The City of Plymouth is accepting nominations for the Ruth Huston Whipple Award for Civic Engagement through April 30, 2021. The Award is named in honor of Ruth Huston Whipple, Plymouth’s first female elected City Commissioner (1934-1949), first female mayor of Plymouth (1940-1942) and first female Wayne County Board of Supervisors member. Whipple was a 1913 graduate of Plymouth High School and later worked as a teacher and debate coach at the school. She fought against school policies that discriminated against married women and eventually left the district in protest. The purpose of the Ruth Huston Whipple Award for Civic Engagement is to honor a community member who, like Whipple, has positively impacted the quality of life in the City of Plymouth through his or her exceptional civic and/or philanthropic engagement. 88.1 the Park’s Sumedha Sethi spoke with Assistant Community Development Director for Plymouth, Greta Bolhuis, about Whipple and the award named in her honor.
Dawn Christenson is the leader for Girl Scout Troop 40900 in Canton. 88.1 the Park’s Avneet Pandher spoke with her about her experience in Girl Scouts and the challenges of leading the troop.
The annual Plymouth Ice Festival kicks off this weekend. The organizers have spread the festival out throughout the streets of downtown Plymouth to allow for social distancing. 88.1 the Park’s Daniel Schoenherr spoke with JAG Entertainment Owner, James Gietzen, about the annual Plymouth tradition.
2020 was a challenging year for the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. The district has had to confront COVID-19, and it’s impact for families and the classroom. But in the midst of challenges there have also been things to celebrate. 88.1 the Park’s Public Relations Director, Kyla Schilling, spoke with Superintendent of Schools, Monica Merritt, about COVID-19 and the challenges faced by the district.
Music teachers for the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools have challenged their students to pursue music even during the COVID-19 pandemic. 88.1 the Park’s Elise Taylor, spoke with East Middle School Band Director, Matthew Kazmierski, about the challenge of teaching music in a virtual setting, and his excitement to return to in person learning with students.