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Lotz, Ford road project designs ‘moving along’ in Canton

Canton motorists weary of traffic congestion along Ford Road could get a glimpse as early as February of two projects officials believe will begin to ease the problem.

One project involves a $5 million effort to pave the pothole-riddled section of Lotz Road between Ford and Cherry Hill, giving motorists a north-south option to avoid heavily traveled roads such as Ford and Haggerty.

A second project centers on improvements such as lengthening turn lanes and improving ramps near the I-275/Ford area from Haggerty to Lotz. That comes as a precursor to longer-term effort to possibly convert Ford into a boulevard through much of Canton.

Canton is expected to host a public meeting as early as February to reveal plans for the Lotz paving and the initial phase of Ford Road work from Lotz to Haggerty, Municipal Services Director Tim Faas said.

Canton already has received from Wayne County a $274,015 payment that allowed the township to hire an engineering company, Spalding DeDecker Associates, Inc., to design the Lotz Road paving, which Faas said is slated for completion in 2015.

Spalding DeDecker already has completed about 50 percent of the engineering work, Faas said. Lotz will be transformed from a dirt-and-gravel road into a three-lane paved thoroughfare.

Canton has worked with Wayne County on the Lotz Road project, funded through the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Township Supervisor Phil LaJoy said he is encouraged Spalding DeDecker’s work is progressing and Wayne County has paid Canton for its role in hiring the engineering company.

“That’s very good news,” LaJoy said, adding the project “is moving along.”

Moreover, Faas said MDOT’s design of the initial improvements to Ford Road between Lotz and Haggerty has been 90 percent completed.

Local officials say the projects slated for the upcoming public meeting reflect the beginning of larger efforts, as money is allocated, to address Ford Road traffic congestion that has long troubled local officials and motorists alike.

As read on: http://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/canton/2014/12/28/lotz-road-paving-canton/20904637/

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Hellcat Watch

Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Charger Hellcat buyers may want to supplement their powerful new car with a stylish new watch, sold by the Bozeman Watch Company and named after the same American naval fighter plane as the new supercharged Hemi engines. The watch costs around 10% of the car’s price — $6,125 (the price is slated to go up after production begins).

The Hellcat, whose engines were made by Nash, brought down 5,271 enemy fighters during the second half of World War II. Bozeman Watch’s web site claims the watch “pays homage to its namesake with its clean lines and a dial inspired by aviation instrumentation, highlighted by sleek skeletonized hands and crisp markings.”

The first edition will include two hundred watches, individually numbered, followed by “limited annual releases.”

Bozeman Watch Company, LLC is, not surprisingly, based in Bozeman, Montana.  The company has associates in Detroit, Michigan, Bozeman, Montana, and Europe.  A series of Montana-themed watches are sold as well as Hellcat; the showrooms are in Bozeman and Whitefish, Montana, and Birmingham, Michigan.    Each showroom has all of the mechanical watch models.

According to the company, each piece is developed first as a pencil illustration, then progresses to three-dimensional images, ready for part prototyping and tooling.  Mechanical movements are built to specification during the design process, and the whole process takes 18-39 months. All are certified Chronometers by the Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres; each movement (built by suppliers) undergoes 15 days of accuracy testing, to allow a guarantee of being in the top 3% for accuracy.  Final assembly is done in the United States.

The company also makes “dry goods” — computer cases (inlcuding the “Mac Bag” at $500) and other luggage items — in Montana.

Read more at: http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2014/10/hellcat-watch

Enjoy Perseid meteor shower at state parks Aug. 9-16

Enjoy Perseid meteor shower at state parks Aug. 9-16

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites residents to grab their blankets and head to participating Michigan state parks Aug. 9-16 to enjoy one of the biggest and most visible astronomical events of the year: the Perseid meteor shower.

Some state parks in Michigan are staying open late and offering “Meteors & S’mores” events in honor of this natural light show. Many of these events feature astronomy presentations, as well as – you guessed it – s’mores. A few participating parks also will offer free movies to complement this natural light show.

