While the 32nd Annual River Raisin Festival is still four months away, plenty of action has been taking place preparing for the big event that will draw several thousand people to the banks of the River Raisin and be a venue for local non-profit organizations to raise money for their own endeavors. A theme, a new carnival and the fireworks sponsor have all been secured in the past week.
Festival organizers have also designed a new spring event, the Spring Fling, to help kickstart both fundraising for favorite charities as well as for the River Raisin Festival on April 4.
Commemorating Blissfield’s long association with the railroad, spanning over three centuries and nearly 180 years, this year’s festival’s “All Aboard” theme will be pay homage to the village’s rail history. As in years past each festival has its own theme. The … Read More »
Pasta for Pooches, a benefit spaghetti dinner to raise money and awareness for assistance dogs takes place from 4-7 p.m. this Saturday, March 14, at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 5790 W, Temperance Road, Ottawa Lake,
The event includes raffles a cake walk, silent auction and live music. Proceeds go to Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence that provides therapy dogs specially trained to perfectly fit an individual’s needs.
Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10 yeas of age. Tickets are available at the door or by calling Tina Calhoun at 419-349-4966.
Checks for the fundraiser can be made payable to St. Michael’s Lutheran Church.
By Melissa Burnor
Police and fire crews had U.S 223 shut down east of the Blissfield village limits to Silberhorn Highway as they continued to investigate a car-and-semi-tractor trailer crash just west of Silberhorn Highway late Monday afternoon, March 9. However, the road was back open to traffic Tuesday.
Preliminary reports from police suggest the driver of the vehicle crossed the center line. The driver was airlifted from the scene via air ambulance. His condition is unknown.
Motorists travelling west on U.S. 223 were rerouted north on Silberhorn Highway to North Lane Street back to U.S. 223.
Rescuers from multiple agencies responded, using the Jaws of Life to extricate the victim from his car for transport via helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent’s Medical Center for … Read More »
Blissfield’s Noah Nieman earned a third-place finish in the Michigan State Wrestling Finals at The Palace Saturday.
He defeated Bronson senior Kahle Scheenks in triple overtime for the 6-5 margin, having mowed through five senior wrestlers in the weekend of competition.
For more, please see the March 11 edition of The Advance.
The Blissfield women’s basketball team won 65-34 over the Eagles of Erie-Mason.
The Royals had led by 40-10 at halftime.
For the complete story, please see the March 11 edition of The Advance.
They will play Arbor Prep High School at Whitmore Lake High School at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10.
A Deerfield Township couple and their cat are safe but their home on Garno Road just west of Sisson Highway was destroyed by fire Thursday afernoon.
Fire crews responded shortly before 2 p.m. to the blaze. Both Ridgeway and Summerfield townships fire departments assisted Deerfield.
As of 3:15 p.m. crews remained on the scene. A complete story will be in the March 4 edition of The Advance.
RIGA — Due to the extreme cold, the Riga Township Fire Hall is open as a warming center 24 hours a day until further notice. Riga Township Fire Chief Mike Norman said arrangements can be made for the fire department to pick township residents up at their homes if they are having trouble keeping it warm. Norman said if any elderly people need chores done outside that they are concerned about doing in the cold, they can call the fire department
“We encourage them to call us if they need help.”
Norman said if anyone needs assistance getting to the fire hall from the township they can call him at 517-673-6283. The telephone number at the fire hall is 517-486-5023. If anyone has an emergency at this time or any other time … Read More »
Janie Bunge had a grand ole’ time Tuesday night.
She hit the 1000-career-points mark in a 45-25 loss to Ida. Bunge recorded the milestone with 7:01 remaining in the game with an and-one at the free-throw line to cut the Ida lead to 28-18.
Overall, she scored 14 points in the loss – more than half her team’s total, bringing her career total to 1005 after tonight’s game.
For the complete story, please see the Feb. 25, 2015, edition of The Advance.
Whiteford Superintendent Larry Shilling announced he will be stepping down from the district.
“I am retiring effective June 30, 2015,” he said.
Shilling has been Whiteford’s Superintendent since 2009. He previously served as Deerfield’s superintendent from 2002-2009 and was principal before that. Shilling also taught and coached in the Summerfield Schools.
Please look for the whole story in the Feb. 25 edition of The Advance.
If you want to know what’s happening in eastern Lenawee County and western Monroe County, these are the headlines in the Feb. 18, 2015, edition of The Advance…
1. Johnson named Blissfield superintendent
2. Suspect in BHS threat faces count of ‘threat of terrorism’ as juvenile
3. August farm event to herald new ag museum, with a photo and info as the museum committee makes a down payment on land which is to be the site of the proposed farm museum
4. BCS in-service training seeks to thwart school intruders
5. Wind farms meeting goals
6. Palmyra Township reviewing proposals from cemetery commission
7. Road millage sought by Palmyra Township
8. BD may add bus service for town students
9. Council hears of DDA capital progress brochure
10. Blood drive honors Dressel
11. A rash of rashes hit Lenawee County
12. Miss River Raisin Festival contestants sought
…and that’s just the major news … Read More »