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Pure Michigan Singalong shows off Metro Detroit, becomes a web sensation

Come on, you gotta have a heart of stone not to be touched by this clever Pure Michigan promotional. And at nearly 2 million views in less than 2 weeks that's a helluva successful campaign.
Let's see if I caught all of our region's reps. There's the Erebus' ghouls (Pontiac), a high falutin' toast in Rochester, Royal Oak's polar bears, a Southfield weatherman, The Henry Ford (Dearborn), Ann Arbor's Big House, Detroit's Comerica Park, Lions, DIA, and Fox Theater, an ice rink in Novi, and the Ypsilanti Water Tower. Did I miss any?
Check out the video below.

Paste Magazine lists 12 Michigan bands you gotta listen to

Okay, let's start off by mentioning my intense love of Lightning Love, Chris Bathgate, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jr. But that's just the tip of the local music worth owning iceberg. Paste spotlights a dozen Mitten-based bands that you should be spreading the gospel about.


"Lightning Love is a trio that features siblings Aaron and Leah Diehl along with guitarist Ben Collins. Aaron’s simple, appropriate drums are a great backbone for Leah’s tongue-in-cheek lyrics that explore subjects that range from every day routines (“Everyone I Know”) to the more ridiculous (“Friends”). The band just released the excellent Girls Who Look Like Me EP on Quite Scientific Records."

Read the rest here.

Metro Detroit malls appear in New Yorker cartoon

Somerset, Oakland, Westgate, Jackson, and Briarwood malls all made the cut in one of the most recent cartoons in The New Yorker. The cartoonist, Dave Corley, lives in Ann Arbor and received a bachelor's degree in both philosophy and imaginative writing from Eastern Michigan University.

Check out the cartoon here.

Chicago Sun-Times is on board with Michigan's high-speed rail

Metro Detroit recently received $161 million in federal funds to improve high-speed rail service on Amtrak's Wolverine line between Pontiac and Kalamazoo. The Chicago Sun-Times takes a good look at the potential of this investment and how it breaks down.


About $150 million of the money awarded to Michigan will be for the section of track between Kalamazoo and Detroit. This is owned by Norfolk Southern, which wants to sell it, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said.

Michigan may buy it with a portion of the high-speed rail money. Discussions are ongoing about how much of the funds would be for the track and how much for track improvement, Magliari said.

Track improvements would increase speeds from 79 mph to 110 mph, which would bring it in line with the track Amtrak owns from Kalamazoo to the state line.

At greater speeds, Amtrak could double the number of round trips from Chicago to Detroit from three to six, Magliari said. Ridership on this route already has increased 8 percent in the past year.

The rest of the high-speed funding would be used to improve the connection from Pontiac to the state line.

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Art vs Beer - Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti feature big fests this weekend

Art and beer arm wrestle for crowds in Washtenaw County, wanna guess which will win? In one corner you've got downtown Ann Arbor's Art Fairs (four art fairs that are generally thought of as one). In the other corner you've got the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti's Riverside Park. Personally, I'm putting my money on the the fest that gets me feeling happy quickest.



"Well, we all knew it was big, but when Google takes notice, it must be really big.

The Ann Arbor Art Fair was holding down the No. 4 spot on Google Trends' list of Hot Searches this morning. That's the top searches in the entire nation. The art fairs — technically it's four fairs, though the most likely search term is in the singular — was sandwiched between Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker and Georgia election results.

An estimated half-million or more people are expected in Ann Arbor over the next four days."

Get more coverage here.


"Or maybe you've said to yourself, "Well, I'd like to try some of that craft beer but I have no idea what I'd like and I don't want to waste my time and money ... oh how I wish there was someone to help me!!!!"

Well, your wish has come true! (Sorry, I can't help with those other wishes you have ... and those are kinda off-color, don't you think?) You can be a beer adventurer, kids! Kind of like being guided by a Boy Scout -- but with beer!! For the low price of $10 (a festival ticket is still required), you will get to enter through the VIP entrance at the beer fest and meet your adventurer guide. I've gone through this VIP entrance and that in and of itself is pretty cool ... no lines, for one, and you're a VIP! That's cool! Your guide will meet with you and up to four other people and plot your battle plan. And trust me, these battle plans will make the ones from "Red Dawn" (the original, not the remake) look like a Tic Tac Toe game."

