Saline teen with type 1 diabetes selected to represent Michigan at JDRF 2015 Children’s Congress

Rollie Caswell (third from left) is a founding member of the JDRF Youth Council for the JDRF One Walk in Ann Arbor. Photo courtesy of the Caswell Family

Rollie Caswell (third from left) is a founding member of the JDRF Youth Council for the JDRF One Walk in Ann Arbor. Photo courtesy of the Caswell Family

Every two years since 1998, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation brings over 150 kids living with type 1 diabetes from across the country to meet with some of the top decision makers in Washington D.C.

Saline’s Royal “Rollie” Caswell, 14, will be one of three Michigan delegates attending the JDRF Children’s Congress, July 13-15.

“I’m proud of this and I’m excited,” said Caswell. “I’m excited to talk to the senators. It should be pretty fun going to D.C.”

These delegates represent each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as six international delegates from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Israel and the Netherlands. They want to convey a message to the federal government that type 1 diabetes is a global problem that requires a global effort.

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First Which Wich restaurant to open in Washtenaw County

Opening on the first floor of 301 E. Liberty St. in Ann Arbor July 6, franchisee Alexandra Zaki and her husband, Sheref are excited to open the first of the Texas-based chain in Washtenaw County. Photo courtesy of Alexandra Zaki

Opening on the first floor of 301 E. Liberty St. in Ann Arbor July 6, franchisee Alexandra Zaki and her husband, Sheres are excited to open the first of the Texas-based chain in Washtenaw County. Photo courtesy of Alexandra Zaki

Residents of Washtenaw County will finally be able to add Which Wich Superior Sandwiches to their list of lunch stops.

Opening on the first floor of 301 E. Liberty St. in Ann Arbor July 6, franchisee Alexandra Zaki and her husband, Sheref are excited to open the first of the Texas-based chain in the county.

“I was Potbelly-obsessed until Which Wich came into my life,” said Zaki.

Which Wich was established in 2003, with over 300 locations nationally, but only three in Michigan. Zaki saw that Washtenaw County was untapped and saw potential.

In addition to the Ann Arbor location, two more locations are opening soon in Southfield and in the Penobscot Building in downtown Detroit.

An entrepreneur from Chicago, Zaki is the vice president of iBrand Threads, a custom apparel and promotion company. She and her husband, who graduated from the University of Michigan, wanted to make some new opportunity for themselves.

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Arborcrest Memorial Park hosts 33rd annual Memorial Day ceremony

“I only wear this hat on Memorial Day and July Fourth,” said Don Haller, of his USS Missouri cap, the ship he served on in the Navy.

Arborcrest Memorial Park in Ann Arbor held its 33rd Annual Memorial Day ceremony on Sunday, May 24. While people were barbecuing and shopping Memorial Day sales, the ceremony to honor the country’s fallen heroes began with the presentation of the flags with the Veterans Honor Guard of Washtenaw County and the Boy Scouts Troops 1, 4, and 27.

Saline Mayor Brian Marl hosted the event and reminded everyone of the real reason to celebrate Memorial Day, and the importance of honoring our veterans.

Miss Washtenaw County 2014 shakes hands with veteran Don Haller.

Miss Washtenaw County 2014 shakes hands with veteran Don Haller.

The crowd stood for the Pledge of Allegiance and Miss Washtenaw County 2014, Alexandria Strother, sang the National Anthem.

The Boy Scouts lowered the flag to half staff before the invocation by Chaplain Ruth Tapio of St. Joseph Hospital before Tony England, a former astronaut who flew on the Challenger in 1985 spoke of his two brothers who served in the armed forces.

“Memorial Day is every day,” said John Kinzinger, an Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War. “I’m sure that all of you have loved ones that you think about every day.” He’s attended over 2,000 military funerals over his career as part of the Veterans Honor Guard of Washtenaw County.

“I wish that everyone in our nation would take a moment to be thankful,” he said.

Strother reminisced about first time she realized that the freedom America takes for granted wasn’t actually free.

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