Sunday, September 24, 2017

Ypsilanti Fall River Day 2017 Brings fun in the sun...and heat Sunday.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Temperatures were in the 90's but that didn't keep people from enjoying Ypsilanti Fall River Day 2017 on Sunday, September 24. The event, hosted by Ypsilanti Parks and Recreation, was held at Riverside Park.

The family friendly event included Kayak trips hosted by City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation. Kayak trips were launched from Frog Island Park. There was also a "Walk to Frog Island Park" with Elizabeth Riggs of the Huron River Watershed Council. During the walk Riggs shared information about improvements made to the canoe launch located at Frog Island. Elizabeth also discussed efforts by the community to restore the river in Ypsilanti through River Up! Local Historian James Mann was on hand to talk about "History on the Huron."

Another interesting participant was Ann Arbor's Leslie Science Center and it's "River Raptors" birds of prey set up. Also scheduled for the event was a "Nature Walk Along the B2B" with Parks Naturalist Shawn Severance. Shawn is with Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation.

Other organizations on hand with booths and activities included, Ypsilanti Township Parks and Recreation, Ypsilanti Senior Center, Ann Arbor YMCA (awesome hoola hoop exhibition by YMCA representative Chris Abolio, by the way), Fly Children's Art Center, Huron Clinton Metro parks Mobile Learning Center, Huron Valley Watershed Council/National Water Trail, Friends of the Border to Border Trail, and Ypsi Real (Ypsilanti Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Fall River
Day was sponsored by Huron Valley Watershed Council, Northern United Brewing Company, Phoenix Contractors, Governmental Consultant Services INC and Washtenaw County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Ann Arbor YMCA representative Chris Abolio.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Eastern Michigan loses to Ohio in gridiron scorcher Saturday at "The Factory" in Ypsilanti.

EMU QB Brogan Roback. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Amid temperatures in the 90's Eastern Michigan University lost to Ohio University in a double overtime scorcher Saturday at Rynearson Stadium. EMU was favored to win by 2 points but the Eagles faltered in second overtime losing by a score of 27-20.

On September 9, the 2-1 Eagles knocked off Rutgers in a huge win against a Big 10 team and brought plenty of momentum into Rynearson Saturday. Unfortunately, the Eagles fell short in a closely fought game.

EMU's defense played strong holding Ohio's offense to 373 total yards. Ohio brought a powerful high-octane offense into Ypsilanti and once again, EMU's defense proved to be solid.

On offense, EMU quarterback Brogan Roback threw for 271 yards, including a clutch touchdown pass in the end zone during the first over time.

September 30, Eastern will take on Kentucky in Lexington. Kick off is set for 4 PM. Watch the game on SEC Network and Watch ESPN.

Photos Purple Walrus Press.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Eastern Michigan to take on Ohio University on gridiron Saturday at Rynearson Stadium "The Factory" in Ypsi.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Our Eagles of Eastern Michigan University will take on 2-1 Ohio University at Rynearson Stadium "The Factory" Saturday, September 23 at 2:00, in the MAC home opener.

With a record of 2-0, Eastern is off to a fantastic after beating Rutgers from the Big 10 conference September 9 by a score of 16-13. EMU was picked to lose to Rutgers by 5 points, but surprised many in the college football world by knocking off the Scarlet Knights with stellar defensive play and consistent offense led by quarterback Brogan Roback.

Against Rutgers EMU quarterback Brogan Roback completed 19 of 36 passes for a respectable 260 yards, and one touchdown. EMU running back Shaq Vann carried the ball 16 times for 67 yards against the Scarlett Knights.

Starting at quarterback for Ohio will be Nathan Rourke. Rourke has connected on 33 of 49 passes this season and will test Eastern's defensive backfield. At running back Ohio features A.J. Ouellette who rushed for 100 yards last week against Kansas.

Eastern's defense has been extremely solid this year as the unit has allowed only 20 points two games into the 2017 season.

Notable is that Saturday will be Band / Hall of Fame Day at "The Factory in Ypsilanti. EMU will be honoring eight former student athletes at the stadium.

You can catch the game on ESPN 3 at 2 pm or, better yet, head on over to "The Factory" and cheer on the Eagles of Eastern Michigan University!

Two car accident corner of Hewitt and Washtenaw in Ypsilanti Friday morning.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

There was a two car accident Friday morning September 22, at approximately 9:35 AM, near the corner of Washtenaw Ave and Hewitt in Ypsilanti. According to Ypsilanti Police, there were no injuries. The accident occurred in front Walgreens which is situated at the intersection. Traffic on West bound Washtenaw was briefly backed up, but by approximately 10:00 am traffic was moving at a normal speed.

One white colored vehicle sustained severe front-end damage while the second burgundy colored car appeared to have heavy back-end damage.

Photos Purple Walrus Press.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Parola Perspective: Thoughts On Vietnam War.

By Brooks Parola Purple Walrus Press.
So, all of these years, I've been obsessed by Vietnam. For many years, I taught it, and throughout all that time, I've never been able to come up with a single term to describe or define it.
I reject "failure" or "loss", or any term that puts the war in terms of victory or defeat, since we should never have been there in the first place!
I reject "tragedy", because tragedy is almost quaint when one might argue that it was leaning closer and closer to a genocide the longer we stayed, and the more bombs we dropped. And genocide is exactly what it helped create in neighboring Cambodia...and yet "genocide" is not accurate either.
"Mistake"? Ha! Can we make it sound more trivial?
How about: Abomination? or Atrocity?
I'm up for suggestions of a more succinct definition.