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Wednesday, 2019 Dec 18th

Saline junior Ella Stemmer has launched her game into a higher orbit.

Stemmer set a new team record with eight three-point baskets and scored a career high 34 points as Saline defeated Dearborn Henry Ford Academy, 71-24. The Hornets are now 5-0.

Stemmer has now scored at least 30 points in three of the five games she’s played this year.

“The defense was slow to contest and we had great ball movement,” Stemmer said, explaining her success Tuesday night.


Tuesday, 2019 Dec 17th

It turns out there were two reasons why we had yet seen Saline Main Street’s holiday message, projected onto the brick wall of Smokehouse 52 in downtown Saline.

Last year, to add holiday cheer to downtown Saline, Saline Main Street projected holiday messages on the wall over Brecon Grille at the four corners. The downtown revitalization group used a projector mounted on a building across Ann Arbor Street.

That display had not yet been seen yet in 2019.



The City of Saline plans to declare its opposition to a Lodi Township planning commission public hearing Tuesday.

Tami Elliot, owner of Scriggles and Giggles Daycare, located at 7706 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, is asking the township to rezone the property from agriculture to office. The property was once home to Northstar Montessori preschool.


The City of Saline will give GBA Development another eight months to determine whether or not it wants to buy and develop 6.5 acres of land on East Michigan Avenue.


Monday, 2019 Dec 16th

Mayor Brian Marl and Saline City Council paid tribute to departing colleagues Linda TerHaar and Heidi McClelland at the end of Monday’s council meeting.

TerHaar and McClelland both chose not to seek re-election so Monday’s meeting was their last. Newly elected council members Jim Dell’Orco and Kevin Camero-Sulak take office in January.

Mayor Marl presented TerHaar and McClelland with tributes and floral arrangements.


Both Saline High School and Saline Middle School Science Olympiad kicked off their season at the Northview Tournament in Ohio on Saturday.  Several top national teams were present. Saline High School competed with three teams and took a sixth-place overall along with nine medals and ribbons. 


Saline's wrestling team won the Battle in Bavaria at Frankenmuth Saturday.

13 different Hornets placed - tallying 248 points in the team standings. Millington High School was second with 166.5.

Zach Sabin, 215 pounds, and Luke Hoyt, 140 pounds, won their brackets for the Hornets. Hoyt won a 9-7 decision over Millington's David Tebedo in the championship. Sabin defeated North Branch's Joe McNeil with a fall at 1:01 of his championship match.


Grandville defeated Saline, 3-1, Saturday at the Ice Cube, ending the Hornets' two-game win streak.

Saline fell to 3-6 overall.

The Hornets battled against a fast and physical Grandville team, but Saline struggled to find the back of the net.

Still, the Hornets were in it until the very end.  With 2:54 to play Cayden Brush scored to get the Hornets within one. Julian Downey assisted.

But the Hornets were assessed a five-minute major penalty during the goal celebration and Saline spent the rest of the game shorthanded.

Bixby Marionettes, Oral History

Want to learn more about your family’s history? Wonder what your grandparents did back in the day? Learn how to record your family’s history and help with the Saline Bixby Marionettes Project! Participants will learn the basics of doing oral history, from “best questions” to creating the transcripts. Also, you can help with the upcoming Bixby Marionettes book by interviewing someone who attended a performance years ago.


Sunday, 2019 Dec 15th

People are invited to experience a 1930s-era Christmas Rentschler Farm Museum Sunday.

The Saline Area Historical Society hosts the second and final day of Christmas on the Rentschler Farm from 1 to 4 p.m.

The farmhouse will be dressed in decorations of the era. The dining room table will feature common desserts. Throughout the farmhouse there will be demonstrations and vintage displays.

In the barns, volunteers will serve treats and provide activities for children.

Mrs. Claus will read holiday stories at 1:15 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.


Saturday, 2019 Dec 14th

The holiday season is upon us.

Here's a look at some of the holiday-themed events around Saline this weekend.


The Saline girls basketball team has rushed to a 4-0 start. Helping lead the charge is senior Steffi Bentley. The 6’1 senior scored 26 points as Saline bested Livonia Stevenson, 62-32, Friday at Saline High School.

Bentley scored most of her points from the paint. She also had 11 rebounds.

Remarkably, Bentley has set career highs in three of the four games the Hornets have played.


Weather forecasters are predicting a winter storm that is set to converge over the upper Midwest sometime over the weekend. But in the Saline High School gym Friday night, senior hoopsters Trevor “Thunder” Arico and Griffin “Lightning” Yaklich brought the storm early.


Griffin Clark and Ben Wild each completed the hat trick as Saline defeated Huron, 9-1, in a contest shortened by the mercy rule Thursday at the Ice Cube in Ann Arbor.

It was the second consecutive win for Saline, which improved to 3-5.

“We had a good challenge to start the season with four games against top-10 teams. We’ve had two solid games in a row,” Coach Paul Fassbender said.


The effects from a pair of severe late-November snowstorms are still being felt across much of northern Michigan as work crews continue efforts to clear and groom snowmobile and ski trails.

“The number of downed trees and limbs is astonishing,” said Rob Katona, central Upper Peninsula trails specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' Parks and Recreation Division. “We haven’t seen conditions like this in recent history.”


Friday, 2019 Dec 13th

Warren Rentschler, 95, of Saline, Michigan, passed away on Friday, December 6, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Hertler Rentschler. He is survived by two daughters, Barbara (James) Hassell and Ann Pradel; two grandsons, Ian Hassell and William Pradel; his brother and sister in law, Allen and Florine Rentschler, his sister in law, Beverley Rentschler, and many nieces and nephews.


Have you ever thought of giving your favorite reader the gift of a bag full of books by authors he or she might never have tried? Sounds like a fun gift!

Today and tomorrow the Friends of the Saline District Library's Bag of Books sale takes place in the Library's Brecon Room. There will be lots to choose from, giving you a great chance to stock up for your own holiday reading, too!

 Hours and pricing are as follows:

Thursday, 2019 Dec 12th

A heat lamp was the cause of a minor fire at a Lodi Township home Wednesday evening.

Around 5:10 p.m., Saline firefighters were dispatched to the 3500 block of Surrey Drive for a structure fire. By the time firefighters arrived, a resident of the home had poured a bucket of water on a small fire to knock it down, Fire Chief Craig Hoeft said.

The fire was caused by a heat lamp. A child in the house was cleaning the pen of a small animal and laid the heat lamp in wastebasket - causing the small fire. Residents evacuated the home. The resident then extinguished the fire.

Police & Fire

Saline Police led a multi-agency search Thursday for a local man wanted by the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Police were called to a store in The Oaks plaza by a person who recognized the man. When Saline Police arrived the man fled on foot.

Police set up a perimeter with the help of police from Pittsfield, Milan and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office. Milan also brought a dog who tracked a trail through the fields at Braun Farm off of Bemis Road before losing the scent, according to Saline Police Chief Jerrod Hart.

Police & Fire