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Alan Scafuri on August 28th, 2014
Chelsea District Library Director Bill Harmer presents the proposed 2015 budget.

Chelsea District Library Director Bill Harmer presents the proposed 2015 budget.

The Chelsea District Library (CDL) Board met on Tuesday night, Aug. 26 for the 2015 budget hearing, as well as the monthly board meeting.

CDL Director William Harmer gave a presentation on the proposed 2015 budget, beginning by giving thanks to all who helped with the campaign to pass the library millage.

According to Harmer’s director’s report “Passing the millage ensures that the library continue to deepen its role as an essential part of community life, maintain its current hours of operation and continue to provide classes, materials, and technology for all ages.”

Harmer began the budget presentation by highlighting the accomplishments of the library, including the newspaper digitization project, the release of the sixth “Stories of Chelsea” film, as well as the hiring of new staff members Patty Roberts, Jessica Schmidt, Kathy Kahler, Mary Tobin, and Emily Brock.

In terms of actual budgetary items, Harmer opened by addressing changes in personnel expenses, highlighted by the introduction of retirement benefits for full-time library staff. If the proposed budget is approved, full-time staff will receive a 5-percent contribution of their salary for this retirement benefit. All library staff will receive a 2-percent raise, while overall, personnel expenses will drop from 60 percent of the total budget to 56 percent of the budget.

There are 10 proposed new Wi-Fi hotspots for areas within the library district with no broadband internet service. The first of these hotspots will be in the Lyndon Township Hall. Residents will be able to use the building to gain internet access during regular township office hours.

The library also proposes to purchase three new Mac computers for public use. This is in response to the requests of many patrons who want to be able to use a Mac instead of a PC. Photo and video editing software will also be purchased for all computers.

The library also proposes to purchase six Kindles, which will be preloaded with content for a new Kindle lending program.

Harmer stated that four times the e-book offerings will also be available next year at a cost of $5,000, and the library will also spend $5,000 for an increased number of Lucky Day DVD titles. Both of these expenses are necessary in order to keep up with demand, Harmer said.

Harmer also announced that 2015 will mark the beginning of a staff exchange program, perhaps the first of its kind. A staff member from a library in South Africa will come to work in the Chelsea District Library, while a CDL staff member will travel to South Africa for a period of employment in a library there.

In other news, Harmer and the board expressed their sincere best wishes to Sara Wedell, the library’s Head of Adult Services. Sara has accepted a new position at the Ann Arbor District Library as a Production Librarian.

The library was the recipient of a substantial donation from Jiffy Mix, receiving $10,000 a year over the next three years. Harmer extended his appreciation to Howdy Holmes for his continued generosity to the library and the community.

The Chelsea District Library also now has a 3D printer, courtesy of a generous donation by long-time library volunteer and computer teacher Scott Baird.

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 28th, 2014
Photo by Lisa Carolin. Plaid Melon Cafe expected to open on Sept. 15.

Photo by Lisa Carolin. Plaid Melon Cafe expected to open on Sept. 15.

Story and Photos By Lisa Carolin

Chelsea will soon have a new restaurant downtown that will offer breakfast, lunch, as well as coffee and ice cream. It’s called the Plaid Melon Cafe and will be located in the Clocktower Complex.

David Gallinat is the owner and chef for the Plaid Melon Cafe. He and his family live in Manchester and frequently visit Chelsea.

“I see the growing food culture in Chelsea, and when the existing restaurant space in the Clocktower Complex opened up, I knew it was the right time,” said Gallinat. “I saw a need for the kind of restaurant I wanted to have-some place comfortable with good food.”

The restaurant will be located at 312 North Main St., the location of the Gourmet Chocolate Cafe.
Gallinat has spent his entire adult life working in and around restaurants.

Photo by Lisa Carolin.

Photo by Lisa Carolin.

“It’s always been a dream to have a place of my own,” he said.

Regarding the cafe’s menu, Gallinat says, “I’m planning a pretty robust rotation of seasonal specials. As far as a theme goes, no gimmicks. I just want to make good, simple food and create a comfortable, laid back place to grab a bite to eat.”

The Plaid Melon Cafe is now hiring for positions including cooks, dishwashers, servers, barista and counter. Gallinat says he is hoping to open the cafe Sept. 15.

More information about the new restaurant, including its menu, will soon be available here.

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Alan Scafuri on August 28th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Mike Kapolka for providing us with the video.)

Chelsea High School‘s Link Crew was recently nominated by Saline High School’s Link Crew to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Below is the video of the kids answering the call.

They nominated South Lyon’s and Dexter’s Link Crews and Chelsea High School’s Marching Band.
Enjoy the video below.

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 28th, 2014

Chelsea chamberThe Chelsea Chamber of Commerce has tickets for the Tigers v. Indians game on Sunday, Sept. 14 with a game time of 1:08,

The ticket price is $45, and the bus leaves at 11:30 a.m. from Jet’s Pizza parking lot, sponsor of the trip.

Ticket price includes bus and beverages and game ticket.

Call 475-1145 or email: info@chelseamichamber.org to reserve your seat. Tickets will go quickly so reserve yours now.

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The deadline to apply for a Congressional nomination to attend one of the United States Service Academies is Friday, Oct. 3 by 5 p.m.

A Congressional nomination is required for all students who are interested in attending the United States Air Force, Naval, Military, and Merchant Marine Academies. You do not need a Congressional nomination to attend the United States Coast Guard Academy.

