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Lisa Allmendinger on November 21st, 2014
Courtesy photo. Turkey is looking for a home.

Courtesy photo. Turkey is looking for a home.

By Lisa Carolin

Turkey is a 9-week-old kitten who needs a home. The blonde, short-haired kitten was left behind with his siblings at a shelter in Tawas, Michigan.

Because the shelter was full, Age of Miracles animal rescue in Chelsea pulled Turkey from the shelter in the hope of finding a good home for him.

Courtesy photo. Turkey asleep with all four paws in the air.

Courtesy photo. Turkey asleep with all four paws in the air.

“Turkey is a bit shy, but warming up quickly,” says Tara Stone, a volunteer at Age of Miracles. “He does great with other cats and kittens, and he loves to play.”

As shown in the photo, after tumbling around with another rescue kitten, Turkey was so tired that he fell asleep with his legs in the air.

Anyone interested in adopting Turkey can email AOManimalrescue@gmail.com, find them on Facebook at The Age of Miracles Animal Rescue or call 734-476-8313.

The adoption fee is $50, which covers his FIV/FELV testing, as well as up-to-date distemper and feline leukemia vaccinations. Turkey has had his first shots and is ready to go to his new home.

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 21st, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kristin Krarup-Joyce, Ed. S. NCSP, Ellen Kent, Ed. S. NCSP and Emily Verbeke, Ed. S. NCSP for the information in this weekly column. If you have a question for one of the school psychologists, please email asktheschoolpsychologist@gmail.com. All information will be kept confidential.)

This is the second part of a two-part column. In case you missed part 1, click here.

“Fishful Thinking” Fun and Easy Activities

Make a Grateful Sayings Poster. Get a piece of poster board and write “For This I Am Grateful” in big letters across the top. Ask everyone in your family (and friends and neighbors, too) to write or draw something on the poster for which they are grateful.

It can be something big (like getting an A on a test or winning the soccer championship) or something small (like getting to stay up an extra 15 minutes or taking a fun walk with dad). Ask each person to put his name or initials under what he writes or draws.

Keep the poster up all month so that everybody can continue to add to it. By making this a month-long activity, you are showing your family that gratitude is something we experience every day, if we make the time to notice it. At the end of the month, bring the poster to the dinner table and take turns reading aloud what was written.

Keep a Good Stuff Journal. Most people spend far more time thinking about how they can correct something that has gone wrong, worrying about something that is about to go wrong, or simply replaying a failure or setback, than they do basking in what has gone right and being grateful for their everyday blessings.

You can help your child notice what goes well in his or her life and build gratitude by keeping a Good Stuff Journal. Analyzing why events go well, what the positive events mean to us, and how we can create circumstances that enable more good things to occur, encourages a consciousness of blessings and gratitude and promotes optimism.

Every night, set aside a few minutes with your child and write down three positive events from the day. These things can be relatively small in importance (“My mom made my favorite dessert tonight.”) or relatively large in importance (“My leg has finally healed and my cast got taken off.”). The positive events can be things that your child brought on (“I got an A on the test.”) or that he or she witnessed in others (“My sister helped my brother with his homework because mom was busy.”).

The positive events can also be things noticed in nature (“A cool looking bird was sitting outside my window.”). Next to each positive event that your child lists, write a reflection (at least one sentence) on any of the topics below:

• Why this good thing happened

• What this good thing means to you

• What you can do tomorrow to enable more of this good thing

• What you learned from taking the time to name this good thing

• What ways you or others contribute to this good thing

For more activities to help build gratitude in your children,go to the National Association of School Psychologists.

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Email-CSD-GOLD-EventFor the third year, Mike Jackson, owner of Vogel’s and Foster’s, will host a shopping event to give back to the community called Chelsea Gold.

During the Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 28-30, the store will donate a percentage of its sales to the Chelsea School District’s general fund.

