Ann Arbor Observer, November 2014

Published In:
Ann Arbor Observer,
1976-current

Publisher: Ann Arbor Observer Company

Date: November 2014


The following articles appeared in the November 2014 issue of the Ann Arbor Observer:

  • Fear and Flu [UpFront], page 11
  • Keywords:

    • Influenza
    • Vaccinations
    • University of Michigan Visiting Care Clinic
    • University of Michigan - Faculty & Staff
    • Rite Aid Pharmacy
    • Ebola Virus Disease

    People:

    • Tracy Newhouse
    • Rhonda Morris
    • Matthew Boulton


  • Tax Dollars at Work [UpFront], page 11
  • Keywords:

    • Sidewalks
    • Ann Arbor - City Government Departments
    • Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
    • Millages
    • Disability Rights
    • Lawsuits

    People:

    • Homayoon Pirooz
    • Robert Kellar


  • Sid Gilman's Last Stand [UpFront], page 11
  • Keywords:

    • Crime & Criminals
    • University of Michigan - Faculty & Staff
    • Pharmaceuticals - Research & Development
    • New Yorker Magazine
    • SAC Capital Advisors,

    People:

    • Sid Gilman
    • Mathew Martoma
    • Patrick Radden Keefe
    • Steven A. Cohen
    • Joel Vilensky


  • From Fantasy to Tragedy [UpFront], page 11
  • Keywords:

    • Art & Artists
    • Comic Books
    • Biography
    • United States - President
    • Criminal Investigations

    People:

    • Jerzy Drozd
    • John F. Kennedy
    • DanMishkin


  • Lost In Briarwood [UpFront], page 11
  • Keywords:

    • Briarwood Mall
    • Sears Roebuck & Co.
    • Restaurants


  • Football In Chaos [Inside Ann Arbor], page 13
  • Keywords:

    • University of Michigan - Athletics
    • University of Michigan - Administration
    • Sports
    • Football
    • Coaches
    • Michigan Wolverines
    • Sports Injuries

    People:

    • Mark Schlissel
    • Brady Hoke
    • David Brandon
    • Shane Morris
    • Devin Gardner
    • Doug Nussmeier
    • Al Borges
    • Greg Matison
    • Jabrill Peppers
    • Rich Rodriguez
    • Jeff Casteel


  • When Lawyers Go Bad [Inside Ann Arbor], page 13 - 15
  • Keywords:

    • Attorneys
    • Michigan Attorney Discipline Board
    • Dykema Gossett
    • State Bar of Michigan

    People:

    • James Cameron
    • Kwame Kilpatrick
    • Mike Stefani
    • Valerie Colbert-Osamuede


  • Curating the U-M's Cast-Offs [Inside Ann Arbor], page 15 - 17
  • Keywords:

    • University of Michigan Property Disposition Office
    • Resale (Second-Hand Merchandise)

    People:

    • Mary Ellen Lyon
    • Steve Sinelli

    Places:

    • 3241 Baxter Rd


  • A Dog Named Bo [Inside Ann Arbor], page 17
  • Keywords:

    • Pets
    • Affordable Vet Services
    • Ann Arbor Animal Hospital
    • Veterinarians & Veterinary Medicine

    People:

    • Bill MacArthur
    • Janet Figarra


  • Power Pruning [Inside Ann Arbor], page 17 - 20
  • Keywords:

    • Forestry
    • Ann Arbor - City Government Departments
    • Ann Arbor City Council
    • Ann Arbor Parks Advisory Commission
    • Emerald Ash Borer
    • University of Michigan - Campus

    People:

    • Christopher Taylor
    • Paul Bairley
    • Ingrid Ault


  • Shadow Season [Outside], by Jorja Feldman, Bob Feldman, page
  • Keywords:

    • Nature
    • Photography


  • Crime Map, page 25
  • Keywords:

    • Crime & Criminals
    • Ann Arbor Police Department
    • Statistics


  • Sharon McRill: Keeping Clients Organized [Ann Arborites], by Debbie Merion, page 27
  • Keywords:

    • Betty Brigade
    • Personal Assistants
    • Concierge Services
    • University of Michigan - Alumnus
    • ZingTrain

    People:

    • Sharon McRill

    Places:

    • 2008 Hogback Rd


  • Joybox Express: Mr. B's Mississippi River Ride [My Town], by Sandor Slomovits, page 28 - 29
  • Keywords:

    • Musicians
    • Bicycling
    • Accidents - Motorcycle
    • Artrain
    • Fundraising

    People:

    • Mark Braun
    • Shoshana Hurand
    • Sam Genson
    • Marty Stano
    • Jules Cunningham


  • Marry Me: A + WL, by Eve Silberman, page 31 - 32
  • Keywords:

    • Ann Arbor Public Schools
    • Whitmore Lake Public Schools
    • Elections - Proposals & Referendums
    • Ann Arbor Board of Education
    • Whitmore Lake Public Schools Board of Education
    • Washtenaw Intermediate School District
    • Annexations

    People:

    • Glenn Nelson
    • Jim Vibbart
    • Deb Mexicotte
    • Christine Stead
    • Susan Basket
    • Andy Thomas
    • Tom DeKeyser
    • Jeff Vega
    • Julie ReBeau
    • Monique Deschaine
    • Jeanice Swift
    • Scott Menzel


  • A Crowded School Board Race, by James Leonard, page 53
  • Keywords:

    • Elections - Ann Arbor
    • Ann Arbor Board of Education
    • Ann Arbor Public Schools

    People:

    • Deb Mexicotte
    • Susan Basket
    • Christine Stead
    • Irene Patalan
    • Glenn Nelson
    • Jeffrey Harrold
    • Donna Lasinski
    • Patricia Manley
    • Deirdre Piper
    • Hunter Van Valkenburgh
    • Don Wilkerson
    • Roland Zullo
    • Jack Panitch


  • Contrarian For Mayor: Bryan Kelly's Quixotic Quest, by James Leonard, page 35 - 37
  • Keywords:

    • Elections - Ann Arbor
    • Ann Arbor - Mayor
    • Ann Arbor City Council
    • Democratic Party
    • Republican Party
    • University of Michigan - Alumnus
    • Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority
    • Fires & Firefighting
    • Delonis Center
    • Homelessness
    • Affordable Housing
    • Hooper Hathaway Price Beuche & Wallace

    People:

    • Bryan Kelly
    • Christopher Taylor
    • John Hieftje
    • Albert Howard
    • Tom Wall
    • Jane Lumm
    • Steve Kunselman
    • Larry Kestenbaum


  • A Republican State Rep?, by James Leonard, page 36
  • Keywords:

    • Michigan House of Representatives
    • Elections - Ann Arbor
    • Democratic Party
    • Republican Party
    • Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners

    People:

    • Gretchen Driskell
    • John Hochstetler
    • Jeff Irwin
    • John Spisak
    • Adam Zemke
    • Leonard Burk
    • Andy LaBarre
    • Yousef Rabhi
    • Conan Smith
    • Joe Miriani
    • Jeff Gallatin
    • John Floyd


  • Ann Arborites Run for Regent With Control of the Board at Stake , by James Leonard, page 39
  • Keywords:

    • University of Michigan - Board of Regents
    • Elections - Michigan
    • Democratic Party
    • Republican Party
    • University of Michigan - Alumnus
    • McKinley Properties
    • Wayne State University - Faculty & Staff

    People:

    • Kathy White
    • Rob Steele
    • Ron Weiser
    • Julia Darlow
    • James Duderstadt
    • John Dingell
    • Michael Behm


  • Grover's Corner - When Families Lived and Worked at State and Packard, by Val Lauder, page 41 - 43
  • Keywords:

    • Local History
    • Factory Hat Store
    • Standard Oil Service Station
    • A & P
    • Calkins-Fletcher Drug Stores
    • Campus Corner
    • Pastry Peddler Bakery & Cafe
    • PJ's Records
    • Ali Baba Restaurant
    • Jimmy John's
    • Cottage Inn Pizza
    • Mr. Spot's
    • Rod's Diner
    • Pizza Bob's
    • Bell's Pizza
    • Quickie Burgers & Dogs
    • R.U.B. BBQ Pub
    • Pizza Loy's
    • Dairy Joy
    • Loy's Speedy Lunch
    • Double D Restaurant
    • Loy's Snappy Service
    • Blue Front

    People:

    • Warren Mann
    • Anna Mann
    • Bud Mosher
    • Jim Chaconas
    • Katy Loy
    • Jeff Taras
    • Marc Taras
    • Dennis Loy
    • P. J. Ryder
    • Omar Dari
    • Adnan Dari
    • Adam Gottschalk
    • Anne-Catherine Dargis
    • Ray Collins
    • Ed Gottschalk


  • Miya: Suddenly Serene [Restaurant Reviews], by M. B. Lewis, page 45
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants - Reviews
    • Miya Restaurant
    • University of Michigan - Campus
    • Silvio's Organic Pizza
    • Tomukun Restaurant

    Places:

    • 715 N University


  • Changes of Seasons: Hodesh Sells Downtown Home & Garden [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, Shelley Daily, page 47
  • Keywords:

    • Downtown Home & Garden
    • Hertler Brothers Hardware
    • Fleetwood Diner
    • Mark's Carts
    • Bills' Beer Garden
    • Castine Inn
    • Ehnis & Sons

    People:

    • Mark Hodesh
    • Kelly Vore
    • Bill Zolkowski
    • Margaret Parker
    • Jeanne Hodesh

    Places:

    • 210 S Ashley


  • What Price Fame? Blimpy Burger Redux [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, Shelley Daily, page 47 - 49
  • Keywords:

    • Blimpy Burger
    • Restaurants
    • Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger

    People:

    • Chris Magner
    • Rich Magner
    • Herm Steinman

    Places:

    • 304 S Ashley


  • Hyper-Local Microbusiness - Real Baked Goods [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, Shelley Daily, page 49 - 50
  • Keywords:

    • Read Baked Goods
    • Bakeries & Confectioners
    • Coffee Houses
    • Milan Coffee Works

    People:

    • Martha Ebinger
    • Alan Caldwell
    • Matt Bjurman

    Places:

    • 1232 Packard


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Many Lives of 2390 Winewood

Published In:
Ann Arbor Observer, February 2013,
February 2013

Author: Grace Shackman

The History of the Observer's New Home

You wouldn't think a simple 1940s industrial building would have much of a history, but 2390 Winewood, the new home of the Ann Arbor Observer, has a surprisingly diverse past: it has housed a manufacturer of trading stamp gifts, a factory where the first hockey helmets were made, a one-of-a-kind map store, and a remodeler's office.

The address first appears in the 1947 city directory. A motorcycle store was the first tenant, but Automated Products, later known as Kingsware, soon moved in. The company made gift items for Gold Bell trading stamps.

At the time many stores gave trading stamps as incentives to encourage customers to come back--an early version of today's "loyalty" programs. Customers received the stamps based upon the amount they spent; pasted in books, the stamps could be redeemed for gifts at special cash-free "redemption centers." It was quite a business in its heyday: Shelly Byron Hutchinson, founder of S&H Green Stamps, made enough to build the awesome mansion at 600 River St. in Ypsilanti (used today by High Scope).

In an undated aerial photo of W. Stadium, 2390 is visible as a small cement-block building facing Winewood. Presumably, it was Kingsware that added a steel warehouse behind the original structure that connected it to a second cement-block building, with a loading dock, off Maple. John Marchello, co-founder of Danmar Products, recalls that the building had already been expanded to that L shape by the time he first saw it, in the early 1960s.

Marchello says that Kingsware made electric fondue makers, hot plates, and other household appliances. His discussions with Kingsware owner Hugh Garver about painting the ice-hockey helmets that he was developing led to Danmar's moving into the building in 1962. The "Dan" is for Harlan and Josephine Danner, who joined with Marchello to form Danmar, which manufactured safety products for sports and medical uses. Marchello developed the products, and the Danners oversaw their production.

Marchello, a U-M art and design major and a member of the U-M wrestling team starting in 1954, had worked with his coach, Cliff Keen, to develop better ways to protect competitors from the hematomas known as "cauliflower ears." From wrestling headgear, he moved on to develop a plastic ice-hockey helmet; up until then, players' only head protection was a pair of soft pads connected by an elastic strap.

With a $300 loan from Keen, Marchello began manufacturing hockey helmets in his garage in New Hudson. He soon had enough orders to repay Keen's loan. Meanwhile, the Danners had moved back to Ann Arbor from Venezuela in order to rear their children in the United States and were looking for a business to become involved in. Harlan Danmar had also wrestled for the U-M, in the 1930s, and his mother was a landlady who often rented rooms to wrestlers--including, during his college years, Marchello. The sports connection soon led to a business partnership.

It turned out to be a good time to start a helmet business. Besides hockey headgear, Danmar made special helmets for motorcycle riders and police departments. And when bigger competitors took over those markets, Danmar found a new niche in medical safety products.

During Danmar's infancy, Marchello had continued doing freelance design work. One of his customers suggested that he create a helmet to protect the heads of institutionalized people, some of whom are prone to falling. Soon, other customers began asking Danmar for various medical safety products.

"There was a big need not being serviced," explains Marchello. Health care professionals had "been trying to jury-rig things to work. We'd talk on the phone, and they'd send rough drawings." Products for people with special needs included face guards, apparatuses to help hold forks or crayons, headrests, chest and head supports, and wheelchair accessories. Ruth Harris, U-M professor of physical education, contacted Danmar to suggest they build a flotation device that would allow physically handicapped people to play water sports, and thus was launched a line of swim aids.

In 1978 the Danners retired, and Marchello became Danmar's sole owner. Ten years later he sold the business to general manager Karen Lindner, but continued to work for the company. That same year, Danmar moved the company to roomier quarters at 221 Jackson Industrial Dr.

The company now has thirty-three employees, tripled since its Winewood days, and is still making medical safety equipment, much of it one-of-a-kind items. They've also seen a bit of a return to sports equipment; for instance, some teams come to them to make helmets with logos that don't easily peel off, as decals do. At age seventy-six, Marchello still comes into work every day.

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John Roumanis, who was then running the Cottage Inn Pizza delivery chain, bought the building from Marchello to store supplies for his company's commissary, which at the time was located across Winewood. (For Roumanis's latest project, see Marketplace Changes, p. 45.) He rented out the part facing Winewood to Don Wagman for his map store, Geography Ltd. Wagman remembers that Cottage Inn employees stopped by many times a day, to retrieve food stored on pallets in the metal building or to get foods out of the walk-in freezer in the very back, but he says they didn't bother him because they used different doors.

