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Wyandotte Arts Center Wins Award
Posted: December 2, 2010

Keep Michigan Beautiful Awards went to a handful of Downriver sites this year, including an arts center, two industrial plants and a dental office.

A Michigan Plaque, the statewide group's second-place honor, went to The Wyandotte Community Arts Center, home of the Downriver Council for the Arts.

Click here to read the full story.

 

Wyandotte DDA Announces the Availability of Grants For Businesses in the DDA District
and the Awards Granted To Date
Posted: November 29, 2010

WYANDOTTE – Brandon Wescott, Director of the City of Wyandotte Downtown Development Authority (DDA) announced today that grants are available to businesses in the DDA District, and since inception of the program in June 2010, $24,661.67 has been granted to local businesses with $49,661.67 being obligated once conditions of the program are met. The businesses to date that have received awards are: Angelina’s Mexican Restaurant, Cheesecake Magic, Riverside Yarn Gallery, The Gallery Building LLC, and Total Health Foods.

Mayor Peterson notes: “Our downtown offers many attractive features including the riverfront, a world class hospital, and enjoyable nightlife. We have a beautiful streetscape with excellent landscaping, one-of-a-kind merchants, and an abundance of City-sponsored events. Wyandotte is open for business and has the reputation of being one of the most business-friendly municipalities to work and do business with."

Chairwoman Slack notes: “Wyandotte is a wonderful place to do business. It is filled with the entrepreneurial spirit and even the smallest, most unique shops survive in these trying times so we hope that we find more of us….. those who have great ideas and the drive to make them happen. That is what this grant is all about.”

Wescott notes: “Since inception of this program it has been a very good tool to aid businesses in locating to Downtown Wyandotte. It has certainly helped out the business mix in the Downtown, and has also improved the look of a few buildings greatly as well.”

Members of the public wishing to get more information on the program can contact Brandon Wescott of the Wyandotte DDA at (734) 324-4506 or bwescott@wyan.org.

Mission Statement
The Wyandotte Downtown Development Authority shall initiate and coordinate downtown development through design, business recruitment, promotion and the effective use of private and public space for an attractive, festive downtown atmosphere. Adopted – January 9th, 2006.

 

Wyandotte DDA Announces the Re-Dedication of the Wyandotte Totem Pole
Posted:  November 9, 2010

Brandon Wescott, Director of the City of Wyandotte Downtown Development Authority (DDA) announced today that anyone interested in attending the re-dedication of the Wyandotte Totem Pole is welcome to attend at the southwest corner of Eureka Road and Biddle Avenue on December 6th, 2010 at 4:30 pm. There will be a reception following at the Wyandotte Arts Center, 81 Chestnut Street, Wyandotte, MI 48192. Please RSVP as space may be limited.

Mayor Peterson notes: “2010 has been an exciting year in Wyandotte with the opening of the Wyandotte Art Center, the dedication of the Purple Heart Memorial Garden and now, the re-dedication of the Wyandotte Totem Pole. We are grateful to George Gouth and everyone involved in the restoration of this Wyandotte landmark."

George Gouth notes: “I was a part of the original installation as the Wyandotte Totem Pole was a gift to the City from the Wyandotte Savings Bank for their Centennial Celebration. It was dedicated on July 5th, 1971, and ever since I have had a personal love for what the Totem Pole represented and meant to this community. When the opportunity became available to give the Totem Pole a 39 year facelift, we were more than ready to take on this major renovation. We began this project one year ago, and the experience has been very exciting and invigorating.”

Wescott notes: “The Wyandotte Totem Pole is a landmark in this community. Without the tremendous volunteer involvement of George Gouth and the help of several businesses, elected officials, organizations, departments, and individuals, this Wyandotte icon may have ended. We are blessed to have people in this community that truly care about the future of the city while continually working to keep the things we cherish available for future generations to appreciate.”

Members of the public wishing to attend the re-dedication ceremony are asked to come to the southwest corner of Eureka and Biddle at 4:30 PM on Monday December 6th, 2010. If members of the public would like to attend the reception afterwards, please contact Brandon Wescott of the Wyandotte DDA to RSVP at (734) 324-4506 or bwescott@wyan.org as space may be limited.

Mission Statement
The Wyandotte Downtown Development Authority shall initiate and coordinate downtown development through design, business recruitment, promotion and the effective use of private and public space for an attractive, festive downtown atmosphere. Adopted – January 9th, 2006.

 

Wyandotte Arts Center Funding
Posted:  October 2, 2010

These historic rehabilitation projects are the keystones to our country’s heritage – once abandoned structures that used to be lively theaters, bustling department stores, and productive mills — transformed through NTCIC into 21st Century icons of economic development and job creation by saving our past.

