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Lisa Allmendinger on May 29th, 2016
Courtesy photo. The inside of the new ClockTower CrossFit in the old Teddy Bear factory building.

Courtesy photo. The inside of the new ClockTower CrossFit in the old Teddy Bear factory building.

By Lisa Carolin

ClockTower CrossFit will hold a grand opening and cookout on Memorial Day, May 30.

Enjoy the city’s Memorial Day parade and tribute and then stop by and check out this new fitness facility and learn more about CrossFit training. Planned is a Workout of the Day (WOD) and a cookout.

ClockTower Crossfit is an idea that’s come to reality by its owners — Steve Koski, Paula and Chris Rode, Tracy and Matt Heydlauff, Barb Brush, and Bea Swedlow, a group of friends who have been doing CrossFit training together for more than 10 years.

“We, in our small group, come from varied fitness and experiential backgrounds but find that we have in common our joy and satisfaction with building our strengths and improving our weaknesses together,” said Swedlow. “The workouts that we have done together over the years are too many and too varied to explain simply, but the core element of all of these workouts is the shared experience.”

Now they want to create a community at ClockTower CrossFit, which reflects their goals through strength and fitness classes accessible to people of varying ages and abilities.

CrossFit is a type of fitness training program where one can achieve fitness and wellness through varied functional movements performed at high intensity training.

“CrossFit is beneficial for elderly individuals with heart disease to marathoners, weekend warriors, people just looking to take better care of themselves, or serious athletes,” said Swedlow. “Everyone works out together based on their own capacity and needs.

Koski has been a fitness trainer for more than 10 years and started doing CrossFit while serving in the U.S. Air Force.

The owners picked the Clocktower Complex for the location because it fit with their “fitness made in Chelsea” mantra.

“Our location is ideal for being able to have a large, at-grade door installed for our workouts that incorporate inside and outside movements,” said Swedlow. “We are also fortunate to have a lot of natural light with the large windows at the end of our building, which is unique for what was essentially warehouse style space.”

They added large changing rooms with showers and used other space for equipment and workouts. They also have added a strip of artificial turf for speed and agility work year-round.

ClockTower CrossFit offers a variety of programs and classes aimed at people’s individual goals and needs.

For more information, go to http://www.clocktower-crossfit.com.


Lisa Allmendinger on May 29th, 2016


Tomorrow is Memorial Day and Chelsea will honor those who died while serving in the military with a parade and tribute ceremony at Oak Grove Cemetery.

The parade route proceeds south on Main Street to Park Street and ends at the cemetery.

In addition, there is something new planned for this year. Ray Tuck of Ypsilanti is looking for volunteers who would like to get involved in a 50-flag salute to thank veterans and military personnel for their service.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. sharp, and everyone is invited to follow parade participants to Oak Grove Cemetery where Sgt. Jeff Gunnis, former US Army artillery, will speak.

If interested in being a flag volunteer, arrive by 8:45 a.m. on East Middle Street between East Street and the cemetery, and “dress in the spirit of the day.”

Tuck also plans to have hundreds of hand held flags that will be given to folks along the route.

If you’d like more information or if you want to volunteer, please contact Tuck at 64meteor@att.net and visit his Facebook page.


Lisa Allmendinger on May 29th, 2016

The annual North Lake United Methodist Church rummage sale will take place Thursday, June 16 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday, June 17 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The church is at 14111 North Territorial Road.

The proceeds of the sale will go to missions, ministries, and building fund.

For information call 475-7569.

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 29th, 2016
Photo by Tom Hodgson. The western board of the Nan Weston Nature Preserve follows the River Raisin.

Photo by Tom Hodgson. The River Raisin.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Julia Strimer for the information in this story.)

Join American Rivers in Celebrating the 25th anniversary of National River Cleanup.

National River Cleanup (NRC) is a key initiative for American Rivers. Since its inception in 1991, NRC has engaged more than 1.3 million volunteers who have participated in thousands of cleanups across the country, covering more than 252,694 miles of waterways and removing more than 25 million pounds of litter and debris. In 2015 NRC registered 1,370 cleanups at locations nationwide using 46,448 volunteers who removed 2 million pounds of trash.

Throughout 2016, National River Cleanup will celebrate its 25th anniversary. As we move into this milestone year, we will be engaging more volunteers and supporters across the country in our efforts to both recognize our impact as well increase the number of river stewards giving back to their communities.

