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BHS band, choir bound for Florida gig

Posted on April 2nd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield High School band and choir are serenading in sunshine as they left behind the chilly spring weather and hit the road for Florida Monday. BHS band instructor Mark Hollandsworth and choir instructor Wanice Linn are accompanying members of both groups as they boarded a pair of chartered buses bound for Disney World Monday, April 1.

The BHS band students participating in the trip are going to be in a parade down “Main Street” of the Magic Kingdom, while the choir will perform at the Epcot Center.

For the complete story, including the band’s performance in competition and an upcoming visit by the Notre Dame University band, please see the April 3, 2013, edition of The Advance. Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc.



New funeral home to open in Blissfield

Posted on April 2nd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

Blissfield will have a new business occupying the former Carpenter Hill Medical Building on U.S. 223 on the west end of town. The building was last occupied by ProMedica medical professionals.

Michael Anderson, owner of Anderson Funeral Home, and Arin Rudd, have joined together and will be opening the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home at that location in the coming weeks. The pair officially took possession of the property March 27 and renovation began April 1, Rudd said. Rudd said they anticipate renovations to take approximately eight weeks.

An open house is planned after renovations are complete.

Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story, please see the April 3, 2013, edition of The Advance.


Blissfield schools to fence-in buses

Posted on April 2nd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Chad Hutchinson

Security and safety issues regarding Blissfield school buses was a driving force behind discussions at the March 18 meeting of the Blissfield Board of Education meeting.

District operations director Michael Reinhardt updated the board on the pursuit of bids for fencing to be placed around the buses at the garage located behind the high school. Reinhardt said 10 sealed bids were received from around the state. He said the bids ranged in cost from $30,000 to $19,900. Reinhardt recommended the acceptance of a bid of $19,926.14 from Adrian/Tecumseh Fencing.

Several members of the board acknowledged the need for the fences, and also their disappointment for it.

“We’ve had enough incidents that it’s become a risk for the buses. It’s become a safety issue. It’s unfortunate, but necessary,” trustee Scott Abbott said. The board approved the acceptance of the bid from Adrian/Tecumseh … Read More »


Berkey Church hosts Swiss Steak Dinner Thursday

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

BERKEY, Ohio — The Berkey Congregational Church and Metamora United Methodist Church will host a Swiss Steak Dinner from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Berkey Congregational Church, 12036 Sylvania-Metamora Road, Berkey.

Adults $9; children’s prices available for Swiss steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, buttered roll, homemade pies, coffee or milk. Dine in or carry out.


‘Guys & Dolls’ come to BHS stage Thursday-Saturday

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

By Chad Hutchinson

Blissfield Community Schools’ Department of Fine Arts, BHS Drama Club, Thespian Troupe 6353 and Musical Theatre Class are presenting “Guys and Dolls.”

Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday on the Blissfield High School stage.

“Guys and Dolls” is based on the Broadway story and characters by Damon Runyon, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows.

Director Wanice Linn said she researched 25 different show possibilities over the summer before placing her bet on this production. “I just really liked the combination of story, dance and music,” she said.

Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story, please see the March 20, 2013, edition of The Advance.



‘Annie’ finds a home on WHS stage Friday-Sunday

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

By Chad Hutchinson

A famous red-haired orphan has found a home with Whiteford Community Schools production of “Little Orphan Annie.” Under the direction of the 2013 Michigan School Vocal Music Association Teacher of the Year, Todd Schreiber, Annie will be taking center stage at Whiteford High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

For the complete story, please see the March 20, 2013, edition of The Advance.



Rotary auction has online bidding; public can bid in person 2-4 Sat.

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

After 25 years the Blissfield Rotary Club Charity Auction is going on-line. Co-chairperson Andy Borchardt said the list of auction items for the Silver Anniversary event is both varied and exciting with something to appeal to everyone. Although tickets to Saturday’s (March 16) event at the Blissfield American Legion Hall are sold out, there is still time for everyone to bid on items on-line, an opportunity new this year.

This year will be a test run for the online bidding that closes at 6 p.m. this Friday, March 15. Right now the club has more than 160 items up for auction. Bidding takes place at blissfieldrotary.org. There is a chance for bidders to claim items in the silent auction by placing a “super-bid”, Borchardt said.

Bidders can also visit the Legion from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, March 16, to view the items in … Read More »


Middle-schoolers present two plays

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

The “Law and Order” performance will give attendees a peak inside the court room as several favorite fairy tale characters are put on trial, such as the testimony of the three little pigs against the notorious wolf. The performance of “A Hill of Magic Beans” show will tell the adventures of the curious gentlemen, Larry Oldman, who sold the legendary beans of the bean stalk to Jack. The shows will take place at 7 p.m. March 14 and 15 and at 4 p.m. March 16. Tickets are $3 per person and Blissfield Band Boosters will be hosting a concession stand Thursday and Friday with proceeds going to benefit the B.C.S. Bands.

Copyright 2013 River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story, please see the March 13, 2013, edition of The Advance.



March is Reading Month

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

By Chad Hutchinson

March is National Reading Month, and local elementary schools are encouraging students to turn off the television and turn the pages of a good book instead. Blissfield, Britton Deerfield and Whiteford elementary schools are conducting reading activities throughout the month to promote reading among students and families.

For more information on activities in the three districts, please see the March 6, 2013, edition of The Advance.



Code-Red weather/notification system explained Thursday

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

At 10 a.m. Thursday, March 7, the Emergency Communications Network in cooperation with the Lenawee County Office of Emergency Management will be calling residents across the county as a means of informing them of the Code-Red Severe weather and mass notifications system. Lenawee Emergency Management Coordinator urged residents to take time to listen to the two-minute message explaining the system and most importantly how they can register for this free service. The mass notification feature is a new addition to the severe weather notification service that has been available to residents for the past two years. The mass notification system can send timely information to a targeted area of the county when an upset condition or an emergency exists which may threaten the safety and welfare of the residents such as hazardous materials incidents or spills, pipeline emergencies, missing persons … Read More »