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Storm leaves many residents in the dark

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

More than 3,300 Consumers Energy customers in Lenawee County and 1200 Monroe County customers were still without electrical power late Monday night after strong storms with high winds pelted the Midwest. Several areas in Indiana and Illinois were struck by tornadoes Sunday afternoon and evening. More than 500,000 customers statewide were affected by the power outages that began Sunday when strong winds gusting in excess of 60 mph whipped around the state. In Lenawee County as many as 5,981 households were without power Monday, according to Lenawee Emergency Management director Curtis Parsons.

For the complete story, please see the Nov. 20, 2013, edition of The ADVANCE.


Lady Bobcats Regional champions in volleyball

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

The Whiteford women’s volleyball team swept Gabriel Richard tonight (Nov. 13) in regional finals to win the region title.

They swept Clinton Tuesday (Nov. 11) in the other part of the two-leg regional.

The Lady Bobcats will face Auburn Hills Oakland Nov. 19 at Whitmore Lake in the next step in MHSAA volleyball playoff action. Auburn Hills Oakland also swept their regional opponents.


YULETIDE CHEER: Blissfield celebrates Nov. 8-10

Posted on November 8th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Blissfield Yuletide Cheer arrives Friday, Nov. 8 and launches into three days of Christmas in a days-gone-by setting; candles; holiday cookies; Santa Claus 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 rides. And speaking of trains, yes, this year’s event is once again presented by The Old Road Dinner Train. Welcome to Blissfield, Michigan, home to the annual Blissfield Yuletide Cheer celebration that begins the second weekend in November every year as Santa makes his first stop in the area that Friday night for an old-fashioned tree-lighting and carol sing. And this year, he’s taking area kids and others on a train excursion on his arrival night! This year’s Yuletide season is highlighted by three major events: the Blissfield … Read More »


Blissfield chosen as site for proposed ag-related museum

Posted on November 8th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Blissfield is the definite site selection for a future agricultural-related museum that will be designed by Friedrich St. Florian, designer of the National WWII Memorial  in Washington, D.C..
The decision was made by a unanimous vote of the board of directors, of the Agricultural Awareness and Preservation Museum, according to a press release from the organization, Friday.
Blissfield is the location but the actual site within the community is still open for discussion,  the release said.
The museum will be anchored by a large farm toy collection donated by local, renowned collectors. The directors also aim for it to serve the region and nation as an educational resource focusing on agricultural history, the industry of farming and more.
The board of directors had looked at sites both in the village of Blissfield and the city of Adrian for the museum … Read More »


Halloween Hours: UPDATE … No Rotary bonfire, but trick-or-treat a “go”

Posted on October 31st, by Victoria Keith in News. Comments Off

As of 2 p.m. today (Halloween), local communities are still planning on trick-or-treating taking place this evening, but the Rotary bonfire and Halloween parade have been cancelled, due to weather .

Blissfield and Riga has trick-or-treating from 5:30-7 p.m. Whiteford and the village of Deerfield have scheduled trick-or-treating from 6- 8 p.m. The Palmyra Township Fire Department Halloween Party begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m.

According to Blissfield Rotary President Andy Borchardt , all of the food and supplies purchased for this evening’s cancelled Rotary bonfire will be donated to local food banks.


FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS; BD at Hudson; Whiteford hosts Sterling Hts. Pkwy. Christian

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

The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced high school football playoff district matchups Sunday evening.  Two area Tri County Conference teams’ records earned them play-off bids.
Whiteford (7-2) will play Sterling Heights Parkway Christian ((5-4) in a home game this coming weekend. The winner of that game will play the winner of the Lenawee Christian ( 7-2) and Detroit Allen  (6-2) for the Division 8 district championship.
Britton Deerfield (6-3)  will play in a a cross-county affair as they travel to Hudson most likely on Friday night for the first round in a Division 7 matchup. The winner of that game will play the winner of the Melvindale Academy for Business & Technology (5-4) and Detroit Loyola (9-0) game to advance to the regional championship.


BOO! Halloween events planned

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

• Blissfield: Trick-or-treating is 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 31 Line up for the costume parade is at 7 p.m. at the Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library. The parade will commence down Lane Street to the park to the Rotary bonfire and costume judging. Hot dogs and cider will be served.

• Deerfield: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Trick-or-treating village-wide. Beginning and end will be signaled by the Deerfield Township Fire Department siren.

• Palmyra: 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Palmyra Township Fire Department children’s Halloween party at the Palmyra Community Center.

• Whiteford: 6-8 p.m Oct. 31 Trick-or-treat hours.

• Riga: 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 31 Trick-or-treating in village



Royals march off with first place

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

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield High School Marching Band won first place in Class C competition at a state competition in Jenison last weekend. The band performed a show featuring classical music by Beethoven that was titled “Immortal.”

This is the third consecutive year the Marching Royals have won first place overall. Blissfield was also selected as the Caption Award winners for best marching, best music and best color guard.

For the rest of the story, please pick up the Oct. 23, 2013, edition of The Advance, or call 517-486-2400 to subscribe for weekly delivery to your home anywhere in the U.S.



Blissfield’s new doctor: Meet Cara Derck D.O.

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

By Chad Hutchinson

Blissfield has a new face in family medicine with Dr. Cara Derck joining Dr. William Gray’s practice.

Derck said she always wanted to practice medicine in a small community similar to the one she grew up with in Fostoria, Ohio. She said the tight-knit community of Blissfield returned her to her roots.

“I always wanted to practice medicine in a small community with a country feel to it. Blissfield reminds me of home and so do the people,” she said.

Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story, please see the Oct. 23, 2013, edition of The Advance. To subscribe for weekly delivery – anywhere in the U.S. – please just call 517-486-2400.



Judge accepts Bences’ pleas

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

Bradley Bences pleaded no contest Wednesday, Oct. 16,  to three charges in connection with the July 13 incident where a Blissfield man’s throat was severely cut. 

Circuit Court Judge Margaret Noe accepted his pleas on  charges of dangerous weapon-carrying with unlawful intent, assault with a dangerous weapon, and attempted assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.

He faces a maximum five-year prison sentence.

For the complete story on this court proceeding, please pick up the Oct. 23, 2013, edition of  The Advance.