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Lisa Allmendinger on September 19th, 2014

(Chelsea Update is pleased to introduce this new column, which I hope will serve as a forum of sorts for parents who are trying to best help their children with problems that arise at school.)

Dear Chelsea Community:

Ask the School Psychologist will be a weekly column featuring questions submitted by you, readers of the Chelsea Update, and answered by school psychologists from the Chelsea School District.

You may submit a question via e-mail at asktheschoolpsychologist@gmail.com. Please be assured that all questions will remain confidential and no personal information will be shared. Any and all questions are welcome! We serve preschool through twelfth grade, and there is no subject we can’t tackle in this column.

By way of introduction, we are:

Kristin Krarup-Joyce, school psychologist for preschool-third grade. This is my 16th year working in Chelsea.

In my tenure here, I have served all grade levels including our programs at Independence Hall, CHS Alternative Education and Early Childhood Special Education.

I live in Chelsea with my husband and two children ages 9 and 13.

Emily Verbeke, school psychologist for 4th grade through 8th grade.  I’m excited to be starting my first year in Chelsea, but I’m bringing with me 5 years of experience from Plymouth-Canton and Monroe as well as 2 years from Colorado.

Over the years, I have worked with students PK-12th grade in various settings including self-contained classrooms for students with mild to moderate emotional impairments, autism spectrum disorders and cognitive impairments.

I live in Allen Park with my husband and son, age 5.

Ellen Kent, school psychologist Chelsea High School. This is my 9th year working as a school psychologist. For the past two years, I was the substitute school psychologist at CHS and am thrilled to start this year as an official Chelsea Bulldog.

Prior to my time at CHS, I worked  as the district school psychologist in Greenfield, Ohio and with elementary and secondary students with moderate to severe behaviors in a Social Skills Development (1:6:1) Program in New York state.

I live in Chelsea with my husband and my two children, ages 6 and 9.

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 19th, 2014
Courtesy photo. This year's Chelsea High School Link Crew Leaders.

Courtesy photo. This year’s Chelsea High School Link Crew Leaders.

Courtesy photo. Link Crew helps freshman make transition into high school.

Courtesy photo. Link Crew helps freshman make transition into high school.

By Lisa Carolin

The start of school for a freshman entering high school can be daunting. That’s where Chelsea High School’s Link Crew can make a big difference.

Link Crew Leader Lillian Lantis says she was greatly helped by Link Crew when she was a freshman and wanted to “pay it forward.”

“A few days before school started I was using my handy iPhone to text the girls in my group about their first day jitters,” says Lantis. “We exchanged our first day outfits and went over schedules, and locker combinations.”

“By pairing groups of 10 freshman with two Link Crew leaders, they have two positive role models that they go to with questions or concerns throughout the year,” explains Chelsea High School Principal Mike Kapolka.

“I want everyone to have a good time in high school like I’ve had, and if Link Crew helps out with that, I want to be part of that,” said Lauren Bass, a Link Crew Leader.

Courtesy photo. Link Crew activities at Chelsea High School.

Courtesy photo. Link Crew activities at Chelsea High School.

She says that she’s tried to break the divide between upperclassmen and underclassmen.

The Link Crew program was started at the high school six years ago. Link Crew leaders are both juniors and seniors and must go through an application and interview process with Link Crew advisors—Bil Arons, Adam French, Heather Conklin and Rachael Wismont.

Conklin says that the selection process to become a Link Leader is very competitive.

“Chelsea’s Link Leaders are chosen based on their leadership abilities, strength of character, personal experiences and kindness,” says Conklin. “Link Leaders are motivators, leaders, and mentors who guide the freshmen in discovering what it takes to be successful in the transition to high school.”

Courtesy photo. Link crew's in the house.

Courtesy photo. Link crew’s in the house.

Conklin says that the Link Crew’s goal is to give students a structure in which to make connections with each other.

“It is built on the belief that if freshmen are supported and guided by strong mentors, they will have increased success throughout their high school careers,” says Conklin.

