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Hazardous Waste Drop off Day is Saturday November 1st

Posted by ppna on October 27, 2008

Somewhere I had a flyer for this but you’ll just have to be on the look out for the information yourself. As far as I remember this is your opportunity to drop off freon based appliances (AC and refrigerators), tires, household chemicals, monitors, and that type of crap. It will be at the EMU convocation center parking lot. Drop off is free but a $10.00 donation is recommended (Remember the city doesn’t pick this stuff up because it costs money to have it disposed of properly.)

I think it runs from 9-4:30pm


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Energy Conference and Expo at EMU Oct 31st and Nov 1st

Posted by ppna on October 27, 2008

Check out the Remodel Green Expo coming to EMU this weekend. The conference sessions look pretty good — The cost for the seminars is $79 for 6 which isn’t bad at all. There is also going to be an EXPO which is free to students $5.00 to the general public. I hope everyone gets out to find ways to make their homes a little more efficient.

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What is that – SOS Empty Bowls fundraiser Nov 2nd

Posted by ppna on October 27, 2008

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1871 Newspaper Notes – till Sept 30th

Posted by ppna on October 23, 2008

Here are some more Newspaper notes — if you read through you’ll notice probably the most sickening case of murder / manslaughter in the history of the City of Ypsilanti.

April 29th
D. Showerman Sold his store on Congress now occupied by Showerman & Chidister to D.B. Greene for $6500. Mr. G will remove his hat cap & funishing store as soon as Showerman & Chidister close out of stock.

Lightning on Forest ave. Home of Mr George Carr. Lightning entered chimney & knocked it endwise plaster was loosened all over the house.

May 6th
Mayoral Inaugural Address by mayor Bogardes — Roads are great $24,000 spent in past 2 years — Bridge on Cross st. Pilings almost done — Want to relocate the wood & hay market, use of main thorough fair for this purpose unbearable. — Finish moving bodies from West Cemetery — Sell East Public square which is a central location that should be developed.

May 13th
Saloons closed by mayor and marshal last Sabbath

A Mr. Skinner who has been severely bled, drugged & robbed so reported at George Carr’s Saloon has a worthy wife. Wife is suing George Carr. Suit withdrawn because Skinner was drunk and has no recollection

My 27th
Prof Estebrook buys home of Prof Griffith near Prof Estebrooks old home on Forest $7,300

Prof Griffith buys residence of L.D. Showerman on Huron for $13,000

Vail & Co’s cofee mill & roasters on Huron St. Vail, Weeks, & Craine Ice cream on Huron

June 3
Excelsior Lodge no 710 I.O.of G.T. festival in new hall above Batchelder’s Marble Factory

June 24
A. Guild & Son Cigar manufactuor

Dr. Post exchanged his residence on Huron St. fore the more elligible position on Huron St. nearly opposite the Episcopal Church. Traded with Mrs. Day and gave ever so much to boot.

J. Millen moved tailor shop from over R. Lambie’s store to over Sanders & Wortley’s Clothing Store

Baseball club Ypsilantis and the Hurons

Fire in City council building, a prisoner in lock up who awoke to room full of smoke, he was released and helped. Were able to put fire out with minimal damage.

Died Mr. Horace Worden aged 36 – One of Worden Bros – ingenious machinist had ‘love of drink’

July 29 –
Horse stabed with fork at stable of G.M. Vail

Aug 5
Marshall Forsyth driving business at East end of Congress st. Bridge, widening the street, putting in wood abatement thus preparing for a nice walk.

Robert Hemphill, the banker, built novel & neat fence. Thompson & Grahm painted fence on the corner of Cross & Huron, owner of SW corner is abundantly able to do the same.

Ypsilanti Bench Manufacturing Co. “Bench Patent shifting carriage seat.

Aug 5
Mrs Pusey Death – Husband charged with fraud and jailed in Detroit. She had a nervous breakdown and was prescribed morphine by her Dr. The nurse gave a second does & she died. She was pregnant & the priest cut out the fetus to sprinkle holy water on it and save it from hell. “Cut into quivering flesh”

A. Pursey’s stock was sold at a bankruptcy sale (Newell Block)

More on Pusey – Morphine causes coma which people may recover from

A. Pusey stated baby was 7 months gestation had he been home Dr. & Priest would have landed in Davey Jones Locker.

Mr. Bucklin is clearing away rubbish, the hope is he is preparing for something on his valuable lots corner of Congress & Huron.

Aug 19th
List of Bridge proposals submitted for Cross st. bridge

Lots of Anti Catholic rhetoric because of the Pusey case

Aug 26th
Report from Jury on widening of Emmett st.

Will M. Carleton at Hewitt Hall

Mr. Pusey says his wife had premonitions of her death and she died under similar circumstances.

Fire at old cider mill this side owned by Mr. S. Hamlin. The building was doomed with 500-600 barrels of vinegar lost.

Sept 9
Catholics & Protestants continue to threaten each other in the city

Watt & Miller – new shoe store South Congress 3 doors east from Washington

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Ghost Hunters Spoted on Michigan Avenue

Posted by ppna on October 22, 2008

Last night, Tuesday the 21st, a team from ParaHaunt came to the Downtown Library to talk about what they do. If you don’t know, my friends and I are starting YPI (Ypsilanti Paranormal Investigators) as soon as we get some tools and T-shirts so this talk was to be very interesting to us. As far as I could tell they didn’t have any real evidence besides stories which may or may not have been true but such is the world of Ghost Hunting. We were informed that the head guy has noticed an increase in Demon possessions over your typical ghost hauntings he attributed this to the coming of the end of the world.

