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Wednesday, 2017 Aug 23rd

Hannah Jarvie has always been fast. But the junior field hockey player from Saline has taken it to a new level. Not only are her feet faster, her hands and faster and, as the saying goes, she’s able to stickhandle in a phone booth.

Jarvie’s speed, agility and stickhandling were on display Tuesday as Saline opened its season with a 7-0 victory over Novi.

“You noticed, huh?” Saline coach Erica Reilly said with a smile, when she was asked about Jarvie’s improvement.


Last year, Saline’s varsity soccer team came to an end in a chippy, emotional and controversial regional semifinal matchup with Salem. Tuesday, Saline exacted some revenge, winning its home opener against the Salem Rocks, 3-0.

Ryan Nichols, Zeke Gray and Anthony Sweier scored for Saline. Quinn Fox posted the shutout in goal.

Saline varsity soccer head coach Williams said there has always been a rivalry between the teams – but it was amplified by their recent tilt in the regional semifinal.


Tuesday, 2017 Aug 22nd

The Saline varsity girls golf team had another great outing Monday, winning the Tecumseh Invite at the Hantz Country Club and taking the top four individual awards.

Catherine Loftus was the medalist with a score of 76. She was joined on the all-tournament team by Molly Pribble (second place, 81), and Sydney Page and Stephanie Schick (tied for third, 82). Chelsey Hermanson, from Saline’s varsity “B” team also earned all-tournament honors, shooting a 97. Gabi Solis fired a 98.

Sophie Wood, Izzy Chehadi and Sam Richardson also golfed for the varsity “B” team.


At Monday’s city council meeting Saline Mayor Brian Marl remarked on the violence in Charlottesville, Va. Marl’s remarks were unexpected, therefore, please excuse the video quality.

Here is Mayor Marl’s statement:

In light of recent events, in Virginia and elsewhere, and as your Mayor, I feel compelled to issue the following statement:


Saline City Council gave a firm “no” to a developer who hoped to build a 260-unit development and have it attached to the city’s west side.


Sign up today for the Family Golf Scramble this Sunday at Brookside Golf Course. Enjoy a 9 hole scramble followed by a hot dog cookout at the onsite pavilion. $30 for 2 person team and $55 for 4 person team. Golf an additional 9 holes after the scramble for $7 a person. Register today by calling 734-429-3502 or go 


This is the third in a series on the public outdoor art project, “Art Around Saline,” initiated by the City of Saline Arts & Culture Committee and in collaboration with the Saline Main Street.

“Golden Light” is by Jill Stefani Wagner, and is located on the Grossman Building next to the Farmers’ Market.

There were no serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash on Michigan Avenue that snared rush-hour traffic Monday afternoon.

A Ford Escape was westbound on Michigan Avenue, near Mickey’s Dairy Twist, when a Dodge Ram pickup attempted to cross Michigan Avenue, from a shopping plaza parking lot to a home. The two vehicles collided, causing the pickup truck to roll over.

According to Saline Police Officer Don Lupi, the male driver of the pickup truck was the at-fault driver.

Police & Fire

The Saline varsity volleyball team opened the 2017 season by going 3-1-1 in the Legends Invite Saturday. The Hornets fell to Notre Dame Prep in the semifinals.

Saline opened the tournament with two wins. Saline defeated Plymouth 25-10 and 25-22.

Maddie Whitfield led the offense with six kills and Liz Howden and Kathryn Wilkie each had three kills. Brianna Woods had 10 assists. Emily Finkbeiner recorded 11 service points. She and Haley Blaney each served two aces. Whitfield had five blocks.


Monday, 2017 Aug 21st

Kelven George Braun, of Saline, age 82, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2017 with his family by his side.

He was born June 14, 1935 in Saline, the son of Fred and Gertrude (Bohnett) Braun.

Loving brother of Grace G. Kennedy, Howard Braun, and the late Joyce Braun. Kelven is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was a lifelong member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saline, a member of the Washtenaw County Farm Bureau for over 60 years, and was partner at H&K Braun Farms in Saline.


A clerk at Village Party Store helped prevent an allegedly drunk woman from getting behind the wheel in Saline. On July 21, a 29-year-old Chesterfield woman, on her way back from the Faster Horses concert, went into the party store on West Michigan Avenue and complained that someone was following her and trying to kill her.

Police & Fire

Wondering where the historic fire bell at the Saline Area Fire Department went?

The fire bell was installed in in a cupola top the Wallace block in 1887 – six years after a fire decimated nearly an entire city block at the four corners. Until 1931, the bell alerted the fire department and community of fires and other disasters. It was replaced by a siren in 1931.

Before Jim Robison passed the torch to his son, Stephen, he wanted to be sure the flame still glowed.

Sunday, 2017 Aug 20th

The Saline varsity boys soccer team rebounded from a season opening loss to win two straight games and go 2-1 at the Balconi Tournament at Plymouth-Canton High School Saturday.

Saline threw everything at the net but could score in a 2-0 loss to Detroit Catholic Central in the opening game. The Hornets hit the goal post, put a couple of in-close direct kicks high or wide and got robbed by DCC’s athletic goalie on two occasions.


There were two distinct vibes coming from the Saline Cross Country time trials at Saline High School Friday night.

The first felt like a game-opening tailgate, sans the food and beverages. Dozens and dozens of kids gathered on the track and field infield and outside the utility building. They chatted and laughed as music played on the loudspeakers.

The second felt more like a bootcamp, as 150 kids gutted it out through a three-mile race that serves as a baseline in a cross country program known for pushing kids toward excellence.


Saturday, 2017 Aug 19th

About 250 people are working feverishly to complete construction projects before school starts at Saline Area Schools.

Rex Clary, Director of Facilities Saline Area Schools, said he's confident the work remains on schedule. Still, it's hard not to notice the deep breath he takes before answering the question.


Matty J's Bakery and Cafe will celebrate its grand opening Aug. 26. The new restaurant, owned by Shawna Sloan, will open at 7 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.

Matty J's will serve high quality, handmade baked goods, breakfasts and lunches. It will also serve Mighty Good Coffee and an assortment of beverages.

It will be located at 972 E Michigan Ave. in The Oaks shopping plaza in the space most recently utilized by Gabriel's Cheese Steak Hoagies.

Follow Matty J's Bakery and Cafe on Facebook.



Friday, 2017 Aug 18th

The Saline varsity boys’ tennis team opened the season Friday with a home match against Troy Athens.

The Hornets picked up a win in singles and a win in doubles but fell 6-2.

Ethan Shell, playing singles two, came from behind to defeat Vincent Tai 3-6, 6-2 and 6-4.

In doubles one, Jackson Jost and Alex Mah defeated Nick John and Ben Stedafu 6-1, 3-6 and 6-3.

In singles one Cam Tressler fell to Gabe Brown. Nathan Makowski fell to Shray Naik in singles three. Conner Krager lost to Pranjal Gaur, 6-2 and 6-2, in singles four.

Artist Susan McDowell

In any community, there are people who work behind the scenes, who see what needs to be done and don’t hesitate to take on the task, no matter how large or small.  Susan McDowell, local artist and head of the new Salt Valley Arts Center, is one of those very talented people.  

Arts & Entertainment

Hornet spirit filled the air in downtown Saline Thursday at a pep rally to kick off the 2017-18 school year.

Saline Area Schools and Saline Main Street organized the event, which preceded the Summer Music Series concert by the Saline Big Band.

Coaches introduced each of the fall sports teams while the cheerleaders and Saline Marching Band enlivened the large crowd with their routines.

Athletic Director Scott Theisen told the crowd it was a great day.