Wagman sold anything having to do with cartography--maps, atlases, globes, even astronomy paraphernalia. His maps were of every kind imaginable and from all over the world--topographical, reproduction antique, road and railroad maps, street plans, and literary maps, to name just a few. When Cottage Inn moved out a few years later, Wagman had the whole building to himself, so he spread out into the unused space. "To call it ramshackle would be being kind," laughs Wagman. His biggest sellers were Michigan topographical maps, used in summer by vacationers, in fall by hunters, and year-round by engineers and environmental consultants. Wagman stayed for fourteen years but closed in 2004, no longer able to compete with online sales and web mapping services.

Contractor Paul LaRoe bought the building in 2006. By then it was in pretty rough shape, but being a remodeler, he knew what to do. "I could see that it had a good structure and was full of possibilities," LaRoe says. He gutted and cleaned the inside and, working with architect Ed Wier, installed new offices, bathrooms, and windows. He says his goal was to make the interior feel "warm and cozy, like a home," a theme echoed by a new facade with hints of a traditional peaked roof.

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Observer owners Patricia Garcia and John Hilton bought the building last summer. LaRoe did such a good job on the front part that it needed only minor changes. The metal building, though, got a complete overhaul that added windows, plumbing, and heating and cooling systems. The Observer is also using part of the back building, but still has some warehouse space on the Maple side that it hopes to rent out.

The Observer spent twenty-one good years in the Marketplace Building near Kerrytown. But when ad sales fell during the recession, the company had to sublet part of its space, and what remained was uncomfortably cramped. The magazine's staff is enjoying having room to spread out again and plenty of parking (rented from Eberbach Corporation across Winewood). They do admit to missing downtown but are pleased to discover how many locally owned businesses are within easy walking distance on the west side. Says publisher Patricia Garcia, "We've traded Zingerman's [Deli] for the Roadhouse."

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This article has been edited since it appeared in the February 2013 Ann Arbor Observer. The spelling of John Marchello's name has been corrected. (end of article)

Ann Arbor Observer, October 2014

Published In:
Ann Arbor Observer,
1976-current

Publisher: Ann Arbor Observer Company

Date: October 2014


The following articles appeared in the October 2014 issue of the Ann Arbor Observer:

  • No Oil In Scio [UpFront], page 11
  • Keywords:

    • Scio Township
    • Environment
    • Fuels
    • Oil Wells
    • West Bay Exploration
    • Laws & Legislation

    People:

    • Spaulding Clark
    • Pat Gibson


  • Jewett Memorial [UpFront], page 11
  • Keywords:

    • Memorials
    • Local History
    • Ann Arbor Farmers Market
    • Ann Arbor Art Center
    • Ann Arbor Public Schools - Faculty & Staff

    People:

    • Coleman Jewett
    • Marsha Chamberlin
    • Jim Lounsbury

    Places:

    • 315 Detroit St


  • Tower of Pizza [UpFront], page 11
  • Keywords:

    • ArborBLU
    • Pizza House
    • University of Michigan - Student Housing
    • Apartments

    People:

    • Dennis Tice

    Places:

    • 624 Church St


  • Doughnut Medicine [UpFront], page 11
  • Keywords:

    • University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
    • Washtenaw Dairy
    • Cancer
    • Donations

    People:

    • Jim Smith III


  • Chi Whiz [UpFront], page 11
  • Keywords:

    • Physical Fitness
    • Fourth Ave Birkenstock

    People:

    • Paul Tinkerhess
    • Mike Lachance
    • Dick Felton
    • Zach Ornelas


  • WCC Election [Inside Ann Arbor], page 13
  • Keywords:

    • Elections - Washtenaw County
    • Washtenaw Community College - Board of Trustees
    • Washtenaw Community College - Faculty & Staff
    • Washtenaw Community College Education Association
    • Labor Unions

    People:

    • Rose Bellanca
    • Anne Williams
    • Mark Freeman
    • Ruth Hatcher
    • Alex Milshteyn
    • Christina Fleming
    • Dave De Varti
    • William Campbell
    • Eric Borregard
    • Tony Derezinski

    Places:

    • 4800 E Huron River Dr


  • In The Rough [Inside Ann Arbor], page 13 - 17
  • Keywords:

    • Golf Courses
    • Country Clubs
    • Lake Forest Golf Club
    • Polo Fields Golf & Country Club
    • Ann Arbor Golf and Outing Club
    • Stonebridge Golf Club
    • Barton Hills Country Club
    • Indian Trail Golf Center
    • University of Michigan - Radrick Farms Golf Course
    • Ann Arbor Country Club
    • Huron Hills Golf Course
    • Leslie Park Golf Course
    • Ann Arbor - City Government Departments
    • Miles of Golf

    People:

    • Gilda Johnson
    • Diana Kuenzli
    • Pallas Snedecor
    • Dongmin Kim
    • Brian Stange
    • Doug Mervis
    • Allen Young
    • Corey S. Gerhart
    • Paul Scott
    • Mark Chalou
    • Colin Smith


  • Nerdfighters [Inside Ann Arbor], page 17 - 18
  • Keywords:

    • University of Michigan - Students
    • Clubs & Organizations
    • Authors
    • Ann Arbor Public Schools
    • Skyline High School
    • Charities

    People:

    • John Green
    • Hank Green
    • Maya Gurfinkel
    • Maia Hoberman
    • Evan Harris
    • Gabriel Aptekar
    • Alex Bernard


  • Art House [Inside Ann Arbor], page 18 - 21
  • Keywords:

    • Art & Artists
    • Sculpture
    • University of Michigan - Student Housing
    • Black Elk Co-op
    • Films

    People:

    • Dean Fogarasi
    • Debashis Mazumder
    • Emil Szkipala

    Places:

    • 902 Baldwin Ave


  • A Visual Feast: Savoring the Spectacle of Fall [Outside], by Jorja Feldman, Bob Feldman, page 23
  • Keywords:

    • Recreation
    • Nature
    • Parks
    • Gallup Park
    • Nichols Arboretum
    • Leslie Science and Nature Center


  • Crime Map, page 25
  • Keywords:

    • Crime & Criminals
    • Ann Arbor Police Department
    • Statistics


  • Life After Everest: Pem Dorjee Sherpa and Moni Mulepati [Ann Arborites], by Eve Silberman, page 27
  • Keywords:

    • Himalayan Bazaar
    • Imports & Exports
    • Weddings
    • Mountain Climbing
    • Of Global Interest Adventure Travel

    People:

    • Moni Mulepati
    • Pem Dorjee Sherpa
    • Heather O'Neal

    Places:

    • 218 S Main St,


  • Return of the Sidewalk Surfer: Skateboarding at Vets Park [My Town], by David Swain, page 28
  • Keywords:

    • Skateboarding
    • Parks - Ann Arbor
    • Veterans Park
    • Ann Arbor Skatepark
    • Volunteers & Volunteering
    • Wildlife

    Places:

    • 2150 Jackson Ave


  • Reading, Writing, and Politics: Running For School Board, 1991 [My Town], by Jeff Mortimer, page 28 - 29
  • Keywords:

    • Elections - Ann Arbor
    • Ann Arbor Board of Education
    • Ann Arbor Public Schools
    • Ann Arbor News
    • University of Michigan - Faculty & Staff
    • Ann Arbor League of Women Voters

    People:

    • Doug Shapiro


  • The Greenbelt At Ten, by James Leonard, page 31 - 33
  • Keywords:

    • Land Conservancy
    • Farms & Farming
    • Greenbelts
    • Ann Arbor Greenbelt Advisory Commission
    • Real Estate Development
    • Bur Oaks Farm
    • Ann Arbor City Council
    • Ann Arbor - City Government Departments
    • Millages
    • Taxation - Ann Arbor & Washtenaw County
    • Ecology Center
    • Sierra Club
    • McKinley Properties
    • Wexford Homes
    • Ann Arbor Township
    • Conservation Fund
    • Washtenaw County Natural Area Preservation Program
    • Economic Conditions
    • Green Things Farm

    People:

    • Tom Bloomer
    • Rosanne Bloomer
    • Jane Lumm
    • Craig Welch
    • Dan Ezekiel
    • Mike Garfield
    • John Hieftje
    • Bob Johnson
    • Doug Cowherd
    • Albert Berriz
    • Peg Kohring
    • Ginny Trocchio
    • Catherine Riseng
    • Bob Johnson
    • Tom Bloomer
    • Jill Lada
    • Nata Lada


  • When Water Was Wealth, by David Swain, page 35 - 37
  • Keywords:

    • Local History
    • Argo Cascades
    • Huron River
    • Sawmills
    • Grist Mills
    • Dams
    • Creeks & Streams
    • Allen Creek
    • Argo Dam
    • Illi's Auto
    • City Mill
    • Traver Creek
    • Malletts Creek
    • Arbor Springs Water Company
    • Argo Power Station
    • Mill Creek
    • Camp Birkett
    • Camp Newkirk
    • Peach Mountain Observatory
    • Delhi Mills
    • Osborne Mill
    • Paper Mills
    • Energy Resources
    • Water Works Park
    • Hudson Mills
    • Lawsuits
    • Chelsea Milling Co.
    • Cornwell Coal Co.
    • Washtenaw Light and Power Company
    • Ann Arbor Milling Co.
    • Michigan Milling Co.
    • Detroit Edison Co.
    • Ford Motor Company
    • Huron-Clinton Metroparks
    • Parks - Ann Arbor
    • Gallup Park
    • Wellers Weddings
    • Saline Mill
    • Parker Mill

    People:

    • John Allen
    • Benjamin Woodruff
    • Robert Noyes
    • John Dix
    • Nicholas Marsh
    • Lou Doll
    • Eli Gallup
    • Taylor Jacobsen
    • Carlene Jacobsen


  • Taking the Pledge, by James Leonard, page 39
  • Keywords:

    • Homelessness
    • Elections - Ann Arbor
    • Democratic Party
    • Genesis of Ann Arbor
    • St. Clair of Assisi Episcopal Church
    • Temple Beth Emeth
    • Washtenaw Housing Alliance
    • Camp Take Notice
    • Delonis Center
    • Alpha House
    • Economic Conditions
    • Ann Arbor - City Government Departments
    • Ann Arbor City Council
    • Washtenaw County - Government
    • United States - Departments & Agencies
    • Veterans
    • Affordable Housing
    • Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
    • Grants
    • Poverty
    • Ann Arbor Housing Commission
    • Ann Arbor - Mayor
    • Public Housing

    People:

    • Julie Steiner
    • Sally Hart Petersen
    • Amanda Carlisle
    • Robert E. Guenzel
    • Christopher Taylor
    • Jennifer Hall
    • Sabre Briere


  • Mezzevino: Simple and Intense [Restaurant Reviews], by M. B. Lewis, page 41
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants - Reviews
    • Mezzevino Restaurant
    • Mainstreet Ventures

    People:

    • Guillermo Fleurquin

    Places:

    • 120 E Liberty


  • El Harissa: Making Progress [Restaurant Reviews], by Misty Callies, page 41 - 43
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants - Reviews
    • El Harissa Market Cafe

    People:

    • Khaled Houamed
    • Susan Thomas

    Places:

    • 1516 N Maple Rd


  • It's All Good [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, Shelley Daily, page 45
  • Keywords:

    • Ann Arbor Art Center
    • Motawi Tile
    • Art & Artists
    • Nonprofits
    • 117 Gallery
    • Galleries
    • Gallery Project

    People:

    • Marie Klopf
    • Nawal Motawi
    • JPaul Dixon

    Places:

    • 117 W Liberty


  • Argus Farm Stop [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, Shelley Daily, page 45 -46
  • Keywords:

    • Argus Farm Stop
    • Farms & Farming
    • Tantre Farm
    • Schwartz Farm

    People:

    • Kathy Sample
    • Bill Brinkerhoof
    • Scott Fleck
    • Alex de Parry

    Places:

    • 325 W Liberty


  • Victory on State St. - The Victors Collection by the M Den [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, Shelley Daily, page 46
  • Keywords:

    • The Victors Collection by the M Den
    • All About Blue
    • Steve and Barry's
    • Moe's Sport Shop
    • MDen
    • University of Michigan - Athletics

    People:

    • Abraham Hejazi
    • Scott Hirsch
    • Brian Hilger

    Places:

    • 307 S State St


  • Victory on State St. - Verbena [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, Shelley Daily, page 46 - 48
  • Keywords:

    • Verbena
    • Clothing - Retail
    • Sava Restaurant

    People:

    • Kate Duerksen
    • Sava Lelcaj

    Places:

    • 309 S State St


  • Victory on State St. - aMa Bistro [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, Shelley Daily, page 48
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants
    • aMa Bistro

    People:

    • Nina Miftiu

    Places:

    • 215 S State St


  • Hunter House Hamburgers [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, Shelley Daily, page 48
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants
    • Hunter House Hamburgers
    • White Market
    • University of Michigan - Alumnus

    People:

    • Kelly Cobb
    • Kaitlyn Buss
    • Susan Cobb
    • Jesse Phelps

    Places:

    • 609 E William St


  • Dogma Catmantoo [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, Shelley Daily, page 48 -50
  • Keywords:

    • Pets & Pet Supplies
    • Dogma Catmantoo
    • Remodeling & Renovation

    People:

    • Pam Behjatnia
    • Alice Liberson

    Places:

    • 208 N Fourth Ave


  • Cirilla's [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, Shelley Daily , page 50
  • Keywords:

    • Retail Trade
    • Franchises

    Places:

    • 2925 Carpenter Rd


  • Painting with a Twist [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, Shelley Daily, page 50
  • Keywords:

    • Painting with a Twist
    • Franchises
    • Art & Artists
    • Classes & Instruction
    • Village Center Plaza

    People:

    • Letitia Tenner

    Places:

    • 3143 Oak Valley Drive


  • Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, Shelley Daily, page 50
  • Keywords:

    • Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase
    • Nightclubs
    • Theater
    • Comedy
    • Remodeling & Renovation

    People:

    • Roger Feeney
    • Andy Pitz
    • Kristin Key

    Places:

    • 212 S Fourth Ave


  • Dragon's Lair Futons / All About Furniture [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, Shelley Daily, page 50
  • Keywords:

