By Chad Hutchinson
Security and safety issues regarding Blissfield school buses was a driving force behind discussions at the March 18 meeting of the Blissfield Board of Education meeting.
District operations director Michael Reinhardt updated the board on the pursuit of bids for fencing to be placed around the buses at the garage located behind the high school. Reinhardt said 10 sealed bids were received from around the state. He said the bids ranged in cost from $30,000 to $19,900. Reinhardt recommended the acceptance of a bid of $19,926.14 from Adrian/Tecumseh Fencing.
Several members of the board acknowledged the need for the fences, and also their disappointment for it.
“We’ve had enough incidents that it’s become a risk for the buses. It’s become a safety issue. It’s unfortunate, but necessary,” trustee Scott Abbott said. The board approved the acceptance of the bid from Adrian/Tecumseh … Read More »
BERKEY, Ohio — The Berkey Congregational Church and Metamora United Methodist Church will host a Swiss Steak Dinner from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Berkey Congregational Church, 12036 Sylvania-Metamora Road, Berkey.
Adults $9; children’s prices available for Swiss steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, buttered roll, homemade pies, coffee or milk. Dine in or carry out.
By Chad Hutchinson
Blissfield Community Schools’ Department of Fine Arts, BHS Drama Club, Thespian Troupe 6353 and Musical Theatre Class are presenting “Guys and Dolls.”
Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday on the Blissfield High School stage.
“Guys and Dolls” is based on the Broadway story and characters by Damon Runyon, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows.
Director Wanice Linn said she researched 25 different show possibilities over the summer before placing her bet on this production. “I just really liked the combination of story, dance and music,” she said.
Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story, please see the March 20, 2013, edition of The Advance.
By Chad Hutchinson
A famous red-haired orphan has found a home with Whiteford Community Schools production of “Little Orphan Annie.” Under the direction of the 2013 Michigan School Vocal Music Association Teacher of the Year, Todd Schreiber, Annie will be taking center stage at Whiteford High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
For the complete story, please see the March 20, 2013, edition of The Advance.
After 25 years the Blissfield Rotary Club Charity Auction is going on-line. Co-chairperson Andy Borchardt said the list of auction items for the Silver Anniversary event is both varied and exciting with something to appeal to everyone. Although tickets to Saturday’s (March 16) event at the Blissfield American Legion Hall are sold out, there is still time for everyone to bid on items on-line, an opportunity new this year.
This year will be a test run for the online bidding that closes at 6 p.m. this Friday, March 15. Right now the club has more than 160 items up for auction. Bidding takes place at blissfieldrotary.org. There is a chance for bidders to claim items in the silent auction by placing a “super-bid”, Borchardt said.
Bidders can also visit the Legion from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, March 16, to view the items in … Read More »
The “Law and Order” performance will give attendees a peak inside the court room as several favorite fairy tale characters are put on trial, such as the testimony of the three little pigs against the notorious wolf. The performance of “A Hill of Magic Beans” show will tell the adventures of the curious gentlemen, Larry Oldman, who sold the legendary beans of the bean stalk to Jack. The shows will take place at 7 p.m. March 14 and 15 and at 4 p.m. March 16. Tickets are $3 per person and Blissfield Band Boosters will be hosting a concession stand Thursday and Friday with proceeds going to benefit the B.C.S. Bands.
Copyright 2013 River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story, please see the March 13, 2013, edition of The Advance.
By Chad Hutchinson
March is National Reading Month, and local elementary schools are encouraging students to turn off the television and turn the pages of a good book instead. Blissfield, Britton Deerfield and Whiteford elementary schools are conducting reading activities throughout the month to promote reading among students and families.
For more information on activities in the three districts, please see the March 6, 2013, edition of The Advance.
At 10 a.m. Thursday, March 7, the Emergency Communications Network in cooperation with the Lenawee County Office of Emergency Management will be calling residents across the county as a means of informing them of the Code-Red Severe weather and mass notifications system. Lenawee Emergency Management Coordinator urged residents to take time to listen to the two-minute message explaining the system and most importantly how they can register for this free service. The mass notification feature is a new addition to the severe weather notification service that has been available to residents for the past two years. The mass notification system can send timely information to a targeted area of the county when an upset condition or an emergency exists which may threaten the safety and welfare of the residents such as hazardous materials incidents or spills, pipeline emergencies, missing persons … Read More »
By Melissa Burnor
Blissfield Village Council members granted two industrial facilities tax abatements to Uckele Health and Nutrition at their Feb. 25 meeting that will add five to eight new jobs at the facility. Mike Uckele said the company is adding onto the building and also investing more than $378,000 into equipment.
The building itself will be a $313,620, 3,600-square-foot addition. Uckele said since he purchased the company in 2005, employment has increased from 25-125.
Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story on this and other council action, please see the March 6, 2013, edition of The Advance.
Word has been received that Blissfield elementary science teacher Gary Koppelman has won the prestigious Shell Science Teaching Award, a national honor. No official news release has been received from Shell or the awards committee, but various sources locally are confirming the news as of Tuesday afternoon, March 5.
In a combined effort by Shell Oil Company and the National Science Teachers Association, the award is given in recognition of a K-12 educator who has demonstrated an exceptional impact on their students, school and community in the field of science.
Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. Look for the full story in the March 13, 2013, edition of The Advance.