Meteors & S’mores events are scheduled at the following state parks (counties). Parks with an asterisk next to the name will offer a free movie before the meteor shower:

Saturday, Aug. 9

Sunday, Aug. 10

Tuesday, Aug. 12

Wednesday, Aug. 13

  • Young State Park (Charlevoix), 10 p.m. (park baseball field across from loop 4)

Thursday, Aug. 14

Friday, Aug. 15

Saturday, Aug. 16

 

For more information about Meteors & S’mores events at Michigan state parks, please check the state park event listings at www.michigan.gov/gogetoutdoors, or contact Elissa Dennert at 989-313-0000. For specific information about a state park, please contact the park directly.

There is no charge to attend Meteors & S’mores, but a Recreation Passport is required for any vehicle entering a Michigan state park.

The Recreation Passport is an easy, affordable way for residents to enjoy and support outdoor recreation opportunities in Michigan. By checking “YES” for the $11 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) when renewing a license plate through the Secretary of State (by mail, kiosk, online at www.expresssos.com or at branch offices), Michigan motorists get access to state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized state trailhead parking and state boat launches. In addition, Recreation Passport holders can experience real savings at businesses and retailers that participate in the Passport Perks discount program.

The Recreation Passport is valid until the next license plate renewal date. Nonresidents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($31 annual; $9 daily) at any state park or recreation area or (annual passes only) through the Michigan e-Store at www.michigan.gov/estore.

Learn more about this creative way of sustaining Michigan’s outdoor recreation and natural resources at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport. For information on Passport Perks shopping discounts or how businesses and retailers can enroll in the program, visit www.michigan.gov/passportperks.

Chrysler investing $63M in Warren Stamping Plant

Chrysler Group is investing $63 million in its Warren Stamping Plant to expand capacity at the facility. The decision to proceed was made following the Warren City Council’s approval of a 12-year, 50% tax abatement in May.

“Chrysler Group wants to thank Mayor (James) Fouts and the Warren City Council for their support of this investment,” said Brian Glowiak, Chrysler Group’s Director of State Relations. “For many years, the City of Warren has been a true partner in helping the Company grow our operations at our local facilities. With the city’s support, we can implement state-of-the-art processes that will contribute to the long-term success of the Chrysler Group and enhance our presence in the community.”

The investment will be used to purchase and install a high-speed servo tandem press line with a 180-inch press line. The new press will increase the output rate, reduce complexity, and improve reliability and maintainability, all while reducing energy usage.

The press’s servo drive allows for 100% programmable control and movement of the ram speed at any position in the press stroke unlike a mechanical press that operates at a fixed speed. The tandem press is actually multiple presses in a line which use a single die in each press to perform one of the functions needed to make the stamped part

Construction has already begun and the new press line is scheduled to be fully operational in December 2015. It will increase the Warren plant’s capacity by up to 12,000 hits per day or approximately 3.6 million parts per year.

The Warren plant currently produces 80 million parts per year using 12 major press lines and three large progressive press lines, which are single presses with one slide in which a single die with multiple “progressive” stations produce parts at high speed directly from a single coil of steel.

The plant employs nearly 2,000 workers.

“As production at our Chrysler Group assembly plants has nearly tripled in the past five years, we have been pushing our stamping facilities to keep up,” said Mauro Pino, Vice President and Head of Manufacturing. “This much-needed investment for a new press line will help us continue to meet demand and maintain the quality that our stamping plants have worked so hard to achieve.”

The Warren Stamping Plant opened in 1949. It produces stamped sheet metal components such as hoods, roofs, liftgates, side apertures, fenders and floor pans, for a variety of Chrysler Group vehicles. The parts are delivered to vehicle assembly plants, then welded together in the body shops to form the frame of the vehicle.