    • Dragon's Lair Futons
    • Beds & Bedding
    • All About Furniture
    • Furniture - Retail

    People:

    • Sandy Cadotte-Keys
    • Sanjay Panjwani

    Places:

    • 5301 Jackson Rd


  • No Thai! [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, Shelley Daily, page 50 - 51
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants
    • No Thai!
    • Kerrytown
    • Siam Cuisine
    • Remodeling & Renovation
    • Aut Bar
    • Common Language Bookstore

    People:

    • Martin Contreras
    • Keith Orr

    Places:

    • 226 N Fourth Ave


  • In The Works [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, Shelley Daily, page 51
  • Keywords:

    • Ann Arbor Kiwanis Thrift Sale
    • Resale (Second-Hand Merchandise)
    • Fundraisers
    • Sheridan Books
    • Clubs & Organizations
    • Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor
    • Parking Lots
    • Restaurants

    People:

    • Dana Dever


  • Closings [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, Shelley Daily, page 51
  • Keywords:

    • Business - Closings
    • Reena Market
    • LILL Studio

    People:

    • Ali Hijazi
    • Tom Goldberg

    Places:

    • 865 W Eisenhower Pkwy
    • 3030 Washtenaw Ave


  • The Vibratrons: Old-School Energy [Rock 'n' Roll], by Patrick Dunn, page 54
  • Keywords:

    • Music - Reviews
    • Vibratrons (Musical Group)
    • Live Nightclub

    People:

    • Dan Mulholland
    • Brian Delaney
    • David Roof
    • Fred Klein
    • Rich Dishman

    Places:

    • 102 S 1st St,


  • Tomfoolery: Nothign But Fun [Theater], by Davi Napoleon, page 59
  • Keywords:

    • Theater - Reviews
    • Penny Seats Theatre Company
    • Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub
    • University of Michigan - Faculty & Staff

    People:

    • Lauren London
    • Zach London

    Places:

    • 318 S Main St


  • Ann Arbor Russian Festival: Celebrating Many Russias [Festivals], by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, page 63
  • Keywords:

    • Fairs & Festivals
    • St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church

    Places:

    • 9900 Jackson Rd


  • The Saragossa Manuscript: Tales Within Tales [Films], by James M. Manheim, page 69
  • Keywords:

    • Movies - Reviews
    • Film
    • Michigan Theater

    People:

    • Jan Potocki
    • Wojciech Has

    Places:

    • 603 E Liberty St


  • The Harrison Bankhead Quartet: Bass Is The Place [Jazz], by Piotr Michalowski, page 76
  • Keywords:

    • Music - Reviews
    • Harrison Bankhead Quartet (Musical Group)
    • Kerrytown Concert House

    People:

    • Harrison Bankhead
    • Avreeayl Ra
    • Mars Williams
    • Ed Wilkerson

    Places:

    • 415 N 4th Ave


  • The Belcea Quartet: Living, Breathing Music [Chamber Music], by Arwulf Arwulf, page 79
  • Keywords:

    • Music - Reviews
    • Belcea Quartet (Musical Group)
    • Rackham Hall

    People:

    • Corina Belcea
    • Krzysztof Chorzelski
    • Axel Schacher
    • Antoine Lederlin

    Places:

    • 915 E Washington St


  • The Belle of Amherst: Dickinson at the Kempf House [Belle of Amherst], by Grace Shackman, page 80
  • Keywords:

    • Kempf House
    • Historic Buildings
    • Poetry
    • Theater
    • Actors
    • Ann Arbor Civic Theatre
    • Michigan League Dinner Theater
    • St. Andrews Episcopal Church
    • Local History

    People:

    • Nancy Heusel
    • Pauline Kempf
    • Reuben Kempf

    Places:

    • 312 S Division St


  • Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits [Korean Film], by Patrick Dunn, page 85
  • Keywords:

    • Movies - Reviews
    • Film
    • Documentaries


  • August 2014 Home Sales, by Kevin Duke, page 100
  • Keywords:

    • Real Estate - Ann Arbor
    • Houses - Cost of
    • Statistics


  • I Spy [Back Page], by Sally Bjork, page 103
  • Keywords:

    • University of Michigan - Campus
    • Building & Construction
    • Trees
    • Contests
    • Grizzly Peak Restaurant

    People:

    • Janet Max
    • Betsy Williams
    • Shannon Kohlitz
    • Linore Latham
    • Lakshmi Narayanan
    • Emily McKinnon
    • Chad Rocco
    • Jerri Jenista


Ann Arbor Observer, September 2014

Published In:
Ann Arbor Observer,
1976-current

Publisher: Ann Arbor Observer Company

Date: September 2014


The following articles appeared in the September 2014 issue of the Ann Arbor Observer:

  • Three and Out [UpFront], page 9
  • Keywords:

    • Elections - Michigan
    • Michigan Legislature
    • Democratic Party
    • Republican Party

    People:

    • Jeff Irwin
    • John Spisak
    • Dian Slavens
    • Rebekah Warren


  • (Not) A Burning Issue [UpFront], page 9
  • Keywords:

    • Ann Arbor Fire Department
    • Ann Arbor City Council
    • Ann Arbor - City Government Departments
    • Affion Consultants
    • Labor Unions

    People:

    • Chuck Hubbard
    • John Seto
    • Steve Powers
    • John Hieftje


  • Suck It Up [UpFront], page 9
  • Keywords:

    • Ann Arbor - City Government Departments
    • Compost
    • Leaf Collection
    • Evergreen Lawn & Snow

    People:

    • Cory Benoit


  • Juuust Right [UpFront], page 9
  • Keywords:

    • Michigan Theater
    • Volunteers & Volunteering
    • State Theater
    • Hill Auditorium
    • Urban Outfitters

    People:

    • Karen Epstein
    • Russ Collins

    Places:

    • 603 E Liberty St


  • New Balance [Inside Ann Arbor], page 11
  • Keywords:

    • Elections - Ann Arbor
    • Democratic Party
    • Ann Arbor City Council
    • Ann Arbor - Mayor

    People:

    • Christopher Taylor
    • Sabra Briere
    • Steve Kunselman
    • Sally Hart Petersen
    • Bryan Kelly
    • John Hieftje
    • Lawrence Kestenbaum
    • Mike Anglin
    • Jack Eaton
    • Sumi Kailasapathy
    • Jane Lumm
    • Kirk Westphal
    • Julie Grand


  • Green Zone [Inside Ann Arbor], page 11 - 13
  • Keywords:

    • Medical Marijuana
    • Laws & Legislation
    • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
    • Courts - Michigan
    • Michigan Legislature
    • Gro Blue
    • Hydroponics
    • Medical Marijuana Dispensary

    People:

    • Matthew Abel
    • Dennis Hayes
    • Chuck Ream
    • Kriss Pullen


  • Stumping The Erudites [Inside Ann Arbor], page 13 - 15
  • Keywords:

    • Ford Motor Company
    • Statistics
    • Television Programs
    • Contests

    People:

    • Vasiliy Krivtsov


  • Real Music [Inside Ann Arbor], page 15 - 17
  • Keywords:

    • Musicians

    People:

    • Laith Al-Saadi
    • George Jones
    • Jeffrey Weber


  • Tree Watching [Outside], by Bob Feldman, Jorja Feldman, page 21
  • Keywords:

    • Trees
    • Nature
    • Recreation
    • Birds & Birding


  • Crime Map, page 23
  • Keywords:

    • Crime & Criminals
    • Ann Arbor Police Department
    • Statistics


  • Arie Lipsky: A Traveling Conductor Puts Down Roots [Ann Arborites], by Sandor Slomovits, page 25
  • Keywords:

    • Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
    • Conductors
    • Musicians

    People:

    • Arie Lipsky
    • Mary Steffek Blaske
    • Rachel Lipsky
    • Inbal Lipsky
    • Gilad Lipsky


  • Post-Party Politics: The Activist Coalition vs. the Back-to-Basics Caucus, by James Leonard, page 27 - 29
  • Keywords:

    • Elections - Ann Arbor
    • Ann Arbor City Council
    • Ann Arbor - Mayor
    • Democratic Party
    • Republican Party
    • Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
    • Real Estate Development - Ann Arbor
    • Ann Arbor - City Government Departments
    • Public Safety
    • Taxation - Ann Arbor & Washtenaw County

    People:

    • Kirk Westphal
    • Chuck Gelman
    • Jane Lumm
    • Janis Bobrin
    • Jack Eaton
    • Mike Henry
    • John Hieftje
    • Stephen Rapundalo
    • Marcia Higgins
    • Lawrence Kestenbaum
    • Christopher Taylor
    • John Floyd
    • Conan Smith
    • Dave Parker
    • Margie Teall
    • Sumi Kailasapathy
    • Chuck Warpehoski
    • Mike Anglin
    • Bryan Kelly


  • The Trials Of U-M Football, by Craig Ross, page 31 - 35
  • Keywords:

    • University of Michigan - Athletics
    • Michigan Wolverines
    • Sports
    • Football
    • Coaches
    • Big Ten Conference

    People:

    • Rich Rodriguez
    • Brady Hoke
    • David Brandon
    • Devin Gardner
    • Al Borges
    • Lloyd Carr
    • Bo Schembechler
    • Gary Moeller
    • Denard Robinson
    • Fitz Touissant
    • Brian Cook
    • Taylor Lewan
    • Michael Schofield
    • Doug Nussmeier
    • Jeremy Gallon
    • Drew Dileo
    • Devin Funchess
    • Jehu Chesson
    • Amara Darboh
    • Greg Mattison
    • Jake Ryan
    • Desmond Morgan
    • James Ross
    • Ben Gedeon
    • Royce Jenkins-Stone
    • Willie Henry
    • Ondre Pipkins
    • Maurice Hurst
    • Matt Godin
    • Ryan Glasgow
    • Frank Clark
    • Mario Ojemudia
    • Taco Charlton
    • Tom Strobel
    • Chris Wormley
    • Brennan Beyer
    • Lamar Woodley
    • Alan Branch
    • Jarrod Wilson
    • Dymonte Thomas
    • Delano Hill
    • Jeremy Clark
    • Blake Countess
    • Jabrill Peppers
    • Charles Woodson
    • Marcus Ray
    • Andre Weathers


  • Shades of 1973: Mapping Ann Arbor's Hippie Era, by Dale DeVoss, page 37
  • Keywords:

    • Local History
    • Ann Arbor - History
    • Musicians
    • Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival
    • Rainbow People's Party
    • Mr. Flood's Party
    • Del Rio Bar
    • DeLong's BBQ
    • Star Lounge
    • Cracked Crab Restaurant
    • Round Table Restaurant
    • Fleetwood Diner
    • Blind Pig
    • Old Town Nightclub

    People:

    • John Sinclair
    • Chris Frayne
    • George Frayne
    • Joe Tiboni
    • Evelyn York


  • Damas: Syria In Exile [Restaurant Reviews], by Lee Lawrence, page 39
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants - Reviews
    • Damas Restaurant
    • Woodland Plaza

    People:

    • Lamas Barawi
    • Jawad Seif
    • Riad Seif

    Places:

    • 2276 S Main


  • Old Carolina Barbecue Company: Folksy Franchise [Restaurant Reviews], by M. B. Lewis, page 39 - 41
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants - Reviews
    • Old Carolina Barbeque Company
    • Cranbrook Village
    • Franchises
    • Mark's Carts

    Places:

    • 900 Eisenhower Pkwy


  • Table Talk, by Cindy Samoray, page 40
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants
    • Paesano Restaurant
    • Arborland
    • Bimbo's On The Hill
    • Bigalora
    • Zola Bistro
    • Arbor Hills Crossing

    People:

    • Mike Roddy
    • Bridget Roddy

    Places:

    • 411 Washtenaw Ave


  • Campus Renewal: New Eateries Welcome Students - Au Bon Pain [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, page 43
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants
    • University of Michigan - Students
    • Au Bon Pain Cafe
    • University Club
    • Michigan Union

    People:

    • Laura Seagram
    • Tony Campeau

    Places:

    • 530 S State


  • Campus Renewal: New Eateries Welcome Students - Menna's [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, page 43
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants
    • Menna's Joint
    • White Market

    People:

    • Gus Brush
    • Hank Andres Jr.
    • Gary Adam

    Places:

    • 607 E William


  • Campus Renewal: New Eateries Welcome Students - Miya [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, page 43 - 44
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants
    • Miya Restaurant
    • Sushi.com Restaurant

    People:

    • Don Kim
    • Mi Hea

    Places:

    • 715 N University


  • Campus Renewal: New Eateries Welcome Students - Sweetwaters [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, page 44 - 45
  • Keywords:

    • Coffee Shops
    • Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea
    • Franchises
    • Green Bright Design Build

    People:

    • Lisa Bee
    • Wei Bee
    • Sheila Li
    • Roy Xu

    Places:

    • 604 E Liberty


  • Campus Renewal: New Eateries Welcome Students - Still More Places [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, page 45
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants
    • Salads Up
    • HopCat
    • Hunter House
    • Mezes Greek Grill
    • aMa Bistro
    • Grillcheezerie Sandwich Shoppe

    People:

    • Sam Roumanis
    • Nina Mistiu


  • iT Boutique Comes Downtown [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, page 45
  • Keywords:

    • Gift Shops
    • Chocolate House
    • Lovin' Spoonful
    • Ionnia Gifts
    • Art & Artists
    • Selo/Shevel

    People:

    • Nicki Wilson
    • Ilkim Erturk
    • Beth Wilson
    • Darren Brode
    • Jan Gjaltema
    • Paul Hickman
    • Signe Lawson
    • Sue Wedemeyer
    • Frank Wilson

    Places:

    • 33 S Main St


  • Fireside Cafe [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 45 - 47
  • Keywords:

    • Fireside Cafe
    • Commons Cafe
    • Business - Closings
    • Pierpont Commons
    • University of Michigan - Campus
    • Beanster's Cafe
    • Panda Express
    • Quiznos
    • Leonardo's
    • Ahmo's
    • Jamaican Jerk Pit
    • Earthen Jar

    People:

    • Laura Seagram
    • Rachel Limb

    Places:

    • 2101 Bonisteel Blvd


  • Dancer's Boutique, Little Seedlings [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 47
  • Keywords:

    • Scio Town Center
    • Boulevard Plaza
    • Dancer's Boutique
    • Little Seedlings
    • Diaper Services

    People:

    • Michelle Kulcsar
    • Roxanne Blaess
    • Sarah Martens

    Places:

