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Thank you Ypsilanti
By Dan DuChene & Christine Laughren
Jun. 23, 2010   ·   5:07 p.m.

Christine Laughren and Dan DuChene, co-owners of the Ypsilanti Citizen, pose in front of their company's banner at Frenchie's during the Citizen's one-year anniversary party.

The Ypsilanti Citizen was launched in November 2008 to inform the Ypsilanti community about the news and events that were happening in their area.

Since our launch,...read more

Crossroads Summer Festival; rockin’ ladies night
By Dave Heikkinen and Frank Wright
Jun. 23, 2010   ·   4:37 p.m.

Barbara Payton and the Big Boss Trio rock Washington Street.

A special Ladies Night was held Friday at the 2010 Ypsilanti Crossroads Summer Festival in conjunction with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Just...read more

Crossroads to hold Ladies Night for Relay for Life
By Dave Heikkinen and Frank Wright
Jun. 16, 2010   ·   9:13 a.m.

On June 11, the 2010 Ypsilanti Crossroads Summer Festival featured a rousing opening set from roots and blue grass band Dragon Wagon.

Dragon Wagon was joined on...read more

Electric rail pollution leads to dirty laundry
By Laura Bien
Jun. 15, 2010   ·   11:42 a.m.

From the approximate vantage point of the present-day Materials Unlimited, the interurban car barn and powerhouse on Michigan Avenue loomed large.

Maggie Smith was not looking forward to a forenoon of sewing pleats.

She put down her newest customer’s summer dress. Downstairs, she offered to get potatoes...read more

EMU students in wartime
By Laura Bien
Jun. 1, 2010   ·   10:32 a.m.

The 1942 Aurora yearbook, the 50th
anniversary edition, included images that contrasted modern and
old-time students.

Leroy Grindle was an Ypsilantian soldier who lost his life in WWII. He was a member of the Michigan Normal (EMU) class of ’41, and is memorialized with a black...read more

Community invited to Citizen's 1-year party

Ypsilanti Farmers Market


By Citizen Staff
Nov. 18, 2009    ·    8:49 a.m.

The Ypsilanti Citizen is inviting everyone in the community out to Frenchie’s Saturday to celebrate our one-year anniversary as an Internet news publication.

The event will be held from 4-6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. We will share information on what and how we have been doing all year and serve up some appetizers and cake. Please drop by, as it will be a chance to interact directly with the people who put the Citizen together as well as a great chance to chat with fellow Ypsilanti citizens.

This is the third time the Citizen has held such an event since we launched the site Nov. 2, 2008. Shortly after we launched, a party was held downtown in the What is That? Art Gallery. Five months later, the Citizen hosted a discussion on news reporting in Ypsilanti at the Corner Brewery.

We’d like to think we’ve come a long way since our launch last year, or even from April. We have seen a steady growth in visitors from search engines, referring sites and direct traffic. As our presence on Facebook and Twitter have expanded, so have visits from referring links. We’ve also seen a steady increase in traffic from Google as time has passed.

The Citizen launched last year with four basic sections. Since then we’ve added a community calendar which has been well used by residents. We’ve also added sections on weather, police and an opinions page.

We plan to continue expanding and improving our site as we continue to serve the Ypsilanti community. There are more changes on the way, and attending the event Saturday will allow you to see what is new with the Citizen before anyone else.

Attending the event Saturday will also give you the opportunity to tell us what you think about the Citizen. We always welcome feedback in any form. Please show up if you want to tell us we’re doing a good job. Also, please show up if you want to tell us we aren’t. If you have a question to ask or a comment to make, we’re always willing to listen and respond.

If you can’t make it out Saturday but still want to reach us, please do. Our contact us page is the best way to reach us. You can also e-mail editor[at]ypsiciti[dot]com.

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