Sara Swanson

Village to consider vacant storefront ordinance

Last Wednesday, August 16th, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) held a town hall on economic development. With about 40 attendees packed into the Village Room topics including the millions of dollars of improvements to Village over the last few years, starting up a “welcome wagon” for new residents, the possibility of combining the DDA and […]

 Sara Swanson

High School principal announces he will resign this fall

Last week, the staff of Manchester High School received word from Principal Dr. Kevin Mowrer that although he hasn’t yet, he will be officially resigning his position sometime this fall. In his message to staff he stated that his wife has accepted a job in another state and they are in the process of selling […]

 Sara Swanson

Solar eclipse reminders for THIS afternoon

Today, August 21st, just after 1 pm, the solar eclipse will begin to be visible in Manchester. At about 2:30 pm, coverage will be as complete as we will witness it with just over 80% of the sun covered by the moon. The coverage will begin to wane and the sun will appear normal again by 3:45 […]

 Ray Berg

Sesquicentennial recap – part 2

Continuing from our Part 1 article last week on the Sesquicentennial events held July 29 through August 7, we pick up with the Friday, August 4 happenings…. Friday, August 4, 2017 – Agri-Tour, Parade, Street Dance, Fire Department Open House The day’s events began with the Manchester Agri-Tour, a six-hour bus tour to five Manchester-area […]

 Sara Swanson

Heightened drunk driving enforcement through Labor Day

In 2016 there were 271 alcohol-involved traffic fatalities and 32,610 drunk driving arrests in the state. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office will conduct stepped-up drunk driving enforcement as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign from August 18 through September 4. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will also […]

 Sara Swanson

St Joseph Mercy Chelsea to donate $7,500 to Manchester Schools for health

St Joseph Mercy Chelsea announced last week that they will be donating $7,500 to Manchester Community Schools to increase access to physical and mental health programs for students and staff. Student and staff physical and mental health was identified as a priority need in Manchester in the hospital’s most recent Community Health Needs Assessment. This $7,500 is part […]

 Marsha Chartrand

MMLB–Have you joined yet?

MMLB (Manchester’s fitness and weight loss challenge–MM=2,000 in Roman numerals, LB= pounds) would love to have you join them this year! Last year, in its first year, 412 pounds were lost and over 100 million steps were logged. This year, the goal is for participants to collectively lose 500 pounds (or more) toward the multi-year […]

 Sara Swanson

Freedom Township farmstead on its way to becoming a local historic district

A lovely, nineteenth century farmstead located at 9505 Bethel Church road is currently under consideration for designation as a local historic district. The farm, which is known as the Kramer-Kuebler-Adler Farm consists of a farmhouse, smokehouse, garage, chicken coop, windmill, bank barn, two tool sheds, and a pig barn on 85 acres and according to Melissa […]

 Sara Swanson

What does Lyndon Township’s vote for broadband mean for the rest of us?

  Last Tuesday, voters in Lyndon Township (located just north of Chelsea) went to the ballot to decide whether or not to build a community owned fiber optic network to provide broadband access to every home in the township. The proposal passed with 622 (66%) voting yes and 321 (34%) voting no. Lyndon Township estimates […]

 Marsha Chartrand

Township Planning chair dies from injuries

Long-time Manchester Township Planning Commissioner Leslie A. Kopka passed away August 10 as a result of injuries suffered in an accident at his farm. Kopka reportedly was mowing his lawn near a pond on the family property on VanTuyle Road Thursday morning, when the tractor overturned and went into the pond, pinning him underneath. Despite valiant […]

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