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Tuttle enters Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame

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

Blissfield’s successful high school varsity baseball Coach Larry Tuttle was inducted into the Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame Thursday evening in Lansing. Here he is pictured next to his plaque. Please see the Aug. 12, 2015, edition of The Advance to read more about his achievement.

Blissfield Twp. voters pass four renewals, but defeat new millage

Posted on August 4th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

A small percentage of voters in Blissfield Township approved the renewal of four four-year millage requests but said no to a new proposal that would have added to the general fund.

Blissfield Township Clerk Nancy Cranor said voters approved three millages that will fund fire operations and one for roads.

Results had been sealed and were on the way to the Lenawee County Clerk’s office when Cranor made the announcement. Full results will be available later this evening.

Transport of giant transformer through Lenawee County delayed

Posted on August 4th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

The movement of a massive transformer through Lenawee County planned last week via the Adrian and Blissfield Rail Road, and by truck has been delayed. The 200-plus ton component that is to be delivered to the Morocco Substation on County Line Highway in Deerfield Township was still in Cincinnati, Ohio, last Tuesday morning when it had been expected to move through the area, according to Adrian and Blissfield Rail Road President Mark Dobronski.
The piece has traveled from Norfolk, Va., to Cincinnati via train.
The newest anticipated date for the local transport is Monday, Aug. 10.

Crash victim an 8-year-old Adrian boy

Posted on July 19th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

An eight-year old Adrian boy, Dominic Leffler, has been identified as the victim who lost his life in a head-on collision on U.S. 223 west of Blissfield Friday afternoon in Palmyra Township.

According to a news release from the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department, he was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Jacob Leffler, 32, Adrian, that was westbound and allegedly crossed the center line and struck a vehicle driven by Shawn Finley, 22, Adrian. Dominic Leffler, was airlifted to St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center where he later died. Morissa Leffler, 27 and Jacob Leffler were also airlifted to St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Hospital, Toledo. Another passenger in the car, Deegan Leffler, was later taken to St. Vincent’s and is reported in good condition, according to the police news release. Morissa Leffler was in critical condition on Saturday. Morissa Leffler … Read More »

Child dies after U.S. 223 head-on crash

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

Police confirmed Saturday morning that a child has died as a result of a crash on U.S. 223 west of Blissfield in Palmyra Township Friday afternoon. According to Corporal Benjamin Oram of the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department, two vehicles apparently hit head-on in the curve in front of Amerigas, about four-tenths of a mile west of Grosvenor Highway. Four helicopters along with ground ambulances transported six patients to area hospitals.

Sgt. Mike Crater of the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the child had died. Another victim was in surgery Saturday morning. No other information on the victims or the crash is being released until possibly early afternoon, Crater said.

A Michigan State Police accident investigator along with the Palmyra, Blissfield and Madison township fire departments and the City of Adrian Fire Department were at the scene.

The road was closed from … Read More »

Four choppers take victims in Friday U.S. 223 head-on crash

Posted on July 17th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor
Five people were transported to hospitals – four by helicopters – after an apparent head-on crash on U.S. 223 west of Grosvenor Highway Friday afternoon. Rescue, fire, and police were dispatched at 2:25 p.m. Witnesses at the scene said a westbound vehicle appeared to cross the center line and struck an eastbound vehicle.
Corporal Benjamin Oram from the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office said a total of five people were transported. One was taken to ProMedica Bixby Hospital, he said. Four other patients were taken in separate helicopters, some with critical injuries. Three helicopters left at approximately 3:20 p.m. A fourth landed after the first three left and took a patient towards Toledo at 3:50 p.m.
Oram said the road would be shut down for a significant amount of time while an accident … Read More »

Blissfield downtown on National Registry of Historic Places

Posted on July 17th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

The Blissfield DDA/Main Street has announced that the National Park Service has approved the addition of the downtown Blissfield historic district to the National Registry of Historic Places. On July 10, the director of the National Park Service announced the acceptance of Blissfield’s nomination application.

The official designation on the National Registry of Historic Places means that Blissfield property owners can take advantage of federal tax credits when considering improvements in the district, according to Patricia Rayl, Blissfield DDA/Main Street director.

Blissfield’s district, comprised of 44 contributing buildings, and eight non-contributing buildings, is an unusually large district for the NRHP. A contributing structure means it was built during the “period of significance.”

For Blissfield, the period of significance is between the 1870s and 1960s. The first brick commercial buildings, on what is now the 100-block of West Adrian Street, were erected after … Read More »

A couple of festival activities shift spots

Posted on July 8th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

As the clock ticks down the the start of the 2015 River Raisin Festival, a few changes have been made to accommodate some activities. According to festival officials, the decision to move the Saturday tractor pulls to the Heritage Tractor Pull site on the south end of Jipson Street was made Tuesday evening. Although they hoped to be able to use some of the west side of the park for loading and unloading tractors to the track, rain Tuesday made that area of the park too wet to use.
Two other changes to keep in mind before attending the festival.
* Bingo by the Blissield Athletic Boosters from 4-8 p.m. Saturday has been moved to the picnic shelter near the shuffleboard courts in Ellis Park.
* The Garden Train sponsored by … Read More »

River Raisin floodwaters receding

Posted on July 2nd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

As the River Raisin continues to recede remnants of the flood still remain. As of 3:30 a.m. Thursday the river was still about 3.5 inches above its banks in Blissfield, according to readings reported by the National Weather Service. It is predicted the river will drop another eight inches by 6 p.m. today. Several large logs still remain near the U.S. 223 bridge with one very large log that appears to be approximately three feet in diameter wedged along the south side of the bridge. The current reading available of the river puts it at 682.3 feet above sea level.

Michigan Department of Transportation spokesperson Kari Arend said motorists can expect the bridge to remain at two lanes for at least two days.

“The water has to recede enough for us to get under and inspect the bridge,’ she said.

The north … Read More »

U.S. 223 bridge is open

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

The U.S. 223 bridge over the River Raisin was reopened in a limited capacity Tuesday afternoon.
Traffic is being restricted to one lane in each direction pending a full inspection of the bridge by inspectors with the Michigan Department of Transportation, according to a news release from Blissfield Village Police Chief Dale Greenleaf.
The bridge was closed early Monday morning due to extensive flooding and near-record water levels in the River Raisin after continuous rain Friday night and Saturday.