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Hams, turkeys, cash just a spin away at Riga Feather Party

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

RIGA — The Riga Township Firefighters Association will present their annual Feather Party and Raffle Saturday night at the Riga Township Municipal Building. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first spin takes place at 7 p.m. Organizers are giving away $2,885 in cash prizes, 100 oven-ready turkeys and 20 hams plus lots of door prizes and more. The popular candy wheel will be part of the fun. All proceeds go to the Riga Firefighters Association Fund. For more information, please call 605-8254. Admission is free, but tickets are sold for various games.

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Madrigal Dinner Saturday at Blissfield Schools

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

The Blissfield Community Schools Department of Fine Arts presents a Madrigal Dinner: The Jester Fest on Saturday, Dec. 1, in the BHS cafetorium. There will be a 3 p.m. concert with high tea, and the cost is $5 per person. This includes the performance and a buffet of cakes and pastries served with tea, coffee and wassail punch. There will be a concert with a full dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $16 per person and $8 for children 10 and under. This includes the performance with a full dinner buffet of roasted pork loin, fried chicken, vegetarian alfredo pasta, potatoes au gratin, green beans, tossed salad, rolls, and choices of vanilla cake with raspberry filling and chocolate cake with fudge filling for dessert. Advance reservations are required, and can be made by calling Jolene Witt at 517-486-4420 ext. … Read More »


Blissfield Lights of Love Ceremony Sunday

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

The annual Lights of Love treelighting in the village of Blissfield, hosted by Hospice of Lenawee, will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, in the gazebo mini-park in downtown Blissfield. The public is invited to the ceremony where those lost are honored, the Hospice tree is lighted — this year by the Harold Loar family — and Pastor Bob Bidwell will share remarks. Larry and Denny Thompson will perform some musical selections appropriate to the annual memorial event. After the ceremony, people are invited to Cakes ‘N Shakes to warm up and have refreshments.

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People line streets for 2012 Parade of Lights

Posted on November 24th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

It was a chilly, clear night Saturday, Nov. 24, as the annual Parade of Lights illuminated the village streets in Blissfield.

Lane Street and Giles Avenue were lined with people gathered for the lighted event which included everything from a lighted sousaphone in the Blissfield High School marching band, to a giant reindeer driving a float covered in Christmas lights.

Lighted tractors, floats, cars, trucks, firetrucks – even a motor home – made their way along the parade route ahead of Santa and Mrs. Claus in horse-drawn cart. The parade was sponsored by Blissfield DDA/Main Street Program and presented by  Blissfield Coney Island and B-Town Bar & Grill.  

Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc. Photos by Melissa Burnor. For more from Melissa Burnor and Chad Hutchinson on the parade, please see the Nov. 28, 2012, edition of The Advance. To subscribe for weekly home delivery, please … Read More »



Parade of Lights at 7 p.m. Saturday

Posted on November 21st, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

Some new attractions will light up Lane Street when folks gather for the 13th annual Blissfield Parade of Lights Saturday evening. The event is organized by the Blissfield Downtown Development Authority/Main Street Program. This year leading the parade of floats decorated in holiday style and hopefully with bright Christmas lights, will be grand marshals Abe and Zamira Elmazi, owners of Blissfield Coney Island and the B-Town Bar & Grill. The Lane Street business is also this year’s parade sponsor. They will be traveling the parade route in a decorated float to lead the procession of holiday-themed floats and units through the downtown.

This year’s organizers have a goal of 50 entries in the parade.

“I think it is going to be nice. We have had a good response so far,” committee coordinator Gwen Dusa said of the entries that have signed … Read More »



Blissfield students take the challenge

Posted on November 21st, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Chad Hutchinson

Blissfield High School students participated in their first Challenge Day on Nov. 14. Challenge Day is an event hosted in an effort to raise awareness and prevention of bullying among students, as well as to raise self-esteem and unity.

“It was a very different experience, but I really liked the way they got us to open up to each other,” BHS senior Dylan Thompson said.

“I was surprised at how many people are going through the exact same things,” senior Miranda Strack added.

BHS students participated in a variety of activities throughout the day that helped them to get to know themselves better, as well as their classmates. The students opened the day with plenty of team-building activities that encouraged plenty of fun and dancing, as well as discussing the life goals the students had set for themselves.

Event organizer and BHS … Read More »



Cause, manner of woman’s death still a mystery

Posted on November 21st, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

SYLVANIA — “She was a woman that loved her grandchildren,” Detective Jake Albright of the Sylvania Township Department said of Catherine Sackrider.
The 59-year-old former Sylvania woman’s body was found near an old barn on Scott Highway in Palmyra Township Nov. 9 by an employee of Crop Production Services spreading lime on the corn stubble field surrounding the barn.
Albright said that Sackrider’s dentist in Sylvania Township was able to identify x-rays taken from the autopsy and comparing them toher dental records at his practice.

Police have not determined the manner of death but are treating it as suspicious.
“There was evidence at the scene that made it suspicious,” Lenawee County Sheriff Jack Welsh said, “but we haven’t released anything. We don’t want to hinder their investigation or ours.”
And the multiple-jurisdiction investigation that covers three states is a complicating factor in the … Read More »



Body found in Palmyra Township confirmed as woman missing from Sylvania

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

By Melissa Burnor

PALMYRA – The partially decomposed body of a woman found by a man spreading lime in a Palmyra Township farmer’s field Friday afternoon has been identified as the woman missing from Sylvania since mid-September.

Lenawee County Undersheriff James Anderson confirmed Tuesday that dental records provided for Catherine A. Sackrider had positively identified the remains as the 59-year-old Indiana woman who had been missing from Sylvania, Ohio.

The victim, who lived in LaGrange County, Ind., had been reported missing Sept. 24 to the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Office after she allegedly failed to return home from visiting her daughter and son-in-law the Toledo area. Her vehicle was later found abandoned in a park behind the Starlite Plaza on Monroe Street in Sylvania. She was reportedly last seen Sept. 18 after visiting her daughter in the Toledo area, according to a news … Read More »



Man charged in burning of Palmyra Masons’ Bible

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

By Melissa Burnor

PALMYRA — A King James Bible that every Palmyra Mason since 1866 has laid their hands on when they were sworn in to the lodge will never return to its rightful owners. An anonymous tip to the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department in October led police to the suspect who they say burned the Bible after stealing it in July of 2011 along with some other ornamental fixtures from the Palmyra Masonic Lodge on Lenawee Street in Palmyra.

Ronald Morton Huskins II, 22, Blissfield, was arraigned Nov. 8 in Lenawee County District Court on charges of arson of personal property $200 or more but less than $1,000, breaking and entering of an occupied dwelling with intent and larceny in a building. According to a police report the Bible was an 1859 King James Bible.

Mason Dave Bailey said it was dedicated … Read More »


Blissfield DDA/Main Street has new manager

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

Blissfield’s new Downtown Development Authority Director/Main Street manager Patricia Rayl brings experience from working with some successful communities and with the Main Street program in Michigan. She also has a love of historic preservation that she sees as a good fit for her job in the village of Blissfield. The DDA/Main Street Program hired Rayl who officially took the helm of the management position on Nov. 5.

Rayl quickly was immersed into the activities of the Blissfield DDA/Main Street Program with the annual Yuletide Cheer event that drew many visitors and shoppers to downtown over the weekend.

Rayl replaces Michael Sessions who took a new position after a two-year stint in Blissfield.

Most recently Rayl was the Downtown Market manager of the Jackson Downtown Development Authority Farmers Market. Rayl has done internships with both the cities of Albion and Marshall where she also … Read More »