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New this year at the Wednesday Bushel Basket Farmers Market is Stamatopoulos and Sons olive oils, olives and popcorn.

New this year at the Wednesday Bushel Basket Farmers Market is Stamatopoulos and Sons olive oils, olives and popcorn.

The Wednesday Bushel Basket Farmers Market takes place on May 27 at the Palmer parking lot from 2-6 p.m. and the vendor offerings are quickly increasing in variety.

Below are a listing of the vendors and what they expect to have for sale on Wednesday.

Janes' Place sells maple syrup, granolas and energy and breakfast bars.

Janes’ Place sells maple syrup, granolas and energy and breakfast bars.

Kapnick Orchards: asparagus, rhubarb, apples and apple cider (until the end of May), baked goods, nut butters, fudge.

Golden Fleece Farm: soy-free organic eggs, lamb – ground, loin and rib chops, steak, shanks, liver.

Marks Farm: herb planters, mixed flower planters, veggie starts, hanging baskets, ornamental grasses, succulent bowls, lettuce and herb bowls, accent plants.

Stamatopoulos and Sons: 5 types of olive oils including chipotle, Greek herb, Lemoni, Portokali, mind basil, delicate, medium/mild and robust extra virgin Olive Oil, Kalamata black olives with pits, Amphissa Green Olives pitted, popcorn, customized gift baskets.

Pregitzer Farm Market: lettuce bowls, annuals, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, tomato starts, hanging baskets, lilies, ask Wade about his CSA.

Madison’s Closet and Farm: over 30 flavors of lollipops, sugar free and sugared jams and jellies, gluten-free baked goods, cake balls, hair bowls, kid’s play food.

Another new vendor is Just Being Momo, which sells infused oils, weaving and knitting.

Another new vendor is Just Being Momo, which sells infused oils, weaving and knitting.

Lutchka Angus Farm: eggs, asparagus, maybe rhubarb, maybe herbs, green onions.

Break O’Day Farm: gluten-free baked goods, pies and stop by to see the new goodies this week, cookbooks, organic eggs, frozen rabbit and chicken

Janes’ Place: maple syrup, Jane’s Grains Fantastic granola, savory granola, Zipz energy bars, Kuki gluten-free breakfast bars, maybe maple Italian salad dressing.

DeVulder’s Farm: veggie starts, herbs, strawberry plants, lettuce, arugula, radishes, rhubarb plants, green onions, cut rhubarb, maybe strawberries, hosta.

Janet’s LLC: cards, jams, Damn It Dolls, rubs, new herbal butter blend, flavored nuts, pretzels, turtles and other sweets, lemon eucalyptus lotion bug repellent, new dried fruit and nuts.

Family Circle Centennial Farm: spinach, maybe joi choi, chard, kale, maybe radishes, herbs, honey, turnip greens, head lettuce (romaine/butterhead), ask about our gift certificates.

Needle Lane Farm: stinging nettle, curly parsley, Swiss chard, lettuce, spinach, salad mix, hanging baskets, herb plants, maybe bok choy, maybe snow peas, Lamb’s quarter, honey, veggie starts, organic seeds, organic fertilizer, compost, bay leaves, chives, kale.

Lots of herbs for sale.

Lots of herbs for sale.

Guthrie Gardens: perennials, shrubs, hanging baskets, planters, blueberry plants, asparagus crowns, dawn redwood.

Just Being Momo: all organic herbal oil infusions, bath salts and soaps, medicinal oils, dried herbs, coconut-olive oil soap, weaving and knitted products, dandelion suave for sore muscles, lavender infused oil, ask about our new products each week.

The Cookie Pot: all organic cookies – zucchini chocolate chip, oatmeal carrot cake, lemon delights, maple pecan, chai spice snickerdoodle, frosted monkey bread. Ask about our cookie of the month.

Bordine Farms: 20 varieties of dahlia bulbs, plants.

Stone Hearth Bakery: assorted rolls, cookies and breads.

Natural Fix Herbal Soap: natural and handmade herbal soaps and herbal dream pillows, recycled bird feeders.

Our Family Farm: large and jumbo chicken eggs, duck eggs, Ask John about his CSA delivered to the Bushel Basket Market. No GMA seeds used.