Since June 2009, Chrysler Group has invested over $5.3 billion in its U.S. manufacturing facilities including more than $1.8 billion spent in Michigan.

As read on: http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2014/06/chrysler-investing-63m-in-warren-stamping-plant

Dodge is 100 Years Old

DETROIT — Let’s be honest: For 100 years, Dodge has been spinning its wheels.

During the good times, it has done so literally: delivering performance, power and passion to a domestic audience that hungered for vehicles that stood out in a crowd, with the smell of burning rubber.

But when times were bad, Dodge lost its way. The brand’s history is strewn with vehicles that shouldn’t have worn the Dodge name.

On July 1, Dodge will be 100 years old.

Dodge’s muddled history explains why it’s hard today to say clearly what the brand is all about. Over the years, Dodge has pitched a woman’s car, muscle cars, pickups, family haulers, rebadged Japanese compacts and more.

But the muddle is also why the brand’s current mission — affordable performance — strikes a chord. Unlike the past, the new mission is well-defined and compelling.

The mission was spelled out by the team of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne in May when it unveiled the automaker’s five-year product and business plan.

Dodge’s potential first blossomed 100 years ago in Detroit with its founders, brothers John and Horace Dodge.

The inseparable business partners and tinkerers had made a killing as suppliers for other automakers, including Ford Motor Co. and Oldsmobile. Most would have been happy with the success.

Yet, in 1914, John and Horace Dodge risked everything they had built on the belief that they could make a better car than the competition.

Their first car, an all-steel-bodied sedan, rolled off the assembly line on Nov. 14, 1914, one of 249 built that year.

Six years later, only their former client Ford would sell more cars and trucks in the United States. Those early Dodge cars were more costly than the Ford Model T — $785 compared with $490 — but they were technically more advanced and more powerful, and they had an all-steel chassis.

But since then, Dodge has struggled at times with its identity. It has been a part of Chrysler since 1928 when Walter P. Chrysler bought the brand from New York investment bankers.

In the 1950s, Dodge created both the high-performance D-500 and the La Femme, a car for women, whose defining feature was a matching umbrella.

Three decades later, Dodge had helped create an entirely new segment with the Caravan minivan, yet it also sold the strange-looking Rampage, a compact car with a cargo bed mashed on the back.

Still, Dodge produced some exceptional and iconic vehicles over the decades. The Charger and Challenger were favorites during the muscle-car era of the late 1960s and early 1970s. When those nameplates were resurrected in the 2000s, their fans returned.

In 1993, Dodge also redefined what the pickup truck should look like with its “Big Rig”-inspired Ram 1500.

A year earlier, the brand began selling what some consider was the original American supercar, the crude, boorish and absolutely thrilling Dodge Viper.

Today’s Dodge finds itself in the midst of another brand refocusing.

When Italian automaker Fiat took over in 2009, it wanted to make Dodge a multiline competitor to Ford and Chevrolet, only without its pickups or commercial vehicles, which were spun off to create Ram.

But in May, Dodge’s role as Chrysler Group’s Ford and Chevy fighter was transferred to the Chrysler brand.

Under current brand head Tim Kuniskis, Dodge is being restored to its originalplace as an affordable performance brand, much as John and Horace Dodge had envisioned. It’s dropping some models — the lackluster Avenger sedan and the Caravan minivan — and adding high-performance versions of the rest of its lineup.

Other than SRT versions of existing nameplates, Dodge isn’t scheduled to expand its lineup until early 2018. So, under the brand’s plan, it will take at least four years for the brand’s sales to return to the 596,000 units it hit in 2013.

But now, Dodge has a clear identity. We’re not talking BMW-like refined performance. This is the domestic variety — loud, brash, bold. Fun.

It’s a risky plan — one that would make John and Horace Dodge proud.

As read on: http://www.autonews.com/article/20140616/OEM/140619925/after-100-years-dodges-identity-still-tough-to-pin-down#

Wayne County Parks maple-sugaring program offers sweet time

March is maple-sugaring month in Michigan and Wayne County Parks has a sweet Saturday program available for the entire family March 15 and 22.

