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Lisa Allmendinger on October 18th, 2014

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 18th, 2014

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The 7th grade Blue Volleyball Team had a big win against Tecumseh at home on Thursday, winning the first game 25-8, losing the second 17-25, and winning the third, 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.

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 18th, 2014

Chelsea Bulldogs logo(Chelsea Update would like to thank coach Andrew Thomson for the information in this story.)

On Thursday, Oct. 23, the Chelsea girls swim and dive team traveled to the Lincoln Railsplitters and won the dual by a final tally of 117-63, remaining undefeated for the season.

The Bulldogs took the opportunity to swim a unique lineup against the Splitters and give many of the girls on the team an opportunity to shine in different events.  The medley relay team of Nikki Atchley, Camden Dammeyer, Sydney Hodel and Kaia Newman started off the meet by taking first place (2:15.10).

Clara Nelsen touched first in the 200 free (2:18.36) while Maria Elie finished the 200 IM first (2:44.44).  In the 50 free, Jamie Wurster and Molly Olk placed first and second (27.12 and 29.97).

The diving event was the only event where the Bulldogs did not take first place. Lily Francisco finished second (197.35 points) and Sabrina Matusko finished fifth (124.85 points).  The 100 butterfly saw another Chelsea finish of first and second place, with Lauren Olk first (1:09.54) and Nelsen second (1:17.22). In the 100 free, Taylor Brodbeck managed first place (1:01.10) and Emmah Boquette paced the 500 free and finished in first place (5:58.73).

The girls swept the 200 free relay, with the team of Dammeyer, Jordan Fannin, Kim Quinn and Hodel taking first (2:00.50). The team of Rachel Valek, Clare Dettling, Shelby Coller and Lauren Olk finished second (2:01.28) and third place went to the team of Wurster, Elie, Kloie Hohl and Meryl McDonnell (2:02.46).

Valek led the backstroke event (1:07.79) while Dammeyer touched first in the 100 breaststroke, narrowly missing the state cut (1:14.90).  The meet finished with the 400 free relay team of McDonnell, Quinn, Alex Dana and Brodbeck touching second (4:35.70), while Lauren Olk, Cynthia Gillespie, Fannin and Collier finished third (4:41.49), and Atchley, Hohl, Dettling and Elie took fourth (4:46.20).

The Bulldogs will look to continue their unbeaten dual meet streak on Oct. 23 when they host the Tecumseh Indians.

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Transition Town Chelsea will hold a free potluck and presentation on Monday, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Chelsea Senior Center, 512 E. Washington St.

Cathy Muha and Pat Kaminsky will discuss a trip they took to the Brew City Abundance Tour in Milwaukee where they saw Rob Hopkins, founder of the international Transition Movement.  We will explore how we can apply this experience to our beloved town here in Chelsea.

The potluck portion starts at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation will begin about 7:15 p.m. If you plan to attend the potluck portion, please bring a dish to pass and your own place settings.

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 18th, 2014

Donald W. White of Chelsea, age 56, passed away at home and went to be with his personal Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, after a short battle with cancer.

He was born on July 7, 1958, in Jackson, MI, the son of Delbert J. and Nancy C. (Eisemann) White.

Don was an active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chelsea where he served as trustee and worked on the Kitchen Committee. He graduated from Chelsea High School in 1976 where he played for the Chelsea High School Hockey Team. He loved lake life and his hobbies included canoeing, fishing, and hunting.

(For the full obituary, please click here.)

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 17th, 2014

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(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kristin Krarup-Joyce, Ed. S. NCSP, Ellen Kent, Ed. S. NCSP and Emily Verbeke, Ed. S. NCSP for the information in this new weekly column.  If you have a question for one of the school psychologists, please email asktheschoolpsychologist@gmail.com and all information will be kept confidential.)

Question: Some of my son’s friends have parents who allow them to stay up later and be alone unsupervised in their home. I’m uncomfortable with this. How do I approach these parents with my concerns without causing a rift in the new friendships that my has made?

