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Lisa Allmendinger on January 28th, 2015
Courtesy photo. Reiley Curren and Joe

Courtesy photo. Reiley Curren and Joe Schuering.

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

Reiley Curran, executive director of SRSLY, was a recent guest speaker at a recent Chelsea Kiwanis Club meeting.

She gave an informative presentation on the accomplishments and activities of SRSLY and  Joe Scheuring, club president, presented her with a donation to the organization.

For more information on SRSLY, click here.

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 28th, 2015

Bulldog-logo(Chelsea Update would like to thank the Beach Middle School girls basketball coaches for the information in this recap story.)

7th Grade Gold
The 7th Grade Gold Basketball team defeated Monroe by a score of 17-9 Monday night.

Riley Davis and Kayla Sweeney each had 10 points. Jackie Hagen, Brynn Vandergrift, and Paulina Perkins all scored for the Bulldogs. Allison Hale played with great effort on defense.

The team plays at home on Thursday.

7th Grade Blue
The 7th Grade Blue basketball team lost a hard fought game yesterday to Bedford.  The team is playing hard and building for the future.  Stay positive girls.

8th Grade Gold
The 8th Grade Gold Bulldogs are now 2-1 as of Monday night beating Monroe 23-14.

Jenna Fosdick had four points, a handful for rebounds and a solid block.

Ava Gerweck made her goal for the season of making a basket for 2 points.

Briana Hay had 7 points and many assists.

Madeleine Kennedy had 8 points and multiple rebounds.

Gabby Udell had three points and was quick to drive to the basket. Jamie Gorman also scored her first points of the season landing a bucket.

Caitlyn Dusenbury was on fire with her offense and defense. Julia Schachinger played extremely aggressive to get some crucial rebounds in the second half.

Peyton Lajiness pumped up the team both on and off the court and played good defense.

The girls look forward to taking on Bedford on Thursday at home.

8th Grade Blue
The 8th Grade Blue basketball team played an outstanding game and beat Bedford Monday night at home.

The girls would like to thank all their parents who were there for the support along with the more than 200 students in the student section.

The team was scoring at such an alarming rate they burnt out a few light bulbs on the scoreboard.

Playing well for the Dawgs were Skylar Staton, Maddie Vasquez, Julia VanReesma, Jordan Holton, Emmy Bragg, Maddie Kemp, Natalie Schneider, Helena Schultz, Allie Muchler, Shae Wright, Alex Chalogianis, and Corrine Dale.


Lisa Allmendinger on January 27th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to wish these folks strength and perseverance to meet their goals as they work toward a healthier life.)

Sixty-three motivated members at Anytime Fitness of Chelsea have accepted the 2015 challenge to “Just Lose It.”

The goal is to motivate members to “Get to a Healthier Place,” the 2015 motto for Anytime Fitness.

The team weighed in at 13,129 pounds. Together, they hope to achieve a weight loss of 1,000 pounds by March 16.

Each participant entered a “game name” and they will weigh in weekly under their alias.

Two grand prize winners, one female and one male, will win a 1-year membership to the club.

To help the members achieve their goals, Anytime Fitness of Chelsea has cardiovascular equipment, strength training, free weights, personal training and a large variety of classes.

For questions about Anytime Fitness call 433-3333.


Chelsea Police logo 2In this week’s Chelsea Police blotter, a witness to a domestic disturbance is arrested when it’s determined he’s wanted on an outstanding bench warrant, a woman lost both her engagement ring and wedding band and a man under the influence becomes combative is restrained and taken to the hospital.

For the full stories, please click here.


CAHS_LogoThe Chelsea Area Historical Society (CAHS) can go ahead and apply for a $25,000 grant from the Chelsea Community Foundation.

On Jan. 19, the 40-year-old group asked the Chelsea City Council to act as its fiduciary if awarded the grant and the elected officials unanimously approved the request.

This is not the first time the city has been asked to perform these duties City Manager John Hanifan told the City Council. He said if the grant is awarded, the city will establish a separate fund in the budget for the money.

CAHS recently purchased a home across from The Depot for a museum and headquarters and plans to apply for grant funding for a “professionally designed exhibit,” among other things.

The 60-member group plans to establish two rooms with permanent, professional-quality exhibits, a room for revolving exhibits, a resource/research room for the community to look over the society’s archives, another room set during a historical period to education visitors and second-grade students about an era in American history and establish society offices.

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Courtesy photo. Photo From left to right Nancy Paul, executive director of Faith in Action, Kellie Steele, Nancy Zyburt, Emily Schaible and Dawn Kalusha from Chelsea State Bank.

Courtesy photo. Photo From left to right Nancy Paul, executive director of Faith in Action, Kellie Steele, Nancy Zyburt, Emily Schaible and Dawn Kalusha from Chelsea State Bank.

Keeping it casual on Friday comes at a price for Chelsea State Bank employees. However, it’s one they don’t mind paying because the money ends up going to a good cause.

For a small fee, CSB employees have a green light to wear blue jeans twice a month, and at the end of the year, the money collected is donated to a local charity voted on by participating employees.

