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Lisa Allmendinger on July 25th, 2014
Sounds and Sights organizers thank two major sponsors in a big way as the 3-night, 2-day Sounds and Sights Festival got underway Thursday night.

Sounds and Sights organizers thank two major sponsors in a big way as the 3-night, 2-day Sounds and Sights Festival got underway Thursday night.

Downtown Chelsea was abuzz last night for the first night of the 3-night, 2-day Sounds and Sights Festival.

In addition to the opening of the social tent, the sidewalk sales got underway, and restaurants such as The Common Grill, Jet’s Pizza, BBQ 52 and the always popular Kiwanis hotdog trailer were open for business on West Middle Street. Oh, and there are also elephant ears, too.

Please enjoy the photo gallery of the festivities from the first night of festival.

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 25th, 2014
Lehman and Scheffler Real Estate Services held at open house for their new business Thursday night.

Lehman and Scheffler Real Estate Services held at open house for their new downtown business Thursday night.

The 2014 Chelsea Citizen of the Year Rick Eder, Tammy Lehman and the 2013 Chelsea Citizen of the Year were in the house at the Lehman and Scheffler Real Estate Services Open House on July 24.

The 2014 Chelsea Citizen of the Year Rick Eder, Tammy Lehman, and the 2013 Chelsea Citizen of the Year were in the house at the Lehman and Scheffler Real Estate Services Open House at their new offices above the Common Grill on July 24.


Stop by the Lehman and Scheffler Real Estate table during the Sounds and Sights Festival and enter the drawing to win a Teddy Bear. The football one is signed by Tony Scheffler.

Stop by the Lehman and Scheffler Real Estate table during the Sounds and Sights Festival and enter a drawing to win a Teddy Bear. There’s even one with a football that’s signed by Tony Scheffler.


railroad-signalWith all the visitors expected in Chelsea for the Sounds and Sights Festival, Chelsea Police Chief Ed Toth reminds everyone not to illegally cross the railroad tracks while moving from festival area to festival area.

There are also new signs clearly reminding folks to cross at the appropriate crossing areas at all times. Please remind visitors as well should you see them trying to take a shortcut.

Over the last year, Chelsea Update, the Chelsea Police Department, the Chelsea Downtown Development Authority and Chelsea Area Festivals and Events have attempted to educate everyone about the dangers of illegally crossing the tracks.

State law prohibits walking, stopping, riding, or driving on railroad tracks. If caught, it is considered a misdemeanor and there is a $100 fine.

Railroad and Chelsea Police will be enforcing this statute to ensure public safety.

No one wants there to be a fatality on the tracks as has happened in several Michigan towns.

So please be safe, obey the law, and have a great time at the festival.

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 25th, 2014
Photo by Burrill Strong.

Photo by Burrill Strong.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Honest Jon Van Hoek for the information in this story and Burrill Strong for the photo.)

The Monitor Base Ball Club of Chelsea is having its next home match this Saturday, July 26 beginning at 2 p.m. at Timbertown Park against the Royal Oak Wahoos.

“We’re also making this match our first-ever charity fundraiser match,” said Jon Van Hoek, captain of the team in an email. “We’re going to give it a shot and see how it goes, and hopefully make a charity match an annual tradition, picking a different charity each year.”

Saturday, the team hopes to raise money for Smile Train, an organization that provides free cleft lip and palate repair surgeries for children around the world.

“I want to make it known that there is no obligation to donate at the match on Saturday,” he said. “Our matches are, and always will be, free and open to the public. But if anybody did want to donate, it’s much appreciated.”

The team hopes to raise $250, the cost of a surgery for one child.

“Any amount is fantastic, or even pledging something creative like a dollar for each Monitor run scored. We’re calling it our ‘Tallies for Charity’ match.



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Lisa Allmendinger on July 25th, 2014
Cindy Lesser and her special purple car.

File Photo. Cindy Lesser and her special purple car.

