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Relay for Life kicks off

By Sean Dalton
Heritage Media

Dexters 2012 Relay for Life was officially kicked off this month at the Dexter District Library. Captains from nearly a dozen teams, spanning several dozen participants who have already raised $7,208 as of Monday convened to experience a pep talk with American Cancer Society officials. At last years event this group raised $60,000, said Alex Garnepudi, a community engagement manager for ACS, who works with local organizers to put on successful Relays across the country. Garnepudi recalled previous years where weather was a challenge for Dexter Relays, but despite those challenges and changing venue from the Dexter Community Schools campus between Cornerstone and Wylie to Monument Park, Dexters organizers have exceed yearly fundraising goals and bested previous years fundraising milestones consistently year-to-year. Garnepudi said that he was confident that Dexter would continue to do well by ACS with this years Relay, with a little over 88 days until the 2012 relay commences on May 19 at 9 a.m. Third-time relay-participant Mike Haywood

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Mark Olexa speaks about this years Relay for Life in Dexter. Olexa is a longtime Relay for Life participant and cancer survivor. was in attendance Friday at the Dexter District Library with his daughter, Emily, in support his wife, Michelle, who has stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. Ive done eight relays total we have a lot of fun at these relays and we look forward to a lot of fun this year, Haywood said. Like many who come to Relay for Life, Haywood and his family do well in seeking emotional support from their local Relay community, as well as a morale boost in the face of dealing with a serious disease as a family. Haywood has raised $110 as an individual already and says he has no intentions of letting up in his individual portion of the broader fight against cancer. Local figure Mark Olexa, known best for being a central figure in Dexters participation in the 5 Healthy Towns initiative, was the speaker of hope during the event and rallied those gathered around the mantra of: This is going to be the best year ever. Please raise your hands if you are a survivor know someone who has died from cancer some you know who is a survivor, Olexa asked during his remarks, at the end of which everyone in the room had their hands up, some very emotional at the display of being united by circumstances.

We are all connected to someone who has survived, battled or succumbed to cancer. We may lose individual battles, but we are winning the war.

Two dogs died in a fire Saturday night that devastated a Scio Township residence on Marshall Road, west of Baker Road and north of I-94. Scio Township Fire Chief Carl Ferch said the three residents who lived in the house had just gone out when a neighbor across the street reported the fire at about 6:28 p.m. Firefighters from Scio Township, Dexter and Chelsea responded to the 7600 block of Marshall Road and quickly brought the fire under control, he said. He said the fire affected all areas of the small cementblock house. Unfortunately the residents two dogs died in the fire, he said. They were very fond of their pets, Ferch said. The home was for the most part a total loss. Thats devastating. The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen, he said, but the specific cause is currently unknown. He said the residents who lived there returned while firefighters were extinguishing the fire. American Red Cross assisted them with lodging, Ferch said. Firefighters were on the scene for about three hours, he said.

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Five dedicated students from Dexter High School will take their turn representing their school districts science curriculum at the 15th annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl. The students representing Dexter are Jorgen Powell, Angie Bach, Angelina Cicchella, Sco Harvey, and Aman-Vir Singh Mandair. The kids are coached by DHS teacher Cheryl Wells, who is accustomed to excellence from Dexters science pupils. With more oceanographers employed in the state of Michigan than any other state, and some combined multi-state regions, the regional Great Lakes Bowl

and the national bowl is a big feather in the cap of a student who wants to find his or herself gainfully employed in this growing segment of the scientific community. You have to be very well informed about current ocean issues, Wells said when asked what it takes. In order to assure that a bowl participant isnt out of their depth, a quickly accelerating schedule of review in biology, physics, chemistry, geology, geography, technology and marine law is required as prep, according to Wells who has gone to nationals and won several times. Dexter has been involved in the bowl since the beginning, she said.

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Coach Cheryl Welles, Sho Harvey, Angelina Cicchella, Captain Jorgen Powell, Angie Bach, Aman VirMandair, Great Lakes Regional NOSB director Sandar Robinson and WDIV Meteorologist Paul Gross pose for a photo after the Dexter team won the PLEASE SEE OCEAN/3-A regional competition.

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