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Lisa Allmendinger on April 16th, 2015


(Chelsea Update would like to thank Joe Yekulis for the information in this story and Kelly Flaherty for the photo gallery.)

At the beginning of 2015, Ballet Chelsea began teaching an “Adaptive Dance Program” to several residents of St. Louis Center on Friday mornings.

According to instructor Catrina Choate, “Dance and movement can be enjoyed by people of all abilities, and so far, the St. Louis Center residents in the program are having a great time and enjoying their experience.”

Choate grew-up in Michigan, and moved to New York City to train at the School of American Ballet. She then danced professionally for two years in Miami, and moved on to become a ballet instructor at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She returned to Michigan to be closer to her family, and recently accepted a position with Ballet Chelsea to direct and create the “Adaptive Dance Program” as part of a grant that was received from the Chelsea Wellness Foundation.

Choate uses the Felden-Krais Method of Somatic Education that focuses on creating new movement patterns for people with special needs. “It’s all about having fun with movement and music with the people I’m training.” By definition, Somatic Psychotherapy encourages the “communication” of experience between the mind and body, enabling sustainable movement towards greater health and well being.

Residents Lisa and Sarah talked about the impact of the program in their lives. “I think it’s awesome” said Lisa.

“I like Catrina a lot, and I hope we keep doing it. It’s like God sent an angel to us.” Sarah added, “I enjoy dancing for aerobic exercise, and it helps me to be happy.” The grant program runs through June, but may be extended for another six months.

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 16th, 2015
Courtesy photo. “3 Fionas in the Tower” left to right – Megan Hayduk (Young Fiona), Eve Beauchamp (Fiona), Lacey Cooper (Teen Fiona)

Courtesy photo. “3 Fionas in the Tower” left to right – Megan Hayduk (Young Fiona), Eve Beauchamp (Fiona), Lacey Cooper (Teen Fiona)

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

CAP Jr., the youth theater company of the Chelsea Area Players will present “Shrek – The Musical Jr.” on April 17, 18 at 7 p.m. and on April 19 at 3 p.m. at the Washington Street Education Center.

The family-friendly musical comedy is the story of an ogre Shrek who sets off to save a princess, Fiona from a dragon. The quest becomes a journey of discovery as Shrek must learn to believe in himself and learn to open his heart to others in order to succeed.

The “junior” version of Shrek – The Musical is a somewhat abbreviated version of the Broadway production that won twelve Drama Desk awards and eight Tony Awards including Best Musical. The Broadway show, in term was based on the Oscar-winning animated film.

Shelley Wheaton and Leigh Anne Beauchamp are co-producing the musical. Ken Beauchamp is the artistic and technical director, Alex Moore is the vocal director and Erin Lightfoot is the choreographer.

The cast includes more than 60 Chelsea area youth including Zack Handloser as Lord Farquaad, Carson Woollams as Donkey, Eve Beauchamp as Princess Fiona, Megan Hayduk as Young Fiona, Lacey Cooper as Teen Fiona, and Mitchell Ernst as Shrek.

Tickets are available for $10 at Chelsea Pharmacy or by calling 734-274-0453 or at the door.

For a calendar of all the events taking place in Chelsea, please click here.

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 16th, 2015

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Courtesy photo. The Chelsea High School Robotics Team.

Courtesy photo. The Chelsea High School Robotics Team.

The Chelsea High School FIRST Robotics Team 1502 Technical Difficulties attended the State Championships this past weekend at DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids and ended the qualification matches ranked 42nd out of 102 teams.

Through the alliance selection process they were selected by the number 11 alliance consisting of team 4967, “That ONE Team” of Plainfield Township and team 66 “The Flyers” of Ypsilanti. The alliance won the quarterfinals and advanced to the semifinals. Although the alliance fought hard, it was not able to make it to the finals, ultimately finishing in third place, which was high enough to advance to the World Championships to be held in St. Louis from April 21-25.

Additionally, the team got to meet Governor Rick Snyder and FIRST Founder Dean Kamen.

This is the first State Championship that the team has attended and the first time they have ranked high enough to be invited to the World Championships.

FIRST, which stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is an international program that works to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through the creation of high school robotics teams.

This year’s game, Recycle Rush, is played by two competing alliances of three robots each. The objective of the game is to stack totes, recycling bins, and pool noodles in certain formations. Points are awarded based on the height and order of the stacks. Additional points can be earned by working with robots on the opposing alliance to stack yellow totes in a certain “shared” area.

The first two and a half days consists of qualification matches that determine the top 16 teams. These teams then each get to select two additional teams to join them. These top 16 alliances then face off in the quarter, semi, and finals to determine the overall winning alliance.

