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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

The holidays in Ypsilanti



By Citizen Staff
Dec. 4, 2009    ·    3:03 p.m.

In case the frost on your car windows, threatening snowfall or changed playlists on your local radio stations haven’t tipped you off, it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.

Ypsilanti is certainly no exception.

Trees and lampposts are lit up, store fronts are aglow and the weekends are starting to get much busier.

This weekend, for example, the tree in Depot Town is being lit at 6 p.m. tonight and the Downtown Starlight Spree begins at the same time.

Saturday, Santa will be at J. Niel’s downtown at 11 a.m. to take pictures with children, the Shadow Art Fair kicks-off at noon, a reindeer stable will open up near Materials Unlimited at 4 p.m. Then at 6 p.m., the Startlight Spree continues the same time the Candlelight Home Tour starts.

Festivities over the weekend wrap up Sunday with the Holiday Home Tour, a fundraiser for Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels, starting at noon. Later in the day, the Ypsilanti District Library will hold its annual holiday concert at 2 p.m. and the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra will be playing a holiday concert at 3:30 p.m. at Towsley Auditorium.

If you’re having trouble keeping it all straight, visit our calendar. The above events and more are all there.

But with the holidays here, and shopping season in full-swing since Halloween, the Citizen would like to remind Ypsilanti residents that there are plenty of gifts to be bought right in your community.

In fact, the Citizen challenges residents to buy as many of their gifts from local businesses as possible. You may be surprised how many list items can be found from the same people who help make Ypsilanti what it is, and who want to see it become what it can be.

There are several stores tailored to help you find something for that someone who you haven’t the slightest clue what to buy. Perhaps a singing cucumber from The Rocket or a growler of Espresso Love from the Corner Brewery is the gift they’ve always wanted.

Shopping local is the perfect way to better get to know your community and the people who live in it. It’s also the best way to help keep Ypsilanti just the way you like it, and to help make it a better place to live.


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