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Lisa Allmendinger on December 22nd, 2014
Courtesy photo. Jake Hollenbeck

Courtesy photo. Jake Hollenbeck

By Lisa Carolin

Jake Hollenbeck loves working with children. That is the impetus behind his job as North Creek Elementary School teacher consultant. He is in his fifth year at the elementary school  and works with kindergarten, first and second-graders on fine motor, gross motor, behavior, social skills, and academics.

He also provides academic support for kindergarten and second-grade students who need some extra help in math, reading, or writing. Hollenbeck says that for many of his students, North Creek is their first school experience.

“These kids come into our school as a sponge,” he said. “They are active, excited, and ready to learn and socialize with peers and adults. The smiles and energy they bring every day make it the greatest place to spend my time.”

Hollenbeck says that seeing the growth in his students is very satisfying, but trying to understand all the unique personalities of his students can be challenging.

“Each of them has their own learning styles, specific likes, motivators, and needs,” he said. “Children at this age show such compassion, forgiveness, and an ability to move on from a difficult situation.”

Hollenbeck praises the administrative team at North Creek for the nurturing atmosphere the school provides.

“Jake is reflective and caring toward his students, their environments and his peers,” said North Creek Principal Marcus Kaemming. “The students know he will hold them accountable while supporting their individual needs.”

Hollenbeck is also a coach for the eighth-grade boy’s basketball team, something he is passionate about.

He grew up in Tecumseh where his dad drove a bus for the Lenawee Intermediate School District and helped run a respite care facility in Adrian. His mom was a youth group leader at their church and operated an in-home daycare.

“Through my childhood, both of my parents’ careers were focused around education,” said Hollenbeck. “I would help my mom take care of the children, who ranged from infants to age 12, during my middle and high school years. The compassion, love and guidance that both of my parents demonstrated in their careers helped to inspire me and my younger sister, Carlee (a high school math teacher in San Diego, California) to become teachers.”

He says that his parents have dedicated their lives to helping those who need it most, a quality he strives to instill in himself and the kids he works with.

Hollenbeck attended Washtenaw Community College focusing on banking and investing. During that time, he began working at Gretchen’s house as a before- and after-school teacher, and that’s when he decided that business was not the right path for him. He also refereed and coached basketball and soccer through Ypsilanti Parks and Recreation at that time.

He applied to Eastern Michigan University and graduated with a major in cognitive impairment and a minor in math. He moved to Salt Lake City for a year and in addition to snowboarding and enjoying the outdoors, he taught kindergarten.

When Hollenbeck moved back to Ann Arbor in 2009, he applied for a teacher consultant job in Chelsea and was hired six days before the school year started.

“Even though it was short notice, I was beyond ecstatic to join the Chelsea School District,” he said. “It remains a dream job for me to be able to work in a district that is fully supported by the community, dedicated to the families, and filled with professionals committed to children.”

Last year, he earned a Master’s Degree at Marygrove College with a focus on reading and literacy.

He has been married to wife, Jess, for three years, though they’ve know each other since high school. They have a dog name Blue whom they rescued, and they enjoy traveling throughout the U.S., especially visiting and camping at national parks.

Hollenbeck also enjoys running, golfing, basketball, softball and snowboarding as well as spending time with his family and friends.

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 22nd, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jean Bust for the information in this story. And, if you would like your church’s Christmas Eve and Christmas services listed on Chelsea Update, please email me today at lallmendinger@sbcglobal.net and I’ll put together a list to run on Tuesday for readers.)

Everyone is invited to join us in Christmas Eve worship at St. Paul UCC at 14600 Old US-12 for worship services with candlelight and communion at 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Please join us in the wonder of the Christmas season.

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 22nd, 2014


The Chelsea District Library will host Makerchelsea Kids Day on Saturday, Jan. 10 from 1-3 p.m. in the McKune Room

For ages 8-14 years, Registration Required.

Tinker, explore, and create with library staff and community volunteers. Test out kid-friendly activities and projects at this makerspace program: Do squishy circuits, computer programming with Scratch, make tech-friendly winter gloves sewn with conductive thread, make mini robots from toothbrushes, and more! With high-tech and low-tech projects, there’s something for all skill levels. We’ll even have the 3D printer out for a demonstration.


Chelsea Bulldogs logo(Chelsea Update would like to thank Dave Jolly for the information in this story.)

Chelsea got off to a solid start to competitive swim and dive season with great performances at MEGA Quad meet.

The Bulldogs traveled to Skyline High School last weekend to take on Skyline the No. 4 ranked team in D2, Groves, the No. 8 ranked in D2 and Heartland High School, the No. 10 ranked team in D1.

Chelsea beat Hartland 114 to 69 and Groves 109 to 77. The Bulldogs fell to Skyline 108 to 78.

