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Bluegrass featured on River Raisin Aug. 23 in Blissfield

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19th August

The fourth annual Bluegrass on the River, organized by the Blissfield DDA/Main Street Program and presented by Blissfield Rotary Club, is set for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Saturday in Bachmayer Park. Admission to the event is free.

Starting the day off at 11 a.m. for the day’s first performance is Bobby Hutch Grand Country, followed by Hand Hewn String Band at 12:10 p.m. New Outlook Bluegrass Gospel Band follows at 1:20 p.m. Bridge County at 2:30 p.m. Stoney Creek at 3:40 p.m. Nitro Hill at 4:50 p.m. Ind’Grass at 6 p.m. and the final performance, this year’s bluegrass headliner Fossil Creek ends the day on a high note, beginning at 7:10 p.m. There will be pop-up jam sessions in other pavilions and under shady trees. In addition, there will be a side stage with Fiddlin’ Dixie at 11:50 a.m., … Read More »

Riga Day is Saturday

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19th August

RIGA — The ever-popular Riga Day is set for this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. According to Riga Day organizer Cindy Miller, the day is for all township residents to take part in the community garage sales. Anyone who would like to sell items can set up in the Riga Park area behind the Community Hall “whenever they want to start,” she said. The Riga Fire Department will also be available as they are holding an open house for all residents to see their equipment and meet the crew. Refreshments will be served as well. Booths to setup and sell at the community park, located behind the Riga Fire Hall are no charge.

For the rest of the story, please see the Aug. 20, 2014, edition of The Advance.

Officers on leave in wake of shooting death

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19th August

JASPER — Deputies attempting to enforce a probate court hospitalization order shot and killed a 54-year old Jasper man Aug. 12 at his home.

According to joint news release from the Michigan State Police and the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office, Rick Ronald Pifer, 54, was allegedly suffering from mental illness and was in need of immediate evaluation. Sheriff Jack Welsh said deputies had been in contact with family members who advised he was paranoid and delusional. Community Mental Health filed a petition with the county probate court seeking a hospitalization order that was granted on the same day and given to the sheriff’s office to serve.

For the complete story, please see the Aug. 20, 2014, edition of The Advance.

Palmyra Cemetery, BD sinking fund issues fail by close margins; renewals pass

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6th August

Updated 12:38 a.m. Wednesday

Local voters said no to the Palmyra Cemetery ballot request  in a close vote, and to the Britton Deerfield School district sinking fund millage by a razor-thin deficit , but were in the mood to renew millages already on their tax bills.

The cemetery millage went down by just a half dozen votes 107-101 in Palmyra Township. In Lenawee County, a six-vote margin was also the county precincts  difference in the Britton Deerfield School District where the sinking fund millage request  appeared to be failing for the second time 254-248. However, a precinct in the BD school district lies in Monroe County and that result brought the loss to within a one-vote difference of 262-261.

Meanwhile, Palmyra Township’s fire millage was approved by an almost 2-1 margin, 140-71.  The Lenawee County senior millage passed as did the Riga and Deerfield township millage renewal issues.

Mike Slusarski outpolled veteran Lenawee … Read More »

Palmyra Cemetery Association turns reins of cemetery over to township

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29th July

PALMYRA — The Palmyra Cemetery Association held a special meeting Tuesday, July 22, to discuss the current status of its bylaws pertaining to the rules and regulations for the U.S. 223 Cemetery in Palmyra Township.

The association agreed to cease control of the cemetery and allow the Township of Palmyra to claim control.

The special meeting, which was held in the community center of the Palmyra Township Fire Hall, was open to all who wished to voice their opinions of the bylaws used by the association for the cemetery.

For Brad Heineman’s complete story, please see the July 30, 2014, edition of The Advance.


Palmyra residents hear of Post Office hours reduction plan

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29th July

PALMYRA — A recent announcement stated that the Palmyra Post Office location would be transitioning to staying open for four hours a day on a Monday-through-Friday schedule.

Residents of the township were asked to come to the Palmyra Community Hall July 24 to provide input, concerns and ideas for the best options the post office location might take in the near future. Near 30 residents gathered to attend the meeting hosted by Palmyra Postmaster Cathy Clark and Temperance Postmaster Yvonne Bellestri.

Bellestri also manages the Ida and Samaria offices which are now joined together. According to Bellestri, the post office has gone through recent hardships as online shopping and shipping have given a beating to post office sales.

She also said that the decision to reduce the hours at the Palmyra office was not made a local level but instead was issued by … Read More »

Races few in Aug. 5 local primaries

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29th July

While many candidate names will appear on local ballots next Tuesday very few races are actually taking place. The primary election is the time for parties to choose candidates for the different offices from local, state to federal offices.

In most instances only one candidate appears listed for either party. Only five races will require a decision by voters. Three are for have for candidates vying for the Republican candidacy in the general election will be decided by local voters on Aug. 5. Monroe County Voters will select a nonpartisan district court judge and a nonpartisan probate court judge.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 5.

For the complete rundown of the election including ballot issues at the state and local level, please pick up the July 30, 2014, edition of The Advance. Millage issues were also … Read More »

Summer sweet for corn

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23rd July

Nothing says the summer season in Michigan like corn stalks on both sides of the road during the morning commute. Michigan is known for its delicious home-grown produce and though planting and picking season may be running a hair behind schedule, area farmers and businesses say they believe corn is at great numbers this year.

One popular local producer, Salenbien Farms, located out on Crockett Highway, just off of U.S. 223 has been farming the same land for nearly 60 years. The seasonal stand, which has been open for business since 1972, can be seen on the side of the road each summer and fall seasons. According to Harvey Salenbien, the family-run farm does excellent work during the summer months, especially with sweet corn. Salenbien said this year’s crop of sweet corn is one of the best he can remember.

“It’s later … Read More »

Millages on local ballots

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23rd July

Voters in Deerfield, Riga and Palmyra Townships will all have millage requests on the Aug. 5 primary ballot and voters in the Britton Deerfield School district will once again be asked to approve a five-year one-mill sinking fund request after voters turned it down at a special May election.

All Lenawee County voters will be asked to consider a .5 mill renewal for the Lenawee County Department on Aging.

Voters in Whiteford Township won’t see any millage requests on the ballot.

The Britton Deerfield School board is seeking a one-mill sinking fund for five years to help fund needed maintenance projects at both facilities. Voters turned down the request in May by a 130-115 margin.

For a full rundown on the millage issues, please see Melissa Burnor’s story on Page 1 of the July 23, 2014, edition of The Advance.

Salt brining of roads topic of Palmyra Twp. special meeting

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22nd July

PALMYRA — Due to recent public comment and question on application of salt brining on Palmyra Township roads, a special meeting was held to discuss the issue Tuesday, July 15. With the summer season progressing and the fall season creeping up, the Palmyra Township board examined the benefits of applying salt brine to roads in the township. Treasurer Dale Terry said the application of salt brine to the road, especially on gravel, allows the gravel to harden up, hold together and makes it less possible for flying road debris and dust. The application is also effective during and before the winter months to combat possible snow and ice hazards. Palmyra Township Supervisor Jim Isley said he made contact with Mission Chloride Sales (MCS) to discuss options and costs of salt brine applications as compared to estimates provided by the county. … Read More »