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

On Friday, July 25 be sure to zip on over to the Classic Cruisers Car Show during the 38th annual Sounds and Sights Festival.

Sponsored by Parts Peddler Auto Supply, this event is an annual favorite for car enthusiasts and showcases more than 300 classic cars from across the Midwest region.

Classic-Cruisers-Car-Show-logoThe car show takes place on Middle, East and Harrison streets from 3-8 p.m. Registration takes place from 3-6 p.m. and dash plaques will be awarded to the first 200 registered.

No entry fee or pre-registration is required.

Awards  are presented at 8 p.m. in the following categories: Merchant’s Choice, Chief of Police Choice, Chelsea Classic Cruiser (CCC) Ladies’ Choice, CCC Men’s  Choice, Mayor’s Choice and DPW’s Favorite Truck.

The Car Show Entertainment Stage, sponsored by Victory Lane Quick Oil Change,  will feature live music by  Dorkestra, a diverse group of musicians who have combined their study of Jazz, African, Latin, World, and Funk into a unique eclectic repertoire.

After the car show, be sure to stay and enjoy live entertainment in the Festival Social Tent featuring county artists Bill Bynum and Co at 7 p.m., followed by Whitey Morgan and the 78’s.

For a complete list of Friday events, click here.


Lisa Allmendinger on July 25th, 2014


The Saturday Farmers Market takes place on the former Palmer lot with is across from the Police Station  from 8 a.m.-noon.

This week, the market will host the Chelsea Community Kitchen and RD Courtney Stinson to demonstrate healthy fruit and vegetable smoothies, along with diabetes prevention information and free blood sugar testing with St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea’s Elaine O’Neill. Enjoy the Sounds and Sights Festival after the market.

Music will be by John Latini starting at 10 a.m.

cherriesHere’s what to expect from the vendors this week:

Kapnick Orchards:  Sweet cherries, transparent apples, blueberries, potatoes, green beans, pie, peanut, cashew and almond butters, assorted varieties of bread, sweet rolls and fudge. Maybe peaches.

Affeathermations: Natural media, earthwork arts and crafts for ceremony or celebration, medicine wheels, Chakra Wheels, smudge.

Chandra June: Pretty jewelry using gemstones and precious metal. Earrings, bracelets, necklaces, key ring charms, anklets.

Country Hills Pottery: Functional stoneware pottery. All pieces oven, microwave and dishwasher safe.

Debbie’s Bead Design: Simple, easy-to-wear jewelry. Delicate, colorful, sparkling handmade woven and strung bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

jewelryTwo Track Farms: Italian breakfast sausage, breakfast sausage,  kielbasa, pork chops, shoulder roasts, carrots, garlic, kale, chard, potatoes, green beans and pasture-raised chickens.

Goetz Greenhouse and Family Farm: Hoop house and field tomatoes, fresh flower bouquets, Yukon Gold and Red Pontiac potatoes, zucchini , eggplant, yellow squash, fresh basil, curly kale, golden and red beets, Swiss chard, carrots, broccoli, Spanish sweet onions, cucumbers, cabbage, garlic, green and wax beans, white and purple and green peppers. French fingerling potatoes – golden and pink inside, Red Thumb fingerling potatoes (red inside and out), Australian crescent and in August – Ozzett potatoes, which are great for baking.), sunflowers, egg plant, corn.

radishesFrog Hollar Farms: Cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, blueberries, cabbage, pickling cucumbers, sweet cherries, green beans, beets, transparent apples.

Rulig’s Produce: Collards, kale, broccoli, Swiss chard, radishes, beets, cucumbers, onions, pickling cucumbers,  Patty pan squash, round zucchini, summer squash, maybe kohlrabi, green and yellow beans, cut flowers, corn, cabbage and red cabbage, green, purple and yellow  peppers, maybe banana, hot and sweet peppers, Hungarian and Anaheim peppers.
The Rulig Farm stands are now open on Island Lake Road and McGregor Road.

