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Make Memories at the 79th Saline Community Fair

Celebrating its 79th year, the Saline Community Fair runs Wednesday, August 27th through Sunday, August 31st at the Farm Council Grounds. Only the carnival rides will be open on Labor Day, Monday September, 1st. Promising something for everyone, the 2014 Saline Community Fair will feature animals, exhibits, music, rides, food and the 2014 Miss Saline Pageant.

Saline County Fair demolitionPhoto: Saline Community Fair Facebook

Pre-fair events begin tonight, August 25, at 5:00 pm. August 27, the 72st Miss Saline Pageant will be held at the fair after the parade.  Wednesday will be packed with activities for the whole family including Junior Live Stock animal showing, Ag Olympics with Saline Area Schools, and a chance to win free passes and other goodies at the Kick off Parade.

Saline Community FairPhoto: Saline Community Fair Facebook

Schedule of Events:

Monday, August 25
Pre-fair exhibits from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Pre-fair exhibits from 9:00 am until noon.

Wednesday, August 27
All Saline Junior Livestock clubs will show on Wednesday beginning in the morning.
Gates open at 9:00 am with rides starting at 3:00 pm.
Parade in the fair parking lot at 6:30 pm.
Miss Saline in building B following the Parade.

Thursday, August 28
Preschool Day: Admission is $5 (ages 2 and up) 9:00am – 2:00pm.
Cement slab tractor pull beginning at 9:00 a.m.
A2SO pet instruments going from 9:00 a.m. – noon.

Friday, August 29
Ladies’ Day: All women 11 and older will get in for $5 until 1:00pm.
Horse Pull at 1:00pm.
Saline’s Got Talent at 6:00pm.
Fiddlers Restrung (stage) 7:30 pm.

Saturday, August 30
Children’s Day: Admission for ages 11 and up is $7.
Rides open at 1:00 pm.
Bike drawing at 4:00 pm.
Chicago Honey Bears (stage) at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm.

Sunday, August, 31
Agriculture Day: Ages 11 and up $7.
Car Show from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Taste of Agriculture goes from noon until 3:00 pm.

Visit SalineFair.org for a complete schedule of events.

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Lovely 1920s Colonial Home with Modern Updates

Featured ListingThis week we are featuring Tim Powell’s listing—210 West Russell Street, Saline, MI 48176

210 West Russell Street, Saline, MITake a step back in time in this beautiful 1920’s colonial home that has been completely renovated from top to bottom.

210 West Russell Street - Living RoomThis gorgeous house offers 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms (all renovated in 2014), a main floor study that could be used as fourth bedroom, and hardwood floors throughout the main level.

210 West Russell Street - KitchenStunning kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, granite counters, and a large island with built in range.

210 West Russell Street - Dinning RoomTwo large windows illuminate the expansive dining room and kitchen.
210 West Russell Street - Master SuiteThe master suite is unbelievable with a walk in closet, dressing room, and huge master bathroom.

210 West Russell Street - BackA new roof was added in 2014 along with updated electric and plumbing in 2014.Don’t miss this gem located in the heart of downtown Saline.

210 West Russell Street - Red BarnCome see the property in person at the open house this Sunday, August 24th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

If you would like more information about 210 West Russell Street, Saline, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Tim Powell at 734-669-5897 or by email at tpowell@reinhartrealtors.com.

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Fun in the Sun in Dexter and Saline

This weekend there will be plenty of fun in the sun in Saline and Dexter.

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Summerfest in Saline

The streets of downtown Saline will be brought to life Friday, August 8th and Saturday, August 9th with an assortment of activities, attractions, and amusement will bring

This downtown festival will feature:

  • Live Music
  • Food
  • Annual Picnic in the Park
  • Juried Craft Show
  • Radio Control Car Races
  • Casino Night (Friday, August 8, 7-11 p.m.)
  • Euchre Tournament
  • Teen Block Party
  • Trike Races
  • Rubber Duck Race
  • Electric car show (Saturday, August 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.)
  • 5K run/walk (August 9, 8:30 a.m., preregistration available at probilitypt.com)
  • Trolley Tour of Historic Saline Homes (August 9 at noon)
  • Beer and Wine Tent

Check out  www.salinesummerfest.org for the full schedule of events.

Dexter Daze

42st Annual Dexter Daze
Dexter Daze is an exciting community event that includes artisans, crafters, businesses and free entertainment for the whole family. This year it will include activities, as well as, all of your favorites from years past.

