By Melissa Burnor
Ottawa Lake Fire Chief Brad Beck said he knew the situation was dire before he even left his house Sunday morning. He could see the flames shooting up a half-mile away where a neighbor’s house was on fire on Head-0-Lake Road.
“I knew we were up against the wall,” Beck said.
A series of unfortunate events that day led to the family home of Randy and Lisa Kunkel and their two children going up in flames, destroying most of their personal possessions in mere hours. A family cat perished in the blaze.
A Blissfield man was airlifted from the scene of a Saturday early afternoon crash between a sports utility vehicle and a semi-truck in Ottawa Lake.
According to a press release from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Lupe J. Rosas, 29, Blissfield, was eastbound on U.S. 223 at approximately 12:20 p.m. Saturday when his 2002 Ford Explorer allegedly crossed the center-line and struck a westbound 2000 Freightliner semi-tractor trailer driven by Adam Wright, 38, Adrian. Rosas, the lone occupant in the SUV, was airlifted by ProMedica Air to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.
According to the press release, both drivers were wearing seatbelts and the airbag in Rosas’ vehicle deployed. Wright was not injured. Emergency crews had the road shut down for a good portion of the afternoon both while tending to Rosas and as the accident investigators remained on the scene. The … Read More »
By Brad Heineman
It was a rather somber moment when varsity football head coach Ron Estes had made it certain that he would be stepping down as head coach following the Royals’ 2012 season.
Estes had turned around a crumbling football program into one of the best and most successful in school history after taking the reins in the 2002 school year. He went on to lead the Royals to a Ford Field championship berth in the 2007 season, where the Royals would be runner-ups to the state champion Saginaw Nouvel Panthers.
A coach with such talents departing from a sport can be hard to replace. Fans, students, teachers and the community grew to appreciate Estes and his desire to get the best out of his young Royals each year.
Now, after a year designated to and focused on teaching in the high school … Read More »
Voters in the Britton Deerfield School District are being asked to consider a five-year one-mill sinking fund levy on May 6.
A school district is allowed to use a sinking fund for repairs, maintenance and improvements to the school. It cannot be used for things such as computers, teacher salaries or school buses.
For the complete story, please see the April 30, 2014, edition of The Advance.
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.