Wednesday, May 15, 2013
National Police week is May 13-19.
I can't tell you how many times I've overheard someone talk negatively about police officers and other law enforcement officials. All too often, I believe, the police are painted as the bad guys, writing tickets and making arrests. But they're also the first people you call when you need help. I bring this up now because May 13-19 is National Police Week. Police Week began in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation declaring May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the corresponding week as Police Week. This resonates with me because I grew up with a police officer - my dad. Every night, my mom would kiss him goodbye and tell him to "be careful." I knew he had a dangerous job, but it never really sunk in until the night …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
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Monday, April 22, 2013
Taking care of the environment doesn't need to be overwhelming. Here are some easy ways for your family to save money and celebrate Earth Day by going green.
Monday marks the celebration of Earth Day, which was founded in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. Nelson was inspired in part by the anti-Vietnam war protests and wanted to inspire a similar level of activism against environmental destruction. Since then, Earth Day has become a global event that has raised awareness of many environmental issues including deforestation and global warming. In honor of Earth Day, here is a list of 22 things you and your family can do that will help you help the environment and often save money in the process. 1. Buy local at the Plymouth Farmers Market , at The Gathering every Saturday, May 4 through Oct. 26. 2. Have your kids make their friends’ birthday cards and bring gift in decorated paper bags…
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Which of these designs do you like best? Tell us in comments.
Thursday, March 28
Three Patch readers submitted entries for our PEEPS creation contest. Using the marshmallow candies, they made "5 Golden Peeps", "Peeps on the Virgina Beach Boardwalk" and "Peeps on the Farm". Two of the Patch users have a chance to win a Prize Pack worth $25. It includes a PEEPS® Plush Chick Basket valued at $15 and an electronic gift card valued at $10 from PEEPS and COMPANY®. Use the comments section to vote once for your favorite Patch entry. The two with the most votes will each win a prize pack. Voting ends at 12 p.m. EST on March 30. Which of the three entries is your favorite? Vote once in the comments below for "5 Golden Peeps", "Peeps on the Virgina Beach Boardwalk" or "Peeps on the Farm".
Plymouth-Canton Patch editor is transferring to Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch.
I have to be honest. When Patch first came calling in 2011 with the prospect of taking over its Plymouth site, I didn't immediately anticipate spending the next two years in Plymouth and probably couldn't initially point it out on a map. Intrigued by the prospect of taking over the then-fledgling Plymouth Patch, I made the trek from Port Huron one night, pointing my GPS to the center of Plymouth to see what I could discover. As I rolled into downtown, it's perhaps fitting my first impression was driving over the large compass at the Ann Arbor Trail and Main Street intersection. I was clearly pointed in the right direction. I spent that evening walking around an incredibly vibrant downtown, visiting any local business that was open to …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Here are some Patch readers' suggestions for what Northville Township should do with the land that currently houses the former Robert Scott Correctional Facility. Add your thoughts in the comments.
The Northville Township Board of Trustees has officially approved a contract to tear down the former Robert Scott Correction Facility. Demolition is expected to be completed within a year. The Township has not yet made a decision on what the 53-acre land will be used for after demolition. Ideas range from from a recreational park to retail to a lightweight industrial park. So we want to know, what do you think the land should be used for? Above are some ideas our readers already suggested. What do you think? Tell us in the comments.
Win tickets to see the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on Friday, April 5, in Dearborn just by telling us about your favorite composer.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform Friday, April 5, at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, and Patch is giving you the chance to win free tickets. The DSO will perform Mozart’s “Jupiter” as part of its Neighborhood Concert Series. Bach’s Ricercare No. 2 and Britten’s Violin Concerto No. 1 also will be performed. The concert begins at 10:45 a.m. The Ford Community and Performing Arts Center is located at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn. How can you win two tickets to see the show? Simply leave a comment on this story telling us your first concert. You must comment by 1 p.m., Monday, April 1, to be entered into a random drawing to receive two tickets to the show. Each ticket is worth $25. And the tickets will …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
If you've got a creative streak and a passion for PEEPs, enter Patch's Easter PEEPs contest for a chance to win a prize package.
Wednesday, March 20
Editor's note: This contest is now closed. PEEPS, those famously delicious and delightful marshmallow candies, aren't just for eating anymore. These days, crafty PEEPs creations are all the rage. You can find them on display on Pinterest. And transformed into everything from the White House front lawn, to re-creations of children’s books, historical settings and other unusual situations. Think you can invent something fun with PEEPS? Now's the time to show us! Enter Patch's Easter PEEPs photo contest. Here's how: Read the complete contest rules here.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Voters will decide on a $114 million bond at the polls on May 7. Tell us why you'll vote yes or no.
When Plymouth-Canton voters head to the polls May 7, they'll consider a $114 million bond proposal to replace an aging Central Middle School, replace buses and upgrade technology throughout the district. The $114 bond proposal, which the district says will not increase the district's current millage rate of 4.1 mills if passed, will replace Central Middle School with a new building on district-owned property at Canton Center and Cherry Hill roads in Canton, install fiberoptic networking throughout the district, add tablet devices and laptop computers to each K-12 student, make building improvements and gradually replace the district's outdated fleet of buses. If the bond is approved, voters would opt to hold the rate from an existing …
State Senator: Health care bill will increase costs.
Thursday, March 14
By Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton Hurricane Obamacare is forecast to hit the shores of the United States on Oct. 1 of this year. That is when the “Open Enrollment” period for plans that comply with the new “minimum essential health benefits” (aka HHS Mandates) kicks in… and kick it will. The storm surge promises to increase premium costs by well over 30 percent as the federal government steps in and tells “we the people” what type of insurance coverage we must have. The director of the HHS has been given broad authority to define what these “minimum essential health benefits” are. In this light, it is entirely conceivable that the premium increases may be significantly higher than 30 percent. In anticipation of the coming storm, many …