On Monday, Ann Arbor Township discovered dioxane in drinking water more than a mile north of the estimated boundary of the Gelman plume, MLive reports. A sample taken from a home north of Skyline High School found contamination above the state drinking water standard. While subsequent samples showed lower levels, the finding reinforces the township’s “concerns about the lack of sufficient groundwater monitoring,” according to supervisor Diane O’Connell.
U-M scientists say the Gelman plume may reach home basements around West Park, Michigan Radio reports. No traces of the dangerous 1,4 dioxane have been detected yet, but they’re urging regulators to continue monitoring it.
A proposal for what would be the most sustainable apartment building in town is heading to city council for approval, MLive reports. The solar-powered project at 530 N. Division St. — called The Bridge — was unanimously approved by the planning commission last month. The project would see a 24-bedroom quadplex take the place of a ten-bedroom rental house.
A hundred-year-old building on Catherine is getting a major facelift, MLive reports. Erik Majcher, owner of Atlantes Design, bought the onetime garage at 109 Catherine last year. He’s now renovating the two-story structure to give it a new facade, new stucco, a new roof, and more, in the hopes of turning the upper floor into an office for his business and leasing out the ground level.
Potential homeowners are spearheading a push to rezone a 26-acre area of agricultural land about a mile west of Platt Rd., MLive reports. The land is surrounded by residential areas, and the Pittsfield Township planning commission is moving toward a rezoning that would allow twenty new homes to be built.
The city’s winter composting program runs January through March. Trucks will empty compost bins on the same days as trash and recycling pickups during the first week of each month. The city has extensive guidance on how to keep your kitchen scraps from freezing to the bin.
Ann Arbor once was home to a grand Masonic Temple, MLive recounts. Dedicated in 1925, the building was demolished fifty years later, and ever since then the city’s remaining Freemasons have been finding other places to meet, from the Zal Gaz Grotto — which has found new life with the Cosa Sabrosa food truck taking up residence inside — to the Belleville Masonic Temple.
Concordia University set a record for enrollment this year, MLive reports. The private Lutheran college had 1,201 students this fall, the most in its fifty-nine-year existence. College officials credit the enrollment spike to a slew of new programs added over the last decade.
Zingerman’s Deli won a battle with hackers to regain control of its Instagram account, ClickOnDetroit reports. The hackers had been promoting cryptocurrency and financial schemes to the deli’s more than 33,000 followers, but a post this week announced the deli’s triumphant return to control.
Argus Farm Stop owner Kathy Sample has been named Washtenaw County’s 2023 Woman of the Year by United Way, MLive reports. A spokesperson hailed Sample and her husband Bill Brinkerhoff’’s work at their Argus Farm Stops, which pass 70 percent of their retail prices on to around 200 local farms and food producers—a total of $15 million since 2014.
Two U-M debaters emerged victorious at the fall semester national debate championship last month, the Daily reports. Arguing that artificial intelligences should be granted legal personhood, Kelly Phil and Rafael Pierry defeated competitors from schools like Harvard and Dartmouth to enter the winter semester with a 41–4 record.
Ann Arbor landed WalletHub’s top spot for best 2023 small city college towns. It also snagged the number two spot overall, for the second year in a row, topped only by Austin, Texas.
Tree Town’s peak day for buying Christmas trees is coming up Saturday, Cynthia Furlong Reynolds reports in the December Observer. Sellers like Duke Wagatha, who’s been coming to Ann Arbor for thirty-six years, display their evergreen wares as early as the first few weeks of November, while others like Kelly Vore of Downtown Home & Garden, wait until Thanksgiving week to put out hundreds of trees.