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Lisa Allmendinger on June 30th, 2016

Wrestling: sends 6 to the regionals
Boys varsity basketball: 11-6, Dexter 61, Chelsea 56 (2 OT)
Boys JV basketball: Chelsea 70, Grass Lake 34
Boys frosh basketball: Huron 54, Chelsea 48
Girls frosh basketball: Chelsea 38, Jackson 18
Girls varsity basketball: 13-5, Chelsea 39, Dexter 22
Girls JV basketball: Chelsea 63, Lincoln 30
Boys varsity bowling: Chelsea 17, Skyline 13
Girls varsity bowling: Chelsea 23 1/2, Bedford 6 1/2
Boys JV bowling: Skyline 25, Chelsea 15
Hockey: Woodhaven 6, Chelsea 5 (OT)

Lisa Allmendinger on February 21st, 2017

New Chelsea Area Fire Authority Chief Robert Arbini (center) on his first day on the job with Capt. Scott Basar, Lt. Bill Regnier and firefighter Nate Saarinen, who were on shift Monday.

New Fire Chief Robert Arbini (on left) and Interim Chief Jon Ichesco exchange the Chelsea Area Fire Chief’s helmet.

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 21st, 2017

Photo by Burrill Strong. A scene from a previous Authors in Chelsea event.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Patty Roberts for the information in this story.)

The Chelsea District Library has been awarded two grants in support of its 2017 Authors in Chelsea program.

Authors in Chelsea brings nationally known authors to Chelsea schools, providing children close contact with award-winning authors to explore the power of writing, and encourages students to read and appreciate literature. The event takes place each year in March and also includes an evening Author Meet and Greet for the entire Chelsea community.

The Chelsea Education Foundation awarded the library $1,500 to help pay for books by the visiting authors for school classrooms and media centers, and the Friends of Chelsea District Library awarded the library $2,500 to assist in paying authors’ appearance fees.

This year’s program will see participation from 1,025 children in grades 1-6.

“We could not offer this great program without the financial support of the Chelsea Education Foundation and the Friends of the Chelsea District Library,” says Karen Persello, head of Youth and Teen Services at the library in a press release.

“This is our eighth Authors in Chelsea, and it promises to be a very inspiring and memorable experience for the community,” she said.

“This year, we are excited to have visits from authors Jennifer Jacobson, Gordon Korman, and Lynda Mullaly Hunt, on March 22 and 23. Because of the generosity of these two local fundraising organizations, Chelsea schoolchildren will be offered the unique opportunity to attend presentations on writing from each author,” Persello said.

About The Chelsea Education Foundation:

The Chelsea Education Foundation provides funding for a wide spectrum of educational activities to benefit the residents of Chelsea, Michigan. A non-profit, tax-exempt organization, Friends and supporters organized CEF in 1990 to provide a link between school, business, and community to help strengthen Chelsea’s future.

About the Friends of Chelsea District Library:

The mission of the Friends of Chelsea District Library is to provide financial assistance for special library programs, and to supplement materials and equipment; to increase the visibility of the library in the community; provide volunteer aid to the library; and to recognize library staff annually.

About the Chelsea District Library:

The Chelsea District Library is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide equal access to quality resources that serve the lifelong cultural, educational and informational needs and interests of all people. The library currently serves 15,100 residents in the Chelsea district, which includes the City of Chelsea and the Dexter, Lima, Lyndon, and Sylvan townships. Approximately 16,000 individuals visit the library each month.

For more information visit www.chelseadistrictlibrary.org.

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 21st, 2017

Courtesy photo. Recent North Creek Elementary School Bucket Fillers.

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

The students pictured above with the North Creek Elementary School Hero were recently recognized by their teachers as outstanding “Bucket Fillers”.

A bucket filler is someone who says or does something kind to another. Make sure to recognize and encourage these children when you see them around town.

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 21st, 2017

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 21st, 2017

In this week’s Chelsea Police blotter, spray paint and a drill driver combo set were stolen from a store in the 1000 block of South Main Street.

For the full story, please click here.

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 21st, 2017

(Publisher’s note: These DRAFT minutes will not be official until voted upon by the Chelsea City Council tonight.)

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 21st, 2017

Laureta Elaine Boyer of Chelsea, age 95, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at the University of Michigan Hospital.

She was born Jan. 14, 1922 in Porter Township, Michigan, the daughter of Angus William and Laura Ann (Swinehart) Williams.

