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Lisa Allmendinger on August 18th, 2017

Varsity Football: Chelsea 42, Alpena 7

Golf: 2nd in regionals, advances to states

Girls X-C: 2nd in SEC meet

Boys X-C: SEC white champions

Field hockey: Saline 4, Chelsea 0

Tennis: 2nd in regionals, advances to states

Frosh football: finishes season undefeated

JV football: Chelsea 47, Alpena 33

Volleyball:  9-1 in SEC White, 29-11-1

Girls Swim and Dive: Chelsea 130, Pinckney 56

Lisa Allmendinger on October 20th, 2017

Courtesy photo. Zahrah Resh, who will be at USArtQuest on Nov. 2.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Sue Rothamel for the information in this story.)

Imagine being surrounded by giant paper hydrangeas, thousands of hand-painted butterflies, and paper-flowered umbrellas at a uniquely creative experience at USArtQuest, 18650 W. Old US12 Hwy. in Sylvan Township.

Meet the artist Zahrah Resh, paper artist extraordinaire, on Thursday Nov. 2 from 3-7 p.m. Zahrah’s work launched her into this years’ top 25 contenders of 2017’s Art Prize in Grand Rapids, MI.

“While scaled back a bit from the enormity of the Grand Rapids event at the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Center, Zahrah’s installation at USArtQuest provides viewers the opportunity to experience this impressive event,” says Susan Pickering Rothamel, owner of USArtQuest in a press release, adding, “It is a privilege for us to have this show in Chelsea, and I hope everyone comes, especially children. I’m confident they will be entranced.”

Meet the artists who showcase their work at USAQ, too.

Rose Bradley is an award-winning watercolorist and instructor and Connie Pickering Stover who specializes in photography, especially the historical sites of Chelsea.

Doris Galvin, will be showing her wonderful boxes and trays, all beautifully finished, using handmade papers.

Also featured will be the work of Judy Tomer a contemporary textilist, Stephanie Kolman, whose whimsical carved, paper mache and painted gourds will garner an out loud-chuckle, and owner/artist Susan Pickering Rothamel’s Botanical Collages.

Come, enjoy the art, sip a cup of tea from the Iceni Tea, and maybe a butterfly land on your shoulder.


Lisa Allmendinger on October 20th, 2017

The Chelsea City Council got great news about its annual audit from Plante and Moran at its meeting on Oct. 16.

Representatives once again gave the city’s books and “unmodified opinion,” the highest opinion given following a yearly audit.

In addition, representatives from the company gave a very positive overview of the city’s finances for the period ending June 30, 2017.

Among the highlights were:

  • The city’s fund balance is at 21 percent and increased from $820,861 in 2016 to $830, 329 in 2017. 
  • State-shared revenue, the city’s second largest general fund revenue after property taxes, was higher than estimated at $734,300. The city’s estimate was $733,229.
  • The city’s total revenue for governmental activities increased 1.4 percent to $5.656,035 and expenses decreased by 10.5 percent from the previous year to $6.189,143. The decrease was due, in part, to the retirement of several employees.
  • The city was also praised for its handling of post-employment benefits. The City Council voted to make additional payments to bring down its legacy liability costs.

In December, 2015 the total pension liability was $12.577, 968. As of Dec. 31, 2016 it’s at $12,728,358.

When the Chelsea Planning Commission met Tuesday night, it had a new member. Adam Ellison was unanimously appointed to the commission for a 3-year term ending June 30, 2020. (If there are any interested residents, there is still one open position on the Planning Commission to be filled.)

In addition, long-time Zoning Board of Appeals member Tom Osborne was reappointed to the ZBA for another 3-year term ending Sept. 30, 2020. Osbourne has been a member of the ZBA for 26 years.

After an extensive discussion, the City Council approved (with conditions), a request by Gestamp for a temporary exemption from the city’s noise ordinance while they complete the concrete pours for the construction of a 45,000-square-foot addition to its plant on Sibley Road.

On Oct. 10, police were called to the plant following a noise complaint by nearby residents. The plant’s concrete contractor was ticketed for a violation of the city’s noise ordinance. Between 35-40 concrete trucks began backing up at about 3:30 a.m. disturbing nearby neighbors.

The City Council agreed to allow a temporary waver of the noise ordinance for up to eight days before Dec. 31, 2017 and that residents will be given advance notice of the dates.

Council Member Melissa Johnson voted against the exemption stating her concern for residents who will be affected by this noise.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Superintendent of Chelsea Schools Julie Helber reminded residents that there will be a special education millage renewal on the Nov. 7 ballot.

It reads: This proposal will allow the intermediate school district to continue to levy special education millage previously approved by the electors.

