By Melissa Burnor
Although its officers hope never to have to use them, the Blissfield Police Department will be soon add semi-automatic rifles to its arsenal of weaponry.
Police Chief Jane Kelley said there has been more than one occasion in the last couple of years when one of these weapons would have been useful, including last year when the double-homicide on Lane Street occurred.
“If our officer had arrived seconds sooner, he would have been extremely undergunned,” Kelley said.
The Adrian and Blissfield Railroad has donated the cost of purchasing the weapons and the additional items at $8,687.35.
For the rest of the story, please see the Sept. 4, 2013, edition of The Advance.
By Chad Hutchinson
Blissfield Elementary School has a new principal taking the reins following former principal Dee Crane stepping down to take a new position with school district.
Michael Valasek has now taken on the position of principal for the school.
Valasek is no stranger to Blissfield Community Schools. He conducted his student teaching program with the school in the fall of 2004 and worked with former physical education teacher Nancy Blow and current athletic director Steve Babbitt. Valasek said his time at Blissfield is what inspired him to jump at the opportunity to become the new principal.
Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story, please see the Aug. 28, 2013, edition of The Advance.
By Melissa Burnor
PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — Republic Services, Inc. announced it will close the Adrian Landfill in a move to be more efficient, according to company officials.
However, the decision will have impact on Lenawee County residents and Palmyra Township, too.
“The Adrian Landfill will close to the public effective Sept. 20,” Russ Knocke, director of field communications and public affairs said in an email to the Advance Monday. Lenawee County Commissioner John Tuckerman (R-Blissfield) said the county has yet to receive the official word from the company on the closing.
The company plans on retaining ownership of the landfill, which is located at Ogden Highway and Deerfield Road, after it closes the doors. However, Knocke said the closing of the landfill should not affect the local customers who rely on them for waste pickup.
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By Melissa Burnor
The Blissfield Village Council gave its support to a concept of a toy tractor museum that could draw people to Blissfield.
A group known as the Tri-County Historical Society is looking for land options for a museum site for large collection of toy tractors. One of those land options could be the site of the former Home Canning Company owned by the village of Blissfield.
Blissfield village administrator Jim Wonacott said that the collection of model and toy tractors already available to the society could exceed $1 million in value.
For the complete story, please see the Aug. 28, 2013, edition of The Advance.
PALMYRA – A Blissfield woman was killed in a pre-dawn crash on U.S. 223 in Palmyra Township this morning. According to the Lenawee County Sherif’s Office, Nicole Deer, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle crash shortly before 6 a.m. on U.S. 223 near Driggs Road.
A press release said Deer appeared to be traveling westbound on U.S. 223 in a 1996 Chevrolet when she was alleged struck by Dewayne Shattuck, 25, Adrian, who was eastbound in a 1999 Chevrolet.
According to the release, deputies believe Shattuck allegedly crossed the centerline and struck Deer’s vehicle.
Shattuck was transported to Bixby Hospital with non-incapacitating injuries by Palmyra Township Fire Department rescuers.
Police had the road shut down for more than three hours as they investigated. The crash still remains under investigation by the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office.
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Police have closed U.S. 223 east of Palmyra while they are investigating a serious pre-dawn traffic accident near Driggs Road and U.S. 223. All traffic is rerouted from U.S. 223 to Crockett Highway to Gorman Road and Ogden Highway for both east and westbound traffic. No further information is available at this time.
Traveling Jefferson Street in the village of Blissfield for the next week may be a little rough as crews begin to prepare the street for paving next week. The village contracted with the Lenawee County Road Commission for work that began Tuesday morning.
Village Department of Public Works Superintendent Mark Strahan said traffic will be able to get down the road this week as road crews are working to clean out the street after the surface was removed Tuesday. Strahan said he expects paving to begin and end the week of Aug. 19, weather permitting. The street will remain open but drivers may experience street closures or lane closures while the street is being paved.
By MELISSA BURNOR
Bring a lawn chair, bring a blanket and bring the family to and hear some of the best bluegrass music in southeastern Michigan at the third annual Bluegrass on the River Saturday, Aug. 24, at Blissfield’s Bachmayer Park. This year’s event is presented by the Blissfield Rotary.
With a strong lineup of bluegrass entertainers, as well as crafters, lost arts vendors and food vendors, chairperson Ashley Bailey said this year’s event should be larger than ever.
The music commences at 11 a.m. with the first of the nine bands in the lineup taking the Rotary Pavilion stage. Five of last year’s acts will be returning and four new bands will perform. The last band will take the stage at 7 p.m. The committee has lined up some talented acts well-known in the southeastern Michigan region.
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Plow Day has been a favorite rural event in the Blissfield area for several years. However, founders Alan “Sammy” and Ron Thompson made a decision not to host Plow Day this year, citing liability factors.
To show their appreciation to supporters of Plow Day through the years, they organized the Plow Day Appreciation Parade Saturday, Aug. 10, which found more than 50 tractors from various eras chugging from Blissfield schools to the Thompson farm on Thompson Highway in rural Blissfield.
An old-fashioned farm celebration with music, food and fun followed at the Thompson farm.
By Melissa Burnor
OTTAWA LAKE — Whiteford Township will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Aug. 21 for a $2.8 million sewer project in the township.
“This is something that Whiteford has never done in its history,” supervisor Walter Ruhl said. “This is a big moment for the residents of Whiteford Township and Ottawa Lake.”
The groundbreaking will be held at the Ottawa Lake Fire Hall, near the corner of Brown Street and Memorial Highway in Ottawa Lake.
Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For more on this project, please see the Aug. 14, 2013, edition of The Advance.