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Lisa Allmendinger on June 30th, 2016


Girls golf: Chelsea 208, Tecumseh 210
Field Hockey: Marion 1, Chelsea 0
Varsity football: Chelsea 33, Tecumseh 0
JV football: Chelsea 28, Tecumseh 16
Freshman football: Chelsea 37, Tecumseh 0
Varsity girls cross country: 6th in Jackson Invite
Varsity boys cross country: wins New Boston Invite
Chelsea girls swimming: 5th in Holland Invite
Varsity boys soccer: Chelsea 8, Ypsilanti 0
Varsity boys tennis: Chelsea 8, Dexter 0
Middle School Cross Country: boys 3rd, girls 4th at SEC Jamboree
Middle School football: 7th and 8th grade gold lose to Saline
Lisa Allmendinger on September 27th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Alan Ashley for the photos in this slideshow.)

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 27th, 2016

Chelsea Police logo 2In this week’s Chelsea Police blotter, a 49-year-old Chelsea man was arrested on an outstanding warrant and a team trophy was stolen.

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 27th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jed Fritzemeier for the information in this story.)

On Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. in the Chelsea High School Auditorium, the Chelsea Orchestra program will reach a new goal by having the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra perform half of a concert.

The first half will be performed by the Chelsea High School orchestras. This is an important event for the orchestra program as this demonstrates to the students not only the power of great music making but also the practical application of the work they do in the classroom.

Chelsea High School Orchestra Director Jed Fritzemeier explains in a press release why this has been his aim for the program since he began teaching in Chelsea 31 years ago.

“I believe in the power of great music and the vital relationship of great art and society,” he said. “Often, the music of the great masters such as Beethoven, Brahms and Bach, do not make money as a result of a lack of audience attendance. This is because of the level of understanding it takes to appreciate their works.”

He said, my goals have been to:

  • have students perform great music well enough to formulate an understanding of the art’s complexity and craftsmanship
  • bring the experiential learnings of the orchestra to as many students as possible
  • to connect and promote my school program with a professional orchestra.”

The A2SO/CHS concert on Nov. 20 will hopefully be the beginning of a relationship that will help bring the orchestra to the Chelsea students and community – which in turn can bring new audience members to A2SO concerts.

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 27th, 2016


(Chelsea Update would like to thank Patrick Zieske for the information in this story.)

Are you interested in solar power and would like to see it for yourself?

On Saturday, Oct. 1, the national Solar Home Tour comes to Chelsea from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Approximately 10 local homes and businesses are opening doors to the public. Completely for free, tour participants can visit the sites on the tour to learn about how renewable energy works through real-world examples, ask questions, and get ideas.

People will begin the tour at the Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main St. From there, pick up a detailed tour guide and map, get a name tag (your ticket), and then proceed according to a self-paced itinerary at any time during the hours of the tour.

In addition to solar electric, the tour also features wind, passive solar technology, and and solar hot water. Some of the highlights are the Trumpeys’ off-grid strawbale home (featured as 2015 Homesteaders of the Year by Mother Earth News) and two solar thermal systems at Robin Hills Farm just outside the Chelsea city limits.

This year, we have added a new location and new features at other sites, such as car charging stations at a site that has been featured in a Ford electric car commercial.

When you get the tour guide at the library, you will see photos and descriptions of each site, so that you can go to those of greatest interest to you. It would be easy to fill a whole six hours with the variety here, or with less time available you might go to just one or two of them.

Transition Town Chelsea is pleased to sponsor the local Chelsea event in partnership with the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association this year.

Locally and nationally, the events on the first weekend of October are designed to spread knowledge about how to use sustainable technologies to reduce monthly utility bills, help protect our environment, become self-reliant, and rely on energy that is continually renewed from the sun’s output.

More than 160,000 participants will visit some 5,500 buildings in 3,200 communities across the United States.

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Courtesy photo. Chelsea Community Kitchen and Robin Hills Farm are teaming up for a dinner and movie.

Courtesy photo. Chelsea Community Kitchen and Robin Hills Farm are teaming up for a dinner and movie.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Stephanie Willette for the information in this story.)

Chelsea Community Kitchen’s dinner and movie event proved so successful last year that it returns this fall Thursday, Sept. 29.

Robin Hills Farm is again hosting and helping sponsor by having the students in their Garden Party Series, Mediterranean Style cooking class show off their new skills by preparing the meal.

Tickets for the meal are $45 and can be obtained at the CCK website.

Dinner will begin at 6 p.m., to be served outdoors in a rustic farm setting. After dinner, a film about local food issues will be shown outdoors in the new amphitheater at Robin Hills Farm on a big screen.

