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Lisa Allmendinger on June 30th, 2016

Girls basketball: 2-0, Chelsea 40, Dearborn Divine Child 34
Hockey: 4-1, beats Dexter 4-3
Boys varsity bowling: 1-0, Chelsea 22, Huron 8
Girls varsity bowling: 1-0, Chelsea 27, Huron 3

Lisa Allmendinger on December 6th, 2016

Vital ICE (In Case of Emergency) is an app for your smart phone that contains your emergency information, including who to contact, medical conditions, and medications for ambulance or ER staff.

In an emergency, it also enables you to alert friends or family of your location with the press of a button.

Allen Cole, owner of Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, is offering this potentially life-saving app as a free download to the community.

You can download the Vital ICE app, from either the Apple App Store or Google Play, for your smart phone and enter in their code: 1551. This code gives you the full-featured version of the app.

In the event of an emergency, first responders can use the Vital ICE app to retrieve the user’s vital information. This information can then be easily taken on the ambulance to the hospital, or sent directly to the hospital from the Vital ICE app, where ER staff can further access this critical information.

Allen Cole says, “In my own family, I’ve seen how important it is to have up-to-date personal medical information when the paramedics arrive. Please take a few minutes to download the Vital ICE app and fill in the information so you are prepared in case of an emergency.”

Contact Cole at 734-475-1551 if you have questions.


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Lisa Allmendinger on December 6th, 2016

5-Healthy-Towns-logoBy Lisa Carolin

This is a busy time of year for the Chelsea Friends and Family Wellness Coalition.

The Dec. 1 meeting included new intervention proposals, a review of two existing interventions as well as a presentation of a new Coalition Strategic Plan.

One of the Year 6 Intervention Proposals is for a Natural Play Area at the Eddy Discovery Center at the Waterloo Recreation Area. Katie McGlashen spoke to the coalition about the 1.74 acre area that would include a rock pile feature, a stump structure for climbing, hollow logs to crawl through, living willow habitats, and loose materials like sticks for children to arrange.

The other new intervention proposal is for 40 Heart Rate Monitors for Beach Middle School’s Weight and Fitness Class.

“This is the most durable heart rate monitor I’ve discovered on the market,” Corey Knight, a teacher and coach in the Chelsea school district, told coalition members. “It has the potential to reach up to 400 kids per year and it offers instant feedback of what they are working on.”

Jesse Kaufman, SRSLY coalition director, said that this is year eight that his group, which prevents destructive behavior in youth, has been in Chelsea, and it just keeps growing. SRSLY targets kids ages 10-15 and that includes students at South Meadows Elementary School, Beach Middle School, and Chelsea High School.

The Chelsea Farmers Market was reviewed by Manager Stephane Willette.

“This winter we’re going year round for the first time, and the market is located at the Washington Street Education Center,” she told Coalition Members. “Eating Healthy is our main mission, and we’ve added activities that include cooking demos, health-related education, and children’s activities.”

Willette said that the number of people using the various food assistance programs grew from 6,000 last year to more than 10,000 this year.

Ashley Tomasi, coalition coordinator, told the group that this is the end of 5 Healthy Towns first 5 years.

“We want to make sure that we keep the momentum going,” she said.

A Strategic Planning Team was formed that is developing a 3-year action plan. Goals include building partnerships with hospitals, schools, churches, and businesses, raising awareness of resources, and recruiting more youth members and getting them involved with decision making.


Sylvan Township residents are invited to meet their new township supervisor before the meeting on Dec. 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

There will be cookies, fudge and coffee available for residents.


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Lisa Allmendinger on December 6th, 2016


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Lisa Allmendinger on December 6th, 2016

Robin-Hills-Farm-Logo-(Chelsea Update would like to thank Naomi Rivers for the information in this story.)

Robin Hills Farm is partnering with Faith in Action this month to bring organic local produce to the holiday tables of families in need in the Chelsea/Dexter area. Community members can contribute by purchasing these Winter CSA shares for donation for $40 through Robin Hills Farm by Dec. 18.

Participants who purchase shares for donation will receive a Robin Hills Farm gift bag and a free class voucher.

Robin Hills Farm’s Winter CSA shares contain all the cool-season organic veggies needed for a holiday feast, including salad greens, beets, potatoes, dried herbs, onions, and winter squash. Participants specify on the registration form whether they will be picking up the share to take home to their own family, or donating it through this program.

Full shares are $40; half shares are $20.

Winter CSA shares and gift bags/vouchers for donation participants will both be available for pickup at RHF’s Open House in their Aquaponics Greenhouse on Dec. 18, 1-5p.m.

 CSA shares purchased for donation will be delivered by Robin Hills Farm to Faith in Action, who will handle distribution; they do not require a pick-up. This event will also feature hot drinks, from-scratch baked goods and a holiday marketplace with a variety of local farm vendors.

Registration is open online until pick-up day on Dec. 18. Participants will have the option to submit a mailing address, if unable to pick up rewards in person.

For more information or to register, visit www.robinhillsfarm.com and visit the CSA page through the Get Involved menu.

Further questions may be directed to contact@robinhillsfarm.com, or call Ben Wielechowski at 734-834-8496.

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Chelsea Police logo 2In this week’s Chelsea Police blotter, three Detroit men were arrested on Commerce Park Drive who were wanted in a series of thefts in Ann Arbor and Romulus.

In addition, a Chelsea store employee admitted to stealing money from a purse left in a shopping cart, and a 45-year-old Chelsea man was arrested for a DUI.

For the full stories, please click here.


Lisa Allmendinger on December 6th, 2016

manzel-frances-use-this-oneFrances M. Manzel of Chelsea, age 95, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 at Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor.

She was born May 18, 1921 in Redford, Michigan, the daughter of John F.  and Elizabeth (Scheunemann) Bakhaus.

Frances worked 20 years full-time as a bookkeeper and was a Secretary to the Superintendent at Chelsea School District. She was a member of Rogers’ Corners Study Group since 1953, and a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Chelsea since 1954.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 9, 11:00 am at Zion Lutheran Church, with Pastor Kathy Tulman officiating.  Burial will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Wednesday 7-9 p.m. and Thursday 2-5 and 7-9 p.m., and at church Friday 10-11 a.m.

For the full obituary, please click here.


Lisa Allmendinger on December 5th, 2016
Photo by Burrill Strong. The Chelsea Electric Department float is an annual participant in the Hometown Holiday Light Parade that was held on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Photo by Burrill Strong. The Chelsea Electric Department is an annual participant in the Hometown Holiday Light Parade that was held on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Please enjoy the slideshow below from the annual Hometown Holiday Light Parade that took place on Saturday, Dec. 3.



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Lisa Allmendinger on December 5th, 2016
Photo by Alan Ashley. Santa Claus made an appearance at the Hometown Holiday Light Parade on Dec. 3.

Photo by Alan Ashley. Santa Claus made an appearance at the Hometown Holiday Light Parade on Dec. 3.

Chelsea Update would like to thank Alan Ashley for this photo gallery from Saturday’s Hometown Holiday Light Parade.





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