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Lisa Allmendinger on August 23rd, 2016


Lisa Allmendinger on August 23rd, 2016

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

The Chelsea Girls Golf Team got their season started on Wednesday, Aug. 17 in a rain-shortened, modified-scramble format tournament in Perry.

The Lady Bulldogs finished 7th out of 18 teams, showing the improvement we were looking for, and an encouraging start to the season.

On Friday Aug. 19, the Bulldogs traveled to Battle Creek for the Lakeview Invitational, and their first test, in a real tournament format. Chelsea shot a score of 407, and came away with a 9th place finish out of 13 Teams, 3 places and 34 shots ahead of last year’s performance.

Leading the way for Chelsea was Katelyn McKinley with a 95, followed closely by Maddie Vasquez with a 98.  Julia VanReesema had a 106, and Helena Schultz shot a 108.


Lisa Allmendinger on August 23rd, 2016
Courtesy photo. Marks Farm has been a longtime vendor at the Bushel Basket Farmers Market.

Courtesy photo. Marks Farm has been a longtime vendor at the Bushel Basket Farmers Market.

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.

Mark’s Farm: maple syrup, cabbage, kale, Swiss chard, kohlrabi, broccoli, beets, sweet onions, cooking onions, cauliflower, shallots, garlic, potatoes, salad cucumbers, green and yellow beans, hot and sweet peppers, eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, sun-ripened tomatoes, corn.

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

Country-Home-breadKapnick Orchards: Baked goods, produce, fudge, nut butters, bread, donuts, sweet cherries, raspberries, blueberries, transparent apples, peaches, plums. Freestone peaches.

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, kale, herbs, cabbage, zucchini, summer squash, sweet onions, maybe broccoli, eggplant, redskin potatoes, cukes – large and small, basil, yukon gold potatoes, corn, hot and sweet peppers, patty-pan squash, sunflowers, zinnias, dahlias, okra, salad cukes, beets, salad tomatoes.

Kapp Bakery: baked goods, pretzels, zucchini, cukes, green beans, kale, dried herbs.

black-raspberriesFamily Circle Centennial Farm:  honey, microgreens, basil, rosemary and thyme, garlic, gift certificates, T-shirts and bags, carrots, radishes, maybe beets, summer squash, maybe tomatoes, onions, cukes, beans, eggplant.

Needle Lane Farm:  kale, chard, lettuce, herbs, (maybe) beets, cucumbers, kohlrabi, green onions, zucchini, peas, carrots, broccoli, basil, sweet peppers, tomatoes, honey, pole beans, yellow squash, fennel.

Pregitzer Farm Market.  Herbs, veggies, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, beans, broccoli, maybe corn.

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.

humusfalafelHumusFalafil: 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

Hanover Craft Meats: pasture-raised, non-GMO pork.

Good-Times-Kettle-CornGood Times Kettle Corn: kennel corn

Roaming Goat Coffee: hot coffee

Kapp’s Bakery: pretzels, cookies, zucchini, cukes, green beans, kale, dried herbs.

Myers Berry Farm: assorted types of berries

Pondside Products: tomato catchers (tables and containers that catch your tomatoes when they fall.)

Cooking demo



Lisa Allmendinger on August 22nd, 2016
A scene from Sunday's green barn entry day.

A scene from Sunday’s green barn entry day.

The Green Barn was alive all day Sunday at the Chelsea Community fairgrounds with hundreds of folks entering everything from flowers to photos, needlepoint creations to decorated cakes, pumpkins, antiques and arts and crafts.

The vegetable tables, which were originally thought to be rather sparse because of the lack of rain and heat this summer, are covered with every imaginable kind of vegetable, fruit, herb, and crops.

There are creative uses of this summer’s harvest. And the sunflowers … they are huge. Be sure to take some time to look in this barn when you visit fair this week. The folks in this community are extremely talented.

A hint, it’s always best to visit early in the week to see the live entries in their best condition.

Please enjoy several slide shows from this traditionally busy day for the superintendents. In fact, some of the judging began Sunday night and the remainder will take place Monday.


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You'll find lambs at the Nature's Creation of Life.

You’ll find lambs at the Nature’s Creation of Life.

This year’s Nature’s Creation of Life barn will be filled with baby farm animals.

From lambs to piglets, ducklings to chicks, there will be young animals galore for visitors to the 79th Annual Chelsea Community Fair to see.

Superintendent Megan Bollinger says there will be some changes for folks who have visited the red barn in previous years. There won’t be a cow giving birth. But, that doesn’t mean there won’t be a mommy cow and her baby.

“We’re excited that we’ll have a miniature Herford cow and her calf that are coming from Grass Lake,” Bollinger says.

The change, she says, was a mutual decision between the veterinarian who has overseen the live births in the building and the farmer who has brought the multiple cows to fair.

There will be a video for those who would like to watch a birth, however.

“It’s for the safety of the animals,” she says, adding giving birth in a strange environment is stressful and everyone is looking out for the safety of the animals.

“Anyone who has given birth will understand,” she says.

Sheep shearing is back, though, and will take place Friday night and Saturday after the fair parade.

Bollinger says visitors to the barn will find goats, chickens, ducks, sheep, pigs, and yes, a baby donkey.

She’s also hoping to have a chicken coop with egg laying chickens and baby ducks in a pool.

“We also expect to have a few alpaca visiting,” she says.

In addition, there will be a few agricultural vendors as well – Albers Apple Orchards will be there to answer questions as will H and H Sugarbush, and the Washtenaw County Farm Bureau.

The barn (the red one near the new ice cream parlor) is open during fair hours and there will be volunteers around the barn to answer people’s questions.

