BC-MI--Michigan Weekend Exchange Digest, MI
AP-Michigan stories for the weekend of May 20 and May 21. Members using Exchange stories should retain the bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 313-259-0650.
For use Sunday, May 20, and thereafter.
DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Today, Horrocks Farm Market is a destination attraction, employing just shy of 500 people at stores in Delta Township, Battle Creek and Grand Rapids. The flagship store stands out among the more than 700 retail and manufacturing businesses in Delta Township because it consistently draws in customers from outside the township’s 35 square miles. The modest, 3,000-square-foot version of the farm market opened in 1959, selling fruits and vegetables and very little else. By Rachel Greco, Lansing State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2,772 words.
DETROIT — Yousef Ajin was in federal detention 15 months ago, separated from his family and facing deportation. Now the 49-year-old Ann Arbor father of four is a bonafide citizen of the United States. After winning his battle to stay in the country with his U.S.-citizen wife and children, the longtime Ann Arbor resident was among 80 immigrants from 27 countries who took the oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony May 10 at the U.S. District Court in downtown Detroit. By Ryan Stanton, Ann Arbor News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,342 words.
For use Monday, May 21, and thereafter.
EXCHANGE-GUITARS NOT GUNS
DETROIT — A group of young musicians are youth offenders who have learned how to play the guitar in 10 weeks through the Michigan Chapter of Guitars Not Guns program. May 10 was graduation day at the Lincoln Center, a maximum security juvenile detention facility in Highland Park. Organized in Michigan two years ago by Judge Frank Szymanski of the Wayne Circuit Court Juvenile Division, the program is aimed at teaching foster kids and at-risk teens coping skills by helping them learn to play the guitar. By Oralandar Brand-Williams, Detroit News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 702 words.
UNIONVILLE, Mich. — Nathan and Amy Engelhard raise their two children in the same house that Nathan grew up in. In 2009, he bought a family farm near where he grew up. In 2010, he finished college and came home to farm full-time. That farm will become sesquicentennial next year. The fifth-generation farmer also has agriculture roots dating back to when his great-great-grandfather established the Engelhard family’s original homestead in 1892. By Brenda Battel, Huron Daily Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 853 words.