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Commission supports engineering standards By Christy Vander Haagen Special Writer

Community Development Manager Allison Bishop said the standards will “clear up some gray areas.”

The Dexter Planning Commission voted unanimously to support the recent draft of the purpose and intent statement for engineering standards. According to material provided by the Planning Commission, the Village Council recently directed village staff and consultants to draft a purpose and intent statement for the Engineering standards. Though there is general Council support for the Engineering Standards,

Council determined there was still a need to understand the purpose and intent for the standards as well as the process by which the standards will be used. The draft plan states the purpose of Engineering Standards is to provide guidance in “infrastructure design and construction for both private and public projects within the Village of Dexter.” Standard practices ensure reliable and sustainable systems that help protect the public health and safety as well as improve the quality of life.

Community Development Manager Allison Bishop said the draft of the Engineering Standards will help “clear up some of the gray areas of how to improve existing (infrastructure) yet still add new.” The commission reviewed the standards at Monday’s meeting and, after brief discussion, unanimously supported the draft. The draft Engineering Standards will be presented to Council at a future meeting.

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hrongs of parents packed Cornerstone Elementary’s cafeteria Tuesday night for Kindergarten and Young 5’s information night. The meeting, facilitated by Cornerstone principal Craig McCalla and Bates principal Tim Authier, was designed to help prepare parents for their students’ transition into kindergarten or the Young 5’s program. Dexter’s board of education recently approved the start of all-day kindergarten for the 2012-’13 school year. Parents learned specifics about curriculum such as music, physical education, art and library components. The group discussed the pacing of a typical

day, transportation to and from school and how the selection process for school assignments works. According to McCalla, students are assigned randomly to either Cornerstone or Bates. Students with a sibling at a specific school will be assigned to that school, according to McCalla. Both Cornerstone and Bates schools were open prior to the meeting so parents could tour the classrooms and meet some faculty members as well as the principals. The principals discussed parents’ options to enroll their children in one of the schools’ Young 5’s programs which is a more play-based pre-kindergarten program for students who, according to their parents, may still need a little time to develop socially, academically or emotionally.

Cornerstone’s Young 5’s teacher Stephanie Coy discussed the program with parents. “Young 5’s focuses on social and emotional development,” Coy said. “We also focus on self-care as well and help them get ready for kindergarten.” Coy said many parents wrestle with whether to send their child to Young 5’s versus starting kindergarten. “You know your child better than anyone,” she said. Young 5’s will still be a half-day program. According to Authier, parents will have the option to enroll their students in either morning or afternoon Young 5’s classes. Enrollment will be on a first-come, first-served basis and will take place during regular kindergarten registration April 11

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Dexter residents may know Melissa Duncan as owner of The Cleaning Goddesses, but it’s time to put another notch in her belt with the opening of The Jewelry Box Boutique. The Jewelry Box Boutique opened for business Feb. 1, in the front room of the house at 7940 Ann Arbor St., where Duncan oversees her other business. Duncan, who has been making jewelry since she was about 5 years old out of colored wire that her dad would bring home, started to get more serious about it when she was in her 20s.

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“I started taking some classes that included learning silver-smith and glass-making,” Duncan said. She then started teaching her mother, Connie Bade, how to make jewelry herself. “She kept bringing boxes of jewelry to me of all the stuff that she had made,” Duncan said. “It got to the point that we needed to do something.” Duncan and Bade have been doing jewelry shows for the past few years, traveling on weekends to do fairs, bazaars, and holiday expos, and Duncan is tired of traveling. “We had space here at

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