I did appreciate the folks from ParaHaunt coming out and talking to the group. I think the library should get great respect for bringing ghost hunters to speak. All in all it was a good night especially after I noticed that the Tap Room has Black Label for a dollar a can between 9 and 11pm M-Thursday.

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The Europeans have a 65mpg BMW why can’t we?

Posted by ppna on October 16, 2008

It seems amazing in a time when all the talk is about Hybrids and Electrics being the only option to save the world from our gas-guzzlers there are already a lot of options in Europe that do better. The technology is called Diesel fuel. A few years ago when the PT Cruiser came out with horrible gas millage for it’s size (ab. 25) I was able to drive a PT Cruiser 5 speed Diesel that I believe got around 40mpg. The diesel PT seemed a lot more sporty to me. The auto writer (who had the car) told me American’s don’t except diesel it was something they tried and it didn’t work. Let me tell you that the new diesels aren’t as loud and smokey as the old ones and they don’t need to be plugged in during the winter (in most states).

I just read of the BMW built Mini D — the report says that BMW is working hard to bring this car to the US. Wouldn’t it be nice if the big 3 could use a small portion of that 25 Billion they just received to develop a single platform safe, fuel efficient, diesel/bio-diesel. If we got the big-three to combine efforts on a small city car “America’s car” it would be inexpensive, reliable, and ready in a few years without the questions like battery reliability or how to plug it in on the road. A properly produced small diesel would be the stop-gap we need until cleaner burning technologies are completed.

What we don’t want to do is sell people electric or hybrid vehicles that don’t work or are put to market too early just to get ahead of the curve. I’m worried if they don’t work people we say ‘we tried that and we don’t like it’ without realizing they tried chuck-steak not NY strip.

Read about the MINI D
DETROIT–I’m cruising south on Interstate 75 at a steady 64 mph. If the fuel economy gauge in the car can be believed–and there’s no reason that it shouldn’t–I’m burning one gallon of fuel every 74 miles.

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Calculate your Tax savings: McCain V. Obama

Posted by ppna on October 15, 2008

The New York Times posted these links and I thought I’d pass them along.

They calculate your estimated taxes using both McCain and Obama’s tax plans.


Have Fun

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The Great Bobini

Posted by ppna on October 15, 2008

I’ll get a photo up soon but I thought I’d point out a house in my neighborhood that is the most fabulous Halloween house in the city. I believe the address is 815 Hemphill. The house belongs to the Great Bobini – a magician. He spent the entire weekend making his house into a castle. If you are coming through the neighborhood I’d suggest stopping by and taking taking a look at it, it is a fabulous site.

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Police officer shifts

Posted by ppna on October 15, 2008

While I was reading Mike Eller’s web page he stated that the number of police officers on patrol were sometimes as low as 2. This struck a red flag with me since it seems fairly unsafe. I will say I’ve never had a problem with a lack of police response and I think the YPD does a great job. I asked the Chief of Police what the deal was with Eller’s comments and his response is what follows.

With regard for the comment about staffing, it is not common for the shifts to
dip down to 2 officers. In fact, other than a two-hour block (6 a.m. to 8 a.m.)
in the early morning, it is very infrequent and unforeseen, such as when we have
a sick call or an injury that we were unaware of until the last minute. The
early morning staffing issue normally occurs due to one of the shift officers
starting the shift at 8 a.m. This is done to allow an overlap from 6 p.m. to 8
p.m. to keep officers out on the road during shift change.

I should mention that regardless of the number of officers on a shift at
anytime, there is also a patrol sergeant that can assist with handling calls for
service when patrol staffing dips too low. Additionally, there are other
personnel, such as the shift lieutenant, K9 and NPT officers, that add to
staffing in the afternoon and evening hours that increase staffing above the
mandated four officers per shift.

So there you go — That is the deal with our officers

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Ypsilanti Songwriting Festival Saturday Oct 18th

Posted by ppna on October 14, 2008

Last year I missed the Songwriting Festival but I will be in attendance this year at least for the concert performance at the Corner Brewery.   Two of my favorite musicians will be traveling from Chicago to play they are  Paul Burch and Jon Langford.

For a full article visit here http://www.mlive.com/annarbornews/features/index.ssf/2008/10/ypsilanti_songwriting_festival.html

When: Saturday, Oct. 18.

Where: Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti Township.

Cost: Free.

Details: 734-482-4110 ext. 1303; www.ypsilibrary.org.


• 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – DIY recording information sessions. Tips on turning your home into an audio studio in sessions geared for different skill levels.

• 11 a.m.-4 p.m. – Session with a songwriter. Sign up for a one-on-one mentoring session with a local songwriter. Mentors are Sean Rogers, Dan Florida (aka Almus Magnus), Patrick Elkins, and Holly Mae. Register at 734-482-4110, ext. 1301.

• Noon-4 p.m. – Local Songsters. Free performances by local acts celebrating the art of song.

• 5 p.m. – Kick Out the Jams: Two Generations of Beats from Motown to Woodstock, with John Sinclair, Professor Louie, Miss Marie, and M. L. Liebler.

• 6 p.m. – Jon Langford and Paul Burch, whom the New York Times places “on the cutting edge of country,” will appear for Songwriters in Conversation with 107.1 FM radio’s Martin Bandyke in a discussion on the craft of songwriting.

• 9 p.m. – Jeremy Baldwin, host of the Roots Music Project on WEMU, will emcee as local anti-quirk-post-folk-weird musician Patrick Elkins opens for Jon Langford and Paul Burch at the Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti.

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