(Chelsea Update would like to thank Eric Swager for the information in this story.)
The Chelsea boys track and field team went to 3-0 in the SEC by defeating the Ypsilanti Grizzlies, 101-36.
“It was truly a dominant performance across the board, as Ypsilanti only won 3 of 17 events,” said coach Eric Swager. “I expected a much closer meet, but we won every close race, including both sprint relays and some thrilling hurdle races. “
After three meets, the Bulldogs are averaging more than 100 points scored, reminiscent of the 1983 Denver Nuggets squad, the coach said adding, “If we can continue performing at this high level next week at Dexter and at the SEC finals, another league championship looks likely.”
“I was truly impressed with the focus and execution on a cold, blustery day,” he said. “We basically out-prepared and out-hustled them.”
Noah Van Reesema won 3 events, all by the slimmest of margins. He rose to the occasion against his toughest competition thus far.
Bailey Edwards was superb – finishing first in all four of his sprint events.
Our 400 meter sweep (Buckley, Roush, Reese, Smith) was the clinching moment, and an impressive scene.
Several young guys had lifetime PR performances (Carson Rabbitt, Foster Thorburn, Jensen Holm) that helped put Chelsea over the top.
“We look to finish out the regular season undefeated next week at Dexter, and to enjoy a couple Invitationals on consecutive Fridays to sharpen some events,” Swager said.
“Once again, I would like to thank parents, fans, coaches, and anyone who has helped us host the three home meets this season,” the coach said.
(Publisher’s note: When the 5 Healthy Town’s Board of Directors meets on May 23, it will consider a budget of $75,000 for the Chelsea Wellness Coalition’s Year 5 Plan. Chelsea Update is profiling each of the interventions that is hoping to receive funding.)
By Lisa Carolin
Among the Chelsea Wellness Coalition’s interventions is the Chelsea Farmers Market, which kicks off its season on Saturday, April 30 with new extended hours from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., and on Wednesday, May 4, from 2-6 p.m.
Other changes include a weekly children’s booth from June-September sponsored by Kiwanis and once a month booth by MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers.)
The mission of the Farmers Market is to cultivate a commitment to quality local products and produce in a pleasant, easily accessible location by offering goods that will enrich the community through environmentally conscious and healthy food choices, social exchange and economic growth.
“The farmers market is important because it provides a place to connect to your community in a place that fosters healthy eating and healthy lifestyles,” said Stephanie Willette, manager of the Chelsea Farmers Markets.
“Community members are able to talk directly with their farmers and food providers so they have a real sense about where their food comes from and how it’s produced. The market has many food assistance programs that increase access to fruits and vegetables and make them very affordable,” she said.
If approved, funds from 5 Healthy Towns will be used for the market manager’s salary and payment for a market assistant.
Willette says that last season the Saturday market, which has existed for 26 years, drew an average of 650 customers a day, and the Wednesday farmers market, which started in 2007, drew an average of 340 customers a day.
“According to our customer surveys, 65 percent said shopping at the market increased their consumption of fruits and vegetables,” said Willette. “Plus, 75 percent shop at the market either because it has healthy food or to support local. In answer to our questions, “How did you hear about the market?’ the most common answer by far was ‘long-term customer’ (47 percent of those surveyed), which I think speaks to our customers’ loyalty.”
Both the Wednesday and Saturday Farmers Markets take place at the Palmer Lot at 222 S. Main Street in downtown Chelsea.
By Lisa Carolin
It has taken months of meetings for the Lima Township Planning Commission to create an application for a special use permit for the Vargo Golf Company (Reddeman Farms).
At the commission’s April 25 meeting, the application was unanimously passed with the conditions of a new site plan review that shows the driving range and an agreement to be signed for road maintenance.
Marlene Consiglio, chairman of the Planning Commission, read aloud the conditions that go with that permit. They include that only wedding ceremonies can be held outside, that no events can have more than 150 people, that there be no more than 10 events per year with more than 50 people, that there be no outdoor amplification, that the owner make every effort to have people drive slowly in and out of the facility, and that the owner be responsible for 25 percent of the cost of road maintenance.
“The Planning Commission will revisit the special use permit annually in December,” she said.
Elizabeth Sensoli, a member of the Planning Commission, added, “A lot of time and effort has been put into this. It’s in everybody’s best interest to have this work out. I think it’s a good balance.”
Rob Vargo, the owner of the golf course, told the Planning Commission, “We had a lot of parties there last year and no problems. I think 12 months have proved that I’m a great neighbor. Talking about the limitation on the parties, I’m agreeing to disagree.”
In other action, the Commission voted unanimously to move forward a drainage ordinance that will go to the Township Board for a public hearing.
Lima Township Supervisor Craig Maier, who was in attendance, said, “I’ve spoken with a few farmers in the township who are very enthusiastic about this. At some point in time, it will be a lot of good information to have.”
(Chelsea Update would like to thank Joe Ewald for the information in this story.)
The Chelsea Golf Team got the SEC Season started, as they hosted the Adrian Maples at Reddeman Farms on April 20. The Bulldogs won the match 159 to 198. Scoring for Chelsea was Ben Otto with a 35, Jacob Hauser 37, Kurt Jolly shot a 43, and JJ Duncan had a 44.
On Friday April 22, the Bulldogs traveled to Marshall CC, for the Marshall Invitational and shot a score of 331 to place 4th out of 18 teams. “It was a great event, in the sense that we left the seniors at home, and showed we can still compete,” said coach Joe Ewald.
Leading the way for Chelsea was Lucas Derosia with a fine 74, Kurt Jolly was next with an 80, Cross Lucas shot 86, and Preston Ewald had 91.
On Monday, April 25, the Bulldogs hosted Ann Arbor Skyline and Ann Arbor Huron at Reddeman Farms.
Chelsea won the match with a 154, Skyline was next with a 158, and Huron shot 163. “It was two great wins for us,” Ewald said, adding, “as both Huron and Skyline have high expectations for their squads this year. Last season, Huron was the Red Division Champ, and Skyline was the runner up.”
Again Ben Otto led the way with an even par round of 36. Cross Lucas shot 38, Kurt Jolly had a 39, and JJ Duncan had a 41.
The JV won both of their matches with a 5th man tiebreaker over Skyline, and a 2 shot win over Huron. A score of 184 shows the JV is continuing to improve, and the future looks promising as all six of the JV players broke 50.
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This year is the 25th anniversary of the Chelsea Athletic Booster’s golf outing started by Chuck “Bo” Skelton. We want to make this the best outing ever.
There are 144 golfer spots and many sponsorships available.
This year, the outing has moved to Pierce Lake Golf Course and there will still be some of the games that have taken place in the past, but this will be a more traditional golf outing.
In addition, there will be small raffles, a 50/50 and mulligans.
This is the Chelsea Athletic Booster’s largest fundraiser of the year so please plan to spend Friday, June 17 supporting it. All the details are below.
(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kathy Caflin for the information in this story and Waterloo Natural History Association for sponsoring this program.)
Want to learn about Michigan’s snacks then head to the Discovery Center on Sunday, May 1 from 2-3:30 p.m.
Fact or fiction? Learn the truth about the misconceptions that surround these intriguing creatures. Nature Discovery will bring a variety of live snakes and discuss their habits and characteristics. At the end of the program, you will have a chance to handle these surprisingly gentle reptiles and watch them eat.
Cost: $2/person or $5/family. Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center is at 17030 Bush Road in Sylvan Township.
Advance registration requested at 475-3170.