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Lisa Allmendinger on October 21st, 2014


Only two more Wednesday farmers markets left.

The Wednesday Bushel Basket Farmers Market takes place on Oct. 22 from 2:30-6 p.m. in the back of the parking lot of the professional building across from the Wellness Center.

Here’s what to expect from the vendors:

There will also be a special Food Day event at the Prescription for Health booth for patients who arrive at the market. They will get a free apple and an extra $5 in tokens.

apples-2Kapnick Orchards: Paula Red, McIntosh, Honey Crisp, and Jona-Mac  apples, Ida Red, Bosc pears, maybe Anjou pears, apple cider, potatoes, pie, peanut, cashew and almond butters, assorted varieties of bread, 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: Brussel Sprouts, beets, green, yellow, red sweet peppers, cabbage, sweet potatoes, acorn, butternut, and buttercup squash, pie pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, corn stalks, pumpkins.

Stonehearth 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.

onionsNeedle Lane Farm: kale, lettuce, salad mix, spinach, collards, peppers, eggs, maybe snap peas and snow peas, honey, onions, parsley, bay leaves, broccoli, cabbage, jalapenos, strawberries, tomatillos, dill,  green onions, celeriac, winter squash, pumpkins, gourds, Sunchokes.

Marks Greenhouse: Peppers, Swiss chard,  garlic, fresh kale, shallots, leaks, red and golden beets, red and yellow sweet onions, hot onions, new potatoes, collard greens, squash, 10 varieties of winter squash, eggplant, tomatillos, gourds, pumpkins.

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.

Pregitzer Farm Market, LLC:  winter squash, black, white and purple globe eggplant, lots of peppers, kale, cabbage, melons, red seedless and orange watermelon, potatoes, broccoli, pie pumpkins.

Kapp's-BakeryKapp’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.

Golden Fleece Farm, LLC: grass fed beef including ground beef, short ribs, beef liver, soup bones, roasts, steaks, oxtail, patties.

Family Circle Centennial Farm: garlic, honey, maybe carrots, potatoes, onions, assorted herbs, spinach, beets, Brassica mix, lettuce mix, sweet potatoes, winter squash, and cabbage.



Lisa Allmendinger on October 21st, 2014

By Lisa Carolin

Ten years ago, Alex Doering was a freshman at Chelsea High School. Now she works at the high school and among her responsibilities is advising the staff of the school newspaper, “The Bleu Print.”

Doering says that when she was in high school people anticipated the release of each newspaper.

“I want that excitement to build once again,” said Doering. “I have high hopes for the paper, another way to make Chelsea High’s student community even stronger than it already is.”

Doering, who teaches ninth-grade Honors English as well as College Prep English to seniors, says she made the commitment to be the newspaper advisor because students didn’t want to see it end.

“As the years have gone by, especially since they ended the class that was associated with the newspaper, there has been less and less student involvement,” said Doering. “We probably have around 10-12 students and their involvement carries as far as they want.”

She says that students, teachers, and administrators are the newspaper’s main readers. There is only an online version at this time, no print version.

“Having it online allows us to ask students questions and get their responses back immediately,” said Doering. “Whether it is a poll or an open-ended question, the students can respond easily with the use of their iPad.”

To read The Bleu Print, please click here.

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 21st, 2014
Courtesy photo. Youth members at the Chelsea First United Methodist Church play human Foosball.

Courtesy photo. Youth members at the Chelsea First United Methodist Church play human Foosball.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kathy Carter for the photos and information in this story.)

Have you seen the human Foosball court at Chelsea First United Methodist Church?

The youth built it (training for construction work on mission trips) and have been playing on nice days.

Courtesy photo.

Courtesy photo.



Lisa Allmendinger on October 21st, 2014

Vendor-Show-poster-2014(Chelsea Update would like to thank Marilyn Mast for the information in this story.)

Zion Lutheran Church will host its third annual Vendor Show on Sunday, Oct. 26 from 1-5 p.m.

The show is a great spot to get some Christmas shopping done and there will be lots of vendors in attendance including Thirty One Bags, Scentsy, Jamberry, Premier Jewlery, Miche Purses, Tupperware, Partylite, and many more.

