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Varsity lacrosse: Chelsea 11, Belleville 9
JV lacrosse: Chelsea 17, Belleville 12
Girls tennis: Chelsea 8, Adrian 0
Varsity softball: Chelsea 14, Huron 4
JV baseball: Chelsea 9, Adrian 4
Girls track and field: Chelsea 117, Ypsilanti 18
Boys track and field: Chelsea 101, Ypsilanti 36
Girls varsity soccer: Chelsea 8, Ypsilanti 0
Boys golf second in Saline quad
JV softball: Chelsea 23, Adrian 0 game 1
JV softball: Chelsea 15, Adrian 0 game 2


Lisa Allmendinger on May 1st, 2016
Photo Tom Hodgson. Brown thrasher.

Photo Tom Hodgson. Brown thrasher.

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

Each species of songbird has its own unique song that can be recognized by others of its kind.

This enables individuals of the species to find each other amid the cacophony of sounds associated with the spring season. It also enables bird watchers to identify birds without having to see them. And, this is an extremely valuable time saver as it makes it unnecessary to track down every bird and make a visual identification.

However, there is a group of birds that is not satisfied with just having their own song. They would rather incorporate the songs of other species as well.

Photo by Tom Hodgson. Northern mockingbird.

Photo by Tom Hodgson. Northern mockingbird.

This family of birds has been named the “Mimidae” by ornithologists. In our area it includes the gray catbird, the brown thrasher and the northern mockingbird.   All three are in the process of returning from their wintering grounds and are now singing as they establish nesting territories. All like to hide in dense shrubbery and often feed by scratching through leaf litter on the ground.

Gray catbird
The gray catbird is well named as it is mostly gray with a small black head cap and a brown rump patch. It will imitate other birds, tree frogs and sometimes noise made by machinery. It only repeats each phrase once before moving on to a different sound. It also intersperses these.

Brown thrasher
The brown thrasher gets its name from its reddish-brown color and its habit of “thrashing” noisily through the litter on the ground in search of food. This bird may be the best mimic of the group and is credited with having over 1,000 phrases in its repertoire. Each phrase is usually repeated twice before moving on to the next. The thrasher does not make cat-like noises.

To hear a brown thrasher click here.

Northern mockingbird
The Northern mockingbird is actually more common in the Southern U.S., but is being seen more frequently in Michigan as the climate continues to warm.  It is mostly gray above and white or light gray underneath with white wing patches that are very distinct in flight. This bird usually sings each phrase three times before moving on.

Some of the sounds mockingbirds imitate include Carolina wren, northern cardinal, tufted titmouse, eastern towhee, house sparrow, wood thrush,  eastern bluebirdnorthern flicker, great crested flycatcher and the American robin. To hear a Northern Mockingbird click here.

The singing of the mockingbird has inspired the book title To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and several songs including “Hush Little Baby,” “Listen to the Mockingbird” and “Mockingbird Hill.”

Photo by Tom Hodgson. Gray catbird.

Photo by Tom Hodgson. Gray catbird.

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Courtesy photo. A scene from Jim and Kim Myles going away party.

Courtesy photo. A scene from Jim and Kim Myles going away party.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Cathy Bean for the photos in this story.)

Jim and Kim Myles were honored with an open house hosted by Preservation Chelsea at the Chelsea Area Historic Museum on April 24.

The couple, who have done a lot for Chelsea during the years, is moving to Pennsylvania.

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 1st, 2016


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Courtesy photo. Jason Maciejewski.

Courtesy photo. Jason Maciejewski.

Jason Maciejewski of Dexter Township has entered the race for the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners 1st District seat.

“Dexter and Chelsea have a distinctive rural character, which makes our part of the county a great place to live, work and play,” Maciejewski said in a press release.

“As a Dexter Township trustee, I have proven the ability to lead on issues and get things done, such as the construction of the permanent fire substation, which will continue to provide reduced emergency response times, he said, adding, “As a County Commissioner I will bring a strong voice to our interests on countywide issues.”

He said his number one issue will be roads. “The issue residents talk with me about the most is roads,” he said.

