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With the Chelsea Education Association and the Board of Education in fact finding over a new teacher’s contract, here is a statement from Superintendent of Schools Andy Ingall.

“The Chelsea Board of Education is negotiating with the Chelsea Education Association in a good faith manner,” he said, adding, “The Board of Education is adamant that negotiations with the Chelsea Education Association should take place at the bargaining table and not in the media.

“The Board of Education has proposed terms of an agreement that it believes are fair and in the best long-term interest of its students, staff and community.  Given the uncertainty of school funding over the last several years, the Board of Education will not commit to increasing fixed costs (such as teacher salary and benefits) when it does not feel reasonably confident that it will have sufficient future funding to maintain those levels of expenditures,” he said.

A balanced budget relies on sufficient income to cover anticipated expenses, Ingall said. “In these uncertain financial times, the Board of Education wants to be sure it has sufficient reserves to maintain its current staffing and programming for students, even in the event of a limited increase or perhaps a decrease in state aid – both realities that have occurred in recent years.”

The District will continue to follow the terms and conditions of employment contained in the expired contract until the fact-finding process has been completed, Ingall said.

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Courtesy photo. Bob Pierce, executive director of the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce, addresses the crowd.

Courtesy photo. Bob Pierce, executive director of the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce, addresses the crowd.

Friends-of-the-Library-biz-after-hours-vert(Chelsea Update would like to thank Sue Whitemarsh for the information in this story.)

The Friends of Chelsea District Library held its first Chamber After Hours Event in the McKune Room at the Chelsea District Library recently. About  40 people attended.

The event was a precursor to National Friends of Libraries Week, which was Oct. 19-25, during which the Chelsea Friends held a membership drive and a special drawing to win a Kindle Paperwhite.

For more information about the Friends, click here.

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 25th, 2014


The whole family is invited to the Chelsea Free Methodist Church activity center in the 400 building of the Washington Street Education Center on Friday, Oct. 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., for a dose of Halloween fun for kids.

Members of the church will entertain elementary-age kids with free carnival-style games and hand out candy prizes to children from Chelsea and the surrounding communities.

Parents who come to watch will enjoy complimentary cider and donuts.

Make this your final destination place to warm up after trick or treating at a few homes or begin your evening with us.

We’re blessed to offer a safe, fun-filled community space during the City of Chelsea’s Trick or Treating hours.

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 25th, 2014

Chelsea Update would like to thank Alan Ashley for this photo gallery from a recent Beach Middle School volleyball match. If you’d like to see more of his work, please click here.

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 25th, 2014

BMS-Logo(Chelsea Update would like to thank coach Brittany Sleicher for the information below.)

The 8th grade blue Bulldogs fell to Monroe Thursday night at home, losing all three sets.

Skylar Staton did an awesome job setting in the first game. Stephanie Dark and Madeleine Kennedy had 3 service points each.

The 8th grade gold Bulldogs won against Lincoln in two of the sets on Thursday night, Tori Walz had multiple spikes during every game. Lindsey Atkinson had some incredible saves using one arm, her serving was spot on, her best game of the season. Karie Reiber had consecutive serves that were not returned.

During the Saline game, the girls won only one of the three sets, but put up a good fight only losing by two points in the other two sets. Ali Muchler was awesome cheering on the team during all the games. She had a very successful game with serves and sets. Maddie Kemp also had several serving runs and spikes.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank coach Dave Brinklow for the information below.)
The 7th grade Blue Volleyball Team played tough last night but lost all 3 games to Monroe, 20-25, 23-25 and 15-25.

Allison Hale led serving 8 points, Morgan DeYoe and Ciena Ratliff each had 4, Kiersten Anstead and Kelsey Weinreich each had 3, and Marianna Carpenter, Lilly Caister, Cassidy Tokarski, and Abby Shore each had 1.


The Chelsea Education Association (CEA) and the Chelsea School District will be headed to the fact finding stage of contract negotiations for the first time.

Fact finding happens when traditional bargaining and the further step of involving a state mediator have proven unsuccessful at reaching an agreement according to a press release from the CEA.

“We believe that what we’ve proposed is fair and reasonable, especially with the information that was released from the state audit, at the Oct. 13 School Board meeting,” CEA President Rick Catherman said in a press release.

Those numbers were presented by an auditor and showed more available money than the school district was originally projecting.

“Our goal is to provide working conditions and compensation that will continue to keep teachers healthy and in their classrooms working with students,” Catherman said, adding, “A strong collective bargaining agreement will allow the Chelsea School District to continue to maintain and attract the high-quality educators that make Chelsea a high-achieving and attractive district for students and families.”

The auditor’s presentation to the School Board included a report on how much money was collected and saved in the General Fund Equity for the school district. The fund is used to pay bills at the beginning of the school year until the state foundation money is received, according to the press release.

Until last school year, Chelsea’s Board of Education goal had been to keep at least 10 percent of its overall budget in that account, but during the 2013-14 school year the board adopted a policy increasing that amount to 15 percent.

