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Here’s what the intersection of Main Street and Ann Arbor Trail looks like, completed and open for traffic. (Taken 5/31/10.)

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Once again, I’m sharing a photo of the streetscape project (as of 5/24).  This is the compass motif that is the intersection of Ann Arbor Trail and Main Street.

Thanks to whoever took this fine photo and put it on FB.

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On its Facebook page, the Downtown Development Authority posted some nice photographs of the streetscape project downtown.  I do not know who to credit the photos to other than the DDA.

Hopefully the intersection will be open fairly soon.

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Small Town

I wrote this on my music blog as I was thinking about songs that may (or may not) remind me of this area.

http://soundofthepounding.wordpress.com/2010/05/16/small-town/

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Many of my friends are up in arms about the smoking ban which took effect statewide on May 1.  They do not object so much about the elimination of smoking from bars and restaurants but are bothered by the perceived governmental intrusion.  I’m a believer in less being m0re when it comes to government, but I have to say that the smoking ban is long overdue.

More to the point, the smoking ban is a godsend for many of us non-smokers.  In the last week I’ve been to three (3) bars in the City of Plymouth that I avoided in the past because of the heavy smoke: Hermann’s Olde Town Grille, Doyle’s Tavern and Ironwood Grill.  I, for the first time, was able to enjoy a drink or two in these places without stinging eyes and burning lungs.

I have no data to back this up, but it appears that the smoking ban has had little or no negative impact on these businesses.  All three places were bustling when I was there.   Hermann’s, in particular, was packed Saturday night.  A few smokers drifted in and out on occasion to smoke out on the sidewalk, but I heard no grumbling or complaints.

For my wife and me, the ban has brought us back to the pubs.  I expect we’ll continue to hang out more in town now that we can do so in relative fresh air.

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On Thursday May 20th, from 7 to 9 pm, Sean O’Callaghan’s is holding a shephard’s pie eating contest.
The biggest glutton will receive an official shepherd’s pie trophy, $100 in cash, and a sheperd’s pie champion t-shirt

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Friday, April 30, 2010

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