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Lisa Allmendinger on January 18th, 2017

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(Chelsea Update would like to thank Joanne Ladio for the information in this story.)

More than 75 people braved a rainy, icy, slippery night to march for the

ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 16 in downtown Chelsea.

The theme this year was to raise awareness of how much our community values diversity and those who may be different from us. “We walk with lights, we walk for rights. There’s room for all at the table.”

Additional photos can be found on the OWOF Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/OneWorldOneFamily/

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 18th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kathy Claflin for the information in this story and the Waterloo Natural History Association for sponsoring this event.)

On Jan. 22 from 2-3 p.m., you can get acquainted with an exciting variety of live exotic animals during the program Creature Feature at the Eddy Discovery Center.

Wildlife educator Dan Briere of The Little Creatures Company presents this engaging, hands-on program where you will find out about the lives and characteristics of these fascinating animals.

Cost: $2/person or $5/family. Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Road in Sylvan Township.

Advance registration requested at (734) 475-3170.

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 18th, 2017

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 17th, 2017

Photo by Crystal Hayduk. New board members Kristin van Reesema (left) and Shawn Quilter take the oath of office administered by Vicky Lawrence (right). Chelsea School District Superintendent, Dr. Julie Helber looks on.

By Crystal Hayduk

Shawn Quilter and Kristin van Reesema took the oath of office to officially become the newest members of the Chelsea School District Board of Education at the meeting on Jan. 9.

Quilter, van Reesema, and incumbent Laura Bush were elected last November and will serve six-year terms.

New board officers were elected: president – Anne Mann, vice-president – Tammy Lehman, secretary – Laura Bush, and treasurer – Greg Rhodes.

North Creek Principal Luman Strong, accompanied by Marcus Kaemming, executive director of instruction, curriculum and human resources, and Sandy Lantis, kindergarten teacher, presented a proposal to consider implementing a Young Fives program.

The program would benefit students who turn five between July 1 and Dec. 1 who are not ready for the structure and pace of kindergarten. Young Fives’ curriculum would parallel kindergarten material, but Strong and Lantis emphasized that the program would be developmentally appropriate and permit plenty of time for socialization and play. It would not be a kindergarten substitute.

Parents of children whose birthdays fall within the eligibility window would make the enrollment decision for the free program (within school-specified space limitations) which would run during regular school hours.

Strong shared research citing the benefits of a Young Fives program, North Creek parent survey results, and implications for initiation and sustainability.

During the opportunity for public input, five individuals consisting of a child care provider, a former preschool director, and parents, addressed the board with concerns about a Young Fives program. They questioned a full-day program, class size, a “push-down curriculum,” and the need for Young Fives through the school district when private programs exist locally.

Although there was some discussion between administration and the public during the meeting, Strong plans to provide further information with specific curriculum information and a typical day’s agenda.

Photo by Crystal Hayduk. Art teacher Penny Olsen discusses Monster Match-Up project. Student Jeffrey Geer talks to the board about the sculpture that a high schooler made using his drawing as a model.

Elementary art teacher Penny Olsen presented the Monster Match-Up project to the school board (related story here). Olsen and high school art teacher Geo Rutherford brought students from two second-grade classes and the high school ceramics class together for the project, which involved high school students creating three-dimensional figures based on drawings of monsters done by the younger students.

“The second graders trusted that the high school students would respect what they had drawn,” said Olsen.

Several second graders brought the sculptures and talked to the board about the experience. Olsen said that on the day the students met, one of the second graders said, “Can this day get any better?” 

In other board news:

  • The board approved guidelines for student board liaisons, new and revised board policies, and high school course offerings for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The board viewed a “thank you” video made by second grade teacher Eric Robinson with two students to mark School Board Recognition Month.

Upcoming dates:

  • The next school board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 in the board room at the Washington Street Education Center.


Lisa Allmendinger on January 17th, 2017

If you want to make a difference for yourself and others, but don’t know how to connect you should know that opportunities exist and the Silver Solution Network can help you find them.

Silver Solution Network is about helping retirees find a need and fill it, find a purpose and identify meaningful work after retirement.

To do that, Round Table discussions will be held to bring organization and interested volunteers together.

The first Round Table discussion will be held from 1-3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20 at the Chelsea Senior Center. To make a reservation, call (734) 475-9242.

Chelsea Senior Center, Faith in Action and St. Joseph Mercy Health System representatives will be there to talk about volunteer opportunities.

Please call at your earliest convenience to reserve a spot to learn about opportunities and make connections with these important Chelsea organizations.


Lisa Allmendinger on January 17th, 2017


Lisa Allmendinger on January 17th, 2017

(Publisher’s note: These are DRAFT Chelsea City Council minutes and won’t be considered official until the City Council votes on them on Jan. 17.)

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 17th, 2017

In this week’s Chelsea Police blotter, a GPS was taken from vehicle on Wilkinson Street and several work items were stolen from the back of a truck on Commerce Park Drive.

For the full stories, please click here.


Lisa Allmendinger on January 17th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Dave Brinklow for the information in this story.)

The Beach Middle School swim team finished a busy week with a 5th place finish at the Erie Mason Invitational on Saturday.

Milan won the meet with 339 points followed by Beford in 2nd with 307.5, Dundee 3rd, 213, Riverview 4th 205.5, Chelsea 5th with 169, Greenhills 6th, 54 and host Erie Mason 7th with 11 points.

Chelsea’s team was led by two championship performances with 8th grade co-captain Molly Jacobson taking first place in the diving event and 7th grader Bella Turner winning the 100 freestyle.

Turner also took 3rd pace in the 50 freestyle, Byron Hodel was 3rd in diving and Parker Olk placed 3rd in the 200 freestyle and 5th in the 50 butterfly

Turner, Olk, Jackson Peiter, and Chelsea Paddock combined for 3rd place in the 200 freestyle relay and co-captain Katie Leissner, Turner, Olk and Paddock were 3rd on the 400 freestyle relay.

Top 12 finishes were turned in by the 200 medley relay team of co-captain Hannah Harmes, Jared Atkinson, Jessica Neff and Landen Collins in 9th place, Leissner 8th in both the 200 and 100 freestyle events and Harmes was 11th in the 200 freestyle. Paddock was 10th and Atkinson 11th in the 100 IM, and Collins was 11th in the 50 freestyle.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Atkinson, Lucas Hopkins, Andrew Hilbert and Leissner placed 11th and Atkinson was 9th in the 100 breaststroke.

Earlier in the week, the team traveled to Milan for a dual meet and lost 120-50. Turner was a double winner with first place finishes in the 100 IM and 50 butterfly. Other outstanding performances were turned in by Harmes in the 200 freestyle, Olk in the 100 freestyle, and Leissner in the 100 backstroke.


Lisa Allmendinger on January 17th, 2017

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(Chelsea Update would like to thank Rory Kaiser for the information and photos in this story.)

Highlights from the bowling meet @ Adrian on on Jan. 11

Boys Varsity
Chelsea 4, Adrian 26
Chelsea High Scores – RJ Dale 216, Justin Hoag 197,  Nyck Udell 194 and 190, Nick Childress 171

Boys JV
Chelsea 11, Adrian 19
Chelsea High Scores – Charlie Datilgren 149, Hunter Allen 147 (2)

Girls Varsity
Chelsea 3, Adrian 27
Chelsea High Scores – Brittney Stephenson 195 and 170, Corrine Dale 187 and 166, Meagan Conley 174

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