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 […]

 Sara Swanson

DDA works to increase communication with residents

Manchester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has been working recently to increase communication with Manchester residents. Efforts include a town hall this week, a new Facebook page and cooperation with neighboring communities. This week on Wednesday, August 16th, at 7 pm, the DDA is holding a town hall-style meeting at the Village Offices to discuss ongoing activities in Manchester’s economic development […]

 Ray Berg

Sesquicentennial recap – part 1

What a great set of events over the last 10 days! On behalf of the Manchester Sesquicentennial Festival planning committee, THANK YOU to all who attended our series of activities celebrating the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of Manchester as a village in the State of Michigan. We particularly thank the event organizers who worked […]

 Sara Swanson

St. Joes to offer classes to help those living with mental illness

In 2015, a massive survey of Manchester residents revealed that 40% of Manchester-area residents suffered from poor mental health, a greater percentage than either neighboring communities or Washtenaw County as a whole. One of the results of the survey was St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea hiring a behavioral health navigator, Kathy Walz, who comes to Manchester once […]

 Sara Swanson

Manchester throws itself a 150th Birthday Party – a week of Sesquicentennial Fun – Part 1! (photos)


 Sara Swanson

Manchester throws itself a 150th Birthday Party – a week of Sesquicentennial Fun – Part 2! (photos)


 Sara Swanson

Manchester Sesquicentennial Beard and Moustache Competition

Saturday afternoon, 63 men and 3 women registered in 12 categories for the Manchester Sesquicentennial Beard and Moustache Competition put on by the Manchester Ladies Society. Some were veteran competitors who traveled from as far away as Quebec to compete, some were locals who were participating in honor of their fathers or grandfathers who had […]

 Sara Swanson

Manchester architecture to be focus of ALI & WCC classes this fall

This fall, Adult Learning Institute (ALI) of Chelsea and Washtenaw Community College (WCC) both will be offering a class titled “Architecture and History of Saline and Manchester.” The class is being taught by Washtenaw Community College (WCC) instructor, Grace Shackman. Shackman has been interested in architecture since she was little. “My family moved around a lot […]