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Yockey finishes Marathon under three-hour mark

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

Jay Yockey finished the Boston Marathon in 2:53.44.  His goal this year was to finish the grueling 26.2-mile course in under three hours.

Blissfield Kiwanis Pancake Supper April 24

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

The annual Blissfield Kiwanis Pancake Supper April 24 will be offered to the community as a free meal. The dinner sponsored by the Adrian & Blissfield Rail Road features pancakes and sausage, applesauce and a choice of milk, coffee or tea.

There will also be a cash raffle sponsored by Blissfield State Bank. Tickets will be available at the door for $1 each. First prize is $250, second prize is $150 and third prize is $100. Winners do not need to be present to win.

The meal will be served in the Blissfield High School cafeteria from 4:30-7 p.m.


Palmyra Twp. to seek cemetery levy

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


PALMYRA — Palmyra Township will ask its residents to consider a .2 mill levy for cemetery operations and improvements during the August primary election. The action was approved at its April 10 board meeting. Palmyra Township Supervisor Jim Isley said the levy would cover expenses at all four township cemeteries. The levy would generate approximately $16,000 a year. Isley said the township has had to consider the millage levy after losing the tipping fee from the landfill that closed last year.

For the complete story on this and the most recent Palmyra Township meeting, please pick up the April 16, 2014, edition of The ADVANCE.

Free meals available April 22

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

Blissfield Presbyterian Church will again be provide meals at no cost to participants on Tuesday, April 22. It will be a hamburger gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, and applesauce carry-out meal.  Meals can be picked up at Catering by Liz between 5-6 p.m. on that day or delivery is available.  To request meals please call 486-4738 any time prior to noon on meal day. 


April 15 track meets postponed

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

Area track teams will not compete today as the area awoke to a blanket of snow. The Dundee meet, where Blissfield was to compete, has been postponed to May 1. The Britton Deerfield meet at Britton will be run on Thursday. At this time it is not known whether Whiteford will run at Britton Deerfield on Thursday as they already had a track meet scheduled that day at Lenawee Christian High School. Please check back this afternoon for updated information.

Scouts host Easter party at Legion

Posted on April 11th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

The Blissfield Community Girls Scouts is hosting an Easter Party for the community from 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Blissfield American Legion. There is no cost to attend and participate in the festivities.

Unlike the Easter Egg hunts of the past hosted by the Girl Scouts, this year’s event will be inside the Legion due to the possibility of bad weather and the already wet ground. They have planned some fun games and crafts along with prizes, organizer Michelle Molaro said.

Molaro said the event is geared to ages three to 10 it is a community event. Molaro said there are a lot of outdoor toys that will be given away as prizes. The Easter Bunny will be visiting with children at the event, thanks to a donation by the Blissfield Kiwanis. The Girl Scouts will be taking photos of children with … Read More »

Local school officials see improvements in MEAP results

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


Local school district officials report they were pleased with results that came back on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program testing.

Blissfield superintendent Scott Moellenberndt said that the scores in the eighth grade mathematics and science categories by Blissfield students were one of the highlights of the MEAP testing. Moellenberndt said Blissfield improved in 13 of the 18 categories of the test from the third through the ninth grade.

Both Whiteford and Britton Deerfield cite continuity and improvement.

For more on the MEAP test results in Blissfield, Britton Deerfield and Whiteford schools, please see both the April 2 and April 9, 2014, editions of The Advance, which include the most recent scores.

Lower revenues may singe Blissfield Township Fire Dept. budget

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


A decrease in revenue as the result of fewer ambulance runs projected for the Blissfield Township Fire Department as well as the cost of a new roof could put a strain on the Blissfield Township Fire Department budget.

The township is expecting about $37,400 less in revenues than last year. Last year the township saw a sharp decline in ambulance revenue and officials have figured accordingly reducing the revenue line item by $28,681. It is anticipated the township will collect $64,319 in revenue for the ambulance.

For the complete story, please pick up a copy of the April 9, 2014, edition of The Advance, serving the community for 140 years!

Fire crews called to anhydrous leak Sunday night

Posted on March 30th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Leaking anhydrous ammonia resulted in a Blissfield Township fire crew being dispatched to the Crop Production Services location on Silberhorn Highway Sunday evening. 
Blissfield Fire Chief Gary Crist said crews were called out to the location at 8:23 p.m. Three small tanks were leaking, he said.
It is believed there was a problem with a shut-off valve caused by the weather, he said.
Fire department personnel waited for CPS employees to arrive before suiting up in self-contained breathing apparatus and shutting off the valve.
Firefighters were on the scene for about an hour.

River Raisin may be at high point

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

According to forecaster from the National Weather Service the River Raisin may have reached its high point Friday morning, March 21, just inches below what would be considered a minor flood. According to the NWS website the river was at 682.45 feet above sea level at 7 a.m. Friday. Flooding occurs at 683 feet.

Water rose over the banks into Bachmayer Park late last weekend and some standing water is visible in Ellis Park as well in the middle of the village. Forecasters say the water levels will remain fairly constant through Monday before gradually decreasing throughout the week.

Lenawee Emergency Management Director Curtis  Parsons said the slow thaw has been favorable.  Reports of some flooding has been reported downstream closer to the City of Monroe where the river flows into Lake Erie.