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The March 2007 edition of Discovering Downtown, the City of Ann Arbor's newsletter is packed with updates from the Planning Department, the Historic Preservation folks, the DDA. If it's happening in downtown Tree Town, from paving to parking to public spaces, you'll read about it first in Discovering Downtown.

Officer Clayton Collins

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The Ann Arbor Police Department's first African American police officer, Clayton James Collins, died February 8, 2007. Officer Collins served from 1950 - 1955 and then worked in several departments at the University of Michigan. His obituary appeared in the Ann Arbor News, March 14, 2007. To learn more about the AAPD, visit the Ann Arbor Police Department Online History Exhibit.

Mapping Michigan Roads

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The Michigan State University libraries have mounted another stellar online history exhibit, Footpaths to Freeways: The Evolution of Michigan Roadmaps. The exhibit traces how roads have been depicted on Michigan maps from the time it was a territory to the present. In addition to maps, it includes photographs, unique short-lived route guides and artifacts. Visit the physical exhibit in the MSU Main Library, 4th Floor West Wing Exhibit Cases March - June 2007.

Casting Call for Canine Celebrities

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The Humane Society of Huron Valley is searching for the Official Celebrity Spokesdog for the Walk & Wag fundraiser to be held on Saturday May 19, 2007 at the Washtenaw County Farm Park. Your dog is definitely a contender if he/she is spayed or neutered, friendly to fellow animals and humans, and has that certain flair for the spotlight. Follow the links above for more info or call the HSHV at 662.5585.

The (Local) Home Improvement Show

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What a beautiful day! It makes me dream about working in the yard or tackling that kitchen remodeling project. And I have just the place to go for ideas.

The 2007 Builders Home & Improvement Show is happening this weekend March 16-18 at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road.

There will be seven buildings filled with displays to inspire and entice the homeowner. Be there when it opens on Friday (3-9 pm) or check it out on Saturday (10-8) or Sunday (11-5).

Tickets are $5 for adults and available at the door. Children under 12 get in for free.

For more details you can go to the web site of the sponsoring Home Builders Association of Washtenaw County or call (734) 996-0100.

Ash Trees to Ash Floors

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Here's a great way to get acquainted with the online version of a premiere regional environmental news service, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium. You've heard the GLRC Environmental Reports on Michigan Radio but the web site offers audio, text and images. Read, listen and look at the story on the Ann Arbor District Library's initiative to use the dead ash trees cut down at the site of the new Northeast Branch for some of the structure of the building.

A Walk in the (Cherry Hill) Woods

With the time changing this coming Sunday, it feels like there is a "spring" in the air. Why not celebrate with a walk in the woods? Have you ever hiked the nine trails on 160 acres of Superior Township's Cherry Hills Nature Preserve? It can be a wonderful place to get away from it all and enjoy the changing seasons.

This magical place honors former Superior Township clerk Colleen O'Neal. Before her death in 2001 she campaigned to protect natural spaces in the township and opposed the paving of Cherry Hill Road.

You can reach the trail head on the north side of Cherry Hill Road about a mile east of Plymouth Road.

Mosaics @ the MRF

Create your own mosaic tile from found art, recycled glass and ceramic pieces at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) on Saturday, March 10th at 10 and 11 a.m. or Tuesday, March 13th at 3 and 4 p.m. Don’t forget to take a tour of the recycling operations while you’re there. The tile making and tours are free. Call 734-994-4722 for more information or to register groups of 5 or more.

He's always prepared and has 122 merit badges to prove it!

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As a Boy Scout you may have earned a lot of badges, but James Calderwood of Chevy Chase, Maryland probably has a couple more than you. He's earned all 122 Merit Badges! Read & hear more about this enthusiastic Eagle Scout on NPR. To learn more about the Boy Scouts check out these books on the Boy Scouts of America or visit the National Council's website.

Trust in your children

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Parenting advices comes from many sources, but when was the last time that you read advice from a Holocaust hero? Polish author Janusz Korczak wrote parenting guides and children's books before his death in a concentration camp in 1939. A new collection of his writings advocates taking children seriously. This article in NPR has an excerpt from the book, and the library has one of the stories he wrote for children: King Matt the First.

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