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Local News Summary - July 26, 2017 Edition

“Make Lewiston Beautiful” contest winner
The Lewiston Garden Club announced that American Legion Post 198 is the winner of the 2017 “Make Lewiston Beautiful” contest. Pat Brooks, president of the Lewiston Garden Club, presented a plaque (JK Custom Signs) to Patty Courterier, Legion representative. The LGC would like to thank the eight businesses and organizations who participated: The Menu, Lewiston Hotel, Kneeland Street Gallery, Moose Lodge, Bethlehem Luth–eran Church, Northland Wood Stoves, Talley’s Log Cabin, and American Legion Post #198. Each project showed much effort and community pride.
The LGC contest committee included Luree Duchene, Cathy Grachal, and Cathy Hilgendorf. Special thanks to the members of the Legion gardening committee, including Patty, Alma, Bob, Dave, Denise, Marilee, Michelle, Ray, Sheryl, and Sherry.

Seven judges rated each site in various categories. We would like to thank Cindy Gallaway, Susan Evans, Debra Phillips, Samantha Morehouse, Donna Robillard, Tracy Nihranz, and Christina Barker for their service. Thank you to everyone involved for your continued support of the Lewiston Garden Club and beautiful downtown Lewiston!

Funding for new fishing dock in Atlanta is on its way
Funding for the new fishing dock in Atlanta is finally on the way. At the regular July 17 Briley Township board meeting, Bruno Wojcik, township supervisor, said part of the reason the funding has been delayed is because the dock is not located on township property, and permission for the dock had to be obtained.

“The governor has signed it, and the money is available to us,” Wojcik announced.

The $150,000 from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund had to be approved by the legislature. The grant requires a $105,000 match from the township, but that contribution can consist in “in-kind” dollars from volunteers helping to remove the dock or donate materials.

Wojcik said the exact style of dock has not yet been selected. The township has two years in which to use the funding, but Wojcik said it won’t take that long to install a new dock.

“We have seriously been working on this for seven years. It is coming as soon as possible,” he assured.

Trees at Hillman airport still an issue
The matter of trees obstructing the air space at Hillman’s airport is being turned over to the Michigan Aeronautics Commission. Council members for the Village of Hillman have been attempting to contact property owners since November about the need to top 6-8 trees.

The operating permit for the airport has been extended, but the tree issue needs to be resolved soon.

“We don’t want to shut down the airport,” Brenda South, village clerk and treasurer, told the Tribune.

On another topic, plans for a portable stage at Tripp Field in Emerick Park have been scrapped after feedback about the concept indicated such a stage would not be aesthetically pleasing. South said the council will now try to apply for grant funding to help purchase a permanent stage. She said the quest to pursue funding could postpone the project for two to three years.

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