Nicole Miller of Palmyra was crowned Miss River Raisin Festival 2013 Friday night at the 30th annual Blissfield River Raisin Festival.
She performed a jazz dance to “Sweet Georgia Brown” to win the title, which qualifies her to compete at the 2014 Miss Michigan Pageant next June. She won a $2500 scholarship as well as the $100 Entrepreneur Award and several scholarships to assist her in her preparation for Miss Michigan. Her platform is “Building Blocks: Incentives for Preschool.” She will attend Lansing Community College in the fall and is an Adrian High School graduate.
First runner-up was Mikayla Humphries, a 2013 Sand Creek High School graduate who will attend Eastern Michigan University in the fall. She won a $1ooo scholarship. Second runner-up was Jocelyn Near, a 2012 Sand Creek High School graduate who will attend Siena Heights University. Near also won the Jennifer Dalton M.D. Summit Award, … Read More »
By Melissa Burnor
Domestic violence is something that affects many people each year. Bill and Lisa Gritzmaker certainly had the effects hit very close to home last year. Just over a year ago, their daughter-in-law also named Lisa Gritzmaker and their unborn granddaughter, Abigail, were murdered along with the younger Lisa Gritzmaker’s sister, Amy Merrill, by Merrill’s estranged boyfriend.
Gritzmaker, along with his son, Jake who was married to the younger Lisa, belong to the 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air national Guard. The group rallied around the family in the days and weeks that followed the death of Lisa, Abigail and her sister Amy Merrill.
But their deaths would not be the only domestic violence-related deaths that would affect the unit.
Bill Gritzmaker also had had a coworker at the 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard who was murdered … Read More »
By Melissa Burnor
It was warm and sunny morning Sunday for the first annual Amy, Lisa and Abigail memorial 5K run walk. There were 118 people who signed up to complete the course in the village and Greg Scharer was the first person to cross the finish line
“I was really happy to see so many people,” Robin McCowan, mother of Amy Merrill and Lisa Gritzmaker. The two women along with Gritzmaker’s unborn child were shot and killed in Merrill’s home last year by her estranged boyfriend. McCowan was also seriously injured.
Two of Merrill’s sons, Cameron, 11 and Brendan, 13, took part in the opening ceremony. With Cameron giving an insightful prayer and Brendan a warm welcome to all of he participants. Brendan said how thankful the two were to the community that reached out to their families. “They reached out to … Read More »