Ypsilanti Citizen Community Sidetrack

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

Residents get Ypsi PRIDE

Volunteers from the Ypsilanti area who participated in Ypsi PRIDE Day Saturday line up for a free lunch in Riverside Park provided by area restaurants and businesses. Photo by Dan DuChene

Volunteers from the Ypsilanti area who participated in Ypsi PRIDE Day Saturday line up for a free lunch in Riverside Park provided by area restaurants and businesses.

Annual event in its 15th year

By Dan DuChene
May. 18, 2009    ·    7:46 a.m.

Despite overcast skies that constantly threatened rain, more than 500 Ypsilantians are estimated to have helped beautify their community Saturday morning.

Saturday marked the 15th annual Ypsi Pride Day, where residents clean and refurbish their communities through work projects throughout the Ypsilanti area.

More than 30 cleaning and gardening projects were organized in local parks and neighborhoods in the city and township, in Depot Town, Downtown and Ford Lake. It was a day when local businesses and residents took time out for a little spring cleaning.

Organized by the Ypsilanti Area Jaycees in conjunction with the Ypsilanti Area Chamber of Commerce, the day’s title stands for People Restoring Image and Developing the Environment. It is funded primarily by donations from area residents and businesses.

Jane Carr, a past president for the Jaycees and chair for the event, said the group spent more than $1,200 on flowers that were planted in neighborhoods as far away as West Willow in Ypsilanti Township.

“It’s our biggest expense,” Carr said about the flower purchase.

Brian Vosburg, the director for both of Ypsilanti’s Downtown Development Authority districts said more than $6,000 was spent on flowers planted in Depot Town, Downtown and the Riverside Arts Center.

Local cleaning company Coach’s power-washed windows and entry ways for downtown businesses. Tom Fagan, the company’s founder said eight employees donated their time to use two trucks and get the job done.

At noon, when the projects were over, the day’s volunteers met up at Riverside Park at noon for a free lunch provided by area restaurants and businesses. The lunch, also organized by the Jaycees, provided workers with pizza, hotdogs, sausage, salad, breadsticks and beverages.

Soon after most people had made it through the line, the weather broke. The rest of the day was sunny without a gray cloud in sight.

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