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5 Things You Need to Know Today — Aug. 7, 2012

It's primary election day! Here's what is going on locally today.

Trivia: On the E! network's reality series "Opening Act," which hit song did Canton band TwentyForSeven cover during its performance with Gym Class Heroes?

Yesterday's trivia answer: TwentyForSeven covered Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl."

5. Readers' Choice 2012: Vote for your favorite Plymouth-Canton businesses

Help Patch determine the best of the best by voting for your favorites in our 22 Readers' Choice categories, which range from  to .

Cast your vote by Aug. 17 and help us decide who's best. Whichever business gets the most votes will be named the Readers' Choice winner.

4. Follow Patch today for the latest election news

Be sure to stay tuned in to Plymouth-Canton Patch today for the latest up-to-the-minute election news. Also be sure to follow us on Twitter (@PlymouthPatch) and Facebook (facebook.com/PlymouthCantonPatch) and also follow Michigan Patch (@MichiganPatch, facebook.com/MichiganPatch) for results from around the state.

3. Plan ahead: Inaugural Art About Town event comes to Plymouth this week

Art About Town is coming on Saturday. The event will be held in Downtown Plymouth from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and is put on by the downtown merchants and the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce. 

Participating businesses will sponsor an artist at their location that will be on-site throughout the day to give demonstrations and talks on their artform. Some will have artwork available for sale. There will be a "passport" to take to the participating buisnesses to be stamped. To win, a participant must have 12 stamps on their passport.

2. Old Village Restaurant Crawl returns to Plymouth on Wednesday

Visit the Old Village area of Plymouth and sample great food and drink from local restaurants. This year's participants include:

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce office (850 W. Ann Arbor Trail) and at the participating restaurants.

1. Don't forget to vote today: Check out the candidates for Canton, Plymouth Township primary races

The primary elections are Nov. 7 around the country for local and state races. Patch sent questionnaires to candidates in all the local races. We've compiled a list of responses and additional information. Find the following page to read up on your favorite candidate(s):

Want to check your local ballot before you vote? .

Tom Dusbiber August 07, 2012 at 12:10 PM
John, Same question as yesterday? I think you are staying up too late or getting up too early!
TaterSalad August 07, 2012 at 02:49 PM
The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is asking taxpayers to approve a millage increase to support the operating costs. We have three (3) problems with asking the taxpayers to foot the bill in this instance. 1. The Director of the DIA gets paid $443,000.00 per year as a salary plus perks. 2. The DIA does have $100,000,000.00 dollars in "unrestricted funds/money" in the bank. 3. If the tax is approved for a 10 year period, they will lobby for tax extensions. It is our opinion that the DIA should charge the typical admission fees to visit the DIA and NOT place a tax on every citizen in the only three voting counties that approve this tax increase. If approved, will the Director get another pay raise on top of the $443,000.00 he is already getting? We also believe that the rest of the counties in Michigan should vote for this tax levy and NOT left out of this voting process where only three (3) counties get to vote. It is our opinion that along with the above statements that taxing citizens for entertainment is nothing short of socialism. A. http://westbloomfield.patch.com/articles/dia-millage-proposal-raises-delicate-questions-for-suburban-voters-on-aug-7-a387d1d8 B. http://www.freep.com/article/20120722/ENT05/207220546/Detroit-Institute-of-Arts-past-puts-its-future-in-jeopardy
John McKay (Editor) August 08, 2012 at 07:58 AM
You guessed it, Tom - I had one written - I just forgot to fill in the blank. I'll put a double whammy in today's trivia.

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