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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.


Lady Royals’ journey ends at quarterfinal

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

The mighty Lady Royals ended a spectacular basketball season where they reigned at number-one in the state for Class C for weeks, won their District and Region, but fell Tuesday night 50-47 to Grosse Pointe University Liggett.

It was a tight game all night for the quarterfinal game at Whitmore Lake. First quarter, the Royals trailed by two at 11-9; at the Blissfield was down by one at 20-19. But at the end of the third quarter, the Royals were on top 34-33.

Please see the March 19, 2014, edition of The Advance to read about this game, but don’t miss the story of the Royals’ stellar regional win in the March 12, 2014, edition on newsstands now!

Blissfield snow emergency goes into effect at 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 12

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

A Snow Emergency has been declared in the Village of Blissfield by the authority of the chief of police. 
The Snow Emergency will be effective on March 12 at 6 a.m.
The declared emergency means that any motor vehicle, trailer, or moveable object must be removed from public streets. Vehicles parked in these areas during the time of the declared emergency are subject to being towed and ticketed by the police department in accordance with Blissfield Village Ordinance, Part 52, Section 52.013, Subsection 2.5d(f). Owners of such vehicles will be responsible for all tickets, towing and storage fees.
Additionally, property owners are reminded that it is a violation of the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code as adopted by Blissfield Village Ordinance, Part 62, to blow and/or deposit snow/ice onto public streets, sidewalks or municipal parking areas. Any person discovered to be … Read More »

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