Bundle up and join park naturalists for the annual maple-sugaring program at the Cass Benton Park picnic shelter in Northville, where a historic “sugar bush” still exists.

Learn the history of maple sugaring and take a short hike into the woods for an actual tree-tapping demonstration. In celebration of this early spring ritual, the group will enjoy pancakes with the “real thing” afterward.

“The maple-sugaring program is another example of the diversity of activities available to the public through Wayne County Parks,” Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano said. “I encourage everyone to see, taste and experience the maple-sugaring program first-hand.”

The practice of maple sugaring dates back to when Native Americans taught early settlers how to collect and boil sap during this time of year. The freezing nights and warm sunny days create pressure and force sap out of the maple tree.

The duration of the program is approximately 90 minutes. Register for either March 15 or March 22 and choose a start time of 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or noon.

Dress accordingly, as this is an outdoor program and the trail may be muddy.

All ages are welcome. The program fee is $6 per child and $2 per adult for Wayne County residents. Add $1 per person for non-Wayne County residents.

Advance registration and prepayment is required at the Wayne County Parks office, 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland, or by phone at 734-261-1990. Cash, credit card or check payable to Wayne County Parks is accepted.

For more information, call 734-261-1990 or visit http://www.parks.waynecounty.com.

As read on: http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20140307/NEWS12/303070021/Wayne-County-Parks-maple-sugaring-program-offers-sweet-time

Plymouth Ice Festival THIS Weekend!

The 2014 Plymouth Ice Festival will be a presentation of fantastic ice sculptures! You will see some ice sculptures that are over 10 feet tall and see the carvers creating highly detailed pieces of art throughout the event. There will also be plenty of other activities going on, including the speed ice carving competition, college ice carving teams from local culinary schools, an art exhibit, the Plymouth Historical  Museum.
Events & Activities:
Opening ceremony and ribbon cutting-Friday 7:00pm
Please join us as we officially open the 2014 Plymouth Ice Festival.  State representative Kurt Heise along with City of Plymouth commission members will be in attendance to help cut the ribbon on the 2014 event.
 Ice Sculptures:
Available to be viewed all day and night during the festival.
Genisys Credit Union College Carving Competitions
Watch live carving by talented college student participants as they compete to win a place on the podium in their sculpture category.
Saturday, January 11th – College Individual Carving Competition
Sunday, January 12th – College Team Carving Competition

Chainsaw Speed Ice Carving Competition
One of the highlights of the Ice festival is 7:00 Saturday night when you get to watch master carves wheel chainsaws to square off against each other to carve amazing ice sculptures within 15 minutes.
Interactive Ice Sculptures
There are a number of opportunities to take a “selfie” with some remarkable and unique ice sculptures, like the Ice Throne!

Fire and Ice Towers
the spectacular Ice Towers are lit at approximately 7:30pm each evening and will burn for approximately 2 hours.

Blue Care Network of Michigan Sports Family Fun Zone presented by Sun and Snow Sports
Opportunity for young kids to try cross-country skiing on a track set up in Kellogg Park!