That piece of trash that you see on the sidewalk is likely to end up in your local stream or river. Every year, National River Cleanup volunteers pull tons of trash out of our rivers. Let’s stop some of that trash from getting in the river in the first place.

Pledge to pick up pieces of trash from your streets.

For more information, www.americanrivers.org/take-action/cleanup


Lisa Allmendinger on May 28th, 2016
Sheep relaxing before they show.

Sheep relaxing before they show.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Sheri Montoye for the information in this story.)

Attention 4-Hers. It’s time to get your entry together for this year’s 4-H Youth show.

Washtenaw County MSU Extension’s 4-H staff will again be partnering with the Washtenaw County Farm Council to host the Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show scheduled for the last full week of July, 2016.

About 700 Washtenaw County young people and several hundred adult volunteers annually participate in this event during which they exhibit projects ranging from cooking, sewing, and woodworking to collections and livestock.

The annual Youth Show is a chance to showcase the learning and work done by youth over the last year.

The 4-H Youth Show is open to all young people in Washtenaw County who are ages 5-18 as of January 1, 2016. Projects entered in the 4-H Youth Show do have to meet some requirements and follow all Youth Show Rules.

A full list of information and required fees is available online in the 2016 4-H Youth Show Book (http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/extension/4-H/youth-show) which also lists guidelines required by each listed project department and class.  Pre-registration is mandatory for this event and online registration will only be open from June 1 through June 30 at https://www.blueribbonfair.com/BRFairProd/BlueRibbonStart.aspx?ID=1893.  Face-to-face project judging takes place Sunday, July 24 and the show runs through Friday, July 29. It is similar to a traditional county fair but the primary focus is on youth achievement and positive youth development. Each day is filled with various livestock and horse shows, contests, and an opportunity to see members’ exhibits which include all kinds of crafts and hobbies.

Other activities to round out the event are a youth livestock auction as well as a small animal silent auction.

The 4-H Youth Show is located at the barrier free Washtenaw County Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, between Ann Arbor and Saline.  The gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. each day of the show.  All animal exhibits will be on display by Tuesday afternoon.

Admission is free to the grounds and all events.

Additional questions may be directed to the Washtenaw County MSU Extension Office at 734-997-1678.

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 28th, 2016



Lisa Allmendinger on May 28th, 2016



Lisa Allmendinger on May 28th, 2016

Yazoo-art(Chelsea Update would like to thank Artemis Alex for the information in this story. And, although it is not taking place in Chelsea, it is a unique family event.)

The Ya’ssoo Greek Festival is now in its 10th year at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 3109 Scio Church Road. The festival kicks off Friday, June 10 and continues through Sunday, June 12.

Admission is $3 on Friday and Saturday and is free until 4 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.  Sunday’s admission is $2.  Children 12 and under always get in free.  Free parking/shuttle at Knox Presbyterian Church, 2065 S. Wagner Rd., ½ mile from St. Nicholas.

As soon as you step off the shuttle, you will be greeted by the sounds and aromas of Greece that will draw you to the many areas of the festival.

Live entertainment features the Greek band Enigma, The St. Nicholas Dancers, Terpsichore Dancers, and the children of the parish who perform traditional Greek dances and invite guests to learn and dance throughout the evening.

“There is something for everyone,” according to Artemis Alex, the festival’s marketing director. “Ya’ssoo is a greeting that is comparable to ‘Aloha’—Hello, Goodbye, To Your Health. Our festival is not only about the culture, the food, and the entertainment, but also the many people who look forward to attending year after year. Generations of families have been attending our festival since it originated on Main Street (in Ann Arbor) in the 1970’s. It was revitalized at our present location in 2007 and is a great way to start off the summer.”

Children always look forward to the face painter who will be available on Friday from 5-10 p.m., Saturday from 12-10 p.m., and Sunday from noon-5 p.m.

The aroma of Greek freshly prepared specials will draw you to the Kouzina where there is a large selection of Entrees and A la Carte meals. Some favorite festival menu items include Pastitsio, a “Greek Lasagna” as well as Souvlaki, Dolmathes—Stuffed Grape Leaves, Gyro and many other entrees that are all prepared onsite.  Seasoned Greek Fries with Feta are featured in the Mezedes booth along with Saganaki, Flaming Greek Sausage, and Cheese/Spinach Pies.  Refreshments including soft drinks, ouzo, beer, and wine can be purchased at the Taverna.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a stop at our Kafenio that features a variety of homemade pastries such as baklava with layer upon layer of finely chopped nuts atop buttery sweet filo dough sweetened with syrup and cinnamon make this pastry a true delight.  Choose from over a dozen homemade pastries that will top off your meal.  Our special St. Nick’s Mix features a variety of pastries.

