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Wednesday, 2020 Feb 19th

The Pineapple House in downtown Saline is closing its doors, owner Joy Ely announced on the business website.

Ely plans to reopen the store, located on the northeast corner of Ann Arbor Street, on March second for a closing sale.

Ely said she plans to continue her interior design business and sell home decor products through social media, a new website, events and markets.

"It's been an unforgettable experience serving you in my beloved shop. I sincerely want to thank you for supporting Pineapple House and for being so important to me," Ely said.

Downtown Saline

Administration is exploring changes to scheduling at Saline Middle School to give students more options when choosing elective courses.


Regular season victories don't get much sweeter than Saline's 65-54 win at Huron Tuesday.

It was Saline's first victory in a long, long time.  At least 20 years, said Saline coach Leigh Ann Roehm. Records on the MHSAA website go back to 2009-10. The Hornets were 0-10 at Huron from 2009-10 to 2018-19.

It was also Saline's fifth straight win since dropping two of four games - the only two games they lost all season - between Jan. 14 and 28. The Hornets improved to 15-2 - the most wins they've had in a long, long time.


Tuesday, 2020 Feb 18th

Trustees on the Saline Board of Education spoke about various topics during board member remarks at the Feb. 11 meeting.

Steben Statement

Trustee Jennifer Steben spoke about the recent turmoil over racism in the community. She told students and families who’ve reached out to her that she’s listening to their feedback. She also commended Saline teachers for their support of students and for their ongoing efforts to ensure every child has access to quality education. She also had a message to the district’s children.


In our last blog, we put the spotlight on self-love. While most of us know Valentine’s Day as a holiday to honor and celebrate those we love, it can also be a great time to celebrate loving ourselves. We are with ourselves all the time! That kind of commitment deserves to be honored, right? An now that the holiday has passed, it's important to think about continuing on the feelings of love into the rest of the year.



The Saline High School Drama Club presents Disney’s Newsies, Feb. 28 to March 1. Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies." When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right!

Arts & Entertainment

Diane Lynn Friese, age 72, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 15, 2020 in Ann Arbor, MI. Diane was born on September 22, 1947 in Detroit, the daughter of John C. and Shirley J. (Lain) Hartley.


Saline City Council has called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m., Feb. 19, at city hall.

There are two items on the agenda.

Monday, 2020 Feb 17th

Want to make the most out of your lunch hour?

The Saline District Library is offering a series of informational programs that invite people to listen to experts from local agencies speak about timely topics. 

The programs take place in the Brecon Room at noon on Wednesdays.  Guests are invited to bring a sack lunch.

Topics include:


Telephone scammers are posing as human services officials and attempting to steal personal information from unsuspecting Michigan residents, warns Attorney General Dana Nessel, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon and the Michigan State Police.


Saturday, 2020 Feb 15th

There comes a time in every season when a high school basketball team must rely on its seniors to lead the way to victory. That time came Friday night when seniors Trevor Arico, Tyler Belskus and Griffin Yaklich led the Saline Hornets to a 68-44 win over the Monroe Trojans.


All season long Saline JV Head Coach Jason Pickett has talked about every player being ready to be called upon to be “the next man up”. That was especially true Friday night against the Monroe Trojans.


MONROE -- Saline junior Ella Stemmer has achieved something few Hornet hoopsters have ever accomplished. Stemmer entered Thursday’s game at Monroe needing four points to hit 1,000 for her career. At 2:59 of the first quarter, Stemmer hit a three-pointer. Less than 30 seconds later, the Hornets got the ball back. Senior Amera Boyd inbounded to Steffi Bentley, who whirled around and kicked the ball out to Stemmer. Stemmer swished her 10-foot jump shot for points 1,000 and 1,001, giving Saline an 8-2 lead. As she ran back toward half-court, she was mobbed by teammates.


More than 20 young girls joined the Saline High School dance team to provide an entertaining half-time show at the Saline-Monroe basketball team Friday night.

The girls had enrolled in the Saline Community Education Youth Dance Clinic, a two-day program for kids ages 5-12. The girls received lessons from coach Nina Doigan and the varsity dance team on back-to-back nights.

Then, on Friday night, they went out and showed their new moves at center court.

The kids also received a t-shirt, snacks and a photograph as part of the program.

Friday, 2020 Feb 14th


Feeling the heat yet? The glare of the national regional media’s spotlight has heightened tension in Saline.

Is there a way out of rancor without sweeping Saline’s issues under the rug? I'll get to that.

There is racism in Saline. There is racism in every community in which I’ve ever lived or worked, in Canada or the United States. I’ve seen racism at work in multicultural communities and homogenous communities. The dynamic changes from place to place, but fear of the other exists everywhere.


Friday is Valentine’s Day. Here’s a guide to this weekend’s funso you and your valentine will love the time you spend together in Saline

Valentine’s Day at Salt Springs Brewery

What: Special Valentine’s Day Menu at Salt Springs Brewery
When: Through Saturday
Where: Salt Springs Brewery, 117 S. Ann Arbor St.
Why: Delicious, farm-to-table food. Locally brewed beers. The Valentine’s menu includes Grown Up S’mores, curried vegetable stew, tenderloin medallions, sea scallops and citrus salad.

Thursday, 2020 Feb 13th

With all of the Valentine’s candy out in stores, we’ve got love on our minds. But what about SELF LOVE?

When someone says something unkind to us, we often recognize it as unkind, and the recognition incites a process of investigation, judgment, reaction, and a variety of other responses. We may stop speaking to someone when they treat us unkindly, especially if this occurs multiple times. We may defend ourselves. We may become angry. Sometimes we believe the unkind words. Often, we fight back. 


One on west side of the media center at Liberty School, seated behind at the dais, sat at the Saline Board of Education. It was nearly three hours into a long, frustrating meeting. Board president Heidi Pfannes had struggled to quiet a large audience which had grown impatient as they waited for the second round of public comment. 

As the second round of public comment began, a group of Saline students and community members rose from their chairs, walked to the podium area, lined up and linked arms. 


Alex Schukow, assistant principal at Saline Middle School passed his dissertation defense at the Eastern Michigan University College of Education to earn his doctorate degree.

Schukow, a 2003 graduate of Saline High School, became assistant principal at Saline Middle School in the fall of 2019 after four years as assistant principal at Heritage Elementary School.