Kerbawy Volunteer of the Year Award nominees sought

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

For the complete story, please see the March 2, 2016, edition of The Advance. To subscribe for automatic weekly delivery of all the area’s local news and sports, just call 517-486-2400 and have your credit card ready.

Deerfield Twp. gets tax boost from new substation

By Melissa Burnor

   Deerfield Township will get a boost to its tax rolls in December. The completion of the ITC Transmission’s Morocco substation last December with a stated cash value of $25 million resulted in a large increase in the personal property value for the township.
The substation’s taxable value in December will be about $11.5 million, township assessor Chris Renius said. That translates into approximately $11,500 per mill. This is above the taxes assessed on the land where the substation now stands.
The substation is also subject to the 18-mill non-homestead tax. This will bring in about  $200,000 for the schools. Although it does not mean additional monies, it does mean that Britton Deerfield Schools will get the money directly before the state aid formula payment.

For the complete story, please see the March 2, 2016, on newsstands now. Copyright River Raisin Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.

Frances Tietz

Frances E. Tietz, 88 of Blissfield, passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at Toledo Hospital.

Frances was born July 3, 1927, in Blissfield, to Henry and Idonea (Forsyth) Kruse.

On August 11, 1944, she married Calvin L. Tietz in Blissfield.  He preceded her in death in 1995, having shared over 50 years together.

In her younger years, Fran enjoyed bowling on several leagues.  She loved playing bingo and taking trips to the casinos, but treasured time at home with family playing cards, board games and putting puzzles together.

Survivors include her daughters, Kendra (Gary) Eason of California, Colleen Brown of Thailand, Tonya (Jeff) Maley of Kent, Ohio; four grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Frances was preceded in death by her siblings, Margaret Day, Douglas Kruse, Leslie Kruse, Basil Kruse and her granddaughter, Lee Ann Eason.

Funeral services for Frances were held Monday, February 29, 2016 at Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel in Blissfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society; envelopes will be available at the funeral home.  Online condolences are welcomed at

Alexander Campbell

Alexander Andrew Campbell, age 67, of Blissfield, died peacefully on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at his home.

He was born June 26, 1948, in Glasgow, Scotland to Alexander and Mary (Henderson) Campbell. He was married to Finola Beattie on December 20, 1996, in Canada and she survives.

He served in the Royal Air Force as an Engineer in the early sixties.  Alexander was a member of Light of Christ Parish (St. Peter the Apostle).  He owned and operated International Brassworks in Blissfield. He was a huge supporter of the Celtic Football Club in Scotland and enjoyed expounding the merits of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

In addition to his wife, Finola, he is survived by two brothers-in-law, Seamus (Verna) Beattie of Canada and Ciaran (Jocelyn) Beattie of England; two nephews, Seamus and Julian; two fur kids, his huskies, Aashka and Argyll at home, his valued clients and loyal staff at International Brassworks and numerous close friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Jimmy and Gerald.
The Funeral Liturgy was offered on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Light of Christ, (St. Peter the Apostle) with Fr. Jeff Poll as celebrant, to be followed by cremation.  Visitation was held on Friday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield with a prayer service ending the visitation at 8 p.m.  Visitation was on Saturday at Light of Christ Parish (St. Peter’s) from 10:00-10:45 a.m. to be followed by the service. You may send condolences to the family at  Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.  Envelopes are available at the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield.

Funds being raised to provide Blissfield diabetic toddler with alert dog

By Brad Heineman

Ashley and Aaron Seeburger hold Brooks. Brooks is one of four little Seeburgers. He is brother also to Briar, Laila and Scarlett. Copyright River Raisin Publications. All rights reserved.
Ashley and Aaron Seeburger hold Brooks. Brooks is one of four little Seeburgers. He is brother also to Briar, Laila and Scarlett. Copyright River Raisin Publications. All rights reserved.