All interested applicants should submit their application packet along with all requested material to Congressman Tim Walberg’s District Office located at 110 1st St., Suite 2, Jackson, MI, 49201.

To get the application and get more information, click here or call the Jackson office at 517-780-9075.

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 28th, 2014

KelleyRobertRobert James Kelley of Chelsea, formerly of Anaheim, CA, age 91, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

He was born Sept. 5, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Roy and Flora (Aspacher) Kelley.

Bob moved to Michigan from Anaheim, CA five years and one month ago. He was a US Army Veteran.

Bob earned a degree in Applied Physics from Hofstra University and worked on the Saturn rocket for GE at Huntsville, AL. Late in his career, he became the environmental engineer for the City of Anaheim, CA, retiring on Oct. 17, 1985. He loved to hike and play bridge.

While in Chelsea, he lived in Towsley Village at Chelsea Retirement Community. We appreciate the high quality care the Towsley staff gave him.

For the full obituary, please click here.

Taper,-Grace-webGrace E. Taper of Chelsea, age 94, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born on Jan. 1, 1920, in Detroit, MI, the daughter of Richard and Nannie (Jenkin) Taper.

Grace earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Wayne State University, majoring in history. She had worked as an accountant and had 35 years in the auditing office of First Federal of Michigan. She was a member of the Central United Methodist Church in Detroit for over 60 years where she was very active in the United Methodist Women and also as a greeter. She was very generous, volunteering in the church’s financial office following her retirement. She also belonged to Bread for the World and Amnesty International.

For the full obituary, please click here.

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 27th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Burrill Strong for this update.)

The Chelsea High School freshman football team started its season with a 28-14 victory over Grand Rapids Northview this afternoon, Aug. 27.

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 27th, 2014
A scene from the gym during 6th grade orientation at Beach Middle School.

A scene from the gym during 6th grade orientation at Beach Middle School.

School isn’t in session yet, but about 200 6th-graders spent Tuesday morning at Beach Middle School learning the ropes at their new school.

Led by about 48 WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) 8th-grade leaders, the newest class at the middle school found their lockers and classrooms, the gym and pool, and, of course, the cafeteria.

This year, the WEB program has a new teacher-member this year — Mike Lott — who, along with Brian Boos and Sarah Bunten spent two days training the 8th grade WEB leaders.

WEB leader Natalie Schneider.

WEB leader Natalie Schneider.

“I’m so incredibly proud of this year’s WEB leaders,” said Beach Principal Nick Angel. “Mr. Lott is a great addition to an already established team of Brian Boos and Sarah Bunten.”

He said WEB has a strong tradition at Beach.

Lott said Tuesday’s orientation was a way “to start the year on a positive note.”

The students took part in team-building exercises and made new friends and Bunten said that the 8th-graders offered the youngest students at the school WEB leaders words of wisdom such as, “Stay organized. Don’t procrastinate. Write your locker combination in your planner. Make good friends. Be kind to everyone.”

“Today puts a smile on my face,” Angel said.

Please enjoy the photo gallery below of all the student participants in Tuesday’s orientation.

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 27th, 2014

road constructionOn Thursday, Aug. 28, the Washtenaw County Road Commission will impose daytime road closures for gravel resurfacing on seven roads in Lima Township.

The road improvements are expected to be completed in one day.

Please be advised that due to weather conditions, all dates are tentative and subject to change.

  • Haist Road – between Fletcher Road and Jerusalem Road
  • Lima Center Road – between Jerusalem Road and Jackson Road
  • Jerusalem Road – between Steinbach Road and Dancer Road
  • Liberty Road – between Parker Road and Steinbach Road
  • Steinbach Road – between Gross Road and Trinkle Road
  • Trinkle Road – between Steinbach Road and Dancer Road
  • Lima Center Road – between Trinkle Road and Dexter-Chelsea Road

During these daytime activities through traffic will be prohibited and alternate routes are advised. Local access for properties within the road closure will be maintained, however, delays are possible.

To maintain the safety of road crews, motorists are asked to be especially mindful of construction equipment and personnel and reduce speeds accordingly. The Road Commission thanks you in advance for your patience as we continue our efforts to preserve the county road system.

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 27th, 2014

bushel-basket

By Elizabeth Richardson

The DeVulders farm is located in Grass Lake and is run by Pat, her husband, Ralph and son, Hector.

They have 11 acres and 6 greenhouses. By Pat’s count, they grow over 50 different types of vegetables, veggie plants and herbs in the spring and 10-12 different varieties of flowers.

The sunflowers and the radishes they have are perhaps their best sellers.

Pat says, “I’ve been farming all my life, just like my parents.”

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This second generation farming family splits the duties. In the springtime, Ralph and Hector will cultivate the land, do the field work and then will help with the harvest.

Pat is in charge of harvesting the vegetables and flowers with the help of 3 part time workers and bringing them to market.

Besides selling at the Chelsea Wednesday market they also sell in Ann Arbor and Saline. Pat likes to sell at farmers markets because she says, “there is more control and you don’t have a middleman.”

assorted-vegetablesTo Pat, being a farmer is much more than just planting, harvesting and selling. She says she is a jack-of-all-trades and does it all and even has to fix farm equipment when it breaks down

The DeVulders make sure that they have a continuous crop of their best sellers by planting the same crop every few weeks so it is always fresh to market.

You can find Pat DeVulder on the back row of the Chelsea Wednesday Market Basket market.

Stop by and check out her wonderful fresh vegetables and flowers.

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