Tantre Farm: All organically grown. Maybe Arugula, summer onions, green, yellow and purple beans,  Fava Beans, Chioggia and red beets, broccoli, green, Napa and red cabbage Swiss Chard, Garlic bulbs, Green Curly, Lacinato, and Red Russian Kale, kohlrabi, leeks, head lettuce, summer onions, Red Norland potatoes, black raspberries, spinach, squash flowers, pattypan and summer squash, green and yellow zucchini.

sunflowersHeim Gardens: peas, radishes, maybe cut rhubarb, Swiss chard, assorted herbs, kohlrabi, carrots, broccoli, potatoes, zucchini, broccoli, cucumbers and pickling cucumbers, blueberries.

Merkel’s Gardens: hanging baskets, bedding plants, perennials, bouquets of cut flowers, yellow squash, zucchini.

Stonehearth Bread: Artisan breads made from scratch with no preservatives. Cheese sticks, rosemary herb bread, Asiago Kalamata bread, Polish pumpernickel, Country loaf, Apple cinnamon, red raspberry/dark chocolate, strawberry/white chocolate, blueberry cream cheese, eight grain, Italian, honey whole wheat, German rye, spinach feta cheese, bacon cheddar beer bread, cookies, brownies, sticky lemon buns, blueberry buns, 4-cheese pepperoni rolls, habanero/jalapeno pepperoni rolls, apple walnut, red raspberry bread, San Francisco sourdough, soft three-cheese pretzels, three-cheese jalapeno pretzels.

H and H Sugarbush: Michigan-made syrup, maple candy, maple sugar, maple cream (makes great fruit dip), maple-coated pecans and almonds.

French bread

French bread

B. Anne All Natural Goodies: soaps, shampoo and conditioner, body cream, granola, cookies and cakes (different flavors each week).

LA Baquette features a variety of French pastries: the classic baguette, boule, a rustic rye and sesame bread, Madeleines and brioche. Come and sample our products.

fresh: locally roasted coffee beans, roasted every Wednesday. Fair trade organic Guatemalan, Brazil Cerrado (great for expresso), Mexican Altura in 6 and 12-ounce bags. Order your favorite coffee before market day.

Greystone Farm and Creamery: feta, plain and garlic cream cheese, feta, grated butternut, Chelsea-Cam, Rosy-cam, ricotta, grated man-chel, cow gouda, sheep gouda and butternut by the piece, maybe  horse radish-bacon cream cheese.

Cakes by Penny: Sour cream cinnamon pecan coffee cakes and muffins.

Hummus, anyone?

Hummus, anyone?

Mama Mo: 17 flavors of hummus – traditional, lemon zest, tan/cran orange, roasted pepper, tomato basil, onion dill, roasted garlic, roasted beet, chipotle, ginger squash, sesame chive satay, curry lime, kalamata rosemary, black pepper walnut, horseradish, wasabi, jalapeno; 8 flavors of seitan – traditional, nuggets, fajita strips, BBQ, vegan BBQ, roast, Italian fennel sausage, breakfast sage sausage. Pesto with the following ingredients: walnuts, Pecorina Romano cheese, organic basil, garlic and extra virgin olive.

Renovatio Woodworks: Locally found old barn wood “repurposed” it into something lovely to enjoy again in another form.  Check out our lovely wooden tables and more. They also invite local artists to share their booth. For the next few weeks, there will be photography from Marcus Cook. Will not be there if it’s raining.

Angie Godek and Sis:  Knit crafts.

Bristle’s Handmade and Homegrown: dried cookie and soup mixes, friendship bracelets, dishcloths, catnip toys, kitchen scrubbies, thermal cup warmers, also special order shawls, baby blankets, afghans, green beans, maybe radishes, fresh lemonade.

Tasty Bakery: Wheat free, gluten free, soy free organic, mostly vegan donuts, cookies, fruit and berry bars, brownies, maybe crackers and zucchini bread.

broccoliDancy’s Fancy Butter: herb, garlic, lemon pepper, brown sugar and cinnamon, honey and cinnamon, and pumpkin – flavor enhanced butters.

