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Koppelman in top three for prestigious science teaching award

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

By Chad Hutchinson

Blissfield elementary science teacher Gary Koppelman’s hands-on approach to science has him within reach of the Shell Science Teaching Award.

In a combined effort by Shell Oil Company and the National Science Teachers Association, the award is given in recognition of a K-12 educator who has demonstrated an exceptional impact on their students, school and community in the field of science.

Koppelman, a 26-year faculty member of Blissfield schools, is one of two finalists from the state of Michigan and the third hails from Hawaii. Along with the extensive paper work needed to initially be considered, as one of 10 finalists, he was required to submit a 30 minute DVD featuring classroom activities with students that reflected his teaching philosophies, methodologies and expertise in the field of science. After reviewing the submissions, Koppelman was then selected by the judging panel … Read More »

Coming Home Royalty introduced

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

In Royal fashion, Baily Holdridge and Miles DeNudt were crowned the 2013 Blissfield High School Coming Home queen and king Friday night, Feb. 15.

Hand-pulled “floats” built on wagons carried the Coming Home queen and king candidates into the packed gym.

For many more fun photos of the Coming Home events, please watch the Galleries in

The REAL Main Street/DDA royalty…

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

Pardon us! We had the wrong person identified in the Feb. 20, 2013, edition of The Advance. Here, with King Brandon Hudson, is Queen Ashley Bailey. They reigned over the Blissfield Main Street/DDA bowling FUN(d) raiser Feb. 16 at Rich Lanes, Blissfield.

And if you want to see a great photo of King Brandon Hudson with Margaret Goble, please see Page 1 of the Feb. 20, 2013, Advance. For more event photos, please check out our Galleries. The button is at the top of this page.

Holdridge, DeNudt crowned Blissfield Coming Home royalty

Posted on February 15th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Baily Holdridge, seated at right,  and Miles DeNudt, standing at right behind her, were named Blissfield High School Coming Home queen and king respectively Friday, Feb. 15.

Four boys and four girls, all seniors, were candidates for king and queen of the Blissfield High School Coming Home festivities Friday evening, Feb. 15. Standing from left to right are the king candidates, Branden Curtis, Zach Fredenburg, Nate Wold and Miles DeNudt (who was named king). Seated in the front row are queen candidates. Kennadi Auth, Taylor Cambal, Holly Meszaros and Baily Holdridge (who was named queen).

The Blissfield women won their game, defeating visiting Onsted 57-46, for a happy Coming Home evening. The Royal men fell to Onsted 63-36 in their game.

Photo provided by Blissfield High School

Hee-haw! Donkey basketball game raises funds for Whiteford After Prom

Posted on February 12th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Chad Hutchinson

OTTAWA LAKE — Ottawa Lake and Summerfield firefighters as well as Whiteford and Summerfield school alumni battled on the Whiteford High School basketball court — on donkey-back — Saturday night, Feb. 9.

Summerfield VFD won the winners’ round 10-8 in overtime; and Whiteford Alumni won the losers’ round 8-2.

The event was hosted to raise funds for the Whiteford After Prom activities. 

Results of second Sackrider autopsy awaited

Posted on February 12th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

Investigators and prosecutors are still awaiting results of a second autopsy on the body of Catherine Sackrider, 59, as part of investigation into her death.

Sackrider’s partially decomposed body was found Nov. 9 of last year behind an unused barn on Scott Highway in Palmyra Township by workers from Crop Production Services who were working in the adjacent field. The woman, who lived in LaGrange County, Indiana, was visiting her daughter in Sylvania Township prior to her death allegedly. Sackrider had previously lived in Sylvania Township in the same home her daughter now resided in with her family. She was allegedly last seen there at the home on Sept. 18, 2012.

According to LaGrange County Sheriff’s Deputies a missing person’s report was filed by family members in Indiana on Sept. 24. Her pickup was located in a Sylvania park the … Read More »

Pair arrested in connection with pharmacy burglary

Posted on February 12th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

A mother and son were arraigned in Lenawee County District Court last week on four felony counts each for their alleged involvement in the July 27, 2012, burglary of Schmidt and Sons Pharmacy. Tammy Hopkins, 40, and Jamie Lee Lawson, 21, both of Belleville were arraigned by video from the Lenawee County Jail. Hopkins on Feb. 5 and Lawson on Feb. 7. Both are charged with two counts of breaking and entering, larceny in a building and possession of burglars’ tools. Both will face a pre examination in front of Judge James Sheridan. they were both given a $100,000 bond.

Copyright 2013 River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story, please see Page 1 of the Feb. 13, 2013, Advance. To subscribe, please call 517-486-2400. 

Weather forces some sports rescheduling

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

Games scheduled tonight (Friday, Feb. 8) for Blissfield men’s and women’s varsity basketball teams  against Columbia Central have been postponed due to weather.It will be played tomorrow night at Columbia Central with the women’s game starting at 5:30 p.m.   Britton Deerfield women’s basketball team’s game against Morenci is also postponed. As of this afternoon a rescheduled playing time had not been decided.

Whiteford will be traveling to Whitmore Lake tonight where both the men’s and women’s varsity will play beginnimg at 5:30 p.m. as scheduled.

Schreiber named 2013 Teacher of the Year by Vocal Music Assn.

Posted on February 5th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Chad Hutchinson

Whiteford educator Todd Schreiber is no stranger to the stage, but in his 25th year with the district, the spotlight has been cast on Schreiber as the 2013 Teacher of the Year by the Michigan School Vocal Music Association.

A graduate of Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in music education, and a master’s degree from VanderCook College in Chicago, Schreiber has served as the K-12 vocal music teacher at Whiteford for a quarter century, as well as the MSVMA district 12 co-manager for the past 11 years.

Along with his many accomplishments as an educator and accompanist, Schreiber is also a published author. His book, “Olympic Games for the Music Classroom,” was published by the Shawnee Press in 2008.

Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story, please see the Feb. 6, 2013, edition of The … Read More »

Direct rail route from Toledo to Adrian discussed

Posted on February 5th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

A direct short-line freight route from Toledo to Adrian could be a possibility. If funding can be secured, a railway linking the two cities could once again be a reality.

Some local government officials are discussing a potential move by the Adrian and Blissfield Railroad company to rebuild about seven miles of railroad track between Riga and Ottawa Lake that had been abandoned since the late 1970s.

Brenda Rice, representative from the rail line spoke at a special meeting of the Riga Township Board Jan. 21.  The rail line would essentially tie in the tracks in Riga Township near Silberhorn Highway to Sterns Road in Whiteford Township on what is now an abandoned line of the old Erie & Kalamazoo, the first railroad built in the area and often cited as the first railroad west of the Allegheny Mountains.

It was … Read More »