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Lisa Allmendinger on August 18th, 2017

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 18th, 2017

Tim Merkel was elected as the new chairman of the Chelsea Downtown Development Authority board on Thursday, Nov. 16, while Jennifer Fairfield was chosen as vice chairman, Kathy Finger as treasurer and Bill O’Reilly as secretary.

In the future, there will be a city staff recording secretary for the board.

The DDA also voted to amend its budget and include $5,000 for Chelsea Area Festivals and Events, the committee that organizes events such as Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights and Hometown Holiday.

It was announced that the Rockwell Building was recently purchased by Norfolk Development Company and it’s expected that the building will be turned into condos with construction likely to begin within a year.

City Manager John Hanifan also updated the DDA board on both the Mack Building redevelopment project and the Palmer event space project.

Hanifan told the board that developer Joe Ziolkowski was meeting with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) on Nov. 16 to determine if the state agency would release more funding for the Longworth redevelopment project because the bids came in “on the high side.”

Because of the high bids, “his (Ziolkowski’s) proforma doesn’t work and he’s meeting with the MEDC hoping to get additional funds,” Hanifan said.

This redevelopment project is a tri-party agreement (between the DDA, the developer and the state) and although it’s being driven by the private developer, he must adhere to “Davis-Bacon wages,” because of federal funding, Hanifan said.

It’s expected that the developer will meet with the DDA board in December to update them on his progress.

Work on the Palmer event space continues, Hanifan said. The building foundation has been poured and the contractor is about to start on the masonry. The underground work is mostly complete.

The DDA is still discussing what to name the space and a conceptual drawing can be found http://city-chelsea.org/Portals/0/Website%20Content/DDA/Architecture.pdf if residents have ideas they’d like to share. Please keep in mind that the space is not considered a park, rather a commons or a community gathering space.

To view the meeting, click here.



Lisa Allmendinger on November 18th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Bob Milbrodt for the information in this story.)

This month, the Chelsea Kiwanis Club is concentrating on its 42nd Annual Fruit Sale. (Publisher’s note: I’ve had this fruit and it is delicious, I highly recommend it.)

Despite the devastating weather Florida experienced recently, our supplier assures us that healthful delicious citrus is still available, delivered fresh on a truck direct from harvest in the Treasure Coast region of Florida.

The club is offering Navel oranges for $40 a case (4/5 bushel), Red grapefruit, and Tangelos for $35 a case. Half cases are $25-oranges, $20-grapefruit and tangelos. The club has been using the same supplier for more than 30 years, and they guarantee satisfaction.

Fruit may be ordered with any Kiwanian, at Chelsea State Bank – 475-1355, Heydlauff’s – 475-1221, Palmer Auto Service – 475-1301, or leave your order on our website – www.kiwanisclubofchelsea.org.

Last Monday, Trinh Pifer, executive director of the Chelsea Senior Center, explained how members of the Senior Center can now electronically check in when using the facilities and indicate in which activities they will be participating.  The data generated by this computerized method will inform the center’s staff and allow them to customize and refine programs.

The Senior Center had more than 35,000 visits last year. There are now more than a thousand members, up from 600 when Pifer became director five years ago.  The Senior Center wants to connect with the whole community. There were more than 120 preschool children who visited last year and worked in the intergenerational garden side by side with seniors. They then cooked up and tasted what they grew.

High school students also worked the garden. A total of 530 pounds of produce was harvested last year, shared with the community, served at Senior Center lunches and by Meals on Wheels.

The club meeting begins each Monday at 6:15 p.m. in the St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital cafeteria, and the speakers begin at about 6:45 p.m. Everyone is invited to the club’s meetings to learn about Kiwanis.

Go to www.kiwanisclubofchelsea.org for more information.

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Peyton Vandegrift signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for Lake Superior State University. Her parents are Kristen and Kevin Vandegrift.

Lisa Allmendinger on November 18th, 2017

Nina White signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Lake Superior State University. Her parents are Leslie and Cyril White.

Lisa Allmendinger on November 17th, 2017

The Chelsea Dog Park is now open, and remember you must register before you take your dog to the park.

The park is located on the Letts Creek Linear Park Trail, east of McKinley Street, north of the City Treatment Facility, and the rules are included below.

Registration forms are available on the city webpage http://city-chelsea.org/parks-recreation/forms and will need to be turned in to city offices. The new park is part of the City of Chelsea’s 5-year Parks Plan Update. The plan was created by the Parks Steering Committee with public input and approved by the City Council.

The 5 Healthy Towns Foundation provided grant funding for the park and the City Council approved funding for the path to the park. The path also is part of a larger linear park concept – The Letts Creek Linear Park – that is also part of the 5-Year Plan.

The ribbon cutting for the park is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 10 a.m.

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 17th, 2017

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

Chelsea Area Festivals and Events is preparing to welcome a garland of festive events during the 31st Annual Chelsea Hometown Holiday weekend, Dec. 1-3.

