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ERichardson on July 29th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Patty Roberts and the library staff for the information in this article.)

Chelsea District Library’s Summer Reading Program ends Wednesday, July 30, with a space-themed finale and party.  Join the celebration on the library lawn from 12-2 p.m.

“Our space-themed finale will have you building rocket-ships, making water comets and doing all sorts of hands-on science activities. Lots of fun activities are planned with a bounce house, karaoke and even snow cones,” says Patty Roberts.

Participation was great throughout the community and even up this year from last. Youth numbers topped 1300 and the adult 280.

Plan to stay for “Little Red Riding Hood” presented by the Michigan Opera Theatre in the McKune Room from 2-3 p.m. 3 singers will present a delightful adaption of the family classic.

Summer Reading Grand Prize winners will be announced at the end of the show.

Congratulations to all the participants in this great reading program.

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 29th, 2014

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 29th, 2014

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Here’s what to expect at the Wednesday Bushel Basket Farmers Market that takes place from 2:30-6 p.m.

Kapnick Orchards: Blueberries, sweet cherries, transparent apples, green beans, potatoes, apple cider, pie, peanut, cashew and almond butters, assorted varieties of bread, sweet rolls and fudge. (Peaches coming soon.)

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Greystone Farm and Creamery: feta, plain and garlic cream cheese, feta, grated butternut, ricotta, grated man-chel, cow gouda, sheep gouda and butternut by the piece. Maybe new horse radish-bacon cream cheese.

Lutchka Farm:  Green and sweet onions, kale, lettuce leaf basil, parsley,  broccoli, beets, summer squash, zucchini, maybe green beans, red and green cabbage, maybe corn, slicing and salad cucumbers, and zinnia.

Stonehearth Bread: Artisan breads made from scratch with no preservatives. Cheese sticks, rosemary herb bread, Asiago Kalamata bread, Polish pumpernickel, Country loaf, Apple cinnamon, red raspberry/dark chocolate, strawberry/white chocolate, blueberry cream cheese, eight grain, Italian, honey whole wheat, German rye, spinach feta cheese, bacon cheddar beer bread, cookies, brownies, sticky lemon buns, blueberry buns, 4-cheese pepperoni rolls, habanero/jalapeno pepperoni rolls, apple walnut, red raspberry bread, San Francisco sourdough, soft three-cheese pretzels and three-cheese jalapeno pretzels.

broccoliGuthrie Gardens:  lots of perennials coming in bloom, flowering shrubs, specimen trees, evergreen trees, dawn redwoods, Japanese maples, oregano, hydrangea.

Needle Lane Farm: sunflower bouquets, beets, cucumbers, kale, lettuce, salad mix, spinach, chives, collards, turnips, peppers, jalapeno peppers, sweet basil, honey, summer squash, zucchini, shell peas, snow peas, broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, sweet corn, green beans, parsley, bay leaves.

DeVulder’s Farm:  basil plants, cut flowers, arugula, strawberries, radishes, pickling cucumbers, green onions, cilantro, dill, sweet peppers, yellow and red cherry tomatoes, potatoes, fairy tale egg plant, green beans, red potatoes, pattypan squash and beets.

Marks Greenhouse: Green and yellow beans, peppers, Swiss chard,  fresh kale, red and golden beets, kohlrabi, broccoli, red onions, yellow sweet onions,  new potatoes, cabbage, collard greens, zucchini and summer squash, okra, shallots, leeks.

candy-2Janet’s LLC: pecan and cashew brittle, flavored peanuts from mild to hot, salted caramels, caramel corn, assorted jams, pretzel mix, nut bars, turtles, peanut butter fudge, cross-stitch greeting cards, Dammit dolls and grilling rubs, lemon eucalyptus lotion.

Pregitzer Farm Market, LLC: hanging flower baskets, zucchini, summer squash, zucchini, summer squash, herbs, maybe corn, peas, green beans, onions. Although the CSA has begun, it’s not too late to get in on the fun of having fresh garden vegetables and fruits to take home from the market each week.

Kapp’s Bakery:  Green beans, summer squash, zucchini, soft pretzels, snicker doodle, peanut butter, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin cookies, rice crispy treats, zucchini bread, dried herbs.

Kelly Farms: maple syrup.

Golden Fleece Farm, LLC: soy-free eggs, grass fed beef including brats, Italian sweet sausage, ground beef patties, short ribs, beef liver, pasture-raised chickens.

Eisenhower Center: Essentials line soap, lip balm, pens, seeds, soy candles, body, hand lotions and sanitizer, assorted wooden toys and puzzles and pens, bird houses, seeds, flower pots with tulips, build your own $10 tins with assorted Essentials line inside, handmade metal items, assorted vegetables.

flowers (2)Family Circle Centennial Farm: scallions, carrots, kale, green beans, maybe lettuce salad mix, cherry tomatoes, garlic, honey, cucumbers, summer squash, maybe potatoes.

Mama Mo: 17 flavors of hummus – traditional, lemon zest, tan/cran orange, roasted pepper, tomato basil, onion dill, roasted garlic, roasted beet, chipotle, ginger squash, sesame chive satay, curry lime, kalamata rosemary, black pepper walnut, horseradish, wasabi, jalapeno; 8 flavors of seitan – traditional, nuggets, fajita strips, BBQ, vegan BBQ, roast, Italian fennel sausage, breakfast sage sausage. Pesto with the following ingredients: walnuts, Pecorina Romano cheese, organic basil, garlic and extra virgin olive.

