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Lisa Allmendinger on May 26th, 2017

By Crystal Hayduk

Jesse Kauffman, director of the SRSLY coalition, along with middle school student Riley Thorburn and Tara Thorburn, a district educator, presented a resolution to the Chelsea School District Board of Education at their meeting on May 22.

The “Resolution to Protect Our Communities from the Marijuana Industry” was drafted with the “goal of reducing youth access to marijuana and youth exposure to pro-marijuana messaging.” Citing federal drug laws, lack of regulation of the drug industry, and the harmful effects on youth, Kauffman invited the district to support the resolution. The district can support the resolution by prohibiting advertisement of medical marijuana, refusing donations from the industry, and forbidding industry representatives from giving presentations to students.

Kauffman said that not only does the Chelsea City Council receive frequent inquiries from the industry, but surrounding townships have also been solicited by medical marijuana companies. He said that Dexter, Stockbridge, and Manchester have been part of a regional effort to prevent the industry from moving into the area.

During the opportunity for public input, Willadean Miles read a letter describing a local faith-based addiction recovery program, RU Recovery. Miles said that the free program (except for the cost of books) is offered to anyone in need each Friday evening at 7 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church on Kalmbach Road.

Superintendent Julie Helber said that she had received Miles’ letter earlier, and has given the information to the high school for addition into their “bank of resources.”

Photo by Crystal Hayduk. Lucas DeRosia addresses the board about his mentorship with Jon Moll at Reddeman Farms Golf Course.

The board also heard a presentation by Chartwells, the company contracted to provide food services for the district. Chris Rakowski, district manager, highlighted ways in which they have improved food quality over the last year, increased menu variety, and provided healthier selections.

Carrie Hall, director of the district’s dining services, said that since September, twice as many students are purchasing breakfast at school, and there has been an 11-percent increase in lunch participation.

Allison Tropf, Chartwell’s regional dietitian, addressed compliance with nutritional standards set by the federal government. She explained the use of Nutrislice, a web-based application that “puts menus out in real time.” It allows for communication with families and provides nutrition and allergen information. (More information here:  http://chartwellsk12.compass-usa.com/ChelseaSchoolsDiningServices.)

Board member Greg Rhodes asked if adherence to the nutrition guidelines has improved students’ health. Rakowski said that “… nutrition goes hand-in-hand with physical activity.” Although continuous improvements are the goal for the nutrition part of the equation, students overall lead a more sedentary lifestyle, and districts are cutting back on physical education. 

Chelsea High School teacher Duane Moss introduced student Lucas DeRosia to the board as “articulate and a fantastic example” of a student. DeRosia spoke to the board about his mentorship with Jon Moll at Reddeman Farms Golf Course.

DeRosia said he learned how Moll manages the course, trains and assigns staff, and keeps things running smoothly in order to achieve the number one goal: keeping golfers happy. DeRosia said he has played golf all of his life, and plans to attend Ferris State University’s Professional Golf Management Program.

In other board news:
The board approved plans to renovate the Beach Middle School media center at a cost of $45,000. The board also approved the purchase of curriculum materials for high school science and life management; and the new Young 5s program.

The board approved President Anne Mann to represent Chelsea for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) board election, and recommended that she vote for Steve Olsen of Chelsea and Mary Jo Callan of Ypsilanti on June 5.

The board thanked the food service department, Chelsea Women’s Service Club, and the National Honor Society for assisting with the Cum Laude Banquet on May 17. They also thanked Molly (Welton) Boyle, Class of 2001 and current resident of Baltimore, Maryland, for speaking at the event.

Upcoming dates:
There is no school on May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

Chelsea High School graduation will be at 2 p.m. on June 4 in the gymnasium. Doors open at 1 p.m.

The next school board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on June 12 at the Washington Street Education Center.


Lisa Allmendinger on May 26th, 2017

The Saturday Chelsea Farmers Market takes place in the municipal parking lot on Park Street from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  There is plenty of on-street parking as well as in the municipal lot behind Chelsea State Bank.

There will be a cooking demonstration and a kid’s tent at the market. Music will kick off the third week of June with Dorketsra.

Below is a list of the vendors who are expected to be there Saturday and what they expect to bring. Please keep in mind that sometimes vendors cannot make it to market and that the items they plan to bring aren’t available.