“I decided to designate my donation to the general fund after a conversation with the Superintendent of Schools Andrew Ingall, who made me aware that the general fund receives the least amount of donations and is in the greatest need,” Jackson said in an email.

“Shopping local is a great way to support our local businesses and community,” Ingall said, adding, “The Chelsea Schools are grateful for the generosity of the businesses that are donating a potion of the “Chelsea Gold” sales to our general fund. Our students and programs are tremendously supported by our business community throughout the year and Chelsea Gold is one more great example of this support.”

Jackson encourages other businesses to join in by placing blue and gold balloons by your front door for the day or days you have designated.

Jackson says there is no set amount or percentage to give to the schools. “Each business can determine what they want to give and can set up their own advertising, marketing and/or photo opportunity with Ingall.”

And, Chelsea Update is delighted to be invited to take photos of the store owner’s and their donations to Ingall on behalf of the school district.

It’s not too late to get involved.

Kevin Frahm, owner of Global Marketplace, plans to be involved for another year as well.

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 21st, 2014

Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office logo The Citizens Police Academy is designed to give you a behind the scenes, in-depth look into the everyday happenings of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, and it begins Jan. 14.

The classes run each Wednesday from Jan. 14-March 18. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. and the classes begin at 6 p.m. at the County Service Center, 2201 Hogback Road in the Jury Assembly Room.

The goal is to make this course an informative and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. It’s the Sheriffs Office’s opportunity to share what they do and how they do it. You’ll meet command staff, learn how traffic stops are made, take a tour of the jail, meet our K-9 and mounted members, learn how to process a crime scene, make an arrest, and much more.

Topics Covered:

  • Meet the Sheriff
  • What is Community Engagement
  • Our Community Outreach Program
  • Problem Oriented Policing (POP)
  • Arrest Procedures
  • Community Corrections
  • Juvenile Detention Center
  • Emergency Management
  • Tour Metro Dispatch
  • K-9 demonstrations
  • Mounted demonstrations
  • Traffic Crash Reconstruction
  • Firearms Training Simulator (FATS)
  • Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
  • Marine/Underwater Search and Recovery Team (DIVE)
  • Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT)
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Corrections/Jail Tour

If you are interested in attending the Winter 2015 WCSO Citizens Police Academy please complete the application and release forms here, then email them to Deputy Wion at wionj@ewashtenaw.org or fax to 734-794-2128 by Dec. 1.

All forms must have an actual signature (email signatures and font signatures are not accepted).

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 21st, 2014

Chelsea Police logo 2Chelsea Police report that there have been several incidents where pedestrians have failed to utilize the walk/don’t walk signs when crossing the street at the Main Street and Park and the Main Street and Middle Street intersections.

Police remind pedestrians when approaching a crosswalk, select the appropriate crosswalk light button and push it.

When it is your turn to cross the street, you will receive a walk symbol indicating that you may proceed.

Some pedestrians have been watching the traffic lights turn red and then crossing, which is unsafe, police said.

“It should be noted that because of the lighting sequence change, it is not safe to cross the roadway until the walk signal indicates to do so,” the reminder states.

The recent signal change has caused the northbound M-52 light to change to red several seconds prior to the southbound M-52 light.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), which has jurisdiction over the lighting sequence, has been to the city several times and have told police that the lights are timed correctly.

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 20th, 2014

Chelsea logo(Chelsea Update would like to thank Clerk Laura Kaiser for the information in this story.)

The City of Chelsea has openings on two boards and is looking for interested residents. There are two openings on the Downtown Development Authority and three vacancies on the Planning Commission

Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Board Members:  Two vacancies to fill.  One term expires Dec. 12, 2016 and the other term expires Dec. 31, 2017. Board member must be a City of Chelsea resident or own/operate a business in the DDA district.

There is information about the DDA on the city’s website, click on DDA. Meetings are held the third Thursday of every month at 7:30 a.m. at the City Council Chambers. Specific questions can be directed to Mayor Jason Lindauer at jlindauer@city-chelsea.org or call 475-1771, ext. 212.