Also important to him is joining with local and county officials to improve and expand park and non-motorized systems to enhance the quality of life for our residents, while preserving the rural character in less developed areas of the county, he said.

The Democratic candidate is currently in his second term as a trustee on the Dexter Township Board. He is also the chairman of the Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority. He has previously served on the Dexter Township Planning Commission and the Public Safety Advisory Committee, as well as the Dexter Area Fire Department Board.

For the past seven years, he has worked as a Department Director for The Senior

Alliance, an Area Agency on Aging serving older adults, best known for the “Meals-on-Wheels” program. Prior to this, he worked in government relations and as a legislative staff member.

The Board of Commissioner’s 1st district covers the northwestern portion of Washtenaw County and includes the City of Dexter, Dexter Township, Scio Township, the City of Chelsea, Sylvan Township, Lima Township and Lyndon Township.

He and his wife, Molly, have three children in the public school system. He earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

“I am prepared to step in on day one and do the hard work to keep Washtenaw County a vibrant community for all ages,” Maciejewski said.


Lisa Allmendinger on April 30th, 2016
Courtesy photo. John Mann.

Courtesy photo. John Mann.

(Note: April is Community Banking Month and Chelsea State Bank will share some of their human interest stories about how they give back to the communities they serve. Here is Chelsea State Bank President and CEO John Mann’s story to give back to his community… what people do at community banks.)

By John Mann 

On March 17, 2016, at the invitation of coach Corey Knight, I was honored to address a group of 6th grade Chelsea boys basketball players and families at their closing basketball banquet.

The team has played together for several years and had recently completed a 42-game season. Members of the team are: Caden Knight, Colin Hay, Lucas Dunn, Hunter Napieralski, Landon Napieralski, Jack Cavanaugh, Colin Wacker, Aiden McGuire, Carson Gray, Ben Strzyzewski, Hunter Shaw, Nick Fisk, Tyler McIntosh, and Chandler Cox.

They were coached by Corey Knight, who was assisted by Mike Hay.

Here are the excerpts from my speech that I’d like to share with you.

Thank you, Coach Knight, for the introduction.  It’s really nice to be recognized for being a former athlete. For the last 15 years I’ve been using a wheelchair, so this is how most people know me today.

Unless you lived in Chelsea in the 70’s, you wouldn’t know I was an athlete. I love sports –they’ve always been a big part of my life. But they were never the only part. It’s important that you are well-rounded. Number one, keep up with all of your school work. Get good grades. Read books. Play a musical instrument. Participate in school clubs and community events.

But as I was saying I love sports. When I was your age, it seems we were always playing something, 3 kids, 5 kids, 10 kids – it didn’t matter, we always figured out a way to play a game. That usually involved a baseball, a football, or a basketball – but it didn’t have to. We just loved to play games and to compete. Sports will teach you a lot.

Courtesy photo. John Mann in 6th grade.

Courtesy photo. John Mann in 6th grade.

I learned many lessons through sports that have helped me in life.

The No. 1 overwhelmingly positive and valuable lesson is the importance of teamwork. When you play on a team, like your basketball team, you have 14 players all working together toward a common goal of being the best basketball team that you can be. That means you’ve gotta practice, listen to your coach, do the drills, learn the fundamentals and practice some more. Oh, and work hard.  You’ve gotta work hard. Nothing that’s valuable comes easy. By working hard, and working together, you make yourselves a better team. It doesn’t matter who scores the points. That’s the hardest thing for young basketball players to understand – because everybody wants to score points – but the important thing is for the team to score points.

That most likely means that the guy with the ball is going to have to pass it to a teammate, who may in turn be looking to pass to a different teammate who has received a pick from yet another teammate to get open for an easy shot. It doesn’t matter who scores the points, it matters that the team scores points.  When I was a young dad and I took my kids to basketball games or watched games on TV, I always made it an emphasis to praise good passes. Great pass, or great rebound. Or nice pick. I rarely praised the shooters, because that was obvious.

Defense. I was at the Big 10 basketball tournament in Indianapolis. Michigan was playing Indiana. Derek Walton, the Michigan point guard, played pretty much the entire game and until he hit a couple critical free throws with a minute or so to play, he had zero points. But in my opinion, he was the most valuable player on the floor. Why?

