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Purple Heart Memorial Garden wins President’s Award

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Veterans plan Memorial to Honor World War II Vets

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Glass apple returns to city
October 31, 2011

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Apple of the Entire City’s Eye
October 19th, 2011

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Award Winning Apple to Return to Wyandotte
October 18, 2011

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Animal Rescue Group Restoring Victorian Home
September 6, 2011

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Super-sized Decorated Apple Featured at Farmers Market
August 25, 2011

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Apple of Her Eye
August 27th, 2011

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Apple Has Sprouted Up in Downtown Wyandotte
August 23rd, 2011

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Volunteers Help Downtown Wyandotte Shine
August 12, 2011

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Weekly Farmers Markets begin this week
June 15th, 2011

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Wyandotte now offers ADA Accessible Kayak launch
June 14, 2011

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Blessings in a Backpack Helps Students in Need
June 9, 2011

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Wyandotte Farmers Market Promises Fresh Produce
June 3, 2011

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Roosevelt High School Marching Chiefs perform in Indianapolis 500 Parade
May 30th, 2011

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Wyandotte Marching Chiefs Are Revved Up and Ready to Perform at Indianapolis 500 This Weekend
May 28, 2011

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DIA To Bring Reproductions of Masterpieces in 2012
May 28, 2011

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Detroit Institute Of Arts Brings Masterpieces To Wyandotte:
Life-Like Reproductions Of Art From DIA Displayed Outdoors Throughout Metro Detroit

May 20, 2011, (Wyandotte)—The Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) Inside/Out project, which debuted last fall, is back by popular demand. Last year, the DIA brought 40 reproductions of paintings from its collection to the streets and parks of the greater metro Detroit area.

Celebrating the richness and diversity of the museum’s extensive collection, the project connected with audiences outside the traditional museum walls in a grand, open air gallery. The unique exhibition aims to connect with audiences outside the museum walls, treating metro Detroit as a grand, open-air gallery, according to DIA officials.

Each reproduction painting is displayed in an ornate frame, accompanied by an information plaque. Some of the reproductions hang on walls at shops and restaurants while others are on free-standing posts at parks. One such work, a framed reproduction of Caravaggio’s c.1598 masterpiece, “The Conversion of the Magdalen,” spent several months last year gracing the walls outside of Wyandotte’s own Biddle Gallery as part of the program’s inaugural season.

Inside/Out was so successful that the museum has expanded its scope. There will be four three-month installations: June–August and September–November 2011, and April–June and July–September 2012. In addition, the number of artworks has increased from 40 to 80, and while last year the works were spread throughout different cities, this year seven pieces will be clustered within walking or bike-riding distance in each participating community.

We are thrilled with the positive response we received from last year’s project,” said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director. “People have expressed their surprise and delight at seeing a masterpiece where they’d least expect it—in a downtown shopping area, at a beach, or at a dog park. We are excited about bringing more of our amazing collection out into the community, and we hope people will be inspired to come to the DIA to see ‘the real thing’.”

Natalie Rankine, Downtown Development Authority Director for the City of Wyandotte, along with Patt Slack, DDA President and local gallery owner, and Jody Chansuolme, Director of Museums and Cultural Affairs for the City, met with the DIA to discuss bringing the program to the City. Wyandotte will host eight works for art on exhibit from April to June, 2012. Working together with the DIA to arrange this installation, Rankine is enthusiastic about the program: “Wyandotte is honored to be selected by the DIA to once again participate in this exciting and innovative program. Showcasing the fine art of this prestigious institution in Downtown Wyandotte will not only bring a unique aesthetic to the community, but provide an engaging cultural experience to our citizens and visitors as we bring this museum to the streets.”

Adding an additional interactive element to the program, Rankine will also be working with the DIA to develop public programs to coincide with Inside/Out, including a walking tour, lectures and interactive social media elements. Chansuolme adds: “We look forward to collaborating with the DIA staff to create engaging and educational public programs that will coincide with our City’s 2012 schedule of special events, including the Wyandotte Street Art Fair and the Wyandotte Museums’ Heritage Event Series.”

The art work to be displayed in the community is selected by the staff at the DIA from their collection, taking into consideration the scale of the piece and its intended location, and the aesthetics and culture of the chosen community. Decisions are currently being made as to the exact locations where the reproductions will be installed. Once that is determined, participating sites will be featured on an interactive map on the DIA’s website.


City Raises Money for Japanese Sister City
May 6th, 2011

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Wyandotte Street Art Fair 50th Anniversary
May 2nd, 2011

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City Hires Administrator
April 20th, 2011

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Making a Change: Teens organize benefit concert for Children’s Charity
April 20th, 2011

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Wyandotte Children Give Fundraiser for Japan a Big Boost
April 18th, 2011

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PBS Show to Feature Wyandotte Businesses
April 15th, 2011

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WYANDOTTE: New DDA director has big plans
April 4, 2011

WYANDOTTE  - The Downtown Development Authority has a new director.

