When Rudy Mirelez was 10 years old, the company his father worked for in Adrian closed up shop and moved south close to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Just two weeks later, the Mirelez family grew in size with the birth of a younger sister. Someone must have thought the young, growing family could use a little boost during the holiday season. Mirelez said the family received a Christmas basket.
“I never forgot that,” he said.
Fast-forward a couple of decades and Mirelez was one of the founding members of what was then the St. Peter’s Catholic Church Knights of Columbus in June 1981.
“We were a new group and we thought we should do something,” Mirelez said.
He, Doug Winkler and Ron Coopshaw were largely responsible for the idea of having the fraternal service organization lend a helping hand to community members at Christmas.
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By Chad Hutchinson
Hot wassail and Christmas spirit were a’plenty during the second annual Wassail Festival in Blissfield last Friday, Dec. 15.
Eleven businesses brewed up batches of hot wassail for the tasting pleasure of approximately 400 wassailers on the evening. The event was hosted by Blissfield DDA/Main Street Program and sponsored by Blissfield Rotary.
Wassail is a hot or mulled cider beverage that originated in the south and west regions of England in the middle ages. Blissfield businesses were encouraged to create their own custom formula for the holiday beverage.
Dan and Ashley Bailey of Bailey’s Chiropractic said they conducted some online recipe research for their wassail, which consisted of pineapple and orange juice, red wine, apple cider and various spices. “We wanted to mix it up, and used a completely different recipe from last year,” Ashley said.
The winning recipe was voted on … Read More »
By Melissa Burnor
When the Light of Christ Knights of Columbus organization first formed in Blissfield in 1981, a trio of men – Ron Coopshaw, Rudy Mirelez (pictured center) and Doug Winkler – were looking for something to do to contribute to the community.
Through shared faith, personal history, a desire to serve the community and a need in the community, the fledgling group decided to help those who might need a little extra during the holidays.
Mirelez said an event in his own life as a young boy is present in his mind during the holiday season as the Knights prepare the baskets for hundreds of people in the area.
What started out as an effort that helped just a handful of households in the Blissfield community the first year has grown into a remarkable endeavor that has helped in some years more … Read More »
By Melissa Burnor
The Old English custom of wassailing meets modern-day downtown Blissfield Friday evening as the second annual Wassail Festival sponsored by the Blissfield Rotary and hosted by the Blissfield DDA/Main Street Program gets underway. Wassailing takes place from 5-8 p.m.
One of downtown Blissfield’s newest events adds merriment to the already festive-looking downtown as participants get to taste 11 types of wassail, a mulled or spiced wine and vote on their favorite one. Wassail will be served by Bailey Chiropractic, Blissfield Living, Cakes n’ Shakes, Decades, Joan and Co., The Packrat, Royal Expressions, TLC, United Bank and Trust, Victorian Gardens and B-Town Bar & Grill.
Caroling and bonfires will also be an attraction this year. The Blissfield DDA/Main Street Program has teamed up with the Blissfield Rotary Club and local winery J Trees Cellars for the event. Those who want to … Read More »
By Melissa Burnor
What could warm one up on a brisk December Friday evening in Blissfield? Besides the wassail, a scenic 5K run through the village of Blissfield might be the ticket. The Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run takes place Friday evening during the Wassail Festival. The starting gun fires off at 6:30 p.m. on Lane Street in downtown Blissfield.
The race route, illuminated by ice luminaries along the way, will take runners through residential areas in the eastern portion of the village. And organizers are hoping the map of the run will bring out folks along the route to cheer on the runners.
One of the event organizers, April Wolfe, said the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program committee was looking for a novel idea that would attract more people to Blissfield. “Something fun for families, something different for people to do,” Wolfe … Read More »
RIGA — The Riga Township board has approved the hiring of Mike Norman as Riga fire chief with former chief Chris Colter resigning at the end of the year. Norman is a 10-year veteran with several fire departments including the Palmyra, Riga and Raisin township fire departments.
His hiring is effective Jan. 1, 2013.
Copyright, 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the rest of the story, please see the Dec. 12, 2012, edition of The Advance.
Olivia Miller, Riga, a Blissfield High School senior, was named first runner-up Saturday in the Distinguished Young Women of the Irish Hills Scholarship Program hosted at Onsted High School. She competed with 10 other young women in scholastics, interview, performing arts talent, physical fitness routine and self-expression.
As first runner-up, she will advance to the state finals where more than $10,000 will be awarded in scholarship dollars. She won the scholastic, academic, self-expression, talent and be-your-best-self essay.
She is the daughter of Les and Cindy Miller, and presented a vocal selection for her talent.
The winner was Kylie Commet from Napoleon High School.Olivia Miller, Riga, a Blissfield High School senior, was named first runner-up Saturday in the Distinguished Young Women of the Irish Hills Scholarship Program hosted at Onsted High School. She competed with 10 other young women in scholastics, interview, performing arts … Read More »
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will again be providing meals at no cost to those who partake on Tuesday, Dec. 11. It will be a roast pork with dressing, mashed potatoes, corn, and pumpkin dessert carry-out meal. Meals can be picked up at Catering by Liz between 5-6 p.m. on that day or delivery is available. To request meals please call 486-4738 any time prior to Dec. 11 or no later than noon that day. Leave a message if necessary. Those who know of shut-ins who might enjoy a meal, please notify them of this service. The church is happy to provide a meal to anyone who requests it. NOTE: This will be the only meal provided this month due to Christmas.
Charlotte Squires, Miss River Raisin Festival, is promoting a platform of “Giving Back to – and through – Animals” during her year of service as Miss RRF.
During the Christmas season, she is collecting items for the homeless and unwanted pets at the Lenawee Humane Society. Her collection box is located at The Advance, 121 Newspaper Street, Blissfield. The deadline for her Christmas project is 5 p.m. Dec. 20.
Among the items needed are: all varieties dry food, canned food, cat litter, cat and dog toys, peanut butter for filling certain toys, rawhide chewing items, cow hooves, pig ears, pet shampoos, nail trimmers, neuter/spay sponsorships ($25, $35, $45), cotton balls and swabs, hand soap, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, unopened syringes, heartworm pills, flea preventatives, dewormer, microscope slides and cover slips, ble.ach, liquid laundry soap, liquid dish soap, window cleaner, pine cleaner, brooms, dust … Read More »
The Blissfield Community Concert Series will host “A Christmas Celebration of Carols” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Blissfield Presbyterian Church.
Conceived as a concert series to bring a variety of music forms to Blissfield, this is the fourth in the concert series and features Blissfield’s own Karen Nevins directing The Carillon Women’s Chorale and Split Dimensions.
For ticket information, please visit www.blissfieldconcerts.org.