Answer: As parents, we are often faced with the proverbial, “But Johnny is allowed to…” It is important for you to establish limits with your children. Limits can help children feel that the world is predictable, orderly, and safe. Parents should consider each child’s age and unique developmental factors when establishing limits, and review these limits regularly to adjust for their child’s continuing maturity.

Limits need to be explicitly and regularly communicated to children and should be enforced consistently. The consequences for challenging limits should be clear, appropriate, and when possible, natural and logical in relation to the offense.

You are right to be concerned about unsupervised time alone. Explain to your son that you are uncomfortable with this. Tell him that if he is invited over again, you will need to call the parents and explain your position.

When you do talk with the other parents, be straightforward. Ask if an adult will be home to supervise the boys. If not, say that you aren’t comfortable with that. No judgment is being made, it’s just something you are not comfortable with. Perhaps you could invite this friend over to your house.

The bottom line is you are responsible for your son’s safety. Quite frankly, when my children are invited to a friend’s house and I don’t know the parents very well, I always call ahead and ask about supervision. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the reaction I get from the other parents — they have always thanked me for calling.

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Photo by Crystal Hayduk. Nathan Baldermann of Rehmann Robson gives his audit report to the school board as Teresa Zigman, executive director of business and operations, listens.

Photo by Crystal Hayduk. Nathan Baldermann of Rehmann Robson gives his audit report to the school board as Teresa Zigman, executive director of business and operations, listens.

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Nathan Baldermann of Rehmann Robson told the Chelsea School District Board of Education of the results of his 2013-14 financial audit at the school board meeting on Oct. 13.

Teresa Zigman was well prepared, and the district is receiving a ‘clean’ opinion, also known as unmodified, which is what you’re looking for,” he said.

Baldermann also indicated that the district’s books will carry a “shock factor” next year due to a change in the GASB (Government Accounting Standards Board) that will require school districts to show liability related to previously retired employees. In Chelsea, that amount will be approximately $41 million.

In a statement from Zigman, executive director of business and operations, the district used $291,000 of fund equity over the last year. The current fund equity balance is $4.6 million.

During public comment, special education teacher Tara Thorburn addressed the board about the importance of fair wages and quality health care. Thorburn has worked for the district for 18 years, and is a mother of three children who attend Chelsea schools. “I am working without a contract,” Thorburn said.

Thorburn said that she has to “… perform duties including medical procedures, monitor seizure stimuli and conditions, and respond when needed, as well as assist students when they are struggling so they will not hurt themselves or others.”

Thorburn went on to say that teachers give of themselves, not only to the curriculum, but to the emotional, social, and technological needs of the students. “It is expected that we embrace changes to teaching methods and still push beyond an average expectation as the Chelsea district is recognized for its successes,” she said.

Thorburn challenged the board to “… give its best fair offer to assist in resolving our contract … I believe that fair wages and quality health care will retain and recruit teachers of high standards to the Chelsea School District.”

Thorburn’s remarks were applauded by several dozen teachers in attendance at the meeting.

Superintendent of Schools Andy Ingall reported that the elementary school Bulldog Jog, held on Oct. 10, raised over $17,000 for the PTO. He thanked the Chelsea Senior Center for providing snacks for the event.

Upcoming events:
Oct. 17 – No school for students.
Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. – board meeting at Chelsea High School, 740 North Freer Road.

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 17th, 2014
File photo. Learning to use the Jaws of Life.

File photo. Learning to use the Jaws of Life.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Fire Capt. Augustine Syrovy for the information in this story.)

The Chelsea Area Fire Authority firefighters will host their annual open house on Sunday, Oct. 19 from noon-4 p.m.

The firefighters will offer fire station and truck tours, children can spray water from a fire hose and truck at the junior firefighter training house, there will be a hands-on vehicle extrication display, fire safety education material, a smoke trailer and employment information.

In addition, there will be two inflatable bounce houses, face painting and Colors the Clown Corral Petting Zoo. Free donuts, cookies, popcorn, apple cider and coffee.

The American Red Cross, Huron Valley Ambulance and Chelsea Police Department will be there as well.

The event is free and the community is invited.

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 17th, 2014

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 17th, 2014

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