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Lisa Allmendinger on September 1st, 2014
Photo by Lisa Carolin. Parents and students listen to orientation information for North Creek Elementary School.

Photo by Lisa Carolin. Parents and students listen to orientation information for North Creek Elementary School.

Photos and Story by Lisa Carolin

The crowd of people swarming the halls and classrooms at North Creek Elementary School on Aug. 28 did not indicate the start of school, but rather an open house in preparation for the big day, Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Families had the chance to explore the school and to listen to Principal Marcus Kaemming talk about what they can expect this school year.

He said that the biggest change will be in the procedure for picking up students after school. Buses will now be out front, and parents will pick up students in the back of the school.

“The a.m. has not changed,” said Kaemming. “There will still be curbside drop off out front. It’s just the afternoon pick up that will be different, and it will take a little time to get used to it.”

Kaemming attributed the change to the results of a survey parents filled out last school year with the goal to make picking up kids safer. He said that last year there were a number of exit points and the new procedure will limit that.

He explained that students in each grade will receive a color for identification that should be taped in the passenger window of their car.

For more school news and contact information, click here.

Principal Marcus Kaemming talks to parents and students during last week's North Creek orientation.

Photo by Lisa Carolin. Principal Marcus Kaemming talks to parents and students during last week’s North Creek orientation.

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 1st, 2014
South Meadows Elementary School Principal Stacie Battaglia talks to parents and students at a recent orientation night.

Photo by Lisa Carolin. South Meadows Elementary School Principal Stacie Battaglia talks to parents and students at a recent orientation night.

Photos and story by Lisa Carolin

South Meadows Elementary School hadn’t seen that many students (and parents) in its hallways since the end of last school year. But on Aug. 28, they came to the school’s open house to learn what to expect this school year.

The hallways were packed with parents and kids checking out class lists and visiting teachers.

Principal Stacie Battaglia told the families in attendance that both South Meadows and North Creek elementary schools are ranked in the top 5 percent of schools in Michigan when it comes to achievement.

“We promote respect, responsibility and safety in everything we do,” Battaglia told those in attendance.

“Those of you coming from North Creek will see a lot of familiar things but on a more grown-up level,” she said.

She told parents that she wants to increase communication between teachers and parents and between the front office and parents.

Battaglia reminded everyone that school doors do not open to students until 7:30 a.m. She also cautioned parents against students crossing the street at the corner of Pierce Street where the buses line up.

“It is not safe to have kids crossing there,” she said.

Battaglia also reminded parents that all visitors to the school must stop by the office first and then must wear a green sticker while in the school.

For more information on South Meadows Elementary School, click here.

Students check out information at South Meadows Elementary School.

Students check out information at South Meadows Elementary School.

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 1st, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Burrill Strong for this news tip and the photos.)

Photo by Burrill Strong.

Photo by Burrill Strong.

Photo by Burrill Strong.

Photo by Burrill Strong.


Road Commission logoOn Tuesday, Sept.  2, the Washtenaw County Road Commission will impose a daytime closure on Freer Road between Jerusalem Road and the pavement end south of I-94 located in Lima Township for limestone resurfacing.

The daytime closures are anticipated to be completed by the end of the workday on Wednesday, Sept. 3.

During these daytime activities through traffic will be prohibited and alternate routes are advised.

Local access for properties within the road closures will be maintained, however, delays are possible.

Please be advised that due to weather conditions, all dates are tentative and subject to change.

To maintain the safety of road crews, motorists are asked to be especially mindful of construction equipment and personnel and reduce speeds accordingly.

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 1st, 2014

Chelsea logo 2The Chelsea City Council will hold its regular meeting on Labor Day, Sept. 1 beginning at 7 p.m. with a very light agenda, which includes a discussion item on a possible county-wide road millage and a possible lawn mower purchase for the Wastewater Treatment plant.

