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Lisa Allmendinger on June 30th, 2016


Boys soccer: Tecumseh 3, Chelsea 2 (4-2 in shootout)
Girls swimming: Tecumseh 112, Chelsea 74
Girls golf: Regional champions, 16th in state
Varsity football undefeated: Chelsea 41, Gabriel Richard 27
JV football: Chelsea 35, Gabriel Richard 34
Freshman football: Chelsea 35, Battle Creek Pennfield 8
Varsity girls cross country: wins SEC
Varsity boys cross country: wins SEC
Photo by Burrill Strong.

Photo by Burrill Strong.

By Allen Wright

(Slideshow by Burrill Strong at bottom of story.)

On a crisp fall evening, Chelsea was able to hold off a persistent Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard team and come away with a perfect regular season with a big 41-27 victory.

The Irish were able to stop Chelsea on their first offensive drive of the game, but on the Irish first play from scrimmage Chelsea’s Cal Barrett picked off the Irish’s quarterback Jack Gaderick.

Chelsea was unable to capitalize on the turnover and the Irish were able to move the ball down the field. On a 4th and 1 on the Bulldog 18-yard line Drew Anstead was able to shoot the gap and snuffed the Irish running back with a hard hit and a big loss turning the ball over to the Bulldogs.

Chelsea was able to move the ball downfield after a pass from quarterback Jack Bush to Cam Cooper. Gus Reynolds was able to finish the drive off with a 1-yard run behind his strong left side offensive line.

It was Patrick Bertoni giving the ball back to the Bulldogs with his team leading 5th interception of the season setting up the Bulldogs in good field position. They capitalized quickly on a 22-yard pass to Alex Vasquez, who used his size and speed to fight for the touchdown over the middle of the field. And, the Bulldogs had a 14-0 lead.

After a big run by Reynolds, it was Bush finding Vasquez again down the right sideline for the score giving the Bulldogs a big 21-0 lead at the half.

At halftime, the band honored their seniors and performed a medley of their favorite choices from their years in band.

Before the game, the football team honored all 26 senior players and their parents and gave each mom a flower.

After the always great halftime show by the Pride of Chelsea band, the teams went back to battle. The Irish had differed and received to begin the second half.

It didn’t take long for them to capitalize, as their mobile quarterback Gaderick was able to find a hole, get on the outside then use his speed for a 75-yard score. The extra point was tipped at the line by the Bulldogs and was no good.

Chelsea got the score back though, as Cooper ran a reverse and used his all state track speed and excellent field vision to escape the Irish defenders. Behind his great blockers, he flew 65 yards down the right sideline for a huge Bulldog touchdown, his 8th TD of the season.

The Irish wouldn’t give up though, as they drove the length of the field — 90 yards setting up another score. On their next drive, the Bulldogs’ Ronnie Buford picked off Gaderick and ran 38 yards before Reynolds capitalized on an 8-yard score extending the Bulldogs’ lead.

Chelsea capped off their scoring on the night with a 1-yard run by Louis Happy off the left side of the line for his first touchdown of the season.

The Bulldogs would run out the clock for the big victory and a 9-0 record on the season.

“I’m glad our seniors were able to win on senior night,” Head Coach Brad Bush said after the game. “We finished the regular season the right way. The last couple weeks have been really tough games, Gabriel Richard played until the last minute and made some great plays at the end, but I felt we controlled the game and it was a good win.”

Jack Bush finished with 189 yards passing on the night and 3 touchdowns, two to Vasquez, while Reynolds led the Bulldog rushers.

On the defensive side of the ball, Buford, in just his third game as a Bulldog had a big impact with a sack for a 7-yard loss, an interception with the big return, and a total of 5 tackles.

Kyle Bell had 2 tackles and a big fumble recovery to stall an Irish drive, while Cole Septer and Chris Roush led all Bulldog defenders with 7 total tackles.

Chelsea will play Vicksburg Friday at home in their first round playoff game.


Lisa Allmendinger on October 24th, 2016


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Lisa Allmendinger on October 24th, 2016

(Publisher’s note: The Chelsea Area Fire Authority board is now meeting in the evening at 7 p.m. in the Chelsea City Council chambers in the Chelsea Municipal Building.)


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Lisa Allmendinger on October 24th, 2016

Chelsea Bulldogs logoYou don’t want to miss them, so please, mark your calendars now for these upcoming school musical events. The first one is tonight.

Chelsea High School and Beach Middle School Orchestra groups will have their annual Halloween Orchestra Concert on Monday, Oct. 24 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Chelsea High School auditorium.

All State Auditions for the middle school and high school band and orchestra groups will take place Thursday, Oct. 27-Sunday, Oct. 30.

More info: http://www.msboa.org/

Chelsea High School Orchestra will perform with the Ann Arbor Symphony on Sunday, Nov. 20 from 3-5 p.m. at the Chelsea High School auditorium.

