Our Sponsors

St. Joseph Mercy Cancer Center ad
Rick Taylor realtor ad
Thrivent Financial
Biggby's Coffee ad
Chelsea, Michigan Calendar of Events
Chelsea Chiropractic ad
Parts Peddler ad
Heydlauff's ad
Global Marketplace ad
Chelsea State Bank ad
Alan Scafuri on August 19th, 2015

Brought to you by:


Boys golf finishes 6th in the state

Lisa Allmendinger on June 25th, 2016
Courtesy photo. Kent Martinez-Kranz

Courtesy photo. Kent Martinez-Kranz

Two-term Washtenaw County Commissioner Kent Martinez-Kratz recently announced he will seek re-election to the district one seat.

District One covers Chelsea, Dexter, and five surrounding townships.

“As County Commissioner, I have been dedicated to maintaining Washtenaw County as an attractive place to live and work. During my tenure, property values have risen for four straight years. The county has reduced debt by $50 million dollars and now has an AAA bond rating. Most communities have strong employment opportunities. Many leading companies, such as Dextech, continue to expand,” he said in a press release.

Recreationally, the Border to Border trail section was completed that now connects Hudson Mills Metropark to the City of Dexter.

Environmentally, the county advocated and partnered with local and state leaders to redirect the McCoig Sand Mining proposal.

In Scio Township, he supported Citizens for Oil Free Backyards, in their efforts to stop oil drilling. Martinez-Kratz has introduced a resolution asking for an EPA review of the Gelman dioxane plume.

In addition, he said, the county has added $2 million dollars to mental health services and increased funding to the Delonis homeless shelter.

Martinez-Kratz serves on the:

  • Washtenaw Community Mental Health Board
  • Community Mental Health Partnership of Southeast Michigan Board
  • CARD, Coalition for Action on Remediation of Dioxane
  • Washtenaw County Police Services Steering Committee
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee

Prior to his election to the County Board, Martinez-Kratz served for seven years on the Chelsea City Council and was a past Chelsea Recreation Board Member.  He lives in Chelsea with his wife, Marina, and three children, Max, Jesse and Sierra.


Courtesy photo. Residents of Silver Maples work with Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild members to create a community art project called Circles of Life.

Courtesy photo. Residents of Silver Maples work with Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild members to create a community art project called Circles of Life.

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

Silver Maples of Chelsea will host a reception for the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild exhibit in the Gallery 100 on Sunday, June 26, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

“Circles of Life,” a collaborative piece designed and executed by six members of the Fiberarts Guild and several residents of Silver Maples, and will be presented to Silver Maples to become part of their permanent collection.

“Circles of Life” was conceived as a cooperative effort between the Fiberarts Guild and Silver Maples to engage residents and members in a joint venture.  Fiberarts Guild members brought materials, and residents offered personal treasures, which together have formed a wall hanging approximately 4′ by 6′.

Lois deLeon, resident coordinator for Gallery 100, said she’s thrilled to be a part of the project as offers more in the end than a piece of art.

“One of the things that’s so special about this exhibition is how it continues and strengthens the connections between Silver Maples and the AAFG,”deLeon said.

That being said, she’s looking forward to seeing the finished piece installed.

“Our initial idea was one of ‘interesting things,” but moved to “Circles of Life” after a brainstorming meeting with the Guild artists,” said deLeon.

In fact, it was deLeon’s suggestion of the seven stages of man, from Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” that helped focus the project, said Helen Welford, AAFG member and deLeon’s primary contact with the organization.

Before too long, retired Wayne State University professor and artist Urban Jupena joined the discussion and project. Fiber artists Jean Hosford, Millie Danielson, Betie Bahan, Madeline Navarro, and Arlene Kindel played key roles in the creation of the project, working head to head, hand to hand, and heart to heart.

The personal treasures incorporated into the installation include a “key to the city,” earrings from Venice, a key from an old Silver Maples bus, a letter from a former elementary student to their now retired teacher, and so many more.  Silver Maples residents have created many of the mini pieces that are featured in the circles of life: Growth, Engagement, Hope, Joy, Travel, Life, Content, Garden.

For more info, visit www.silvermaples.org.

Tags: ,

Lisa Allmendinger on June 25th, 2016

The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery® program offers cancer patients free transportation to and from their cancer-related treatment.

When transportation is a cancer patient’s biggest roadblock to treatment, we help provide the rides that can help save lives.

For those who cannot drive themselves or have no other means of getting to treatment, volunteers donate their spare time and the use of their personal vehicle to give cancer patients in their community a much-needed ride.

