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Lisa Allmendinger on August 22nd, 2014
Joe Schloss and his Jersey.

Joe Schloss and his Jersey.

Representatives of four of the five dairy breeds showed at the Chelsea Community Fair. In the photo are all of the dairy showmen.

Representatives of four of the five dairy breeds showed at the Chelsea Community Fair. In the photo are all of the dairy showmen.

With four of the five breeds of dairy cows showing at this year’s Chelsea Community Fair, it was the Jerseys that took top honors on Thursday morning.

Joe Schloss was grand champion dairy and Mary Schloss was reserve grand champion.

Below are two slide shows from the judging.

The first photo gallery is of the dairy judging.

The second photo gallery was taken by Elizabeth Richardson of the novice class where adults and children tried their hands at showing dairy cows. (And, yes, I was one of them.) In fact, so many people wanted to give it a try every dairy cow and heifer ended up back in the ring with new showmen.

(A huge shout out to Katrina Luckhardt for allowing me to show Hope this morning. My grandfather would be proud.)

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 22nd, 2014
Carter and Mason Trinkle and their grand champion and reserve grand champion lambs.

Carter and Mason Trinkle and their grand champion and reserve grand champion lambs.

The three Trinkle brothers — Mason, Carter and Tanner — had quite a Chelsea Community Fair with their pigs and lambs this week.

On Tuesday night, Mason took grand champion individual and Tanner had not only the gran champion pair of pigs but also he was the youth showmanship winner. Then on Wednesday night, it was Carter and Mason taking grand champion and reserve grand champion market lambs.

In addition, Carter was the junior showmanship winner while Mason was the intermediate showmanship winner.

Lilianne Trinkle took champion pair in lambs as well as youth showmanship winner and McKenna Lynch took reserve champion pair and was the senior showmanship winner.

Below please enjoy a slide show from the lamb show.

 

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 22nd, 2014

Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office logo (Chelsea Update would like to thank Geoff Fox of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office for the information in this story.)

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, U of M Department of Public Safety and Pittsfield Department of Public Safety will step up enforcement and be on the lookout for impaired drivers through Sept.  1. Additionally, these agencies are employing the Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) strategy.

The DDACTS philosophy engages analysis of crime and traffic data to identify “hot spot” areas, by using geo-mapping, with the highest occurrence of crime and traffic problems. This drives the deployment of police resources in those areas for the greatest effect in improving the community’s quality of life and reducing the social harm caused by criminal activity and traffic crashes. It identifies high-visibility traffic enforcement as a proven countermeasure to address both crime and traffic safety problems. To read more about DDACTS click here.

Law Enforcement Officers will work more than 300 hours in Washtenaw County designated for drunk driving enforcement. Enforcement is paid by the federal traffic safety funds administrated by the Office of Highway Safety planning (OHSP).

In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher. Under the state’s high BAC law, motorists face enhanced penalties if a first-time arrest is for a .17 BAC or higher.

This project is part of Michigan’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013.

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 22nd, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Ross Richardson for the photo gallery below taken during a recent walk in the woods.)

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 22nd, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kelli Saunders for the information in this story.)

The Healthy Communities Walking Program and Governor’s Council invites area residents, family, friends, and out-of town visitors to participate in the upcoming Labor Day Fun Walk scheduled for Monday, Sept. 1 at the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center located at 17030 Bush Road.

This free walking event (5.3 mile hike or 1.5 mile option) begins at 10 a.m. with registration, walking information and kids’ activities occurring from 9-10 a.m.

The Labor Day Fun Walk event schedule is as follows:

  • 9 a.m. Walking Information/Activities
  • Kids Warm-up Games
  • Snacks and Beverages (Fruit, Bagels, Coffee, Juice, Water)
  • 10 a.m. Two Group Walks Begin — 5.3-mile Hickory Hills Trail Fitness Walk or 1.5 Mile bog trail walk and scavenger hunt

Participation in area walking events like this can be a great way to get active with your kids, your family and/or friends. Over time, regular exercise like walking can give you stronger bones, better balance, increased energy, increased stamina, increased strength, weight loss, reduced stress, connection with others and more.

The Healthy Communities Walking Program is a free 12-month walking support and incentive
program serving Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Grass Lake and Stockbridge.

For more information, contact Kelli Saunders and the Healthy Communities Walking Program at Kelli.Saunders@trinity-health.org or call 734-593-6271 or click here.

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 21st, 2014
Jacob Payeur, 7, surrounded by his family after taking grand champion dairy feeder calf Wednesday at the Chelsea Community Fair.

Jacob Payeur, 7, surrounded by his family, after taking grand champion dairy feeder calf Wednesday at the Chelsea Community Fair.

Jacob Payeur with his ribbons, trophy and banner.

Jacob Payeur with his ribbons, trophy and banner.

When Jacob Payeur, 7, walked his back-and-white, dairy feeder calf “Optimist Prime” into the Multi-Purpose Arena Wednesday afternoon it was his first time showing at the Chelsea Community Fair, and there was a lot of competition.

“It was fun,” he said after his calf was chosen as the grand champion dairy feeder calf. “I was a little nervous, but then I toughened it up.”

