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Lisa Allmendinger on September 30th, 2014


Parents, please be aware that Wednesday, Oct. 1 is “Count Day” in the Chelsea District Schools so please make sure that unless your child is ill, he or she is in school that day.

Here’s why.

State per pupil funding is the single largest source of revenue for a public school district. In addition to the basic per pupil foundation allowance, there are several “categoricals” that are also based on the number of students in the district such as best practices and performance.

Oct. 1 is the first of two count days in the school year. This first count day determines 90 percent of the per pupil allowance given to the schools from the state. The February count day provides the official number for the final 10 percent.

Attendance on count day is critical as any student not enrolled and attending classes cannot be counted for the full foundation. The district is allowed to recoup partials, but there is additional work required.

Plus, for students who are enrolled but are ill or otherwise absent, they can be counted as long as they are back in school quickly, but this requires additional tracking as well.

“I must note that while a very important day for the district from an operational point of view,” says Superintendent of Schools Andy Ingall. “It is also one of my least favorite days, as the idea of placing a dollar sign over each student’s head is something that I just don’t care for or enjoy.”

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 30th, 2014

Please enjoy the slideshow from Alan Scafuri below.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 30th, 2014

Chelsea Police logo 2In this week’s Chelsea Police blotter, domestic assault charges were dropped against a mother who was taken into custody for allegedly throwing a chair at her son, a Chelsea store employee thought to be embezzling from the cash register for months, admitted to the crime, and five boxes of cologne were stolen from a Main Street store.

For the full stories, please click here.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 30th, 2014

wineshow_holiday-(2)The Common Grill invites the community to help celebrate, and support “Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights” at the restaurant’s annual Holiday Wine Show on Monday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person and go on sale Oct. 1 at the restaurant.

Guests will be treated to wide sampling of Chef Craig’s award winning American Bistro cuisine and a variety of international and California wines.

The specially selected wines will also be for sale that evening, with proceeds from the event benefiting Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights and the Sounds and Sights Festival.   

“The Holiday Wine Show is one of The Common Grill’s most successful annual events and we saw it as a great opportunity to help raise funds for Sounds and Sights,” said Craig Common. “Fundraising is essential for these programs and the proceeds from the Holiday Wine Show will help Sounds and Sights provide quality entertainment, free to the public.”

A program of the non-profit organization, Chelsea Area Festivals and Events, Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights is one of Michigan’s most popular free open-air concert series and is known for its variety of music from jazz to blue grass to country and more.

In July, there is also a 3-day Sounds and Sights Festival, which includes an open-air art market, a classic car show, and a chalk art contest.

For ticket information about The Common Grill Holiday Wine Show, please call The Common Grill at 475-0470.

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 30th, 2014
Photo by Roy Schmidt. Joe Vermilye and David Trimas.

Photo by Roy Schmidt. Joe Vermilye and David Trimas.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank coach Eric Swager for the information in this story and Roy Schmidt for the photo.)

Chelsea-invite-2014“This is always a fun meet, and this year was no exception,” said coach Eric Swager about the Chelsea Invitational cross country meet held Saturday at Hudson Mills Metropark. “It is great to see alumni, parents, fans on a beautiful fall day.”

“The athletes put on a show, as we swept the trophies,” he said.

In the Freshman-Sophomore race, every single athlete set a lifetime best, or was within 5 seconds of doing so. “A nice battle ensued up front, with Liam Heaney and Rayan Bahri dueling the whole race,” he said.

“It was also great to see the 3 freshmen finish basically together, and earn varsity points by going under 18:30,” he said.

In the Junior-Senior race, the guys ran tough, he said, adding, Miles Fischer and Campbell Fahle had lifetime bests.

“We now shoot for our largest meet of the regular season – the Portage Invitational next Saturday,” Swager said. “It will be interesting to see how we stack up in this ‘mini-state meet’”.

The coach also thanked everyone who went to the meet and supported the team.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 30th, 2014
A scene from the Wednesday Bushel Basket market.

A scene from the Wednesday Bushel Basket market.

Here’s what to expect from the vendors at the Wednesday Bushel Basket Farmers Market on Oct. 1 that takes place from 2:30-6 p.m. in the back of the parking lot of the professional building across from the Wellness Center.

Greystone-Farm-cheeseKapnick Orchards: Paula Red, McIntosh, Honey Crisp, Spartan, Empire and Jona-Mac  apples, plums, Bartlett pears, maybe Anjou pears, maybe raspberries, apple cider, potatoes, pie, peanut, cashew and almond butters, assorted varieties of bread, donuts, sweet rolls and fudge.

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

Lutchka Farm: Kale, green, yellow, red and hot peppers, cabbage, white cooking onions, sweet potatoes, acorn, butternut, and buttercup squash, pie pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn.

