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Essen, Barta BHS winter royalty

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

Blissfield High School seniors Brittany Essen and Dan Barta were crowned the Coming Home Queen and King Friday night during the halftime festivities of the varsity basketball game. For more photos from Coming Home, please see Page 7 of the Jan. 22, 2014, edition of The Advance.


Boosters host Nite at the Races at Legion

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

The Blissfield Athletic Boosters will host their third annual “Nite at the Races” this Saturday night, Jan. 25 at the Blissfield American Legion. The “Nite at the Races” event is an evening of real horse racing with those in attendance placing bets as if they were at the track.

Race information on the horses will be provided, such as the horses’ history, starts and places. The races that take place are actual races that have been run somewhere and are shown on a large screen. The track and date of the races are not revealed.

Hot appetizers will be provided, as well as a cash bar, door prizes donated by local Blissfield businesses, and a 50-50 raffle. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the first races starting at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $10 each and are available at the Blissfield … Read More »

Health officials urge shots as influenza hits

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

By Melissa Burnor

This winter influenza has hit the area hard. Hundreds of cases have been reported locally. One confirmed death in Lenawee County and one unconfirmed death as well as two in Monroe County and at least a half a dozen in Lucas County, Ohio, has health officials repeating the call for residents to get a flu shot.

According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, at least six deaths were reported in the state of Michigan by Dec. 21. The MDCH said more than 90 percent of positive influenza specimens at the MDCH Bureau of Laboratories are the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus.

And like 2009, the influenza virus is severely hitting hitting young and middle-age adults.

For the complete story, please see the Jan. 22, 2014, edition of The Advance.

BHS Coming Home candidates named

Posted on January 17th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

The Blissfield High School Coming Home King and Queen will be crowned at halftime of the varsity boys basketball game against Onsted Friday night. The court was not selected until early this week due to the  weather-related week long school cancellation. Pictured are in the front row from left are queen candidates Kelsey McEwan, Emily Kasefang, Melissa Snyder and Brittany Essen. King candidates in the back row are from left
Eric Pauley, Connor Vandecaveye and Dan Barta. Missing from the photo is Tyler Clark.

BD High School presents “Fiddler” this weekend

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

The Britton Deerfield High School play “Fiddler On The Roof” was rescheduled to this coming weekend due to the snowstorm. Two performances will be presented this weekend.

The first is 3 p.m. Saturday and the second at 3 p.m. Sunday. The shows are in the high school cafetorium in Britton. Admission is $5.

Lights, Art, Action! New Blissfield event Feb. 22

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

By Chad Hutchinson

A new event will artistically light up downtown Blissfield with the first annual Lights, Art, Action! Festival. Downtown Blissfield will be aglow as self-lighted art displays light up Lane Street from 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.

Focul Point Productions owner, Raùl Martìnez, and Creating is Bliss owner, Derica Belair, are heading up the festival with support from the Blissfield DDA/Main Street and primary sponsor, Midwest Energy Cooperative. The first annual festival will feature more than 240 pieces of art sharing a movement theme. The six mediums of art work being featured include drawing, painting, canvas work, photography, sculpture and pottery.

To register for the event or for more information, visit or e-mail or contact Raùl Martìnez at 704-287-2472. The deadline for registration is Jan. 31.

For the complete story as well as Martinez’s work at renovating the former Odd … Read More »

BD play postponed

Posted on January 9th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

The Britton Deerfield High School play, “Fiddler on the Roof,” scheduled for Jan. 11 and Jan. 12 has been postponed to a later date due to the weather.

Blissfield Schools closed again Thursday; events cancelled

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

Blissfield Community Schools will be closed again Thursday due to road conditions after Sunday and Monday’s storm and frigid conditions.

Steve Babbitt, Blissfield athletic director, reported that the JV and varsity women’s basketball game at Columbia Center and the wrestling home quad as well as the freshman basketball game at home set for Thursday have been cancelled.

Blissfield networking breakfast Jan. 15

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

The Downtown Development Authority and Blissfield Main Street’s Economic Restructuring Committee invites Blissfield business owners to a Networking Breakfast at The Main Street Stable 116 N. Main Street, Blissfield on Wednesday, January 15, at 8 a.m. Throughout 2014, they will host regular monthly meetings for business owners in Blissfield to share ideas, learn something useful for their businesses, and keep up-to-date about what’s going on around town.

A representative from SCORE will be on hand to explain about this local business assistance program. Any Blissfield business person is welcome to attend.

A free, light breakfast will be provided. RSVP by Jan. 9 to Dorothy Steedle at


Winter storm a double-whammy of snow, subzero cold

Posted on January 7th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

UPDATED 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7
The new year came stomping in with a vengeance, leaving the area to battle heavy snow, winds and extremely frigid temperatures. Officials have estimated as much as 20 inches of snow has fallen in the area since between Jan. 1 and Jan. 6 that sent residents scurrying to local grocery stores over the weekend and has given snow plow drivers trouble keeping rural roads clear.
Already today (Tuesday, Jan. 7), Britton Deerfield Schools and Blissfield Community Schools  have announced they will have no school Wednesday. Blissfield has announced its competitive cheer meet scheduled for Wednesday will take place Monday at Columbia Central instead.  The home Blissfield varsity wrestling meet scheduled for Wednesday has been moved to Thursday, 5:30 p.m., according to Steve Babbitt, athletic director, and  Thursday’s Blissfield  freshman basketball game will be played in the middle school gym.
The mercury … Read More »

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