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Local News Summary - August 17, 2022 Edition

Quilts of Valor presented
A Quilts of Valor presentation has become a regular feature of the V-J Day celebration in Hillman. This year, 18 veterans received quilts, which are distributed in honor of Jeffrey Brown, a veteran who lost his life to cancer. Judy and Tom Brown, Jeffrey’s parents, are continuing his mission of distributing quilts to veterans, and more than 300 quilts have been given to local veterans since 2016.

The first recipient on this year’s list was John Griffith, VFW commander for the State of Michigan, who went to Hillman because he was told to without knowing he would receive a quilt. He told audience members his father, who was a WWII veteran, had taught him not to celebrate the victory over Japan, adding he, himself, had once worked for seven Japanese brothers.

Griffith said this year’s trip to Hillman marked the first time he had ever attended a celebration honoring his father for his service in WWII, except for Veterans’ Day celebrations. With much emotion in his voice, he thanked the people of Hillman.

Also receiving Quilts of Valor were Kevin Cohoon, Steve Burnell, John Divney, Sam Higdon, Dave Payne, John Renshaw, J.D. Miller, Richard Oleson, John Sawyer, Rick Shepherd, Ron Lounsbery, Dan Olschonski, Fred Webber, Rev. Steven Woodford, Raymond Kosciolek, Chuck Kosciolek and Chad McHugh.

Albert Township Board hears residents concerns regarding Camp Grayling expansion
There was standing room only at the Aug. 8 board meeting for Albert Township. Residents from throughout the region descended upon the meeting to appeal to board members to join in opposing the proposed expansion of Camp Grayling. In May, the Michigan National Guard announced it wants to lease another 30,000 acres from the Department of Natural Resources to use for additional training exercises.

The proposed expansion includes a 1,500-foot buffer between training exercises and area waterways, but Jim Knight, trustee for Bear Lake Township, said photos were recently posted of soldiers with rifles in rafts navigating the Manistee River. According to Knight, the expansion will affect Albert Township, because the expansion plans include a landing strip near the township.

“At a very minimum, noise levels are going to go up,” Knight warned, adding hunting and recreation will be limited by areas periodically closed off for use by the public.

In addition, Knight said training in electromagnetic warfare will jam signals, and no information has been offered about how such training will impact those in the path of a target or whether the impact will travel beyond a target. He suggested the township host a meeting with representatives of Camp Grayling and the DNR but cautioned the meeting would have to take place at a larger venue than the township hall. A recent meeting Knight was involved in attracted 200 people.

Michael Runyan, supervisor for Albert Township, asked for copies of resolutions opposing the expansion of Camp Grayling that were adopted by other townships. He assured a resolution opposing the expansion will be put to a vote by his board at the meeting scheduled for Aug. 22.

High speed chase spans three counties before driver is caught
On August 10 at approximately 5 p.m., the Montmorency County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Michigan State Police that a black Kia car had be involved in a vehicle pursuit in Alpena. A Montmorency County Lieutenant and Sergeant were able to locate the suspect vehicle east of Atlanta, traveling west on M-32. The suspect vehicle continued westbound traveling at excessive speeds.

The Montmorency County Sheriff’s Office continued to pursue the suspect vehicle into Otsego County on Old State Road, where eventually spike strips were deployed and the suspect vehicle was immobilized. Officers were able to take the driver into custody for fleeing and eluding.

The Montmorency County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Otsego County Sheriff’s Office, Gaylord Police Department and the Michigan State Police for their assistance.

No injuries were reported throughout the incident. The investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.

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