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Lisa Allmendinger on March 30th, 2015

Bulldog-logo(Chelsea Update would like to thank Coach Shane Rodriguez for the information in this story.)

The Chelsea Girls Track and Field Team traveled to Hillsdale on Thursday, March 26 to compete in the Charger Preview.

Coach Shane Rodriguez said many athletes did not compete due to a band and orchestra field trip to New York, but the contingent that did compete performed admirably.

Rachael Yordanich, Laura McGrath, Sydney Matusik, and Artemis Eyster turned in an impressive performance by winning the sprint medley relay.  Also taking home the gold were Matusik, Yordanich, Victoria Collins, and Kaehla Manly in the 4x400m relay.

“These girls, as well as all the athletes, have been working hard and are focused and determined to be successful this season,” Rodrigues said, adding, “The coaches are extremely impressed with these great early results.”

Other bright spots were:

  • Laura McGrath placing 5th in the 200
  • Hannah Almheimid placing 6th in the 60m hurdles
  • Maria Osentoski 8th in the high jump
  • Artemis Eyster was runner-up in the 3200m run.

“These performances are outstanding considering there were 20 teams in attendance with each team allowed to enter up to three individuals in each event,” the coach said.

Full results can be found here.

The team hosts Ypsilanti on Tuesday, March 31.



Lisa Allmendinger on March 30th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Coach Eric Swager for the information in this story.)

The Chelsea boys track and field recently competed indoors at the Hillsdale Invitational. Outstanding performances included:

  • Mike Smith‘s winning shot put of 51’10″ – puts him #6 all time in that event in Chelsea.
  • Ty McTaggart threw a lifetime best in that event as well.
  • Noah Van Reesema had a PR hurdle race
  • Distance runners Josh Cole and Josh Kowalski each had big PR’s in the 3200 run.


Bulldog track and field begins the outdoor season on Tuesday hosting Ypsilanti beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Track results


Lisa Allmendinger on March 30th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Erica Outhwaite for the information in this story.)

There will be a planning meeting for the third annual 5 Healthy Towns Walk to End Alzheimer’s on April 14 at the Plaid Melon, 312 North Main St. at 3:30 p.m.

The walk will take place on Sept. 26 beginning at the Clocktower. Registration will start at 9 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10:15 a.m.   If you’d like to participate, you can begin your team by clicking here.

For more information, call Erica Outhwaite at 734-369-2716 or email her at eouthwaite@alz.org.


Courtesy photo. Reggie the Recycling Racoon.

Courtesy photo. Reggie the Recycling Racoon.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Frank Hammer for the information in this column.)

Long-time recyclers remember when recycling paper required several sortings—colored from white, no envelopes with windows, and never mix newsprint with better quality paper. Those days are over—now,  with the new single stream system, you do not have to separate any of it. Everything goes into the bin. WWRA has a paper separator, the first step in sorting the recycling components.

So newspapers, magazines, catalogues, office paper and even the paper cup you get from some coffee vendors can go together in the recycling bin.  When you receive a new phone book, recycle the old one. You can also add in junk mail, postcards, special occasion cards and even paperback books. Recycle paper plates, too, as long as they are rinsed and not saturated with oil.

The only paper you should not include is waxed paper.

So what are you doing by recycling papers?  Saving trees by the thousands, and here are a few statistics:

  • Every year, 27,000 trees are destroyed just to make paper towels. Try switching to paper towels made from recycled paper.
  • Every day, 44 million newspapers are thrown in the trash that account for 500,000 trees each week.  Reggie fact – all major newspaper publishers use recycled newsprint. And recycled newsprint can also be recycled again.
  • Every week, 1.6 billion pieces of junk mail are delivered to our homes and unfortunately only about 20 percent of it is recycled.  That accounts for another 100,000 trees per week.  Reggie reminder:  You can reduce your junk mail by opting out with The Direct Marketing Association’s Mail Preference Service.  Most major companies will follow your preference for a period of 5 years.

The next time you need to get something printed at a print shop, ask for recycled paper to be used instead of new material.  If you look at the paper cup you just received with coffee in it, the chances are good that it was made with a portion of recycled paper.

Brown paper bags like those from your grocery store are recycled and can be added to your recycling, too. Those brown paper bags have long paper fibers in them that make them especially valuable for making good recycled cardboard.