“It is to provide a positive and welcoming environment and experience for our incoming freshmen class not only the beginning of the year, but throughout their transition to high school,” says Kapolka.

Besides orientation, the Link crew offers term study sessions and seminars during testing day for students, as well as special lunches during the year to support their “crew”.

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Lima Township Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Bill Coury addresses the audience.

Lima Township Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Bill Coury addresses the audience.

The Lima Township Neighborhood Watch held a meeting at the Township Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and about two dozen people heard a presentation from Justine Bykowski of the Michigan Attorney General’s office on how to protect one’s personal information.

According to the Identity Theft Information for Michigan Consumers page on the Michigan.gov website (be sure to visit this page, as it has valuable information), identity theft is “The wrongful use of your personal information – such as your name, social security number, or credit card number – without your permission by another person to commit fraudulent or criminal acts.

ID thieves take out phony loans or ring up bogus charges in your name. Some consumers have even experienced criminal convictions in their names from the criminal acts of ID thieves, according to the site.

Here are some tips to protect your personal information:

  • Do not give out personal information – unless you initiated the contact.
  • Be cautious with your mail. Incoming or outgoing mail should never sit in your mailbox for an extended amount of time.
  • Read your health insurance plan statements; make sure claims paid match the care you received.
  • Shred documents with personal and financial information.
  • Review each of your three credit reports once a year.
  • Protect your Social Security and Medicare cards and numbers.
  • Limit pre-printed information on your personal checks.
  • Don’t use public Wi-Fi for sensitive financial transactions.

According to Sandy Goetz, local realtor and Thornton Farms resident, beware if you are selling your house, and are having an open house. Two males in a black Jeep have been stealing items such as purses, cash, and jewelry during open house events. One man will distract the home owner, while the other looks for valuables.

Also on hand at the meeting was Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Community Engagement Deputy Jessica Wion. Wion’s main piece of advice is “Lock your doors.” Car doors, house doors, and the door from a garage into the home should always be locked. Wion stated that of the five larcenies of personal property from a vehicle in Lima Township since April, all were thefts from cars which were left unlocked.

Wion also reminded residents that the sheriff’s office offers a Citizen’s Police Academy, where residents can learn all about what goes on in the sheriff’s department.

According to the ewashtenaw website, “The Citizens Police Academy is designed to give you a behind the scenes, in-depth look into the every day happenings of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. Our goal is to make this course an informative and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. It’s our opportunity to share what we do and how we do it. You’ll meet command staff, learn how traffic stops are made, take a tour of the jail, meet our K-9 and Mounted members, learn how to process a crime scene, make an arrest, and much more.”

Wion added there is even a free meal to boot, and yes, it’s jail food.

Wion also wanted to remind people about the sheriff department’s Explorer Program. According to their website, “The purpose of the Washtenaw County Sheriff Explorer Program is to provide a community resource for young people interested in law enforcement as a career. The program is designed to educate youth by developing an interest in law enforcement and also an awareness of the special problems in law enforcement.

“The Explorer Post is composed of young adults ages 14-21, the program is lead by youth members, under the supervision and guidance of adult advisors (civilian and sworn law enforcement personnel).

“The program also exists to match the interests of young adults with the program resources to develop qualities such as character, citizenship, personal fitness, and responsibility. Our goal is to provide these qualities while providing career exploration, education/training, and service to the community.”

Wion can be contacted at wionj@ewashtenaw.org

Bill Coury, Lima Township neighborhood watch coordinator, thanked everyone present for helping to make the program a success, and also thanked the Lima Township Board for all their help.

Coury can be emailed at Ltnwc1@gmail.com with any concerns, or if you would like to participate in the neighbor watch program.

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 19th, 2014
Courtesy photo by Lynn Dils.

Courtesy photo by Lynn Dils.


Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce logoThe Chelsea Alehouse Brewery will host a Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce business after hours event on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 5-7 p.m.

The alehouse is at 420 North Main St., Suite 100 at the north end of the Clocktower complex.

