By Melissa Burnor
Blissfield Manufacturing will add 73 more jobs over the next three years at its primary facility in the village of Blissfield. The growth gives way to a possibility of adding $1.5 million in new equipment. To help with the expansion, the company qualified for state and local business incentives.
But company officials say the expansion is bitter-sweet. The additional jobs come as both part of planned growth and as a result of a company decision to close Jay Products in Portland, Ind. Production from that plant is currently being transferred to Blissfield.
“As a family-owned business, we sincerely regret having to close our facility in Portland, Ind. Decisions such as this are not made lightly; we value the people who have worked at Jay Products and have given so much,” Blissfield Manufacturing chief executive officer and president Pat Farver said.
Farver … Read More »
There are ample opportunities to celebrate the Fourth of July n the area. Below is a listing of fireworks and other activities in the area and nearby communities.
Friday, June 28
• Bedford Township Fireworks at dusk. Bedford Community Stadium 8285 Jackman Rd., Temperance.,
• Toledo Country Club Fireworks at dusk, 3949 River Rd., Toledo
Saturday, June 29 •
Swanton Independence Day Fireworks at dusk, Swanton High School football field, 601 N. Main St.
Wednesday, July 3
• New Life Church Freedom Fest 6023 Summerfield Road, Petersburg, at dusk,
• 9:45 p.m. Monroe County Independence Day Fireworks over Lake Erie at Sterling State Park, 2800 State Park Rd., Monroe.
• Sylvania Star-Spangled Celebration at Centennial Terrace at dusk, 5773 Centennial Rd., Sylvania,
• Perrysburg Star Spangled Banner Fireworks Fort Meigs State Memorial Park, 29100 West River Road, Perrysburg, 10 p.m.
• Hillsdale All-American Celebration at dusk, Hillsdale County Fairgrounds
• Maumee Spectacular Fireworks … Read More »
By Chad Hutchinson
Simply the best. That’s the reoccurring response from coworkers, coaches and former students and players of recently retired Blissfield educator Denny Thompson.
“Denny is one heck of a coach and an even better person. He’s the best, that’s as simply as I can put it,” said former Blissfield head football coach Ron Estes.
Thompson’s career in the purple and gold has been a decorated one, from his years wearing the Royal uniform, to his years teaching and coaching those who carried on the Royal pride.
A 1969 graduate of Blissfield High School, Thompson was no stranger when it came to the football gridiron, the baseball diamond or the basketball hardwood. He garnered captain’s honors, all-state and all-league awards and the respect of his teammates and coaches. Thompson’s Royal career is such a decorated one, he has earned himself a place in … Read More »
By Chad Hutchinson
Members of the Blissfield board of education and village council met for a special meeting June 11 to discuss the research on a new facility for Blissfield schools and the community. Both board members and council members focused on the staffing of the facility, hours it would feasibly be open to the community and how to approach the community regarding the funding for a potential new facility.
“Before we move forward with this we need to see how our taxpayers feel about an increase,” Blissfield superintendent Scott Moellenberndt said.
Village president Mike Gunter voiced his support for the facility, but also voiced concern over who would staff the building and how many hours it would be open to the community.
“I think this facility could be a great idea, but we need to do some more research and figure out how … Read More »
Whiteford’s Miranda Johnson double-winner at state track finals; Bobcats win softball, baseball Districts
Saturday was a huge day in Whiteford High School athletics.
Track phenom Miranda is the division 4 long-jump champion with a new state record of 18 feet 2.5 inches as well as state champion in 200-meter dash. She was also second in the 100-meter dash.
Olivia Overmann made the podium in the discus throwing 98 feet 7 inches for sixth place.
Whiteford baseball and softball both won their district championships.
The Bobcat men mercied Lutheran South 18-0 to advance to the finals. Britton Deerfield beat Summerfield 8-2 to face the Bobcats. In the end, Whiteford edges BD 1-0 for the district crown.
The Whiteford softball team defeated BD 16-1 for their first district title since 2010.
For the full stories, please see the June 5, 2013, edition of The Advance.
Britton Deerfield middle school teacher Marie Waterbury still loves her job.
After 34 years in the Deerfield and now the Britton Deerfield school district she still looks forward to going to work.
“I love middle school,” Waterbury said.
Waterbury was recently honored by the Lenawee County Federated Women’s Clubs as their teacher of the year.
For the full story, please see the May 29, 2013, edition of The Advance. Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc.
By Melissa Burnor
Residents of the Blissfield Schools will be asked to vote on a potential new sinking millage fund and will definitely have a new elementary school principal in the district next year.
Citing additional work that needs to be done — especially in the middle school — the district will ask voters at an Aug. 6 special election to approve a 10-year 1.25-mills sinking fund.
This millage will be in addition to an existing 1.75-mill sinking fund granted by voters two years ago. That millage will expire in eight years.
Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the rest of this story, please see Page 1 of the May 29, 2013, edition of The Advance.
Decorated graves, somber drum cadences, flags at half-mast, communities gathering to pay respects to the men and women who fought and sacrificed their lives for the freedom our country has.
Locally, Blissfield, Deerfield, Riga and Palmyra all put their own personal touches to ceremonies and activities to honor local heroes with speakers, parades and salutes. The Blissfield American Legion hosted a sell-out chicken barbeque; Palmyra Firefighters served up a hearty pancake breakfast.
This year the weather was not very cooperative but still parades made their way to the cemeteries and larger-than-usual crowds attended local events.
For more photos, please see the May 29, 2013, edition of The Advance, and watch the GALLERIES on www.blissfieldadvance.com. Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc.
The Blissfield First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Adrian St. is helping raise needed items for people displaced and affected by tornadoes in Oklahoma City recently. They are gathering baby items and supplies, personal supplies and new children’s clothing. The church is working with ISOH/Impact from Perrysburg, Ohio, to fill a semi truck that will be leaving the Toledo area Friday, May 31.
Items can be dropped off at the church from 9-1 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday this week. To schedule a different time, contact the church at 486-4040. Items should be to the church by 4 p.m. Thursday.
By Melissa Burnor
The Britton Deerfield School board agreed to become part of the Lenawee County Health Care Consortium at their May 9 meeting. The consortium allows employees to obtain health insurance at a less expensive rate.
“It is a good savings for our employees,” BD superintendent Charles Pelham said.
According to Pelham, Lenawee County is the only one in Michigan that has a consortium of local school district to offer health care at a lower cost to employees. While Pelham said it wouldn’t make any difference for the district as BD has a hard cap on their insurance.
Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the full story and many more stories and photos, please pick up the May 15, 2013, edition of The Advance, or call 517-486-2400 for home delivery each week.