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Palmyra Twp. OKs gas-oil lease

Posted on December 31st, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

The Palmyra Township Board approved a gas-and-oil lease with Savoy Energy at a special meeting Thursday , Dec. 27.

Steve DuPuie, landman from Savoy Energy, presented the township board with leases that had been reviewed by township attorney Frank Riley prior to the meeting. The township is leasing its oil-and-gas rights to property on Carleton Road. Savoy Energy is currently operating oil wells in the area.

One is on property in the vicinity of the property. DuPuie said that in order to drill horizontally from that site, the company was attempting to secure a wider area of leased property and the township’s parcel falls within that area.

“The lease does say there will be no wells drilled on the property,” Isley said.

Copyright 2013 River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story, please see the Jan. 2, 2013, edition of The Advance.

Winter storm whitens area

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

A swift-moving winter storm dumped four to five inches of snow on the area Wednesday, Dec. 26, causing slippery conditions that led to several accidents.

Snowy roads were a contributing factor when this pickup truck rolled over in the afternoon on Weston Road near Crockett Highway around 3:30 p.m.

The snowfall slowed in the evening hours and by morning Thursday, the combination of plowing and salt had main roads wet but navigable. Side roads remained snowy and slick in many spots.

Post-Christmas snowstorm hits

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

A post-Christmas snowstorm with at-times blizzard conditions blew into Lenawee County Wednesday morning, Dec. 26.

Snowy road conditions had travelers driving slowly and local emergency responders tending to accidents. Pictured is a single-vehicle rollover accident that occurred on Yankee Road near Berkey Highway around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Riga and Blissfield township fire department rescuers were on the scene and removed the victim for transport to a hospital.

Novak, Pooley retire from Blissfield PD

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

By Melissa Burnor

Two of Blissfield’s finest have decided that 2012 was the year to hang up their badges and guns, and retire from the Blissfield Police Department.

Sgt. James Novak, who spent nearly 34 years on the job, retired officially on Oct. 31 and Officer Sam Pooley, who worked just over 36 years for the Village of Blissfield, will officially retire Dec. 31.

They took a little time last week to reflect on the decades they spent serving the community.

And just like their time spent working, the afternoon was punctuated with several members of the community passing their booth in one of the downtown eating establishments to greet them,  everyone knowing each other on a first-name basis. Both men were hired in the 1970’s by Chief Roy Heineman. Harold “Butch” Gunter was the department’s sergeant and would become chief in 1981.

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Blissfield area 2012 news review

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

As 2012 winds down, The Advance takes a look over the news of the year and shows 12 months of trials, triumphs and tragedies.

Several major decisions challenged local officials; businesses opened and others shut their doors. The community rallied around causes and new events popped up in several communities as well.

As we move forward into 2013, The Advance takes this time to reflect upon the significant and memorable events and actions of the year.

For Melissa Burnor’s month-by-month review, and a very special collage of the photos of 2012, please see the Dec. 26, 2012, edition of The Advance.

Tree falls on Blissfield school bus

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

By Melissa Burnor

A tree fell on a Blissfield Community Schools bus this morning, sending five children to Bixby Hospital, Adrian, with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Jeff Jackson of the Palmyra Township Fire Department.

In a freak accident, a huge, rotten ash tree fell across the road and onto the school bus on Gorman Road wesk of Crockett Highway as students were being taken to school on Thursday, Dec. 20.

Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc.

Palmyra Masons serve up free Christmas meal

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

By Melissa Burnor

For 20 years the Palmyra Masonic Lodge has prepared a free Christmas dinner in Blissfield for anyone who wants to join in the meal.

This year the dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas day at the American Legion Post 325. The Masons serve more than 100 people — sometimes closer to 200 — annually.

Anyone who may be alone, who doesn’t want to cook dinner is invited to attend or who wants to join in the tradition is welcome to partake of this complimentary meal of turkey and all the trimmings.

River Raisin Publications, Inc. For Melissa Burnor’s story on this Blissfield community tradition, please see the top story in the Dec. 19, 2012, edition of The Advance. To subscribe for home delivery, please call 517-486-2400.

Blissfield Elementary evacuated due to electrical problem; school resumes next day

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

An electrical issue contained to the mechanical room at Blissfield Elementary School required the evacuation of students from the school later Monday morning, Dec. 17.

Blissfield Fire Chief Gary Crist said the department was dispatched to the school just before 11:40 a.m. for a suspected electrical fire.

“There was no sign of fire,” Crist said when fire crews investigated. He said the main breakers were already off.

School resumed as usual Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For Melissa Burnor’s complete story, please see the Dec. 12, 2012, edition of The Advance.

Bateson wins Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run

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

The Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program hosted its first-ever night race — the Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run — on Friday in Blissfield. Despite chilly temperatures, 104 runners signed up to brave the brisk, but clear night air to compete in the five-kilometer trek.

Runners from abroad and of all ages participated, from the ages of six to 80.

Alex and Cassie Williams of Caro, traveled three hours and completed the run to make it their 156th race of the year.

“It was a great race and you can’t beat having hot chocolate waiting for you at the finish line on a chilly night like this,” Alex said.

“We had a lot of fun. The race was very well-organized and the volunteers were excellent and they were all very nice,” Cassie added.

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New Blissfield area calendar available

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

Readers of The Advance will find a new 2013 Blissfield area calendar featuring photos of the places they love, the people they know and the events they enjoy featured in collages of Advance photographs for each month of the year.

On each page is also a listing of phone numbers of all businesses which participated in the 2013 calendar as well as websites for most of them – always handy if displayed near the telephone. 

Pick up the Dec. 19, 2012, edition of The Advance for special warm holiday greetings from area businesses, the 2013 calendar, township reports from Blissfield and Riga townships, Blissfield Village Council action, all the local sports news including the new Blissfield varsity sport of bowling, shopping information to help people through the final days before Christmas and much more.

Deadline for the Dec. 26, ,2012, edition is at … Read More »