Chelsea

Melissa Goodson
Melissa Goodson

For residents of retirement communities, being vigilant about following COVID-19 protocols is critical.  The United Methodist Retirement Community (UMRC) in Chelsea knew that sheltering in place could lead to a sense of isolation and disconnection.  Melissa Goodson, major gifts officer at UMRC, joins Deb Polich and David Fair to discuss the impact hand-curated streamed performances have on the well-being of the UMRC residents.  Listen here. 


Slow Farm
Slow Farm Organic U-Pick / Facebook

The pandemic has impacted all parts of our economy, including the local agricultural community.  But, there are positives that have resulted and reasons for giving thanks, too!  Kim Bayer is owner of Slow Farm in Washtenaw County.  She joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss COVID-19 impacts on local farming for this week's "Issues of the Environment." 


Faith in Action
Sheri Montoye

The organization Faith in Action has provided food, shelter assistance, and other basic services to low income families in Chelsea and Dexter for decades.  With the coronavirus pandemic ongoing, the organization has had to work extra hard.  Faith in Action executive director Sheri Montoye joined WEMU's David Fair to share the stories of adapting to ever-changing circumstances and why there is inspiration to be found through fostering relationships through service work. 


WATS

The City of Chelsea is working with the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study, also known as WATS, on a study to help improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety.  

Jeff Daniels
Purple Rose Theatre Company / purplerosetheatre.org

Award-winning actor and musician Jeff Daniels is home in Chelsea right now quarantined like the rest of us due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Like all other entertainment venues, Daniels had to shut down the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea to curb the spread of the virus.  He talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about an idea he has to raise support for the theatre and fills us in on the many other projects he's been working on in film and TV.


Ballet Chelsea
Michael Wecht

A holiday favorite, The Nutcracker Ballet, fills the stage with boys and men dancing in roles as familiar as the music by Tchaikovsky.  What is it like to be a male dancer in the ballet?  On this week’s edition of "creative:impact," David Fair and Deb Polich find out when they chat with dancer and actor Michael Wecht, who is appearing in Ballet Chelsea’s production of The Nutcracker, presented with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra this weekend at the Potter Center in Jackson.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Imagine your life without internet access for a day.  Many of us may cringe just at the thought of it.  But that’s what thousands of people in Washtenaw County face every single day.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan tells what the county is doing to address this issue in the 21st century.


Voters in the Ann Arbor School district approved a one-billion-dollar capitol bond issue. The 30-year levy allows the district to renew and replace existing school infrastructure, make other upgrades at every school, build new classroom space to accommodate growing student enrollment and purchase buses and technology. The bond passed with 53.26% of the votes, and it would amount to a tax increase of 1.65 mills in addition to the existing school tax being levied as the result of a 20-year, sinking fund millage approved by voters in 2017. 

Julie Helber
Chelsea School District / chelsea.k12.mi.us

Election day is coming up, and this year's ballot features an $81 million bond proposal for the Chelsea school district.  WEMU's Lisa Barry speaks to Chelsea schools superintendent Dr. Julie Helber about what this proposal, if approved, will do for the district's infrastructure.


Ypsilanti Community Schools
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

This week on “In The Public Interest.” our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with local civics teacher Rebecca Wilinski about what’s being taught in local high school civics classes. 
 


Ann Arbor Blues Festival
Ann Arbor Blues Festival / a2bluesfestival.com

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local performance arts scene.  WEMU's Lisa Barry and Wendy Wright talk with the executive producer of the Ann Arbor Blues Festival, James Partridge, about the upcoming festival and discuss several other events happening in the coming weeks.


Mosquito
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

So far in 2019, the weather has particularly warm and damp, which has led to a serious increase in the mosquito and tick population.  Therefore, the risk for diseases these insects carry has increased, as well.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County Health Department environmental health director Kristen Schweighoefer about a new initiative to fight these illnesses.


Edith Donnel
Chelsea District Library / chelseadistrictlibrary.org

Reading comics has been a popular youth activity for decades.  In some cases, it inspires youngsters to seek out a career in the comics industry.  The youth organization "Kids Read Comics" was founded to encourage kids to get their creative juices flowing.  The organization's founder, Chelsea librarian Edith Donnel, discusses the project and latest engagement opportunities with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich in this week's "creative:impact."

