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Lisa Allmendinger on June 30th, 2016

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Lisa Allmendinger on March 26th, 2017

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

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has declared the month of March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and this is the 30th Anniversary of this event.

His proclamation states, “During this month, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Developmental Disabilities Council to encourage all citizens to recognize Michigan’s advances concerning persons with disabilities, and also acknowledge that our work to ensure full inclusion, integrated employment and community-based settings are not yet done.”

St. Louis Center is a residential care facility for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It was established in 1960 by the Archdiocese of Detroit as St. Louis School for Exceptional Boys, and today there are 54 boys, men and women who call St. Louis Center their home. 

St. Louis Center has been managed by the Servants of Charity Congregation of priests since 1960, and they were founded by St. Louis Guanella in 1908. St. Guanella had a special place in his heart for people with special needs, and spent his life caring for those who were rejected by society during the turn of the 20th Century in Italy.

“Fr. Guanella did not limit himself to merely assisting the poor. He sought them out. He felt convinced that ‘we cannot stop as long as there are poor to be aided and needs for which to provide.’ With untiring commitment he went everywhere to make charity bloom and grow. His goal was to offer a dignified living condition, opening a way for the poor to develop personal potentials. In this way they could enjoy the gifts of life and faith in pursuit of the paths of human and Christian fulfillment.”

Fr. Enzo Addari, SdC., administrator of St. Louis Center stated, “We are grateful to the community for the tremendous support we receive throughout the year, along with our educators and many others who make the lives of our residents better every day.”

For more information about St. Louis Center, please visit www.stlouiscenter.org.


Lisa Allmendinger on March 26th, 2017

Mark your calendars now for June 3 for the Legacy Land Conservancy “Legacy of the Land” summer farm soiree at the Doll Family Farm from 6-9 p.m.

For more information or sponsorship opportunities email diane@legacylandconservancy.org or call 734-302-5263.



Lisa Allmendinger on March 26th, 2017


Lisa Allmendinger on March 26th, 2017

The 141st Annual Egg Supper will be held at North Lake United Methodist Church on Friday, April 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

The church is located at 14111 North Territorial Road.

There will be omelets, baked beans, potatoes, deviled eggs, salads, rolls, pie and coffee.

Free-will offering will benefit camp and mission scholarships, building fund. Handicap accessible.

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Lisa Allmendinger on March 25th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kerry and Theresa Plank for the information in this story.)

Kerry and Theresa Plank have been working on a documentary on the state champion 1991 Chelsea High School baseball team for more than a year.

Watch this trailer for a sneak peek.






Lisa Allmendinger on March 25th, 2017

On Monday, March 27, you can help the Chelsea Chamber Players by eating a meal inside Jet’s Pizza.

From 10 a.m. until midnight, a portion of the dine-in proceeds will be donated to CCP, so eat a pizza and support a performance.

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Lisa Allmendinger on March 25th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Dennis Rice for the information in this story.)

Using a rain barrel can save you money and benefit your garden and landscaping by taking advantage of a resource you may not have thought of before – rain water. 

Rain barrels collect and store rain water from roof areas that would otherwise be lost as runoff to storm drains and streams. Water stored in a rain barrel can be used for such things as watering flowers, gardens, trees and shrubs, rinsing tools or muddy boots. Use of rain barrels conserves water resources and reduces the amount of water used from municipal water supplies.

A rain barrel can save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Saving water not only helps protect the environment, it also saves you money because of decreased demand for treated municipal water for plant watering. Rain water is also naturally better for plants and gardens as it is soft water, devoid of minerals, chlorine, fluoride and other chemicals.  Plants respond better to rain water than municipal or well water.

The Washtenaw County Conservation District offers rain barrels for sale which are made from recycled, food-grade plastic barrels. They are 55-gallon size in black, grey and terra cotta colors.

The District also offers tumbling composters, also made from recycled food-grade

plastic 55-gallon barrels. The composters only require a 3 foot by 4 foot area, so they are ideal for a location with limited space.

They are low maintenance, fully-enclosed and reduce odor problems by controlling moisture and aeration.

Rain barrels and composters are available for purchase year around.

A limited stock of rain barrels and composters are available, but if what you want is not on hand, they are generally available in two to three weeks. 

Order forms and additional information about both the rain barrels and composters is available on the District web site at www.washtenawcd.org. Click on “Rain Barrels” or “Composters” under the “Products” tab on the home page.  Rain barrels and composters can also be ordered on-line through the District website.

For more information about the Washtenaw County Conservation District, or its other programs and services contact the District office, 7203 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor.  Phone: 734-761-6721 ext. 5.  Or visit the District web site at: www.washtenawcd.org.

