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Thursday, 2017 Nov 23rd

Happy Holidays to everyone from the Saline’s Environmental Commission!  This is the time of year for consciously planning environmentally friendly selections of gift wrapping and decorating.

Keep in mind when shopping for gift wrapping that tissue paper, ribbons, bows, and foil wrapping paper are not considered recyclable and not to be placed our curbside bins in Saline.  Think re-use as an alternative and save these bows, ribbons for use next year. 

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D2 Enterprises 1960 Ford Falcon in 1983 Saline Christmas Parade

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has nothing on us!

With Saline's Christmas Parade just over a week away, today we are remembering that event from the eighth time it was held — in 1983.

The photograph above shows downtown East Michigan Avenue, facing more or less south toward the intersection at Hall Street. Perhaps the most striking difference between then and now is our local Post Office, where J Andrew Financial and Saline Area Chamber of Commerce are located. Bigger picture, the overall Merchant Square facade had yet to come about.


Brendan Murphy scored two gaols and assisted on another as Saline defeated Pioneer, 5-3, in the annual Thanksgiving Eve contest between the hockey rivals.

Murphy went coast-to-coast and skated through the entire Pioneer team before deking the goalie and depositing the puck in the net to give the Hornets a 1-0 lead just 1:06 into the game.  Saline built a 5-0 lead before allowing three goals in the game’s final seven minutes.


Wednesday, 2017 Nov 22nd

The Saline Rec Center is considering a proposal to raise membership fees by 10 percent while increasing program offerings.

Carla Scruggs, Director of Saline Parks and Recreation, presented the proposal to Saline City Council during a work session prior to Monday’s regular meeting.


Tuesday, 2017 Nov 21st

The entire class of first graders met volunteers from The Generosity Project in the Pleasant Ridge Elementary cafeteria from 9-11 a.m. Nov. 21 for a service project to benefit the Humane Society of Huron Valley.

Over the previous three weeks, first-graders and their parents collected food, dog toys, and other pet supplies for donation to HSHV. They also read a book about generosity and had a lesson on the concept of being generous to those in need.

Pleasant Ridge Elementary School Potato Chip Challenge

Pleasant Ridge Elementary School third-graders participated in a cross-curriculum Potato Chip Challenge Nov. 21.


The eyesore on South Monroe Street should soon be demolished, according to developer Damien Farrell, who bought the house and surrounding property to build housing.

The Fairdene development has been at a standstill since the manufacturer of prefabricated modules comprising the condominiums went out of business.

“I’ve been through the wringer,” Farrell told Saline City Council Monday. “I’m feeling the pressure.”


Monday, 2017 Nov 20th

The developers behind the Saline hotel project are pushing to break ground by the end of the year.

At last Monday’s meeting Saline City Council approved two hotel-related items. Council voted 6-0 to approve a special land use to allow the developers to build a three-story, 43-foot-tall hotel. Council also voted 6-0 to allow a hotel in a SPA-1 (special planning area) zone.


A 66-year-old Pittsfield Township man called 911 to report he’d just strangled his wife to death Sunday morning, according to a news release issued by the Pittsfield Township Department of Public Safety.

The victim was identified as Marcia Neigebauer, 63.

The couple lived on the 5800 block of Plum Hollow Drive, located off Michigan Avenue between Platt and US-23.

According to police the suspect remained at the home until he was taken into custody pending arraignment.

Pittsfield Police continues to investigate.

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Sunday, 2017 Nov 19th

At holiday time, Kara Cardella has been an invaluable member of the Saline Area Players.  This year, SAP will present Silent Night: The Real(ish) Story, which is the 9th annual Christmas show that Saline Area Players has presented, on the same weekend as SACC’s Christmas Parade. These shows are well-attended, prove a wonderful family activity, and are at a great bargain at $5 a ticket.

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Saturday, 2017 Nov 18th

I hope the adult ADHD tips and tricks in my last article ("ADHD Life Hacks") were useful to you! This week I have some more life hacks to share with you. But first, let’s talk about a term used often in relation to ADHD - Executive Function.


Friday, 2017 Nov 17th

Saline firefighters are being equipped and trained for the nightmare scenarios that have become all too common in America.

The Saline Area Fire Department recently purchased bullet-proof vests, helmets and emergency medical equipment. Firefighters would use the equipment in an active shooter situation. Half the department has already been trained in active-shooter exercises. More firefighters are being trained Saturday morning at Saline High School.

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Violet Grace Hollister, age 93, of Saline, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

She was born March 3, 1924 in Detroit, the youngest of nine children. At the age of 2 her family moved to Azalia, Mich. On August 26, 1950 she married the late Loran A.C. Hollister in Ann Arbor.


The Lady Hornets put themselves in line for hardware at the MHSAA Division 1 swim and dive finals at Oakland University Friday.

Based on unofficial scoring from Friday’s preliminaries, Mercy will be the favorite to take home the state championship Saturday when competition resumes. Saline is solidly in second place.

Saline couldn’t ask for much more than they got from the girls Friday.


The Holiday Light recycling drop off box has been set up in city hall.   Saline residents have the good fortune of having a place to recycle used, old, burned- out strings of Holiday lights starting on November 18th through January 2018. 

The Saline Environmental Commission for the past three years has set up a clearly-marked and brightly lit drop off box in the front entranceway of Saline City Hall to accept all strings of lights. 

The City of Saline is moving forward with a plan to replace the Peoples Park tennis courts with a parking lot.

Saline City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Parks Commission’s recommendation to build the parking lot and a new tennis court south of the basketball court. Mayor Marl and Councillors Heidi McClelland, Jack Ceo, Dean Girbach and Linda TerHaar voted in favor of the motion. Councillor Janet Dillon voted nay. Councillor Christen Mitchell was absent.


The Saline Rotary Club listened to Chris Wood, Washtenaw County coordinator for The Salvation Army, at Thursday’s meeting at Travis Pointe Country Club.

The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 in London by Methodist preacher William Booth and his wife, Catherine. Wood’s ancestor’s, who were jewelers in London, were curious when they watched the group parading down the street in military-style uniforms, playing music and making noise and eventually, they joined the group.


Gay M. Cleere, age 80, of Saline, MI, passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

She was born on March 29, 1937 in Windsor, Ontario, the daughter of Jack and Gladys (DeVille) Partridge. She was married to Gordon Cleere Sr. and he preceded her in death in 1986. 

SHS Drama Club to Perform "Inherit the Wind" this Weekend

While driving to Detroit or taking a train to Chicago or even flying to New York City to see a play or musical may be on a lot of people’s bucket list, enjoying the theater doesn’t have to be such a far-off idea.  Saline has plenty of local talent to enjoy, as is evidenced by Saline High School Drama Club’s upcoming production of Inherit the Wind, a play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee.  

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Elsie H. Gransden, 77, Dallas, passed away, Saturday, November 11, 2017 in the comfort of her home. Born in Saline, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Marguerite Buehler Burmeister and was a graduate of Saline High School.

Elsie took great pride in decorating her home for the holidays and enjoyed watching her favorite programs, The Golden Girls and The Waltons. Elsie’s love of nature inspired her joy of flowers and birds. Elsie was a self-employed housekeeper for many families for over thirty years.