Bushel-Basket-flower-close-up-3Stonehearth Bread: Artisan breads made from scratch with no preservatives. New- cranberry-orange bread, San Francisco sourdough, cheese sticks, rosemary herb, Asiago Kalamata bread, Polish pumpernickel, country loaf, apple cinnamon, red raspberry and dark chocolate, strawberry and white chocolate, blueberry cream cheese, multi 8-grain, Italian, honey whole wheat, German rye, zucchini, spinach feat bread, bacon-cheddar bread, cookies, brownies, habanero-jalapeno pepperoni rolls, four cheese pepperoni rolls, soft three-cheese pretzels, soft three-cheese jalapeno pretzels made with no lye.

Guthrie Gardens:  lots of perennials including newer varieties of Echinacea (cone flower) , flowering shrubs, specimen trees, evergreen trees, dawn redwoods, Japanese maples, oregano, hydrangea, “Plant skydd” organic deer, rabbit and vole repellent.

lotsa-veggiesNeedle Lane Farm: Beets, kale, lettuce, salad mix, spinach, collards, peppers, eggs, green beans, maybe snap peas and snow peas, honey, onions, summer squash, zucchini, parsley, bay leaves, broccoli, cabbage, jalapenos, strawberries, tomatillos, okra, dill, cukes, celery, green onions, celeriac, winter squash, pumpkins and gourds.

Marks Greenhouse: peppers, Swiss chard,  garlic, fresh kale, shallots, leaks, red and golden beets, red and yellow sweet onions,  hot onions, new potatoes, cabbage, cabbage sprouts, collard greens, broccoli, garden tomatoes, squash, 10 varieties of winter squash, heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, tomatillos.

Janet’s LLC: pecan and cashew brittle, flavored peanuts from mild to hot, salted caramels, jams, pretzel mix, caramel corn, nut bars, cross-stitch greeting cards, Dammit dolls, grilling rubs, fudge.

candy-2Pregitzer Farm Market, LLC:  winter squash, sweet corn, black, white and purple globe eggplant, lots of peppers, kale, cabbage, melons, red seedless and orange watermelon, potatoes, broccoli.

Kapp’s Bakery:  snicker doodle, peanut butter, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin cookies, rice krispy treats, soft pretzels, zucchini bread and dried herbs.

Kelly Farms: maple syrup.

Kelly-Farms-maple-syrupGolden Fleece Farm, LLC: grass fed beef including ground beef, short ribs, beef liver, soup bones, roasts, steaks, oxtail, patties.

Eisenhower Center: Essentials line soap, lip balm, pens, seeds, soy candles, body, hand lotions and sanitizer, assorted wooden toys and puzzles and pens, bird houses, seeds, flower pots with tulips, build your own $12 tins with assorted Essentials line inside, handmade metal items, assorted vegetables.

Family Circle Centennial Farm: garlic, honey, potatoes, maybe eggplant, sweet peppers, onions, hot peppers, leeks, celery, assorted herbs, spinach, beets, Brassica mix, maybe lettuce mix, maybe sweet potatoes, winter squash, broccoli and cabbage.

raspberriesMama Mo: 17 flavors of hummus – traditional, lemon zest, tan/cran orange, roasted pepper, tomato basil, onion dill, roasted garlic, roasted beet, chipotle, ginger squash, sesame chive satay, curry lime, kalamata rosemary, black pepper walnut, horseradish, wasabi, jalapeno; 8 flavors of seitan – traditional, nuggets, fajita strips, BBQ, vegan BBQ, roast, Italian fennel sausage, breakfast sage sausage. Pesto with the following ingredients: walnuts, Pecorina Romano cheese, organic basil, garlic and extra virgin olive.

Bunch O’Pines: fall raspberries.

Bordine Farms: mixed cut flower bouquets with recycled containers, dahlia and gladiola.


Chelsea Bulldogs logo(Chelsea Update would like to thank coach Joe Ewald for the information in this story.)

The Chelsea Girls Golf Team competed in the South Eastern Conference Meet on Monday Sept. 22, at the Legacy Golf Course in Ottawa Lake.

This meet wraps up conference play, and the points are doubled for each team you beat, so it is big factor in determining final league standings.

Going in to the meet, it was clear that Dexter had distanced themselves from everyone in the White Division, and would be almost impossible to catch by any team. It was also clear that outside of Dexter, order of finish at the meet would most likely determine the order of finish in the final league standings.

Chelsea shot a final score of 479, a pretty good score for us on a challenging golf course.  The score was good enough for a 3rd place finish at the meet and a 3rd place finish in the overall White Division standings.

Mackenzie Benning was the low score for the Bulldogs with a 110, Josie Ewald followed with a 114, Rose Sanville shot a 121, and Katelyn McKinley had a 134.

“I am extremely pleased with our finish, especially when just a week before, we were searching for our first win,” said coach Joe Ewald, who added, “Regardless of what level the team is at, I can never stress enough the importance of each shot, and the fact that every shot counts.”

If the team could have found a way to save 2 shots, we would have been looking at a 2nd place finish at the Tournament, and in the final standings.