The event will have:

  • Live Music
  • Rock Wall
  • Movie Screening (The Sandlot)
  • Social Tent
  • Art Booths
  • Fireworks (Saturday, August 9 at 9:30pm- 10pm)
  • Puppet Show
  • Kids’ Tractor Pull
  • Bounce Zone
  • 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament (for boys and girls grades 3-12)
  • Kids Fashion Show
  • Parade

Check out www.dexterdaze.org for the full schedule of events.

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Vote Today in Michigan’s Statewide Primary

Today, voters across Michigan will decide who will go to the general election in November. Today’s primary offers both Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti voters have the chance to decide between different mayoral candidates. In Washtenaw, there are also two countywide judge races, a congressional race, and a statewide ballot proposal to consider.

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Haven’t been able to decide who to vote for? Visit www.vote411.org for information about candidates and proposal on your ballot. Vote411 is prepared by the League of Women Voters, which is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that never supports or opposes any candidates. Polls are open until 8pm.

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Rocking and Rolling all Weekend Long

You don’t have to wait for the Ann Arbor Art Fairs to have a good time in Washtenaw County. There are a plethora of pleasurable summer events happening this weekend. On Friday you can chose between the ElvisFest, Rolling Sculpture Car Show, and Saline Celtic Festival. The Ann Arbor Latin Festival is Saturday and Huron River Day is this Sunday.

Michigan Elvisfestphoto by: Michigan ElvisFest


Michigan ElvisFest
Named “One of the best music festivals in the Mid-west” by Chicago Tribune the Michigan ElvisFest returns July 11-12. This two day concert has spectacular performances by the best professional Elvis Tribute Artists in North America, as well as other amazing tribute entertainers, including: Roy Orbison, The Blues Brothers, and Paul McCartney.

Don’t miss your chance to pay homage to the king of rock and roll in Ypsilanti’s beautiful Riverside Park.

Click here for more information

Rolling Car

Rolling Sculpture Car Show

In downtown Ann Arbor the Rolling Sculpture Car Show returns for its 20th Anniversary. With more than 300 exotic, antique, classic, and one of a kind cars on Main, Liberty, and Washington streets in downtown Ann Arbor, this one of kind experience is sure to excite and delight all car enthusiasts.
Hot Rod DJ, Surfer Joe, will be showcasing hot rod songs throughout the show. Stop by and make a request at the corner of Main and Liberty. You can register to win concert tickets at Ann Arbor’s 107one booth on Main Street.
The Ann Arbor District Library will have family activities at their booth on Liberty Street between Fourth and Fifth.

Click here for more information

Celtic Festival photo by: Saline Celtic Festival

Saline Celtic Festival
Voted a “Family Favorite” by Ann Arbor Family Magazine, the Celtic Festival is back in Saline July 11th and 12th. The Celtic Festival began as a result of the Sister City relationship between Saline, Michigan and Brecon, Wales. Although the Festival began as a one day event, it has grown to include many days and evenings.

A party like no other, the festivities include highland dance competitions, young artist showcase, folk activities, pipe bands, sword displays, jousting, haggis hurl, Celtic clobber, music and dance performances, along with festival fare of Michigan based craft beer, food, and Celtic merchants.

Click here for more information

Ann Arbor Latin Festival

Ann Arbor Latin Festival
The first Ann Arbor Latin Festival is taking place this Saturday, July 12, from 1 to 11 p.m. The festival will feature music and dance from The Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Guatemala. Additionally there will be a meet and greet with Nickelodeon characters Dora and Diego, soccer matches, a beer and alcohol tent, a petting zoo, a bounce house, pony rides, and luchas (Mexican masked wrestlers).

The festival takes place at the Washtenaw Farm Council grounds, 5055 Saline Ann Arbor Rd.

Click here for more information

Huron River Day

Huron River Day
Huron River Day is your chance to participate in free and discounted family river activities. The Ann Arbor Track Club will start the day off at 8:30am with the Gallup Gallop 5K run/fitness walk.
The main Huron River Day activities will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Gallup Park. Have fun discovering and learning about the Huron River. Activities include a children’s tent with art and science activities and the enviro-challenge game, a canoe photo booth, fishing, dipping for river bugs, live animal program with the Leslie Science and Nature Center, a butterfly house, the classic small boat show, and stand-up paddle boarding.

