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OLLAND — In many ways, President Barack Obama’s visit today to celebrate the groundbreaking of the state’s newest battery plant will be bittersweet for the Corlett family, who will be sitting in the audience. Their time in the auto industry is ending, yet they are thrilled to welcome the next chapter, driven by electric cars and powered by batteries built at the $303 million LG Chem/ Compact Power Inc. plant being built near Waverly Road and 146th Avenue. Invited to the presidential visit are Douglas area resident Ruth Corlett Amstutz, 92, the widow of Corlett-Turner’s founder, her daughter, Barbara Corlett Johnson, and husband Eric Johnson, and granddaughter Jane Corlett Wiley, 16, a junior at Saugatuck High School. Barack The family said they Obama feel honored they were asked by the White ON live House to attend the home: invitation-only event, which will draw a mix  Full coverage of local and national government officials, of the president’s visit automotive industry and at representatives area residents. “We moved to West Michigan for the same reason LG Chem did, and it worked very well,” said Eric Johnson, whose late fatherin-law, W.D. Corlett, relocated his Chicago auto parts firm Corlett-Turner to Holland Township in 1975. “We came for the excellent people. They are hardworking, and the community leaders welcome businesses and realize the importance of having them.” Those are some of the same reasons South Korean conglomerate LG Chem said it chose Holland for its first battery plant outside of Korea. Two years ago, the Corlett family sold their business as Michigan’s Big Three auto makers nearly folded under the weight of the economic downturn and competition from foreign companies. “We watched its darkest days in 2008,” said Johnson, adding there were times he feared the family’s company

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Invited guests: Former owners of auto parts manufacturer Corlett-Turner Co., from left, Ruth Corlett, Barbara Corlett Johnson, Eric Johnson and Monk and Cynthia Armstrong walk near the company. Corlett and the Johnsons are invited to the LG Chem battery plant groundbreaking featuring President Barack Obama.

would be forced to close. “There were other companies that were better than our company that didn’t survive in the downturn, and that left opportunities for other companies.” They sold the business in June 2008 to the Grand Rapids-based GA Richards Co. Employing about 80 workers, their former company is doing well, Johnson said. SEE VISIT, A2

Future factory: Construction workers prepare the site for the new LG Chem/Compact Power Inc. battery plant in Holland.

CALEDONIA — A tea party group trying to get on the state ballot this fall is a fake, leaders of the West Michigan movement alleged Wednesday. “They are definitely not part of any tea party we know of,” said Don Jakel, treasurer of the Tea Party of West Michigan. Earlier on Wednesday, a group calling itself the tea party filed 59,400 petition signatures with the secretary of state’s office. If accepted, the group will be able to list candidates under a “tea party” slate on the November ballot. Jakel, of Caledonia, fears a tea party slate will split the conservative vote between Republican candidates they have endorsed and what he calls tea party-pretenders. That could tilt the results toward Democrats, he said. Although Jakel said he suspects Democrats are behind the filings, state Democratic Party leaders have denied any involvement. State Republican leaders also decried the filing Wednesday. Jakel said Tea Party leaders hope to challenge the petitions by arguing they were collected under false pretenses. Jeff Roys, a Tea Party leader from Ada Township and the 3rd District coordinator for its Independence Caucus group, said they are not interested in fielding a slate on the November ballot. “The only thing I can tell you for sure is that this is not legitimate,” Roys said. According to the Detroit News, the petitions listed Mark Steffek, a former Saginaw-area autoworker, as the party’s president. Attempts to reach Steffek were not successful. To qualify as a third party on the state ballot, a group had to file at least 38,013 valid signatures — or 1 percent of the votes cast for governor in the last election — by 4 p.m. today. E-mail:

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LIBERTY — Old friends and wellwishers gathered in the shade of a small glen on the edge of the Grand River behind the Liberty General Store on Wednesday to give tribute to the waters that brought them together. Some had not seen each other since 2000, when the second Grand Expedition was held. It was a cheerful confluence of more than 60 like-minded souls, dressed in shorts and sandals or other river garb. Many planned to launch their canoe or kayak early today, embarking on a 262-mile journey to Grand Haven, the route for the Grand River Expedition 2010. “I’ve done pieces of the river, but never the whole thing,” said Jim Woodruff, of Delta Mills, one of the co-founders of the event that was first

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Assailant took own life after killing Kentwood native at Mount Pleasant bar BY JOHN TUNISON AND NATE REENS THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

MOUNT PLEASANT — Growing up in Kentwood, Kemp Luchie focused on sports and stayed away from trouble. So when his sister learned he was gunned down in a crowded Mount Pleasant bar Tuesday night in a murder-suicide, she could not believe it. “It’s just hard. No one ever would have thought Kemp would be taken by a bullet,” Carmen Luchie said. “He was the kind of person who didn’t even argue with others.” Family and friends of the former Forest Hills Northern football standout are struggling to understand the 25-year-old’s death, particularly after police said he may have been a victim

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Victim: Kemp Luchie, a Forest Hills Northern High School graduate, was killed Tuesday in a shooting in Mount Pleasant.

of mistaken identity by an enraged man. Luchie was sitting with three coworkers at The Cabin bar when Justin Luckhardt came to the seat and opened fire, targeting only Luchie, who was shot repeatedly. Police said Luckhardt, 32, may have made SEE MURDER, A2

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Cox outlines immigration stance government seeks to negate this pre-existing power of the states to verify a person’s immigration status and similarly seeks to reject the assistance that the states can lawfully provide to the federal government,” the brief states. Texas shares the longest border with Mexico of any state, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry has said he doesn’t support the central elements of the Arizona law but defends the right of states to pass such a law. In a statement issued Wednesday night, he said he supports the court filing as an effort to uphold states’ rights. “The federal government has failed to secure our borders as drug activity and murder rates soar in many border communities. States are left with no choice. Until the federal government secures the border, I expect more states to legislate in an effort to protect their citizens,” he said. Perry faces a strong Democratic challenge to his re-election in November, and his tepid response toward the Arizona law has not completely aligned with that of the more conservative elements of the Texas Republican Party.

