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Lisa Allmendinger on September 24th, 2016

Chelsea Bulldogs logo(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 7th grade gold team showed tremendous improvement in their serving during the volleyball match on Sept. 22 in Tecumseh.

Erin Dusenbury served 14 points including 4 aces to win the first set 25-10. Tecumseh came back to win 22-25 and 4-15 after that.

Briegha Vowles had a great save to keep us in the 3rd set while Mckenna Major also had a perfect set to score a point for the team. Erin Dusenbury played great all around ending with 8 aces while Sophia Tolliver had 2 aces.

Great play by the whole team. A step in the right direction.

7th grade blue
The 7th grade Blue Volleyball Team opened their season Thursday night with a big win over Saline, wWinning the first game 25-22 and the 2nd game 31-29.

They lost the 3rd game 10-25.

In the first game, the team came from behind after being down 10-1, behind the strong serving of Lily June, who served 6 straight points to put the Bulldogs ahead to stay.

In the 2nd game, Saline came back to tie it up late in the game and after the scoring went back and forth, Ellie McGlashen closed it out with a strong serving performance.

All ten team members contributed to the win with Ellie leading the way with 10 serve points, and Lily and Rachel Hein each with 6 and Mallory Meads with 3. Great passing came from Kristina Skiotys, Mya Spadafore, Bethany Aquilino, Moriah Murphy, Tessa Wheeler, and Klara Kuebler added a great dig in game 3.

8th grade blue
The 8th grade blue volleyball team lost at home to Saline.

Leading our passers with great digs were Haley Holm, Lauren Allison, and Emma Zochorski. Kasey Matusik and Sierra Martinez-Kratz both served aces, and Fiona Atkinson had some great passes throughout the night.

8th grade gold
Thursday night, 8th grade gold volleyball lost at Tecumseh.

Leading server for the night was Maddie Dunlap with 11 serves including 6 aces.  Natalie Bareis served for 6 points. Emily McCalla had a block and several tips at the net.  Mya Dever and Laura Koch had great digs from the back row.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 23rd, 2016
Courtesy photo. Ascent Audiology.

Courtesy photo. Ascent Audiology.

Courtesy photo. Dr. Michelle Rankin of Ascent Audiology.

Courtesy photo. Dr. Michelle Rankin of Ascent Audiology.

By Lisa Carolin

(Chelsea Update is running a series on businesses in Chelsea beginning with businesses that belong to the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.)

Ascent Audiology of Chelsea is owned by Dr. Michelle Rankin. She is a licensed doctor of audiology, who opened the business two-and-a-half years ago.

“Ascent Audiology sets a standard of excellence in hearing healthcare driven by the special needs of our patients and our commitment to serve,” says Rankin.

“We guide each patient through the process of understanding the implications of hearing loss and tinnitus as well as treatment options that best meet the needs of the individual,” she says.

Rankin says that she is committed to making sure that every person who wants and needs a hearing solution receives the best product and service.

Chelsea chamber“We endeavor to make the journey to better hearing beneficial and satisfactory,” she says.

Rankin has enjoyed owning a business in Chelsea.

“Small businesses in Chelsea are well supported by the Chamber of Commerce, and there is a definite spirit of community, wellness, and service to make Chelsea an ideal town to live and work,” says Rankin.

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 23rd, 2016


By Crystal Hayduk

The State of Michigan recently released results of the 2015-16 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-Step), and Chelsea School District will release individual student results to parents this month.

The M-Step, which was designed to align with Common Core State Standards, is given statewide in the spring to students in third through eighth grades. It assesses progress on the current year’s performance standards.

M-Step tests math and language arts at each grade level, science in fourth and seventh grades, and social studies in fifth and eighth grades.

M-Step was introduced only two years ago, replacing the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP), which had been administered each fall to assess the previous year’s learning. According to Michigan.gov, the MEAP had been used in some form since 1969.

Marcus Kaemming, Chelsea School District’s executive director of instruction, curriculum and human resources, said that Chelsea students’ 2015-16 M-Step scores are generally improved from 2014-15, and the district “looks good compared to the average of the other districts within the Washtenaw Intermediate School District.”

Despite the optimism regarding this year’s scores, Kaemming cautioned against direct comparisons when interpreting results. “The problem with looking at scores from one year to another is that a different group of children are taking the test,” he said. “Last year’s fourth graders are not the same students taking this year’s fourth grade M-Step. We don’t want to overreact to a single score. It’s more important that we look at trending data over time – at the overall picture.”

Another factor to consider is changes in curriculum from year to year. For example, the district is currently in its third year using the College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) curriculum, and in its first year using Investigating and Questioning Our World Through Science and Technology (IQWST) in the science program. Academic subjects are reviewed on a regular basis.

