Dexter Forum Notes 02-02-19

Moderator John Hansen’s notes:

Flowers and cookies and little oranges appeared on the back table in celebration of Groundhog Day and the beginning of our fifth year.

Fresh from our discussion about pedestrian safety regarding kids walking and riding their bikes to school we noted the danger adults face when they cross through traffic to get to the post office which turned into a discussion about future uses for the old Country Market space which we decided would make a great spot for a new post office since they basically did the same thing in Chelsea.  No one is aware that there are any plans to do this but sometimes it is our priviledge to get the conversation started.

We have spent a lot of time over the years talking about the condo corridor that runs along Grand Street to the back of the downtown.  Well, the first residents (including our own webmaster Richard Weaver) have moved in and construction continues even in the dead of winter.  Further down the street  the Broad Street project remains in the planning phase and the pesky electrical substation may go away by fall.  If nothing else I think we are coming to understand the complexity of re-developing old industrial sites.

School board president Michael Wendorf issued a personal invitation to each of us to attend the ribbon cutting for Beacon Elementary School on Monday. February 11 at 5:00 PM.

We also heard enthusiastic support for upcoming events sponsored by St. James Episcopal Church, The Encore Theater, The Dexter Community Players, The Senior Citizen Center and the Rotary Club of Dexter.  You just don’t need to go to New York anymore to have a good time.

What happens at the Forum doesn’t stay at the Forum.  We get talked about and written about.  A reporter from the Sun Times News and We Love are usually present and, of course, I write these notes.  We want folks to feel free to express their feelings on any subject but there is some concern about having a person’s name publicly attached to their comments.  Our elected officials know that they are always ‘on the record’ but some regular folks may not want a random comment tied to their name.  Let’s just say that awareness has been raised on this issue.

The next meeting of the Dexter Forum will be on Saturday, February 16 at 8:30 AM at the Dexter Wellness Center.

The Dexter Forum is supported by the Dexter Wellness Coalition as part of the 5 Healthy Towns initiative to “help connect with others in healthy ways”.  The purpose of the Forum is to create an opportunity for interested women and men to gather to discuss important issues facing our community.  All are welcome on a drop-in basis.  The group meets on the first and third Saturdays of the month.

Back issues of the Forum notes are available on our web site   Just let John or Karl know if you would like to be added to our e-mail list which will get you meeting reminders and your own personal copy of the meeting notes.

The group is moderated by Karl Fink and John Hansen.

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