By Melissa Burnor
The Britton Deerfield board of education made a commitment to extend interim superintendent Stacy Johnson in that capacity through the end of June 2017 at the Feb. 11 board of education meeting.
Although not on the agenda of he board president called for a motion to add the year onto the interim position as well as hire retired teacher Marie Waterbury to take on a lion’s share of the middle school and Deerfield elementary principal duties. Waterbury came back to the distinct this year and is working as the Deerfield building’s school success coach.
Johnson offered her services to the district through the end of the 2016-17 school year. She was appointed interim superintendent in December for the remainder of the school year after the abrupt retirement of Charles Pelham. She is also still the principal of the Deerfield building … Read More »
By Melissa Burnor
Tradition is important and when that tradition has united women of several Christian denominations for nearly a century it is something sacred enough it shouldn’t be allowed to disappear.
For Liz Seeburger the Lenten Breakfasts with the highlighted World Day of Prayer that women of faith in the Blissfield have been attending since 1933 was one of those traditions.
But in 1998 the tradition might have gone by the wayside.
“Attendance was down and churches dropped out,” Seeburger said. At the time, 65 years of local women gathering to pray had passed.
“I didn’t want to see it end, not under my watch,” Seeburger said. So she did what she could do to help. She had retired from her second-shift job in Toledo, Ohio just a few years before and was involved in catering. Providing a nice meal was something she could … Read More »
By Melissa Burnor
Metals leaching from lead or copper pipes is not likely to be a situation customers of the Blissfield water plant would find in their drinking water.
In recent months the City of Flint has come under fire due to high lead levels in children believed to be at least in part a result of the municipality’s switch from the Detroit water supply to the Flint River. Both the Michigan Attorney General’s Office and the federal government have launched investigations seeking to find out who is responsible and if any laws have been broken .
Village Administrator James Wonacott said the village does the same state required tests for lead and copper that all municipalities furnishing water in Michigan must do.
“We have never had a problem,” Wonacott said.
Wonacott said the River Raisin, Blissfield’s drinking source is much more alkaline than the … Read More »
Nothing says horse racing, good food and good company like sporting a derby hat. The Blissfield Athletic Boosters will be doing just that and more at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday, as the Nite at the Races event, in its fourth year, will be hosted at the Blissfield American Legion Hall.
Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the racing will begin at 7 p.m. At a last update by Blissfield Athletic Director Steve Babbitt, $20 tickets were going quickly and very few were still available. For the complete story and lots more local news, please see the Jan. 27, 2016, edition of The ADVANCE.
Feb. 8 is the last day to register to vote for those wishing to take part in the presidential primary election in Michigan, which takes place on Tuesday, March 8.
For more, please see the Jan. 27, 2016, edition of The ADVANCE.
By MELISSA BURNOR
Will the Gail Giles Pool open this summer? Possibly repairs will be enough but the village may potentially have to replace the shell of the pool now showing signs of significant damage.
Would the village decide to rebuild the pool in another location or eliminate a public pool from the village landscape altogether? There is damage to the concrete shell but how much is not known. “Without peeling back the vinyl liner we don’t know exactly how bad it is,” village Administrator James Wonacott said, “but you can tell by applying pressure that there is give and there shouldn’t be.”
Wonacott said he believes the concrete shell is the original one constructed 60 years ago.
The pool originally opened for three days during the Labor Day weekend of 1956 after the completion of construction. It opened in the spring of 1957 … Read More »
By MELISSA BURNOR
Approximately two dozen Blissfield elementary and middle school students have been commissioned with the task of keeping the Blissfield Schools campus safer. The 21 fifth-graders and approximately five sixth-graders are now part of the AAA Safety Patrol recently reintroduced to the Blissfield campus. Safety patrollers will aid younger students crossing along the driveway and getting from the bus loop to the elementary school. Blissfield Elementary Principal Michael Valasek said there had been a safety patrol in Blissfield but it was several years ago. But with heavier traffic in the parking area during school drop off and pick up times the program has been reintroduced. Blissfield Police Chief Dale Greenleaf, who has worked with the schools to improve the safety and traffic flow around the elementary school, introduced the idea to elementary Valasek.
After just five days on the job as Blissfield’s new downtown/economic development director/Main Street manager, Tyler Dotson said he is feeling right at home in the village of Blissfield. Dotson is Blissfield’s first economic development director, filling a new role that expanded the job description of the downtown development director/Main Street manager. Village officials expanded the position after the departure of the previous director and manager last August. Dotson said he is quickly learning the lay of the land and meeting people within the community. He said building relationships is one of the primary building blocks in successful economic development.
For Melissa Burnor’s complete story, please see the Jan. 13, 2016, edition of The Advance.
By MELISSA BURNOR
Madison Schools were closed Tuesday after threats of violence surfaced Monday evening against the school.
Before 8 p.m. Monday, someone posted from an account on the social media site Facebook threatening they were going to commit a violent act and warned people not to show up. A subsequent post said the shooting would start at 9 a.m. The post that came from an account which as yet is unconfirmed was from someone using an alias who wrote, “I’m gonna shoot Madison up tomorrow. Don’t show up any of you.”
“Gonna start at 9,” the second post said.
Madison Superintendent Ryan Rowe addressed parents via an email that was also posted to the Madison later in the evening which reads as follows:
“Dear Madison Family:
School administration and law enforcement are aware of threatening comments made this evening via social media. Law … Read More »
Deerfield native Staff Sgt. Bryan Pitney served 14 years in the United States Army that included three tours in Iraq and three tours in Afghanistan. Ten days after returning stateside from his last military assignment, the young father was killed in a motorcycle accident while on active duty in Burnet County, Texas, on Oct. 19, 2014, near where he was stationed at Fort Hood.
On Dec. 19, 2015, family member and cousin Lloyd Pitney of Tennessee, a Vietnam veteran along with his wife drove to Deerfield to place a wreath on the younger Pitney’s grave in the township cemetery. Just the couple along with Bryan Pitney’s parents, Dan and Bonnie, his widow Christina and two of his children Callie and Bryson were there.
All across the country this December veterans’ organizations have placed wreaths on veterans graves primarily in the national cemeteries … Read More »