As expected, the DDA voted March 22 to hire Natalie Rankine to replace Brandon Wescott. The hiring received the City Council's approval Monday.

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WHEN: March 28th, 2011
RELEASE DATE: March 29TH, 2011

Natalie Rankine has been named Wyandotte’s new Downtown Development Authority Executive Director.

As executive director of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Rankine will coordinate activities and promote the downtown area through public relations initiatives, promotion, new business, projects and events. She will also serve as a liaison to downtown merchants in coordination with the Wyandotte Business Association.

A graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School, Rankine holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture (’95) and a Bachelor of Architecture (’97) degree in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University. She is also a licensed architect in the State of Michigan. Rankine has worked as a project director for both CDPA Architects and Ellis/Naeyaert/Genheimer (now Harley Ellis Devereaux) and most recently as the City’s special projects coordinator, a position to which she has worked since 2008. She has experience in architectural and graphic design, planning, event coordination and marketing.

“Natalie has always been a proud citizen of Wyandotte and she’s genuinely cared for this city and only wishes for it to improve. She began her time here as a volunteer and was eventually brought on as staff. Natalie has constantly proved how essential she is to this city and we know that only great things will come of this new responsibility.” said Mayor Joseph Peterson

As a result of the position, the Downtown Development Authority office will be moved to the Historic Burns Home located at 2624 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte.

Rankine replaces Brandon Wescott, who left the position in February 2011.


Roosevelt Alums to be Inducted in School's Hall of Fame
March 22nd, 2011

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The City of Wyandotte Honors Roosevelt Bears with a parade
March 19th, 2011

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Roosevelt’s Gerald Mayhew named Mr. Hockey 2011
March 19th, 2011

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Collection to Benefit the American Red Cross' Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund
March 18, 2011

WHEN: March 18, 2011 – April 8, 2011

EVENT DETAILS: On March 11, 2011, Japan was hit by its largest recorded earthquake and a 32‐foot high tsunami. As of this morning, the official death toll is over 3,000 with several thousand injured and even more missing. However, Japanese officials estimate the number of deaths and missing persons will rise to the tens of thousands. Since the disaster, millions have been without food, water and electricity.

The City of Wyandotte has a strong tie to Japan through our long‐standing relationship with Komaki, our sister‐city in Aichi Prefecture. Komaki felt aftershocks rippling from the 9.0 magnitude earthquake. Not to mention, her citizens are mourning for the losses in their country.

As a gesture of goodwill towards our sister‐city, the City of Wyandotte is working in conjunction with the American Red Cross to organize a formal collection, specifically for the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Fund.

Collection tins that have been placed in several businesses and city buildings. The American Red Cross is a 501c3 not‐for‐profit organization. To make a tax‐deductible donation, please send checks or money orders made payable to the American Red Cross to:

The Wyandotte Museums
2624 Biddle Avenue
Wyandotte, MI 48192

Donations may also be dropped off in person at the same location Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Thank you in advance for all of your support!

For information, please contact Sarah Schwochow at the Wyandotte Museums, 734-324-7284 or email


HOCKEY: Bears bask in glow of first state title
March 16th, 2011

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Parade to Honor Hockey State Champs
March 15, 2011

The City of Wyandotte will host a parade on Friday, March 18, 2011 to honor the Wyandotte Roosevelt Hockey Team. On Saturday, March 12, Head Coach, Mike Quint led the Wyandotte Bears to a 4-1 victory over the Brother Rice Warriors of Bloomfield Hills. According to Tom DeSana, Athletic Director of Wyandotte Public Schools, “This is the first State Championship ever held in the District. We are thrilled.” The parade will begin at 6:00 pm and will march down Sycamore East to Biddle Avenue to Elm Street. The parade will be led by representatives from the Wyandotte Marching Chiefs. Attendees and those along the parade route are encouraged decorate in Blue and Gold to show their support for the team. Coaches, players, Mayor Peterson and Elected Officials will also be present to congratulate the staff and players. Roosevelt High School students dressed in blue and gold are encouraged to march in the parade. Those who wish to participate should meet at the Yack Arena parking lot at 5:30 pm.

The celebratory parade is being held in conjunction with The Wyandotte Business Association’s Third Friday: Browse, Brews and a Bit o' the Blarney. Downtown businesses will be open later than usual on Friday night. More information about Third Friday may be found on the Wyandotte Business Associations website at or (734) 324-4514.

At the conclusion of the Parade, an invitation-only dinner is being held for the players, which is generously sponsored by Daly Merritt Insurance Agency.

For information, please contact Heather Thiede in the Special Events Office, 734-324‐4502 or email

Wyandotte Woman is Downriver Idol Finalist
February 25th, 2011

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