2013 July

Reinventing Malletts Creek

To grasp the scale and scope of the changes to the Malletts Creek watershed in recent years, visit the two big parks it flows through.Start at Mary Beth Doyle Park on the city’s southeast side. Enter from Birch Hollow...

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First In, Last Out

When residents describe East Ann Arbor, they use terms such as peaceful, quiet, and tranquil. The neighborhoods around the intersection of Packard and Platt have block after block of small, neat homes, many built in the 1940s...

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Getting the program

Michigan sports memorabilia dealer Ken Magee recently called his friend Mark Schlanderer, and said, “I’ve found the Holy Grail!” Without missing a beat, Schlanderer replied, “The 1902 Rose Bowl...

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Pokey LaFarge

Pokey LaFarge grew up (as Andrew Heissler) in downstate Illinois. His grandfather was a member of the St. Louis Banjo Society, and he discovered the remnants of the classic blues and jazz styles that survived along the...

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Planning a Landmark

Founded in 1981 in the basement of an Ann Arbor church, St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church moved to a former garage at 9900 Jackson Road a few years later. A parishioner made a small “onion” dome of wood and Bondo...

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Lessons in Survival

“The way things are currently structured, it’s inevitable,” says Dexter school board president Larry Cobler. “At some point every school district in the state is either going to be under an emergency...

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Seva Update

Jeff Jackson, owner of Seva restaurant, didn’t return calls or emails asking if he had renegotiated his lease with his longtime landlord, the VFW. But it seems that Seva will not be moving to Fourth Avenue, previously...

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Gallery Project in Transition

“A little piece of New York,” is how Lois Kane described the Gallery Project when she passed along the news that it had closed its Fourth Avenue location. (Kane has sharp eyes for openings and closings–she...

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Dinner concerts and more

If you squint your eyes, blur out the semis, and gaze down the main drag in Saline from atop its tallest commercial building, you can almost imagine what the road might have looked like a century and a half ago, back when it was...

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Gift of Nature

The Reichert family called their weekend retreat in northern Washtenaw County “the farm,” a casual term for a ninety-two-acre paradise of ponds and trees and woods and plants, both cultivated and wild. Soon, the...

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A Costly Lesson for Blue Lotus

For months there was a sign in the window of Town Center Plaza, next to the now-closed Eastern Accents, announcing a forthcoming Blue Lotus Carryout and Blue Lotus Hookah Lounge. Thirty-six-year-old Khaled Mohamed was excited...

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Kip Barry’s Tricks & Treats

Kip Barry’s Tricks & Treats and Performing Arts Center in Braun Court opened last November, and now it has closed. “I’m sorry things didn’t work,” says owner/magician Kip Barry. He’s says...

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Helene Wecker

Next to the “on the road” theme, the immigrant’s story may have provided the most telling and poignant moments in American literature. There have been so many of them it’s hard to imagine that anyone can...

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Visiting Vets

Two local docs are delivering home health care to furry family members.Veterinarians traveling to treat animals are nothing new, volunteers Monica Turenne, DVM, of Four Paws Veterinary Wellness. “In the past, visiting vets...

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JXN’S Cuterebra

JXN’s REPORT7/20/2012Patient information: Name: JXN. Species: Feline. Sex: MN. Breed: DSH. Birthday: 7/26/2011. Age: 1 year old. Color: Grey. Weight: 10 lbs. 12 oz.Presenting concerns: fever.History: Still febrile, ate...

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Judg(e)ment Day

“Yep, I’ve used the alarm a handful of times,” says Megan Chichila, manager of the new Planet Fitness franchise on West Stadium. That’s the company’s trademarked “Lunk Alarm,” which is...

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Fairy Hotel

Sure, there are fairy houses and fairy doors scattered throughout Ann Arbor, but where will Art Fairy tourists find sanctuary and sustenance at this month’s Ann Arbor Art Fairs?One option is nestled within the bucolic...

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Market Share

Not so long ago, farmers markets looked like an endangered species. “Sales are down and fewer farmers are coming to Ann Arbor,” the Ann Arbor Observer wrote in 1988. “Will the market survive to the year...

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How Do Kids Connect to Art?

Note: All children were interviewed and photographed with permission from their parents. And in a healthy moment, one artist, Yos Belchatovski, stopped us from taking their pictures until he verified that.”I just like...

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Library Lane’s Width

Q. I was perplexed to see that Library Lane is designated on its street sign as a private road. Didn’t municipal bonds pay for this project?A. Yes, municipal bonds paid for both the underground parking structure and the...

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