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Corn becomes ethanol and more in Riga

Posted on September 16th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

RIGA — While corn harvest in the region is still weeks away, there remains is a steady stream of corn-laden semi trucks heading east just over the railroad tracks on Silberhorn Highway south of U.S. 223 daily.

According to officials at the Green Plains Renewable Energy ethanol production facility, between 80 and 100 semi trucks unload corn there every day and approximately 57 million gallons of ethanol go out each year.

Green Plains has been operating in Riga since it purchased Global Energy in 2010 that included the Riga location which has now been in operation for seven years. While the main product the facility produces is ethanol, several other products made from the corn is also produced on site. Distillers grain used for feed, corn syrup and corn oil are shipped out and carbon dioxide products are produced by a neighboring … Read More »


Pipeline project possible in Ogden Township

Posted on September 16th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

OGDEN — Representatives from DTE Energy Detroit and Spectra Energy were met with some opposition Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the Ogden Township meeting.

The proposed plan by the energy representatives unveiled an in-the-works project to create an extension of natural gas transmission pipelines to be placed in the township near Thompson and Loar highways.

Existing natural gas transmissions currently belong with Texas Eastern Transmission, LP; Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC; the Enbridge Tecumseh storage facility; the Union Gas Limited Dawn Hub in Ontario; DTE Gas and Consumers Energy in Michigan. The proposed plan for the NEXUS pipeline is to interconnect with these multiple lines, connecting directly with ones already located in eastern Ohio and southeastern Michigan. According to Spectra Energy’s public relations manager Arthur Diestel, the lines of connection would begin in Kennsington Ohio, and span a total of 250 miles until … Read More »


Palmyra Cemetery, BD sinking fund issues fail by close margins; renewals pass

Posted on August 6th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Updated 12:38 a.m. Wednesday

Local voters said no to the Palmyra Cemetery ballot request  in a close vote, and to the Britton Deerfield School district sinking fund millage by a razor-thin deficit , but were in the mood to renew millages already on their tax bills.

The cemetery millage went down by just a half dozen votes 107-101 in Palmyra Township. In Lenawee County, a six-vote margin was also the county precincts  difference in the Britton Deerfield School District where the sinking fund millage request  appeared to be failing for the second time 254-248. However, a precinct in the BD school district lies in Monroe County and that result brought the loss to within a one-vote difference of 262-261.

Meanwhile, Palmyra Township’s fire millage was approved by an almost 2-1 margin, 140-71.  The Lenawee County senior millage passed as did the Riga and Deerfield township millage renewal issues.

Mike Slusarski outpolled veteran Lenawee … Read More »


Palmyra Cemetery Association turns reins of cemetery over to township

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

PALMYRA — The Palmyra Cemetery Association held a special meeting Tuesday, July 22, to discuss the current status of its bylaws pertaining to the rules and regulations for the U.S. 223 Cemetery in Palmyra Township.

The association agreed to cease control of the cemetery and allow the Township of Palmyra to claim control.

The special meeting, which was held in the community center of the Palmyra Township Fire Hall, was open to all who wished to voice their opinions of the bylaws used by the association for the cemetery.

For Brad Heineman’s complete story, please see the July 30, 2014, edition of The Advance.

 


Palmyra residents hear of Post Office hours reduction plan

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

PALMYRA — A recent announcement stated that the Palmyra Post Office location would be transitioning to staying open for four hours a day on a Monday-through-Friday schedule.

Residents of the township were asked to come to the Palmyra Community Hall July 24 to provide input, concerns and ideas for the best options the post office location might take in the near future. Near 30 residents gathered to attend the meeting hosted by Palmyra Postmaster Cathy Clark and Temperance Postmaster Yvonne Bellestri.

Bellestri also manages the Ida and Samaria offices which are now joined together. According to Bellestri, the post office has gone through recent hardships as online shopping and shipping have given a beating to post office sales.

She also said that the decision to reduce the hours at the Palmyra office was not made a local level but instead was issued by … Read More »


Races few in Aug. 5 local primaries

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

While many candidate names will appear on local ballots next Tuesday very few races are actually taking place. The primary election is the time for parties to choose candidates for the different offices from local, state to federal offices.

In most instances only one candidate appears listed for either party. Only five races will require a decision by voters. Three are for have for candidates vying for the Republican candidacy in the general election will be decided by local voters on Aug. 5. Monroe County Voters will select a nonpartisan district court judge and a nonpartisan probate court judge.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 5.

For the complete rundown of the election including ballot issues at the state and local level, please pick up the July 30, 2014, edition of The Advance. Millage issues were also … Read More »


Summer sweet for corn

Posted on July 23rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Nothing says the summer season in Michigan like corn stalks on both sides of the road during the morning commute. Michigan is known for its delicious home-grown produce and though planting and picking season may be running a hair behind schedule, area farmers and businesses say they believe corn is at great numbers this year.

One popular local producer, Salenbien Farms, located out on Crockett Highway, just off of U.S. 223 has been farming the same land for nearly 60 years. The seasonal stand, which has been open for business since 1972, can be seen on the side of the road each summer and fall seasons. According to Harvey Salenbien, the family-run farm does excellent work during the summer months, especially with sweet corn. Salenbien said this year’s crop of sweet corn is one of the best he can remember.

“It’s later … Read More »


Millages on local ballots

Posted on July 23rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Voters in Deerfield, Riga and Palmyra Townships will all have millage requests on the Aug. 5 primary ballot and voters in the Britton Deerfield School district will once again be asked to approve a five-year one-mill sinking fund request after voters turned it down at a special May election.

All Lenawee County voters will be asked to consider a .5 mill renewal for the Lenawee County Department on Aging.

Voters in Whiteford Township won’t see any millage requests on the ballot.

The Britton Deerfield School board is seeking a one-mill sinking fund for five years to help fund needed maintenance projects at both facilities. Voters turned down the request in May by a 130-115 margin.

For a full rundown on the millage issues, please see Melissa Burnor’s story on Page 1 of the July 23, 2014, edition of The Advance.


Salt brining of roads topic of Palmyra Twp. special meeting

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

PALMYRA — Due to recent public comment and question on application of salt brining on Palmyra Township roads, a special meeting was held to discuss the issue Tuesday, July 15. With the summer season progressing and the fall season creeping up, the Palmyra Township board examined the benefits of applying salt brine to roads in the township. Treasurer Dale Terry said the application of salt brine to the road, especially on gravel, allows the gravel to harden up, hold together and makes it less possible for flying road debris and dust. The application is also effective during and before the winter months to combat possible snow and ice hazards. Palmyra Township Supervisor Jim Isley said he made contact with Mission Chloride Sales (MCS) to discuss options and costs of salt brine applications as compared to estimates provided by the county. … Read More »


‘Fun on the Farm’ as town meets country for 31st Annual River Raisin Festival

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

When approaching the 31st Annual Blissfield River Raisin Festival, be sure to take in the surrounding farmland where the corn will be just about ready to tassel and the wheat will be harvested leaving golden fields, if all is going according to schedule at festival time July 9-12.

And if you think farm life looks fun … plan to have a lot of “Fun on the Farm!” at the 2014 festival. The festival gets a head start with a sand sculpture sponsored by Blissfield Insurance Agency depicting a surprise theme starting to take shape on Tuesday, then the carnival opening Wednesday evening.

By Thursday night, the tractors will be rolling in for a Tractor Show in Ellis Park and the classic cars and bikes will be parking in downtown Blissfield for a Town and Country Fun Night! There will even be a … Read More »