plymouth http://michiganradio.org en Red Ryder Daisy Air Rifle made in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/red-ryder-daisy-air-rifle-made-michigan <p>In the Wayne County city of Plymouth, a group is trying to preserve the last remnant of a factory that was once a deep part of the community - the Daisy Manufacturing Company.</p><p>Fans of the film "A Christmas Story" may recall the Red Ryder Daisy Air Rifle.</p><p>Yes, that red rifle that Ralphie pined for would have been made at the former Daisy Factory.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YleZvTSDC6s</p><p>Joining us is Wendy Harkins. She is president of the Plymouth Preservation Network.</p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:30:55 +0000 Stateside Staff 16041 at http://michiganradio.org Red Ryder Daisy Air Rifle made in Michigan Parents Making a Difference http://michiganradio.org/post/parents-making-difference <p>Just over a month ago, I talked about an interesting controversy in the Plymouth-Canton Community School district, a middle-to-upper-middle area of western Wayne County.</p><p>The superintendent suddenly banned a popular novel, Graham Swift&rsquo;s &quot;Waterland&quot;, from the Advanced Placement, or AP English curriculum. &quot;Waterland&quot;, first published almost 30 years ago, is a highly acclaimed book which has to do with storytelling and history, and which shows how everything is influenced by what came before.</p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 16:08:03 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6282 at http://michiganradio.org Parents Making a Difference Michigan school district decides not to ban "Waterland" novel http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-school-district-decides-not-ban-waterland-novel <p>The <a href="http://www.pccs.k12.mi.us/">Plymouth-Canton school district</a> will not ban <em>Waterland </em>from its Advanced Placement English curriculum.</p><p>Graham Swift&rsquo;s novel is the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-school-district-considers-banning-two-books">second book this year</a> the Plymouth-Canton school district put on trial. The <a href="post/michigan-school-district-considers-banning-two-books">district considered banning</a> Toni Morrison&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/the_dilettante/2006/05/why_is_beloved_beloved.html"><em>Beloved </em></a>last month, but <a href="http://www.pccs.k12.mi.us/node/1396">decided against it</a>.</p><p>A committee voted anonymously in a closed meeting not to ban the books after hearing from teachers, students and parents during public meetings. (Since their votes are anonymous, we do not know if it was a unanimous vote.)</p><p>AP English teacher Brian Read, who has taught <em>Beloved </em>and <em>Waterland</em> for 10 years, says both books deal with the effects of trauma, and contain some mature content of a sexual nature. He says he and his colleague don&#39;t choose books because they&#39;re sensational, or because there&#39;s offensive material in it.</p><p>&quot;We choose them because they&rsquo;re really great works of literature and they really work well in our curriculum, they work well with other pieces that we&rsquo;re teaching. So I&rsquo;ll absolutely teach it again and I&rsquo;m glad that I have that opportunity to teach it again.&quot;</p><p>Read says both books are worth fighting for, and he&rsquo;ll continue to defend the books if they come under fire again.</p><p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 22:00:03 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6270 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan school district decides not to ban "Waterland" novel Plymouth-Canton school district banning books http://michiganradio.org/post/plymouth-canton-school-district-banning-books <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">There&rsquo;s an interesting controversy going on in the&nbsp; Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, a middle-class school district in Western Wayne County. It has to do with banning books.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:35:53 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 5818 at http://michiganradio.org Plymouth-Canton school district banning books Michigan teacher charged in alleged school threat http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-teacher-charged-alleged-school-threat <p>A high school teacher with Plymouth-Canton Community Schools accused of threatening co-workers has been arraigned on weapons charges. Fifty-two-year-old Raymond Schepansky was charged Saturday with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon on school property and felony firearm.</p><p><a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110416/METRO01/104160373/1409/METRO/Plymouth-Canton-teacher-arraigned-on-weapons-charges">The Detroit News reports</a> that a magistrate dismissed a charge of carrying a weapon with unlawful intent after finding that Schepansky had not specifically threatened anyone. The magistrate entered an innocent plea for Schepansky and ordered him held on $100,000 cash bond.</p><p>Police say Schepansky seemed angry and frustrated when he arrived Wednesday at Plymouth High School with a handgun and ammunition in his car. He was ordered to stay away from the school.</p><p>Schepansky, who&#39;s been suspended, was arrested Thursday when he returned, prompting a one-day shutdown of the school. Sat, 16 Apr 2011 17:27:48 +0000 Kyle Norris 2102 at http://michiganradio.org