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Communities observe Memorial Day

Posted on May 28th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Decorated graves, somber drum cadences, flags at half-mast, communities gathering to pay respects to the men and women who fought and sacrificed their lives for the freedom our country has.

Locally, Blissfield, Deerfield, Riga and Palmyra all put their own personal touches to ceremonies and activities to honor local heroes with speakers, parades and salutes. The Blissfield American Legion hosted a sell-out chicken barbeque; Palmyra Firefighters served up a hearty pancake breakfast.

This year the weather was not very cooperative but still parades made their way to the cemeteries and larger-than-usual crowds attended local events.

For more photos, please see the May 29, 2013, edition of The Advance, and watch the GALLERIES on Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc.

Methodist Church gathering items for tornado victims

Posted on May 27th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

The Blissfield First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Adrian St. is helping raise needed items for people displaced and affected by tornadoes in Oklahoma  City recently. They are gathering baby items and supplies, personal supplies and new children’s clothing. The church is working with ISOH/Impact from Perrysburg, Ohio, to fill a semi truck that will be leaving the Toledo area Friday, May 31.
Items can be dropped off at the church from 9-1 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday this week. To schedule a different time, contact the church at 486-4040. Items should be to the church by 4 p.m. Thursday.

BD Schools to join county health care consortium

Posted on May 14th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

The Britton Deerfield School board agreed to become part of the Lenawee County Health Care Consortium at their May 9 meeting. The consortium allows employees to obtain health insurance at a less expensive rate.

“It is a good savings for our employees,” BD superintendent Charles Pelham said.

According to Pelham, Lenawee County is the only one in Michigan that has a consortium of local school district to offer health care at a lower cost to employees. While Pelham said it wouldn’t make any difference for the district as BD has a hard cap on their insurance.

Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the full story and many more stories and photos, please pick up the May 15, 2013, edition of The Advance, or call 517-486-2400 for home delivery each week.


Whiteford School millage passes

Posted on May 14th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Residents of the Whiteford School district approved the renewal of the nonhomestead property tax millage by a wide margin in the May 7 election.

The four-year millage passed 168-38. The millage allows the local school district to asses 18 mills on nonhomestead property in the district.

For Melissa Burnor’s complete story, please see the May 15, 2013, edition of The ADVANCE.

Alleged drug trafficker in custody

Posted on May 7th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

An Ohio man federal authorities were searching for near Crockett Highway and Beamer Roday Monday afternoon and evening has been arrested.
Branden Lounsbury, 28, was apprehended in Toledo, Ohio, and is lodged at the Lucas County Jail, according to First Lt. Tony Cuevas, commander of the Michigan State Police-Monroe Post.
Lounsbury was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshal’s North Ohio Violent  Fugitive Task Force at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7. He was wanted on several felony charges in Fulton County Ohio for manufacturing and trafficking methamphetamines.
Agents had located him near a residence on Crockett Highway Monday afternoon and a short car chase occurred before Lounsbury fled on foot. Federal and local authorities were unable to find him in a wooded area Monday evening.

Cinco de Mayo 5K Sunday in Blissfield

Posted on April 30th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

After the success of and large turnout for the Wassail Festival 5K Run, the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program committee realized one thing: to have a successful run, you need a good theme with some added fun.

The third annual spring run will this year be The Cinco de Mayo 5K Run as it is scheduled for Sunday, May 5. A special Cinco de Mayo treat will be included in runners’ bags from Mexibilly’s in Blissfield, which is co-sponsoring the event with pageant sponsor Borchardt Brothers Market.

There will be prizes for best costume and best team costumes.

The event is a 5K run/walk to benefit the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program.

The race will this year begin beside the scenic Arch Bridge in Blissfield’s Ellis Park.

“We have created a scenic early May run to take runners from near and far around … Read More »

Blissfield Visitor’s Guide in this week’s Advance

Posted on April 30th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

In the May 1, 2013, edition of The Advance, find the spring and summer guide to Blissfield Village and its activities. The guide will also be available in several Michigan Welcome Centers and area businesses.

Find a spring and summer calendar; get the first peek at plans for the 30th anniversary of the Blissfield River Raisin Festival July 10-13; learn of things to see and local resources, too.

Open house honors Koppelman

Posted on April 30th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

The Blissfield Elementary School is hosting an open house from 2-5 p.m. Saturday to honor fifth grade teacher Gary Koppelman who was recently awarded the Shell National Science Teaching Award. Koppelman recently returned from Texas where he received the award. He will also be honored yet again by Shell with a thank you to him on the Shell car at the Brickyard 400 Koppelman’s award-winning video will be on display at the open house. There will be refreshments and an opportunity to speak with Koppelman


Schiermyer returns to Lenawee County as Blissfield varsity football coach

Posted on April 30th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

By Chad Hutchinson

After much anticipation, Blissfield High School has announced Adam Schiermyer as the next head coach to captain the Blissfield varsity football program. Schiermyer is no stranger to the area as he is a graduate and former football and baseball standout at Morenci High School and Adrian College.

Schiermyer will bring his experience and knowledge from years of playing along with more than nine years of coaching experience to the program. Schiermyer is leaving his post as a high school physical education teacher and head football coach at division-two Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley, Ariz.

After only one season at the helm as varsity head coach, Schiermyer said his move to Blissfield was a pleasant surprise.

“I’ve always had a goal to get back to Lenawee County. It’s always been the area I wanted to go to, I just didn’t … Read More »

Whiteford School voters go to polls May 7

Posted on April 30th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Voters in the Whiteford Agricultural School district will go to the polls Tuesday, May 7, to vote on the renewal of the current no-homestead tax levy.

This levy is for operating funds and applies to vacant land, commercial and industrial properties, rental properties and vacation homes within the school district.

This renewal does not increase taxes on any primary residences or qualified agricultural or forest property. The renewal would generate approximately $821,047 for educational funding in 2014.

According to an information sheet provided by the Whiteford School District, the proposal will allow the district to levy 18 ills on all property except principal residences and other exempt property required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance. It renews the current millage that expires with the 2013 tax levy. The district is asking for a five year renewal for … Read More »