There will be an On The Tracks concert performed by Caleb Lange and Joe Crookston that’s kicked off by a special artisan show (from 4-6 p.m.) at the Chelsea Depot tonight, Dec. 4.
The concert begins at 7 p.m.
Crookston from Ithaca, NY is the headliner. He’s an artist, writer, singer, guitar picker, painter, claw hammer banjo player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible, according to information about the show.
“You’ll be pulled in by the magic and musical world he creates and you’ll end up in the moment, humming & buzzing with the rest of the crowd. He’ll sing to you ~ You’ll sing with him…He’s plumbing for lyrical gold, like some kind of social archeologist. His story songs are universal, masterful and his concerts are a grand celebration of all of us.”
You can read more, watch video, listen to music here.
Opening the show is folk singer Lange. “Originally from Atlanta, Caleb is a nomad who has spent the last 9 years traveling all over the world filling his wanderlust and empowering orphans and oppressed people,” according to information about his work.
The folk singer is the co-founder of Back To The Roots and is a director for Clothe Your Neighbor As Yourself, two non-profits that exist to empower the poverty stricken worldwide.
There’s a suggested donation of at least $15 at the door. For more information, click here.
On The Tracks Season 2 sponsors are: Glendower Media, A3Radio.com, Bob Pierce & Nadine Anderson, Pam Radcliffe & Dick Dice, Chuck & Gloria McCracken and Pat Cleary/Cleary’s Irish Pub.
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(Chelsea Update would like to thank the coaches for the information in this story.)
The 7th Grade Gold Boys’ Basketball team played a great game yesterday losing a tough game to Lincoln by a score of 24-18. The Dawgs were in position to win until the final 30 seconds of the game. Everyone played very hard.
The 7th Grade Blue Boys’ Basketball team defeated Dexter last night in a close game. Playing well for the Bulldogs were Hunter Neff, Noah French, Aaron McDaniels, Parker Shaw, Mike Tarasow, Nate Caister and Jack Smith. The team will host Saline at home on Wednesday.
The 8th Grade Gold Boys’ Basketball team lost 23-13 to Lincoln last night. The Bulldogs carried the lead into the 4th quarter thanks to a team-high four points from Blake Engler. The team returns to action tonight at Adrian.
The 8th Grade Blue Boys’ Basketball team lost a hard fought contest to Dexter yesterday 22-20. The team played with great desire and grit. Strong individual play by Tobin Moore, Alex Sanborn, Zach Yeakey, and Parker Doan lead the way.
All four tax abatement requests from Chelsea Milling Company, which total about $7.871 million, were unanimously approved by the Chelsea City Council Monday night.
The vote followed a public hearing on the requests during which no one spoke.
“These are long-term investments in the community and in the company,” said John Powers, who represented the company.
The first request was for a 6-year, $1.24 million abatement in personal property for a new automated bag packaging line.
The second was for a 4-year, about $410,500 in personal property for the installation of a new mixer to supply a 50-pound bag line.
The third abatement was for 8 years and about $647,000 in real property and about $2.908 million in personal property for the construction of bulk ingredient storage tanks.
The fourth request was a 7-year, about $844,000 in real property and about $1.822 million in personal property for equipment that will increase the transfer rate between the flour mill and the mixing of various flours for the operation.
Powers said that because less people are baking at home, Jiffy plans to expand its sales into a larger market, which includes schools, hospitals, institutional and correctional facilities or “mass feeders” which require larger quantity packaging of the company’s mixes.
He said this new equipment will facilitate 25-50 pound bags on the high end and 5-10 pound bags on the lower end.
“We want to continue to be profitable and sell to new markets,” Powers said, something that the company has been exploring for the last seven years. “We want to maintain employment levels and continue to expand into the future” with an expanded facility that will allow this to happen.
He said that collectively, 25 jobs would be retained and created, through these tax abatements.
Council Member Jane Pacheco asked how this fits into the planned three-phased expansion of the Chelsea Milling facility and Powers explained that this was the beginning of the first phase.
“This is $7.5 million of a possible $30 million investment over the next 10-30 years,” he said, adding that the construction will bring a “significant” amount of construction jobs into the area as well.
And Council Member Jim Myles reminded the council that “We’ll eventually gain this revenue in the future.”
Now that they’ve been approved by the City Council, these Industrial Facility Tax abatements will be forwarded to the Michigan State Tax Commission for review and final approval.
