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Lisa Allmendinger on September 21st, 2017

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 21st, 2017

Drivers are reminded that Dexter-Chelsea Road is now closed from McKinley to Fletcher through the end of the year as DTE-Gas installs a gas main.

Use alternate routes and expect delays in the area.

On Wednesday, Sept. 20, the contractor for DTE – Gas got started on the installation of a gas main for the City of Chelsea so the eastbound lane of Dexter-Chelsea Road from the City of Chelsea to Fletcher Road is closed.

The posted detour for the eastbound closure of Dexter-Chelsea Road is M-52 to Old US-12 to Jackson Road to Parker Road. This detour is scheduled to remain in effect until the end of the year.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 21st, 2017

When the Chelsea Downtown Development Authority board meets Thursday morning, there will be two new faces at the dais — Dana McGrath, owner of La Maison and Phil Tolliver, ower of BBQ 52.

Both downtown business owners were unanimously appointed to the DDA by the Chelsea City Council on Monday night, Sept. 18 and were officially sworn-in following the regular meeting.

McGrath’s term lasts through Dec. 31, 2019 and Tolliver’s term through Dec. 31, 2020.

McGrath said she’s owned her business for three years and has been a long-time resident of the school district. All four of her children went through the Chelsea schools. A member of the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce, she is also a member of the Chelsea Rotary and “loves being part of the community.”

Tolliver jokingly said he’s “changed the smell of downtown” since opening BBQ 52 in 2013 and thanked the city for its support since the start of his downtown business. His children currently attend Chelsea schools and among other things he says he has developed a strong relationship with Faith in Action.

The City Council also approved a permit request with contingencies by Gestamp to install construction dewatering wells near its plant at 5800 Sibley Road. City Manager John Hanifan told the City Council that both the county and the state DEQ have approved the company’s application and in addition, city staff has also thoroughly reviewed it.

The contingency reads: “In the event that private wells are impacted, the city permit will be revoked and pumping will cease immediately  upon notification.”

The six temporary dewatering wells are needed for construction of a concrete press pit foundation, according to the application. The wells will temporarily lower the groundwater table for the installation.

In other business, the City Council approved on second reading an amendment to the zoning ordinance that will allow a special use for the manufacturing of beverages not associated with a bar, lounge or tasting room in the Central Business District. This change will allow Ugly Dog Distillery to relocate its business to Main Street and manufacture beverages in combination with a tasting room, retail sales and special events.

The vote was 6-1 with Council Member Melissa Johnson stating that her no vote was not a reflection on the current project, rather it was because she thought the wording in the ordinance was too vague.

The City Council also approved a proposal to construct a portion of Lett’s Creek Linear Park that will connect to the new city dog park. It will provide a pathway to the dog park and is in an amount not to exceed $65,000.

Council Member Frank Hammer jokingly asked if it will be called “Bow Wow Lane.”

The Department of Public Works will soon have a new pick-up truck mounted snow plow at a cost of about $5,870, and a new dump truck at a price of about $142,750. Both items are in the current city budget. The DPW currently has six dump trucks that were purchased between 1992 and 2006.

The City Council also unanimously approved the purchase of 36 reverse osmosis membranes at $540 each for a total of $19,440. The batch replacement plan is in its seventh year. Rather than replacing them all at the same time, the city has opted to replace 36 a year. The water department will also be getting a new truck with a utility box at a cost of about $38,893 through a MI Quote deal with LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. The current vehicle is rusting out and in need of additional repairs.

The city is also looking for folks to serve on the DDA Board. If you are interested, please look here for the requirements and an application.

If you would like to view the City Council meeting, please click here and look on the right side of the city’s website for the meeting videos. 


Lisa Allmendinger on September 21st, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Daniel Rhodes and Nathan Dawson for the information in this story.)

7th grade blue
The Chelsea 7th grade blue team lost its season opener to Saline 30-0.

Saline led 14-0 at the break but managed to pull away in the second half. The Bulldogs had a couple of long runs on offense by Hayden Westcott and Jason Skoczylas, while Matt Geitzen and Elijah Ratliff held down the defense with multiple tackles.

The 7th grade blue team will take on the Bedford Mules next week.

8th grade gold
Tuesday night was a special one for the Beach Middle School 8th grade gold football team as they kicked off the start to their 2017 season.

The Bulldogs traveled down to Monroe Jefferson with some big expectations.

Chelsea’s defense would have the honor of leading the team onto the field for the first time this year, and quite the job they did letting up zero points in the first half to the Trojans. Monroe would fall a half of a field short on their first possession putting the ball back into Chelsea’s hands.

The Bulldog offence had a rough start giving up a safety on the 2nd play of their opening drive. But, that wouldn’t stop the Bulldog defense from roaring again. Like all good football, it started in the trenches. The dog’s D-Line fully understood this, doing a great job at fulfilling their assignments. This allowed the Chelsea linebacker core to have free movement of the field and chomp the plays up as they were dealt to them.

The second possession for the Dogs looked as if a whole different team was on the field. They quickly, and fashionably, put together a 75-yard march down the field to the end zone, with a 50-yard TD run by powerhouse Carson Gray. Gray would then take the toss in for another 2 points on the conversion. In just the first half he was able to rack up well over a 100 yards on minimal carries.

After the defense made yet another stop, and one of many, Chelsea would again find the end zone for 6 more points on a spectacular 38-yard run by first time full back Trevor Vosters.

Quarterback Luke Dunn would connect with Ben Stryzouskie on the pass for 2 more points making the score 16-2 Chelsea at halftime. While that would be the end of the Dogs scoring for the evening, Vosters and Grayson Eckland played key roles in the 2nd half, pounding the ball up the middle for first down after first down.

