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Lisa Allmendinger on January 16th, 2018

Wendy Jean Davis of Boise, Idaho, age 52, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at home in Boise, Idaho.

She was born March 5, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Donald LeRoy and Marcia Marie (Himmelein) Davis, Jr.

Wendy graduated from Stockbridge High School in 1985.  She served in the US Army for 8 years.  Wendy enjoyed nature walks, spending time at the lake, and spending time with her niece and nephews.

No funeral services will be held.

For the full obituary, please click here.


Lisa Allmendinger on January 15th, 2018

The Chelsea City Council adopted a resolution to form the Sustainability Advisory Commission on Jan. 8, which among its roles and responsibilities will be to look at alternative energy and the costs.

Currently, the city utilizes electrical and renewable energy sources but there has been increasing interest in looking into other sources.

The seven-member commission will be comprised of city residents including two City Council members (Frank Hammer and Tony Iannelli), one Planning Commissioner, one building or development professional, a member with alternative energy or green technology experience and two members at large.

The City Council “may annually renew the committee as needed,” according to an overview of roles and responsibilities. 

Commissioners will be asked to explore green building strategies including opportunities to reduce energy consumption and replace carbon-based energy with renewable sources in new and existing buildings.

Among the principal roles of the committee is to present research findings to the City Council on six different areas for further study or action. It should be noted that this commission, like the Human Rights Commission, has no final decision-making authority, which rests with the City Council.

Among the broad topics this commission will research are: alternative energy, green building technologies, green infrastructure, recycling and waste management, transportation and mobility and water resources.

Check the city’s website for further information and applications for appointment to this commission.

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 15th, 2018

Courtesy file photo. Chelsea High School graduate Jessie Ligi with SRSLY Chelsea Coalition Director Jesse Kauffman.

Jesse Kauffman, who has worked with SRSLY for the last seven years, has decided to take a new position at St. Joseph Mercy-Chelsea as a therapist in the Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic.

Below is his letter.

“After seven years of working with SRSLY, first as program coordinator and then as coalition director, I have decided to accept a position as a therapist in the Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic of the hospital. Since the success of SRSLY has always been tied to the strength of this community, I wanted to share this special message with you as I plan for my departure.

Seven years ago, when I joined the SRSLY team and was new to Chelsea, I was immediately struck by the way individuals and organizations within Chelsea intentionally and enthusiastically collaborate with each other. There is no shortage of evidence that this community has a strong sense of identity and a significant part of that identity is valuing our youth. From the abundance of support for and participation in the New Year’s Eve Party, to the more than 50 individuals and families who have already given to our Annual Appeal Campaign, it is clear Chelsea genuinely cares about the health and well-being of youth in this community.

I am honored to have served this community through SRSLY and participate with you in empowering our youth. Just through the simple act of inviting them to lead the way, I’ve been fortunate to witness five middle school students plan and execute a fantastic afterschool field day with fun activities, healthy snacks, and over 100 students attending. I’ve stood in awe of Chelsea middle and high school students receiving a standing ovation after presenting to a standing-room-only audience of adults from across the country in Washington, D.C.

SRSLY lets youth know we, as a community, believe in them and then they’re off meeting with members of Congress and receiving national awards. It has been a truly amazing journey to walk alongside them (and honestly, just trying to keep up with them). I have deep gratitude for being involved in this profound work and cherish the friendships and the impact it has had both in my life and in Chelsea.

Obviously, the work of SRSLY marches on as kids grow up and are confronted with the choices of who they will be and how they will get there. There is so much meaningful work still to be done: educating youth in the context of a culture that is growing increasingly dismissive about the risks of marijuana use for youth, celebrating 10 wonderful years of work as a coalition, and planning for the future to ensure our youth are healthy and heard as members of this community. The position of Coalition Director is posted here if you know of someone who would greet this work with wisdom and enthusiasm.

As for me, I’m pleased to say I’ll still be working with youth and adults in Chelsea and still with St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. I’ll begin my work as a therapist at the end of this month.

Thank you again for the unique presence each of you brings to this work and for letting me join in.

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 15th, 2018

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 15th, 2018

Courtesy photo. Amy Heydlauff.

This week’s guest on “Around Town with Linda” is a re-airing of an interview with Amy Heydlauff (CEO of Five Healthy Towns) in a nod to people starting the year off in a healthy way.

“Around Town” with Linda Meloche can be seen daily on Channel 18 at 7:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m.

DVD’s of all shows are available to check out on the second floor of the Chelsea District Library and can also be viewed at http://storiesofchelsea.org/around-town-with-linda.


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Lisa Allmendinger on January 15th, 2018

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Transition Town Chelsea will meet on Monday, Jan.15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chelsea Senior Center, 512 E. Washington St.

Adam “Fuzzy” Konner will be speaking to the group about the local currency called Common Good that he co-founded in Ann Arbor less than three years ago.

