News Summary - June 19 Edition
23rd Lewiston Auto Show draws auto enthusiasts
This was the 23rd year for the Lewiston Auto Show, which attracted the drivers of about 200 cars for the Fathers’ Day weekend event. This year’s show featured 33 different classes and 12 miscellaneous awards.
The event is sponsored by Fun Country Cruisers and the Lewiston Area Chamber of Commerce as well as a host of area businesses, and proceeds benefit area Little League teams. Saturday traditionally offers a cruise night and dance, and the actual show takes place on Sunday.
The weekend’s festivities offer a little something for everyone, including music, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a poker run, raffles and a coloring contest.
Ken and Penny Fortney drove from Mancelona in their 1966 Buick Special convertible with two large stuffed animals, Oscar and Meyer, in the back seat. They’ve been attending the Lewiston show for about the last six consecutive years.
The couple also attends shows in Kalkaska, Manton, Rogers City and St. Ignace, but each said they have grown fond of the show in Lewiston. Ken Fortney described those in Lewiston as “nice people,” and his wife agreed.
“It’s fun. People wave to you when you get here,” Penny Fortney said.
The pair claims their stuffed passengers never leave the back seat, but they offered different reasons as to why they are permanent fixtures in the car. According to Penny, she and her husband are guaranteed a road trip by themselves, because there is no room for other passengers. However, Ken said the stuffed animals take up so much room he doesn’t have to worry about accumulating garage sale items.
Best of Show this year went to Larry and Ruth Church of Swartz Creek for their 1962 Chevy Nova, who also won Best of Cruise. Other winners were: Rev Contest Open Exhaust, 1968 Chevelle, Jeff Germaine; Rev Contest Closed Exhaust, 1969 Camero SS, Jeff Hellebuyck; Ladies Choice, 1957 Chevy Bel-Air, Colleen & John Rounds; Best Paint, 1954 Ford Mainline, Sheldon & Tinia Penny; Best Engine, 1939 Jaguar SS100 Replica, Bruce McHaney; Best Interior, 1935 Pontiac Sedan, Earl Juergens; Police Choice, 1970 Mercury Cougar, Len Piccolo; Best Ford, 1953 Mercury Monterey Conv., Dave & Susie Penney; Best GM, 1959 Chevy Apache Pickup, Terry Eddy; Best Mopar, 1968 Plymouth Road Runner, Keith Henderson; and DJ’s Choice, 1931 Ford Sedan Delivery, RD Haynes.
The girls bike was won by Hana Ali, and the boys bike was won by Aydin Samp.
Briley Township summer tax collection to proceed
Bonnie Valentine-Flynn, Briley Township Treasurer, will proceed with summer tax collection now that the township board has decided to pay her for the service. At a special meeting, June 10, a majority of the board voted to increase her salary by $9,000.
Valentine-Flynn had originally proposed a $17 per hour rate for the time it was estimated it would take her to perform the tax collection duties, amounting to a total of $10,500.
Anna Rogers, township clerk, said tax collection was the responsibility of the treasurer, and candidates knew the salary for the position when they ran for office. John Zollars, trustee, said there was not a history of paying an additional salary for tax collection.
According to Valentine-Flynn, however, although there was not a history of paying a stipend, there was a history of granting additional hours for tax collection, which amounted to an increase in pay.
She pointed out an employee had been added to the office staff who was assuming some of the township clerk’s duties and explained her own compensation for what she deemed as additional duties would be no different. She urged the board to make a decision.
“We need to do something, because I need to get these in the mail,” Valentine-Flynn said.
Bruno Wojcik, trustee and former treasurer, said he understood the need for the treasurer to work on tax collection outside of the hours worked in the office, because more can be accomplished without interruption.
Mike Wurtsmith, township supervisor, agreed with Valentine-Flynn’s correlation between an employee helping with the clerk’s duties and the treasurer receiving compensation for additional duties, but he said he was more comfortable with a $15 per hour rate than $17.
A motion to pay the treasurer $9,000 for the $15 per hour rate passed with Zollars and Rogers voting in opposition.
Pet show in Hillman July 6
You’re invited to enter the pet show at Mill River Days in Hillman. This event will be held Saturday, July 6, at 10:30 a.m. at the Emerick Pak Octagon Pavilion.
All pets are welcome, with the exception of snakes and lizards, and every pet must be on a leash or in a cage. Categories include: best dressed, best trick, swimsuit, obedience, small pet, longest tail, shortest tail, most unusual, and ever-popular pet/owner look-alike.
Registration is not necessary; simply be there with your pet. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place in each category and there will be goodie bags for all participants. If you don’t have a pet, you’re invited come and watch the entertainment. The pet show is sponsored by the Elk Country Animal Shelter.
Huskie dreams end at quarter-final competition
The Huskies put Atlanta back on the map by winning district and regional trophies in baseball this year. The team led 2-0 after three innings of quarter-final competition, but the Huskies were unable to hold the lead and advance to the state semi-finals.
Atlanta faced the Maple City Glen Lake Lakers in the quarter-final contest in Traverse City. The teams were scoreless after two innings, but the Huskies lit up the scoreboard in the top of the third.
Brock Baum got on base for the Huskies, and Jay Webster followed with a walk. Caleb Cumper bunted for a score, and Garrett Badgero sacrificed a fly to put the Huskies up 2-0.
Badgero struck out three of four batters in the bottom of the third, but the Lakers rallied in the fourth. The first batter for the Lakers made it to second on an overthrow at first, and the next batter walked.
The Lakers followed with a single that scored both runners and tied the game at two. Baum grabbed the first out and the second came with a runner out at third, but the Lakers continued to chalk up runs on two outs.
A dead ball loaded the bases, and a walk put the Lakers up by one. With bases still loaded, the next three batters were hit with pitches, putting the Lakers up by four.
An Atlanta pitching change put Josh Barrett on the mound. He managed the third out and held the Lakers through the fifth, leaving the Huskies two more chances to regain the lead.
Badgero started the top of the sixth with a lead-off single. The next two batters for the Huskies struck out, but Jacob Dobbyn whacked one far enough to send Badgero home for the score, leaving Atlanta trailing by only three.
The Lakers, however, answered with a two-out triple that scored two RBIs. Their next batter made contact and launched a spree to second base, but the threat ended when the runner was ruled out for not touching first base on the way by.
The Huskies trailed by five going into their last-chance side. Barrett led out with a single, and Baum walked on a full count to give the Huskies hope. The next batter’s attempt was caught for the first out, and Barrett was ruled out trying to get back to second.
Looking for a two-out rally, Cumper went to bat and made contact, but Baum was ruled out at second, ending the game 8-3, Lakers, and ending a great season for the Huskies.
James Edward Winterlee
William "Bill" James Mandilk, Jr
Lillian Hope Benac
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