Bow Wow K9 Tasty Treats: dog treats.

Flying Dragon Arts: hand crafted jewelry.


Chelsea Police logo 2In this week’s Chelsea Police blotter, a discrepancy in a cash drawer leads to dispute, a cell phone was stolen from Timbertown and a 58-year-old Chelsea man is arrested for a DUI.

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 26th, 2015



Lisa Allmendinger on May 26th, 2015

The Chelsea Varsity baseball team ended their regular season this past week and said farewell to their seniors.

The Bulldogs ended with their best season record since 2007 and will take that momentum into this week’s pre-district game on Tuesday where Chelsea will be hosting state-ranked Tecumseh.

The team also said farewell and special thanks to its six seniors last week. They include Grant Ortbring, Sam Almhiemid, Ryan Eisley, Connor Dehring, Cameron Starkey, Daniel Lindauer, and team manager and press box DJ, Jacob Dobberstein.

Last Friday, the Bulldogs held their annual Home Run Derby which raises money for the program. Each player attempts to hit a homerun for every derby entry they have sold. In addition, varsity players divide up entries sold by the JV team.

Each player took approximately 25 swings. There were a total of 9 home runs hit, dividing up a pot of $1,000 between them. Hitting one home run each were sophomore Drew Anstead, and seniors Starkey, Eisley. Senior Grant Ortbring broke the record for most homers by one player with 6 home runs, including 3 in a row.

If Chelsea wins they will advance to the districts the following Saturday and play at home against #6 ranked Milan.


Lisa Allmendinger on May 26th, 2015
Chelsea High School students took place in a Box-O-Rama fundraiser last week, which was the most successful one to date raising close to $900, which will be donated to Ozone House.

Chelsea High School students took place in a Box-O-Rama fundraiser last week, which was the most successful one to date raising close to $900, which will be donated to Ozone House.

Students in the Interact Club stay late and sleep outside in box for one night to offer insight into what it might be like to be homeless.

The event is used as a fundraiser for Ozone House.

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 25th, 2015
Courtesy photo. Eighth-graders "build" bridges.

Courtesy photo. Eighth-graders “build” bridges.

CAD-programming-vBy Lisa Carolin

Chelsea School District technology teacher Duane Moss has had many students tell him that thanks to the courses they took in Chelsea, they have been ahead of their peers when they’ve gotten to college.

“My students tell me that having the experience with CAD (Computer-Aided Design) made the difference,” said Moss. “They tell me that experience allowed them to further their studies, concentrate on other things, and be a leader for their teams.”

Moss teaches five technology courses at Chelsea High School. He gives students their first chance to experience related courses at Beach Middle School.

Sixth-graders at Beach are the youngest students in the district who have the option to take a technology class. It’s a six-week course called Introduction to Technology, and it covers the safety of using technology as well as learning to do technical drawings.

“Students are given a problem and do technical sketches and then make a model and test it,” explained Moss. “We use a program called Sketch Up that is a 3-D modeling program.”

The sixth-graders learn scale and measurement and start off doing simple objects like chairs and doghouses. Their end project is to create their dream bedroom using professional level CAD programs.

There is a mandatory class for eighth-graders at Beach called Exploring Technology. It’s a 12-week course in which students are exposed to different engineering careers.

”I use things currently in the news so that students can relate to what they’re doing,” said Moss. “For example, we discuss the positives and negatives of Amazon using drones to deliver things. We’ve also talked about self-driving cars and cell phones.”

The students create sketches and then go to the lab to actually create what they sketch.

“They have to think on their feet and improvise and adapt,” said Moss. “The students are making a model now of a truss bridge, and will see how much weight that bridge will hold. They’re learning about things that impact our infrastructure.”

Beach Principal Nick Angel says, “Duane’s courses combine engineering, technology creation, and hands-on projects which are invaluable experiences for middle school students to be exposed to.”

Moss credits the ipads that students have access to for allowing them to extend their education outside the school walls.

Moss is in his 20th year in the Chelsea school district and stays up to date on his subject matter by reading periodicals, staying in contact with universities, and maintaining his membership with the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association.

“I love my subject area, and we have the best kids here,” says Moss.

Courtesy photo. Sixth-graders working with a CAD program.

Courtesy photo. Sixth-graders At Beach Middle School working on a CAD program.