At the tender age of two, Blissfield toddler Brooks Seeburger, the son of 2002 and 2001 Blissfield High School graduates, Aaron and Ashley Seeburger, can be found running around his rural Blissfield home like any other tot. And like any normal two-year-old child, Brooks also plays with his two older sisters, five-year-old Laila and three-year-old Scarlett.
However, at just 10-months-old, when he was sick and taken to the hospital in March 2015, it was discovered that Brooks had Type 1 Diabetes, or also called juvenile diabetes.
For diabetics like Brooks, who have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, their bodies cannot produce insulin because the beta cells in the pancreas are damaged or destroyed. In order to receive that insulin, it must be administered via a pump or injection so to avoid conditions and complications of hypoglycemia, or high blood sugar.
Brooks’ Father, Aaron, said being diagnosed at such an early age was a shock to both he and his wife, Ashley.
“It’s such a rare condition for someone at such young of an age,” he said.
Brooks will celebrate his second birthday April 23.
When both Seeburger parents learned what it would take to monitor and control  Brooks’ condition, they knew it would not be an easy task.
“He is doing well,” Seeburger said of Brooks. “But it is a 24-7 struggle and especially dangerous at his age.”
Within months of his diagnosis, Brooks has been on an insulin pump, which is attached to his forearm. He requires at least 15-20 blood-sugar finger-poke tests-per-day and he also has a Continuous Glucose Monitor, or CGM, transmitted in skin, which can be routed to an electronic device for a reading. The only downside to the CGM, according to Seeburger, is a general time delay of 15-20 minutes on receiving the reading. Since the CGM runs on a Wi-Fi connection or Bluetooth, any glitches in service, can slow down the readings.
“He’s just so young right now that it’s hard for him to communicate with us and for us to communicate back with him,” said Seeburger.
Seeburger said anytime during the night, Brooks’ blood sugar can fluctuate high or low and communication via the CGM could possibly be delayed or cutoff due to a connection issue with the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. For each hour of the night, the parents set an alarm and take turns checking on him, making sure his readings look correct and he is OK.
After much discussion within the family and extended family, Aaron and Ashley decided to get a diabetic alert dog to assist Brooks with his diabetes. Most properly trained alert dogs range anywhere from $15,000-$25,000.
According to Seeburger, the price of the dog is reflected in the canine’s rigorous 12-18 months of training and handling. Most diabetes alert dogs are trained for various types of blood sugar patients and they generally are trained to alert handlers, in Brooks’ case his parents, of the advancement of low- or high-blood-sugar events before they become dangerous.
The alert dog will also be with Brooks all night. When the dog senses a change in Brooks’ blood sugar, its training will send him to Aaron and Ashley alerting them of the blood sugar change.
A GoFundMe online campaign was launched by the Seeburgers to raise money for the cost of the alert dog. More detail about Brooks’ story, his daily life and information about the dogs can be found at
The family has also set up a bank account at Blissfield State Bank named “Diabetic Alert Dog for Brooks” for anybody who wishes to make an anonymous donation.
For the complete story, please see the Feb. 24, 2016, edition of The Advance.

Madison cheer moves on to regionals; Royal cheer season ends

The Madison Varsity Competitive Cheer team set a new school record on their way to qualifying for regional competition  Saturday, Feb. 27, in Mason.
The Trojans placed second in the district at Michigan Center after a strong finish in the third and final round, which moved them from sixth place into the regional qualifying spot. The Blissfield Royals, under the direction of first-year head Coach Liz Court, finished the district cheering rounds in 11th place out of 15 teams.
 For Brad Heineman’s full story, please pick up The Advance’s Feb. 24, 2016, edition on local newsstands now.

Nieman, Bangerter qualify for state wrestling at The Palace

Six coverage area wrestlers went into the regional wrestling rounds this past Saturday, Feb. 20, in Bronson and now only two wrestlers remain on their quest for a state wrestling title journey.
Blissfield junior wrestlers Caleb Bangerter and Noah Nieman finished a respective second and first place in their wrestling weight classes to qualify for an appearance at the Palace of Auburn Hills, March 3, 4 and 5 for the Michigan High School Athletic Association division-four wrestling state meet.
This will mark Nieman’s second trip to the Palace of Auburn Hills, having finished third overall in the state last season.
This will be Bangerter’s first state meet appearance, as he bowed out in the regional rounds last year.

For Brad Heineman’s complete story, please see the Feb. 24, 2016, edition of The Advance, on newsstands now.

Zika virus case confirmed in Michigan’s Ingham County

By the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan health officials have identified the first confirmed case of Zika virus in a Michigan resident.  The patient, a female resident of Ingham County, contracted the virus when traveling in a country where Zika virus is being transmitted.  The patient, who was not pregnant, experienced symptoms consistent with Zika virus disease shortly after her return to Michigan.

Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito.  These mosquitoes are not found in Michigan, but are widespread in tropical and subtropical areas.  The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and red, itchy eyes.  Symptoms are typically mild and last several days to a week.  Many people who are infected will not experience any symptoms.  There have been rare reported cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome following Zika virus infection.  There have also been rare reports of sexual transmission of Zika virus infection. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika virus infection.

“This is the time of year when many Michigan residents are traveling to warmer climates.  If you have plans to travel to areas where Zika virus is present, take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.  If you are pregnant, or may become pregnant, consider postponing your trip,” says Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  “Travelers to areas where Zika virus is present should contact their doctor if they experience symptoms associated with Zika virus during their trip, or within a week of their return home.”

