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Local News Summary - May 16, 2018 Edition

Lewiston Morel Mushroom Festival enjoyed by many
This year’s Morel Mushroom Festival in Lewiston took place downtown for the first time instead of at the elementary school. Mike Dombrowski, supervisor for Albert Township, said the change is an effort to bring more visitors to the downtown area.

“More businesses can benefit by it,” he explained to the Tribune.

With the move downtown came a mushroom hunters’ encampment, a 5K “Mushroom March,” a coloring contest and a pet show. Crafters who set up displays in the park had sunshine for the first outdoor show for the festival.

Brooke Bucy, Lewiston, attended the festival for the first time after being invited by a friend. She went on her first guided mushroom hunt and had such a good time she said she would, definitely, do it again.

“You just look down and you find them,” she recalled. “Pinch and twist.”

Selections from the mushroom buffet included two types of mushroom soup courtesy of The Spot BBQ and the Attic Addict Auction House as well as J & Bs homemade mushroom pasta. Lewiston Sun & Snow provided baked spaghetti with mixed mushrooms along with chicken and rice with mushrooms.

Darcy Dombrowski contributed bacon-sauteed mushrooms and mushroom orzo while Tina Fogler, guide, prepared morel sauerkraut and The Menu provided a rendition of macaroni salad. The annual event that features guided mushroom hunts attracts visitors from throughout the state.

Montmorency County could face two financial hits in future
The outcome of a court case filed in Gratiot County could affect finances in Montmorency County. The matter was discussed at the regular county board meeting on May 9.

Jean Klein, treasurer for Montmorency County, said treasurers for the Michigan Association of Counties have assembled four attorneys to help develop a uniform response to a Freedom of Information Act request regarding the case that involves the ability for prior owners to receive excess revenues from the auctions of foreclosed properties. If the case is successful, Klein said the repercussions could date back to 2006.

“Which would mean, everything that has been given to the general fund or applied to other parcels that did not sell would have to be repaid to prior owners, if this goes through,” Klein said. “So, this is huge.”

According to Klein, the county has been able to apply sale proceeds to other properties that don’t sell and keep the budget whole, but, without that ability, the county would have to begin borrowing money to satisfy property tax settlements.

In another matter, Kevin Keller, equalization director, said the state treasury is proposing a constitutional amendment regarding property assessment that would cost counties “exponentially.” If sponsored and passed, the legislation would take effect with the 2019 assessing year.

“My office staff is going to have to increase probably three-fold just to maintain what they want to do, or that office space becomes totally available and you will not have staff here,” Keller explained.

The legislation would create specialized boards of review for industrial, commercial, personal and various types of residential properties that would be paid for at the county level. The methodology is up for comment and discussion, and Keller said the state treasury has indicated it is not advocating for consolidation.

“If it doesn’t get stalled in committee, hang on to your shirts,” Keller advised, adding he would keep the county board informed of the status of the legislation.

Hillman Tigers dominate Wolverines
The Hillman Tigers dominated the Wolverines from AuGres-Sims in baseball action on May 7. They took game one with an eight-run margin and ended the misery for the Wolverines in the third inning of game two.

Kyler Moir started on the mound for Hillman in game one, and Nic Taratuta closed in the matchup that ended 10-2, Tigers. Hillman’s Jared Juergens made things easy on himself as pitcher with a three-inning game in the second round. The Wolverines managed a lone single in the top of the first of game two, but it would take a lot more than that as the Tigers launched a seven-run spree to close out the inning.

With one out, Juergens singled, Moir walked and Kory Henigan batted one in. With two outs, Taratuta walked to load them up, Andrew Funk singled for two RBIs and Isaac Morrison doubled for two more. Nash Steinke singled and stole his way to scoring position, and a hit from Gage Steinke scored two and left the Wolverines behind by a whole lot going into the top of the second.

A leadoff single gave the Wolverines hope, but the next three crucial batters fell in order just before the Tigers added more padding. With two on and two out, singles from Funk, Morrison, Jaden Dove and Juergens bumped Hillman’s lead to 12.

The Wolverines gave little resistance with just a single in the top of the third, leaving the Tigers in need of only three runs to end the game. With Henigan on base and two outs, Izac Thompson singled for a score, Morrison doubled for another and Nash Steinke drove in the final run in the 15-0 third-inning mercy in favor of the Tigers.

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