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Lisa Allmendinger on February 12th, 2016

Breathe-Yoga-logo(Chelsea Update would like to thank Sue Whitmarsh for the information in this story.)

On the third Friday of each month, Breathe Yoga studio in Chelsea holds a community class it calls Breathe Gives, which raises money or specific items for various causes, local charities and non-profits.

February’s chosen beneficiary will be the people of Flint, who, as we are all starkly aware, have faced an unimaginable crisis these past two years surrounding one of our most basic of human needs: that of a clean, safe water supply.

Breathe is once again partnering with the Ann Arbor Jaycees to collect funds, which will be given directly to Flint to purchase filters and potable water for its residents.

The class will be from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, and the suggested minimum donation is $10 per person. Please do not donate water.

Breathe instructor and Flint native, Staci Gatica will lead the class, and says in a press release, “Many people think very little of Flint, but I can honestly say that there is no place I’d rather be from; my childhood friends were the best. It’s so sad that so many kids there have been put at risk from this water crisis, and I’m very happy to be helping out in some way by teaching this class. Please come and support us.”

To reserve your spot, please click here or call 734-627-7558. Drop-ins also welcome.


Lisa Allmendinger on February 12th, 2016


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Lisa Allmendinger on February 12th, 2016

Although the Sylvan Township offices are officially closed Monday for President’s Day, Rod Branham, township treasurer, will be there to collect tax payments.

Feb. 15 is the last day to pay township taxes without penalty.

Branham will be there from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 12th, 2016


If you would like to register for this program or learn about upcoming programs at the Chelsea District Library, please click here.


Lisa Allmendinger on February 12th, 2016

Chelsea Bulldogs logo(Chelsea Update would like to thank Gary Dosey for the information in this story.)

The Beach Middle School wrestlers had a rough night in Bedford Wednesday. Wins were hard to come by and they lost the dual meet.

The highlight of the night was Nickolaus Matusko bumping up a weight class and defeating two of Bedford’s best wrestlers 6-0 and 6-1.

Gabe Vowles had a come-from-behind pin against his first Bedford opponent and won a tough 5-4 victory in his second match.

Mitchell Reynolds also won two matches pinning both of his Bedford opponents.

John Davis and Jack Krauss also won a match each.

The wrestlers next compete at the Holt Invitational Saturday.


Lisa Allmendinger on February 11th, 2016
Photo by Lisa Carolin. A look inside the remodeled Garden Mill on Main Street.

Photo by Lisa Carolin. A look inside the remodeled Garden Mill on Main Street.

By Lisa Carolin

Shoppers had a chance to see the changes at the Garden Mill when the store reopened Feb. 6 just in time for Chocolate Extravaganza.

Minor structural changes to the store included removing the built-in cabinets that ran along the south wall of the store, which makes the store feel bigger now.

“The good news is that we will be preserving some of the history of the cabinets, as I am having some of the wood made into fun, new display furniture for the store this summer,” said owner Jennifer Fairfield.

Photo by Lisa Carolin. Jennifer Fairfield (on right) assists a customer inside the Garden Mill.

Photo by Lisa Carolin. Jennifer Fairfield (on right) assists a customer inside the Garden Mill.

Garden Mill has added a storage room on the first floor, which Fairfield says will give them a place to store catalogs and supplies.

The store was also painted to help freshen things up. Fairfield says that January was a good time to do it since it tends to be a slow time in retail, but it didn’t mean any time off for her.

“Customers can expect to see lots of new merchandise,” said Fairfield. “My store manager Maureen and I went to the annual trade show/buying trip the second week of January and found all kinds of great new stuff. We have a whole lot of beautiful new Valentine’s Day items that I think people will find to be the perfect gift for that special person.”

She says they bought new items for every season, and that they will still be carrying many of the items customers have come to rely on like garden tools and supplies as well as structural items like trellises and fencing and garden decor items.

“I really went crazy at our pottery vendor this time, so there will be all kinds of new pots coming in the spring,” said Fairfield. “I can’t wait.”

Photo by Lisa Carolin. A scene inside the remodeled Garden Mill.

