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Lisa Allmendinger on April 21st, 2014


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Lisa Allmendinger on April 21st, 2014
Courtesy photo. A scene from a previous Chelsea Area Garden Club plant sale.

Courtesy photo. Scene from a previous Chelsea Area Garden Club plant sale.

Courtesy photo.

Courtesy photo.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Mary Jo Frank for the information in this story.)

The Chelsea Area Garden Club will hold its 16th annual plant sale 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, May 10, at a new location, the Chelsea Community Fairgrounds, 20501 W. Old U.S. Highway 12.

Thousands of sun and shade plants, including perennials, herbs, vegetables, wildflowers, ornamental grasses, daylilies and shrubs, will be on sale.

The majority of plants sell for $5 or less.

“Gardeners are able to buy good quality, healthy plants at reasonable prices. All the plants are grown locally so the chances are they will grow well in most gardens in Washtenaw County and the surrounding area,” says Mary Randolph, a charter member of the Chelsea Area Garden Club.

Randolph and Cathy Gillem are co-chairs of this year’s sale.

Plants, donated by the club’s more than 60 members, neighbors and friends, are organized by type, including whether they thrive in sun or shade. Club members will be on hand to answer questions and help customers transport purchases to their vehicles.

The plant sale is the organization’s major fundraiser. Proceeds from the plant sale are used for civic beautification and scholarships and grants for horticulture-related community projects, Gillem says.

Admission is free. For more information, call 475-9748 or click here.

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Chelsea logo(Chelsea Update would like to thank Christine Linfield for the information in this story.)

The Chelsea Small Urban Area Project Selection Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 22 at 1 p.m. in the lower level conference room of City Hall located at 305 S. Main St. Suite 100.

The group will discuss potential projects to include in the 2014-2017 Federal Aid Transportation Program.

The selection committee is comprised of the Western Washtenaw Value Express (WAVE), the Washtenaw County Road Commission and the City of Chelsea.

Everyone is welcome to attend and offer comments.

If you have questions, please contact Christine Linfield at 475-1771, ext.210 for more information.


Chelsea logo 2The Chelsea City Council will hold a work session on the city’s budget at 6 p.m. tonight, April 21, to discuss the proposed 2014-15 document, which unless changed drastically by the City Council, includes few changes and no millage increase.

Also to be discussed are the city’s proposed electric, water and sewer rates, which do not show any increases for consumers this year.

At the regular meeting, which begins at 7 p.m., there is a public hearing planned for an about $4.448 million tax abatement for Hayes Sumner, a sister company of Chelsea Milling Company, as well as a vote on the request.

The company is asking for an industrial facilities tax exemption of about $3.7 million in real property and about $732,000 in personal property.

Hayes Sumner bought the warehouse and property at 140 Buchanon St. from the city in August, 2012 for $175,000. The company plans to use the 72,000-square-foot warehouse on the property as a temperature controlled warehouse space to store ingredients for the milling company.

The City Council will also hear more from Sarah Brigham about a proposed dog park in the city. A group of residents has been meeting regularly for the last few months to discuss a plan and possible locations.

It’s also expected that the City Council will vote on authorization to sell $450,000 in bonds for the Downtown Development Authority’s three planned downtown projects. They include streetscape improvements, demolition of the Livery Building, and an alley, sidewalk and parking lot project between Jackson and East Middle streets.

The City Council will also discuss proposed amendments to the city’s zoning ordinance for a new section for the promotion and protection of M-52 corridor overlay district. The elected officials will also discuss an agreement to hire consultant Clearzoning, Inc. to help the city with planning review and analysis of the McCoig Materials application for a sand mine in Lyndon Township.


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Lisa Allmendinger on April 21st, 2014

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

Chelsea girls tennis took first place in the Chelsea Quad Saturday, defeating Jackson High School, South Lyon East, and Dexter.

Taking first place for Chelsea was:

2 singles- Mackenzie Benning

3 singles- EJ Lin

1 Doubles- Sam Jabara/Jordan Jacobs

2 Doubles- Hannah Moore/Maddie Rabbitt

3 Doubles- Carrie Williams/Jacquelyn Barbour

4 Doubles- Corynne Eder/Joy McCarthy

Erin Koch took 2nd place at 2 singles.

Chelsea finished with 29 points, Jackson High School had 22 points, South Lyon E had 16 points, and Dexter had 13 points.

“We saw some great tennis today, “ said Head Coach Matt Pedlow. “Our doubles teams played well and ended up winning each flight. Our 2 doubles team of Moore/Rabbitt battled back from being down 5-1 in the first set against Jackson to win 11 out of the next 13 games to take the match. “

The coach said he was thrilled with the level of play he saw in both the singles flights and the doubles flights.

