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Local News Summary - March 21, 2018 Edition

Briley Township fishing dock plans reviewed with engineer
Some members of the Briley Township Board, Planning Commission and Parks & Recreation committee met with Klaus Heinert of the engineering firm Gosling Czubak last week, to review and make changes to plans and drawings for the new fishing dock and renovations in the Briley Township Park. The project is currently behind schedule based on the timeline of the proposal that was approved by the township at the beginning of the project.

Adjustments were made to the dock plans to help to keep it within its budget. Heinert discussed the possible materials for the floating dock system, stating it could either be made of traditional wood, PVC or wood composite. The traditional wood dock is durable for 20-25 years and is cheaper, but PVC could last 30+ years at the expense of a higher cost. Additional adjustments were made to the placement and size of benches and the length of the dock, along with figuring out rail heights and patterns. Allowing room for kids to view fish, fishermen to fish, and meeting safety guidelines were all points of emphasis when discussing these changes.

Aside from the dock, other decisions regarding the park were made. The members attending stated that they would want the township to manage demolition of the inside of the old chamber building via in-kind, or volunteer effort, to save money. A portion of this building is currently planned to be renovated into park restrooms, with the leftover space to be utilized for storage or other possible uses in the future. The current boat launch was decided to remain as-is, with no changes currently planned.

In addition to the final decisions that needed to made by the township, some of the delay of the dock is attributed to Heinert’s concerns with local right away concerns, and making sure he is guaranteed clearance to proceed with construction that meets current codes.

Heinert plans to the have the revised drawings back to the township before the end of March for their final review.

Michigan sees its first case of measles this year
The first case of measles in Michigan, this year, has been confirmed in Washtenaw County. Anyone who was in customs or baggage claim at the north terminal of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport from 2-5 p.m. on March 6 should seek medical attention from a primary care provider if they develop symptoms.

The diagnosed individual had returned from travel abroad and was contagious upon returning to Michigan. Measles is a vaccine-preventable respiratory infection that can result in hospitalization, pneumonia, encephalitis and death.

The illness has a 10 to 12-day incubation period and starts with a high fever, red eyes, cough, runny nose and photophobia, followed by a red, raised body rash starting on the head and face and progressing over the rest of the body. Individuals may be contagious a few days before symptoms, increasing the potential of exposing others.

“This case underscores the importance of following vaccine recommendations and being up-to-date on vaccines,” Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said in a March 14 press release. “Immunizations are the best way to protect our families and communities from the harmful, sometimes deadly, consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles.”

Wells urges those with questions about vaccination status to talk to a family physician. Because measles spreads easily, vaccination is the best protection. Successful prevention and control of measles requires high levels of immunity in all communities.

Adults who do not have evidence of immunity to measles should get at least one dose of the vaccine. A first routine childhood vaccine dose is given at 12 months of age, and a second dose is given before the start of kindergarten. For international travel, infants as young as six months should be vaccinated. Measles vaccine, or other acceptable documentation of immunity to measles, is recommended for all persons traveling internationally.

MDHHS is participating in the I Vaccinate campaign, which provides parents the facts needed to make decisions about vaccinations. For more information, visit

Undefeated Hillman Tigers edge out Mio for regional title
The undefeated Hillman Tigers are roaring through another great season with a second consecutive regional title. The team has now secured three of the last four regional titles and advances to face Buckley in the state quarter finals, a team that went all the way to the state championship game last year.

The Suttons Bay Norsemen put up a fight throughout the first quarter of the regional semi-finals to lead by four going into the second. Hillman’s Jared Juergens, however, tripled early in the second and dropped a two to put Hillman on top, and the Norsemen never regained the lead in the game that ended 71-62, Tigers.

It was on to the 17-6 Mio Thunderbolts for the regional championship, a team the Tigers had beaten throughout the regular season but had also come to know them, well. The Tigers took what seemed to be a comfortable eight-point lead after the first quarter, but the T-Bolts wouldn’t fizzle out.

Mio’s center, Ty Modgling, continued to be a factor with rebounding and shots at the hoop, and a triple from Mio’s River Waisanen tied the game at 30 in the third quarter. The T-bolts took a two-point lead, but Hillman’s Billy Kolcan leveled things back out at 32. Tiger Nic Taratuta put Hillman back up on a nifty pass from Kolcan, but the T-bolts answered from the line, knotting the game at 34 going into the final quarter.

The host gymnasium in Gaylord was packed with fans, mostly from Hillman, and the volume of excitement was transcending. Amidst fan chants and swelling yells, the Tigers continued to execute, but for every action, there was an opposite reaction.

Brandon Banks tripled for Hillman, and Mio’s Brendan De Florio hit from the floor. Tiger Andrew Funk nailed a three just before Mio’s Drew Hess went perfect from the line. The T-bolts trailed by only one when Kolcan pinballed his way to the bucket and Juergens scored to stretch the Tiger lead to five.

With 34 seconds left, Juergens was intentionally fouled, but he was the wrong one to foul, going two for two. Waisanen fired a three to bring the T-bolts within four and give Mio hope with 13 seconds on the clock. Banks faltered from the line on the next two intentional fouls, but the T-bolts couldn’t get by Tiger defense to capitalize in the game that ended 48-44, Tigers, and awarded the trophy to Hillman.

The leading scorers in the championship game for Hillman were Juergens with 15 points, including a three, Kolcan with 12, Funk with 11, including three triples, Banks with five and Taratuta with five. The Tigers are ranked third in Class D and 25th in the state, overall.

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