From: D&B Strategic Marketing
Chelsea Education Foundation (CEF) is proud to introduce the newly-founded Chelsea Alumni Association (CAA). CAA is a committee of CEF, led by a group of volunteer alumni. CAA's mission is to create avenues for Chelsea alumni to communicate, connect, volunteer, support, and participate in Chelsea Schools and Chelsea related activities. CAA seeks to foster Bulldog pride and connect ALL Bulldogs!
CAA has been a labor of love, with many volunteer alumni working diligently to bring it to fruition. “We have big goals for the future, including creating a legacy scholarship, hosting alumni networking events, and recognizing outstanding alumni,” shared Jane Diesing, CAA Committee Chair. Other members of the committee are Jennifer Smith, Lynne Faist, Jan Bernath, John Brier, Laurel Gravelyn, Jeff Holzhausen, Barb Boylan Lewis, Anne Mann, Ellie McCalla, Jane Mann Shrosbree, Angie Smith, Joan Weber, Sandy Weber, Jane Diesing, and Wayne Welton.
All alumni and Chelsea supporters are invited to a reception tent hosted by CAA and CEF at the Chelsea High School Homecoming football game on Friday, October 7th, starting at 6pm. Stop by the tent before and during the game, for refreshments, giveaways, fellowship, and to learn more about joining CAA's mission and how CEF is helping the Chelsea School District.
CHS alumni and supporters gather at last year’s Homecoming game. Photo of Happy CEF Volunteers - Photos courtesy CEF
Chelsea Alumni Association would like to recognize and thank the Athletic Department and Brad Bush, Athletic Director and Assistant Principal, for incorporating the event into the Homecoming Celebration, helping set up the tent, and welcoming them to the homecoming festivities. Alumni and supporterswill receive a warm welcome from CAA Committee members, CEF Board members, and volunteers!
Recently, Chelsea Education Foundation received funding from the Chelsea Community Foundation to acquire software to manage their database and communication with existing and future donors. The software enhances their ability to share with donors how their generosity is making a difference in the Chelsea community by funding teacher grants and student scholarships. This will also benefit the alumni manage and engage with their growing membership. To learn more about and to join CAA sign up here.
By: Matt Pegouskie
Q: What is the 5 Healthy Towns Survey?
A: The 5 Healthy Towns Survey (5HFsurvey.com) is an opportunity for our communities to influence how 5 Healthy Towns Foundation (5HF) invests in our communities. In the beginning of the foundation, 5HF worked with local partners to conduct the BRFSS survey. While the tool was helpful, it was 270+ questions long. Our 5HF survey is 30 questions long and takes about 5 minutes.
Q: What will 5 Healthy Towns Foundation learn from this survey?
A: The results will help us understand your greatest wellness needs, and what’s changed since 2020. For instance, we will learn what communities and demographic groups (seniors, youth, those who are alone…) may need, like nutrition, fitness, or mental health resources. We want to know what connects you to your community, so we can fortify those places and organizations. Mostly we will learn how we can help you stay or get well.
A: Didn’t we just take the 5 Healthy Towns survey?
Q: We issued the first 5 Healthy Towns survey in 2020. We used the results of those surveys to select priorities for our Regional Planning Process, and to help guide your local Wellness Coalition in their granting processes.
Q: Why should I participate in the 5 Healthy Towns survey again?
A: 5 Healthy Towns Foundation spends more than $1,000,000 per year in our 5 healthy towns. We want to spend it on things that make a difference to you, and we’d like to know how that’s changed since 2020.
Q: Who should complete the survey?
A: Anyone over age 18 living in the Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester and Stockbridge school districts.
Q: Can more than one person in my household take the survey?
A. Yes! In fact we hope every person over 18 in your household and in the community will take the survey.
Q: Are my answers confidential?
A: Yes. We will only look at the information according to ‘demographics’. We won’t tie individual data to anyone – not even those who provide contact information in order to be in the drawing described at the end of this Q&A.
Q: Will you tell us what you learn from the survey?
A: You can count on it. We will report back in an upcoming issue of Connected, with your local wellness coalitions, and other community organizations. Or you can call us and we’ll talk to you about what we learn. 734-433-4599.
Q: What if I don’t have a computer/internet?
A: You can access the survey with your smart phone by scanning the QR code located on the adjacent page, or go online with any device, at any hotspot, to www.5HFSurvey.com.
Q: What else do I need to know?
A: Provide contact information and you’ll be entered into a drawing for one of five prizes (one for each community), after the survey wraps up in late November. In addition, we will draw one name on November 1st to see who wins two tickets to the Detroit Lions – Jacksonville Jaguars game on December 4th.
By: Aimee Bingham Osinski firstname.lastname@example.org
As I walked around the Chelsea Fair last week, I smiled fondly, reminiscing about my own childhood, in Saline, in the 80s and 90s. The flashing lights, the fair food, the music blaring, even some of the rides were the same. It’s nice that communities hold on to a bit of history in this rapidly changing world. I wondered about the history of fairs in general. Common sense told me it has its roots in agriculture much like Saline, Chelsea, and Manchester. According to history daily.org, “The first county fair was in 1807 and the brainchild of sheep farmer Elkana Watson. His goal was to promote better farming and farming practices. The first fair was nothing more than a sheep shearing contest.” It was so successful that Watson expanded upon the idea and began creating events and entertainment for the whole family. But the center of the local fair remains farming and farming practices.
This year’s fair was a success. I got to witness part of my first livestock auction ever. I was able to tour the barns with different contests from photography, to quilting, to canning and vegetable growing. Many of the contests reflect the skills and talents needed, beyond livestock to keep a farm running. They are skills that are still useful today, especially in a challenging economy. Being able to grow and store food is a valuable skill to have. Being able to knit, sew or quilt would, I imagine, be very handy as well. That, I don’t know because these are things I cannot do.