Now a growing list of businesses in the area have welcomed the currency. 

Learn what Common Good is, how it works, why we would trust in it, the broader social mission that it supports, and – hopefully – how we may spread it to Chelsea. It is easy for individuals to join Common Good. Get a card, transfer money to it, and start to use it at local businesses.
A free potluck meal will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation starts at about 7:15. 

If coming to the potluck meal, please bring a dish to pass and your own place settings. 



Lisa Allmendinger on January 15th, 2018

Photo by Rebecca Turner. Beach Middle School winning medley relay team. In front is Parker Olk, in back left to right is Bella Turner, Jared Atkinson and Landen Collins.


(Chelsea Update would like to thank Dave Brinklow for the information in this story.)

The Beach Middle School Swim Team finished 3rd out of 7 teams at the Erie Mason Invitational last weekend.

Milan was first with 363 points followed by Bedford 313, Chelsea 275, Riverview 156.5, Dundee 120, Greenhills, 37 and Erie Mason 31.5 points.

Eighth grader Bella Turner set two new school records in the 50 and 100 freestyle events. Her second-place time of 25.22 in the 50 free beat the previous record set in 2016 by Alexis Nelson of 25.41. Her second-place time of 55.51 in the 100 free beat the time of 56.01 set by Kara Styles in 2001.

Turner was joined by Parker Olk, Jared Atkinson and Landen Collins for first place in the 200 medley relay. Olk, Riley Monahan, Collins and Turner also took first place in the 200 freestyle relay. Olk was also first in the 100 backstroke.

Other top 12 finishers are as follows:

  • 200 medley relay: Steven Levine, Lucas Hopkins, Beck Elandt, Jessica Neff 10th
  • 200 freestyle: Monahan 2nd, Amelia Christie 12th
  • 100 IM: Atkinson 5th, Chelsea Paddock 7th
  • 50 freestyle: Collins 5th
  • Diving: Olk 2nd, Devon Reginaldo 4th, McKenna Fletcher 5th, Bram Hartsuff 9th
  • 50 butterfly: Levine 11th
  • 100 freestyle: Collins 4th, Kate Gaiser 11th
  • 200 freestyle relay: Paddock, Hopkins, Elandt, Gaiser 7th
  • 100 backstroke: Levine 12th
  • 100 breaststroke: Atkinson 3rd, Paddock 6th
  • 400 freestyle relay: Gaiser, Paddock, Atkinson, Monahan 5th


Lisa Allmendinger on January 15th, 2018

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

Jake Burris achieved a season-high in 3-meter diving and Kurt Jolly scored a third-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke as Albion College stunned 14th-ranked Calvin College, 171-129, in a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association men’s swimming and diving dual meet inside the Dean Aquatic Center.

Burris, who also gained a runner-up finish in 1-meter diving, scored 303.40 in the 3-meter event.

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 14th, 2018

Courtesy photo. One of the CAADY quilts on display at Silver Maples of Chelsea.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Emily Meloche for the information in this story.)

The C.A.A.D.Y. quilters are back with their annual January/February display in Silver Maples of Chelsea Gallery 100.

Courtesy photo. Another quilt currently on display at Silver Maples of Chelsea.

C.A.A.D.Y. began over 20 years ago, with members from Chelsea, Ann Arbor, Dexter, and Ypsilanti (C.A.A.D.Y.) The group meets at the Chelsea Senior Center every Tuesday afternoon.

The quilts on display are representative of the quilts the C.A.A.D.Y. Corner Quilters group donates to local organizations. The majority of the quilts are given to patients at the University of Michigan’s Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. Chelsea’s Faith in Action and St. Louis Center also receive quilts for their annual fundraising activities.

In this exhibit, there are no identification tags to indicate who made a quilt, as each is a collaborative effort.

Gallery 100 is an art gallery, open to the public, at Silver Maples of Chelsea.

New exhibits are put up every two months. The gallery can be accessed M-F 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Courtesy photo. Another of the CAADY quilts on display at Silver Maples of Chelsea.


Lisa Allmendinger on January 14th, 2018

As Chelsea launches its first Curling Fest on Feb. 9-10 and teams compete for the debut Chelsea Cup, volunteers are needed to make this event a success.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, Feb. 9 from 4-8 p.m. learn-to-curl open ice, enjoy beer, hot cocoa and food in a heated tent

Saturday, Feb. 10, tournament begins at 9 a.m. Food, beer and more begins at 11 a.m.

Organized by the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce, many volunteers are needed to put on this new event, and all volunteers will receive a free drink coupon and a hat. You can signup here.

This event is sponsored by Rick Taylor Real Estate Reinhart Realtors.

For more information, contact Terris Ahrens at terrisahrens@gmail.com or the chamber at  info@chelseamichamber.com.

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