Goetz Greenhouse: spinach, lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, beets, asparagus, potted herbs, hanging baskets, potted plants, veggie and flower starts.

Bean Creek Cookie Company: six packs of cookies in various flavors, including chocolate chip, molasses, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, single cookies in flavors such as snickerdoodle, triple chocolate, chocolate dipped coconut macaroons, soft pretzels, Nuts and Bolts (a version of Chex Mix.)

Thistle Blossom Herbals: hand sanitizer, healing and moisturizing balms, lavender linen spray, bug spray, air fresheners, blended oil, body oil, Boo Boo Fix It Sticks.

Fresh: locally roasted coffee beans, coffee by the cup by donation.

Debbie’s Bead Design: jewelry

LA Baguette: French baked goods, baguettes, rye sesame boules, madeleines, tartelettes.

Stone Hearth Bakery: artisan bread baked from scratch with no preservatives, hot dog buns, cookies, triple chocolate chunk brownies, fruit breads, 4-cheese pepperoni rolls, 4-cheese habanero Jalapeno pepperoni rolls (two to a package).

Merkel Gardens: hanging baskets, perennials, bedding plants, annual, herb, vegetable starts.  

Heim Gardens: asparagus, rhubarb, spinach, hanging baskets, herb and vegetable starts, bedding plants.  

Frog Hollar Farms: baked goods, asparagus, preserves, salsa, BBQ sauce, relish, salad dressing.

Kapnick Orchards: asparagus, rhubarb, cider, baked goods. Ask about the 2017 CSA.

Brieland-Shoultz Farm: eggs, jam, soap, spinach, radishes, leaf lettuce.

Two Tracks Acres: chicken, pork, beef

Affeathermations: dream catchers and other natural art.

Jacob’s Farm Shares: eggs  

Bordine Farms: dahlia

Meyer Jam: homemade jams

H and H Sugarbush: maple syrup and maple products

Good Times Kettlecorn: kettlecorn in several sizes

Country Hills Pottery: beautiful and functional pottery

Yum and Crum: handmade bagels

Tiani: body care lotions, foaming soap, lip balm



Lisa Allmendinger on May 26th, 2017

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan recently awarded the City of Chelsea a $10,000 grant for the design of its Letts Linear Park, a project of the city’s Parks Commission. 

The endowment funds at the Community Foundation are complementary to the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation’s efforts to create immediate impact and long-term benefit within the communities of Southeast Michigan and Western New York.

To learn more about grants offered by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation directly, please visit www.RCWJRF.org/How-To-Apply

About the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a full-service philanthropic organization leading the way to positive change in our region. As a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations, the Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development, and civic affairs. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed nearly $902 million through more than 60,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair, and Livingston counties. For more information, please visit www.cfsem.org.      

About the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation was established by founder and owner of the Buffalo Bills, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Upon Wilson’s passing in 2014, he requested that a significant share of his estate be used to continue a life-long generosity of spirit by funding the foundation which bears his name. The Foundation has a grant making capacity of $1.2 billion over a 20-year period, which expires Jan. 8, 2035. This structure is consistent with Wilson’s wish for immediate impact and innovation, and his desire that the trustees see the impact of the investment in their lifetimes. http://www.ralphcwilsonjrfoundation.org.

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 26th, 2017

Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) will be holding his 7th Annual Job Fair on Tuesday, May 30 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Commonwealth Commerce Center, 209 E. Washington Ave., in Jackson.

Employers from across Michigan’s 7th District will be on hand at the Commonwealth Commerce Center to accept resumes and talk about available job openings.

Thirty-five local employers and organizations are already scheduled to attend, with more expected to confirm their participation in the coming days.

“Each year, as one of the many ways we work to boost jobs in Michigan, our office hosts a Job Fair to facilitate employment opportunities for the hardworking men and women in our community.  I hope this year’s Job Fair will assist people in finding work or advancing in their career,” said Walberg.

The following businesses and organizations have already confirmed their participation at the Job Fair:




Alro Steel

American 1 Credit Union

Anchor Staffing

Angels of Mine Home Care


Career Quest Learning Centers

Community Normalization Homes, Inc.

