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Lisa Allmendinger on August 18th, 2017

Wrestling: 3rd in Holt Invite

Hockey: Saline 2, Chelsea 1 (OT)

Girls basketball (10-1): Chelsea 42, Dexter 35

Boys varsity bowling: Chelsea 28, Pinckney 2

Boys JV bowling: Chelsea 26 1/2, Pinckney 3 1/2

Girls varsity bowling: Chelsea 19, Pinckney 11

Boys varsity basketball: Dexter 52, Chelsea 50

Boys swim and dive: Lincoln 103, Chelsea 81


Lisa Allmendinger on January 21st, 2018

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Leslie Surel for the information in this story.)

Chelsea House Orchestra’s highly anticipated annual Hometown Show will take place on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at Chelsea High School.

This exciting show gives local audiences a chance to see why this high-energy group is in demand at events and festivals all over the Midwest. Led by Director Jed Fritzemeier and Assistant Director Steve Lesko, CHO’s performance features Chelsea High School musicians using traditional stringed instruments, including violins, violas, cellos, and bass, plus wind instruments like clarinets and flutes, as well as lesser known instruments such as the djembe and cajon.

The Hometown Show will open with Beach Middle School’s Fiddle Club, featuring 4th-8th grade students from Chelsea. The group is led by director Nathan Peters, and assisted by high school cadet teachers Clara Dobos, Katie Rae Hayduk, Madison Brodeur, Henry Surel, and Reese Smith.

Chelsea House Orchestra will then bring their “Celtic with a Kick” performance to the stage featuring lively Scottish and Irish traditions and Celtic renditions of American folk songs, with a little Hungarian-inspired music and rock and roll thrown in for fun.

“We’ve been doing the Hometown Show over 20 years now, and both the group and the community continue to look forward to it year after year,” says publicity chair Leslie Surel.

This energetic and fun show will keep you clapping and smiling all evening long, capped off with alumni joining in for the finale. “One of the many reasons audiences love this show is because the group does fun little extras – like the alumni coming back — that aren’t performed anywhere else,” says Surel.

After the show, the audience is invited to enjoy the afterglow reception in The Commons.

Tickets for the 2018 Hometown Show are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Advanced tickets may be purchased in person at Chelsea Pharmacy, 1125 South Main St.; or by emailing tickets@chelseahouseorchestra.org. Tickets still available after advanced sales will be for sale at the door.

About Chelsea House Orchestra
Founded in 1996 by Maestro Jed Fritzemeier, Chelsea House Orchestra is a non-profit educational performance group consisting of music students from Chelsea High School. Supported solely by performances, donations and sales of CDs and merchandise, all monies raised are used for equipment, workshops, recording sessions, and travel expenses. CHO regularly performs at fairs, festivals, and special events throughout the Midwest, including the Indiana State Fair, Edinboro Highland Games, Alma Highland Festival, Chicago Scots Highland Games. CHO recently toured Scotland as part of the Stirling Bridge International Youth Arts Festival.

Visit www.chelseahouseorchestra.org to learn more and see a full list of upcoming performances.


Lisa Allmendinger on January 21st, 2018

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Bridget Favre for the information in this story.)

With event planning in full swing, the Chelsea Area Festivals and Events committee is busy raising funds to support Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights.

The free, open-air concert series is performed on more than 10 different sites downtown.

Now in its 14th season, Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights kicks off on June 7 and runs every Thursday night through Aug. 16. These open-air concerts are known for their variety of music, dance, comedy, film, and family entertainment. 

“As with all nonprofit events, fundraising is an essential part of Sounds & Sights,” commented event co-organizer Craig Common. “We are trying to get the word out that each person’s gift really makes a difference, and allows us to put on a first class, free event.”

There are several sponsor levels for business, individuals, and families. This year all sponsors who donate $250 and above, will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win six bottles of premium wine each month for a year, sponsored by Trinchero Family Estates.

This year’s winner of premium wines will be drawn at a special “Sponsors Wine Tasting” in July at The Common Grill.