Good Times Kettle Corn: small, medium and large bags of kettle corn popped fresh.

Jar Head Salsa: mild, medium, spicy salsa, corn tortilla chips and chili lime sea salt chips, whole grain tortillas and garlic sea salt, “Kaeso Dio” cheese sauce, Bloody Mary mix, canned salsa both mild and spicy.

Bodine Farms: mixed cut flower bouquets with recycled containers, dahlias and maybe gladiolas.

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 29th, 2014
Chelsea Lions Club president Paul Weber presenting Chelsea High School graduating Senior EJ Lin a Chelsea Lion service award of $1,000.

Chelsea Lions Club president Paul Weber presenting Chelsea High School graduating Senior EJ Lin a Chelsea Lion service award of $1,000.

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 29th, 2014

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Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights continues its free summer concert series Thursday, July 31 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The music lineup celebrates the concert series 10th anniversary with returning favorites Trio Tumbao and Paul Vornhagen at Katie’s Korner on the library lawn and singer songwriter Ian Stewart at East Alley.

Folk-rock band View takes the stage at South Street and acoustic trio EBB Tide perform at the Clocktower Gazebo.

The North Creek Fiddlers will showcase bluegrass, country and Irish fiddle at East Middle Street Stage.

New to the line-up this year are alternative rockers, Arbor Reign, will be performing at the Glazier building and The Blenders who will perform popular songs from the 1930’s through the 1970’s at Sylvan Courtyard.

In addition to music, there is something for the whole family including fun balloons for the kids created by 3 Generations Twisters at the Main Street alley, and Eric the Juggler at the Clocktower Courtyard.

Visitors are also invited to experience the new installation of SculptureWalk Chelsea, a self-guided walking tour of 12 juried sculptures.

For a list of performers and stage locations please click here.

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 29th, 2014

Chelsea police reported that a woman who left her purse in an establishment in the 1600 block of Commerce Park Drive had a hundred dollar bill stolen from it on July 21.

For the full story, click here.

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 29th, 2014

Townsend,-Beryl-Allan-webBeryl Allan “Al” Townsend of of Dexter Township, age 88, passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Ann Arbor.

He was born on March 13, 1926, in Hart, MI, the son of Floyd E. and Ila (Andrus) Townsend. Al was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during World War II.  On Oct. 6, 1951, he married Amelia Mildred “Millie” Toma in Ann Arbor, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 1, 2009.

Al had worked for the Ypsilanti School District as an administrator, principal, and teacher.  He had a cottage at North Lake since 1961 and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Stockbridge.  He was a talented musician, being Gene Krupa’s first trombonist in the 1940s and later playing in a 21-piece band, the Ambassadors, and also in the Couriers, a 9-piece band.  He had served as President of both the Ann Arbor Flyers Club and the Ann Arbor Federation of Musicians.

 

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 28th, 2014
Photo by Don Eberly.

Photo by Don Enderby.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Don Enderby for this information and photo.)

This is in the back yard of Don Enderby’s home on Clardale Court in Chelsea.

Fortunately, he hasn’t found any interior damage.

“I was out of town when the storm hit, so I missed the experience of the tree falling,” he said via email.

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(Chelsea Update would like to thank Nancy Paul for passing along this information from the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development.)

Please spend 15 to 20 minutes taking a survey that will help identify issues surrounding affordable housing in Washtenaw County. Your input is critical to create a full understanding of the need in our community. (And although Chelsea is not specifically listed, you can write it in.)

The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development has initiated a countywide affordable housing needs assessment. The final report will provide a clear, easy to understand assessment of the local housing market, identify current and future housing needs, and provide specific and implementable policy recommendations to advance affordable housing.

A major goal for this study is to include an analysis that links transportation cost and accessibility, as well as other environmental and quality of life issues to the location of affordable housing.

Ultimately, this report will provide numerical targets, budget needs, and policy recommendations related to affordable housing in Washtenaw County, as well as individually for the communities that make up the county’s urban core.

Here’s the survey.

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 28th, 2014
Photo by Lisa Carolin. An example of chalk art from the Sounds and Sights Festival.

Photo by Lisa Carolin. An example of chalk art from the Sounds and Sights Festival.

Story and photos By Lisa Carolin

Depending on the weather, you might still be able to see East Middle Street, just east of Main Street, looking like a big easel. On Saturday, more than a dozen artists created sidewalk art during one of the events of the Sights and Sounds Festival.

Photo by Lisa Carolin.

Photo by Lisa Carolin.

“This is my first time using chalk and creating sidewalk art,” said Josie Ewald, who was asked by the owner of Global Marketplace to do a chalk drawing.

She created the message “Fair Trade” inside a map of the world and surrounded by the words “Global Marketplace.”

Photo by Lisa Carolin. Another chalk art design.

Photo by Lisa Carolin. Another chalk art design.

The sidewalk art ranges from colorful shapes to fictitious characters. In the case of father and son Scott and Caleb Peterson, Caleb drew the outlines for two of his favorite Pokemon characters and his dad filled in the rest.

“I’m polishing it off,” said Scott Peterson, while Caleb observed.

Alexis Kole worked on a picture that she said was inspired by the Queen of Clubs.

“I want to be an artist so I’ve been going to festivals all around Michigan,” she said.

Photo by Lisa Carolin of a sidewalk art scene.

Photo by Lisa Carolin of a sidewalk art scene.

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