Flying Hammer Forge:  Gates, garden railings, art, candle holders, lamps and ornaments

The Granola Tree:  25-30 flavors of jam, 60 flavors of peanut butters, Michigan grown oat granola, oatmeal. Numerous flavors of jam, peanut butter and granola each week.

Huckleberry Farms:  Green beans, yellow squash, cucumbers, potatoes, popcorn balls, Cotton Candy and cupcakes.

Michelle Wyatt-Friss:  Decorative fabric bunting banners for every occasion.

Healing Hearts Center:  Massages and healthy body products for sale.



(Chelsea Update would like to thank Diane Bice for the information in this story.)

The Alzheimer’s Association 2014 Chelsea Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be set up this weekend in front of Chelsea Print and Graphics.

Please stop by and visit our table to sign up your team for our Chelsea Area Walk taking place at the Clock Tower on Sept. 27 and receive the chance to get a wonderful gift from one of Chelsea’s local merchants or make a donation to help in our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.

We will also have tickets for sale to our “Strike Out Alzheimer’s” Event that will take place at Chelsea Lanes Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.

To learn more about the Chelsea Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s please join us for our Walk Excite Night that will take place on July 29 at 5:30 p.m. in The Dancey House First Floor Theatre located on the Chelsea Retirement Community campus.


Lisa Allmendinger on July 25th, 2014

Gaken,-Shirley-webShirley L. Gaken of Chelsea, age 85, passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born on Jan. 3, 1929, in Chelsea, MI, the daughter of August and Katherine (Eder) Dorer. On June 26, 1948, she married James L. Gaken in Chelsea, and preceded her in death in December 1995.

Shirley was a lifelong member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea and was also involved with the (former) Altar Society.  Her hobbies included gardening, reading, and keeping track of her family.

For the full obituary, please click here.



Lisa Allmendinger on July 24th, 2014

CSB-logoBeginning Aug. 1, Chelsea State Bank and SRSLY will kick off a joint Facebook contest.

“As the local community bank, we believe when our families, schools, nonprofit organizations and businesses are strong, our communities are strong,” said President and CEO of Chelsea State Bank John Mann said in a press release.

“Partnering with SRSLY and building strong relationships in our communities is what community banking is all about. This contest is a win-win for SRSLY and Chelsea State Bank. It’s a solid partnership we are excited to launch in August,” Mann said.

To join the contest, participants are asked to “like” the Chelsea State Bank Facebook page. Each new “like” will equal $1 Chelsea State Bank will donate to SRSLY.

srslylogoThe contest will start at 9 a.m. on Aug. 1 and end at 9 a.m. on Sept. 30. The contest results will be announced on Facebook on Oct. 1. Only new “likes” are eligible to participate, so please click here beginning Aug. 1.

“We are thrilled that Chelsea State Bank is supporting SRSLY with this Facebook contest,” said SRSLY Coalition Director Reiley Curran, MPH. “It is a great way to raise awareness about our coalitions in Chelsea, Dexter and Stockbridge. Broad community support is key to our success in preventing youth substance abuse, and this is an easy way people can get involved.”

SRSLY is a community coalition dedicated to the prevention of destructive behavior in youth. It was formed in Chelsea in 2008 in response to local data showing that teens in Chelsea were more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol than state and national averages.

In 2012, community leaders in Stockbridge and Dexter decided to organize their own SRSLY coalitions to address youth substance abuse in their towns. SRSLY promotes positive family and community involvement and school bonding, and works to limit youth access to alcohol and other drugs, and reduce parental approval of youth drug use.

Click here for more information.

Chelsea State Bank is a full-service financial institution with offices in Chelsea and Dexter, formed by local business leaders over 100 years ago.

Chelsea State Bank provides timely financial solutions to individuals, families, and businesses in the community. This tradition of community service continues today. Member FDIC.

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

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