Bring a blanket to sit on the grass. Those who wish to just attend the movie can plan to show up at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the movie is free, although donations to help cover the cost are welcome.

The screening includes two vignettes about different cooking methods using “air” (the science of bread-making) and “earth” (fermentation of food) and how they have impacted our cooking methods over time.

The film will be followed by a Q and A period with a few local food experts to discuss their own use of these methods in their businesses.

The menu being prepared by the Garden Party class plans to include:

Appetizer: mushroom risotto.

Salad: grilled watermelon and cucumber with goat cheese with lavender balsamic dressing.

Entree: grilled lamb chops with honey mint glaze, on wheat berry and chick pea salad with roasted vegetables.

Dessert: olive oil cake and rosewater ice cream.

Registration is still open for this class, so sign up to be one of the chefs for the dinner at the Robin Hills website.

Tickets are available by registering at www.chelseacommunitykitchen.org.

Paypal payments can be made at the website, with a small processing fee added.

A special price is being offered to those who register for two CCK events at once – ‘Dinner and a Movie’ and ‘SAVOR: A Local Hops and Beer Tour’. Purchase tickets for both events for $80. Details about both events can be found at our website.

CCK serves the communities of Chelsea and surrounding Western Washtenaw with classroom and real-world education devoted to creating a healthy, local and sustainable food culture.

CCK offers classes and workshops for children and adults and supports local food entrepreneurs. See www.chelseacommunitykitchen.org for more details about programs and to sign up for our newsletter so you’ll get reminders about this date and other activities.

Check us out on Facebook to get the latest news or contact us at chelseacommunitykitchen@gmail.com for more information.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 27th, 2016


The Wednesday Bushel Basket Farmers Market offers folks a mid-week opportunity to shop for fresh and local products at the Palmer parking lot from 2-6 p.m.

Please keep in mind that sometimes the vendors are unable to make the market or the products they plan to have are not available.

Marks Farm: cabbage, kale, Swiss chard, broccoli, beets, sweet onions, shallots, potatoes, hot and sweet peppers, zucchini, summer squash, sun-ripened in the field tomatoes, winter squash of all kinds, pumpkins, gourds, sweet potatoes.

winter-vegetablesGolden Fleece Farm: Grass fed beef, patties, ground round, bones, eggs, steaks, sirloin, ribeye, porterhouse, T-bone, pastured raised chicken, beef liver.

Kapnick Orchards: Baked goods, fudge, nut butters, bread, donuts, pears, apples, apple cider, plums.

Stone Hearth Bakery: assorted artisan breads all baked from scratch with no preservatives, hot dog buns, cookies – check out the new sugar cookies, triple chocolate chunk brownies, fruit breads, including red raspberry, strawberry, wild blueberry, apple, cinnamon raison, 4-cheese pepperoni rolls, 4-cheese habanero pepperoni rolls (both two to a pack).

Lutchka Angus: honey, winter squash, eggplant, potatoes, hot and sweet peppers, cabbage, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, gourds.

Family Circle Centennial Farm:  honey, maybe microgreens, rosemary and thyme, garlic, gift certificates, T-shirts and bags, maybe radishes, maybe carrots, maybe summer squash, maybe tomatoes, onions, maybe beans, eggplant, winter squash, peppers.

(maybe)Needle Lane Farm:  kale, chard, okra, herbs, eggplant, hot peppers, green onions, basil, sweet peppers, tomatoes, honey, pole beans, dragon tongue beans, tomatillo, shitake mushrooms.

Pregitzer Farm Market: veggies, zucchini, summer squash, beans, tomatoes, peppers, kale, melons, eggplant, cabbage.

 Bordine Farms: cut flowers

Janet’s LLC: cards, jams, nuts, pretzels, dolls, sweets, dried fruit and nuts, Dammit dolls, caramel corn, lemon eucalyptus lotion, herb rub.

HumusFalafil: hummus, falafel and baklava

Country Home Bakery: assorted fruit pies, breads, specialty breads, assorted cookies, cinnamon rolls, fruit coffee cake, jam, crafts, strawberry cobbler, garden signs, muffins (stop by and discover the flavor of the week).

Jacob’s Fresh Farm Shares: eggs

Gerry Gasche: raspberries and blackberries

Bunch O Pines: raspberries and blackberries

Myer Jam: jams

K’s Acres: Early season apples good for pies – Gravenstein Heritage Apples 1600 Circa, Summer Rambo 1600 Circa, Wealthy 1800 circa. Also Williams Prides and Mollies Delicious.



Lisa Allmendinger on September 27th, 2016



Lisa Allmendinger on September 27th, 2016
Photo by Allen Wright.

Photo by Allen Wright.

