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| 1 min read | from John Hansen |

We started the new season with a celebration – a birthday party.  We know that it is precedent setting but from now on anyone who turns 99 gets a cake and a party and a chance to share life’s secrets with the group.  Al Ruhlig has hardly missed a Forum since the beginning and we appreciate his quiet wisdom.  It turns out that the secret to a long life is based on faith, family and farm work.

We have a new newspaper in town and it is actually made out of paper not pixels.  It is called the Dexter Guardian and is available free at your local gas station.
We bemoaned the loss of our (only) local pharmacy.  It wasn’t so much that we failed to patronize our local business but more related to pressure from insurance companies to force us to shop by mail.
The Avalon supported living project has jumped another hoop as they received approval of their preliminary site plan from the planning commission.
Doug Marrin shared the latest step in his journey from coffee shop owner to We Love Dexter.com to OnMain.Today to cub reporter for the Sun Times News.  Be careful when you retire – life has a way of chasing you down and putting you back in the action.
We were knee deep in advocates for the Lion’s Club fall sports program (buy one), Apple Days (go there), the Webster Fall Festival (RFD Boys will be there), Coffee and Conversation with the Episcopals (prison reform) and a divorce workshop.  (These folks all bring flyers that are on the table just outside our meeting room.)
It looks like the City fire hall project could be on the ballot as soon as May of 2020 but don’t hold your breath.  Our Webster Twp. friends are still working out the details of their fire hall project as well.
And then there was the issue with some internal friction on our school board.  We were running out of time so its best to re-visit the last couple of issues of the Sun Times News to get up to date on this one.
The next meeting of the Dexter Forum will be on Saturday, September 21 at 8:30 AM at the Dexter Wellness Center and will feature a return visit of the Bridge Magazine Roadshow.  The topic this year will be Great Lakes – Great Economy.
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