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Lisa Allmendinger on June 30th, 2016

Golf: 2nd in Chelsea Invitational
Tennis: wins SEC White championship
Soccer: 15-4-2 for season, downs Ypsilanti 9-0
Varsity softball: Chelsea 6, Bedford 5; Chelsea 7, Bedford 3
JV softball: Chelsea 16, Manchester 0; Chelsea 20, Manchester 2
Boys track: wins Regionals
Girls track: 2nd in Regionals
Lisa Allmendinger on May 27th, 2017

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

Last Monday, the Chelsea Kiwanis Club got an update on scouting activity in the Chelsea Area.

PACK 455 has taken day and overnight trips locally to the Discovery Center, the Chelsea Fire Station, and a U of M stadium tour. They also visited Cranbrook and plan to catch a Mudhens’ game this summer between camp-outs.

TROOP 413 has taken 4 and 6 mile hikes, helped our club with our annual Fruit Sale, and built a bridge at the Rod and Gun Club. This summer they plan to go fishing (which includes catching, gutting, cooking, and eating the fish), and helping our club by selling popcorn at the fair.  Another Eagle project is a boardwalk at the American Legion.

TROOP 425 took a trip to Buffalo to tour the USS Little Rock. This summer will include a hike at Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico and camping in Ohio.

TROOP 476 plans summer camping including wilderness survival. They will be having a mystery trip again this year as well. They also talked about the Order of the Arrow, a program activity intended to recognize those scouts who best exemplify scout virtues of cheerful service, camping, and leadership.

This Monday, Memorial Day, we will not meet, honoring those who sacrificed for our freedom.

Normally, 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.


Lisa Allmendinger on May 27th, 2017

Courtesy photo. The entry to Chelsea Retirement Community.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Sarah Ombry for the information in this story.)

The Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter recently named United Methodist Retirement Communities in Chelsea as its South Central Region 2017 Community Champion Award recipient.

UMRC was recognized for its continued generous support, partnership, and dedication towards a world without Alzheimer’s disease.

“To us, this award is our way of saying thank you to another organization who is not only a trusted and valued community partner, but who is also working tirelessly to end Alzheimer’s and provide care and support to those affected,” said Jennifer Howard, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter.

“This year, our staff has chosen to honor UMRC for its longstanding partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association and for always fighting for our families in every possible way,” Howard said.

UMRC President and CEO John Thorhauer, and UMRC Board Chair Rich Brown, accepted this award. “This recognition is truly an honor,” said Thorhauer. “Both UMRC and the UMRC Foundation have been proud supporters of the Alzheimer’s Association for many years, from sponsoring the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, to UMRC Foundation’s community grants that support the Michigan Great Lake Chapter’s efforts to serve families and caregivers of those living with the disease. Our residents living at Towsley Village Memory Care Center and their families also benefit from our close partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association.”  

Over 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s, including 180,000 in the state of Michigan alone.  Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.


The Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting and business after hours event at Thriving Minds Family Services on Thursday, June 1 from 5:30-7 p.m. at 350 N. Main St. Suite 220.

Please RSVP to the chamber if you would like to attend by calling 475-1145.


Lisa Allmendinger on May 27th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Susan Faulkner for the information in this story.)

The Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative (HWPI) has launched the Karen’s Trail Campaign, an effort to raise at least $1,000,000 to expand the Border-to-Border Trail (B2B).

The Karen’s Trail Campaign honors the life and legacy of Karen McKeachie, a world-class triathlete killed while cycling on the road near her home. During this campaign, those interested are invited to help build Karen’s Trail through their support of a series of community events and fundraising efforts.

The B2B expansion is made possible through a public-private partnership that includes HWPI and the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission. HWPI’s mission is to raise private dollars to multiply the impact of public sector money.

For more information, go to www.huron-waterloo-pathways.org.


Lisa Allmendinger on May 26th, 2017

Courtesy photo. Best Middle School’s Bulldog Best.