The city previously granted Chelsea Milling abatements in 1995 for $4.475 million for 12 years, in 2009 for $5.734 million for 12 years and in 2011, a $3.995 million abatement for 11 years.
In total, according to the city’s assessors, the city currently has about 14 or 15 abatements in place.
City Clerk Laura Kaiser said every two years in January the companies that were granted abatements are required to report back to the city on the state of the projects and the jobs that have been added or retained because of the abatements.
(Chelsea Update would like to thank John Knox for the photo and information in this story.)
Rick Boham, president of Chelsea Community Fair Board, was the guest speaker at a recent Chelsea Kiwanis Club meeting.
Boham updated the club on the fair’s results from this year as the current activities and projects that are ongoing at the fairgrounds.
In addition, the Kiwanis Club presented a donation to the Fair Board at the meeting.
Horace Frank Robinson of Grass Lake. Age 96, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 with his wife and loving family by his side. At the time, he was under the care of the wonderful staff at the Vista Grande retirement home in Jackson. Horace was born to Edmund and Delia Robinson on May 26, 1917 in Grass Lake on his family’s homestead.
(Publisher’s note: The family made a number of changes to the original obituary so I’ve rerun it.)
Gerald DeBusk of Lincoln Park, MI. Age 65, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 with family at his side. He was born May 25, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Leo & Edith DeBusk. Jerry graduated from Lincoln Park High School. He went on to the US Air Force, becoming a Sergeant.
The full obituaries can be found here.
(Chelsea Update would like to thank Joe Yekulis for the information and Kelly Flaherty for the photos in this story. And this time, the correct photo gallery is in the story. My apologies.)
The 26th Annual Fall Dinner Auction for St. Louis Center began with an Italian theme in honor of the Servants of Charity congregation from Italy, which has run the program for persons with Developmental Disabilities since 1960.
Fr. Enzo Addari, SdC., was especially proud of the local community for their support, and in particular Chelsea Community Hospital and their staff who donated their time and resources to make this event a success.
“We know by your actions how much you care for our residents. Without your support, we could not provide them with the quality of life they’ve been given, and we thank you all for what you do,” he said in a press release.
Auctioneer Joseph Merkel and his staff once again donated their services to conduct a fun and entertaining auction, both live and silent, and one of the highlights of the evening was State Treasurer Kenneth Unterbrink of the Michigan Knights of Columbus presenting a $20,000 check to Fr. Addari on behalf of the Knights of Michigan.
Some of the most popular live auction items during the evening included a week’s stay in an Italian Villa, a gourmet Italian Dinner for six prepared by Fr. William J. Turner of St. Mary Parish, a 14K Gold diamond and emerald pendant from LaJolla Fine Jewelry, and an autographed baseball bat signed by Tiger’s MVP Miguel Cabrera and two tickets to a Tigers ballgame in 2014.
Kathi Neuman, chair of the auction committee said, “This was one of our best auctions ever, and we are grateful for the support of our committee members and all of the merchants and donors in the local community who support our efforts every year.”
For more information about St. Louis Center please click here.
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By Lisa Carolin
Kitty Golding is the owner of an interior design business, a wife, and the mother of four boys, who all live in the Chelsea area. It was the loss of her other son that inspired Golding to start a nonprofit organization called Hearts of Hope.
In 2000, the Goldings’ infant son, William, was born with a rare birth defect and lived for just 16 hours. After the devastation of that loss, Golding got together with her friend, Michelle Bazick, whose baby (Baby Jessica) was still born at 27 weeks.
“We chose to use our tragic losses as an opportunity to serve and minister to other mothers and fathers (who) have experienced the loss of a baby through late term miscarriage, still birth or infant death,” said Golding. “Hearts of Hope was originally initiated out of the basic need for parents that have just lost a child to go home from the hospital with something tangible in their arms.”
Hearts of Hope delivers bereavement baskets designed to meet the emotional, mental and spiritual needs of those experiencing such a loss. The baskets are delivered to the labor and delivery ward of local hospitals where nurses take the gift to the parents in their rooms. To date, more than 3,000 baskets have been delivered to local hospitals as well as shipped around the country.
“Some of the hand-selected items that fill our boxes are a loving book titled “Mommy, Please Don’t Cry,” and a soft teddy bear from the Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory,” said Golding. “Beautiful baby blankets are carefully made by my mother-in-law and her friend and used as liners in the boxes.”