MVP Game Party Trailer on Penniman
Check out the newest and coolest video games in an enclosed (and WARM!) custom trailer with four 50″ screens!
Plymouth Community Arts Council Art Show
The Arts Council will have exhibit by outstanding local artists in Westchester Square on Forest Avenue from 1-4 on Saturday afternoon.
Penn Theatre: Frozen
Friday, January 10 at 7:00pm
Saturday, January 11 at 4:30 and 7:00pm
Sunday, January 12 at 4:30 and 7:00pm
All seats $3.00
Shopping and Dining in Plymouth
Plymouth is known for their great dining establishments, bars and shops. When visiting Plymouth it is just a great time check out the stores, boutiques, candy shops and then dine in one of our many restaurants.  Along the way there will be many ice sculptures to see, plus larger carvings on Forest Avenue.
Plymouth Historical Museum-2 for 1 entry fee
“A Red Ryder Christmas Story” fun-filled exhibit is based on the beloved Christmas movie, A Christmas Story, The Museum is filled with vignettes of scenes from the movie, including the infamous leg lamp and Flick’s tongue getting stuck to the lamp pole. The Museum is a 26,000 square feet housing thousands of exhibits and treasures from the rich history of a city that was founded in 1832.
 Hours:
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m.
Admission 2 for 1: Adults: $5, Children (6 to 17):$2
DTE Hot Spot & Festival Food Favorites
Festival favorites like elephant ears, popcorn and hot chocolate will be available right next to Kellogg Park with all the carving competitions and many of the ice sculptures. You can also sit down and enjoy the food in the heated DTE Hot Spot warming tent.
Radio Disney
Radio Disney Detroit is calling all stuffed animals for a huge party at the Plymouth Ice Festival.  We’ll be there from 12:00pm until 3:00pm on Saturday along with our friends from Children’s Hospital of Michigan – part of the DMC making sure your special friends have a clean bill of health.  It’s the Radio Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Toy Clinic powered by Children’s Hospital of Michigan – a party totally stuffed…with fun!
Nighttime Entertainment

Party Lot at EG Nick’s on Forest Ave. presented by Labatt Blue, Svedka Vodka
For the biggest party in downtown Plymouth, head over to the EG Nicks Party Lot for cold beer, drink specials and live music.  The front patio you can enjoy a drink the awesome ice bar and enjoy some Svedka Vodka specialties!
Party Lot – Hours of operation:
Friday, January 18th – 6:00pm to 12:00am*  Live band from 7pm to midnight.
January 19th – 6:00pm to 12:00am*  Live band from 7pm to midnight.
Local Entertainment:
The following local bars/restaurants will have musical entertainment
Sean O’Callaghan’s Irish Pub
Friday:  Jeremy Sprague
Saturday:  Fresh Cut Grass Band
Ironwood Grill
Friday: AJ Lite Trio
Saturday: DJ Mike Jones at 10:30 pm
336 Main
Friday: DJ Chris French
Saturday: DJ Donovan
Fiamma Grille
Friday & Saturday: Jazzy Bobby & Vince
Sunday: Brunch-Ted Roberts Trio
Panache:
Fri & Sat: Entertainment
EG Nick’s (see Party Lot above)
Coffee Bean
Friday: Passage to India-8:00
Nico & Vali
Saturday: George Stryker-6:30
Station 885
Fri & Sat: Wally Gibson-7:30
Parking
Parking is available in parking lots and in the central parking deck around downtown Plymouth. Most parking will cost $5.
Festival Website
http://www.plymouthicefestival.com/

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION

October 12

Wayne County will be conducting a Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off event on:

– Saturday, October 12th from 8:00am to 2:00pm

The collection is located at:

Southland Shopping Center, at Eureka Rd. & Pardee Rd., in Taylor, enter collection off of Pardee near Target

Collections are designed to accept unwanted household chemicals for proper disposal. Items that will be accepted include:

– Household paints, stains, floor-care items, furniture polish, bathroom cleaners, lawn and garden chemicals, antifreeze, fluorescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs and electronic waste.
– Electronic waste accepted includes computers, monitors, printers, scanners, cell phones, fax machines, televisions, etc.
– Pharmaceutical waste (non-controlled substances only) and medical sharps in puncture proof containers will also be accepted.
– All waste must be from residential sources.

This event is open to all Wayne County Residents.

For questions contact Wayne County at (734) 326-3936

Downtown Plymouth Heats Up with 18th Annual Chili Cookoff

Downtown Plymouth could get hot this Sunday with the return of the 18th annual Great Lakes Regional Chili Cookoff.

