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Lisa Allmendinger on May 22nd, 2015
There will be lots of different hanging and bedding plants for sale at the Saturday Farmers Market

There will be lots of different hanging and bedding plants for sale at the Saturday Farmers Market

Several vendors are expected to have asparagus this week.

Several vendors are expected to have asparagus this week.

The Saturday Chelsea Farmers Market takes place from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, May 23 at the Palmer parking lot. Last week, because of the weather, a number of vendors did not make it but many of them are expected to be there tomorrow.

Below is a list of the vendors and what they expect to have for sale:
Kapnick Orchards: asparagus, rhubarb, peas coming soon, apples and apple cider until the end of the month, nut butters, breads, baked goods and fudge.
Two Tracks Acres: bacon, Italian and breakfast sausage, pork chops, shoulder roasts, fresh ham, chicken, eggs.
Goetz Greenhouse: lettuce, spinach, kale, spicy mix, Swiss chard, asparagus, hanging baskets, geraniums, daisies, small flower pots, herbs, accent plants, veggie plants, moonflowers.
Frog Hollar Farms: asparagus, ricotta cheese cookies, maybe rhubarb, maybe muffins, tomato plants.

The Curio Cat: several sizes of hypertufa planters made from fiber and concrete, mugs, spice mix, wall vases, one of a kind small furniture pieces, pillows.

Several vendors expect to have radishes.

Several vendors expect to have radishes.

Community Farm: green onions, radishes, salad greens, raw honey, bees wax candles, bouquets, herb starts, herbs.
Heim Gardens: asparagus, maybe rhubarb, annuals, bedding plants, hanging baskets, herb starts.
Merkel Gardens: hanging baskets, annuals, perennials.
Stonehearth Breads: Artisan breads including apple cinnamon, peach pecan, bacon cheddar beer bread, and German sauerkraut; pepperoni rolls and Reuben rolls, cookies, buns, brownies.

Get your maple syrup products.

Get your maple syrup products.

H and H Sugarbush: Maple syrup, candy, nuts, maple cream, maple sugar.
LA Baguette: baguettes, boules, madeleines, brioche.
Zatkovich Pastures: Grass fed Katahdin lamb – rib chops, leg of lamb, square shoulder, shank, ribs, beef bones, 100-percent organic feed poultry – whole, breast, thighs, legs, wings, liver and feet, eggs.
Fresh: Coffee beans from Guatemala, Columbia, and Rwanda; now offering coffee by the cup.
Greystone Creamery: cream cheese, ricotta, horse radish-bacon, rosy-cam, Chelsea-cam, hard cheeses, cow gouda, man-chel, butternut, garlic pepper, sheep gouda.
ElderWoods: Bird feeders made out of cedar; wine bottle feeders with Great Lakes stones, and bird houses each with a Petoskey stone.
Blue Moon: hand painted vintage signage, custom orders
Dancy’s Fancy Butter: Butters infused with fresh herbs and garlic, lemon pepper, pumpkin, honey and cinnamon, brown sugar and cinnamon.

Two Track Acres will have among its offerings different types of sausage, fresh ham and bacon

Two Track Acres will have among its offerings different types of sausage, fresh ham and bacon.

Bordine Farms: 20 varieties of dahlia bulbs
Natural Fix Herbs: Natural and handmade herbal spas and herbal dream pillows, assorted feeders made from recycled materials.
Renovatio Woodworks: wine chillers, repurposed tables that hold ice for wine bottles, tables, legs, rustic cake stand, and 20-percent off commissioned work if you mention this listing in Chelsea Update. Each week there is something new. Will be an artist-in-residence at Chelsea Underground Gallery beginning May 30 for two weeks.
Desserts by Erica: strawberry, chocolate, and lemon cupcakes and a fourth mystery flavor each week so be sure to find out what it might be.
Affeathermations: Seasonal creations and natural media, earthwork arts and crafts for ceremony or celebration.
Mama Mo: Vegan bean dip; 17 varieties of hummus, pesto, four types of seitan, and Ann Arbor Tortilla Factory chips.
Chandra June Handmade Jewelry: Anklets, gemstone earrings and necklaces.
Debbie’s Bead Design: Fun woven and strung beaded work including bracelets, earrings and necklaces.
Bristles Handmade and Homegrown: potato bags, hand cloths and dish towels, jar mixes; asparagus and rhubarb.

Hummus, seatan or anyone?

Hummus, vegan bean dip, pesto or seitan anyone?

