Chase ends in Madison Township

A 911 call about a possible passenger in danger resulted in an alleged car chase by police from Ogden Township to Ohio and back into Ogden, Riga and Palmyra Township that started about 1 p.m. has ended in Madison Township. Medical personnel have been dispatched to the scene. At this time, it is unknown on what the injuries are or who is injured.

David Klump

David J. Klump, age 83, of Ottawa Lake, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Flower Hospital, Sylvania. He was born in Ottawa Lake Michigan to parents Maud S. (Hasen) and John E. Klump January 8, 1932. He married Margaret E. Vossberg and together they raised seven children. David was a life long farmer, past member of Christian Business Men of Toledo, Whiteford School Board Member for 14 years, Whiteford Township Board Trustee, 14 years, Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Commission, and Farm Bureau. He was a member of Blissfield Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school.
David is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Margaret E. Klump, children Linda (Jeff) Moser, Carol (Doug) Matthews, Virginia (Andy) Rogers, Marcia (Mark) Crots, Mary (Ron) Keefer, John, and Benjamin (Pam) Klump, 17 grandchildren 4 great grandchildren and sister Eleanor Billau. He was preceded in death by son Daniel.
Friends called at the Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 Main St., Sylvania, on Thursday May 14, 2015 3:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. a memorial service was held at Blissfield Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Friday, May 15th, A private burial was held at Toledo Memorial Park.
The family suggests tributes in the form of contributions to Child Evangelism of Lenawee County, or Children’s Outreach Ministry of Toledo. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

Royal men and women win twin LCAA crowns

The Blissfield Royals baseball and softball teams journeyed to do battle in Onsted and returned with a pair of LCAA league championships. The Lady Royals were victorious twice with 1-0 and a 4-2 victories to complete their perfect league season with a 14-0 record.

The baseball Royals made it interesting, losing game one 7-6 forcing the Royals into a winner-take-all second game for the LCAA crown. Coach Larry Tuttle once again led his men into a league title with an 11-1 thumping of the Wildcats, mercying the home team in five innings.
For the rest of the story, please see the May 27, 2015, edition of The Advance.

Tanis leaves BD to take position at SHU

Britton Deerfield women’s varsity basketball coach Craig Tanis announced his resignation from the top spot. Tanis spent four years as varsity coach for the Patriots. In an email sent to The Advance today he said he has been offered the position of assistant men’s basketball coach at Siena Heights University. Tanis also cited concerns over the Britton Deerfield Board of Education and Superintedent’s handling of some issues at Britton Deerfield Schools this spring.

Thirteen Advance readership area youths headed for state meeting

Thirteen student athletes from Blissfield, Britton Deerfield and Whiteford have qualified for the state track finals this year.

In addition to Makayla Kaser, double winner in the shot put and discus from Blissfield, and Elli Betz who won the 100-meter hurdles and was a photo-finish second in the 300-meter hurdles in Division 3. , Josh Hall finished second in men’s shot put for Blissfield.

Dylan Murrin won the 800-meter event in Division 4 for Britton Deerfield.
Also, for Britton Deerfield, Jaymz Gibson was second in high jump. Also qualifying were Oda Laegran, Josh Papworth and Nate Papworth, Dakota Heiden, Janessa Handy, Megan Bower, Mariah Gotz and Samantha Noseda for BD.

Alexei Groff was second in the mile and a state qualifier for Whiteford in Division 4.

Kaser sets shotput record for BHS as regional champ; Betz also statebound

Makayla Kaser, Blissfield High School, set a new school shot put record and the regional shot put championship at the MHSAA regional track meet Friday afternoon at Erie-Mason High School with a throw of 37 feet 9 inches.
And before the event was over, she was also the winner of the discus and will be headed for the state meet in both discus and shot put.
Blissfield’s Elli Betz won the 100-meter hurdles and was second in a photo finish in the 300-meter hurdles to qualify for the state meet in both categories as well.
For the complete story, please see the May 20, 2015, edition of The Advance.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Blissfield celebrates century of service

