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Lisa Allmendinger on May 25th, 2016
Courtesy photo. Chelsea girls tennis team.

Courtesy photo. Chelsea girls tennis team.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Matt Pedlow for the information and photo in this story.)

The Chelsea girls tennis team won the SEC White Division title Tuesday, defeating Dexter, Adrian, and Lincoln.

Chelsea finished with 22 points and Dexter had 18.

Winning flights for Chelsea were Mackenzie Benning at 1 singles. Benning played a great match against Dexter today, she went into a third set tiebreak and prevailed after struggling through the first set. Her opponent is a very nice player and moved Mackenzie around the court and hit great finishing balls, but Benning picked up her game during the 2nd set and proved to be too much, coach Matt Pedlow said.

At 2 singles, Callie Brannon went undefeated on the day. Brannon played some very nice tennis for us, she was a runner-up at regionals and has played great all season, Pedlow said. Her leadership has been great for the younger girls – Callie typically doesn’t take long to figure out weaknesses in her opponent and use it to her advantage.

At three singles, Anna Argento finished in second place after losing a very tough match against a quality Dexter opponent. She also finished 2nd at regionals but played a great match against Lincoln.

At 4 singles, Emma Catalina came in 2nd to Dexter today after defeating both Adrian and Lincoln.

Chelsea swept all flights in doubles today with 1 and 2 doubles needing a third set tiebreak to win. Our 1 doubles team of Taylor Schrock and Carli Martin have had a challenging season, but played their best tennis of the season today. In their match against Dexter they won 6-3 in the first set, lost 3-6 in the second set, but won 10 straight points to win the tiebreak.  Carli was very aggressive at the net today and proved to be the difference in the match, Pedlow said.

Dexter has a real nice 1 doubles team that had beaten us pretty handily earlier in the year, but Taylor and Carli came in with a game plan that worked well, the coach said.

The 2 doubles team of Maddie Pedlow and Julia Schachinger also needed a 3rd set tiebreak to defeat Dexter after losing the first set 6-2, then getting down 4-1 in the 2nd set. The girls battled to win point after point, Julia stroked the ball well and kept them in the game when things were looking bleak, the coach said. They then gained momentum by winning 7-5 in the 2nd set, which allowed them to win the third.

At 3 doubles, the team of Abbi Burris and Gabby Noble won their matches today. They played by far the best tennis they’ve played all season today, they really never were in doubt in any of their matches and I’m very proud of their performance, Pedlow said.

The 4 doubles team of Kendall Tucker and Morgan Moore won their flight today, which means they’ve only lost one match all year. At this point, they are 20-1 this season with their only loss coming at Skyline.

“I’m proud of this group of girls, we lost 11 out of the 15 girls on varsity from last year. This group has continuously exceeded expectations this season, and I look forward to seeing how they do at the State Finals meet on June 3,” Pedlow said.


Chelsea Bulldogs logoBy Lisa Carolin

Twelve Beach Middle School students were honored at an awards ceremony on May 14 in Detroit for winning the statewide social studies competition, the Michigan Social Studies Olympiad XXX.

For all eighth-grade Honors students at Beach, competing at one or more events is part of their grade.

“Though it is a social studies event, many of the choices are actually language arts in nature and offer a chance to flex their creative muscles,” explained Beach teacher Kathryn McCalla. “I think our students win because they are prepared across the board and have a good sense of what quality work is.”

McCalla cited an example of students analyzing political cartoons at Beach, a skill they used at the Olympiad.

“While we were very pleased they swept this category, we were not surprised!” she added. “Our newscast winners had experience with iMovie along with interest and background in World War II era events.”

Close to 30 secondary schools were cited at the competition, and McCalla says she is proud of the Beach Middle School students.

The 2016 Olympiad Intermediate Winners are listed below
Current Events Editorial Essay
Honorable Mention: Drew Boughton

Digital Photography
Silver Medal: Emily Soriano

Historical TV Newscast
Gold Medal: Beach Middle School, Chelsea School District 
Riordan Krause, Emily Soriano, Abigail Robbins, Olivia Olk, Morgan Kurth

Bronze Medal: Leah Burgess
Honorable Mention: Greta Coyl

Political Cartoons
Gold Medal: Alex Lewis
Silver Medal: Dominik Green
Bronze Medal: Madison Kate Brodeur

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 25th, 2016
Courtesy photo. Troop 41095 in the newly installed Gaga Ball Pit at Timbertown.

