Blissfield Yuletide Cheer arrives Friday, Nov. 8 and launches into three days of Christmas in a days-gone-by setting; candles; holiday cookies; Santa Claus and reindeer; shopping in quaint stores with clerks who handle each item with loving care and each customer with personal attention; the town Christmas tree; cocoa and cookies; train rides. And speaking of trains, yes, this year’s event is once again presented by The Old Road Dinner Train. Welcome to Blissfield, Michigan, home to the annual Blissfield Yuletide Cheer celebration that begins the second weekend in November every year as Santa makes his first stop in the area that Friday night for an old-fashioned tree-lighting and carol sing. And this year, he’s taking area kids and others on a train excursion on his arrival night! This year’s Yuletide season is highlighted by three major events: the Blissfield … Read More »
Blissfield is the definite site selection for a future agricultural-related museum that will be designed by Friedrich St. Florian, designer of the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C..
The decision was made by a unanimous vote of the board of directors, of the Agricultural Awareness and Preservation Museum, according to a press release from the organization, Friday.
Blissfield is the location but the actual site within the community is still open for discussion, the release said.
The museum will be anchored by a large farm toy collection donated by local, renowned collectors. The directors also aim for it to serve the region and nation as an educational resource focusing on agricultural history, the industry of farming and more.
The board of directors had looked at sites both in the village of Blissfield and the city of Adrian for the museum … Read More »
As of 2 p.m. today (Halloween), local communities are still planning on trick-or-treating taking place this evening, but the Rotary bonfire and Halloween parade have been cancelled, due to weather .
Blissfield and Riga has trick-or-treating from 5:30-7 p.m. Whiteford and the village of Deerfield have scheduled trick-or-treating from 6- 8 p.m. The Palmyra Township Fire Department Halloween Party begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m.
According to Blissfield Rotary President Andy Borchardt , all of the food and supplies purchased for this evening’s cancelled Rotary bonfire will be donated to local food banks.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced high school football playoff district matchups Sunday evening. Two area Tri County Conference teams’ records earned them play-off bids.
Whiteford (7-2) will play Sterling Heights Parkway Christian ((5-4) in a home game this coming weekend. The winner of that game will play the winner of the Lenawee Christian ( 7-2) and Detroit Allen (6-2) for the Division 8 district championship.
Britton Deerfield (6-3) will play in a a cross-county affair as they travel to Hudson most likely on Friday night for the first round in a Division 7 matchup. The winner of that game will play the winner of the Melvindale Academy for Business & Technology (5-4) and Detroit Loyola (9-0) game to advance to the regional championship.
• Blissfield: Trick-or-treating is 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 31 Line up for the costume parade is at 7 p.m. at the Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library. The parade will commence down Lane Street to the park to the Rotary bonfire and costume judging. Hot dogs and cider will be served.
• Deerfield: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Trick-or-treating village-wide. Beginning and end will be signaled by the Deerfield Township Fire Department siren.
• Palmyra: 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Palmyra Township Fire Department children’s Halloween party at the Palmyra Community Center.
• Whiteford: 6-8 p.m Oct. 31 Trick-or-treat hours.
• Riga: 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 31 Trick-or-treating in village
By Chad Hutchinson
The Blissfield High School Marching Band won first place in Class C competition at a state competition in Jenison last weekend. The band performed a show featuring classical music by Beethoven that was titled “Immortal.”
This is the third consecutive year the Marching Royals have won first place overall. Blissfield was also selected as the Caption Award winners for best marching, best music and best color guard.
For the rest of the story, please pick up the Oct. 23, 2013, edition of The Advance, or call 517-486-2400 to subscribe for weekly delivery to your home anywhere in the U.S.
By Chad Hutchinson
Blissfield has a new face in family medicine with Dr. Cara Derck joining Dr. William Gray’s practice.
Derck said she always wanted to practice medicine in a small community similar to the one she grew up with in Fostoria, Ohio. She said the tight-knit community of Blissfield returned her to her roots.
“I always wanted to practice medicine in a small community with a country feel to it. Blissfield reminds me of home and so do the people,” she said.
Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story, please see the Oct. 23, 2013, edition of The Advance. To subscribe for weekly delivery – anywhere in the U.S. – please just call 517-486-2400.
Bradley Bences pleaded no contest Wednesday, Oct. 16, to three charges in connection with the July 13 incident where a Blissfield man’s throat was severely cut.
Circuit Court Judge Margaret Noe accepted his pleas on charges of dangerous weapon-carrying with unlawful intent, assault with a dangerous weapon, and attempted assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.
He faces a maximum five-year prison sentence.
For the complete story on this court proceeding, please pick up the Oct. 23, 2013, edition of The Advance.
By Melissa Burnor
Blissfield’s Keelie Cairo is the 2013 Lenawee County cross country women’s champion. Despite being one of the youngest runners on the course, the 14-year-old won the county meet in decisive fashion Saturday morning at Gerber Park. The Blissfield Royal women placed second as a team overall followed by Britton Deerfield. The Tecumseh women won the team scoring. The Britton Deerfield men’s team placed seventh
The entire women’s race belonged to Cairo. She jumped into the lead right from the start, leading the entire 3.1-mile circuit around the park. The race seemed to start quite fast and as a result several runners posted some of their best times of the season.
“I was in the mood to win,” Cairo said after the meet.
For the complete story on Cairo’s winning run and the rest of the meet story, please see the Sports … Read More »
By Melissa Burnor
Blissfield Village Council would like to see local contractors bid on the proposed remodeling of the new village office at the former Key Bank Building on South Lane Street. The council unanimously approved the architect’s plan and will move forward with the bidding process the will include a mandatory walk-through tentatively scheduled for Halloween. Any minor changes would have to be made to the plan by Wednesday as the architect plans to release bidding packages Friday in both electronic form and in paper form.
They will send the bid specs out to prospective contractors on the office that will also include a new council chamber and the village police department. David Gassen and his firm Partners in Architecture have put together a comprehensive plan that includes renovations to the interior as well as exterior modifications and some other site … Read More »