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Lisa Allmendinger on August 18th, 2017

Wrestling: 4 wrestlers heading to states, 21-7 for season

Hockey: Chelsea 5, Skyline 4 – Bulldogs SEC champs

Girls basketball (16-4): SEC champs, Chelsea 44, Ypsilanti 15

Boys varsity bowling: Tecumseh 25, Chelsea 5

Boys JV bowling: Chelsea 28, Tecumseh 2

Girls varsity bowling: Chelsea 15, Tecumseh 15, Tecumseh wins on tiebreaker

Boys varsity basketball: Dexter 37, Chelsea 36

Boys swim and dive: Tecumseh 96, Chelsea 87


Lisa Allmendinger on February 23rd, 2018

Chelsea Area Fire Authority Chief Robert Arbini told the CAFA Board that he has applied for one Assistance to Firefighters grant (AFG) and is working on a second grant application.

The first grant, he said, has about $300 million available and if awarded would be used for vehicle purchase. The second grant has about $30 million earmarked for funding of safety and research and development projects.

If awarded the second grant, he said he hopes that Chelsea can purchase tablets and software that would allow firefighters to have records on these devices of each business and where fire firefighters would find gas shut off values, knox boxes and other important information needed if called to a building in case of emergency.

If awarded either of these grants, CAFA would need to provide a 5-percent match.

Following a lengthy discussion of the bid process, the CAFA board voted 4-1 with Chairman Kurt Kosek voting no, to enter into a purchase agreement to purchase a mini pumper from Pierce Manufacturing utilizing the Michigan Inter-governmental Trade Network (MITN). Similar to the Michigan Bid system, participating local government purchasing departments invite vendors to register for exclusive access to RFPs, bids and awards on the bid system.

It’s expected that this mini pumper will cost about $238,000 and how CAFA will pay for the purchase will be the subject of discussion at an upcoming board meeting once the final 2017 books are closed out.

Both CAFA’s auditor and bookkeeper were at the meeting to give board members an overview of its finances, but with about $22,000 in bills outstanding, the board wanted to wait to discuss financing for the mini pumper until they had the most up-to-date financial information.

The general consensus seemed to be to pay as much as possible down for the vehicle, then finance the remainder.

The board was also made aware of the passing of the landlord who owns the building (and property) that CAFA is leasing for Station 2 in Lima Township. Board Member Craig Maier told the board that his wife wants to sell the building and the 16.7-acre property, which is zoned commercial.

Maier said she’d prefer to sell as one parcel and CAFA does not yet have an asking price for the property.

Further discussion is expected on the future of the current Station 2 once more information becomes available.   

Fire Lt. Derek Klink and firefighter James Gaken received a commendation letter from Edward Comeau for their professionalism during a medical run to the Comeau resident on Dec. 10.

In January, the firefighters went out on 29 runs in Chelsea, 16 in Lima Township, 12 in Lyndon Township, 21 in Sylvan Township, 12 in Dexter Township and one in Manchester.

The next meeting of the CAFA board will take place on March 20 at 9 a.m. in the Chelsea City Council chambers.


Lisa Allmendinger on February 23rd, 2018

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Brian boos for the information in this story.)

Beach Middle School eighth-graders will have an opportunity to learn more about future careers on March 1 when they will be afforded the opportunity to learn from professionals involved in fields such as medicine, engineering, golf course management, crime fighting and firefighting during Career Day.

“The main focus of the day is to bring real-world experiences, ideas, and connections into Beach Middle School,” according to information provided to the presenters.

“During a recent survey of students, staff, and parents, we found that a percentage of students don’t understand how the things they learn in class connect to the real world or their future jobs. Our hope is that Career Day will be a first step toward creating those connections,” the information states.

From 12-20 students will have the opportunity to learn more about career opportunities during the day-long event.

Below are the people expected to present to students during the 25-minute sessions.