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Lisa Allmendinger on March 24th, 2017


By Lisa Carolin

(Chelsea Update is running a series on businesses in Chelsea beginning with businesses that belong to the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce. Silver Solutions Network is one of its newest members.)

One of the newest members of the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce is Silver Solutions Network, which helps retired individuals to find meaningful opportunities and employment in the Chelsea area.

“After several months of planning with numerous individuals and organizations in Chelsea, we are pleased to report a very successful rollout launch on Feb. 20,” said Maurine Nelson, who helped establish the Adult Learner’s Institute in Chelsea and along with Dick Dice is a co-founder of the Silver Solutions Network.

“We’ve found a very welcoming spirit in Chelsea for new endeavors,” she said, adding, “Because of Chelsea’s unique demographic with 25 percent of the population over age 65, Silver Solutions Network is positioned to be meeting needs of this population as well as helping businesses and nonprofit organizations.”

“As a longtime executive in the corporate world, an active member of the Rotary Club, and a resident of Chelsea for more than 15 years, I am looking forward to making a difference with Silver Solutions Network,” said Dice.

Nelson and Dice agree that joining the chamber will help Silver Solutions Network’s purpose of helping individuals find employment in businesses in the Chelsea area.

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Lisa Allmendinger on March 24th, 2017

The Washtenaw County Dairy and Livestock Council honored Robert Mast from Dexter and Lyndon Uphaus from Manchester, at their annual Washtenaw County Agriculture Banquet held March 16 at the Chelsea High School. The board presented them with their Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award in recognition of their many years of dedication and service to the agricultural community in Washtenaw County. Pictured are the honorees and council board members, left to right: Seated: Dennis Huehl, Chelsea, Secretary; Trent Satterthwaite, Chelsea, Treasurer; Jerry Kuhl, Chelsea, President; Robert Mast, Dexter, Distinguished Service to Agriculture award recipient; Lyndon Uphaus, Manchester, Distinguished Service to Agriculture award recipient; Mike Schaible, Manchester, Vice President. Second Row: Robert Herrst II, Chelsea; Ryan Rentschler, Ann Arbor; John Broesamle, Saline; David Bohnett, Saline; Dennis Trinkle, Chelsea; Bob Bulmon, Dexter; Russell Exelby, Saline; Paul Rothfuss, Saline. Third Row: Howard Sias, Chelsea; Joel Powers, Manchester; Bill VanRiper, Chelsea; Joe Koengeter, Chelsea; David Bucholtz, Manchester, honorary member; Rod Powers, Chelsea.

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

More than 250 people attended the 2017 Washtenaw County Agriculture Banquet, hosted by the Washtenaw County Dairy Livestock Council at the Chelsea High School.

A prime rib and chicken dinner was prepared by Chelsea Food Service and served by the National Honor Society from Chelsea High School. The entertainment for the evening was provided by the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic, American’s premier youth fiddling show band.

The Council presented their Distinguished Service to Agriculture Awards to Robert Mast from Dexter and to Lyndon Uphaus from Manchester. These awards are given in recognition of many years of dedication and service to the agricultural community in Washtenaw County.

Ryan Rentschler from Ann Arbor was elected to the council for a 3-year term. Retiring board member Rod Powers from Chelsea was thanked for his years of service on the council. The group was pleased to have State Representative Donna Lasinski from the 52nd District attend the banquet also.

The Washtenaw County Dairy Livestock Council also gave a big thank you to all of the contributors to the 2017 banquet.



Lisa Allmendinger on March 24th, 2017

The Saturday Winter Farmers Market takes place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. inside the cafeteria at the Washington Street Education Center.

Below is a list of vendors who are expected to be there.

Kapnick Orchards – Apples, cider, baked goods, fudge. 

Bean Creek Cookie Co – old fashioned cookies made from scratch, caramel corn

Marks Farm – Winter squash, kale, cabbage, potatoes, onions, broccoli, sweet potatoes, other produce

Thistle Blossom Herbals – Products to heal and sooth – Boo Boo Fix It, Lavender Linen spray, herbal balms, infused oils and moisturizing – alcohol free hand sanitizer. 

Lands of Bru-Garick – eggs, quilted bags, hand-made goods

Myer Jam – jams and jellies

Humus Falafil – falafil sandwiches, baklava, hummus

Jks Jewels – jewelry

Mostly Green Acres:  soy free, organic fed, free range chicken eggs and whole chickens, grass fed beef

Golden Fleece: grass fed beef, eggs, lamb

La Baguette: baked goods, baguettes

Simply Fresh Gourmet: salsa and chips