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Lisa Allmendinger on August 15th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jennifer Fairfield, owner of The Garden Mill, for the information in this column. This is the second part of a two-part column.) Watering and fertilizing I know it seems impossible that we should need to be worried about our gardens drying out after all the rain we got in […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 14th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jennifer Fairfield for the information and photos in this column. Part 2 will publish tomorrow.) Wow – we seem to have gone from feast to famine where rain is concerned, haven’t we? Weather June was incredible, with over six inches of rain, which is about twice our average. And […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 9th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this story.) Summer is the time when all manner of critters are active in the Waterloo Recreation Area and the Discovery Center has some of the most interesting on display for all to see, including […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 3rd, 2015

The Washtenaw County Emergency Operations Center will be conducting a test of the outdoor warning sirens across the county on Saturday, July 4 at noon. These sirens are tested at noon on the first Saturday of every month from March through October. Sirens will be activated for the following emergencies: 1.) The National Weather Service […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 13th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Katie Keen and Holly Vaughn for the information in this story.) With the arrival of spring, wild animals are giving birth and hatching the next generation of Michigan’s wildlife. Baby red foxes appeared in dens during the last days of March and the first days of April. Young great-horned […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 12th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photo in this column.) For those of us who are anxiously waiting for any sign of spring, this early butterfly may be the answer. The mourning cloak can even be seen flying about on warmish, sunny days […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 11th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jennifer Fairfield, owner of The Garden Mill, for the information in this column. Part One ran yesterday.) Vegetable plants If you are starting your own vegetable plants from seed this year, start seeds for tomatoes and peppers now, and eggplant and basil at mid-month.  Better Homes and Gardens offers […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 10th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jennifer Fairfield, owner of The Garden Mill, for the information in this column. ) Spring truly is in the air in April. The days are getting longer, trees are starting to bud, crocus and snowdrops are in bloom, daffodils, tulips, and other spring bloomers are starting to poke their […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 5th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to welcome back and thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) The long winter season is finally drawing to a close and signs of spring are popping.  To help everyone enjoy the spring season and the wildflowers it brings, the Waterloo […]

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(Chelsea Update would like to thank Frank Hammer for the information in this column.) It is a wonderful time of year when the buds start forming and the birds can be heard chirping.  Everyone is refreshed and dealing with clutter that built up over the winter and deciding to dispose of things that broke last […]

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