At the age of 14, Laureta delivered strawberries in downtown Detroit by herself. During WWII, she moved from Saginaw Valley to Chelsea, to work for Federal Screw in the Clocktower Building. Later, she worked for Applied Dynamics and Allen-Bradley Electronics. The electronics she worked on went to the Moon, with NASA calling her about one of the circuit boards.

Laureta was active with the Women’s Auxiliary of the Chelsea VFW. She helped start “Chelsea Days” in Hudson, Florida. Laureta enjoyed making large meals for family and friends in Chelsea and Florida. Her hobbies were quilting and crafts. In Florida, she enjoyed square dancing and flea markets. Laureta learned to use computers in her 80’s and early 90’s.

Services for Laureta and Lawrence are pending. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzeheimer’s Association.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.  


Lisa Allmendinger on February 20th, 2017

By Crystal Hayduk

Chelsea School District (CSD) para professionals, food service workers, and the theater manager are working with the Michigan Education Association (MEA) to establish a bargaining unit, the Chelsea Educational Support Professionals.

During the opportunity for public input at the CSD Board of Education work session on Feb. 13, North Creek para professional Heather Hopkins read a statement on behalf of those who desire to form the union. Hopkins said, “On Feb. 3, representatives from Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC), the Michigan Education Association, and representatives from the CSD had a phone call to discuss the potential election to unionize the para professionals, food service workers, and the theater manager. There was no agreement to proceed to vote as a result of the CSD wanting to include other support staff … as part of the union formation request.”

Hopkins said that other groups had declined to join the union effort; therefore, the petition was formally submitted, and she requested that it proceed to an immediate vote.

Sarah Proegler, a para professional and the official spokesperson for the effort, said that Chelsea is the only school district in the county in which support staff do not have union representation. “We are looking to add structure and transparency to our positions,” she said. “The para professionals are also interested in having access to the legal backing of a union should the need arise.”

There are approximately 50 para professionals, 13 food service workers, and one theater manager.

Currently, two unions represent CSD employees: teachers belong to the Chelsea Education Association, and the transportation department belongs to the International Union of Operating Engineers.

Superintendent Julie Helber said that the district’s legal counsel and MERC recommend a “wall-to-wall” unit, one bargaining unit that would encompass all support staff.

In an email to district employees, Helber said that the district is “…working with support staff to determine their interest in forming a collective bargaining unit based on a request from the Michigan Education Association (MEA). While the original request identified only para educators, food service and the theater manager, the district does not want the potential for numerous, fractured bargaining units. Our position is that if we are to have an additional unit, it should be made up of all other support staff.”

Both the district and the support staff leadership have submitted position statements to the Administrative Law Judge to determine the scope of the potential bargaining unit. At press time, a decision had not yet been handed down.

Helber said that ultimately, a minimum of 30 percent of the persons in the unit must be interested in the union for the issue to be voted upon. Then a majority of eligible staff must vote in favor for unionization to be approved. If that occurs, “…a collective bargaining unit would be developed and contracts would be established.”

Employees can choose whether or not to become active members of the union. If a union is formed, the district will negotiate a contract that would be followed for all support staff.

Dan McCarthy of the MEA said that if both parties agree to proceed to an election, it typically takes from 45 to 60 days following petition to MERC. “However, the district proposed an alternative, so we don’t know how long it could take,” said McCarthy.

“The support professionals in the Chelsea School District have enjoyed tremendous support from the Chelsea Education Association and have been gratified to have that support,” he said.                                         



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Lisa Allmendinger on February 20th, 2017

This is just a reminder that because of President’s Day, the Chelsea City Council will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 21 for its regularly scheduled meeting.

The packet and agenda have been posted on the city’s website, and the agenda will be posted on Tuesday on Chelsea Update.


Lisa Allmendinger on February 20th, 2017

Courtesy photo. Jake Burris.

(Chelsea Update would like to that Bobby Lee for the information and photo in this story.)

Albion College sophomore Jake Burris was selected as the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s Most Valuable Diver for the second year in a row.

The Chelsea resident won the 1- and 3-meter events in the league’s championship meet.

Diving Coach Eric Burris said his son backloads his routine, and despite a couple of early bobbles, he came up with high scores in the end. Jake Burris’ final 3-meter dive was awarded 61 ½ points and he finished with a 509 ½ total.

Burris and teammate Henry Swett, the runner-up in both diving events, will travel to Grand Rapids next weekend for a regional meet which will determine those advancing to the NCAA Championship.