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Lisa Allmendinger on October 29th, 2014
Photo by Karen Christensen Sjogren of Jed Fritzemeier during Monday night's fall concert.

Photo by Karen Christensen Sjogren of Jed Fritzemeier during Monday night’s fall concert.

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 29th, 2014

Jack Conlin, Peyton Doan, Kira Frahm, Kennedy Parker, Brendan Maguire and Clara Dobos, Beach Middle School 8th-graders, have qualified for the SEMMLAA county-wide spelling bee next month.

When you see these students around town, please congratulate them.

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

United Methodist Retirement Communities Foundation (UMRC Foundation) is proud to announce its financial support of the Michigan Great Lakes Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association with a grant of $10,000 for its Caregiver Support Groups.

These support groups offer helpful tips for those providing care to their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and connects them with other caregivers. Support group members report feeling less alone, more able to confront their daily problems, and more hopeful about their future.

“We are thrilled to be able to partner with UMRC to continue to provide and enhance support groups in the communities we serve,” says Jennifer Howard, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter.

“Our caregivers are on the front lines every day, dealing with this devastating disease,” she said, adding, “These support groups allow them a chance to connect with other people who understand what they’re going through in a way no one else can.  We truly appreciate the generosity of UMRC to help provide the care and support our constituents need, at the time they need it most.”

Wendy Brightman, UMRC Foundation president, said, “UMRC has long been committed to the care of those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This grant to the Alzheimer’s Association meets our mission and helps caregivers in the greater community receive the support they need. The UMRC Foundation is honored to make a difference in the lives of local residents with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.”

More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s, including 170,000 in the state of Michigan. About 505,000 caregivers provided more than 575 million hours of unpaid care in our state last year, valued at $7.1 billion.

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This is a reminder that the Chelsea Friends and Family Wellness Coalition has set a Dec. 1 deadline for grant applications to fund projects and programs that will help create a culture of wellness in Chelsea.

The coalition, one of five that the Chelsea Area Wellness Foundation has empowered in each of the “5 Healthy Towns” it serves, is made up of community members and organizations that meet monthly to work together to support initiatives that will help Chelsea

  • Move More
  • Eat Better
  • Connect with Others
  • Avoid unhealthy substances

“We’re interested in projects and programs, both large and small, that can help people think twice about their lifestyle,” said coalition member Shawn Personke. “Initiatives should fit into our overall plan that focuses on changing the habits, behaviors and cultural norms of the Chelsea community by incrementally promoting healthier lifestyle choices.​”

Included in the past projects that have been funded are the Intergenerational Garden, Healthy Town Square, Volunteer Chelsea, Safe Routes to Schools, SRSLY, Chelsea Farmer’s Markets, the Community Read, the Food Education Series, and Run for the Rolls.

New projects for 2015 should focus on one or more of the above elements, and should also be measurable, demonstrate fiscal responsibility, and have an important impact on Friends and Family Wellness.

For more information about participating on the Grant Review Team, please contact Shawn Personke at spersonke@silvermaples.org. For more information about the grant application process, email the Chelsea Friends and Family Wellness Coalition at info@5healthytowns.org. Or, check out the group’s Facebook page here.

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 29th, 2014

Tack-Sale

The Chelsea Equestrian Team will hold its 3rd Annual Tack Sale on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Washington Street Education Center.

There will be new and used tack, clothing and other equine products for sale.

Plus, there will be a raffle and door prizes.

There is a $1 donation requested at the door and the sale will take place at 500 Washington St.

Do you have something you’d like to sell? Spaces are $25 each or $20 for 4-H and equestrian teams.

Non-equine vendors are welcome as well.

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CDL logo-1Today, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m., join staff for information to get started with the Chelsea District Library’s new online homework resource, HelpNow from Brainfuse.

Learn how to get the most out of this comprehensive suite of services designed to accommodate a range of homework needs, including live, one-to-one homework help, Michigan-aligned skills building, test preparation and comprehensive writing assistance.

Staff will show you how to connect with Live tutors, who are available from 2-11 p.m. every day to teach students of all ages in the subject areas of math, English, science, and social studies.

