UPDATED 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7
The new year came stomping in with a vengeance, leaving the area to battle heavy snow, winds and extremely frigid temperatures. Officials have estimated as much as 20 inches of snow has fallen in the area since between Jan. 1 and Jan. 6 that sent residents scurrying to local grocery stores over the weekend and has given snow plow drivers trouble keeping rural roads clear.
Already today (Tuesday, Jan. 7), Britton Deerfield Schools and Blissfield Community Schools have announced they will have no school Wednesday. Blissfield has announced its competitive cheer meet scheduled for Wednesday will take place Monday at Columbia Central instead. The home Blissfield varsity wrestling meet scheduled for Wednesday has been moved to Thursday, 5:30 p.m., according to Steve Babbitt, athletic director, and Thursday’s Blissfield freshman basketball game will be played in the middle school gym.
The mercury … Read More »
Two-way traffic on U.S. 223 near County Line Highway in Riga Township has been restored. Police and fire crews were called to the scene of a jackknifed semi trailer shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Police also discovered a Jeep rollover accident east of the semi’s location.
Traffic was shut down as wrecker crews removed the semi trailer. As of 4 p.m. the Jeep had not been removed.
Police have been responding to stranded motorists locations in both Lenawee and Monroe counties Monday and Tuesday. With record low temperatures and wind chills officials in both counties have issued advisories. Lenawee County Sheriff Jack Welsh and the county emergency management office has issued a travel advisory recommending people stay off the roads. Monroe County Sheriff and the Monroe County Emergency Management Office have requested people not drive on county roads until 7 a.m. Wednesday.
High winds … Read More »
OTTAWA LAKE — U.S. 23 is currently open in both directions according to the Michigan State Police. An accident shut down the southbound lane at approximately 11:30 a.m. The accident allegedly injured a state trooper and at least five vehicles were involved in one crash. No other known injuries are reported at the time.
The road was shut down for a significant amount of time. According to the Michigan State Police the road was open at 1:30 p.m. However, police said they have had numerous problems in both directions on the freeway throughout the day.
The Riga Township Hall is open to Lenawee County residents as a warming station. With frigid temperatures, residents may need some place to go to keep warm, Riga Township Fire Chief Mike Norman said. The hall located at the south end of the village of Riga on Riga Highway will be open through Wednesday.
Lenawee County Sheriff Jack Welsh and emergency coordinator, Curtis Parsons issued a dangerous weather advisory for the county Friday afternoon. The National Weather Service in Detroit has issued a winter storm watch for the area and is predicting accumulation of between six to 12 inches of snow to begin falling in southeast Michigan Saturday afternoon, overnight and into Sunday. In addition, blowing and drifting winds are expected to add to hazardous road conditions.
According to a press release from Welsh and Parsons, frigid temperatures will move into the area beginning Sunday evening with wind chills expected to be in the -25 to -35 F range.
“These weather conditions can be dangerous to area residents should you become stranded out of doors,” the release said.
The pair warned of frost bite and hypothermia as potential possibilities if outside without proper protection. Officials are urging … Read More »
If the previous year was marked by tragedy and triumph, 2013 was surely marked with personal achievements, potential and pitfalls in the area.
Throughout the year several local residents were recognized for their accomplishments and announcements and decisions were made giving possibility to new opportunities. Although a few stumbling blocks were in the way, the pitfalls often resulted in a new approach to old problems.
For a full, month-by-month review of 2013, please see the Jan. 1, 2014, edition of The Advance. A full review of 2013 sports is in this edition as well.
The community can say farewell to retiring Blissfield Police Chief Jane Kelley and meet new Chief Dale Greenleaf at a Farewell and Welcome open house form 3-6 p.m. Friday at the Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library meeting room, 407 S. Lane Street. Both the incoming and outgoing chiefs will be the guests of honor. Kelley served more than 11 years as police chief, retiring officially Dec. 31. Greenleaf’s first day as chief was New Year’s Day. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The public is invited to attend.
For Melissa Burnor’s story on the departing chief and incoming chief, please pick up the Jan. 1, 2014, edition of The Advance, which also includes a review of 2013 in both news and sports.
Two reports of fires early Christmas morning kept Blissfield and other fire crews busy and destroyed a Blissfield Township couple’s unattached garage and its contents.
Blissfield Township fire crews were first dispatched to Riverview Apartments on Joy Street at approximately 1:15 a.m. for a smoke investigation. Blissfield Fire Chief Gary Crist said it appeared someone had set a pizza box on a hot stovetop and then moved it into the hallway. Fire crews cleared the scene about 2 a.m.
They had not left the fire hall long when a passerby called 911 at 3:24 a.m. to report a fire east of Blissfield on Lamley Highway. Riga and Deerfield townships were also called to assist at the scene. Crist said they were able to leave the scene about 7 a.m. but were called back out for a rekindle at 8:15 a.m. and were … Read More »
The second annual Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run the evening of Dec. 13
featured more than 100 participants who braved the cold with festive spirits to help benefit the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program. This year’s overall winner and overall male winner was Justin Bateson, of Blissfield, with a time of 16:32. The overall female winner was Dr. Josephine Weeden, of Saline, with a time of 19:21. The winning holiday costume worn in the race went to the fleet-footed Christmas tree, Domingo Valadez. The top two finishers for each age group are as follows. Female 6-12: Megan Weidmayer 26:52, Lily Fojtik 29:24; Male 6-12: Dylan Glase 27:07, Simon Pettit 29:21; Female 13-15: Keelie Cairo 25:48, Sarah Weidmayer 25:49; Male 16-20: Tyler Schmidt 17:03, David Wolfe 28:22; Female 16-20: Christy Weidmayer 26:18; Female 21-35: Sarah Temby 21:31, Jenny Carmichael 21:42; Male 21-35: … Read More »
Britton Deerfield middle school teacher Jessica Smith challenged her students to do a project that incorporated time and talent. It had to be centered on something they liked to do. “I like to help people,” eighth-grader Madelynn Stamman, 13, said. Stamman organized a food drive within the middle school that aided the Deerfield Community Food Pantry at the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, the Deerfield half of the Light of Christ Parish. Shortly before Thanksgiving a van completely packed with food after being loaded up by students was taken the few short blocks away to the Light of Christ Parish pantry.
The Deerfield food pantry is not the only one that reaped the benefit of community involvement. The Blissfield Food Pantry serves the greater Blissfield area. Residents must live in Blissfield, Deerfield, Palmyra or Riga and be receiving food assistance through the … Read More »