Consumers Energy

Elm Plating

FireKeepers Casino

Flexible Staffing

H&R Block

Henry Ford Allegiance Health

International Trucking School

Jackson College

L and L Machine Tool

LifeWays CMH



Michigan Department of Corrections

Michigan Educational Transportation Services (METS)

Michigan Works South East


Printer Source Plus

SAU Downtown Center



Team 1 Plastics

Unique Molded Foam

United Methodist Retirement Community-Chelsea

VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

Xcel Staffing

For more information, please call Walberg’s Jackson office at 517-780-9075 or visit www.walberg.house.gov .


Courtesy photo. Students honored as Magna Cum Laude.

Courtesy photo. Students honored as Summa Cum Laude.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Gretchen Steele for this information and the photos.)

On May 17, students and teachers were honored at the Chelsea High School 44th Annual Cum Laude Banquet.

2017 Cum Laude

Since 1974, the Cum Laude Banquet has been a wonderful and longstanding tradition at Chelsea High School during which academic efforts of the school’s brightest and best students as well as the educators and parents who inspired them are recognized.

This year, 73 students from the Class of 2017 were honored.

The criteria for earning this special distinction is to achieve and maintain a 3.667 unweighted grade point average for the student’s entire high school career. The GPA break down for each distinction is as follows:

Cum Laude 3.667-3.777
Magna Cum Laude 3.778-3.888
Summa Cum Laude 3.889-4.0

Courtesy photo. Students honored as Cum Laude.

The guest speaker was Molly (Welton) Boyle a Summa Cum Laude Chelsea High graduate from 2001. She currently oversees the global accounting close process for Under Armour and its subsidiaries.

The banquet was held at the Chelsea High School commons through the assistance of the Chelsea Area Women’s Service Club, the Chelsea Food Service Department and the junior National Honors Society students.

The honored educators were:

  • Ms. Andrea Bareis
  • Ms. Kelsey Boos
  • Mr. Rick Catherman
  • Ms. Lisa Cole
  • Mr. Art Finger
  • Mr. Adam French
  • Ms. Tami Gillingham
  • Mr. Mark Helms
  • Mr. Steven Hinz
  • Ms. Heather Hugg
  • Ms. Gayle Hurn
  • Ms. Valerie Johnson
  • Ms. Teddi Lewis
  • Ms. Jenny Linde
  • Mr. Lonnie Mitchell
  • Mr. Duane Moss
  • Mr. Mark Moundros
  • Ms. Laura Naar
  • Ms. Lexa O’Brien
  • Mr. Christopher Orlandi
  • Mr. Matthew Pedlow
  • Ms. Robin Prodin
  • Mr. Rahn Rosentrater
  • Ms. Geo Rutherford
  • Mr. Mark Scheese
  • Mr. Adam Schilt
  • Ms. Shawn Sinacola-Rodriguez
  • Ms. Tracie Stoffer
  • Mr. Eric Swager
  • Ms. Susan Usher
  • Ms. Suzie Weber
  • Mr. John Zainea

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 25th, 2017

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office would like to make you aware of a new scam taking place in our area.

The Sheriff’s Office has been made aware of two separate instances where a caller pretends to be a “Lieutenant Henderson” with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office.

The scammer then tells the unsuspecting victim that they owe a fine for an unresolved police issue (missing jury duty, ignoring a summons, etc.).

This is a scam and the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office will never call you demanding money.

If you receive a call such as this, hang up. Please record the phone number and contact us at our non-emergency dispatch (734-994-2911). “Lieutenant Henderson” does not work for the WCSO.

Please do not give any personal information to anyone you do not know. There are numerous scams that occur daily and this is just the latest to scam you out of your identity or resources.



Lisa Allmendinger on May 25th, 2017


Lisa Allmendinger on May 25th, 2017


Lisa Allmendinger on May 25th, 2017

File photo. A scene from the Memorial Day program at Oak Grove Cemetery.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Chuck Reed for the information in this story.)

All veterans are invited to walk in the Memorial Day Parade through downtown Chelsea on Monday, May 29, and everyone is invited to watch the parade then head over to the Oak Grove Cemetery for the annual program.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. and the procession meets in the parking lot across from the Methodist Church about 9:30 a.m.

All veterans are invited to join the American Legion Post 31 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in the procession, which is followed by a program at the cemetery.


Lisa Allmendinger on May 25th, 2017

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