Around Town: Last Day for Bagged Yard Waste Pick-Up; Small Town Holiday Parade; Thanksgiving Fire Safety Reminders

Last Day for Bagged Yard Waste Pick-Up by Waste Management

Monday, November 25, 2019 will be the last day of bagged compost pick-up by Waste Management. Please make sure to set all remaining bags out for collection.

Leaf collection by the Department of Public Works (DPW) will continue until the week of December 9, 2019.

To accommodate the residents whose trees lose their leaves after the end of leaf pick up, the DPW will pick up bagged leaves on the following dates only: December 23rd, January 8th and January 22nd (weather permitting).

Waste Management will resume bagged compost pick up on Monday, April 6, 2020.

Office Closing

City Offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29.

Small Town Holiday Parade

The Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Small Town Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 6 pm. The parade will start at Kensington and Ann Arbor Street and end at the American Legion on Dexter Chelsea. The route is generally the same as the Dexter Daze Parade.
Applications to participate in the parade will be accepted until Friday, November 22, 2019. Please contact the Chamber at or 734-426-0887 for more information.

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Reminders

The Dexter Area Fire Department would like to share the following information about fire safety at Thanksgiving.

Did you know Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? The number of home fires double on Thanksgiving. Keep these safety tips in mind as you prepare your meal:

If you are roasting your turkey, make sure you set a timer. This way, you won’t forget about the bird as you watch the parade or football.

If you are frying your turkey:
– Use a fryer with thermostat controls. This will ensure the oil does not become over heated.
– Thaw your turkey completely. Ice on the bird will cause the oil to splatter.
– Don’t overfill the pot with oil. If you do, the oil will overflow when you add the turkey causing a fire hazard.
– Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer.
– Always use the fryer outdoors.

Stuffing and Potatoes
Stand by your stove when you are boiling your potatoes or frying onions for stuffing. It is best to stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling or broiling. If you are in the kitchen, it is easier to catch spills or hazardous conditions before they become a fire.

– Keep the area around the stove clear of packaging, paper towels, and dish cloths; anything that can burn.
– Be sure to clean up any spills as they happen.
– Be prepared. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire.
– Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove so you don’t bump them.

By following these safety tips you will have a delicious and fire safe Thanksgiving. For more information please visit


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