Archive for February, 2009

Mr. Pausch’s co-author, Jeffrey Zaslow, will do a presentation on the book as part of that series.  Here’s what the Library’s blurb on this event from the website.  Looks like a pretty interesting event.

In March and April, the Plymouth Reads selection will be The Last Lecture written by Randy Pausch, with Jeff Zaslow. Activities in the Library will include two book discussion programs, a screening of the DVD of Randy Pausch’s actual lecture, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” and a presentation by Jeffrey Zaslow, co-author of the book. Stop by the Reader’s Advisory Desk or call 734.453.0750, ext 4 for more details.

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The old factory/warehouse on the west side of Lilley/Mill, between Ann Arbor Trail Road and Main Street, was partially demolished months ago.  Clearly some development project has been in the works or demolition would have been completed.

In the last few days, there has been a sign on the property indentifying the area/project as “Trailwood,” which is to include medical, retail and residential space.  A website is given on the sign, but the link does not go that particular project which is apparently being undertaken by CB Richard Ellis (or CBRE.)

The minutes of the City of Plymouth Planning Commission’s November 12, 20o8, meeting give more details about the project, at least from the regulatory and planning side of things.   Check it out below.

I’m anxious to see what it’s going to look like if/when it is finished.   If I found drawings or sketches, I’ll post them.


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Trinity Church’s food distribution program appears to be a monthly event.  Apparently much need in our area has been identified.

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, free food will be distributed at Trinity Church, located on Ann Arbor Road at Gotfredson, in Superior Twp. on the dates listed above.

To handle the demand, the Church asks that pick-up be arranged/reserved prior to the event dates.  The call/reservation (not pick-up) times are from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the following dates

March Pantry — March 23-27
April Pantry — April 20-24
May Pantry — May 26-29
June Pantry — June 22-26

Mark these dates on your calendar. Trinity’s number is 734.459.9557

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According to the Plymouth Observer, two downtown businesses are asking for your donations of items to help stock the Humane Society of Huron Valley

Three Dog Bakery and Jill Andra Young Photo in Plymouth are teaming up to help fill items on the “Wish List” of the Humane Society of Huron Valley.Both downtown businesses are teaming up to be drop-off points for items to be donated to the Human Society.

Among the items most in demand are FELIWAY and refills, cheap canned chicken, Yesterday’s News cat litter, hand sanitizer in pump bottles and stuffed sterilized bones and sterilized bones.

Three Dog Bakery is located at 550 Forest, Suite 7 and can be reached at (734) 453-9663; Jill Andra Young Photo is located at 825 Penniman and can be reached (734) 455-7787.


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I just polished off a hamburger and am now eating a little dish of their delicious hand-cut fries.

If you are unfamiliar with it, the Burger Spot is downtown Plymouth at 550 Forest Avenue.

TBS makes a variety of hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken sandwiches, as well as french fries to die for.  Yum!

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Admittedly, I don’t have an ounce of raw data to back up what I am about to say.  I’m going simply by the good old “eyeball test.”

It appears that business is OK in downtown Plymouth.  It is entirely possible that a lot of the businesses downtown are hauling in less profit.  Some might be losing money.  But when I drive through downtown, I see lots of activity.  It seems that people are still eating, drinking and shopping there.   We hear nothing but doom and gloom about the economy, but traffic and bodies downtown suggests to me that people are still doing what they’ve been doing for years.

There are a few businesses that have closed in the past year.  That’s nothing new, though.   Businesses downtown come and go in cycles, even in good times.  I’ve seen it over the years.  Besides, while there have been a few places that closed downtown, Old Village seems to be growing, with a few new businesses coming in.

I would be fascinated to see the data.  I could be completely wrong.  I hope all the busy-ness I see is a sign that we’re getting through these difficult economic times.

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It’s no surprise that there are potholes everywhere.  It’s that time of year and our roads here in Michigan are not that good even in good weather.

It’s also no surprise that Sheldon Road is full of potholes (enough to fill the Albert Hall,perhaps).  Sheldon Road has been bad since I was a kid.  What is surprising is just how awful it is right now.

Between Ford Road and Joy Road, parts of Sheldon Road are damned near impassible.  There are potholes everywhere.  Where there aren’t holes, the road is like cobblestone from all the patching over the years.  When you’re not dodging holes or bouncing over patch bumps, your car is pelted with pebbles of broken asphalt, concrete, rocks and soil run off from the road side.

It’s not my style to overstate things, but Sheldon Road on that two mile stretch is so bad that to drive on it is to put your car in serious risk of being damaged.  The road is simply too narrow along most of that stretch to dodge all the holes.  At night that stretch is not well lit and it’s almost impossible to see the holes until you’re right on top of them.

The stretch of Sheldon that runs through Plymouth Township and the City of Plymouth is in great shape.  No real problems there, at least nothing I’ve seen.  But in Canton, the road is in horrendous shape.

If you have to travel south from this area to Canton, I strongly suggest you avoid Sheldon if at all possible.  Wait until the patching crews have time to fill some of the holes.  Why risk blowing a tire or snapping a tie-rod?

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If, by chance, you see this before you head out for the day (2/10/09), please be very very careful.  The roads and sidewalks in town are extremely slippery.  There is a lot of visible and invisible (black) ice.

I nearly fell 3 or 4 times just walking around the block.  My car also spun out in a parking lot when I gently applied the brakes.

My guess is that by late morning or early afternoon, all that ice will be gone.  It’s not very cold out, just cold enough to make all that melted snow freeze in thin sheets.

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Has it just been a warm stretch the last two days, which will abruptly end, returning us to snow and near zero temps? Or are we starting to thaw?

Our first winter here in Plymouth, the crocuses in our yard started pushing up through the ground before the end of February. That’s awfully early, but it could happen again.

I’m not sure whether I’m ready for winter to end, at least not quite yet. A good warm up and melt will help the upcoming Mardi Gras celebration downtown. It will also help those of us who have Seasonal Affective Disorder. I s’pose an warm up is a win-win!

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Maybe I wasn’t paying attention last year, but I believe this is a brand new event.  The Downtown Development Authority, with the participation of the stores and restaurants downtown, is throwing a Mardi Gras celebration starting noon the 2/21.

Plymouth-Canton student art will be on display.  Merchants will give out beads. Steve King & the Diddlies will play at 5:00 p.m. There will be “kid friendly” events in Kellogg Park as well.

After the concert you are invited to “hang out as partygoers converge on downtown for a night of fun and late night parties. The party continues into the night at any of over 30 shops, bars and restaurants.”

More info, if you really need it, is found at http://www.downtownplymouth.org/CivicAlerts.asp?AID=103

I’m not sure an outside party will have a lot of draw in late February here in Michigan.  There again, the ice sculpture shows are well attended, even when it is deathly cold.  This is clearly just another event to draw people into the downtown area.  Plymouth certainly doesn’t have a Mardi Gras tradition.  I hope it goes over well and people have a great time (and the businesses downtown make loads of cash.)

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