The Bulldog Best is a monthly award that recognizes students at Beach Middle School who support the pillars of respect, integrity, responsibility, dynamic learning and teamwork.

A nomination can be made by any staff member, and students are presented with a certificate and pen and are named in the school’s newsletter. If you see a name more than once it means that the student was nominated by more than one person.

So, when you see any of these students around town, be sure to congratulate them.

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 26th, 2017


Lisa Allmendinger on May 26th, 2017

By Crystal Hayduk

Jesse Kauffman, director of the SRSLY coalition, along with middle school student Riley Thorburn and Tara Thorburn, a district educator, presented a resolution to the Chelsea School District Board of Education at their meeting on May 22.

The “Resolution to Protect Our Communities from the Marijuana Industry” was drafted with the “goal of reducing youth access to marijuana and youth exposure to pro-marijuana messaging.” Citing federal drug laws, lack of regulation of the drug industry, and the harmful effects on youth, Kauffman invited the district to support the resolution. The district can support the resolution by prohibiting advertisement of medical marijuana, refusing donations from the industry, and forbidding industry representatives from giving presentations to students.

Kauffman said that not only does the Chelsea City Council receive frequent inquiries from the industry, but surrounding townships have also been solicited by medical marijuana companies. He said that Dexter, Stockbridge, and Manchester have been part of a regional effort to prevent the industry from moving into the area.

During the opportunity for public input, Willadean Miles read a letter describing a local faith-based addiction recovery program, RU Recovery. Miles said that the free program (except for the cost of books) is offered to anyone in need each Friday evening at 7 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church on Kalmbach Road.

Superintendent Julie Helber said that she had received Miles’ letter earlier, and has given the information to the high school for addition into their “bank of resources.”

Photo by Crystal Hayduk. Lucas DeRosia addresses the board about his mentorship with Jon Moll at Reddeman Farms Golf Course.

The board also heard a presentation by Chartwells, the company contracted to provide food services for the district. Chris Rakowski, district manager, highlighted ways in which they have improved food quality over the last year, increased menu variety, and provided healthier selections.

Carrie Hall, director of the district’s dining services, said that since September, twice as many students are purchasing breakfast at school, and there has been an 11-percent increase in lunch participation.

Allison Tropf, Chartwell’s regional dietitian, addressed compliance with nutritional standards set by the federal government. She explained the use of Nutrislice, a web-based application that “puts menus out in real time.” It allows for communication with families and provides nutrition and allergen information. (More information here:  http://chartwellsk12.compass-usa.com/ChelseaSchoolsDiningServices.)

Board member Greg Rhodes asked if adherence to the nutrition guidelines has improved students’ health. Rakowski said that “… nutrition goes hand-in-hand with physical activity.” Although continuous improvements are the goal for the nutrition part of the equation, students overall lead a more sedentary lifestyle, and districts are cutting back on physical education. 

Chelsea High School teacher Duane Moss introduced student Lucas DeRosia to the board as “articulate and a fantastic example” of a student. DeRosia spoke to the board about his mentorship with Jon Moll at Reddeman Farms Golf Course.

DeRosia said he learned how Moll manages the course, trains and assigns staff, and keeps things running smoothly in order to achieve the number one goal: keeping golfers happy. DeRosia said he has played golf all of his life, and plans to attend Ferris State University’s Professional Golf Management Program.

In other board news:
The board approved plans to renovate the Beach Middle School media center at a cost of $45,000. The board also approved the purchase of curriculum materials for high school science and life management; and the new Young 5s program.

The board approved President Anne Mann to represent Chelsea for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) board election, and recommended that she vote for Steve Olsen of Chelsea and Mary Jo Callan of Ypsilanti on June 5.

The board thanked the food service department, Chelsea Women’s Service Club, and the National Honor Society for assisting with the Cum Laude Banquet on May 17. They also thanked Molly (Welton) Boyle, Class of 2001 and current resident of Baltimore, Maryland, for speaking at the event.

