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Lisa Allmendinger on August 15th, 2018

Varsity football Ford Field bound: Chelsea 38, Williamston 13

Boys X-C: repeat D-2 State Champions


Lisa Allmendinger on November 21st, 2018

Courtesy photo. Tom Osbeck and the JV girls tennis team.

For 14 years, Tom Osbeck has been an important part of Chelsea High School’s tennis program.

And, his sustained, positive and outstanding efforts were recently recognized by other tennis coaches throughout the state.

Osbeck, the Chelsea High School JV girls tennis coach, was awarded the Michigan Assistant Coach of the Year – an award given by the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association.

“We’re very fortunate to have the coaches that we do for our tennis program,” says Head Coach Matt Pedlow.

“Tom has done an amazing job over the past 14 years connecting with the girls in our program,” he says.

For the last three seasons, the girls’ JV team went undefeated.

“This is a first for us and Tom has built the JV program into a team that routinely wins every flight during matches,” Pedlow said.

In both the girls and boys seasons, he has taken the JV teams against varsity squads and often won those matches as well.

Osbeck teaches the fundamentals of the sport, but more importantly, Pedlow says, “He makes sure they have fun out on the courts.”

It’s a sentiment that all the coaches live by – if the girls aren’t having fun, they aren’t going to want to play the game.

Courtesy photo. Brian Tucker, Matt Pedlow, Misha Moore, and Tom Osbeck after winning the 2018 Regional Championship.

Brain Tucker has coached with Osbeck for the last eight years.

He called the experience “an honor.”

“As a coaching staff, we always take time to reflect on each season, and what we accomplished as a team and staff,” Tucker says, “When I, personally, reflect about Coach Osbeck, his coaching style and demeanor, my thoughts are “calm” and ‘fun’.”

Tucker says, “Coach Oz has always strived to make sure our team was having fun both on and off the court.”

Even when a player was having a down day, Tucker says, “Coach Osbeck always found a way to make a funny joke to help try and make a situation better.”

Tucker credits Osbeck with the “keen ability to help his players maintain a sense of calm during difficult matches – using funny words or phrases for encouragement.”
Fellow Coach Misha Moore agrees wholeheartedly with Tucker’s sentiments.

“I have grown tremendously from working alongside him Osbeck), “she says.

“He is always calm, always able to defuse situations when maybe a parent or coach or player’s emotions are running high, always optimistic and good humored, and he brings out the best in the girls and shows them how to be good teammates to each other and how to approach life with joy and optimism.”

And, if you asked any of his former players, Pedlow said, “the one thing they would all say about Tom is that he’s always positive.”

In fact, Pedlow says he’s not sure if he’s ever seen Osbeck without a smile on this face.

“All three of us have grown as coaches from spending time with Coach Osbeck,’ Pedlow says, adding, “His love of life is infectious – he really is the most optimistic person I’ve ever known.” 

Osbeck will be honored at a dinner at the MI Tennis Coaches Clinic on Feb. 1 in Holland.


Lisa Allmendinger on November 21st, 2018

Employment Opportunities:

  • Full Time Maintenance
  • Part Time School Crossing Guard

Details on the employment opportunities can be found on the City website at http://city-chelsea.org/employment/open-positions

Full-Time Maintenance. The City of Chelsea is accepting applications for a full-time maintenance position at the Chelsea Transfer Station. Position requirements include CDL Group A Michigan Driver’s License with five years experience in the operation of a tractor-trailer.

Boards, Committees & Commissions

  • Human Rights Commission Member
  • Parks and Recreation Commission Member

Details for Boards, Committees & Commissions can be found on the City website at http://city-chelsea.org/boards-committees-commissions

Lisa Allmendinger on November 21st, 2018


Lisa Allmendinger on November 21st, 2018

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s will be stepping up drunk driving patrols beginning Nov. 22 through Nov. 25 across the county to keep roadways safe from distracted, intoxicated and otherwise dangerous drivers.

The countywide campaign aims to reduce deaths and injuries from car accidents — particularly important at this time of year, when millions of travelers take to the state’s roadways.

More than 400 people are killed each year during the Thanksgiving holiday and another 45,000 accidents occur, according to the National Safety Council.

Statistically, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest bar nights of the year.

If you are going to drink, please have a designator driver or take a cab home.

In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, although motorists can be arrested at any BAC level if an officer believes they are impaired.

Motorists face enhanced penalties if arrested for a first-time drunk driving offense with a .17 BAC or higher.

