By Melissa Burnor
Deerfield Township will get a boost to its tax rolls in December. The completion of the ITC Transmission’s Morocco substation last December with a stated cash value of $25 million resulted in a large increase in the personal property value for the township.
The substation’s taxable value in December will be about $11.5 million, township assessor Chris Renius said. That translates into approximately $11,500 per mill. This is above the taxes assessed on the land where the substation now stands.
The substation is also subject to the 18-mill non-homestead tax. This will bring in about $200,000 for the schools. Although it does not mean additional monies, it does mean that Britton Deerfield Schools will get the money directly before the state aid formula payment.
For the complete story, please see the March 2, 2016, on newsstands now. Copyright River Raisin … Read More »
By Brad Heineman
At the tender age of two, Blissfield toddler Brooks Seeburger, the son of 2002 and 2001 Blissfield High School graduates, Aaron and Ashley Seeburger, can be found running around his rural Blissfield home like any other tot. And like any normal two-year-old child, Brooks also plays with his two older sisters, five-year-old Laila and three-year-old Scarlett.
However, at just 10-months-old, when he was sick and taken to the hospital in March 2015, it was discovered that Brooks had Type 1 Diabetes, or also called juvenile diabetes.
For diabetics like Brooks, who have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, their bodies cannot produce insulin because the beta cells in the pancreas are damaged or destroyed. In order to receive that insulin, it must be administered via a pump or injection so to avoid conditions and complications of hypoglycemia, or high blood … Read More »
By the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan health officials have identified the first confirmed case of Zika virus in a Michigan resident. The patient, a female resident of Ingham County, contracted the virus when traveling in a country where Zika virus is being transmitted. The patient, who was not pregnant, experienced symptoms consistent with Zika virus disease shortly after her return to Michigan.
Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. These mosquitoes are not found in Michigan, but are widespread in tropical and subtropical areas. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and red, itchy eyes. Symptoms are typically mild and last several days to a week. Many people who are infected will not experience any symptoms. There have been rare reported cases of Guillain-Barre … Read More »
An individual has turned himself in to authorities after a felony charge of manslaughter was authorized by the Lenawee County Prosecutor Friday in the death of Nathan Vance, 33, in Deerfield last September.
According to Michigan State Police F/Lt. Tony Cuevas, Jacky Bell, 44, Clayton, turned himself in Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, and was lodged at the Lenawee County Jail. He was then arraigned via video technology from the jail on Wednesday.
Police and medical crews responded to the Deer Run Apartments on East River Street on Sept. 22 to an assault. Vance later died after being flown to ProMedica Toledo Hospital from injuries sustained in a fight where he allegedly received several punches to his head and body, according to police.
At the time of the incident police said the pair had been fighting over a woman who lived in Deerfield … Read More »
Sen. Dale Zorn will conduct a district coffee hour in Blissfield on Friday, Feb. 19.
Coffee hours are open to residents to express their opinions or concerns about state government or to request assistance with a state issue.
The coffee hour will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Cakes n’ Shakes, 133 S. Lane St. in Blissfield.
To respect other patrons of the restaurant, no town-hall style discussions will be entertained. No appointment is necessary.
Residents who are unable to attend the coffee hour may contact Zorn’s office at (517) 373-3543 or via e-mail at SenDZorn@senate.michigan.gov.
By Melissa Burnor
Should the village of Blissfield continue sidewalk snow removal? If village residents have an opinion on the issue along with several others, they might consider completing a survey the village will be sending to them soon. According to Village Administrator James Wonacott, a citizen and a business survey should be sent out within a week.
The two separate surveys, approved by both the planning commission and the village, ask for input as the village works to update its comprehensive plan that expires in November 2017.
Citizens will get a chance to rate village services from street maintenance to curbside recycling and police services. The citizen survey also asks how often residents use facilities such as parks, picnic shelters, library, swimming pool and the village office
Business owners surveyed will also get an opportunity to rate village services and will be asked … Read More »
By Melissa Burnor
The Britton Deerfield board of education made a commitment to extend interim superintendent Stacy Johnson in that capacity through the end of June 2017 at the Feb. 11 board of education meeting.
Although not on the agenda of he board president called for a motion to add the year onto the interim position as well as hire retired teacher Marie Waterbury to take on a lion’s share of the middle school and Deerfield elementary principal duties. Waterbury came back to the distinct this year and is working as the Deerfield building’s school success coach.
Johnson offered her services to the district through the end of the 2016-17 school year. She was appointed interim superintendent in December for the remainder of the school year after the abrupt retirement of Charles Pelham. She is also still the principal of the Deerfield building … Read More »
By Melissa Burnor
Tradition is important and when that tradition has united women of several Christian denominations for nearly a century it is something sacred enough it shouldn’t be allowed to disappear.
For Liz Seeburger the Lenten Breakfasts with the highlighted World Day of Prayer that women of faith in the Blissfield have been attending since 1933 was one of those traditions.
But in 1998 the tradition might have gone by the wayside.
“Attendance was down and churches dropped out,” Seeburger said. At the time, 65 years of local women gathering to pray had passed.
“I didn’t want to see it end, not under my watch,” Seeburger said. So she did what she could do to help. She had retired from her second-shift job in Toledo, Ohio just a few years before and was involved in catering. Providing a nice meal was something she could … Read More »
By Melissa Burnor
Metals leaching from lead or copper pipes is not likely to be a situation customers of the Blissfield water plant would find in their drinking water.
In recent months the City of Flint has come under fire due to high lead levels in children believed to be at least in part a result of the municipality’s switch from the Detroit water supply to the Flint River. Both the Michigan Attorney General’s Office and the federal government have launched investigations seeking to find out who is responsible and if any laws have been broken .
Village Administrator James Wonacott said the village does the same state required tests for lead and copper that all municipalities furnishing water in Michigan must do.
“We have never had a problem,” Wonacott said.
Wonacott said the River Raisin, Blissfield’s drinking source is much more alkaline than the … Read More »
Nothing says horse racing, good food and good company like sporting a derby hat. The Blissfield Athletic Boosters will be doing just that and more at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday, as the Nite at the Races event, in its fourth year, will be hosted at the Blissfield American Legion Hall.
Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the racing will begin at 7 p.m. At a last update by Blissfield Athletic Director Steve Babbitt, $20 tickets were going quickly and very few were still available. For the complete story and lots more local news, please see the Jan. 27, 2016, edition of The ADVANCE.