Right now, one of the biggest barriers to cancer care is transportation. Because, even the best treatment can’t work if a patient can’t get there. Family and friends may help, but over the course of several months, they may not always have the time or financial means to provide every ride. That’s why a successful transportation assistance program can be a tremendous asset to the community. And why we need the support of the community.

To ensure quality drivers, the American Cancer Society screens every volunteer. They must also complete a training course to prepare them for their new role.


  • A good driving record
  • A current, valid driver’s license
  • Access to a safe and reliable vehicle
  • Proof of adequate automobile insurance
  • Complete an American Cancer Society training course
  • Availability Monday through Saturday, during the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

If you are interested, please call 1-800-227-2345 or email Rachael Cook at rachael.cook@cancer.org.

Tags: ,

Lisa Allmendinger on June 24th, 2016
Courtesy photo. Luman Strong.

Courtesy photo. Luman Strong.

Dr. Luman Strong, who has been with the Chelsea School District since 1997, has been named the new North Creek Elementary School principal.

Strong has been an assistant principal at Chelsea High School for the last four years and new Superintendent of Schools Julie Helber and an interview team determined that he was the best candidate to take over as principal at North Creek, Dave Killips, schools superintendent said in an email.

“North Creek is in good hands,” Killips said.

A full interview process was used that included staff and parents from North Creek, along with administrators, he said.

Strong has been a counselor, teacher and assistant principal in the district. He holds a Doctor of Education from Lehigh University, and a Master’s from Eastern Michigan University.

Strong begins his new position on July 1, and the district has posted the assistant principal opening for the high school.

Marcus Kaemming, the current principal at North Creek, moves into the position of executive director of instruction.


Tags: , ,

Lisa Allmendinger on June 24th, 2016
Michael O'Quinn of Edward Jones.

Michael O’Quinn of Edward Jones.

By Lisa Carolin

(Chelsea Update is running a series of stories on businesses in Chelsea beginning with those that belong to the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.)

Edward Jones opened its first office in Chelsea 20 years ago, and lifelong Chelsea resident Michael O’Quinn has worked as a financial advisor there for the past eight years.

“It’s great to have the opportunity to support and give back to the community that has been integral in shaping my foundation and character,” said O’Quinn, who helps to manage the financial affairs for families and business owners in the Chelsea area.

His financial advice focuses on retirement solutions and wealth protection for families and businesses.

“We are committed to providing exceptional service,” said O’Quinn. “We accomplish this by developing an individualized financial plan designed to assess and deliver solutions to meet financial goals. To retain the trust and confidence of our clients, and to facilitate informed decision making, we communicate in a sincere, honest, and straight forward manner.”

O’Quinn and his office administrator, Amber Koch, work as a team to give clients personal service.

“We serve our clients by helping them achieve the peace of mind that comes from financial independence,” said O’Quinn.

Tags: , ,

Lisa Allmendinger on June 24th, 2016

Bulldog-logo(Chelsea Update would like to thank Joe Ewald for the information in this story.)

Chelsea High School golfer Ben Otto was named to the Division 2 Golf, All State Team.

In addition, he was recently named Ann Arbor News area Player of the Year.

“Ben had a great season, and his play was very deserving on this honor and recognition,” said coach Joe Ewald.

He finished the season with a 9-hole match scoring average of 36.3, and an 18-hole tournament average of 74.9.

“Scoring averages can be a little deceiving, as we typically encounter some pretty difficult conditions in the early spring,” Ewald said.

Otto’s best round was a 2 under par 70 at regionals.

“His season ranks as one of the best in the last 25 years of Chelsea Golf (as long as records have been kept),” Ewald said.

“I have had a handful of players just slightly off the mark, but only one other to receive this recognition in my 14 years of coaching the team,” the coach said, adding, “Congratulations to Ben and his family.”


Lisa Allmendinger on June 24th, 2016
Courtesy photo. Get Down Farm is the featured vendor this week.

Courtesy photo. Get Down Farm is the featured vendor this week.

Courtesy photo. Chickens at Get Down Farm.

Courtesy photo. Freedom Ranger chickens at Get Down Farm.

The Chelsea Farmers Market takes place each Saturday at the Palmer parking lot from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Chelsea Update is profiling vendors at the Chelsea Farmers Market.

Robin Hills Farm is beginning its first partnership at the June 25 market. Their vegetable manager Bee Ayer and two partners are the owners of Get Down Farm, where they have pasture raised Freedom Ranger chickens.

“Robin Hills is contracting with Get Down Farm to grow chickens,” said Ayer. “It’s a great opportunity.”

Ayer has been farming since she was 17 and taught urban chicken raising at the City Chicken Institute in New York City.