Just Being Momo: all organic herbal oil infusions, bath salts and soaps, medicinal oils, dried herbs, coconut-olive oil soap, dandelion salve for sore muscles, lavender infused oil, weaving and knitted products. New products each week.
Tantre Farm: Potatoes, parsnips, green onions, mushrooms, nettles, spinach, cabbage, asparagus, rhubarb, kale, arugula, spicy salad mix, and herbs such as chives, oregano, lovage, sorrel,. CSA shares still available (see website at www.tantrefarm.com) .
Wild Apple Farms: soaps, herbal products, metalwork, veggies, fruits, cut flowers, granola, baked goods, jams and jellies, honey
Bristles Handmade and Homegrown: soups and knitting products
Co-Creations: edible flowers, herbs, and massage
Angie Godek and Sis: embroidered towels, aprons, and kitchen art



(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kristin Krarup-Joyce, Ed. S. NCSP, Ellen Kent, Ed. S. NCSP and Emily Verbeke, Ed. S. NCSP for the information in this weekly column. If you have a question for one of the school psychologists, please email asktheschoolpsychologist@gmail.com. All information will be kept confidential.)

This Memorial Day weekend is a great opportunity to not only enjoy your pet but also improve your mental health.

According to experts, below are a few ways your pet can help:

  1. Dogs (and even cats that like to wear harnesses) can get you outside in the fresh air.
  2. Taking your pet for a walk provides exercise and anytime you can get moving, it helps.
  3. Many doctors report in studies that you can relieve stress by petting your favorite animal.
  4. Cats and dogs not only distract you from your thoughts but also keep you grounded in the present.
  5. Having a pet to take care of reduces loneliness.
  6. As all pet owners know, your favorite animals are non-judgmental.
  7. Pets don’t talk back or interrupt you, rather they listen intently.
  8. Pets provide us with a daily purpose because they need food and water and play time.
  9. And let’s face it, pet are just downright fun to have around.
  10. They are always doing silly things that never fail to make us smile.



Lisa Allmendinger on May 22nd, 2015

CAFA logo on doorThe Chelsea Area Fire Authority (CAFA) Board has planned a work session on its current budget on Tuesday, May 26 at 6 p.m. at the fire station on Middle Street.

The board plans to review new and current expenditures including unexpected expenditures for current projects as well as the firefighter’s union contract.

This is an open public meeting.


The Chelsea Music and Memory Project is looking for volunteers and donations of old iPods and iTunes gift cards.  The project, launched in March 2015, is sponsored by a grant for the Chelsea Community Foundation, and a partnership between Silver Maples, Chelsea District Library, Chelsea Senior Center, Ascent Audiology, and Chelsea Retirement Community.

The Chelsea Music and Memory Project is looking for volunteers and donations of old iPods and iTunes gift cards. The project, launched in March 2015, is sponsored by a grant for the Chelsea Community Foundation, and a partnership between Silver Maples, Chelsea District Library, Chelsea Senior Center, Ascent Audiology, and Chelsea Retirement Community.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Shawn Personke for the information and photo in this story.)

Silver Maples is partnering with the Chelsea District Library, Chelsea Senior Center, Ascent Audiology, and the Chelsea Retirement Community to bring the life-changing Music and Memory project to Chelsea area residents with dementia and other debilitating diseases.

The idea is simple, but the difference that Music and Memory is making in the quality of life of people with dementia and seriously ill people and their families, is nothing short of remarkable.

“We’re very excited about this community-wide project,” said Shawn Personke, director of wellness and public relations for Silver Maples of Chelsea. “And it’s only made possible through a grant from the Chelsea Community Foundation and so much time from our project partners and their staff.”

Personke said volunteers are needed to facilitate both the iTunes “tech” part of the project – creating personalized playlists and loading them onto iPods and shuffles; and the delivery part as Music Mates – working with people to gather music histories and/or play the personalized playlists and talk about the music of their past.

Two upcoming Music Mates training are scheduled.

  • Silver Maples will offer a training session on Tuesday, May 26 at 4 p.m., for volunteers who would like to primarily volunteer at Silver Maples.
  • Chelsea Retirement Community will offer a Music Mate training on Wednesday, May 27, at 7 p.m., for volunteers who may be volunteering primarily at CRC.

For information about interacting and communicating with people with dementia, the Chelsea District Library and the Alzheimer’s Association will be presenting

“Understanding Dementia-Related Behaviors” at the Chelsea District Library on Monday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m.  Registration is required here. Call the Chelsea District Library at 475-8732 for more information or to register.