Continue your celebration of the Greek culture with a visit to the Agora, the Greek Marketplace. The booth displays Greek art and handmade jewelry in addition to clothing, food items, and other items. The Bookstore next door features ceramic items, cookbooks, bookmarks, icons, religious books, and more.

The Hellenic Cultural Exhibit displays a pictorial history of St. Nicholas in Ann Arbor dating back to the 1930’s when the original church was established at 414 N. Main.

Guided tours of the new Byzantine-style church are continuous throughout the event and feature the new iconography that adorns the east interior of the church.

A special Papyrology Exhibit will be displayed in the church at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday with a presentation by Professor Brendan Haug, assistant professor of Classical Studies at U-M.

One lucky festival guest will have the winning raffle ticket and will win a week-long trip to Greece which includes an island cruise.

St. Nicholas supports various charitable groups through festival proceeds. This year 8 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Alpha House of Ann Arbor.


Lisa Allmendinger on May 27th, 2016
Courtesy photo by Burrill Strong from a previous summer reading celebration.

Courtesy photo by Burrill Strong from a previous summer reading celebration.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Karen Persello for the information in this story.)

The 2016 Chelsea District Library Summer Reading/Summer Learning Program will kick off on Wednesday, June 15 from noon to 2 p.m. with a huge party on the library lawn for all ages.

Many thanks go to this year’s local sponsors and donors, including Rick Taylor Real Estate and the Friends of the Chelsea District Library at the Platinum level and Bronze sponsors Chelsea Kiwanis and Chelsea Masons.

Prize and cash donors include Chelsea ATA, Chelsea Bakery, Chelsea Lanes, Chelsea Lions Club, Chelsea TreeHouse, Cottage Inn Pizza, Wendy’s, and ZAP Zone.

Children, teens and adults can sign up and earn prizes all summer just by reading or listening to books. New this year is our online registration, which is began May 15. Visit www.chelseadistrictlibrary.org/srp to register online.

Students at North Creek and South Meadows elementary schools will be given reading logs to take home from school in June. Youth and teen reading logs will also be available at the library starting on June 15.

This summer, children will once again explore science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (or STEAM for short) at the library. The youth department will become a learning zone with different learning activities going on every week. Children will earn extra chances to win grand prizes by participating in age-appropriate math and science activities at the Discovery Center, while school-age students can take “Challenge Cards” from the Summer Reading Game table, full of take-home activities that will encourage reading, writing, crafting, building, designing, and more.

The library’s newest program this summer is the Summer Munch Bunch, for children ages 3-17 years. The library will offer afternoon snacks and stories on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2-3 p.m. in the Reading Garden. This delectable program begins the week of June 20 and runs through the week of Aug. 1.

The sponsor for this program is Faith in Action.  Both the Chelsea and Dexter libraries are partnering for this activity.

This summer’s theme, “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read,” encourages kids to take action and jump into new books, new physical activities and new ideas. School- age children can learn new skills at the Stop Motion Animation Workshop or build a server during Minecraft Week. Teens will be encouraged to “Exercise Your Mind” by taking the new Young Writer’s Workshop with local writers Frances Kai-Wha Wang and Kelly Barson.

“Go Anywhere in a Book” with our Adult Summer Reading Program and earn prizes by reading and engaging with the Chelsea community. Participating in the summer reading program is a fun and easy – everyone has the opportunity to earn a completion prize (including local gift certificates, chocolates, or reduced library fines), and some lucky players will win larger grand prizes.

See what new adventures you can find by exploring Chelsea and your library.

Youth and teens can register online or in person at the library Kick-off on June 15. Adults can also register online or in person staring June 15 at the 2nd floor reference desk.

Summer Reading for everyone will finish at noon on Wednesday, July 27, just before our Summer Reading Finale: Summer Olympics begins.

The library has more than 130 youth, teen and adult programs happening in the months of June, July and August. A complete listing is available in our summer newsletter and on the library website calendar at www.chelseadistrictlibrary.org.

For questions about the Youth and Teen Summer Reading/Summer Learning Program contact Karen Persello at kpersello@chelseadistrictlibrary.org or call 475-8732 x212.

