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Lisa Allmendinger on August 18th, 2017

Wrestling: 2-0 to open season

Hockey: Chelsea 5, East Grand Rapids 3

Girls basketball: Chelsea 41, Divine Child 34

Boys varsity bowling: Saline 27, Chelsea 3

Boys JV bowling: Saline 28, Chelsea 2

Girls varsity bowling: Chelsea 27, Saline 3

Boys varsity basketball: Chelsea 57, Walled Lake Northern 41

Lisa Allmendinger on December 10th, 2017

Courtesy photo. St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea hospital entrance.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Bobby Maldonado for the information in this story.)

St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea was recently named Michigan’s only top general hospital by a national ranking agency.

The Economic Alliance for Michigan (EAM), a nonprofit group comprised of Michigan’s largest employers and unions, along with The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality for consumers, employers and purchasers, made the announcement.

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Chelsea is one of only 45 hospitals in the country to receive the Top General Hospital award. This is the hospital’s first time achieving this explementary status. Each year, roughly only two percent of hospitals in the U.S. are awarded Top Hospital.

In response to the recognition, Nancy Graebner, president and CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, said, “This recognition tells our patients and their families that they can receive remarkable care right here in their own community. Our medical staff, nurses and all employees continue to elevate quality and patient safety standards across the hospital and are ensuring that all patients receive the highest level of care possible.”

This year, Leapfrog recognized 109 Top Hospitals across the country. Of those, 10 were Top Children’s Hospitals, 18 Top Rural Hospitals, 36 Top Teaching Hospitals and, as previously mentioned, 45 Top General Hospitals.

“The Leapfrog Group sets the toughest standards for patient safety and quality in the industry and we congratulate St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea for all their hard work and dedication in achieving this exceptional accomplishment,” said Bret Jackson, president, EAM. “There is a great deal of exceptional care delivered in and around Washtenaw County and St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea is raising the bar.”

The Top Hospital award is given to teaching, general, rural and children’s hospitals that publicly report their performance through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and meet the high standards defined in the Top Hospitals Methodology. This includes infection rates, maternity care and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors, among other standards. To see the full national list of institutions honored as 2017 Top Hospitals, please visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.


Lisa Allmendinger on December 10th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Lori Coryell for the information in this story.)

The Chelsea Rotary Club is very pleased to sponsor a student for the 2017-2018 school year as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) program.

Through RYE, exchange students unlock their true potential to develop lifelong leadership skills, learn a new language and culture, build lasting friendships with young people from around the world, and become global citizens. RYE builds peace one young person at a time.

The Chelsea Rotary Club is looking for a host family for the final trimester of the school year beginning in March. Hosting a RYE student is a very rewarding experience for both student and the host families, bringing an international experience directly into the home. Host families share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities.

Families provide room and board for exchange students and must live within the Chelsea School District but do not need to have school-aged children in the household. Interested host families must complete an application that includes background checks for all adults living in the home. 

Do you know a student in the Chelsea area who might be interested in participating in the RYE program as an outbound exchange student? It’s an awesome opportunity to broaden horizons and represent our country and Chelsea in the global community. 

If you are interested in hosting our student for the final trimester in Chelsea or would like more information on becoming a RYE student, please contact Chelsea Rotary Club at www.rotarychelsea.org. The relationships that develop through RYE build trust and understanding around the world. In hosting a student or participating as an exchange student, you can have a global impact.

Did you know that Rotary International has sent young people around the globe, experiencing new cultures, since 1929? Currently about 9,000 students are sponsored by Rotary clubs every year.

For more information on the Chelsea Rotary Club, please visit www.rotarychelsea.org.


Lisa Allmendinger on December 10th, 2017


Lisa Allmendinger on December 10th, 2017

By Amy Heydlauff

Do you watch the television show, Mom?

How about This is Us?

Both shows deal with the topic of addiction. One is humorous and the other dramatic. Both are realistic in their portrayal of the turmoil brought on by addictions (in these shows addiction includes food, alcohol, prescription and illegal drugs). In the few viewings I’ve had of both shows I’ve seen them deal with the impact on finances, child-rearing, personal relationships that are damaged, legal consequences, and recovery. One even deals with related death.

Here’s the thing about these honest portrayals. They hit on something palpable for those of us who understand or have lived with addiction. Even if it’s not exactly what’s happening in our lives, it feels like the people writing these stories know what it is to be in a family impacted by addiction.

And they probably do. Most of us would be hard-pressed to name a person or family who hasn’t been impacted in some way by a family-member’s substance abuse or addiction. It’s is the rare family, indeed, who can say their recent family history isn’t marred by some sort of addiction.

