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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.


Riga teen wins honors in Distinguished Young Women program

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10th December

Olivia Miller, Riga, a Blissfield High School senior, was named first runner-up Saturday in the Distinguished Young Women of the Irish Hills Scholarship Program hosted at Onsted High School. She competed with 10 other young women in scholastics, interview, performing arts talent, physical fitness routine and self-expression.

As first runner-up, she will advance to the state finals where more than $10,000 will be awarded in scholarship dollars. She won the scholastic, academic, self-expression, talent and be-your-best-self essay.

She is the daughter of Les and Cindy Miller, and presented a vocal selection for her talent.

The winner was Kylie Commet from Napoleon High School.Olivia Miller, Riga, a Blissfield High School senior, was named first runner-up Saturday in the Distinguished Young Women of the Irish Hills Scholarship Program hosted at Onsted High School. She competed with 10 other young women in scholastics, interview, performing arts … Read More »


Community meal served Tuesday, Dec. 11

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10th December

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will again be providing meals at no cost to those who partake on Tuesday, Dec. 11. It will be a roast pork with dressing, mashed potatoes, corn, and pumpkin dessert carry-out meal. Meals can be picked up at Catering by Liz between 5-6 p.m. on that day or delivery is available. To request meals please call 486-4738 any time prior to Dec. 11 or no later than noon that day. Leave a message if necessary. Those who know of shut-ins who might enjoy a meal, please notify them of this service. The church is happy to provide a meal to anyone who requests it. NOTE: This will be the only meal provided this month due to Christmas.


Miss River Raisin Festival collects items for animals at Lenawee Humane Society

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5th December

Charlotte Squires, Miss River Raisin Festival, is promoting a platform of  “Giving Back to – and through – Animals” during her year of service as Miss RRF.

During the Christmas season, she is collecting items for the homeless and unwanted pets at the Lenawee Humane Society. Her collection box is located at The Advance, 121 Newspaper Street, Blissfield. The deadline for her Christmas project is 5 p.m. Dec. 20.

Among the items needed are: all varieties dry food, canned food, cat litter, cat and dog toys, peanut butter for filling certain toys, rawhide chewing items, cow hooves, pig ears, pet shampoos, nail trimmers, neuter/spay sponsorships ($25, $35, $45), cotton balls and swabs, hand soap, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, unopened syringes, heartworm pills, flea preventatives, dewormer, microscope slides and cover slips, ble.ach, liquid laundry soap, liquid dish soap, window cleaner, pine cleaner, brooms, dust … Read More »


Concert ‘A Christmas Celebration of Carols’ Dec. 8

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5th December

The Blissfield Community Concert Series will host “A Christmas Celebration of Carols” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Blissfield Presbyterian Church.

Conceived as a concert series to bring a variety of music forms to Blissfield, this is the fourth in the concert series and features Blissfield’s own Karen Nevins directing The Carillon Women’s Chorale and Split Dimensions.

For ticket information, please visit www.blissfieldconcerts.org.


Estes steps down as Blissfield head football coach

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30th November

By Chad Hutchinson

After 11 seasons and eight playoff appearances, Blissfield head varsity football coach Ron Estes has decided to step away from the game.

Estes is leaving behind a decorated legacy at Blissfield, that includes a pair of league championships, a district and regional championship, and a state runner up finish in 2007 at Ford Field.

“I needed to step away for a little bit, and felt like the timing was right,” Estes said.

The veteran coach said he has no immediate coaching plans in his future, but added his career as a coach is far from over.

“I’m not done coaching, this is just a temporary thing. But I have absolutely nothing brewing,” he said.

With a 76-40 career record at Blissfield and a 66 percent winning percentage, Estes should have little trouble finding a position when he decides to return.

In a career filled … Read More »



Helicopter transport required at Carroll Road accident

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30th November

By Melissa Burnor

A Deerfield Township man was airlifted with critical injuries from the scene of a two-vehicle crash in Blissfield Township Friday afternoon.

According to Michigan State Police Trooper Bill Strouse, Jr., Timothy Van Camp, 20, was northbound on Lipp Highway when he allegedly did not stop for a stop sign and went through the intersection. His small blue pickup was struck by a full-size Chevrolet pickup driven westbound  on Carroll Road by Terry Iott, 45, Petersburg.

Both vehicles came to rest in a farm field on the northwest corner of the intersection. Van Camp’s vehicle was pushed nearly 40  yards into the field. Debris from both vehicles was scattered throughout the field.

Van Camp was transported by LifeFlight to a Toledo area hospital with critical injuries. 

Both the Blissfield Township and Riga Township fire dDepartments as well as the Advanced Life Support unit … Read More »



Michigan Extreme Outdoors offers kayaks, movies, more

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27th November

By Chad Hutchinson

Whether one is interested in kayaking or renting a movie on a chilly Friday night, one of Blissfield’s newest businesses, Michigan Extreme Outdoor, can help.

Michigan Extreme Outdoor offers a variety of items, including kayaking gear and equipment, skateboarding equipment and apparel, shoes, clothing and sunglasses, bike equipment and gear, as well as DVD and Blu-Ray rentals, and even carries a selection of candles from Swan Creek Candles.

The store is owned by Matt Slusher and April Leffew, and managed by Tasha Stearns. It is located on Lane Street in Blissfield’s downtown.

Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story on this new Blissfield downtown business, please see the Nov. 28, 2012, edition of The Advance. Please call 517-486-2400 to subscribe.