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Archive for March, 2010

I’ve been calling for this since I’ve been writing this blog.  I’d like to see more attention paid to Old Village.  It’s a great part of town.

It appears that, in spite of the lousy economy nationally and here in our state, business is growing (or at least holding steady) in Old Village.   New businesses are opening and the old ones moving forward.

Once again, I’ll repeat that I wish the City would support business development there and not just in the downtown.  The people of Old Village have to promote their own area, which I find a bit disconcerting.  Maybe that’s why things are hopping there.  The community is promoting itself.

Here’s an interesting article from the Plymouth Eagle on Old Village “breathing new life” into town.

http://www.journalgroup.com/Plymouth/10839/historic-old-village-breathes-new-life-into-plymouth

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The current hope of the USPS is to keep the downtown branch open, selling it and then leasing it from the owner.  If that does not work out, the USPS hopes to keep a branch in the city.

http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20100321/NEWS15/3210504/1032/USPS++City+branch+will+be+protected

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At least I’m declaring it that. A beautiful day combined with lots of eager celebrants = busy bars and restaurants, no doubt busier than a normal weekday St. Patrick’s Day.

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This blog isn’t, at least not primarily, a religious one.  I’m not Roman Catholic, either.  Nevertheless, I really, really enjoy listening to the homilies of Our Lady of Good Counsel’s Father John Riccardo.  I find him to be an extraordinary preacher/teacher.

Even if you’re not a practicing Christian, you might enjoy his homilies which can be heard via podcast or archived audio files.  Here’s the link.

http://frjohnriccardo.libsyn.com/index.php?post_category=Homily

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I normally do not write about events outside of the Plymouth community but I simply couldn’t resist sharing this.  I happened upon this site purely by accident while — and I’m not kidding — sipping a Diet Vernors.

If you like Vernors or just Detroit-area history, you’ll enjoy this site.

http://www.wowway.com/~vernors/history.htm

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It appears that the U. S. Postal Service intends to sell the landmark downtown post office.  The hope is that the building will still be used as a post office but there’s no guarantee of that.  Here’s the article from the Plymouth Observer

The U.S. Postal Service, which has been working to cut costs nationwide as mail volumes and revenues fall, plans to sell its branch on Penniman in downtown Plymouth while keeping a presence in the city.Ideally, the postal service would rent space in the same building and continue current operations there, said Ed Moore, a postal service spokesman for the Detroit area. If such an arrangement can’t be made, Moore said, the postal service would rent space in another downtown building to continue current service.

“We would not change the type of service the community receives,” said Moore. “If we’re able to sell that facility and lease space there, that would be the optimum thing.”

The building, which is named for the late Carl Pursell, a longtime Republican U.S. congressman from Plymouth, could be put on the market as early as May or June, Moore said.

Moore said he couldn’t yet provide an asking price. Nor did he have an estimate on how much the postal service might save in the move, as that depends on the sales price and postal service leasing arrangements.

If the building can’t be sold, Moore said, the post office would stay in the current building.

The postal service’s plan was announced by Mayor Dan Dwyer at Monday’s Plymouth City Commission meeting.

“I know that people are very accustomed to using that,” Dwyer said. “I know it’s part of our community.”

A letter sent to the city, read at the meeting by Dwyer, said that upon a sale, the postal service would rent about 1,890 square feet of space for its operations, either in the same building or at another building downtown.

There are five to seven postal service branches in the Detroit area that might be put up for sale in what the service is calling “facility optimization” of excess space, Moore said.

“It’s basically just to cut down on the cost, with the number of facilities we have,” he said.  The Pursell post office branch, according to Moore, opened in 1936 and has 21,436 square feet.

http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20100307/NEWS15/3070450/1032/Postal+service+plans+sale+of+downtown+office

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Red Wing star, Chris Osgood, a fellow Plymouth resident, has maybe the coolest backyard ice rink you can imagine.  Not only is the rink really cool, there’s an old fashioned log cabin style hockey shed.  It’s a place to warm up by the fire and put on or take off your hockey gear.  Ozzie entertains the neighborhood kids at his rink.  I want to be invited so badly I can almost taste it.

These photos are courtesy of the Detroit Red Wings Facebook page.

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