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Lisa Allmendinger on November 15th, 2017

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 15th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Bobby Lee for the information in this story.)

Chelsea’s Jake Burris, an Albion College junior, achieved regional qualifying scores in both the 1- and 3-meter diving events to help the Britons gain a 152-123 dual meet victory over Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association rival Hope College. Burris achieved scores of 284 in the 1-meter competition and 299 ½ on the 3-meter board to qualify for NCAA Division III Diving Regional Championship.

He was also named selected as the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s Male Diver of the Week.

The junior achieved the high score of the meet in both diving events.

Albion has two meets remaining in the first half of the 2017-2018 season. The Britons will travel to the University of Chicago this weekend for a three-day invitational and to Eastern Michigan University for a Dec. 1-2 event.


Lisa Allmendinger on November 15th, 2017


Lisa Allmendinger on November 14th, 2017

Buzz and his winnings from last week. The key ribbons are green. The blue and red ones are placement ribbons.

As promised, following four days in a row traveling back and forth to Kalamazoo for four more dog shows, I am very proud to announce that Buzz now has eight of his needed 10 qualifying scores for a Master Rally title.

I’m so proud of this young dog and thank you to everyone who sent positive thoughts our way last week. It was a lot of driving and we’ve done a lot of dog shows in the first 12 days of November. Sunday’s drive there and back was dicey with slush coming from the skies. There was an accident at Kalmbach Road (surprise, surprise) but it was on the other side of the highway. There were salt trucks out and I never topped 55 mph as I figured if the trucks were going this slow, the roads were slick. I tucked in behind one and never passed a car the entire drive to the show site.

Fortunately, the closer I got to Kalamazoo, the more the temperatures climbed and the snow and freezing rain turned to all rain. I want to send a shout out to Golling Chrysler, Jeep for selling me an amazing used mini van that gave me a great deal of comfort on the roads.

I also want to give a huge atta boy to Buzz who gained confidence each time he walked into the ring despite my nervousness. He scored a 99, 100, 95 and 97 out of 100 points and won the Master class three times and was second in the other one. He also gained a fan club at the shows as everyone got close to the ring gates to watch the “cute little Toller” show. I think he felt all the well wishes. He was very fast on course and his tail never stopped wagging. Among the highlights were the kind gestures of complete strangers who were willing to hold him while I walked the course planning my strategies before I showed. The folks who show rally obedience are truly a wonderful group of people who encourage and help each other.

We have a few days break until we go for the title on Saturday in Toledo and during that time I’ll do a little training to remind Buzz about some of the skills needed to do the signs on course that we aren’t 100 percent on yet. Mostly, however, it’s up to me to remember which way is right and which way is left. Every time I stand up, I do the footwork for the signs that require me to go one way or the other.

So, please continue to think about us on Saturday. Send positive thoughts. We show once in the morning and then once more in the afternoon.

From what I’ve been able to ferret out, Buzz and I should be one of the first in the country to attain a Master Rally title WHEN we qualify twice on Saturday. There are several other folks who are close as well, so it all depends on when they are entered next.  (As an aside, I am also entered on Sunday just in case.)

We can do this.




Lisa Allmendinger on November 14th, 2017

Courtesy photo. A look inside Breathe Yoga.

By Lisa Carolin

(Chelsea Update is running a series on businesses in Chelsea beginning with businesses that belong to the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce. This week it’s Breathe Yoga.)

Breathe Yoga opened at 104 E. Middle St. in July of 2015 and has grown into a business that offers more than 23 studio classes a week as well as workshops and events.

“We love seeing our yoga community grow,” said Sue Whitmarsh, an instructor, who co-owns Breathe Yoga with Marie Brooks. “We have also expanded our team of fabulous teachers to 15 and are forever grateful for their nurturing, giving natures and dedication to their art.”

Courtesy photo. Yoga is for all ages.

Patrons range in age from 2 to 84 and both women and men are welcome. Whitmarsh says that in the last couple of months there has been an increase in the number of men attending classes.

“The types of yoga we offer range from Ashtanga to Yin, including Vinyasa, Slowflow, Restorative, Nidra, Lunar, Sivananda and Chair Yoga,” said Whitmarsh. “We also teach kids classes from 2-12 years, and offer Yoga Storytime and kids’ summer camps.”

Breathe Yoga also offers private yoga instruction and private Thai Yoga Massage appointments. There are also group classes for birthdays, baby showers, sports team, and more for special rates.

There is a retail selection that includes yoga mats from Manduka, lotions water bottles, greeting cards, jewelry and yoga accessories.

Breathe Yoga also offers a Breathe Gives Karma Yoga Program.

