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Lisa Allmendinger on July 30th, 2015
Photo by Alan Scafuri from Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights.

Photo by Alan Scafuri from Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights.

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

After a successful Sounds and Sights Festival weekend, Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights continues its free summer concert series on Thursday, July 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Presented by Golling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Chelsea, professional artists perform at 11 staged areas located throughout downtown Chelsea featuring music, art, and family entertainment.

Annie & Rod Capps (Americana/Folk) at Katie’s Korner on the library lawn

Hullabaloo (Ska/Jazz/Dance-music) at South St.

3 Generations Entertainment (Balloons for the kids) at Main St. Alley

Bob Pogue (Adult Contemporary) at East Alley

Sel de Terre (Cajun/Creole) at East Middle St.

Open Mic Stage at W. Middle St.

Kirtland (Indie Alt Rock) at Sylvan Courtyard

EBB Tide (Americana) at Glazier Building

Bill Bynum & Co. (Americana) at Clocktower Gazebo

Eric Moore (Acoustic Blues) at Chelsea Alehouse Brewery

Dee Dee the Clown (Face Painting) at the Clocktower Courtyard

Face Painting Robot (Face Painting) at the Clocktower Courtyard

Movie at dusk provided by SRSLY Cinema: The Maze Runner (PG-13)

For more Chelsea, Michigan events click here. For more information about Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights click here.


Lisa Allmendinger on July 30th, 2015
Chelsea Chamber of Commerce members flank Chelsea Optometry staff during a ribbon cutting and open house Wednesday afternoon.

Chelsea Chamber of Commerce members flank Chelsea Optometry staff during a ribbon cutting and open house Wednesday afternoon. Dr. Brian Carney, O.D. cuts the ribbon.


Chelsea Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bob Pierce on left, Chelsea Optometry staff in the center and Chamber of Commerce Board President Ian Boone on right at the ribbon cutting Wednesday afternoon.

Chelsea Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bob Pierce on left, Chelsea Optometry staff in the center and Chamber of Commerce Board President Ian Boone on right at the ribbon cutting Wednesday.

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 30th, 2015


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When it comes to the annual Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show currently underway at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds this week, seven of the busiest kids on the fairgrounds are the Junior Livestock Committee.

In addition to caring for and showing their own livestock entries, Kesley Edwards, Abbie Walkowe, Erica Drake, Jacy Wacker, Natalie Johnson, and sisters Cassidy and Chrissy Polzin assist with the gates for the showing of other species as well as organize and announce Thursday’s livestock auction as just a few of the many tasks they have during youth show week.

The Junior Livestock Committee with their leaders.

The Junior Livestock Committee with their leaders.

The committee members say they spend many hours each day at the fairgrounds and although it’s the highlight of their summer, they are grateful for a number of different life skills they have learned through their participation in 4-H this week and every week throughout the year.

Kelsey Edwards talked about the new opportunities that 4-H offers. She says there’s a mentor program through which she has the opportunity to work with younger kids and assist them in their showmanship skills — in her case, with sheep.

In her 6th year in 4-H, she’ll be showing lambs and feeder cows this week.

Abbie Walkowe says 4-H has helped her with her confidence. “Through showing, I’ve come out of my shell,” she said.

In her 7th year in 4-H, she’ll be showing steers, heifers and sheep this week.

Erica Drake says 4-H has shown her the importance of community involvement and she’s enjoyed working with business people and other folks in her community. This opportunity has also offered her an chance to learn about local heritage.

In her third year in 4-H, she’ll be showing dairy heifers and feeder calves.

Jacy Wacker says 4-H has taught her responsibility because with both her mom and her brother working, she’s taken over the chores and feeds, hays, waters and works with the livestock.

A 4-H member for 6 years, she’ll be showing steers and sheep.

Natalie Johnson also says 4-H has taught her responsibility by learning to care for her steer and lambs. “It’s cool to be a part of it,” she says of 4-H.

In her third year in 4-H, she’ll be showing lambs.

