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Lisa Allmendinger on July 27th, 2017

File photo by Alan Scafuri. Beautiful and yummy cake from Chelsea Bakery.

A quick reminder that everyone is invited to stop by the Chelsea Bakery on Friday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to 2-ish and help celebrate Chelsea Update‘s 5th birthday while you’re enjoying Sounds and Sights Festival.

There will be two kinds of cake and cookies, too.

Hope to see everyone there.

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 27th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Bridget Favre for the information in this story.)

Friday July 28, the Sounds and Sights Festival will be loaded with family friendly events throughout downtown Chelsea:

•  Social Tent reopens at 6pm, live music from 7-11pm, $5 cover

  • Country Night
    • Kari Holmes
    • Alan Turner

Sounds and Sights is presented by Golling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Chelsea, for a complete schedule, visit www.chelseafestivals.com.



Lisa Allmendinger on July 27th, 2017

(Please note the location of this meeting at Robin Hills Farm.)

PC Agenda July 27 2017
Lisa Allmendinger on July 27th, 2017

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(Chelsea Update would like to thank Naomi Rivers for the information in this story.)

There are still a few spots available for teams of 4 for “Dragon Wars,” an aquatic tug-of-war competition in a genuine 40-foot dragon boat, at Robin Hills Farm’s second annual Dragonboat Festival on Aug. 5 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Sylvan Township.

The Dragonboat Festival is an annual celebration of DIY building and design, culture, competition, community, and fun. Held at the newly expanded, three-acre Dragon Pond at Robin Hills Farm, it will offer Dragon Wars registration at the door, though participants are encouraged to pre-register online. The $40 Dragon Wars registration fee covers free festival entry for a team of 4, a free Robin Hills Farm fandana for each teammate, and, for the top 3 competing teams, medals and glory.

The festival begins at 10 a.m., with a series of competitive boat races arranged in tournament format. Races will be punctuated with bouts of “Dragon Wars,” also in tournament format.

The event will also feature live music, a raptor exhibition by the Michigan Avian Experience, family fun in the Kid Zone, the final Awards Ceremony, and food by Chef James of Robin Hills Farm, as well as beer and other beverages.

There is a $5 general admission. Children 12 and under are free with paid adult ticket.  Contact ​jeremy.hodges@robinhillsfarm.com​ for more information or to register your team for Dragon Wars, or visit ​http://www.robinhillsfarm.com/dragonboat.


Lisa Allmendinger on July 26th, 2017

(Publisher’s note: Mr. Catherman is president of the Chelsea Education Association, the CEA, which is the teacher’s union and I apologize for my mistake. This has been corrected.)

Four candidates have filed petitions to run for the four Chelsea City Council seats in the November election.

Current Council Member Melissa Johnson filed her paperwork for the mayoral seat.

Incumbent Council Member Cheri Albertson is running for re-election while city residents Rick Catherman and Tony Iannelli filed petitions for council as well.

Catherman is the Chelsea High School band director and president of the Chelsea Education Association.

Ianneli ran for office in 2015 and also applied for an open City Council position when former City Councilman Jim Myles moved out of state. That appointment was made to current Council Member Marcia White, who chose not to run for election.

In addition, Mayor Jason Lindauer chose not to run for re-election.

There is also the possibility of write-in candidates and that deadline is Friday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m.

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 26th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Bridget Farve for the information in this story.)

Social Tent and Festival Main Stage:   

Located behind The Common Grill restaurant, the festival social tent opens each evening at 6 p.m., with live bands performing from 7 to 11 p.m.  Beer and wine will be for sale to those aged 21 and over. Admission in the evenings is $5 and all ages are welcome. In addition to the many local sponsors including Golling of Chelsea, Chelsea State Bank, “Jiffy” Mixes and Rick Taylor Real Estate, proceeds from the social tent help fund the summer long “Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights” free concert series.

Thursday, July 27 is billed as ‘Local Spotlight’ and features three bands with local roots. Opening at 7 p.m. is singer-songwriter, Jill Jack. Her charming stage presence and emotive songwriting have resulted in 37 Detroit Music Awards over the past 20 years. At 7:40 p.m., Chelsea-born Thunderwüde performs a mix of intricate original compositions, bluegrass standards, and current billboard hits. With decades of collective touring behind them, Thunderwüde’s live show bursts with impeccable songwriting, seasoned instrumental chops and unique musical improvisation. Vibrant indie pop ensemble Joe Hertler and The Rainbow Seekers round out the night with a diverse sound that pulls elements form folk, funk, ‘90s R&B, should and dynamic indie pop. The six-piece Michigan ensemble released “Pluto,” its fourth full-length album, earlier this year.  

Friday, July 28 is ‘Country Night’ and features two of the region’s most popular country performers: Kari Holmes and Alan Turner.  Veteran to the Sounds and Sights Thursday Nights concert series, Kari Holmes performs on the festival main stage for the first time, opening Friday night at 7 p.m. Up next, Alan Turner and The Steel Horse Band headline with their distinctly high energy country twisted with a pumping rock n roll sound.

Saturday afternoon, the social tent has free admission 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and features The Kielbasa Kings from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The Dearborn based polka band performs contemporary and traditional polkas, waltzes and obereks, instrumentally and sung in Polish and English.

Saturday evening the tent reopens at 6 p.m. with a $5 cover to the festival’s annual ‘Dance Party’.  The collective talent of Root Doctor kicks off the party at 7 p.m. performing a diverse mix of classic soul and R and B alongside traditional blues and inspired original material.  Sounds and Sights welcomes back a social tent favorite, Fifty Amp Fuse, who will be closing out the Sounds & Sights Festival weekend with their tribute to the greatest hits of all time from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today.

For a complete line up of music events, visit www.chelseafestivals.com.


Lisa Allmendinger on July 26th, 2017

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 26th, 2017

In this week’s Chelsea Police blotter, two heavy lion statues were reported stolen from the front porch of a home on McKinley Street.

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Lima Township Hall

By Lisa Carolin

The Lima Township Planning Commission unanimously approved (Kenneth Prielipp absent) both a site plan and a special use permit for St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church at the commission’s July 17 meeting.

Certain conditions are part of the approval including that a temporary classroom trailer be there no longer than six years or when a new church is built, which ever happens first.

It was also agreed that the church cemetery must lower the density of planned graves from 433 to 377 to allow for better vehicular access.

Father Gregory Joyce said that the goal is to build a new church at the current 9900 Jackson Road site when enough funds are raised.

The planning commission also discussed the topic of guest houses.

“You can consider a guest house many different ways,” said Paul Montagno, a planner for consultant Carlisle Wortman, who will offer an exact definition of what a guest house is at the commission’s next meeting.

The purpose is to consider amending the ordinance. The discussion included a guest house’s placement on the site, compatibility with the main home, and size limit.

In other action, the commission voted to remove a special land use application for C3 Services LLC for a home office/off premise business at 230 N. Dancer Road. The owner of the property said that the couple applying for the application has not paid their 2016 property taxes.