Kickshaw Theatre / Facebook

This week, Art and Soul is about the performing arts.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by Jenn McKee and the artistic director of Kickshaw Theatre in Ann Arbor Lynn Lammers talking about their current show, "Milvotchkee, Visconsin."


Jiffy Mix And Its Rich Washtenaw County History

Jun 12, 2018
Jiffy Mix

To many, Jiffy Mix is a household name.  Many of you probably have it in your pantry right now.  From the corn muffin mix, to pizzas, pastries, and pies. Jiffy Mix is based in Washtenaw County and is well-known for its mixes that cut down on time and effort in the cooking process.  In fact, the company name comes from the adage, “It’ll be done in a Jiffy.”  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan paid a visit to the Jiffy Mix facility in Chelsea and learned about the history and more fun facts about the company.


David MacGregor

This week, Art and Soul is about the performing arts activities in Washtenaw County.  Local writer and reviewer Jenn McKee joins 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry and special guest playwright David MacGregor to talk about his new play opening soon at Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea.


Jenn McKee

This week, Art and Soul is about the performing arts in our area.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by local arts journalist and blogger at A2 Arts Addict Jenn McKee as they look back at some of the performing arts highlights from the past year and talk about upcoming performance events.


Border to Border Trail
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Progress is being made to fully connect communities throughout Washtenaw County with an expanded Border to Border Trail.  Learn about the latest developments in this conversation between WEMU’s David Fair and Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Director, Coy Vaughn, in this week’s edition of “Issues of the Environment.” 


Ellen McDonald

Because natural burial has environmental benefits over conventional burial, it is often favored by those who like to “go green.”  But it also can appeal for other, more conservative reasons.  It’s the choice of some independently-minded rural folks, and to many religious traditionalists.  Additionally, it can help out the local businesses that serve the growing demand.  In this installment episode of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas looks at natural burial benefits that go “beyond green.” 


Lisa Barry

This week, Art and Soul focuses on the performing Arts in Washtenaw County.  Lisa Barry speaks with Broadway-bound actor Conor Ryan, who is starring in "Into the Wild" at the Encore Musical Theatre in Dexter and local playwright David MacGregor.

Donald B. Gooch / Weber's Inn

Weber’s Inn, to many, is one of Washtenaw County’s most iconic landmarks.  2017 marks its  80th anniversary.  We sent WEMU’s Jorge Avellan to find out  how Weber's has made it through eight decades of business and why it’s so special to many people.


Daryl Marshke/Michigan Photography

Research on the remains of a 9-ton mammoth found in a Chelsea field over a year ago may prove that humans existed in Michigan a thousand years earlier than previously thought.

After a year of restoration work, the partial remains of the mammoth are going on display this coming weekend at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History beginning November 5th.

I spoke to museum director Amy Harris.  She says the mammoth display will be given enough room for scientists to continue their research while the public can view the display.


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

On Saturday, the city of Ann Arbor hosted another international soccer match.  As you might imagine, the event brought out a huge crowd. 


89.1 WEMU

Summer is here and with it comes warm weather and plenty of chances to experience the performing arts outdoors.

On this week's on Art & Soul: The Performing Arts, Jenn and I are joined by the president of Ann Arbor's Penny Seats Theatre, Lauren London.


New Bike Trail In Chelsea Has Grand Opening Today

Jun 16, 2016
Mountain Bike Trail
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

A five-mile loop of a new mountain biking trail opens in Chelsea with a ribbon cutting and naming ceremony today. 


Chelsea School District Voters Renew Millage

May 4, 2016
Chelsea School District
Courtesy Photo / Chelsea School District

Chelsea residents passed a school millage renewal during Tuesday’s election.


Chelsea Schools Millage Up For Renewal On May 3rd

May 2, 2016
Chelsea Public Schools

Chelsea residents will vote Tuesday on whether to renew a millage for the repair of school district buildings.

  

The University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History is asking the public to help build one of its new exhibits.

PBS Newshour shines the spotlight on small-town Chelsea theater and its founder's roots.

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