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 »
For the 25th year, the Palmyra Masons will gather together again this Friday, Christmas Day, and cook up a generous holiday classic meal for anyone wanting a holiday dinner. The complimentary dinner, made with all volunteer help, begins at 11 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. at the Blissfield American Legion Post 325 Hall, 451 High, Blissfield.
Volunteers will also deliver meals to those who cannot make it to the dinner. For those in need of a meal, please call Denise on Christmas Day at 517-605-0478.
For the complete story, please see the Dec. 23, 2016, edition of The Advance.
UPDATED A 16-year old Blissfield girl reported missing by her family has been found in Texas. Cassidy Mulllins was last seen at 11 p.m. Sunday. It is believed she left Blissfield sometime between then at 4 a.m. Monday. Blissfield Police Chief Dale Greenleaf said the girl had driven to San Antonio, Texas, where she was located. It appears she went there to meet up with a friend, he said. It is believed she is safe and Texas authorities are involved. San Antonio is approximately 1400 miles south of Blissfield. There is no information as to when or how she will return to Blissfield.
By Melissa Burnor
Blissfield High School seniors Tyler Fall and Madeline Auth were the individual winners of the Hot-Cha-Cha Mug 5K Run Friday evening.
More than 130 people from 9 to 83 ran in the fourth annual event in Blissfield held in conjunction with the Blissfield Wassail Fest.
Division Winners: Male Overall Winner Tyler Fall 20:06
6-12 1. Christian Fischer 21:05 2. William Marks 25:00
13-20 1. Eric Alexander 20:12 2. Sean Newlin 21:38
21-35 1. Scott Linden 23:00 2. Evan Bruneau 26:44
36-49 1. Brian Weidmayer 20:15 2. James Bockey 21:13
50-59 1. Edgar Rapp 21:20 2. Larry Dilabbio 22:58
60-69 1. Edward O’Reilly 25:15 2 Larry Griffith 33:39
70+ 1. Jerome Tomc 35:43 2. Harrison Hensley 39:21 who was running his 100th race of the season at age 83.
Female Overall Winner: Madeline Auth 21:04
6-12 1. Mari Cueto 26:10 2. Amelia Fowler 34:32
13-20 1. Sarah Weidmayer 22:56 2. Fiona Brown 23:45
21-35 … Read More »
Santa Claus made his entrance Saturday night to Blissfield at the end of the Parade of Lights in a new sleigh on top of a float.
Blissfield Elementary teacher Gary Koppelman served as this year’s grand marshal of the beloved light parade tradition.
Also in the parade were vehicles from firetrucks, school buses and tractors to cars and floats – all covered in Christmas lights – as people flocked to the parade route in the unseasonably mild weather.
Paws, the Detroit Tigers mascot, along with Muddy and Muddonna, the Toledo Mud Hens mascots, were special guests and greeted parade-goers from their lighted vehicles.
For more photos from the 2015 Blissfield Parade of Lights, please see the Dec. 16, 2015, edition of The Advance. Also, watch our Galleries for even more photos!
Beginning next year, Blissfield Township assessors Renius and Renius will reappraise each parcel in the township — that also includes those in Blissfield Village — and recording a digital file of each property. A measure approved by the Blissfield Township Board at their Dec. 8 meeting gave the green light for the project.
According to township Supervisor Al Navarro the township will spend $64,375 over the next two years to pay for the project. Navarro said the state of Michigan is requiring the township to complete the digital appraisal of each parcel.
For the complete story, please see the Dec. 16, 2015, edition of The Advance.
The superintendent who was at the helm of the consolidation of the Britton and Deerfield school districts and was the top administrator in the combined district for the last four years will take an early retirement. Six members of the Britton Deerfield school board deliberated in closed session during a special meeting Wednesday evening to consider accepting a separation agreement and release of Superintendent Charles Pelham and for an attorney-client privileged communication.
After the open meeting reconvened with an audience of more than two dozen people, the board voted to accept the agreement and made another motion to appoint Stacy Johnson as the temporary superintendent effective immediately. Pelham’s release effectively takes place Nov. 30. Johnson is the principal of the Deerfield building that houses the middle school and an elementary school. She will retain those duties as the district moves forward … Read More »
RIGA – Achtung! Achtung! These words haunt Riga Township resident Ferenz “Fritz” Whitman.
The words and images of bright lights and fences sometimes come to him in dreams. As do the faceless ideas of his parents that he has no recollection of ever knowing.
“Why did they leave me behind?” he has often asked himself over the past 70 years of his life. While many think of soldiers as casualties of war. Whitman himself was perhaps himself a casualty of war in the fact that he lost his identity as a result of the war to end all wars.
Whitman, was found 70 years ago in September of 1945 by American soldiers at a train station in Marienbad, Czechoslovakia.
For Melissa Burnor’s complete story, please see the Nov. 25, 2015, edition of The Advance.
In a 6-0 vote, the Blissfield Village Council selected Tyler Dotson as the new economic development/Downtown Development Authority director/Main Street manager at the Nov. 23 council meeting.
If he accepts the position, Dotson will begin his responsibilities full-time, likely at the beginning of 2016 at an annual salary of $42,000.
Dotson, a South Haven native, holds both an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University in political science and a masters of public administration from Western Michigan University.
He has worked with the South Haven Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and local District Finance Authority since February 2014, been involved as a director and supervisor in the Michigan Youth Wrestling Association Southwest Region and worked on a political campaign. He is also a member of the South Haven Board of Education.
For Melissa Burnor’s complete story and our big Holidays Aglow section inside, please … Read More »
Though Bobcat Jake Becki scored on a 23-yard touchdown catch at the end of the fourth quarter, it wasn’t enough to overtake Waterford who won the state MHSAA semifinal game 36-20 and advances next weekend to play in the state finals at Ford Field. The two-point conversion failed.
FOURTH QUARTER UPDATE:
Waterford scores in the fourth quarter and follows it with a two-point conversion, now leading as of 2:50 p.m. 30-14.
With 3:31 left to play at 3:02 p.m., Waterford scores again for a 36-14 lead on a 28-yard run. The Bobcats prevent the conversion attempt
THIRD QUARTER UPDATE:
The only score of the third quarter was a Jesse Kiefer one-yard run to make the score Waterford 22, Whiteford 14.
FIRST HALF…Whiteford trails 22-8 at halftime in the MHSAA state semifinal football playoff against Waterford at Hazel Park High School Saturday afternoon.
Though the drive in … Read More »