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PAGE 2                                                         ASSOCIATED NEWSPAPERS OF MICHIGAN                                            August 8, 2019

                                       WAYNE - WESTLAND

        Downtown Days event begins in Wayne tomorrow

           This weekend will bring the         Federal Credit Union. The Art-O-Motive
        Downtown Days festival to Veterans     competition sponsor is Jack Demmer
        Plaza in Wayne featuring a two-day flea  Ford. Additional support was provided by
        market, a line up of musical performanc-  The Cady Corp.; Comcast; Harry J. Will
        es, food trucks, a beer tent, and a number  Funeral Home; Kurt's Caps and US-12
        of art-focused programs. The free event,  Bar and Grill.
        presented by Wayne Main Street, is free  This is the first year the event is under
        to the public and will take place Aug. 9  the auspices of Wayne Main Street where
        and 10 at the plaza, 3737 South Wayne  directors agreed to take on the event
        Road, next to the Wayne Public Library.  early this year.
        All activities are free and open to the  Organizers selected Veterans Plaza as
        public.                                the venue for Downtown Days this year
           The Wayne Downtown Development      and set about reaching out to businesses
        Authority (DDA) will serve as the present-  for support, according to a spokesman.
        ing sponsor for the event this year.     “Pulling off a two-day, festival-style
           “The city of Wayne, the Wayne DDA,  event takes a major commitment from
        and a number of local businesses have  not only volunteers, but from our finan-
        been extremely supportive of Downtown  cial partners as well.  Because of the
        Days,” commented Maxwell Cameron,      tremendous support we have received                                  Veteran’s Plaza will be the site of Downtown Days.
        Wayne Main Street executive director.  In  this year, we have been able to put togeth-
        addition to the Wayne DDA, event spon-  er an event with great music acts and a  will attend the event. A full schedule of  icant as the city of Wayne marks the
        sors include: Silver Sponsors: Beaumont  number of programs,” explained Bill  activities can be found on the Wayne  sesquicentennial anniversary. To help
        Hospital, DTE, Ford Motor Co., and     Oldham, events specialist for Wayne Main  Main  Street     website      at  celebrate this milestone, Downtown Days
        Michigan Cat.  Bronze sponsors include:  Street. Organizers are anticipating that   will feature a 150th Birthday Celebration
        Helium Studio and Wayne-Westland       more that more than 4,000 festival goers  The event this year is especially signif-  hosted by Mayor John Rhaesa.

        Volunteer help still needed during Wayne Main Street event

           Organizers are seeking vol-  chairs, moving tents and hand-  parking structure located at E.  mation tent, maintaining the  There are many ways to par-
        unteers to help with prepara-  ing event signage on Thursday  Michigan Avenue and Wayne     venue, and many other duties..  ticipate in Downtown Days and
        tions and general duties during  Aug. 8 and Friday, Aug. 9.   Road.                            Veterans Plaza is located   one of them is by volunteering
        upcoming Wayne Downtown          During the event, volunteers   Volunteers will help direct  next to the Wayne Public      for the event, organizers said.
        Days set for Aug. 9 and 10 at  are needed to help distribute  attendees to the correct park-  Library, 3737 South Wayne      Anyone interested in volun-
        Veterans Plaza in the city.    wristbands for the beer tent   ing areas.                    Road. Downtown Days  will fea-  teering can email Wayne Main
           Volunteers are being sought  and work at the main gate.      Volunteers are need to help  ture art programs, live music, a  Street  at volunteer@down-
        to help with event set-up        Event parking will be locat-  with general event duties    flea market, food, and a beer or call (734)
        including unfolding tables and  ed at the Wayne municipal     including working at the infor-  tent.                       629.6822.

        Westland man facing criminal child-pornography charges

           Troopers from the Michigan  was arrested and arraigned on  execution of a search warrant at  Michigan State Police encour-  sive list of resources on their
        State Police Computer Crimes   the charges on July 16, in 18th  his home led to his arrest.  aged parents to speak to their  website at http://www.miss-
        Unit, Internet Crimes Against  District Court.                  In addition to the three counts  children about the safe use of the
        Children Task Force, arrested a  Police said the investigation  of possession of child sexually  internet. There are many    Anyone with information
        56-year-old Westland man for   began earlier this year, when  abusive material, Lachance is  resources available to parents to  regarding possible child sexual
        possession of child sexually abu-  authorities became aware of  charged with three counts of  assist in keeping children safe  exploitation is asked to report it
        sive material.                 Lachance possessing child sexu-  using a computer to commit a  online, he said. The National  to  the  CyberTipLine   at
           According to a statement from  ally abusive material online.  crime.                     Center for Missing and Exploited
        police, Paul Collins Lachance,  Further investigation and the   A spokesman from the        Children provides a comprehen-  tipline.
        Grant will fund sidewalk to school, park

           Westland has received a third       through the city general fund.
        Transportation Alternative Grant to fund  "Once this sidewalk project is com-
        a sidewalk to Hamilton Elementary      plete, it will provide a continuous pedes-
        School and local parks.                trian facility with road crossings along
           The grant, from the Michigan        Schuman Street connecting the local sub-
        Department of Transportation, will pay  divisions to the local elementary school
        $208,000 of the costs of constructing a  and city parks," commented Mayor
        1,615-foot, 5-foot wide sidewalk project  William R. Wild. Construction is slated to
        will fill gaps in the walkway along the west  begin at the end of the 2020 school year.
        side of Schuman Road between Glen and    This is the third Safe Route to School
        Palmer Road.                           grant Westland has been awarded in the
           The total cost of the project is estimat-  past 3 years, according to a prepared
        ed at $250,000, with $42,000 being paid for  statement from Wild’s office.
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