Outdoor seating available.

There will be informal networking, so bring your business cards and fell free to invite a friend or associate who may be interested in joining the chamber.

Please RSVP by Sept. 22 by noon. Call the chamber at 475-1145 or email info@chelseamichamber.org.

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 19th, 2014

CEF logo 2Have you donated to the Chelsea Education Foundation (CEF) homecoming challenge?

CEF is a local, non-profit, tax-exempt organization that since 1990 has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to Chelsea High School graduates as well as grants to educators in the community with great ideas and programs.

In the past 12 months, CEF funded $29,000 in scholarships to 56 Chelsea High School graduates and gave $20,000 in grants to 27 programs that have impacted hundreds of students and community members.

CEF is hoping for contributions from both current student families and CHS alums, who have gone on to successful careers thanks to their great start in Chelsea.

The fundraiser runs through Oct. 10, Chelsea’s homecoming football game against Tecumseh, and this year’s theme is “Donate, Challenge, Win.”

You can donate online via Paypal and no PayPal account required. You can click here and go to the Homecoming challenge donation page here.

You can send in a check made out to the Chelsea Education Foundation to P.O. Box 281, Chelsea, MI. (Be sure to write your graduating class in the “memo” line of your check).

Or, you can donate Friday at the home football game.

Please challenge other classmates in your graduating class (past, present or future) via word of mouth, e-mail or social media to donate to the future of Chelsea education.

There will be weekly rankings for the most giving class, which will be posted on Facebook until Oct. 10 so you know where your graduating class stands.

The winning class will be announced the night of homecoming, and posted on the CEF website and Facebook page.

For further information click here or visit Chelsea Education Foundation on Facebook.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 19th, 2014
It's apple season.

It’s apple season.

The Saturday Farmers Market takes place on the former Palmer lot with is across from the Police Station  from 8 a.m.-noon.

Here’s what to expect from the vendors this week:

Kapnick Orchards:  Apple cider, honey crisp, Paula Red, Ginger Gold, McIntosh apples, red raspberries, plums, potatoes, pie, peanut, cashew and almond butters, assorted varieties of bread, sweet rolls and fudge.

Flowers of all kinds can be found.

Flowers of all kinds can be found.

Affeathermations: Natural media, earthwork arts and crafts for ceremony or celebration, medicine wheels, Chakra Wheels, smudge. New items each week.

Chandra June: Pretty jewelry using gemstones and precious metal. Earrings, bracelets, necklaces, key ring charms, anklets.

Debbie’s Bead Design: Simple, easy-to-wear jewelry. Delicate, colorful, sparkling handmade woven and strung bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

Two Track Farms: Carrots, garlic, kale, pastured raised whole chickens, potatoes, eggs, onions, peppers, two varieties of watermelon, Thanksgiving turkey sign-up.

Goetz Greenhouse and Family Farm:  Spaghetti, butternut, buttercup, acorn squash, sweet dumpling lima beans, maybe sweet potatoes and leeks, fresh flower bouquets, Yukon gold and Red Pontiac potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, fresh basil, curly and dyno kale, red beets, field tomatoes, Swiss chard, broccoli, carrots, Spanish sweet onions, cukes, cabbage, garlic, green and wax beans, white, purple, green, red and yellow peppers, old-fashioned (no GMO) peaches and cream corn, personal size orange melon, seedless, red watermelon, seedless red watermelon, seeded yellow watermelon, fingerling potatoes – French, Red Thumb, Austrian Cresant, Ozzett potatoes, sunflowers, eggplant, cauliflower, winter squash.

broccoliFrog Hollar Farms: Radishes, cabbage, a variety of sweet peppers, tomatoes, apples, corn, beets, carrots, cilantro.

Rulig’s Produce: kale, purple and white eggplant, cherry tomatoes, maybe broccoli, Swiss chard, heirloom tomatoes, green beans, corn, green, purple and yellow peppers, banana, maybe hot, sweet Hungarian, Anaheim, cherry bomb, jalapano, Pablano peppers, grape tomatoes, white and orange cauliflower, cantaloupe, seeded and seedless watermelon, hard squash, apples, peaches, plums, green and red cabbage.