Another thing you can do to recycle brown paper shopping bags is bundle them if they are in good shape and take them to places like Faith in Action that will use them again.  Just as good as recycling them through WWRA

And, of course, all cardboard can be recycled, too.  All kinds.  Speaking of cardboard, you can also recycle food cardboard, but please clear-rinse them first, remove waxed-paper sleeves in things like cereal cartons, and it helps your bin space if you crush them first.

Reggie’s Environmental Note:  April 22 is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day when the nation as a whole started to recognize the need to protect the environment.  Recycling is part of that protection. In commemoration, Reggie suggests you save even more trees by not using paper or plastic bags at the grocery and take your own cloth bags to bring home the food. Reggie does it every week.
Reggie Raccoon’s Royal Recycling Review:
* Recycling puts materials back into use; trash is for things that cannot be used again.
* Flexible plastic of all kinds go in the trash, not in the recycling bins.
* Styrofoam and Polystyrene are good for packaging, but have to go to the trash.
* Plastics 1 and 2 can live anew, but 3 to 8 just don’t rate.
* Most other plastics are recyclable—but never foam rubber, garden hoses, or flexibles.
* Be a recycling consumer. Let businesses know you want recyclable containers and thank those establishments that provide them.
* Please save a tree by recycling all your paper, including junk mail and cardboard.
Reggie Re-lert:
* All plastic bags can now go back to their source at participating grocery stores.

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Courtesy photo. Crowds learn more about local businesses and non-profits at a previous Spring Expo at the Chelsea Senior Center.

Courtesy photo. Crowds learn more about local businesses and non-profits at a previous Spring Expo at the Chelsea Senior Center.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Trinh Pifer for the information in this story.)

The 9th annual Chelsea Spring Expo is back with even more attractions to make this a fun-filled April 18 day for all ages.

Nearly 150 vendors will be on display at the Washington Street Education Center on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with information, samples, crafts, and products for sale. It’s a great day to find out what your community has to offer and enjoy free goodie bags and door prizes. Stop by the best-ever bake sale offered by the Chelsea Senior Center for homemade pies and other delicious treats, too.

There’s free admission and parking.

As the event organizer, the Chelsea Senior Center engages community partners and volunteers of all ages to make this family friendly event a huge success. New this year, will be a Chelsea School District Art Extravaganza on display during the Expo, which will showcase the creativity of students from kindergarten through 12th grades. Over 700 pieces of visual arts including ceramics, drawings, paintings, and photography will leave you inspired.

To complement this celebration of art, the Chelsea High School show choir, Co. C, will perform at 1 p.m.

According to Sue Whitmarsh, Co.C publicity chair, “Co.C is delighted to be performing at this year’s Expo, showcasing their upcoming Spring Show, Deco Soiree – a celebration of all things swing, which takes place May 15-16. Under the outstanding and dedicated leadership of Steve Hinz, director of Choral Music at Chelsea High School, Co.C celebrates 25 wonderful years this year.”

The Chelsea Spring Expo showcases our community’s ability to create a premier event for local resources and information. Local businesses, crafters, and non-profits have a unique opportunity to connect with more than 1,400 potential customers, network with other vendors, promote their services, and support small business and community development.

Bill Harmer, director of the Chelsea District Library, has had a regular presence at the Expo. “My staff and I have a lot of fun attending every year because it’s a chance for us to connect with our library users and a great opportunity to share what the library has to offer. Plus, we get visitors from all over the county, which gives us a chance to reveal everything our wonderful community has to offer.”

Throughout the day, a KidZone sponsored by SRSLY will offer fun and creative activities including face painting, make your own greeting card, and Brick 4 Kidz Legos. Adding to the family fun will be a special appearance from the Frozen Snow Queen from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

All exhibits will be indoors, so rain or shine, plan to meet your friends, bring your family and join us at the Washington Street Education Center at 500 Washington St. A terrific lunch menu will also be available. Call 475-9242 for more information or click here.

Special thanks to our 2015 Platinum Sponsor: Chelsea United Methodist Retirement Communities.

Gold Sponsors: Chelsea Milling Co., Chelsea State Bank, Silver Maples, and St. Joseph Mercy; Silver Sponsors: Cole Funeral Chapel, Edward Jones, Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Thrivent Financial; Friends of CSC: Chelsea Hometown Pharmacy, Chelsea Lanes and Antiques Mall, IHA Chelsea Family and Internal Medicine. This event is also supported by State Farm Insurance and the Chelsea School District.

Courtesy photo. Yoda helps the staff of the Chelsea District Library answer questions.

