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People have differing views on going to cemeteries.  Whether you find it peaceful or whether you find it creepy, you can find a sense of history.  With that in mind, 89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan went exploring at a few cemeteries in Washtenaw County.


Food Gatherers
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For the last three decades, Food Gatherers has recovered food that would otherwise be wasted. It has put it to good use by helping feed the hungry in Washtenaw County.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair chats with Food Gatherers president and CEO Eileen Spring. They look back at how the organization has grown, what it has  has accomplished and what the future may hold. 


Jiffy Mix

To many, Jiffy Mix is a household name.  Many of you probably have it in your pantry right now.  From the corn muffin mix, to pizzas, pastries, and pies. Jiffy Mix is based in Washtenaw County and is well-known for its mixes that cut down on time and effort in the cooking process.  In fact, the company name comes from the adage, “It’ll be done in a Jiffy.”  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan paid a visit to the Jiffy Mix facility in Chelsea and learned about the history and more fun facts about the company.


Lisa Barry

Michigan is known as the “Great Lakes State” with a lot of focus on water, but many people may not realize there are numerous prairie fields here including in Washtenaw County.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry takes you to some of the area’s “large open grasslands” hidden in plain sight…


Lisa Barry

In this week's "In The Public Interest," our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by Washtenaw County Elections Director Ed Golembiewski and league member Cheryl Depner.  They talk about what's involved in being a county elections inspector and other issues related to rules and regulations concerning several upcoming elections.


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In this week's "Civic Matters," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Mary Morgan from the CivCity Initiative about the latest political developments in Washtenaw County.  Among the topics discussed are the AAATA's new "People-Friendly Streets" initiative, raising parking fines in Ann Arbor, and an open house hosted by Ann Arbor's police and fire departments.


Lisa Barry

As the school year wraps up for most seniors today in Washtenaw County, one student at Ypsilanti Community High School is going home with more than just a diploma!

Allergies
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For those who experience seasonal allergies, this year could be particularly bad, and climate change may be partially to blame.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair sits down with Dr. Daniel Katz, postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health, and they discuss the implications and where current and future research may lead. 


Mckinley

Thousands of Starbucks stores, including in Washtenaw County, closed down Tuesday afternoon for special employee training.


Ann Arbor Potters Guild

For nearly 80 years, the Ann Arbor Potters Guild has been serving the needs and interests of some of the community's most creative people. And, those artists have been serving the Guild.  It is a cooperative model that is being copied around the country because of its ongoing success.  In this week's 'creative:impact,'  Maki Lin shares the story of how the Guild is set up and built to last. 


Washtenaw County Road Commission

The Washtenaw County Road Commission has named a new managing director.


Washtenaw Wilderness
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Washtenaw County has always taken its environment seriously.  Now, it is the first county in Michigan to be certified as a community wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair chats with Mary Lapp, team leader of the Washtenaw Wilderness Community Wildlife Habitat, about what it takes for a community to receive such an honor.


A lot of people work are working hard to make sure you never know they are there.  They work lighting, costuming, sound, stage maintenance, and projection at the film and live events you attend.  It is an important component of the area's cultural sector and the focus on this week's "creative:impact" on 89,1 WEMU. 


Stinkbug
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The brown marmorated stinkbug is in Washtenaw County and seems to be here to stay.  The bugs are now an established nuisance.  They invade homes in the winter and wreak smelly havoc the rest of the year.  What can you do about it and other damaging invasive species?  WEMU’s David Fair searches for answers with EMU Biology Department Professor and renowned entomologist Dr. Jamin Eisenbach on this week’s edition of "Issues of the Environment.” 


7 Cylinders Studio / https://7cylinders.com/

There are film and video careers to be had and a living to be made in Washtenaw County.  But, you will have to hustle for it.  Donald Harrison of Ypsilanti has been doing exactly that with his 7 Cylinders Studio.  The former executive director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival shares his expertise on making an impact in the film and video world in Washtenaw County in this week's edition of 'creative:impact!' 


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Long before we started taking pictures on smartphones, you would see people wearing bigger and bulkier film cameras.  Among the more respected was the Argus camera and, as it turns out, it was made right here in Washtenaw County.  Argus is now out of business, but its legacy lives on.  As 89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan reports, you’ll discover that history in a 1,500 square-foot space at the corner of West William and 4th Streets in Ann Arbor, “Hidden In Plain Sight.”   

AAACF

From its youth council to serving the growing needs of seniors in Washtenaw County, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation is a philanthropic organization with a broad community focus intending to connect and engage with area residents.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry talks with foundation president and CEO Neel Hajra about the foundation's annual community meeting taking place on May 7th.


May 8th is Election Day in Washtenaw County.  The Ann Arbor Public Schools are seeking renewal of a general operating millage.  Ypsilanti Township is asking for tax support for fire department operations  and has a special election for a Parks Commission position.  As WEMU's Taylor Pinson reports, in Sharon Township, the issue is access to broadband internet service. 


Basketball
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Some kids dream of becoming basketball's next superstar, and the East Washtenaw Basketball League may provide a first step.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Steve Petty, Vice President of Healthy Living and Social Responsibility at the Ann Arbor YMCA, about what the league can offer Washtenaw County's youth.


The Ark / http://theark.org/

If you've ever been to a music performance at The Ark, you know why it is a revered venue, not only in Ann Arbor, but throughout the country.  For musicians and audience alike, it is small, intimate, and welcoming. 

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The deadline to get on the August primary ballot has passed, which the election season is really going to pick up steam.  In this week's "Civic Matters," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to CivCity Initiative executive director Mary Morgan about the latest events in local government, including more talks on the Ann Arbor YMCA Lot and a screening of a new, politically-charged documentary.


Medication
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In 2011, 29 people in Washtenaw County died from a opioid-related death.  That number increased to 68 last year.  The county is hoping to reduce that number.


Leslie Science and Nature Center

Exposing all generations of people to nature and engendering a connection and appreciation for the outdoors.  That is a big part of what is happening at the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor.  For those that participate, it is making a difference.  In this week's 'creative:impact' segment, WEMU's David Fair and president and CEO of the Arts Alliance, Deb Polich, further explore the difference the center is making now and for the future. 


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

The story of Egypt has been a vital component in explaining early world history.  The stories continue to capture the imagination.  Much of what we now know was captured through early writings and documentations made on what is called papyrus. Think of it as ancient paper.  It just so happens the largest collection of Papyri in North America is right in our area.  Walk through the U of M’s central campus Diag, in the doors to one of the school’s most recognizable buildings and, as 89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan reports, you’ll discover a world that has been “Hidden in Plain Sight.” 


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Whether you use it yourself of know someone who does, the use of medical marijuana in Michigan continues to grow and evolve.

We recently shared a Hidden In Plain Sight feature about what it’s like inside the dozen or so medical marijuana dispensaries around Washtenaw County.  Now, 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry talks to some patients and an Ann Arbor doctor who’ve seen or experienced first hand the benefits of using medical marijuana.


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