When she launched the Update, which covers the entire Chelsea school district, Allmendinger was its publisher, editor, and sole contributor. "I wrote forty stories in one week," she says. "I'm not a fancy writer, but I write from the heart and I've always worked really hard." But even she could use some help, and she'll get it "when school starts and Don Richter, a former writer for the Dexter Leader and the Chelsea Standard, will come on board and cover sports."
Daniel Lai, who runs the hyperlocal website Dexter.Patch.com, knows Allmendinger well--she mentored him when they both worked at the Heritage papers, and he's a huge fan. "Lisa is a machine," he writes in an email. "Plain and simple. Lisa is an amazing reporter who works hard and always has her nose to the ground for a good story. Lisa has spent years building strong relationships and sources in the communities she reports on, and often she is the 'go to' lady for local news. I don't know anyone in recent memory who works harder than Lisa. In addition to cranking out quality stories and features, she is a great photographer and an excellent writer. Lisa is also a friend who doesn't hesitate to help younger reporters in the field. She is genuinely a nice person, and I owe a lot of my successes to her belief in me."