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Local News Summary - May 12, 2021 Edition

Lewiston holds Spring into Summer Festival
The sun came out just in time for Lewiston’s first Spring into Summer Festival. Formerly the Lewiston Morel Mushroom Festival at the elementary school, the event moved to downtown Lewiston a few years ago to promote downtown business and has, now, undergone a name change.

The festival still features a variety of craft vendors as well as mushroom hunts. Turnout for the hunts was low a couple of years ago with about 20 people registering, but this year’s 60 hunters presented need for a Sunday hunt.

One hunter came from Buffalo, NY, to attend this year’s festival. Li Li had accidentally registered for the hunt in the past, believing the festival was in Lewiston, NY, but she vowed to attend the event once she retired. She kept her promise, this year, and, while here, identified a mushroom considered a delicacy in China.

The Chamber of Commerce’s first Explore Lewiston Adventure was incorporated into the festival. The scavenger hunt for all ages with escape room strategies will present different challenges throughout the year. The winner receives “Lewiston Bucks” good at chamber businesses.

The Farmers’ Market opened in time for the festival. The market has settled into a building on the west side of Kneeland Street south of Hanson Street and is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Because of the pandemic, there was no tasting of mushroom dishes from area restaurants and no bus transportation for the hunts.

Lora Greene appointed to fill Judge Bolser’s probate court bench
Judge Benjamin Bolser retired from Montmorency County Probate Court effective May 1, and Lora Greene, attorney from Alpena, has been appointed to take his seat on the bench for a partial term that expires Jan. 1 of 2023.

“I am honored to accept this appointment,” Judge Greene has stated. “As Montmorency County Probate Judge, I pledge to provide the fair, impartial and independent administration of justice so that each participant is treated with dignity and respect in the application of our laws.”

Judge Greene earned a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on finance and business from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School. She has practiced law for more than 30 years and opened a law office in Alpena in 2003. She also serves as the public administrator for Alpena County.

When not working, Judge Greene has indicated she enjoys spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities and viewing the beautiful scenes of Northeast Michigan. If she would like to continue serving as Judge, she must run for election in November of 2022.

Parking space lines to be repainted in downtown Lewiston area
The maintenance department for Albert Township will soon be painting new lines for parking spaces in Lewiston as well as designated no parking areas. At the regular May 3 township board meeting, John Righi, township treasurer, said the township has the equipment to do the job and just needs the paint.

The cost of the paint is estimated at slightly more than $500 and includes blue paint for handicap spaces, for which the township has a stencil, as well as green paint for the parking spaces designated for electric car charging. The board voted in favor of painting the lines on all the downtown streets where parking and no parking areas exist.

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