Photo by Lisa Carolin. A scene inside the remodeled Garden Mill.

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 11th, 2016
File photo of Chelsea State Bank.

File photo of Chelsea State Bank.

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

Chelsea State Bank recently received an A+ national financial health rating from DepositAccounts.com, one of the nation’s leading bank health-monitoring publications.

The bank stood out in all of the primary evaluation categories, including Texas Ratio, Deposit Growth, and Capitalization. The A+ rating also places CSB in the highest tier (top 10 percent) of the approximately 13,000 federally insured banks and credit unions nationwide in terms of financial health.

A detailed breakdown of CSB’s score may be found here in the health section of its dedicated bank page here.


Lisa Allmendinger on February 11th, 2016


(Chelsea Update would like to thank Lorna Tackwell for this information.)

The Chelsea Rotary Club is throwing a great fundraiser party on March 5 and tickets are now on sale.

It’s a dinner party with the live band, the Sun Messengers. This band is a favorite each year at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s Top of the Park, has been the house band for the Detroit Pistons in the past, and they are playing two sets of 90 minutes each.

If you want to listen to some of their music, go to http://sunmessengers.com/.

Tickets are $65 each, includes dinner and concert. We are having a few high quality silent auction items if you love to bid on things, but mostly it’s just a fun night of music.

If you want to order tickets online (easiest way) here is a link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chelsea-rotarys-annual-fundraiser-sun-bash-tickets-18538250406.

We appreciate your support of our efforts to have a fun night and raise money at the same time.

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 11th, 2016


You are invited to the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce Family Fun Nite on Saturday, March 12 at Chelsea Lanes at 1180 S. Main St. beginning at 7 p.m.

There will be Moonlight Bowling, pizza, popcorn, pop, bowling shoes, prizes, fun, family and friends.

The cost is $25 per person so sign up your team today with this entry form or call the office at 475-1145.

This event is sponsored by 7th Rule Accounting and Merillat Financial Group.

The chamber is also looking for donations for the exciting prize give-a-ways.

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 11th, 2016

S&S-auditions-flyer-YELLOW-(1)(Chelsea Update would like to thank Bridget Favre for the information in this story.)

Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights, one of Michigan’s premier summer concert series, is accepting applications to be considered for this summer’s entertainment lineup.

Auditions will be held Monday, March 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 128 Park St. in downtown Chelsea.

Celebrating its 12th season, Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights has weekly crowds as large as 2,000 people. This year’s schedule kicks off June 9 and runs every Thursday through Aug. 18. Entertainers perform on 11 separate staged areas throughout downtown Chelsea.

In addition to the 11-week schedule, a three-day Sounds and Sights Festival will take place July 28 thru 30. The festival, now in its 40th year, helps raise funds necessary to support the free Sounds and Sight Thursday Nights concert series.

“The regional exposure and popularity of Sounds and Sights attracts many new and highly talented performers each year,” said Craig Common, event co-organizer and owner of The Common Grill.

“We want to give emerging artists the ability to showcase their talents, and are searching for innovative acts to enrich the experience of our spectators, and to bring the event to a whole new level,” he said.

There are over 110 paid spots available on the Thursday nights schedule. Auditions are open to musicians, singer/songwriters, jugglers, magicians, performers, dance troupes, artists and other street performers.

Interested parties are required to complete an application online at http://chelseafestivals.com/soundsights/auditions/.

Applicants can choose to audition electronically or to perform at the live audition on March 21. There are 30-40 live audition slots available on a first come basis, and there is no charge to audition.

Those auditioning live will have 3-5 minutes to perform at one of three stages before a panel of judges made up of local musicians, committee members, merchants and celebrities. Performers should bring any necessary equipment with which they would normally perform.

Those that cannot make the live audition, or are not able to secure a time slot, should still complete the application online and send in a CD, demo, or email a link to an audio demo. Preference is not given based on electronic or live audition.

Selected performers will be contacted to schedule performance dates based on availability.

For more information visit www.chelseafestivals.com, or call the Chelsea Area Festivals and Events at 734-474-9178.

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