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Varsity football: State final – Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 29, Chelsea 12
Ice hockey: Chelsea 3, Walled Lake 2

Lisa Allmendinger on November 29th, 2015
Courtesy photo.

Courtesy photo of the participants.

(Publisher’s note: Be sure to check out the photo gallery by Crystal Hayduk at the end of this story.)

By Crystal Hayduk

Students at Chelsea High School received some hairy entertainment during their lunch break on Nov. 20 when Gary Reed of Reed Barbering on Main Street set up shop in the cafeteria.

Watching teachers in the barber’s chair was the reward for involvement in “Movember,” (a combination of the words mustache and November) an annual event to raise funds for men’s health. In the effort led by counselor Jason Murphy, eight teachers committed to stop shaving facial hair on Nov. 1.

To raise funds, the student council facilitated an election for mustache styles. For the donation of a quarter per ballot, staff and students could cast their votes on how Reed should shave each participant. Ten pre-selected mustache styles were on the ballot, as well as a blank space to draw a unique style, and a choice to “shave that sucker [off].”

The public facial hair removal proved to be a popular event with both students and staff. According to Murphy, the day before trimester final exams was perfect for shaving.

“Everyone needs a little levity at this point in the term,” he said.

Gretchen Kuras, a student who sat directly opposite the makeshift barber shop, said, “It adds something exciting to lunch.”

“This is the weirdest lunch experience I’ve ever had,” said art teacher Laura Naar. “Eating Cheez-its while watching someone get shaved,” she said, laughing.

Parapro Patti Mitchell said, “We look forward to seeing the wooly mammoths every year.”

As teacher Saundra Dunn pulled out her camera and a donation for bearded parapro Gary Galvin to become a late-entry participant, she said that adding the ballots increased student involvement this year.

Student Payton Doan agreed. “It’s cool that they’re volunteering to do this for a good cause,” she said.

Local barber Gary Reed volunteered his services for the event. “It seems like I know about three-quarters of the kids and teachers through years of cutting their hair,” said Reed. “These are great people doing this for a good cause, and I’m happy to be involved. I’m really thankful that they allowed me to do this. It’s fun to be right here in their workplace.”

Students and staff raised $161 by purchasing votes. Anyone can still contribute through the Chelsea Bulldogs team page here.

According to https://movember.com, the Movember Foundation had a humble start of 30 participants in Australia in 2003. Since then, it has grown to a world-wide effort with five million participants. It has raised about $650 million for men’s health, with an emphasis on prostate and testicular cancer, poor mental health, and physical inactivity.

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 29th, 2015
Lima Township Hall

Lima Township Hall

By Jim Pruitt

A special meeting of the Lima Township Board of Trustees is set for Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. to listen to four options for the future of the venerable structure. The meeting is informational only, but residents are encouraged to attend and offer their ideas and suggestions.

The hall dates back to the 1830s and has been home to two congregations, a private outfit, and a grange hall over the years and still holds a prominent spot in the old Lima Village.

There are stained glass windows covered up at the front of the building.

The growth of the township has some folks thinking that a new hall is needed to adequately house elections and to offer upgraded facilities and handicap access. The basement is unusable and the bathrooms are not far behind.

An ad hoc committee was formed two years ago to study what could be done with the structure.

Despite its age, the hall is structurally sound, ad hoc committee member Bob Spink said. The structure is supported by oak 2-by-6 planks and a new roof was installed a year ago.

The committee will offer four options to the board at the meeting:

  • Do nothing
  • Build a new office and hall and raze the old one
  • Refurbish the hall and add offices
  • Add a 20-by 30-foot room onto the back of the hall to create a vestibule area, add new bathrooms, furnace, air conditioning, storage and a handicap-accessible entrance on the north side of the building
  • Cost estimates range from $250,000 to more than $600,000.

Each option has its own cost estimates (which are preliminary at best).

Supervisor Craig Maier favors constructing a new hall that can built at grade level and offer proper handicap access. The existing hall is built 5 feet above ground.

Maier believes the township needs a new hall since it’s growing to the point it will so be split into two precincts – thanks the addition of Thornton Farms. The development opened 75 lots and has sold 37 of them so far. And, there are plans to open Phase III, he said.

“Once we reach 3.000 voters, we have to have two precincts,” Maier said. “We don’t have the room for one precinct (now); there’s not enough space between voting booths.”

That may not be the case, Spink said. His discussions with the Washtenaw County clerk lead him to believe the current hall can be rearranged to handle two precincts.

“(The clerk) said you can have six precincts in one room,” Spink said.

A new hall could also mean the township offices could move back instead of leasing space from the Chelsea Area Construction Agency, Maier said. The current situation is ideal for the township and everyone “enjoys being there,” he said.

“It’s so convenient for people to come in here to get their zoning permits and go right next door to get their building permits, Maier said.

There’s no hurry to make a decision, he said.

“We have been working on this for 20 years,” Maier said. “Perhaps (CACA) would consider moving (here) and sell the building.”

That also may not be necessary as Spink says while the CACA building is up for sale, the price is so high it has not attracted any interest, so a long-term lease for the township is possible.

The township sent out surveys with the recent tax bills gauging interest from residents. The responses so far are 2 to 1 in favor of a new hall, but Maier said there is a lot of concern over how the township is going to pay for a new hall.

Timing could be of the essence, as it would be financially prudent to spend the money now while interest rates and building costs are low, Maier said.

Building a new hall may be the best use of township resources for the old structure, he said.

“There may be some historical significance and while you really can make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, in the end you still have a pig,” Maier said.