Click here to read the full story.

Fall Harvest Cake is Tops
Posted:  September 29, 2010

Eighteen cooks whipped up everything from salsa to soup using fresh ingredients and entered their dishes in last weekend’s Blue Ribbon Culinary Contest in Wyandotte.

Click here to read the full story.

 

Silver Star Recipient Honored with Military Flyover
Posted: September 23, 2010

It seems only fitting that Samuel Guy Precopio died on Patriot Day — Sept. 11.

After all, Precopio, 85, was a patriot of the highest order, a former Marine who risked his life by taking wounded troops to safety in a famous World War II battle and earned a Silver Star.

Click here to read the full story.

 

Exchange Program Brings Japanese Visitors To City
Posted: September 23, 2010

A lot has changed since 1963, the year the city began an exchange program with Komaki, Japan.

At that time, Wyandotte and Komaki had similar populations. Today, the residential suburb of Nagoya has grown to about 150,000 residents while Wyandotte has shrunk to about 27,000 people.

Click here to read the full story.

 

City’s Social Media Push Drawing Fans
Posted: September 22, 2010

The city is increasing its online presence in an effort to keep residents up to the minute with events going on around town. Special Projects Coordinator Natalie Rankine is spearheading two different initiatives.

Click here to read the full story.

 

Wyandotte Farmers Market: Blue Ribbon Culinary Contest Winners Announced
Posted: September 20, 2010

The Wyandotte Farmers Market Blue Ribbon Culinary Contest was held on September 16th and September 17th. Contestants purchased 2 or more items at the Wyandotte Farmers Market on Thursday and prepared them, along with other ingredients, into various culinary creations. Judging was held at the Wyandotte Farmers Market site in conjunction with the Wyandotte Business Associations Third Friday Downtown Beer Bash festivities. The winners are as follows:
3rd Place: D’lon Schneider of Taylor, Michigan - Chunky Apple Butterscotch Cake, 2nd Place: Heather Holton of Wyandotte - Basil-Tomato Tart and 1st Place: Martha Laviolette of South Rockwood - Fall Harvest Cake. In all, there were 18 submissions. “I was very pleased with high level of participation in this event, given the fact that we had a terrible storm on Market Day”, said Natalie Rankine, Special Projects Coordinator for the City of Wyandotte, “We plan to host the contest in the 2011 Season, and will likely expand the contest to include categories”. Monogrammed blue ribbons and baskets full of Farmers Market goodies were awarded to the first, second and third place winners. The winners will also be asked to sit on our Blue Ribbon panel of judges for our 2011 Contest. In addition, the following Market Vendors from whom the winning ingredients were purchased will win two weeks free rent at our 2011 Farmers Market: Gardenland, Giaer Farms, DTL Herbs Limited, Springbrook Gardens & Vandalia Gardens.

Each contestant was given an entry number, so that the judging would be blind and the dishes were graded on a scale from 1 to 5 on Presentation, Flavor, Texture, Use of Ingredients and Originality. Our 2010 Judges were: City of Wyandotte Mayor Joseph Peterson, Wyandotte Police Chief Daniel Grant, Ken Bearden, Arta Chiparo and Judy Trupiano, all of Wyandotte.

“The concept of a Downtown Farmers Market in the City of Wyandotte has been an enormous success, and we are delighted that the Downtown Development Authority has voted to keep the Market open until October 28th”, said Natalie Rankine, Special Projects Coordinator for the City of Wyandotte. The Market will provide harvest fare; squash, apples, pumpkins and plans are being made for a Farmers Market pumpkin patch in October. The Market is open each Thursday from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm. You may visit www.wyandottefarmersmarket.com for more information about the Wyandotte Farmers Market.

 

Produce Donations For Needy Being Accepted At Farmers' Market
Posted: September 13, 2010

The Wyandotte Farmers' Market has partnered with Project Produce and is inviting customers to help needy families in the community by donating produce. The market began collecting the food Aug. 26.

Click here to read the full story.

 

67th Christmas Parade
Posted: September 9, 2010

WHAT: CITY OF WYANDOTTE 67TH CHRISTMAS PARADE

Applications currently being accepted for this year’s Christmas Parade

WHEN: November 20, 2010
10:00 am – Downtown Wyandotte, Biddle Ave.

EVENT DETAILS:

The City of Wyandotte is not accepting applications for the 67th Christmas Parade. All applicants are asked to have a “Christmas” or “Winter Wonderland” theme. All bands and musical entries are asked to perform “Christmas Music “only.
DEADLIINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS IS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2010

WHO: For information, please contact Heather Thiede in the Special Events Office at (734) 324-4502 or email info@wyan.org. Click here for a PDF application.