The Bulldogs got the meet off to great start with both the A and B 200yd medley relays qualifying for this year’s state meet.

  • Kurt Jolly, Philipi Lopes, Sam Almhiemid and Joey Mangner stopped the clock at 1:41.95 taking 3rd place and Jacob Hartman, Zach Lee, Lee Argir and Max Lonnemo were close behind at 5th with a time of 1:46.24
  • In the 200yd freestyle, Aunic Goodin was 6th overall with a time of 1:54.53.
  • Philipi Lopes was the top placer in the 200yd IM taking 4th place at 2:07.09. Jacob Hartman was 7th at 2:11.47.
  • In the 50yd freestyle, Joey Mangner and Max Lonnemo were the top placers for the Bulldogs. Mangner took 2nd place with a time of 22.72 and Lonnemo was 3rd with a time of 23.21.
  • Jake Burris broke his second pool record of the young season as he won the 1-meter diving competition with a score of 282.10pts. Joe Smith was 2nd with a score of 267.85pts. And Jordan Smith took 3rd for the sweep as he scored 228.80pts.
  • Sam Almhiemid was quite impressive winning the 100 butterfly going away. His time of 52.97 is the fastest in the state thus far in the season. Max Lonnemo was on top of his game as he qualified for states with a 56.69 clocking to take 5th place.
  • Philipi Lopes took 3rd place honors in the 500yd freestyle with a time of 5:04.24. His time qualified him for states.
  • Chelsea 200yd freestyle relay swam a state qualification time as Joey Mangner, Carter Engler, Zach Lee, and Max Lonnemo cruised to a 1:33.27 to take 2nd place.
  • Last year, Chelsea had the best group of backstrokers in the state and that trend continued as Sam Almhiemid and Kurt Jolly both qualified for states. Almhiemid placed 3rd with a time of 55.46 and Jolly was was 5th at 57.46. Jacob Hartman also hit the state qualification mark taking 6th overall at 58.46. Collin Babycz was much improved from last season going 1:00.65 to take 10th.
  • Chelsea finished the evening with a double state qualification of the 400yd freestyle relays.  Chelsea’s A relay of Aunis Goodin, Jacob Hartman, Sam Almhiemid and Philipi Lopes swam a 3:28.95 and the B relay of Carter Engler, Lee Argir, Dylan Ousley and Kurt Jolly clocked a 3:32.51.

Chelsea now will have two weeks to train and prepare for the Mid-Season Classic in Holland, Mich. where the Top 10 teams in Division 3 will gather.


Lisa Allmendinger on December 22nd, 2014

Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce logoThe Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce has tickets for the Saturday, Jan. 31 Red Wings hockey game against the Islanders.

Sponsored by Jet’s Pizza, participants will board the bus at noon from Jet’s parking lot.

The cost is $65 for the bus ride, beverages and tickets to the game.

Registration and payment taken by the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce in person at 222 S. Main St.  Suite B, by phone at 475-1145, or via email info@chelseamichamber.org.

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 21st, 2014
Photo by Tom Hodgson. Black capped chickadee.

Photo by Tom Hodgson. Black capped chickadee.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this story.)

It’s always fun to see those “sometimes” feeder birds that only come by every two or three years, or the truly rare ones that only appear every 10 years or so.

But the most dependable are the common neighborhood birds that are with us year after year. The rest of the year I may see them flitting through the yard or hear them singing high in the tree tops.  But in winter when I fill my feeders, I can enjoy them from the comfort of my living room.

Photo by Tom Hodgson. Male cardinal.

Photo by Tom Hodgson. Male cardinal.

The northern cardinal is one of my favorites, and I may not be alone in that regard as the cardinal is the state bird of seven U.S. states, more than any other species. The northern cardinal is somewhat of a misnomer, as it was originally primarily a southern species.  Over the last 50 years, it has expanded its range northward until it is now common as far north as southern Canada. It is named for the bright red plumage of the male, which resembles the red robes of Roman Catholic Cardinals.

The male is brilliant red the year around, but never looks brighter than when it is perched on a snowy branch in winter. The female is a more buff color with a pink bill. The heads of both are adorned with pointed crests.

The male cardinal can be somewhat of a nuisance as well. He is highly territorial and will even battle his own reflected images in windows and automobile side-mirrors. Once he has discovered his reflection, often nothing short of covering the reflective surface will dissuade him. The cardinal is one of the earliest to begin singing as spring approaches, cranking up his melodious, whistling call as early as February. To learn more about the cardinal’s song click here.

Although they sing from the tree tops, they usually prefer to feed on the ground. Their heavy beaks can easily crack open sunflower seeds, their favorite feeder food.