Courtesy photo. Old Chelsea junior high.

Courtesy photo. Old Chelsea junior high.

Because he played great defense and shut down Yogi Ferrel. Oh – and he gave up 6-10 inches to most players on the floor, but he was one of the leading rebounders. It’s all about effort and so is defense. You have to play defense. Don’t let the other team get easy shots. Make them take hard shots.

So I guess the thing I want to emphasize about being on a team, is that everyone has a job to do, and for the team to be successful, everyone has to do their job.  Now in basketball, most everybody has the same job. Hustle, play defense, rebound, take good shots, don’t turn the ball over.

In football, which I think is the ultimate team sport, people have very different jobs. The offensive linemen block their butts off. The fullback and the tight end pretty much block their butts off. And the tailback, wide receivers, and QB (which was me in high school) get all the glory. But they’d be nothing without the blockers, and everybody on the team knows it.

I’m going to take this teamwork analogy away from sports where I learned it, and give you a good example how it works in life. I’m the president and CEO of Chelsea State Bank. We have 49 people working for the bank – a team of 49 people. I’m the coach – the player- coach. Every year, we send an annual report to the shareholders of the bank, to let them know how their bank is doing, and I write a cover letter.

Here’s the beginning of my letter this year.

File photo of Chelsea State Bank.

File photo of Chelsea State Bank.

Dear Shareholders and Friends:

Here are the numbers for CSB Bancorp in 2015, although the real story is the people behind the numbers. And there are many stories that could be told, but I will keep it brief.

We run our $270-million-dollar bank with 49 nine people.  Officer names are listed in the back and they are not repeated here. There are 18 of us and all play key roles. But it takes an ensemble.

Unsung role players include Mary Kay McHaffie, Shannon Hutchings, and Kristy Craft in deposit accounting; and Kiley Brown, Alex Smith, and Lois Plate in loan accounting. Meanwhile, Tina Keck, Pat Beeman, Diane Thompson, and Sharon Ambs keep things humming in data processing.

Do you want loan administration? You have it with Eileen Layher, Deborah Hicks, and Stuart Mann. Nancy Zander provides personal loans and Chrissy Fitch does a lot of everything.

In the branches, front line customer service representatives include Heather Turnbow, Kellie Steele, Lori Percha, Emily Schaible, Brenda Bristle, Jacalyn Ludtke, Nancy Zyburt and Cathy Lynn at the main office; Karen Tobin, Julie Bauer, Mikki Richter, and Kim Hieber in Dexter; and last but not least, Adelfa Dowling, Jan Martinsen, Nadine Koch, and Carol Sykes in downtown Chelsea.  These 49 employees are all great people and serve our customers with distinction.  The following discussion summarizes the results of their efforts in 2015.

So teamwork – respect for teamwork/appreciation for teamwork is the #1 lesson we learn from sports. What else do we learn from sports?

John Mann, president and CEO of Chelsea State Bank

John Mann, president and CEO of Chelsea State Bank

#2 We learn how to compete. We quickly discover how great it feels to win, and how badly it feels to lose. We play to win, and we play within the rules. And we hate to lose, but sometimes we do, and we learn to respect our competitors, and the integrity of the game.

We win with humility, and when we lose we’re good sports about it. We shake our opponent’s hands, look them in the eye, tell them “nice game,” then go back and practice harder so we win the next time.

#3 Sports teaches us to never give up. You may fall behind by 10 points in the 1st quarter, 20 points at halftime. But that doesn’t mean the game is over. You play hard and you play together and you can come back and win. And that has probably already happened to your team, right? Yes. I’m sure it has. And what a great feeling that is to come back and win when the chips are down.

It’s a phenomenal feeling and an extremely valuable lesson that we learn from sports.

Twenty-six years ago, I went to our team’s first softball practice of the season and I realized my hand-eye coordination was gone. I was soon diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and my condition quickly deteriorated. I was in a vicious downward spiral and selfishly felt sorry for myself and all of the things that I used to do but couldn’t do anymore. This went on for about six months and I was getting worse. Then my wife gave birth to our third child and a lightbulb went on.