Mackenzie Benning at 2 singles had two tough matches, but won both in the third set tiebreaks.

“Benning played great today and seems to have found out what works for her, she took advantage of deep balls be attacking and had some great volleys.  She really turned the match around by playing more aggressive,” the coach said.

“At 3 singles, EJ Lin played her normal game of allowing her opponents to make mistakes. EJ only dropped 8 games the entire day. As a two-time regional finalist, Lin consistently wins against tough players,” Pedlow said.

The coach said, “Our 1 doubles team of Sam Jabara and Jordan Jacobs played their best tennis of the season, reminding us of why they were State semi-finalist last season.  Although they are now playing much tougher competition at 1 doubles, they have seemed to have found their ability to play as a team, and they looked great today playing some very tough opponents.”


Lisa Allmendinger on April 21st, 2014

Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce logoThe Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce has secured tickets to the Friday, June 6 Detroit Tigers’ game against the Boston Red Sox.

The bus leaves Jet’s Pizza at 5 p.m.

Bob Pierce, executive director of the chamber, said people requested tickets to a premium game and “it doesn’t get any better than the Tigers and the Red Sox. The seats are upper reserved infield and they go fast, so reserve your tickets today.

The cost is $70 for the bus, beverages and tickets to the game.

Registration and payment taken by the Chelsea chamber in person at 222 S. Main St.  Suite B, by phone at 475-1145, or via email info@chelseamichamber.org.

This event is sponsored by Jet’s Pizza.

In addition, the chamber will have tickets to the Tigers-Yankees game on Tuesday, Aug. 26 and tickets will be available soon.

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Pails filled with Easter eggs on the lawn behind Our Savior Lutheran Church.

There were lots of pretty eggs to be found on the lawn behind Our Savior Lutheran Church during the c14th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt.

Look what I found.

Look what I found.

Yesterday, April 19, Our Savior Lutheran Church was filled with youngsters and their family and friends anxiously awaiting the church’s 14th annual community Easter Egg Hunt.

But first, there was a wonderful puppet show, put on by the younger church members, which drew all the participants inside the church not just for a talk of eggs and bunnies and chocolate and hot cross buns but as a reminder of why Easter is celebrated.

Many Christians think of Easter as a wonderful day of celebration and joy because it’s considered the day that Jesus Christ rose from the dead following his crucifixion.

Rev. Dale Grimm said before everyone went inside that the annual event averages between 60-80 kids but each year is a little different because of the date chosen for the event.

A scene from the inside Easter egg hunt.

A scene from the inside Easter egg hunt.

The church’s 7th and 8th grade youth group spent more than three hours filling the colorful eggs with all kinds of candy, he said, adding that there were thousands scattered both inside the church for the youngest children and outside on the grass for the older groups of children.

“There were 20 people here at 8 a.m. to get everything set up,” he said, adding the the bales of straw that were placed on the lawn behind the church were broken in by farmer Dave Rulig.

“This couldn’t be done without the help of a lot of people,” he said.

Everyone was asked to open the eggs and place the candy found inside in their baskets or bags and participants were asked to close the eggs back together and place them in boxes that were placed outside so the eggs could be used again next year.

Plus, there were two camouflage eggs placed in each age group’s hunting area and those lucky enough to spot and pick-up those eggs were given a special surprise … a Bible book.

Please enjoy the photo gallery below from the event.


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Lisa Allmendinger on April 20th, 2014
Photo by Tom Hodgson. Hooded Merganser.

Photo by Tom Hodgson. Hooded Merganser.

(Column and photos by Tom Hodgson with special thanks to the Waterloo Natural History Association.)

The fall waterfowl migration is all about duck blinds, decoys and sitting in misery for hours in the cold and rain in hopes of getting a shot at a duck that is flying by at 40 miles an hour.

Photo by Tom Hodgson. Male Northern Shoveler.

Photo by Tom Hodgson. Male Northern Shoveler.

The spring migration brings out a very different crowd. They are armed only with binoculars and spotting scopes and are just there to watch. Meanwhile, the ducks are putting on quite a show as they pause on area lakes to rest, feed and court on their way to breeding grounds as far north as the Arctic Circle.

We are now in the thick of the spring migration. Local lakes are dotted with ducks with interesting names like bufflehead, goldeneye, northern shoveler, pintail, gadwall and more. More than 20 species of ducks will be passing through in the coming weeks. Most will not be seen again until their return migration in the fall. A few, like the mallard, wood duck, hooded merganser and blue-wing teal will stay to nest.

