Ypsilanti Citizen Opinions Sidetrack

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

Nickels not running for Ypsilanti City Council


Letter to the Editor

By Bill Nickels
Apr. 12, 2010    ·    3:17 a.m.

The citizens of Ward 2—Normal Park and College Heights—will elect one of their two council persons in the August primary and November election this year. Having served in this capacity for 12 years, I am not going to seek re-election.

Feelings of accomplishments during these 12 years have been very rewarding for me. The first Living Wage Ordinance, weekly recycling, council protocol, keeping College Place in front of Pease Auditorium open, zoning enforcement along Washtenaw Avenue, the uniform Residential Parking Permit Program, down zoning in Midtown and saving the Starkweather House are issues that I worked on and now find gratifying.

Two disappointments mark my twelve years. Our unsuccessful attempt to redevelop Water Street is my major disappointment. A three-year attempt to restore the generating capacity of the Peninsular Dam and become profitable for the city is my second disappointment. Knowing that government sometimes works slowly but does work, there is still hope for both unfinished projects.

Shortly after I first got elected in 1998, cuts were necessary to keep revenues in line with expenses. I thank City Manager Koryzno for his low profiled outstanding management during these difficult economic times, City Clerk McMullan for bringing stability to our Clerk's Office and our city staff for their professional service. Most of all, I thank the voters of Ward 2 for electing me three times.

Eleven years and five months are complete. I look forward to seven more months of accomplishments and, like many of our citizens, service as a community volunteer after November.

Bill Nickels
Ypsilanti City Council, D-Ward 2

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