Courtesy photo. Yoda helps the staff of the Chelsea District Library answer questions.


Lisa Allmendinger on March 29th, 2015


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Lisa Allmendinger on March 28th, 2015

coClogo(Chelsea Update would like to thank Sue Whitmarsh for the information in this story.)

Co.C is planning a FUNdraiser on Wednesday, April 1, at the Chelsea High School Commons from 5-8 p.m. to honor Steven Hinz and the tradition of making magic through music and dance in Chelsea.

During the past 25 years, hundreds of students and thousands of audience members have benefited from the entertaining, moving and fun performances of Show Choir. Last year, Hinz was named the 2014 Teacher of the Year by the Michigan State Vocal Music Association. The award was for excellence in teaching in addition to being “influential in creating a love and understanding of music for the masses.”

This event features a delicious BBQ dinner cooked by our fabulous Co.C board parent Sue Reynolds, known affectionately as Mama Sue. There will also be a silent auction featuring many desirable items that you didn’t know you needed, and of course, a sneak peak at some of the stunning performances by Co.C students prior to their Spring Show – Deco Soirée – on May 15-16.

This year we have gone digital and you can bid on auction items from right where you’re sitting at the moment. Click here to see what’s available.

Happy shopping – it’s for a great cause.

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Photo by John Knox. John Mitchell Jr. was the guest speaker at a recent Kiwanis Club meeting.  Mr. Mitchell was representing Timber Town Park and accepted an annual donation by the Kiwanis Club earmarked for ongoing maintenance of the facility.  Pictured here from L to R are John Mitchell Jr and Joe Scheuring of the Kiwanis Club.  For more information on Timber Town Park, go to http://chelseamich.com/parks.

Photo by John Knox. John Mitchell Jr. was the guest speaker at a recent Kiwanis Club meeting. He talked about Timber Town Park and accepted an annual donation from the Kiwanis Club earmarked for ongoing maintenance of the facility. Pictured here from L to R are John Mitchell Jr and Joe Scheuring of the Kiwanis Club.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Bob Milbrodt for the information in this story.)

The Kiwanis Club of Chelsea, in its 91st year, holds a weekly meeting on Monday nights at 6:15 p.m. in the St. Joseph Mercy-Chelsea cafeteria.

Monday, March 30, the service group will recognize area farmers.

Each year, we get to thank the local families who produce the food we need and enjoy, says Bob Milbrodt.

The featured speaker will be Paul Ganz, regional manager, DTE Energy, for Washtenaw, Livingston, and Ingham counties.  His topic will be current day to day issues, which should cover energy saving appliances and light bulbs, wind, solar and nuclear energy production, coal fired plant closings, and rates per kilowatt hour.

The speakers typically begin at 6:45 p.m., and everyone is invited to the meetings to learn about Kiwanis.

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Lisa Allmendinger on March 28th, 2015

Dear Editor:

As of this past Monday, after nearly a year of negotiating, our teachers finally have a contract.  This is an incredibly positive resolution to a very unacceptable situation.

I want to take a moment to thank all of the teachers who stood up and publicly shared their stories.

It takes an immense amount of courage for people to speak out when they have so much to lose. These teachers helped create a better environment for all of our teachers and staff, and benefited our entire community. I want to thank our teachers for reaching out to the community to help us understand what the issues were and how much damage was occurring.

Thank you also to all of the community members who stood up at the public meetings to express your dismay at this situation and your desire that it be rectified in a positive manner. Thank you to anyone who sent an email, wrote a letter, commented on an article, helped raise awareness in our community, or even spoke to just one other person about what was happening in our school district.

Our teachers are also our community members and they enrich our community in countless ways.

Chelsea is such a wonderful, unique community. I am so proud to be a member of it.

Susanne Vanden Bosch
Chelsea Community Cares

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Lisa Allmendinger on March 28th, 2015

GerardKatie1Katie Gerard of Grass Lake, age 18, died Thursday, March 26, 2015 due to an automobile accident.

She was born July 26, 1996 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Jean-Louis Gerard and Lindy (DuBois) Williams.

Katie was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  She graduated from Beacon Day Treatment/Annapolis High School and was currently attending Jackson College, and working at Country Market in Chelsea. Katie loved making jewelry with beads, reading, and walking in natural areas.  She had a sharp wit and was fun to be around.  Katie aspired to be a social worker and help kids.

For the full obituary please click here.