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Come Visit Old Town


When you think of downtown Lansing the last thing that comes to mind is small town charm. Surprisingly enough that is exactly what you will find if you head up the river. In the Northern part of downtown Lansing there is Old Town, where tiny boutiques and antique stores set up shop.

“Old Town is where Lansing gets creative,” is the description from In Old Town a visitor will find lots to do. Places like Greenfield Collection Antiques offers a great selection on antiques at an affordable price. Love, Betti is another shop that offers not only antiques but various second hand items.  Polka Dots Bead-A-Full Boutiques offers beautiful and unique beads for your crafty side.

Each of the stores and boutiques in Old Town could second as art galleries with their artistic displays. Luckily Old Town is not lacking in art galleries if you are looking for the real thing. Places like Great Lakes Artwork features local artists work. Other places are Creole Gallery located on Turner St.

Old Town is not lacking in small town charm. With its exquisite galleries, eclectic boutiques and café’s and always interesting festivals Old Town is the place to look for a special outing you won’t soon forget.

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Old Town’s Got It

By Kellie Rowe

From the decorated street lamps to the colorful window displays, Old Town gives a sense of warmth. I have never passed by a resident of Old Town without receiving a smile and a nod.

After attending the Old Town Poetry Series event “Poetry Plus,” I became even more overwhelmed by the welcoming community. Last week, I wrote a story on Bob Rentschler, an 85-year-old poetry expert. Before I had even asked any of the members of the audience or members of the Old Town Poetry Series how they felt about Bob, Old Town residents in the Creole Gallery that evening when I was watching Bob’s performance, noticed I was interested in writing about it.

Before I had to ask, many approached me during intermission or after the show to ask how I was doing on my story. I remember one woman following me outside, while another performer was getting ready to read their poetry. She stopped me and asked, “Did you get everything you need?”

She seemed genuinely concerned that had gotten the information I needed. And I was surprised she had cared enough to notice I was taking diligent notes and that kind of consideration blew me away.

Not only did members of the Old Town community care about Bob, but it seemed as if they cared about me too. It’s the welcoming nature and the hospitality of a town that makes it original, that makes it unique, and Old Town’s got it.

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Citizen’s Arrest

By: Megan Kirk

Citizens speak out about Mitt Romney’s recent win for the Michigan Republican primary.

Romney won 41 percent of the votes leaving close competitor Rick Santorum with 38 percent while it seems Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul were not in the race as their votes were low.

Shaylayla Williams, a teacher for Pepper Elementary School in Oak Park, Michigan and a graduate student at Michigan State University shares her thoughts on what this win may do.

“As an educator and a citizen who is about to enter the working world, I am seriously concerned for the lack of social security funds and the lack of candor concerning the retirement age,” she says.

In Ingham County, Romney received 43 percent of the votes while Santorum, who seemed to stay just a hair behind in votes received 34 percent.

Ingham County resident Shelby Booker is also worried about what this win could do for him.

“I’m nervous. A lot of people like him even though he says those crazy things,” Booker says.

The race remained close in numbers, which came as a shock due to Romney’s deep roots in the state. He originally hails from Bloomfield, MI, his father, a former governor and winning the GOP votes in 2008.

According to the Lansing State Journal, Romney addressed his Michigan followers after his win.

“We didn’t win by a lot but we won by enough, and that’s all that counts,” he says.

Although Santorum did not win, he still feels he has a victory addressing his supporters.

“A month ago they didn’t know who we are, but they do now,” Santorum said.

According to ABC news, the voter turnout was considerably lower in Michigan than in the 2008 primary rounding out at about 16 percent.

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