The district’s instructional specialists will closely examine the data, and make plans for continuous improvement. “We know we need to continue the work we’ve been doing in science and social studies,” said Kaemming.

“M-Step is just one data strand that we look at,” he said. “We also look at NWEA scores, individual classroom assessments, SAT/ACT scores, along with many other pieces of data. Chelsea School District also prides itself on more than just the academics. Social and emotional well-being – the balance of the whole child – is equally important.”

M-Step results for 2016, compared with the averages of other districts throughout the county, are reported in the tables below. Complete results, including results for students with disabilities, can be found using the report tool at Michigan School Data. (https://www.mischooldata.org/DistrictSchoolProfiles/AssessmentResults/AssessmentGradesPerformance.aspx)


CSD M-Step Results, 2016 – Percent proficient

MATH                                              ELA

3 68 56 3 66 52
4 74 61 4 67 56
5 67 56 5 67 61
6 57 52 6 56 57
7 73 54 7 66 61
8 52 50 8 64 64


SCIENCE                                         SOCIAL STUDIES

4 31 22 5 26 27
7 45 32 8 45 44



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Lisa Allmendinger on September 23rd, 2016
Photo by Burrill Strong.

Photo by Burrill Strong.

By Lisa Carolin

The Chelsea District Library board unanimously approved the 2017 Fiscal Year budget for the library at its Sept. 20 meeting.

Total operating expenses are about $1.788 million and include about $1.06 million in personnel expenses.

Board members discussed that there is an open position for an at large trustee from 2017-2020. At this point, current trustee T.J. Helfferich is the only applicant.

The strategic planning process for 2017-2019 began with library staff and board members engaging people in the community for input at library events, the farmers market, and local school open houses where people have been encouraged to complete a survey.

Kerry Sheldon of Bridgeport Consulting reported to the board on the findings from the survey so far.

“We have received 201 surveys, which is a fantastic response rate,” said Sheldon. “Only 4 percent responded that they haven’t used the library in the last year. Over 90 percent rated the library as outstanding.”

She said that the positive rating makes it harder to fine tune ways to improve the library.

Sheldon and library board members encourage people to respond to the surveys and have extended the deadline until early October. They will share the findings at a board and staff retreat that takes place Friday, Oct. 21.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 23rd, 2016

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

SEC Quad
The Chelsea Girls Golf Team traveled to Huron Hills for a Quad match on Monday Sept. 19.

The girls picked up a loss to a very good Pioneer Team  176 to 188, but picked up 2 wins on the day as Adrian shot 196 and Huron shot 209.

Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Maddie Vasquez with a 44, followed closely by Katelyn McKinley with a 46. Sam Paglarini and Julia VanReesema both shot a 49.

Huron Hills is not the toughest course we will play all year, but for us to break 190, and get four scores under 50, was quite an accomplishment for the girls said coach Joe Ewald.

Tecumseh match
On Wednesday Sept. 21, the Lady Bulldogs hosted Tecumseh at Reddeman Farms, and just barely escaped with the victory, 208 to 210, to remain perfect in White Division regular season matches.

Maddie Vasquez and Sam Paglarini shot a pair of 51s, and Katelyn McKinley and Julia VanReesema each shot a 53.

It was not our best, but good enough for the win, Ewald said.

“We are in a very good position heading into the SEC conference meet on Monday,” Ewald said, adding, “All the points are doubled for the tournament, so we still have to play our best.”


Lisa Allmendinger on September 23rd, 2016
Photo by Lisa Carolin. Debbie

Photo by Lisa Carolin. Debbie Diedrich of Debbie’s Bead Designs.

jewelryThe Chelsea Farmers Market takes place each Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Palmer parking lot.

Chelsea Update is profiling vendors at the Chelsea Farmers Market and this week it’s Debbie’s Bead Designs.

By Lisa Carolin

Debbie Diedrich grew up in Chelsea and now lives in Manchester.

She’s in her fourth year as a vendor at the Chelsea Farmers Market and enjoys interacting with customers.

“I get to meet old classmates and people I used to wait on at the Chelsea Post Office,” said Diedrich, who retired 12 years ago from the post office.  It was soon after that her friend Maureen Lochey (Country Hills Pottery) showed her how to bead.

“I like to incorporate things I see in a piece of jewelry,” said Diedrich. “This is a relaxing hobby.”

She makes and sells hand woven and strung bracelets, necklaces and earrings in a variety of colors.

Below is the list of vendors who are expected to be there Saturday.

Please keep in mind that sometimes the vendors aren’t able to attend the market and that planned products are not available.