None of this would have been possible if not for the concrete of an offensive line the Bulldogs are packing. Led by center Henry Lantis, McGuire, Sullivan, Keeler, Thompson, Collins, Vosters, Iannellie, Willis and Clacher the Dogs proved to be too strong and smart upfront for the Trojans.

The 2nd half saw the Trojans pushing hard for a comeback, but Chelsea would just not lay down or give up what they had fought so hard for over the last three weeks. After the final score of the night from Monroe, making it 16-14 Chelsea, Ben Stryzouskie would come up HUGE with a game saving interception in the endzone on the 2-point conversion with 1:33 left to go in the game. Might we add, the Chelsea defensive backs did not let up a single reception all game.

The Chelsea 8th grade gold football team did what you would expect from any team with class. They pushed for their first down and ended the game with QB Dunn taking a knee as time ran out.

The gold 8th graders will face Lincoln next Tuesday evening at home. We hope everyone can come out to see them play.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 21st, 2017

Donald Wayne Reed of Friendship, Tennessee, 90, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Dyer County son of the late Marion Marshall and Bessie Elizabeth Weaver Reed.

Mr. Reed had been a union representative for TRW, lived most of his life in Michigan and had moved back to Dyer County 5 years ago.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Friendship Funeral Home with Rev. Mickey Dodd officiating. Burial will follow in Bellevernon Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Friendship Funeral Home, Friendship, Tennessee.

For the full obituary, please click here.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 20th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Chuck Reed for the information in this story.)

The Veterans of Foreign Wars in Chelsea is once again opening this year’s scholarship programs for middle school and high school.

The Patriots Pen is a youth essay for students in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th. This year’s theme is “America’s Gift to My Generation”. 

The Voice of Democracy is for high school students and is a recorded essay on CD or flash drive. This year’s theme is “America’s History: Our Hope for the Future”.

The programs are open to students who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial school or home study programs in the United States and its territories. Deadlines for essays are Nov. 1.

If you are in Beach Middle School they can be turned into Mrs. Musolf.

In High School please turn them into Mrs. Weber.

Home school or parochial school contact Chuck Reed, 734-730-3767.

For info and rules: https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships



Lisa Allmendinger on September 20th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Patty Roberts for the information in this story.)

Chelsea District Library, in collaboration with Kids Read Comics, will host a free, all-day festival of comic book fun on Saturday, Oct. 21.

The event will feature over a dozen comics creators, hands-on workshops, interactive games and activities, and a kids’ costume parade. Throughout the day, artists will participate in creating round-robin comics, and the results will be posted on walls for all to see.

Artists in attendance—displaying comics, books and original art at their artists alley tables—will include Apooka creator Mike Roll; Wonder Woman, Flash and Journey writer-artist William Messner-Loebs; children’s book author and illustrator Ruth McNally Barshaw; master of mini-comics Matt (Cynicalman) Feazell; math teacher and math comic creator Jim (Solution Squad) McClain; Highlights Magazine illustrator Merrill Rainey; and Scratch 9 artist Josh Buchanan. They will be eager to talk about the comics they make, the comics kids love, and the comics kids love to make.

In addition to meeting artists at the library, kids and families will have a chance to join them at a special free lunch at Jet’s Pizza (advance registration required).

The day’s events also include a downtown Chelsea scavenger hunt; and kids will receive free comics provided by Green Brain Comics of Dearborn.

“A great thing about comics is the way kids are enlivened by them,” said Chelsea youth and teen librarian and Kids Read Comics co-founder Edith Donnell, who is leading the event. “They become storytellers, they want to talk about what they’re seeing. They want to draw and write and create after being exposed to comics.”

Donnell believes that Kids Read Comics Chelsea will kickstart that creative process.  “Kids meet comics book artists and watch them at work, and get to explore some of those skills themselves. By the end of a KRC event, we hear stories about kids who are already drawing their own comics, inspired by what they’ve experienced.”

Kids Read Comics Chelsea runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21. More information is available at www.kidsreadcomics.org.

About Kids Read Comics: Kids Read Comics is a nonprofit organized in 2008 by four Michigan residents dedicated to putting comics, and the tools to make comics, in the hands of young people. In addition to librarian Donnell, they are artist and cartooning teacher Jerzy Drozd, Green Brain co-owner Dan Merritt, and comic book writer Dan Mishkin. Kids Read Comics puts on the annual Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 20th, 2017


Lisa Allmendinger on September 20th, 2017

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

On Sunday, Sept. 24 from 2-3:30 p.m. attend a fall mushroom search beginning at the Eddy Discovery Center.

Search the woods to find and collect fall mushrooms. Afterward, mushroom expert Phil Tedeschi will talk about what you have collected and identify those that are edible.

Bring a basket or paper bag and waxed paper for collecting.

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

Limited to 30 people.  Advance registration required at 734-475-3170.

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 20th, 2017

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

In a quad match at Reddeman Farms on Monday, Sept. 18, the Chelsea girls golf team picked up three wins in SEC play.

The Bulldogs were the low score on the day with a 191, Dexter was next with a 209, Lincoln shot 226, and Adrian had a 230.

Julia Van Reesema led the way with a career best 44. Sam Pagliarini was next with a 47. Maddie Vasquez had a 48, and Katelyn McKinley shot a 52.

Monroe is left on the schedule on Thursday, and the Bulldogs should go into the conference tournament next Monday with a 7-4 record in league play, and solidly in 2nd place in the SEC White Division said coach Joe Ewald.

“I’m not sure if we can catch Pinckney, but I believe the girls are ready, and will at least get their attention,” Ewald said.