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Jennifer Eberbach, Freelance Journalist


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Real Estate Ripple: With Fewer Homes for Sale, Values Rise

WASHTENAW COUNTY: The market for low- to mid-priced homes has heated up in Saline, Dexter, and Chelsea, according to three local Realtors. Although the feeding frenzy was most intense in spring 2013--snow delayed the start of this year's selling season--home buyers countywide still face two sure signs of an up market: low inventory and rising home values. Reinhart realtor Rob Ewing has a theory. "It radiated out from Ann Arbor," he says...Read in Ann Arbor Observer

Chelsea planners nix residential plans for Screw Works redevelopment


 CHELSEA: When Magellan Properties bought the former Federal Screw Works site, 500 S. Main St. and 425 Congdon St., in 2007, the Ann Arbor-based developers knew right away they had a challenging brownfield redevelopment on their hands. Founded in 1913 as Chelsea Screw Works, the 2.5 acres and 80,000 square-foot plant manufactured a variety of products, from screws and bolts to car parts and artillery. Once a large employer, the staff had shrunk, and FSW closed its downtown Chelsea plant in 2005...Read in Washtenaw Now/Chelsea Standard



 CHELSEA: Two of many pillars who hold up the Chelsea community were recently honored with Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce's annual awards. Lenard McDougall has been named the "Lifetime Achievement Citizen of the Year" and Rick Eder was named "Citizen of the Year."...Read in Washtenaw Now/Chelsea Standard



ANN ARBOR: Of the more than 1,000 artists participating in the Ann Arbor Art Fair this year, more than 50 are from Ann Arbor. Some have been around from the beginning of the fairs, while other are new to the art fair scene. Each has a unique perspective on why he or she is at the fair and about its current state...Read in The Ann Arbor News

Together Again: Saline's high school fiddle ensembles merge

SALINE: The breakup was tumultuous, but the reunion has been sweet. Ten years after the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic split in two, the high school ensembles will reassemble as a single private nonprofit August 1. Soon-to-be-co-directors Brad Phillips and Jimmy Whitman hope to heal what they call a "cultural divide" between the Saline Fiddlers and the Fiddlers ReStrung...Read in The Community Observer and on arborweb

Recovered art sparks renewed interest in Daniel Rhodes


CHELSEA: Armed with flashlights and a U-Haul, a team from the Chelsea River Gallery ventured down into a dimly lit basement to make discovery after discovery. In the former Shaw Guido Gallery within what was believed to be an empty building in Pontiac, a massive collection of artworks and personal artifacts of 20-century ceramist and painter Daniel Rhodes awaited them. "I felt like I had gone into a catacomb, where we discovered something significant that was sitting there waiting and ready for us," said Deb Greer, co-director of the Chelsea gallery with Patti Schwarz...Read in Washtenaw Now/Chelsea Standard 



Jeff Daniels among those who oppose Lyndon sand mine


 CHELSEA: Public opposition to a proposed sand mine and an incomplete picture of potential impacts have tabled the discussion, once again. Lyndon Township Planning Commission is considering redi-mix concrete company McCoig Materials Inc.'s application for a Special Land Use Permit to operate a mineral mining operation on land that is currently zoned rural-residential and surrounded by state wilderness recreation and county parkland. An on-going public hearing attracted nearly 200 concerned citizens, when the meeting started Feb. 17. At the Thursday, March 13 hearing, the crowd was likely 500 strong. Over 30 public commenters voiced opposition, including local celebrity Jeff Daniels... Read in Chelsea Standard


Film inspired by Chelsea author premieres at Sundance



CHELSEA: Among the films premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Jan. 16-26 in Park City, Utah, Gregg Araki's "White Bird in a Blizzard" is a highly-anticipated, feature-length movie to keep your eye on. And there is a Chelsea connection. Chelsea author and poet Laura Kasischke is attentive to see how the film fares with festival audiences and beyond. She wrote the novel that inspired the movie. Although Kasischke was not involved with the making of the film, the acclaimed writer and University of Michigan English professor certainly has expectations for Araki's cinematic adaptation of her 1999 dramatic thriller...Read in Chelsea Standard