“Our goal with these traffic details is to ensure that you and your loved ones travel safely over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend,” Sgt. Campbell said. “If you find yourself behind the wheel this holiday season, please drive sober, defensively, buckle up and watch out for other drivers.”

The Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over advertisement can be seen here:  https://youtu.be/aPWSiovXNV4



Lisa Allmendinger on November 20th, 2018

Courtesy photo. Beach Middle School student Lillian Snyder, 7th grade spelling bee champion.

By Lisa Carolin

Beach Middle School seventh-grader Lillian Snyder is a champion speller.

She recently won the Southeastern Michigan Middle Level Administrator’s Association (SEMMLAA) Spelling Bee for seventh graders.

The bee was held at Milan Middle School on Nov. 2. Students from both Washtenaw and Lenawee counties competed

The winning word for Snyder was “biographical”.

Beach Principal Nick Angel and Assistant Principal Matt Ceo proudly shared the news about Snyder calling it “a huge accomplishment”.


Lisa Allmendinger on November 20th, 2018

On Friday, Nov. 23, Saturday, Nov. 24 and Sunday, Nov. 25, Chelsea businesses such as Global Marketplace and Breathe Yoga will be participating in Chelsea Gold, a special shop local effort that supports the Chelsea District Schools.

Participating businesses will have balloons outside their doors signifying participation.

The participating businesses have chosen to donate a percentage of their sales to the school district.

“We were thrilled to help distribute the signs supporting our teachers in their contract negotiations,” said Global Marketplace owner Kevin Frahm.

“We are thrilled with the success of our schools, including the cross country team (that won the state championship for the second year in a row) and the football team (which is headed to Ford Field on Friday to play in the state championship game),” he said.

“This is just part of our giving back to the community,” Frahm said of the yearly event.

Global Marketplace will be closing early on Nov. 23 so the owners can attend the state championship football game. Please check the store’s Facebook page for hours.

The shop will be open Saturday Nov. 24 from 10a.m.-8 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 25 from noon until 5 p.m.

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 20th, 2018
Holiday Home Tour poster

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jan Bernath for the information in this story.)

One of the traditions of Chelsea’s Hometown Holidays returns through the Chelsea Area Historical Society’s Holiday Home Tour on Dec. 1 from 1-4 p.m.

In addition to touring 4 special homes, you will also be able to tour the interior to the historic Welfare Building and the old Post Office.

Tickets are available on-line at www.ChelseaHistory.org or in person at the CAHS Museum (128 Jackson St., which is open on weekends from noon-3 p.m., the Garden Mills or at Chelsea Hometown Pharmacy.

Tickets for non-members at $20 each and $17 for members. So, perhaps add in a yearly membership to the historical society as well.

You can also order your tickets by phone or e-mail at 734-476-2010 or at [email protected].


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Lisa Allmendinger on November 20th, 2018

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Loren Thorburn for the information in this story.)

Carson Rabbitt and Foster Thorburn, two senior Chelsea High School country runners, competed for Team Michigan at the Mid-East Cross Country Championships held at Kettering, Ohio, on Saturday, Nov.17.

Four surrounding states (Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan) each bring 12 senior girl and 12 senior boy runners to compete against each other for the gender titles as well as the combined championship trophy.

Team Michigan won both the boys and girl races with 32 points and 35 points, respectively, beating out strong performances from Indiana and Ohio.

Team Michigan won the overall combined team trophy too.

The Chelsea boys held their own against other very good runners from surrounding states in this special senior-only championship race.

Team Michigan for boys started toward the back of the pack and worked their way up in the field throughout the race, which is typical of Chelsea racing strategy.

Rabbitt ran a very solid race and put himself in the middle of the Team Michigan pack at the start of the race. He placed 24th overall out of 48 runners with a time of 16:34.8, which put him 9th out of 12 for Team Michigan.

Thorburn started in the back of the field and ended up finishing in 28th place and with a time of 16:40.5. (He was 10th out 12 on Team Michigan.)

The boys thought it was a rich experience and they definitely recommend other Chelsea senior cross country runners try out for Team Michigan in the future.


Lisa Allmendinger on November 20th, 2018

Courtesy photo. David Mastie.

This week’s guest on “Around Town with Linda” is David Mastie, retired award-winning science teacher and Adult Learners Institute instructor.

“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 http://storiesofchelsea.org/around-town-with-linda.

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 20th, 2018