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Yockey, Benham safe after Boston Marathon

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15th April

Local runner Jay Yockey who competed at the Boston Marathon today (Monday) reported to the Advance at 3:30 p.m. that he is safe after reports of at least two explosions at the finish line of the race course. Yockey said the hotel he is staying in is on lockdown this afternoon.

Another local runner Dr. Kent Benham, Ottawa Lake, also participated in today’s marathon. Word has been received that he too is safe after the race.

For Melissa Burnor’s complete interview with Jay Yockey while he was still in Boston, please see the April 17, 2013, edition of The Advance.


Hunt nearly over for new BHS football coach

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9th April

By Chad Hutchinson

The hunt for the next Blissfield head varsity football coach is coming to a close as the list of potential candidates has been narrowed to three finalists. Blissfield’s candidate will have big shoes to fill, as former head coach Ron Estes is handing over the headset and play book after 11 seasons. The incoming head coach will have to deal with the “Estes Expectations” that were set by the former heralded head coach. Estes constructed an impressive 76-39 career record commanding the Royals’ sideline.

Finding a Royal replacement was not an easy task for the search committee that consisted of Blissfield athletic director Steve Babbitt, superintendent Scott Moellenberndt, varsity women’s basketball coach and elementary teacher Ryan Gilbert, high school principal Jerry Johnson and elementary school assistant principal Mike Valasek.

Moellenberndt said approximately 40 applicants had been reviewed for the position, … Read More »

Chug into Blissfield April 20-21 for Railroad Days

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9th April


All aboard for the second annual Blissfield Railroad Days presented by McDonald’s of Lenawee County April 20 and 21. After a successful one-day event in 2012, host Blissfield Downtown Development Authority/Main Street Program has planned a two-day event this year celebrating Blissfield’s continuous and ever-changing association with the railroad since the first train on the Erie and Kalamazoo line came through town in 1836.

The village will be immersed in trains of all sizes that have captured the interest of young and old for generations, from the small HO scale-model trains to actual running trains that can be ridden on as part of the ticket. Organizers extended the event this year and the result is more opportunity to see and ride the trains.

“The event is two days because we had such a great turnout last year,” Blissfield DDA/Main Street … Read More »