Planning Commission Board Members: Three vacancies to fill. Two terms expire June 2016 and one term expires June 2017. Board member must be a City of Chelsea resident.

There is information about the Planning Commission here, click on ‘Planning & Zoning’. Specific questions can be directed to Christine Linfield at clinfield@city-chelsea.org or call 475-1771, ext. 210.

Applications can be picked up at the City Office, found on the city website here, click on ‘Clerk’, then ‘Board/Committee Application’.

The applications can be mailed or dropped off at the City Office. Mail to attn:  Clerk, City of Chelsea, 305 S. Main St., Chelsea, MI 48118 or emailed to: lkaiser@city-chelsea.org.

There is also a drop box outside the City Office.

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 20th, 2014
Diver Joe Smith signed a letter of intent to attend Oakland University.

Diver Joe Smith signed a letter of intent to attend Oakland University.

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Emmah Boquette signed a letter of intent to play water polo at Sienna College in New York.

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Kali Hill signed a letter of intent to play softball at Concordia University. On left is Todd Blomquist, girls varsity basketball coach, and on right Greg Brierley, Condordia head softball coach.

“These three student athletes are great representatives of our school and community,” said Chelsea High School Athletic Director Brad Bush. “We wish them great success as they compete at the next level.”

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Alan Scafuri on November 20th, 2014

CDL logo-1The Chelsea District Library Board met on Tuesday, Nov. 18 and announced plans to convert to a radio-frequency identification (RFID) collection tagging system of the library’s entire collection by early next year.

Melanie Bell, the library’s Network Administrator, said that the transition to the new tagging system should be completed by February of 2015.

The new RFID system will replace an obsolete tagging system, and the new tags will cost 20 cents apiece, versus 75 cents apiece for the old tags, which have become obsolete, and are no longer available.

The library will use 3M’s RFID tags, and 3M representatives will retag the library’s entire 72,000 item collection over a 3-week period in January.

Two new self-checkout stations will accompany this transition, and checkout promises to be easier than ever after the new system is up and running.

The Friends of the Library are part the of Amazon Smile program. Amazon donates 0.5 percent of the price of eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. So be sure to select the Friends of the Chelsea District Library as your charity of choice when you shop on Amazon.

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 20th, 2014

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

Zion Lutheran Church will be hosting this year’s Community Thanksgiving Worship Service and Music Festival on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy this event at the church at 3050 S. Fletcher Road.

Several local church choirs will be singing as well as performances by chime choirs. Please join us for music and community prayer. Light refreshments sponsored by the area church music teams will follow the program.

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 20th, 2014

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(Chelsea Update would like to thank coaches Rahn Rosentreter, Corey Knight, Dennis Strzyzewski and Jake Hollenbeck for the information in this story.)

The 7th Grade Gold Basketball team lost to Lincoln, 34-20, on Tuesday.

Patrick Kelleher and Aiden Delwiche led the Bulldogs with 6 points apiece.  Ross Stofflet scored 5.  Josiah Fitch played a strong game on both ends of the floor.

Coach S. could be heard muttering something about valuing the basketball.

The 7th Grade Blue Basketball team lost their first game of the season at Adrian.  Playing well for the Dawgs were Zach Sanborn, Kyle Knight and Jack DePaoli.

The 8th Grade Blue Basketball beat Adrian, 29-18. The team showed great attitude and hustle to get the win.  Playing well were Ty Stacy, Parker Murphy, Brady Fleszar, Hunter Neff and Dane Zorn.

The team will host Saline today.

The 8th Grade Gold Basketball team battled the Lincoln Railsplitters in a competitive game Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs played hard until the final buzzer, but ended up finishing behind with a final score of 26-17.  Griffin Bell, Aaron McDaniels, Evan Vaughn, and Hunter Lay led the offensive attack for the team.

Parker Shaw, Mason Stribe, and Nick Christian helped out on the glass as they pulled down some big rebounds.

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