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Saturday, 2017 Dec 16th

Spend a relaxing afternoon in a 1930s farmhouse decorated for Christmas.

Christmas at the Farmhouse takes place from 11 to 3 p.m., Saturday Dec. 16 and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Rentschler Farm Museum, located at 1265 E. Michigan Ave., in Saline. The 12-room museum is owned by the City of Saline and operated by the Saline Area Historical Society, which hosts the Christmas on the Farmhouse event.

The farmhouse will be decorated with simple decorations one would find in Depression-era farmhouse owned by a German family.

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The Saline Farmers Marlet will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16 at  Liberty School.

Earthen Jar will serve hot food.

Those looking for meat can find all natural, pasture-raised pork and chicken from Alley Farms. Marks Farms and Greenhouses also serves meat, eggs and vegetables.

Four Corners Creamery serves artisan cheeses, butter and salame. Kniffen Family Farm will also sell their fresh eggs.

Kapnick Orchard will sell apples, cider, nut butters and fudge. Local bakery Ed's Bread sells breads, muffins, granola and cookies.

Food, Drinks & Fun

Hornets lose in overtime 44-41 to Pioneer, drop to 3-1

Sports

Friday, 2017 Dec 15th

The Saline varsity girls basketball team opened the SEC Red season with a 55-48 victory at Pioneer Friday.

Freshman Ella Stemmer scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Hornets, who improved to 3-3. Stemmer also had five rebounds and four assists.

Senior Brooke Bauer scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds while being credited for playing a “phenomenal defensive game.” Kelsey Alexander had seven steals and four points.

Also scoring were Nicole Sweetland (five points) and Erin Reilly and Maddy Welch (four points each). Leeya Lawson also had a point.

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The awards ceremony at Science Olympiad Tournaments can sometimes be misleading. If one looks only at the individual medals and judges a day, one might miss the performance of the team. Saline only took four event medals at the Northview tournament on Dec. 9 and one would have thought it was just an average day. That thought would have been totally wrong as the team actually took a well-earned sixth place.

It’s one of the better tournaments in the Midwest and teams attend from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Florida.

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Celebrate and bid farewell to 2017 this New Year’s Eve at Salt Springs Brewery! Come and enjoy an amazing spread of food along with the area’s tastiest craft beers….and a few special releases.  Music, along with all of the NYE party favors will fill the air as we eat, dance and sip our way to 2018.

When: 8pm to 1am
What’s included:

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Each year, Santa and his sleigh make a stop at Salt Springs Brewery. Bring the family, your camera and your appetite Sunday Dec. 17 from 12 - 2 p.m. or on Wednesday, Dec. 20 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. And don’t forget to bring your growlers to fill for Dad!  

Food, Drinks & Fun

The Pittsfield Charter Township Administration Building will be closed from 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, December 19, for employee training. 

All non-administrative operations such as Public Safety patrols and services as well as Parks & Recreation classes, programs, and activities during that time period will be uninterrupted.

Residents who are attempting to make tax or utility payments during the closure can utilize the drop box located outside of the front entrance of the building.

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Residential Saline sidewalk after the snowblower has cleared it

Is there anyone in Saline who wasn't amazed at the snowfall we've gotten this week?

Sure, many of us actually do dream of a white Christmas. But I don't recall southeast Michigan typically seeing accumulations like this until well into the first quarter of the New Year.

Even this early, the "Be Prepared" types who were able to had undoubtedly made arrangements with any of the fine snow removal service contractors in our area. Others had their "Tim 'The Tool Man' Taylor" snowblowers serviced and itching for release from home garages. Or you may be blessed with a strong back for shoveling, or have a caretaker who is.

But what if you are not? What if your neighbor is not?

Community

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is warning resident to be aware of a telephone scam in the community.

Residents are receiving messages telling them they’ve missed jury duty and to pay fines to avoid being arrested. When the resident calls the number they are placed in a voicemail system that sounds official. Then they are routed to a person who prompts them to pay the bogus fines.