This private event is for bronze level sponsors and above, and will feature Trinchero Family Estates wines and an appetizer buffet prepared by Chef Common. This year’s honored guest is Bruce Neyers, owner of Neyers Vineyards.

Sponsorship packets are available online at www.chelseafestivals.com/sponsors, or by calling Maureen Perdomo at 734-223-2138.

Sponsorships must be received by April 1 to be included in marketing materials.

Chelsea Area Festivals and Events is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and all sponsorships/donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. All proceeds will go to support Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights in downtown Chelsea.

For more information visit www.chelseafestivals.com.


Lisa Allmendinger on January 21st, 2018


Courtesy photo. Rotary International float in this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade.

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

If you were one of the millions who watched the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day, perhaps you – like me– were enchanted by Rotary International’s float submission.

The theme of the annual parade was “Making a Difference” and was inspired by people who quietly act in ways to benefit others. Rotary International’s float was a whimsical interpretation of the theme, entitled “Planting the Seeds of Service” and featured a charming rabbit farmer gazing at a peach tree.

The Rotarian rabbit served as a symbol of Rotary’s mission of “Service Above Self” and its role in caring for those in need around the world. To underscore its theme, the float featured a sapling from one of Hiroshima’s A-Bomb survivor trees.

Constructed by Phoenix Decorating Company and financed by contributions from Rotarians, Rotary districts, and clubs around the country and Canada, the float received the Princess Award for Most Outstanding Floral Presentation among entries 35 Feet and Under in Length.

Congratulations to our fellow Rotarians for celebrating our humanitarian projects and role as stewards of our planet and its people in an artistic and captivating way.

Want to learn more about the Rotary Rose Parade float? Visit www.rotaryfloat.org, and for more information on the Chelsea Rotary Club, please visit www.rotarychelsea.org.


Lisa Allmendinger on January 20th, 2018

(Chelsea Update thanks Beach Middle School for the information in this story.)

Minutes matter with your kids.

On Jan. 22 at Beach Middle School media center from 6-7 p.m. learn ways to prevent substance abuse.

Being a parent the time you have goes quickly, but when it comes to substance prevention or helping your kids achieve their dreams, those minutes are essential. Learn ways in which you can actively prevent substance use in your community/home and help your kids reach their dreams.

Lisa Allmendinger on January 20th, 2018

Courtesy photo. Nikki Dillmann placed 19th in the giant slalom for the Saline-Chelsea Ski Team on Jan. 18.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Laura Dillman for the photo and the information in this story.)

The Saline-Chelsea Ski Team was back at Mt Brighton on Jan. 18, this time to compete in giant slalom. The times from 2 courses were combined for a total time to determine place.

The girls team placed 5th out of 11 teams. Nikki Dillmann crossed the line with a combined time of 37.03, placing 19th overall. Katie McInnis and Ally Dillmann were in 28th and 29th respectively, with times of 38.87 and 39.06. Jaiden Saylon rounded out the scoring in 43rd place, with a time of 42.48.

All of the boys in the race struggled with the second course, which didn’t hold up well throughout the night. With 2 of the 3 boys on the team falling, their times were off pace. Tanyr Krummenacher had two solid runs, placing 42nd with a combined time of 40.40.

“This is where a larger team becomes so important,” said coach Laura Dillman. “When your top racers crash, you need that depth to help buoy the team performance. We have more depth on the girl’s side, and they’re doing amazingly well for their first year. This will come as we continue to grow the team. “


Lisa Allmendinger on January 20th, 2018

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This year, the annual Chocolate Extravaganza will take place on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stores throughout Chelsea will have special sales and promotions as well as chocolate samples and more.

In addition, there will be an artisan’s market in The Depot, and Chelsea’s first Curling Fest where teams will compete for the inaugural Chelsea Cup in the Chelsea Lanes parking lot on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10-11. In addition, there will be a heated tent and a small ice area for children, plus beer and food will be available for purchase.

There will also be free WAVE shuttles on Saturday traveling between uptown and downtown Chelsea to get folks to and from all the family friendly events taking place.

