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Estes steps down as Blissfield head football coach

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

By Chad Hutchinson

After 11 seasons and eight playoff appearances, Blissfield head varsity football coach Ron Estes has decided to step away from the game.

Estes is leaving behind a decorated legacy at Blissfield, that includes a pair of league championships, a district and regional championship, and a state runner up finish in 2007 at Ford Field.

“I needed to step away for a little bit, and felt like the timing was right,” Estes said.

The veteran coach said he has no immediate coaching plans in his future, but added his career as a coach is far from over.

“I’m not done coaching, this is just a temporary thing. But I have absolutely nothing brewing,” he said.

With a 76-40 career record at Blissfield and a 66 percent winning percentage, Estes should have little trouble finding a position when he decides to return.

In a career filled … Read More »

Helicopter transport required at Carroll Road accident

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

By Melissa Burnor

A Deerfield Township man was airlifted with critical injuries from the scene of a two-vehicle crash in Blissfield Township Friday afternoon.

According to Michigan State Police Trooper Bill Strouse, Jr., Timothy Van Camp, 20, was northbound on Lipp Highway when he allegedly did not stop for a stop sign and went through the intersection. His small blue pickup was struck by a full-size Chevrolet pickup driven westbound  on Carroll Road by Terry Iott, 45, Petersburg.

Both vehicles came to rest in a farm field on the northwest corner of the intersection. Van Camp’s vehicle was pushed nearly 40  yards into the field. Debris from both vehicles was scattered throughout the field.

Van Camp was transported by LifeFlight to a Toledo area hospital with critical injuries. 

Both the Blissfield Township and Riga Township fire dDepartments as well as the Advanced Life Support unit … Read More »

Michigan Extreme Outdoors offers kayaks, movies, more

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

By Chad Hutchinson

Whether one is interested in kayaking or renting a movie on a chilly Friday night, one of Blissfield’s newest businesses, Michigan Extreme Outdoor, can help.

Michigan Extreme Outdoor offers a variety of items, including kayaking gear and equipment, skateboarding equipment and apparel, shoes, clothing and sunglasses, bike equipment and gear, as well as DVD and Blu-Ray rentals, and even carries a selection of candles from Swan Creek Candles.

The store is owned by Matt Slusher and April Leffew, and managed by Tasha Stearns. It is located on Lane Street in Blissfield’s downtown.

Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story on this new Blissfield downtown business, please see the Nov. 28, 2012, edition of The Advance. Please call 517-486-2400 to subscribe.

Blissfield Outdoor Power offers repair services

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

By Chad Hutchinson

Blissfield Outdoor Power has opened its doors to Blissfield residents and the surrounding area, offering lawn and garden repair services. Blissfield Outdoor Power is located in the former Lippens cleaners building on South Lane Street in Blissfield.

Owner Thomas Roberts says he is able to service any small engine, two- and four-cycle, as well as repair and perform warranty work on all Ridgid and Ryobi power tools.

Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For Chad Hutchinson’s complete story on this new Blissfield enterprise, please see the Nov. 28, 2012, edition of The Advance. Call 517-486-2400 to subscribe for weekly delivery.

Sauerkraut & sausage to be served

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

Light of Christ Parish will host a sauerkraut-and-sausage dinner from 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Blissfield campus on South Lane Street. Dinner is $7 for adults, $5 for youth. Carry-out available. Funds go to the parish’s feeding programs.

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Hams, turkeys, cash just a spin away at Riga Feather Party

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

RIGA — The Riga Township Firefighters Association will present their annual Feather Party and Raffle Saturday night at the Riga Township Municipal Building. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first spin takes place at 7 p.m. Organizers are giving away $2,885 in cash prizes, 100 oven-ready turkeys and 20 hams plus lots of door prizes and more. The popular candy wheel will be part of the fun. All proceeds go to the Riga Firefighters Association Fund. For more information, please call 605-8254. Admission is free, but tickets are sold for various games.

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Madrigal Dinner Saturday at Blissfield Schools

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

The Blissfield Community Schools Department of Fine Arts presents a Madrigal Dinner: The Jester Fest on Saturday, Dec. 1, in the BHS cafetorium. There will be a 3 p.m. concert with high tea, and the cost is $5 per person. This includes the performance and a buffet of cakes and pastries served with tea, coffee and wassail punch. There will be a concert with a full dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $16 per person and $8 for children 10 and under. This includes the performance with a full dinner buffet of roasted pork loin, fried chicken, vegetarian alfredo pasta, potatoes au gratin, green beans, tossed salad, rolls, and choices of vanilla cake with raspberry filling and chocolate cake with fudge filling for dessert. Advance reservations are required, and can be made by calling Jolene Witt at 517-486-4420 ext. … Read More »

Blissfield Lights of Love Ceremony Sunday

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

The annual Lights of Love treelighting in the village of Blissfield, hosted by Hospice of Lenawee, will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, in the gazebo mini-park in downtown Blissfield. The public is invited to the ceremony where those lost are honored, the Hospice tree is lighted — this year by the Harold Loar family — and Pastor Bob Bidwell will share remarks. Larry and Denny Thompson will perform some musical selections appropriate to the annual memorial event. After the ceremony, people are invited to Cakes ‘N Shakes to warm up and have refreshments.

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People line streets for 2012 Parade of Lights

Posted on November 24th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

It was a chilly, clear night Saturday, Nov. 24, as the annual Parade of Lights illuminated the village streets in Blissfield.

Lane Street and Giles Avenue were lined with people gathered for the lighted event which included everything from a lighted sousaphone in the Blissfield High School marching band, to a giant reindeer driving a float covered in Christmas lights.

Lighted tractors, floats, cars, trucks, firetrucks – even a motor home – made their way along the parade route ahead of Santa and Mrs. Claus in horse-drawn cart. The parade was sponsored by Blissfield DDA/Main Street Program and presented by  Blissfield Coney Island and B-Town Bar & Grill.  

Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc. Photos by Melissa Burnor. For more from Melissa Burnor and Chad Hutchinson on the parade, please see the Nov. 28, 2012, edition of The Advance. To subscribe for weekly home delivery, please … Read More »

Parade of Lights at 7 p.m. Saturday

Posted on November 21st, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

Some new attractions will light up Lane Street when folks gather for the 13th annual Blissfield Parade of Lights Saturday evening. The event is organized by the Blissfield Downtown Development Authority/Main Street Program. This year leading the parade of floats decorated in holiday style and hopefully with bright Christmas lights, will be grand marshals Abe and Zamira Elmazi, owners of Blissfield Coney Island and the B-Town Bar & Grill. The Lane Street business is also this year’s parade sponsor. They will be traveling the parade route in a decorated float to lead the procession of holiday-themed floats and units through the downtown.

This year’s organizers have a goal of 50 entries in the parade.

“I think it is going to be nice. We have had a good response so far,” committee coordinator Gwen Dusa said of the entries that have signed … Read More »