Chiquita Berg           Physician (OB/GYN)

Colin Seaberg          Golf Course Management

Dana Bowers           Psychologist

Emily Zimmer          Adoption Supervisor

Eric Byerly                 State Police

Louise O’Brien         Professor/Sleep Medicine

Nia Drum                  Emergency Room Nurse

Phil Tolliver               Small-Business/Restauranteur

Phil Zocharski          Pharmaceutical Engineering

Robert Arbini           Chelsea Fire Authority

Ryan Cavanaugh     U of M Police Dept

Ryan Ratliff              Software Development

Sean Hilbert            President, Cobra MOTO, LLC

Stacie L. Shaw         Asst. Prosecuting Attorney

Tonya Gietzen         Business Banking

Ursula Skoczylas     Interior Design/Architecture



Lisa Allmendinger on February 23rd, 2018


Lisa Allmendinger on February 23rd, 2018


Lisa Allmendinger on February 23rd, 2018

If you haven’t been to the St. Mary Church fish fry, you are really missing out on great food, wonderful conversation and, did I mention yummy desserts, too.

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 23rd, 2018

Katharina Dietlinde Pool of Chelsea passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at Silver Maples of Chelsea at the age of 89.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Katharina was born Oct. 4, 1928 in Bous/Saar, Germany, the daughter of Johann and Maria (Schramm) Pink.

Katharina grew up in Germany. She married Alfred Ritz on June 28, 1948 in Germany, and he preceded her in death in 1985. In 1990, Katharina married Milton Pool of Ann Arbor. They enjoyed 10 years together before his passing on Nov. 10, 2001.

In 2008, Katharina moved to Silver Maples. She loved gardening, traveling, cooking, baking, and entertaining for family and friends. Her home was always open to share life. Katharina also enjoyed community service to local organizations to which she belonged, GBU 630, Schwaven Verein, and German Park.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Silver Maples, Chelsea, Michigan with Rev. Jeff Crowder officiating. Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

For the full obituary, please click here.


Lisa Allmendinger on February 22nd, 2018

By Kristin Krarup-Joyce

Dear Chelsea Community,

In light of the recent Florida school shooting, I wanted to provide you with a resource from the National Association of School Psychologists.

As always, support staff is available in all of our Chelsea schools for students who may need extra attention.


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Lisa Allmendinger on February 22nd, 2018

Photo by Burrill Strong.

By Lisa Carolin

Chelsea District Library administrators are taking action to help make the library a safer place. Library Director Lori Coryell and Assistant Director Linda Ballard have spent time meeting with people in the community on the subject of safety following an incident in the library last October when a man is accused of exposing himself.

Several items were discussed at the Feb. 20 library board meeting with the plan to take action on them at the board’s March meeting. They are: adding facility safety as a core value, and making changes to the Library Violations Enforcement Policy, which includes: In the event of a suspected violation, notifying a minor’s parent once police have been called, and placing conditions on the violator’s use of the library, the specific nature of which will be at the director’s discretion.

The library is also taking additional steps to increase safety such as “Pursuing additional security cameras for placement throughout the building; Reconfiguring second floor furniture and computer placement to more effectively separate teens from adults; Filtering all computers in the Learning Lab; Investigating public notification of library incidents that impact safety and security.”

In other news, for a second year, the library will offer its version of March Madness narrowing down the library’s 16 most requested titles of 2017 to compete to win the 2017 CDL Most Popular Book award.

Voting begins March 5 with the choice of voting online (chelseadistrictlibrary.org/march-madness) or in person at the March Madness display on the library’s second floor.

On Tuesday, March 13, the Washington Street Education Center Board Room will be the venue for “An Evening with the Authors”. The authors – Michael Buckley, Nora Raleigh Baskin, and Helen Frost along with photographer Rick Lieder, will begin their presentations at 6:30 p.m. and will conclude with a book-signing session.


Lisa Allmendinger on February 22nd, 2018

(Chelsea Update would like to thank David Slusser for the information in this story.)

The Beach Middle School wrestling team traveled to Tecumseh for its final dual meet of the season and came home with a win going undefeated against SEC white opponents.

The Bulldogs won in a dominating fashion with a score of 79-24.

Daniel Garza and John Putnam won two matches each on the night and the pins just kept on coming for the dogs.

Dominic Searl, Elijah Ratliff, Mike Molina, and AJ Cobb all had great matches along with many other wrestlers to secure the win.

With this win, the Beach Middle School wrestlers have gone undefeated against all SEC White opponents this season in dual meets.

The dogs will finish their season on Saturday at the Jr. Jaws tournament at Jackson Parkside Middle School.


Lisa Allmendinger on February 22nd, 2018

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