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Monday, January 31, 2011

Kroger: Two Days Before

I was in Milan this morning, heading to the senior center when I noticed something strange at Kroger.

I stopped by in order to pick up some batteries for my work camera as the old ones had died while I was taking photographs at Winterfest in Saline over the weekend.

When I pulled into the parking lot, there was barely a spot to be found. Strange, I thought, for mid-morning on a Monday.

Walking in, I could see aisle after aisle of shoppers with carts packed to the brim and lines of people checking out several people deep at each register.

It didn't click in my mind what was happening until I overheard a man and his wife talking about the coming snowstorm, predicted to drop around a foot of snow in the area Tuesday into Wednesday.

I don't know why, maybe because I live in an area where I'm walking distance to many stores and other facilities, but I never have been one to stockpile food and water in such situations beyond whatever basics my wife and I have in our pantry.

Perhaps to my detriment, but the Kroger situation just seemed highly unusual to me. How long do they anticipate being stuck at home?

Anyway, it made me wonder what other type of preparations people make prior to heavy snow.

Do you worry when you hear the weatherman predict large amounts of the heavy wet stuff, or do you go with the flow and chalk it all up to a normal Midwestern winter?

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Ford legacy in Washtenaw County

A colleague and I are considering reporting on Henry Ford's legacy in Washtenaw County, detailing efforts the famous automaker made to convert existing buildings in these communities into alternatively-powered production facilities.
If there is anyone out there who can remember back to the 1930s or early 1940s when Ford was heavily involved in this area, or has family and friends who do, please get in contact with me.
Any type of photos or other artifacts concerning Ford in Washtenaw County would also be appreciated.
We plan to cover our bases by utilizing several of the local historical societies, but would like to add a more personal touch as well with firsthand accounts and memories.


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