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Lisa Allmendinger on April 24th, 2014
Photo by Lisa Carolin. Stephanie Merkel, new owner of Shabby Chic, assists a customer.

Photo by Lisa Carolin. Stephanie Merkel, new owner of Shabby Chic, assists a customer.

Story and photos by Lisa Carolin

The selection of gently used women’s clothing, shoes, purses and furniture is still available at Shabby Chic, and the consignment store is still located at Oak Tree Plaza, 12855 Old US-12 near the Fletcher Road exit 162 off I-94.

What’s new is the owner.

Stephanie Merkel took over Shabby Chic as of April 22 after Kris Vermilye, who started the store during the summer of 2011, left to accept a new full-time job.

Photo by Lisa Carolin of the inside of Shabby Chic.

Photo by Lisa Carolin of the inside of Shabby Chic.

“Kris presented me with an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” said Merkel, who previously worked at a resale boutique in Saline. “This is a clean store with a great reputation.”

Merkel, a Chelsea native, says that she has no changes planned, and that all policies are staying the same.

“I think Chelsea needs a consignment shop,” she said. “This is a good location, and we have a variety of merchandise.”

Merkel would like even more merchandise and says she is taking spring and summer consignments as this is a busy time of year she says.

As an added incentive to visit the store, Merkel says that Shabby Chic will participate in a Purse Party Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. along with Mule Skinner Boots, The Village Shoppe and Chelsea Antiques.

“Shabby Chic will offer 20-percent off on all purses that day and will have  a drawing for a new purse,” said Merkel.

Vermilye says that she has paid off all accounts and that checks are now available for pickup at the boutique.

For more information on Shabby Chic, click here.

Photo by Lisa Carolin of the outside of Shabby Chic.

Photo by Lisa Carolin of the outside of Shabby Chic.

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new Chelsea Bulldogs Logo(Chelsea Update would like to thank coach Eric Swager for the information in this story.)

Chelsea Boys’ Track and Field added two more wins to its impressive string of dual meet victories, defeating Dexter 98-39, and Adrian Tuesday, 76.5-60.5 on April 22.

“We performed well against both squads,” said Head Track Coach Eric Swager, who added, “We talked about running each event with focus and great effort, and by and large, we did just that.”

The coach noted that the Bulldogs have an impressive dual meet record. “We are approaching 4 years undefeated in dual meets, and our consistent team effort is the main reason for our streak.”

A couple individual performances stand out.

Sophomore Noah Van Reesema won three events against both squads, including a lifetime best high jump.

Jacob Stubbs was dominant in the 1600 and 800 runs, while Joe Vermilye won the 3200 in a fine effort.

Denrick Acton’s pole vault was a lifetime best, as was Mike Mesco’s victorious shot put.

“We are once again in the midst of another SEC title race,” the coach said. “We need to continue to sharpen as the season goes along.”


Last weekend, the team participated in the Chelsea Relays, finishing fourth.

“We hosted the 2nd annual Chelsea Relays on a bright sunny day,” Swager said. “It finally felt like summer is approaching. We had some events that we performed well in, and others that we did not.”

He gave kudos to “The throwers (who had a great day, taking both the shot and discus relays.”

Micheal Smith highlighted the meet with his 156-foot discus heave. This makes the junior the No. 4 farthest thrower in school history.

Also, the 4×3200 relay performed very well, the coach said, taking runner-up honors, and “many JV types had lifetime bests in the open run.”

The Bulldog’s two vaulters won gold with their pair of 11’6″ jumps, and the high jumpers also medaled.

“We have a lot of work to do in the other events,” the coach said, adding, “Execution can clearly be improved (it is very early in the season), and we talked about being mentally prepared to compete.”

Swager said with such a large, young squad, he expects to see drastic improvements as the year progresses.

“Finally, I would like to thank the other coaches for making this meet run smoothly, and all the parents and volunteers that helped us be top-notch hosts,” Swager said.


Lisa Allmendinger on April 24th, 2014
Courtesy photo.

Courtesy photo.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Coach Melissa McGuire for the information in this story.)

Chelsea Girls’ Water Polo played Grand Blanc away on Monday April 21, and the JV had a tight game against the Bobcats but lost, 5-4.

Goals were scored by Camden Dammeyer, Clare Dettling and Lauren Olk.

Catherine Wellman made 8 saves and Emma Adkins had 4 steals.

Chelsea Girls’ Water Polo varsity team also played Grand Blanc and lost 7-4 after a close battle.

