Monthly Archives: March 2012

Insomnia cookies stop work order [with photo]

This stop work order on a new Insomnia Cookies store caught my eye tonight as I was walking down South University.

The relevant permits – or the absense of same – can be found in the City of Ann Arbor eTrakit system. As of 3/23/2012, the ones that have been pulled are

COFO12-0037, which I presume is a certificate of occupancy and is "under review".


REOC12-0036, reoccupation, change of use "YOGURT SHOP TO INSOMNIA COOKIES", under review
SIGN12-0032, awning "Insomnia Cookies" approved 3/29/2012



a2b3 lunch non-summary for 4th week of March 2012

Name check!

Thanks to +Gyll Stanford, +Steven W. Cornell, +Joel Vergun , +Patrick Haggood , +Dan Romanchik , +Linda Diane Feldt, +John Hritz, +Roger Rayle , +Dan Friedus, and +Brian Rice who made for good conversation at lunch last Thursday.

In no particular order, we talked about the +a2b3 Amateur Radio Club (with Dan Romanchik as the likely point of contact), since we had a couple of people who were online listening to +Skywarn for the last tornado. There was also good discussion of fruit trees and the impact of unseasonable weather on the fruit crops, and at my end of the table some neat talk about underground clay irrigation systems. Joel had a good reception from a Ypsi civic group about his DishFish project.

Events of note for the coming weeks:

Linda Diane Feldt on herbal health for men (Thursday)
Fool Moon
Huron River Water Trail meeting
A2A3 Soap Box Derby (Saturday)
Brick Bash (Saturday)
+Grange Junior Makers

Thanks to the 11 (of about 450, or 2.5%) who showed up, and to the 97.5% of you who didn't for whatever reason, it would have been crowded!

Festifools and Fool Moon 2012 Calendar

Foolish plans!

FRIDAY (3/30/2012): FoolMoon, Dusk-Midnight, @ Washington & Ashley. FREE! **Luminary constellation stations include: Slauson Middle School, Kerrytown Farmers Market, and University of Michigan Museum of Art. Join us with a luminary and maybe a kazoo at 7:30 p.m. and we'll process and parade our way to FoolMoon!

SATURDAY (3/31/2012): Foolish Acts, 9 p.m. @ the Blind Pig. 18+ show. $10. **Music by Appleseed Collective, Third Coast Kings, and LMFA2O. A fundraiser for WonderFool Productions ('cuz pulling these events together isn't exactly cheap).

SUNDAY (4/1/2012): FestiFools! Sunday 4-5 p.m. on Main St. between William & Washington. FREE! **The Ann Arbor District Library will have crafts for young ones from 2-4, constructing robot costumes for a FestiFools robot invasion!

A visit to Dexter after the Dexter tornado

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Photo: Hudson Mills Metropark golf course,  Some rights reserved by Andy Fowler.

DEXTER, Michigan. As much as possible, I tried not to be the tornado gawker. I probably failed.

Update: photo from Andy Fowler, map from National Weather Service.

Busch's was giving away water that had been donated, and cookies, to affected residents. Their store was very close to one of the neighborhoods that was worst hit (Huron Farms). With police blocking the entrance to that neighborhood, you had the feeling that the store was being exceptionally kind to its neighbors and that it was exceptionally lucky.

Second Street was worst hit in the old part of Dexter village. Every second house on the downhill side of Second had a blue tarp on part of a roof, but the uphill side had no roof damage. Several businesses on Second were damaged, including a laudromat that was completely demolished.

The tornado crossed the Norfolk Southern tracks right by the Dexter Mill. Several homes on Huron Street had blue tarps as well. The Dexter cider mill looked OK, but it was closed for the season. Damage at the Dexter Mill included large sheets of metal that had been twisted around like crumpled paper.

Downtown was completely normal with no visible damage. The Dexter Bakery smelled like a bakery that my great aunt might have taken me to 30 years ago. The Dairy Queen was serving up standard issue cones, with a long line in the unseasonably warm March summer.

Many trucks went past as I enjoyed my cone with trailers or truckbeds full of full-grown trees, cut into short logs or big chunks. Signs were up everywhere for home repair and remodeling, and a number of insurance companies had trucks or vans parked to take claims.

It was a remarkable storm, in part because of the damage, and in part because there was no loss of life. It could have been much, much worse. I am sure that residents of Dexter will be glad for construction to rebuild homes and put people's lives back towards normal.

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Tornado path, National Weather Service. Collected from the March 2012 Dexter tornado page on Arborwiki.