News & Press Releases
SIGN LANGUAGE CLUB STARTING IN DEXTER
By Beth Ranagan
Sign language is used by many people other than those who are deaf. Today it is used by parents and grandparents to help infants learn to communicate early in development. People with speech or voice impairments often know some sign language as an alternate mode of communication. Teachers and therapists learn some sign language so that they can understand those using it instead of speech. Other people learn sign language because they have a family member or friend who is deaf. Children and adults find enjoyment in signing just as others enjoy using and learning a foreign language. Some folks are learning sign just for fun.
If you know some sign language, no matter how much, and would like to practice using it with others, you can join the sign language club starting on Wednesday, September 14, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Abbott Memorial Library in Dexter. It is an opportunity for people of all levels of skill and experience to get together and practice what they know and learn from each other. Children are welcome if they are accompanied by a parent or caregiver. This is an inter-generational activity.
Gerry Amelotte, Teacher of the Deaf, will lead the group. He taught at the Baxter School for the Deaf in Portland and in central Maine schools. Gerry is excited to sign with others and share signing skills as needed.
Please call Liz at the Abbott Memorial Library in Dexter (924-7292) for more information
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
The Dexter Lakes Association would like to thank everyone who participated in its annual plant survey of Dexter’s lakes. We’re pleased to announce that no invasive plants were identified in either Lake Wassookeag or Puffers Pond waters. However, several locations of purple loose strife were observed along the shore line on Lake Wassookeag , both big and small, which are of concern. Purple loose strife is an invasive plant that has the potential to migrate into the water.
Unfortunately purple loose strife plants can appear to the untrained eye as attractive decorative garden plants because they produce colorful purple flowers, but they are dangerous once in the water because they are very difficult to remove. Purple loose strife can be identified by its purple flowers and unusual square stems. If you are a lake front property owner with purple loose strife plants near the water, we encourage you to have them removed.
We are also pleased to report the water clarity readings from the lake this year, as measured with the Secchi Disk, are the best recorded in several years. Clarity readings this summer show the black and white Secchi Disk visible to depths below eleven meters (36′). This compares to eight to nine meter visibility (26-29′) recorded in the last few years. Largely this improvement can be attributed to the lack of rainfall which regularly carries and agitates sediment in our lakes, but it also demonstrates the potential lakefront property owners can achieve by improving their shorelines and properties to keep sediment from entering the lakes.
So to all who participated in the Plant Survey of Dexter’s lakes, thank you. And to those with purple loose strife or seeking assistance to reduce sediment from entering Dexter’s lakes, we invite you to contact a member of the Dexter Lakes Association. We will be pleased to provide assistance.
Ron Snyder ,President, Dexter Lakes Association
Award presented to Dexter Lakes Association by the Town of Dexter for 15 years of continuous effort to protect and preserve the health and safety of the local Lakes.
Pictured are Ron Snyder – Vice-President, Shelley Watson – Town Manager
and Ed Graham – Charter/Board member.
Shared Bounty community garden in Dexter needs volunteer help.
Not only is this a busy time for YOU as the winter grudgingly gives way to a Spring (of sorts) and we dash around trying to get plants into the ground, but the large community garden in Dexter also needs help. Saturday mornings from 8 to 11, the small band of volunteers who grow the vast array and amount of food for free distribution to area seniors all season long invest their sweat and love into the project, and could happily use assistance in weeding, planting, harvesting, bagging and any other of the myriad chores involved. Please consider coming on any Saturday morning even for a short time to lend a hand. The garden is on Rt 23 at Fred Sherburne’s place on the Ripley road just a mile or so South out of Dexter, on the left side of the road going up the big hill; you can’t miss the sign. Call for more info: Deb Burdin 924-6538, John Gornall 924-5232
PRESENTATION OF THE BOSTON POST CANE
Russell B. Titus was born on October 4, 1918 in Costigan, Maine the son of Eugene and Grace Titus. Russ graduated from Brewer High School in 1937. After graduation he enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the National Youth Administration (NYA). He moved to Dexter in 1939 to work at Fay and Scott and met and married Martha Nadeau on February 22, 1941. They had three children. Russ was drafted into the Navy on August 1, 1944 and sailed in the Pacific on the USS Barnwell. He was discharged on January 29, 1946. Russ continued to work at Fay and Scott and retired after working there for 40 years. Russ continues to be an active member of the Knights of Columbus, the VFW, and the American Legion.
Left to Right – Town Manager Shelley L. Watson, Town Council Chairman Mike Blake and Recipient Russ Titus.