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Posted on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 9:30 a.m.

Three Cedars Farm gets OK for seasonal activities that were questioned before owner was elected supervisor

By Cindy Heflin

The Salem Township supervisor will be able to continue seasonal activities at his Three Cedars Farm if the Township Board follows the Planning Commission’s recommendation, the Observer & Eccentric reported.

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Three Cedars Farm

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The Planning Commission on a 5-2 vote approved Supervisor Gary Whittaker’s application for a conditional zoning request, the newspaper reported. Whittaker is also the owner of Three Cedars Farm.

In 2011, Whittaker at first canceled Christmas activities at the farm at Six Mile and Curtis roads northeast of Ann Arbor after receiving a letter from the township citing several safety violations. He later brought them back in a limited fashion, and the township pledged to work with him.

Last fall, Whittaker ran for office and defeated then-supervisor Bob Heyl.

Critics accused Whittaker of stacking the Planning Commission in his favor, the newspaper reported.

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Sat, Feb 2, 2013 : 6:34 p.m.

I've been to the farm for both Autumn and Xmas festivities. It's always fun and well kept. Neat, clean and I always thought it to be very safe. The barn was meticulous inside. Further, the family always did things for charity from what I could tell. This wasn't a case of commercialism at the expense of public safety or welfare. Quite the opposite. Mr. Whittaker did what we always say you can do. If you don't like the way government works, run for office. He did, he won. The people in Salem supported him at the ballot. The bureaucrats were either drummed out or have scurried under tables to hide. That's good news because it shows that in some small parts of the country we are still an old-time democracy--of the people, for the people and by the people.


Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 5:29 p.m.

I know it sounds like this guy is throwing his weight around...but it's actually the other way around. He's the good guy here. This is basically a victory in a series of long running battles with corruption. There is SOOOO much more going on here that isn't in this "article."


Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 6:21 p.m.

That makes sense to me.


Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 6:20 p.m.

Billy thanks You are so right


Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 4:38 p.m.

Both The Whittaker and Verran families have lived in Salem township for close to if not over 100 years. These are the kind of people that built this contry to what it is There is no conspiracy. I know its rare and almost a forgatten concept but it could be the application of common sense. What happens at the farm does not hurt anyone. Yes it adds a little traffic for a short period of time but I went to recent Toys for Tots event there that benefitted many people in the community.


Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 3:23 p.m. would be helpful to tell us who Whittaker is. That way the story makes sense.

Cindy Heflin

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 3:58 p.m.

You are so right. That has been clarified.

Dog Guy

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 3:11 p.m.

Apparently, some Salem Township voters were involved in this conspiracy.


Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 2:48 p.m.

It's good to be the King.


Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 2:58 p.m.

perks are good -- Don't you wish you as smart ---THE PLACE ROCKS