At the recent School Board meeting, the auditor reported the district’s fund equity is above 19 percent. According to the press release, no other district in Washtenaw County has as high a GFE as Chelsea.

The Chelsea Education Association is hopeful that through the public process of fact finding a reasonable contract agreement can be found.

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Chelsea Bulldogs logo(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kristin Krarup-Joyce, Ed. S. NCSP, Ellen Kent, Ed. S. NCSP and Emily Verbeke, Ed. S. NCSP for the information in this new weekly column.  If you have a question for one of the school psychologists, please email asktheschoolpsychologist@gmail.com. All information will be kept confidential.)

Question: Recently, I have learned through multiple students in both junior and senior high that two teachers in particular berate, belittle, and create scapegoats of particular students on a frequent basis.

Do I talk to the parents first or go straight to the school? Thank you for your input.

Answer: First of all, thank you for your question and concern. Obviously, this is bothering your own child(ren) and should be addressed. Kudos to him or her for sharing this with you.

Sometimes a teacher may use sarcasm or humor to diffuse a tense situation, such as a safety drill, or to make a point. Some students may misunderstand that humor or find it hurtful. If that is the case, then the classroom environment isn’t conducive for learning for all students and needs to be addressed. It is possible that the teachers don’t realize that this is happening. In fairness to the teachers, it would be a good idea to talk to them personally. Try not to be accusatory. Just state what you’ve heard. It’s very possible that the issue can be resolved easily.

If you feel that the issue is unresolved with this first step, then you may want to touch base with the school principal. Again, approach the situation with the idea that you are seeking to gain understanding about the situation. Your goal is to have it resolved so that your child and others feel safe in her/his classroom. By advocating for your own child, you are also helping others.

It may be a difficult process, but it is definitely worthwhile.


Lisa Allmendinger on October 24th, 2014
Photo by Elizabeth Richardson.

Photo by Elizabeth Richardson.

This is the last Saturday Farmers Market for the season. It takes place on the former Palmer lot with is across from the Police Station from 8 a.m.-noon.

Here’s what to expect from the vendors this week:

Kapnick Orchards:  Apple cider, donuts, Honey Crisp, Jona-Mac, Empire, Spartan, Paula Red, Ginger Gold, McIntosh apples, potatoes, pie, peanut, cashew and almond butters, assorted varieties of bread, sweet rolls and fudge.

Affeathermations: Natural media, earthwork arts and crafts for ceremony or celebration, medicine wheels, Chakra Wheels, smudge.

apples-2Chandra June: Pretty jewelry using gemstones and precious metal. Earrings, bracelets, necklaces, key ring charms, anklets.

Two Track Farms: Carrots, garlic, kale, pastured raised whole chickens, potatoes, eggs, onions, peppers, Thanksgiving turkey sign-up.

Goetz Greenhouse and Family Farm:  Spaghetti, butternut, buttercup, acorn squash, sweet potatoes, leeks, curly and dyno kale, red beets, field tomatoes, Swiss chard, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, spinach, Spanish sweet onions, cabbage, garlic, Red Thumb, and Austrian Cresant potatoes, winter squash, gourds, small pumpkins, Indian corn, mini straw bales.

Frog Hollar Farms: Radishes, cabbage, a variety of sweet peppers, tomatoes, apples, corn, beets, carrots, cilantro.

Pumpkins anyone?

Pumpkins anyone?

Rulig’s Produce: kale, Swiss chard, maybe green beans, green, purple and yellow peppers, banana, maybe hot, sweet Hungarian, Anaheim, cherry bomb, jalapano, Pablano peppers, green, purple, white and orange cauliflower, hard squash, apples, green and red cabbage, Bok choy, Brussel sprouts, Romaine lettuce, red and green mixed greens, pumpkin, gourds, Indian corn.

Tantre Farm: All organically grown. Arugula, green beans, Chioggia and golden beets, Bok Choy, broccoli, Green and red cabbage, Carrots, Swiss Chard, Collard Greens, corn, eggplant, garlic bulbs, green curly, Red Russian and Lacinato kale, head lettuce, Sweet red, yellow and white onions, baby Pac Choi, sweet green bell peppers, mixed varieties of hot and sweet red peppers,  blue, red, Yukon Gold potatoes, pink beauty and purple radishes, rapini, raspberries, spinach, winter mixed variety squash, tatsoi, regular and pineapple tomatillos, cherry, grape, green slicer, heirloom, sauce-plum, slicing tomatoes, maybe watermelon.

Heim Gardens: Carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, onion, green and red peppers, beets, cabbage.

Stone-Hearth-Breads-and-BakeryStonehearth Bread: Artisan breads made from scratch with no preservatives. Cheese sticks, rosemary herb bread, Asiago Kalamata bread, Polish pumpernickel, Country loaf, Apple cinnamon, red raspberry/dark chocolate, strawberry/white chocolate, blueberry cream cheese, eight grain, Italian, honey whole wheat, German rye, spinach feta cheese, bacon cheddar beer bread, cookies, brownies, sticky lemon buns, blueberry buns, 4-cheese pepperoni rolls, habanero/jalapeno pepperoni rolls, apple walnut, red raspberry bread, San Francisco sourdough, soft three-cheese pretzels, three-cheese jalapeno pretzels, cran-orange and Jewish rye.

