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Winter royalty crowned at BHS, BD, WHS

Posted on February 11th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Britton Deerfield’s Patriots crowned Emily Steuwe and Josh Papworth as Winterfest Queen and King Jan. 30 at the Britton Deerfield-Whiteford basketball game.
The following week, Blisfield High School students crowned Emma Essen and Connor Friess as their Coming Home Queen and King during halftime Feb.6 while several male school officials dressed as women did a Dash for Cash to raise funds for After Prom activities. The candidates for royalty were delivered in via children’s wagon “floats,” except one who rode in on a friend’s back.
In Whiteford, Mr. and Miss Whiteford are Garrett Crozier and Katie Ebersole. They were crowned Saturday, Feb. 7.
For more Coming Home photos, please see the Feb. 11, 2015, edition of The Advance.

Blissfield police, school respond to threat

Posted on February 11th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Parents of students in Blissfield Public Schools were alerted by Interim Superintendent David Pray this morning (Wednesday, Feb. 11) of a threatening email regarding Blissfield High School.
“I was sent an email (not a phone call or fax) in which I was told ‘a threat(en)ing email was posted anonymously on the After School App regarding Blissfield High School’,” Pray wrote.
Blissfield Police Chief Dale Greenleaf issued a press release that until the threat is disproven, it will continue to be treated as credible.
“A joint investigation between the Blissfield Police Department, the Michigan State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been initiated,” Greenleaf said in the release. “At this time, there is no evidence to support a credible threat, however until the investigation has disproven the threat, we will … Read More »

Pipeline meeting Feb. 17 in Adrian

Posted on February 10th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

ADRIAN — Representatives from the NEXUS Pipeline will be on hand from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Adrian College Tobias Center, 110 S. Madison St., for an open house to discuss the proposed natural gas pipeline that could come through Fulton County and eastern Lenawee County with residents and government officials.

For more on the pipelines, please see the Feb. 11, 2015, edition of The Advance, as well as past editions in January 2015 and December 2014. Copies are available at The Advance, 121 Newspaper St., Blissfield, MI 49228.

Blissfield Coming Home Court named

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

Although the announcement was delayed due to school cancellation Monday, Feb. 2, the Blissfield High School Coming Home Court has been named. They are pictured here: Front row, from left, Emma Essen, Rebecca Shields, Chelsey Eatmon and Elizabeth Hartke; Back row, Connor Friess and Caleb Schaffer.
The winners will be crowned Friday night, Feb. 6, at halftime of the Coming Home game at Blissfield High School.

Blissfield Lions look to make someone $2500 richer

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

The holder of the last ticket left will win $2,500 at the Blissfield Area Lions Club Reverse Raffle at the Blissfield American Legion Saturday night, Feb. 7.
The club sells 199 tickets to the annual event. The final ticket is auctioned off when there are 10 tickets left in the barrel, Lion Dale Wotring said.
Second prize is $500 and third prize s $250. The evening also includes a live auction and other prize raffles throughout the evening. Ticket-holders are also provided dinners, dessert and drinks and can stay for a dance after the raffle is over.
Tickets for the event at the are $50 each. Doors open at the legion at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and drawings begin at 7 p.m. All participants must be 21 years of age or older.
For ticket information, contact Stan Masters 517-320-0802 or … Read More »

Winter storm hits Lenawee County

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

By Melissa Burnor
The Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Lenawee County Emergency Management Office and the Lenawee County Road Commission, has issued a winter weather road advisory for Lenawee County. At the same time the National Weather Service has raised its prediction of snowfall to more than 14 inches through Monday.
Heavy snow accumulation throughout today and into Monday morning is expected across Lenawee and Monroe counties. Blowing and drifting snow is going to accompany this storm, which will cause hazardous traveling conditions according to a press release from Lenawee Count Emergency management, Lenawee County Sheriff and the Lenawee County Road Commission. The release said that the Michigan Department of Transportation has five salt trucks serving the state highways and the Lenawee County Road Commission has eight salt trucks serving secondary roads.
“If you must … Read More »

Step taken toward possible gas pipeline

Posted on January 13th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

A prefiling application has been made and approved by the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission in regards to the potential construction of the Nexus Pipeline that could traverse eastern Lenawee County.
A prefiling application filed with the federal agency Dec. 30 was approved Jan. 9.
Arthur Diestel, spokesperson for the Nexus Pipeline said this is not the official application but it does open the door to allow landowners, government officials and other stakeholders to voice concerns before the final application is made later this year.
The natural gas pipeline would begin in Kensington, Ohio, and span 250 miles across Ohio and Michigan and connect into the DTE Energy system, he said.
A separate pipeline preapplication filing was made earlier in December by the Rover Pipeline that could also connect the Marcellus shale region to Michigan and Canada.
Now with the pre-application in place, Diestel said the … Read More »

Companies file to construct pipeline through Lenawee County townships

Posted on January 6th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

DTE and Spectra Energy filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulation Commission on Dec. 30, 2014, to use the Pre-Filing Process to potentially construct a new natural gas pipleline from the Marcellus natural gas region to Michigan and Canada.
The pipeline would potentially enter Michigan in southern Ogden Township and traverse through Blissfield, Deerfield and Palmyra Townships. Officials stated in the pre-filing application that if the project is complete it could be put in service in November 2017.
Officials of the competing Rover Pipeline filed paperwork with FERC earlier in December. That pipeline would connect the two regions but that one would take a proposed route a little more westerly, entering Michigan beginning in Seneca Township near of Morenci.
More details regarding the … Read More »

Old Riga fertilizer plant burns

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

Residents in Riga reported a major fire shortly before 8 p.m. Friday evening. Several departments responded.
Blissgield Police Chief Dale Greenleaf reported to The Advance that the fire was contained at 8:34 p.m. Unofficial fire department reports say no injuries occurred.
As of 10 p.m., smoke continued to billow from the facility. Six fire departments responded to the scene. Riga Fire Chief Mike Norman said Riga was assisted by Blissfield, Palmyra, Deerfield, Richfield and the county air truck from Madison. Raisin Township was on standby for Palmyra. Consumers Energy gas and electric officials were also called in.
Norman said the building was fully involved upon arrival with several small propane and welding gas tanks inside. Neighbors saw flare ups they described as explosions.
A truck and a high-low were in the barn, according to Norman.
For the complete story, please see the Dec. 24 Advance.

Koppelman finalist for million-dollar world teaching honor

Posted on December 11th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

First, the Shell Science Teacher of the Year and then an Induction into the National Teacher Hall of Fame, now, Gary Koppelman’s success in the Blissfield Elementary classroom could be going global.
The veteran elementary school teacher is one of 50 finalists from an original pool of 5,000 teachers worldwide for the $1 million Varkey GEMS Foundation Global Teacher Prize.
According to a press release from the foundation, the award is widely referred to as the Nobel prize for teaching, it is the largest prize of its kind and is open to teachers in every school i every country of the world. Applicants are judged on how they open up their pupil’s minds, how much they contribute to the community, and how much they encourage others to become teachers. The Varkey GEMS foundation founded by Sunny Varkey.
Koppelman will be competing with … Read More »