    • 355 S Zeeb
    • 2121 W Stadium Blvd


  • Ann Arbor Running Company [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 47
  • Keywords:

    • Ann Arbor Running Company
    • Sporting Goods - Retail
    • University of Michigan - Alumnus
    • Running Fit

    People:

    • Nick Stanko
    • Ian Forsyth
    • Randy Step
    • Steve Angerman

    Places:

    • 2755 Oak Valley Dr


  • Stadium Store Inc. (Marahton) [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 47
  • Keywords:

    • Gas Stations
    • Vacuums
    • Toys & Games - Retail

    People:

    • Zeke Kaji

    Places:

    • 2445 W Stadium Blvd


  • Fourth Ave Birkenstock [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 47 - 49
  • Keywords:

    • Shoes - Retail & Repair
    • 4th Ave Birkenstock
    • Clothing - Retail
    • Water Hill Music Festival

    People:

    • Claire Tinkerhess
    • Paul Tinkerhess
    • Helaine Hunscher

    Places:

    • 209 N Fourth Ave


  • Downtown Home and Garden [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 49
  • Keywords:

    • Downtown Home and Garden
    • Clothing - Retail
    • Top of the Lamp
    • Crown House of Gifts

    People:

    • Mark Hodesh


  • In The Works [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, page 49
  • Keywords:

    • All About Blue
    • Business - Closings
    • Verbena
    • Middle Kingdom Restaurant

    People:

    • Kate Duerksen
    • Ilkim Erturk


  • Closings [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, page 49
  • Keywords:

    • Business - Closings
    • Quiznos

    People:

    • Chris Hutton

    Places:

    • 3584 Plymouth Rd


  • The Crane Wives: Further Than Folk [Folk-Rock], by Patrick Dunn, page 50
  • Keywords:

    • Music - Reviews
    • Crane Wives (Musical Group)
    • The Ark

    People:

    • Emilee Petersmark
    • Kate Pillsbury
    • Tom Gunnels
    • Dan Rickabus
    • Ben Zito

    Places:

    • 316 S Main St


  • Mandolin Orange: Classic American Style [Americana], by James M. Manheim, page 59
  • Keywords:

    • Music - Reviews
    • Mandolin Orange (Musical Group)
    • The Ark

    People:

    • Emily Frantz
    • Andrew Marlin

    Places:

    • 316 S Main St


  • Sarah Jarosz - Wunderkind [Acoustic Music], by Sandor Slomovits, page 61
  • Keywords:

    • Music - Reviews
    • The Ark

    People:

    • Sarah Jarosz

    Places:

    • 316 S Main St


  • An Evening of Beethoven: Two Fifths and an Overture [Symphony Orchestra], by Arwulf Arwulf, page 67
  • Keywords:

    • Music - Reviews
    • Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
    • Hill Auditorium

    People:

    • Arie Lipsky
    • Andre Watts

    Places:

    • 825 N University Ave


  • The Many Flavors of the Jazz Guitar: Mary Halvorson, Michele Ramo, and Howard Alden [Jazz], by Piotr Michalowski, page 68
  • Keywords:

    • Music - Reviews
    • Kerrytown Concert House

    People:

    • Mary Halvorson
    • Michele Ramo
    • Howard Alden
    • Michael Formanek
    • Tomas Fujiwara
    • Jessica Pavone

    Places:

    • 415 N 4th Ave


  • Chad Harbach: Making It Look Easy [Fiction], by Michael Betzold, page 75
  • Keywords:

    • Books - Reviews
    • Authors
    • University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)

    People:

    • Chad Harbach

    Places:

    • 525 S State St


  • Old West Side Home Tour: The Seinfeld of Historic Neighborhoods [Tours], by Sally Mitani, page 79
  • Keywords:

    • Old West Side Association
    • Tours
    • Historic Buildings
    • Neighborhoods
    • Local History
    • St. Paul Lutheran Church
    • Blank Slate Creamery


  • Lolita Hernandez: Another World in the D [Short Stories], by Keith Taylor, page 83
  • Keywords:

    • Books - Reviews
    • Authors
    • University of Michigan - Residential College

    People:

    • Lolita Hernandez

    Places:

    • 701 E University


  • July 2014 Home Sales, by Kevin Duke, page 92
  • Keywords:

    • Real Estate - Ann Arbor
    • Houses - Cost of
    • Statistics


  • I Spy [Back Page], by Sally Bjork, page 95
  • Keywords:

    • University of Michigan - Campus
    • Sculpture
    • Contests
    • Common Grill

    People:

    • Johanna Grum
    • David Karl
    • Jim Dine
    • Dave Bicknell
    • Lisa Vogel
    • Michele Forbes
    • Duane Keahl


Ann Arbor Observer, August 2014

Published In:
Ann Arbor Observer,
1976-current

Publisher: Ann Arbor Observer Company

Date: August 2014


The following articles appeared in the August 2014 issue of the Ann Arbor Observer:

  • Save or Spend [UpFront], page 9
  • Keywords:

    • Washtenaw County - Government
    • Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
    • Taxation - Ann Arbor & Washtenaw County
    • Washtenaw County - Budget
    • Social Services

    People:

    • Conan Smith
    • Verna McDaniel
    • Andy LaBarre


  • Instameet [UpFront], page 9
  • Keywords:

    • World Wide Web
    • Downtown Ann Arbor
    • University of Michigan - Campus

    People:

    • Leigh Ann Koepp
    • Natalie Tabacchi
    • Megan Snow


  • Helping Hands [UpFront], page 9
  • Keywords:

    • Food Gatherers
    • University of Michigan - Alumnus
    • Social Services
    • Volunteers & Volunteering
    • Community Action Network
    • Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA)

    People:

    • Priya Khangura
    • Eileen Spring
    • Joan Doughty
    • Tyder Comstock
    • Alex Gossage


  • Fairy Gardeners [UpFront], page 9
  • Keywords:

    • Gardens & Gardening
    • Downtown Home and Garden
    • Bead Gallery

    People:

    • Jessica Yaeger
    • Elaine Anderson


  • Moving Up [UpFront], page 9
  • Keywords:

    • International Samaritan
    • Donations
    • Pulte Homes Inc.
    • Nonprofits

    People:

    • Don Vettese
    • Bill Pulte
    • Karen Pulte

    Places:

    • 803 N Main


  • Restored Habitats [Inside Ann Arbor], page 11
  • Keywords:

    • Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley
    • Affordable Housing
    • Homelessness
    • Economic Conditions - Michigan
    • Foreclosures

    People:

    • Maggie Porter Kratz


  • Learning Curve [Inside Ann Arbor], page 11 -12
  • Keywords:

    • Traffic
    • Streets & Roads
    • Ann Arbor - City Government Departments
    • Ann Arbor Police Department
    • Washtenaw County Road Commission
    • Roundabouts
    • Accidents - Automobile

    People:

    • John Seto
    • Les Sipowski
    • Jamie Adkins


  • Feral Fish [Inside Ann Arbor], page 12
  • Keywords:

    • Parks - Ann Arbor
    • West Park
    • Allen Creek
    • Wildlife
    • Animal Control

    People:

    • Amy Kuras

    Places:

    • 215 Chapin St


  • Passing the Torch [Inside Ann Arbor], page 12 - 14
  • Keywords:

    • Local History
    • Historic Buildings
    • Architecture
    • Authors
    • Ann Arbor - History
    • University of Michigan - Alumnus
    • A2 Modern

    People:

    • Susan Wineberg
    • Patrick McCauley
    • Marjorie Reade
    • Nancy Deromedi
    • George Brigham
    • Bob Metcalf


  • Looking Out for Monarchs [Outside], by Bob Feldman, Jorja Feldman , page 19
  • Keywords:

    • Nature
    • Wildlife
    • Conservation
    • Environment
    • Endangered Species
    • Leslie Science and Nature Center
    • Matthaei Botanical Gardens
    • Nichols Arborteum
    • Ann Arbor - City Government Departments
    • Land Preservation
    • Parks - Washtenaw County

    People:

    • David Clipner
    • Michael Palmer
    • Michael Hahn
    • Shawn Severance


  • Crime Map, page 21
  • Keywords:

    • Crime & Criminals
    • Ann Arbor Police Department
    • Statistics


  • Dave Lamkin: Teaching Teens to Drive [Ann Arborites], by Shelley Daily, page 23
  • Keywords:

    • Classes & Instruction
    • Drivers Education
    • All Star Driver Education
    • Ann Arbor Public Schools
    • Slauson Middle School

    People:

    • Dave Lamkin
    • Burton Lamkin
    • Sally Ann Lamkin
    • Linda Grieshaber
    • Lynn Suits-Lamkin

    Places:

    • 1011 S Main St


  • Easy Livin;: A Girlhood at Zukey Lake [My Town], by Val Lauder, page 25
  • Keywords:

    • Human Interest
    • Children
    • Recreation
    • Zukey Lake

    People:

    • Val Lauder


  • Keeping Peace: Old Friends Remember Rose Martin's Inspiration [My Town], by Mary Jean Babic, page 25 - 27
  • Keywords:

    • Social Services
    • Peace Neighborhood Center
    • Reunions
    • University of Michigan - Alumnus

    People:

    • Larry Wahlberg
    • Bonnie Billups
    • Nondi Orazi
    • Nancy Workman
    • Rose Martin


  • Four For Mayor, by James Leonard, page 29 - 30
  • Keywords:

    • Elections - Ann Arbor
    • Ann Arbor - Mayor
    • Ann Arbor City Council
    • Democratic Party
    • Ann Arbor - Budget
    • Public Safety
    • Real Estate Development - Ann Arbor
    • Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (AAATA)
    • Millages
    • Mass Transit
    • Ann Arbor District Library - Board of Trustees

    People:

    • John Heiftje
    • Sabre Briere
    • Christopher Taylor
    • Sally Hart Petersen
    • Steve Kunselman
    • Jane Lumm
    • Margie Teall
    • Chuck Warpehoski
    • Jack Eaton
    • Mike Anglin
    • Sumi Kailasapathy
    • Tony Derezinski
    • Jean Carlberg
    • Carsten Hohnke
    • Roger Hewitt
    • Maura Thompson
    • Dennis Dahlmann


  • Three Critical Council Races: Mayoral Ambitions Put Seats In Play, by James Leonard, page 33 -35
  • Keywords:

    • Elections - Ann Arbor
    • Ann Arbor City Council
    • Democratic Party
    • Courts - Federal
    • Laws & Legislation
    • Lawsuits
    • Road Construction
    • Streets & Roads
    • Millages
    • Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (AAATA)
    • Public Safety
    • Mass Transit
    • Real Estate Development - Ann Arbor
    • Ann Arbor District Library - Board of Trustees
    • Ann Arbor Parks Advisory Commission
    • University of Michigan - Students

    People:

    • Kirk Westphal
    • Nancy Kaplan
    • Sumi Kailasapathy
    • Don Adams
    • Bob Dascola
    • Julie Grand
    • Sam McMullen
    • John Heiftje
    • Leon Bryson
    • Graydon Krapohl
    • Chuck Warpehoski
    • Sally Hart Petersen
    • Jane Lumm
    • Rita Mitchell
    • Ann Schriber
    • Christopher Taylor
    • Tom Weider
    • Stephen Postema
    • Sam DeVarti


  • Backstage Drama: What Happened at the Performance Network Theatre?, by Davi Napoleon, page 37
  • Keywords:

    • Theater
    • Performance Network Theatre
    • Fundraising
    • Pfizer

    People:

    • Erin Sabo
    • David Wolber
    • Carla Milarch
    • Marissa Ann Kurtzhals
    • Keith Paul Medelis
    • Gene Dickirson
    • Dan Walker
    • John Manfredi
    • Suzi Regan
    • Joseph Zettelmaier
    • Annie Martin

    Places:

    • 120 E Huron St


  • No Confidence: WCC's Faculty Battle Its President, by James Leonard, page 39 - 41
  • Keywords:

    • Washtenaw Community College - Faculty & Staff
    • Washtenaw Community College - Board of Trustees
    • Washtenaw Community College - President
    • Labor Unions
    • Millages
    • Michigan Higher Learning Commission
    • Elections - Washtenaw County

    People:

    • Rosa Bellanca
    • Maryam Barrie
    • Julie Kissel
    • Mike Duff
    • Rich Landau
    • Steve Hardy
    • Stuart Blacklaw
    • Wendy Lawson
    • Jim Egan
    • Rosemary Wilson
    • Marty Showalter
    • Bryan Freeman
    • Ruth Hatcher
    • Anne M. Williams

    Places:

    • 4800 E Huron River Dr


  • What A Ride!, by Shelley Daily, page 43
  • Keywords:

    • Human Interest
    • Amusement Parks
    • Irvine Ondrey Engineering
    • Eastern Michigan University - Alumnus
    • Cedar Point

    People:

    • Anne Irvine
    • Brian Ondrey


  • Triple Delight: New Asian Place on Liberty - Tomukun Korean BBQ [Restaurant Reviews], by M. B. Lewis, page 45 -46
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants - Reviews
    • Tomukun Korean BBQ
    • Art & Artists

    People:

    • David Zinn

    Places:

    • 505 E Liberty


  • Triple Delight: New Asian Place on Liberty - Slurping Turtle, by Lee Lawrence, page 46 - 48
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants - Reviews
    • Slurping Turtle

    Places:

    • 608 E Liberty


  • Triple Delight: New Asian Place on Liberty - Ginger Deli, by Lee Lawrence, page 48
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants - Reviews
    • Ginger Deli

    Places:

    • 303 S Division


  • Blank Slate Creamery: Summer From an Earlier Era [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, page 51
  • Keywords:

    • Ice Cream & Yogurt Parlors
    • University of Michigan - Faculty & Staff
    • University of Michigan Alumni Association

    People:

    • Janice Sigler
    • Chris Munson
    • Nate Nuttle
    • Jerry Sigler
    • Tanya Leonello

    Places:

    • 300 W Liberty


  • Mainstreet's Mezzevino: Dennis Serras Returns To His Roots [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, page 51 -52
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants
    • Mainstreet Ventures
    • Mezzevino Restaurant
    • Pretzel Bell
    • Champion House

    People:

    • Dennis Serras
    • Nikki Leibold
    • Ed Shaffran
    • Dexter Dakins

    Places:

    • 120 E Liberty


  • Mix's Wearable Art: From Ypsi to the Arcade [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani , page 52
  • Keywords:

