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Sunday, 2017 Aug 20th

There were two distinct vibes coming from the Saline Cross Country time trials at Saline High School Friday night.

The first felt like a game-opening tailgate, sans the food and beverages. Dozens and dozens of kids gathered on the track and field infield and outside the utility building. They chatted and laughed as music played on the loudspeakers.

The second felt more like a bootcamp, as 150 kids gutted it out through a three-mile race that serves as a baseline in a cross country program known for pushing kids toward excellence.

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Saturday, 2017 Aug 19th

About 250 people are working feverishly to complete construction projects before school starts at Saline Area Schools.

Rex Clary, Director of Facilities Saline Area Schools, said he's confident the work remains on schedule. Still, it's hard not to notice the deep breath he takes before answering the question.

Schools

Matty J's Bakery and Cafe will celebrate its grand opening Aug. 26. The new restaurant, owned by Shawna Sloan, will open at 7 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.

Matty J's will serve high quality, handmade baked goods, breakfasts and lunches. It will also serve Mighty Good Coffee and an assortment of beverages.

It will be located at 972 E Michigan Ave. in The Oaks shopping plaza in the space most recently utilized by Gabriel's Cheese Steak Hoagies.

Follow Matty J's Bakery and Cafe on Facebook.

 

Business

Friday, 2017 Aug 18th

The Saline varsity boys’ tennis team opened the season Friday with a home match against Troy Athens.

The Hornets picked up a win in singles and a win in doubles but fell 6-2.

Ethan Shell, playing singles two, came from behind to defeat Vincent Tai 3-6, 6-2 and 6-4.

In doubles one, Jackson Jost and Alex Mah defeated Nick John and Ben Stedafu 6-1, 3-6 and 6-3.

In singles one Cam Tressler fell to Gabe Brown. Nathan Makowski fell to Shray Naik in singles three. Conner Krager lost to Pranjal Gaur, 6-2 and 6-2, in singles four.

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Artist Susan McDowell

In any community, there are people who work behind the scenes, who see what needs to be done and don’t hesitate to take on the task, no matter how large or small.  Susan McDowell, local artist and head of the new Salt Valley Arts Center, is one of those very talented people.  

Arts & Entertainment

Hornet spirit filled the air in downtown Saline Thursday at a pep rally to kick off the 2017-18 school year.

Saline Area Schools and Saline Main Street organized the event, which preceded the Summer Music Series concert by the Saline Big Band.

Coaches introduced each of the fall sports teams while the cheerleaders and Saline Marching Band enlivened the large crowd with their routines.

Athletic Director Scott Theisen told the crowd it was a great day.

Schools

With opioid related deaths and overdoses near a record level, government officials hope a town-hall event at Saline High School Aug. 21 will kick off a community conversation about the health crisis in Washtenaw County.

According to the Washtenaw County Public Health Department, there were 34 opioid-related deaths through July of 2017. There were 30 through July in 2016. By the end of 2016, there were 59 opioid-related deaths – six fewer than the high of 65 in 2013, when the number of deaths more than doubled.

Health

Thursday, 2017 Aug 17th

Goodwill Store, Saline Michigan

If you're an alert user of social media, you've no doubt seen those hashtags on Twitter ending with "Day" somewhere in the trending topics box. A lot feel like unabashed marketing. Some provide nice excuses to reconnect or indulge outings with loved ones. And a few are very helpful reminders for things we'd really like not to forget.

Business

In an attempt to draw attention to and support Saline Area Social Service, an Ice Cream Social is being planned at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 195 E. Michigan Avenue in Saline on Sunday, September 10th, come rain or shine.  Members of Trinity will be hosting an open house for the event from 2-4 p.m. that day.

Chris Jarrett, pastor of group life and connections at Keystone Church, and Saline area resident, stands aside his 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 at the old train depot in Saline on Monday. Jarrett said half the fun of owning an original copy of the famous car comes from seeing the smiles it puts on people's faces.

Community

Wednesday, 2017 Aug 16th

A Jackson man who crossed center and struck a motorcycle, killing two Saline residents, was sentenced Monday in Washtenaw Trial Court.

Police & Fire

This year’s Saline varsity girls golf team entered the season with great promise and potential. On day one, they lived up to every inch of it at the Traverse City Invitational Wednesday..

Senior Catherine Loftus, an all-state golfer last year, tied the all-time Saline girls golf scoring record by shooting a career-low 67 and the Saline team scored 298 – beating the old record by an incredible 21 shots.

Senior Molly Pribble shot a career-low 73 and senior Stephanie Schick fired a career-best 79. Sydney Page, also a senior, scored a 79. Gabi Solis shot a 103.

Sports

One of Saline’s most blighted properties reached a new level of ugly early this week. The vacant house on the former Karpinski property – a Monroe street parcel sold by the city to Damien Farrell’s company to build condominiums.

Farrell’s condominiums were to be composed of prefabricated modular units. A couple of months ago the company that made those units went out of business and the development has stalled.

Government

No charges were filed against a man who threatened suicide and allegedly threatened to shoot police officers who tried to stop him.

Saline Police were called to home on Cottonwood Lane Saturday morning by “a friend or family member” of a man who made a suicidal statement, according to Sgt. Andrew Hartwig. Police learned the man owned several firearms, Sgt. Hartwig said. The man also allegedly threatened to shoot police officers if they responded to the house, Sgt. Hartwig said.

Police & Fire

Have you ever wondered who built the big house on Michigan Avenue with the large fenced yard, known today as the Davenport-Curtiss Mansion? Do you know who founded Saline and how it happened? Come and hear the stories of the people who settled in Saline and what their lives were back then.

Community

The Saline varsity water polo team started the season with a tough game against Holt. The Hornets were down 11-0 at halftime and lost 12-0.

Saline played without senior Matt Lau.

It was the first game under new coach Stephen Sobczak.

Sports

Tuesday, 2017 Aug 15th

It's not the same as being there, of course.

Still, we thought those who missed it might enjoy seeing a two-minute video highlighting the 35th annual Saline Street Machines car show held last Saturday downtown. And if you were there, here's a brief reminder of that wonderful day.

Downtown Saline

City Manager Todd J. Campbell announced that the City will host a public forum to solicit community feedback regarding the search for a new police chief.   Mr. Campbell stated, “It is extremely important for the right candidate to be chosen as the new Saline police chief.  Not only is it essential that the successful candidate be a highly skilled and qualified law enforcement official, but it is also critical that they are the best fit for Saline.”

Government

Tyler Palka’s high school career was not short on accomplishments. The former Saline quarterback made an immediate impact in his one season with the Hornets and helped turn Saline into a perennial football power, alongside his dad.   

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Saline Recreational League Fall 2017/2018

Soccer families, we still have some places left! Register quick: Fall Recreational League 2017/2018

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