H and H Sugarbush: Michigan-made syrup, maple candy, maple sugar, maple cream (makes great fruit dip), maple-coated pecans and almonds. Might not be there Saturday.

B. Anne All Natural Goodies: soaps, shampoo and conditioner, body cream, granola, cookies and cakes (different flavors each week).

French bread

French bread

LA Baquette features a variety of French pastries: the classic baguette, boule, a rustic rye and sesame bread, Madeleines and brioche. Come and sample our products.

Zakovich Pastures: Pasture-raised organically feed poultry, whole birds, bone-in  breasts, thighs, wings, legs, feet, livers, beef bones, chuck roast, sirloin tip, stew meat, short ribs, sirloin tip, tongue.

fresh: locally roasted coffee beans, roasted every Wednesday. Fair trade organic Guatemalan, Brazil  Natural yellow Catuai, Costa Rican SHB Tarrazu, “La Gloria” micro lot.  Order your favorite coffee before market day.

Coffee-cakeGreystone Farm and Creamery: feta, plain and garlic cream cheese, feta, grated butternut, Chelsea-Cam, Rosy-cam, ricotta, grated man-chel, cow gouda, sheep gouda and butternut by the piece, maybe  horse radish-bacon cream cheese.

Cakes by Penny: Sour cream cinnamon pecan coffee cakes and muffins and blueberry muffins.

Greystone-Farm-cheeseRenovatio Woodworks: Locally found old barn wood “repurposed” it into something lovely to enjoy again in another form.  Check out our lovely wooden tables and more. They also invite local artists to share their booth. Renovatio Woodworks Is in search of a new wood shop for the winter of 2014/15. Anyone having any leads on a possible wood shop for the winter please contact Matthew at 475–0985.

Tasty Bakery: Wheat free, gluten free, soy free organic, mostly vegan donuts, cookies, fruit and berry bars, brownies, maybe crackers and zucchini bread, eff bread mix – stop by and find out what’s in it.

Bill Hoppe: dried lavender, wheat weavings, children’s and adult’s fleece and handknit hats.



Lisa Allmendinger on October 24th, 2014

Please enjoy this photo gallery from Alan Ashley of a recent Beach Middle school volleyball match. More of his work can be found here.


Lisa Allmendinger on October 24th, 2014

BMS-Logo(Chelsea Update would like to thank coaches (Chelsea Update would like to thank coaches Todd Blomquist, Dan Rhodes, Ryan Panzer, Sam Vogel, Jason MacDonald, Larry Merx and Joe Koengeter for the information in this story.)

The 7th Grade Football team concluded its season with a loss to Monroe on Tuesday.

Kyle Knight and Patrick Kelleher both threw touchdown passes to Ross Stofflet Riley Sumner and Mason Pustay led the rushing attack. On defense, the Dogs were led by Josiah Fitch, Mitch Reynolds, Daniel Golding, Shane Nold, Riley Sumner, and Kyle Mitchell.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank coach Dave Brinklow for the information below.)

The 7th Grade Blue Volleyball Team defeated Dexter Wednesday night winning the first game 25-20, the 2nd game 25-22 and losing the 3rd game 18-25.

Maddy Dagget-Bainton had a great spike to win the final point in game 2. Allison Hale and Olivia Beauchamp provided excellent play at the net. Hale led with serving with 9 service points, Riley McGuffin and Kiersten Anstead each had 4, Morgan DeYoe added 3, Beauchamp, Rachel Koziminski and Cassie Sutch had 2 each, and Cassidy Tokarski, Marianna Carpenter, Sofia Bennetts and Mikayla Koch each had 1.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank coach Alex Doering for the information below.)
The Seventh Grade Gold Volleyball team won against Dexter Wednesday night.

Emma McDonald served 13 points throughout two matches, five of which were aces. Grace Suntheimer gained six service points and had one ace. Abbey Sexton was consistently awesome on defense, and Thea Higgins had a nice dig to win the game point in the second game.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank coach Brittany Sleicher for the information below.)
Wednesday night, 8th Grade Blue Volleyball beat Dexter during two of the three sets.

The first set the girls won by 3, the second set they won by 11 points, the third set they lost by 8 points. Major contributors to the games were Cassidy Kunzelman with 7 service points, her best game of the season. Madeleine Kennedy with 8 service points and several spikes. Angelia Daman had 6 service points. Emily Savery and Kennedi Riecks had some incredible digs.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank coach Kim Eder for the information below.)
The 8th Grade Gold Volleyball beat Dexter in all 3 sets last night bringing their record to 5-4 in the league.

Karie Rieber served 11 points in the first game including 4 aces. Caitlin Dusenbury served for 10 points in the second and third sets with 6 aces. Jamie Gorman had a unique soccer move that lead to a pass and a kill. Sammy Pagliarini and Ali Muchler also played strong at the net.