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Local News Summary - December 11, 2019 Edition

Albert Township Board reviews parks and recreation suggestions
More than 250 people made suggestions regarding the five-year parks and recreation plan for Albert Township. Deb Downing, township zoning administrator, relayed the public feedback at the regular Dec. 2 township board meeting. Among the needs identified for the township were sidewalks as well as walking, hiking and biking opportunities.

An online survey reflected four main goals. According to those who responded, the top priority is creating a recreational system that is visible, promoted and easily accessible. The second goal is to improve and maintain recreational resources, and the third is to ensure a regional recreational planning process. The final goal is to provide new opportunities for passive recreation.

Children’s Christmas Party at Brush Creek Mill
It was standing room, only, at the children’s Christmas party at Brush Creek Mill on Dec. 7, unless, of course, you were seated to play bingo, make crafts or talk to Santa. In addition to bingo, crafts and photos with Santa, the annual event provides children with free books, goodie bags and a cookie-decorating opportunity.

The annual party kicked off at 12:30 p.m., this year, instead of 10 a.m. because of a conflict with an area sports event. The Christmas party for children is possible because of proceeds from the well-attended annual golf outing that serves as a fundraiser for the party that is a hit every year.

About a dozen decorated trees are on display at the mill. They have been decorated by area groups and businesses and are up for public vote through Dec. 20. The sponsor of the winning tree will receive a plaque.

Lady Tigers handle Mio Thunderbolts
Mio’s Lady Thunderbolts only had six players against Hillman’s Lady Tigers on Dec. 6, but they kept the Tigers scoreless through most of the first quarter. The T-bolts scored first, but, with about a minute left in the first, Hillman’s Bailey Schook put the Tigers on the board. Back-to-back shots for Allyson Brown put the Tigers up 6-5 going into the second.

Phynix Rickett was quick to score in the second with a triple for Mio. Schook knotted things up, but Rickett answered. The teams continued to battle for the lead until a shot from Hillman’s Melanie Morrison tied the game at 12 and a steal and bucket for Schook put the Tigers back on top. After some great defense and a terrific effort from Mio, the T-bolts trailed by only three at the half.

Schook earned a hoop and a foul shot to start the third quarter, and Morrison stretched the lead to eight. Mio capitalized from the line and Rickett tripled once again to come within three points, but that’s as close as the Thunderbolts would come to catching up. A steal from Hillman’s Julia Taratuta fed Emma Libby a shot that put the Tigers up by nine going into the final quarter.

Mio outscored Hillman in the fourth. Shelby Yoder earned three points from the line, Rickett added four and Nena Stevens chipped in two, but it wasn’t enough. Taratuta combined with Jessica Jones and McKenna Hively to keep Hillman in the lead in the game that ended 38-32, Tigers.

The leading scorers for Hillman were Schook with 18 points, Morrison with six and Brown with four. The leading scorers for Mio were Rickett with 18 points, Yoder with six and Stevens with four. The Lady Tigers host Whittemore-Prescott’s Lady Cardinals on Dec. 10 and travel to Hale to test the Lady Eagles on Dec. 13.

Death Notices
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Eileen M. Hunter
Stephen E. Weaver
Jean M. Kotimaki

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