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 25th, 2015


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Lisa Allmendinger on May 25th, 2015


(Chelsea Update would like to thank Bridget Favre for the information in this story.)

(Publisher’s note: This very popular weekly summer event would not be possible without the support of local businesses. Please take a look at the list of them at the end of this story and be sure to say thank you the next time you visit them.)

Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights, presented by Golling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Chelsea, is pleased to announce its 2015 season lineup, which kicks off June 4 and runs every Thursday through Aug. 13, and features a variety of music, dance, comedy, and family entertainment.

Now in its eleventh year, the outdoor concert series is recognized for its mixture of music from jazz to country to indie rock and more.  Every Thursday, 11 acts perform on 11 separate-staged areas throughout downtown Chelsea from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The 2015 lineup includes more than 120 performances throughout the summer and features the return of many local favorites as well as 30 new acts making their festival debut.

“This year we had a pool of more than 200 talented artists apply to perform. This made selection and scheduling a challenge, but the result is a phenomenal line up with a variety of acts,” said co-organizer Craig Common.

“As you walk downtown, you can see veteran entertainers like Annie and Rod Capps, Los Dingos Del Norte and Bulls Halsey, who have performed at Sounds & Sights in the past, mixed in with new talent like Sarah Blacker, Thunderwüde, and the ABC Sisters. It is exciting to see the progression of favorite artists and to discover something new each week.”

The open mic stage is returning to West Middle Street again this year. “This is a popular stage for aspiring artists and gives local musicians more opportunities to be a part of the event.  Many previous open mic acts, like Mixed Nuts and Town Band, are now a part of our scheduled lineup,” said Common.

In addition to the music, the 2015 schedule includes magic, face painting, balloon artists, jugglers, dancers, interactive art demonstrations and comedy.

In partnership with Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, and sponsored by Friends of Chelsea District Library, The Chelsea District Library’s Comedy Showcase presents professional comedians the first four weeks of Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights. That stage with outdoor seating is located at Katie’s Korner on the library lawn and features premier comics from around the country including Billy Ray Bauer, Jeff Nease, Andy Pitz, and Tony Deyo.

Visitors can also explore SculptureWalk Chelsea, a self-guided walking tour of 12 juried sculptures which are a part of a yearlong community arts project.

“Sounds and Sights is an essential part of our initiative to increase vibrancy for our community and local merchants, while at the same time supporting local arts. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the financial support we receive from both the festival and our loyal sponsors continues to allow us to put on a first class, free event,” says Common.

Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights is a program of Chelsea Area Festivals and Events, and is made possible with the support from its 2015 season sponsors including: City of Chelsea DDA, Golling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Chelsea, Chelsea State Bank, “Jiffy” Mixes, Rick Taylor Real Estate – Reinhart, Chelsea Rhone, Cleary’s Pub, The Common Grill, LaJolla Fine Jewelry, Lehman and Scheffler Real Estate Services, Roberts Paint and Body, Smokehouse 52 BBQ, St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, and Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation.

Stages and events are also sponsored by Chelsea Alehouse Brewery, Chelsea Family Dentistry, Edward Jones – Diane Kieliszewski and Michael O’Quinn, Hardwood Solutions, Hatch Stamping Company, Heydlauff’s Appliances and Electronics, Jeff Klink and Associates, Mitchell Family, O and W Inc., Rick Eder Agency – Farm Bureau Insurance, Silver Maples of Chelsea, Ballet Chelsea, Ypsilanti Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Parts Peddler Auto Supply, Victory Lane Quick Oil Change, Key Bank, and Advance Dental Group of Chelsea.