    • Clothing - Retail
    • Art & Artists
    • Mix
    • Nickels Arcade

    People:

    • Leslie Leland
    • Bonnie Penet

    Places:

    • 2 Nickels Arcade


  • Nicola's Books [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 52
  • Keywords:

    • Bookstores
    • Nicola's Books
    • Schuler Books

    People:

    • Bill Fehsenfeld
    • Cecile Fehsenfeld
    • Nicole Rooney
    • Emily Stavrou

    Places:

    • 2513 Jackson Ave


  • Briarwood Mall [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 52 - 53
  • Keywords:

    • Briarwood Mall
    • Forever 21
    • Justice
    • Brothers
    • Bath and Bodyworks
    • Coldwater Creek
    • S2
    • Chimney Cakes

    People:

    • Denise Murray


  • Jersey Mike's [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 53
  • Keywords:

    • Jersey Mike's Sub Shop
    • Restaurants
    • Franchises

    People:

    • Mike Wagner
    • Peter Shipman

    Places:

    • 2561 Jackson


  • Chela's and El Ranchito [In The Works], by Sally Mitani, page 53
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants
    • Chela's Restaurant and Taquería
    • El Ranchito Restaurant

    People:

    • Adrian Iraola
    • Lori Iraola
    • Guillermo Lopez

    Places:

    • 693 S Maple Rd


  • La Belle Maison [In The Works] , by Sally Mitani, page 53
  • Keywords:

    • Business - Closings
    • Home Furnishings
    • La Belle Maison
    • Bed & Butter
    • Rock Papers Scissors

    People:

    • Maureen Hawley
    • Lisa Roberts

    Places:

    • 333 S Main St


  • Big M Car Wash [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 53
  • Keywords:

    • Big M Car Wash
    • Car Washes
    • Business - Closings

    People:

    • Chuck Gallup
    • Steve Scovel

    Places:

    • 2151 W Stadium Blvd


  • Closings [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, page 53
  • Keywords:

    • Business - Closings
    • Copernicus Restaurant
    • Mattress & Futon Shoppe

    People:

    • Teresa Chajec
    • Lee Lawrence

    Places:

    • 617 S Main St
    • 4563 Washtenaw Ave


  • That 1990s Spirit: Alejandra O'Leary and the Champions of the West [Alt-Rock], by Patrick Dunn, page 54
  • Keywords:

    • Music - Reviews
    • Champions of the West (Musical Group)
    • Crazy Wisdom Tea Room

    People:

    • Alejandra O'Leary
    • Jimmy Sindelar
    • Jamie Church
    • Martin Maginity

    Places:

    • 114 S Main St,


  • Bill Morris: Motor City Burning [Fiction], by Keith Taylor, page 69
  • Keywords:

    • Books & Reading
    • Books - Reviews
    • Authors
    • Nicola's Books

    People:

    • Bill Morris

    Places:

    • 2513 Jackson Ave,


  • Barbara Morrison: A New Queen of Jazz and Blues [Singers], by Piotr Michalowski, page 72
  • Keywords:

    • Music - Reviews
    • Kerrytown Concert House

    People:

    • Barbara Morrison
    • Tad Weed

    Places:

    • 415 N 4th Ave,


  • Louise Penny: Inspector Gamache's Odyssey [Whodunit], by Sandor Slomovits, page 75
  • Keywords:

    • Books - Reviews
    • Books & Reading
    • Authors
    • Washtenaw Community College
    • Aunt Agatha's Bookstore

    People:

    • Louise Penney
    • Robin Agnew


  • Dancing In the Streets: Callin' Out Around the World [Festivals], by Patti Smith, page 76
  • Keywords:

    • Fairs & Festivals
    • Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance (AACTMAD)
    • Downtown Ann Arbor


  • June 2014 Home Sales, by Kevin Duke, page 84
  • Keywords:

    • Real Estate - Ann Arbor
    • Houses - Cost of
    • Statistics


  • I Spy [Back Page], by Sally Bjork, page 87
  • Keywords:

    • Art & Artists
    • Sculpture
    • University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)
    • Contests
    • Grizzly Peak Restaurant

    People:

    • Pam Sinclair
    • Michele Forbes
    • Todd Forbes
    • Noah Forbes
    • Levi Forbes
    • Emmet Forbes
    • Bob DeBona
    • Matthew DeBona
    • Jack DeBona
    • Erwin Binder
    • Christoper Alexander
    • Amy Thomas

    Places:

    • 525 S State St


Ann Arbor Observer, July 2014

Published In:
Ann Arbor Observer,
1976-current

Publisher: Ann Arbor Observer Company

Date: July 2014


The following articles appeared in the July 2014 issue of the Ann Arbor Observer:

  • Fake Evangelists [UpFront], page 9
  • Keywords:

    • Panhandling
    • Ann Arbor Police Department

    People:

    • Ed Dreslinski


  • More Smarter Cars [UpFront], page 9
  • Keywords:

    • Information Technology
    • Automobiles
    • University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

    People:

    • Francine Romine


  • Heavy Metal Bug [UpFront], page 9
  • Keywords:

    • Automobiles
    • Advertising
    • Art & Artists
    • Fairs & Festivals
    • Rolling Sculpture Car Show

    People:

    • Scott Lankton


  • One Hundred Years Ago This Month [UpFront], page 9
  • Keywords:

    • Local History
    • World War I
    • Ann Arbor News

    People:

    • Fred Schaible


  • Oil Scio? [Inside Ann Arbor], page 11 - 12
  • Keywords:

    • Energy Resources
    • Scio Township
    • Lawsuits
    • Environment
    • West Bay Exploration
    • Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
    • Laws & Legislation
    • Water Pollution

    People:

    • Dagmar Moore
    • Kevin Wing
    • Spaulding Clark
    • Pat Gibson
    • Bob Elrod


  • The Summer Game [Inside Ann Arbor], page 12 - 15
  • Keywords:

    • Ann Arbor District Library
    • Books & Reading
    • Contests
    • Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library
    • Scott and Mary Westerman Fund

    People:

    • Souleyman Ribier
    • Papillon Ribier
    • Josie Parker
    • Eli Neiburger
    • Nieka Apell
    • Cheryl Orosz


  • Who's a Townie? [Inside Ann Arbor], page 15
  • Keywords:

    • Ann Arbor Skate Park
    • Local History
    • Ann Arbor Public Schools
    • University of Michigan - Athletics

    People:

    • Trevor Staples
    • Betty Hass
    • Dave Skala
    • Michael Jewett
    • George H. Jewett I


  • In Search of Muskrat: The Assistant Creator of the World [Outside], by Bob Feldman, Jorja Feldman, page 19
  • Keywords:

    • Nature
    • Wildlife
    • Folklore
    • Native Americans
    • Leslie Science & Nature Center

    People:

    • Allison Morris

    Places:

    • 1831 Traver Rd


  • Crime Map, page 21
  • Keywords:

    • Ann Arbor Police Department
    • Crime & Criminals
    • Statistics


  • Hiawatha Bailey: Still Rocking [Ann Arborites], by Matt Thompson, page 23
  • Keywords:

    • Musicians
    • Blind Pig
    • Cult Heros (Musical Group)
    • White Panther Party
    • People's Food Co-op
    • Local History
    • Hamburg Pub

    People:

    • Hiawatha Bailey
    • David Sinclair
    • John Sinclair
    • Leni Sinclair
    • James Conway Jr.
    • Nikki Savage
    • Terry Ivan


  • Obit for the O Team: A Boomer's Lament For a Dying Game [My Town], by Michael Betzold, page 25 - 27
  • Keywords:

    • Parks - Ann Arbor
    • Sports
    • University of Michigan - Campus
    • Softball

    People:

    • Jeff Holden
    • Valerie Laken
    • Ken Garber
    • Bob Wischmeyer
    • John Hilton
    • Mary Jean Babic
    • Larry Dishman
    • AJ Haduch


  • Aviary Avocation [My Town], by Anita LeBlanc, page 27
  • Keywords:

    • Birds & Birding
    • Centanarians

    People:

    • Noel Roach
    • Neoma Robinson
    • Wilma Roach


  • Is Bigger Better? Planting a Park on Library Lane, by James Leonard, page 29 - 31
  • Keywords:

    • Parks - Ann Arbor
    • Ann Arbor City Council
    • Ann Arbor District Library
    • Library Green Conservancy
    • Ann Arbor Parks Advisory Commission
    • Campus Inn
    • Real Estate Development - Ann Arbor
    • Liberty Plaza
    • Homelessness
    • Panhandling
    • Crime & Criminals
    • Drug Abuse
    • Ann Arbor Police Department
    • Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority

    People:

    • Mary Hathaway
    • Will Hathaway
    • Gwen Nystuen
    • Eric Lipson
    • Alan Haber
    • Mike Anglin
    • Jack Eaton
    • Dennis Dahlmann
    • John Hieftje
    • Sandi Smith
    • John Seto
    • Josie Parker
    • Steve Kunselman
    • Christopher Taylor
    • Ingrid Ault

    Places:

    • 319 S Fifth Ave


  • Running For Judge: Two Winners Will Hold Court For Years To Come, by Jan Schlain, page 33 - 35
  • Keywords:

    • Courts - Washtenaw County
    • Courts - Michigan
    • Michigan - Governor
    • Washtenaw County Clerk

    People:

    • Julia Owdzieg
    • Rick Synder
    • Larry Kestenbaum
    • Nancy Wheeler
    • Constance Jones
    • Tracy Van den Bergh
    • Jane Bassett
    • Tamara Garwood
    • Don Shelton
    • David Swartz
    • Pat Conlin
    • John Conlin
    • Veronique Liem
    • Dick Sobel
    • Doug Shapiro
    • Charles Pope
    • Elaine Economou
    • Carol Kuhnke
    • Jeff Irwin
    • John Hieftje
    • Paul Schreiber
    • Mike Woodyard
    • Tim Connors


  • The Hollywood Park Controversy, by David Swain, page 37 - 39
  • Keywords:

    • Parks - Ann Arbor
    • Land Preservation
    • Ann Arbor Public Schools
    • Haisley Elementary School
    • Demonstrations & Protests
    • Ann Arbor - City Government Departments
    • Natural Area Preservation Program
    • Hollywood Park
    • Abbott Elementary School
    • University of Michigan - Alumnus
    • DDT
    • Hazardous Substances
    • Ann Arbor - Mayor
    • Ann Arbor City Council

    People:

    • Victoria Swain
    • Louise Ritsema
    • Velma Coyne
    • Eli Gallup
    • Otto Haisley
    • Sheldon Sproull
    • Al Gallup
    • Cecil Creal
    • Ron Cordray
    • Bill Browning
    • Dave Borneman


  • The Fine Art of Art Marketing, by David Stringer, page 41 - 47
  • Keywords:

    • Ann Arbor Art Fairs
    • Art & Artists
    • Fairs & Festivals
    • University of Michigan - Alumnus
    • Art Meets Business
    • Chelsea Center for the Arts
    • Chelsea District Library
    • Arts Alliance
    • Ann Arbor Art Center
    • World Wide Web

    People:

    • Helen Gotlib
    • Bruce Henry
    • Jean Paul Slusser
    • Nick Wroblewski
    • Kim Krumrey
    • Abram Kaplan
    • Sandra Xenakis
    • Idelle Hammond-Sass
    • Carol Furtado
    • Annette Baron
    • Dylan Strzynski
    • Chris Belleau
    • Jessica Puleo-Hernandez


  • Knight's Downtown: Mad Men Decor and Meat Galore [Restaurant Reviews], by M. B. Lewis, page 49 - 51
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants - Reviews
    • Knight's Downtown Steakhouse

    Places:

    • 600 E Liberty


  • Completing the Street: Great Lakes Cycling Takes Discount Tire's Spot [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, page 53
  • Keywords:

    • Bicycles - Sales & Service
    • Great Lakes Cycling
    • University of Michigan - Alumnus
    • Ace Barnes Hardware
    • Discount Tire

    People:

    • Linday Bustos
    • Oscar Bustos
    • Jack Bustos
    • Hank Bednarz

    Places:

    • 2270 W Stadium


  • Get Some Burritos [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 53
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants
    • Get Some Burritos
    • Oriental Express

    People:

    • Devon Bivens
    • Dave Walden

    Places:

    • 707 Packard


  • T-Mobile [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 53
  • Keywords:

    • Mobile Phones - Sales & Service
    • T-Mobile
    • Wireless Toyz

    People:

    • Simon Kemennu
    • Michale Kemennu

    Places:

    • 200 E Washington


  • Blue Leprechaun and Study Hall Lounge [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 53 - 55
  • Keywords:

    • Blue Leprechaun
    • Study Hall Lounge
    • Restaurants
    • Bars
    • Brown Jug

    People:

    • Perry Porikos

    Places:

    • 1220 S University


  • Bubble Island [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 55
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants
    • Bubble Island
    • Saigon Gardens
    • A. F. Jonna Development & Management Co.