Jacob said his calf “can sometimes be very smart … and, sometimes not.”

But after placing third in his showmanship class, the youth headed back into the ring for his market class during which judge Brain Plank described “Optimist Prime” as having “ideal frame size and really nice bone.”

Jacob Payeur and Optimist Prime.

Jacob Payeur and Optimist Prime.

The calf, which weighed between 449 and 470 pounds, behaved like a champion in the ring and Jacob started his youth show career with a big blue rosette, a trophy and a large purple banner.

He kept the calf’s head up while walking it around the ring, then kept Optimist relaxed with his show stick, rubbing the calf under his belly.

Quite the start for the young showman’s fair show career.

Please enjoy the photo gallery below from the dairy feeder calf judging.

 

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Mackensie Schneider and Diesel, grand champions of the steer show in their debut at the Chelsea Community Fair.

Mackenzie Schneider and Diesel, grand champions of the steer show in their debut at the Chelsea Community Fair.

Following in her father’s footsteps, Mackenzie Schneider and her steer, Diesel, were named grand champions Wednesday afternoon at the Chelsea Community Fair.

For both Mackenzie and her sister, Natalie, who showed a pig named Rufus, this year was their first time showing at fair.

Mackenzie Schneider, judge Brian Plank and Zeke Brueninger.

Mackenzie Schneider, judge Brian Plank and Zeke Brueninger.

“I followed after my dad,” she said. Rodney Schneider took grand champion steer in 1973.

Mackenzie said she had butterflies in her stomach the first time she went into the ring, which is only natural, since it was her first time showing at fair.

“It was really fun,” she said, despite a slight wardrobe malfunction for her steer.

Diesel’s show halter broke and she had to resort to a second halter for her market class. But, it was no big deal to her.

“We brought two (halters) and it was the one I’d practiced with at home,” she said.

The two sisters had worked very hard with their animals leading up to fair and vowed to root for each other in their mutual fair debuts.

Natalie placed third in her showmanship class with her pig, Rufus, and second in her market class.

“I was really proud of her,” Natalie said about her sister, adding that she wasn’t surprised that Mackensie did so well.

Zeke Breuninger and reserve grand champion steer "A-59."

Zeke Breuninger and reserve grand champion steer “A-59.”

Reserve grand champion steer went to Zeke Breuninger. He also won the senior showmanship class in this, his 14th, and final Chelsea Community Fair.

“I’m happy,” he said, adding that the win was bittersweet as he bids farewell to an activity that’s been a big part of his life to date.

“I’ll miss showing at the fair,” he said but “I’ll find other things in life.”

Breuninger is headed to Oklahoma A and M on Saturday where he plans to wrestle and study animal science. He plans to have a career in some aspect of agriculture.

Please enjoy the slide show below from the steer judging.

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Courtesy photo. Senior football players with the posts they painted.

Courtesy photo. Senior football players with the posts they painted.

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

Each year, the Chelsea High School senior football players paint posts with their opponents’ names on them.

Then, after each victory, they enjoy a meal together as they burn the post of the team they just defeated.
It has been a tradition of the team for probably more than 30 years.

First up, Northview High School away on Thursday, Aug. 28.

Go Bulldogs.

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Alan Scafuri on August 21st, 2014
CAFA board

Chelsea Area Fire Authority board

The Chelsea Area Fire Authority (CAFA) voted 3-2 Tuesday morning, Aug. 19 to hire YourSource Management Group, a human resources firm located in Auburn Hills, provided the money can be found in the budget to pay them.

CAFA has committed to hiring YourSource for one year.

Rod Anderson and Kurt Kosek voted no. Anderson said he did not want to fire Seventh Rule Accounting as payroll administrator for CAFA. Kosek expressed concern about doing anything while union negotiations are still ongoing.

YourSource will conduct an audit of CAFA operations, and take over many HR duties beginning after union negotiations are concluded.

Kim Payeur, administrative assistant, said that “We need this solution now,” adding that her job has become increasingly difficult, as labor laws are changing constantly.

CAFA board member Craig Maier stated that the Lima Township fire substation is temporarily on hold, because no lease has been signed, and the landlord of the property has not yet begun renovations on the building. CAFA must wait until this construction is completed to put in the necessary upgrades. Maier said that he expected to have the lease in hand over a week ago.

On Chief Jim Payeur’s recommendation, the board approved the hiring of two new on-call fire fighters — James Gaken and Nicholas Saarinen. Anderson voted no requesting that Payeur supply the board with resumes of candidates in the future.

Board member Kurt Kosek reported that an agreement with the union is “at least a month away,” but that negotiations are going well.

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 21st, 2014
Photo by Burrill Strong. A scene from the Figure 8 Demolition Derby at the Chelsea Community Fair.

Photo by Burrill Strong. A scene from the Figure 8 Demolition Derby at the Chelsea Community Fair.

Please enjoy this slide show below from Burrill Strong from Wednesday night’s Figure 8 Demolition Derby at the Chelsea Community Fair.

For more photos from Strong, please click here.

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