  • Kapnicks: pears, prune plums, apples
  • Affeathermations: Natural media crafts for ceremony and celebration. Bark art, wall hangings, medicine wheels, heal-the-earth wreaths, fans, rattles, and owls. 
  • Chandra June: jewelry
  • Debbie’s Bead Design: jewelry
  • Goetz Family Farm: broccoli, edamame, leeks, kale, eggplant, basil, free range eggs, beets, beans, tomatoes, corn, peppers, onions, garlic, cucumbers, zucchini, potatoes
  • Frog Hollar: tomatoes, squash, apples, plums
  • Stone hearth: bread, cookies, brownies
  • Heim: leeks, tomatoes, peaches, eggplant, beets, potatoes, onions, cabbage, peppers, carrots, zucchini, kohlrabi, green and yellow beans
  • Two Tracks: breakfast sausage, Italian sausage, chorizo, pork chops, ribs, polish sausage, pork roasts, ground pork, chicken
  • Tantre: Asian pears, sweet peppers, Hungarian wax peppers, corn, potatoes, kale, arugula, winter squash, sweet corn, leeks, green beans, tomatillos, collards, zucchini, swiss chard, beets, broccoli, heirloom tomatoes, peaches, cabbage, basil, kohlrabi, garlic, cucumbers, onions, peppers, mushrooms, eggplant,
  • Lands of Bru-Garick: potatoes, eggs, hand-crafted goods
  • Daves Honey: honey
  • Fresh: fresh roasted coffee
  • LA Baguette: baked goods, baguettes
  • Bean Creek Cookie Co: old fashioned cookies made from scratch, caramel corn
  • Thistle Blossom Herbals: Salve, infused herbal medicine oils, moisturizer oils and lotion bars and our famous lavender linen spray
  • Bordine: flower bulbs, plants
  • Brieland Schoultz: pumpkins, tomatoes, potatoes, yellow squash, swiss chard, eggs
  • Elysium Soap: soap, lotions, lip balm
  • Heavens Gate Soy Candles: soy candles
  • Herbology Organics: all natural, eco-friendly and sustainably soruced apothecary items that are custom infused with therapeutic grade essential oils, botanicals and extracts, ranging from personal bath and body care items, to home and pet care products
  • Robin Hills: tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant
  • Fluffy Bottom: sheep’s milk cheeses and yogurt
  • Mostly Green Acres: soy free, organic fed, free range chicken eggs and whole chickens grass fed beef
  • HummusFilafil: hummus and falafel

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 23rd, 2016



Lisa Allmendinger on September 23rd, 2016

This weekend, the Global Marketplace will host an off-site Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) event at 105 South Main St. (the former Chelsea Underground Art Gallery upper space) in conjunction with the Ghoultide Gathering happening at the Chelsea Fairgrounds.

Dia de Muertos is a multi-day holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.

Owner Kevin Frahm will be there with spooky music, fair trade mini cupcakes and scary fair trade items, please stop by Saturday and Sunday and check it out during regular business hours.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 23rd, 2016
File photo. Photo by Jim Pruitt. Dustin Poche was selling shrunken heads and other items.

File photo. Photo by Jim Pruitt. Dustin Poche was selling shrunken heads and other items.

Ghoultide Gathering is a super popular event in Chelsea and this year it will take place earlier than usual – this Saturday, Sept 24 – at the Chelsea Community Fairgrounds.

In its 10th year, Ghoultide Gathering promises more than three dozen artisans from across the country with original art that cannot be found in stores.

Each object they create captures a unique vision of Halloween. Now in its 10t year, the buy early option is a $20 admission and runs from 8-10 a.m. with free shopping totes and drawings for gift certificates.

Regular shopping hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a $5 admission.

Learn more about the event here.


Lisa Allmendinger on September 23rd, 2016

walk-to-end-Alzheimer's-logo(Chelsea Update would like to thank Samantha West for the information in this story.)

The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Chelsea area residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. 

Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Sept. 24 at the Chelsea Clocktower in downtown Chelsea.

The event is more than a walk. It is an experience for Chelsea area residents to learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities and clinical studies enrollment to support programs and services. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony.

“The Alzheimer’s Association is pleased to present this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Chelsea,” says Jennifer Howard, executive director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter. “There are over 180,000 people living with this devastating disease in Michigan, and this walk will raise desperately needed funds so that we can continue to provide care and support to all those affected, as well as funding the research that will ultimately lead to a cure.”

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.  As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s more than 5 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050.

To start or join a team today, visit the Alzheimer’s Association www.act.alz.org.

To learn more about disease and available resources, call the toll-free Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.