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Border to Border Trail
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Progress is being made to fully connect communities throughout Washtenaw County with an expanded Border to Border Trail.  Learn about the latest developments in this conversation between WEMU’s David Fair and Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Director, Coy Vaughn, in this week’s edition of “Issues of the Environment.” 


On Tuesday, there were three contested races for Ann Arbor City Council,  city council and a mayoral race in Milan and in Dexter, voters ousted an incumbent. 

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival

This week, Art and Soul is about the performing arts in our area.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by local journalist and arts blogger Jenn McKee to talk about many of the events taking place right now in our area.  They are joined by a special guest, Janice Blixt, the producing artistic director of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, who speaks about their current and upcoming performances.


Lisa Barry

This week, Art and Soul focuses on the performing Arts in Washtenaw County.  Lisa Barry speaks with Broadway-bound actor Conor Ryan, who is starring in "Into the Wild" at the Encore Musical Theatre in Dexter and local playwright David MacGregor.

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Swans on a lake are typically a beautiful sight, but one breed of swan has been disrupting Michigan's ecosystem.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Holly Vaughn, Wildlife Communications Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, about the management of invasive mute swans.


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Carbon taxes are a seemingly simple way to deal with the climate crisis. As the price of fossil fuels goes up, consumption goes down.   But fears of negative economic impacts have kept the idea from moving forward in the U.S.  Now, a group of leading Republican elders has a proposal that goes a step further.  They call it “Carbon Dividends,” because the taxes collected are returned to the public.  What is the local reaction?  In this installment of WEMU’s “Green Room” series, Barbara Lucas sets out to find out.


Shop with a Cop
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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office will host its "Shop with a Cop" program once again this holiday season.


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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office held the third in its community education series  at Mill Creek Middle School in Dexter on Wednesday evening.  The overall idea is to improve the department's relationship with the community by informing offering insights into how the Sheriff's office operates.
 


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On this week's Art & Soul: The Performing Arts, journalist and local blogger Jenn McKee and I talk with Matthew Brennan, the director and choreographer of the Encore Theatre's musical adaptation of the 1997 British film "The Full Monty" in Dexter.


Communities around the WEMU listening area went to the polls Tuesday to vote on city council members and local leaders, millages for road repairs, and expanding public transit in Washtenaw County. Here you'll find the results as they become available:

Dexter
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For nearly a decade officials in Dexter have been in the process of making the switch from a village to become a city.  Voters get a final say in November.  Some see it as an opportunity, while others are concerned with what could be lost.


Dexter
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Michigan's next city could be in Washtenaw County.  Voters in the Village of Dexter decide in November if they approve of a proposed city charter.  Don't expect a lot of changes regardless of the outcome of the vote.


Winter Isn't Over Yet, Spring Flooding Possible

Mar 11, 2014
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    Another round of winter weather is expected to drop 3 to 7 inches of snow on southern Michigan, including the Washtenaw County area.  This could lead to Ann Arbor breaking the annual snowfall record.

MDOT Grants to Help Make Dexter More Walkable

Nov 12, 2013

Grants from the Michigan Department of Transportation will help improve the "walkability" of the Dexter area. 

A partnership including the village, Dexter Community Schools and the Chelsea-area Wellness Foundation is receiving about $225,000 to help close gaps in the community's sidewalks. 

Village Manager Donna Dettling says there are good routes from most sub-divisions to Dexter Schools, but a few problem areas were identified in developing the safe routes to school planning document.  Dettling says they hope to finalize designs and identify a contractor this winter, so construction on sidewalks and other projects can begin in the spring.  She says the community is thrilled with the M-DOT funding and the planning work done through a great collaboration gave Dexter an enormous benefit.


Residents in the Village of Dexter have voted to continue on the path to becoming a city. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more on the vote in Tuesday's election.

Supporters and opponents of the Village of Dexter continue to discuss the possibility of becoming a city. Both sides share a love for Dexter, but they are unsure of what becoming a city will mean for them individually, or as a community.

Ultimately, voters are asked to decide if they want to find out what proposals the City Council Commission would make, or if they definitely want to remain a village and end the process now. Hear the full story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley. 

Dexter Marks 1 Year Anniversary Of Tornado

Mar 15, 2013

It's been exactly one year since an F-3 tornado tore through the Village of Dexter, damaging some 400 homes, with 36 of those homes suffering major damage.

Dexter Village Assistant Manager Courtney Nichols says there 's still some repair work going on, specifically at the car wash and the laundromat.  She says most of the homes have been repaired or re-built. 

Nichols says it was very fortunate that the financial cost to the village was only $45,000, which mainly went to cover clean-up and tree removal service.

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A Dexter couple whose home was destroyed by last year's tornado is helping to host a run to raise money for those who helped in the recovery effort.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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On March 15, 2012 Dexter was hit by an F3 Tornado. Immediately after the tornado the community and surrounding communities came together to put the pieces back together. All proceeds from this run will began to pay back those organizations that supported our community.

Parks and Creeks

Jul 18, 2012
An image of Mill Creek Park.
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This week David talks to  Allison Bishop, the Village of Dexter Community Development Manager about Mill Creek Park. After three years of hard work, Dexter's Mill Creek Park is set to open soon.