The team wishes to thank everyone who has helped them get to this point — especially FCA Foundation, which has supported them since their inception, along with MEGS, Toyota, Precise Metal Components Inc., Roberts Paint and Body, Chelsea Tool, Ziel Industries, The Chelsea Education Foundation, 80/20 Inc, and Mike’s Home Repair, as well as all the sponsors, parents, mentors, and all other supporters of the team.

The team has set up a GoFundMe to raise money to offset the cost to students to attend the National Championships. If you would be interested in donating please click here.

To learn more about CHS Robotics click here.

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The Chelsea Bulldogs dropped the first game of the double header 11-3, and the second game was called in the top of the 7th inning with the game tied 6-6.

The second game will be finished Wednesday in Tecumseh prior to the teams regularly scheduled game.

Chelsea opened its season on April 1 with a doubleheader sweep of Homer 11-6 and 4-2.

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 15th, 2015

Dear Editor:

Roben and I want to say, thank you to every one of you, for the work and support that has gone into creating our neighborhood watch program together, and to express our heartfelt appreciation for the kindness and support that you have bestowed upon us.

Announcing our retirement from the Lima Township Neighborhood Watch last night was very difficult for us, not because of what is involved with our upcoming move to Arizona. It is because of the friendship and support that we have benefited from as a result of working with all of you, with our common goal of making Lima Township an even better place to live. We believe that together we have made a difference.

The work that we share will continue, and we are looking forward to a smooth transition with whoever steps into our roll of neighborhood watch coordinators.

Thank You and God Bless us all.
Bill and Roben Coury

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 15th, 2015
Photo by Tom Hodgson. Wood frog with vocal sacks expanded.

Photo by Tom Hodgson. Wood frog with vocal sacks expanded.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kathy Claflin for the information in this story.)

Learn about amphibians on Saturday, April 18 at the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center from 8-9:30 p.m.

There will be a lively presentation featuring frogs, salamanders and quivering masses of eggs from local ponds.  Find out how you can recognize frogs by their calls.

The program will conclude with a walk to a nearby pond to see and hear the frogs singing in the night.  Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather.

The cost is $2 per person or $5 for a family.

The Discovery Center is at 17030 Bush Road in the Waterloo Recreation Area.

Advance registration is requested at 734-475-3170.

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 15th, 2015
Members of the Evening Primrose Garden Club inside The Depot during their annual rummage sale.

File photo of members of the Evening Primrose Garden Club inside The Depot during their annual rummage sale.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jodi Smolek for the information in this story.)

The Evening Primrose Garden Club will host its annual Community Garage Sale on May 9 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., at The Depot, 125 Jackson St.

This is the club’s only fundraiser and there are two ways you can help.

1. Donate items for us to sell. As you do your spring cleaning, please set aside any unwanted treasures. Items may be dropped off at The Depot on Thursday, May 7 from 3-8 p.m. and on Friday, May 8 from 3-7 p.m.

2. Come and shop the garage sale on May 9.

Proceeds from the sale are used for activities such as community beautification programs, financial support of the Chelsea Depot Association, payment for guest speakers during the winter months, and special hostess gifts for garden tours during the summer months.

Your help in making this all possible is greatly appreciated.

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Lima Township Hall

Lima Township Hall

The Lima Township Board met on Monday, April 13, and announced that it plans to prepare a township hall survey to be distributed to residents later this spring.

Discussion continues concerning whether to renovate and add on to the existing township hall or to build a new one. An ad hoc committee was formed to research this issue, and having thoroughly explored each alternative, the group is at an impasse on how to proceed.

The committee currently consists of Bill Coltre, Bill Coury, Ed Greenleaf, Craig Maier, Scott Brooks-Miller, Elizabeth Sensoli, Vince Spade, and Bob Spink.

The board unanimously approved a not to exceed amount of $2,000 to produce and process the survey.

“I honestly think this would be $2,000 well spent,” said Township Supervisor Craig Maier. “This information would help the ad hoc committee move forward.””

Maier also offered the board’s thanks to Bill Coury for all his efforts on behalf of the township, including his service on the Planning Commission, Neighborhood Watch, and as an alternate on the Board of Review. Coury’s wife, Roben, is retiring soon, and they plan to move to Arizona later this year.

In other news, Maier announced that the ET Rover pipeline company has supplied the township with a new map of the proposed pipeline route, and the map is available for view at the Township Offices in the Chelsea Area Construction Authority (CACA) building, 12172 Jackson Road, just east of I-94.

Nanette Havens, township treasurer, and Lima Township representative on the Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority (WWRA) board, said that the recycling materials market is down, and encouraged residents not to recycle glass because it is ending up in the land fill due to a lack of market for the product.

Maier said that the Chelsea Area Fire Authority (CAFA) substation renovations are moving along nicely, and that he has contacted the Michigan State Police about a possible state police presence at the substation.

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 15th, 2015

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