“Karma is the yoga of service, and it has always been part of our mission here to give back to our community as much as we can, and we do so through free community classes and by donating 100 percent of our mat rental fees to help raise funds and awareness for selected non-profits and charities in the area and further afield,” Whitmarsh said.

Currently, Breathe Yoga is collecting for two organizations delivering aid to Houston and Puerto Rico to help with hurricane damage.

Courtesy photo. A class at Breathe Yoga.

Whitmarsh says they are thrilled to be located where they are downtown.

“We’re proud to be part of a whole row of women-owned businesses along Middle Street, both East and West, and really enjoy the energy and connectivity of being right downtown,” she said. “We’re grateful for all the Chamber does for our town and its business community.”


Lisa Allmendinger on November 14th, 2017

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 14th, 2017


Lisa Allmendinger on November 14th, 2017

Courtesy photo. Inside the fireplace room in the Chelsea Area Historical Society museum.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jan Bernath for the information in this story.)

The Chelsea Area Historical Society will host a Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 1-4 p.m. that will feature four “Victorian vernacular” turn-of-the century homes plus one upscale brick home built in 1935 and the Boyd House Museum built in 1853.

Only the museum is ramp accessible.

Tickets are $20 per person and $17 for members of Chelsea Area Historical Society. Tickets can be purchased at The Garden Mill, 110 South Main St., Chelsea Hometown Pharmacy at 1123 South Main St. and CAHS Museum at 128 Jackson St. (across from Chelsea Depot).

Tickets will be sold at the museum during regular open hours from noon-3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays as well as 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, and beginning at 11 a.m. the day of the tour.

For questions, please call the museum at 734-476-2010.

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 14th, 2017


Lisa Allmendinger on November 14th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kayla Steinberg for the information in this story.)

The 2017 Great American Smokeout is Thursday, Nov. 16. Washtenaw County Public Health is celebrating by providing free carbon monoxide breath tests and encouraging smokers to use the day to quit, make a plan to quit, or reach out for support to quit.

The Michigan Tobacco Quitline can help smokers take steps towards quitting – and toward improving their current and future health.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in Michigan, killing more than 16,200 residents each year. Over 20 percent of Michigan adults smoke cigarettes, and nearly 30 percent of Michigan kids use tobacco. Each year, 5,800 Michigan kids become new, daily smokers.

“We know at least 15 percent of adults in Washtenaw County smoke and nine out of ten of them started before age 18,” says Jessie Kimbrough Marshall, MD, MPH, medical director for Washtenaw County Public Health. “Quitting tobacco use is one of the single best things you can do for your health. Setting a date to quit, calling the Michigan Tobacco Quitline, talking with your health care provider, and asking friends and family for support can all help you succeed in quitting.”

Washtenaw County Public Health will be providing free carbon monoxide (CO) breath tests and blood pressure screenings this Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The CO breath tests will measure the amount of poisonous CO gas in participants’ breath, which correlates to how much CO is in their blood. High levels of CO indicate frequent smoking and tobacco addiction.

The testing will take place before and during Washtenaw County Public Health’s monthly healthy food distribution in the atrium of 555 Towner Street, Ypsilanti. The tests only take a few minutes, and no appointments are needed.

The positive effects of quitting smoking are both short and long term. According to the American Cancer Society, the body begins to recover within minutes of quitting smoking. Heart rate and blood pressure drop, and within 12 hours carbon monoxide levels in blood return to normal. Benefits continue over time, including improved circulation and lung function, reduced risk of coronary heart disease and reduced risk of cancer.

Tobacco products are highly addictive and users may require several quit attempts before they are successful. However, there are proven resources available to help tobacco users quit. Quitters are most successful when using a combination of therapies, including resources such as nicotine replacement, counseling, self-help materials, and a strong support network of family and friends. 

The Michigan Tobacco Quitline

Washtenaw County Public Health is working with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to connect current smokers to quitting support and resources. The Michigan Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW or 1-800-784-8669) is an evidence-based service that helps smokers access quit aids, counseling and other resources. The service is available 24/7 in multiple languages.

The Michigan Tobacco Quitline provides free telephone coaching for the uninsured, pregnant women, residents enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare, veterans, cancer patients, and Native Americans. The Quitline provides services including materials, text messaging, an online program, and referral to all Michigan residents.

Individual tobacco users can contact the Quitline directly at 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or enroll online at https://michigan.quitlogix.org/. Providers in all health care settings are also encouraged to refer their patients and clients to the Quitline.

The Great American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year. For more information visit www.cancer.org/smokeout.

Washtenaw County Public Health

Washtenaw County Public Health promotes health and works to prevent disease and injury in our community. Our mission is to assure, in partnership with the community, the conditions necessary for people to live healthy lives through prevention and protection programs. Visit Washtenaw County Public Health online at http://publichealth.ewashtenaw.org  or call 734-544-6700.