Additional sponsors include: Bay Arbor Tax Services, Biggby Coffee – Chelsea, Chelsea Comfort Inn and Village Conference Center, Chelsea District Library, Cherry Optometry, The Purple Rose Theatre Company, RK Studios, Chelsea Area Historical Society and Museum, Chelsea Dermatology – Jona K. Gill, M.D., Chelsea Oral and Facial Surgery, Chelsea Wellness Center, Cut Loose Clothing, Dayspring Gifts, First Equity Residential Mortgage, The Garden Mill, Hopp Electric, Inc., JDW and Associates, La Maison, Lake Trust Credit Union, Manpower, Inc. of SE Michigan, Merkel Furniture and Carpet One, Moran’s Consignments, P.C. Johnson Construction, P.N. Pandya, DDS, The Potting Shed, Rotary Club of Chelsea, RuralReach.com, Surface Dynamics, TorranceLearning, VEO Art Studio, Zou Zou’s Café and Coffee Bar, Angela Chapman, PH.D., Benson Hearing, Carquest of Chelsea, Chelsea Cornerstone, LLC, Chelsea House Victorian Inn, Chelsea Print and Graphics, Chelsea Vision Care, Chelsea’s Best Car Wash, Dangerous Architects PC, Dave Stoll Construction, Dr. Raymond Howe Orthodontics, In Chelsea Hair Design, Kate Zurenko Photography, Kiwanis Club of Chelsea, Michelle and Manfred Bengsch, Plaid Melon Café, Riemco Building Company, Mack Ruffin & Kathy Carter, Serendipity Books, Stadium Development Co. Thompsons’s Pizzeria, Village Hair Studio, and Waterloo Gardens Bed and Breakfast.

Support is also provided by the City of Chelsea , 102.9FM W4 Country, Ann Arbor’s 107one, Ann Arbor Family Magazine, Burrill Strong Photography, Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce, Chelseamich.com, ChelseaUpdate, Current, Digital First Media, Mark Bogarin Photography, Midnight Sun Studio, Mlive, Palmer Auto Service, River Gallery + Exhibits, The Lucy Ann Lance Show, and Trinchero Family Estates.

For a complete schedule of entertainmnet, click here.


Lisa Allmendinger on May 25th, 2015
Courtesy photo. A view of a previous Silver Maples rummage sale.

Courtesy photo. A view of a previous Silver Maples rummage sale.

Silver Maples of Chelsea will hold their annual Rummage Sale on Thursday, May 28, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Friday, May 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Most items will be half price after 1 p.m. on Friday.

Staff, residents, and families have donated thousands of items, including collectables, kitchen and household items, small furniture, appliances, jewelry and accessories, craft items, sports equipment, electronics, books, art, and plenty of other good stuff.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the free and popular Kaleidoscope Concert series, as well as Silver Maples Scholarship Fund and the Team Building/Celebration Fund.

Silver Maples is located at 100 Silver Maples Dr.

For more information, click here.

Courtesy photo. Inside a previous Silver Maples rummage sale.

Courtesy photo. Inside a previous Silver Maples rummage sale.

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 25th, 2015

CCK-logo-small(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kathy Carter for the information in this story.)

Chelsea Community Kitchen (CCK) is a non-profit focused on a vision of a community where enthusiasm for local food helps people, the environment, and the economy thrive.

The group’s summer activities highlight this focus with programs for children, food entrepreneurs and businesses, and expanding our work.

CCK is looking for a part-time Program and Administrative Coordinator to assist them.  As they’ve grown, it’s become harder to rely only on volunteers to maintain the daily operations. The groups needs someone with experience in a non-profit setting and a proven track record of building relationships with community partners and stakeholders, as well as the organizational and management skills to ensure the success of programs.  The initial contract will be for 6 months, with renewal available.

The position will start July 1 at 20 hours per month. Click here for the job posting.

The 2015 Kids Cooking Camp means another great summer adventure in healthy cooking and good eating awaits your children.  Click here to register children in grades 1-6 for a great week of learning about food and how to prepare it.

This year’s theme will be “Cooking Around the U.S.A.” Teacher Judy Radant will lead sessions featuring healthy foods from different parts of the country.  As always, each day will include practicing kitchen safety, keeping food clean (sanitation), cooking techniques, clean-up and following directions.

Registration for the 2015 Camp is filling. Half day sessions will be offered for grades 1-3 and grades 4-6 the week of July 20-24, at $25 per daily session. Register for 1 day or all 5 to customize your week.
As part of CCK’s support to the food economy we are offering ServSafe® food safety training for those who need to fulfill the Michigan Food law requirement.  Food Protection Manager is an 8-hour self-study and review class.

Students read and study the book prior to class, then do a 7-hour review of key materials prior to taking the national certification test. Held on Monday, July 27, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., you must register by July 10 in order to get materials to study prior to the class. Fee is $140.