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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 »


Farmer finds body south of Palmyra

Posted on November 10th, by Melissa Burnor in News. No Comments

PALMYRA – A farmer spreading lime in a Palmyra Township field Friday afternoon made the gruesome discovery of a partially decomposed body behind a dilapidated wooden barn.

Lenawee County Sheriff’s detectives were on the scene before 2 p.m. According to Lenawee County under sheriff James Anderson, a partially decomposed body of what they believed to be a woman was found near the back corner of barn in the 6000 block of Scott Highway.

The barn is about 50 yards off the road on the east side about 100 yards north of Station Road. Anderson could not positively say the body was that of a female or what age or race the person was. Police could not confirm foul play Friday evening due to the condition of the body. But they believe it has been there for some time.

Six very large spools of … Read More »


Local voters go to the polls Nov. 6

Posted on November 7th, by Melissa Burnor in News. Comments Off

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Lenawee and Monroe County residents will join the rest of the United States in the democratic process by electing representatives next Tuesday, Nov. 6, from the grassroots level right up to the U.S. president. In today’s Advance, please find a Voting Guide to provide information on candidates and issues at the state and national level. Here, we have information on local elections. Candidates were provided with a questionnaire. Their answers follow:)

Blissfield Twp.
Blissfield Township residents will elect a new supervisor and will also choose a candidate for township clerk and two trustees in the General Election. Only treasurer Karen Baldwin is unopposed after winning the Republican primary election in August.
After winning the Republican primary against two other candidates including incumbent supervisor Lew Bowman, Adolio “Al” Navarro faces off against Democrat Mark Burgermeister for the supervisor position. Both men currently serve as trustees on the Blissfield Village Council. Navarro’s term expires in November, while Burgermeister’s would expire in 2014.
Four candidates are running for two trustee positions on the board. Incumbent Reed Mapstone did not run for reelection after serving nearly four decades on the township board.
Orrin Gregg, who was appointed … Read More »



Main Street candidate list shaved to three

Posted on October 24th, by Melissa Burnor in News. Comments Off

A slate of 15 candidates for the Blissfield DDA/Main Street manager position has been narrowed down to three finalists who will face public interviews this evening (Wednesday) at the Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library. The DDA/Main Street board may have two additional members take part in the interview process as well.
Blissfield Village Administrator Jim Wonacott said it is likely the DDA/Main Street board will interview two men and one woman for the position now open due to the resignation of former manager Michael Sessions.
Village president Michael Gunter who is also part of the board was not quite certain at the village council’s Monday night meeting whether or not all three candidates had been notified yet that they were in the final running for the position.
The village council approved…