Dexter Forum Notes 12-17-18

From the notes of moderator John Hansen:

Our secret Santa (Rex) helped get us in the holiday spirit with a table full of fruit, cookies and candy.

We started with a sitting ovation for Adrian Ariaola, owner of Chelas Mexican restaurant which is off to a great start.  Welcome to Dexter.  It was noted that there were seven ribbon cuttings for new businesses by the Chamber of Commerce in the last few days.  We are now going to turn our attention to filling up the former Country Market space.

Anchor and Beacon emerged as the names of the two wings of our early elementary complex according to Julie Schumaker.  All involved parties seemed pleased with the outcome of this sensitive issue.

The missing Bell Road bridge has been found.  After 25 years of resting along the side of the Huron River it has been disassembled and placed in storage for future use, perhaps on some segment of the border to border trail.  A replacement for the bridge is not anticipated during our lifetimes.

Cellist and electrical engineer Lori Sprague encouraged our attendance at the Dexter Community Orchestra holiday concert on Sunday, December 16th at 4:00 PM at the Dexter Center for the Performing Arts.  The orchestra is sorting out applicants for their open director’s position.  With her other hat on Lori talked about the successes of the Dexter Dreadbot robotics team of which she is one of the coaches.

Note:  Dexter may add a community choir to its’ list of cultural attractions.  More news about this after the holidays.

John Scharf, Webster Township Trustee, talked about the townships desire to collect citizen input on the regulation of marijuana businesses allowed by the new law.  You can read more at……

We tried to help Doug Marrin of We Love research information about pedestrian safety in Dexter particularly as it relates to the new roundabouts and kids crossing our busy main streets.  Watch for his article which will be coming soon.

Since we wont be together again until January 5, 2019 Karl and I would like to wish you all a  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we thank you for showing up and bringing substance and a little fun to the Dexter Forum.

Karl Fink and John Hansen

And one more thing….

Open house at Gordon Hall – The Christmas Village Collection 6pm to 8pm on December 15, 29, 30.

Visitors will tour the Christmas Village Collection, a magical display of Milt Campbell’s huge collection of Department 56 villages. This collection was traditionally seen in the windows of Huron Camera in downtown Dexter throughout the holiday season, and was a favorite destination for families. Presented by the Dexter Area Historical Society. Suggested donation: $5/adult. Location: Gordon Hall, 8311 Island Lake Rd, Dexter, MI. For more information call 734-426-2519, or visit our website at  or Facebook page:


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