This year’s recipient was Faith in Action, which received a donation of $1,112 — a combined collection from both bank branch offices in Chelsea and Dexter. The Chelsea main office collected $862, the downtown office collected $150, and the Dexter office donated $100 for a combined donation of $1,112.

“This fundraising effort is a lot of fun for our employees, yet at the same time, it speaks to the heart of our community bank,” said Jacqueline Schiller, senior vice president at Chelsea State Bank in a press release.

“Because we are the local community bank, it’s important to us to support our local non-profit organizations and to help those in our communities that need extra assistance. I am very proud of our staff for making this happen,” she said.

Faith in Action (FIA) provides assistance and resources for those in need in the Chelsea and Dexter communities. The nonprofit serves the geographical area within the Chelsea and Dexter school districts.

FIA is community funded. Its faith-based assistance and resource center is available to those who need a helping hand. FIA is aided by many business and community groups, as well as many congregational supporters, to become the largest emergency service provider in western Washtenaw County.

Faith in Action was founded in 1980 as an outreach program of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Chelsea.

Services provided at the center include an emergency food pantry, free clothing room, financial help with utilities and lodging, counseling, a free health clinic, and holiday and back to school support.

Chelsea State Bank is a full service financial institution with offices in Chelsea and Dexter. The bank was formed over 100 years ago by local business leaders to provide timely financial solutions to individuals, families and businesses in the community. This tradition of community service continues today. Member FDIC.

For more information, please click here or call the bank at 475-1355.

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 27th, 2015

welcome-to-Chelsea-sign (2)The Chelsea Downtown Development Authority plans to do things a little differently in 2015 by scheduling a series of work sessions prior to the regular meetings to plan and discuss current and upcoming projects as well as talk about other downtown district issues.

The first of those work sessions is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 5 in the City Council Chambers in the new Municipal Building at 7:30 a.m. Generally, the meetings last an hour.

The regular February meeting will take place on Feb. 19, and those are where the votes take place.

Also planned are work sessions on March 5, April 2, May 7, Sept. 3, Oct. 1 and Nov. 5.

The regular meetings are scheduled for:

  • March 19
  • April 16
  • May 21
  • June 18
  • July 16
  • Aug. 20
  • Sept. 17
  • Oct. 15
  • Nov. 19
  • Dec. 17

So, if you are interested in listening live to what the DDA has planned, please mark your calendars now.

In the days following the regular meetings, you can also watch a video of the meetings here, look on the top right side and click city meeting videos.

You can also read about the important happenings at both meetings on Chelsea Update.


Lisa Allmendinger on January 27th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Suzanne Courson for the information in this story.)

Learn about a new program, Helping Area Response Teams (HART) on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 1-4 p.m. at the Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St.

HART is a new program providing on-sight support services to Washtenaw County’s first responders. By offering basic conveniences such as snacks, water, and a place to rest, HART reduces the risk of injury and improves the morale of local emergency responders.

During this free program, organizers will give a brief overview of HART and answer questions about the program.

HART relies on sponsors and volunteers to fulfill its mission and keep the program running. You are invited to make a difference in the lives of local emergency responders to learn more about how you can help those who work so hard to keep our community safe.

Short presentations will be given on the hour and half-hour from 1-4 p.m. The HART Truck will be stationed outside of the Library for tours and light refreshments will be provided.
For more information, click here.


Lisa Allmendinger on January 27th, 2015

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

The Beach Middle School wrestlers competed at the SEC Championships last Saturday in Tecumseh.

Nickolaus Matusko was the lone 1st place finisher for the Bulldogs. He dominated the 11 wrestler, 110-pound weight class and pinned all 4 of his opponents in the 1st period.

Shane Nold received a very unfortunate draw and barely lost to one of the best 95 pounders in the state in his first match. He went on to pin his next 2 opponents to finish in 5th place.

Jack Conlin was the only second place finisher.

Brandon deGracia, Josiah Fitch, and Anthony Gervais placed 3rd. Jack Krauss and Nick Christian placed 4th.

Other wrestlers to win matches on the day were Aidan Huchison, Andrew Byerly, Jack Smith and Anthony Pearse.

The wrestlers compete Tuesday in a dual meet in Saline.


Lisa Allmendinger on January 27th, 2015

Ewald,-Daniel-photoF. Daniel “Dan” Ewald of Chelsea, age 91, peacefully passed away at home, with his family, on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.

He was born on Nov. 17, 1923 in Detroit, MI and was raised in Chelsea, MI. The son of Fred and Martha (Schenk) Ewald. On Nov. 1, 1947, he married his love, Clara (Miller) Ewald.

Dan was a World War II Veteran, who served as a US Marine from 1942-1946. He flew on the VMTB-131 Torpedo Bombing Squadron, on an A4 Skyhawk Aircraft.  He was also a gunner, on the SB2C Hell Diver.  Dan retired after 33 years from Dana Corp, as a Field Service Engineer. He was known to bring two pieces of paper to a meeting – one with the problem and one with the solution. He had a passion for: Fishing, Hunting, Golfing, and all things relating to nature and the outdoors, which he loved to share with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Dan was also a great Artist and attended Saginaw Art School after returning home from the Service. He used his talent for many of his work presentations, community and family events.  He was also an active member of the First United Methodist Church.

For the full obituary, please click here.