MURDER SISTER SHARES FOND MEMORIES OF VICTIM shot himself. “It was pretty much pointblank range,” Browne said of the bar shooting. Police found a .357-caliber handgun, an SKS assault weapon and a Kevlar bullet-resistant vest in Luckhardt’s car. It is unclear whether any words were exchanged between Luckhardt and Luchie. Witnesses did not report an argument. Luckhardt and his sisterin-law both had been having marital difficulties, police said, and investigators are exploring whether that may have fueled Luckhardt’s misplaced anger. Authorities have found no social connections between Luchie and Luckhardt but are performing background checks to see if any ties exist. Police have no reason to beREACH THE PRESS lieve Luchie was the source of PUBLISHER DANNY R. GAYDOU .. 616-222-5818 trouble between Luckhardt and his wife, or the suspect’s sisterin-law and her husband. Luchie EDITOR and Luckhardt’s sister-in-law PAUL M. KEEP............ 616-222-5508 worked together. “It’s not making sense right now,” Browne said. “We don’t GENERAL MANAGER know if (Luckhardt) was thinkSTEVE WESTPHAL ....616-222-5656 ing this was the new man.” Detectives are in the process of obtaining search warrants to DELIVERY review Luckhardt’s cell phone CIRCULATION .............. 616-222-5411 records. They also continue to or 800-878-1411 interview witnesses. “Most of the folks that were Access your subscription online: in there are so traumatized,” by what they observed or heard, Browne said. ADVERTISING There were several dozen CLASSIFIED .................616-222-5555 people at the bar, about a halfRETAIL .................................222-5600 mile from Central Michigan OBITUARIES....................... 222-5696 University’s campus, at the time of the 10:45 p.m. shooting. MEMORIAMS ...............616-222-5555 No one else was injured. “This is a tragedy either way, NEWS DEPARTMENTS but it could have been worse. LOCAL NEWS .............616-222-5455 There could have been a lot SPORTS ................................222-5477 more people harmed.” FEATURES ...........................222-5354 Luchie’s sister said he was in ENTERTAINMENT ..............222-5354 a committed relationship with BUSINESS NEWS ...............222-5452 EDITORIAL PAGE ................222-5613 Letters to the editor by e-mail: CONTINUED FROM A1

an assumption about a relationship between Luchie and Luckhardt’s sister-in-law. It was Luckhardt’s third trip to the establishment in less than an hour, at least one of which involved a disturbance, Mount Pleasant Police Officer Jeff Browne said. During his first visit to the bar, Luckhardt began taking pictures with a camera phone of his sister-in-law and Luchie sitting together with their friends. Browne said Luckhardt left, returned, departed again and then came back to fire the fatal shots before he crashed his car in a police chase and


his girlfriend and loved her. Her brother played football and basketball and ran track at Forest Hills Northern and later played football for two years at Olivet College. In 2005, he was on the practice football squad at Central Michigan University. “He was a really good athlete,” Carmen Luchie said. “He worked out nonstop and loved sports.” Kemp Luchie’s real name is Kim, but he adopted the name Kemp from former NBA basketball player Shawn Kemp and friends called him “Luch” or “Big Luch.” He got along well with everyone, was a role model to others and cared deeply for his family, she said. When Carmen Luchie had a baby boy in May, her brother took two days off from work to stay with her at the hospital. He was one of the first in the family to go to college. He had been taking classes at CMU, Carmen Luchie said, and wanted to work educating children. In the meantime, he was working at J.C. Penney in Mount Pleasant. He had a police-style car he recently bought and named Roxie. Irv Sigler, a former varsity football coach at Forest Hills Northern and at Olivet, knew Kemp Luchie well and described him as “just the nicest young man you could find on the planet.” Kemp Luchie, a running back, rushed for more than 1,600 yards in his two years at Olivet. “He was a great person. This just isn’t right,” Sigler said, describing Luchie as a fun person to coach. When you were in Kemp’s company, you felt good about the world.” E-mail:


On display: A technician polishes a Chevy Volt on the site of the groundbreaking ceremony for the new LG Chem/Compact Power Inc. battery plant in Holland.

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administration recently filed suit in federal court to block it, arguing immigration is a federal issue. The law’s backTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS ers say Con- Mike Cox gress isn’t doing DETROIT — States have anything meaningful about ilthe authority to enforce im- legal immigration, so it’s the migration laws and protect state’s duty to step up. their borders, Michigan At“Arizona, Michigan and every torney General Mike Cox said other state have the authority Wednesday in a legal brief on to enforce immigration laws, behalf of nine states supporting and it is appalling to see President Obama use taxpayer dolArizona’s immigration law. Cox, one of five Republi- lars to stop a state’s efforts to cans running for Michigan protect its own borders,” Cox governor, said Michigan is the said in a statement. lead state backing Arizona in Arizona’s Republican Gov. federal court and is joined by Jan Brewer, in a statement reAlabama, Florida, Nebraska, leased by Cox’s office, said she Pennsylvania, South Carolina, was thankful for the support. South Dakota, Texas and VirIn a telephone interview, ginia, as well as the Northern Cox said the nine states supMariana Islands. porting Arizona represents “a The Arizona law, set to take lot of states,” considering it effect July 29, directs officers was only Monday that he asked to question people about their other state attorneys general to immigration status during the join him. The brief was filed in enforcement of other laws such U.S. District Court in Arizona as traffic stops and if there’s a on the same day as the deadline reasonable suspicion they’re in for such filings. the U.S. illegally. “By lawsuit, rather than President Barack Obama’s by legislation, the federal

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At the starting line: Ryan Hipp bites into his first not dog as he participates Wednesday in a contest to consume 12 in one sitting at The Corner Bar in Rockford. The dogs, above, are made from soy and egg whites.

