Asphalt patches along Weston Road east of Ogden Center are still visible from repairs done after heavy detour traffic damaged it last year when U.S. 223 was closed due to flooding in the River Raisin that jeopardized the highway bridge in the village. Road officials said the local roads were not built to handle the heavy traffic that travels the state highway daily.
This dilemma over a safe detour route on U.S. 223 due to accidents or flooding was a key component in budget dollars earmarked form the state to improve local roads in the townships south of the village.
Funding from the state of Michigan will be used to rebuild 9.7 miles of Weston Road and Silberhorn Highway as an all-weather primary route and a potential emergency route traffic in southeastern Lenawee County.
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By Melissa Burnor
Britton Deerfield Interim Superintendent Stacy Johnson said a proposed restructuring of the Britton Deerfield Elementary School will keep the district moving forward in a positive direction. More than 50 people, many of them teachers and staff from the district, attended the May 26 town hall meeting in the Deerfield Media Center.
It was one of four main topics of the evening that included the budget, busing and a proposed sinking fund millage voters may see in November.
“We realize that change is scary especially when it affects your world and routine” Johnson said.
For the rest of the story, please see the June 1, 2016, edition of The Advance. Our website is just a taste of The Advance. To subscribe for home delivery of many, many local stories every week, just call 517-486-2400.
By Melissa Burnor
Cade Hayford said he was a little surprised when he read in The Advance a few weeks ago that the village of Blissfield had amended an ordinance prohibiting the tapping of maple trees in the village right-of-way to collect sap for syrup.
The Blissfield Middle School eighth-grade student said making maple syrup is a hobby of his and the maple trees in front of his North Monroe Street Home are just two of approximately 40 — the rest on private property — that he utilizes to make maple syrup for friends and family in late winter. Hayford, spoke to the Blissfield village council May 20 giving another side to the issue.
Council had amended the ordinance after information brought to them by council member Mike Gunter said that tapping the trees damaged the trees and because of the proximity to … Read More »
With the village’s decision to close the Gail Giles Memorial Pool this summer, an agreement with The Centre on the campus of Lenawee Christian Schools in Adrian has been reached to give Blissfield village residents an alternative for swimming this season.
Blissfield village president A. Ray Jones said The Centre will offer a discounted daily rate for village residents at $4 a day. The normal rate is $6 a day.
“This agreement has been reached due to the village pool being out of commission for the coming summer session,” Jones said. The special Blissfield program went into effect May 6 and will run through Sept. 30. The daily fee includes access to the swimming and other facilities.
By Melissa Burnor
A couple of notes posted last Wednesday at Blissfield High School with the date “May 5” on them led to some speculation on their meaning by students which resulted in a police investigation that afternoon to ensure there were no threats against the school.
According to a release from the Blissfield Village Police, some students began speculating that there was going to be a school shooting Thursday, May 5. The notes that were allegedly posted out of the view of any surveillance cameras on the premises had no other markings.
Officers from the Blissfield Police Department, Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police with assistance of the Blissfield School District, conducted interviews on the evening of May 4 and concluded that only rumor was being circulated around the student body and there was no merit for a credible … Read More »
By Melissa Burnor
The Adrian and Blissfield Rail Road is marking its 25th anniversary under the same ownership this weekend. The A & B and The Old Road Dinner Train are the latest in the 180-year history train history along the stretch of track between Riga and Adrian. The short-line rail company operates both freight trains on the short rail 20-mile track between Riga and Adrian as well as four other Michigan railroads in southern Michigan.
To celebrate the occasion there will be an anniversary party of sorts from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday. A ribbon cutting ceremony with some of the village dignitaries and others takes place at 9:30 a.m. There will be train rides starting at 10:30 a.m. for $3 per person.
For the complete story, please see the May 11, 2016, edition of The Advance.
By Melissa Burnor
Officials say at this time there is no apparent threat against Blissfield Schools or its students however, police will have a presence at the school for the remainder of the week. Blissfield Police Chief Dale Greenleaf said a paper was posted on a wall at the school that was discovered early Wednesday with “May 5” written on it.
According to a release from the police department Wednesday evening, students began speculating that its meaning could be a possible school shooting. Officers from the Blissfield Police Department, along with the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police assisted by school officials conducted several interviews Wednesday evening and determined this to be a rumor only and did not merit a credible threat.
Police plan to use caution, the release said, and a uniform police presence will be visible at the school for the remainder … Read More »
Blissfield High School baseball head Coach Larry Tuttle reached yet another milestone in his storied career Wednesday, May 4, as his Royals men presented him by his 1200th win as they notched a 16-5 victory over Ottawa Hills, Ohio, on the road.
For more on the achievement, please see the May 11, 2016, edition of The Advance.
With all precincts now reporting, the Lenawee County 911 surcharge proposal on Tuesday, May 3, was approved by county voters, 5886-3060.
OGDEN — A joint road project on Thompson Highway with Riga Township was approved by the Ogden Township board in an April 19 special meeting held for the purpose of considering road projects. The hot patching project on Thompson Highway from Weston Road to the Ohio State Line would cost a total of $16,858.15 per numbers from the Lenawee County Road Commission. Being a joint project, the cost of the project would be split in half, with an estimated $8,429.08 to Ogden Township and the same to be paid by Riga.
For the complete story, please see the April 27, 2016, edition of The Advance.