And that’s why it’s not something to hide from people who can help. Everyone who can help gets it. In particular, your health care provider, minister or counselor should be able to say, “There are resources to help you.” Those resources are available if you are the addicted person or a family member who is struggling because of someone else’s addiction.

For instance, in our five towns there are at least 24 Alcoholic Anonymous-type groups going on right now. They might address alcohol, be for teens/families dealing with an addict or focus on narcotic or other addiction.

Perhaps you’d be comfortable speaking to a behavioral health nurse specializing in community outreach. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital’s Kathy Walz, LMSW, CPC (734-680-5312) is just such a person and can provide some guidance. Her services are free.

Here are some other addiction treatment opportunities in and around our 5 Healthy Towns. If you don’t see something below to help you, call the St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Assessment Services at 734-593-5251. They may be able to direct you in a way we can’t through a column in the paper.

Just don’t be afraid to take a first step.

St Joseph Mercy Chelsea Older Adult Recovery Center, 734-593-5251
St Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Greenbrook Recovery, 734-786-4900
University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services (Ann Arbor), 734-764-0231
Celebrate Recovery, Grass Lake Family Worship Center, 517-522-4062
Celebrate Recovery, Stockbridge Community Crossroads Church, 517-851-7075

Brighton Recovery Center, 810-227-1211
Maplegrove(West Bloomfield), 248-661-6100
St. Mary Mercy Hospital’s Chemical Dependency Unit (Livonia) 734-655-5850
Henry Ford Allegiance (Jackson) 517-205-4001
Insight Recovery Center (Clarkston) 800-441-5092

Others with various levels of care
Home of New Vision (Ann Arbor) 734-975-1602
Dawn Farms (Ypsilanti)734-485-8725

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 9th, 2017

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

The Chelsea Kiwanis Club reminds folks that the Florida fruit shipment will arrive this week and if you didn’t already order some, there will be a limited quantity available until Thursday, Dec. 14, which can be ordered by contacting club members on their website: www.kiwanisclubofchelsea.org.

Last week, Gretchen Steele from Chelsea Athletic Boosters, cleared up a common misconception that the school district pays for all the district’s athletic equipment.

She said that shoulder pads and helmets are two examples of very expensive items that the booster help purchase.

Although much revenue is generated by football fans, the boosters spread out money equally to all sports teams in both the middle and high school.

The club meeting begins each Monday at 6:15 p.m. in the St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital cafeteria, and the speakers begin at about 6:45 p.m. Everyone is invited to the club’s meetings to learn about Kiwanis.

Go to www.kiwanisclubofchelsea.org for more information.

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 9th, 2017


Lisa Allmendinger on December 9th, 2017


Lisa Allmendinger on December 8th, 2017

By Kristin Krarup-Joyce

Frequently in my job I find myself helping students sort out friendship issues.

Inevitably, students will argue about who plays with whom at recess. It usually goes something like this: Friend A wants to play with both Friends B and C, but B and C don’t like each other, and don’t want to play together. Friend A feels bad, because she wants to play with both friends. Often, Friend B will tell Friend A that if she plays with Friend C, they can’t be friends anymore.

This opens up an interesting conversation about friendship dynamics and what it means to be a friend. I found the following activity on the website, Centervention.

I hope you will find it helpful in talking with your child about friendship.



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Courtesy photo by Mark Bogarin.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Joe Koengeter for the information in this story.)

The Chelsea Lacrosse Association is seeking a head coach for the junior varsity and middle school boys’ Lacrosse teams along with assistants at all levels for the upcoming 2018 spring season.

Head Coach Responsibilities Include:

  • Oversight for all phases of the development and implementation of the boys’ junior varsity or middle school lacrosse program
  • Help prepare and implement training program and practice plan for the season
  • Plan, conduct and attend all practices & games
  • Meet with assistant coaches on a regular basis
  • Coaches work closely with the Varsity head coach


  • Playing experience/previous coaching experience
  • Possess strong technical skills knowledge
  • Strong leadership skills (ability to establish rules, create positive team culture, etc.)
  • Outstanding communication skills (team/player/parent expectations, coaching philosophy, etc.)
  • Ability to establish positive relationships with student-athletes and within the lacrosse community
  • Ability to motivate and inspire players while being a role model on and off the field
  • Willingness to prepare the boys for the varsity level
  • Candidate must pass background check

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to: Email:  jkoengeter@yahoo.com

Position is open until filled and is a coaching position only, no teaching opportunities included.

We are also accepting resumes for assistants at the varsity and junior varsity level.

 Chelsea Lacrosse Association website:  http://www.chelsealax.org



Lisa Allmendinger on December 8th, 2017

Please enjoy this slideshow by Burrill Strong from Chelsea‘s 7-3 hockey victory over Bedford on Wednesday night.


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