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Alan Scafuri on June 4th, 2014

Dexter Update would like to congratulate The 2014 Dexter High School honors students. Please click this link to see the pdf.

Lisa Allmendinger on June 4th, 2014

Dear Readers:

Elizabeth and Ross Richardson, Marcia Cavan, Lisa Carolin, Alan Scafuri and I have enjoyed the last 5 months bringing you all the news that’s fit to post about Dexter.

We’ve worked super hard for all of you, we’ve had a lot of fun and met a lot of wonderful people along the way.

Unfortunately, we’ve been unable to secure the financial support necessary from the community to continue this news site. And for that we are saddened.

So for now, we are suspending operations in Dexter.

Lisa M. Allmendinger

Lisa Allmendinger on June 4th, 2014
Courtesy photo from Donovan Hill.

Courtesy photo from Donovan Hill.

By Lisa Carolin
One of the most entertaining activities at the Civil War Days event, which runs from June 6-8, is the baseball game between the Union Base Ball Club of Dexter and the Monitor Base Ball Club of Chelsea.

The game that these two teams are presenting actually occurred right before and during the beginning of the Civil War, and they play by 1860s rules. “I always enjoy playing on the fields in front of Gordon Hall,” said Donovan “Mad Dog’ Hill, co-founder and captain of the Union team, which he started in 2012.

Hill was inspired by “Honest Jon’ Van Hoek, captain of the Monitor team of Chelsea, which Van Hoek started in 2011. Hill was also inspired by a club that played baseball in Dexter in 1865 called the Wahoo Base Ball Club of Dexter, a name that is already in use. “I chose the name Union because the men that fought out of Dexter in the Civil War were called the Dexter Union Guard,” said Hill.

Courtesy photo from Donovan Hill.

Courtesy photo from Donovan Hill.

He says the turnout for the base ball games during Civil War days has been impressive and that they enjoy playing against the Monitor team with whom they have shared practices and have many good friends.

“This will be our third year of Chelsea versus Dexter at Civil War Days, and it’s really a blast,” said Van Hoek. “We’re evenly matched teams so it’s pretty competitive, and we like to emphasize sportsmanship.”

They plan on an authentic hay field down from Gordon Hall near the road where spectators can sit in lawn chairs. Union players cover an age range of 30 years, varying degrees of baseball experience, and come from Dexter as well as Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Fowlerville.

The Union uniform is similar to that worn in the 1860s, made of heavy material with long sleeve lace up shirts and nickers. “We wear modern baseball shoes but do our best to black out any modern logos,” said Hill.

“The cap we wear is called a pillbox cap, which you may have seen during the 1860s.” He says historic baseball was supposed to be a gentleman’s game with no arguing. They also didn’t use gloves or wear any type of protection. They have just one umpire whose only job is to call foul balls.

You can watch the Union team play against the Monitor Team on Sunday, June 8 at 2 p.m.

Courtesy photo from Donovan Hill.

Courtesy photo from Donovan Hill.


Lisa Allmendinger on June 4th, 2014

To all our great participants:

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Dexter and our community, I extend our thanks for your participation in the 2014 Dexter Memorial Day Parade.

It is your efforts and dedication on Memorial Day that helps the community remember the sacrifices made by the men and women in our armed forces and celebrates the fruits of their heroism.

We look forward to your participation in the 2015 Dexter Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25, 2015.

Please check out the Dexter Memorial Day Facebook page for some great photos.

Steve Feinman
Past President
Rotary Club of Dexter

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Lisa Allmendinger on June 4th, 2014

The North Lake United Methodist Church Spring Rummage Sale will take place Thursday, June 12, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

The sale will continue on Friday, June 13, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The church is at 14111 North Territorial Road.

The proceeds of the sale will go to missions and ministries.

For information, please call the church at 475-7569.

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Marcia Cavan on June 4th, 2014
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Courtesy graphic

Summer Story Times begin the week of June 16 and run until July 31 at the Dexter District Library.

They are drop-in sessions held on Mondays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. The program is geared for ages 6 and under but everyone is welcome to attend one or both sessions. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Summer Story Times for children include picture, pop-up and interactive books, flannel board stories, songs, puppets, finger plays, crafts and other activities that encourage a love of reading to your child.

All sessions are held in the lower level meeting room and are free.

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(Chelsea Update would like to thank the Stockbridge Area Chamber of Commerce for the information in this story.)

A Day in The Village festival in Stockbridge celebrates its 20th year on June 13-14, and this year there are some wonderful additions to the festivities.

