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Lisa Allmendinger on June 30th, 2016

Golf: 2nd in Chelsea Invitational
Tennis: 2nd in regionals, qualifies for states
Soccer: 13-4-2 on season
Varsity softball: Chelsea 10, Napoleon 8; Eaton Rapids 9, Chelsea 5
JV softball: Chelsea 17, Monroe Jefferson 1; Chelsea 18, Bedford 3
Boys track: wins Regionals
Girls track: 2nd in Regionals

Photo by Lisa Carolin. A scene from last week’s ‘Breaking Barriers’ event.

By Lisa Carolin

For Chelsea High School freshman Dan Lin, the Breaking Barriers program is a great way to teach kids to be more empathetic.

“It’s a way to meet people living in another place and understand their similarities and differences,” said CHS freshman Ben Zivsak.

“It’s a way to meet people you might not normally talk to,” said freshman Madelyn Scheese.

They had a chance to meet students from Westside Academy in Detroit on May 17, with whom they have been pen pals. They also got to engage in discussions about cultural and racial identity, to play games together, and to work on a multi-media project.

CHS English teacher Adam Schilt, who spent the last two years teaching at Westside Academy, led the project in collaboration with Ashley Monteleone, a ninth-grade English teacher at West Side Academy.

“My passion for finding pathways to equity in the public education system for all students led me to reach out to Ashley Monteleone, with whom I had collaborated during my time in Detroit, and work to create a project where students at our schools could communicate and learn from each other,” said Schilt. “After seeing how invested students were in the project, we started to think bigger, and when the Chelsea Education Foundation generously accepted my grant application, the Breaking Barriers event was born.”

“I believe this project helps to open students’ eyes to a perspective they may have never heard or experienced,” said Monteleone. “People are often listening to only like-minded people. They aren’t having conversations but rather arguments with those they may disagree with. This project allowed people from different backgrounds to have real conversations.”

Schilt said that the project has led to deep conversations about what life is like in the city compared to a rural town and that students feel more comfortable engaging in discussions about differences in race and social context.

“From a purely academic standpoint, the project has enhanced our analysis of characters in literature and has given us some ideas for action research projects,” said Schilt. “More importantly, I would argue, students are building empathy and listening to other perspectives, which will be crucial in their development as citizens of a diverse nation and an increasingly connected world.”

Monteleone said that the project helped her students to become better writers.

“It’s really amazing to see how the relationships progress,” she added.

For Madelyn Scheese, communicating with her pen pal was a real eye opener.

“My pen pal didn’t write for a few weeks because her cousin died,” said Scheese. “Life is harder there. I take things for granted.”

Zivsak said, “My pen pal opened up and we developed a trust. It gave me perspective on how small Chelsea is.”


Lisa Allmendinger on May 22nd, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Eric Swager for the information in this story. Full results are at the bottom of the story.)

For the fifth consecutive year, the Chelsea boys track and field team won the Regional Championship on May 19 beating 15 other teams.

“To beat 15 other schools is quite a feat, and to continue the streak for 5 years is pretty amazing,” said Eric Swager.

The team had to overcome a big setback, as senior sprinter Lawrence Buckley went down with a hamstring pull halfway through his first preliminary race.

“That put a damper on the hopes for a couple relays, and the open 400 dash,” said Swager, who added, “However, we rallied as a team and picked up the slack, putting together some incredible performances.”


The winning 4×800 relay team (Oates, Heaney, Rabbitt, Gilbreath) ran a scorching 8:04 and qualified for state finals.

The 1600 run with 3 placers (Oates, Heaney, Rabbitt)

The 800 run with 3 placers (Oates, Heaney, Gilbreath)

The 3200 run with 2 placers (Oates, Holm)

Chris Roush finishing runner up in the 400 and qualifying for state.

Cam Cooper placing in both the 100 and 200 dashes

James Mida winning the discus and qualifying for the state finals.

Pole Vaulters Josh Wikerson and Mike Tarasow placed in that event.

We also placed in the 4×200 relay, 4×400 relay, and High Jump

“I thought 100 points would win the regional, and in spite of the injury, we were able to accrue 96 – good enough for the victory, Swager said. “Once again, the distance squad (wearing their new Kenyan shorts) really carried the load, scoring 58 points.”

Tom Oates earned 3 regional titles, and qualified for state in 4 events.

“I am really proud of the attitude of this group, and the way we hung together this year through all the adversity. I would also like to thank the assistant coaches, parents, and fans who continue to make Chelsea Track the special program that it is,” the coach said.

Qualifiers look forward to the state finals in Zeeland on June 3.

Regionals 2017 - Sheet1


(Chelsea Update would like to thank Loren Thorburn for the information in this story. Full results at the bottom of the story.)

The Chelsea girls track and field team placed 2nd out of 15 teams at the D2 Regional held at Monroe-Jefferson on Friday, May 19.