The event is sanctioned by the International Chili Society (ICS) and will feature a traditional red, green and salsa competition. Winners will advance to the 2014 ICS World Championships. There will also be a people’s choice and best restaurant chili awards.

[Check out the schedule of events here]

Visitors can sample chili from about 40 cooks set up in The Gathering or the 16 participating restaurants in Kellogg Park.

Ken Horn, the founder of the chili cookoff along with his wife Annette, said the event is down on entries from last year, partly because they had to move the date up.

“The World Championship moved back to our date, and we can’t have our event on the same weekend as the World Championships. So we’ve lost some cooks because of that. And some people have told us they have other plans because they thought we were the second weekend.”

The one-day event draws between 10,000 and 20,000 people, Horn said.

“It’s very weather dependent,” he said. “Last year we were down on people. Ticket sales were down by about $20,000. It’s really hard to know because people can show up for the event and never buy a ticket, walk around, see the motorcycles and go to a restaurant.”

All chili proceeds raised from the event will benefit Habitat for Humanity, while proceeds from the motorcycle show will benefit the Penrickton Center for Blind Children.

According to Horn, last year raised about $21,000 for Habitat and $5,000 for Penrickton, which is half of what was raised in 2011.

“That’s how much the crowd matters,” Horn said.

In spite of last year’s outcome and the shortage of entries, Horn is optimistic about this year.

“We’re hoping to sell at least $50,000 tickets for sampling,” he said.

Most of the chili samples produced for the public during the event come from the restaurants participating in the Restaurant Chili Challenge, Horn said.

“The cooks in The Gathering, as hard as they work and as much as they make, can’t satisfy the all the demands for chili that we get,” he said. “Those restaurants will typically produce 30,000 to 40,000 samples. That’s just a tremendous amount, but that’s how we can feed everybody.”

Among this year’s restaurants is Jeff Zak Catering who is cooking for the first time this year.

Zak said he decided to enter, in part, because of his new location in Old Village after relocating from Forest Avenue.

“I just thought, ‘I want to bring the sexy back to Old Village,'” he said joking. “I want to get some action. I feel like everything’s too separate, you know like the art fair and all that stuff. I just thought we’d get a name down there.”

Zak has a secret weapon – a unique chili recipe never before used by him.

“There’s a component that we make all the time, it’s a vegetarian component that people love that we serve for vegetarians,” Zak said. “So that’s going to be the inspiration for the chili.”

Zak said he wasn’t yet sure if he would keep the chili vegetarian or turn it into a white chicken chili.

“You’ll have to come and find out,” he said.

Chili sampling Tickets cost $1 or $20 for 20 tickets with five voting stars to vote your favorite chili and a plastic tray holding up to 12 samples. One 20-ounce sample of chili takes one ticket, while a bowl takes four tickets. Bowls are only available from restaurants.

For more information about Sunday’s event, visit www.greatlakeschili.com

As read on: http://plymouth-mi.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/downtown-plymouth-heats-up-with-18th-annual-chili-cookoff

5 Reasons to Check Out Plymouth Restaurant Week

Ten Plymouth restaurants will offer three-course lunch and dinner menus priced at $15, $25, or $35 per person.

Plymouth has a well-deserved reputation as a dining destination.

Beginning Friday, visitors have the chance to sample what Plymouth has to offer during the second annual Plymouth Restaurant Week. The even twill run through Oct. 5.

Priced at $15, $25, or $35 per person, 10 local restaurants will offer three-course lunch and dinner menus.

Participating restaurants include: 
Compari’s on the Park
E.G. Nick’s
Fiamma Grille
Ironwood Grill
Nico and Vali
Panache
Penn Grill
The Sardine Room
Sean O’Callaghan’s
Zin Wine Bar Restaurant

For more information, visit plymouthrestaurantweek.com.

As read on: http://plymouth-mi.patch.com/groups/5-things/p/5-reasons-to-check-out-plymouth-restaurant-week