Friday, June 13:

  • Friday events start at 10 a.m. with the annual Stockbridge Arts Council Art Show inside the beautiful Town Hall.
  • Arts and crafts booths will fill the Town Square.
  • Area musicians will play all day in the gazebo, and food will be on hand from fair vendors plus special deals will be offered by local restaurants.
  • The Stockbridge Cheer Team will hold a car wash from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the parking lot next to SSB Bank.
  • The Stockbridge Open Air Market will be offer homemade and homegrown goods between 4-7 p.m.  From 5-6 p.m. watch for Boyer’s Balloon Sculptures, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 
  • Then at 6 p.m., free entertainment continues with Billy Mack and the Juke Joint Johnnies in Veterans Memorial Park.  And, watch for the awards for Volunteer of the Year and Father of the Year during the band’s intermission.
  • A kids’ Treasure Hunt will be held for two age groups at 7 and 8 p.m. Dee Dee the Clown will do her famous face-painting from 7-9 p.m. Fair food and Glow-in-the-Dark necklaces and bracelets will be available for purchase.

It will be the biggest fireworks show yet sponsored by Adiska Family Dental and the Stockbridge Area Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday, June 14

  • Saturday events begin at 8 a.m. with the 5k Run/Walk kicking off at Stockbridge High School sponsored by the Stockbridge Area Wellness Coalition.
  • Everyone is invited to join in the 3rd annual Pet Parade so bring your pet on a leash. The parade will line up in the grassy lot across the street from the First Presbyterian Church C.E. Building at 9:45 a.m. and the parade will kick off at 10 a.m.
  • Arts and crafts booths and the Art Show will reopen at 10 a.m. on the Square.
  • The Stockbridge Volleyball Team will hold a car wash at Pelton’s Towing from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
  • Don’t miss the Classic Car Show on N. Center St from 11 a.m.-3.p.m. in front of Backstreet Steak and Seafood.
  • Watch the Community Education Youth Dance Drill Team perform at 11:30 a.m. on the Square.
  • Kids’ rides will be held from noon-4 p.m. on the grounds of the First Presbyterian Church – these rides are free due, in part, to the support of the Stockbridge Lions Club.
  • And, kids should sign up to win one of three bicycles up for raffle – come to the Chamber of Commerce booth in the middle of the Town Square to enter – it’s free.
  • Be sure to enter the Pie Eating Contest on the Town Square at 1:30 p.m.

There will be a lot to do all day long – both days.

Come enjoy the weekend in downtown Stockbridge with lots of Friends, family and fun.

This festival is hosted by the Stockbridge Area Chamber of Commerce and supported, in part, by the Stockbridge Downtown Development Authority.

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Lisa Allmendinger on June 3rd, 2014


Photo by Richardson Photography.

Photo by Richardson Photography.

(Dexter Update is honoring the Dexter High School Class of 2014 in photos and by publishing the four speeches given by the seniors at graduation on Sunday, June 1. To make the type appear larger, use control +)




Photo by Richardson Photography. A scene from Sunday's graduation ceremony.

Photo by Richardson Photography. A scene from Sunday’s graduation ceremony.


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Elizabeth Richardson on June 3rd, 2014
An example of a Poseidon job site.

An example of a Poseidon Ponds and Landscaping  job site.

Poseidon Ponds and Landscaping is a fast growing company in the Dexter-Chelsea area.

Owner Cory Mann wants to hire 2-3 people for entry level positions in both construction and maintenance Monday-Friday and an occasional Saturday.

“This is a posting for summer employment with potential to secure a long-term position with the company,” Mann said.

Wages start at $9 an hour or higher based on experience. A valid driver’s license is required for employment. Projects will start at the office in Dexter and may travel up to a 100-mile area.

For more information: please contact Mann at 734-726-5061 or cory@poseidonponds.com.

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Lisa Allmendinger on June 3rd, 2014


By Lisa Carolin

Licensed drivers 18-years-old and up are invited to test drive vehicles at LaFontaine Chevrolet at a Ride and Drive/Wait to Text event from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 7 at the Dexter Community Schools Bus Hub on Dan Hoey Road.

Hosted by Dexter Community Education in cooperation with LaFontaine Chevrolet and Palmer Insurance, there will be a wait to text (w82txt) pledge drive.

The event is part of a community safety initiative discouraging people from texting while driving.

Reasons not to text while driving include:

  • It’s illegal in Michigan
  • It results in longer reaction times than drunk driving
  • 28 percent of all traffic crashes involve drivers using cell phones and texting
  • Sending and receiving texts takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, which is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field without looking.
  • For each driver who takes a test drive, La Fontaine will donate $20, and for each driver who signs a pledge not to text while driving, Palmer Insurance will donate $20.

The money will go to the Community Education Scholarship Fund, which offers need-based scholarships to one class per person each season.

So far, the fund has enabled 50 Dexter residents, including kids and adults, to participate in Community Education programs.

“Our scholarship fund depends on community support,” said Kim Covert, director of Dexter Community Education. “This event is a wonderful way to emphasize the importance of safe driving, while offering community members more opportunities to participate in healthy and recreational activities.”

Each business will donate up to $2,500, and there will be giveaways for those who attend.

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