A 43-year-old Kentwood man is headed to trial in Kent County Circuit Court after waiving his probablecause hearing Wednesday on charges he participated in a tailgating, high-speed, laneweaving road-rage incident that ended in a crash on M-6 in April. Kurtis Heemstra was in Kent County District Court on a charge of felonious driving, punishable by up to two years in prison, for the crash that seriously injured Oswell Matyorauta, 35, of Kentwood. Police said both drivers shared blame in the Byron Township crash. Five vehicles in total were drawn into the crash, which critically injured Matyorauta. He faces a charge of reckless driving.

Not dogs worth a bite back at him. And that was only round one. A successful competitor in The Corner Bar’s first veggie dog challenge had to stomach two platefuls — 12 dogs in all — in order to walk out a winner and find a place on the restaurant’s Wall of Fame. BY HEIDI FENTON THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS Hipp had only one thought: “Oh, my gosh, this is insane.” He took the first bite, gave a quick ROCKFORD — As the first plate hit the table Wednesday night, Ryan Hipp thumbs up and the race was on. Monday marked the first night the looked down and wondered what he popular Rockford restaurant — known had gotten himself into. Six not dogs, with toppings varying for its chili dogs and hot dog-eating from sauerkraut to corn relish, stared contests — offered a meatless version,

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made of soy and egg whites. The dogs pack 100 calories with 7 grams of fat apiece and leave the kitchen topped with homemade corn relish, cole slaw or sauerkraut. A typical hot dog contains 110 calories and 14 grams of fat. Manager Chris McDonald said SEE DOGS, A4



Boyfriend out of jail A man who pocketed $2,000 meant to buy marijuana for others, which later led to a shooting that killed his girlfriend, will spend no more time in jail. Chad Lax pleaded guilty in Kent County Circuit Court to possession of marijuana in exchange for the prosecution dropping the habitual offender status. Wednesday, he was sentenced Chad Lax to two years probation, 100 hours of community service and having his driver’s license suspended for a year. Lax testified during the Marcus Harrison murder trial that he received $2,000 from friends of Harrison and Wendell Taylor to buy marijuana but took it instead. He said he was sitting outside a National Avenue NW home Oct. 14 with Mallory Mathews when the shots rang out. Mathews was struck in the head and killed, and Lax was shot in the arm and back. In May, Harrison was convicted of first-degree murder and Taylor pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.


Special ceremony: Gerald R. Ford’s daughter Susan Ford Bales, center, in black dress, stands with her husband, Vaden, right, and Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, left, during Wednesday’s event.

Birthday a ‘big deal’ Japanese maple planted in honor of relations fostered by former president BY MONICA SCOTT

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GRAND RAPIDS — Even when he made the West Coast his home, Grand Rapids never was far from the mind of former President Gerald R. Ford. I wake ON live up“When and can’t sleep, home: I think of Grand  More photos Rapids,” Susan Bales, Ford’s of the ceremony at Ford daughter, told a downtown crowd of what her father said about the comfort his hometown brought him. “Grand Rapids is a part of my family.”

In memory: Susan Ford Bales and her uncle, Dick Ford, place a wreath at the former president’s tomb.


On Wednesday, those feelings of kinship were returned when 200 people gathered at Ford’s tomb to celebrate his life and legacy at the annual wreath-laying ceremony, commemorating his 97th birthday.


GRAND RAPIDS A 19-year-old man will go to prison for up to 71/2 years after he pleaded guilty to drug and gun possession. Billy Wayne Welch was sentenced by Kent County Circuit Judge Paul Sullivan this week for his part in a robbery that turned fatal. Police say 18-yearolds Tyreece Billy Wayne Roberson and James Walker Welch allegedly tried to rob Welch of drugs and cash in January at Welch’s home on 33rd Street SW in Wyoming. Walker died after he struggled with Welch over a weapon, police said. Roberson is set for an Oct. 4 trial for his role in the alleged robbery.


Bales, who lives in Tulsa, Okla., attended the ceremony on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, with her husband, Vaden, and uncle, Dick Ford. She said birthSEE FORD, A4

CASCADE TOWNSHIP — With most polls showing gubernatorial candidate Michael Bouchard in fourth place, the Oakland County sheriff is using a different campaign strategy: promoting right-to-work. The Birmingham Republican announced Wednesday he would begin campaigning on the grounds Michigan should join 22 states with right-to-work, which would prohibit companies from requiring employees to Mike join a union as an em- Bouchard ployment condition. Although he hinted CONNECT at the decision Tuesday at the final GOP  Watch the ad debate at Oakland at University in Rochmikeb-ad/ ester, Bouchard made the announcement Wednesday while meeting with local small-business owners at Tol Cos. Inc. in Cascade Township. He is the first candidate to openly campaign for right-to-work and expects to spark a lot of discussion. “I may need some of you around me when some of the rocks come at me,” he joked. “We’re willing to make some tough steps.” His statewide commercial promoting that position is expected to begin airing on network and cable television today. Steve Mitchell, chairman of Mitchell Research and Communications Inc., a firm that has done polling for the August primaries, said Bouchard must have data that says right-to-work is an issue that will catapult him above his opponents. “He has been in fourth place, and he obviously feels this is an issue that will generate some strong support,” he said. “He’s trying to find something that will be a game-changer.” In Mitchell’s poll, released this week, Bouchard is at 9 percent, while opponents Attorney General Mike Cox, Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder and U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra are at 18 percent. State Sen. Tom George came in at 1 percent. Bouchard defended his legitimacy Wednesday, citing his campaign’s most recent internal poll, done by McLaughlin & Associates in Virginia. It has Bouchard and Hoekstra tied for the lead at 19 percent. Right-to-work is enacted in mostly Southeastern and Western states. If Michigan were to enact such legislation, it would be the first Great Lakesarea state to do so. Bouchard said having right-to-work would encourage business to come to Michigan and would make the state competitive in the job market again. “As a government, we’re going to have to learn (how to do that),” he said. “Eight of 10 jobs are in small businesses, but we chase the two and subsidize the eight. You’ll be able to SEE BOUCHARD, A4


