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Riga Twp. Hall open as warming center

Posted on January 6th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

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.

Weather advisory issued for Lenawee County

Posted on January 3rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

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 »

2013 news reviewed

Posted on January 2nd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

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.

Farewell/welcome open house Friday for chiefs

Posted on January 2nd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

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 fires Christmas Day

Posted on January 2nd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

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 »

More than 100 run the Hot-Cha-Cha 5K

Posted on December 23rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

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 »

Food pantries come to aid of local people

Posted on December 23rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

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 »

BD eyes possible sinking fund levy

Posted on December 23rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

If Britton Deerfield board members follow through with a vote next month, the voters in the school district will most likely see a one-mill sinking fund levy request on a ballot later this year.

The board’s confidence about the financial outlook for the district was bolstered by a positive audit report of the finances by Ron Eaton of the accounting firm Robinson, Eaton and Owen, Adrian.

The district still has approximately $47,000 in a capital project fund left over from the last sinking fund millage the former Deerfield district had. The money can only be used for projects in the Deerfield building. Building improvement and capital projects in Britton must be taken out of the general fund.

The district has a need for some capital improvements, but there isn’t much room in the budget. The restricted fund balance of $406,000 was reduced to … Read More »

Blissfield retailers report good holiday sales season

Posted on December 23rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Holiday shopping trends are an important economic indicator. In Blissfield, several local businesses are reporting increased sales and a desire from customers outside of the community for the friendly and personable touch Blissfield businesses offer.

DDA/Main Street director Patricia Rayl said good turnouts for the Yuletide and Wassail festivals have been a welcomed catalyst for businesses in Blissfield.

“I think everybody’s been happy with the holiday shopping season. I think everyone has had busy shops and a good season so far,” she said Friday as the final shopping days approached.

For Chad Hutchinson’s complete story with local merchant interviews, please see the Dec. 25, 2013, edition of The Advance, on newsstands Monday afternoon to aid  last-minute holiday shoppers.

Candle sparks pre-holiday home fire in Blissfield

Posted on December 23rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish a house fire reportedly ignited by a candle last week. Blissfield Township volunteer firefighters responded to a working house fire shortly after 11 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Kerentoff residence in the 100 block South Monroe Street. Blissfield Township fire chief Gary Crist said all residents evacuated the home before fire crews arrived on the scene. Fire crews only had to use 2,000 gallons of water on the fire that started from an upper story. “It was a candle in an upstairs bedroom,” Crist said.

For more details on the fire, please see the Dec. 25, 2013, edition of The Advance.