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Lisa Allmendinger on September 16th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Dennis Strzyzewski for the information in this story.)

The Chelsea freshmen football team defeated Tecumseh in a home game Thursday, 38-0.

Joe Taylor scored three touchdowns. He had a kick return, a reception, and a run for scores. Tyler Valik ran for 100 yards and a scoring reception. AJ Tokarski had a 50-yard touchdown run. Hunter Ferry also had a rushing TD. Griffen Murphy threw two touchdown passes.

Tyler Wallgren and Chase Kemp each intercepted passes in the game. Corbin Steele and Dillon Dollinger led the Bulldogs in tackles.

“The kids played pretty well,” said coach Dennis Strzyzewski. “I think we showed a little more tenacity up front, and that made a big difference. Every week, we seem to be running to the ball better on defense. That is a sign that we are learning to play hard.”

“I think the kids are having fun,” the coach said, adding, “They are a really great group of kids.  It is never a chore to go to practice with this group.”


Lisa Allmendinger on September 16th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Alan Ashley for the photos in this slideshow.)


Lisa Allmendinger on September 16th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank David Knisely for the information in this story.)

The North Lake United Methodist Church will have a cemetery walk at the North Lake Cemetery on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 2 until 3:30 p.m.

Guests will meet a few residents from the past including George and Jennie Webb, John Glenn and Lucy Adelaide Noah. A Methodist Circuit Rider will also make an appearance.

Meet at the church, 14111 N. Territorial Road, and you will be transported to the event.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 16th, 2017

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

This Monday, the Chelsea Kiwanis Club will hear from Jesse Kauffman of the SRSLY Coalition. We look forward to an update on their activities to reduce drug use among our young people, especially with the current opioid addiction crisis and possible marijuana legalization.

Last week’s speakers from the Veterans Honor Guard of Washtenaw County explained the entire process that takes place during the veteran’s funeral. In 2017, they have performed 107 ceremonies. These were just for service members lost from Washtenaw County whose next of kin requested the service.  The service is free of charge.

The club meeting begins each Monday at 6:15 p.m. in the St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital cafeteria, and the speakers begin at about 6:45 p.m. Everyone is invited to the club’s meetings to learn about Kiwanis.

Go to www.kiwanisclubofchelsea.org for more information.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 16th, 2017

Robin Hills Farm (RHF) will hold its third annual Robin Run 5K obstacle race on the property’s nature trails. The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9am-12pm, and feature adventure races for all ages.

The 5K challenge, for ages 12 and up, traverses RHF’s nature trails throughout the 129-acre farm, with an expanded and upgraded obstacle course that includes a cargo climb, pallet maze, dune climb, creek trudge, rope spider web, and much more. Children ages 5-12 can participate in a 1K mini-sprint obstacle race on the main course, and a special Kid Zone sprint course will also be available for those not yet ready to take on the trails.

Races will start at 9 a.m. with the kids’ mini-sprint obstacle challenge and Heat 1 of the 5K. Subsequent heats will then start every 30 minutes. Participants may choose to register for Heat 1 (9am), Heat 2 (9:30am), Heat 3 (10am), Heat 4 (10:30), or Heat 5 (11am).

The Kid Zone sprint course will be open for use throughout the event. Refreshments will include Michigan-grown heirloom popcorn, as well as Boxed Water from Holland, MI, and St. Steve’s Elderflower and Ginger Sodas, handmade at Mud Lake Farm in Hudsonville. Robin Hills Farm organic produce and merchandise will also be available for purchase.

All participants will receive an event t-shirt, a Robin Hills Farm fandana, a medal, and a Robin Run temporary tattoo.

Spectator tickets are $5; spectators 12 and under are free with an accompanying adult.

To register or for more information about the event, visit www.robinhillsfarm.com/robinrun or contact events@robinhillsfarm.com.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 16th, 2017

Trees for fall planting that can be used for windbreaks or screens to block the wind, unwanted views or as sound barriers; to reduce soil erosion by providing permanent cover for the soil; to create habitat to attract wildlife to your property; or to reforest open areas can be ordered from the Washtenaw County Conservation District’s Fall Conservation Tree Sale through Sept. 22. 

Tree species available include: 3 or 4-year old transplants of Balsam Fir, Red Pine, White Pine, Norway Spruce and White Spruce.  Also available are planting aids to assist in tree planting.

Ordered trees are scheduled for pick-up on Friday, Oct. 13. 

For more information about the Fall Conservation Tree Sale or to obtain an order form, contact the Washtenaw County Conservation District, 7203 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor.  Telephone: (734) 761-6721 ext. 5.

The order form and sale information are also available on the Conservation District web site at: www.washtenawcd.org.  Click on “2017 Fall Tree Sale” under the Tree and Native Plant Sales tab at the top of the home page.

Orders can be placed on-line through the website or by mail.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 16th, 2017


Lisa Allmendinger on September 15th, 2017

The Chelsea Education Foundation (CEF) recently announced its Call for Proposals for its 2017 Grant Program.

Applications will be accepted beginning Friday, Sept.15 through Monday, Oct. 16, with decision letters sent to applicants during the first two weeks of November.

The CEF Grant Program supports the Chelsea School District and other nonprofit/tax-exempt organizations that enrich the educational experiences of Chelsea residents.  Since 1990, CEF has awarded more than $300,000 in grants to support educational opportunities for students of all ages.

In 2016, more than $19,000 in disbursements were awarded to 22 proposals.

Thanks to the generous support of the community through donations and participation in fundraising efforts such as the CEF Gala, the foundation anticipates another successful year of funding for grant proposals.

More information concerning grant applications, including application guidelines and the Grant Application Form, can be found here.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 15th, 2017

The Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Chelsea Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs, Chelsea District Library, and ChelseaMich are requesting proposals via a “Call to Artists” for the design and installation of an iconic community sign.The sign will be a sculptural work of art that welcomes our residents and visitors.

The winning artist will receive up to $25,000, which includes a significant stipend for the artist, to cover the cost of design, materials and installation.

The funds for this project originated from a grant awarded by the Washtenaw County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Community Tourism Action Plan “CTAP” program. This is a tourism marketing and community development investment program benefiting Washtenaw County.

The location of the sign is tentatively planned for the M-52 corridor.

The sign will be approximately 20 ft. by 16 ft. tall, inspired by Chelsea’s natural beauty, city charm, and iconic landmarks. Chelsea is the gateway to the 25,000-acre Waterloo Recreation Area. Residents and visitors come to experience the beauty of Michigan in this protected area. Nature enthusiasts come to Chelsea to hike, ski or bike miles of trails, fish in beautiful lakes, or experience the migration of sandhill cranes.   

A juried selection process will choose the winning entry.

Criteria includes: 

  • Signage that is easily identifiable from a distance (will not require close-up inspection)
  • a “Chelsea Welcomes You” statement
  • Integration of five symbols / logos for the following organizations:  Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, ChelseaMich and the Library
  • Safe and durable
  • Artists demonstrated ability to successfully executive public art projects in an outdoor environment on time and on budget 

This project has long been a vision of several members of the community, particularly Paul Schissler of the Chelsea Rotary Club, who has worked behind the scenes for many years to bring this project to fruition. 

“We want to create a unique inspiring sign that reflects the community character of Chelsea and a reflection of Chelsea’s dedication to the arts,” Schissler said.

Applications are being accepted until Oct. 16.

Installation is targeted for completion near the end of March 2018. For more information, email the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce at info@chelseamichamber.org. or call (734) 475-1145

Application and guidelines can be found at www.chelseamich.com/gatewaysign and www.chelseamichamber.org/gatewaysign.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 15th, 2017