For more information about the Adult Summer Reading Program contact Keegan Sulecki at ksulecki@chelseadistrictlibrary.org or call 475-8732 x218.


Lisa Allmendinger on May 27th, 2016
Photo by Stephanie Willette. HumusFalafel is one of the new vendors at the Saturday Farmers Market. They are also vendors at the Wednesday Bushel Basket Farmers Market.

Photo by Stephanie Willette. HumusFalafil is one of the new vendors at both the Saturday Farmers Market and the Wednesday Bushel Basket Farmers Market.

By Lisa Carolin

Each week at the Chelsea Saturday Farmers Market, more and more produce is arriving. Check out what’s new on May 28 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Palmer Lot.

This season, Chelsea Update is profiling vendors at the Chelsea Farmers Market, and this week, and this week’s featured vendor is HumusFilafil.

HumusFilafil has been making and selling falafels and hummus for just about a month, though the rich combination of flavors tastes more like something that’s been around for a lot longer.

Ferial Rewoldt retired from her career as a nurse at the University of Michigan and had an idea to sell hummus. She lives in Ann Arbor and was born in Lebanon where she was influenced by the cooking.

“I grew up with all kinds of spices and lemony food,” said Rewoldt.

She sells falafels, hummus with pita bread, and baklava at HumusFilafil.

“Stephanie (Willette, market manager) has been a great support,” said Rewoldt. “She has guided me every step of the way.”

Now HumusFilafil is a busy stop for hungry shoppers. Rewoldt, who is an active volunteer in Ann Arbor, is pleased with her debut at the market, and plans to involve young people who need hands on experience to assist her.

Below is the list of vendors who are expected to be there. Please keep in mind that sometimes the vendors aren’t able to attend the market and that planned products are not available.

green-vegetablesKapnick Orchards: Asparagus, rhubarb, apples, apple cider, nut butters, fudge, apple butter and baked goods. Strawberries coming soon.

Afeathermations: Natural media crafts for ceremony and celebration. Medicine wheels, heal-the-earth wreaths, fans, rattles, and owls. Mint smudge later in the season.

Country Hills Pottery: pottery

Chandra June: jewelry

Fluffy Bottom Creamery: artisanal yogurt and cheese

Debbie’s Bead Design: jewelry

Stamatopoulos and Sons: olives, handcrafted face and body creams made with olive oil, olive oil.

Two Tracks Acres: breakfast sausage, Italian sausage, chorizo, pork chops, ribs, polish sausage, pork roasts, ground pork, chicken

Goetz Greenhouse: lettuce, assorted greens, Swiss chard, kale, beets and asparagus, herb and veggie plants, hanging baskets and annual bedding flowers

Dancy's-Fancy-butterLands of Bru-Garick: eggs, vegetables, plant starts

Stone Hearth Bakery: artisan bread baked from scratch with no preservatives, hot dog buns, cookies, triple chocolate chunk brownies, fruit breads, 4-cheese pepperoni rolls, 4-cheese habanero Jalapeno pepperoni rolls (two to a package).

Merkel Gardens: hanging baskets

Heim Gardens: vegetables, vegetable and plant starts, hanging baskets

Frog Hollar: cookies, vegetables, starts, pickled products, jams

H and H Sugarbush: maple syrup

Dave’s Honey: honey

Asparagus by the bundle.

Asparagus by the bundle.

Tantre Farms: spinach, potatoes, rutabaga, lettuce mix, rhubarb, green onions and herbs.

HumusFalafil: hummus, falafel, baklava.

Fresh: fresh roasted coffee

La Baguette: baked goods, baguettes

Bean Creek Cookie Company: cookies, caramel corn, baked goods.

Thistle Blossom Herbals: Salves, infused herbal medicine oils, moisturizer oils and lotion bars and our famous lavender linen spray

Bordine Farms: dahlia tubers and gladiola bulbs

Brieland Shoultz: eggs, vegetables, soap, jam

Elysium Soap: soap

Flower bulbs for sale.

Flower bulbs for sale.

Herbology Organics: all natural, eco-friendly and sustainably sourced Apothecary items that are custom infused with therapeutic grade Essential Oils, Botanical’s and Extracts, ranging from Personal Bath and Body Care items, to Home and Pet Care products.

Robin Hills Farm: vegetables, plant starts

Elderwoods: stone birdhouses

Heaven’s Gate Soy Candles: Soy Candles

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

Calamity Jane: mini hostas, perennial plants

Dancy’s Fancy butter: assorted flavors of butter


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