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Local News Summary - December 12, 2018 Edition

Santa visits children at Atlanta VFW
Atlanta VFW Post 9489 hosted a Christmas party for children on Dec. 8. The post used to host Christmas parties, regularly, and there are plans to make them an annual event, once again.

Those in attendance entered a venue decorated with garland, giant wrapped candies, canes of candy, a ceramic village scene and a lit tree which was donated by Rose Cheedie of JAC-C Farm. A feast of pulled pork sandwiches, rice pudding, cookies and cupcakes filled bellies while an opportunity to meet Santa filled young eyes with wonder.

A variety of gifts were provided for children ages 0-12 years, and sleeping bags were presented to youths over the age of 12. Mary Freeman, who organizes multiple community events, told the Tribune she contacted members of the VFW about reviving the annual party.

“It’s all about making sure everybody gets something for Christmas,” Freeman said.

The party was funded by proceeds from dinners served during open mic nights on Thursday.

Albert Township Board to decide on recreational marijuana operations in January
Recreational marijuana became legal Dec. 6, but board members for Albert Township won’t be deciding the fate of operations within the township until January. However, it doesn’t look favorable for anyone wanting to set up shop. The matter was discussed at the regular Dec. 3 township meeting.

Mike Dombrowski, township supervisor, pointed out it was disclosed at a previous meeting the board would make a motion regarding recreational marijuana operations this month, but the township attorney has advised waiting until January.

The township board did not opt to allow any of the five licensing categories for medical marijuana, a requirement for operations to take place within the township, and the board now must decide if it will opt to not allow recreational marijuana operations. If no action is taken, stores will be legal within the township.

Although townships had to consider the individual licenses for medical marijuana, Dombrowski said the vote for recreational marijuana will be addressing all operations within the same motion. Since the board did not opt in for medical marijuana, Dombrowski indicated it is likely recreational marijuana will be prohibited.

“Based on the past, it’s pretty evident what we’re thinking,” he explained. “We’ll have something to the board from our attorney in January.”

Loggers fall to Huskies 66-32
A variety of Atlanta players saw some floor time against the Boyne Falls Loggers on Dec. 5. The Huskies took an early lead and maintained it, grew it and handed it to Atlanta fans in the form of another victory. The Huskies also defeated the Wolverine Wildcats 52-32 in the season opener.

Jacob Emerson put the Huskies on the board against the Loggers with a free throw. The Loggers took the lead with a triple and a shot from the line, but it would be the only Logger lead of the game. Ten first-half points for Aaron Cuzzort, six for Trace Juergens, four for Jaden Woods and shots from Zak Roux, Trenton Whitt and Emerson helped the Huskies to an 18-point lead at the halftime break.

The Huskies continued to cripple the Loggers with nine consecutive points to start the third quarter, including five for Cuzzort and four for Roux. Boyne Falls launched a six-point spree, but more from Cuzzort and success from the line put the Huskies up by 26 going into the final quarter.

The Loggers started the fourth with a two-pointer, but it was buried under another nine-point Atlanta run, including a Cuzzort triple. Woods, Cuzzort, Roux and Emerson all scored for Atlanta as the clock ran out for Boyne Falls in the game that ended 66-32, Huskies.

Roux with his height advantage was fearless with successful blocks, Cuzzort was keen on stealing and capitalizing on those steals and Juergens was a dynamo on both offense and defense. The Huskies left the gym with every intention of handing a similar fate to the Alcona Tigers on Dec. 7, and they remain undefeated after beating Alcona 40-34.

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