 

Blue Ribbon Culinary Contest to Coincide with Region's Newest Market
Posted:  August 18, 2010

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack proclaimed Aug. 1 to 7 as National Farmers' Market Week, the 11th year it's been observed.

Click here to read the full story.

 

City Dedicates Museum Campus in Downtown Area
Posted:  August 18, 2010

In many ways, the city's purchase of the 1908 Burns Home was a perfect fit. The house at 2624 Biddle Ave. sits between the historic Ford-MacNichol and Marx homes, tying the houses together to form a museum campus.

Click here to read the full story (with video)

 

Wyandotte Farmers' Market Gives Back
Posted:  August 16, 2010

Beginning August 26th, the Wyandotte Farmer’s Market will be collecting fresh produce for the needy. The Farmers Market is partnering with Project Produce and is inviting Market customers to help needy families in the community by donating produce. Project Produce is the brainchild of Sherry Duquet and Sandy Boulton, of Dearborn. Project Produce is a weekly venture during the Dearborn Farmers and Artisan Market every Friday. The idea is simple: Farmers Markets supply a cart where patrons can donate produce each week. “Residents and customers of the Market are urged to bring produce to share from their own gardens at home or to buy extra produce while in the Market to donate to the Project” said Duquet, Project co-founder. Duquet continued, “Seeing the Project grow to the Wyandotte Farmer’s Market is a wonderful message about how caring our communities are, helping others.” The Wyandotte expansion of the Project Produce will supply our own Waynewright Community Meals with fresh produce donations every Thursday from June through September. Waynewright Community Meals is operated by the First Congregational church on Wednesdays and Saturdays each week. The trademark ‘Pink” Project Produce cart will be on-site beginning August 26th. The Wyandotte Farmers Market is also seeking volunteers to oversee the Project Produce donation cart for the upcoming 2011 season.

In addition to Project Produce, other special events are being planned in conjunction with the Market. One such event is the Blue Ribbon Culinary Contest scheduled for Thursday, September 16th and Friday September 17th. This event will operate in conjunction with Wyandotte Business Association’s Third Friday for September. To participate in the contest, you must purchase two or more ingredients at the Wyandotte Farmers Market on September 16th, prepare a culinary creation with your ingredients and bring your culinary creation back to the Third Friday on September 17th for judging. Prizes will be awarded to winning contestants and vendors. You must register at the Market on Thursday, September 16th in order to participate. You may visit www.wyandottefarmersmarket.com for more information about this event, the Wyandotte Farmers Market and how you can become a Project Produce volunteer.

The Wyandotte Farmers Market is one of the newest additions to the Downtown area. The City’s Downtown Development Authority has partnered with Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency in Wyandotte to coordinate and oversee the market. The Farmers' Market offers an array of fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, baked goods and dairy products. All products sold at the market are either grown locally or include ingredients that are grown locally. The Market is located at the corner of Elm and First Street. The Market is open each Thursday from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm.

 

The All-New Wyandotte Farmers Market Celebrates National Farmers Market Week
Posted:  July 30, 2010

United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has proclaimed August 1-7, 2010 as National Farmers Market Week. This year marks the 11th annual National Farmers Market Week. Since the USDA began declaring National Farmers Market Week in 2000, the number of farmers markets has almost doubled, from 2,863 markets in 2000 to 5,274 in 2009.

According to the USDA, The Wyandotte Farmers Market is one of the approximately 6,000 in the country operating in 2010. The Wyandotte Farmers Market is one of the newest additions to the downtown area. The City’s Downtown Development Authority has partnered with Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency in Wyandotte to coordinate and oversee the markets. The Farmers' Market offers an array of fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, baked goods and dairy products. All products sold at the market are either grown locally or include ingredients that are grown locally. The Market is located at the corner of Elm and First Street, at the site of the old Wyandotte Theatre. The Market is open each Thursday from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm. “The Market is in its infancy, but attendance throughout the summer has been on a steady incline and the market will continue to grow in the coming years”, says Natalie Rankine the Special Projects Coordinator for the City of Wyandotte “In addition, we are exploring the possibility of constructing a permanent market facility on the Market site or around the downtown”.

“Farmers markets are good for you for health, good for your community, and good for the economy” says Stacy Miller, Executive Director of the Farmers Market Coalition, a nonprofit organization supporting farmers markets across the country. “During Farmers Market Week, we invite everyone to celebrate the freshest foods from America’s most entrepreneurial farmers by supporting their local farmers markets.”