Photo by Tom Hodgson. Female cardinal.

Photo by Tom Hodgson. Female cardinal.

Although the tufted titmouse somewhat resembles a small gray cardinal, they are actually more closely related to chickadees. They nest in old woodpecker holes or man-made nest boxes.  Titmouse are shy birds that are attracted to feeders for the sunflower seeds. They fly in, quickly retrieve a seed then just as quickly fly away to eat it in the protection of a tree or shrub. They also store seeds in the cracks of tree bark for future use, and they are early singers. The male’s peter, peter, peter call can be heard in February as well.  Click here to listen to selected tufted titmouse calls.

Black-capped chickadees may be the boldest of all the feeder birds. They will continue to retrieve seed from feeders even while they are being refilled. With some effort, they can even be trained to eat from your hand, although the process takes some time and patience.  I have done this by putting a large-brimmed straw hat on broom and mounting it outside near the feeder.

Sprinkle sunflower seed on the brim and the chickadees will land on the hat and retrieve the seeds. Once they are making regular trips to the hat, put the hat on your head and they will continue to visit.  Next put some seed in your hand and they will soon light on your hand as well.

Once the chickadees are comfortable feeding from your hand, other species may get the idea, too.

The chickadee-dee-dee call that gives this bird its name is not the black-cap’s song, but a call note.  The song is a plaintive two-note, clear whistle.  Click here to listen to chickadee sounds.

Photo by Tom Hodgson. Tufted titmouse.

Photo by Tom Hodgson. Tufted titmouse.

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 21st, 2014
Photo by Lisa Carolin. Inside Serendipity Books.

Photo by Lisa Carolin. Inside Serendipity Books.

Photo by Lisa Carolin. Inside Vintage Barn Boutique.

Photo by Lisa Carolin. Inside Vintage Barn Boutique.

Story and photos by Lisa Carolin

Downtown Chelsea has a vast array of stores, and many of them aren’t on Main Street. Take East and West Middle Street for example, where new stores have been popping up since the summer and as recently as a month ago.

The latest addition to downtown as well as to the businesses owned by the Potting Shed, is Cut Loose Clothing, located at 105 West Middle Street. It’s in the same location where the original Potting Shed first opened 12 years ago.

“Cut Loose Clothing has casual, comfortable women’s clothing,” said Bonnie Cook, owner of the new store as well as of the Potting Shed at 112 West Middle Street (across the street) and at the 110 South Main St. location.

Also located on the south side of West Middle Street is Serendipity Books, owned by Lucy Silverio. The book store stocks new and used books ranging from history, science, mathematic and gardening books, to children’s books, mysteries and more.

“We just got some books on the history of Chelsea, which we are selling to support the Chelsea Historical Society,” said Silverio. “We are open to people coming in just to relax and sit in the back.”

Photo by Lisa Carolin. Inside The Attic.

Photo by Lisa Carolin. Inside The Attic.

A few doors down is Global Marketplace, which sells handcrafted items made by people in developing regions around the world. There are numerous bags, scarves, jewelry and much more to choose from.

“There are lots of exciting things going on off of Main Street,” said owner Kevin Frahm. “We are inviting customers to bring in five non-perishable items and they can save 10 percent. We give those items to Faith in Action and give back to the customers.”

East Middle Street has several stores to choose from and has a few buildings and businesses currently in flux.

“We will be closing for a week or two in January to renovate the store,” said Deborah Coy, owner of the Attic Boutique, located at 105 East Middle St.

Photo by Lisa Carolin. Inside Global Marketplace.

Photo by Lisa Carolin. Inside Global Marketplace.

She says that the store is offering many specials this time of year. The Attic sells causal clothing, accessories and jewelry.

The south side of East Middle Street includes Chelsea Village Flowers and Hair by Trios salon, along with Vintage Barn Boutique, which opened in July.

Cathy Melton owns Vintage Barn Boutique, which resells and repurposes antiques on up to modern day furniture and housewares.

“I take things that are broken, put them back together and give them new life,” said Melton.

She says that in the short time that Vintage Barn Boutique has been open, people have been coming from all over the county as well as the state to shop there.

Photo by Lisa Carolin. Window of Cut Loose Clothing.

Photo by Lisa Carolin. Window of Cut Loose Clothing.

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 21st, 2014
Courtesy photo.

Courtesy photo.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Frank Hammer for the information in this column.)

This week is Christmas, a time of family gatherings, good food and presents. But it is also a time of boxes, wrapping paper and Styrofoam peanuts.

And, yes, fruit cakes, too.

The Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority (WWRA) is asking our area residents to be mindful of what can be recycled and what cannot.

Please do not dump shipping cartons in the recycling without checking contents.  Styrofoam is not recyclable and makes a mess at our facility.