Cassidy Polzin noted the new and lasting friendships she’s made through 4-H. “It’s the different opportunities 4-H gives you to make friends with people you normally wouldn’t talk to,” she says. In fact, she’s attended veterinary science camp through 4-H.

In her fifth year in 4-H, she’ll be showing dairy, pigs and sheep.

Chrissy Polzin says that leadership has been one of the life skills she’s learned through 4-H, mentoring young kids and helping with Cloverbud Camp. Plus, when the younger kids show their animals, she enjoys helping them, she says.

Also in her fifth year of 4-H, she’ll be showing dairy and sheep.

As a group, the committee members say that 4-H is a lot of fun and they enjoy working with their animals, meeting new people and making new friends. 4-H, they say, provides them with a myriad of learning experiences that they otherwise wouldn’t have.

4-H members support one another, hope to do their best when they show, but above all else, enjoy all the skills that 4-H offers year-round.

Below is a schedule of events for the week. Entry into the show and parking are both free.



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Lisa Allmendinger on July 29th, 2015

By Madison Brodeur and Emily Chizek

Madison Brodeur
My name is Madison Brodeur and I was a camper at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in the Camp Bernstein section. I am an 8th grader at Beach Middle School and play violin in my orchestra program.

Blue Lake was an amazing experience that held so many things to do and people to meet.

Being a violin player, our teacher was Mr. Pool, for orchestra. When he taught us the music he did more then teach it. He got up close with us and was able to make rehearsal very fun and he made sure the music stuck in your head the rest of the day. He told us of some of his experiences in music and incorporated into his teachings. He was an amazing teacher that I shall not soon forget.

When at camp, we were in cabins with 12 other people. I was so happy to have my good buddy Emily Chizek with me. The first couple days of camp were rough with all of the things we had to do, but after a while we got into the system of waking up and being on time to activities.

On the last day of camp, I felt like the people that I had met on the first day of camp were now like life-long buddies. We shared stories about each other and we became closer than just cabin mates.

The activities at camp included music class, electives, and free time. Those activities were more exciting then what they could put in their brochure or online.

I can’t wait to go back again. I am very grateful for the scholarships I was able to use for camp along with my violin teacher, Mr. Peters and his efforts to make that happen. If you are thinking of going, you will have a great time.

This was my Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp experience.

Madison Brodeur, 8th grade at Beach Middle School, orchestra

Emily Chizek

I’m Emily Chizek and Blue Lake was a really good experience for me, we had multiple rehearsals a day, while still having loads of fun with our cabin mates and other campers.

During the 12 days I was there, it seems like a while at first but goes by in a blink of an eye. We did so many fun things, while learning new techniques, and ways to play our instruments. After going, I can say that my sight reading ability has risen, and music is a lot easier to pick up. We practiced a lot and we also had a lot of fun as well such as going to a camper dance, having skit nights, and going to professional performances, and recitals.

While we had our daily rehersals, and sectionals, we also had minors, mine being theater. In a minor, you were able to explore something that you may have never done, we got to learn the basics, and we even got to put on a small play.

To bring it together at the end of the session, all of our hard work payed off and we had a concert in front of many families, and friends.

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp was a great experience for me that I am hoping I will be able to have the opportunity to do it again.

Emily Chizek, 8th grade at Beach Middle School, band

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The Lima Township Planning Commission .

The Lima Township Planning Commission .

About two dozen people were in attendance for the Monday, July 27 meeting of the Lima Township Planning Commission, which, after months of debate, unanimously adopted a resolution to recommend the approval of a special land use application for Nordman Lake LLC to the Lima Township Board of Trustees.

The Camp Woodbury site on Nordman Lake, located on Steinbach Road between Dexter Chelsea Road and Trinkle Road, has been increasingly used for weddings and other events. Residents have complained about amplified music and noise going on past the 10 p.m. cutoff time stipulated by township ordinance.

