The Saline Post Almanac: Jan. 3, 2019

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 01/03/2019 - 01:10

Good bye gloomy weather. 

The weather forecast calls for clearing skies Thursday afternoon with a high of 37 degrees. The clear skies and warmer than usual temperatures will continue into the weekend, with highs of 44 Saturday and Sunday, when clouds may return. Still, we've got temperatures forecast above freezing all the way into Wednesday of next week.

The sun will rise at 8:04 a.m. Thursday and set at 5:16 p.m.

The Saline Post calendar is empty for Jan. 3. On Jan. 4 there's a blood drive at the senior center from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Also, EHM Senior Solutions presents the "Senior Classic Movie," It Happened One Night, at 1:30 p.m. at Emagine Theatre.

On Jan. 3, 1777, General George Washington's revolutionary army defeated the British at the Battle of Princeton. On Jan. 3 1977, Apple Computer incorporated.

Jan. 3 is also "Drinking Straw" Day.  Drinking straws have revolutionized the way people consume beverages. Thanks to Marvin Stone, the drinking straw was patented on January 3rd, 1888. Plastic straws of today evolved from paper straws. Before that beverages were sipped via a tube of natural rye grass. However, the grass could impact the flavor of the beverage. Stone wrapped a piece of paper around a pencil and glued the ends shut to make the first paper straw. These days, the straw is seen as an enemy by environmentalists.

And while many Saline residents are putting their Christmas trees out for pickup this week, trees aren't the only reminders of Christmas being tossed away. Jan. 3 is National Fruitcake Toss Day.  Fruitcake is either loved or reviled, but that doesn't stop well-meaning individuals for gifting it during the holiday season. Too often fruitcake, which is essentially a bundt or pound cake dotted with dried fruit, never gets eaten. That's where National Fruitcake Toss Day comes into play. People can opt to grab a slice and then throw out the rest, or simply toss the cake in the trash altogether. However, a more humane and socially responsible way to get rid of that unwanted fruitcake is to donate it to a food pantry.

Here's what the front page of The Saline Reporter looked on Jan. 2, 1969.

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Now, here's what happened on Jan. 2.


Jan. 2, 2:13 p.m. -- Medical/Public Assist, 500 block of Rosemont
Jan. 2 4:56 p.m. -- Medical, 1300 block of Michigan Avenue
Jan. 2 5:40 p.m. -- Medical, Saline Rec Center
Jan 2 6:38 p.m. -- Medical 2700 block of West Ellsworth
Jan. 2 10:14 p.m. -- Motor Vehicle Crash, 3500 block of South Wagner


The hottest tickets in town are available. Support Saline Schools while having a blast at Snowblast on Feb. 2.

Schools out, which means the Saline Area Schools building and grounds staff are working hard.


It's been a quiet time for Saline High School Sports - but the Saline prep hockey team is busy.

Gov. Whitmer has signed her first executive directive.

China has stepped up its space game

A Michigan man is being held in Russia, accused of spying.



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Tran Longmoore is a veteran community journalist. He is founder and owner of He is co-publisher of The Saline Post weekly newspaper. Email him at [email protected] or call him at 734-272-6294.

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