Pregnant women are most at risk for complications from the Zika virus.  Serious birth defects have been reported in children born to women who were infected with Zika virus during pregnancy.  Scientists are studying the connection between Zika virus and poor birth outcomes.  Until more is known, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently advising pregnant women to avoid travel to countries where Zika virus is circulating.  For the most up-to-date information about where Zika virus is found, visit

“For several weeks now, travelers with potential exposure to Zika virus have been returning home to the continental U.S. with a few to be later diagnosed,” said Linda S. Vail, Ingham County Health Officer. “Fortunately, Zika virus infection is typically mild, and people recover without incident. We have known this was a possibility. Health officials and providers have been vigilant in following CDC guidelines and are taking appropriate precautions to test all travelers with symptoms consistent with Zika virus and all pregnant women who have traveled to areas with Zika transmission.”

Prior to 2015, outbreaks of Zika virus have occurred in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands.  In May of 2015, Brazil reported the first cases of Zika virus in the Americas. The virus has since spread to other countries and territories in South and Central America and the Caribbean.  Although Zika is not currently being spread by mosquitoes in the continental United States, cases of Zika virus have been reported in returning travelers. The number of Zika cases among travelers returning to the U.S. will likely increase as the outbreak continues.

Michigan residents can avoid mosquito bites when traveling by taking the following precautions:

Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
Take precautions to avoid bites both during the day and in the evening. The mosquitoes that transmit Zika bite primarily during the day.
Apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, or other EPA approved product to exposed skin or clothing, always following the manufacturer’s directions for use.
Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are overseas or outside and are not able to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
If also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen before applying insect repellent.  When applying repellent to children, apply it to your own hands and rub them on the child.  Avoid the eyes and mouth and do not apply to children’s hands because they sometimes put their hands in their mouths.  Do not apply repellents to infants under 2 months of age and instead place nets over strollers and baby carriers.

For more information about Zika virus, visit

Sally Moeller

Sally Sue (Blake) Moeller
Date Of Birth: 06/06/1937
Date of Death: 12/28/2015

Sally Sue (Blake) Moeller was born in Adrian, Michigan, June 6th, 1937 to Carey and Katherine (Conry) Blake. She grew up in Blissfield, Michigan. Her father was a telephone repairman and her mother a school teacher. She was baptized and received First Communion in the Catholic Church. She loved dogs, cats, and enjoyed horseback riding. She took piano lessons and played both the flute and piccolo in the high school marching band.

After high school she attended nursing school in Ann Arbor, Michigan graduating as a registered nurse. She moved to San Francisco, California where she met her husband, Lee. They were united in marriage on July 22, 1962. While in California a son, Louis, was born. Eventually, the family moved to Oregon where another son, Mark, was born. They eventually settled in the Portland area.

Sally worked for several hospitals in her early career. The majority of her career was spent as a Registered IV Therapy nurse for Providence Portland Medical Center until her retirement. While working as a nurse she met many wonderful colleagues, several were good friends in retirement.

Over the years the family had several dogs and cats. Basenjis were her favorite dog breed. She also owned a horse named Red for a few years. Her favorite pastime was working in her rose garden.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lee; and granddaughter, Grace Marie. She is survived by her son Louis (Bonnie) and grandchildren Ruth, Katherine, and Timothy; son Mark (Kimberly) and grandchildren Elijah and Micah both of the Portland area; brother, Bernard (Bonnie) Blake of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service took place, Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 10:00 AM at Blooming Cemetery in Cornelius, followed by a memorial service at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church 4265 SW Golf Course Rd, Cornelius, OR 97113 at 11:00 AM. Online condolences and memories are welcome at

Remembrances can be made to the charity of your choice.

Manslaughter charge authorized in Deerfield death

An individual has turned himself in to authorities after a felony charge of manslaughter was authorized by the Lenawee County Prosecutor Friday in the death of Nathan Vance, 33, in Deerfield last September.

According to Michigan State Police F/Lt. Tony Cuevas, Jacky Bell, 44, Clayton, turned himself in Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, and was lodged at the Lenawee County Jail. He was then arraigned via video technology from the jail on Wednesday.
Police and medical crews responded to the Deer Run Apartments  on East River Street on Sept. 22 to an assault. Vance later died after being flown to ProMedica Toledo Hospital from injuries sustained in a fight  where he allegedly received several punches to his head and body, according to police.
At the time of the incident police said the pair had been fighting over a woman who lived in Deerfield with whom Vance had two children. The suspect at the time was identified as the woman’s current boyfriend. His name was

Jacky Bell
Jacky Bell

released after his arraignment.