By Melissa Burnor
(EDITOR’S NOTE: This week’s Advance – April 13 – has the wrong filing deadline in the story and in the headline. The filing deadline is definitely April 19. We regret the error.)
With a few days left until the deadline for filing a petition to run for local and state offices, very few local races have yet to materialize. The deadline for filing to seek township, county and some state offices is 4 p.m. April 19. All township board seats are up for grabs as well as the county jobs such as sheriff, prosecuting attorney, treasurer, clerk, surveyor, drain commissioner and county commission seats. The only county races so far that appear to be in the making are a primary race for Lenawee County Prosecutor and a race for the District 4 county commission seat that includes Madison Township. … Read More »
By Melissa Burnor
There will be no swimming lessons, no hanging out at the outdoor pool or water aerobics this year. Blissfield village officials have closed the Gail Giles Pool indefinitely due to concerns over its condition and the uncertainty of whether it can be repaired or will need to be replaced. Until engineers can determine the extent of the deterioration and whether it can be replaced or repaired village officials are uncertain what the expectations are. Unfortunately, officials say that no matter what the engineers say should be done with the pool, how they will proceed is questionable.
“We don’t have the money to do it right now,” village administrator Jim Wonacott said, “regardless of the option.” Village officials said they may have to ask taxpayers whether they may be willing to fund the renovations and repairs or perhaps a new … Read More »
Blissfield tot, Brooks Seeburger, will be the center of attention this coming Monday at Lena’s Italian Restaurant.
For the entire serving day at the restaurant, food purchased, either dine-in or carryout will have 10 percent of all sales made go to Seeburger and his family.
Brooks, 2, has been diagnosed with Type I diabetes and his parents, Aaron and Ashley Seeburger, have been in the process of raising funds to purchase a diabetic alert dog for their young son.
Blissfield State Bank, one of the main supporters of the event will match any amount of the Monday event, as will businesses TLC Community Credit Union, Iott Insurance Agency, Dr. Christopher Mallow D.D.S and Knapp Motors. Miss River Raisin Festival Olivia Miller, whose platform is “Don’t Stop for Diabetes” will make an appearance at the event.
Looking for musical entertainment this weekend?
Blissfield High School will stage “The Wizard of Oz” starting Thursday and Whiteford Schools will present “Anything Goes” over the weekend as well. Both schools have a reputation of excellence in musical performances.
The Blissfield thespians will take their audience down the famous Yellow Brick Road Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Each showing will be in the high school’s cafeteria at 7 p.m. all three days plus a 3 p.m. matinee Saturday.
Ticket prices for the shows are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for children five and under. A $2 Saturday matinee discount is awarded on the afternoon. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by simply contacting the high school, or asking a cast and crew member for tickets. The high school number to call for tickets is 486-2148, ext. 326. Reservations … Read More »
By Melissa Burnor
Very little new information was revealed March 9 at Jacky Bell’s preliminary examination. The 44-year old Clayton man has been charged with manslaughter in the death of Nathan Vance on Sept. 22, 2015.
Vance died as a result of an alleged fist fight outside of the Deer Run Apartments on East River Street in the village of Deerfield.
“There will be another time to argue the facts of this case,” public defender Rodney Leon said.
The defense does not deny that Bell took part in a fight between the defendant and Vance. They claim that Bell acted in self-defense in an altercation where Vance was the instigator.
Bell’s attorney also asked for a bond of $5,000 or lower or even a personal recognizance bond.
His original bond of $50,000 had been reduced to $30,000 at his arraignment by Judge Jonathan Poer.
Schaedler said she … Read More »
DEERFIELD – The Deerfield American Legion Testicle Festival will serve up the cuisine that some folks love and makes others cringe this Saturday, March 19, at the legion hall at 10 W. River St. in Deerfield.
Commander Al Rau said this year will be the 15th annual event that draws people from Michigan, Ohio and sometimes Canada for the day-long event.
The bar opens at 10 a.m. and the legion starts serving dinners at noon until they run out of food. The menu features Rocky Mountain oysters, chicken gizzards, baked beans, slaw and rolls.
Commemorative shirts will also be on sale.
By Melissa Burnor
The Blissfield Rotary Club has a treasure trove of items up for bid a the 28th annual charity auction this Saturday, March 19. Once again hosted by Toledo 11 news personality Jerry Anderson, the event has a large variety of items in live and silent auctions as well as a Blitz Raffle.
This year’s blitz raffle beneficiaries are the Blissfield Senior Center and I92 Ministries, a Lenawee County-based organization working to feed the hungry here and in Haiti.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. giving folks time to register and put initial bids on silent auction items and purchase raffle tickets. The Blitz Raffle drawing, dinner and game table drawings take place from 6:30-8 p.m. At 8 p.m. is when the main event takes place with the live auction with Anderson acting as auctioneer. Another Blitz Raffle and the silent auctions … Read More »
PALMYRA – An investigation into a series of thefts throughout Lenawee County led sheriff’s detectives to arrest a Palmyra Township farmer on charges of receiving stolen property,firearms charges and conspiracy to carry on a criminal enterprise.
Police executed a search warrant last September at the residence of Edward Judson, 65, in Palmyra Township. Several items including chain saws, tools, lawn and garden accessories, clothing and firearms were seized during the execution of the warrant.
An arrest warrant was issued for Judson, Thursday and was charged with criminal enterprises-conducting, weapons-firearms- receiving and concealing , dangerous weapons, stolen property-receiving and concealing $1,000 up to $20,000 and felony firearms. He will face a preliminary examination on March 14 in front of Judge Jon Poer. He was released Thursday from the Lenawee County Jail after booking with a $125,000 personal recognizance bond.
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Representatives from the Lenawee County 911 board will attend local meetings to give a presentation on a May 3 ballot proposal. The county is asking voters to approve a measure that would raise the surcharge on each cell phone and land line from $1.18 to $3 per phone. Dispatcher Brett Holubik will give a presentation at the 7 p.m. March 7 Deerfield Village meeting. Dispatcher Miranda Benner along with Emergency Manager Curtis Parson will present the information at the 7 p.m. March 8 Blissfield Township meeting. Holubik and Madison Police Chief will give the presentation at the March 9 7 p.m. Madison Township meeting. Holubik will also give the same presentation at 7 p.m. March 14 to the Deerfield Township board where he also serves as fire chief.
The Blissfield Athletic Department and Athletic Director Steve Babbitt is accepting applications for the 2016 Phil Kerbawy Volunteer of the Year Award until April 15.
According to the athletic department, the award is given annual to a school employee or volunteer who has consistently served the Blissfield High School athletic community in an extraordinary fashion over many years, or whose efforts during the past athletic year were exceptional.
The award will be presented during during the fall sports Meet the Team Night.
The winning nominee’s athletic program of choice will receive a $250 award and the winning nominee will receive the award presented directly to them by the original winner of the award himself, Phil Kerbawy.
For a nomination form, criteria and more information, Babbitt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the complete story, please see the March 2, 2016, edition of The Advance. To … Read More »