Chelsea’s Woolly Mammoth: October 2015

“A woolly mammoth is being dug up at the Bristle farm near you. Could you get pictures and details?”

That was the question I got the morning of October 1 from Lisa Allmendinger, the journalist who runs our local news website Chelsea Update. How do you say no to a startling — and likely once in a lifetime — question like that? You don’t! I certainly didn’t.

The story is widely known by now, but here’s the brief overview: Jim Bristle and Trent Satterthwaite were digging in a field when they found an odd object they first thought was an old fence post. When they realized they were finding something a bit unusual, they made a call that brought Daniel Fisher from the University of Michigan to the farm. They started to excavate the mammoth, and when Lisa got word of the dig, I got the irresistible inquiry that took me to the Bristle farm.

Before we get into the photos, here are links to all the Chelsea Update stories on the mammoth:

Possible Woolly Mammoth found on Lima Township farm
Woolly Mammoth photo gallery by Burrill Strong
Not a usual Sunday afternoon for Lima Township farmers who found Woolly Mammoth bones
Lima Township farmers spend Sunday afternoon talking about Woolly Mammoth
Woolly Mammoth artifacts cleaned before they head to U-M Museum of Paleontology

A few of my photos also appeared in the Daily Mail.

Okay, on to the full set of photos!

The skull was just becoming visible early in the afternoon.


At that moment they were taking a photo; the sticks are there to provide scale.

As they were working to uncover the skull, they were also recovering a number of other bones.

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Chelsea Football vs Ecorse: 3 September 2015

Chelsea football welcomed Ecorse to town.

Each week, Chelsea has honorary captains, people who have contributed to the program in some way. These captains are often former players, but the week 2 honorary captain was…my family. We ate the pregame meal with the team, and we were part of the pregame meeting. This photo shows my dad reading a message from one of my brothers who played football for Chelsea but couldn’t make it to the game:


While that was happening, a severe storm was passing through Chelsea. A lightning strike knocked out power to part of town, including the football stadium, leaving everyone to wait out the storm under the emergency lights.


The weather cleared, but the power stayed off until juuuuust before they were ready to postpone the game. The game started two hours late, but it started!









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Chelsea Fair Demolition Derby: 25 August 2015

Tuesday evening brought the always-popular demolition derby. If you’re not familiar with demolition derbies, here’s how they work: a bunch of old cars smash into each other until only one can move. It’s a thoroughly entertaining spectacle.








Tuesday’s derby had notable spectators: Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos from the Cooking Channel show Extra Virgin. They spent the summer traveling around America for a new show called Extra Virgin Americana, and as part of their stop in Detroit they visited Chelsea to check out the demolition derby. (Making a sport out of destroying old worn-out cars does seem pretty American. It’s also lots of fun to watch!) Here’s a cameraman filming the action.



There are plenty of ways cars can get knocked out of the derby. The engine can die, the drivetrain (or some other crucial part) can fail, a whole wheel can fall off…or a back bumper can get pushed down and lift your drive wheels off the ground. It’s hard to move when your wheels aren’t on the ground.



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Chelsea Fair Overview: 25-29 August 2015

The Chelsea Community Fair was last week! Chelsea Update ran bunches of my photos as part of its extensive coverage of the fair, so be sure to head over there to see everything that went on at the fairgrounds. I’ll be posting more extensive sets of fair photos over the next few weeks, but for now, here’s a quick look at some of the highlights of fair week in Chelsea.

Kids parade:


Kids games:


Demolition derby:


General merriment:


Figure 8 derby:

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