Trains were definitely the backdrop and in the forefront of activity over the weekend as Blissfield celebrated the third annual Railroad Days April 26-27.
Blissfield Main Street Manager Patricia Rayl said approximately 2000 people enjoyed the sunny weather and all the activities from train rides aboard the Adrian & Blissfield Rail Road, model train displays in several locations, a train show, a historic home and building tour, a garden train and more.
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Ron Estes was officially named the Bissfield Royal men’s varsity basketball coach today. Estes was formerly the Blissfield Royals varsity football coach from 2002-2012, and led the Royals all the way to Ford Field where one of his teams became a state runnerup. According to Blissfield Athletic Director Steve Babbitt, Estes was the varsitiy basketball coach at Summerfield High School before continuing his teaching and coaching career at Blissfield. Estes replaces John Vandecaveye who stepped down after after coaching varsity basketball for the last 24 years for the Royals.
There will be a Benefit Pulled Pork Dinner at 4 p.m. Saturday at Ottawa Lake Sportsman’s Club for Jason “Buzz” Kleindienst, who was injured in a snowmobile accident.
The dinner is $10 per person with a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, games and cash bar.
Kleindienst, who is married and has a four-year-old daughter, was left with severed nerves in his right shoulder, causing the loss of use of his right arm.
Jay Yockey finished the Boston Marathon in 2:53.44. His goal this year was to finish the grueling 26.2-mile course in under three hours.
The annual Blissfield Kiwanis Pancake Supper April 24 will be offered to the community as a free meal. The dinner sponsored by the Adrian & Blissfield Rail Road features pancakes and sausage, applesauce and a choice of milk, coffee or tea.
There will also be a cash raffle sponsored by Blissfield State Bank. Tickets will be available at the door for $1 each. First prize is $250, second prize is $150 and third prize is $100. Winners do not need to be present to win.
The meal will be served in the Blissfield High School cafeteria from 4:30-7 p.m.
By MELISSA BURNOR
PALMYRA — Palmyra Township will ask its residents to consider a .2 mill levy for cemetery operations and improvements during the August primary election. The action was approved at its April 10 board meeting. Palmyra Township Supervisor Jim Isley said the levy would cover expenses at all four township cemeteries. The levy would generate approximately $16,000 a year. Isley said the township has had to consider the millage levy after losing the tipping fee from the landfill that closed last year.
For the complete story on this and the most recent Palmyra Township meeting, please pick up the April 16, 2014, edition of The ADVANCE.
Blissfield Presbyterian Church will again be provide meals at no cost to participants on Tuesday, April 22. It will be a hamburger gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, and applesauce 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 noon on meal day.
Area track teams will not compete today as the area awoke to a blanket of snow. The Dundee meet, where Blissfield was to compete, has been postponed to May 1. The Britton Deerfield meet at Britton will be run on Thursday. At this time it is not known whether Whiteford will run at Britton Deerfield on Thursday as they already had a track meet scheduled that day at Lenawee Christian High School. Please check back this afternoon for updated information.
The Blissfield Community Girls Scouts is hosting an Easter Party for the community from 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Blissfield American Legion. There is no cost to attend and participate in the festivities.
Unlike the Easter Egg hunts of the past hosted by the Girl Scouts, this year’s event will be inside the Legion due to the possibility of bad weather and the already wet ground. They have planned some fun games and crafts along with prizes, organizer Michelle Molaro said.
Molaro said the event is geared to ages three to 10 it is a community event. Molaro said there are a lot of outdoor toys that will be given away as prizes. The Easter Bunny will be visiting with children at the event, thanks to a donation by the Blissfield Kiwanis. The Girl Scouts will be taking photos of children with … Read More »
By MELISSA BURNOR
Local school district officials report they were pleased with results that came back on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program testing.
Blissfield superintendent Scott Moellenberndt said that the scores in the eighth grade mathematics and science categories by Blissfield students were one of the highlights of the MEAP testing. Moellenberndt said Blissfield improved in 13 of the 18 categories of the test from the third through the ninth grade.
Both Whiteford and Britton Deerfield cite continuity and improvement.
For more on the MEAP test results in Blissfield, Britton Deerfield and Whiteford schools, please see both the April 2 and April 9, 2014, editions of The Advance, which include the most recent scores.