When the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1965 it was likely still the newest church in town, according to some long-time members. But as the congregation now celebrates its 100th anniversary there are a few churches younger.
The congregation is hoping that many come back to the church for the anniversary program and chicken dinner on Sunday, May 17. Several invitations were sent out to former and current members and the public is invited.
Parishioners Bonnie Kupa and Judy MacBeth along with friend Erika Whitney have created a quilt. MacBeth said it is a membership covenant renewal quilt. Members will sign a new covenant and their names will be pinned around the center of it and displayed in the church.
To celebrate the 100-year anniversary there will be one service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with Bishop Kreiss of the Southeast Michigan Synod preaching and Pastor Leking and intern Ben Austin assisting him. After the service there will be the chicken dinner followed by a brief program in the sanctuary. Several church members have gathered items and programs over the years that will be displayed as well.
For the rest of the story including some interesting memories of members, please see the May 13, 2015, edition of The Advance.

Two of three pipeline surveys to occur

Two of three landowners who had objections to allowing Rover Pipeline officials on their property will have to allow the surveys. A third case against landowners Dale and Dee Warner was dropped after a survey of land in Franklin Township was completed.
Both Dover Township Farmer Arnoud Schot and Franklin Township farmer Gregg Hardy objected to allowing the company come onto their property to survey the property .
Rover Pipeline is a proposed 42-inch natural gas transmission line project that would transport the commodity from the Marcellus shale region of Appalachia through Ohio to mid -Michigan.
A similar project, NEXUS is being investigated for the eastern part of Lenawee County. Rover Pipeline would enter Michigan east of Morenci and traverse the county north and south west of Adrian.
Lenawee County Circuit Court Judge Margaret Noe ruled in favor of Rover in the two cases stating the law was on their side.
Copyright 2015, River Raisin Publications, Inc. The Advance is the eastern Lenawee County source for pipeline information.

Blissfield to fly its own flag

For the first time in Blissfield’s 19-year history it has an official flag. Five members of the village council unanimously approved the new banner at the April 27 meeting. Trustees Art Weeber ad Mike Gunter were absent.
Using design elements chosen last year by Arnett Muldrow and Associates as part of the Blissfield Main Street image and branding exercise. The Main Street Program was the recipient of a branding services grant from the Michigan Main Street Center.
The flag, a dark blue, says “Blissfield” in scripted lettering in a yellow across it. It includes the newly adopted log that shows a sunburst with farm fields on it .
Blissfield Village Administrator Jim Wonacott said the village will initially have a flag for both the council chambers and one to adorn the flagpole in front of the lane Street village office. Plans are to have the flags ordered soon.
The rest of this copyrighted Blissfield Village Council story by Melissa Burnor appeared in the May 6, 2015, edition of The Advance.Village flag (blue)

Evelyn Mehan

Evelyn Ruth (Goll) Mehan, age 94, from Blissfield, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility, Adrian.
She was born January 12, 1921, to Henry and Jenny (Pentelow) Goll in Palmyra.
She was married to Nelson C. Mehan on March 18, 1940 in Napoleon, OH.  Her husband preceded her in death on August 3, 1997, and her son, Richard N., on September 29, 1993. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and four brothers, Gerald, Clare, Elwood and Maurice Goll and several other family members.
Evelyn loved her family and friends, enjoyed worldwide traveling with her husband and family, loved doing crafts, enjoyed crocheting and took produce to Adrian’s Farmers’ Market.
Evelyn is survived by her loving children, Nancy R. Pratt of Walbridge, Ohio, William H. Mehan of Blissfield, Pamela J. Flagg of Lakewood, Ohio, and daughter-in-law, Judith A. Mehan of Petersburg; seven grandchildren, Michael Mehan, Michelle (Mehan) Hodnicki,  Julie (Mehan) Murdock, Nichole Flagg, Nola (Flagg) Tarach, Nelson Flagg and Nadine Flagg; seven great grandchildren, Holly and Sara Mehan, Bradley Mehan, Joyanna Murdock, Leila, Nicholas, Gracie Abderrazzaq and two great great grandchildren, Alivia and Evan  Mehan. She is also survived by sisters -in -law, Janice Goll, Louise Boss, Barbara Mehan and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services for Evelyn were Friday, April 24, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel, in Blissfield with the Rev. Keith Smith and Pastor Robert Loar officiating. Burial followed at Pleasant View Cemetery, Blissfield. Friends visited with the family on Thursday, April 23, from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.  
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Association. Online condolences and memories may be shared at