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
Photos and story by Lisa Carolin
Carrie Hall‘s office inside Chelsea High School is adjacent to the cafeteria, which means she always knows what’s for lunch. She is the director of Dining Services for the school district, which has had a partnership with Chartwells Schools Dining Services since the beginning of 2016.
Chartwells oversees all four school buildings in the district including two preschool programs and the Chelsea Senior Center as well as a young adult program. Chartwells also does catering including Sounds and Sights events.
Hall, who started working in the Chelsea school district in February of this year, has worked in food service since 2004.
“With all the changes and restrictions put upon us, we push for fresh, home-cooked meals and really try to listen to students,” said Hall. “We do food sampling and taste testing for students to get their feedback.”
At Chelsea High School, students have a daily choice of five stations from which to choose lunch items. There is the Sono station, which offers a variety of Mexican style fixings along with a changing main course such as burritos and enchiladas.
At the Grilled station, students have the choice of chicken sandwiches, cheeseburgers and bosco sticks along with French fries.
The Pizza station offers three varieties of freshly made pizzas as well as calzone and stromboli.
At the Create station, students can choose from changing main courses such as macaroni and cheese, chicken chop suey and lasagna as well as side dishes.
There is also a salad bar, and next to it fruit and vegetable choices that are included in the meals. The grab and go section includes bento boxes, prepared salads and sandwiches. There is also a new frozen yogurt machine, which is proving to be popular.
Beverages include a variety of waters, juices, iced tea, and diet sodas.
“Their favorite seems to be chocolate milk,” said Hall.
Student Robert Tyler Hargenrater tends to stick to the same food choices.
“I usually get a chicken sandwich, fries and milk,” he said. “It’s okay.”
Students Hannah Post and Hailey Pattenaude typically buy their lunches at the high school.
“The fries and snacks are great, and the frozen yogurt is really good,” said Pattenaude.
“The mashed potatoes have no taste,” complained Post.
Hall explained that USDA guidelines mean limited seasonings.
At the lower grade levels, students have five menu choices every day.
“As soon as we are notified that a student has a dietary restriction, we make sure we’re not providing them with what they can’t have,” said Hall. “Most students know their sensitivities and ask questions.”
By Crystal Hayduk
The independent auditor’s report of Chelsea School District’s 2015-16 budget was presented at the board of education meeting on Oct. 24. Tracey Kasparek of Rehmann Robson gave the district a “clean, unmodified opinion – the highest level of assurance.”
The district ended the fiscal year on June 30 with a fund balance of $5.2 million. The district’s final budget had about $2,400 more than the originally adopted budget. “That’s some pretty impressive budgeting,” said Kasparek.
Overall, there were no findings, weaknesses or deficiencies, according to Kasparek.
With board member Greg Rhodes absent, the board unanimously approved a resolution to issue Series C of the original 2009 voter-approved bonds for $3.26 million. “We are getting a lot of projects done that were promised to the voters during that time,” said Superintendent Julie Helber.
Teresa Zigman, executive director of business and operations, said that the bond should be paid off by 2025 as planned, if not before.
In other board news:
- Board member Laura Bush attended the Bulldog Jog and Volley for the Cure. She recognized the district’s efforts to fundraise through participation in healthy activities.
- Chelsea High School awarded academic letters to a record high number of 182 students on Oct. 19. Academic letters are earned by maintaining a 3.7 unweighted GPA for the previous three terms.
- Ten CHS students will attend the Diversity Forum at the Neutral Zone in Ann Arbor on Nov. 11. Students from schools throughout the county collaborate on topics such as bullying, cultural diversity, and race.
- There will be a head coaches’ retreat on Nov. 9. Among other things, they will discuss promotion of the multi-sport athlete.
- The board approved a donation of $1,776.28 from St. Barnabas Church to help support programming for at-risk students at CHS.
- There will be a School Board Candidate Forum hosted by the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27 in the board room at the Washington Street Education Center.
- The next school board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 14 at Chelsea High School, 740 North Freer Road.
- Nov. 22 is a half-day for students.
- There will be no school Nov. 23-25.
(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kathy Claflin for the information in this story and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the sponsorship of this program.)
On Sunday, Oct. 30 from 2-3 p.m. you can learn about owls at the Discovery Center.