There is no charge to get in, and all proceeds will benefit the church’s youth group to be used to attend retreats, camps, seminars, etc. In return, the youth have promised to have something “special” that will be of interest to every shopper.

Zion Lutheran Church is on 3050 South Fletcher Road and the event will take place in the Fellowship Hall.


Lisa Allmendinger on October 21st, 2014

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

The 7th Grade Blue Volleyball Team had a big win against Tecumseh at home on Thursday, Oct. 16 winning the first game 25-8, losing the 2nd 17-25, and winning the 3rd 25-23.

Olivia Beauchamp provided some clutch serving under pressure in game 3 to score 5 of the last 6 points and Allison Hale and Morgan DeYoe provided dominating serves in game 1. Hale served 9 points, DeYoe 8, Beauchamp 6, Kelsey Weinreich 5, Maddie Bainton and Marianna Carpenter each had 2, and Kiersten Anstead, and Cassie Sutch each had 1.

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

The 8th Grade Girls Blue Volleyball team won one of the three sets against Tecumseh on Oct. 16.

Emily Savery helped win the game big time with 9 service points. Peyton Lajiness and Marissa Fredette had their best games of the season, having multiple service points and hits. Madeline Dapprich had some great serves with her best defense yet of the season.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank coaches Loren Thorburn and Laura Lutz for the information below.)

In the last meet of their season, the Beach Cross Country team left it all out on the course Saturday.

In six different races, athletes turned out inspiring performances. Carson Rabbitt broke the school record, running two miles in 11 minutes and 23 seconds and Sydnee Liedel beat 125 other runners with the fastest time for the girls’ team.

Sydney Barnes, Kira Frahm, Spencer Smith and Zachary Cooley ran lifetime bests by substantial amounts. The eighth grade teams ran outstanding races with most runners achieving lifetime best performances.  And many seventh grade runners also ran lifetime bests Saturday suggesting the Bulldogs will be a force to be reckoned with next year.

Congratulations on a great meet and an exceptional season Bulldogs.


Lisa Allmendinger on October 21st, 2014

Funk,-Sherman-photoSherman D. Funk passed away at the age of 81 at his home on Oct. 16, 2014.

He was born in Grayson County, Virginia, the son of Sherman Parsons and Trula Lee (Pinion) Funk on March 13, 1933.

Sherman enjoyed fishing and growing up in the mountains of Virginia. He attended technical school in Chicago. His enjoyment of electronics led him to join the United States Air Force during the Korean War era. He later worked for the FAA and retired from the EPA as Network Manager in the Engineering Department, serving 49 years in the Federal Government. He was an avid lover of Bluegrass music and emceed many Bluegrass events and was a DJ on radio station WSDS and host of the weekly show “Coffee and Bluegrass”.  In his retirement, he greatly enjoyed his fishing boat and spending time flying around the world from his den on his aviation simulator.

For the full obituary, please click here.

Poe,-Emogene-webEmogene “Jean” Poe, age 73, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, with family surrounding her bedside.

Emogene was proud to have worked for Federal Screw Works for 25 years. She had many talents and enjoyed sewing, painting, and decorating. She loved many and they loved her as well. May we cherish each and every one because life is so short and it seems like we only get a little time together. Remember to love each one, each and every day, because it could be your last.

For the full obituary, please click here.


File photo. Scene from the 2012 downtown Halloween party.

File photo. Scene from the 2012 downtown Halloween party.

Once again, Chelsea‘s Halloween costume judging will be at the Cole Funeral Chapel parking lot.

Cider and donuts will be provided, and in addition, there will be a Jack-o-lantern contest this year.

Judging will take place before the official start of trick-or-treating and the games, so the costumes will be fresh and while it is still light out so the judges can see the costumes and we can get great pictures.

Participants will be asked to go their age-group area for judging starting at 5:30, and we hope to announce winners and take photos starting at 5:45 p.m.

For the costume judging, the categories will be 5 years and under, 6-8, 9-12, 13-18, and groups.  In each category, first and second place will be chosen for both best costume and most original.  All contestants will receive a participation ribbon.