Of the two migrations, the spring may be the most interesting. The ducks are now decked out in their finest breeding plumage and are engaged in interesting courtship behaviors.

Those who live on area lakes can watch all the activity from the comfort of their living rooms, although the best viewing will require good quality binoculars. More powerful spotting scopes mounted on tripods are even better, for the ducks often congregate quite some distance from shore.

Photo by Tom Hodgson. Ring neck ducks.

Photo by Tom Hodgson. Ring neck ducks.

Fortunately for those of us who do not have lakeshore property, there are still plenty of viewing opportunities as many area lakes have at least some public access. Good light is important. One should always be between the sun and the ducks for best viewing. This means that viewing from eastern shore lines is best in the morning and western shorelines in the afternoon.

North facing locations are good all day, while those that face south will never have the best light.

Here are some good viewing areas in and around the Waterloo Recreation Area.

One of the real hot spots is a wetland at the corner of Dunn and Cutler Roads. The Dunn Road vantage point is good in the morning while Cutler Road viewing is good all day, as it faces north. There is a high berm that blocks the viewing on Cutler Road, but there are breaks in it. Stay on the county right of way as this is private property.  Mallards, wood ducks, gadwalls, hooded merganaers, ring-necks, lesser scaup, buffleheads and northern shovelers have all been seen there. This location is accessed by taking Welch Lake Road north from Seymour and following it until it turns west and becomes Cutler Road.

Happy viewing.

Photo by Tom Hodgson. Bufflehead pair.

Photo by Tom Hodgson. Bufflehead pair.

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 20th, 2014
A vendor scene from Saturday's Chelsea Senior Center Spring Expo.

A vendor scene from Saturday’s Chelsea Senior Center Spring Expo.

Please enjoy the many photos in the photo gallery below from the Saturday, April 19, Chelsea Senior Center Spring Expo.

There were more than 150 vendors and about 1,400 visitors experienced the annual event.

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 20th, 2014
Students are welcomed to Beach Middle School.

Students from Shimizu, Japan are welcomed to Beach Middle School.

Japanese students visit Timbertown.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Christine Frayer and Rose Soriano for the information and photos in this story.)

Seven female students and two chaperons from Shimizu visited Chelsea during the Chelsea-Shimizu exchange program for 7th and 8th grade students.  They were in the city from March 27-April 2.

Rose Soriano, a Beach Middle School 8th grader, hosted a Japanese student, and wrote the article below.

The Chelsea-Shimizu Sister Cities exchange program has been going on for about 20 years and it truly is an experience that is unforgettable.

Toward the end of June and into July, Chelsea students travel to Japan and tour major cities and visit a

small town that is similar to our own town of Chelsea. To be eligible to go on the trip, you must be in seventh or eighth grade, and a student at Beach Middle School.

Not only do the Chelsea students visit Shimizu, but the Shimizu students come to visit Chelsea from late March to early April. Their student age-range to go on the trip is from seventh to ninth grade.

I was fortunate enough to be able to go to Shimizu, Japan as a seventh grader in 2013. The people I met there were amazing. They were very kind and hospitable. The Chelsea students stayed in Japan for 12 days, for six days we were in Shimizu.

Visiting Japanese students visit U-M.

Visiting Japanese students visit U-M.

Before going to our sister city, we toured Hiroshima and Kyoto. When we arrived in Shimizu, I was very amazed with how alike the two towns were. Shimizu even had a clock tower. We were all sad to leave the people who treated us like family. I was comforted by the thought that our family was hosting one of the Shimizu students when they came to visit the United States in March of this year.

When the day finally came in March when the students from Japan came, my friends and I could barely contain ourselves. Seeing the people that we haven’t seen for nine months was a great feeling to have. Before the Shimizu students visited Chelsea, they spent a few days in New York City. When they came to Chelsea they visited Ann Arbor, and took a tour of the U of M stadium.

They also took a tour of Chelsea, spent the night at the Howell Nature Center, and spent half the day at Beach Middle School with their host sister or brother.

After the six days they spent with us in Chelsea, we all became very close and it was very hard to see them go. We all made plans to keep in contact.

We would like to say a big thank you to all of the businesses and organizations for supporting the travelers of 2013 and 2014.

Seven Chelsea students and two chaperons are scheduled to visit Japan in June.

Courtesy photo. Japanese students say good-bye to their new American friends at Beach Middle School.

Courtesy photo. Japanese students say good-bye to their new American friends at Beach Middle School.

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