Bobcats headed back to Ford Field

The Whiteford Bobcats didn’t let a little rain and cold – or a lot of rain and cold – stop them from their goal of returning to Ford Field for a second crack at the MHSAA Division Eight state football title.

To get there, the Bobcats continued their perfect season by handling Mendon Saturday afternoon 50-21.  The ‘Cats got off to a 22-0 first quarter to set the pace. By halftime, the score was 36-7 Bobcats.

They will face Saginaw Nouvel the day after Thanksgiving at Detroit’s Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions. Interestingly, Saginaw Nouvel, who played in Division Six 10 years ago, was the team the Blissfield Royals faced and fell to in 2007 at the state finals.

This is the second consecutive year Whiteford’s football team has made it to the state finals. Last year, they lost in that last game and claimed state runner-up status.

For Brad Heineman’s complete story and photos, please see the Nov. 22 edition of The Advance.

Whiteford Bobcats win regional crown

On a chilly Saturday afternoon in “The Woods” of Whiteford High School, the Whiteford Bobcats continued their perfect varsity football season by downing the Mountaineers of Clarkston Everest 60-20, adding another regional title trophy to their case in the process.

The Bobcats now advance to a neutral site – Howell High School – where they will take on Mendon High School at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. They are just one win from returning to Ford Field where they finished as Division 8 runners up in 2016

For Brad Heineman’s story and photos, please see the Nov. 15, 2017, edition of The Advance. 

Blissfield’s football season ends

The Blissfield Royals ended their regular football season with a 5-4 record, but it was enough to get them into the playoffs in Division 6.

They mowed down Napoleon first – top seed in their district – then Columbia Central for their district’s championship.

However, when they traveled to Madison Heights Bishop Foley on a bitterly cold Friday to face the Cougars of Warren Michigan Collegiate for the regional title, their season came to an end as the Cougars won 32-6 to advance to the Division 6 semifinals.

For Brad Heineman’s complete story, please see the Nov. 15, 2017, edition of The Advance.

Blissfield Royals win district football crown

The Blissfield Royals won its first district championship in football since its Cinderella football year of 2007 that took the Royals of that era all the way to Ford Field where they lost in the state finals.

The Royals went back to Columbia Central, where they had defeated the Golden Eagles earlier in the year, and did it again Friday night with a 27-17 victory to claim their district’s title in the Division 6 of the MHSAA state football tournament. The team was presented with the trophy at Columbia Central and hoisted it high after singing the school fight song joined by student fans on the football field.

Blissfield will play for the regional title next weekend.

For the complete story, please see the Nov. 8, 2017, edition of The Advance.

Police seek witnesses to fatal crash

A 29-year old Toledo, Ohio, woman is dead as a result of a single-vehicle crash on Yankee Road east of Riga Highway, Saturday night, Oct. 7.
According to a news release from Michigan State Police F/Lt. Cuevas of the Monroe Post, troopers  responded at approximately 11:48 p.m. and discovered the Tiffany Lynn Shaw, 29, who was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical services personnel.
The Michigan State Police are asking anyone who may have additional information or
witnessed the crash to contact the Monroe Post at 734-242-3500.

For the complete story, please see the Oct. 11, 2017, edition of The Advance. For weekly delivery to your home, please call 517-486-2400.

Townships discuss potential for sharing services


A continuing conversation about consolidating fire and emergency medical services took place Oct. 4.  Faced with rising operational costs, equipment costs, demanding training requirements, rising medical calls and fewer people ready to answer the call some local township leaders are researching an idea of consolidating services.
Supervisors from Blissfield, Riga, Ogden, Palmyra and Madison townships met at the Blissfield Township Hall.  Blissfield Township hall.  Deerfield Township Supervisor Ron Cousino was also invited but did not attend. Blissfield Township Al Navarro said the reason stated was that at the current time Deerfield has a full roster and no pressing needs that would compel them to look at alternatives.
Ogden Township Supervisor Richard Marks attended the meeting mainly he said for information.
“We are very happy with Madison, he said, we have no reason to look elsewhere.”
Riga Township Supervisor Gary Kastel said that he is looking at a possibility of a merger between at least Riga and Blissfield townships for fire and EMS services.  No information was released on any concept of what that could look like.
Navarro said moving forward it is likely that only he and Kastel will continue with the discussion as the other local townships did not see a need to move forward with the discussion.
Whether the idea is feasible or not, both Kastel and Navarro said they owe it to the residents to look into any possibilities that could strengthen services for the communities.
“A lot of things would have to be worked out, but only, Riga and (Blissfield) are serious about working together,” Navarro said of the current situation.

For the complete story, please see the Oct. 11, 2017, edition of The Advance.

Festival goes on with big schedule despite carnival no-show

At approximately noon on Wednesday the River Raisin Festival Committee issued a statement.  The carnival company contracted to bring rides to the 34th annual event will not be showing up this year.

“It is with much disappointment that we must acknowledge the fact that the carnival we signed a contract with has failed to show to our 2017 event,” a statement on the Blissfield River Raisin Festival social media account  said.
The festival committee said there are plenty of other activities that will entertain people during the festival.

The Old National Kids Corner has several activities and lots of entertainment on the Tugboat Stage, sponsored by Bailey Family Chiropractic.

There will be additional inflatables brought in to use in place of the carnival. Plenty of festival food vendors and merchant vendors and crafters will be open throughout the event. There is a new train ride and pony rides for kids, too.  This year, another new attraction is a free kiddie tractor pull contest Friday night, sponsored by M.A.C.

Several events and attractions were scheduled to give festival-goers plenty of selection and that hasn’t changed.  On Thursday night there will be a movie night showing the new version of “Jungle Book” along with a tractor show and the Miss River Raisin Princess Walk highlighted by the big annual fireworks show.  Baby Blissfield will also be announced on Thursday. Downtown is the DDA’s Iott Insurance Agency Car and Bike Show.

Friday’s events are highlighted by the Miss River Raisin Festival scholarship pageant and fireworks, followed by the Mojo Doyle Band on the Pavilion Stage. The .  Everyone is invited to the parade, sponsored by Green Plains, on Saturday morning.  Also downtown on Saturday is the new Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament, presented by the Blissfield Recreation and Parks Department. There is the big waterball tournament and then the new Duck Race on the River Raisin Saturday. Entertainment is scheduled all three days and Saturday evening’s events will be culminated with the Ticket Storm at the softball diamond where the marathon softball tournament will take place Friday and Saturday.

Any updates and changes to the schedule will be available at the River Raisin Festival information tent.

Blissfield pool, BD school levies pass

The voters of Blissfield and Britton Deerfield went to the polls Tuesday, May 2, and approved the ballot issues before them.

Blissfield will have a new swimming pool as a result of a 506-331 vote of approval for the project for two mills over 20 years.

Britton Deerfield approved a two-mill sinking fund for five years by a vote of 337 yes to 295 no.

Tornado siren tests to sound April 20

Residents of Lenawee County should be aware that the county will be testing its tornado sirens at 5:55 p.m. Thursday, April 20. The annual tests are conducted to ensure that proper notification will be provided to residents in case of any emergency weather crisis.
For the state of Michigan, its official tornado season usually spans from mid-June to mid-July, however, tornadoes could appear in the state during April and May.