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Local News Summary - June 29, 2022 Edition

Elk Country Cruisers hosts annual car show
Those entering the annual car show hosted by the Elk Country Cruisers on June 26th set a record at 73 registrants. The previous record was 60. The show also featured 22 host cars. In addition to trophies, lucky winners took home dash plaques, door prizes and raffle prizes.

Lydia Walker, Hillman, won best of show with her 1934 Ford pickup. Best paint went to Paul Sabourin, Alpena, and his 1949 Ford Coupe. Brad Nodder, Onaway, was Ladies’ Choice with his 1958 Ford Skyliner, and best host car, a 1955 Chevy, belongs to Gerry Lundberg, Lewiston.

A Phantom Roadster, owned by Don Thomas of Hillman, made its debut at the car show. Thomas has been entering car shows for 60 years, showing multiple vehicles.

“That’s my passion,” Thomas told the Tribune.

He’s owned the roadster for a couple of years and chose to break it out at the Atlanta show because he lives close by. It sits on a Camaro that has been lengthened and has had a kit added. The auto’s doors and interior are Camaro, and the vehicle sports a V-8 automatic. Thomas put 300 miles on the roadster the day before the car show, and he said he received much attention on the road, including people zooming past to video tape him as he drove by.

“It’s very unique. It’s not one you are going to see everyplace,” Thomas said.

It was the first time for the vehicle at any show, and it was the first time for Thomas entering the Elk Country Cruisers’ show. According to Thomas, he “absolutely” has plans to return to the annual car show in Atlanta.

Briley Township board votes in favor of property purchase
Board members for Briley Township at the regular June 22 board meeting voted in favor of both purchasing and possibly selling property. The township is purchasing two lots up for tax sale that were offered as the township’s first right of refusal, and a 1.2-acre lot on M-32 near the cemetery is being considered for sale for use by a business.

One of the lots being purchased might enhance airport operations because of its proximity to the airport. Craig Smith, resident, said he has contacted the attorney general because he does not believe the township can purchase tax sale property without participating in the auction. Ken Werner, township supervisor, assured the township is only required to pay fair market value. One lot is being purchased for $1,142 and the other is at a cost of $1,286.

Werner voted in opposition to entertaining an offer on the parcel near the cemetery after explaining the property was purchased by a previous board for use in expanding the cemetery. However, Evelyn White, trustee, pointed out the previous board purchased the property before knowing most residents would eventually opt for cremation instead of burial. The township is retaining about six acres behind the cemetery for expansion.

DNR Adventure Labs
A new Adventure Lab program through the Department of Natural Resources in partnership with Michigan Geocaching Organization and Jay’s Sporting Goods allows one to create, play and share location-based experiences, much like geocaching. The Adventure Lab app guides people through the process of finding clues, solving puzzles and completing adventures one location at a time.

In 2019, 100 caches were placed in state parks throughout the state. In 2021, 50 new caches were hidden at DNR-managed locations. To get started, search for Michigan State Parks Centennial GeoTour (GT93) on the app or website. Download the GeoTour ticket, log a find on, then record the code word on the ticket.

Once a certain number of caches are found, a person can earn rewards. Mail the completed ticket to Michigan State Parks Centennial GeoTour, c/o Michigan Geocaching Organization, P. O. Box 160, Eastpointe MI, 48021, or email to

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