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Palmyra teen found in Georgia

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

A 15-year-old Palmyra girl, reported missing by her mother Saturday morning, has been found in Georgia. Makayla Rose McLaughlin was reported missing shortly after noon on Saturday and was last seen about 9:30 a.m. that day at home.
According to the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department, they had identified a possible person of interest in the case who was possibly driving a silver Ford Focus.
Authorities say the girl was located in Georgia and a person of interest in the case was located in Georgia.
The girl is in the custody of law enforcement. The Michigan State Police and Georgia authorities assisted with the investigation that is still ongoing.

Ruhl resigns from Blissfield Township Board

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

By Melissa Burnor

The Blissfield Township Board is one short after trustee Kris Ruhl submitted his letter of resignation Monday, March 23. Ruhl, who was elected to his first term in 2012, sent the letter to township Supervisor Al Navarro Monday. Ruhl cited several personal and professional changes in his life as the drive behind the decision.

Ruhl said he was thankful and proud of the efforts of the board during his tenure.

“While on the board, I feel that great (strides) forward were made and I am very thankful and honored for the opportunity to serve the Blissfield community,” the letter said.

Ruhl also addressed an issue that had been brought up in at least one township meeting about his residency in the township. Ruhl’s home in the village of Blissfield is for sale and records in Lucas County, Ohio, show he … Read More »

Rotary Charity Auction March 21

Posted on March 10th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

The 27th annual Blissfield Rotary Auction on March 21 ushers in the spring season with a host of great items to buy that will help the club with both its local and international philanthropic endeavors.
“All the funds raised that night go directly back into the community and international efforts of Rotary,” event co-chair Andy Borchardt said.
Last year, the organization raised $70,000 in one night at the Blissfield event.

Borchardt said many donations along with sponsors such as the Adrian and Blissfield Rail Road Old Road Dinner Train, B-Town and TLC Credit Union have set up the framework for the event.
This year some of the larger items to be auctioned off by celebrity charity auctioneer and Toledo broadcaster Jerry Anderson include a Spartan Foods shopping spree, a 55-inch Vizio television, front row tickets … Read More »

Firework sponsor, new carnival, Spring Fling fundraiser launch 2015 River Raisin Festival

Posted on March 10th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

While the 32nd Annual River Raisin Festival is still four months away, plenty of action has been taking place preparing for the big event that will draw several thousand people to the banks of the River Raisin and be a venue for local non-profit organizations to raise money for their own endeavors. A theme, a new carnival and the fireworks sponsor have all been secured in the past week.
Festival organizers have also designed a new spring event, the Spring Fling, to help kickstart both fundraising for favorite charities as well as for the River Raisin Festival on April 4.
Commemorating Blissfield’s long association with the railroad, spanning over three centuries and nearly 180 years, this year’s festival’s “All Aboard” theme will be pay homage to the village’s rail history. As in years past each festival has its own theme. The … Read More »

Pasta for Pooches raises funds for assistance dogs

Posted on March 10th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Pasta for Pooches, a benefit spaghetti dinner to raise money and awareness for assistance dogs takes place from 4-7 p.m. this Saturday, March 14, at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 5790 W, Temperance Road, Ottawa Lake,
The event includes raffles a cake walk, silent auction and live music. Proceeds go to Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence that provides therapy dogs specially trained to perfectly fit an individual’s needs.
Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10 yeas of age. Tickets are available at the door or by calling Tina Calhoun at 419-349-4966.
Checks for the fundraiser can be made payable to St. Michael’s Lutheran Church.

Blissfield car-semi crash shuts down U.S. 223, victim airlifted

Posted on March 9th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor
Police and fire crews had U.S 223 shut down east of the Blissfield village limits to Silberhorn Highway as they continued to investigate a car-and-semi-tractor trailer crash just west of Silberhorn Highway late Monday afternoon, March 9. However, the road was back open to traffic Tuesday.

Preliminary reports from police suggest the driver of the vehicle crossed the center line. The driver was airlifted from the scene via air ambulance. His condition is unknown.
Motorists travelling west on U.S. 223 were rerouted north on Silberhorn Highway to North Lane Street back to U.S. 223.
Rescuers from multiple agencies responded, using the Jaws of Life to extricate the victim from his car for transport via helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent’s Medical Center for … Read More »

Nieman finishes third at state wrestling finals

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

Blissfield’s Noah Nieman earned a third-place finish in the Michigan State Wrestling Finals at The Palace Saturday.
He defeated Bronson senior Kahle Scheenks in triple overtime for the 6-5 margin, having mowed through five senior wrestlers in the weekend of competition.

For more, please see the March 11 edition of The Advance.

Blissfield women advance

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

The Blissfield women’s basketball team won 65-34 over the Eagles of Erie-Mason.
The Royals had led by 40-10 at halftime.
For the complete story, please see the March 11 edition of The Advance.
They will play Arbor Prep High School at Whitmore Lake High School at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10.

Deerfield couple, cat escape blaze

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

A Deerfield Township couple and their cat are safe but their home on Garno Road just west of Sisson Highway was destroyed by fire Thursday afernoon.
Fire crews responded shortly before 2 p.m. to the blaze. Both Ridgeway and Summerfield townships fire departments assisted Deerfield.
As of 3:15 p.m. crews remained on the scene. A complete story will be in the March 4 edition of The Advance.

Riga Fire Hall open as warming center

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

RIGA — Due to the extreme cold, the Riga Township Fire Hall is open as a warming center 24 hours a day until further notice. Riga Township Fire Chief Mike Norman said arrangements can be made for the fire department to pick township residents up at their homes if they are having trouble keeping it warm. Norman said if any elderly people need chores done outside that they are concerned about doing in the cold, they can call the fire department
“We encourage them to call us if they need help.”
Norman said if anyone needs assistance getting to the fire hall from the township they can call him at 517-673-6283. The telephone number at the fire hall is 517-486-5023. If anyone has an emergency at this time or any other time … Read More »