City Manager John Hanifan included the county road millage agenda item discussion after he attended a meeting of the Washtenaw County Road Commission, which included Washtenaw County commissioners, administration and township officials.

The group got an overview of a road millage concept “authorized under PA 283 of 1909″ that authorizes the county commissioners to levy a road millage that could range from 0.25 mills to 1 mill that would be used exclusively for roads.

According to the agenda item summary, “It’s my understanding the under PA 283, the millage can be levied by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners’ action and does not include a vote by the people of the county.”

The explanation states, “if the millage is approved by the county board, the cities and villages would receive 100 percent of the money captured by the millage returned to their jurisdictions for projects.”

However, according to the agenda explanation, township road funding would be distributed equitably across county commission district lines.

If approved by the county board, in 2014, Chelsea would receive about $54,900 for its roads.

Also on the agenda is a request by Ray Schmidt, utilities director, to purchase a zero turn mower for the Wastewater Treatment Plant at the cost of about $11,500.

The City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. and takes place in the council chamber inside the new building building.

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 1st, 2014

Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office logo Chelsea District School children head back to school on Sept. 2 and the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office encourages drivers to cut down distractions and concentrate on the road as kids of all ages get back to school.

Children are often eager to get on and off the bus because they are excited to get to school and they are also excited to get home and tell their parents about their day.

Here are some safety measures for both students – and motorists – to help ensure safety for everyone.

Tips for Students

  • Always arrive at the bus stop early.
  • Prior to boarding, wait until the bus has come to a complete stop, the door is opened and the bus driver says that it’s OK to board.
  • Once on board, proceed quickly to your seat and stay sitting until the bus arrives at your school or other drop off location.
  • Do not move around on the bus.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk when preparing to cross the street near a bus. Make eye contact with the driver so that you are sure he or she sees you.
  • Never walk behind the bus.
  • If you are walking beside the bus, make sure you are at least 10 feet (10 “giant” steps) away.
  • Take extra precaution to make sure that clothing with drawstrings and book bags do not get caught in the hand rail or door.
  • Never stop to pick something up you have dropped while the bus is stopped. Wait until the bus has driven off to avoid not being seen by the driver.

Tips for Motorists

  • Remember that children are unpredictable in their actions. Take extreme caution when traveling in a school zone.
  • If you live in an area where there are no sidewalks, drive cautiously. Be more alert to the possibility of children walking in the road.
  • Be more aware of children playing near school bus stops.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Put down your phone – don’t talk or text while driving.
  • Slow down and prepare to stop whenever you see yellow school bus lights flashing.
  • Never pass a school bus when there are flashing red lights. This is a sign that children are getting off the bus – and it’s the law.

Traveling to and from School

  • Plan a walking route to school or the bus stop. Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that have crossing guards.
  • Walk the route with your child beforehand. Tell him or her to stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields and other places where there aren’t many people around.
  • Teach your child never to talk to strangers, accept rides from strangers or accept gifts from strangers. Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your children don’t know well or don’t trust.
  • Be sure your child walks to and from school or the bus stop with a sibling, friend or neighbor.
  • Teach your kids – whether walking, biking or riding the bus to school – to obey all traffic signals, signs and traffic officers. Remind them to be extra careful in bad weather.
  • When driving kids, deliver and pick them up as close to the school as possible. Don’t leave until they are in the schoolyard or building.
  • If your child bikes to school make sure he wears a helmet that meets safety standards. Research indicates that a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent.
  • If your child rides a scooter to school, make sure they wear sturdy shoes, a helmet, kneepads and elbow pads. Children under 12 years should not ride motorized scooters.
  • Be sure your child knows his or her home (or parents’ cellular) phone number(s) and address. They should also know where you work, your work phone number, the phone number of another trusted adult and how to call 911 for emergencies.

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 31st, 2014
Photo by Burrill Strong. The Bulldogs celebrate their double overtime victory.

Photo by Burrill Strong. The Bulldogs celebrate their double overtime victory. Daniel Lindauer (88) and Jeremy Policht (23).