In addition to the weekly market, special events are being planned in conjunction with the Market. One such event is the Blue Ribbon Culinary Contest scheduled for Thursday, September 16th and Friday September 17th. This event will run in conjunction with Wyandotte Business Association’s Third Friday, the following day. To participate in the contest, you must purchase two or more ingredients at the Wyandotte Farmers Market on September 16th, prepare a culinary creation with your ingredients and bring your item back to the Third Friday on September 17th for judging. Prizes will be awarded to winning contestants and vendors. You must register at the Market on Thursday, September 16th in order to participate. You may visit www.wyandottefarmersmarket.com for more information about this event, as the date draws closer.

 

FIND ART IN WYANDOTTE! 49TH WYANDOTTE STREET FAIR - JULY 7TH -10TH, 2010
Posted:  June 30, 2010

WHAT: 49th Annual Wyandotte Street Art Fair
DATES & TIMES: Wednesday, July 7 – Saturday, July 10
Open daily from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm – Entertainment until 11:00 pm

FEATURES: Over 200,000 visitors, 350 fine artists, 25 restaurants, and a multitude of local merchants.
As the second largest fine art fair in the State of Michigan, the 49th Wyandotte Street Art Fair attracts fine artists from across the state, region and nation to showcase their work, and offers a platform to expand community awareness of the creative arts through a quality event that provides cultural enrichment to all ages in a fun and festive environment. Highlights for this year’s street art fair include:

The News Herald Children’s Area: A family fun children’s activity area opens 10:00 am-9:00 pm daily. All artists in the fair have been asked to donate at least one piece of art for purchase by children 12 and younger, with prices ranging from $1 to $5 dollars. With the goal of helping younger children to begin developing an appreciation of the arts, proceeds support the Wyandotte Street Art Fair Committee’s annual art scholarship.

Entertainment: Visitors can enjoy an eclectic selection of talent on 2 stages, both day and night. Headliners on the Riverfront Stage include: Square Pegz on Thursday night at 8:00 pm, Fifty Amp Fuse on Friday night at 8:00 pm, and The Look followed by Holling D on Saturday night at 8:00 pm.

Food: Enjoy the tastes from over 25 fair food vendors. Typical fair food and beverages like elephant ears and fresh squeezed lemonade will be joined by newcomers, such as Joe’s Hamburger’s – a new spot for “sliders” developed by Wyandotte resident Jeremy Sladovnik who built the restaurant in honor of his grandfather, longtime resident Joe Kuzia.

Retro Row: Put on your favorite tie dyed shirt, bell bottoms and mini skirts and join us near the corner of Biddle and Sycamore for a blast from the 60’s past at Retro Row.

Non-Profits: Dedicated to fostering a community of active and responsible citizens, the Wyandotte Street Art Fair invites local non-profit organizations to set up displays showcasing the programs and services offered to help children and families throughout our community.

Find “Art”: The official Wyandotte Street Fair logo named “Art” is one of the earliest creative images representing the fair. Arts likeness was found on an early Art Street Fair poster in the archival collections of the Wyandotte Museum. Again this year, “Art” will be hidden among the art. Find “Art” and bring him back to the Information Booth to win an official “Find Art in Wyandotte” keepsake magnet.

Wyandotte Business Association (WBA) Crafter’s Alley: Located on First Street and Maple, Crafter’s Alley is sponsored by the WBA and offers a variety of hand-made crafts and gifts.

Sponsors: Canvas Sponsors (primary) for the 2010 Wyandotte Street Art Fair include The News Herald newspaper and Central Distributors of Beer. Additional sponsors will be displaying and selling their products at 14 sponsor booths along Biddle Ave. near Elm and Maple Streets.

A new Friend of the Fair sponsorship was created for 2010. Become a friend of the fair – donations are appreciated no matter what the size. Donors names are listed on the website and receive a window cling to show that they support the arts in Wyandotte.

 

May 2010 Wayne County Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) Newsletter
Posted:  June 3, 2010

Spotlight on Wyandotte

Purple Heart Memorial Unveiled on May 31, 2010
Updated:  June 1, 2010 and June 15, 2010

Government officials and onlookers deliver a big round of applause as the newly bronzed Purple Heart statue is unveiled in a Monday afternoon ceremony in Wyandotte.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-13th District) presented a flag that flew over the nation's capital to Mayor Joseph Peterson.

