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Palmyra residents hear of Post Office hours reduction plan

Posted on July 29th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

PALMYRA — A recent announcement stated that the Palmyra Post Office location would be transitioning to staying open for four hours a day on a Monday-through-Friday schedule.

Residents of the township were asked to come to the Palmyra Community Hall July 24 to provide input, concerns and ideas for the best options the post office location might take in the near future. Near 30 residents gathered to attend the meeting hosted by Palmyra Postmaster Cathy Clark and Temperance Postmaster Yvonne Bellestri.

Bellestri also manages the Ida and Samaria offices which are now joined together. According to Bellestri, the post office has gone through recent hardships as online shopping and shipping have given a beating to post office sales.

She also said that the decision to reduce the hours at the Palmyra office was not made a local level but instead was issued by … Read More »


Races few in Aug. 5 local primaries

Posted on July 29th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

While many candidate names will appear on local ballots next Tuesday very few races are actually taking place. The primary election is the time for parties to choose candidates for the different offices from local, state to federal offices.

In most instances only one candidate appears listed for either party. Only five races will require a decision by voters. Three are for have for candidates vying for the Republican candidacy in the general election will be decided by local voters on Aug. 5. Monroe County Voters will select a nonpartisan district court judge and a nonpartisan probate court judge.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 5.

For the complete rundown of the election including ballot issues at the state and local level, please pick up the July 30, 2014, edition of The Advance. Millage issues were also … Read More »


Summer sweet for corn

Posted on July 23rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Nothing says the summer season in Michigan like corn stalks on both sides of the road during the morning commute. Michigan is known for its delicious home-grown produce and though planting and picking season may be running a hair behind schedule, area farmers and businesses say they believe corn is at great numbers this year.

One popular local producer, Salenbien Farms, located out on Crockett Highway, just off of U.S. 223 has been farming the same land for nearly 60 years. The seasonal stand, which has been open for business since 1972, can be seen on the side of the road each summer and fall seasons. According to Harvey Salenbien, the family-run farm does excellent work during the summer months, especially with sweet corn. Salenbien said this year’s crop of sweet corn is one of the best he can remember.

“It’s later … Read More »


Millages on local ballots

Posted on July 23rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Voters in Deerfield, Riga and Palmyra Townships will all have millage requests on the Aug. 5 primary ballot and voters in the Britton Deerfield School district will once again be asked to approve a five-year one-mill sinking fund request after voters turned it down at a special May election.

All Lenawee County voters will be asked to consider a .5 mill renewal for the Lenawee County Department on Aging.

Voters in Whiteford Township won’t see any millage requests on the ballot.

The Britton Deerfield School board is seeking a one-mill sinking fund for five years to help fund needed maintenance projects at both facilities. Voters turned down the request in May by a 130-115 margin.

For a full rundown on the millage issues, please see Melissa Burnor’s story on Page 1 of the July 23, 2014, edition of The Advance.


Salt brining of roads topic of Palmyra Twp. special meeting

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

PALMYRA — Due to recent public comment and question on application of salt brining on Palmyra Township roads, a special meeting was held to discuss the issue Tuesday, July 15. With the summer season progressing and the fall season creeping up, the Palmyra Township board examined the benefits of applying salt brine to roads in the township. Treasurer Dale Terry said the application of salt brine to the road, especially on gravel, allows the gravel to harden up, hold together and makes it less possible for flying road debris and dust. The application is also effective during and before the winter months to combat possible snow and ice hazards. Palmyra Township Supervisor Jim Isley said he made contact with Mission Chloride Sales (MCS) to discuss options and costs of salt brine applications as compared to estimates provided by the county. … Read More »


‘Fun on the Farm’ as town meets country for 31st Annual River Raisin Festival

Posted on July 9th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

When approaching the 31st Annual Blissfield River Raisin Festival, be sure to take in the surrounding farmland where the corn will be just about ready to tassel and the wheat will be harvested leaving golden fields, if all is going according to schedule at festival time July 9-12.

And if you think farm life looks fun … plan to have a lot of “Fun on the Farm!” at the 2014 festival. The festival gets a head start with a sand sculpture sponsored by Blissfield Insurance Agency depicting a surprise theme starting to take shape on Tuesday, then the carnival opening Wednesday evening.

By Thursday night, the tractors will be rolling in for a Tractor Show in Ellis Park and the classic cars and bikes will be parking in downtown Blissfield for a Town and Country Fun Night! There will even be a … Read More »



Deerfield man dies of injuries from crash

Posted on June 18th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

Deerfield Road between Payne and Bleasner Highways was closed for a period due to a two-vehicle crash that occurred just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, and resulted in the death of a Deerfield man.

Preliminary reports from a Michigan State Police accident investigator said a westbound vehicle driven by Harold Vogt, 54, Deerfield, allegedly crossed the center of the roadway and struck an oncoming car. Two people in the eastbound vehicle were taken to Bixby Hospital for treatment. Vogt had to be extracted by fire and rescue crews with a Jaws of Life.

St. Vincent’s medical helicopter was on the scene, but Vogt was transported by ambulance to Bixby Hospital.

For the complete story, please see the June 25, 2014, edition of The Advance.



Palmyra woman first runner-up in Miss Michigan Pageant

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

MUSKEGON – Miss River Raisin Festival Nicole Miller, Palmyra,  was selected as first runner-up to Miss Michigan 2014, KT Maviglia of Dundee, at the annual Miss Michigan Pageant in Muskegon Saturday evening.

The 20-year-old Miller performed a musical theatre dance in an ice-blue costumed to “Sweet Georgia Brown” and presented a platform of “Building Blocks: Early Childhood Education.” Miller wore a mango-colored swimsuit and a black evening gown in the competition which included the categories of swimsuit, evening gown, talent, onstage question and personal interview.

“I knew she was doing well as the two nights of preliminaries unfolded,” said Marcia Loader, executive director of the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program. “But you just never know who will make top 10 – especially because the private interview is not seen by the audience.

“She was the first one called into the 10 and was able to … Read More »



Blissfield Schools hired interim superintendent

Posted on June 3rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Brad Heineman

The Blissfield Board of Education hosted a  special meeting Tuesday, June 3, to conduct interviews with their three possible candidates to replace Scott Moellenberndt as superintendent of Blissfield Community Schools.

David Pray,  Andrew Shaw and Blissfield High School Principal Jerry Johnson were all present at the meeting. Shaw and Pray are former school superintendents. Shaw,  Pray and Johnson spoke to the board in that order, discussing their previous work roles, achievements, financial roles as well as difficulties. The board asked questions following the candidate’s addresses regarding what they could do for the school district as a  superintendent, as well as their availability schedule.

Questions  were posed as to whether Johnson could still work both interim as well as high school principal and the board hashed that out. Suggestions were made that Johnson stay on as principal to stave off the “musical chairs” of  moving around employees to cover lost … Read More »


Miranda Johnson three-peats in state long jump

Posted on May 31st, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

Whiteford senior Miranda Johnson is for the third time the Division 4 women’ s long jump champion with a leap of 18’6″.  She was also second in the Division 4 100-meter days and is qualified for the 200-meter, though results are not in at this time.

She is seeded first now in the 200 meter finals and was seeded fourth in the 100-meter finals.

Tristan Pizana of Britton Deerfield  placed fourth in the men’s long jump at the state meet.
Sara Goetz placed fifth in the pole vault finals with a vault of 10’6″ for Blissfield.

For the complete story on state track finals, please see the June 4, 2014, edition of The Advance!