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Novak, Pooley retire from Blissfield PD

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26th December

By Melissa Burnor

Two of Blissfield’s finest have decided that 2012 was the year to hang up their badges and guns, and retire from the Blissfield Police Department.

Sgt. James Novak, who spent nearly 34 years on the job, retired officially on Oct. 31 and Officer Sam Pooley, who worked just over 36 years for the Village of Blissfield, will officially retire Dec. 31.

They took a little time last week to reflect on the decades they spent serving the community.

And just like their time spent working, the afternoon was punctuated with several members of the community passing their booth in one of the downtown eating establishments to greet them,  everyone knowing each other on a first-name basis. Both men were hired in the 1970’s by Chief Roy Heineman. Harold “Butch” Gunter was the department’s sergeant and would become chief in 1981.

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Blissfield area 2012 news review

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26th December

As 2012 winds down, The Advance takes a look over the news of the year and shows 12 months of trials, triumphs and tragedies.

Several major decisions challenged local officials; businesses opened and others shut their doors. The community rallied around causes and new events popped up in several communities as well.

As we move forward into 2013, The Advance takes this time to reflect upon the significant and memorable events and actions of the year.

For Melissa Burnor’s month-by-month review, and a very special collage of the photos of 2012, please see the Dec. 26, 2012, edition of The Advance.


Tree falls on Blissfield school bus

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20th December

By Melissa Burnor

A tree fell on a Blissfield Community Schools bus this morning, sending five children to Bixby Hospital, Adrian, with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Jeff Jackson of the Palmyra Township Fire Department.

In a freak accident, a huge, rotten ash tree fell across the road and onto the school bus on Gorman Road wesk of Crockett Highway as students were being taken to school on Thursday, Dec. 20.

Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc.



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.

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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.

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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.

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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 »