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Local News Summary - September 27, 2023 Edition

Lady Cardinals sweep the Bulldogs
Johannesburg-Lewiston’s Lady Cardinals swept Inland Lakes’ Lady Bulldogs in volleyball in Johannesburg on Sept. 19. The Cardinals took an early lead in game one and came from behind in games two and three for a strong finish.

The teams were tied at seven in game one, but the Bulldogs hit the net. Power hits from Joburg’s Reagan Sides gave the Cardinal score some padding as did calculated taps from Alexis Hogle and Jayden Marlatt. The Bulldogs came within one late in the game, but the Cardinals soared to a 25-17 victory.

Inland Lakes took the early lead in game two and maintained it until a spike from Sides knotted the score at 13. The Bulldogs tied the score at 14 with a big block, but Sides delivered a serve that was too much for Inland Lakes. She followed with a serve that skimmed the net, helping send the Cardinals on their way to a 25-18 win.

The Bulldogs came out strong in game three, keeping the lead until a block from Joburg’s Brooklyn Latuszek tied things up at 6. Ball control was a problem for the Bulldogs but not for Joburg’s Marlatt, who proceeded to tap the ball effectively into empty spots on the opposing court. The Bulldogs turned up the power, but J-L’s Cassie Tallman was digging out the bumps in game three that ended 25-17, Cardinals.

M-32, M-33 resurfacing in Atlanta starts October 2
The Michigan Department of Transportation is investing $435,000 to resurface main roads in Atlanta beginning Oct. 2. MDOT is resurfacing M-32 from Parland Street to Jerome Street and M-33 from M-32 to Gerber Road. The work is expected to be completed in early November. Drivers should expect lane closures and traffic regulators. The purpose of the work is to improve the driving surface, extend the life of the roads and upgrade sidewalk ramps for pedestrians.

In the process of resurfacing M-32, the department will be removing the center turn lane and turning the intersection of M-32 and County Road 487 into a four-way stop. Kevin Schaedig, MDOT operations manager, has explained the four-way stop will slow traffic in downtown Atlanta. James Lake, communications specialist with MDOT, told the Tribune removing the center turn lane will reduce congestion at the main intersection and allow for more visibility around parked cars.

“We understand, at the end of the construction season, people like to see our work done for the year,” Lake said in a recent interview. “We just ask them to be patient a little bit longer.”

Removal of goose eggs to control phosphorus discussed at Albert Township board meeting
The Twin Lakes Property Owners’ Association has been authorized to remove goose eggs to try to reduce phosphorus going into East and West Twin lakes. The matter was discussed at the regular meeting for Albert Township on Sept. 18. Jon Jackson, member of the TLPOA, told board members 150 geese add about 75 lbs. of phosphorus into the water each year.

“That’s why we’ve got to get rid of the geese,” Jackson said.

The Department of Natural Resources will not issue a permit for rounding up the birds because of avian flu, but the department will issue a permit for removing eggs. Phosphorus negatively affects water clarity, and audience members applauded when the board passed a motion allowing the TLPOA to remove eggs.

On another topic, a motion passed in favor of requesting a levy of five mills for the fire and ambulance service. John Righi, township treasurer, explained the fire and ambulance department is currently on path for a deficit of $2,100 in this year’s budget. The township has been levying 4.75 mills, but Righi said the department will soon need a new ambulance and a firetruck.

“The last time we had to finance for an ambulance and pay interest,” the treasurer pointed out.

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