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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

Spruce up Ypsilanti

Garbage fished out of Ford Lake at last year's Ypsi PRIDE Day.  Photo by Ypsi PRIDE

Garbage fished out of Ford Lake at last year's Ypsi PRIDE Day.

Ypsi PRIDE coming in May

By Charnika Jett
Apr. 3, 2009    ·    1:18 a.m.

On Saturday, May 16, some Ypsilanti residents are going to be able to take some joy in making our city look its best.

By participating in the 15th annual People Restoring Image and Developing the Environment Day, residents in Ypsilanti can make the community look fantastic by doing many activities to help improve the overall look of the city.

Gardening, sweeping, painting and litter pickup are just a few ways volunteers for Ypsi PRIDE Day are going to clean up the city. This year, 500 to 1,200 volunteers are expected to come out to lend a helping hand and add some shine to Ypsi streets.

Jenifer Whittler, a senior at Eastern Michigan University, is excited to participate in Ypsi PRIDE Day because this is her last opportunity to do so.

“I’m graduating at the end of this month, so I feel like why not lend a helping hand to make Ypsilanti better while I’m still living here,” Whittler said.

Whittler feels as though the community could look better if people would value the city more.

“I drive around some areas in the city and I can’t believe the way it looks,” Whittler said shaking her head. “Maybe if people had a little more pride in the city, we wouldn’t even need a PRIDE day.

"Either way, I’m super excited to be a part of such an awesome event,” she said.

There are several areas where volunteers can get involved to suit their tastes. If you tend to be a frequent visitor of Ford Lake, or admire the area, you can volunteer at one of the Ford Lake cleaning locations. Some volunteer activities at the lake include cleaning along shorelines of the river, cleaning the walking path or over the footbridges.

If the city is your first love, there are many locations to choose from to perform your act of kindness. Prospect Park, Depot Town and the Michigan Avenue business district are just a few areas that are listed.

For Ypsilanti residents with a green thumb, check out volunteering at the River Street Median, Recreation Park, Perry Learning Park or the city's gateways, as these areas are looking for a gardening planner.

After participants are done cleaning at their site, they can head over to Riverside Park and partake in some afternoon goodies. Lunch will be served while live entertainment plays in the background. Friends and family can get together to enjoy some activities following the presentations at the award ceremony after lunch.

Ypsi PRIDE Day would be a great way to hang out with friends and family while also helping Ypsilanti get its makeover just in time for summer.

If you would like to make a donation, volunteer or get more information about PRIDE Day, visit www.ypsipride.org.


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