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Palmyra Masons serve up free Christmas meal

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18th December

By Melissa Burnor

For 20 years the Palmyra Masonic Lodge has prepared a free Christmas dinner in Blissfield for anyone who wants to join in the meal.

This year the dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas day at the American Legion Post 325. The Masons serve more than 100 people — sometimes closer to 200 — annually.

Anyone who may be alone, who doesn’t want to cook dinner is invited to attend or who wants to join in the tradition is welcome to partake of this complimentary meal of turkey and all the trimmings.

River Raisin Publications, Inc. For Melissa Burnor’s story on this Blissfield community tradition, please see the top story in the Dec. 19, 2012, edition of The Advance. To subscribe for home delivery, please call 517-486-2400.


Blissfield Elementary evacuated due to electrical problem; school resumes next day

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18th December

An electrical issue contained to the mechanical room at Blissfield Elementary School required the evacuation of students from the school later Monday morning, Dec. 17.

Blissfield Fire Chief Gary Crist said the department was dispatched to the school just before 11:40 a.m. for a suspected electrical fire.

“There was no sign of fire,” Crist said when fire crews investigated. He said the main breakers were already off.

School resumed as usual Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For Melissa Burnor’s complete story, please see the Dec. 12, 2012, edition of The Advance.


Bateson wins Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run

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18th December

The Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program hosted its first-ever night race — the Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run — on Friday in Blissfield. Despite chilly temperatures, 104 runners signed up to brave the brisk, but clear night air to compete in the five-kilometer trek.

Runners from abroad and of all ages participated, from the ages of six to 80.

Alex and Cassie Williams of Caro, traveled three hours and completed the run to make it their 156th race of the year.

“It was a great race and you can’t beat having hot chocolate waiting for you at the finish line on a chilly night like this,” Alex said.

“We had a lot of fun. The race was very well-organized and the volunteers were excellent and they were all very nice,” Cassie added.

For some of the runners it was their first race, but for 80-year-old … Read More »



New Blissfield area calendar available

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18th December

Readers of The Advance will find a new 2013 Blissfield area calendar featuring photos of the places they love, the people they know and the events they enjoy featured in collages of Advance photographs for each month of the year.

On each page is also a listing of phone numbers of all businesses which participated in the 2013 calendar as well as websites for most of them – always handy if displayed near the telephone. 

Pick up the Dec. 19, 2012, edition of The Advance for special warm holiday greetings from area businesses, the 2013 calendar, township reports from Blissfield and Riga townships, Blissfield Village Council action, all the local sports news including the new Blissfield varsity sport of bowling, shopping information to help people through the final days before Christmas and much more.

Deadline for the Dec. 26, ,2012, edition is at … Read More »


Knights of Columbus bring Christmas to local people in need

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18th December

When Rudy Mirelez was 10 years old, the company his father worked for in Adrian closed up shop and moved south close to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Just two weeks later, the Mirelez family grew in size with the birth of a younger sister. Someone must have thought the young, growing family could use a little boost during the holiday season. Mirelez said the family received a Christmas basket.

“I never forgot that,” he said.

Fast-forward a couple of decades and Mirelez was one of the founding members of what was then the St. Peter’s Catholic Church Knights of Columbus in June 1981.

“We were a new group and we thought we should do something,” Mirelez said.

He, Doug Winkler and Ron Coopshaw were largely responsible for the idea of having the fraternal service organization lend a helping hand to community members at Christmas.

“The first year … Read More »



Blissfield Wassail Festival celebrates Christmas spirit

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18th December

By Chad Hutchinson

Hot wassail and Christmas spirit were a’plenty during the second annual Wassail Festival in Blissfield last Friday, Dec. 15.

Eleven businesses brewed up batches of hot wassail for the tasting pleasure of approximately 400 wassailers on the evening. The event was hosted by Blissfield DDA/Main Street Program and sponsored by Blissfield Rotary.

Wassail is a hot or mulled cider beverage that originated in the south and west regions of England in the middle ages. Blissfield businesses were encouraged to create their own custom formula for the holiday beverage.

Dan and Ashley Bailey of Bailey’s Chiropractic said they conducted some online recipe research for their wassail, which consisted of pineapple and orange juice, red wine, apple cider and various spices. “We wanted to mix it up, and used a completely different recipe from last year,” Ashley said.

The winning recipe was voted on … Read More »



Light of Christ Knights of Columbus bring Christmas to many

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15th December

By Melissa Burnor

 When the Light of Christ Knights of Columbus organization first formed in Blissfield in 1981, a trio of men – Ron Coopshaw, Rudy Mirelez (pictured center)  and Doug Winkler – were looking for something to do to contribute to the community.

Through shared faith,  personal history, a desire to serve the community and a need in the  community, the fledgling group decided to help those who might need a  little extra during the holidays.

Mirelez said an event in his own  life as a young boy is present in his mind during the holiday season  as the Knights prepare the baskets for hundreds of people in the  area.

What started out as an effort that helped just a handful of  households in the Blissfield community the first year has grown into a remarkable endeavor that has helped in some years more … Read More »



Blissfield celebrates Wassail Festival evening of Dec. 14

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11th December

By Melissa Burnor

The Old English custom of wassailing meets modern-day downtown Blissfield Friday evening as the second annual Wassail Festival sponsored by the Blissfield Rotary and hosted by the Blissfield DDA/Main Street Program gets underway. Wassailing takes place from 5-8 p.m.

One of downtown Blissfield’s newest events adds merriment to the already festive-looking downtown as participants get to taste 11 types of wassail, a mulled or spiced wine and vote on their favorite one. Wassail will be served by Bailey Chiropractic, Blissfield Living, Cakes n’ Shakes, Decades, Joan and Co., The Packrat, Royal Expressions, TLC, United Bank and Trust, Victorian Gardens and B-Town Bar & Grill.

Caroling and bonfires will also be an attraction this year. The Blissfield DDA/Main Street Program has teamed up with the Blissfield Rotary Club and local winery J Trees Cellars for the event. Those who want to … Read More »



Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run to wind through Blissfield during Wassail Festival

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11th December

By Melissa Burnor

What could warm one up on a brisk December Friday evening in Blissfield? Besides the wassail, a scenic 5K run through the village of Blissfield might be the ticket. The Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run takes place Friday evening during the Wassail Festival. The starting gun fires off at 6:30 p.m. on Lane Street in downtown Blissfield.

The race route, illuminated by ice luminaries along the way, will take runners through residential areas in the eastern portion of the village. And organizers are hoping the map of the run will bring out folks along the route to cheer on the runners.

One of the event organizers, April Wolfe, said the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program committee was looking for a novel idea that would attract more people to Blissfield. “Something fun for families, something different for people to do,” Wolfe … Read More »



Riga Twp. hires new fire chief

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11th December

RIGA — The Riga Township board has approved the hiring of Mike Norman as Riga fire chief with former chief Chris Colter resigning at the end of the year. Norman is a 10-year veteran with several fire departments including the Palmyra, Riga and Raisin township fire departments.

His hiring is effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Copyright, 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the rest of the story, please see the Dec. 12, 2012, edition of The Advance.