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Boosters host Nite at the Races Saturday

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

Nothing says horse racing, good food and good company like sporting a derby hat. The Blissfield Athletic Boosters will be doing just that and more at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday, as the Nite at the Races event, in its fourth year, will be hosted at the Blissfield American Legion Hall.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the racing will begin at 7 p.m. At a last update by Blissfield Athletic Director Steve Babbitt, $20 tickets were going quickly and very few were still available. For the complete story and lots more local news, please see the Jan.  27, 2016, edition of The ADVANCE.

Michigan primary registration deadline Feb. 8

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

Feb. 8 is the last day to register to vote for those wishing to take part in the presidential primary election in Michigan, which takes place on Tuesday, March 8.

For more, please see the Jan. 27, 2016, edition of The ADVANCE.

Aging Giles pool poses dilemma for Blissfield Village

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


Will the Gail Giles Pool open this summer? Possibly repairs will be enough but the village may potentially have to replace the shell of the pool now showing signs of significant damage.

Would the village decide to rebuild the pool in another location or eliminate a public pool from the village landscape altogether? There is damage to the concrete shell but how much is not known. “Without peeling back the vinyl liner we don’t know exactly how bad it is,” village Administrator James Wonacott said, “but you can tell by applying pressure that there is give and there shouldn’t be.”

Wonacott said he believes the concrete shell is the original one constructed 60 years ago.

The pool originally opened for three days during the Labor Day weekend of 1956 after the completion of construction. It opened in the spring of 1957 … Read More »

Blissfield students train for Safety Patrol

Posted on January 13th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off


Approximately two dozen Blissfield elementary and middle school students have been commissioned with the task of keeping the Blissfield Schools campus safer. The 21 fifth-graders and approximately five sixth-graders are now part of the AAA Safety Patrol recently reintroduced to the Blissfield campus. Safety patrollers will aid younger students crossing along the driveway and getting from the bus loop to the elementary school. Blissfield Elementary Principal Michael Valasek said there had been a safety patrol in Blissfield but it was several years ago. But with heavier traffic in the parking area during school drop off and pick up times the program has been reintroduced. Blissfield Police Chief Dale Greenleaf, who has worked with the schools to improve the safety and traffic flow around the elementary school, introduced the idea to elementary Valasek.

Blissfield welcomes economic development director

Posted on January 13th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

After just five days on the job as Blissfield’s new downtown/economic development director/Main Street manager, Tyler Dotson said he is feeling right at home in the village of Blissfield. Dotson is Blissfield’s first economic development director, filling a new role that expanded the job description of the downtown development director/Main Street manager. Village officials expanded the position after the departure of the previous director and manager last August. Dotson said he is quickly learning the lay of the land and meeting people within the community. He said building relationships is one of the primary building blocks in successful economic development.

For Melissa Burnor’s complete story, please see the Jan. 13, 2016, edition of The Advance.

Madison Schools threatened on social media

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


  Madison Schools were closed Tuesday after threats of violence surfaced Monday evening against the school.
Before 8 p.m. Monday, someone posted from an account on the social media site Facebook threatening they were going to commit a violent act and warned people not to show up. A subsequent post said the shooting would start at 9 a.m. The post that came from an account which as yet is unconfirmed was from someone using an alias who wrote,  “I’m gonna shoot Madison up tomorrow. Don’t show up any of you.”
“Gonna start at 9,” the second post said.
Madison Superintendent Ryan Rowe addressed parents via an email that was also posted to the Madison  later in the evening which reads as follows:
“Dear Madison Family:
School administration and law enforcement are aware of threatening comments made this evening via social media. Law … Read More »

Wreaths reach across America to Deerfield grave

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

Deerfield native Staff Sgt. Bryan Pitney served 14 years in the United States Army that included three tours in Iraq and three tours in Afghanistan. Ten days after returning stateside from his last military assignment, the young father was killed in a motorcycle accident while on active duty in Burnet County, Texas, on Oct. 19, 2014, near where he was stationed at Fort Hood.

On Dec. 19, 2015, family member and cousin Lloyd Pitney of Tennessee, a Vietnam veteran along with his wife drove to Deerfield to place a wreath on the younger Pitney’s grave in the township cemetery. Just the couple along with Bryan Pitney’s parents, Dan and Bonnie, his widow Christina and two of his children Callie and Bryson were there.

All across the country this December veterans’ organizations have placed wreaths on veterans graves primarily in the national cemeteries … Read More »

Palmyra Masons serve Christmas dinner

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

For the 25th year, the Palmyra Masons will gather together again this Friday, Christmas Day, and cook up a generous holiday classic meal for anyone wanting a holiday dinner. The complimentary dinner, made with all volunteer help, begins at 11 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. at the Blissfield American Legion Post 325 Hall, 451 High, Blissfield.

Volunteers will also deliver meals to those who cannot make it to the dinner. For those in need of a meal, please call Denise on Christmas Day at 517-605-0478. 

For the complete story, please see the Dec. 23, 2016, edition of The Advance.

Blissfield teen found in San Antonio, Texas

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

UPDATED A 16-year old Blissfield girl reported missing by her family has been found in Texas. Cassidy Mulllins was last seen at 11 p.m. Sunday. It is believed she left Blissfield sometime between then at 4 a.m. Monday. Blissfield Police Chief Dale Greenleaf said the girl had driven to San Antonio, Texas, where she was located. It appears she went there to meet up with a friend, he said. It is believed she is safe and Texas authorities are involved. San Antonio is approximately 1400 miles south of Blissfield. There is no information as to when or how she will return to Blissfield.

By Melissa Burnor

Blissfield hosts Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run

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

Blissfield High School seniors Tyler Fall and Madeline Auth were the individual winners of the Hot-Cha-Cha Mug 5K Run Friday evening.

More than 130 people from 9 to 83 ran in the fourth annual event in Blissfield held in conjunction with the Blissfield Wassail Fest.

Division Winners: Male Overall Winner Tyler Fall 20:06

6-12 1. Christian Fischer 21:05 2. William Marks 25:00

13-20 1. Eric Alexander 20:12 2. Sean Newlin 21:38

21-35 1. Scott Linden 23:00 2. Evan Bruneau 26:44

36-49 1. Brian Weidmayer 20:15 2. James Bockey 21:13

50-59 1. Edgar Rapp 21:20 2. Larry Dilabbio 22:58

60-69 1. Edward O’Reilly 25:15 2 Larry Griffith 33:39

70+ 1. Jerome Tomc 35:43 2. Harrison Hensley 39:21 who was running his 100th race of the season at age 83.

Female Overall Winner: Madeline Auth 21:04

6-12 1. Mari Cueto 26:10 2. Amelia Fowler 34:32

13-20 1. Sarah Weidmayer 22:56 2. Fiona Brown 23:45

21-35 … Read More »

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