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‘Take a seat’ for new Blissfield downtown restrooms

Posted on September 15th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on ‘Take a seat’ for new Blissfield downtown restrooms

Constructing bathrooms in the downtown business district is more than about convenience for retailers. According to acting DDA/Main Street Manager Denise Adams it is part of a long-range vision of making sure the village and the downtown is a destination location for shoppers, eaters, parade and event go-ers and for any other reason people can utilize the downtown.
Adams said this project has been taken on by the DDA/Main Street board and as part of the fundraising effort they have organized the Take A Seat for Blissfield event from 5-7:30 p.m. this Saturday.
Saturday’s family-friendly event has a lot of fun activities planned. First there will be a decorated toilet-seat judging contest. Twenty-seven area businesses have agreed to participate. Already businesses have begun or completed the decoration of a toilet seat that will be displayed in their business this week as … Read More »


Blissfield names interim DDA/Main Street manager

Posted on September 15th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Blissfield names interim DDA/Main Street manager

Denise Adams, has been named interim DDA/Main Street Program manager until the village hires a a permanent full-time person for the position that will likely have economic development for the entire village as a primary function.
The Downtown Development Authority Board of which Adams was recently named chairperson of named her as the interim manager Monday morning in a special meeting.
Adams, a volunteer and member of the outreach committee of the organization, will step down from her duties as chairperson while she acts in this capacity. Vice chairperson Barb McHenry is now the acting chairperson.
The move was also announced Monday evening at the village council meeting. Adams also encouraged council to act quickly on formulating a job description for the new director.


Blissfield/Clinton, Madison/Onsted, BD/Dundee games postponed to Friday; BD, Whiteford wins

Posted on September 3rd, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off on Blissfield/Clinton, Madison/Onsted, BD/Dundee games postponed to Friday; BD, Whiteford wins

UPDATE: 10:32 p.m.
The Blissfield Royals waited for two hours Thursday night at the Clinton football field until the threshold passed due to lightning and thunder delays. However, at 9 p.m., it was announced that the game – which was never played – was delayed until 7 p.m. Friday night.

The Madison/Onsted game was rescheduled at 10:31 p.m. and will resume at 6 p.m. Friday at Madison. This game had been suspended prior to halftime when the score stood knotted at 7-7.

For the second year in a row, the Patriot and Viking contest will roll over into a second day. Officials suspended the football game until noon Friday at Dundee. After playing nearly a complete quarter, Dundee had a slight 2-0 lead over Britton Deerfield.

Whiteford won, defeating Erie-Mason 38-6. The game was called on account of weather with 5:26 left in the … Read More »


Transformer in Blissfield; awaiting next leg of journey

Posted on August 10th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Transformer in Blissfield; awaiting next leg of journey

10:08 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 update: The transformer has arrived in station at the Adrian and Blissfield Rail Road yard. It will be here until Tuesday morning when it is moved to a truck to continue its journey to the Morocco Substation site.
Please see the Aug. 12, edition of The Advance, for photos of the Monday activity and check this website for more on its travels Tuesday.

9:26 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, update: The train has just moved onto Driggs Road, according to The Advance’s Melissa Burnor, on the scene.

9:20 a.m., Monday, Aug. 10, 2015: The massive transformer being transported via the Adrian and Blissfield Rail Road, and by truck is on the move and headed toward Blissfield. As of 9:20 a.m. Monday (today), the giant payload, bound for the under-construction Morocco Substation, was nearing Palmyra on its way … Read More »


Tuttle enters Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame

Posted on August 7th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off on Tuttle enters Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame

Blissfield’s successful high school varsity baseball Coach Larry Tuttle was inducted into the Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame Thursday evening in Lansing. Here he is pictured next to his plaque. Please see the Aug. 12, 2015, edition of The Advance to read more about his achievement.


Blissfield Twp. voters pass four renewals, but defeat new millage

Posted on August 4th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Blissfield Twp. voters pass four renewals, but defeat new millage

A small percentage of voters in Blissfield Township approved the renewal of four four-year millage requests but said no to a new proposal that would have added to the general fund.

Blissfield Township Clerk Nancy Cranor said voters approved three millages that will fund fire operations and one for roads.

Results had been sealed and were on the way to the Lenawee County Clerk’s office when Cranor made the announcement. Full results will be available later this evening.


Transport of giant transformer through Lenawee County delayed

Posted on August 4th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Transport of giant transformer through Lenawee County delayed

The movement of a massive transformer through Lenawee County planned last week via the Adrian and Blissfield Rail Road, and by truck has been delayed. The 200-plus ton component that is to be delivered to the Morocco Substation on County Line Highway in Deerfield Township was still in Cincinnati, Ohio, last Tuesday morning when it had been expected to move through the area, according to Adrian and Blissfield Rail Road President Mark Dobronski.
The piece has traveled from Norfolk, Va., to Cincinnati via train.
The newest anticipated date for the local transport is Monday, Aug. 10.


Crash victim an 8-year-old Adrian boy

Posted on July 19th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Crash victim an 8-year-old Adrian boy

An eight-year old Adrian boy, Dominic Leffler, has been identified as the victim who lost his life in a head-on collision on U.S. 223 west of Blissfield Friday afternoon in Palmyra Township.

According to a news release from the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department, he was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Jacob Leffler, 32, Adrian, that was westbound and allegedly crossed the center line and struck a vehicle driven by Shawn Finley, 22, Adrian. Dominic Leffler, was airlifted to St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center where he later died. Morissa Leffler, 27 and Jacob Leffler were also airlifted to St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Hospital, Toledo. Another passenger in the car, Deegan Leffler, was later taken to St. Vincent’s and is reported in good condition, according to the police news release. Morissa Leffler was in critical condition on Saturday. Morissa Leffler … Read More »


Child dies after U.S. 223 head-on crash

Posted on July 18th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Child dies after U.S. 223 head-on crash

Police confirmed Saturday morning that a child has died as a result of a crash on U.S. 223 west of Blissfield in Palmyra Township Friday afternoon. According to Corporal Benjamin Oram of the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department, two vehicles apparently hit head-on in the curve in front of Amerigas, about four-tenths of a mile west of Grosvenor Highway. Four helicopters along with ground ambulances transported six patients to area hospitals.

Sgt. Mike Crater of the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the child had died. Another victim was in surgery Saturday morning. No other information on the victims or the crash is being released until possibly early afternoon, Crater said.

A Michigan State Police accident investigator along with the Palmyra, Blissfield and Madison township fire departments and the City of Adrian Fire Department were at the scene.

The road was closed from … Read More »


Four choppers take victims in Friday U.S. 223 head-on crash

Posted on July 17th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Four choppers take victims in Friday U.S. 223 head-on crash

By Melissa Burnor
Five people were transported to hospitals – four by helicopters – after an apparent head-on crash on U.S. 223 west of Grosvenor Highway Friday afternoon. Rescue, fire, and police were dispatched at 2:25 p.m. Witnesses at the scene said a westbound vehicle appeared to cross the center line and struck an eastbound vehicle.
Corporal Benjamin Oram from the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office said a total of five people were transported. One was taken to ProMedica Bixby Hospital, he said. Four other patients were taken in separate helicopters, some with critical injuries. Three helicopters left at approximately 3:20 p.m. A fourth landed after the first three left and took a patient towards Toledo at 3:50 p.m.
Oram said the road would be shut down for a significant amount of time while an accident … Read More »



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