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Lisa Allmendinger on October 26th, 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 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.

Great effort.

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.


Courtesy photo from Jed Fritzemeier. Arie Lipsky instructing CHS Symphony Orchestra in Chelsea.

Courtesy photo from Jed Fritzemeier. Arie Lipsky instructing CHS Symphony Orchestra in Chelsea.

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 jfritzemeier@chelsea.k12.mi.us.

“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.’”

Quick Facts 

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.

Courtesy photo. Primor Sluchin watching Arie Lipsky for syncopated entrance.

Courtesy photo. Primor Sluchin watching Arie Lipsky for syncopated entrance.

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 25th, 2016
Lindsay Smith helps with summer cooking classes at Camp Gabika. Here, children make different kinds of smoothies from kale, beets and carrots. (Photo from the Chelsea Senior Center.

Lindsay Smith helps with summer cooking classes at Camp Gabika. Here, children make different kinds of smoothies from kale, beets and carrots. (Photo from the Chelsea Senior Center.

(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.

New rain barrels at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church capture rain, which is used to water the church’s vegetable garden. (Photo from St. Barnabas Episcopal Church).

New rain barrels at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church capture rain, which is used to water the church’s vegetable garden. (Photo from St. Barnabas Episcopal Church).

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.

Planters outside the Purple Rose Theatre.

Planters outside the Purple Rose Theatre.

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.

Taylor Schrock.

Taylor Schrock.


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.

Rain water collected from the roof of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church waters vegetables growing in front of the church. Photo from St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

Rain water collected from the roof of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church waters vegetables growing in front of the church. Photo from St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 25th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Burrill Strong for these band photos from Friday’s football game during which the senior band members were honored.)


Lisa Allmendinger on October 25th, 2016

Chelsea Police logo 2In this week’s Chelsea Police blotter, a 34-year-old Chelsea man was charged with domestic assault and an iPad was stolen.

For the full stories, please click here.



Lisa Allmendinger on October 25th, 2016


This is the last Wednesday Bushel Basket Farmers Market of the season so please take a moment to stop by, stock up and say good-bye until next season.

The market offers folks their last mid-week opportunity to shop for fresh and local products at the Palmer parking lot from 2-6 p.m.

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.


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

apples-2Kapnick 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.

Joan LutchkaFamily 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.

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

humusfalafelJanet’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

(maybe) 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).

pumpkins, soccer teams 006(Maybe) Gerry Gasche: raspberries

Bunch O Pines: raspberries

Myer Jam: assorted flavors of 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 October 25th, 2016
Courtesy photo of Zion Lutheran Church.

Courtesy photo of Zion Lutheran Church.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Barb Satterthwaite for the information in this story.)

Zion Lutheran Church, located at the corner of South Fletcher and Waters Roads is having its annual Sauerkraut Supper on Nov. 5 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The menu includes: Roast Pork, Sausage, Kniffles, Sauerkraut, Green Beans, Applesauce, Pickled Beets, Rolls, Homemade Pies and Beverages. There will also be a bazaar/bake sale.

The church community will be partnering with the Washtenaw County Recycling and Solid Waste Team to pilot a zero waste event. We plan to use all compostable paper products. A volunteer team will work together to intentionally minimize waste going to traditional disposal sites. This initiative is being partially funded through Thrivent Financial and their action team program.

Tickets are available by calling 734-320-5004 or emailing nhorn719@yahoo.com. Adults $10, Children 5-10 years $5. Children under 5 are FREE.

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 25th, 2016


Chelsea Community Kitchen  is sponsoring the book launch of “Fl!p Your K!tchen” by Liza Baker on Nov. 10 from 7-8 p.m. at the Chelsea First United Methodist Church.

Busy home cooks who think it’s impossible to deliver healthy meals every day of the week, might have to change their minds with the release of Baker’s new cookbook.

Meet the author and learn her strategies for preparing 21 healthful meals a week from scratch using whole, close-to-the-source ingredients. The book features over 150 recipes, time saving strategies, cooking techniques, and tips on shopping for ingredients on a budget.

Baker is an integrative nutrition health coach, kitchen coach, and COO of a family of four. She brings her passion, knowledge, and experience to the table to help clients reach their goals and achieve optimal health.

Find out more about her and Fl!p Your K!tchen  at simply-healthcoaching.com.

The event is free and everyone is invited.

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 25th, 2016


For more information about upcoming programs at the Chelsea District Library, please click here.

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 25th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Terri Lancaster for the information in this story.)

The Waterloo Village UMC will host “Trunk or Treat” on Monday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. at 8110 Washington St. in the Village of Waterloo.

Please join us for trick or treating out of your vehicle trunk or if the weather is bad we will set up in the fellowship hall.

We will have cider, cookies and donuts for everyone, and the building will be open for rest stops.

This is a great way to see the neighborhood kids if you live in the country.

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