For the Jack-O-Lantern contest (pumpkin carving), please bring your completed pumpkin to the funeral home parking lot by 5:30 p.m. and it must stay on display until 6:30 p.m. There will not be age groups for the pumpkins – children, teens, adults, and families are welcome to enter their pumpkin.  Carved pumpkins or painted pumpkins are acceptable. First place will receive a $30 cash prize, second prize will receive $20, and third prize will receive $10. All participants will receive a ribbon.

If you have any questions, please contact Allen at the Cole Funeral Chapel , 475-1551.

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By Lisa Carolin

The school year may not be much more than a month old, but it’s never too early to give credit where is due.

Chelsea High School Principal Mike Kapolka recently gave a number of “staff shout outs” for staff member’s commitment to excellence.

Shelley Weber was credited with making transitions easy for kids and staff despite some big changes in the counseling office.

“She is a treasure for the department and we value the vital role she plays in helping identify student needs,” Kapolka said.

Weber is a counseling office secretary in her second year on the job. This position follows 19 years as the media clerk in the high school media center. Weber says that getting to know the students is the key to her job.

“Learning who they are and what they are about helps gain insight. Once you become involved, the lines of communication open up,” she said. “Showing you care and getting them to the right people when they need help can go a long way with a student.”

Teachers Rachael Wismont and Todd Blomquist were recognized for their participation in making a video for Steve Forsberg‘s U.S. History class.

“They both gave Steve’s classes a historical event none of them will soon forget,” said Kapolka.

Wismont says that her role in the video involved wearing silly costume pieces and running by Forsberg’s students, whom he had taken outside for class.

“I’m pretty comfortable being goofy,” said Wismont. “I think it’s important to show people, and students, that it’s okay to be a little goofy and weird sometimes. Life can be a lot more fun and meaningful when we stop trying to be the person we think we’re supposed to be and start being ourselves.”

The subject of the Civil War also led to recognition for Ann Valle, a special education teacher consultant at Chelsea High School, who found that she sometimes mixed up the generals when she read Civil War books.

“At school I noticed that students had the same problem that I had, so I made them a bookmark as a tool,” said Valle.

“Ann has gone above and beyond in helping out the Civil War class this year,” said Kapolka. “The kids were excited to have an easy way to check who they were reading about.”

And Kapolka’s own administrative assistant, Mary Ann Sprague, was also honored for her attention to detail. She was responsible for counting all the students for Count Day at the high school.

“In a nutshell, I gather all data, confirm and submit to the administration office,” said Sprague.

“This is a huge task, but Mary Ann continues to make sure we have every “t” crossed and “i” dotted,” said Kapolka. “She continues to show poise, determination and the ability to get the job done in the face of all things Count Day related.”

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 20th, 2014
Friendly firefighter Bill assists child in spraying water from a fire house during the Chelsea Area Fire Authority open house.

Friendly firefighter Bill assists child in spraying water from a fire house during the Chelsea Area Fire Authority open house.


Chelsea Fire Chief Jim Payeur and his youngest grand child.

Chelsea Fire Chief Jim Payeur and his youngest grandchild.


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Lisa Allmendinger on October 20th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Matt Cole for the information in this story.)

The Washtenaw Whippets field hockey team finished the regular season with two wins last week.

On Oct. 14, the Whippets defeated Academy of Sacred Heart, on senior night, at home 3-0. Jessie Olmsted led off the scoring, assisted by Sarah Mesko and Meghan Cole. Kristen Newman scored her first goal of the year on a corner, assisted by Maggie ColeMeghan Cole assisted her sister, Maggie, on the final goal of the game.

The Whippets had 28 shots on goal.  Hannah Moore had 6 saves in goal and Kelly Bertini had one goal line stop.

On Thursday, the Whippets traveled to Mercy High School where they controlled the ball most of the game. They had many scoring opportunities, but the only goal they needed was an unassisted one by Maggie Cole in the first half.

Congratulations to the four seniors–Hannah Moore, Kristen Newman, Talia Peters, and Emma Walworth.

The Whippets start playoff action at home on Tuesday, Oct. 28 on the turf at Jerry Niehaus field at 7 p.m.  Please go to the game and root for your Chelsea-based Whippets Field Hockey team.