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Detroit News Roundup for Saturday and Sunday September 15-16, 2007

Summary: New Washtenaw County bike map is published and available online, award winner to open business in Detroit, a test run of the Livingston to Ann Arbor commuter rail line, a unique new store for books and gifts in downtown Royal Oak, and Gerald Ford’s face appears in a cornfield

County introduces border-to-border trail map-The Ann Arbor News

Just in time for the fall biking season, the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission has published a new B2B (Border To Border) Trail Map.

Using the map, cyclists can head on trails from east Ann Arbor all the way to Wayne County. The map is available online, and free copies can be picked up at the Parks and Recreation Administration offices or the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center - both on Platt Road in Ann Arbor.

Link to the map that takes bicyclists from the border with Livingston County to Dexter to the border with Wayne County east of Ypsilanti.
[via MLive.com]

Shelby Twp. student wins business training: He hopes to own a business someday

At 20, Wynston Withers knows he wants to make a difference in his community and has already participated in a variety of projects to help him reach his goal.

Withers, who lives in Shelby Township, was a peer mediator as a student at Shelby Junior High School and was recognized twice, in 2004 and 2005, as a peacemaker by the Macomb County Youth Violence Prevention Program. He graduated from Sterling Heights Bethesda Christian in 2006.

In 2000, Withers was named a McDonald’s Millennium Dreamer. The program honored 2,000 young people around the world who worked to create better communities.

Now Withers hopes to make a difference by owning a business in Detroit. He is one of eight participants in a program at the Detroit Cultural Center called Bizdom U. Bizdom U is also a nonprofit organization that provides two years of business training to selected students who want to start Detroit-based businesses.

[via Trading Markets]

Riders enthuse about train trip Proposed commuter line praised

Brenda Vidovic got her first ride Saturday in a seat that she hopes to become very familiar with in the near future.

She rode on one of the shiny, double-decker rail cars that would be part of the proposed Washtenaw and Livingston Line commuter train, nicknamed WALLY.

The test rides Saturday were popular. Every one of the four scheduled trips of 275 people were sold out. The ride made many enthusiastic about the possibility of having the 27-mile commuter line between Howell and a stop at Plymouth Road near Barton Drive in Ann Arbor.

[via MLive.com]

East and west coasts converge at Five15

Set to officially open Sept.15 at 515 South Washington Street, Five15 brings a west coast-east coast-European atmosphere to the city’s downtown district that he believes will attract a broad range of clientele - and not just from the LGBT community. “It’s a store for everybody,” Baglio said. “I’m a gay man, but that’s just a small part of me. And ‘gay’ is just one part of the whole community.”

Existing in the shadows of a popular Barnes & Noble store doesn’t worry the entrepreneur. He knows he can’t compete with them, so he won’t. Instead, Five15 will set itself apart by stocking “eye-popping and thought-provoking” merchandise that can’t be easily found anywhere else locally. “We’ll have videos, but not the mainstream blockbusters,” Baglio said. “You won’t find ‘Spiderman 3′ here. But we WILL have documentaries, independent films and arts and entertainment sorts of things.”

How those videos will be delivered to the customers will be rather unique, as well: a membership-driven, electronic kiosk. “There’s nothing like it in the area,” Baglio noted. Customers can search the kiosk by title, director or star and view the results, choosing which movies they want to purchase or rent. The movies will then be picked up at the counter. “Or you can do it from home, and your movies will be waiting for you when you get to the store.”

An eclectic collection of hard-to-find music CDs will also be available, plus magazines from around the world. “We’ve got French Vogue, Italian Vogue - things you can’t find at Barnes & Noble.” And book titles will cover the entire political spectrum.

[via pride source.com]

Gerald Ford’s likeness created in Michigan corn maze

RICHLAND, Mich. — A southwest Michigan farm’s corn maze has been designed to bear the likeness of Gerald R. Ford in honor of the nation’s 38th president.

Each year, Gull Meadow Farms near Richland cuts a maze in its corn fields. This year, when seen from the air, the maze looks like a portrait of Ford. The Maize, a Utah-based corn maze design company, drew up the plans for Gull Meadow.

[via DetNews.com]

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