Tecumseh won the regional with 83.75 points, while Chelsea had 83.25 points.

It was “one of the closes regional meets I have every been part of or know of,” said coach Loren Thorburn, who added, “We had solid performances in many of our events and several season records and personal records.”

Seven athletes will compete in six events at the D2 State Meet, which will be held in Zeeland on Saturday, June 3.

“I am very proud of team effort,” Thorburn said.


Hannah Almhiemid was a double Regional Champion. Hannah was first in the 100m hurdles with season record of 15.87 and 1st in the 300m hurdles with a personal record of 48.18.

Anna Piloske was Regional Runner-Up in the discus with a throw of 95′ 2″.

Jenna Gileczek was Regional Runner -Up in the pole vault with a seasonal record jump of 10′.

The 4x400m Relay of Kaehla Manly, Myranda Montoye, Hannah Almhiemid, and Sydney Matusik was Regional Runner-Up and ran their second fastest time of the year.

Additional state qualifiers who made the state cuts in their events on Friday were Sydney Matusik in the 400m dash with a time of 60.29 and Sabrina Matusko in the pole vault with a personal record of 9′.

2017 Girl's Regional Meet - Sheet1-2


Lisa Allmendinger on May 22nd, 2017

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

The Chelsea Golf Team hosted a 16-Team Invitational on Thursday May 18 at Reddeman Farms.

The Bulldogs shot a score of 342 in extreme wind of 30-40 mph, and it was good enough for a 2nd-place finish.

The low score for the Bulldogs was Kurt Jolly with an 81, Lucas Derosia was next with an 86, Preston Ewald had an 87, and Tim Lyons shot an 88.

Chelsea brought a second team to the event, that consisted of AJ Mitchell 84, Sam Yax 86, Ross Stofflet 87, and Elijah King 97, for a score of 354, and an 8th place finish.

The event was won by Gull Lake with a score of 337.


Lisa Allmendinger on May 22nd, 2017

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 22nd, 2017

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 22nd, 2017

This week’s guest on “Around Town with Linda” is Bob Pierce, who is retiring as the executive director of the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce at the end of the month.

“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 May 21st, 2017


Slideshow and Story By Shawn Personke

It’s May and that means spring cleaning. And thanks to a county-wide partnership, area residents were able empty garages, basements, and closets last Saturday at the annual Washtenaw County Clean-Up Day.

Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority was a major player in the project, helping to coordinate the collection of old appliances, tires, glass, electronics, paint, scrap metal, and other recyclables.

Trucks, carts, bins, and manpower from Detroit-based US Ecology were on hand to handle oil, paint, and other household hazardous materials, and local metal scrap companies collected a potpourri of copper, brass, aluminum, stainless steel, as well as other metals with a resale market.

The Chelsea Athletic Boosters provided the manpower to keep traffic organized and flowing.

Chelsea and the WWRA have been participating in this spring event since 2008. It’s been held at the fairgrounds, the City of Chelsea’s public works compound, as well as onsite at the city’s Solid Waste Department on Werkner Road.

Jason Maciejewski, WWRA board chair, said that annual clean-up day is a great opportunity to dispose of paint, scrap metal, electronics and other materials that can’t go into curbside garbage cans.

“Making sure these materials get into the recycling stream saves it from going into a landfill and insures proper disposal of hazardous household materials,” he said.

Marc Williams, WWRA manager, said that people are just thrilled to have this opportunity. “They save up stuff all year and haul it over here.”

Judging by the turnout – vehicles were backed up on Freer Road past Trinkle Road waiting to enter and unload before the 9 a.m. opening – the event is a major success.  They were expecting over 1,000 vehicles this year.

Although there was no charge for county residents, a donation of $10 was encouraged, especially when the donor’s brought multiple items, such as televisions, refrigerators, and/or tires.

The Chelsea Athletic Boosters used the scrap metal drive as one of their primary fundraisers. Board president Gretchen Steele said they raise somewhere between $3,000 and $6,000 each year.

Williams said that 2017 figures will be available later this summer, but they expect to match 2014 numbers, which included 33,000 pounds of electronics, 907 tires, 87 Freon appliances, and close to 40,000 pounds of hazardous household waste.

“The residents of western Washtenaw County have been dedicated to recycling for decades,” said Maciejewski. “We have a strong participation rate at bin site collection and curbside collection. There are always dozens and dozens of people who comment to me at clean-up day how happy they are to dispose of these items properly.”

For more information about the WWRA, visit www.wwrarecycles.org.

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 21st, 2017

Meet Joshua Rigotti, Chelsea’s 80th Eagle Scout pictured with Chelsea Mayor Jason Lindauer.


Joshua Rigotti Eagle Scout

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 21st, 2017

Meet Connor Peterson, Chelsea’s 79th Eagle Scout, pictured with Chelsea Mayor Jason Lindauer.

Connor Peterson Eagle Scout

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