To register visit chelseadistrictlibrary.org and click on the calendar tab.

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 29th, 2014

Bianco,-Jacqueline-webJacqueline E. Bianco of Chelsea, age 89, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor after a brief illness.

She was born on July 24, 1925, to Stonewall Jackson Baker and Myrtle (Dunham) Baker. She grew up in Mendon, MI, and upon graduating from high school moved to Ann Arbor where she met Clarence Parsons. They were married on Sept. 9, 1949 and raised their family of three children in Dixboro.

After the passing of her husband, Jacqueline in time met Donald Bianco and they were married in 1979. Don’s work took them to Baltimore, Maryland, for a period in the early 1980s, and upon his retirement they returned to Michigan. Jacqueline worked at The University of Michigan Economics Department and the Kellogg Eye Center. In retirement, Jacqueline lived at the Pines in Chelsea where she enjoyed sewing and needle point projects. Her children and grandchildren were the recipients of many of her crafts.

For the full obituary, please click here.

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A large crowd turned out at Creekside school in Dexter to hear Gretchen Driskell speak about the proposed ET Rover natural gas pipeline.

A large crowd turned out at Creekside School in Dexter to hear State Rep. Gretchen Driskell, D-Saline speak about the proposed ET Rover natural gas pipeline.

About 100 people were in attendance on Sunday, Oct. 26 to listen to State Rep. Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline) address concerns about a proposed ET Rover natural gas pipeline to run through Washtenaw County on its way to Sarnia, Ontario.

No representatives were in attendance from ET Rover.

The six maps pictured below show the proposed route of the pipeline. These maps were provided by ET Rover in August, and represent the most up-to-date proposed route.

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Driskell stressed the point that this project is in the pre-filing stage, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will continue to take comments from the public during this stage.

A pre-printed hard copy of a letter of comment to FERC was handed out at the meeting, and people may print this letter here to send in.

Instructions for submitting comments through the FERC website can be found in this previous story.

Much frustration was expressed by those in attendance as to the conduct of the ET Rover people in trying to gain access to people’s land for surveying purposes. Driskell asked land-owners to document any perceived threatening acts by people trying to obtain access to their property so she has a record of these events.

Driskell’s contact information is as follows:
Email: gretchendriskell@house.mi.gov
Phone: 517-373-0828

She said, “If you are a property owner, and you got a letter, and you don’t want them (ET Rover) to come on your property, you need to call them and tell them. They made it very clear, that if they don’t hear from you, they’re going to show up.”

Driskell said that there will be another meeting in November, which will be attended by representatives from FERC, the the date of this meeting has not yet been announced.

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 28th, 2014

Regionals-2014

“Our guys ran a very solid team race,” said Coach Eric Swager.

This marks the third straight regional title for the Bulldogs, and 13th straight trip to the finals, which Swager said is one of the longest streaks in the state.

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 28th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Rod Branham for the information in this story and for providing photos of the dedication ceremony Sunday when I was unable to attend. They are contained in a photo gallery below.)

There was a dedication ceremony held on Sunday, Oct. 26 for the Maple Grove Cemetery in Sylvan Township, which underwent a facelift.

Here’s what was said:

“First of all, I would like to thank you all for coming out.

This has been a long haul to get the cemetery to the stage it is in now. It was long neglected and in desperate need of getting the respect that our ancestors of Sylvan deserve. I want to thank Sandy Crawford for the nudge to get the ball rolling on the makeover.

I want to thank Jim Kalmbach of Jim’s Scrap Iron for his hard work on the road and tearing out the old rusted tree and vine encrusted fence. But most of all, for his work repairing broken headstones and resetting fallen headstones.

I want to thank Irish Hills Fence for the beautiful job they did on installing the new fence.

But most of all, I would like to thank Rick DeTroyer for his spectacular work on the entrance arch and the exit gates. He did an outstanding job with it. And, there is an artist “secret” embedded in the entry arch. See if anyone can figure it out. If you do, please let me know and we will announce it at our board meeting.

We have one more small detail to get done and that is the old sign that was standing near the entry describing what you can put on the graves. If anyone knows a good sign painter, please let me know.

Thank you all.”

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