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Wednesday, 2019 Dec 04th

Betty Jean Macomber, age 83, passed away on Monday, December 2, 2019 in Ypsilanti, MI. Betty was born in Ann Arbor, MI, the daughter of the late Lawrence F. and Beatrice R. (Schoenhoff) Macomber.  


Are you looking to give back this season?  Every week about 14 drivers deliver meals to homebound or disabled individuals in the Saline area. Some of the drivers have been volunteering for close to twenty years. Meals on Wheels has a dedicated group of drivers, but some leave Michigan for the winter. As is expected, we are in need of substitute drivers, especially Thursdays this winter. If you are interested in helping deliver to these individuals, please contact Kathy Adamson at Saline Area Senior Center. An experienced driver will train and guide you.

With the wave of a wand, the magic of the holiday season illuminated downtown Saline Tuesday evening.

About 100 people gathered around the Christmas tree at Michigan Avenue and Ann Arbor Street to kick off holiday festivities.

Event emcee Kim Kaster, owner of Brewed Awakenings, gave a “magic wand” to one-year old Anna Hamilton. As she shook the wand, the lights on the decorated Norway Spruce tree lit up as the crowd cheered.

The Saline ice hockey team led the crowd in a couple of Christmas carols.


WOODHAVEN -- The Saline girls basketball team comes into the 2019-20 season with high hopes. The Hornets 77-32 victory over Woodhaven certainly seemed to show those high hopes are grounded in reality.

The Hornets couldn’t have done much more to set the right tone for the season.

Junior Ella Stemmer scored a career-high 32 points and added 10 rebounds, four assists and a couple steals. Senior Steffi Bentley scored a career-high 20 points and also had six rebounds and two steals.


Tuesday, 2019 Dec 03rd

Salt Valley Arts held a “Holly Jolly Pop-Up Gift Show” On Monday, Dec. 2. 

This holiday gift show was the first of its kind for Salt Valley Arts, a community arts group which formed in 2016 and is located at 440 West Russell Street in the EHM-Senior Solutions building. The event also showcased Salt Valley Arts’ new studio. Some of the items for sale included scarves, holiday crafts, greeting cards, photography prints, glasswork and fiber arts. 

 Deborah Cherrin, an SVA board member, explained what inspired the holiday gift show.

Arts & Entertainment

In the spirit of National Giving Day, the Saline Knights of Columbus council 6674 stopped by Reinhart Realtors #GivingTuesday Cookie Fundraiser on December 3rd, 2019, to present a donation of over $3,000 and 95 coats to Saline Area Social Service.  The coats will be included as part of Reinhart’s Annual Winter Coat Drive and will be distributed to local community members in need of support at Saline Area Social Service Adopt-a-Family event next week.

Community News

The 44th annual Saline Christmas Parade will be held this Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

For most of those years, dating back to1983, Jim and Alison Robison, have been providing logistical and financial support to the parade.

For their enduring support of this and many other civic events, the Robisons have been selected Grand Marshals of this year’s parade.


There were two major issues discussed at Monday's meeting of Saline City Council

Andelina Farms Agreement

Council came out of a 66-minute closed session with details on an agreement with Saline Ventures - the developers behind Andelina Farms - the proposed 284-unit development planned just west of the city limits, between Michigan Avenue and Austin Road.


Kim Kaster, owner of Brewed Awakenings, is the master of ceremonies Tuesday as the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the tree lighting at the four corners.

The event runs from 6 until 7 p.m. in front of Key Bank.

"The kids from Bemis Farms Preschool will put a bunch of beautiful decorations on the tree and then we will turn on the lights," said Larry Osterling, Executive Director of the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

Kaster, or someone of her choice, will light the tree.

This year's tree is a Norway Spruce from Arend Tree Farm in Grass Lake. 



Here's a look at recorded property sales in the City of Saline in November of 2019.

Real Estate

Monday, 2019 Dec 02nd

Saline Area Players presents "A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol" at The 5th Corner this Thursday through Sunday! The show is a humorous and heartwarming take on the classic Dickens' tale and is suitable for all ages. 

December 5&6 at 7:30 PM

December 7&8 at 3 PM

Tickets are only $6 and available with cash or check at the door. For more information, visit www.salineareaplayers.org. 



Arts & Entertainment

Mayor Brian Marl announced his final Coffee Hour event of 2019.



Nu2u Again is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month by dispensing two $10,000 checks to organizations within the Saline Area School district that work towards helping people with disabilities live happier and more fulfilling lives as independent adults.

Liberty School's Liberty Club and the Early Childhood Special Education program each received a $10,000 check to go towards their missions.

Sunday, 2019 Dec 01st


The City of Saline’s historic preservation efforts were a recurring theme at the Nov. 18 city council meeting.

The city’s Historic District Commission, which established and oversees three historic districts in Saline, appears to be rising to a challenge that threatened its state certification.


With the holidays coming up, and Thanksgiving in particular, many of us are hustling to prepare for family gatherings, planning decorations, meals and schedules. 

It’s so easy to get lost in the rush and preparations and forget the meaning of the holiday - being thankful and giving thanks to those around us! Most of us look forward to the holidays but often, with stressors and rushing around, suddenly the holidays are over and we realize that we didn’t get to truly experience the special moments.


Saturday, 2019 Nov 30th

The more than $800,000 one-time financial shot in the arm for the Saline Area School district from the sale of school property to Speedway was the most glaring difference between the amended 2019-2020 budget and earlier drafts.

The sale fell through due to the buyer being unable to get the zoning for the land at Industrial and Michigan.


Every year since Acoustic Routes was founded in 2013, it has been a tradition for virtuoso guitar and mandolin picker Jason Dennie to assemble a band of friends and close out the year with a night of Americana and hot bluegrass and blues licks. The tradition continues Dec. 21, 8 p.m. at Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline.

Arts & Entertainment

Saturday is Small Business Saturday in Saline - and all over America. Small Business Saturday is the decidedly cozier and friendlier version of Black Friday, the frenzied start to the American big-box business Christmas shopping season.

There are plenty of reasons to shop local this holiday season. Every time consumers visit local coffee shops to sip a latte, buy a handbag at a boutique or patronize the farmer's market at Liberty School, they are supporting a small business.

Downtown Saline

Holy Faith Church hosts its annual Christmas Crèche Exhibit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7.

The church is located at 6299 Saline-Ann Arbor Road.

The exhibit features 300 nativity scenes from around the world.

Refreshments and Christmas cookies will be served. There are activities for children.

Admission is free.


The Saline High School National Honor Society holds its food drive for Saline Area Social Service Dec. 7. 

Starting at 9 a.m., students will be visiting Saline neighborhoods collecting bags of non-perishable items. The food is used to stock the Saline Area Social Service food pantry.

Saline Area Social Service provides a food pantry and other assistance to Saline area residents with low incomes.