    People:

    • David Lord

    Places:

    • 1220 S University


  • Westgate BP [In The Works], by Sally Mitani, page 55
  • Keywords:

    • Business - Closings
    • Gas Stations
    • Moving & Storage
    • Commercial Real Estate

    People:

    • Jim Chaconas

    Places:

    • 2625 Jackson Ave


  • Closings [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, page 55
  • Keywords:

    • Business - Closings
    • Colton Bay Outfitters
    • Bailiwicks
    • Sporting Goods - Retail
    • Mattress and Futon Shoppe
    • Beds & Bedding
    • Wise Guys
    • Restaurants
    • Real Baked Goods
    • Roma Bakery
    • Bakeries & Confectioners

    People:

    • John Davis
    • Laura Kingsley
    • Angelo Amante
    • Earl Eiben
    • Larry Rivetto
    • Kerry Thompson
    • Kasey Thompson
    • Kris Thompson
    • Sam Nemer

    Places:

    • 4844 Jackson Rd
    • 2131 W Stadium Blvd
    • 1232 Packard St
    • 4837 Washtenaw Ave


  • Anna Lee's Company: Well honed, With Horns [Folk-Rock], by Chriss Berggren, page 56
  • Keywords:

    • Music - Reviews
    • Anna Lee's Company (Musical Group)
    • Yellow Barn

    People:

    • Colin Murphy
    • Adam Labeaux
    • Rich Rickman
    • Martin Maginity
    • Daryl Bean
    • Bill Kunz
    • Alan Diez

    Places:

    • 416 W Huron St


  • The Artist: Low-Tech Magic at Top of the Park [Film], by Michael Betzold, page 65
  • Keywords:

    • Film
    • Ann Arbor Summer Festival
    • Top of the Park


  • Man Meets Horn: The Sly Cornet of Taylor Ho Bynum [Jazz], by Piotr Michalowski, page 66
  • Keywords:

    • Music - Reviews
    • Kerrytown Concert House

    People:

    • Taylor Ho Bynum
    • Tomas Fujiwara

    Places:

    • 415 N 4th Ave


  • Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3, by Stephanie Douglass, page 69
  • Keywords:

    • Art - Reviews
    • Exhibits
    • University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)
    • Native Americans
    • Art & Artists

    People:

    • Ellen Taubman
    • Kent Monkman
    • David Hannan
    • Samuel Thomas
    • Dawn Walden
    • KC Adams

    Places:

    • 525 S State St


  • Everything I Never Told You: Treated Like a Stranger [Fiction], by Keith Taylor, page 73
  • Keywords:

    • Books - Reviews
    • Authors
    • Literati Bookstore

    People:

    • Celeste Ng

    Places:

    • 124 E Washington St


  • Billy Strings & Don Julin: Mutually Energizing Generations [Bluegrass], by James M. Manheim, page 75
  • Keywords:

    • Music - Reviews
    • The Ark
    • Billy Strings & Don Julin (Musical Group)

    People:

    • William Apostol
    • Don Julian

    Places:

    • 316 S Main St


  • Week After Art Fair Song Fest: Now More Easily Accessible [Classical Music], by Arwulf Arwulf, page 77
  • Keywords:

    • Music - Reviews
    • Art Fair Songfest
    • Campus Chapel
    • Kerrytown Concert House

    People:

    • Kevin Bylsma
    • Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers
    • Jesse Blumberg

    Places:

    • 415 N 4th Ave


  • May 2014 Home Sales, by Kevin Duke, page 89
  • Keywords:

    • Real Estate - Ann Arbor
    • Houses - Cost of
    • Statistics


  • I Spy [Back Page], by Sally Bjork, page 91
  • Keywords:

    • Contests
    • Anderson Paints
    • Wine Castle
    • Dairy Queen
    • Running Fit

    People:

    • Joshua Rabinowitz
    • Pamela Kittel
    • Rebecca Swinton
    • Bob DeBona
    • Tom Jameson
    • Ann Heise
    • Mike Syer

    Places:

    • 2386 W Stadium Blvd


Birth of the Cube Farm

Published In:
Ann Arbor Observer, June 2014,
June 2014

Author: Grace Shackman, Nancy Deromedi

Date: June 2014

Driving by the deserted, dilapidated one-story building at 2285 S. State, no one would ever guess it was the birthplace of the office cubicle, an invention that radically changed the American workplace. The much-maligned "cube farm" has been the butt of untold numbers of Dilbert cartoons. But like many new products grown commonplace, the panel systems were innovative in their time, giving workers formerly stationed in rows of open desks a semiprivate space of their own.

Action Office, the original "office system," was the invention of Bob Propst, a brilliant artist and inventor hired in 1958 to create new products for west Michiganbased Herman Miller. The man who hired Propst, Dirk Jan De Pree, had already turned a small Zeeland furniture company into a major design force by being an excellent spotter of talent.

When De Pree started working as a clerk at what was then the Michigan Star Furniture Company in 1910, the company was making household furniture that replicated historic styles. In 1923 De Pree and his father-in-law, Herman Miller, took over the business. And in 1930, De Pree turned the company 180 degrees by hiring Gilbert Rohde to design modem-style furniture- a daring move to stave off bankruptcy at the start of the Great Depression. The experiment paid off when Rohde's unique designs turned out to be big sellers. "He demonstrated that mass production had the potential to spread modernism to consumers in all regions of the country," explains Phyllis Ross, Rohde's biographer. When Rohde died in 1944, DePree again looked for a star designer, and after a yearlong search, hired George Nelson. Nelson in tum recruited other talented modernists to design products for Miller, among them Charles Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and textile designer Alexander Girard.

By the time DePree hired Propst in the late 1950s, the company's star designers were segueing into other pursuits. Herman Miller kept producing modem furniture, as it still does, but De Pree was looking for new projects. Since he didn't want to offend his existing talent, he originally stipulated that Propst should "find problems outside the furniture industry and to conceive solutions for them." As it turned out, Propst didn't stay out of furniture development but instead invented the company's next major product, office furniture systems.

Propst was born in 1921 on a cattle farm. Jack Propst's right-hand man and co-holder of twenty eight patents, thinks that was where he learned to make things work: "When you live on a farm, if something goes wrong, you're the only one to fix it."

Propst's college and work life was an unusual mix of the artistic and practical. He entered college to stw.dy chemical engineering but switched to fine arts. During World War II Propst was in charge of beachhead operations in the South Pacific, which he later said taught him to innovate. When he returned from the war, he taught art, started an architectural sculpture business, and worked as a freelance inventor.

The monumental meeting of De Pree and Propst was totally accidental, according to Clark Malcolm, Herman Miller writer and researcher. De Pree had a free afternoon while visiting his son, who was teaching math at the University of Colorado. A young architect recommended he go hear a lecture by an interesting researcher. "D.J. went to hear Propst, was impressed, and sent his son Hugh to meet Propst," Malcolm explains. "Hugh did, was impressed, and began the relationship that eventually resulted in Propst moving to Ann ·Arbor to become president of the brand-new Herman Miller Research Corporation in 1960."

The official explanation for locating the company in Ann Arbor was to be close to the U-M. Malcolm suggests a more practical reason: Propst "didn't want to move to Zeeland, and he wanted to be near an international airport. He decided either Chicago or Ann Arbor would be good, opting for Ann Arbor because the drive to Zeeland in the morning would be west and back to Ann Arbor in the east. That way the sun would never be in his eyes." When these trips were necessary, Propst raced his beloved Porsche across the state.

Propst set up shop in a former .rnr,ee-loav garage on S. State. Built of poured concrete and perched on a hill, its basement was on ground level on one side, perfect for delivering prototypes of Propst's designs. Kelley, then a U-M senior studying industrial design, came to work as an intern after seeing a posting on a school bulletin board. When Kelley graduated, Propst hired him full time.

Dave Armstrong, who joined the company later, recalls that the two men worked so closely together that "Kelley could finish Propst's sentences. He was good at thinking, at making things happen." The office had only two other employeesPropst's wife, Lee Propst, who was the business manager, and Del Coates, an automotive designer, later replaced by another designer, John Holmes.

Action Office grew out of Propst's interest in trying to make offices more efficient. Its first iteration, although based on Propst's concept, was styled by George Nelson in New York (Nelson didn't want to live in Zeeland either). Introduced in 1964, Action Office I included a stand-up desk, storage unit, and accessory pieces.

"It was nice looking but too expensive and didn't work," Kelley recalls. "It was a pain in the neck to put together and not easy to work in." But though it didn't sell, it did get some good reviews, and four years later Herman Miller replaced it with Action Office II.

This time the design was completely the work of Probst and his Ann Arbor office. "It had thirteen components. It was a wonderfully simple program," recalls Kelley. The pieces included wall units, desks, storage cabinets, and file bins. A table could be brought out for meetings.

The dividing walls provided some privacy and muffled the sound of meetings and telephone calls. But the main reason for the panels was more efficient use of space. Shelves, bulletin boards, storage units, or personal items could all be hung on them without taking up desk space.

D.J. and Hugh De Pree asked Nelson and Propst to collaborate, but they never got along. When Nelson received an award for the first iteration of the Action Office, he didn't even mention Propst. When a model of the Action Office was sent to Charles Eames, in California, he sent it right back without comment.

The feelings were mutual. "Propst thought Nelson and Eames were more about aesthetics than problem solving. And they thought his stuff so ugly, who would want it?" explains Malcolm.

While Nelson and Eames thought in terms of individual pieces of furniture, Propst was interested in developing a system where the components worked together. He started by studying how people actually worked and then developed a system that facilitated productivity. "He always said, 'The solution is easy if you can define the problem,' " recalls Kelley.

Propst's concept was that the pieces could be assembled in different ways to meet each person's needs and easily adapted when their requirements changed. "People should not be planted like onions in pots to sit somewhere," he said. The thought of offices full of square cubicles horrified him. In his 1968 booklet "The Office: A Facility Based on Change," he recommended a layout of "three sides with a slightly widened opening," explaining "there is good definition of territory, privacy is well expressed and the ability to survey or participate is well maintained." Kelley admits that he was the one who unintentionally made the cube farm possible by creating a rigid connector.

Action Office II -- later known simply as Action Office -- proved to be very successful and profitable. "Propst changed the world of office design for the next forty years," says Kelley. Herman Miller added an addition onto its main building in Zeeland to manufacture the systems. In 1964 Herman Miller's sales were $10 million. By 1970 they had more than doubled to $25 million.

Other western Michigan furniture companies, such as Hayworth and Steelcase, also began producing office systems. Today most residential furniture is made in North Carolina or abroad, but western Michigan is still the world's largest producer of office furniture.

Propst's next big project, introduced in 1971, was Co/ Struc (Coherent Structures), a system for use in hospitals. Propst thought of it when he was in traction at University Hospital for back pain in the 1960s. "He watched how nurses moved around and noted inefficiencies. They noticed he took notes and told their manager, who became interested in Propst's ideas," explains Malcolm. An interchangeable system with containers, frames, carts, and wall rails to support storage cabinets and lockers, Co/Struc, like Action Office, is still in production. Kelley recently bought a storage system for his son, a dentist.

Propst's team left the old garage in 1972 for a rented building at 3970 Varsity Drive. In 1979 the company was reconfigured as the Facility Management Institute, and its mission was expanded to address more general questions of how offices could work efficiently. FMI eventually built its own building at 3971 Research Drive (now the Social Security Office). At its height, the company employed fortyfive people-architects, designers, planners, and human behaviorists-to study such subjects as how people interact in offices, optimum work environments, and training of managers.

Propst hired Dave Armstrong when he was organizing FMI in 1978. They had met when Armstrong, as associate dean of agriculture at MSU, was one of the first customers for Action Office II. Later, whenever they were in the same town, the two men would meet for dinner. Propst would always ask, 'When are you coming to work for me?'" recalls Armstrong.

"When Propst developed his theories, the modem office was just emerging and hadn't been scientifically studied by anyone," Armstrong recalls. "The white-collar boom was just starting." Today facilities management degrees are offered at universities all around the country. The International Facilities Management Association began in Ann Arbor as an outgrowth of a conference organized by Herman Miller. Armstrong was its first head.

The Propst family lived at 2347 Londonderry in a house designed by·modem architect David Osler. Kelley remembers that the house was filled with "stuff he designed, sitting on classic pedestal columns. He was always moving around, so the sculpture was always shaking." Kelley describes Propst as "really down-to-earth. There was nothing pretentious about him. He knew he was smart, but thought life was to be lived."

Propst left Herman Miller in 1980. There were differences of opinion, especially over the way Action Office was being used, and a new president coming in. Armstrong took over FMI.

Clark Malcolm joined the office in 1983, so he never worked under Propst. However, he had seen him a few times when he was working at the Centicore bookstore near campus -- "an odd guy who came in to buy art books around Christmas for his employees. he would spend a couple thousand. He was tall, bald headed, stocky, and crotchety." Propst eventually moved to Seattle, where he pursued new design interests, including modular homes, until his death in 2000.

The State St. building served as the retail outlet for Ann Arbor Plastics, then was occupied by a series of food-related businesses. Ali Hijazi opened La Zamaan Cafe there in 2007, but stayed only a few months before deciding "it was not suitable for sit-down customers." Several other eateries have come and gone since. At present it stands empty.

Armstrong left FMI in 1986, when Herman Miller reconfigured the company as Metaform. A reduced staff of about ten studied products that could help older people stay in their own homes longer. When Metaform closed five years later, the remaining staffers transferred to Zeeland, except for Malcolm. Working out of an upstairs office in his house, he wrote five books with D.J. De Pree's son Max and wrote or co-authored more than ten more about facility management, architecture, and design.

The fiftieth anniversary of Action Office this year has renewed interest in Propst's work-in May, he was written up in both the Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker. Though never as famous as some of Herman Miller's other designers, his designs touched more people's lives, for better or worse. Asked about the long-term effect of Propst's work, Malcolm answers, "Bob Propst and his invention completely changed the way we think about knowledge work and the places it happens."


From diagram (print edition): Three sides with a slightly widened opening appears to be the best enclosure of all as a generality. There is good definition of territory, privacy is well expressed and the ability to survey or participate is well maintained.

Four sided enclosure is bad for the wide awake and activity-oriented man. He is isolated, insulated, and remote. His ability to be part of an organization family is diminished. Bad Cubicle!

Propst saw his invention as a way to customize spaces to meet people's needs -- the thought of offices full of square cubicles horrified him. His right-hand man, Jack Kelley, admits that he was the one who unintentionally made the cube farm possible by creating a rigid connector.

Photographs (in print edition): (Top) Bob Propst (right) with fellow designer George Nelson. Though they collaborated on Herman Miller's first office system, Action Office I, they never got along. "Propst thought Nelson and [Charles] Eames were more about esthetics than problem solving," says Miller writer and researcher Clark Malcolm. "And they thought his stuff was so ugly, who would want it?" The far more successful Action Office II (below left and right) was entirely designed at Propst's Ann Arbor office.


