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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Results of our recent Web polls

Below are the results from our Web polls.
Do you think the Ann Arbor Airport should be expanded
Yes: 61 percent
No: 39 percent

How should schools address budget constraints
Reduce staff salaries: 32 percent
Pay to Play: 28 percent
Offer more online classes: 22 percent
Cut extracurricular activities: 18 percent

What do your New Year's resolutions involve
Physical fitness: 55 percent
Family: 27 percent
Career: 11 percent
Education: 7 percent

How do you plan to spend New Year's Eve
With family at home: 64 percent
Watching a New Year's Eve program on TV: 18 percent
At a party: 12 percent
At the bar: 6 percent

What's your Christmas wish
Cure for cancer: 37 percent
Health and happiness: 27 percent
World peace: 24 percent
An end to poverty: 13 percent

Have your scaled back your holiday shopping by
50 percent or more: 59 percent
None: 19 percent
25 percent or less: 15 percent
10 percent or less: 7 percent

Which types of Web sites do you frequent the most
News: 66 percent
Sports: 18 percent
Entertainment: 8 percent
Shopping: 8 percent

What do you like to watch on television
Dramas: 34 percent
News: 29 percent
Reality shows: 20 percent
Sitcoms: 18 percent

What are you thankful for
Family and friends: 57 percent
Employment: 30 percent
Good health: 11 percent
Community: 2 percent

Any surprises?


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Briarwood to host Hope for Haiti fundraiser

The Salvation Army of Washtenaw County has asked that we share this news release with our readers. Because of the timeliness of it, it has to be online, rather than print.

The Salvation Army of Washtenaw County (TSA-WC) has teamed up with Briarwood Mall to raise funds, disperse information and enlist volunteers to assist in providing relief for those affected by the earthquake in Haiti. The Hope for Haiti fundraiser takes place at Briarwood Mall on Friday, Jan. 22 and Saturday, Jan. 23.

Washtenaw County residents can gather information on The Salvation Army’s approach to disaster relief and how the organization has learned the best way to provide aid from past disaster efforts.

Children can decorate T-shirts and play in TSA-WC’s new red kettle bounce house that will be in front of Build-A-Bear in the Von Maur Corridor. A wide variety of musical performances will take place in front of Von Maur from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. $10 wristbands will be available at Guest Services and the red kettle bounce house for anyone wishing to participate in the activities.

The best way to support The Salvation Army’s efforts to help Haiti is to donate by:

Giving by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
Texting the word “HAITI” to 52000 to automatically give $10 to The Salvation Army’s relief efforts
Giving online at

For more information about the Hope for Haiti fundraiser, contact TSA-WC at 734-668-8353 or visit or

The Salvation Army (TSA), an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination. Operating in Washtenaw County for more than 100 years, the non-profit addresses the physical and spiritual needs of the area through various programs and service centers located in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Essential services provided by TSA of Washtenaw County include a food pantry, soup kitchen, clothing, an emergency family shelter, transitional housing and counseling for veterans, character building for youth, camp programs, emergency and disaster relief, utility assistance and eviction prevention.

You can become a fan of TSA-WC on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@sawashtenaw).

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Friday, January 15, 2010

A Fundraising Opportunity for Nonprofits

Want to partner with us?

In these difficult economic times, many nonprofit groups are hurting for funds, especially schools. Thanks to statewide budget cuts, public school systems across Michigan are in trouble. Many programs that we’ve learned to take for granted over the years – athletics, band, etc. – are under a heavy budget crunch.

So why not partner with The Saline Reporter or Milan News-Leader – and help your organization, whether a school group or civic group, raise needed cash?

We are offering $10 for every NEW one-year subscription to The Saline Reporter or The Milan News-Leader that your group sells. That means $100 for only 10 orders; $500 for 50 orders; and $1,000 for 100 orders! There is no limit to our partnership. Sell 500 orders and we will give your organization $5,000!

We understand how difficult it is to raise money with the same old fundraisers year after year. After all, families can only use so much wrapping paper and candles. The Saline Reporter or Milan News-Leader is the gift that lasts. This is why our fund-raising opportunity has such great value.

The newspaper is delivered directly to the homes of our customers 52 times a year, with fresh content and local news and information that is important to the people that live and work and attend the schools in your community. We offer award-winning news coverage, including the areas best and most comprehensive sports sections. In addition, we offer discount coupons, entertainment news, classifieds and more, making a yearly subscription to The Saline Reporter or Milan News-Leader a fantastic value.

A one-year subscription to The Saline Reporter is only $32 and for The Milan News-Leader $26. (A new subscriber is anyone who has not taken the newspaper in the past 90 days).

All you need to do is sell the order, fill out a provided form, collect payment and turn in the orders to us once a month. That’s all there is to it. We will cut your organization a check!

All we need to set up your group as an official partner is the following information:

1. A contact name and number from your organization
2. A W-9 form for payment purposes
3. A logo (in PDF format) for use in the printed materials, which we will supply your group for your sales effort.

It’s that simple.

To set your organization up as an official partner, please contact Bob Riddell at 734-246-0757 or e-mail

Please share this information with any other groups who may be interested in this fundraiser.

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