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Photo by Burrill Strong. Santa Claus arrived in Chelsea at Pierce Park during Hometown Holiday on Dec. 2.

Photo by Burrill Strong. Santa Claus arrived in Chelsea at Pierce Park during Hometown Holiday on Dec. 2.

Please enjoy the slideshow below by Burrill Strong from the annual Hometown Holiday tree lighting and the Common Chords concert at the Chelsea District Library that took place on Friday, Dec. 2.



Lisa Allmendinger on December 5th, 2016

UMRC-Foundation-logo(Chelsea Update would like to thank Stacey Olsen for the information in this story.)

United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) Foundation has received a two-year grant of $495,050 from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, aimed at benefiting the health and wellness of Michigan’s older adults.

This grant will support a pilot training program at UMRC’s Towsley Village Memory Care Center.

Positive Approach™ is an innovative, medically-proven care giving program designed to improve quality of life and reduce stress for those with dementia and their caregivers.

“Adults with Alzheimer’s disease may become agitated or aggressive as the disease progresses,” says Ashley Martin, Chelsea Retirement Community (CRC) executive director in a press release.

“At times, these behaviors can even require hospitalization which is traumatizing for everyone,” she says, adding, “Through the Positive Approach™ training, we will empower our caregivers and families with the tools they need to provide a calming environment and reduce or avoid behavioral challenges for our residents with dementia.”

Martin says, “We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund which allows us to provide this training, and delighted to welcome Positive Approach™ founder Teepa Snow to our Chelsea campus in May during Dementia Awareness Week.”

This grant also supports UMRC in becoming a certified Positive Approach™ train-the-trainer site.

“In year two of the project, we look forward to partnering with other senior care organizations to offer training for caregivers and families throughout the region,” she says.

This training is especially important in Michigan which currently ranks 10th in the country in the number of older adults living in the state. While Alzheimer’s disease is not part of the normal aging process, the prevalence and likelihood of the disease increases with age.

In Michigan, the Alzheimer’s Association expects to see a 22-percent increase by 2025 in the number of adults who develop this disease, the 5th leading cause of death among adults 65 and older.

With the Positive Approach™ focus on intervention, preemptive care, and caregiver education, “this grant is a game-changer for UMRC,” says UMRC President and CEO, John Thorhauer.  “Positive Approach™ training will allow our staff to provide the highest quality of care for residents and their families, and to be a much-needed resource for dementia care in our area.”   

Michigan Health Endowment Fund CEO, Paul Hillegonds says, “At the Health Fund, we recognize that supporting older adults means also supporting those who care for them.”

He says, “Caregivers and families play a crucial role helping seniors who suffer from dementia, and that often means doing a lot with minimal time, resources, and assistance.We’re proud to partner with UMRC to implement the Positive Approach™ program, an innovative and replicable solution with great potential to help Michigan’s older adults as well as their caregivers.”

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 5th, 2016

Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office logo (Publisher’s note: Chelsea does not have its own Citizen’s Police Academy so residents are encouraged to attend the one presented by the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office.)

If you are interested in attending the Winter 2017 Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy please complete the application and release forms (http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/sheriff/community/citizens-police-academy), then email them to Deputy Wion at wionj@ewashtenaw.org or fax to 734-794-2128 by Dec. 9.

All forms must have an actual signature (email signatures and font signatures are not accepted).

The Citizens Police Academy is designed to give you a behind the scenes, in-depth look into the everyday happenings of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. Our goal is to make this course an informative and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. It’s our opportunity to share what we do and how we do it. You’ll meet command staff, learn how traffic stops are made, take a tour of the jail, meet our K-9 and Mounted members, learn how to process a crime scene, make an arrest, and much more.

Class Schedule:

Feb. 2, 2017 – April 13, 2017

Every Thursday

Dinner served:  5:30 p.m.

Class begins:  6 p.m.


County Service Center on Hogback Road

Jury Assembly Room

2201 Hogback Road




Must be at least 18 years old

Topics Covered:

  • Meet the Sheriff
  • What is Community Engagement
  • Our Community Outreach Program
  • Total Policing
  • Arrest Procedures
  • Community Corrections
  • Juvenile Detention Center
  • Emergency Management
  • Tour Metro Dispatch
  • K-9 demonstrations
  • Mounted demonstrations
  • Traffic Crash Reconstruction
  • Firearms Training Simulator (FATS)
  • Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
  • Marine/Underwater Search and Recovery Team (DIVE)
  • Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT)
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Corrections/Jail Tour

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 5th, 2016
Courtesy photo. Mike Jackson.

Courtesy photo. Mike Jackson.

This week’s guest on “Around Town with Linda” is Mike Jackson, owner of Vogel’s and Foster’s.

“Around Town” with Linda Meloche can be seen daily on Channel 18 at 7:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. 

DVD’s of all shows are available to check out on the second floor of the Chelsea District Library and can also be viewed at http://storiesofchelsea.org/around-town-with-linda/.

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 5th, 2016

On Thursday, Dec. 8 beginning at 7 p.m., the Chelsea High School Orchestra and Band will hold a concert at Chelsea High School auditorium.

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 4th, 2016
Chelsea Police Chief Ed Toth and his volunteer helper with two Chelsea participants, Mason and Logan.

Chelsea Police Chief Ed Toth and his volunteer helper with two Chelsea participants, best friends Logan and Mason.

Chelsea Police Chief Ed Toth and Officer Rick Cornell were two of the more than 65 law enforcement officers and about the same amount of volunteers involved in this year’s Shop with a Cop event that took place on Nov. 30 at the Meijer store on Jackson Road in Scio Township.

Chelsea police joined Northfield, EMU, U-M, and the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office for the annual event that is organized by Sgt. Keith Flores.

He said there were 17-18 children from Chelsea who took part in the event that brings early Christmas cheer to children who might not otherwise have a festive holiday.

He said about 95 children took part this year and in addition to the highlight of the event, a $125 shopping spree, the participants ate pizza, fruit and chips, drank soda or water, met Santa, decorated cookies, and played games. Among the other items they received were a T-shirt, hat, gloves. blanket, backpack, socks, underwear, coat, a stocking with a letter from Santa as well as gas gift cards for an adult.

In all, about $300 was spent on each child thanks to community, small business and corporate donations.

Please enjoy the large slideshow from the event below.


Lisa Allmendinger on December 4th, 2016

St.-Joe-logo(Chelsea Update would like to thank Bobby H. Maldonado for the information in this story.)

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide for patient safety, announced recently that St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea received an “A” ranking for Fall 2016. 

This follows a similar “A” ranking received in Spring 2016.

“Patient care of the highest quality and patient safety are at the center of how we provide care to our patients,” said Nancy Graebner, president and CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea in a press release. “We are proud to be recognized among the safest hospitals in the United States.”

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year.  It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea’s full grade, please visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org/.


Lisa Allmendinger on December 4th, 2016



Lisa Allmendinger on December 4th, 2016



Lisa Allmendinger on December 3rd, 2016


chamber-players-concertOn Sunday, Dec. 4, Chelsea Chamber Players present free performances at the First United Methodist Church at 3 and 7 p.m.

Also, the weekend brings The Nutcracker Ballet performed by Ballet Chelsea at Chelsea High School on Dec. 3 at 2 and 7 p.m. and again on Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. On Sunday, the Sugar Plum Tea is a festive event that takes place at 12:30 p.m.

Guests are invited to dress for the occasion, for ticket information visit www.balletchelsea.org.

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