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Friday, 2020 Feb 21st

When racism invades the halls of a school, we, parents with children of color, assume a position on the front line of the battle. Saline Parents Against Racism (S.P.A.R.) and former students of color began strategizing around solutions, as our city was thrust into the limelight for an act of racism by some students, and the act of racism in a community forum. Does racism exist in Saline? Have issues of racial bias permeated the halls of Saline Area Schools (SAS)? Yes – on both counts. Are our children negatively affected? Yes.


Patricia Ann Hitchingham, born November 23, 1936, departed this life on Monday, February 17, 2020 at the age of 83.  Pat was born in Ann Arbor and resided here her entire life.  She attended public school in Ann Arbor and graduated in 1956 from the University of Michigan University High School.


The Saline Area Chamber of Commerce is a business-driven organization guided by its business members’ interests and the goal of pursuing local economic development.  As a Chamber of Commerce we are proud to promote, encourage, and welcome a diverse business community, as is evidenced by the numerous international companies located here that do business on a global scale.


There don’t appear to be any silver bullet solutions for Saline City Council as it considers plans to upgrade or replace its aging wastewater treatment plant. Instead, council appears to favor upgrading at its current location in phased approach.

Given the enormous costs, council may not have reasonable alternatives.


Thursday, 2020 Feb 20th

Saline gave up six first-quarter offensive rebounds,  which Huron converted into ten points, and that was the difference in the game as the Hornets lost to the host River Rats, 58-47, Tuesday.


The lead changed hands several times throughout the contest, and the largest lead in the game was five points but the JV Hornets used a huge fourth quarter to pull out a thrilling one-point victory, 57-56 which raised the team’s season record to 13-2.


Services will be held at Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home, Saline, Michigan as follows:  Visitation:  March 5, 2020 3 pm to 6 pm with memorial service to follow. Rev. Aaron Chittick of St. Paul Lutheran Church, of Coldwater, Michigan will officiate the service.

Burial of Ashes: Oakwood Cemetery March 6, 2020 9:30 am.  


The Saline Area Chamber of Commerce Saline Salutes committee has invited the City of Saline Youth Council to organize and promote the annual “Youth of the Year Award”. This prestigious award recognizes a Saline Area School District resident in grades 7-12 who has made a positive impact in the community in 2019. The Youth of the Year will be honored at the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce Saline Salutes awards ceremony in March, 2020. Ceremony date and location will be determined soon.


Here are the calls for service for the Saline Area Fire Department, Feb. 19, 2020.

  • 7:36 a.m., medical 400 block of Maple Road, City of Saline
  • 8:07 a.m., medical, 6200 block of Lodi Lane, Lodi Township.
  • 1:03 p.m., medical, 800 block of Valley Circle Drive, City of Saline.
  • 3:50 p.m., motor vehicle crash, Michigan Avenue and Industrial Drive, City of Saline.
  • 11:59 p.m., medical. Linden Square assisted living, City of Saline.
Police & Fire
An Evening with Mitch Album

The ChadTough Foundation is honored to host “An Evening with Mitch Albom,” sponsored by Bill Crispin Chevrolet. The event will take place Monday, February 24th at the Saline Middle School Auditorium. The best-selling author will be promoting his latest book, Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family. With this book, the author of Tuesdays With Morrie returns to nonfiction for the first time in over a decade to celebrate Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart.

Community News

Wednesday, 2020 Feb 19th

The Pineapple House in downtown Saline is closing its doors, owner Joy Ely announced on the business website.

Ely plans to reopen the store, located on the northeast corner of Ann Arbor Street, on March second for a closing sale.

Ely said she plans to continue her interior design business and sell home decor products through social media, a new website, events and markets.

"It's been an unforgettable experience serving you in my beloved shop. I sincerely want to thank you for supporting Pineapple House and for being so important to me," Ely said.

Downtown Saline

Administration is exploring changes to scheduling at Saline Middle School to give students more options when choosing elective courses.


Regular season victories don't get much sweeter than Saline's 65-54 win at Huron Tuesday.

It was Saline's first victory in a long, long time.  At least 20 years, said Saline coach Leigh Ann Roehm. Records on the MHSAA website go back to 2009-10. The Hornets were 0-10 at Huron from 2009-10 to 2018-19.

It was also Saline's fifth straight win since dropping two of four games - the only two games they lost all season - between Jan. 14 and 28. The Hornets improved to 15-2 - the most wins they've had in a long, long time.


Tuesday, 2020 Feb 18th

Trustees on the Saline Board of Education spoke about various topics during board member remarks at the Feb. 11 meeting.

Steben Statement

Trustee Jennifer Steben spoke about the recent turmoil over racism in the community. She told students and families who’ve reached out to her that she’s listening to their feedback. She also commended Saline teachers for their support of students and for their ongoing efforts to ensure every child has access to quality education. She also had a message to the district’s children.


In our last blog, we put the spotlight on self-love. While most of us know Valentine’s Day as a holiday to honor and celebrate those we love, it can also be a great time to celebrate loving ourselves. We are with ourselves all the time! That kind of commitment deserves to be honored, right? An now that the holiday has passed, it's important to think about continuing on the feelings of love into the rest of the year.



The Saline High School Drama Club presents Disney’s Newsies, Feb. 28 to March 1. Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies." When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right!

Arts & Entertainment

Diane Lynn Friese, age 72, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 15, 2020 in Ann Arbor, MI. Diane was born on September 22, 1947 in Detroit, the daughter of John C. and Shirley J. (Lain) Hartley.


Saline City Council has called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m., Feb. 19, at city hall.

There are two items on the agenda.

Monday, 2020 Feb 17th

Want to make the most out of your lunch hour?

The Saline District Library is offering a series of informational programs that invite people to listen to experts from local agencies speak about timely topics. 

The programs take place in the Brecon Room at noon on Wednesdays.  Guests are invited to bring a sack lunch.

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