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

Ypsilanti High School winter drumline team collecting money for uniforms

The Ypsilanti High School winter 2009 drumline team wearing purple and black uniforms. Photo by Ypsilanti High School

The Ypsilanti High School winter 2009 drumline team wearing purple and black uniforms.
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Bottle, can drive this Saturday

By David Gomez
Jan. 22, 2010    ·    11:16 a.m.


The Ypsilanti High School winter drumline team is having a bottle drive uniform fundraiser this Saturday.

Ypsilanti residents can leave bottles or cans on their porches by 12:00 p.m. and members of the drumline will pick them up in the afternoon.

The fundraiser is aimed at lessening the financial burden for the drumline participants this season according to Rob Abend, Director of the YHS Winter Drumline team.

The drumline is made up of students from the high school and the middle school. The group decided to make their uniforms in-house this year to save money. Parent Cheryl Heator is taking the lead on the uniforms.

“I have an older daughter who graduated in 08’ and she was in it, and so I’ve kind of been in charge of uniforms,” Heator said.

Because the group is short on resources, organizers say they try to reuse whenever they can to benefit future students. This year, Heator said they are reusing the pants from last year. So all she has to do is make 22 shirts.

The decision to make the uniforms has made the task easier and more affordable for the drumline parents, who already pay $300 for their kids to participate. Abend also said the group is paying for copyrights, to use different music as well.

“This year we are going to get away with $15 to $20 per student” Heator said of the uniform costs. “It’s usually $20, $30 or $40 dollars per student.”

Residents who want to have their bottles picked up at another time on Saturday can call 734-262-1262.

If you would like to make a donation to the drumline, please make your check payable to: Ypsilanti Band Association/Drumline. You can mail your donation to: Ypsilanti High School Band Room, 2095 Packard Rd., Ypsilanti, MI 48197.



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