The program, “Spooky Owls” is an opportunity for an up-close visit with live Michigan owls brought by Francie Krawcke of Michigan Avian Experience.
Listen to the silent flight of a trained Great-horned Owl as it flies over your head, and learn about the nocturnal habits of owls and their camouflage coloring.
Cost: $2/person or $5/family.
The Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Road in Sylvan Township.
Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kristi Kerr-Cook for the information in this story.)
The Chelsea High School Theatre Guild will present “42nd Street” on Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12 in the Chelsea High School Auditorium.
Directed by Katherine Altman, 42nd Street is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway” and, of course, “42nd Street.”
The story follows the cast and crew of a Broadway show set to open in the midst of the Great Depression. Anxious to make her way to the New York stage, Peggy Sawyer (senior Samantha Dunlap) from Allentown, PA auditions and just barely makes it into the cast.
Thrown into a confusing love triangle between the show’s director, Julian Marsh (junior Max Caselli), and the leading man, Billy Lawler (sophomore Zachary Spitzley), Peggy struggles to prove herself as a chorus girl.
When the show’s star, Dorothy Brick (senior Skylar Kerr), breaks her ankle, it is Peggy’s turn to take her role and save the show. Supported by her newfound friends in the cast and crew, can Peggy defy the odds and become Broadway’s next big star?
Performance dates and times:
Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov, 12 at 1 and 7 p.m.
All performances will be held at the Chelsea High School Auditorium
Advanced tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors and are available at the Chelsea Pharmacy.
Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors.
(Chelsea Update would like to thank Courtney Aldrich for the information in this story.)
The Material Girls Children’s Christmas Bazaar will take place in Saturday, Dec. 3 during Chelsea’s Hometown Holidays at the Chelsea First United Methodist Church.
This event allows children ages 4-6th grade to shop for Christmas gifts from handmade items ranging in price from $1-$5. All profits are given to Faith in Action.
Volunteer youth and adults from the community are needed to help the children select, wrap, and pay for their gifts.
Volunteers who sign up to help by Nov. 7 can get priority shopping appointments for their children.
To sign up to help with this fun and fulfilling day for all, please go to
Chelsea Update would like to thank Laura Blodgett for the information in this story.)
St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea (SJMC) recently was presented with $25,000 to support its cancer services from Gary and Karin Klapperich, organizers of the “It’s A Great Day to Be Alive” fundraiser.
In its eighth year, the event has raised $170,000 to date to benefit the Cancer Center at SJMC. The 16,500 square-foot cancer center enables local residents to receive a wide range of cancer treatments, from surgery to chemotherapy and radiation, all under one roof close to home.
As a member of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, SJMC’s Cancer Center also provides access to regional resources including clinical research trials, genetic counseling, and CyberKnife® radiotherapy.
More than nine years ago, Gary Klapperich, diagnosed with colon cancer, had successful cancer surgery at SJMC followed by chemotherapy at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor.
It was during the long hours of infusion that Gary kept his spirits up with the Travis Tritt tune, “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” and the name of the fundraiser was born.
When he learned that SJMC was raising funds to build an infusion center and then a full cancer center close to home, Gary, along with his wife Karin Klapperich, made the decision to hold a fundraiser each year to benefit the new cancer center.
Working with the members of the Ann Arbor Fraternal Order of Eagles #2154, this event has become one of the largest three-day rummage sales in the area.
In addition to the rummage sale, the event includes silent and live auctions, raffles, bake sales, t-shirt and bracelet sales, 50/50 raffles, haircuts for charity, and a myriad of activities throughout the year, culminating in the event, which was held this year Aug. 18-20.
“Although Karin and I tend to be the spokespersons for this event, it would not be possible without the hours and hours of time donated by members of the Eagles and other community members,” said Gary Klapperich in a press release. “They have embraced us and this event and share our passion to bring cancer care closer to home. We cannot thank them enough for making this event so successful.”
(Chelsea Update would like to thank Emma Hess, Dave Brinklow, Valerie Johnson and Kim Eder for the information in this story.)
7th Grade Gold
The Bulldogs lost their match to the Dreadnaughts 0-3.
