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Local News Summary - January 12, 2022 Edition

Hillman Tigers take down Hale Eagles
The Hillman Tigers shellacked the Hale Eagles in Hillman on Jan. 6. The Eagles showed up for school but failed in chemistry against the Tigers. In defense of the Eagles, five players on their roster were missing for the lopsided contest.

The Tigers held the Eagles to only one point in the first quarter. Hale squeaked out four points in the second quarter, but, at a deficit of more than 35 points, the Eagles began the second half with a running clock. Turnovers plagued Hale in the third, and the Eagles made no gain. Four Eagle points in the fourth left the final score at 62-9, Tigers.

Hillman’s team consists of seven seniors, five juniors and one sophomore, but that one sophomore, Trenton Taratuta, is a significant factor in the team’s success. Against the Eagles, he was a madman on offense with scoring as well as on defense with blocking and steals. With more than 400 career points, If his scoring averages continue, Taratuta will likely join the members of the 1,000-point club, and he could possibly do so in his junior year.

The leading scorers for the Tigers against the Eagles were Taratuta with 19 points, Brady Firman with 11, Landen Timm and Braylon Firman each with seven, and Brody Appelgren and Caleb Hiveley each with six. The Tigers remain undefeated after hosting Hale. They start a five-game road trip, this week, with stops planned in Posen, Fairview, Cedarville, Atlanta and Mio. They will be home on Jan. 26 to host the Gaylord St. Mary Snowbirds.

Albert Township Board pursuing well head protection grant
Board members for Albert Township have approved pursuing a well head protection grant available through the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. At the Jan. 3 regular township board meeting, concerns were expressed about gas contamination in the ground making its way to the township’s pumphouse. Lewiston’s past reflects multiple gas stations at various locations, and contamination from underground fuel tanks is believed to be progressing toward East Twin Lake.

“This place was inundated with gas stations,” said Roger Cohoe, township trustee.

The township’s water, tested regularly, is safe for drinking, but board members are taking steps to ensure safe water in the future. David Johnson, director of grants and loans for Fleis & VandenBrink, provided a proposal from his company for pursuing the well head protection grant. The $10,000 grant would require the township to match the state’s $5,000 contribution. It would take the whole $10,000 for Fleis & VandenBrink to pursue the grant, but there would be no charge to the township if the grant is denied.

The township must form a committee that will help the company determine feasibility of a location for a new water source. The site requires a minimum setback of 200 feet from all property lines, but Johnson said applying for a variance might be an option.

“You have to understand the aquifer, the geography and the protection of environmental sources, which you are kind of dealing with in the gas coming your way,” Johnson explained, adding, if the township board wants to expand water service, this would be the time to consider it.

The grant would not cover the cost of a test well. Cohoe said there are 40 acres at Buttles Park, and Richard Deska, trustee, added there is already a seldom-used well there that was put in place to water the ball fields. According to Johnson, if the well is in the right aquifer, it could save the township money for a test well. The grant application is due in June, and, if approved, the company would begin the study in October.  

Grants available for recruiting and training first responders
Grants of up to $100,000 are available to help local governments address critical needs in recruiting and training first responders. As part of the First Responder Training and Recruitment Grant Program, all Michigan cities, villages, townships, counties or fire authorities are eligible to apply.

First responders are police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and local unit of government corrections officers. The purpose of the grant program is to support efforts of local governments to expand recruitment and improve training as well as provide additional professional development and support to first responders in local governments.

Eligible communities applying for a grant must include in their application the program purpose demonstrating how budgeted costs directly relate to recruitment or training of first responders. Priority will be given to projects to be completed by Sept. 30. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 15. For more information, visit

“Michigan communities are prioritizing the recruitment and training of first responders,” Rachael Eubanks, state treasurer, said in a news release. “These dollars will help our communities provide better services to keep Michigan residents safe.”  

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