According to an alert issued by the WCSO, it’s nothing new that scammers are pretending to be police, but the voicemail system adds what some might perceive to be authenticity.

Police & Fire

Thursday, 2017 Dec 14th

Assistant Superintendent of Finance Janice Warner

The Saline Area Schools Board of Education voted 7-0 in favor of a budget amendment at its Dec. 12 meeting.

Assistant Superintendent of Finance Janice Warner said typically the board amends its budget in January or February, but some key numbers on both the revenue and expenditure sides the board had been waiting to finalize were ready.

Schools
Heritage School students and teacher tell school board about student-led learning

A committee of teachers and administrators presented an update to the Saline Area Schools “Vision Deck,” at the Dec. 12 meeting of the board of education.

The school adopted a slogan of “Student Led – Future Focused,” and the committee members talked about how to implement those values.

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Packages ready for shipment at The UPS Store in Saline Michigan

Looking at the December calendar, you might be tempted to think there's plenty of time for your packages to make Santa's sleigh for on-time delivery of your thoughtfully selected gifts to friends and relatives far (far) away.

But have you checked the price of shipping by air?

"Ground is way-cheaper," responds Bruce Temby, owner of The UPS Store on East Michigan Avenue near Cottage Inn Pizza. Tomorrow is anticipated to be one of his busiest days of the year. "By Tuesday," he adds, "people are resigned to pay big bucks." This will be true regardless of the carrier they choose.

Shopping

The developer of the Curtiss Bluffs subdivision on South Monroe Street has decided not to seek charges against a 16-year-old Saline boy who vandalized the construction site on three different occasions between Nov. 28 and Dec. 1.

At least one male removed a large sign and threw it over a fence. They also tipped over a portable restroom, climbed up heavy equipment and threw ladders in to a dug-out basement. A framed exterior door was tossed into the basement with the ladders, splintering the door.

Police & Fire

Developers anxious to build a hotel in Saline put the full press on the city’s planning commission and it paid off when the body voted to approve the final site plan.

Jim Junga, Mark Kuykendall and Jim Haeussler were among those in attendance from the hotel group. The group has an agreement to purchase city land on East Michigan Avenue and hopes to build a $9 million, 63-room Best Western Premier hotel and a new Ace Hardware store.  

Government

Wednesday, 2017 Dec 13th

Saline Area Schools will be closed Thursday, Dec. 14, due to the driving conditions caused by Wednesday's winter storm.

Schools

With inches of snow already on the ground and more expected, the Saline Area Schools have canceled tonight's athletics events and practices.

The district has also announced early dismissal times at Saline High School, Saline Alternative High School and Saline Middle School. Dismissal takes place at normal times at Saline's elementary Schools.

Here are the dismissal times:

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The Pittsfield Charter Township Municipal Offices will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 due inclement weather.

All Pittsfield Township Community Center and all Parks & Recreation classes and groups will be cancelled after 2:00 PM as well including: Cards, Mahjong, and Men’s Group at the Community Center and Beginner Yoga at the Ann Arbor Learning Community.

The regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for 6:30 PM on December 13, 2017 has also been cancelled and has been rescheduled for December 14, 2017 at 2:00 PM.

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Saline High School Choir sings selections for Board of Education Dec. 12, 2017

At the Dec. 12 meeting of the Saline Area Schools Board of Education, director Sarah Price and students from the Saline High School Choir Program gave the board a preview of the program they will present during the Michigan Music Conference held in January in Grand Rapids.

Schools

There is an expression well known to everyone.

“If you live by the sword, you can die by the sword.”

In basketball, there is a similar expression, “If you live by the three, you can die by the three.” 18 of the Hartland Eagles’ 20 first half points came by way of the three-point shot. Saline switched to a man-to-man defensive strategy in the second half and were able to walk away with a 45-42 win, upping their season record to a perfect 3-0.

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