By Melissa Burnor
A direct short-line freight route from Toledo to Adrian could be a possibility. If funding can be secured, a railway linking the two cities could once again be a reality.
Some local government officials are discussing a potential move by the Adrian and Blissfield Railroad company to rebuild about seven miles of railroad track between Riga and Ottawa Lake that had been abandoned since the late 1970s.
Brenda Rice, representative from the rail line spoke at a special meeting of the Riga Township Board Jan. 21. The rail line would essentially tie in the tracks in Riga Township near Silberhorn Highway to Sterns Road in Whiteford Township on what is now an abandoned line of the old Erie & Kalamazoo, the first railroad built in the area and often cited as the first railroad west of the Allegheny Mountains.
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Members of the Blissfield Board of Education will attending the Monday, Jan.28, regular meeting of the Blissfield Village Council at 7 p.m.. Members of the board of education are attending the meeting regardin g discussions involving the possible construction of an addition to the school facilities that would also be made available for community use.
This meeting is a continuation of discussions that began when Blissfield Community Schools invited several community groups to the high school last fall for an informative meeting on the topic.
The dip in temperature means the ice in the Rotary Ice Rink at Ellis Park is ready for skating. The rink officially opened Tuesday for winter fun.
This Saturday the Blissfield parks and Recreation Department presents Family Skate Night from 6-8 p.m.
There will be fire barrels, hot chocolate and music for skating at this family event which is is weather permitting.
Normal hours for the skate rink will be 6 a.m.-11:30 p.m. daily. Open skate hours are from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. No hockey equipment will be allowed during this time.
For details, contact Blissfield Parks and Recreation director Eric May at 403-0845.
By Melissa Burnor
Could you “picture your business here?” or possibly in another location in the village of Blissfield. Local leaders are working to promote the growth of business within the community.
The word is out, “Blissfield is open for business,” Blissfield Main Street manager Patricia Rayl said.
With an apparent turn in the economy, possible credit opening and varied opportunities, community leaders are hoping that new and expanding businesses look at the Blissfield area to develop.
After a busy holiday season exposed the new Main Street manager to the expectations and types of events the village churns out, she is now putting on another hat. She is concentrating now on the role of business developer.
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Blissfield Township along with Blissfield Veterinary will conduct a rabies and dog license clinic from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Blissfield Township Office, 120 S. Lane Street.
The Clinic is open to all Lenawee County residents’ dogs.
Call 486-2626 with any questions, according to Nancy Cranor, township clerk.
By Chad Hutchinson
The Blissfield Athletic Boosters will host their second annual “Nite at the Races” Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Blissfield American Legion. The “Nite at the Races” event is an evening of real horse racing with those in attendance to place bets as if they were at the track.
Hot appetizers will be provided, as well as a cash bar, door prizes donated by local Blissfield businesses, and a 50-50 raffle. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the first races starting at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $10 each and are available at the Blissfield athletic office or by contacting 517-486-4195. Tickets will also be available at the door that evening.
For the complete story, please see the Jan. 16, 2013, edition of the Advance. Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc.
By Melissa Burnor
It was an historic evening Thursday for the Britton Deerfield Public Schools. All seven members of the newly elected board of education were given the oath of office.
“It is historic,” Britton Deerfield superintendent said. After serving since July 2011 as an appointed board the board sworn in that evening was the first elected Britton Deerfield Public Schools board of education. “We are unique in the fact that we elected all seven at one time,” Pelham said.
Most school boards elect one or two members in each election cycle. Because Britton Deerfield was a newly formed school district in 2011 all board members had to be elected to the board at the next possible election that was in Nov. of 2012. All seven appointed members retained their positions.
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After a balmy weekend of 60-degree temperatures, cold returned Monday. That can only mean one thing: ice skating.
The village of Blissfield has set up the Rotary-purchased ice skating rink in Ellis Park under the baseball field lights.
Hours for skating will be set during Thursday’s parks and recreation committee meeting, according to parks and rec director Eric May. Last winter was too warm for skating, but officials — and kids — are hoping this cold snap provides some good skating ice.
Check this website for hours at the rink after Thursday’s meeting.
By Melissa Burnor
Drivers on Walnut Street in the village of Blissfield will have to drive 25 miles per hour a little farther, most likely by the end of the week.
After debating the temporary traffic order in effect at the last committee-of-the-whole meeting that essentially moved the 35 mph zone beyond the school driveway, the village council voted 5-1 Monday evening to eliminate the 35 mph zone altogether and extend the 25 mph limit to the village limit west of the water plant.
Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story, please see the Jan. 16, 2013, edition of The Advance.
By Melissa Burnor
As students in many local schools return to the classroom after Christmas break, much of America is still reeling with the tragic massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut on Dec. 14 where a 20-year old man took the lives of 20 young first-grade students and six adults. Many people — even locally — have asked whether schools are safe.
Local school and emergency services officials are in agreement that public schools in Lenawee and Monroe counties are as safe as they can be.
Blissfield Community Schools Superintendent Scott Moellenberndt said policies and procedures are in place in the district that provides safety and security for students and staff.
“We feel our policies are appropriate and reflect the climate of our community and the welcoming atmosphere we are trying to provide to our constituents,” he said. “We all have the … Read More »