Courtesy photo. Troop 41095 in the newly installed Gaga Pit at Timbertown.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kristine Collins for the information and photo in this story.)

Chelsea’s Timbertown now has a “Gaga Pit,” courtesy of Chelsea Girl Scout Troop #41095 and volunteers from the community.

But first, troop members Sydney Collins, Meg Ford, Grace Jacobusse, Keller Johnson, Elle Mahalak and Ava Mater, and troop leaders Nancy Neff and Janet Ogle-Mater met with city officials to get permission to install it.

What’s Gaga?

Ga-ga (literally ‘touch-touch’ in Hebrew) is a variant of dodgeball that is played with one ball. (Other names for this game include Israeli dodgeball, octo-ball and panda ball.)

The game combines dodging, striking, running, and jumping. The object of the game is to be the last person standing. Players hit the ball at each other with their hands, and are eliminated if the ball strikes them on or below the knee.

The game can be played by a group of individual players or as teams. There can even be one-on-one matches. Rules, ball types, pit surfaces, and pit sizes can vary widely at different venues.

Where did the idea come from?

As any sixth-grader in the Chelsea School District who attended the grade’s annual camp can tell you – gaga is awesome. When the doors open for breakfast at the 6th grade camp in Howell, the Beach Middle School students charge straight to the gaga pits and jump inside – boys and girls locked in the excitement of the game.

“Ga-ga, ga-ga,” they chant as the ball is dropped in the center of the pit and the game of gaga begins. Other classmates quickly gather around to cheer and wait their chance to join in.

The old, but new-to-some-game of gaga – what some call a kinder and gentler form of dodgeball – is being chosen over traditional games on a number of playgrounds these days. And parents, educators, camp counselors and other grown-ups – and kids, too – say the spread of gaga fever is a good thing.

They call the game of gaga “the great playground equalizer.” It doesn’t require a strong throwing arm, fast legs, or superb hand-eye coordination. Almost anybody can play.

Kids have been playing Gaga for an estimated 40 to 50 years. Some say the game started in Australia, others say its roots are in Israel. Today, it has taken root in the U.S. at schools, party centers, summer camps and on cruise ships.

Here’s an overview of how it’s played

Gaga’s rules seem to vary, depending on who is playing, but the gist of it is this: The pit, or playing area, is filled with kids and an official, standing outside the pit. The official bounces a soft rubber ball into their midst.

With the ball’s second bounce, the players scurry around, trying to use flat, open hands to roll the ball so it makes contact with other players – usually just from the knee down –  as they all try to avoid being hit by the rolling ball. If the ball touches a player’s designated body area, that person is “out” and must leave the pit.

If a ball is mistakenly launched out of the pit, the last person to touch it is out.

Played in a large fenced-in area (usually an octagon or hexagon), the pit generally consists of flat walls atop a smooth dirt, turf, or sand surface. The ball can vary in size and form, generally ranging from a foam dodgeball to a rubber kickball.

Building the pit at Timbertown, which can be used by everyone in community, was part of the girls’ Silver Award—the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can earn. And, the troop came up with six inspirational words that are engraved on each side of the pit – Hope, Dream, Character, Inspire, Confidence and Courage.


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Lima Township Hall

By Lisa Carolin

The majority of the May 23 Lima Township Planning Commission meeting (including a public hearing) was consumed with discussion about a request to consider an amendment to a special use permit that would allow Lawrence Cameron and Cindy Garfield, whose property is located at 10860 Jackson Road, to construct two buildings.

They have a construction-related business and own a number of vehicles.

“We’d like to see our equipment enclosed,” Garfield explained, adding that they would like to build two storage barns.

Paul Montagno, a planner for consultant Carlisle Wortman, told the Planning Commission, “The Master Plan designates the intent is for agricultural or residential use. We’d like to see a site plan with more detail.”

“The problem we have is that without having a principal residence there, you’re not expanding the existing special use permit,” said Marlene Consiglio, chairman of the Planning Commission.

Neighbors of the property said they had some concerns about preserving the rural atmosphere of the area. Perhaps, neighbor Tom Borton (SEMCOG representative for the township) said it best.

“We talk about remaining rural and then we make decisions that threaten that. I have a great concern about setting a legal precedent. People will say that you allowed it, and then will there be more?”

The planners voted unanimously to table any decision until more information on the site plan is available.

In a separate matter, members of the Planning Commission agreed to set a work schedule beginning with a meeting on June 7 to discuss the Township’s Master Plan.