Cash store robbed Sheriff’s deputies were looking for a man they said walked into an Approved Cash Advance store, tied up the clerk in a back room and took off with a handful of money. Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the store, 535 Butternut Drive in Holland Township, just before 10 a.m. Wednesday. Deputies learned a lone suspect had entered the store and, after placing a surgical mask over his face, demanded cash from an employee. He ran west with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Columnist wins back-to-back national honors At home: Press columnist Tom Rademacher sits at his home in Rockford with Cedar, his golden retriever on Tuesday. “It’s a great place to wander without really wandering,” he said of the the front porch. PRESS PHOTO/EMILY ZOLADZ

Columnists, but Rademacher was unable to attend Saturday’s ceremony at Indiana University. The 56-year-old columnist is recovering from a 9-foot fall that left him with a broken left ankle, elbow and BY KYM REINSTADLER wrist, requiring him to use a wheelTHE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS chair temporarily. The Rockford resident tumbled from a platform while GRAND RAPIDS — For the second replacing a cottage window June 11. “I’m just as fallible as anybody I’ve year in a row, Press columnist Tom Rademacher has been named the best ever written about,” Rademacher said, general interest columnist at the na- chuckling. “I’ve recalled many of their tion’s largest newspapers. stories about living with limitations, The top award was announced by and they’ve inspired me as I deal the National Society of Newspaper SEE RADEMACHER, A5

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days always have been “a big deal” in their family. The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation hosted Ichiro Fujisaki, Japanese ambassador to the United States. Fujisaki participated in a ceremonial planting, with Bales, of a 6-foot Burgundy Lace Japanese maple tree, a gift from the people of Japan honoring Ford, the first president to visit Japan. “It is a great honor for me to be here,” Fujisaki said. “One man can make a great difference. President Ford fought the Japanese bravely in World War II for the United States, and, 30 years later, he made his historic trip to Japan as an incumbent president. This was a great leap. “He is remembered fondly by the people of Japan.” Bales said this year’s ceremony was particularly heartwarming because of Fujisaki’s presence. She said her dad planted a dogwood tree at the Japanese palace on his visit and “these are very important friendship things that go on between nations.” “Friendship is not just a word here; friendship is a way of life,” she told Fujisaki about Grand Rapids. There was the laying of the presidential wreaths, wreaths from Betty Ford and the Ford family and a wreath from the people of Japan. The ceremony drew several state and community leaders, including Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land; Peter Secchia,


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“We see states that are growing in manufacturing. These are right-to-work states,” he said. “We shouldn’t run from our heritage.” Bouchard dismissed the argument that right-to-work can decrease living standards in a state, saying with Michigan’s unemployment numbers at near-record highs — 13.2 percent — standards of living cannot decrease that much. “If you’re not getting a paycheck at all ... I think that’s an easy answer,” he said.

they have sold well. Sales in the first three days have been in the hundreds, an estimated 2-to-1 ratio to the typical chili dog. He could not be more excited. “We wanted to go to lighter items and make it more fair to everybody,” McDonald said. Wednesday’s first veggie dog challenge drew four competitors, including Press Features and Entertainment Editor John Gonzalez. But there were no winners: All pushed away from the tables without eating the required dozen. Nicole Rowland, 29, took part in Wednesday night’s challenge at the prompting of her mother, who recalled stopping by the hot dog joint during her high school years in Rockford. She came back from time to time with her daughter, but Rowland, a 13-year vegetarian out of her concern for animals, always opted for a meatless appetizer. When the “not dog” came out this week, Rowland, of Pierson, knew she had to give the competition a try. Her strategy? “I’ll eat them as fast as I can so I don’t think about it, dunk them in water.” Waiters rotated among several tables where the four eaters sat surrounded by family and friends. Forty-five minutes in, the much-dreaded question surfaced: “Ready for the next plate?” “Pace yourself, slow and steady wins the race,” a friend of Hipp’s chimed in. Another half-hour passed, and the competitors’ faces looked a little less eager. The chewing slowed until finally, that triumphant finish did not look quite so attractive. Rowland led the pack, calling it quits at eight and a half. Gonzalez and Grand Rapids resident Jared Lynem finished eight veggie dogs each. Hipp came up just a bite short of finishing his sixth. “In my mind, it was like taking one more bite would have been a trigger of some kind,” Hipp said. “If I take one more bite, there is going to be an emergency situation here.” But Hipp was not ready to quit after the first failed attempt. With a full stomach, he left envisioning methods for future success.




Respect: Marine Sgt. William Bodette salutes the late president during the wreathlaying ceremony Wednesday at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

former U.S. Ambassador to Italy; Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell; Fred and Lena Meijer; and Maj. General Thomas Cutler, adjutant general, Michigan National Guard. Ford was born in Omaha, Neb., and came to Grand Rapids as a child. He was a longtime Republican U.S. representative from Michigan when President Richard Nixon named him vice president in 1973 to replace Spiro Agnew. He became the nation’s 38th president in 1974 when Nixon resigned. Ford was president until 1977, leaving office after losing the 1976 election to Jimmy Carter. “I’m here because I remember all that Gerald Ford did for our community and the country,” said Colleen Tyson, of Grand Rapids, who brought her granddaughter, Kendall Tyson, 8. E-mail:


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make a profit if we get out of the way and off your back.” Dave Eyke attended the event with his daughter, Eileen, and supported Bouchard’s push for right-to-work. The 50-year-old Caledonia man works independently as a real state attorney and owns a real estate brokerage and housebuilding business. He said, while the move would not affect him directly, more people working in Michigan, especially at manufacturing jobs, could mean more business for everyone.

