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Bluegrass on the River set for Aug. 24

Posted on August 13th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off


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.

From dulcimer players to pickers of … Read More »

Tractors chug to Thompson Farm

Posted on August 13th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

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.

Whiteford Twp. to break ground on sewer project

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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.

Exit 5 reopens with round-abouts

Posted on August 13th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

OTTAWA LAKE — The exits at U.S. 223 and U.S. 23 in Whiteford Township are fully open for traffic and all detours have been removed. According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, construction at the interchange is essentially complete and open. The Michigan Department of Transportation did a major overhaul of the interchange by creating a round-about. There will be a single-lane closure on northbound U.S. 23 between mile markers eight and nine for concrete pavement repair. This closure is expected to last through 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16.

Bences bound to Circuit; second charge added

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

By Melissa Burnor
Victim testimony along with submitted police and medical reports was enough for Judge James Sheridan to bind Bradley Bences over to Lenawee County Circuit Court not only on the original felonious assault charge but also one of assault with intent to commit murder for the alleged July 13 knife attack in downtown Blissfield.
The victim was the only person who took the stand at Bences preliminary examination Tuesday afternoon. John Burtle was on the stand for nearly an hour and told his account of the events of the evening that led up to the incident on South Lane Street. At one point Burtle said he believed he was going to die after his neck was slashed.
The 57-year old Tipton man could now face life in prison if convicted. His attorney said he planned to file a waiver of arraignment for … Read More »

Blissfield school millage fails; county district library levy wins

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

By Melissa Burnor
Area voters said “yes” Tuesday to funding the new Lenawee County District Library, but “no” to a new sinking fund millage request for the Blissfield Community Schools.
Lenawee County voters in the library district voted 1018-832 in favor of a new .6 mill 10-year levy to operate the district library that includes a branch in Deerfield as well as Britton, Addison, Clayton and Onsted.
Voters in the Blissfield Community School District rejected a new 1.25-mill sinking fund levy by a 481-255 tally.
Complete precinct results of the Aug. 6 election will be available in the next edition of The Advance.

St. Paul’s offers free meal Tuesday

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

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will again be providing meals at no cost to you on Tuesday, Aug.13, 2013. It will be a meatloaf, potato casserole, California blend, and strawberry Bavarian and carry-out meal.  Meals can be picked up at Catering by Liz between 5 and 6 p.m. on that day or delivery is available.  To request meals please call 486-4738 any time prior to noon on meal day. Leave a message if necessary.  Those who know of shut-ins who might enjoy a meal, please notify them of this service.


Tractor Cruise in set for Tuesday, Aug. 13

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

Downtown Lane Street will be a field of red and green and yellow as tractors of all sizes, brands and vintage come to town for the third annual Blissfield Tractor Cruise-In on Tuesday, Aug. 13, presented by GreenStone Farm Credit Services from 5-8 p.m.

This year’s cruise-in features DJ Chris Aaron as well as trivia games and a 50/50 raffle hosted by the Blissfield Kiwanis Club. For anyone registering a tractor for the event there will be a free cap and door prizes available. The DDA/Main Street will also be selling event T-shirts.

For the complete story, please see the Aug. 7, edition of The Advance.

Plow Day Appreciation Parade steps off at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10

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By Melissa Burnor

To show their appreciation for the support they received from the community through the years for their annual Plow Day event, the Thompson brothers, Alan “Sammy” and Ron, will top it off with the Thompson’s Plow Day Appreciation Parade Saturday afternoon, Aug. 10.

After deciding not to have another Plow Day, that really had evolved into a weekend event showcasing plowing and farming techniques of days gone by, the brothers both said they wanted a way to say thank you to all of their supporters the last eight years. One of the things their father, the late Willis Thompson, had envisioned was a tractor parade.

This year there will be a parade that starts at the Blissfield High School  at 3 p.m. and will wind down Beamer Road to Thompson Highway approximately five and three-quarter miles to Sammy Thompson’s farm … Read More »

Sidewalk sales added to Blissfield Aug. 8 car show

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

Walk down Lane Street Thursday evening and it may feel like a trip back in time with classic cars, 1950s music playing and sidewalk sales. From 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 will be the third Blissfield Car and Bike Show of the summer, presented by Iott Insurance.

There will be a lot of activity in the downtown, said Blissfield Downtown Development Authority/Main Street Director Patricia Rayl. There will be sidewalk sales with participating downtown stores. There will be a raffle to support the Hospice of Lenawee, Rayl said in a press release. Exhibitors of cars and motorcycles will also be treated to door prizes and free samples from one of the downtown restaurants.

Car and bike exhibitors can register at the DDA/Main Street registration on the west side of the street. Lane Street from US 223 south as well as Jefferson Street … Read More »