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Michigan, be increased by .9719 mill ($0.9719 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 8 years, 2018 to 2025, inclusive, to provide funds for the education of students with a disability; the estimate of the revenue the intermediate school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2018 is approximately $15,200,000 from local property taxes authorized herein (this is a renewal of millage that expired with the 2017 tax levy)?

For more information about this millage request, click here. http://www.k12insight.com/Lets-Talk/embed.aspx?L=PY9D59F8K5LT

To watch the full City Council meeting, click here.


Lisa Allmendinger on October 20th, 2017

By Kristin Krarup-Joyce

Dear Chelsea Community:
I found this really good article entitled “Science Says the Most Successful Kids Have Parents who do These 9 Things”.

I’ve summarized it below:

  1. Don’t tell them they can be anything they want. Instead steer them into well-paying professions where there will be a shortage of workers. (Healthcare and construction trades.)
  2. Eat dinner as a family.
  3. Enforce no screen time.
  4. Work outside the home.
  5. Make them do chores.
  6. Delay gratification
  7. Read to them.
  8. Encourage them to travel.
  9. Let them fail.

What do you think? Join the conversation on Twitter: PsychedOut@NCESupport

You can read the full article written by Christian Des Marais here:


Psyched Out appears on Chelsea Update bi-monthly. Kristin Krarup-Joyce has been a school psychologist with the Chelsea School District for 20 years. Please comment or pose a question via Twitter: Psyched Out@NCESupport


Lisa Allmendinger on October 20th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Chelsea House Orchestra for the information in this story.)

For an exciting and memorable evening of lively Celtic music, look no further than Chelsea where acclaimed Michigan group CrossBow will join Chelsea House Orchestra (CHO) for its first fall fundraiser on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in the George Prinzing Auditorium at the Washington Street Education Center.

CrossBow, a seven-member band that originated in Allendale, Mich., will be the featured headliner at the event, with an opening performance by CHO. 

CrossBow is a dynamic and energetic Celtic group that is well known as a crowd favorite at Michigan venues and events like the Michigan Irish Music Festival, Arts Beats and Eats, Motor City Irish Festival, and Kalamazoo Irish Fest.

Steve Lesko and Carly Meloche are two of the founding members of CrossBow. Both are former CHO fiddle players and Chelsea High School graduates.

“We were inspired to create CrossBow as a direct result of the positive experiences we shared in the Chelsea House Orchestra, led by Jed Fritzemeier. CrossBow’s high-energy performances, audience engagement, and multi-genre musical selection all derive from CHO’s influence,” Meloche said.

Fritzemeier started CHO more than 20 years ago with only 10 students; it quickly grew into a Celtic music group that is in high demand at events and festivals around the country. The annual CHO Hometown Show in January often sells out, so audiences will now have an additional opportunity to hear CHO in addition to CrossBow – all on the same stage in one evening.

“Chelsea House Orchestra has had a positive impact in so many ways on our students, school, and community,” said Jed Fritzemeier, adding, “CrossBow is a great example and a natural special guest for our first ever fall fundraiser. CrossBow is the brainchild of Steve Lesko, who is also the new assistant director of CHO. I couldn’t be prouder of him – and CrossBow is awesome.”

Proceeds from the concert will be used to help pay for sound system equipment, student retreats, and future travel expenses for Chelsea House Orchestra.

CHO’s most recent extended trip was to Scotland in July, 2016 when they participated in the Stirling Bridge International Youth Arts Festival, performing at a number of stages and places, including Stirling Castle, Callander Town Square, Culzean Castle, and Perth Concert Hall.

CHO regularly performs at fairs, festivals, and special events throughout the Midwest, including the Indiana State Fair, Edinboro Highland Games, Alma Highland Festival, Chicago Scots Highland Games, Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights in Chelsea, and many more.

Purchase Tickets

Tickets for the CrossBow/CHO show are $12 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. Advanced tickets may be purchased in person at Chelsea Pharmacy, 1125 South Main St. Those not local to Chelsea can reserve tickets by emailing tickets@chelseahouseorchestra.org.

Tickets that are still available after advanced sales will be for sale at the door. But don’t risk getting left out – be sure to get your tickets early.

For more information, visit chelseahouseorchestra.org/choxbow or xbowmusic.com.

About Chelsea House Orchestra

Founded in 1996 by Maestro Jed Fritzemeier, Chelsea House Orchestra is a nonprofit educational performance group from Chelsea High School. Supported solely by performances, donations and sales of CDs and merchandise. All monies raised are used for equipment, workshops, recording sessions, and travel expenses. See www.chelseahouseorchestra.org for more information.


