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Christmas Day dinner to be served

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23rd December

The Palmyra Masons will again host their annual Christmas Day dinner with all the trimmings at the Blissfield American Legion at no cost to all who wish to dine. This holiday tradition is not need-based, but rather something for those who want to have dinner with others. Dinner is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Masons gather on Christmas Eve to begin the preparations. For takeout or delivery, please call 517-486-5555.


BULLETIN: Blissfield Parade of Lights 2013 cancelled due to snow

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14th December

Due to continuing snowfall blanketing the village of Blissfield amid a winter storm, the 2013 Parade of Lights originally scheduled for tonight (Dec. 14) has been cancelled, according to Blissfield Chief Jane Kelley.

Please spread the word to friends and family who may be planning to attend.


Village approves new village office renovation bid

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13th December

The village of Blissfield is closer to starting work on the remodeling of the new village office after council approved both the bid for the project and the mechanism to fund it at Monday’s council meeting.

The price tag was higher than the original estimate when council purchased the former KeyBank building back in July, but it was about on course for what the architects projected after looking more in-depth at the work they planned for the building.

Council awarded the bid to Van Tassel Construction Corporation from Ottawa Lake. Their bid on the basic project was $685,000 plus three potential add-on alternates including a garage addition which the council approved making the total bid accepted at $815,000 for the renovations, and furniture. The next closest bid for both the base project and the garage was $834,300. The highest bid of the … Read More »


Parade of Lights, Wassail Festival, Hot-Cha-Cha Run and more light up weekend of Dec. 13-15

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13th December

There are several Holiday related activities happening throughout the week and weekend of Dec. 13-15.

Following is a list of Christmas and other holiday activities in the community:

• The Blissfield American Legion is hosting a senior citizen party Sunday afternoon. It is a free event from 1-3 p.m. and features food and games.

• Dec. 13-15 — The Light of Christ Parish Knights of Columbus along with several volunteers will be busy sorting food and packing and delivering food baskets to families throughout the greater Blissfield and Deerfield communities. They will also wrap gifts and toys for children from the age of newborns to 12 years old. Volunteers will wrap gifts in the church basement beginning at 9 a.m. Friday morning. The sorting and packing of food donations and gifts will take place 7 p.m. Friday evening. Baskets will be delivered Sunday … Read More »


Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run, Wassail Festival Dec. 13 in Blissfield

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27th November

Runners are invited to enjoy the Blissfield Village Christmas decorations and warm up with a hot beverage after the Second Annual Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run Friday, Dec. 13.

The new event was added to Blissfield Village’s Wassail Festival last year and this year will occur on Friday, Dec. 13. The Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run will take off from the beautifully decorated downtown, wind through the village neighborhoods, then end up back downtown for either hot wassail or hot chocolate.

The Wassail Fest is presented by Blissfield Rotary and hosted by Blissfield DDA/Main Street Program. The Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run aspect is sponsored by the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program and co-sponsored by Blissfield Coney Island and Borchardt Brothers Market.

The runners will actually receive a mug that will enter them into the Wassail Festival’s tour of sites in downtown businesses where competing … Read More »



Astalosh sentenced for embezzlement

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26th November

It took nearly three years, but a man charged with embezzling more than $11,000 from a Blissfield business was sentenced Nov. 21 in Lenawee County Circuit Court.

Sam Astalosh, 40, Selden, Kansas, was given two years’ probation and ordered to pay $550 in court costs on a reduced charge of embezzlement less than $200 from Steve’s Hobbies. His sentence also included 56 days already served in the Lenawee County Jail.

For the rest of the story, please the the Nov. 27, 2013, edition of The Advance. The big Holiday Lifestyles section is also included in this week’s Advance!


Blissfield “Lights of Love” Dec. 8

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26th November

Once again, Hospice of Lenawee is sponsoring “Lights of Love” remembrance trees throughout Lenawee County — specifically in the communities of Adrian, Blissfield, Clinton, Hudson, Morenci, Onsted and Tecumseh. These holiday trees will be lighted on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 at 6 p.m. at special lighting ceremonies in each location — with a reception following. The public is welcome to attend.


Riga firefighters to host Feather Party

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26th November

RIGA — The Riga Firefighters Association will be hosting its annual Feather Party at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Riga Township Hall. The Feather Party will feature cash prize raffles, along with raffles for turkeys and hams and a whole hog raffle. Raffle ticket prices are $1 and can be purchased from any Riga firefighter. For more information on the party and raffles, contact Riga fire chief Mike Norman at 517-673-6283.


Chamber concert Sunday in Blissfield

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26th November

A concert of chamber music by Adrian College will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday in the next Blissfield Community Concert Series event at the Blissfield Presbyterian Church, 304 Franklin, Blissfield. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for K-12 students. Tickets are at the Blissfield Village Office, Royal Expressions and at the door.


Detroit homicide cop 4-3 chief choice for Blissfield

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25th November

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The village of Blissfield is about to have a new police chief. After interviewing three candidates Nov. 19, Blissfield Village Council members voted to offer the job of Blissfield Village Police Department chief to Detroit homicide officer Dale Greenleaf in their Monday night meeting.

Blissfield Village administrator Jim Wonacott Tuesday confirmed that Greenleaf has accepted the position and will begin on Monday, Dec. 9, working in transition with current chief Jane Kelley who is retiring at the year.

Voting in favor were Randy Kelley, A. Ray Jones, George Brown and Art Weeber. Voting no were village president Mike Gunter, Mark Burgermeister and Bob Valdez.

In his interview, Greenleaf told the council be would be “that watchdog of the community.”

For the complete story by reporter Melissa Burnor, please see the Nov. 27, 2013, edition of The Advance.