Thursday, March 14, 2013
Families affected by the Dexter tornado can sign up for tree replanting services at Lafontaine Chevrolet on March 15.
In honor of the resilience of the Dexter community following its recovery from a tornado that struck neighborhoods last year, the Dexter Relief Fund committee will host an open house on March 15. The event will take place at LaFontaine Chevrolet from 3 to 7 p.m. Throughout the evening, residents can fill out applications for tree replanting that will begin in April. Tree samples and site evaluation consultation will be available. In addition, applications will be accepted for lawn and glass remediation problems. Volunteers can sign up for the replanting process, and teams of people are needed to help with numerous homes in Dexter Village and Dexter Township. Food will be provided by LaFontaine Chevrolet, and Dexter High School students …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
While their homes are being rebuilt, residents in Dexter and Dexter Township are still living out of suitcases and hotels six months later.
Six months after a powerful EF3 tornado ripped through Dexter, life for local residents is far from normal. "We still get a lot of gawkers," Blair Taylor, a resident of the Carriage Hills subdivision in Dexter Township said. "(Coming back to the neighborhood) after being away for so long leaves you with a sense of disconnection. Six months ago I was really involved, but now we're just trying to create a life again. It's like falling down the rabbit hole into a whole new world." The township, along with the Huron Farms subdivision in the Village of Dexter, were two of the most heavily affected areas in the storm's path. Taylor hasn't spoken much about the tornado since it hit, and said she still remembers watching the sky over her house …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Faith in Action director says $265,000 of the $331,000 raised has already been put to use in the Dexter area.
Though the tornado that ripped through the Dexter area in March left significant property damage and long-lasting emotional scars for many residents, the generosity of neighbors proved to be much stronger than the EF3-class winds. This is perhaps most tangibly recognizable in the form of the Dexter Relief Fund, which to date has reach over $330,000 in donations for dispersal amongst those impacted by the devastating event. According to Nancy Paul, executive director of Faith in Action, the Chelsea-based organization charged with organizing the dissemination of the collected funds, people immediately expressed interest in helping the tornado victims. “I think within 24 hours of when the tornado had hit, it was Matt Lafontaine and the …
Saturday, July 14, 2012
The free camp is being funded through donations by the Dexter Tornado Relief Fund.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
The Dexter Community Education Office will host a summer camp for students in kindergarten through sixth grade on Aug. 6-10 and Aug. 13-17 at Cornerstone Elementary School. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes crafts, water fun, outdoor games, hands on activities and special guests. Camp will be staffed by certified teachers. Students will be provided a box lunch Monday through Thursday and pizza on Friday. All campers will receive a T-shirt. Students directly affected by the March 15 tornado can register starting July 16 at 9 a.m. and all other students can begin registration on July 23. Space is limited and a minimum of 60 students per week is required for the camp to run. Families can register online at onlinedexter.com with…
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
More than $100,000 has been disbursed among 115 homes in Dexter Village and Dexter Township
As homeowners in the Dexter area continue the process of rebuilding and repairing houses damaged by an EF3 tornado, donations to the Dexter Tornado Relief Fund continue to come from clubs, students groups, and residents from across Michigan. With a $1,600 donation from the Dexter Girls on the Run organization in mid-May, the fund has now reached a whoping $275,000. Nancy Paul, director of Faith in Action, a nonprofit organization serving Chelsea and Dexter, said disbursements from the fund continue weekly. "Disbursements began two weeks after the tornado hit, when there was around $150,000 in the fund," Paul said. "The committee, made up of representatives from the Village of Dexter, Dexter Township, Dexter Community Schools, Chelsea State…
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Thirty-four girls from Wylie Elementary School helped raise money for the Dexter Tornado Relief Fund through pledges for the Girls on the Run 5K.
Dexter Relief Fund organizers received a welcomed surprise on Thursday, when 34 third and fourth grade students from Wylie Elementary School's Girls on the Run program presented a $1,623 check to help families affected by the March 15 tornado. Founded in North Carolina in 1996, Girls on the Run is a national nonprofit that teaches girls about positive reinforcement, leadership and self-esteem. And to run at their own pace to stay healthy. "It's a great program that teaches young girls that it's ok to be yourself," Dexter coach Mara Greatorex said. "We talk about bullying, gossip, peer pressure, healthy nutrition, and how to make an impact in the community." To that end, Greatorex said Girls on the Run isn’t just about training and running …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Dexter resident Wendy Martin talks about her family's experience with insurance companies, contractors and help from unlikely allies following the March 15 tornado.
For the past two months, Dexter resident Wendy Martin, like so many other residents, has been displaced, staying at a temporary home in Dexter Township until repairs can be made on her property. Martin's house, located in the Huron Farms subdivision in the Village of Dexter was virtually destroyed when an F3 tornado tore through the community on March 15. "We have a long way to go. Right now we just have a pile of dirt where our house was," Martin said. Martin still vividly recalls that warm spring afternoon when tornado sirens violently sounded through the community. "I grabbed the kids and ran inside," Martin told NBC Nightly News during an interview. "When I saw the swing set go by (outside), I took the kids and we hunkered down in the …
Monday, April 9, 2012
The club received a $10,000 emergency grant from Lions International to purchase gift cards and supplies for Dexter families.
As Dexter residents continue to make repairs following the March 15 tornado that damaged more than 100 homes, the Dexter Lions Club is reaching out, providing gift cards and other essentials to families in need. A day after the tornado struck the subdivisions of Carriage Hills in Dexter Township and Huron Valley Farms in the village, Lions members applied to Lions International for an emergency $10,000 grant. "We saw the destruction firsthand and it was just unbelievable," Lion Richard Dettling said. "It's an overwhelming feeling to see that Mother Nature can be in charge when she wants to be." Dettling said within 24 hours the grant request was approved, and money has been used to purchase gift cards from Meijer and Busch's to help …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The band will hold its final concert of the season on April 29 at Dexter High School.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Members of the Dexter Community Band resumed their regular practice schedule on March 22, a week following the March 15 Dexter tornado. By the end of the two-hour rehearsal, more than $1,400 was quietly donated by the musicians, several of whom had sustained damages to their own homes in the storm. “I’m proud to be a member of this band,” said Karla Linkner, band president. “We’ve certainly given back to the community with physical help and now monetary donations.” The band’s final performance of the 2011-12 season will take place on April 29 at 3 p.m. at the Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, under the direction of William Gourley. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.dextercommunityband.…
Monday, April 2, 2012
Shoppers patronize local businesses as a 'thank you' to owners who helped families affected by the March 15 tornado.
More than 50 people from Ann Arbor and surrounding communities descended on Dexter on Saturday to participate in a “cash mob” to support area businesses as they are helping rebuild the community in the wake of a tornado two weeks ago. Modeled after the “flash mob” concept, cash mobs are grassroots organizations who meet at a store at a specific time and spend a certain amount of money to support the local economy. "The whole idea was just, basically, everyone come into town, walk the streets and just shop,” event co-organizer Paul Hickman said. Kathy Crawford, a resident of the Huron Farms subdivision, whose home was badly damaged from the tornado, said she wanted to come out and support as many businesses as she could. "Local businesses …