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Local News Summary - December 13, 2017 Edition

Albert Township discusses website options
Board members for Albert Township are considering taking on the responsibility of maintaining the township’s website. According to Zac Weaver, zoning administrator, the change would cost the township about $300 per year, a considerable savings compared to what is currently being paid to an outside source.

At the regular township board meeting, Dec. 4, Mike Dombrowski, township supervisor, said there is nothing wrong with the way the website is being managed, but the township now has the capability to do so. With the township in control, he said items like meeting agendas could be posted faster.

“Always, our goal is to get out the information accurately, soon and as easily as possible to our community,” Dombrowski explained. “It’s another community service.”

New Beginnings Ministries reminds public of services they provide for the community
New Beginnings Ministries would like to remind the public of services provided through the church. New Beginnings opened in Hillman in 2004 and has been serving the community through a variety of programs.

The Hillman Area Resource Pantry is open the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. More than 40,000 meals were provided through the pantry last year, and Christmas food baskets are in process that will benefit about 100 homes. The church is also currently collecting toys for distribution to children for Christmas. The pantry is supported by fundraisers, including concerts, bake sales, an annual yard sale and street collections at traffic stops.

Two growing houses at the church produce non-genetically modified pesticide-free food that is sold to benefit the church.

“Natural foods are better for you,” Pastor Larry Kirby told the Tribune.

According to Kirby, the church is considering ways the food grown can benefit both the church and the community, and he said people in need of vegetables are not turned away. New Beginnings hosts drug awareness seminars, offers college scholarships to Hillman graduates and is planning some community outreach in the form of a movie night.

“The church wants to be a friend to the community,” Kirby said.

He has been with the church for just more than a year and has a masters’ degree from Trinity Theological Seminary. Kirby pastored in other states as well as the cities of Carleton, Muskegon, Lachine and Oscoda in Michigan. He has lived in Michigan since 1994 and is married with two children. Kirby is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was twice named Sailor of the Quarter.

Lady Huskies fall to Hillman Tigers
Atlanta’s young Lady Huskies are building a roster. The team has been limping along for the past few years with barely enough players for a team, but this year’s team boasts 12 names in the lineup. Regardless, they have some work to do, which became evident in the contest against Hillman’s Lady Tigers on Dec. 8.

The Tigers dominated first-quarter action with nine different players scoring while the Huskies grappled with maintaining possession of the ball against Hillman steals and interceptions. It was Atlanta’s Jacey Berndt who finally put the Huskies on the board with a two-point shot at the buzzer.

Hailee Brown added a two-pointer for the Huskies in second-quarter play, but the well-rounded Hillman team led by 38 going into the half. The break fueled the Huskies into scoring more than twice as many points in the second half of the game as the first.

Atlanta’s Jorden Kobelius landed a shot to start the second half before a 13-point Tiger run. Breanna Webster scored for the Huskies on a pass from Berndt and Kobelius followed up with two from the line, but that would be all for Atlanta in the game with a running clock that ended 59-10, Tigers.

The leading scorers for Hillman were Eve LaFleche with 16 points, Autumn Jones with nine, Lyndsey Ryba with eight, Jozie Appelgren and Kristen Kenyon each with six, and Andrea Taratuta and Anna Callender each with four. The Lady Huskies travel to Northport on Dec. 15 and Wolverine on Dec. 18. The Lady Tigers host Whittemore-Prescott on Dec. 12 and Posen on Dec. 14.

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