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School, village officials hash out issues on potential new facility

Posted on June 18th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Chad Hutchinson

Members of the Blissfield board of education and village council met for a special meeting June 11 to discuss the research on a new facility for Blissfield schools and the community. Both board members and council members focused on the staffing of the facility, hours it would feasibly be open to the community and how to approach the community regarding the funding for a potential new facility.

“Before we move forward with this we need to see how our taxpayers feel about an increase,” Blissfield superintendent Scott Moellenberndt said.

Village president Mike Gunter voiced his support for the facility, but also voiced concern over who would staff the building and how many hours it would be open to the community.

“I think this facility could be a great idea, but we need to do some more research and figure out how … Read More »

Whiteford’s Miranda Johnson double-winner at state track finals; Bobcats win softball, baseball Districts

Posted on June 1st, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

Saturday was a huge day in Whiteford High School athletics.

Track phenom Miranda is the division 4 long-jump champion with a new state record of 18 feet 2.5 inches as well as state champion in 200-meter dash. She was also second in the 100-meter dash.

Olivia Overmann made the podium in the discus throwing 98 feet 7 inches for sixth place.

Whiteford baseball and softball both won their district championships.

The Bobcat men mercied Lutheran South 18-0 to advance to the finals. Britton Deerfield beat Summerfield 8-2 to face the Bobcats. In the end, Whiteford edges BD 1-0 for the district crown.

The Whiteford softball team defeated BD 16-1 for their first district title since 2010.

For the full stories, please see the June 5, 2013, edition of The Advance.

Waterbury named Lenawee Co. teacher of the year

Posted on May 28th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Britton Deerfield middle school teacher Marie Waterbury still loves her job.

After 34 years in the Deerfield and now the Britton Deerfield school district she still looks forward to going to work.

“I love middle school,” Waterbury said.

Waterbury was recently honored by the Lenawee County Federated Women’s Clubs as their teacher of the year.

For the full story, please see the May 29, 2013, edition of The Advance. Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc.

Blissfield Schools to seek new sinking fund millage Aug. 6

Posted on May 28th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

Residents of the Blissfield Schools will be asked to vote on a potential new sinking millage fund and will definitely have a new elementary school principal in the district next year.

Citing additional work that needs to be done — especially in the middle school — the district will ask voters at an Aug. 6 special election to approve a 10-year 1.25-mills sinking fund.

This millage will be in addition to an existing 1.75-mill sinking fund granted by voters two years ago. That millage will expire in eight years.

Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the rest of this story, please see Page 1 of the May 29, 2013, edition of The Advance.

Communities observe Memorial Day

Posted on May 28th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Decorated graves, somber drum cadences, flags at half-mast, communities gathering to pay respects to the men and women who fought and sacrificed their lives for the freedom our country has.

Locally, Blissfield, Deerfield, Riga and Palmyra all put their own personal touches to ceremonies and activities to honor local heroes with speakers, parades and salutes. The Blissfield American Legion hosted a sell-out chicken barbeque; Palmyra Firefighters served up a hearty pancake breakfast.

This year the weather was not very cooperative but still parades made their way to the cemeteries and larger-than-usual crowds attended local events.

For more photos, please see the May 29, 2013, edition of The Advance, and watch the GALLERIES on Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc.

Methodist Church gathering items for tornado victims

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

The Blissfield First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Adrian St. is helping raise needed items for people displaced and affected by tornadoes in Oklahoma  City recently. They are gathering baby items and supplies, personal supplies and new children’s clothing. The church is working with ISOH/Impact from Perrysburg, Ohio, to fill a semi truck that will be leaving the Toledo area Friday, May 31.
Items can be dropped off at the church from 9-1 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday this week. To schedule a different time, contact the church at 486-4040. Items should be to the church by 4 p.m. Thursday.

BD Schools to join county health care consortium

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

By Melissa Burnor

The Britton Deerfield School board agreed to become part of the Lenawee County Health Care Consortium at their May 9 meeting. The consortium allows employees to obtain health insurance at a less expensive rate.

“It is a good savings for our employees,” BD superintendent Charles Pelham said.

According to Pelham, Lenawee County is the only one in Michigan that has a consortium of local school district to offer health care at a lower cost to employees. While Pelham said it wouldn’t make any difference for the district as BD has a hard cap on their insurance.

Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the full story and many more stories and photos, please pick up the May 15, 2013, edition of The Advance, or call 517-486-2400 for home delivery each week.


Whiteford School millage passes

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

Residents of the Whiteford School district approved the renewal of the nonhomestead property tax millage by a wide margin in the May 7 election.

The four-year millage passed 168-38. The millage allows the local school district to asses 18 mills on nonhomestead property in the district.

For Melissa Burnor’s complete story, please see the May 15, 2013, edition of The ADVANCE.

Alleged drug trafficker in custody

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

An Ohio man federal authorities were searching for near Crockett Highway and Beamer Roday Monday afternoon and evening has been arrested.
Branden Lounsbury, 28, was apprehended in Toledo, Ohio, and is lodged at the Lucas County Jail, according to First Lt. Tony Cuevas, commander of the Michigan State Police-Monroe Post.
Lounsbury was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshal’s North Ohio Violent  Fugitive Task Force at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7. He was wanted on several felony charges in Fulton County Ohio for manufacturing and trafficking methamphetamines.
Agents had located him near a residence on Crockett Highway Monday afternoon and a short car chase occurred before Lounsbury fled on foot. Federal and local authorities were unable to find him in a wooded area Monday evening.

Cinco de Mayo 5K Sunday in Blissfield

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

After the success of and large turnout for the Wassail Festival 5K Run, the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program committee realized one thing: to have a successful run, you need a good theme with some added fun.

The third annual spring run will this year be The Cinco de Mayo 5K Run as it is scheduled for Sunday, May 5. A special Cinco de Mayo treat will be included in runners’ bags from Mexibilly’s in Blissfield, which is co-sponsoring the event with pageant sponsor Borchardt Brothers Market.

There will be prizes for best costume and best team costumes.

The event is a 5K run/walk to benefit the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program.

The race will this year begin beside the scenic Arch Bridge in Blissfield’s Ellis Park.

“We have created a scenic early May run to take runners from near and far around … Read More »