Lisa Allmendinger on October 20th, 2017

Chelsea‘s Electric Department has a job opening for a lineworker.

All the details can be found here.


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Lisa Allmendinger on October 20th, 2017

Everyone is invited to dine-in at Jet’s Pizza on Monday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. on and support Boy Scout Troop 413.

Jet’s Pizza will donate 10-percent of the dine-in sales to the troop. So the more pizza you eat, the more the boys earn.

This event is all day and for dine-in customer’s only.

All funds raised will be used for Troop outings, campouts and summer camp.

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 20th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Gretchen Steele, Pennie Ward and Kim Eder for the information in this story.)

7th grade gold
The 7th grade gold volleyball team had a great week beating Lincoln on Monday and then Dexter on Wednesday.

Leading server was Megan McCalla serving 31 points on Monday. Anna Reisner had 8 points, Kayla Munson had 7 points and Kierstin Smith closed out the Dexter win with 4 points in a row.

Great passing from Sami Nye, Amelia Christie, Zoe Rezler, Emma and Miklaya Leonard.

The team wraps up their season Monday at Adrian. They currently are 6-4 on the season.

8th grade blue
Chelsea 8th grade blue volleyball traveled to Dexter splitting with Dexter 11-25 25-19 and losing 3rd game 23-25.

Breigha Vowels brought the heat in the 2nd game with strong serving and just all around playing her best ball of the season.

Rachel Hein put icing on the cake winning the game with her game point serve.  The team stepped up and played strong.

8th grade gold
The 8th grade gold volleyball team had a slow start to the match against Dexter last night losing the first game by a large margin. But the team didn’t let that stop them.

They came back to win the next two games and the match.

Erin Dusenbury led the way with 7 points in a row in the second game. Lily June served for 8 points in the last game and McKenna Major had 5 serves for the night.

The team’s season record is now 5 and 5 as they head in to their last game on Monday against Adrian.


Lisa Allmendinger on October 19th, 2017

By Lisa Carolin

It’s clear sailing ahead for the Ugly Dog Distillery, which will be opening a manufacturing facility as well as tasting rooms at 218 S. Main St. in downtown Chelsea soon.

Following a public hearing, the Chelsea Planning Commission voted unanimously (Sarah Haselschwardt absent) to approve a special use permit for the craft distillery.

Ugly Dog distillery owner David Salmon told the commission that hours of operation will be 8 or 9 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m. with the tasting rooms staying open later for some events such as Sounds and Sights. The total occupancy of the two tasting rooms will be just under 100 people.

The commission held a public hearing about the City of Chelsea’s draft master plan, which has been posted publicly for 63 days. The next step will be for the commission to review the feedback it has received and to make revisions.

There was also a public hearing about the Marjorie E. Prinzing Trust rezoning request regarding two empty parcels with frontage on the west side of Grant Street. The commission unanimously approved rezoning the parcel from agricultural to residential. The intent of the owners is to divide it into five properties.

There was also a public hearing about Michael Jackson’s special use permit request for the Sunset Building LLC. The commission voted to approve the request, which means that a second floor apartment can be built above Vogel’s and Foster’s at 107 Main Street.

In other action, the commission approved a 1,000-square-foot kitchen as well as a storage area to be built at Silver Maples of Chelsea. Commissioners determined that the final site plan is a “minor change” based on the fact that the amount of floor area is less than 5 percent of the overall facility.

The commission welcomed new member Adam Ellison and bid farewell to member Geoffrey Voshel, who is moving out of Chelsea.

The commission also approved its 2018 meeting calendar.

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 19th, 2017

The Chelsea Senior Center is hosting a meet and greet for the four candidates running for the four open seats on the Chelsea City Council on Oct. 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the senior center.

Invited are Melissa Johnson, who is running for mayor, Cheri Albertson, Rick Catherman and Tony Iannelli who are running for the three City Council seats.

At this time, all candidates are running unopposed, but the deadline to file as a write-in candidate is Friday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m.

If you can’t make this event, there is another opportunity to hear from the candidates on Nov. 1, which is hosted by the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.


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Lisa Allmendinger on October 19th, 2017

Photo by Tom Hodgson. Sandhill cranes landing at Haehnle Sanctuary.

Large numbers of Sandhill Cranes can be seen in parts of the Waterloo Recreation Area through late November.

Visitors to the Eddy Discovery Center may pick up free maps to the best fall color routes and crane viewing areas around the Waterloo Recreation Area.

A film “The Sandhill Crane Story” will be shown on request.  

The Eddy Discovery Center can be found at 17030 Bush Road in Sylvan Township.

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