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Parade of Lights, Wassail Festival, Hot-Cha-Cha Run and more light up weekend of Dec. 13-15

Posted on December 13th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

There are several Holiday related activities happening throughout the week and weekend of Dec. 13-15.

Following is a list of Christmas and other holiday activities in the community:

• The Blissfield American Legion is hosting a senior citizen party Sunday afternoon. It is a free event from 1-3 p.m. and features food and games.

• Dec. 13-15 — The Light of Christ Parish Knights of Columbus along with several volunteers will be busy sorting food and packing and delivering food baskets to families throughout the greater Blissfield and Deerfield communities. They will also wrap gifts and toys for children from the age of newborns to 12 years old. Volunteers will wrap gifts in the church basement beginning at 9 a.m. Friday morning. The sorting and packing of food donations and gifts will take place 7 p.m. Friday evening. Baskets will be delivered Sunday … Read More »

Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run, Wassail Festival Dec. 13 in Blissfield

Posted on November 27th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

Runners are invited to enjoy the Blissfield Village Christmas decorations and warm up with a hot beverage after the Second Annual Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run Friday, Dec. 13.

The new event was added to Blissfield Village’s Wassail Festival last year and this year will occur on Friday, Dec. 13. The Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run will take off from the beautifully decorated downtown, wind through the village neighborhoods, then end up back downtown for either hot wassail or hot chocolate.

The Wassail Fest is presented by Blissfield Rotary and hosted by Blissfield DDA/Main Street Program. The Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run aspect is sponsored by the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program and co-sponsored by Blissfield Coney Island and Borchardt Brothers Market.

The runners will actually receive a mug that will enter them into the Wassail Festival’s tour of sites in downtown businesses where competing … Read More »

Astalosh sentenced for embezzlement

Posted on November 26th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

It took nearly three years, but a man charged with embezzling more than $11,000 from a Blissfield business was sentenced Nov. 21 in Lenawee County Circuit Court.

Sam Astalosh, 40, Selden, Kansas, was given two years’ probation and ordered to pay $550 in court costs on a reduced charge of embezzlement less than $200 from Steve’s Hobbies. His sentence also included 56 days already served in the Lenawee County Jail.

For the rest of the story, please the the Nov. 27, 2013, edition of The Advance. The big Holiday Lifestyles section is also included in this week’s Advance!

Blissfield “Lights of Love” Dec. 8

Posted on November 26th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Once again, Hospice of Lenawee is sponsoring “Lights of Love” remembrance trees throughout Lenawee County — specifically in the communities of Adrian, Blissfield, Clinton, Hudson, Morenci, Onsted and Tecumseh. These holiday trees will be lighted on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 at 6 p.m. at special lighting ceremonies in each location — with a reception following. The public is welcome to attend.

Riga firefighters to host Feather Party

Posted on November 26th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

RIGA — The Riga Firefighters Association will be hosting its annual Feather Party at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Riga Township Hall. The Feather Party will feature cash prize raffles, along with raffles for turkeys and hams and a whole hog raffle. Raffle ticket prices are $1 and can be purchased from any Riga firefighter. For more information on the party and raffles, contact Riga fire chief Mike Norman at 517-673-6283.

Chamber concert Sunday in Blissfield

Posted on November 26th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

A concert of chamber music by Adrian College will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday in the next Blissfield Community Concert Series event at the Blissfield Presbyterian Church, 304 Franklin, Blissfield. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for K-12 students. Tickets are at the Blissfield Village Office, Royal Expressions and at the door.

Detroit homicide cop 4-3 chief choice for Blissfield

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

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The village of Blissfield is about to have a new police chief. After interviewing three candidates Nov. 19, Blissfield Village Council members voted to offer the job of Blissfield Village Police Department chief to Detroit homicide officer Dale Greenleaf in their Monday night meeting.

Blissfield Village administrator Jim Wonacott Tuesday confirmed that Greenleaf has accepted the position and will begin on Monday, Dec. 9, working in transition with current chief Jane Kelley who is retiring at the year.

Voting in favor were Randy Kelley, A. Ray Jones, George Brown and Art Weeber. Voting no were village president Mike Gunter, Mark Burgermeister and Bob Valdez.

In his interview, Greenleaf told the council be would be “that watchdog of the community.”

For the complete story by reporter Melissa Burnor, please see the Nov. 27, 2013, edition of The Advance.



Blissfield chosen for help in seeking historic designation

Posted on November 20th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

The Michigan Main Street program announced Wednesday, Nov. 20, that it has chosen Blissfield village as one of three communities it will assist to apply for designation in the National Register of Historic Places.

Michigan Main Street will hire a consultant to aid in the application process.

Blissfield is an official Main Street community.

Driver dead in U.S. 223 car-semi crash may have killed girlfriend first, authorities believe

Posted on November 19th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor
OTTAWA LAKE — Investigators from think a man who died in a fatal accident Monday in Whiteford Township may have killed his girlfriend earlier before his life ended when his vehicle crossed the center line on U.S. 223 into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer.

Mark Herrick, 44, Howell, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on U.S. 223 just east of Memorial Highway at about 2:21 p.m. Monday. The Livingston County Sheiiff’s Department is investigating the alleged homicide of the man’s live-in girlfriend after her body was discovered in her residence in Osceola when she failed to show up for work earlier in the day.

Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy Brian Francisco, who is aiding in the crash investigation, said he could not say anything more about the incident other than the deceased driver had come from the Livingston … Read More »

Blissfield Concert Series features chamber music

Posted on November 19th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Chamber music will be featured in the Blissfield Community Concert Series’ next concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Blissfield Presbyterian Church, 304 Franklin St. The concert is being directed by Marty Marks, director of bands at Adrian College.

Under his guidance and direction, the Adrian College Bulldog Marching Band was selected to perform in the 2013 London, England, New Year’s Day Parade. The concert theme “Chamber Music from Adrian College.” Adrian College music instructor and vocal coach Mariah Mlynarek will also join the performance as an accompanist.

The cost of tickets is $10 for adults and $5 for K-12 students. Tickets for the performance can be purchased at the Blissfield Village Office or Royal Expressions on Lane Street. Tickets will also be available at the door.

For more on this concert, please see the Nov. 20, 2013, edition of The … Read More »