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This week, "Art and Soul" focuses on the culinary arts.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry and Jessica Webster speak with Tammie Gilfoyle, a local artist, dog rescuer, and now known to some as the “tomato evangelist” because of the fresh vegetables she's growing in Dexter.


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The Washtenaw County Democratic Party hosted a watch party Tuesday night for the first of two presidential democratic debates that will be hosted in Detroit.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended the gathering and has the story.


Mosquito
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So far in 2019, the weather has particularly warm and damp, which has led to a serious increase in the mosquito and tick population.  Therefore, the risk for diseases these insects carry has increased, as well.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County Health Department environmental health director Kristen Schweighoefer about a new initiative to fight these illnesses.


Traven Pelletier
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Every homeowner wants his/her house to really stand out, and well thought-out landscaping can make that possible.  Traven Pelletier is lead designer of Lotus Gardenscapes in Dexter, and he and his team have turned the craft into extraordinary works of art.  Pelletier talks about his work with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich in this week's "creative:impact."


19th Amendment
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In our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to Nancy Schewe and Carol Burke about plans to commemorate the upcoming anniversary of the 19th Amendment with a year-long event in Washtenaw County involving and engaging as many people as they can.


Pinckney Players
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This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local performing arts scene. 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by writer and reviewer Jenn McKee and guests from the Encore Musical Theatre Company to talk about the many local performance arts events taking place locally.


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There's a community forum taking place twice a month in Dexter known as "The Dexter Forum."  Karl Fink and John Hansen created and moderate the forum to discuss and share information about issues facing the community.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with them about how it got started, what's involved and who can participate.


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This week, Art and Soul is about the performing arts.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by Jenn McKee and the artistic director of Kickshaw Theatre in Ann Arbor Lynn Lammers talking about their current show, "Milvotchkee, Visconsin."


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This week on “In the Public Interest," our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks to several guests about candidate and issue public forums organized by the league.  Jeanine DeLay coordinates the events and is joined by local high school debate teachers Shelly Venema and Debora Marsh.


Mindo Chocolate Makers

We all know the chocolate bars we grew up with and tend to pass out at Halloween.  There is  Snickers, TwixMilky Way, and a host of others.  Now, there’s another chocolate company puttings its product to market and it's based right here in Washtenaw County.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan reports on the high-end chocolate maker that is making its mark, but remains "Hidden in Plain Sight."  


Dwight Burdette

Dexter Township voters will decide two tax measures next week. 89.1 WEMU's Taylor Pinson has more on the millage questions that will appear on the August 7th ballot.


Lisa Barry

As the Washtenaw County Road Commission continues to clear trees from several roads where there have been serious accidents, a Dexter woman staged a protest there Monday morning hoping to stop the over 200 year-old tree from being cut down.  Hours later, she was gone, and all that remained was a big stump and tree debris.

The Washtenaw County Road Commission is using a federal safety grant to cut downs trees in Dexter.  The goal is to create a ten foot safety zone for drivers on Mast Road and North Territorial.  But as 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan tells us, some residents oppose the project.

Jenn McKee

This week, Art and Soul is about the performing arts events happening around Washtenaw County.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by local writer, reviewer and blogger Jenn McKee and the co-creator of Ann Arbor's Pointless Brewery and Theatre Tori Tomalia.


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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