Goals were scored by Maddie Doman (2), Maria Elie (1) and Emmah Boquette (1).

Catherine Wellman had a great 2nd game making 4 saves.

Courtesy photo.

Courtesy photo.


Lisa Allmendinger on April 24th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Shane Rodriguez for the information in this story. And, my apologies for putting the tennis team’s photo up with the girls track story. )

The Chelsea Girl’s Track and Field team won the 2014 Chelsea Relays last weekend.

“We had a great day, featuring wonderful weather and a smooth meet,” said Coach Shane Rodriguez, who added, “The girls really excelled on our home track, and soundly defeated some excellent teams, including East Lansing and DeWitt.”

The coach said it’s hard to believe that the team is almost at the half-way point of the season, and “I anticipate only more improvement in the weeks ahead.”

He commended the girls for “training hard and accomplishing their goals. We are truly lucky to coach such an incredible group of girls.”

He said he’s “especially thrilled with the depth of our field events and the awesome times our sprint relays captured. “

Additionally, the coach said, “The distance crew looked great in the 4×3200 meter relay.”

Click here for the results.

“I would like to thank all of the parents, athletes, and friends of the program for helping make this meet possible,” the coach said.

Special thanks go to Dan Zatkovich, Mike Holik, Amber Culp, and Kari Goorhouse for helping in the press box.

He also thanked coaches Eric Swager, Loren Thorburn, Luke Oliver, Steve Forsberg, and Mason Borders who put in long hours preparing and running various events.

“A special thanks goes to coach Bert Kruse, whose expertise and experience was indispensable in the planning, preparing, and execution of the meet.”

“Also, a big thanks goes to Tracie Stoffer, our athletic secretary, for all of her support.”


Lisa Allmendinger on April 24th, 2014
Courtesy photo of the Chelsea Girls Tennis team.

Courtesy photo of the Chelsea Girls Tennis team.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Matt Pedlow for the information and photo in this story. And, add an apology to the tennis team as well for mistakenly publishing this photo with the girls’ track story. )

The Chelsea girls tennis team downed Adrian earlier this week, 8-0, without dropping a set.

No. 1 singles Katie Lee won 6-0,6-0.

No. 2 singles Mackenzie Benning won 6-2,6-2.

No. 3 singles EJ Lin, won 6-0,6-0.

No. 4 singles Erin Koch won 6-0, 6-1.

In doubles:

No. 1 doubles Sam Jabara and Jordan Jacobs won 6-1,6-1.

No. 2 doubles Hannah Moore and Madison Rabbit won 6-0,6-0.

No. 3 doubles Jacquelyn Barbour and Carrie Williams won 6-2, 6-1.

No. 4 doubles Corynne Eder and Joy McCarthy won 6-0, 6-0.


Lisa Allmendinger on April 24th, 2014

new Chelsea Bulldogs Logo(Chelsea Update would like to thank coach Joe Koengeter for the information in this story.)

The Chelsea varsity lacrosse team lost 11-4 to Dexter on April 21.

“We came out flat and allowed Dexter a 7-1 lead at the end of the 1st quarter,” said varsity Coach Joe Koengeter.

“If you take away the first quarter we played well, it is a 4-3 game for 3 quarters,” he said, adding, “Dexter is a good team and we were hoping to put together a full game.”

Chelsea Scoring:

  • Michael Beneteau – 1 goal
  • Jonah Bogarin – 2 goals
  • Chris Hudson – 1 assist
  • Ryan O’Quinn – 1 goal

Dustin Beckett was in goal with 16 saves


Lisa Allmendinger on April 23rd, 2014
Courtesy photo by Mark Bogarin.

Courtesy photo by Mark Bogarin. William B. Holmes.

The Shareholders of CSB Bancorp, Inc. elected William B. Holmes to the Board of Directors at their Annual Meeting of Shareholders on April 8.

He was subsequently appointed to the Board of Directors of Chelsea State Bank, according to a press release.

“It is a great honor for me to welcome Bill to our Board of Directors,” said Chelsea State Bank President and CEO John Mann. “Bill is a notable business leader and comes from a long-standing family business that believes in supporting our local communities. Chelsea Milling Company and Chelsea State Bank, have been in business for over 100 years and it’s a tradition to have a Holmes on our board.  And I’m very familiar with Bill’s character as we have served together on the Board of the Purple Rose Theatre Co. since its inception in 1990.”

The Holmes family has figured prominently in Chelsea State Bank’s history. Bill’s great grandfather, Harmon S. Holmes, was one of the initial five directors of Kempf Commercial & Savings Bank founded in 1897.