Not all wrapping papers are recyclable, either. The shiny smooth plastic wrapping paper needs to be thrown in the trash and so must all the ribbons.

Tinsel off the tree and wreaths/roping are not recyclable. Broken ornaments and bad strings of lights must be thrown in the trash. The strings of lights create havoc with the sorting equipment and bring the facility to a halt while they are removed.

Yes, WWRA is asking that you take a little extra time and be mindful of what can truly be recycled and what cannot.  By paying attention to what you throw in recycling, you are making our jobs easier and, in reality, saving you money in the long run.

Below is a list that might assist in making those decisions.  Keep in mind that these materials are equivalent to dumping trash in the recycling bins.

DO NOT try to recycle:

  • Styrofoam of any kind, peanuts or sheets
  • Bubble wrap and the packing airbags currently being used
  • Shiny and smooth to the touch wrapping paper, which is really plastic
  • Ribbons of any kind
  • String or twine for tying packages
  • No broken ornaments of any kind
  • Strings of lights
  • Burned out Christmas lights
  • Wreaths and roping
  • Clothes of any kind
  • Shoes and boots
  • Household trash

Please throw the fruit cake in the garbage, too.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to separate trash from true recycling materials.

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 21st, 2014
Courtesy photo from Karen Heldt. Listed from left to right (circled): Richard Clark, Loren Winn, (upper) James Scheffer, (lower) Lynn Heldt, Jason Misfud, Dustin Suntheimer, and Greg Uihlein.

Courtesy photo from Karen Heldt. Listed from left to right (circled): Richard Clark, Loren Winn, (upper) James Scheffer, (lower) Lynn Heldt, Jason Misfud, Dustin Suntheimer, and Greg Uihlein.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Dustin Suntheimer for the information in this story.)

Early in January, 1865, a group of men gathered for the first Installation of officers in the newly chartered Olive Lodge #156 of Free and Accepted Masons in Chelsea.

Many of their names now adorn the names of the streets on which we live and many have still have family in our community. It was a small group but they had taken the initiative to petition the Grand Lodge of Michigan for their own charter and were granted the right to lawfully meet and begin their charitable work.

They were the pillars of our community – the business men, the farmers, the shop owners, everyday working men, and all were united by a single purpose – to play an active, yet discreet, role in making Chelsea a better place to live.

Since that time, Olive Lodge has persisted through many wars, economic ups and downs, and has seen the birth of the most technologically sophisticated age known on the planet. It has witnessed the progress of our country, the spread of Democracy, and it has seen 28 Presidents- many of whom themselves were Freemasons, elected to office. Your local lodge has stood alongside the growth of Chelsea and we continue to do so today.

On Dec. 9, 2014, Olive Lodge #156 held its 150th Annual Installation of Officers much in the same manner as it has done for the past century and a half. Peacefully climbing the stairs to the lodge, the men and their families saw their fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and fellow brothers happily accept the responsibilities of the office to which they were elected. They snapped pictures of smiling faces and enjoyed a meal that was shared by all who attended.

Before departing, some of the men remained to take stock in the accomplishments of what their brothers, past and present, had done for the community. There were stories of pancake breakfasts, Euchre tournaments, spaghetti dinners, and endless rolls of raffle tickets. Donations to charitable organizations, scholarships, and of quiet deeds that have gone unsung.

They spoke of times when lodges were packed so full they had every seat in the lodge full. It was a moment for grandfathers to remember initiating their sons and grandsons into Masonry and how that tradition in the world’s oldest fraternity had given to them so much more than they ever asked of Freemasonry.

As we move through this year, Olive Lodge #156 will be hosting several events in celebration of our sesquicentennial anniversary.

There will be a re-dedication of our charter, public open houses to allow a glimpse of the lodge and its members, and special times when you can see who was a member long since passed.

We will also be publishing additional articles through this year for Chelsea to become more familiar with its own lodge and piece of Masonic history.

The regular meetings are on the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact them at 734-972-2693 or via email at dsun1971@gmail.com.


Lisa Allmendinger on December 20th, 2014
Kevin Frahm, owner of Global Marketplace gives a donation check to Andy Ingall, superintendent of Schools on Friday morning.

Kevin Frahm, owner of Global Marketplace, gives a donation to Andy Ingall, superintendent of Schools on Friday morning.

For the third year in a row, Kevin Frahm, owner of Global Marketplace, donated a portion of the proceeds from sales at the store during the Chelsea Gold weekend, which kicks off the Christmas shopping season.

Frahm and his wife, Denise, have two children in the school district.

“We’re just appreciative of the opportunity to partner in events that are great for everyone — shopping local and supporting the schools, it’s a great result all around,” said Andy Ingall, superintendent of Chelsea District Schools.

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