Golding and Bazick buy the items and make the boxes and baskets. They depend on donations, 100 percent going to purchase the items that fill the boxes and the cost to send them.
“Sharing the responsibilities of Hearts of Hope with another person helps tremendously,” said Golding. “Michelle and I divide what needs to be done and also pray about Hearts of Hope and for the parents that have had losses and those that will be future recipients of this ministry.”
After delivering her fourth child in April of 2002, one month after delivering the first gift basket from Hearts of Hope, Golding’s husband encountered a couple in the hospital elevator holding a Hearts of Hope basket. He shared his sorrow about their loss and told them where the basket came from.
“It’s amazing that one of our very first baskets had been given to a couple that had the exact same rare loss that we had,” said Golding.
To request a basket, you can call 734-424-9647 or to the website.
To donate to Hearts of Hope, go to the website or send a check to: Hearts of Hope, 3522 Oliver Dr., Dexter, MI 48130.
Public hearings for a series of four tax abatement requests from Chelsea Milling Company totaling about $7.871 million will lead off the Chelsea City Council meeting tonight, Dec. 2.
- The first request is for six years for $1.24 million in personal property for a new automated bag packaging line for the company that is moving into the food service and institutional business at is 201 W. North St. plant. This new equipment is expected to create two new jobs within the first two years of operation and retain 9 jobs.
- The second abatement to be considered is for 4 years for about $410,500 in personal property for the installation of a new mixer to supply a 50-pound bag line, which, according to the application will retain nine jobs at the company.
- The third abatement under consideration is for 8 years for about $647,000 in real property and about $2.908 million in personal property for the construction of bulk ingredient storage tanks. Within the first two years, this improvement is expected to create 5 new jobs.
- The fourth request is for seven years in the amount of about $844,000 in real property and about $1.822 million in personal property for equipment that will increase the transfer rate between the flour mill and the mixing of various flours for the operation.
Each request is based on a lengthy application that assigns points to all aspects of a project in relation to its environmental impact, number of jobs that will be added or retained, impacts on the local tax base and economy. If approved by the City Council, the requestments will be forwarded to the Michigan State Tax Commission for review and final approval.
Currently, the company holds three IFT’s:
Granted in 1995 for $4,475 million for 12 years
Granted in 2009 for about $5.734 million for 12 years
Granted in 2011 for about $3.995 million for 11 years
Also to be discussed are a number of appointments to various boards and committees, which are currently vacant because of the recent election, which resulted in three new faces on the council.
Plus, with the switch from Tuesday nights to Monday nights, the City Council must also decide on dates for three Monday night meetings that fall on Federal holidays in 2014.
Historically, the city has allowed taxpayers to submit letters of protest about their assessed property values rather than requiring them to appear in person at the December or March Board of Review. Last year, according to the city assessors, there were 72 appeals received for the March Board of Review and only two were received by mail. Of those appeals, 57 were granted and 12 were denied by the Board of Review.
The City Council will establish its 2014 poverty /hardship guidelines, which allows qualified residents to defer their tax payments until April 1 without penalty or interest. The rates mirror those used by the Chelsea School District for the free and reduced lunch program.
The council will also consider Mayor Jason Lindauer’s appointment of former Council Member Marcia White Parker to fill an open seat on the city’s Planning Commission with a term ending in June, 2014.
There are also two Chelsea Area Fire Authority items on the agenda. One is a request to submit a name for the at large seat on the CAFA board of directors, which is currently open. Two people have submitted their names – Hal Moore and Tom Osborne. Each of the member municipalities is encouraged to submit names for consideration for consideration by the CAFA board. In addition, the proposed about $1.286 million 2014 CAFA operating budget was submitted to the City Council for comment.
The City Council meets at 7 p.m. in the new police station building in the City Council chambers.
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Horace Frank Robinson of Grass Lake passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 at the age of 96. His wife was at his side and his loving family, as well as the incredible staff of the Vista Grande Retirement Home in Jackson, Michigan. Horace was born May 26, 1917 in Grass Lake, in the family’s original homestead which was later destroyed by fire.
Malcolm John Reinhardt of Gregory, Michigan, age 69, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 at the Regency at Bluffs Park facility in Ann Arbor, MI. He was born on Dec. 6, 1943 in Stockbridge, MI, the son of Alvin and Rosemary (Bollinger) Reinhardt. This obituary is being rerun as a memorial service date has been set for Sunday.
For the complete obituaries and details, please click here.