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April 15 track meets postponed

Posted on April 15th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

Area track teams will not compete today as the area awoke to a blanket of snow. The Dundee meet, where Blissfield was to compete, has been postponed to May 1. The Britton Deerfield meet at Britton will be run on Thursday. At this time it is not known whether Whiteford will run at Britton Deerfield on Thursday as they already had a track meet scheduled that day at Lenawee Christian High School. Please check back this afternoon for updated information.

Scouts host Easter party at Legion

Posted on April 11th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

The Blissfield Community Girls Scouts is hosting an Easter Party for the community from 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Blissfield American Legion. There is no cost to attend and participate in the festivities.

Unlike the Easter Egg hunts of the past hosted by the Girl Scouts, this year’s event will be inside the Legion due to the possibility of bad weather and the already wet ground. They have planned some fun games and crafts along with prizes, organizer Michelle Molaro said.

Molaro said the event is geared to ages three to 10 it is a community event. Molaro said there are a lot of outdoor toys that will be given away as prizes. The Easter Bunny will be visiting with children at the event, thanks to a donation by the Blissfield Kiwanis. The Girl Scouts will be taking photos of children with … Read More »

Local school officials see improvements in MEAP results

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


Local school district officials report they were pleased with results that came back on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program testing.

Blissfield superintendent Scott Moellenberndt said that the scores in the eighth grade mathematics and science categories by Blissfield students were one of the highlights of the MEAP testing. Moellenberndt said Blissfield improved in 13 of the 18 categories of the test from the third through the ninth grade.

Both Whiteford and Britton Deerfield cite continuity and improvement.

For more on the MEAP test results in Blissfield, Britton Deerfield and Whiteford schools, please see both the April 2 and April 9, 2014, editions of The Advance, which include the most recent scores.

Lower revenues may singe Blissfield Township Fire Dept. budget

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


A decrease in revenue as the result of fewer ambulance runs projected for the Blissfield Township Fire Department as well as the cost of a new roof could put a strain on the Blissfield Township Fire Department budget.

The township is expecting about $37,400 less in revenues than last year. Last year the township saw a sharp decline in ambulance revenue and officials have figured accordingly reducing the revenue line item by $28,681. It is anticipated the township will collect $64,319 in revenue for the ambulance.

For the complete story, please pick up a copy of the April 9, 2014, edition of The Advance, serving the community for 140 years!

Fire crews called to anhydrous leak Sunday night

Posted on March 30th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Leaking anhydrous ammonia resulted in a Blissfield Township fire crew being dispatched to the Crop Production Services location on Silberhorn Highway Sunday evening. 
Blissfield Fire Chief Gary Crist said crews were called out to the location at 8:23 p.m. Three small tanks were leaking, he said.
It is believed there was a problem with a shut-off valve caused by the weather, he said.
Fire department personnel waited for CPS employees to arrive before suiting up in self-contained breathing apparatus and shutting off the valve.
Firefighters were on the scene for about an hour.

River Raisin may be at high point

Posted on March 21st, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

According to forecaster from the National Weather Service the River Raisin may have reached its high point Friday morning, March 21, just inches below what would be considered a minor flood. According to the NWS website the river was at 682.45 feet above sea level at 7 a.m. Friday. Flooding occurs at 683 feet.

Water rose over the banks into Bachmayer Park late last weekend and some standing water is visible in Ellis Park as well in the middle of the village. Forecasters say the water levels will remain fairly constant through Monday before gradually decreasing throughout the week.

Lenawee Emergency Management Director Curtis  Parsons said the slow thaw has been favorable.  Reports of some flooding has been reported downstream closer to the City of Monroe where the river flows into Lake Erie.

Detroit Consortium tames Bobcats in Regional final

Posted on March 12th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

The Whiteford Bobcats, after defeating Clinton in the Regional semifinal Monday, found themselves against Detroit Consortium for the Regional crown Wednesday, March 12, and falling by a score of 91-61.

For photos and the rest of the story, please see the March 19, 2014, edition of The Advance. For the stories on their District title win and their regional semifinal win, please see this week’s Advance, on newsstands now.

Lenawee County copes with mid-March snowstorm

Posted on March 12th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor
The Lenawee County Road Commission and the Michigan Department of Transportaton are getting multiple reports of impassable roads from Lenawee County 911 dispatch this afternoon. Road crews as well as police and fire departments are also reporting whiteout conditions as they respond to calls and accidents.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning that is scheduled to expire at 3 p.m. but conditions remain very hazardous. A Blissfield police officer on his way to Adrian discovered a vehicle in the ditch at on US223 near Ogden Highway in Palmyra Township at approximately 2 p.m.. Police and fire crews were also responding to a multi-car crash at Carleton Road and M156 in Dover Township about 11 miles west of Adrian at 2:30 p.m. and were having difficulty with road conditions.

Lenawee County Road Commission Operations Manager said Tuesday … Read More »

1:30 p.m. March 12: Bobcat Regional final still on

Posted on March 12th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

As of 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, the Regional final between the Whiteford Bobcat men and Detroit Consortium at Clinton High School is still on, according to Bobcat coach Jim Ross.

The Advance will advise here at if we learn of a change in plans.


Travelers advisory issued in Lenawee County

Posted on March 12th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Blowing snow and driving conditions are creating hazardous driving conditions throughout the county. Additional snowfall is expected throughout the day, according to Curtis Parsons, Lenawee County Emergency Management coordinator, said. He urged residents to use caution in a news release received at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Snow continues to fall in Blissfield, with blowing and drifting as of 10:55 a.m. Driving conditions are very slippery.