Sponsored by Golling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Chelsea, the weekend includes a jam-packed calendar of joyful events including holiday music, visits with Santa, gift making and so much more. The City of Chelsea will be decked in holiday splendor to warm the hearts of visitors and to put us all in the holiday spirit. 

Photo by Burrill Strong. The 2015 Chelsea Community Fair Queen Alyssa Trinkle lights the Christmas tree in Pierce Park.

Friday, Dec. 1
Festivities begin at 6 p.m. on Friday with a Tree Lighting Ceremony under the gazebo in Piece Park on Main Street. Santa makes a special appearance when he arrives in the Chelsea Area Fire Authority ladder truck, and leads the crowds with a community holiday sing-along.

At 6:30 p.m., Santa heads to the Chelsea Historic Depot on Jackson Street where he will spend the evening listening to special wishes from Chelsea’s children during Santa’s Workshop. The Chelsea Children’s Co-op Preschool sponsors free craft projects for the children – parents are encouraged to bring their camera for photo opportunities with Santa.  Drop-in visitors are welcome, however it is suggested to pre-register for times to see Santa at www.ChelseaFestivals.com.

Across from the train depot, Chelsea Farmer’s Supply welcomes the community for Mrs. Claus’ Christmas story-telling led by Chelsea District Library from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mrs. Claus and Santa’s helper will make the magic of the holidays come alive with stories and songs. Bring your camera for a photo with Mrs. Claus.

The Live Nativity Scene moves to the Clocktower Gazebo this year with shows starting at 7 and 7:30 p.m. The cherished outdoor community event includes live animals and a community Christmas choir.

Chelsea ATA Martial Arts,  located at 420 North Main St, provides a fun place to decorate free sugar cookies donated by Chelsea Bakery from 6:30-8:30 p.m. ATA Martial Arts instructors and students will be performing demonstrations throughout the event. Next door, Ink Frenzy invites visitors to warm-up inside while making a free hot chocolate ornament.

Also on Friday, stop by the Chelsea District Library from 7 to 8 p.m. to listen to the musical group, Common Chords. The heartwarming holiday performance by the hand bell choir is accompanied by light refreshments.

File photo by Burrill Strong: Santa Claus is just one of the highlights of the annual Hometown Holiday Light Parade.

Saturday, Dec. 2
Throughout Saturday, holiday festivities continue with various events planned in Chelsea’s shops. Look for “Lights Up and Shop Local” signs for holiday bargains, unique treasures and giveaways. Business event details can be found in the Chelsea community calendar at www.chelseamich.com/calendar.

Saturday morning, from 8:30-10:30 a.m., children are invited to Bruce’s Breakfast with Santa at Chelsea Comfort Inn and Village Conference Center, sponsored by Lake Trust Credit Union. Children enjoy a free pancake breakfast and a chance to sit with Santa. The breakfast’s festivities celebrate Bruce Szcodronski and his impact on this cherished Hometown Holiday event. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture special moments.

The Chelsea First United Methodist Church hosts the Material Girls Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Children ages 3 years through 6th grade can shop for the holiday from thousands of affordable items priced one to five dollars. In addition to Saturday’s appointments, early shopping will be offered on Nov. 30 for children who would benefit from a quieter shopping experience. Limited appointments are available on both days and children must register in advance at www.chelseafestivals.com.

The Pam Radcliffe Gingerbread House Workshop holds three decorating sessions between 11a.m and 2 p.m. at First Congregational Church (FCC), 121 East Middle Street.  Families work together to decorate a pre-built gingerbread house for the holidays. Only 100 houses are available, and must be reserved by calling the FCC at 475-1844 or online at www.chelseafcc.com.  The 3rd session, open at 1 p.m. is intended for special needs families and adults.  The Gingerbread House Workshop is sponsored by Bill Ballagh, State Farm Insurance Agent.

For tweens ages 10 to 17, the Chelsea District Library presents a craft workshop from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, where registered participants can make and wrap a personalized gift.  Registration is required; call (734) 475-8732 or visit www.chelseadistrictlibrary.org for details.

Chelsea Area Historical Society invites visitors to join a docent led walking tour of historic homes starting at their museum located at 128 Jackson St.  Tour tickets are $20 per person or $17 for museum members, and are available in advance at the museum or The Garden Mill, Chelsea Hometown Pharmacy, or online at www.ChelseaHistory.org. Four turn-of-the-century homes and one uniquely designed home built in the 1940s will be on the tour.   Beginning in November, featured homes can be viewed on the website at www.ChelseaHistory.org. The tour is sponsored by Chelsea Family Dentistry, Heydlauff’s Appliances, and Merkel Furniture and Carpet One.

A wonderful artisans’ show featuring unique local talent takes place at the Chelsea Fairgrounds located at the corner of Old US Hwy 12 and Old Manchester Rd. All the Trimmings Artisan’s Holiday Show includes woodcarvings, bears, tiles, folk paintings, textiles, jewelry, antiques and collectibles, rug hooking, and fresh Christmas greens. Free refreshments, free admission, and free parking.