Tantre Farm: All organically grown. Arugula, green beans, Chioggia and golden beets, Bok Choy, broccoli, Green and red cabbage, Carrots, Swiss Chard, Collard Greens, corn, eggplant, garlic bulbs, green curly, Red Russian and Lacinato kale, head lettuce, Sweet red, yellow and white onions, baby Pac Choi, sweet green bell peppers, mixed varieties of hot and sweet red peppers,  blue, red, Yukon Gold potatoes, pink beauty and purple radishes, rapini, raspberries, spinach, winter mixed variety squash, tatsoi, regular and pineapple tomatillos, cherry, grape, green slicer, heirloom, sauce-plum, slicing tomatoes, maybe watermelon.

bread-5Heim Gardens: Radishes, Swiss chard, assorted herbs, carrots, potatoes, kohlrabi, zucchini, broccoli, cukes, tomatoes, onion, green and red peppers, beets, corn, leeks, okra, cabbage.

Merkel’s Gardens: cut flowers, sunflowers, yellow squash, zucchini, cukes, pickling cukes, spinach, Swiss Chard, golden and red beets, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, French beans, green and yellow beans, dill, cilantro, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli.

Stonehearth Bread: Artisan breads made from scratch with no preservatives. Cheese sticks, rosemary herb bread, Asiago Kalamata bread, Polish pumpernickel, Country loaf, Apple cinnamon, red raspberry/dark chocolate, strawberry/white chocolate, blueberry cream cheese, eight grain, Italian, honey whole wheat, German rye, spinach feta cheese, bacon cheddar beer bread, cookies, brownies, sticky lemon buns, blueberry buns, 4-cheese pepperoni rolls, habanero/jalapeno pepperoni rolls, apple walnut, red raspberry bread, San Francisco sourdough, soft three-cheese pretzels, three-cheese jalapeno pretzels and Jewish rye.

carrots--potatoesH and H Sugarbush: Michigan-made syrup, maple candy, maple sugar, maple cream (makes great fruit dip), maple-coated pecans and almonds.

B. Anne All Natural Goodies: soaps, shampoo and conditioner, body cream, granola, cookies and cakes (different flavors each week).

LA Baquette features a variety of French pastries: the classic baguette, boule, a rustic rye and sesame bread, Madeleines and brioche. Come and sample our products.

Zakovich Pastures: Pasture-raised organically feed poultry, whole birds, bone-in  breasts, thighs, wings, legs, feet, livers, eggs, beef bones, chuck roast, sirloin tip, stew meat, short ribs, sirloin tip, tongue, organic fed, free swimming duck eggs.

fresh: locally roasted coffee beans, roasted every Wednesday. Fair trade organic Guatemalan, Brazil  Natural yellow Catuai, Costa Rican SHB Tarrazu, “La Gloria” micro lot.  Order your favorite coffee before market day.

Greystone Farm and Creamery: feta, plain and garlic cream cheese, feta, grated butternut, Chelsea-Cam, Rosy-cam, ricotta, grated man-chel, cow gouda, sheep gouda and butternut by the piece, maybe  horse radish-bacon cream cheese.

Cakes by Penny: Sour cream cinnamon pecan coffee cakes and muffins and blueberry muffins.

Greystone-Farm-cheeseMama Mo: 17 flavors of hummus – traditional, lemon zest, tan/cran orange, roasted pepper, tomato basil, onion dill, roasted garlic, roasted beet, chipotle, ginger squash, sesame chive satay, curry lime, kalamata rosemary, black pepper walnut, horseradish, wasabi, jalapeno; 8 flavors of seitan – traditional, nuggets, fajita strips, BBQ, vegan BBQ, roast, Italian fennel sausage, breakfast sage sausage. Pesto with the following ingredients: walnuts, Pecorina Romano cheese, organic basil, garlic and extra virgin olive.