You can hold and cradle baby Stuart. You can still hug Tim and Ali. You can be a good teammate and help Anne raise this family. Stop worrying about what you can’t do, and focus on what you can.

And do it better.

Never give up.

And life is good.

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 30th, 2016

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

On Monday, May 2, the Chelsea Kiwanis Club will welcome back Karen Persello, head of Youth and Teen Services at Chelsea District Library.

She will be joined by Lori Coryell, the new library director. Kiwanis has supported the Library’s Summer Reading Program in the past, and expects to hear about this year’s effort. We are looking forward to meeting Ms. Coryell and to hear about many of the ways the library continues to be an outstanding resource for Chelsea area residents.

Last Monday, the Chelsea Kiwanis Club heard from Julie Deppner, who outlined the many ways our club can structure the way our contributions can be given to graduating seniors at Chelsea High School.  She told us there were over 500 scholarships given to students last year, and that about half of the senior class received some financial aid.

We worked again last weekend picking up litter on I-94 as part of the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Adopt a Highway Program.  In just a two-mile stretch we picked up over 150 cans and bottles with a 10-cent deposit. It always surprises me that so many people would throw money out the window.

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, click www.kiwanisclubofchelsea.org for more information.


Lisa Allmendinger on April 30th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Gary Adams for this information.)




To register for this program or to learn more about upcoming programs at the Chelsea District Library, please click here.


Lisa Allmendinger on April 30th, 2016

Margaret “Maggie” McCrossin of Saline, age 92, died peacefully Friday, April 22, 2016 at Linden Square Assisted Living in Saline.

She was born Oct. 24, 1923 in Peterhead, Scotland, the daughter of Robert and Ann (Henderson) Anderson.

Maggie immigrated to Highland Park, MI in 1929.  She graduated from Highland Park High in 1941 and served the U.S. Marine Corps as a Corporal throughout WWII. Maggie was passionate about her work at Henry Ford Middle School and Graebner Elementary. She also loved her time and friends at her cottage in Stoney Point, Canada.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30 at VFW Post 1146, 28404 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores.

For the full obituary, please click here.


Barbara J. Stepp of Clarklake, MI, formerly of Chelsea, age 77, died Monday, April 25, 2016 at her home in Clarklake, Michigan.

She was born Jan. 19, 1939 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Ray A. and Beatrice L. (Welch) Oesterle.

Mrs. Stepp was a resident of Chelsea most of her life. She was a housewife and mother. She loved to play bingo and feed her birds.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2 p.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association.

For the full obituary, please click here.


Lisa Allmendinger on April 29th, 2016
Expect fresh asparagus at market Saturday but get there early to find it.

Expect fresh asparagus at market Saturday, but get there early to find it because you won’t be alone in your search.

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

Once again, St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea will host the Saturday Chelsea Farmers Market and the Bushel Basket Market .

The Saturday market opens on April 30 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and the Bushel Basket Market opens Wednesday, May 4 from 2 to 6 p.m. Both will take place at the Palmer Lot on 222 S. Main St. and will feature fresh produce, live music, health education, activities for children, gardening tips, cooking demonstrations and giveaways. To celebrate the market opening, there will be a Market Basket Giveaway.

“We are excited to partner with these two farmers markets to provide surrounding communities with the resources needed to live happier, healthier lives,” said Nancy Graebner, president and CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.  “Through activities and events like this, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System is igniting healthy change in our communities.”

Customers can generally find fresh farm eggs at the Saturday Farmers Market.

Customers can generally find fresh farm eggs at the Saturday Farmers Market.

The hospital’s participation in the Chelsea farmers markets is part of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System’s commitment to local population health management.  In 2015, the health system launched its “Join Me” wellness campaign, which seeks to start a conversation with local residents on how to improve the health and wellness of local communities. The campaign also provides access to healthy foods, including food for those most in need.

The Chelsea Farmers Market and Bushel Basket Market participate in food assistance programs including:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Offers nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families.

Prescription for Health – Program that connects patients to their local farmers market by allowing health care providers to write “prescriptions” for their patients to eat more fruits and vegetables.  Patients can redeem prescriptions at the farmers market.

