organizers of the event, which was strictly a professional affair last year, tried to make it as accessible as possible for community members. Admittance for citizens this year was $5 for adults and free for students and seniors. Final attendance was around 500 people according to Bing.



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