Sophia Tolliver, Erin Dusenbury, and Breigha Vowles all came up with an ace during the game. Erin had many saves to keep us in the match. Sophia set well at the net while Breigha and Jessica Neff passed exceptionally to our setters.
7th Grade Blue
The 7th grade blue team moved their record to 5-5 last night with a victory at Dexter.
They won the first set 25-22, and won the 2nd 25-18 and just lost the third set 23-25. Ellie McGlashen led with 19 service points including several aces, Mallory Meads and Moriah Murphy chipped in 5 each, Kristina Skiotys had 4 including 2 aces to close out set 2, Mya Spadafore, Lily June and Bethany Aquilino had 3 each.
8th Grade Blue
The 8th grade blue team worked hard to defeat the Dreadnaughts on Monday but came up short. The team had some great serves and several great plays at the net; particularly Breann Black who had a block kill.
Emma Zocharski had a few aces to help the Bulldogs put some points on the board.
8th Grade Gold
8th grade gold volleyball played a great match last night beating Dexter.
Natalie Bareis played her best all-around game with several ace serves, dump sets, saves and even a down ball kill from the back row. Bella Andreski had her best game as well with several good passes and a hit/kill from the front row. Morgan Majeske had some mean hits at the net as well. Rachel Bareis and Emily McCalla were steady with great passing and digs.
It was certainly a team win. Great job, girls.
By Crystal Hayduk
The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra (A2SO) will be performing in the Chelsea High School (CHS) Auditorium under the direction of the world-renowned Arie Lipsky in what promises to be an “incomparable cultural opportunity” for the community, according to Jed Fritzemeier, CHS orchestra director.
“Working with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra may be the biggest project I’ve done so far in my teaching career,” said Fritzemeier of his 31 years teaching music – 25 in the Chelsea School District.
Maintaining the culture of the great masters in Chelsea and helping his students to “thoroughly understand what the music can communicate through hearing a live performance with resonance and power – the way it is supposed to sound,” is one of his two-part goals for the community and the orchestra program.
The time is right for the partnership. Under Fritzemeier’s direction, the orchestra program has grown from 53 students in sixth through 12th grade to 320 students in fifth through 12th grade – 106 at the high school level.
“Our numbers are up; our quality is up. The Chelsea orchestras are recognized throughout the state for excellence … The orchestra program has established itself as a part of the cultural landscape of the school and community,” he said.
The concert on Nov. 20 will consist of late 19th century music by Russian composers, including Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Borodin. An intermission will divide performances by the CHS Symphony Orchestra and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.
Mary Steffek Blaske, executive director of the A2SO, said that a concert with Fritzemeier, Nathan Peters (assistant director), and the CHS Orchestra has been a “mutual goal … for quite some time and we are happy to make it a reality.”
In advance of the big event, principal musicians from A2SO work with students to help them prepare for the students’ portion of the concert. Lipsky also works with CHS students, conducting them and enriching their musical education with his vast experience.
“We are proud to supplement and support Jed and Nathan’s work and to provide the Chelsea students the experience of working with professional symphony orchestra musicians,” said Blaske.
A grant from the Chelsea Foundation is partially supporting the alliance between CHS and A2SO, along with other individual sponsors. More funds are needed to cover this year’s cost and a similar concert next year in which the two orchestras will share the stage simultaneously. Donors can receive tickets to the concert as well as name recognition in the program.
For more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact Jed Fritzemeier at email@example.com.
“I’m proud of my (CHS) orchestra – it’s a pretty good orchestra,” said Fritzemeier. “But there’s a gigantic difference from the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.
“We’re going to put forth our best effort to play major pieces of music. Then you’re going to hear people who have dedicated their lives to it, who practice six hours a day and it’s a totally different level. Both Nathan [Peters] and I are in that mindset. We practiced five to six hours a day through college for years. It’s a totally different understanding of what music is. You can’t explain it. You can only listen to it and say, ‘Oh, that’s what it’s supposed to sound like.’”
What: Classical music concert collaboration of Chelsea High School Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jed Fritzemeier, “back-to-back” with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arie Lipsky.
When: Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m.
Where: Chelsea High School Auditorium, 740 North Freer Road
Tickets: $12/adults, $8/seniors and students; reserved seats; tickets available in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy, 1125 South Main Street, or at the door.