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with this. “Wheelchairs are definitely not for sissies.” After an interruption of several weeks, Rademacher has resumed writing his column, without mentioning the fall, with “the six fingers or seven fingers that still move.” Rademacher first won the top columnist award in 2009. Luenna Kim, executive director of the 33-year-old columnists’ society, said she had no hard data, but ventured it is “very rare” for anyone to win backto-back firsts in the general-interest category for newspapers of more than 100,000 circulation. Different judges are used each year. John Messeder, a social anthropologist and awardwinning journalist with the Gettysburg Times, judged the category. He based his decision on three Rademacher columns published in 2009:  A homeless man who froze to death because laws prevented downtown shelters from accepting him because of a sex offense 20 years before.  A woman with cerebral palsy forced to regroup after her beloved husband of 11 months died after his car was struck by another.  A 15-year-old boy who makes a big impact volunteering at the nursing home next door. “There’s a feeling you get when you’ve been caught doing something you shouldn’t have done, or when you are faced with a wrong that should have been corrected long ago, and somehow you know you are part of the reason it hasn’t been,” Messeder said. “It’s a gut feeling, and Rademacher put his finger on it, then pressed hard with the tales that did not lend themselves to being put down halfway through.” Second place went to Norris Burkes, whose syndicated column appears in 35 Gannett newspapers. Third was Peg


Trustees also set up fund for squeezed families PRESS FILE PHOTOS

Grieving: Karen Smith is comforted by Peggy Nawrot, a longtime family friend. At right is Smith’s sister, Sue Clark. The love story of Smith and her husband, Patrick, who was killed in a car crash, was chronicled by Tom Rademacher.

Thomas Pauli Site of man’s death: Recycling shop owner Don Lamse shows where the body of Thomas Pauli, a homeless man and a convicted sex offender, was found after he froze to death in January 2009. Columnist Tom Rademacher use this case to drew attention to the plight of the disenfranchised.


BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University undergraduates can expect to pay 4.7 percent more for tuition and 2.9 percent more for room and board this fall, but might be eligible to draw from a one-time, $500,000 fund to help struggling families. Trustees on Wednesday approved the increases, along with a 6 percent tuition hike for graduate and professional

students, according to a campus spokesman. The trustees also extended President David L. Eisler’s contract for five years, although he declined a 2 percent raise. “In light of the very difficult economic situation in Michigan and the financial challenges facing public institutions, I could not accept a salary increase at this time,” Eisler, at the helm eight years, said in a statement released by the school. “I am truly honored to serve Ferris State University as president.” Kendall College of Art and Design students will see a 4.75 percent increase in tuition for general education courses


Water rate hike questioned

the water readiness-to-serve fees from $12 a month to $15 a month for most residents, and from $12 to $13 for those who live in Grand Valley Estates. It also calls for hikes from $2.10 BY MORGAN JAREMA to $2.48 per 1,000 gallons for THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS usage and from $10 per month to $17.66 per month for “resiADA TOWNSHIP — Water dential equivalent units” for and sewer rates need to go up, sewer. township leaders agree, but by Proposed rates for Ada still how much? Attention to give: Parker Ceplina, 15, of Grandville, greets are lower than Grand Rapids’ With a fund balance of near- retail customer communities, Phyllis Talsma, a resident at Brookcrest Retirement ly $3 million, trustee Bob Proos including Cascade and Grand Community in Grandville. Tom Rademacher’s column thinks the township can afford Rapids townships. featured the young boy with the big heart. to compromise on proposed Rates also would increase for from the newspaper, but con- rate increases. businesses. ON live “We know rates have got to tinues writing under contract. Amway Corp., the township’s home: His first book last Decem- increase, but I’m still not 100 biggest water user, would see ber, a compilation of columns percent satisfied with the (pro- its bill increase from an aver Read Tom Rademacher’s called “Splitting Wood,” sold posed new rates),” Proos said age of $67,458 per month to award-winning columns at about 4,000 copies. A second Wednesday during a presen- $95,165. book is in the works, he said. tation by township engineer Groenenboom said the inRademacher said there’s no Steve Groenenboom. “The crease is mostly because of McEntee, a columnist for The shortage of ordinary people question is, can we tolerate a increases imposed on the Salt Lake Tribune. who lead extraordinary lives. decrease in the fund balance, township by the city of Grand Rademacher, born and raised He said he’s grateful to possess and if so, how much? What can Rapids. Other factors include in Grand Rapids, joined The the curiosity to find them and we stomach now, and what can a drop in new development — Press in 1978 as a reporter and have a “town crier” role that we push off?” which helps spread out costs began writing a thrice-weekly helps people find him. A study performed by Moore among more users — and that column 22 years ago. A year & Bruggink Inc. of Grand Rap- less water is being used, so revago he accepted a buyout offer E-mail: ids recommends increases to enues are down.

Trustee asks if township can shoulder part of cost


and a 6 percent hike for studio courses, with a full-time undergraduate paying $331 per credit for general education courses and $650 for studio courses. A full year of tuition would be about $15,672. The increases mean full-time undergraduates at Ferris’ Big Rapids campus will pay $331 per credit hour, or $9,930 annually, an increase of $225 per semester. Room and board rates will increase from $8,340 to $8,580 annually. The board also approved an energy conservation plan expected to save about $262,500 annually.

