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Huron River cleanup in downtown Ypsilanti aims to 'heal'

A Huron River shoreline clean-up is taking place in downtown Ypsilanti this weekend. It’s put on by artist Marsae Lynette along with the owner of 2 West, the planned musical ecosystem in the old Materials Unlimited building in Ypsilanti.

The event dubbed “A Healing at the Huron” will include a dance performance and a movement workshop. The aim is to help different cultures connect with the water. But the focus is a shoreline cleanup of the river.

Cleaning up is a big part of 2 West. The future music venue recently received a $750,000 grant to help clean up contamination on the nearly century-old building.

Jamie Taralunga is the owner of 2 West. She says she feels a responsibility to the Huron River.

“I feel like this kind of stewardship that I want to, now that I’m there, I want to help with the clean-up efforts. I want to help with maintaining the health of the river for all to enjoy.”

The event begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday at 2 West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti.

"A Healing at the Huron" flyer
2 West
"A Healing at the Huron" flyer

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Josh Hakala is the general assignment reporter for the WEMU news department.
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