The Chelsea High School varsity football team got its season off with a comeback double overtime victory 49-48 on the road at Grand Rapids Northview on Thursday, Aug. 28

The Bulldogs were down 21-7 at the end of the first quarter, and 28-24 at the half, then Northview went up 35-24 in the third quarter, but at the close of the quarter, senior half back Kenny McDowell ran for a 12-yard TD and senior quarterback Cam Starkey ran for a 2-point conversation to bring the Bulldogs to within 3 points.

Junior Graham Kuras kicked a 24-yeard field goal to tie the game at 35-35.

In the first OT, Northview went up 42-35 but McDowell ran for a 10-yard TD and Kuras kicked the extra point to tie it up. Senior tailback Ty Nelson scored a 3-yard TD and Kuras hit the PAT to put Chelsea ahead, 49-42.

Northview came back with a TD but the pass for the 2-point conversation was no good.

Please enjoy the slideshow from Burrill Strong below.



As Chelsea Update wraps up its coverage of the Chelsea Community Fair, here are some photos from Burrill Strong from the Farm Stock and Super Stock and Mini-Mods tractor pulling contest on Friday, Aug. 22.

For more of Burrill’s work, please click here.

Please enjoy the slideshow below.

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 31st, 2014
Elizabeth Richardson enters her knitted items at the 2014 Chelsea Community Fair.

Elizabeth Richardson enters her knitted items at the 2014 Chelsea Community Fair.

By Elizabeth Richardson

What an amazing and fun experience I had at the Chelsea Community Fair. It was my first fair adventure ever and I wanted to make the most of it.

Lisa had been telling me all about it since December. She encouraged me to enter something to feel a part of it, introduced me to lots of great people, told me to take lots of pictures and just enjoy each of the many events I attended.

She was right.

Lisa enters her peanuts at fair, which took first place in other variety of farm crop.

Lisa enters her peanuts at fair, which took first place in other variety of farm crop.

So for my very first fair I had a bucket list … so many things to do and see and so little time:
1. Knit a scarf and enter it for the fair and maybe get a ribbon.
2. See as many animals being shown by kids as possible.
3. Help with pictures everywhere.
4. See baby calves, donkeys, and goats.
5. Have delicious lunches and dinners at the Service Center Fair Restaurant.
6. Laugh while taking pictures of Lisa showing Hope, a Brown Swiss.
7. Get up very early, drive in fog, and have a wonderful time taking pictures, get a door prize and enjoy the tradition that is Ladies Day.
8. Meet really nice fair queen contestants and homemaker winners.
9. Judge floats and enjoy my first fair parade (collected candy for Lisa) on a perfect day.
10. Attend the livestock auction and try to bid on a pig. (Reacted too slow in bidding to even attempt to buy a pig.)

And they're off. Lisa shows Hope, the Brown Swiss, at Chelsea Community Fair.

And they’re off. Lisa shows Hope, the Brown Swiss, at Chelsea Community Fair.

Because of the incredible people I met and the things I got to do, I had the time of my life. Everyone was extremely helpful, kind and inclusive. From the ladies in the fair office, to Mary Tobin and the whole crew in charge of Ladies Day and all the livestock superintendents – the entire Chelsea community did its self proud.

I have tons of wonderful memories, 2 second place ribbons, and many new friends. I’m already planning on what I will enter next year and the dates are marked off my 2015 calendar.

See you all next year at fair.


Lisa Allmendinger on August 31st, 2014

North Lake United Methodist Church will host its 4th Annual North Lake Cemetery Walk on Sunday, Sept. 14 between 2-4 p.m.

Tours start at the Dexter Township church at 14111 North Territorial Road, just west of the Inverness Golf Course.

While touring the cemetery, meet the following “residents”:  Richard and Ann Webb, William Glenn, a Civil War Casualty, and a grandmother and granddaughter.

Refreshments will be available at the cemetery.

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