See also the following video, in which author Grace Shackman talks with Bob Propst, former president of the Herman Miller research Corporation. He designed the Action Office furniture system, which reshaped the American office by providing a semi-private space to work in.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89rsc660kFg#t=558

Ann Arbor Observer, June 2014

Published In:
Ann Arbor Observer,
1976-current

Publisher: Ann Arbor Observer Company

Date: June 2014


The following articles appeared in the June 2014 issue of the Ann Arbor Observer:

  • The Summer Festival At Thirty [UpFront], page 9
  • Keywords:

    • Ann Arbor Summer Festival
    • National Endowment for the Arts
    • Fairs & Festivals

    People:

    • Amy Nesbitt
    • Linda Siglin
    • Dave Siglin
    • Robb Woulfe


  • Mock Court [UpFront], page 9
  • Keywords:

    • Community High School
    • Ann Arbor Public Schools
    • Awards Honors Prizes
    • Contests
    • Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament

    People:

    • Avery Farmer
    • Eve Kausch


  • AASO On The Air [UpFront], page 9
  • Keywords:

    • Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
    • Radio Stations
    • WKAR
    • WRCJ
    • Concerts
    • Ann Arbor Federation of Musicians

    People:

    • Mary Stefek Blaske
    • Barbara Zmich
    • Peter Whorf
    • Arie Lipsky
    • Dave Devereaux
    • Andre Watts


  • Flower Bed [UpFront], page 9
  • Keywords:

    • Gardens & Gardening
    • Flowers
    • Neighborhoods
    • Antiques & Collectibles
    • Downtown Home and Garden

    People:

    • Anne Seaman
    • Ken Seaman


  • Transit Triumphant [Inside Ann Arbor], page 13
  • Keywords:

    • Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority
    • Elections - Ann Arbor
    • Millages
    • Mass Transit

    People:

    • Mike Garfield
    • Libby Hunter
    • Kathy Briswold
    • Ted Annis


  • Canine Goose Patrol [Inside Ann Arbor], page 13 - 15
  • Keywords:

    • University of Michigan - Campus
    • Animal Control
    • Parks - Ann Arbor
    • North Campus Research Complex
    • Gooseworks
    • Michigan Department of Natural Resources
    • Michigan Border Collie Association

    People:

    • Kara Gavin
    • Kirk Mehlhaff
    • Wendy Villarreal


  • Survivor: Real Estate [Inside Ann Arbor], page 15 - 17
  • Keywords:

    • Real Estate - Ann Arbor
    • Commercial Real Estate
    • Economic Condition - Michigan
    • Promanas Group
    • Real Estate Development
    • Investment Services

    People:

    • John Bogdasarian
    • Don Chisholm
    • Ari Weinzweig
    • Brent Wall


  • Fragments of the Great War [Inside Ann Arbor], page 18 - 19
  • Keywords:

    • History
    • World War I
    • World War II
    • Veterans
    • Art & Artists
    • University of Michigan - Faculty & Staff
    • Exhibits
    • River Gallery

    People:

    • Bill Lewis
    • Wilfred Lewis
    • Henry Breuhan
    • Deb Greer
    • Garland Lewis
    • Susan Lewis
    • Clayton Lewis


  • Long-Distance Medicine [Inside Ann Arbor], page 19 - 21
  • Keywords:

    • University of Michigan - Students
    • University of Michigan - Faculty & Staff
    • Health Care
    • Grace Care Center
    • World Wide Web
    • Computers
    • Telemedicine

    People:

    • Perumal Pillai
    • Naresh Gunaratnam


  • Sculpture on Campus: Where the Flying Fishes Play [Outside], by Bob Feldman, Jorja Feldman, page 23
  • Keywords:

    • Recreation
    • University of Michigan - Campus
    • Art & Artists
    • Sculpture

    People:

    • Carl Milles


  • Crime Map, page 25
  • Keywords:

    • Crime & Criminals
    • Ann Arbor Police Department
    • Statistics


  • Gayle Hurn: Keeper of Fuller Pool [Ann Arborites], by Eve Silberman, page 27
  • Keywords:

    • Parks - Ann Arbor
    • Ann Arbor - City Government Departments
    • Recreation
    • Fuller Park
    • Mack Pool
    • Classes & Instruction
    • Ann Arbor Police Department
    • Eastern Michigan University - Alumnus

    People:

    • Gayle Hurn
    • Jonathan Hurn
    • Winnrey Hurn
    • Chet Hurn

    Places:

    • 1519 Fuller Rd


  • Baseball Dreams: Local Boys and Their Families [My Town], by Jan Schlain, page 29
  • Keywords:

    • University of Michigan - Athletics
    • Sports
    • Baseball
    • University of Michigan - Students
    • University of Michigan - Faculty & Staff
    • Ann Arbor Public Schools
    • Huron High School
    • Gabriel Richard High School
    • Wolverine Sports
    • Pioneer High School

    People:

    • Debbie Bourque
    • Don Eaton
    • Ted Maezes
    • James Bourque
    • Donnie Eaton
    • Travis Maezes
    • James Tice
    • Jens Zorn
    • Don Canham
    • Clare Canham Eaton
    • Mike Highfield
    • Carol Hutchins
    • Steve Engle

    Places:

    • Ray Fisher Stadium


  • The Coleman Era, by Eve Silberman, page 31 - 33
  • Keywords:

    • University of Michigan - President
    • University of Michigan - Board of Regents
    • University of Michigan - Budget & Finance
    • University of Michigan - Faculty & Staff
    • University of Michigan - Athletics
    • Tuition
    • Fundraising
    • University of Iowa
    • Economic Conditions - Michigan
    • Awards Honors Prizes
    • Affirmative Action
    • Lawsuits
    • United States Supreme Court
    • Salaries & Wages
    • Statistics
    • Demographics
    • Sexual Assault

    People:

    • Mary Sue Coleman
    • Jeff Daniels
    • Andrea Fischer Newman
    • Lee Bollinger
    • Dario Gaggio
    • James Duderstadt
    • Harold Shapiro
    • Joe White
    • Terry McDonald
    • Steven M. Ross
    • A. Alfred Taubman
    • Charles Munger
    • Julia Darrow
    • Ross Stamps
    • Penny Stamps
    • Mike LaVaque-Manty
    • Tiya Miles
    • Abigal Stewart
    • David Lampe
    • Jake Levey
    • Galip Ulsoy
    • Mark Schissel
    • Ken Coleman


  • Reasons For Hope, by James Leonard, page 35 - 37
  • Keywords:

    • Ann Arbor Public Schools - Budget
    • Ann Arbor Board of Education
    • Washtenaw Intermediate School District
    • Labor Unions
    • Laws & Legislation

    People:

    • Jeanice Swift
    • Christine Stead
    • Glenn Nelson
    • Deb Mexicotte
    • Patricia Greene
    • Marios Demetriou
    • Susan Baskett
    • Alesia Flye
    • Linda Nelson


  • Who Is (And Isn't) Running?, by James Leonard, page 37
  • Keywords:

    • Ann Arbor Public Schools
    • Ann Arbor Board of Education
    • Elections - Ann Arbor

    People:

    • Christine Stead
    • Glenn Nelson
    • Irene Patalan
    • Susan Baskett
    • Deb Mexicotte
    • Ben Edmonson
    • Jody Huhn


  • Potholed!, by Jan Schlain, page 38 - 39
  • Keywords:

    • Streets & Roads
    • Weather
    • Ann Arbor - City Government Departments
    • O'Neal Construction
    • Laws & Legislation

    People:

    • Joe O'Neal
    • Cynthia Kokkales
    • Dean Kokkales
    • Laurie O'Malley
    • Bob West
    • Abby Elias
    • Sarah Singleton
    • Jane Lumm
    • Matt Horning
    • Robert Kellar


  • Reinhart Legacy, by Sally Mitani, page 41 - 43
  • Keywords:

    • Real Estate - Agents & Brokers
    • Charles Reinhart Company
    • Edward Surovell Company
    • Dobson-McOmer Insurance Agency Inc.
    • Howard Hanna Real Estate
    • Real Estate - Ann Arbor
    • Parrot Restaurant
    • Mr. Flood's Party
    • Spear & Associates
    • Michigan Commerce Bank
    • Economic Conditions - Michigan
    • Prudential Real Estate
    • Berkshire Hathaway

    People:

    • Steve Dobson
    • Dave Lutton
    • Edward Surovell
    • Charles Reinhart
    • Dick Caldwell
    • Louise Lutton
    • Bumble Marsh
    • Kevin Duke
    • Nancy Bishop
    • Sharon Snyder


  • Breakthrough, by Ken Garber, page 45
  • Keywords:

    • Pfizer Inc.
    • Diseases - Research
    • Pharmaceuticals - Research & Development
    • Parke-Davis
    • Warner-Lambert
    • University of Michigan - Research
    • University of Michigan - Faculty & Staff
    • Lycera Corp.
    • Everist Genomics

    People:

    • Peter Toogood
    • Dave Fry
    • Richard Finn
    • Dick Leopold


  • Birth of the Cube Farm, by Grace Shackman, Nancy Deromedi, page 47 - 49
  • Keywords:

    • Local History
    • Inventions & Product Development
    • Interior Design
    • Art & Artists
    • Inventors
    • Herman Miller Inc.
    • Michigan Star Furniture Co.
    • Veterans
    • World War II
    • Herman Miller Research Corp.
    • Facility Management Institute
    • Ann Arbor Plastics
    • Metaform

    People:

    • Bob Probst
    • George Nelson
    • Clark Malcolm
    • Dirk Jan De Pree
    • Herman Miller
    • Gilbert Rohde
    • Phyllis Ross
    • Charles Eames
    • Alexander Girard
    • Isamu Noguchi
    • Jack Kelley
    • Dave Armstrong
    • Lee Probst
    • Del Coates
    • John Holmes
    • David Osler


  • New Carts At Mark's Carts [Restaurant Reviews], by Lee Lawrence, page 51
  • Keywords:

    • Food - Carryout & Delivery
    • Downtown Home and Garden
    • San Street
    • Hut K
    • El Manantial
    • Great Grilled Sandwiches
    • Xdelica
    • Simply Spanish
    • Old Carolina Barbecue Company
    • Mighty Good Coffee

    People:

    • Jay Nirban
    • Jeet Nirbsan
    • Sean Zhang
    • Xavi Vitta

    Places:

    • 211 W Washington St


  • Seva At Westgate [Restaurant Reviews], by M. B. Lewis, page 51 - 55
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants - Reviews
    • Seva Restaurant
    • Westgate Shopping Center

    Places:

    • 2541 Jackson Ave


  • The Midtown Restaurant Revival Marches On [Marketplace Changes] , by Sally Mitani, page 57 - 59
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants
    • Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority
    • Statistics
    • Business - Closings
    • Earl of Sandwich
    • Grand Traverse Pie Company
    • @burger
    • Hommus Express
    • La Pita Fresh
    • Tamaki
    • RJ's Coney
    • Knight's Restaurant
    • Slurping Turtle
    • Tomukun Korean Barbeque
    • Ginger Deli
    • Tribute
    • Lab Cafe
    • Mani Osteria
    • Babo
    • Renaissance
    • Bivouac
    • Retail Trade

    People:

    • Susan Pollay
    • Takashi Yagihashi
    • Thomas Yon
    • Joanna Hong
    • Adam Baru
    • Sava Lelcaj
    • Te Phan
    • My Phan
    • Sandy Won
    • Socheat Chau
    • Roger Pothus
    • Ed Davidson


  • Bake Me Crazy [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 59 - 60
  • Keywords:

    • Food - Carryout & Delivery
    • Pizza
    • Bakeries & Confectioners
    • Insomnia Cookies
    • Fingerle Lumber

    People:

    • Harold Solomon
    • Mike Raymond
    • Seth Berkowitz

    Places:

    • 108 E Madison


  • Breastfeeding Boutique [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 60
  • Keywords:

    • Breastfeeding Boutique
    • West Side Dairy
    • Center for the Childbearing Year
    • Infants

    People:

    • Barbara Robertson
    • David Orlin

    Places:

    • 726 Brooks


  • Curry On [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 60
  • Keywords:

    • Restaurants
    • Curry Up
    • Curry On

    People:

    • Rutul Patel
    • Swetang Patel

    Places:

    • 2711 Plymouth Rd


  • Flophouse Skateboards [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 60 - 61
  • Keywords:

    • Skateboarding
    • Flophouse Skateboards
    • Taco King
    • Eco Sign Solutions

    People:

    • Saber Naghmouchi
    • Ben Thompson

    Places:

    • 2231 W Liberty


  • The Floor Trader [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 61
  • Keywords:

    • The Floor Trader
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • GCO
    • Floor Coverings & Flooring

    People:

    • Matt Merkel

    Places:

    • 2301 S Industrial


  • Clay Gallery [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 61 - 62
  • Keywords:

    • Clay Gallery
    • Business - Closings
    • Pangborn Collections
    • Art & Artists
    • Gift Shops

    People:

    • Monica Wilson
    • Dominic Pangborn
    • Jim Curtis

    Places:

    • 335 S Main St,


  • Le Dog [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 62
  • Keywords:

    • Le Dog
    • Food - Carryout & Delivery
    • Business - Closings
    • Clark's Caramel Corn Castle
    • Remodeling & Renovation
    • Ann Arbor Historic District Commission

    People:

    • Jules Van Dyck-Dobos
    • Ed Shaffran
    • Ika Van Dyck-Dobos
    • David Esau

    Places:

    • 410 E Liberty St
    • 306 S Main St


  • Closings [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, page 62
  • Keywords:

    • Business - Closings
    • Dick Sampier Vacuum
    • Wendy
    • Clothing - Retail

    People:

    • Dick Sampier
    • Jim Young
    • Ruth Hafford
    • Wendy Chapman
    • Johnny Vaughn

    Places:

    • 2165 W Stadium Blvd
    • 5 Nickels Arcade


  • May Erlewine: Under the Influence of Iris [Singer-Songwriter], by Sandor Slomovits, page 64
  • Keywords:

    • Music - Reviews
    • The Ark
    • Seth and May (Musical Group)
    • Red Tail Ring(Musical Group)

    People:

    • Mary Erlewine
    • Seth Bernard
    • Michael Shimmin
    • Dominic Davis

    Places:

    • 316 S Main St


  • Carolyn Wonderland: Hard-Earned Mastery [Blues], by James Manheim, page 79
  • Keywords:

    • Music - Reviews

    People:

    • Carolyn Wonderland

    Places:

    • 316 S Main


  • Cecile McLorin Salvant: Deep Jazz Talent [Ann Arbor Summer Festival], by Jud Branam, page 81
  • Keywords:

    • Music - Reviews
    • Ann Arbor Summer Festival

    People:

    • Cecile McLorin Salvant


  • Ned Night: Be There and Be Square [Talks], by Anita LeBlanc, page 83
  • Keywords:

    • Live Nightclub
    • Lectures
    • Ann Arbor District Library
    • Musical Instruments

    People:

    • Mark Deming
    • Connor Barrie
    • Michael Leonard
    • Mariah Cherem
    • Amber Conville
    • Ann Seekatz

    Places:

    • 102 S 1st St


  • Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Viva La Tradicion [Hard Salsa], by Arwulf Arwulb, page 85
  • Keywords:

    • Music - Reviews
    • Spanish Harlem Orchestra
    • Ann Arbor Summer Festival

    People:

    • Oscar Hernandez


  • Shaun Manning: Addicted To The Past [Graphic Novel], by Keith Taylor, page 89
  • Keywords:

    • Authors
    • Books & Reading
    • Barnes & Noble

    People:

    • Shaun Manning
    • Anna Wieszczyk

    Places:

    • 3235 Washtenaw Ave


  • April 2014 Home Sales, by Kevin Duke, page 96
  • Keywords:

    • Real Estate - Ann Arbor
    • Houses - Cost of
    • Statistics


  • I Spy [Back Page], by Sally Bjork, page 103
  • Keywords:

    • Historic Buildings
    • University of Michigan - Buildings
    • North Hall
    • Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)
    • Contests
    • Local History
    • Grizzly Peak Brewing Company

    People:

    • Susan Daron
    • Bob DeBona
    • James Brinkeroff
    • Will Hathaway

    Places:

    • 1105 N University


Ann Arbor Observer, May 2014

Published In:
Ann Arbor Observer,
1976-current

Publisher: Ann Arbor Observer Company

Date: May 2014


The following articles appeared in the May 2014 issue of the Ann Arbor Observer:

  • Obama Care [UpFront], page 9
  • Keywords:

    • United States - President
    • University of Michigan
    • Speeches
    • Salaries & Wages
    • Laws & Legislation
    • University of Michigan Intramural Building
    • University of Michigan Canham Natatorium

    People:

    • Barack Obama

    Places:

    • 606 E Hoover Ave


  • Never A Bystander [UpFront], page 9
  • Keywords:

    • Documentaries
    • Film Festivals
    • Michigan Theatre
    • Jewish Film Festival
    • University of Michigan - Faculty & Staff
    • Holocaust
    • Awards Honors Prizes
    • Wallenberg Medal

    People:

    • Evelyn Neuhaus
    • Irene Butter

    Places:

    • 603 E Liberty St


  • N. Main Catch-22 [UpFront], page 9
  • Keywords:

    • Parks - Ann Arbor
    • Ann Arbor - City Government Departments
    • Bandemer Park
    • Argo Park
    • Streets & Roads
    • Pedestrians
    • Recreation
    • Ann Arbor - Budget
    • Border-to-Border Trail
    • Railroads

    People:

    • Mike Nearing
    • Jessie Rogers


  • Guest of Honor [UpFront], page 9
  • Keywords:

    • Musicians
    • Nightclubs
    • Ravens Club
    • Heather Black Project (Musical Group)
    • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
    • Concerts
    • University Musical Society

    People:

    • Heather Schwartz
    • Wynton Marsalis
    • Marcus Belgrave
    • Ali Jackson
    • Dan Nimmer
    • Josef Deas
    • Ingrid Racine

    Places:

    • 207 S Main St


  • Grace In Ann Arbor [UpFront], page 9
  • Keywords:

    • University of Michigan - Drama Season
    • Theater
    • Plays
    • Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
    • Films
    • Theater - Reviews

    People:

    • Grace Kelly
    • Grace Shackman
    • Ted Heusel
    • Charlton Heston
    • E. G. Marshall


  • Miller's New Look [Inside Ann Arbor], page 11
  • Keywords:

    • Streets & Roads
    • Pedestrians
    • Ann Arbor - City Government Departments
    • Road Construction
    • Sewers & Sewage
    • Hoffman Brothers Contractors

    People:

    • Mary Ann Wattles
    • Kevin Clark
    • David Dykman
    • Susan Bryan


  • Pensions Get a B+ [Inside Ann Arbor], page 13 - 14
  • Keywords:

    • Pensions
    • Ann Arbor - City Government Departments
    • Ann Arbor - Budget
    • Retirement
    • Investments
    • Washtenaw County - Government
    • Taxation - Ann Arbor & Washtenaw County

    People:

    • Nancy Walker
    • Steve Powers
    • Larry Langer


  • Deconstruction [Inside Ann Arbor], page 17 - 18
  • Keywords:

    • Building & Construction
    • Demolitions
    • Recycling
    • Restaurants
    • Architects
    • Ann Arbor Fire Department
    • Materials Unlimited
    • GreenStreet Tree Care
    • Urban Ashes Picture Frame
    • Architectural Salvage Warehouse
    • University of Michigan - Alumnus
    • Salads Up

    People:

    • Gail Solway
    • Brad Angelini
    • Theresa Angelini
    • Linda Keen
    • Paul Hickman
    • Chris Rutherford


  • Goldfinches in Spring: Gold In the Backyard [Outside], by Bob Feldman, Jorja Feldman, page 21
  • Keywords:

    • Nature
    • Birds & Birding
    • Parks - Washtenaw County
    • County Farm Park
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  • Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: Healing Through Our Pets [My Town], by Julie Stotlar, page 23 - 24
  • Keywords:

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    • Nathan Stotlar
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  • Lost In Lakewood: My Search for Beaver Cleaver [My Town], by Matt Phillips, page 24
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  • Life at Panera: Coffee Shop Kindness [My Town], by Mary Rexer-Bluhm, page 24 - 25
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    Places:

    • 3205 Washtenaw Ave


  • Crime Map, page 27
  • Keywords:

    • Ann Arbor Police Department
    • Crime & Criminals
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  • Latania Fair: Alpha House's Troubleshooter [Ann Arborites], by Shelley Daily, page 29
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    • Alpha House
    • Social Services
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    People:

    • Latania Fair
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    Places:

    • 4290 Jackson Rd


  • What Price Transit?, by James Leonard, page 31 - 35
  • Keywords:

    • Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (AAATA)
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    People:

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  • The Faculty Strike Back: Are U-M Administrators Overpaid? , by Eve Silberman, John Hilton, page 37 - 39
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    People:

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  • Sue Thy Neighbor: How a Shortcut To The Arb Triggered a Costly Legal Battle, by Julie Halpert, page 41 - 43
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    • Neighborhoods
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    People:

    • Nicholas Delbanco
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  • The Honesty Policy, by David Alexander, page 45 - 49
  • Keywords:

    • University of Michigan Medical Center
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    People:

    • Rick Boothman
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  • Bigalora: Washtenaw Retreat [Restaurant Reviews], by Lee Lawrence, page 51
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    • Restaurants - Reviews
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    People:

    • Luciano DelSignore

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    • 3050 Washtenaw Ave


  • From Florida to South U: BurgerFi and World of Beer [Restaurant Reviews], by M. B. Lewis, page 53
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    • Restaurants - Reviews
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    • 1235 S University
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  • Location, Location: Knight's Moves Inward, Seva Moves Outward [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, page 57
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    • Restaurants
    • Knight's Restaurant
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    People:

    • Dan Sutter
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    Places:

    • 600 E Libert
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  • Crocs Are Boring: Dear Golden's Classy Curated Vintage [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, page 59
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    • Clothing - Retail
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    People:

    • Laura Naimola
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    Places:

    • 211 S Fourth Ave


  • Mark's Carts [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 59 - 60
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    • Food - Carryout & Delivery
    • Mark's Carts
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    • 211 W Washington


  • Old Carolina Barbecue Company [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 60
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    People:

    • Nick Ferris

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    • 980 Eisenhower Pkwy


  • Life Is Good Genuine Neighborhood Shoppe [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 60
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    • Clothing - Retail
    • Life Is Good Genuine Neighborhood Shoppe
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    People:

    • Lisa Zahra
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    • 304 S Main


  • Little Seedling [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 61
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    • 2121 W Stadium Blvd


  • Red Shoes and Graphic Art Wholesalers [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 61 - 63
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    • Catherine Thursby
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    • 224 S Main
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  • Cloverleaf [Briefly Noted], by Sally Mitani, page 63
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  • In The Works [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, page 63
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    • 304 S Ashley St
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  • Closings [Marketplace Changes], by Sally Mitani, page 63
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  • Blues In The City: Alive and Well [Blues], by James M. Manheim, page 64
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    • 211 E Washington St


  • Lovers, Liars, and Lunatics: Purple Rose's Spring Comedy Festival [Theater], by Keith Taylor, page 71
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    • 124 E Washington St


  • The Collages of Brenda Miller Slomovits: Impassioned Observations [Galleries], by Stephanie Douglass, page 79
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    • 2935 Birch Hollow Dr


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    • 415 N 4th Ave


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    • 220 E Ann St


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    People:

    • Jesse Blumberg
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    • 415 N 4th Ave


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  • I Spy [Back Page], by Sally Bjork, page 107
  • Keywords:

    • Local History
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    • University of Michigan - Buildings
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    • Michael McGraw
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Saline's Plymouth Rock

Author: Grace Shackman

Saline's Plymouth Rock
A playful dog rediscovers a long-lost salt spring.

Saline's name and identity are tied up with salt, yet the actual salt springs that once bubbled up along the Saline River south of town hand't been seen since the area was drained for farming in the nineteenth century. But last year, Jim Peters accidentally discovered a slat spring that is still active!

Peters and his dog Bonnie, a gentle but energetic pit bull terrier, were hiking on undeveloped city land near Saline's wastewater treatment plant. Bonnie pulled Peters toward a muddy puddle to get a drink. "As she got close, she sank in up to her chest in muck. Before I could pull her out, she had backed herself, out," he recalls.

Peters washed the grayish mud off Bonnie in the nearby Saline River, then went back to take a closer look at the puddle. “I noticed very few plant varieties growing nearby and that the mud was covered with deer tracks.” That’s when Peters, then a city councilmember, had his “aha” moment: Why were the deer drinking there when they could have used the river? And why was the puddle in a clearing with no trees and substantially less vegetation than anywhere else nearby?

Peters collected some of the watery muck in a plastic bottle he found and took it to the city lab to be tested. “When the report came back that it was as salty as sea water, I was like a kid at Christmas,” recalls Peters. He double-checked these findings using a cleaner bottle and another lab. Again the same results came back.

As soon as his suspicion was confirmed, Peters contacted Saline historian Bob Lane. The two men began working together, Peters researching the salt springs’ prehistory and Lane putting the more recent Saline history in context.

Peters research revealed that Saline’s salt springs are part of an ancient sea bed formed about 600 million years ago, which extended from present-day New Jersey to Wisconsin. (Detroit’s salt mines are part of the same system.) When the Ice Age was over, about 12,000 years ago, animals and people began moving into this area. Prehistoric animals came to drink at the salt springs. Remains of mastodons and mammoths have been found nearby.

Native Americans followed, drawn by the good hunting and also because they too liked the salt. Their remains have also been found. According to the 1881 History of Washtenaw County, Michigan, “Early seekers for relics did not hesitate to open shallow graves and the ground was strewn with the bones of departed warriors.” Lane has identified the location of two Indian burial mounds near the salt springs. One has been leveled for the Crestwood subdivision--people remember finding bones and relics at the time it was being built in the 1960s. A hill west of the DNR Fisheries is believed to be the other. The most recent Indian residents, the Potawatomi, who came to this area in the sixteenth century, used six paths, still there, that converge at the springs. They were known to trade salt with neighboring tribes.

Frend explorers gave the Saline River its name in the 1600s. The first European visitors also appreciated the salt springs. Trappers used the salt to preserve beaver pelts, which were in great demand in Europe for hats. The springs were first pinpointed on a map in 1819 by surveyor Joseph Francis in section 12 of Saline Township.

In 1826, the first permanent settler in Saline Township, Leonard Miller, built his home near the salt springs. Others built nearby. In 1829, F. A. Dewey, a pioneer travelling to Tecumseh, wrote of taking the United States Military Road “west through the Saline River near the salt springs.” This road, the first across the state, ran from Detroit to Chicago following an old Indian trail; it's now Michigan Avenue. In 1832, Orange Risdon, who'd surveyed the road, laid out the town of Saline on high ground north of the salt springs.

The 1881 County History told of an attempt by a group of local men to manufacture salt in 1863. “A building was erected, a derrick put in place, and boring commenced. After three unsuccessful attempts to sink a well, the project was abandoned. There has always existed a doubt in the minds of many whether the contractor engaged to sink the well acted in good faith. The charge is boldly made that he was bought off by rival interests,” they reported.

Evidence of this failed endeavor was found in 1944, when a farmer named Harry Finch was plowing for corn and felt his plow sink down. Investigating, the site he found evidence of the former salt wells. The late Ray Alber, who farmed on land marked as part of the salt springs, once told Lane that he remembered that he and other farmers used to pick up salt clumps that they’d give to their animals.

Lane worked out the wells' location on the west side of Macon Road and has shown it to people as part of historic tours. and has shown it to people as part of historic tours. He has also, with the land owner’s permission, gone over the ground with a metal detector but found nothing left of the would-be salt works.

The 1863 mining attempt is the last reference to active salt springs. When the County History was written eighteen years later, the authors felt the need to offer proof that the salt springs had even existed: “That salt has been made here in years gone by cannot be doubted. Iron kettles have been found which were once doubtless used for this purpose."

So Peters’ delight at his find is easy to understand. The spring presumably escaped discovery for so long because it's in an overgrown area that people rarely visit. Even if another dog had dived in as Bonnie did, only someone well versed in Saline history would have realized what the muddy puddle might be.

Last October, Peters sponsored a bill to create “Salt Spring Park” on the land where he found the active spring. It passed unanimously. “A forgotten parcel of city-owned land in the Saline River valley will now be available for all to enjoy as a unique park dedicated to our local heritage," explains Peters. “It will allow us to provide proper stewardship of our salt springs, enjoy nature and reconnect with Saline’s distant past.” Lane is equally enthusiastic, explaining “There is nothing now in town that explains why we are called ‘Saline.’”

Peters' council term ended last year, but he's continuing to work on the project as a member of the parks commission. His vision is to leave the site as natural as possible but to improve the trail and build an observation deck with signage at the spring, so people won’t get as muddy as Bonnie did. He would like someday to see the spring connected by a walking trail to Curtiss and Millpond parks-- he says that could be “a beautiful, safe, free from car traffic path, much of which is along the river.” He knows all this will take money, which he hopes can be provided with grants. The local Eagle Scouts have already volunteered to clear the overgrown path.

Peters worries that the muddy puddle would underwhelm some people. He compares the spring to Plymouth Rock: “It’s just a brown rock to some – but it’s what it stands for, not what it looks like.” But so far, the reaction fromt he public has been very positive. "People find it fascinating," he reports.

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