The township buys water from the city, which it also pays to dispose of sanitary sewage that flows out of the township and is treated at the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The wholesale rates charged by the city account for about 75 percent of the township’s water and sewer system costs. The city has raised the wholesale water rates by 21 percent in the past two years. Sewer rates charged by the city have increased 56 percent in the past three years. Supervisor George Haga said the water and sewer fund balance is losing about $1,500 a day because costs to operate the system outweigh what residents and businesses pay. Detailed rate study information is available for download on the township’s website. Residents are invited to make comments on the proposal in the website’s forum section. The Township Board is expected to take up the issue on July 26. E-mail:


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Barry County commissioners take salary cuts

WAZOBIA ACROBATICS Wazobia dancer and musician Dustin Miller does acrobatics for kids before the start of the program Tuesday afternoon. The family-friendly, interactive program was put on by the Grand Rapids District Library, and was held at the West Side Branch. Wazobia is made up of four musicians and four dancers who create a unique musical sound and a performance that includes African drumming, dancing and singing.

Commissioners also received $8,000 as a base salary with the chairman’s salary at $9,050. With their per diem and salaries, commissioners each earned an average of $12,631. Per-diem compensation is BY JULIE MAKAREWICZ THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS $25 for a one-hour meeting, $50 for a half-day meeting and $100 HASTINGS — Barry County for a full-day meeting. Commission members adjusted In addition, commissioners how they are paid, resulting received mileage compensain overall salary cuts next tion totaling $12,322 in 2009. year. The change comes after a The changes — eliminating study was conducted of 11 other a per-diem payment for meet- counties of similar population ings and establishing a flat rate and state-equalized property for commissioner salaries — values. That study ranked Barcould save the county about ry commissioners third highest $24,000 per year. in salaries. “As elected Barry County The change will adjust counleaders, I believe we must ty commissioners’ pay to be be first to exercise fiscal dis- slightly below average of the cipline,” Chairman Robert 11 other counties surveyed, and Houtman said in a memo to it is estimated Barry County commissioners. will save about $3,000 an“I also believe we must lead nually for each of the eight by example and make adjust- commissioners. ments to decrease our own wage costs before we approach E-mail: departments for reductions in their budgets that could result in employee layoffs and/ or decrease service levels to the citizens of Barry County.” The new system takes effect in January. It sets up a flat salary rate of $9,500 per commissioner and $10,500 for the chairman. Commissioners will continue to receive mileage reimbursements, as well as health and pension benefits. In 2009, per-diem compensation cost the county an average of $4,500 per commissioner.

Move could save county $24,000 per year


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Group’s job to save trees, address safety concerns BY GREG CHANDLER THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

A recent flap over the removal of trees along a stretch of Lakeshore Drive has led to the reinstatement of a committee that was working on guidelines to preserve tree-lined corridors. The county Planning Commission voted to bring back the tree legacy committee. The panel had been working on recommendations to present to the county Road Commission on saving trees along scenic roads, while at the same time trying to address safety concerns. “We have been inundated with calls from the general public and even from local leaders, who are very upset about the current situation, and would like (to provide) clear guidelines for the Road Commission to maintain existing tree lines and prevent clear-cutting of existing canopies,” said Mark Knudsen, county planning and grants director. Last month, the Road Commission ordered the removal of nine maple trees from a stretch of Lakeshore between Quincy and Riley streets because they were planted too close to the street. Residents had asked the commission to allow trees 26 feet from the middle of the road, instead of the usual 33 feet. Commission members said the 33-foot standard is necessary to make the road safe for motorists, provide adequate sight distance and cut down on the risk of cars striking trees if they leave the road. But those who favor the closer plantings say they will help assure the continuation of tree-lined corridors. The tree legacy committee, originally established in 2006, had eight to 10 members, but county staffing cuts led to its work being put on hold last year. Jim Miedema, Planning Commission chairman, is expected to make additional appointments that could double the committee’s size, Knudsen said. Kent Rubley, the Road Commission’s managing director and a member of the original committee, is expected to be asked to serve again, along with one road commissioner, Knudsen said. E-mail:




Man’s best passenger ‘He goes with me everywhere,’ owner says about Zeus, his dog BY REX HALL JR. PRESS NEWS SERVICE

PLAINWELL — If Zeus, a 2-year-old Jack Russell terrier, and his owner hit the road for a ride on their Kawasaki Mean Streak motorcycle, the dog takes his spot with his back legs on his owner’s lap and his front paws on the gas tank. His attire? A helmet, goggles and a custom leather vest, jacket and chaps. “He goes with me everywhere,â€? said Zeus’ owner, Scott, 38, of Plainwell. “It’s just me and my dog and we do our thing and that’s what we do.â€? The Kalamazoo Gazette ďŹ rst learned of Scott, who asked that his last name not be disclosed, and Zeus when photographer Jonathon Gruenke captured a picture of the two last week riding on King Highway in Kalamazoo. The photo ran on the front page and the paper sought the community’s help in identifying the pair. Scott, who works as a truck driver, said he got Zeus when the dog was 11 weeks old from a farm in Hickory Corners. The dog immediately became a ďŹ xture on Scott’s motorcycle, at ďŹ rst riding in his jacket pocket. Scott said he got Zeus at the prodding of his wife, who told him a small dog like a Jack Russell could help Scott with a lifelong anxiety disorder. Since then, Scott said being around Zeus has helped curb the effects of his disorder and helped him overcome a stutter.


Ready to ride: Zeus, a 2-year-old Jack Russell terrier, rides on the Kawasaki motorcylce of his owner, Scott.

