Thursday, July 13, 2017

Remembering the Twin Pines Dairy


The Twin Pines Farm Dairy used to have one of their main production facilities near Warrendale. It was on Greenfield Rd., just north of Tireman, in Detroit.

I was intrigued, therefore, when I found a video from 1957, which I embedded above. It documents both the work that the City of Detroit Department of Health used to do as well as Twin Pines Farm Dairy itself.

This was produced more than a dozen years before I was even born. Regardless, I remember my parents, grandparents, and other older Detroiters talking about many of the things that were discussed in this documentary film.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Shooting on Ashton


The Detroit Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened on Ashton, near Tireman, at the northern end of the Warrendale neighborhood, early this morning. This shooting reportedly happened at approximately 4 a.m. this morning.

According to published news reports, Detroit police officers were in the area when they heard a series of gunshots. After racing to the scene, responding officers discovered an unidentified individual shot inside of an automobile. Two individuals were seen fleeing from that location as police approached.

An investigation into this shooting is ongoing. The two individuals who fled from the scene are wanted for questioning in connection to it. Anyone with information about this tragedy is asked to contact the Detroit Police Department.

Fox 2 Detroit has more in their story, embedded above.

One day in Detroit

Detroit skyline, seen from the Detroit River - Photo by Frank Nemecek
A friend of mine posted a question on Facebook that I wanted to repeat here. He asked, "What's your pick for most essential experience to have in Detroit if you're here for just one awesome day?"

Most people responded things like Eastern Market, the RiverWalk, Campus Martius Park, and so on. A few people suggested experiences like taking in a Detroit Tigers. Lions, Pistons, or Red Wings game (depending on the season when this awesome day is supposed to happen).

Quite frankly, I told my friend, I was reminded of what a park ranger replied when someone asked what he would do if he only had one day at Yosemite National Park.

According to legend, the park ranger thought for a moment before declaring, "if I came all the way here and could only stay for one day, I'd probably just sit right down on that bench over there and cry."

But, yeah - any of those other responses work. too.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Happy 4th of July

U.S. flag aboard the International Space Station - Photo from NASA
I want to take a moment to wish a happy 4th of July to everyone in the Warrendale neighborhood and beyond.

Fireworks are bursting across Detroit (perhaps too frequently). Barbecues are warming up. Parks like Rouge Park, Belle Isle, and others are busy. Flags are waving, including aboard the International Space Station.

Detroiters, without question, are busy celebrating the 241st birthday of this great nation.

Happy 4th of July, everyone!

Monday, July 03, 2017

Rooster in Warrendale?

The rooster in question
Photo by Paula Sharpe
Is anyone in the neighborhood missing a rooster?

I ask because one has shown up in the vicinity of Paul and Warwick Streets. It does seem a bit odd.

Yes, I did say a rooster. Yes, it is here in Detroit.

This, by the way, isn't the first time that a rooster has been seen in the Warrendale neighborhood of Detroit, although the last time was almost 11 years ago. The folks over at Animal Corner tell me that the average lifespan of a chicken is only 5 -7 years so I doubt it is the same bird returning for another photo op.

Still, it is most unusual to see a rooster wandering free in the streets of Detroit. I'm just glad that someone sent me a photo of it while he's here.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Summer reading

"Wychwood" by George Mann - Photo by Frank Nemecek
The long holiday weekend is upon us. While others flock to the beach or leave town altogether, I'm in my backyard reading an advanced copy of Wychwood by The Sunday Times bestselling author George Mann.

I'm only a few pages into this novel, but like it a lot so far. I will have a full review on this blog soon.

Until then, I hope that everyone is having an amazing 4th of July weekend no matter what it is you do.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

City of Detroit releases water quality report

Water
The City of Detroit released their annual water quality report for 2016 earlier today. It documents that the water coming out of our taps meets or exceeds all state and federal standards. A copy of this eight-page report is available on-line here.

Copies of their previous water quality reports from 2008 - 2015 2006 are also available on-line as is their report from 2007. All of these reports can be viewed or downloaded here.

These reports document the quality of tap water throughout Detroit and its surrounding suburbs that are serviced by the Great Lakes Water Authority.

Update @ 2:53 p.m.
After I posted this article, I realized that this is the 2,000th post that I have published on the Warrendale (Detroit) Blog since its inception in December of 2005.