Also featuring local artist and crafts, St. Barnabas hosts the 3rd annual Quilt Show and Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 20500 W Old US Hwy 12.

Saturday evening the 13th Annual Holiday Light Parade begins at 6 p.m. with fabulous lighted floats and marching units. The parade will have the same route this year, starting at Chelsea State Bank’s south lot on the corner of Old US Hwy 12 and Main St, and travels north along Main St. to the Chelsea Historic Depot on Jackson St.  The parade will not cross to the north side of the railroad tracks.

Immediately following the parade, the community is invited to a “Lights Out” celebration in the Clocktower Commons.  Live music, s’mores and hot chocolate will be provided by Main Street Church at 320 N. Main. 

Sunday, Dec. 3
On Sunday, Dec. 3, the Robin Hills Holiday Extravaganza will take place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Robin Hills Farm, located at 20390 M-52, just north of downtown Chelsea. The new on-site Nest Restaurant will be serving a farm-to-table brunch throughout the morning.  Horse drawn carriage rides will offer guided tours along the trails of the 129-acre eco-destination farm while The Marketplace will be open with holiday gifts from local producers and artisans. Register for an on-site wreath decorating classes with Jenny Bollinger of Chelsea Village Flowers and bring home your own hand-decorated holiday wreath. More details at www.robinhillsfarm.com.

Chelsea Chamber Players present free performances at the First United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.  The special holiday performance features “Jubilate Deo” by Dan Forrest, “Serenade in G Minor” by Carl Reinecke, and a Christmas Carol sing-a-long. Presented by the Chelsea Chamber Players along with students from the Chelsea High School Orchestra (Jed Fritzemeier, conductor), the Chelsea High School Choirs (Steve Hinz, conductor), the Chelsea FUMC Chancel Choir (Mark Loring, conductor), and the Detroit Renaissance High School Choirs (Patricia DeBose, conductor). Please call Chelsea FUMC at 734-475-8119 for more information.

Along with creche displays from around the world, the Church of Latter-day Saints presents two brief musical programs on Sunday at 2 p.m. and again at 5 p.m. The performances will feature classical and traditional Christmas music and showcase tenor Stanford Olsen, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera, and currently chair of the Voice Department at the University of Michigan. See details about the special musical programs at www.ChelseaChristmasMusic.com.

Chelsea’s Hometown Holiday also helps collect gifts for local children in need through its annual drive, Toys for Tots and Teens.  Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at Palmer Auto Service, located at 222 S. Main St., or at Allstate Insurance located at 1161 S. Main St., through Dec.16.  The donations are then distributed locally through Faith in Action.

The Chelsea Area Fire Authority will be collecting donations (not tax deductible) for the Mikey and Me Foster Dog Rescue.  Donations can be dropped off at the fire station located at 200 W. Middle St. through Dec. 24.

For a complete schedule of events visit www.chelseamich.com.


Lisa Allmendinger on November 17th, 2017

Sylvan Township Hall

By Lisa Carolin

Volunteers interested in being part of Sylvan Township’s Advisory Committee on Water Debt are invited to step up as a new committee is forming.

Chair Kurt Koseck reported at the Nov. 14 Sylvan Township Board meeting that the current committee did not come up with a recommendation but instead developed three options: 1.) Maintaining maximum reserves; 2.) Using settlement funds to pay down county debt; 3.) Using settlement funds to reduce the millage rate.

The new committee’s goal will be to quantify the projected costs and revenues of the water system.

The board voted unanimously to close Sylvan Township Hall between Christmas and New Year’s Day. That’s an addition of three days – Dec. 26, 27, and 28 – that the hall will be closed. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

The board approved its meeting calendar for 2018, continuing to meet on the first Tuesday of every month except for January when it will meet on the second Tuesday, as well as in the months of July, August and November.

Bollinger Sanitation and Excavation, Inc. was unanimously chosen by the board to handle snow removal for the season.

Anyone who wants to nominate a Sylvan Township resident for 2017 Citizen of the Year is encouraged to do so as soon as possible. There is a form to fill out on the township website, and the deadline is next Monday, Nov. 20.


Lisa Allmendinger on November 17th, 2017

St. Joseph Mercy-Chelsea will host residents in the community who would otherwise be alone on Thanksgiving or who cannot afford a Thanksgiving meal. 

Anyone who would like to attend is invited to gather for a free meal at St. Joseph Mercy-Chelsea on Thursday, Nov. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Registration is required and space is limited.  Please call the Chelsea Senior Center at 734-475-9242 to register.

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 17th, 2017

Jordan Fannin recently signed a letter of intent to swim for Western Illinois University. Her parents are Nicole and Bart Fannin.

Lisa Allmendinger on November 17th, 2017

Alise Hale signed a letter of intent to play softball for Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Her parents are Danielle Hale and Alan Hale.