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Winter won’t loosen icy grip on region

Posted on January 28th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Winter’s icy grip has taken hold of the Midwest and is not predicted to let go anytime soon. Record low temperatures, snow, and gusty winds have sent residents inside, caused local schools to cancel more than a week’s worth of classes and even contributed to propane gas shortages. As another round of winter storms wreaked havoc on the area Monday, local authorities were urging residents to use caution or stay off roads if possible.

Lenawee County Sheriff Jack Welsh and Emergency Management Coordinator Curtis Parsons issued a level B- Snow condition yellow effective as of 4 p.m. Monday.

“A snow condition yellow means that road conditions are extremely hazardous with heavy snow, severe drifting, and or widespread ice. Generally only one lane is open for traffic which is moving at a slow speed with occasional stalled vehicles. Motorists are urged to curtail … Read More »

New banners brighten Blissfield, thanks to young artists

Posted on January 28th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

The Blissfield DDA/Main Street partnered with art students at Blissfield High School to create new banners for travelers along U.S. 223.

Through this partnership, high school grade students of art teacher Rob Stranges at Blissfield High School painted their own designs on blank banners provided by the Blissfield DDA/Main Street.

“We had a number of blank banners just sitting in a box in storage,” said Patricia Rayl, DDA/Main Street director. “Thanks to Rob Stranges’ students, we now have nine new banners decorating our light posts along Adrian Street.”

For the complete story, please see the Jan. 29, 2014, edition of The Advance.

Blissfield under 24-hour snow emergency

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

Blissfield Police Chief Dale Greenleaf has declared a snow emergency in the village of Blissfield beginning at noon Monday, Jan. 27. and concluding at noon Tuesday, Jan. 28.

This means any motor vehicle, trailer or moveable object must be removed from the streets by their owners or the  object may be towed and the owner ticketed.



Cancellations: Monday, Jan. 27

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

School was cancelled today (Jan. 27) in Blissfield, Whiteford and Britton Deerfield due to weather.
The Whiteford women’s varsity and junior varsity basketball game scheduled for Monday, Jan. 27 is canceled. No makeup date has been scheduled.

Blissfield Schools Monday, Jan. 27, athletic events – practices and games — are cancelled. The women’s JV and varsity  basketball game vs. Hillsdale for Jan. 27 has been rescheduled for this Wednesday, Jan. 29.

In addition, the Blissfield Athletic Boosters meeting scheduled for Monday night is also cancelled.

Essen, Barta BHS winter royalty

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

Blissfield High School seniors Brittany Essen and Dan Barta were crowned the Coming Home Queen and King Friday night during the halftime festivities of the varsity basketball game. For more photos from Coming Home, please see Page 7 of the Jan. 22, 2014, edition of The Advance.


Boosters host Nite at the Races at Legion

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

The Blissfield Athletic Boosters will host their third annual “Nite at the Races” this Saturday night, Jan. 25 at the Blissfield American Legion. The “Nite at the Races” event is an evening of real horse racing with those in attendance placing bets as if they were at the track.

Race information on the horses will be provided, such as the horses’ history, starts and places. The races that take place are actual races that have been run somewhere and are shown on a large screen. The track and date of the races are not revealed.

Hot appetizers will be provided, as well as a cash bar, door prizes donated by local Blissfield businesses, and a 50-50 raffle. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the first races starting at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $10 each and are available at the Blissfield … Read More »

Health officials urge shots as influenza hits

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

By Melissa Burnor

This winter influenza has hit the area hard. Hundreds of cases have been reported locally. One confirmed death in Lenawee County and one unconfirmed death as well as two in Monroe County and at least a half a dozen in Lucas County, Ohio, has health officials repeating the call for residents to get a flu shot.

According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, at least six deaths were reported in the state of Michigan by Dec. 21. The MDCH said more than 90 percent of positive influenza specimens at the MDCH Bureau of Laboratories are the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus.

And like 2009, the influenza virus is severely hitting hitting young and middle-age adults.

For the complete story, please see the Jan. 22, 2014, edition of The Advance.

BHS Coming Home candidates named

Posted on January 17th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

The Blissfield High School Coming Home King and Queen will be crowned at halftime of the varsity boys basketball game against Onsted Friday night. The court was not selected until early this week due to the  weather-related week long school cancellation. Pictured are in the front row from left are queen candidates Kelsey McEwan, Emily Kasefang, Melissa Snyder and Brittany Essen. King candidates in the back row are from left
Eric Pauley, Connor Vandecaveye and Dan Barta. Missing from the photo is Tyler Clark.

BD High School presents “Fiddler” this weekend

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

The Britton Deerfield High School play “Fiddler On The Roof” was rescheduled to this coming weekend due to the snowstorm. Two performances will be presented this weekend.

The first is 3 p.m. Saturday and the second at 3 p.m. Sunday. The shows are in the high school cafetorium in Britton. Admission is $5.

Lights, Art, Action! New Blissfield event Feb. 22

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

By Chad Hutchinson

A new event will artistically light up downtown Blissfield with the first annual Lights, Art, Action! Festival. Downtown Blissfield will be aglow as self-lighted art displays light up Lane Street from 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.

Focul Point Productions owner, Raùl Martìnez, and Creating is Bliss owner, Derica Belair, are heading up the festival with support from the Blissfield DDA/Main Street and primary sponsor, Midwest Energy Cooperative. The first annual festival will feature more than 240 pieces of art sharing a movement theme. The six mediums of art work being featured include drawing, painting, canvas work, photography, sculpture and pottery.

To register for the event or for more information, visit or e-mail or contact Raùl Martìnez at 704-287-2472. The deadline for registration is Jan. 31.

For the complete story as well as Martinez’s work at renovating the former Odd … Read More »