Chelsea Music and Memory Project organizers are also looking for donations of old iPods and iTunes gift cards. Receipts for tax purposes can be provided.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, or to donate an iPod or a gift card, call Lynn Cottrell at Ascent Audiology 433-0699.

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 22nd, 2015
The start of the annual Memorial Day parade.

The start of the annual Memorial Day parade.

Chelsea’s Annual Memorial Day parade takes place on Monday, May 25 beginning at 10 a.m. and is followed by a traditional ceremony at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Parade participants should gather at about 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot behind Cleary’s Pub.

The parade route goes south on Main Street to Park Street and ends at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Parade watchers line the streets all along the parade route then follow the parade to the cemetery.

This year’s featured speaker is former Army Sgt. 1st Class Mike Wackenhut.

The Memorial Day parade and ceremony is organized by the Herbert J. McKune American Legion Post 31 and all veterans and their families are invited to the post after the ceremony to socialize with other veterans.

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(Chelsea Update would like to thank Katie Doral for the information in this story.)

The Purple Rose Theatre Company is proud to announce its 25th Anniversary Script Preview Tour, coming to a venue near you this summer.

The tour is a 5-stop live concert reading from five classic and world-premiere plays to be staged in the theatre’s 25th Anniversary season. Partnering with such cultural venues as The Detroit Institute of Arts and Detroit Film Theatre, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Chelsea Community Schools and The Chelsea District Library, Cleary University and The Arthur Secunda Museum, and Riverwalk Theatre, the Purple Rose will engage existing patrons, loyal donors, and a significant new audience through this free program by world-class professionals.

The 5-stop tour dates are:

  1. Chelsea High School on Tuesday, June 23 @ 7pm
  2. Riverwalk Theatre (Lansing) Sunday, June 28 @ 7pm
  3. Cleary University’s Johnson Center (Howell) Tuesday, June 30 @ 7pm
  4. Cranbrook Institute of Science (Bloomfield Hills) Sunday, July 19 @ 7pm
  5. DIA/Detroit Film Theatre (Detroit) Friday, August 21 @ 7pm

The objectives of the tour are to highlight:

  • Chelsea’s arts and culture partnership model for original script development
  • Raise a level of awareness of the leading impact and contribution the Purple Rose has on the American stage
  • Inspire young leaders by giving our younger audience the tools to fully connect and engage with the Purple Rose and program partners
  • Stimulate a more demographically and geographically diverse audience to embrace the material the Purple Rose will launch in its upcoming season
  • To build strong alliances and help promote other community organizations who support the arts and the PRTC mission.

The tour’s live concert reading format will tickle your funny-bone, warm your heart, and take you on a thrill ride with snippets from 2AZ by Michael Brian Ogden, The Casting Session by Jeff Daniels, The Odd Couple by Neil Simon, Gaps in the Fossil Record by Matt Letscher, and Mornings At Seven by Paul Osborn.

It will also accurately reflect on the PRTC’s historical achievements and impact on excellence, gender equality, new play development, and answer the question, “What do the next 25 years hold?”

Call 433-7782 to reserve your free seat.



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Lisa Allmendinger on May 21st, 2015


By Crystal Hayduk

The Chelsea School District (CSD) Board of Education invited Scott Menzel, Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) Superintendent, to their regular meeting on May 18 to advise them about their superintendent search.

Assuming that Grand Haven School District Board of Education’s contract with Superintendent Andy Ingall is approved, CSD will need a top administrator for the 2015-16 school year.

Menzel presented information for discussion about the options of appointing an interim versus a permanent superintendent. “One of the most important roles of a board of education is selecting a superintendent,” said Menzel.

Menzel said that the district has “…missed the peak period for recruiting quality superintendent candidates,” typically January through March. Although it is possible for the board to move ahead with hiring someone to the position permanently, Menzel said that it is probably not the best course of action unless the board already has a person in mind for “a targeted search.”

Each board member (with the exception of Steve Olsen, who was absent) openly expressed his or her opinion that an interim superintendent is the prudent choice, given the time constraints for a July 1 start date.

Menzel said that the board will need to be clear about the expectations for an interim superintendent (who should ideally hold administrator certification), and should communicate with employees and the public regarding the process.

Menzel reported knowledge of three retired superintendents who live locally who could be pursued for the interim position, as well as a former ISD superintendent who has already expressed his availability.

He responded at length to the board’s questions regarding methods to find other suitable candidates. In sum, “cast a wide net, then narrow down the pool and see what’s a good fit for you,” he said.