About Arie Lipsky: Read more at http://www.a2so.com/conductor-arie-lipsky/.
About the A2SO: The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has been independently and favorably compared to musical giants such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Boston Symphony and the Detroit Symphony Orchestras.
The A2SO is a versatile orchestra, performing the gamut of musical styles: from Beethoven to Daugherty. It is equally at home in giving shining performances of the revered Russian Masters as it is to the newly minted commissions.
A2SO concerts frequently feature world-class guest soloists including opening this season with André Watts here in Hill Auditorium. Our symphony is most privileged to be part of a community already enriched with musical talent including Concertmaster Aaron Berofsky and Principal Oboist Tim Michling, Principal Cellist Sarah Cleveland, and Principal Bassoonist Christian Green.
The A2SO is passionately committed to lead and enrich the culture of the region. We attract, inspire and educate the most diverse audience possible, foster a growing appreciation for orchestral music and regional talent, and provide imaginative programming through community involvement.
(Chelsea Update would like to thank Mary Jo Frank for the information in this story.)
The Chelsea Area Garden Club (CAGC) will award grants of up to $1,000 to local nonprofit organizations for sustainable horticulture-related projects. The application deadline is Nov. 30.
Grants support projects that promote the love of gardening, community beautification, environmentally responsible horticultural practices, and conservation through education and by example.
Applications and information about the annual grant program are available at www.chelseagardenclub.com or by calling Charlene Harris at 734-433-9773. Applications, postmarked no later than Nov. 30, should be mailed to the CAGC Grant Program, P.O. Box 519, Chelsea, MI 48118.
Applicants in the CAGC service area— Chelsea and western Washtenaw County—will be given preference.
Representatives from the CAGC’s three 2106 grant recipients—St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Chelsea, the Chelsea Senior Center and Purple Rose Theatre – shared stories about how the grants enhanced their outreach at the club’s October meeting.
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
The church constructed a new watering system from two rain barrels and pipes to distribute rainwater collected from the church’s roof to improve the quality and increase the amount of produce the church grows and donates to alleviate hunger in Washtenaw County.
Lynn Arnold, one of the garden’s founders, said creating the watering system was a learning experience but worth the effort because watering is now more efficient and less wasteful.
The church donates the produce it raises to other community groups, including Hearts Community Service, which incorporates fresh vegetables into the healthy soups and casseroles it makes to feed the homeless at Liberty Park in downtown Ann Arbor.
Nancy Harris, founder of Hearts Community Service and a CAGC member said, “The vegetables go over very well.”
Chelsea Senior Center
With the matching grant from the CAGC, the Chelsea Senior Center hired a summer intern to work at its Intergenerational Garden. Lindsay Smith, a second-year natural resources student at Central Michigan University, worked three days a week.
In addition to maintaining the garden and hoop house, she interacted with seniors and local youth, supporting related programs and implementing new ideas, including a weekly farm stand at the senior center.
The garden produced more than 300 pounds of vegetables during the 2016 growing season, said Jim Randolph, Intergenerational Garden plant manager.
In a note to the CAGC, Smith thanked the club for its support and the opportunity to work with and learn from Senior Center volunteers, many of whom are experienced gardeners.
“I think if everyone spent a little more time gardening, we’d all appreciate life a little more,” Smith said.
Purple Rose Theatre Company
Purple Rose purchased two ceramic planters and a garden bench to place outside the theater’s main entrance as part of its 25th anniversary celebration.
“We are so happy to partner with a club like yours,” said Purple Rose Development Director Gerie Greenspan, who thanked the CAGC and noted that the planters and bench will welcome and help make a positive first impression on theatergoers for years to come.
The CAGC awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Taylor Schrock, a 2016 Chelsea High School graduate who is majoring in biochemistry at the University of Michigan.
Additionally, it contributed financial support to four students enrolled in the Michigan State University Organic Farmer Training Program. The recipients are Jacob Freeman, Abby King, Daniel Moffatt and BayLeigh Perry.
The club raises money for horticulture-related grants and scholarships and for civic beautification through its spring plant sale.
The 2017 plant sale will be held 8 a.m.- noon May 6 at the Chelsea Community Fairgrounds, 20501 W. Old U.S. Highway 12.