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Spink said his family farm has been irrigated with Grand River water for 40 years. There isn’t a whole lot there. BY CHRIS IOTT “We have a ZIP code, so we PRESS NEWS SERVICE “I’ve been down Spink’s gift basket to Berghave a post office,” Bodell said. man included a T-shirt from (the river) as a kid. “Two bars — well, one’s closed. Liberty, honey from a local beeOMPKINS One bar, a party store and a hive, local orchard preserves, a TOWNSHIP It was impassable. post office. There’s not a lot decorative gourd, a card from going on.” the general store and an an— Dave The township is home to tique glass milk bottle from the It was a bear. It Reeverts and just 3,000 residents, but stu- now defunct Lakeside Dairy at dents there attend school in Michigan Center full of shelled was only his wife have a ranchfive districts. corn grown on Spink’s farm. style home with a something you did It seemed like the perfect It was a ceremony full of place for Reeverts, who moved speeches and well-wishes, windmill in the front to the spot from Illinois in the followed by a bus tour of the if you didn’t know and a pole barn in the late 1970s after taking a job at headwaters of the Grand River. Gerdau MACSTEEL in Jackson. Those who didn’t go headed better.” back. The field behind position as an engineer- to the Leoni Township Park in the barn used to be — Russ Bodell, of Onondaga, who spends His ing manager there was elimi- Michigan Center, where other time clearing snags out the river home to horses. It nated last year. His children paddlers were arriving and preare grown and gone. He no paring to camp for the night. slopes down toward The Grand River is different longer has horses. And he has Fifty-seven paddlers are plansome trees and then here from in the city. If you float replaced canoeing with a new ning to go the entire distance, the Grand through downtown hobby, cycling. and more than 200 paddlers are to the Grand River. Reeverts said he might join expected to join the expedition Grand Rapids on a nice day, “We’ve really got every- you are likely to see people eat- the paddlers during the short for one or more days, Kathy Kulchinski, rivermasthing,” Reeverts said. ing lunch at Sixth Street Park time they are in his area during “Everything” includes a lit- and to hear the buzz of traffic the Grand River Expedition. ter for the Grand River EnHe doesn’t canoe as often as vironmental Action Team in tle more than 10 acres. Except from the I-196 overpass. The only noises you hear on he used to, but it still is one of Jackson, said she was pleased when it includes 6 or 8. It just depends how rain- the banks of the river here are the many ways he enjoys the with the turnout and the cerfilled the Grand River is in this the songs of birds. The rustle 10-plus acres he shares — liter- emony. She said members of stretch between Rives Junction of the breeze through the trees. ally — with the river. the team spent “hundreds of and Onondaga. Late last month, Maybe an occasional deer snapthe Grand was unseasonably ping a twig in the woods. Canoeists battle fallen trees high and wide because of extra rainfall early in summer. Water and biting insects. Reeverts levels have since fallen a bit. said bug repellent is of little Paddlers in the Grand River help. Expedition will paddle past “The deerfly just sort of Reeverts’ property Friday af- laugh at that stuff,” Reeverts ter leaving camp at the Youth said with a chuckle. “They Haven Ranch in Rives Junction chew the dickens out of you.” earlier that morning. They will The numerous fallen trees stop for lunch in the park in can cause problems for canoeOnondaga shortly thereafter. ists. Russ Bodell, a lifelong Reeverts, 61, knows this resident of Onondaga, restretch of the river well. He has cently spent seven hours one lived at the spot for the past 32 day trimming a path down the years and competed in canoe river. He was trying to make races for more than 20 years of things easier for those parthat time. When he was com- ticipating in the Grand River petitive, he spent at least 90 Expedition and the customers minutes a day, six days a week of Grand Adventures Canoe working out on the stretch of Livery, his business just north the Grand near his house. He of Onondaga. “I’ve been down it as a kid,” owns five canoes — including two he built himself — and two said Bodell, who grew up in a kayaks. home just across the river from where he now lives. “It was impassable. It was a bear. It was FACT SHEET only something you did if you didn’t know better.” Onondaga Trimming the trees makes Fast fact: The population for clear paths and happy caof Onondaga Township is noeists, Bodell said. about 3,000, but students “There should be no need who live there are split to portage,” he said. “That’s among five school my goal: to keep people in the districts. boats and off the land.” The water is chocolate-colHistorical note: Mosley ored and slow-moving in the Baldwin, one of the first stretch between Rives Junction settlers in Onondaga in the and Onondaga. The banks are 1830s, made barrels and sold for the most part low. In some them for 50 cents apiece. places, when the water is high, He used the profits to pay it is difficult to discern what is off the $40 mortgage on his river and what is swamp. 80-acre farm. It is truly one of the most remote and quiet places in the Three science/nature facts: region.  Trees have a hard time In that way, that stretch of finding solid footing in the the Grand River is a lot like soft ground in and next to the Onondaga area itself. Setthe river and its low banks, tlers came to the area in part so there are several fallen because it had two things imtrees in the river. portant to growth at the time: a  Wildlife is abundant in the river and a railroad. Onondaga area, but the dominant was even proposed as a potenspecies seem to be bugs tial site for the state capital in that bite. 1847 before Lansing was even Water quality in the upper tually chosen. Grand River has improved The area features rolling because of the reduction hills, an abundance of trees and of “nonpoint source farms mixed in. Onondaga is in pollutants,” according to Ingham County, not far north the Michigan Department of Reeverts’ home in Jackson of Natural Resources and County, with the city of Jackson Environment. 20 miles to the southeast and Lansing 25 miles to the north.

