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Friday, 2020 Apr 24th

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-59, extending her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through May 15. The new order will require people to wear homemade face coverings when they enter enclosed public spaces. It will also lift some restrictions on outdoor activities and allow some workers who perform previously suspended activities to go back to work. 


The weekend is coming. That means it's the perfect time to donate to Saline Area Social Service.

Drop off donations of goods between 10 a.m. and noon, Friday and Saturday. Here's what's on the list of needs this week:


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to extend the "stay home stay safe" executive order until May 15, according to a report by Fox 2 News.

The current order, an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus that's killed nearly 3,000 Michigan residents, is scheduled to expire April 30. Whitmer is expected to make an announcement Friday.

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By Alexa St. John
Automotive News

French seating and interiors supplier Faurecia told employees this week that work will resume at the plant on Michigan Avenue on May 4, after earlier asking some employees to start work next week, while the state's stay-at-home order is still in effect, trade publication Automotive News reported on Wednesday.


It's Fish Friday at Salt Springs Brewery!

Here's what's on the menu:

  • Soft Shell Crab Sandwich $15. Cornmeal dusted & fried crispy, shredded romaine, tomato, creole remoulade & ciabatta bun
  • Soft Shell Crab Entree $29. Cornmeal dusted & fried crispy, creole remoulade, Cajun rice pilaf & green beans  

Salt Springs Brewery, 117 S. Ann Arbor St. in downtown Saline, is open at 11 a.m. Call 734-295-9191 to order - and order in advance if possible.

Food, Drinks & Fun

Thursday, 2020 Apr 23rd

Governor Whitmer and Michigan’s Financial Institutions Agree to Partnership for Providing Borrowers 90-day Mortgage-Payment Forbearance


One more Washtenaw County resident according to Washtenaw County Health Department data that also showed the second-highest daily case count on record.

42 county residents have died.

The number of confirmed cases jumped from 911 to 966. The 55-case increase is the most since March 31, when a backlog of tests were reported.

The jump in cases today is at least partly a reflection of targeted testing, according to Susan Ringler Cerniglia of the Washtenaw County Health Department.


Washtenaw County voters interested in voting by mail during upcoming 2020 elections can sign up to receive an Absent Voter Ballot Application automatically prior to every election at Washtenaw.org/Voters.

Absent Voter Ballots provide an easy, safe, and secure way to vote without visiting a polling location.

The Washtenaw County Clerk/Register’s office has launched an online form to provide a convenient way for Washtenaw County voters to request to be placed on their city or township clerk’s Permanent Absent Voter List.


The pervasive business shutdown prompted by COVID-19 hit Michigan retailers hard, as reflected in the Michigan Retail Index survey released today.

The monthly survey, based on a 100-point range, asked Michigan retailers to gauge their March sales, hiring and inventory compared to the previous month. The index for sales came in at a dismal 11.6, compared to 66.6 in February. March 2019’s number was 42.6.


Saline City Council voted 7-0 to suspend a portion of the city code regulating weeds and lawns.

Mayor Brian Marl put the issue in front of council Monday evening.

Section 90-72 of the city code states that property owners must keep properties free of noxious weeds and ensure that grass and other ground cover does not grow in excess of seven inches in height.

But, Marl reasoned, with landscapers not ruled "essential workers" by Governor Whitmer, and with some residents unable to take care of the lawn, he recommended the code not be enforced until at least May 5.


Wednesday, 2020 Apr 22nd

Three more Washtenaw County residents have died as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the total to 41, according to data released by the Washtenaw County Health Department Wednesday.

The number of deaths has increased by 15 since Saturday.


The Washtenaw County Road Commission will hold a virtual construction information meeting to discuss the Textile Road and Woodland Drive roundabout project which is scheduled to begin in June.


Nominating petitions for Saline City Council are now available through the Clerk’s Office. The filing deadline is 4 p.m., Thursday, July 16. 

Voters will elect the mayor and three members of council to two-year terms on Nov. 3.

During the Governor's stay-at-home order, city offices are closed. Clerk Terri Royal with mail nomination forms to you or arrange a time for you to pick them up from Saline City Hall.


In the wake of record rainfall in 2019 and early 2020, Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner, Evan N. Pratt, P.E., warns that “All forecasts point to a wet 2020.” 


Tuesday, 2020 Apr 21st

12 people died on Michigan roadways since last week making a total of 197 this year.  In addition, 28 more were seriously injured for a statewide total of 960 to date.

Compared to last year at this time there are 39 fewer fatalities and 267 fewer serious injuries.

Numbers are provided by the Michigan State Police.

Police & Fire

Saline District Library invites all community members to find the library at their place by visiting the website (https://salinelibrary.org) to access virtual services and resources.

Arts & Entertainment

This day was first recognized on April 22, 1970 as a way to get attention to policy makers about environmental issues. There were few laws protecting the environment and even fewer laws that punished companies that caused devastating pollution. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin was the "instigator" of this first Earth Day and is quoted saying "Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty.

Be Green

As the number of new coronavirus cases in Washtenaw County has declined, the number of deaths has risen sharply. 

Five more Washtenaw County residents died as a result of COVID-19, according to new data released this afternoon by the Washtenaw County health department. The number of dead now stands at 38 - up by 12 since data released Saturday morning, though Saturday's county data did not record three deaths included in the state's reporting. 

There have been 900 confirmed coronavirus cases in the county - up 19 from yesterday.