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 20th, 2018

Courtesy photo. Donna Lasinski.

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

The Chelsea Kiwanis Club will hear from State Rep. Donna Lasinski about her work for our benefit in Lansing on Jan. 22.

Last week, Michaeline Pawlak, from Western Washtenaw Area Value Express (WWAVE) gave an interesting presentation on the current activities of the transportation service.

Chelsea is unique to have a system like WWAVE. It began 42 years ago with help from Kiwanis. She has been adding routes, vehicles, and staff for the last 18 years, and plans to transition to retirement in the next couple years.

Pawlak predicts more service improvements, like evening routes, will happen in the future.

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 January 20th, 2018

Registration is now open for this year’s boater safety classes, which all take place on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

You must pre-register for these classes and class size is limited.

Please contact Deputy Gebauer at gebauerj@ewashtenaw.org with your full name(s), date of birth(s), telephone number, and class date that you wish to attend. There are no further steps required for you or your group to register for the class.

An email confirmation with additional information concerning the class agenda will be sent back to you, usually within 3-5 days.

If you are not able to send email please call (734) 973-4713 and leave a message with your full name, date of birth and contact number. 

Please see the 2018 Boater Safety Classes taking place near Chelsea below.

All classes are scheduled 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays.

3-17: Dexter Creekside Intermediate, 2615 Baker Road, Dexter

4-28: Portage Yacht Club, 8930 Dexter, Pinckney

5-5: Chelsea Beach Middle School, 445 Mayer Dr., Chelsea

6-9, 7-21: Klave’s Marina, 8789 McGregor Road, Pinckney

For more information about Boater Safety, please visit http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/sheriff/services/Prevention%20Services/boat-safety.

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 19th, 2018

The Chelsea Downtown Development Authority board unanimously agreed to change its bylaws and to send a request to the Chelsea City Council to reduce the number of appointed members on the authority from 12 people to 11 people.

Michigan State laws requires DDA’s to have from 8-12 members said Chairman Tim Merkel.

Currently, there are nine members on the board and two people have submitted applications for appointment for the three vacancies.

“I think we’ll have some flux regardless of the number,” said Jennifer Fairfield.

Mayor Melissa Johnson said that the DDA board was the largest one in the city and that most, including the City Council, have seven members.

There was also discussion of having an even number of people on the board and the difficulty of sometimes having a quorum at the meetings.

Six people would be needed for a quorum of 11 members, while seven folks are needed for a quorum of 12 members.

In other business, work on the Palmer event space has halted for the winter season and the “envelop for the building” is complete said City Manager John Hanifan. He said the site work is on schedule and once the weather breaks, the contractors will be back to complete the project.

The DDA board also requested that the City Council come up with a formal process for naming new spaces or buildings. The DDA board wants residents to have a say in the naming of the Palmer space but there needs to be a process in place to get that started. What that process might include will be up to the City Council. And, it’s expected that this will be one of the topics of discussion at the City Council visioning session on Feb. 7 beginning at 5:30 at the Village Conference Center at the Comfort Inn.

Hanifan also provided an update on developer Joe Ziolkowski’s Mack building redevelopment project. Ziolkowski is still waiting to hear from the state about the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) grant funding.

This is a joint project between the City of Chelsea and the Downtown Development Authority, the State of Michigan and Ziolkowski, who plans to rehabilitate the building on Jackson Street. The original scope of the project included turning the lower level into retail space and the upper level into apartments.

Hanifan said that there have been a number of different MEDC staff members working on this project and that there’s a gap between the grant funding, the developer’s and the city’s collective commitments.

Ziolkowski is hoping that the MEDC will release more funds so he can move forward with the project.

It’s expected that the developer will have more information from the state and will attend the February DDA meeting to update the board on where the project stands. The DDA has committed, but not released, $40,000 per year for five years to this project, Hanifan said, adding that the developer and the city have still not closed on this project.  

The board also voted to hold an FY2018 budget work session on Thursday, Feb. 1 to discuss funding and projects for the budget year.  

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