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Royal soccer season ends in 4-1 loss to LCS

Posted on October 14th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off


The Blissfield High School Royals varsity men’s soccer team, which has thrilled local fans all season long and won the ISL championship for the first time in the program’s history, saw its season end on a rainy Tuesday afternoon at the hands of Lenawee Christian School, 4-1, in district action.

LCS went into halftime up 2-0 in the game, played in Blissfield.

Royal Josiah Makula scored Blissfield’s only goal in the second half with 8:36 remaining, trailing 3-1 at that point. Ultimately, LCS won the postseason game with two goals from Chris Drewery and a goal each from Jessie Maguire and David Park.

Blissfield had beaten LCS twice earlier in the season, but the third time did not prove to be a charm for the Royals in 2014.

For the game details, please see the Oct. 22, 2014, edition of The Advance. But for a review of the Royals’ championship … Read More »

Autumn Color Tour Trail 5K Saturday at Gerber

Posted on October 8th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

A 5K trail run for the public has been scheduled immediately after the Saturday, Oct. 11, Lenawee County Cross Country Championship at Gerber Park, near Blissfield, Michigan. The “Autumn Color Tour Trail Run” is a 5K run/walk to benefit the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program. The event will take place on the Lenawee County championship cross country course at Gerber Hill Park, used just minutes earlier by local high school athletes to determine the season’s best runners. “Over the years, parents and friends of high school athletes have told our local cross country coach that they would like a chance to run on this trail,” said organizer Marcia Loader, executive director of the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program. “It’s a lovely park and challenging run course and Gerber Park is beautiful and in peak color at this … Read More »

Historic Richland Furs building coming down today

Posted on October 1st, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

The iconic Richard Furs Building  which, for decades, had welcomed visitors to the village of Blissfield with bay windows featuring the latest styles in fur fashion, is being torn down today, Oct. 1.

The demolition is expected to take three days. More than a third of the historic brick building appeared to have been razed by 4 p.m.

Besides housing the fur company, which has been closed for many years, the building was also known as the home of Richland Arms, a gun business.

Except for brief periods when a fitness center and then a dance studio operated there, the building has been empty with “for sale” signs in the window for many years.

For the complete story, please see the Oct. 8, 2014, edition of The Advance. 

Blissfield volleyball ‘in the pink’

Posted on September 25th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

The Blissfield High School volleyball program will host a Dig Pink fundraiser for breast cancer awareness and research Tuesday.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, when the freshmen and junior varsity squads begin play, followed by the varsity. The teams will face Columbia Central and are aiming to fill the stands.

To support their fundraising efforts, the teams will have a silent auction and bake sale. They will also honor breast cancer survivors at the game. Team members will be “pinked out” wearing special pink uniforms.


Corn becomes ethanol and more in Riga

Posted on September 16th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

RIGA — While corn harvest in the region is still weeks away, there remains is a steady stream of corn-laden semi trucks heading east just over the railroad tracks on Silberhorn Highway south of U.S. 223 daily.

According to officials at the Green Plains Renewable Energy ethanol production facility, between 80 and 100 semi trucks unload corn there every day and approximately 57 million gallons of ethanol go out each year.

Green Plains has been operating in Riga since it purchased Global Energy in 2010 that included the Riga location which has now been in operation for seven years. While the main product the facility produces is ethanol, several other products made from the corn is also produced on site. Distillers grain used for feed, corn syrup and corn oil are shipped out and carbon dioxide products are produced by a neighboring … Read More »

Pipeline project possible in Ogden Township

Posted on September 16th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

OGDEN — Representatives from DTE Energy Detroit and Spectra Energy were met with some opposition Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the Ogden Township meeting.

The proposed plan by the energy representatives unveiled an in-the-works project to create an extension of natural gas transmission pipelines to be placed in the township near Thompson and Loar highways.

Existing natural gas transmissions currently belong with Texas Eastern Transmission, LP; Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC; the Enbridge Tecumseh storage facility; the Union Gas Limited Dawn Hub in Ontario; DTE Gas and Consumers Energy in Michigan. The proposed plan for the NEXUS pipeline is to interconnect with these multiple lines, connecting directly with ones already located in eastern Ohio and southeastern Michigan. According to Spectra Energy’s public relations manager Arthur Diestel, the lines of connection would begin in Kennsington Ohio, and span a total of 250 miles until … Read More »

Palmyra Cemetery, BD sinking fund issues fail by close margins; renewals pass

Posted on August 6th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Updated 12:38 a.m. Wednesday

Local voters said no to the Palmyra Cemetery ballot request  in a close vote, and to the Britton Deerfield School district sinking fund millage by a razor-thin deficit , but were in the mood to renew millages already on their tax bills.

The cemetery millage went down by just a half dozen votes 107-101 in Palmyra Township. In Lenawee County, a six-vote margin was also the county precincts  difference in the Britton Deerfield School District where the sinking fund millage request  appeared to be failing for the second time 254-248. However, a precinct in the BD school district lies in Monroe County and that result brought the loss to within a one-vote difference of 262-261.

Meanwhile, Palmyra Township’s fire millage was approved by an almost 2-1 margin, 140-71.  The Lenawee County senior millage passed as did the Riga and Deerfield township millage renewal issues.

Mike Slusarski outpolled veteran Lenawee … Read More »

Palmyra Cemetery Association turns reins of cemetery over to township

Posted on July 29th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

PALMYRA — The Palmyra Cemetery Association held a special meeting Tuesday, July 22, to discuss the current status of its bylaws pertaining to the rules and regulations for the U.S. 223 Cemetery in Palmyra Township.

The association agreed to cease control of the cemetery and allow the Township of Palmyra to claim control.

The special meeting, which was held in the community center of the Palmyra Township Fire Hall, was open to all who wished to voice their opinions of the bylaws used by the association for the cemetery.

For Brad Heineman’s complete story, please see the July 30, 2014, edition of The Advance.


Palmyra residents hear of Post Office hours reduction plan

Posted on July 29th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

PALMYRA — A recent announcement stated that the Palmyra Post Office location would be transitioning to staying open for four hours a day on a Monday-through-Friday schedule.

Residents of the township were asked to come to the Palmyra Community Hall July 24 to provide input, concerns and ideas for the best options the post office location might take in the near future. Near 30 residents gathered to attend the meeting hosted by Palmyra Postmaster Cathy Clark and Temperance Postmaster Yvonne Bellestri.

Bellestri also manages the Ida and Samaria offices which are now joined together. According to Bellestri, the post office has gone through recent hardships as online shopping and shipping have given a beating to post office sales.

She also said that the decision to reduce the hours at the Palmyra office was not made a local level but instead was issued by … Read More »

Races few in Aug. 5 local primaries

Posted on July 29th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

While many candidate names will appear on local ballots next Tuesday very few races are actually taking place. The primary election is the time for parties to choose candidates for the different offices from local, state to federal offices.

In most instances only one candidate appears listed for either party. Only five races will require a decision by voters. Three are for have for candidates vying for the Republican candidacy in the general election will be decided by local voters on Aug. 5. Monroe County Voters will select a nonpartisan district court judge and a nonpartisan probate court judge.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 5.

For the complete rundown of the election including ballot issues at the state and local level, please pick up the July 30, 2014, edition of The Advance. Millage issues were also … Read More »