Musical entertainment will be provided by WCC Performance Ensemble from noon to 1:30 p.m., WCC Jazz Quartet from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. and Gemini from 2:45 to 4 p.m. Throughout the afternoon, there will be performances by Airhart Circus, AuxWerks and Ann Arbor Aviary celebrating the river through circus and dance. A variety of food will be available for purchase.

Click here for more information

Which events will you be attending this weekend?

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Happy Fourth of July!

The Charles Reinhart Company, Realtors’ sales offices are closed today in honor of Independence Day.

Fourth of July

We hope you have a truly memorable and Happy Fourth of July!

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Community Baby Shower: Giving Babies a Healthy Start

Over 22% of Washtenaw County children live under the poverty line, and the cost of basic needs are rising. This puts families in a situation where they are struggling to provide for their babies. We can make a difference.

This year we are partnering with United Way of Washtenaw County in support of the 5th Annual Community Baby Shower from Thursday, May 1st through Friday, May 30th. By donating to the community baby shower you will be giving newborns a healthy start in life.


Items collected will support Alpha House, Catholic Social Services, Child Care Network, Corner Health Center, Home of New Vision, Hope Clinic, and SOS Community Services.

Donations are being collected at all of the Reinhart Sales Offices.

For more information visit United Way of Washtenaw

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6 Easy Tips for a Promising Yard

Taking care of your yard in the spring will yield bountiful and beautiful blooms through the summer. Follow the 6 tips below to prepare your yard.


Clean-up the Yard
Spring is an important time for yard maintenance and repair. Start by removing tree limbs, dead or damaged plants, and cutting down last year’s perennial foliage, and toss it into the compost pile. Rake mulch from beds planted with bulbs before foliage appears. Also check steps, fences, and paths for disrepair caused by freezing and thawing.


Organize Your Tools
Spring is the perfect time to take an inventory of what tools you have and what you need. By organizing your tools you will be able to easily see which tools are missing or damaged. Head to the local hardware store with a list and replace missing or damaged tools. This will help you maintain your yard all season long.


Mower Power
Annual lawn mower maintenance will ensure that your mower runs well and keep your yard beautiful and healthy.  Spring is the perfect time to sharpen blades, refill the oil, tighten nuts and bolts, clean intake screens, install new spark plugs and lubricate moving parts. Make sure to reseed your lawn before mowing.

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Rake in Your Grass
Raking the lawn removes dead growth and winter debris. It helps bring light and air to the soil level, encouraging the grass to grow. Start by raking bare spots firmly with a metal rake. Sprinkle grass seed into a bucket of soil and spread evenly over bare spots. Keep well-watered until seeds germinate and the new grass establishes.


Make Your Beds
Flower beds require upkeep. Clear the planting area by removing sod, weeds, and debris. Spread a 4-inch layer of compost or manure over soil. Covering bare spots with mulch or ground cover will minimize the emergence of new weeds.


Sow Your Seeds
After you’ve made your flower beds, you can begin to fill them. Even though it may not seem warm enough, many trees, shrubs, and perennials such as hostas and daylilies should be planted by early spring. Now is a good time to plant cool-season flowers like poppies, calendula, and sweet peas, and vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, parsley, kale and spinach.

Source: Martha Stewart 

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Spring is Officially Here

If you’ve been waiting to buy or sell, it’s time to set your real estate plan in motion. With snow melting and the weather improving, the spring market is underway. Activity has been a little slower than  expected this winter due to weather, but that means demand is building and we are expecting a sudden influx of sellers and buyers and a strong remainder of the year.


Interest rates continue to favorable for buyers. Average prices are  increasing. The housing market is continuing to strengthen, and is expected to continue to do so at a steady pace for the next several years.

For sound advice and help creating your real estate plan, contact us today. 


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Home Values on the Rise in Washtenaw County

For the first time since the economic recession, all 25 municipalities in Washtenaw County experienced gains in average home values.

Photo taken by Darby Kolano

The gain in value has meant increased property values in the communities across the county. Values have risen between 1.66 percent in Salem Township up to a high of 10.7 percent in Sylvan Township.

Home values in Ann Arbor increased an average over 6 percent and Ypsilanti homes gained an average of over 4 percent. Overall, Washtenaw County shows a 5.93 percent gain in home values in 2014, compared to a roughly 2 percent gain in 2013.

Click here to read the complete article on Mlive.com.

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