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Whiteford’s football playoff run ends in Morenci

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

The Whiteford Bobcats’ football playoff hopes were left on the field of the host Morenci Bulldogs who put a 42-22 bite on the ‘Cats in district final action Friday night.

But the Bobcats made it a fight. The game was scoreless through the first quarter, with Morenci going into halftime with just a 14-6 lead, which may have surprised some after racking up impressive point spreads in the regular season. The majority of the scoring came in the second half with Morenci putting 28 more points on the scoreboard to Whiteford’s 16 second-half point, and sealing the deal to advance in state playoff action next week.

For the complete story, please see Brad Heineman’s story in the Nov. 12, 2014, edition of The ADVANCE!




Election 2014: BD Schools

Posted on November 5th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Ben Allshouse, Yvonne Thomas and Doug Mayher were the top vote getters in the Britton Deerfield School District and will serve six year terms. Allsouse had 691 votes, Thomas had 635 and Mayher had 559 votes. Gary Judkins garnered 153 votes as a write-in candidate.
Britton Deerfield School district voters approved the non-homestead millage renewal request 768-401.

Election 2014: Riga Twp. millage

Posted on November 5th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Unofficial results show Riga Township voters approved a one-mill levy request for fire equipment for the next five years. Voters approved the measure 322-153.

Election 2014: Blissfield Board of Education

Posted on November 5th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Scott Abbott and Vicky Lombard will return to their seats on the Blissfield School Board. They will be joined by Tyler Wyse. Abbot received 1,571 votes, Lombard had 1,154, Wyse had 1,076 and Michael Cole had 1,024. All three are elected to serve six-year terms.
Here are their names, vote totals and percentages:
Scott Abbott 1571 32.49%
Michael Cole 1024 21.18%
Vicky Lombard 1154 23.87%
Tyler C. Wyse 1076 22.25%

Election 2014: Blissfield Village

Posted on November 5th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

The Blissfield Village Council will retain all the same members but a new person will sit at the middle of the table. Ray Jones was elected village president in an unopposed race. Mark Burgermeister, Mike Gunter and Art Weeber were all elected to four-year trustee positions. Burgermeister was the overwhelming vote-getter with 723 votes. Mike Gunter received 230 write-in votes, Weeber, 151 and Daniel Mead 101 votes. All write-in votes need to approved by the Lenawee County Board of Canvassers when they meet Wednesday afternoon to be official.
Both Laura Neuman and Peggy Nieman were elected as village clerk and village treasurer.
Josephine Spiegel, Lauri Reinhardt and Mary Gregg were all re-elected to the library board.

Local trick-or-treat hours: Blissfield 5:30-7 p.m.

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

Local Halloween activities are planned for Friday evening throughout the area. Here are the ones the Advance knows  about as of press time. Please note, the hours for Blissfield were incorrect in the Oct. 29 edition of The Advance.

Blissfield: Trick-or-treating is 5:30 -7 p.m. Line up for the costume parade is at 7 p.m. at the Schultz Holmes Memorial Library. The parade will commence down Lane Street to the park to the Rotary bonfire and costume judging. Hot dogs and cider will be served.

Deerfield: Trick-or-treating is from 6-8 p.m. village-wide. Beginning and end will be signaled by the Deerfield Township Fire Department siren.

Palmyra: 5:30-8 p.m. Palmyra Township Fire Department children’s Halloween party at the Palmyra Community Center. The fire department will also be handing out free smoke alarms and flashlight batteries to residents.

Whiteford: 6-8 p.m. Trick-or-treat hours throughout the … Read More »

Royal soccer season ends in 4-1 loss to LCS

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


The Blissfield High School Royals varsity men’s soccer team, which has thrilled local fans all season long and won the ISL championship for the first time in the program’s history, saw its season end on a rainy Tuesday afternoon at the hands of Lenawee Christian School, 4-1, in district action.

LCS went into halftime up 2-0 in the game, played in Blissfield.

Royal Josiah Makula scored Blissfield’s only goal in the second half with 8:36 remaining, trailing 3-1 at that point. Ultimately, LCS won the postseason game with two goals from Chris Drewery and a goal each from Jessie Maguire and David Park.

Blissfield had beaten LCS twice earlier in the season, but the third time did not prove to be a charm for the Royals in 2014.

For the game details, please see the Oct. 22, 2014, edition of The Advance. But for a review of the Royals’ championship … Read More »

Autumn Color Tour Trail 5K Saturday at Gerber

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

A 5K trail run for the public has been scheduled immediately after the Saturday, Oct. 11, Lenawee County Cross Country Championship at Gerber Park, near Blissfield, Michigan. The “Autumn Color Tour Trail Run” is a 5K run/walk to benefit the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program. The event will take place on the Lenawee County championship cross country course at Gerber Hill Park, used just minutes earlier by local high school athletes to determine the season’s best runners. “Over the years, parents and friends of high school athletes have told our local cross country coach that they would like a chance to run on this trail,” said organizer Marcia Loader, executive director of the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program. “It’s a lovely park and challenging run course and Gerber Park is beautiful and in peak color at this … Read More »

Historic Richland Furs building coming down today

Posted on October 1st, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

The iconic Richard Furs Building  which, for decades, had welcomed visitors to the village of Blissfield with bay windows featuring the latest styles in fur fashion, is being torn down today, Oct. 1.

The demolition is expected to take three days. More than a third of the historic brick building appeared to have been razed by 4 p.m.

Besides housing the fur company, which has been closed for many years, the building was also known as the home of Richland Arms, a gun business.

Except for brief periods when a fitness center and then a dance studio operated there, the building has been empty with “for sale” signs in the window for many years.

For the complete story, please see the Oct. 8, 2014, edition of The Advance. 

Blissfield volleyball ‘in the pink’

Posted on September 25th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

The Blissfield High School volleyball program will host a Dig Pink fundraiser for breast cancer awareness and research Tuesday.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, when the freshmen and junior varsity squads begin play, followed by the varsity. The teams will face Columbia Central and are aiming to fill the stands.

To support their fundraising efforts, the teams will have a silent auction and bake sale. They will also honor breast cancer survivors at the game. Team members will be “pinked out” wearing special pink uniforms.