But local historian Arly Spink, Bob Spink’s wife, says she wants to make sure longtime residents have their voices heard. The survey is not scientific and shouldn’t be the sole guide for the board.

The survey lacked information on the history of the hall and she does not want the Thornton Farms residents, who do not have any strong links to the community, to have an undue influence, she said.

“People who have lived here all their lives should have influence,” Arly Spink said.

Bob Spink said there will be another public meeting early next year to obtain more input. The committee will lay out the data with the goal of asking better questions, he said.

If you’d like to contact James Pruitt, please email him at jamespruitt7@gmail.com.

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 29th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Joe Yekulis for the information in this story and Kelly Flaherty for the photos in this gallery.)

In perhaps the highest profile event of the year for St. Louis Center, the Fall Dinner Auction at St. Joseph Mercy-Chelsea, reached its 28th year in 2015.

Begun as an outreach effort between the Chelsea community and St. Louis Center in 1987, this event has become one of the most successful fundraisers for the operations of the center during its 55-year history.

According to founding auction supporter Will Johnson, former CEO of Chelsea Hospital, “We started this event as a way to show the Servants of Charity that there were many people in the Chelsea Community who cared deeply about the children and adults who were living at the Center.” All of the food, facilities, and staff for the evening are donated by the hospital.

The event was chaired by Kathi Neuman, who had the assistance of a committee of 20 people from throughout the community. “Once again, many people came together to make this a successful event. I can’t thank my committee members and the hospital staff enough, along with all of the people who came out to support our event again this year,” said Neuman. “The real winners are the residents of St. Louis Center who are developmentally disabled and need our help to provide them with a great quality of life.”

Special guests this year included the trustees of the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation, who recently awarded a foundation grant to St. Louis Center for the creation of three new children’s homes. Members of the State Council of the Michigan Knights of Columbus were also present to make a significant donation to St. Louis Center.

Joseph Merkel, Jr. returned as this year’s auctioneer, and PR Director Joe Yekulis served as the emcee for the evening.

St. Louis Center is a residential care facility for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities located five miles west of Chelsea in Sylvan Township, and is run by the Servants of Charity.

Please visit www.stlouiscenter.org for more information.


Lisa Allmendinger on November 28th, 2015

Bulldog-logoChelsea sports fans there is a double header today — hockey and football.

The hockey team plays in the finals of its Thanksgiving tournament at Arctic Coliseum today at 3:30 p.m. after downing Walled Lake Friday night.

And, the football team plays in the state championship game at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Ford Field. If you can’t go to the game, TV information is in the link.

Chelsea hockey plays Waterford United for the championship this afternoon.

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 28th, 2015
Ryan and Buzz are rooting for the Michigan Wolverines and the Chelsea Bulldogs today.

Photo by Alan Scafuri. Ryan and Buzz are rooting for the Michigan Wolverines and the Chelsea Bulldogs today. Go Blue. Go Dogs.


Lisa Allmendinger on November 28th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Bob Milbrodt for the information in this story.)

The Chelsea Kiwanis Club just completed our Warm the Children service project. Several of our members accompanied families in need of winter clothing to Walmart in Saline. Mary Stewart runs the non-profit organization her father founded, which raises thousands of dollars to provide new clothing for children. Groups like ours volunteer to administer the funds at the store. More information can be found here.

There is just over a week left before hundreds of cases of fresh citrus fruit arrive in Chelsea. Direct from Florida, oranges, tangelos, and grapefruit are a healthy way to keep the sunshine over the upcoming winter season. If you have room in your refrigerator, or can keep the fruit between 32 and 40 degrees, it will stay in good condition until March.

If you did not get a chance to order before now, we have ordered some extras. As you see us delivering the orders, (from Dec. 7-10), speak up to get some of this delicious harvest.

Proceeds from the sale support the many service projects Chelsea Kiwanis undertakes during the year.

The Kiwanis Club will be helping out at the hospital’s Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 5.  Staff at SJMC hospital can invite children for a visit with Santa, continental breakfast, crafts, and games. Our club members, as well as Dexter and Chelsea Key Club members, will assist the children with the crafts and games.

To learn more about Kiwanis, please click here.


Lisa Allmendinger on November 28th, 2015
Courtesy photo. Matthew Millar owner of Renovatio Woodworks.

Courtesy photo. Matthew Millar owner of Renovatio Woodworks.

Although he won’t be at the Winter Farmers Market on Saturday, Renovatio Woodworks will be open at his new location on Jackson Road (where the rock shop used to be) from 10 a.m-4 p.m.

Owner Matthew Millar will welcome folks with non-alcoholic wine and will be offering 30-percent off commissions on his handmade furniture.

Lisa Allmendinger on November 28th, 2015

Cub-Scout-Toy-Drive(Chelsea Update would like to thank Linda Detterman for the information in this story.)

The Chelsea Cub Scouts – Bears Den 5 from Pack 435 – are playing host to Santa in support of a toy drive for Toys for Tots for children through age 12.

Santa’s Toy Drive will take place at Chelsea District Library McKune Room on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 1-3 p.m.

Bring a new, unwrapped gift for a boy or girl. When you drop off your gift, take a picture with Santa (great for those wanting to put together a holiday card). Families must bring their own camera, as there will not be a photographer present.

The Cub Scouts will be building stanchions, decorating the room, and providing some line entertainment and candy canes to help manage the excitement in meeting Santa.

They have also begun to collect money to cover supply costs and hang flyers from Chelsea businesses and have been met with incredible support.

Click here for the Event Facebook page.

For more information, contact Ekrzysikpack435@gmail.com

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 28th, 2015



Lisa Allmendinger on November 28th, 2015