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Saturday, 2019 Dec 14th

The holiday season is upon us.

Here's a look at some of the holiday-themed events around Saline this weekend.

Community

The Saline girls basketball team has rushed to a 4-0 start. Helping lead the charge is senior Steffi Bentley. The 6’1 senior scored 26 points as Saline bested Livonia Stevenson, 62-32, Friday at Saline High School.

Bentley scored most of her points from the paint. She also had 11 rebounds.

Remarkably, Bentley has set career highs in three of the four games the Hornets have played.

Sports

Weather forecasters are predicting a winter storm that is set to converge over the upper Midwest sometime over the weekend. But in the Saline High School gym Friday night, senior hoopsters Trevor “Thunder” Arico and Griffin “Lightning” Yaklich brought the storm early.

Sports

Griffin Clark and Ben Wild each completed the hat trick as Saline defeated Huron, 9-1, in a contest shortened by the mercy rule Thursday at the Ice Cube in Ann Arbor.

It was the second consecutive win for Saline, which improved to 3-5.

“We had a good challenge to start the season with four games against top-10 teams. We’ve had two solid games in a row,” Coach Paul Fassbender said.

Sports

The effects from a pair of severe late-November snowstorms are still being felt across much of northern Michigan as work crews continue efforts to clear and groom snowmobile and ski trails.

“The number of downed trees and limbs is astonishing,” said Rob Katona, central Upper Peninsula trails specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' Parks and Recreation Division. “We haven’t seen conditions like this in recent history.”

Government

Friday, 2019 Dec 13th

Warren Rentschler, 95, of Saline, Michigan, passed away on Friday, December 6, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Hertler Rentschler. He is survived by two daughters, Barbara (James) Hassell and Ann Pradel; two grandsons, Ian Hassell and William Pradel; his brother and sister in law, Allen and Florine Rentschler, his sister in law, Beverley Rentschler, and many nieces and nephews.

Obituaries

Have you ever thought of giving your favorite reader the gift of a bag full of books by authors he or she might never have tried? Sounds like a fun gift!

Today and tomorrow the Friends of the Saline District Library's Bag of Books sale takes place in the Library's Brecon Room. There will be lots to choose from, giving you a great chance to stock up for your own holiday reading, too!

 Hours and pricing are as follows:

Thursday, 2019 Dec 12th

A heat lamp was the cause of a minor fire at a Lodi Township home Wednesday evening.

Around 5:10 p.m., Saline firefighters were dispatched to the 3500 block of Surrey Drive for a structure fire. By the time firefighters arrived, a resident of the home had poured a bucket of water on a small fire to knock it down, Fire Chief Craig Hoeft said.

The fire was caused by a heat lamp. A child in the house was cleaning the pen of a small animal and laid the heat lamp in wastebasket - causing the small fire. Residents evacuated the home. The resident then extinguished the fire.

Police & Fire

Saline Police led a multi-agency search Thursday for a local man wanted by the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Police were called to a store in The Oaks plaza by a person who recognized the man. When Saline Police arrived the man fled on foot.

Police set up a perimeter with the help of police from Pittsfield, Milan and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office. Milan also brought a dog who tracked a trail through the fields at Braun Farm off of Bemis Road before losing the scent, according to Saline Police Chief Jerrod Hart.

Police & Fire

Members of the Michigan Athletics family, local personalities and philanthropists, as well as personal friends and family of Chad Carr are preparing to hit the dance floor as part of ChadTough’s brand new Dancing with the ChadTough Stars, the ONLY event of its kind to benefit The ChadTough Foundation!

Community

The Saline Township board took care of their December business in forty minutes at their meeting on Monday evening.

Government

The Saline varsity boys basketball team opened their 2019-20 season with a thud Tuesday evening, falling, 48-30 to the Perrysburg Yellowjackets. \

Sports

Joyce Ann Braun 86, of Charlotte, Michigan, formerly of Bridgewater, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 8, 2019 with her family by her side.

Joyce was born March 15, 1933 to the late Arthur and Helen Reeder. On August 27, 1955 she married the late Eugene D. Braun.

Joyce is survived by her children, Beverly (Duane) Feldkamp, Patti Braun and Karen (Mike) Miller; grandchildren, David Feldkamp, Beth Feldkamp, Matthew (Tammi) Miller and Christopher Miller; 12 great grandchildren and 1 great great granddaughter. 

Obituaries

Wednesday, 2019 Dec 11th

Our beloved husband and father, Roger Michael Luckhardt, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 4:22 am.  

Roger was born November 16, 1956 to the late Robert and Esther Luckhardt.

Obituaries

Carter Pelletier and Nathanyel Sarment, two eighth-grade musicians from Saline Middle School were selected to perform in the Michigan All-State Band and Orchestra at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids January 16-18. Pelletier plays violin and Sarment plays violin.

Over 1000 musicians from around the state took blind auditions which consisted of prepared excerpts, memorized scales, and sight-reading.

"This is a high honor earned by very hard-working and exceptionally fine musicians," said Saline Middle School orchestra teacher Matthew Briere.

 

Catherine Frances Spackey (Frances) 87, of Saline, Michigan passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, in Ann Arbor surrounded by her family. Frances was born January 30, 1932 in Detroit to the late Bat and Catherine (O’Shea) Corcoran.  She graduated from Wayne State University in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree.  

Arthur John Weid, 79, of Manchester, Michigan, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, December 9, 2019 after courageously battling an extended illness.  Art was born on February 8, 1940 in Ann Arbor, Michigan to the late Walter J. Weid and Janetta Parker Weid.  He is survived by siblings Janetta (Don) Johnson and Walter (Trudy) Weid.

Obituaries

Tuesday, 2019 Dec 10th

Ella Stemmer scored 31 points as Saline defeated Trenton, 64-13 at Trenton High School. Saline improved to 3-0.

Stemmer also had four rebounds, three steals and three assists.

Steffi Bentley added 14 points, six rounds, three assists and two steals.

The Hornets allowed just two points in the second half.

Sports

The Saline Area Fire Department's Toys for Tots campaign is underway.

The department collects toys for clients of Saline Area Social Service as well as the Washtenaw Toys for Tots program.

People can drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Saline Area Fire Department, located at the corner of Harris Street and Michigan Avenue.

The fire department makes its annual delivery to Saline Area Social Service early next week. After the delivery, the SAFD will continue collecting toys for the Washtenaw County Toys for Tots program.

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