“I started out volunteering at Ann Arbor Community Farm and at Tantre Farm,” said Ayer, who was raised in Michigan but left to be a food educator in both Hudson Valley, New York and in New York City.

Get Down Farm is located in Scio Township.

Visit the Robin Hills Farm stand to learn more about how to sign up to receive a chicken share, which will be available from June to November.

Chickens vary in size between 4 to 5.5 pounds and are frozen and shrink wrapped whole. They can be picked up at the Saturday market or at Robin Hills Farm on Tuesdays from 4-6:30 p.m.

Below is the list of vendors who are expected to be there. Please keep in mind that sometimes the vendors aren’t able to attend the market and that planned products are not available.

strawberriesKapnick Orchards: Strawberries, snap peas, tart cherries (maybe).

Afeathermations: Natural media crafts for ceremony and celebration. Bark art, wall hangings, medicine wheels, heal-the-earth wreaths, fans, rattles, and owls this week.

Fluffy Bottom Creamery: sheep’s milk cheeses and yogurt

Country Hills Pottery: pottery

Fluffy Bottom Creamery: artisanal yogurt and cheese

Debbie’s Bead Design: jewelry

(maybe) Stamatopoulos and Sons: olives, handcrafted face and body creams made with olive oil, olive oil.

Two Tracks Acres: breakfast sausage, Italian sausage, chorizo, pork chops, ribs, polish sausage, pork roasts, ground pork, chicken

Goetz Greenhouse: Swiss chard, kale, sweet onions, beets, cucumbers, hoop house tomatoes, lettuce, fresh basil, shell peas, broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, free range eggs, garlic scapes, radishes, herbs, flower bouquets, hanging baskets.

Lands of Bru-Garick: eggs, red romaine lettuce, sweet peas, new redskin potatoes.

Stone Hearth Bakery: bread, cookies, brownies

Heim Gardens: asparagus, kohlrabi, strawberries, peas, radishes.

honey-from-Saturday-marketFrog Hollar: strawberries, radishes.

Dave’s Honey: honey

HumusFilafil: hummus and falafel

Fresh: fresh roasted coffee

La Baguette: baked goods, baguettes

Bean Creek Cookie Company: cookies, baked goods

Thistle Blossom Herbals: Salves, infused herbal medicine oils, moisturizer oils and lotion bars and our famous lavender linen spray

Bordine Farms: flower bulbs, plants

Brieland Shoultz: eggs, vegetables, soap, jam

Elysium Soap: soap, lotions, lip balm

hanging-basket-flowersHerbology Organics: all natural, eco-friendly and sustainably sourced Apothecary items that are custom infused with therapeutic grade Essential Oils, Botanical’s and Extracts, ranging from Personal Bath and Body Care items, to Home and Pet Care products.

Robin Hills Farm: strawberries, seven varieties of oyster mushrooms, seven varieties of shitake mushrooms, pasture raised chickens.

Carolyn Myer: jams and jellies

Tantre Farms: strawberries, root cellar potatoes, green onions kale, rutabaga, lettuce mix, head lettuce, snap peas, spinach, collards, radishes, white turnips, carrots, summer squash, asparagus, garlic scapes, kohlrabi, mushrooms.

Heaven’s Gate Soy Candles: Soy Candles

Mostly Green Acres:  soy free, organic fed, free range chicken eggs and whole chickens, grass fed beef,

eggsDancy’s Fancy Butter: assorted flavors of butter

Bristle’s Homemade and Homegrown:  knitted items, such as hand towels, dish cloths, scrubbies, and “kitty nippers” (for cat nip), potato bags, jar mixes filled for easy-soup and cookies, some produce. Special orders available for knitted items.

Cork and Palette: garden and kitchen art

The Barn: rustic benches from reclaimed barnwood

Merkel Gardens: hanging baskets, flower and veggie starts

HWK Designs: jewelry

Senior Project Fresh sign-up: 10-12 participants are given 10 $2 vouchers to use at the market one fruits and vegetables. To qualify, you must be 60 years or older, have a household income of 185 percent of the poverty level or less and be registered with the program. See www.chelseafarmersmkt.org/assistance/ for more details.

Children’s booth from 9 a.m. to noon

Basket giveaway. The end of the month drawing to win a basket full of donations from the vendors

Music by Keith Parmentier from 10 a.m. to noon.



Lisa Allmendinger on June 24th, 2016



Lisa Allmendinger on June 24th, 2016


To learn about upcoming programs at the Chelsea District Library, please click here.


Lisa Allmendinger on June 23rd, 2016


Here’s a map of the Werkner Road detour for folks who travel on this road.

As reported yesterday, work is slated to begin Monday for M-52-Werkner Road roundabout project, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of August.


Tags: , , ,