Windy City Snaps Sliders Five Game Win Streak

May 31, 2009 by  
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Minor league baseball is coming to Ypsilanti in 2009

The Windy City Thunderbolts belted 17 hits on way to trouncing the Midwest Sliders 15-4. Chris Rollins suffered his first loss for the Sliders allowing seven runs but only five were earned.

Dustin Pease picks up his second win going 5 1/3 with six strikeouts and two earned runs. The loss ends the Sliders five game winning streak.

The Thunderbolts dominated scoring in every inning but the sixth, while the Sliders scratched four runs off nine hits. Jimmy Baker hit his third home run of the season while he went 3-4 with two RBI’s for Midwest.

Saturday’s game drops the Midwest Sliders to 6-3 but are still tied for first in the East Division. James Albury starts for the Sliders on Sunday tomorrow against Ross Strout in the series rubber match at 2:05 p.m. at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium.

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Sliders win home opener in Ypsilanti

May 30, 2009 by  
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Minor league baseball is coming to Ypsilanti in 2009

Two huge innings lift the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti over the Windy City Thunderbolts 9-6 on Friday night. In Ypsilanti’s first home professional baseball game since 1913, the Sliders belted 16 hits to send the crowd home happy.

The Sliders scored three in the second, and six in the third which was all they needeed. Jonnie Knoble’s two run double in the second brought in Ralph Rosas and Dom Lombardi. After that Roberto Mena sacrifice fly brought in Jeremy Jones from third.

In the third, the Sliders hit around, with six hits highlighted by Lombardi’s two run double. Knoble went 2-4 with a double and three RBI’s. Jones batted 3-3 with a walk, double, and RBI.

Dexter native Mike Penn (2,0) received the win, pitching five innings, allowing 12 hits, four runs, while striking out three. Shane Zegarac suffered the loss for the Thunderbolts. Earl Oakes came in for the ninth striking out two on his way to his fourth save of the season.

Righthander Chris Rollins will take the mound Saturday for the Sliders in the second game of the series at 6:05 p.m. held at EMU’s Oestrike stadium. Sliders are 6-2 for the season.

Attendance was estimated at 200.

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Video: Watch entire Ypsilanti Human Relations Committee meeting May 28, 2009

May 29, 2009 by  
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The Human Relations Committee met on Thursday, May 28, 2009 and voted to ask the Ypsilanti City Council to change the name of the Ypsitucky music festival.

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Video: DTCDC Director speaks after HRC recommends name change for Ypsitucky event

May 29, 2009 by  
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Erik Dotzauer, Executive Director Depot Town Community Development Corporation, talks with reporters after the Ypsilanti Human Relations Commission meeting. The HRC had earlier passed a resolution suggesting the City Council meet with the DTCDC to change the name of the Ypsitucky Jamboree.

View letter to HRC from DTCDC from May 20, 2009.

Ypsilanti Human Relations Commission asks City Council to change name of Ypsitucky music event (Update1)

May 28, 2009 by  
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ypsituckyjamThe Ypsilanti Human Relations Commission met on Thursday evening to discuss the Ypsitucky Jamboree. Citizens had complained to the HRC in April that the word “ypsitucky” was a pejorative and offensive. The HRC held a special meeting on May 18 to hear both sides of the issue.

The HRC convened a second special meeting 10 days later to discuss the matter.

The second meeting held on Thursday, May 28 in City Council chambers opened with audience participation. Unlike the first meeting, during this second meeting no one spoke in favor of the Ypsitucky name.

The commission did hear from a number of citizens and business owners opposed to the name. There were 19 people in the audience including three reporters from the Ann Arbor News, Ypsilanti Citizen, and YpsiNews.

CDC Executive Director Erik Dotzauer and CDC Attorney Cameron Getto were in attendance. Neither spoke during audience participation.

After hearing from the public, the HRC discussed the matter for nearly 45 minutes.

The HRC then passed a resolution asking the City Council to meet with the Depot Town Community Development Corporation and change the name of the Ypsitucky Jamboree scheduled in September 2009. The HRC passed the resolution on a 6-0 vote. Board Chair Clifford Larkins was not at the meeting.

The HRC also said if the DTCDC rejects the name change, the City Council should exercise their oversight powers under the contract with the CDC.

Read the complete HRC resolution.

Update1: June 3, 2009 Clarified story to indicate the HRC held two special meetings on the 18th and again on the 28th. At the second meeting, no one spoke in favor of the Ypsitucky name or event.

Ypsilanti DDA Director resigns

May 22, 2009 by  
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Brian VosburgYpsilanti Downtown Development Authority Director Brian Vosburg resigned Thursday morning after a closed door session with DDA board members. The meeting was closed at the request of Vosburg.

Under Michigan law, an employee can request that a meeting to discuss personnel matters be closed to the public.

Vosburg was coming up on his third year anniversary in June and the DDA board had scheduled their annual performance review of the director.

Calls to Vosburg and the DDA office were not returned.

No reason was given for the resignation. The Ypsilanti Citizen reported on Thursday the resignation was effective immediately.

Video: Watch complete Ypsilanti Human Relations Committee Ypsitucky meeting

May 19, 2009 by  
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The Human Relations Committee met on Monday to hear both sides of the continuing debate over the use of the word Ypsitucky to promote a Labor Day music festival sponsored by the Depot Town Community Development Corporation.

Officials from the DTCDC told the commission it was too late to change the name, they were already promoting the event.

The commission decided to schedule another meeting as soon as possible to continue the discussion.

Video: Commission meets on Ypsitucky name for music festival, decides on nothing

May 18, 2009 by  
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The Human Relations Committee met this evening to hear both sides of the continuing debate over the use of the word Ypsitucky to promote a Labor Day music festival sponsored by the Depot Town Community Development Corporation. The commission decided to schedule another meeting as soon as possible to continue the discussion.

Officials from the DTCDC told the commission it was too late to change the name, they were already promoting the event.

HRC Chair Cliff Larkins talks after the meeting how the issue came before the commission.

Correction: Mr. Larkins name is misspelled in the title of the video. The error is ours and we apologize to Mr. Larkins for misspelling his name.