The search for an interim superintendent is expected to actively begin next week.

In other board news:
Superintendent Ingall congratulated Chelsea High School for being ranked the 18th best public school in Michigan by “U.S. News and World Report.” This ranking places CHS in the top 2 percent of schools in both the state and the nation. “Not only congratulations to the entire high school staff, but congratulations to the entire district on this accomplishment. Kids can’t be successful in high school without a great foundation base – from North, South, and Beach; not to mention other things that go on in the district to create a great, positive, wonderful, welcome learning environment for our kids,” said Ingall.

The board approved updates to the bullying policy and one year contract renewal for school administrators.

The board designated Steve Olsen as Chelsea’s representative on the 2015 electoral body responsible for electing Washtenaw Intermediate School District Board of Education members.

Chelsea High School Principal Mike Kapolka’s written board report said that 72 students were recognized at the cum laude banquet on May 13.On May 12, the following seniors received consortium awards for outstanding performance: Josie Ewald (cosmetology), Kelsey Olberg (zoology), Drew Sujek (culinary arts), and Lexi Ray (automotive).

  • Upcoming dates:
  • There will be no school on May 25 in honor of Memorial Day.
  • Graduation will be May 31 at 2 p.m. at Chelsea High School.
  • The next school board meeting will be June 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the board room at the Washington Street Education Center.

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CDL logo-1The Chelsea District Library (CDL) Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, May 19, and received its 2014 audit conducted by Andrews Hooper  Pavlik PLC (AHP) of Okemos.

AHP representative Jamie Rabe presented the audit report to the board.

The written report states that “We (AHP) have audited the accompanying financial statements of the governmental activities and each major fund of the Chelsea District Library as of and for the year ended December 31, 2014.

Among the highlights of the audit are:

  • As of December 31, 2014, the library had $7,625,459 invested in a broad range of capital assets, including land, buildings, equipment, and furniture.
  • The library also had $1,468,219 in cash and investments, and $1,992,849 in other assets for a total of $11,086,527 in total assets at the end of 2014.
  • The library has a balance of $5,415,000 remaining on its bonded indebtedness as of the end of 2014.
  • The general fund’s most significant costs are for personnel and related staffing expenses of approximately $864,000, which accounted for 60 percent of the total operating expenses for 2014.
  • CDL  ended 2014 $63,330 under budget for total expenditures.

Rabe said that overall, “This was a very positive audit for the library.”

The Friends of Chelsea District Library reported that they are purchasing two Little Free Library kits, and when completed, plan to place to install one in Pierce Park, and one in Timbertown.

According to the Little Free Library website, “In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.”

Todd H. Bol created the very first Little Free Library – a front-yard book exchange – in 2009 to share books with his neighbors. Little Free Libraries now stand in front yards all across the globe – from Iceland to Pakistan to Tasmania – strengthening neighborhoods, spreading literacy and the love of reading, and bringing people together.”

In other news, CDL Director Bill Harmer wrote in his director’s report that “We were all very saddened about the passing in April of Randy Fox, husband of long-time library board member, friend, and supporter Lynn Fox. Randy and Lynn have given so much love and support to the library and staff over the years. They have been both generous and indispensable in our success, whether serving on the board, advocating for the building bond, or simply giving generously of their time and resources in making this a world-class library. We are going to miss Randy greatly.”

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 21st, 2015
Courtesy photo. Heather Nichols, Chelsea's new post master.

Courtesy photo. Heather Nichols, Chelsea’s new post master.

By Lisa Carolin

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” That’s the inscription found on New York City’s General Post Office, and it’s no doubt the message that has helped Heather Nichols climb from being a mail carrier to becoming Chelsea‘s new postmaster.

In early April, Nichols arrived in Chelsea to start the job. She works out of the post office located at 1101 South Main St. from which 12 delivery routes are based.

Customer service is also a big part of her job.

“People who come into the post office here are very friendly, and people are friendly at all the places I visit in the community,” said Nichols.

She lives in the Jackson area and began her career with the post office as a city carrier in Albion. She spent close to 10 years carrying mail. Then Nichols decided to get into management, and worked her way up to becoming a postmaster.

Nichols isn’t sure if she is Chelsea’s first female postmaster, but she knows that female postmasters are in the minority.

“For such a long time women weren’t in the workforce and then it was slow for women to get into government jobs,” said Nichols.

She says that she is pleased to be working in Chelsea and that her goal is to keep the people of Chelsea satisfied with their mail service.

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