“People can get an ice cream and come see the animals,” she says.

You'll see piglets.

You’ll see piglets.

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 22nd, 2016
The heartbeat of the fair -- the ladies in the office -- set up for the 79th Annual Chelsea Community Fair.

The heartbeat of the fair — the ladies in the office — (and Fair Board President Rick Boham in the background) set up for the 79th Annual Chelsea Community Fair.

The 79th Annual Chelsea Community Fair takes place Aug. 23-27 this year and admission is $7 for those over 10 years old. Children 10 and under are free.

Don’t forget that if you plan to be a frequent visitor to the fair, a season pass is $25; a student and a senior citizen season pass are $15.

Parking is free and rides are provided by North American Midway Entertainment. Wrist bands and individual ride tickets are additional inside the fairgrounds.

All the animal judging, demo derbies, pulling contests and barns filled with animals, vegetables, flowers, antiques, canned goods, quilts and other sewn pieces, baby animals, non-profits and vendors are included in the admission price.

So, let’s look at what’s happening on the first full day of fair, which is Tuesday, Aug. 23.

File photo. Swine judging takes place Tuesday night.

File photo. Swine judging takes place Tuesday night.

The gates open at 10 a.m., but if you would like to see the rabbits being judged, arrive at the fairgrounds at 9 a.m. and head to the rabbit tent to see area youth show their cute Holland Lops or majestic New Zealands.

The Nature’s Creation of Life building as well as the Merchant Barn will be open all day. The green exhibit barn opens at noon — so you can see how your fair entries did in their classes.

In the afternoon, you can watch the first day of the horse show, which kicks off with halter, showmanship and championship classes.

The rides open at 5 p.m., but the fair officially gets started with the annual Children’s Parade, which lines up behind the Common Grill in the parking lot, and gets underway at 5:30 p.m. The children on decorated bikes ride to the fairgrounds to officially kick-off the fair and head down to the Main Arena for kid’s day events.

The Knight of Columbus Bingo tent opens from 5:30-10 p.m.

If it’s pig judging you want to see, be sure to plan a trip to fair on Tuesday as swine judging begins at 6 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Arena.

And it’s the Chelsea Community Fair Demolition Derby night with three heats plus a feature.



Courtesy photo. The community can enjoy free hotdogs at Cole Funeral Home before the 2016 Chelsea Fair Parade.

Courtesy photo. The community can enjoy free hotdogs at Cole Funeral Home before the 2016 Chelsea Fair Parade.

Once again, Allen and Wendy Cole welcome the community to stop by before fair parade on Saturday, Aug. 27.

Cole Funeral Home will host its 3rd free annual hotdog lunch.

They will be serving hotdogs from 11 a.m. until the start of the parade at 1 p.m.

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Courtesy photo. File photo of the Chelsea House Orchestra and a new group of musicians will play in the music tent at the Chelsea Community Fair.

Courtesy photo. File photo of the Chelsea House Orchestra. A new group of musicians will play in the music tent at the Chelsea Community Fair.

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

There will be two bands a night from Tuesday to Saturday from 6:30 – 10 p.m. in the Chelsea Community Fair Music Tent from Tuesday, Aug. 23-27.

All of the groups are local.

Below is the schedule:


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Lisa Allmendinger on August 22nd, 2016

Bulldog-logo(Chelsea Update would like to thank Eric Swager for the information in this story.)

The 2016 Chelsea Bulldog XC squad enters the season attempting to maintain the high standard of excellence its known for.

Chelsea is one of the elite programs in the state, having qualified for the state finals 14 consecutive years, one of only 5 teams out of 600 in all divisions that can claim that feat.

Therefore, our number one team goal is to make it back to the state finals and have a fine showing.

The 18 member squad is one of my youngest ever, with only one senior (Liam Heaney), and six juniors. Heaney returns as an all-region runner from 2015, and we will count on him for a big part of our leadership.

Juniors Connor Gilbreath, Jeremy Northrop, and Josh Kowalski were all part

of the state squad from last year, and Matt Rosolowski and Liam Hartsuff are much improved. We are bolstered by the addition of Tom Oates, who was a 4:20 miler from this spring and finished fourth in that event.

There are four sophomores, led by Foster Thorburn and Carson Rabbitt, who were varsity members as freshman last year, and first year runner Jensen Holm.  Bennett Proegler handles much of the team’s technical and communication tasks.

The seven freshmen are among my largest classes ever. They are: Niko Fannin, Zander Hartsuff, Joseph Norwood, Sawyer Northrop, Robbie Oates, Nick Matusko, and Will Scott.

I love their attitude and work ethic already.

The season started last week with Cross-Country camp. I had the upperclassmen design the schedule, and we capped off the week with a trip to Crystal Lake in northern Michigan to compete in the Crystal Lake Team Marathon.

Team “Zika”, consisting of Gilbreath, Rabbitt, Robbie Oates, Northrop, and Liam Hartsuff took home awards in the high school division.

This is my 22nd year as head coach, and I certainly could not do it without the help of my family, legendary assistant Coach Mike Holik, and all the parents

and supporters who continue to make this a special experience.

I hope the community can come out and support fall’s most exciting sport.


Lisa Allmendinger on August 22nd, 2016
Courtesy photo. Julia Strimer.

Courtesy photo. Julia Strimer.

This week’s guest on “Around Town with Linda” is Julia Strimer, CRC resident, retired teacher and environmental advocate.

“Around Town” with Linda Meloche can be seen daily on Channel 18 at 7:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m.

DVD’s of all shows are available to check out on the second floor of the Chelsea District Library and can also be viewed at Around Town with Linda | Stories of Chelsea.