Marsha Chartrand

Village Council, DDA continue discussions of vacant building ordinance

Discussions are continuing at recent meetings of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Manchester Village Council, on the possibility of implementing an ordinance that would discourage owners from keeping vacant storefront buildings in the downtown area. Recent meetings which included merchants and DDA have hashed out the pros and cons of such an ordinance, which […]

Manchester Township votes to End AshKay Island rentals

Following up on the issue of the AshKay Island vaccation rental discussed in depth at the September Manchester Township board meeting (and in a previous article), last Tuesday the Manchester Township board voted unanimously to take legal action against Andy Bobo, owner of the AshKay Island rental on Iron Mill Lake. The goal of the legal action […]

 Sara Swanson

Watkins Lake, a waterfowl refuge in addition to a park

Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve–located partially in Manchester Township and partially in Jackson County–offers hiking, bird watching, upland hunting and mountain biking and is now a designated waterfowl refuge. The lake has historically been and continues to be a stop over for migrating waterfowl, but in the past, human disturbance cut down on the lake’s use […]

 Marsha Chartrand

Text Messaging Service Aims to Improve Children’s Literacy

  The Manchester District library is part of a new service that aims to improve childhood literacy … with text messages! Parents of kids 5 and under can receive messages suggesting easy, fun ways to incorporate learning into their everyday lives. The more words children hear in their early years, the easier it is to learn to […]

 Marsha Chartrand

Lock it or lose it! Secure your gun

Earlier this summer, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office reported investigating 20 stolen vehicles in the month of July and how significant of an increase that was for this area. Many of the vehicles that were stolen or broken into were taken by opening an unlocked door. Some of these vehicles also had unsecured guns that were stolen. […]

 Sara Swanson

The Biggest Tree in Manchester!

The Manchester Mirror is excited to announce the results of the summer long search for the biggest tree in the Manchester area! The contest ran from June 1st to August 31st. The Mirror partnered with Klager Elementary School who distributed paper measuring tapes and entry forms to every student, and with 5 Healthy Towns through the […]

 Sara Swanson

Is Manchester prepared for an emergency? Freedom Township soon will be!

If you were outdoors in the village on Saturday at noon, you may have heard the monthly test of the county-wide outdoor emergency warning sirens. However, if you were anywhere in the Manchester area, other than within a mile of the siren located on the water tower next to Chi Bro Park, you probably heard nothing. […]

 Sara Swanson

Downtown businesses extend hours on Thursdays, bring in new retail & food options for shoppers

It’s not too early to start your holiday shopping, and now you can do it right here in downtown Manchester on Thursday evenings! Starting October 19th, downtown merchants will be staying open until 8 pm every Thursday! Businesses that have confirmed that they will be extending their hours and/or offering special Thursday evening deals include […]

 Sara Swanson

“Wil’s Team Will” helps raise $40,000 for the Down Syndrome Support Team

submitted by Lynnelle Tans “Wil’s Team Will” was in full force on Sunday, October 1 to kick off Down Syndrome Awareness Month at the 13th Annual Buddy Walk. The event, organized by the Down Syndrome Support Team, drew more than 700 walkers to Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, raising more than $40,000. Wil Taylor, a Manchester […]

 Sara Swanson

Kim Blumenstein selected to fill vacant school board seat

Last Monday night during a School Board special meeting, five candidates spoke before the school board and audience of parents, and school staff, about their backgrounds, their understanding of the job of a school board member and how they would deal with conflict. Jami Booth, Dawn Schaffer, David Bartley, Kim Blumenstein and Casey Krone all […]

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