Renovatio Woodworks: Locally found old barn wood “repurposed” it into something lovely to enjoy again in another form.  Check out our lovely wooden tables and more. They also invite local artists to share their booth.

Bordine Farms: Flower bouquets and gladiola.

Angie Godek and Sis:  Knit crafts.

Bristle’s Handmade and Homegrown: dried cookie and soup mixes, friendship bracelets, dishcloths, catnip toys, kitchen scrubbies, thermal cup warmers, also special order shawls, baby blankets, afghans, green beans, maybe radishes, fresh lemonade.

Dancy’s Fancy Butter: herb, garlic, lemon pepper, brown sugar and cinnamon, honey and cinnamon, and pumpkin – flavor enhanced butters.

Sweet Kissy’s: Baked goods such as bagels, cinnamon rolls and muffins.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 19th, 2014

cop-day-photoOn Saturday, Sept. 20, please stop and remember all the hard working police officers not only in our community, but also throughout the country.

Please thank members of the Chelsea Police Department, Michigan State Police or Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office if you see one on Saturday.

Please make an effort to shake their hand and let them know how much you appreciate their efforts to protect and serve everyone in the community.

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 19th, 2014

Dawnetta Huston of Chelsea, age 59, passed away on Sept. 16, 2014, at her home.

She was born on Dec. 14, 1954, in Grove City, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Donald E. Spencer Sr. and Virginia (Greaves). On Dec. 29, 1973, she married Walter W. Huston in Wayne, MI, and he survives.

Dawnetta loved her children and grandchildren, and all of the children at North Creek Elementary School where she worked in the lunch program. Family was very important to her and she enjoyed helping many people in the community.

For the full obituary, please click here.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 18th, 2014
Photo by Lisa Carolin. Junior student athletic leadership conference participants.

Photo by Lisa Carolin. A few of the student athletes from Chelsea who participated in the Fall Student Leadership Conference on Wednesday.

Close to 120 high school athletes from the South Eastern Conference representing a variety of sports had the chance to interact with one another in a non-competitive environment yesterday, Sept. 17 at the Washington Street Education Center gym.

The event was the Fall Student Leadership Conference, and 10 students from each of 12 high schools in and around Washtenaw County participated. It was the sixth year in a row that the event was held in Chelsea.

“We have the best facility with good space and have traditionally hosted it,” said Brad Bush, assistant principal, Director of Athletics and Head Football Coach for Chelsea High School. “All the students here were nominated by their coaches. This is a chance to promote sportsmanship and fellowship among these athletes.”

There were 10 students, all juniors, representing Chelsea High School in a number of sports. Noah Van Reesema is a receiver on the football team.

He said, “This is an opportunity to learn more about leadership.”

“It goes beyond athletics,” said Sarah Mesao, captain of the high school field hockey team. “We learn to organize events like fundraisers and to help teammates with problems.”

Mesao says she looks forward to bringing the lessons she learned back to her team.

“I want to be a team leader in and out of the pool,” said swim team member Cam Dammeyer. “I want to learn about getting teammates to respect each other and to make everyone’s opinion count.”

The day’s agenda was set by Craig Hillier, an author and speaker who hosts “Winning Edge Seminars.” Hillier based his agenda Sept. 17 on his book “Beyond the Scoreboard.”

“We all want to win,” said Hillier, “but how do we create a season of significance? I talk to the students about personal responsibilities, setting a positive tone, working through conflicts and sportsmanship.”

Hillier says that he wants all the student leaders to bring these lessons back to their teammates and to be a positive influence in their sport, classroom, hallways, and in the stands.

“These students bring great energy and enjoy meeting other student leaders in this environment,” said Hillier. “They have a connection here that can lead to better sportsmanship.”

Photo by Lisa Carolin. Three of the 10 Chelsea High School student athletes who participated in the Fall Leadership Conference.

Photo by Lisa Carolin. Three of the 10 Chelsea High School student athletes who participated in the Fall Leadership Conference.