Chelsea High School Orchestra Concert will take place Thursday, Dec. 8 starting at 7 p.m. at the Chelsea High School auditorium.


Lisa Allmendinger on October 24th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Joe Yekulis for the information in this story and Kelly Flaherty for the photos in this slideshow.)

After several years of planning and fundraising, the St. Louis Center celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for St. Louis Guanella Village with about 275 of their closest friends on Thursday, Sept. 29.

The “Village” is considered an “intentional community,” and will begin constructing four new children’s homes immediately for their existing residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Photo by Kelly Flaterly.

Photo by Kelly Flaherty.

Eventually, the “Village” will also include new direct care facilities, townhouses, and family homes for people with I/DD. In spite of the rain-soaked evening, supporters came from far and wide to enjoy a fine selection of hors d’oeuvres provided by Food Art Caterers, and plenty of speeches from local dignitaries. Development Director Peggy Cole, who planned the event, was ecstatic that the time had finally arrived to sink shovels into the ground.

“We owe this moment to our many supporters who see St. Louis Center as a bright light that can lead the way for others into the future. We have many hard working Board members and Legacy Campaign members who have shared our dream of the St. Louis Guanella Village, and have worked to make this happen,” she said.

Speakers included Howdy Holmes, Norm and Kathi Neuman, Judy Dow Rumelhart, Will Johnson, Judy Greenbaum, John Thorhauer, and Congressman Tim Walberg (R-7th Dist.).

Fr. Joseph Rinaldo provided the ceremonial blessing of the ground on stage, and Fr. Enzo Addari introduced the next generation of three priests who had just arrived from India.

“Our theme for tonight was Building and Moving Forward. This represents the continuation of Fr. Guanella’s dream now and into the future for our religious community. Our goal remains to be the best provider of compassionate care for residents with I/DD in Michigan, and our new facilities will allow us to accomplish that dream,” he said.

For more information about St. Louis Center, please visit www.stlouiscenter.org.


Lisa Allmendinger on October 24th, 2016


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Lisa Allmendinger on October 24th, 2016
Courtesy photo. Dudley Holmes.

Courtesy photo. Dudley Holmes.

This week’s guest on “Around Town with Linda” is Dudley Holmes, 2016 Lifetime Achievement winner.

“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 October 24th, 2016

Chelsea Bulldogs logo(Chelsea Update would like to thank Loren Thorburn for the information in this story.)

The Beach Middle School boys team placed 9th out of 22 teams (a total of 190 runners). The boys had four out of six boys run PRs and three boys received medals. Congrats to Shaun Happy, Jimmy Alford, Owen Smith, Jack Smith, Lucas Hopkins, and Robert Stump.

The boys reserve team placed 10th out of 14 teams (a total of 236 runners). The boys reserve team had six out of seven boys run a PR and three boys earned a medal. Congrats to Parker Olk, Darren Bollinger, John Putnam, Forrest Gorby, Nick Detterman, Zach Delong, and Keigan Cavett.

The girls did not have enough runners to field teams for their races at Hudson-Mills. However, all seven girls who ran at the Mega Jam earned a season PR or life-time PR. In addition, each girl earned a medal. There were about 150 runners in each of their races. Congrats Riley Thorburn, Andrea Kolowaski, Isobel Alford, Cedar Hughes, Mya King, Shawna Chester, and Karly Nickel.

A special recognition to Caden Faupel, Amanda Dosey, Ed Beauchamp, and Sarah Kennings who could not make it to the Mega Jam, but made significant improvement throughout the season.


Lisa Allmendinger on October 24th, 2016



Lisa Allmendinger on October 24th, 2016

kruise-lawrence-webLawrence “Red” A. Kruise, Jr. of Chelsea, passed away on October 21, 2016 at the age of 78 with family at his bedside.

A proud veteran, he served in the Navy from 1955-1959. He retired in 2004 after 40 years at Ford Motor Co., Rouge Plant, then Milan Plastic Plant as an electrician.  Red attended Baker College attaining a degree December 2001, Magna Cum Laude.

He was Past-President of Chelsea area chapter #5410 of the AARP. Red drove the Chelsea Community Hospital Shuttle.  He started a bowling league with fellow workers at the Rouge Plant.  As a member of the Chelsea Senior Center, Red loved playing Bridge and Euchre. He enjoyed several cruises with his wife and friends. Red loved having coached his sons in Little League Baseball and played men’s softball himself.

A memorial service and luncheon will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 1-3:30 p.m. at West Side United Methodist Church on 900 S. Seventh St. in Ann Arbor, MI. A private burial will take place in Vermont Cemetery, Chelsea.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea Senior Center or the V.F.W. National Home in Eaton Rapids. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

For the full obituary, please click here.