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News, commentary, insight on local happenings and fun from the staff of The Saline Reporter and Milan News-Leader.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Results from our Web polls

The results of our last three online polls:
Which is most important to you:
A) Good Schools, 37 percent
B) Good Roads, 8 percent
C) Low Taxes, 30 percent
D) Public Safety, 34 percent
A total of 136 votes cast

Which will have the best football record this season:
A) University of Michigan, 58 percent
B) Michigan State University, 33 percent
C) Eastern Michigan University, 5 percent
D) Detroit Lions, 4 percent
A total of 102 votes cast

Which government entity do you pay the most attention to:
A) City government, 44 percent
B) Township government, 16 percent
C) County government, 4 percent
D) State government, 36 percent
A total of 50 votes cast


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Weekend Harvest Fun in Saline!

Here are some photos from Harvest of the Arts and Harvest Time on the Farm at Rentschler Farm. I took lots and lots of photos this past weekend, so I thought I would share. Look for my stories on both events in the 10/1 issue.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Night Lights

Big football games going on tonight. Milan Big Reds are hosting Jefferson this evening in Milan at 7 p.m. Saline Hornets are hosting Monroe in Saline at 7 p.m. Both should be good games, actually.

Other home events this weekend include (not much) the Saline varsity field hockey team, which is hosting their own invitational Saturday at the high school.

On Monday, Milan golfers are at home against St. Mary's Catholic Central. Milan varsity soccer is also at home at Milan High School against Washtenaw Christian Academy at 4:30 p.m.

And let us not forget the most important game on Saturday, the Wolverines hosting Indiana. I will not be attending, but I will be watching with caramel popcorn on my brand new flat screen. Looking forward to it! Go Blue! (Sorry cousin, Nate, I know it's your alma mater...)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Recent Relay for Life tops previous year

I spent Saturday at the Relay for Life in Milan. I took lots and lots of photos. So once again, here are some for your viewing pleasure. Check out my story called Relay for Life Milan beats last year's take in the 9-17 edition.

Fair games!

Here are some photos I took last week at the 74th annual Saline Community Fair. I know not all the photos I took will run in this week's paper, so here they are for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy! Look for my story in the 9-17 edition.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

It's been a long time, my dear friends

Bonjour, mon amis...

Sorry I haven't been posting as of late. I've been cheating on you with that blog over there. It couldn't be helped. I was charged up about starting something new and exciting, and I got in bed with a bunch of other sports writers. I also didn't have a choice, and went about creating this sports blog for my team all by my 20-something lonesome. Ah, to be young and tech savvy.

But in the end we all come crawling back, don't we? Especially when we have totally unimportant and unimpressive, yet quirky, things to share with non-sports people. So here I am.

And what better way could I convince you of my loyalty than to share some of the various mishaps and turning points in jana world. Let me tell you, it's been a crazy couple of weeks. Probably nothing compared to what Miss Cleolinda has been dealing with, but hectic enough for my mind to handle...

So a few weeks ago, after returning from my vacation (which I believe might have been my most recent post on this news feed)... things changed. At that point, I was happy and free and tan, and nothing could stop me. Then I was faced with the daunting task of packing all my stuff (and trust me, there's a lot of stuff) to move into a new apartment. I've moved every single year for the past six years, so in a way I'm used to it and sort of have it down pat. HOWEVER, that was when I was moving my stuff for me. Now I've moved in with an entirely different person who has (gasp!) all their own stuff.

so yeah, I had a week to pack, and then I moved on the last Wednesday of August to a new place in Ann Arbor. and amid all that my brother was in town from Georgia, I was trying to spend lots of time with my family (not something I don't enjoy, mind you), and I had friends coming in and out of town while I was trying to unpack and get my life in order. Now any of my close friends can tell you that my happiness does not rely on things, but my state of mind certainly depends on the comfort of knowing where my things are. AKA moving is a stress when I can't find my checkbook/calendar/vitamins/medications/scotch tape/stickies/PENS/shot glasses.

But it's ok. Because now I'm unpacked, and the art has been hung, and my life is back in order. Just in time for fall. Oh, glorious fall. It's exciting, to be sure, and hopefully I'll get to some UofM games here and there. I will also be traveling to visit my recently-moved buddy Rachel at her new out-of-state home so we can see the NEW MOON MIDNIGHT PREMIERE. We're going to be nerdy and make wolf pack t-shirts. It's going to be glorious. And I'll be bigger than ALL you middle schoolers! Boo-ya!

So that's life right now. Welcome back to it. Perhaps now that things have cooled down I'll post some favorite fall recipes, because man am I cooking up a storm in this new place!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Just drive away!!

I'm not one for reading forward e-mails. They generally just clutter my inbox. However, I received one e-mail today that I found to contain some valuable information. The topic is carjacking and whether what the e-mail said was true or not this is still a good reminder that once you're safely in your car, you should stay there until you reach your next destination.

The e-mail was basically a warning for people to beware of paper on the back window of their vehicles, because it's a new way to do carjackings. Apparently carjackers are sticking the paper on the back window to obstruct the view of the driver. So when the driver gets into their car and they look into the rear view mirror to back out of their parking space, they notice the paper. They then shift into park, unlock their doors and jump out of their car to remove the paper that is obstructing their view. When they reach the back of their car, that is when the carjackers appear out of nowhere, jump into their car and take off. Plus, a woman would typically leave her purse in the car - making the incident both a carjacking and purse snatching in one. So now the carjacker has their car, home address, their money and keys. Basically your home and your whole identity are now compromised.

Now, whether this is true or not, it sure did make me think about the potential for it happening to me. However, the e-mail said it came from the office of the attorney general. My best advice would be to ignore the paper and just get into the car and drive away. You can always remove the paper later. If you back into another car, your insurance company will be there - that's not just All State's stand.

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