June 15, 2010 - Click here to read the full story - Daily Herald (with video)
June 15, 2010 - Click here to read the full story - Downriver Sunday Times
May 31, 2010 - Click here to read the full story - The News Herald

 

Capitol Flag To Fly Over Wyandotte Purple Heart Monument
Posted: May 18, 2010

On Memorial Day, May 31st at 4:00 p.m. Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick will present an American Flag that flew over the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. to Mayor Joseph Peterson of the City of Wyandotte to fly over the newly restored Purple Heart Statue and Memorial Garden. Originally dedicated by Michigan Governor Harry Kelly in 1943 during the World War II, the statue was designed and sculpted by Isadore DeBiasi of River Rouge. Wyandotte has the distinguished honor of being the first city in the country to which the National Military Order of the Purple Heart commissioned and donated a monument of this type. The statue, which was originally cast in limestone, was re-cast in bronze, which will insure that it is preserved for generations to come.

The restoration project originated when Dave Polczynski, of the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, himself a Purple Heart recipient and Vietnam veteran, approached the city’s Beautification Commission to help restore the crumbling statue. Fundraising was accomplished through selling engraved paver bricks and by the generous donations of many sponsors. All told, $250,000.00 has been raised for this project, and over 500 engraved pavers have been placed in the garden.

The rededication has several components. The various veterans’ organizations from Wyandotte will conduct a flag raising ceremony with the assistance of the Boy Scouts and active duty servicemen from each branch of the military. Along with the United States’ flag from the Capitol Building, there are flags representing the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, the State of Michigan, and the POW/MIA banner. The Roosevelt High School A Capella Choir and the Marching Chiefs will perform patriotic music while the flags are posted. Students from Garfield Elementary School (who raised $1200.00 for the project) will lead the pledge of allegiance. Arrangements have been made for a military flyover.

Present at the ceremony will be representatives from the National Order of the Purple Heart, the State of Michigan, and the City of Wyandotte. Congresswoman Kilpatrick will speak at the event.

 

Making History: Ribbon cutting welcomes DCA to arts center
Posted:  May 8, 2010

A historic building with a long record of bringing the arts to Wyandotte will serve that purpose once again.

The new Wyandotte Community Arts Center officially came to life with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday afternoon.

Click here to read the full story.

 

Time Capsule Buried at Site of Purple Heart Statue
Posted:  May 5, 2010

The Wyandotte Beautification Commission has been working to restore the statue, Biddle Avenue at Superior Boulevard. Motorists who pass by the area can see the garden taking shape as the deadline for a Memorial Day dedication ceremony approaches.

Click here to read the full story.

 

The Roaring 20's Bootleggers' Bash
Posted:  March 12, 2010

The Roaring '20s: Bootleggers' Bash swings as first event at DCA's new art center March 11th, 2010

The Downriver days of rum-running and the Purple Gang didn't seem quite so long ago during the Downriver Council for the Arts' Roaring '20s Bootleggers' Bash. The snazzy soiree brought the heyday of the Jazz Age back to life last Friday at the Wyandotte Arts Center.

Click here to read the full story.

 

Wyandotte 2010 Street Art Fair Scholarship
Posted: February 16, 2010

WHAT: CITY OF WYANDOTTE - 2010 STREET ART FAIR $1000 SCHOLARSHIP

WHO: Students eligible for the scholarship must be a resident of Wyandotte and be a high school senior for the 2009/2010 school year.

HOW: Applications can be found on the City of Wyandotte’s website or by obtaining an application from the school’s art teacher. Applications must include:

1. Application
2. A portfolio of works ( 5 minimum, 10 maximum)
3. Recommendation letters from one art teacher, two academic teachers and/or counselors, and one citizen.

WHEN: DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MARCH 22, 2010
Completed submissions must be dropped off at the Mayor’s Office on the 2nd Floor of City Hall, 3131 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte,  MI 48192

Funds for the scholarship were derived from the 2009 Street Art Fair Children’s Emporium and Art Fair receipts. Each participating artist was encouraged to donate an item suitable for purchase by children ages 12 and under. The purpose of the Emporium is to instill art appreciation for school aged students. The 2010 Wyandotte Street Art Fair Jury will judge the entries and scoring will be anonymous. The following criteria will be used for evaluation and scoring of each entry: Creativity, Composition, Technique, and Originality. The winner will be notified by April 12, 2010.

 

City Approves Five-Year Strategic Plan
Posted: January 28, 2010

City officials have approved a five-year strategic plan not as a mandate, but as a guideline to keep them pointed in the right direction.

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Hundreds Come Out To Honor Red Wings' Announcer
Posted: January 28, 2010

The Mayor of Wyandotte presented famed Red Wings’ announcer, Budd Lynch with the Key to the City on Friday night at the Downriver Italian American Club.

Click here to read the full story

 

 

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