Saline placed first in the Red division, at the tournament, and in the final standings.

The team will compete at Regional’s on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at West Shore Golf Club in Gross Isle.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 30th, 2014

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

On Sept. 27, the Beach Middle School Cross Country Team won both the boys and girls races at the Chelsea Invitational.

Most runners on the team had their fastest race of the season and many walked away with medals.

Individuals that stood out for the boys were Louie Guthre who dropped 1:20 off of his time and Brendan Maguire who dropped 55 seconds.

Three girls dropped more than a minute off their time as well. They were Myranda Montoye, Shelby Hay, and Kennedy Parker.

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

The 7th grade Blue Volleyball Team fought hard but had a rough outing on Saturday losing 7 matches at the 7th Grade SEC Volleyball Tournament held at Bedford.

Morgan DeYoe led the way with outstanding serving including several aces throughout the tournament.

Other outstanding play was turned in by Olivia Beauchamp, Riley McGuffin, Cassie Sutch, Cassidy Tokarski, and Allison Hale.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 30th, 2014

A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11 for Thomas Oliver Ball who went into the loving arms of our Lord on Sept. 13, 2014, at the age of 81.

Born on June 19, 1933, the youngest son of Joseph A. Ball and Rose (Zink) Ball, he was raised in Chelsea, Michigan, on the family farm homestead on Lima Center Road. He deeply loved his family – to include his four-legged family members.

He lived in Tallahassee, Florida, with his daughter Cynthia and her fiance Jim Gregory. Over the years, he was employed at Chelsea Milling (Jiffy Mixes), Dana Corporation, as a house painter, and finally retiring from the Ford Motor Company (Saline).

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Deacon Tom Franklin officiating.

Interment will follow in the family plot at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

For the full obituary, please click here.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 29th, 2014

(Please enjoy this slideshow above from Burrill Strong. For more of his work, please click here.)

Just like in its opening game against Grand Rapids Northview, the outcome of Chelsea’s varsity football game last Friday came down to the final play of double overtime against league rival Adrian. This time the results were identical – an incredible defensive play by a Bulldog defender to end the game. Final score, Chelsea 41 Adrian 34.

The game did not start out well for the visiting Bulldogs. On the second play from scrimmage, an Adrian defender scooped up a Chelsea fumble and took it 14 yards for quick score and a 7-0 lead less than a minute into the game. Chelsea took the ensuing kickoff and drove down the field. Noah van Reesema kicked a 28-yard field goal to get Chelsea on the board.

Chelsea’s defense controlled the Maples for the balance of the first half forcing numerous punts.  Meanwhile the Bulldog offense mixed an efficient run game with well-timed passing to rack up 21 unanswered points.

Ty Nelson returned to action after an injury last week and scored on a 4-yard run late in the first quarter. Van Reesema added the point after. On its next possession, sophomore QB Jack Bush scored from a yard out and the point after was good making it 17-7. After a Maple 3 and out, Nelson was on the move again with a 65-yard TD run and Chelsea went into halftime leading 24-7.

The two teams traded punts to start the second half and another Adrian drive was stopped by a Cam Cooper interception, his 4th of the season. The Bulldogs made a costly turnover in their next possession as Adrian recovered a fumble on Chelsea’s 15-yard line. The Maples cashed in 4 plays later cutting the lead to 10. On the very next series, a Maple defender picked off a Bulldog pass and returned it 60 yards for the score. The extra point made it a 3-point lead for Chelsea. After holding Chelsea and forcing a punt, Adrian was marching again and 12 plays later scored to take its first lead of the game. However, the Bulldogs were able to smother the point after attempt keeping the margin at 3 with time for one final drive.

Chelsea marched down the field behind some hard-nosed running by Nelson. The drive stalled at the Maples 8 with seconds remaining when van Reesema nailed a 25-yard field goal to tie the game and send it into overtime.

Adrian took the ball first and scored on its third play. The extra point was good. Chelsea had 4 downs to counter with a TD to keep the game tied. After losing 7 yards on its first play and another 5 yards after a false start penalty, QB Justice Staton scrambled out of the pocket and found van Reesema in the back of the end zone for the 22-yard scoring strike and the teams headed for a second overtime.

The Bulldogs started on offense this time and scored on its first play as senior Kenny McDowell raced around end on a 10-yard run and van Reesema split the uprights for the point after. Chelsea’s defense then dug in, twice stopping the Maples inside the 2-yard line. On 4th and goal junior defensive back Ryan Stasiak batted down a pass in the corner of the end zone to seal the victory.

Nelson finished the game with 32 carries for 187 yards and 2 touchdowns. Bush and Staton combined to throw for 148 yards and a TD. The defense was led by leading tackler Mason Bailey, Grant Ortbring with 3 sacks and a pass break up, and Cooper with an interception.

Chelsea travels to Ypsilanti Lincoln this Friday for an SEC showdown for first place against the Rail Splitters. Game starts at 7 p.m.