Lisa Allmendinger on May 25th, 2016



Lisa Allmendinger on May 25th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Shawn Personke for the photos and information in this story.)

Silver Maples of Chelsea will hold its annual “Whale of a Sale” Rummage Sale on Thursday, May 26, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Friday, May 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and most items will be half price after 1 p.m. on Friday.

Staff, residents, and families have donated thousands of item, including collectables, kitchen and household items, small furniture, appliances, jewelry and accessories, craft items, sports equipment, electronics, books, art, and plenty of other good stuff.

Proceeds from the sale benefit the free and popular Kaleidoscope Concert series for Chelsea seniors, as well as Silver Maples Scholarship Fund and Library Fund. Silver Maples is located at 100 Silver Maples Dr.

For more information, visit www.silvermaples.org.

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 25th, 2016

Mallas-tWilma1Wilma Jean Mallast of Canton, age 66, died Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.

She was born May 9, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of William and Mary (Crouch) Carriveau.

Wilma graduated from Cherry Hill High School in Inkster in 1968. She worked in the office of American Wallpaper and Blind Headquarters, Morgan Auto Paint, and Manufacturers Bank. Wilma raised her family attending St. Suzanne Catholic Church in Detroit. She loved her grandbabies, country music, oldies, her soap operas, and actively kept track of the weather.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 27, 1 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Deacon Tom Franklin officiating.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 2-8 p.m.

Please click here for the full obituary.


Lisa Allmendinger on May 24th, 2016
Courtesy photo. Some of the Beach Middle School students named as May's Bulldog Beach.

Courtesy photo. Some of the Beach Middle School students named as May’s Bulldog Beach.

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.



Bread, cookies and other goodies can be found at the Stone Heart Bakery table.

Artisan bread, rolls, brownies, cookies and other goodies can be found at the Stone Hearth Bakery booth.

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.

Below is a list of vendors who are expected to be there. Please keep in mind that sometimes the vendors are unable to make the market or the products they plan to have are not available.

Family Circle Centennial Farm:  maybe microgreens, spinach, herbs-cilantro, chives, rainbow Swiss chard, arugula, Brassica mix, gift certificates, T-shirts and bags.

Get your fresh veggies at the Bushel Basket Farmers Market Wednesday.

Get your fresh veggies at the Bushel Basket Farmers Market Wednesday.

Needle Lane Farm:  kale, chard, arugula, lettuce, maybe radishes, herbs, beets, Bok Choy, spinach, cucumbers, kohlrabi, green onions, maybe zucchini, peas, carrots, herb and veggie plants, honey.

Golden Fleece Farm: Grass fed beef patties, eggs

Mark’s Farm: hanging baskets, succulents and succulent arrangements, planters, veggie and herb starts, maple syrup, lettuce bowls, popcorn, citronella plants, accent plants.

Lutchka Angus: eggs and produce

Bordine Farms: gladiola and dahlia bulbs

Kapnick Orchards: Baked goods, produce, asparagus, fudge, nut butters, bread, donuts, apple cider, apples, and rhubarb.

Find produce and eggs at the Kutchka Angus Farms' booth.

Find produce and eggs at the Kutchka Angus Farms’ booth.

Stone Hearth Bakery: assorted artisan breads all baked from scratch with no preservatives, hot dog buns, 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).

Janet’s LLC: raspberry fudge, cards, jams, nuts, pretzels, dolls, sweets, dried fruit and nuts

HumusFalafel: hummus and falafel

Pregitzer Farm: produce and seedlings

Family Circle Farm booth.

Family Circle Farm booth.

Country Home Bakery: assorted fruit pies, breads, specialty breads, assorted cookies, cinnamon rolls, fruit coffee cake, jam, crafts, maybe fresh cut flowers.

Food for Thought: rustic breads, chive biscuits, brownies, mystery muffins (stop by to see what variety), Chelsy’s power pack bars, organic cotton bags.

Jacob’s Fresh Farm Shares: eggs

Be sure to stop by Food For Thought and ask about this week's "mystery muffin."

Be sure to stop by Food For Thought and ask about this week’s “mystery muffin.”


Chelsea Police logo 2In this week’s Chelsea police blotter, a 35-year-old Stockbridge man was arrested on an outstanding warrant, a 45-year-old Chelsea woman is arrested for a DUI following a two-car crash, and police responded to shots fired by a 34-year-old Chelsea man.

For the full stories, please click here.

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