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Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village

It’s that time of year again!!!

Step back in time to a turn-of-the-20th century Hallowe’en. Follow an endless path of hand-carved jack-o-lanterns and meet colorful characters along the way. Feel the whoosh as the headless horseman rides by, banter with a clever witch, and make stops at several treat stations spread throughout Greenfield Village. It’s frightfully fun for the whole family! Members of The Henry Ford receive discount admission and an exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets in advance.

Program highlights

  • 800 hand-carved jack-o-lanterns light your way.
  • The spirits of Greenfield Village come to life as you are surrounded by the eerie sights and sounds of Hallowe’en past.
  • Pass through 11 themed treat stations.
  • Come across fun and colorful characters, and be sure to bring your camera!
  • Dress outrageously or come as you are.
  • Visit our Hallowe’en Shop in Liberty Craftworks for this year’s souvenir T-Shirt and Hallowe’en collectibles.
  • Enjoy delicious meals and snacks at Taste of History or the Guild Beer Hall along the way.
  • Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village treat bags will be provided.

MEMBER ADULT age 13 & up, $12.75
MEMBER YOUTH age 3-12, $12.75
CHILDREN 2 & under are freeParking is $5 per vehicle.
A $2.50 service fee will be charged for all call center and internet advance purchases

What to bring, what to wear
Greenfield Village is spread over dozens of acres– comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes are a must. Costumes are encouraged for both adults and children, however, costumes that impede vision should be avoided. Dressing for the weather is a must. Bring umbrellas / rain gear and prepare for a wide range of temperatures. Bring a flash light.Please do not bring real or imitation weapons. Costume props that are, or resemble weapons will be collected and checked at the Village entrance building upon entry. Be aware that Halloween treats (that are given out for free at various treat stations) could contain allergens such as wheat, dairy and / or peanuts.

Due to the large number of guests that attend, electric scooters and children’s wagons WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE for rent at this event. Wheelchairs are available for a small fee at the Village entrance. You are welcome to bring your own wheelchair or electric scooter, however, upright scooters (Segways) are not allowed on premises.

Bring a camera; photography is allowed in all areas of the Village.

Tickets to Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village will be available August 11 for members and September 15 for non-members through The Henry Ford Call Center (open 7 days a week, 9am – 5pm) 313-982-6001. Tickets can be mailed when reservations are made 2 weeks or more in advance. Tickets purchased less than 2 weeks out will be held at Village Will Call.Click here for more information!

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Congratulations to the 2012 Ram 1500, the winner of’s Best $30,000 Truck Shootout!

The shootout put five pickups that cost no more than $30,000 in head-to-head testing to determine which was the best bang for a shopper’s buck. The Ram took the title because of its outstanding performance in payload capacity, 0-60 testing and handling as well as its impressive array of features for the price.

Overall, the Ram not only outperformed the other four trucks, but it also had the fewest sacrifices or compromises feature-wise.

Click Here to View full coverage of the results!

Way to go Ram!!

Restaurant Crawl to Benefit Penn

Good eats from some local eateries will be on tap at the 6th Annual Penn-Taste-Tic Downtown Plymouth Restaurant Crawl.

The event, which benefits the Friends of the Penn Theatre and the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce, will kick off Wednesday, and run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are only available at the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce, 850 W. Ann Arbor Trail, and Sun & Snow, 388 S. Main St.

Adult tickets are $20 each, and children 10 and under are $15.

Teri Fry, the events manager for the Chamber, said the event will provide a donation to the Penn and provide restaurants with an opportunity to rope in new customers.

“It’s a good event for the business community because it brings traffic downtown,” she said. “And we enjoy helping out the Penn, which has been a longtime fixture downtown.”

Ellen Elliott, president of Friends of the Penn, which operates the theater, said the assistance from the chamber is a big help for the theater.

“We’re happy to get the help,” she said. “It’s great that the business community continues to support us.”

Elliot also said the monies will be used for the theater’s renovations.

This year, crawlers can walk around downtown Plymouth enjoying samples and treats from many restaurants, including the Box Bar & Grill; Cellar 849; Compari’s; E.G. Nicks; Ironwood Grill; Jimmy John’s; Nico & Vali; Panera Bread; Perfectly Sweet/Boule Artisan Bakery; Sweet Afton Tea Room; Sweets 21 and Yogurt Palooza.

Though food lovers, or those want to support the Chamber and the Penn, will get their choice of treats, the restaurants will also win because they get an opportunity to familiarize more people with their offerings, said Frank Agostini, the owner of E.G. Nicks, which will provide samplers of their award-winning ribs and artichoke dip.

“Any time that you can your food into people’s mouths, it’s a good opportunity,” he said.

Agostini also said it’s important for locals businesses to support others, like the Penn, to preserve the downtown area.

“The Penn is a landmark, and it’s still here because of the support it gets,” he said. “A lot of landmarks that used to be here are gone.”