His grandfather, Howard S. Holmes Sr., founder of Jiffy Mixes, served as a director of the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Chelsea, which merged with the Kempf Bank in 1934 to form Chelsea State Bank.

Bill’s father, Howard S. Holmes, Jr., was a distinguished director of Chelsea State Bank for many, many years, as was his uncle Dudley Holmes.  Finally, cousin Dudley Holmes, has been an active member of the Chelsea State Bank Board since 1984.

A pilot, Holmes is a full-time captain with American Airlines. He is also Vice President of Chelsea Milling Company. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BBA) as well as a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from the University of Michigan.

Holmes is involved in many community activities including the YMCA, St Joseph Hospital, Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan, Arbor Hospice, the University of Michigan Club Of Ann Arbor, and the Purple Rose Theatre. Holmes resides in Ann Arbor.

Holmes was elected to the CSB Bancorp, Inc. board for a 3-year term along with incumbent directors Kenneth Gietzen, David Schaible, and Marni Schmid.

Peter Flintoft and Kathleen Griffiths retired their positions on the board due to term limits. CSB Bancorp is a one-bank holding company and owns 100 percent of Chelsea State Bank.  The Boards of Directors for both entities are the same people.

For a complete list of Chelsea State Bank Board of Directors, click here.

Chelsea State Bank is a full service financial institution with offices in Chelsea and Dexter. The bank was formed over 100 years ago by local business leaders to provide timely financial solutions to individuals, families and businesses in the community. This tradition of community service continues today.

For more information, please click here or call the bank at 475-1355.

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The Yellow Door farm-to-table fundraising initiative is hosting a breakfast event Saturday, April 26 from 9-11 a.m. at Smokehouse 52 BBQ.

All net proceeds from the event will go to the Chelsea Farmers’ Market.  Adults are asked to donate a minimum $15 per entrée.

“The timing is perfect for this event with the Farmers’ Market getting ready to open on May 3,” says Yellow Door co-founder Janice Ortbring. “We are so grateful to Phil and Jen Tolliver of Smokehouse 52 BBQ for hosting and Chef Warren and Gabe of Smokehouse 52 BBQ  for preparing the food – the menu is amazing. I can’t wait to try the veggie option.”

The locally sourced menu options include:

1) Pain Perdu – Cajun Style French Toast (the name derives from the South, not the flavor – is not spicy) served with Homemade Whipped Cream and Michigan Maple Syrup served with a side of Vernors-Glazed Sliced Ham and a Michigan Cherry Spinach Salad with Smoked Bleu Cheese and House-made Honey Apple Cider Vinaigrette.

2) Smokehouse Scramble (or Smokehouse Veggie Scramble) with Eggs, Potatoes, Manchego Cheese and Ham (or Veggie Sausage) served with a Michigan Cherry Spinach Salad with Smoked Bleu Cheese and House-made Honey Apple Cider Vinaigrette.

Beverages provided by Fresh coffee and Calder Dairy Milk. Locally featured ingredients from the following Chelsea Farmer’s Market Vendors: Fresh, Zatkovich Pastures, Tantre Farm, Goetz Farm, Mama Mofoods, La Baguette, Greystone Creamery, Ruhlig’s Produce, Kelly Farms, Golden Fleece Farm, Kapnick Orchards.

In addition, there will be live music by Swizzlestick with special guest Joe Uzarski.

Sponsors for event include: Stephanie and Larry Doll, Pat and Sandy Merkel, Chelsea Community Kitchen, vendors of the Chelsea Farmers Market, and Smokehouse 52 BBQ.  Smokehouse 52 BBQ is located at 125 S. Main St. at the corner of Park Street.

Chelsea Farmers’ Market starts Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m.-noon through October, at its new location on Main Street in the former Palmer Ford lot.

The Bushel Basket Market takes place on Wednesday afternoons from 2:30-6 p.m. on the Chelsea Community Hospital Campus

For more information about Yellow Door click here or find it on Facebook.

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 23rd, 2014


(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kathy Claflin for the information in this story.)

Nature Discovery will bring live reptiles and amphibians that live around us to the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center on Sunday, April 27 from 2-3 p.m.

After a program about these fascinating creatures, you will have the opportunity to handle some of them and watch them eat.

The cost is $2 per person or $5 per family and advance registration is requested by calling 475-3170.

The Discovery Center is found at 17030 Bush Road, Sylvan Township.

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