Ray Berg

Manchester CRC/Chamber Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser

The 13th Annual Manchester Golf Outing Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, June 4, at Hills’ Heart of the Lakes Golf Course in Brooklyn. This event is sponsored jointly by the Manchester Community Resource Center and the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce. This annual fundraiser combines fun and camaraderie with the raising of funds to […]

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Manchester Community Business Expo coming Thursday, May 26

The Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce is holding its ninth annual Community Business Expo on Thursday, May 26, from 3:30 pm to 7 pm in Chi-Bro Park, in conjunction with Manchester’s weekly Thursday Farmers Market. A number of our local businesses, non-profit community service organizations, and school organizations will be showing what they have to offer […]

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Manchester Seniors Hold Visioning Session – Sketch Out Goals for 2016

For many years, the Manchester Area Senior Citizens Council (MASCC) have provided services to Manchester-area senior residents including group social activities and camaraderie, shared meals, transportation, and more. In the last few years, MASCC has been neither able to internally generate sufficient finances, nor find external funding to cover the cost of their activities. The greatest of […]

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Manchester Begins Planning for its 150th Birthday!

Are you ready for a 150th birthday party? The Manchester Area Historical Society (MAHS) and the Village of Manchester are in the beginning stages of planning for a Sesquicentennial Celebration in honor of the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of Manchester as a village which occurred in March, 1867. Similar to our 1967 Centennial Celebration, as […]

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Historical Society Completes First “Work Bee” at Kingsley-Jenter Home

The Manchester Area Historical Society held its first cleanup “work bee” on Saturday, January 23 at its newly-purchased Kingsley-Jenter Home, located at 302 E. Main on the downtown, “four corners” intersection. The Society completed this purchase in December, and is working to repurpose the former funeral home into its new museum, archives and research center, and […]

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Manchester Wellness Coalition Seeks Your Ideas

The Manchester Wellness Coalition is now preparing its Year 5 Comprehensive Plan, covering the period July 2016 – June 2017. This plan guides the Coalition in determining the health and wellness needs of the Manchester community, and preparing interventions and associated grant requests to the 5 Healthy Towns Foundation and other sources. Volunteers meet monthly, […]

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Manchester DDA Hosts Successful Agri-Tour

The Manchester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) hosted its first Manchester Agri-Tour on Saturday, October 17, with 28 guests from Washtenaw, Jackson and Wayne Counties enjoying a variety of local agricultural and historical attractions. This bus tour was developed as a pilot for future offerings under the Community Tourism Action Plan (CTAP), funded by the Ypsilanti […]

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Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation to Invest Another $100,000 in Manchester – Year 4 Wellness Plan Approved

The Manchester Wellness Coalition was notified on June 22 that its Year 4 Wellness Plan, covering the period July 2015-June 2016, was approved for $100,000 in funding from the Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation (CWF). The Year 4 plan includes 13 programs, infrastructure projects, and other activities for the Manchester community, to help with our 5 Healthy […]

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Manchester’s Streetscape – 1870 (Part 2 of 2)

Editor’s Note: This is part 2 of a 2 part article. Click HERE to read part 1. In Part 1 of this article, we looked at the post-Civil War boom which led to rapid expansion of downtown Manchester, leading to the historic Italianate buildings we still have today. We also looked at the role of Jeremiah […]

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Manchester’s Streetscape – 1870 (Part 1 of 2)

As this article is published in July 2015, the Village of Manchester is preparing for a complete replacement of its Main Street Bridge, a project several years in planning. The previous history of the bridge was reported in a set of earlier articles in The Manchester Mirror. The new bridge design replicates some historic elements […]