Craig Turk, the co-owner of Yogurt Palooza with his business partner, Chris Tomei, said his business will offer two-ounce cups of frozen yogurts, of which 14 flavors will be available.

“It’s self-serve, so they will be able to choose what they want,” he said.

Some of the flavors are likely to include Island Banana, Pistachio, Country Vanilla, Chocolate, and many others.

Yogurt Palooza, which sells frozen yogurt by the ounce, opened in Plymouth this past July. Turk said he hopes the event will create additional awareness for the fledgling business.

“I’m hoping it allows more people to know we’re here,” he said.

In addition to enjoying many types of food, participants will also get a chance to vote for their favorite taste and restaurant.

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Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is under construction and deals have never been Better!!


CDJR before-during-after photo 

   684 W Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170

(734) 451-2110 


The bulldozers are here and taking up space on our lot

and you can take advantage of that!!


The New 2012 model vehicles are rolling in and we are OVER Stocked.

ALL REMAINING 2011 vehicles MUST GO!!!


We need to move some vehicles out to make room for our
NEW State-of-the-Art Showroom!!


Don’t wait until the dust clears ~ Come in Today for your
“Best Shot Construction Deal!”


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Click Here to see our Inventory! 


 Visit our Blog and Facebook Page to see the progress of our Construction project and of course the BIG Reveal when we show you the completed project!

3rd Annual Charity Ride AND Chili Cook-Off in Downtown Plymouth!

Dick Scott Motor Mall Donates toward new Playground Equipment

NEWS RELEASE              Contact:      Kathy Devine

For Immediate Release                                                  517.367.1030

September 28, 2011                                              


Dick Scott Motor Mall Donates $2,450 to

CASE Cares for Barrier Free Playground Equipment



LANSING, MI – 9/28/11 – Dick Scott Motor Mall, located in Fowlerville, is donating $2,450 to CASE Cares to be used towards the purchase of playground equipment for children with physical and/or mental disabilities to play on at Lansing’s Potter Park.


Says Jud Scott, Vice President of Dick Scott Motor Mall, “We are delighted to be able to support the development of the playground for these children.  To raise the money, we held a special promotion between August 15 and 31, 2011, and made the commitment to donate $50 for every automobile sold during that time.”


“We are extremely grateful to everyone at Dick Scott Motor Mall for their support of this very worthwhile project.  It is our belief that children in the greater Lansing area with physical and/or mental disabilities will have more opportunities to safely play – and just have fun,” says Kathy Devine, Chair, CASE Cares board of directors.  The playground will also provide a barrier-free environment where children, parents, grandparents, and siblings can relax and interact.  When completed, this project will help maximize the development of children, regardless of their age or ability.”


Ingham County Parks and Recreation officials are providing the land at Potter Park for the playground.  CASE Cares is responsible for obtaining the funding and overseeing the project’s development and construction.  There are over 115,000 children in the greater Lansing region (Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Ionia, Livingston and Shiawassee counties) with physical and/or mental challenges.  Kids should be kids – it’s their job to play and have fun.  Because of varied disabilities or special needs, their opportunities are limited.


Dick Scott Motor Mall is family owned and operated and has served the Ingham and Livingston county area for over 22 years.  They are a full service dealer for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram, including sales, service, body shop and glass repair.


CASE Cares is an all volunteer, 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization established by CASE Credit Union during fall 2007.

To make a donation, obtain more information and/or volunteer, interested persons may call 517.393.7710, x1030 or email

September 28 is the 2011 Downtown Restaurant Crawl in Plymouth!

The Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce, in a joint effort with the Friends of the Penn, announce the 6th Annual PENN-Taste-Tic Downtown

Plymouth Restaurant Crawl on Wednesday, September 28 from 5:30 – 8:30pm. “Crawlers” can walk around downtown Plymouth enjoying delicious samples and treats from many of their favorite Plymouth restaurants and sweet shops.

This year’s participants include: Box Bar & Grill; Cellar 849; Compari’s; E.G. Nicks; Ironwood Grill; Jimmy John’s; Nico & Vali; Panera; Perfectly Sweet/Boule Artisan Bakery; Sweet Afton Tea Room; Sweets 21 and Yogurt Palooza. Attendees will get a chance to vote for their favorite taste and restaurant!

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are only available at the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce (850 W. Ann Arbor Trail) and Sun & Snow (388 S. Main St.) in downtown Plymouth. Adult tickets are $20 each, and children 10 & under are $15. All proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Penn and the Chamber of Commerce.

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FlexTech High School Now Open

There’s a new type of school in town with flexible scheduling that’s chock full of cutting-edge technology that none of the kids are too cool for.

FlexTech High School, located near the I-96 and Grand River Ave. intersection, is well into it’s first week of classes and is running smoothly, according to the school’s principal, Melanie Laber.

It’s evident from the moment you walk in the door that Flex Tech is a far cry from the traditional high school classroom.