Story and photos by Allen Wright

The Chelsea Field Hockey team lost two games this week in heartbreaking fashion, both 1-0 losses.

Last Monday, they travelled to Ann Arbor Skyline and played under the lights. Skyline came in a bit overconfident though as they thought they could coast to an easy victory, but Chelsea had other plans.

Chelsea started strong keeping control of the ball in Skylines’ zone and the Chelsea defense did a great job keeping Skyline scoreless. Skyline peppered Chelsea’s Payton Doan with shot after shot but she came up big with several highlight reel worthy saves. She had help from her team as Madalyn Allen and Gabby Noble stepped in to make great player saves.

With the score tied 0-0 and time winding down Skyline found the goal off a penalty corner and took a 1-0 lead. The score would stay that way with Chelsea losing a hard fought battle.

Doan faced 26 shots and Skyline had the advantage of 6 penalty corners in the game.

Last Wednesday, Chelsea played host to the Marian Mustangs from West Bloomfield. The Mustangs came in with only 2 losses on the season, both to top ranked teams. But Chelsea doesn’t look at records and was confident they could put up a battle and eke out a victory.

The Mustangs jumped out in front early, less than a two minutes into the game when they were able to take advantage and get the ball past Doan. But the Chelsea defense tightened up and although Marian put a lot of pressure and shots on Doan, none made it through as she made save after spectacular save.

Chelsea was unable to capitalize and tie up the game on there only awarded penalty corner but they were able to stave off any other goals being scored on Marians’ 7 penalty corners and 16 shots on goal.

Chelsea fought hard against the tough competition but bowed out with another heartbreaking 1-0 loss, it’s second in a matter of days.

Chelsea will travel to Saline tonight at 7 p.m. where they will take on the 8-3-1 Hornets.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 26th, 2016
Photo by Alan Ashley.

Photo by Alan Ashley.

By Allen Wright

The Chelsea Bulldogs hosted the Tecumseh Indians on a beautiful Friday night and kept their undefeated season going strong with a huge 33-0 victory.

Tecumseh started with the ball and gambled on a 4th down and long deep in their own zone by calling a fake punt, which helped them pick up the first down and kept their drive alive. They moved the ball downfield and went for it, but Chelsea’s Patrick Bertoni out jumped the Indian receiver and made the interception in the end zone.

Chelsea took possession and moved the ball downfield, but couldn’t capitalize.

At the start of the second quarter, Gus Reynolds blasted through the Indians’ defense and made several great moves on his way to a 30-yard touchdown run and the first score of the night.

On a 4th and long, the Indians tried to convert, but the Bulldogs pulled them down for a loss and took over on downs. After a few great Jack Bush passes, it was Reynolds capping off the drive with a solid 6-yard run behind some great blocking.

Just a little over 30 seconds after Chelsea’s second score of the night, Tecumseh quarterback Alex Foss’ pass to Lukas Coker was intercepted by Cal Barrett who took it down the left side of the field for a 32-yard touchdown to give Chelsea a 20-0 lead at the half.

At the start of the second half, Chelsea drove the length of the field in 4 plays, which was capped off by Reynolds’ third touchdown of the night.

Several minutes later, it was Chelsea again driving the length of the field. After a great scramble run by Bush to the 1-yard line, it set up Drew Anstead’s 1-yard plunge for the score.

The Chelsea defense once again stood strong keeping the tough Indians team off the scoreboard and only allowing 169 total yards of offense. The defense had four sacks on the night, forced three fumbles, and two interceptions.

Chelsea was led by Owen Nikischer and Bertoni with eight tackles each.

Reynolds led Chelsea with 163 yards rushing on 17 attempts, for a 9.6 yard average. Reynolds had almost as many yards rushing as Tecumseh’s total offense.

Bush was 8 for 12 in passing with 66 yards. Cam Cooper led Chelsea in receiving with two catches for 27 yards. He had 35 yards rushing and 1 punt return for 28 yards and a 51-yard punt return for a touchdown that was negated by a penalty.

Chelsea is 5-0 on the season and 3-0 in the conference and will hit the road Friday, Sept. 30 to take on the Adrian Maples with kickoff set for 7 p.m.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 26th, 2016
Courtesy photo. Please join me in congratulating September, 2016 Beach Middle School Bulldog Best.

Courtesy photo. Please join me in congratulating September, 2016 Beach Middle School Bulldog Best.

The Bulldog Best is a monthly award that recognizes students at Beach Middle School who support the pillars of respect, integrity, responsibility, dynamic learning and teamwork.

A nomination can be made by any staff member, and students are presented with a certificate and pen and are named in the school’s newsletter. If you see a name more than once it means that the student was nominated by more than one person.

So, when you see any of these students around town, be sure to congratulate them.


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