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Whiteford hires Orr as new superintendent

Posted on May 29th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

The Whiteford Board of Education voted a unanimous 7-0 Wednesday night to hire Valerie Orr, Monroe High School principal and former Wayne Memorial principal as the new school superintendent to replace Larry Schilling.
Orr will assume the position July 1. Contract negotiations were also discussed and approved at the special meeting. A transitional team will work with Orr as she moves into her new position.

Orr interviewed alongside Andrew Shaw, former Pittsford High School superintendent, and Rick Heitmeyer, Buckley Schools superintendent.

For the complete story, please pick up the June 3, 2015, edition of The Advance.

Chase ends in Madison Township

Posted on May 29th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

A 911 call about a possible passenger in danger resulted in an alleged car chase by police from Ogden Township to Ohio and back into Ogden, Riga and Palmyra Township that started about 1 p.m. has ended in Madison Township. Medical personnel have been dispatched to the scene. At this time, it is unknown on what the injuries are or who is injured.

Royal men and women win twin LCAA crowns

Posted on May 22nd, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

The Blissfield Royals baseball and softball teams journeyed to do battle in Onsted and returned with a pair of LCAA league championships. The Lady Royals were victorious twice with 1-0 and a 4-2 victories to complete their perfect league season with a 14-0 record.

The baseball Royals made it interesting, losing game one 7-6 forcing the Royals into a winner-take-all second game for the LCAA crown. Coach Larry Tuttle once again led his men into a league title with an 11-1 thumping of the Wildcats, mercying the home team in five innings.
For the rest of the story, please see the May 27, 2015, edition of The Advance.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Blissfield celebrates century of service

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

When the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1965 it was likely still the newest church in town, according to some long-time members. But as the congregation now celebrates its 100th anniversary there are a few churches younger.
The congregation is hoping that many come back to the church for the anniversary program and chicken dinner on Sunday, May 17. Several invitations were sent out to former and current members and the public is invited.
Parishioners Bonnie Kupa and Judy MacBeth along with friend Erika Whitney have created a quilt. MacBeth said it is a membership covenant renewal quilt. Members will sign a new covenant and their names will be pinned around the center of it and displayed in the church.
To celebrate the 100-year anniversary there will be one service … Read More »

Two of three pipeline surveys to occur

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

Two of three landowners who had objections to allowing Rover Pipeline officials on their property will have to allow the surveys. A third case against landowners Dale and Dee Warner was dropped after a survey of land in Franklin Township was completed.
Both Dover Township Farmer Arnoud Schot and Franklin Township farmer Gregg Hardy objected to allowing the company come onto their property to survey the property .
Rover Pipeline is a proposed 42-inch natural gas transmission line project that would transport the commodity from the Marcellus shale region of Appalachia through Ohio to mid -Michigan.
A similar project, NEXUS is being investigated for the eastern part of Lenawee County. Rover Pipeline would enter Michigan east of Morenci and traverse the county north and … Read More »

Blissfield to fly its own flag

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

For the first time in Blissfield’s 19-year history it has an official flag. Five members of the village council unanimously approved the new banner at the April 27 meeting. Trustees Art Weeber ad Mike Gunter were absent.
Using design elements chosen last year by Arnett Muldrow and Associates as part of the Blissfield Main Street image and branding exercise. The Main Street Program was the recipient of a branding services grant from the Michigan Main Street Center.
The flag, a dark blue, says “Blissfield” in scripted lettering in a yellow across it. It includes the newly adopted log that shows a sunburst with farm fields on it .
Blissfield Village Administrator Jim Wonacott said the village will initially have a flag for both the council chambers and one to adorn the flagpole in front of the lane Street village office. Plans … Read More »

Lenawee County under weather warnings

Posted on May 11th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

At 2:54 p.m. the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Lenawee County. A storm cell moving from the southeast was approaching Lenawee County. Local law enforcement officials estimated a strong storm cell would arrive in Blissfield about 3 p.m. The thunderstorm warning is in effect until 3:45 p.m. A tornado watch issued earlier is in effect until 8 p.m.
All Blissfield athletic practices and events scheduled for Monday were cancelled as a result of the weather warnings.

Palmyra Twp. road millage fails

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

Palmyra Township voters turned out to reject a proposed road millage by a tally of 133 yes votes to 248 no votes.
For the complete story, please see the May 13, 2015, edition of The Advance.

Earthquake felt in Blissfield just after noon Saturday

Posted on May 2nd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Blissfield-area residents felt a few seconds of shaking just after noon Saturday when an earthquake measured at 4.2 on the Richter Scale with an epicenter reported near Portage and Galesburg, Michigan, rocked the mitten state for a few minutes.
No damage has been reported in the area, but dogs barked and houses shook.
Anyone in The Advance readership area with specific reports is invited to email their experiences to with their name and address.

Drains, tiles addressed in pipeline proposal for Lenawee County, other areas in state

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

Residents living in southeastern Lenawee County rely on a system of both public and private drains and tiles to keep the flatlands drained of surface water. It’s been more than 150 years since the first drains were cut through the Cottonwood and Black Swamps to make the area inhabitable as well one of the most fertile farm areas n the country. Because of that vast and intricate drainage system county officials are working with the proposed pipeline officials to protect the vital underground network.

Lenawee County officials are working on an agreement that could be put into place with Rover Pipeline that would protect county drains. A potential agreement with the NEXUS Pipeline could become a work in progress before long too.

Lenawee County Drain Commissioner Stephen May said he received formal contact from NEXUS Pipeline. … Read More »