“My dad said he felt like he was dropping me off at a college campus,” 9th-grader and Brighton resident, Lucas Stanesa, said.

Students and visitors see the school’s state-of-the-art computer lab as they enter through the front door.  The lab is equipped with several state-of-the-art iMacs and various tablets, with technology being a huge staple at Flex Tech, Laber said.

Instead of cell phones being taboo as they are at most other schools, students are encouraged to bring their own computers, tablets and even cell phones.  Flex Tech offers many online courses to it’s students, giving them the option to work from home or to come in and use the school’s brand new facilities.

Classes that are held at the school are done in 90-minute periods twice a week–more similar to a college schedule than a traditional five-day schedule like most high schools.

While Flex Tech offers the standard Michigan Merit Curriculum courses, it also offers students interesting electives, such as video game design and computer programming classes.

The classes held at the school are done in a project-based manner, which helps kids get used to the types of work they will encounter in the real world, Laber said.

For instance, the physics class held at the school will center around a project that takes a gas-powered remote control car, and transforming it to run on an electric motor.  Students are free to design the car and make any changes that they want–total creative freedom.  At the end of the course, students will take their finished products to the Michigan National Speedway to let their cars take a lap around the track.

Flex Tech classrooms generally have 10 to 15 kids per class, so kids are in a smaller, more intimate setting with their teachers.  Kids are encouraged to work at their own base and undergo one advisory meeting per week to check their progress.

During advisory, kids learn how to manage personal finances, how to behave during job interview, how to build a resume and other skills that help to prepare them for the rest of their lives.

“We’re trying to teach the kids 21st century skills,” Laber, said.

Laber says that Flex Tech is a great fit for a variety of kids.

“Maybe they didn’t fit in, or they’ve been bullied in the past, or just want access to the technology,” Laber said.  “Some kids just don’t do well sitting in a classroom all day long.”

FlexTech High School is public charter school, and therefore is state-funded and tuition-free. During open enrollment periods, the school is open for any 9th through 12th grade student in Michigan.

Flex Tech currently has about 130 students enrolled, though numbers have been growing in recent weeks.

For more information on Flex Tech High School, please visit or call 810-844-3366.

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Farmington Hills Campus Showcases Women’s Art

A wine and cheese reception Thursday marks the opening of Oakland Community College Women Center’s annual show.

Julia Kling wandered around the Smith Theatre Gallery at Oakland Community College (OCC) in Farmington Hills Thursday evening, poring over 34 art works in the “From Our Perspectives” national women’s art exhibition.

“There’s a lot of good work,” said Kling, an au pair living in Bloomfield and studying at OCC’s Highland Lakes campus. “It’s really interesting to look at and think about.”

Juror Shiva Ahmadi selected “Has Ear No Mouth”, a haunting depiction of a geisha, by Hui Chi Lee of Lexington, KY, as Best of Show. Other honorees were:

President’s Award: “Hard Work Never Killed Anyone”, Suzanne Anan, Belmar, NJ

Purchase Award: “Untitled”, Aspen Hochhalter, Charlotte, NC

Honorable Mention: “I’m Telling You Now”, Ginger Burrell, San Jose, CA and “Reluctant Vessel: Final”, Ann Smith, Plymouth MI

Smith attended the show’s opening night reception. Her 2009 work, fabricated from new and reclaimed materials, uses a suspended overturned horseshoe crab as a metaphor, with its telson, or tail spine, (normally used to turn the crab back over) piercing a decorative golden platter.

The piece signifies a significant point in her career.

“It’s a moment of resolve as regards my profession. I wanted to delve a little bit more into the art, and not to the designers’ bidding,” Smith said.

Two Farmington artists, Valerie McNeece and Sandra Shelly, also have works selected for the show among more than 300 entries from around the country. McNeece’s photo is titled, “Front Yard Prayer Service”; Shelly’s piece is “After the Fire”.

The 21st annual exhibition runs through Friday, Oct. 14 at the Orchard Ridge Campus’ Smith Theatre Gallery. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Passport Day Arrives TOMORROW, Saturday September 17th!!

Saturday will make securing a passport easier for aspiring travelers who normally can’t get away from their day jobs during the week.

Local passport offices across the nation are offering Passport Day on Saturday, the only non-weekday of the year where offices will be open to process passports.

According to an email by Plymouth Township Deputy Clerk Eric Bacyinski, this is significant because when minors apply for passports, both the parent and the applicant must be present, meaning the parent would have to take time off work.

Bacyinski said in the email that Saturday is the rescheduled date from an original date scheduled in April, but was canceled because of a possible government shutdown.

Bacyinski wrote that more information can be found at the state’s travel website.

The hours will run from 10 a.m,-3 p.m. Saturday.

Locally, passports can be processed at Plymouth Township Hall, 9955 N. Haggerty Road in Plymouth Township and Plymouth City Hall, 201 S. Main St.

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