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Local News Summary - June 21, 2017 Edition

27th annual car show held in Lewiston
Threats of rain didn’t keep some real classics, or their cars, from filling the streets of Lewiston for the 27th annual auto show sponsored by Fun Country Cruisers and the Lewiston Chamber of Commerce as well as a host of area businesses.

The two-day event features a cruise night, 50/50 drawings, arts and crafts, music, a coloring contest, a poker run, dash plaques, raffle baskets and other prizes. Proceeds from the event benefit Little League and other youth organizations.

A 1971 Chevy Chevelle painted like the American flag made a repeat appearance at the show, but this time it was under new ownership. Rod Evans, Davison, gave it to his son, Brian, as his high school graduation present this year. Evans said he’d been dangling the car in front of his son since his son was seven years old.

“I gave him a deal. He had to earn it. He had to get good grades and graduate,” Evans told the Tribune.

The car had placed first and third out of six shows in Lewiston at the time of the interview with the Tribune, and it might be on display at an upcoming show in Gaylord. Evans said he is building a 1978 Z-28 for a younger son who must earn it the same way.

“I just want to give them something that I didn’t have,” the dream dad said.

Best of Show was awarded to Richard Evans Jr., Davison, for a 1972 Chevy Camaro, and Ladies’ Choice went to Sandy Yates of Johannesburg for a 1956 Chevy 210. Jim and Ruthann Rohlfs, Lake City, won Best Paint for a 1969 GMC pickup, and Brad Chase, Waters, won Best Interior with a 1936 Ford convertible. Best Engine was awarded to Austin Garza, Clarkston, for his 1957 Chevy Bel Air.

Frank Genetti, Sault Ste Marie, Ont., won Best GM with his 1967 Chevy Camaro. Best Ford went to Mike McConnell, Hillman, for a 1926 Ford Botella race car, and Best Chrysler was awarded to Fred and Carol Hoffman, Chelsea, for a 1956 Plymouth Belvedere.

Carl Seiter hired as Atlanta and Hillman joint superintendent
Board members for the school districts of Hillman and Atlanta have chosen Carl Seiter as the new superintendent to oversee both districts. Final interviews of the remaining two candidates took place at a special joint school board meeting on June 14.

The candidates were required to develop plans for their first 100 days as superintendent. Seiter said his first 100 days would involve learning about policy, staff, the community, budgets and resources. Student achievement will be his primary focus, overall, he said, and he has experience working with at-risk students.

“For a passionate educator, there is no greater place than to be where you’re needed most,” Seiter said of his plan to move to the area and take the position of superintendent.

He was asked how he views the roles of board members and superintendents.

“This will either get the job or not,” he admitted, adding he contemplated sharing that view all the way to the interview from downstate. “The job of a board member is to hire and fire me and set policy, period. As soon as the board starts crossing that line of telling me how, then you are overstepping your bounds as a board.”

He explained the school board members have no business approaching staff about concerns and that concerns regarding students and staff should follow the proper chain of command.

“If it has to do with the day-to-day operations of the districts, then it’s me. So, there you go. Should I leave now?” he asked.

With regard to bullying, for which Hillman is currently developing a task force, Seiter said a bullying issue indicates the matter is not being addressed or people are looking the other way, and he won’t tolerate it.

“If it occurs a second time, guess what, I’m jumping on with both feet. Bullying is something that can hugely impact the education of a child,” he stated.

He believes in providing staff with direction instead of consequence and holding a mirror up for those not performing up to par while, at the same time, making employees understand nobody is perfect. In closing, he reassured board members he has a desire to relocate to the area, permanently, and he’s confident he can oversee both communities as Farwell, where he currently serves as superintendent, is comprised of three different communities.

“It’s going to work, or I’m going to die trying,” Seiter said sincerely. “I’m ready. I’m all in.”

A motion to hire Seiter as superintendent of Hillman and Atlanta passed 13-0 with Michael Talbot absent for Atlanta. The board negotiated a salary of $113,500 for each of the first three years with the potential to earn another $500 from each district based on performance reviews. Upon Seiter’s acceptance of the position, the board members cheered.

Artists wanted to help celebrate 100 years of elk in Michigan
Next year marks the 100th anniversary of elk in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites artists to help celebrate this milestone by creating a one-of a-kind poster depicting the history of Michigan’s elk. The chosen design in the “100th anniversary of Michigan elk” poster-drawing contest will be reproduced and distributed to elk enthusiasts across the nation, and the winner will receive an outdoors prize package.

In 1918, seven elk were relocated to Wolverine, Michigan, from the western United States. Today’s healthy and abundant elk population in the northern Lower Peninsula is due to the management and conservation efforts of the DNR and partners over the last century.

“We are excited to see different interpretations of the 100th anniversary celebration of Michigan’s elk,” said DNR wildlife communications coordinator Katie Keen. “Please share with any artist or designer you know. A great outdoors prize package will be awarded to the winner, not to mention that this poster will be shared with elk enthusiasts everywhere.”

Those interested in participating in the elk poster-drawing contest should submit an email of intent by July 1 to, including the artist’s name, mailing address and phone number. The final submission deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Contest guidelines are as follows:
• Anyone can enter the contest. Children under the age of 13 need parental permission.
• Work must be original and submitted by the artist. Entries must be two-dimensional, created using either traditional methods (pens, pencils, crayons, charcoal, oil paint, acrylic paint, watercolor, etc.) or a modern digital illustration process.
• Designs must portray elk (one or more than one; it’s the artist’s choice) in Michigan habitat.
• The following text must be included within the design: 100th anniversary, 2018, elk and Michigan
• Accepted file formats: JPEG, TIFF, PDF
• Maximum file size 10 MB
• Submit entries to
• The winner will be contacted in early September.

For hand-drawn designs:
• Entries can be designed on 8.5-inch by 11-inch or 11-inch by 17-inch paper.
• If the poster cannot be scanned, please photograph it and submit a high-resolution photograph.

For digital designs:
• Files should be 20 inches by 33 inches and have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.
• TIFF formats should be flattened.
• CMYK color space only.

“Good luck to all the artists,” said Keen. “We can’t wait to see all the different designs.”

Learn more about Michigan elk at

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to

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