We enjoyed; the goats, donkeys, Alpacas, chickens and other animals. Due to the livestock auction we did not get to tour all the barns but we fell in love with a tiny donkey and my daughter enthusiastically “watered,” or milked the demonstration cow. We enjoyed a bucket of fair fries with vinegar and rode as many rides as we could before we were overstimulated by all the music, flashing lights and people.
The Chelsea Fair was fun for the whole family with agriculture at the center. I saw a man wearing a shirt that said, “I’m a farmer, what’s your superpower?” I nodded in agreement. I’m grateful to the agricultural community for keeping us all so well fed and for working hard to pass down the knowledge and traditions so it isn’t lost.
From: D&B Strategic Marketing
Since 2013, FarmSudz has been a destination for their amazing handmade goat milk soap and natural skincare - making and selling products from their basement location in downtown Chelsea and their second shop in Jackson.
In late July, the Chelsea FarmSudz crew moved from the “Underground” into their new home at 109 S. Main St. - complete with windows and sunlight. On Wednesday, August 31, 2022, FarmSudz will host its grand opening beginning with the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 5pm followed by festivities that will continue until 8 pm. Everyone is invited!
“We are beyond thrilled and thankful to our wonderful customers (“Sudzers” as we call them) for helping us to grow and become a successful business. We will miss our sweet little underground ‘Speakeasy’, we’ve been dreaming of windows for so long. Never in a million years would we have guessed we’d end up in a place as wonderful as the historic Vogel’s and Foster’s building. We couldn’t believe the amount of product, ingredients and containers that we hauled out of the Underground - it was a bit like a clown car!” Shared Julie Konkle, Owner.
FarmSudz specializes in handmade natural skin and hair care, formulated using fresh, locally sourced ingredients such as unprocessed goat milk, herbs, and raw beeswax. All products, including soaps, creams, balms, and serums, are handmade on-site in both the Chelsea and Jackson locations.
In addition to the handmade skincare, FarmSudz is fully embracing a zero-waste culture. Lots of new products on the shelves speak to this….unpaper paper towels, solid shampoo and conditioner bars, zero waste laundry detergent, wool dryer balls, toothpaste tablets in aluminum tins, bamboo combs and brushes, refillable ‘green’ all-purpose cleaner, washable fabric dusters, and more.
FarmSudz was born out of Julie Konkle’s journey as a registered nurse at the University of Michigan. She was a clinical trials manager, helping to test new drug treatments for severe medical conditions. Her drive to help people as a nurse has guided the business and formulation of the natural handmade products that bring customers back time after time.
Since then, Konkle has enlisted the help of relatives to not only create and sell the shop’s products, but to listen to what customers want.
The importance of customer relationships is apparent when you stop by either FarmSudz location. In Konkle’s words, “The first thing you will notice is that our staff are engaging, knowledgeable, helpful, and kind. Making outstanding skincare products, fostering the zero-waste initiative and being involved in our communities are part of our culture.” FarmSudz was nominated as one of Michigan’s Best Small Businesses in 2022 as part of MLive’s Reader’s Choice Awards.
Other Michigan retailers that carry FarmSudz products include Anna’s Gifts and Home Décor, Jackson, Pure Albion, Albion, Agricole Farm Stop, Chelsea, and Diedrich’s Farm Market, Williamston.
From: MaryGretchen Zale (This article is provided to Chelsea Guardian by a collaboration between the Silver Solutions Network and the Chelsea Senior Center.)
In June 2022 Chelsea Senior Center (CSC) was awarded a grant from the 5-Healthy Towns Foundation for a collaborative program to provide special services and activities for eligible Chelsea seniors. The program will expand in the next two years to seniors participating in the Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester, and Stockbridge Centers.
The expansion of this exciting new program in support of individuals experiencing cognitive change and memory loss will increase needed services to more seniors in Chelsea, as well as ultimately to those in neighboring communities. Its mission is to create, “Dementia Friendly Communities” providing activities, education, and support for both individuals suffering from memory loss, as well as their caregivers.
Individuals living with significant cognitive changes and serious or increasing memory loss often suffer from isolation. They lose friendships, stop exercising and participating in previous social interactions—while dealing with confusion, fear, and changing memory functions.
Caregivers (generally unpaid family members) also share in the isolation while struggling to understand the scope and ramifications of the cognitive changes they are witnessing—as well as focusing on providing quality care for their loved ones. Significant lifestyle changes for the caregivers, including sacrificing time with family members, friendships, and social or work activities critical to their own mental health.
'Remain engaged and active' tops the Alzheimer's Association’s list of strategies for people coping or caring for someone dealing with dementia. Formed in 1980, the Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support, and research.
Working together is a winning formula for everyone. Dementia Friendly Communities don’t let individuals or their caregivers struggle alone.
To learn what Dementia Friendly Communities provide, watch for more details in the coming months regarding the components of this new area program, including:
Connections Memory Cafe-a fun time out and about, enjoying time together away from the stresses at home. For individuals living with cognitive changes and mild memory loss PLUS their caregivers. Lunch, games, and activities for all to enjoy. Now underway at the Chelsea Senior Center.
Chat to Heal: A Caregiver Group Support Program-a group for caregivers to talk, support, and share resources with people who are living with the same struggles. Now underway at the Chelsea Senior Center.
Brain & Body Wellness Workshop-a way for people living with cognitive changes and mild memory loss to connect with others, have fun, and learn strategies to strengthen body and mind, and improve quality of life. Lunch is included. Starting in September and through October, this eight-week course will resume in January 2023.
All Memory Support Programs are open to anyone in the community. However, space is limited. To register, call or email CSC.