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Lisa Allmendinger on February 22nd, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kathy Claflin for the information in this story and the Waterloo Natural History Association for sponsoring this event.)

Learn about Michigan’s bears on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 2-3 p.m. at the Discovery Center.

Black bears are primarily creatures of Michigan’s north woods.  We’ll discuss the biology, habits and distribution of one of Michigan’s largest mammals and we’ll talk about how to live in harmony with these sometimes pesky creatures.

We’ll also learn about how the DNR maintains a healthy black bear population. This program is meant for at adult audience, and the cost is $2/person or $5/family.

Eddy Discovery Center is at 17030 Bush Road in Sylvan Township.

Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 22nd, 2017

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 22nd, 2017

To register for this program or to learn more about upcoming programs at the Chelsea District Library, click here.

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 21st, 2017

New Chelsea Area Fire Authority Chief Robert Arbini (center) on his first day on the job with Capt. Scott Basar, Lt. Bill Regnier and firefighter Nate Saarinen, who were on shift Monday.

New Fire Chief Robert Arbini (on left) and Interim Chief Jon Ichesco exchange the Chelsea Area Fire Chief’s helmet.

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 21st, 2017

Photo by Burrill Strong. A scene from a previous Authors in Chelsea event.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Patty Roberts for the information in this story.)

The Chelsea District Library has been awarded two grants in support of its 2017 Authors in Chelsea program.

Authors in Chelsea brings nationally known authors to Chelsea schools, providing children close contact with award-winning authors to explore the power of writing, and encourages students to read and appreciate literature. The event takes place each year in March and also includes an evening Author Meet and Greet for the entire Chelsea community.

The Chelsea Education Foundation awarded the library $1,500 to help pay for books by the visiting authors for school classrooms and media centers, and the Friends of Chelsea District Library awarded the library $2,500 to assist in paying authors’ appearance fees.

This year’s program will see participation from 1,025 children in grades 1-6.

“We could not offer this great program without the financial support of the Chelsea Education Foundation and the Friends of the Chelsea District Library,” says Karen Persello, head of Youth and Teen Services at the library in a press release.

“This is our eighth Authors in Chelsea, and it promises to be a very inspiring and memorable experience for the community,” she said.

“This year, we are excited to have visits from authors Jennifer Jacobson, Gordon Korman, and Lynda Mullaly Hunt, on March 22 and 23. Because of the generosity of these two local fundraising organizations, Chelsea schoolchildren will be offered the unique opportunity to attend presentations on writing from each author,” Persello said.

About The Chelsea Education Foundation:

The Chelsea Education Foundation provides funding for a wide spectrum of educational activities to benefit the residents of Chelsea, Michigan. A non-profit, tax-exempt organization, Friends and supporters organized CEF in 1990 to provide a link between school, business, and community to help strengthen Chelsea’s future.

About the Friends of Chelsea District Library:

The mission of the Friends of Chelsea District Library is to provide financial assistance for special library programs, and to supplement materials and equipment; to increase the visibility of the library in the community; provide volunteer aid to the library; and to recognize library staff annually.

About the Chelsea District Library:

The Chelsea District Library is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide equal access to quality resources that serve the lifelong cultural, educational and informational needs and interests of all people. The library currently serves 15,100 residents in the Chelsea district, which includes the City of Chelsea and the Dexter, Lima, Lyndon, and Sylvan townships. Approximately 16,000 individuals visit the library each month.

For more information visit www.chelseadistrictlibrary.org.

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 21st, 2017

Courtesy photo. Recent North Creek Elementary School Bucket Fillers.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Luman Strong for the information and photo in this story.)

The students pictured above with the North Creek Elementary School Hero were recently recognized by their teachers as outstanding “Bucket Fillers”.

A bucket filler is someone who says or does something kind to another. Make sure to recognize and encourage these children when you see them around town.

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 21st, 2017

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 21st, 2017

In this week’s Chelsea Police blotter, spray paint and a drill driver combo set were stolen from a store in the 1000 block of South Main Street.

For the full story, please click here.

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 21st, 2017

(Publisher’s note: These DRAFT minutes will not be official until voted upon by the Chelsea City Council tonight.)

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 21st, 2017

Laureta Elaine Boyer of Chelsea, age 95, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at the University of Michigan Hospital.

She was born Jan. 14, 1922 in Porter Township, Michigan, the daughter of Angus William and Laura Ann (Swinehart) Williams.

At the age of 14, Laureta delivered strawberries in downtown Detroit by herself. During WWII, she moved from Saginaw Valley to Chelsea, to work for Federal Screw in the Clocktower Building. Later, she worked for Applied Dynamics and Allen-Bradley Electronics. The electronics she worked on went to the Moon, with NASA calling her about one of the circuit boards.

Laureta was active with the Women’s Auxiliary of the Chelsea VFW. She helped start “Chelsea Days” in Hudson, Florida. Laureta enjoyed making large meals for family and friends in Chelsea and Florida. Her hobbies were quilting and crafts. In Florida, she enjoyed square dancing and flea markets. Laureta learned to use computers in her 80’s and early 90’s.

Services for Laureta and Lawrence are pending. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzeheimer’s Association.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.  

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