WIC Project Fresh – A program that makes fresh produce available to low-income, nutritionally-at-risk women and children, through Michigan farmers markets.

Senior Project Fresh – Provides eligible older adults with unprocessed, Michigan-grown products from authorized farmers markets and roadside stands throughout Michigan.

H and H Sugarbush will have maple syrup.

H and H Sugarbush will have maple syrup.

Double Up Food Bucks – Program doubles the value of federal nutrition assistance spent at participating markets and grocery stores, helping people bring home more locally grown fruits and vegetables.

“We truly see the spirit of our community at the farmers market,” says Stephanie Willette, manager of the Chelsea Farmers Market.  “It’s a space where people from all backgrounds come together to eat, engage and learn. Local food producers are on hand to meet with people and answer any questions they may have about the foods they purchase.”

To learn more about what to expect each week at the Chelsea Farmers Market or the Bushel Basket Market, please e-mail coordinator@chelseafarmersmkt.org, visit the website at www.chelseafarmersmkt.org  or visit them on Facebook.

Chelsea Update also runs a weekly listing of the vendors who are expected to be at the markets and what they expect to have available. (See below.)

The Chelsea Farmers Market is always looking for volunteers.  If interested, please e-mail coordinator@chelseafarmersmkt.org. Donations are also welcome. To donate, please join the “Friends of the Market” at www.chelseafarmersmkt.org/friends-of-the-market.

Expect to find handmade jewelry at the Saturday market.

Expect to find handmade jewelry at the Saturday market.

The markets are also sponsored by the 5 Healthy Towns Foundation.

Below is the list of vendors who are expected to be there. Please keep in mind that sometimes the vendors aren’t able to attend the market and that planned products are not available.

Kapnick Orchards: Asparagus, apples, apple cider, nut butters, fudge, apple butter and baked goods

Afeathermations: Natural media crafts for ceremony and celebration. “New medicine wheels, heal-the-earth wreaths, fans, rattles, and owls this week.  Only mint smudge until later in the season.”

Fluffy Bottom Creamery: sheep’s milk cheeses and yogurt

Debbie’s Bead Design: jewelry

File photo. Two Track Acres will have among its offerings different types of sausage.

File photo. Two Track Acres will have among its offerings different types of sausage.

Two Tracks Acres: breakfast sausage, Italian sausage, chorizo, pork chops, ribs, polish sausage, pork roasts, ground pork, chicken

Goetz Greenhouse: lettuce, assorted greens, Swiss chard, kale, beets and asparagus, herb and veggie plants, hanging baskets and annual bedding flowers

Lands of Bru-Garick: eggs, vegetables, plant starts

Stone Hearth Bakery: bread, cookies, brownies

Heim Gardens: vegetables

Frog Hollar: vegetables, starts, pickled products

H and H Sugarbush: maple syrup

Dave’s Honey: honey

FalafelHummus: hummus and falafel

La Baguette will offer a number of different breads and baked goods.

La Baguette will offer a number of different breads and baked goods.

Fresh: fresh roasted coffee

La Baguette: baked goods, baguettes

Bean Creek Cookie Company: cookies, baked goods

Thistle Blossom Herbals: Salves, infused herbal medicine oils, moisturizer oils and lotion bars and our famous lavender linen spray

Bordine Farms: flower bulbs

Brieland Shoultz: eggs, vegetables, soap, jam

Elysium Soap: soap

Herbology Organics: all natural, eco-friendly and sustainably sourced Apothecary items that are custom infused with therapeutic grade Essential Oils, Botanical’s and Extracts, ranging from Personal Bath and Body Care items, to Home and Pet Care products.

Robin Hills Farm: vegetables, plant starts

BS Designs: barnwood art (acrylic painting on 100-year-old Michigan barn wood).

Renovatio Woodworks: hand-crafted wood furniture

Carolyn Myer: jams and jellies

Elderwoods: birdhouses and eggs

Friends of the District Library

Chelsea Area Garden Club will be there to offer garden advice since so many of our vendors have seedlings available for gardens


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