This year's Ypsilanti Heritage Festival will look as bit different than in past years, as new attractions are added and others decide to strike out on their own.
Among the elements that won't be part of the festival this year is Chautauqua at the Riverside, which is moving to October this year.
David Nickerson is chair of the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival board.
"With that being primarily presented at Riverside Arts, especially this last year we noticed that people weren't necessarily flowing up out of the park and to that event and to the venue," Nickerson says.
In Washtenaw County, the race to replace Roland Sizemore in the County Commission's fifth district now features five candidates - four Democrats and a Republican.
Among the Democrats who submitted nominating petitions before Tuesday's deadline: Ruth Ann Jamnick, a former Ypsilanti Township Supervisor and former State Representative; Wilma Gold-Jones, who serves on the board of the non-profit Mentor2Youth; Keith P. Jason, an Ypsilanti Township Park Commission member and Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority Commissioner; and Victor Dobrin.
Eastern Michigan University students got some help during final exams week from some four-legged friends Tuesday.
A "puppy room" was established on campus by the college's Pre-Vet Club. The room allowed students to take a few minutes out of their day to play with or pet several puppies brought to EMU by a Grand Rapids-based non-profit animal rescue.
Pre-Vet Club President Elisa Meier says getting students to take a break and play with a puppy is a valuable stress reliever for those struggling with finals.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is not happy with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that Michigan's voter-approved ban on the use of race as a factor in college admissions is constitutional.
Mark Fascher is ACLU staff attorney for the Racial Justice Project.
"If you want to advocate for affirmative action, now, into the foreseeable future, it's necessary to seek a referendum," Fascher says, "to have the Constitutional provision repealed, to mount a campaign, and then to win."
Congressman Gary Peters has filed petition signatures to put his name on the ballot. Peters is a Democrat running to succeed retiring US Senator Carl Levin. Peters' support for the federal healthcare law has been an issue in the campaign. Peters says that's OK with him.
The last two Ypsilanti City Council members whose terms expire in November have submitted petition signatures to run for re-election.
City Clerk Frances McMullen says Brian Robb and Daniel Vogt submitted signatures. Robb represents Ypsilanti's 2nd ward, while Vogt represents Ward 3.
McMullen says a couple of people have also taken out petitions to try and get on the ballot to run for Ricky Jefferson's seat on council. The Ward One representative announced last week he won't seek re-election when his term expires in November.
It's official - the 778 people who gathered at the former Willow Run bomber plant set a new world record for the number of people gathered in one place dressed as Rosie the Riveter.
The Yankee Air Museum received a letter from publishers of the Guinness Book of World Records indicating that "you have successfully achieved a new Guinness World Records title for 'largest gathering of people dressed as Rosie the Riveter'".
The museum still needs to raise about $1.25 million by May 1st to save a portion of the plant to use as its new home.
Members of the Youth Voice chapter at Ypsilanti Community High School are marching in a protest of unjust suspensions and expulsions.
A three-day march from Detroit to Lansing will end with a rally Wednesday morning at the state Capitol.
Peri Stone-Palmquist is Executive Director of the Ypsilanti-based Student Advocacy Center of Michigan, which has been working on the issue of unnecessary suspensions and expulsions for a number of years.
She recently succeeded in having the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education adopt a "Solutions not Suspensions" pledge.
Two businesses have signed non-binding letters of intent for commercial space in the Thompson Block building. View and purchase photos YPSILANTI - Espresso Royale and Zingerman's have both signed commercial letters of intent for space in Depot Town's Thompson Block building, according to The Thompson Block Partners.
Pet a puppy and be happy! You've done it. We've all done it. The Pre-Vet Club at Eastern Michigan University believes petting a puppy is therapeutic in times of great stress. What's more stressful for a college student than final exams?