Upcoming dates:
There is no school on May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

Chelsea High School graduation will be at 2 p.m. on June 4 in the gymnasium. Doors open at 1 p.m.

The next school board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on June 12 at the Washington Street Education Center.


Lisa Allmendinger on May 26th, 2017

The Saturday Chelsea Farmers Market takes place in the municipal parking lot on Park Street from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  There is plenty of on-street parking as well as in the municipal lot behind Chelsea State Bank.

There will be a cooking demonstration and a kid’s tent at the market. Music will kick off the third week of June with Dorketsra.

Below is a list of the vendors who are expected to be there Saturday and what they expect to bring. Please keep in mind that sometimes vendors cannot make it to market and that the items they plan to bring aren’t available.

Goetz Greenhouse: spinach, lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, beets, asparagus, potted herbs, hanging baskets, potted plants, veggie and flower starts.

Bean Creek Cookie Company: six packs of cookies in various flavors, including chocolate chip, molasses, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, single cookies in flavors such as snickerdoodle, triple chocolate, chocolate dipped coconut macaroons, soft pretzels, Nuts and Bolts (a version of Chex Mix.)

Thistle Blossom Herbals: hand sanitizer, healing and moisturizing balms, lavender linen spray, bug spray, air fresheners, blended oil, body oil, Boo Boo Fix It Sticks.

Fresh: locally roasted coffee beans, coffee by the cup by donation.

Debbie’s Bead Design: jewelry

LA Baguette: French baked goods, baguettes, rye sesame boules, madeleines, tartelettes.

Stone Hearth Bakery: artisan bread baked from scratch with no preservatives, hot dog buns, cookies, triple chocolate chunk brownies, fruit breads, 4-cheese pepperoni rolls, 4-cheese habanero Jalapeno pepperoni rolls (two to a package).

Merkel Gardens: hanging baskets, perennials, bedding plants, annual, herb, vegetable starts.  

Heim Gardens: asparagus, rhubarb, spinach, hanging baskets, herb and vegetable starts, bedding plants.  

Frog Hollar Farms: baked goods, asparagus, preserves, salsa, BBQ sauce, relish, salad dressing.

Kapnick Orchards: asparagus, rhubarb, cider, baked goods. Ask about the 2017 CSA.

Brieland-Shoultz Farm: eggs, jam, soap, spinach, radishes, leaf lettuce.

Two Tracks Acres: chicken, pork, beef

Affeathermations: dream catchers and other natural art.

Jacob’s Farm Shares: eggs  

Bordine Farms: dahlia

Meyer Jam: homemade jams

H and H Sugarbush: maple syrup and maple products

Good Times Kettlecorn: kettlecorn in several sizes

Country Hills Pottery: beautiful and functional pottery

Yum and Crum: handmade bagels

Tiani: body care lotions, foaming soap, lip balm



Lisa Allmendinger on May 26th, 2017

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan recently awarded the City of Chelsea a $10,000 grant for the design of its Letts Linear Park, a project of the city’s Parks Commission. 

The endowment funds at the Community Foundation are complementary to the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation’s efforts to create immediate impact and long-term benefit within the communities of Southeast Michigan and Western New York.

To learn more about grants offered by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation directly, please visit www.RCWJRF.org/How-To-Apply

About the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a full-service philanthropic organization leading the way to positive change in our region. As a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations, the Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development, and civic affairs. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed nearly $902 million through more than 60,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair, and Livingston counties. For more information, please visit www.cfsem.org.      

About the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation was established by founder and owner of the Buffalo Bills, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Upon Wilson’s passing in 2014, he requested that a significant share of his estate be used to continue a life-long generosity of spirit by funding the foundation which bears his name. The Foundation has a grant making capacity of $1.2 billion over a 20-year period, which expires Jan. 8, 2035. This structure is consistent with Wilson’s wish for immediate impact and innovation, and his desire that the trustees see the impact of the investment in their lifetimes. http://www.ralphcwilsonjrfoundation.org.

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