After meeting with neighboring residents, as well as Nordman Lake LLC owners Jan Muhleman and Tom Hollyer, a subcommittee composed of Planning Chairwoman Marlene Consiglio, Vice Chairman Ed Greenleaf, and Planning Commissioner Bill Coury passed on its recommendation to the Planning Commission.

In a rough draft of the Planning Commission’s resolution to be forwarded to the board and read aloud by Consiglio, eight findings were cited, accompanied by 14 restrictions. All findings and restrictions are subject to change when the matter is taken up by the Township Board at the regularly scheduled Aug. 10 meeting.

The findings describe how the business is to be set up, maintained, and operated. The restrictions are the conditions recommended to be placed on the special land use permit.

Included are that the campground “Be harmonious and in accordance with the objectives of the Lima Township Master Plan.” And “Will be designed, constructed, operated, maintained and managed so as to be harmonious and appropriate in appearance with the existing or intended essential character of the area, because this use (as a campground) has existed in this area for almost 90 years and is part of the character of the area.”

The restrictions include limiting number of guests at any event, and propose dictating that any event shall be shut down by 11 p.m., and that attendees who are not camping must leave by midnight.

The recommended restrictions also state that “Quiet hours between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. shall be strictly maintained in accordance with the Lima Township noise ordinance.” And that “No amplified sound associated with an event will be permitted outside of the lodge, including but not limited to live or prerecorded music, announcements, speeches, etc.”

Another recommended restriction states that the number of events with over 100 guests shall be limited to eight between May 1 and Oct. 31.

Township Supervisor Craig Maier weighed in, saying that “I believe there’s one point that needs to be made extremely clear. Should the Board approve this special use permit, according to two attorneys I’ve spoken with, you give up your grandfathered rights as a campground should this special use permit ever be revoked.”

In other news,  Greenleaf reported that so far, 59 Lima Township residents are in favor of a completely new Town Hall, while 29 are in favor of renovating and adding on to the existing structure. There is still time to voice your opinion on this issue by completing the survey sent out with the summer tax bill, and returning it by Sept. 1.

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 29th, 2015

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

Breathe Yoga held a grand opening last weekend during the Sounds and Sights Festival.

“We really were overwhelmed and overjoyed that so many people came out to see the studio, took free classes and signed up for our opening offer: 30 days unlimited studio yoga classes for just $30,” said Sue Whitmarsh.

The offer is available for purchase until Aug. 15. The 30 days start on the day of your first class. For more information, click here.


Lisa Allmendinger on July 29th, 2015


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

Gelli Plates — the most fun you’ll ever have in one creative gizmo.

We were super tickled that Deena Hodson and Sally Rypkema stopped by USArtQuest one day and agreed to tag-team teach using this useful tool. You’ll learn all the Gelli basics, and lots more about the process of making Gelli Plate Prints and mixing media.

The workshop will take place Thursday, Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. Bring a sack lunch. The cost is $50 and all materials provided. But, you’re welcome to bring your favorite stamp or stencil. All materials and Gelli Plates are available at USArtQuest, 18650 W. Old US-12.

These two gals are super fun, talented and certainly creative.

You can purchase your own Gelli Plate at USArtQuest, or share a plate with other artists, all the while using our acrylic paints, lovely art papers, and fabric squares, rubber stamps, stencils and brayers.

Make collage elements and wrapping paper, greeting cards, and scrapbook pretties – the possibilities are endless. This class starts with a demo, then it’s all hands-on, making for a fun and creative day. Take home pieces that can be transformed into fabulous art or a simple journal cover. The process is as much fun as the product.

Call today to register at 734-562-2662 or sign up here.

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 29th, 2015
File photo. Japanese students visit Timbertown.

Courtesy file photo. Japanese students visit Timbertown.

Everyone’s invited to volunteer at the Chelsea Community Parks Clean-Up Day on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Pierce Park and Timbertown.

Join your neighbors for a fun day of volunteering with friends. City staff and the Parks Planning Committee will be on-hand to coordinate a variety of maintenance projects including graffiti removal and painting at both parks.

For more information, contact the City Offices at 475-1771.