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Never mind rock-n-roll high school, Ypsi has a high tech high school

Ypsilanti went high tech with its latest high school addition. The school is incorporating various new teaching techniques along with technology to form new classes, or, at least, new versions of old classes.


Next fall, when students in the Ypsilanti area's newest high school get done learning their geometry lessons, they'll take those concepts and turn them into art.

That's because they won't be sitting in a traditional math class. Instead, they'll be in a geoart class - a 100 minute-a-day course that combines geometry and art.

It's one of three combination classes for the 100-plus students who will make up the initial freshman class at the Ypsilanti school district's New Tech High School.

The two others? Historytech and Biolit.

Combining classes is one part of the new techniques that will be used at the school, which will meet in Ardis Elementary School, a building that has been closed for several years.

The high school is geared to combine technology with new teaching techniques that focus in on project learning, said Cory McElmeel, who's in charge of the school.

Ypsilanti's New Tech is one five such high schools opening in the state this year, joining more than 50 already in operation across the nation.

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Ypsilanti firm helps Massachusetts entrepreneurs create dry erase paint

Who needs a dry erase board when you can just write on the wall, or the table, or the chair? The catch is that it's still all dry erase! A couple of mad scientists - A.K.A. entrepreneurs - thought about a world where dry erase board paint existed. They sought out to create it and found an Ypsi company to help them realize their dream.


For three years, former classmates Morgen Newman, John Goscha and Jeff Avallon sought help from specialty paint and chemical coating laboratories. Two labs claimed it was impossible. Whiteboards are made using high-intensity ovens. IdeaPaint needed something that could be applied with a roller in a single coat. That wasn't going to happen, the scientists said.

The young entrepreneurs refused to believe it. "Our joke was, if we could put a man on the moon, we can make dry-erase paint," says Newman, 25.

Then they found CAS-MI Laboratories in Ypsilanti, Mich., where the scientists were willing to give their plan a shot and even cover some of the development costs.

With the help of $1 million from family, friends and a few angel investors, the group spent the next four years fine-tuning their recipe.

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The Salvation Army's Red Kettle drive now takes plastic

No cash? No problem. Men and women ringing the bells outside now take plastic. The nostalgic scene will no longer have the sound of change falling into a tin can, but now more of a swipe and a printing receipt sound.


The Salvation Army of Washtenaw County will kick off its annual Red Kettle Campaign with an event beginning at noon on Friday, Nov. 20 inside Briarwood Mall. A giant red kettle measuring 6 feet tall and 6 feet around will be set up in the Celebration Center next to the play area in the JCPenney court. 

The Red Kettle Campaign is going high tech this year with the addition of credit card machines at three kettles in Briarwood Mall and one kettle at Sam's Club in Ypsilanti. TSA-WC is the first corps in the state of Michigan, as well as The Salvation Army’s Central Territory, to use credit card machines at its kettles.

"People who don’t tend to carry cash now have a convenient and safe way to donate to our Red Kettle Campaign," said Washtenaw County Coordinator Major John Williams. "The machines don’t hold the credit card data – the data is transmitted through a secure cellular connection."

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Study started in Ypsi preschool finds that IQ is overrated

IQ, schmIQ... according to a study that began in a preschool in Ypsilanti. Well, OK, so the study doesn't exactly say "IQ, schmIQ," but it discovered that IQ isn't the only factor when looking at achievement.

Forrest, "Stupid is as stupid does," was right.


From the Perry Preschool, in Ypsilanti, Mich., comes one of the most influential demonstrations that factors other than intelligence play a large role in determining achievement.

In the 1960s, researchers began a study of 123 African-American children born into poverty. When the children were 3 years old, they were randomly assigned to either a treatment group, and given a high-quality preschool education, or to a control group, which received no preschool education at all.

The subjects were then tracked over the ensuing decades, with the most recent analysis comparing the groups at the age of 40. The differences, even decades after the intervention, were stark: adults assigned to the preschool program were 20 percent more likely to have graduated from high school and 19 percent less likely to have been arrested more than five times.

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Ypsi's Clean Energy Coalition offers tips to green up your home

So you've heard about this "greening" thing. You've done some research. You'd like to check it out, maybe apply some of it to your house. But, you don't know how or don't know what... Well, look no further than the Clean Energy Coalition. They've set up a boutique in the back of their non-profit offices to give you the knowledge and the opportunity to get what you need and what you want when it comes to greening your home.


