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BD Schools accepts superintendent separation/retirement agreement

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

The superintendent who was at the helm of the consolidation of the Britton and Deerfield school districts and was the top administrator in the combined district for the last four years will take an early retirement. Six members of the Britton Deerfield school board deliberated in closed session during a special meeting Wednesday evening to consider accepting a separation agreement and release of Superintendent Charles Pelham and for an attorney-client privileged communication.

After the open meeting reconvened with an audience of more than two dozen people, the board voted to accept the agreement and made another motion to appoint Stacy Johnson as the temporary superintendent effective immediately. Pelham’s release effectively takes place Nov. 30. Johnson is the principal of the Deerfield building that houses the middle school and an elementary school. She will retain those duties as the district moves forward … Read More »

World War II refugee Whitman copes with lifetime of haunting questions

Posted on November 25th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

RIGA – Achtung! Achtung! These words haunt Riga Township resident Ferenz “Fritz” Whitman.
The words and images of bright lights and fences sometimes come to him in dreams. As do the faceless ideas of his parents that he has no recollection of ever knowing.
“Why did they leave me behind?” he has often asked himself over the past 70 years of his life. While many think of soldiers as casualties of war. Whitman himself was perhaps himself a casualty of war in the fact that he lost his identity as a result of the war to end all wars.
Whitman, was found 70 years ago in September of 1945 by American soldiers at a train station in Marienbad, Czechoslovakia.
For Melissa Burnor’s complete story, please see the Nov. 25, 2015, edition of The Advance.

New economic development, DDA/Main Street manager offered Blissfield post

Posted on November 25th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

In a 6-0 vote, the Blissfield Village Council selected Tyler Dotson as the new economic development/Downtown Development Authority director/Main Street manager at the Nov. 23 council meeting.
If he accepts the position, Dotson will begin his responsibilities full-time, likely at the beginning of 2016 at an annual salary of $42,000.
Dotson, a South Haven native, holds both an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University in political science and a masters of public administration from Western Michigan University.
He has worked with the South Haven Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and local District Finance Authority since February 2014, been involved as a director and supervisor in the Michigan Youth Wrestling Association Southwest Region and worked on a political campaign. He is also a member of the South Haven Board of Education.
For Melissa Burnor’s complete story and our big Holidays Aglow section inside, please … Read More »

Waterford ends Whiteford’s record season in the state semis

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

Though Bobcat Jake Becki scored on a 23-yard touchdown catch at the end of the fourth quarter, it wasn’t enough to overtake Waterford who won the state MHSAA semifinal game 36-20 and advances next weekend to play in the state finals at Ford Field. The two-point conversion failed.
Waterford scores in the fourth quarter and follows it with a two-point conversion, now leading as of 2:50 p.m. 30-14.
With 3:31 left to play at 3:02 p.m., Waterford scores again for a 36-14 lead on a 28-yard run. The Bobcats prevent the conversion attempt
The only score of the third quarter was a Jesse Kiefer one-yard run to make the score Waterford 22, Whiteford 14.
FIRST HALF…Whiteford trails 22-8 at halftime in the MHSAA state semifinal football playoff against Waterford at Hazel Park High School Saturday afternoon.
Though the drive in … Read More »

Whiteford wins regional football title, 48-14

Posted on November 14th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

The Whiteford Bobcats won their regional football title Saturday afternoon as visitors to Climax-Scotts’ turf, 48-14. They move on to the semifinals Nov. 21 – one game away from the state finals at Ford Field. If they win the semifinal, they move on to Detroit to play the following weekend.
Here’s how the scoring went:

2:53 p.m.
The Bobcats draw blood again for a 48-14 lead with another Kiefer touchdown run of seven yards. Eitinear chipped in the two-point conversion run.

Post halftime:
Climax-Scotts scores a touchdown but fails to make the conversion for a score of 40-14, Bobcats still leading.

As the end of the second quarter neared, Jesse Kiefer made a 27-yard touchdown catch on a slant play, and then caught the two-point conversion pass for a 40-8 lead that the Bobcats took into the locker room against Climax-Scotts at half time.

1:52 p.m.
The Panthers … Read More »

Yuletide this weekend in Blissfield, Nov. 13-15

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

Greet the holiday season in a historic place that Norman Rockwell might have considered the perfect backdrop for one of his holiday scenes: the charming village of Blissfield, which has just this year been named to the National Register of Historic Places!
Blissfield Yuletide Cheer begins with a day of shopping in a small village you will swear you have seen on a Christmas card, then gets into full swing as a Blissfield Township Fire Dept. firetruck carries Santa and Mrs Claus into town on Friday, Nov. 13. From there, the Yuletide unfolds into three days of Christmas in a days-gone-by setting; candles; holiday cookies; Santa and reindeer; shopping in quaint stores with clerks who handle each item with loving care and each customer with personal attention; the town Christmas tree; cocoa and cookies; train and carriage rides.
The Blissfield DDA/Main Street … Read More »

Reed earns all-state honors in cross country

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

Blissfield’s Casey Reed won all-state honors in cross country Saturday, Nov. 7 with a 14th-place individual finish in Division 3 at the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s state cross country finals. In team scoring, she was 13th.
Reed led the a strong Royal women’s team to a 10th-place finish in the championship at Michigan International Speedway.
For the complete story by Melissa Burnor, please see the Nov. 11, 2015, edition of The Advance.

Power outage in Deerfield

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

As of early afternoon Saturday, Nov. 7, there is a widespread power outage in the Deerfield area. Consumers Energy anticipates power to be restored by 5 p.m.


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

The Whiteford Bobcats proved to be top dog in state high school football playoff action against the Bulldogs of Morenci tonight (Friday).

The ‘Cats claimed the District crowned against the district’s top seed, Morenci, playing the Bulldogs in Morenci and defeating them there for the second time this season. With the 26-6 victory, Whiteford now moves on to regional play next week.

For Brad Heineman’s complete story, please see The Advance Nov. 11, 2015, edition.

Madison women’s playoff hopes dashed

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

The Madison Trojan women’s volleyball team faced a tight 2-2 tie with Manchester going into the Distict Final last set Thursday evening, but fell to host Manchester 15-5 in the end.
For the complete story, please see the Nov. 11, 2015, edition of The Advance.