No, you’re not seeing things. That is Bob Ross’ face on signs all over Michigan’s state parks, specifically to promote and rebrand the state’s “prison grow” program to plant new trees with the image and catchphrase of the beloved late PBS painter. For the better part of a decade, inmates at the Michigan Department of
A program aimed at reducing the amount of “sexual and gender-based violence” faced by the University of Michigan students recently finished training the staff of Circ Bar. Raise the Bar— created in 2016 by the University of Michigan’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center— is a program that hosts interactive workshops to educate staff on
Facing a $10.3 million shortfall for the Community Mental Health budget that commissioners say is due to underfunding from the state, Washtenaw County will avoid cutting services by cutting $2.63 million from the general fund through decreasing employee compensation and employer medical benefit costs. A hiring freeze is already in place. Additional funding will be
The Ypsilanti City Council approved the purchase of an apartment building at 206-210 N. Washington to be converted into affordable housing. The building’s interior suffered significant damage in a 2017 fire. The previous owner’s failure to make repairs, estimated at $1.5 million, and subsequent delinquency in taxes on the abandoned property lead to its foreclosure.
The Washtenaw County Historic District received a $15,000 grant to complete the ongoing Reconnaissance Level Survey of Northfield Township, which aims to document the historical resources in Northfield Township and evaluate its architectural and historical significance, by September 2020. “Northfield Township has a rich agricultural and social history,” said Washtenaw County Commissioner Sue Shink. “Many
Alize Asberry Payne was named Washtenaw County’s first-ever Racial Equity Officer in July, a position that was created after county commissioners passed Washtenaw’s racial equity ordinance. Payne, with over 20 years of experience in community organizing and programming, mostly in San Francisco but for the last three years in Detroit, will be tasked with “address(ing)