The Clean Energy Coalition has opened up a store and education outlet for homeowners interested in greening their houses.

The Ypsilanti-based nonprofit recently moved its offices to the back of the storefront and opened the "boutique" clean-energy store earlier this month.

Project manager Deb Heed said the goal is to showcase energy-efficiency products in a space that allows customer to ask questions of experts and make their purchase decisions that the same time. The Energy Outlet, located at 44 E. Cross St., has sections for lighting, insulation and sealing, water conservation, power use and more.

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Star-gazing in Ypsilanti

No, it's not Hollywood. It's not Los Angeles. It's Ypsi. If you've seen someone who looks like Hillary Swank or Minnie Driver or Sam Rockwell hanging around Ypsi and the Ann Arbor area lately, you're not seeing stars (literally). They are shooting a new movie in and around town.


Starring Hilary Swank, Minnie Driver and Sam Rockwell, "Betty Anne Waters" has already been filmed in Ann Arbor, Chelsea and Ypsilanti. It was announced in February that filming would begin Monday in the Freeman Bunting Insurance building on Michigan Avenue in Downtown Ypsilanti.

The movie is based on the true story of a working mother in Massachusetts who puts herself through law school to represent her brother after his murder conviction.

Read the entire article here.

Detroit to Ann Arbor light rail slated to begin in October

After years of speculation and meetings, the Detroit to Ann Arbor light rail should begin in October. Some communities, like Dearborn, are hoping to get a jump on the process to expedite the ride.


A three-year trial system of a proposed intermodal rail passenger station that would allow passengers to ride from Ann Arbor to Detroit is slated to begin next October.

Officials in the city of Dearborn are looking to get a jump on the process, as on March 2, the Dearborn City Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Jack O'Reilly to execute an amendment to renew and extend a contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) through Sept. 30 for site selection, environmental assessment and preliminary engineering and design of an intermodal station in Dearborn.

Read the entire article here.

Wireless Ypsi moves into downtown Ann Arbor

Telecommuters all over the land, or at least the Ypsi/Ann Arbor area, will have free wi-fi access in downtown parks, restaurants and those coffee shops that haven't entered the 21st Century. Ypsi Wireless, a community wireless system, though still very limited to business districts and high density areas, now offers its free service in Ann Arbor's downtown.


"We want to see how big we can make the network ... with thousands of people using it every day and doing it cooperatively," said Steve Pierce, who co-founded Wireless Ypsi with Ypsilanti City Council member Brian Robb.

Pierce owns Internet consulting and Web services business HDL, which manages the Wireless Ypsi system.

Wireless Ypsi launched in January 2008 as a way to provide free wireless Internet access mainly around downtown Ypsilanti. The system uses San Francisco-based Meraki Network's hardware.

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Vibrant downtowns top list of priorities for Ann Arbor, Ypsi in 2009

A city without a downtown is like a book without its pages. So it's a good thing to know that Ann Arbor and Ypsi have prioritized the coming year by focusing on keeping their downtowns vibrant.


Economic health will always affect and be affected by our downtown areas. It's good to see them among both councils' priorities. Each one is critical to each city's appeal, and both will need great care. Of course, this isn't a new concern. Ypsilanti administrators have already assembled an economic team and streamlined tax-abatement rules, while Ann Arbor's specific goal of zoning revisions is the result of a lengthy process. The plan is still being revised, and it will be important to ensure that the result makes it easier, not harder, to do business downtown.

Read the entire article here.

Ypsi non-profit is looking to rebuild the city one energy efficient light bulb at a time

It's time to change it up a bit. The old ways aren't working as well as they used to. Time to push for more clean energy technologies, more alternative energies, and longer lasting, energy-efficient light bulbs. And this is what Clean Energy Coalition, an Yspi non-profit, plans to do with their new project "Rebuild Ypsi."


The project is intended to reduce energy costs by assisting in energy efficiency improvements for commercial buildings such as offices, retail, restaurants and multifamily residential.

“We're extremely excited to work right here in the community towards energy efficiency practices that will benefit building owners and renters financially because of the continuous increase in energy prices," said CEC Executive Director Sean Reed.

Rebuild Ypsilanti is part of a larger effort in the State of Michigan, not surprisingly called, Rebuild Michigan. The Michigan Energy Office, headed under the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth, provided $102,213 to Ypsilanti’s CEC and four other communities as part of a start up assistance grant.

Read the entire article here.
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