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Royals march off with first place

Posted on October 22nd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield High School Marching Band won first place in Class C competition at a state competition in Jenison last weekend. The band performed a show featuring classical music by Beethoven that was titled “Immortal.”

This is the third consecutive year the Marching Royals have won first place overall. Blissfield was also selected as the Caption Award winners for best marching, best music and best color guard.

For the rest of the story, please pick up the Oct. 23, 2013, edition of The Advance, or call 517-486-2400 to subscribe for weekly delivery to your home anywhere in the U.S.

Blissfield’s new doctor: Meet Cara Derck D.O.

Posted on October 22nd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Chad Hutchinson

Blissfield has a new face in family medicine with Dr. Cara Derck joining Dr. William Gray’s practice.

Derck said she always wanted to practice medicine in a small community similar to the one she grew up with in Fostoria, Ohio. She said the tight-knit community of Blissfield returned her to her roots.

“I always wanted to practice medicine in a small community with a country feel to it. Blissfield reminds me of home and so do the people,” she said.

Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story, please see the Oct. 23, 2013, edition of The Advance. To subscribe for weekly delivery – anywhere in the U.S. – please just call 517-486-2400.

Judge accepts Bences’ pleas

Posted on October 16th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Bradley Bences pleaded no contest Wednesday, Oct. 16,  to three charges in connection with the July 13 incident where a Blissfield man’s throat was severely cut. 

Circuit Court Judge Margaret Noe accepted his pleas on  charges of dangerous weapon-carrying with unlawful intent, assault with a dangerous weapon, and attempted assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.

He faces a maximum five-year prison sentence.

For the complete story on this court proceeding, please pick up the Oct. 23, 2013, edition of  The Advance.

Keelie Cairo Lenawee County’s female cross country champ

Posted on October 15th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

Blissfield’s Keelie Cairo is the 2013 Lenawee County cross country women’s champion. Despite being one of the youngest runners on the course, the 14-year-old won the county meet in decisive fashion Saturday morning at Gerber Park. The Blissfield Royal women placed second as a team overall followed by Britton Deerfield. The Tecumseh women won the team scoring. The Britton Deerfield men’s team placed seventh

The entire women’s race belonged to Cairo. She jumped into the lead right from the start, leading the entire 3.1-mile circuit around the park. The race seemed to start quite fast and as a result several runners posted some of their best times of the season.

“I was in the mood to win,” Cairo said after the meet.

For the complete story on Cairo’s winning run and the rest of the meet story, please see the Sports … Read More »

Village seeks bids to remodel new offices

Posted on October 15th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

Blissfield Village Council would like to see local contractors bid on the proposed remodeling of the new village office at the former Key Bank Building on South Lane Street. The council unanimously approved the architect’s plan and will move forward with the bidding process the will include a mandatory walk-through tentatively scheduled for Halloween. Any minor changes would have to be made to the plan by Wednesday as the architect plans to release bidding packages Friday in both electronic form and in paper form.

They will send the bid specs out to prospective contractors on the office that will also include a new council chamber and the village police department. David Gassen and his firm Partners in Architecture have put together a comprehensive plan that includes renovations to the interior as well as exterior modifications and some other site … Read More »

Ideas for parks and rec in Blissfield? Input sought Thursday

Posted on October 15th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

The Blissfield Parks and Recreation Department will host a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library. Parks and recreation director Eric May said the meeting is being held to give the public an opportunity to contribute ideas of what they would like to see included in the department’s five-year plan.

“We’re looking for ideas on what the public would like to see us work on,” May said. The department’s current plan expires in February of 2014.

Denecker, Southward crowned BHS homecoming royalty

Posted on October 8th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Blissfield High School students chose seniors Claire Denecker as 2013 homecoming queen and Charlie Southward as homecoming king Friday night at halftime of the varsity football game against Hillsdale


For more from homecoming 2013, please see the Oct. 9, 2013, edition of The Advance.

Area schools mull annual student-count numbers

Posted on October 8th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

With the annual fall count day last week for Michigan schools, local schools are seeing a smaller enrollment but there is silver lining in the numbers. Blissfield reported 1,237.5 students. Britton Deerfield had 753 students.

Blissfield is down 26.5 students from last year, Blissfield Superintendent Scott Moellenberndt said. The district had 1,264 students a year ago.

“Although state funding is based on a blended count of 10 percent February/90 percent October which equates to 25 less students than the 2012-13 school year, he said. Funding for schools is based on the number of students. The state of Michigan divides out education money based on the blended enrollment count.

Britton Deerfield superintendent Charles Pelham said student enrollment in the district is down from last year but it is higher than what the district projected. The benefit is that the district took in … Read More »

Driver lands in Yankee Road ditch

Posted on October 4th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

RIGA TOWNSHIP — An 18-year old Jasper woman was taken to Flower Hospital as the result of a one-vehicle crash on Yankee Road in Riga Township Friday shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4.

Cpl. Ben Oram of the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office said MacKenzie Brown, 18, was eastbound on Yankee Road

when she allegedly lost control of her vehicle, spun around and landed in the ditch on the north side of the road facing west.

A passerby stopped to stay with the woman until rescue and ambulance arrived. Brown suffered a head injury. Oram said she would be cited with a violation of the basic speed law. She was not wearing a seatbelt he said. Riga Township Fire Department was assisted by Madison Township Fire Department at the scene.

It’s Homecoming at Blissfield High

Posted on October 4th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Two of these Blissfield HIgh School seniors will be crowned homecoming king and queen tonight, Friday, Oct. 4, at half time of the varsity football game against the Hillsdale Hornets. Pictured from the left in the front row are senior queen candidates Kaytlin Martinez, Claire Denecker, Kelsie Abbott and Sara Goetz. The senior king candidates in the back row from the left are: Jacob Bayer, Dakota Underwood, Dakota Suiter and Charlie Southward.

Not pictured are the float riders for each class. The 2013 float riders are seniors, Brianna Yates and Josh Green; juniors, Quinn Cross and Jacob Bates; sophomores, Carlee Wanless and Charles Kaster; and freshmen Jesse Reaster and Jack Gorny.

There will also be a silent auction at the game to benefit the Blissfield Athletic Boosters.

The annual Homecoming parade through town will be at 5:30 p.m. tonight (Friday, Oct. 4).