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Hidden In Plain Sight

An occasional series that will introduce you to some of the people, places, and things that help comprise who we are as a community.  These are parts of our community that, in some way, are making a difference, and yet, you may not be at all familiar with them.  That’s why this feature series is called “Hidden in Plain Sight.”

Lisa Barry

The Ann Arbor area is often noted for academia and art, football, and food, but did you know it’s also home to a tortilla factory?

As part of our “Hidden In Plain Sight” series, 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry takes you to Pittsfield Township just outside of Ann Arbor where tasty tortillas and chips are made from one simple ingredient.


Greogory A. Fournier / https://fornology.blogspot.com/

Mary Terese Fleszar was last seen alive the evening of July 9, 1967.  Her body was found on an abandoned farm in Superior Township just about one month later.  Investigators didn’t know it then, but this was the beginning of a series of murders attributed to John Norman Collins.  These horrific acts of violence held our community in terror until Collins’ arrest in July 1969.  On this week’s "Hidden in Plain Sight," WEMU’s Patrick Campion meets up with “Terror in Ypsilanti” author Gregory Fournier to take us on a tour of some of the sites and sounds associated with the “Michigan Murderer” who preyed on Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti co-eds for two years.


Lisa Barry

Being a mom is hard, regardless of who you are or what your background may be.  It’s even harder for those who may not have the support they need.

In our ongoing series “Hidden in Plain Sight,” 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry takes you to the Corner Health Center in Ypsilanti--a comprehensive teen health center, also providing special care and programs for young mothers.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

There is no doubt that Washtenaw County has many historic and beautiful buildings.  But have you ever wondered who helps keep those structures looking the way they do?  As part of our "Hidden in Plain Sight" series, 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan interviewed workers who do just that.


Lisa Barry

On this edition of 89.1 WEMU’S "Hidden In Plain Sight," our own Lisa Barry takes you to a west side Ann Arbor shoe store that first opened downtown in 1942.  Mast Shoes has been providing a lot of sole/soul and sense of community for decades and is, ultimately, about more than just shoes.  


Lisa Barry

In our ongoing series highlighting people and places in our community that are "Hidden in Plain Sight,"  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry takes you on a visit to the home of a Saline man. Dr. Brian Ottum operates a New Mexico desert telescope, by remote control, from his basement, taking pictures of astronomical phenomena without ever leaving the comfort of his home. 


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

On September 11th of each year, we are reminded of the horrific day when America found itself under attack. The Pentagon was hit. Another hijacked plane went down in a Pennsylvania field in a crash that spared a Washington D.C.  target because of the heroics of some of its passengers. And, for those old enough to remember, we will never forget where we were when word broke that one of the towers of New York’s World Trade Center had been hit by a plane. Then, the other tower was hit. Any question of whether it was a terrorist attack was removed. Then, we watched, and listened, in disbelief as each of those towers collapsed and crumbled to the ground, claiming 2,997 lives. From that day forward, as a nation, we made a promise: “We will never forget.”  Today marks 16-years since that fateful day. On this anniversary, 89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan takes you to a spot on the Eastern Michigan University campus where a piece pulled from the wreckage of the World Trade Center sits, open to the public, and yet, “Hidden in Plain Sight.” 


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

In our daily drives this time of year, we frequently encounter cyclists on the paths and roadways around town.  More often than not, we continue on our journey without another thought about the person we see riding to points unknown.  Sometimes, there is a more going on than meets the eye. In this installment of WEMU’s “Hidden in Plain Sight" series, Jorge Avellan takes you inside a program that is helping those with disabilities pedal to greater independence. 


Lisa Barry

We’ve created a new feature here on 89.1 WEMU we’re calling “Hidden In Plain Sight.”  It focuses on some of the people or places in our community that you may not have known about or were familiar with.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry takes you to a secret garden that you may actually have eaten from – but perhaps didn’t know even existed!


Michigan Ladder Company

This week, we launch what will be an occasional series that will introduce you to some of the people, places, and things that help comprise who we are as a community.  These are parts of our community that, in some way, are making a difference, and yet, you may not be at all familiar with them.  That’s why this feature series is called “Hidden in Plain Sight.”

Today, we take you to Michigan Ladder Company.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan spent time with the folks at the Ypsilanti factory that makes products found everywhere from Washtenaw County, to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, to the White House