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The Washtenaw County Health Department says COVID-19 has motivated many residents in our community to enroll for medical insurance through the marketplace.  

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It’s official.  Washtenaw County is moving forward with plans to try to get the 1,4 dioxane plume in our area designated as a Superfund site.  

Fresh Start

The Fresh Start Clubhouse in Ann Arbor is in the process of becoming an independent organization in order to offer mental health services to more residents in Washtenaw County.  

Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will discuss a resolution Wednesday night, that, if approved, would request a Superfund site designation for the 1, 4 dioxane plume in our area.  

Ypsilanti District Library

The Ypsilanti District Library will install new air purification systems at their Whittaker Road and Michigan Avenue branches that will eventually allow for in-person visits during the pandemic.  

Washtenaw County Road Commission

The Washtenaw County Road Commission says drivers need to take it slow on the road as we’re expected to get between 2-3 inches of snow during the next 24 hours.  


If you believe you were exposed to COVID-19 after attending a gathering over the Thanksgiving holiday break, you may not want to get tested right away.

Slow Farm
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The pandemic has impacted all parts of our economy, including the local agricultural community.  But, there are positives that have resulted and reasons for giving thanks, too!  Kim Bayer is owner of Slow Farm in Washtenaw County.  She joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss COVID-19 impacts on local farming for this week's "Issues of the Environment." 

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The University of Michigan’s Maize and Blue Cupboard has seen an increase in food assistance demand before the Thanksgiving holiday.  

Nisson Glass Art / nissonglassart.com

Larry Nisson is a former psychotherapist who has been making glass art in Ann Arbor for over 30 years.  He decided a few months ago to commission local glass artists to make glass art, so he could give it away to local nonprofits to "anchor them in positivity" at this difficult time.

Lisa Barry talks with him about his idea, the inspiration behind it, and the reaction to his glass art giveaway.

Ann Arbor Public Schools

The Ann Arbor Education Association continues to encourage Ann Arbor Public Schools to remain a virtual learning district during the pandemic.  

United Way of Washtenaw County / uwwashtenaw.org

Food Gatherers president and CEO Eileen Spring has been named 2021 Woman of the Year by the United Way of Washtenaw County.  The ceremony to honor her will be held virtually in March at the "Power of the Purse" event.  Spring and United Way of Washtenaw County president and CEO Pam Smith joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the award, the work, and food insecurity as we head toward the Thanksgiving holiday in this week's "Washtenaw United."   

Ann Arbor YMCA

With the help of local high school students, the Ann Arbor YMCA is offering virtual tutoring support during the pandemic. 

Shelter Association of Washtenaw County

The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County is in need of facilities to help prepare for a possible increase in daytime shelter demand during the next three weeks.  

Susan Cerniglia
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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations has spiked in recent weeks across Michigan.  In response, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced new restrictions to combat the spread of the virus, including no indoor dining at restaurants and bars  and the cancellation of high school athletics.  Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia  joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the new restrictions as we head toward the Thanksgiving holiday. 

A2Y Regional Chamber

The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber says takeout orders will be essential for the survival of restaurants and bars during the next three weeks.  

Ann Arbor District Library Closes Due To COVID-19

Nov 16, 2020

The Ann Arbor District Library will be closed during the next two weeks after library staff and family members of library employees tested positive for COVID-19.  

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation / aaacf.org

Disparities made more obvious by our current coronavirus pandemic and a recently commissioned report by the Ann Arbor Community Foundation brought light to inequities in the way capital is invested across Washtenaw County.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Ann Arbor Community Foundation CEO Neel Hajra about what they learned in their recently commissioned report and how they plan to move forward investing nearly $2 billion more equitably across all parts of the county.

Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has rejected a consent agreement regarding the 1,4 Dioxane plume in our area.  

University of Michigan

The 39th annual Blood Battle blood drive between the University of Michigan and Ohio State is underway, but, as expected this year, with new safety guidelines because of COVID-19.  

Washtenaw County
Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

On Tuesday, the state of Michigan recorded a record number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 59 fatalities.  Washtenaw County's caseload is surging as well.  WEMU's David Fair checked in with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia to discuss the coronavirus surge, an opportunity for a cost-free flu vaccination, and how the uninsured can access help to becoming enrolled in a health plan.  

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The Veterans for Peace Chapter 93 is observing Veterans Day on Wednesday with a special display in Ann Arbor.  


The Washtenaw County Health Department is currently helping local residents enroll for medical insurance through the marketplace. 

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Between May of 2019 and April of 2020, an additional 517 people received mental health services in Washtenaw County.  

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Community groups in Washtenaw County expect to see an increase in food assistance demand during the holiday season because of the pandemic. 

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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners needs more time to decide if they want to approve a consent agreement regarding the 1,4 Dioxane plume in our area.

Ford Fund

The Ford Fund will give away 50,000 masks during a two-day period in Ypsilanti Township.  

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The Washtenaw Economic Club held a virtual meeting Thursday to review the November 3rd general election.  

Debbie Dingell
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Michigan's overall 2020 election results are still coming in, but the race for the 12th Congressional District has been decided.  Incumbent Debbie Dingell decisively won re-election in her district, and she joins WEMU's Lisa Barry for a conversation about plans for her next term and her predictions for further election results, including the yet-to-be determined presidential race. 

Ed Golembiewski
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The Washtenaw County Elections Department has completed its task in the 2020 general election.  Every single vote has been counted, and many local races were decided.

Washtenaw County director of elections Ed Golembiewski took time after his busy night to speak with WEMU's Lisa Barry about the overall voter turnout, local election results, and keeping voters safe at the polls.