Quiet, remote region sits on river, sometimes under it




Discovery: Grand River Expedition member Brittany Ehmen, 12, of Lansing, tries to catch fish in the headwaters of the Grand River during a walking tour of a prairie fen in Liberty.

hours” working to clear the route downstream from Jackson, where many log jams and fallen trees threatened to slow the expedition. The group’s passage today was expected to go more smoothly, though the forecast calls for hot, humid conditions and thunderstorms. Gloria Miller, of Wacousta, the oldest paddler on the trip at 84, said she is looking forward to the expedition, having been on the first two trips. She is paddling a solo canoe designed by the late Verlen Kruger, one of the co-founders of the event. Miller had two concerns: how her arthritic condition may affect getting in and out of the canoe and sleeping on the ground; the other had to do with rain. “I’m hoping we don’t have a lot of downpour so we don’t have to deal with sewer overflows. But I’m sure it can’t be worse than 1990 in Grand Rapids. That was bad,” she said, holding her nose. Miller paddled with a canoe partner then. The two also collected water samples as they traveled. “I got my hands in water, but I made sure I didn’t stick my fingers in my mouth.”

The Press is joining a 17-day rediscovery of the Grand River, the paddling expedition undertaken every 10 years along the length of Michigan’s longest river. Throughout the series, expect to see examinations of different segments of the river, which changes significantly between its headwaters and where it empties into Lake Michigan. A Press writer will join the expedition each day to give an account from the water and that day’s adventure. We’ll also have daily profiles of the communities along the way. By the end, we should all have a greater understanding about this river, the impact we have on it and the role it had in shaping our communities and region.


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Rewarding sight: An egret — a species whose near-extinction helped inspire the establishment of the national Audubon Society — perches above a remote area of Grand River flooding west of Michigan Center. At right, Rick Berry checks the treetops for birds.



Look, up in the sky: A great blue heron takes off. The birds can have wingspans exceeding 6 feet.

Press photographer Rex Larsen describes encountering a heron rookery in the upper stretches of the Grand River.

“Few people have seen this. We were lucky today.”


— Kathy Kuchinski, of Jackson

Balancing act: Kenny Price, of Jackson, tries to keep his kayak steady while photographing birds in the treetops. Also shooting photos, in the background, was Kathy Kuchinski.

Different kinds of wings: A damselfly, left, rests on a kayaker’s paddle. Below right, immature great blue herons wait to be fed in a rookery in a remote area of flooding of the Grand River west of Michigan Center.

Branching out: A great blue heron perches near a nest in a rookery near the flooded Grand River upstream of Jackson. Wildlife officials say the presence of the birds is a good sign for the river.

heard the great blue herons before I saw them. Their screeches echoing through the treetops reminded me of a scene from “Jurassic Park.” I was steering a kayak on a narrow stretch of the Grand, 15 miles from the headwaters, with veteran local paddlers Kathy Kuchinski, Rick Berry and Kenny Price. Kulchinski told me we were lucky to find the heron rookery. The swollen river that flooded the dark woods had spilled over a levee built many years ago by prison labor. Through the dense treetop foliage we saw glimpses of dozens of sprawling nests with immature herons and adults. Occasionally a bird would launch from a branch, revealing its impressive wingspan. The sightings included a few great egrets. “Few people have seen this” said Kuchinski as she put her camera down, and after an hour and a half of bird watching, led the group back down stream. “We were lucky today.” The next day, Scott Hanshue, a state fisheries management biologist from Plainwell, told me the birds are attracted by abundant fish and frogs. “That’s a good sign for the river,” he said.





Accused murderer fires lawyers RAMI SABA WANTS TO REPRESENT HIMSELF A decision has yet to be made, according to court records. It could come as soon as Aug. 2, records show. GRAND RAPIDS — Rami Saba, the Federal authorities began pursuing Lowell man facing the death penalty the death penalty last year. Michigan for the alleged murder of Donald does not have the punishment, but Dietz, has informed federal authori- federal laws alleging the conspiracy to ties he has fired his defense attorneys commit murder and interstate crimes and intends to represent himself. allow the potential sentence. In a neatly handwritten court filThe government, in court docuing this week, Saba, 38, ments, has outlined a circumstantial told U.S. District Judge case against the murder suspects. Janet Neff he no longer Dietz’s body has not been found, and needs his three-attorit is unclear how he died following his ney counsel of local disappearance on Sept. 11, 2007. public defenders ShaProsecutors contend Ouedraogo ron Turek and David made several trips to Grand Rapids Kaczor and Denver before Dietz disappeared, including lawyer David Lane. arriving the night before he vanished. Lane serves on the Rami Saba Prosecutors believe the pair bought team because of his a stun gun and a chemical spray to experience in death penalty cases. incapacitate Dietz. Ouedraogo has been unable to ac“In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Ever Merciful, Please count for the 14 hours between his be advised that the defendant hereby arrival in Grand Rapids and a hotel terminates his attorneys of record and check-in time, investigators said. There also were attempts to close makes his appearance (on behalf of himself), with the permission of Al- Dietz’s bank accounts and wire the money to an account controlled by lah,” Saba wrote. Saba and a former classmate, Raogo Rami Saba’s father in Lebanon, docuOuedraogo, are accused of conspiring ments show. to kill Dietz, a 66-year-old from SaIn the only other death penalty case ranac who was known as the Bicycle in the region, Marvin Gabrion was Man, and steal his $450,000 in life found guilty of killing Rachel Timsavings. merman in 1997. That crime happened Saba is an investment adviser who on federal land, prosecutors said. Gabrion also tried to defend himworked with Dietz and was pressuring him to invest the money, authorities self, but U.S. District Judge Robert said. He allegedly brought in Oue- Holmes Bell rejected that request, draogo, a Philadelphia resident, as calling it an attempt to manipulate part of the plot. the system. Federal prosecutors have made Courts have ruled defendants are their pitch to the Justice Department not able to follow trial procedure or to authorize the death penalty just effectively represent themselves in as attorneys for Saba and Ouedraogo death penalty cases. have argued capital punishment is not warranted. E-mail: BY NATE REENS


DeGraaf Nature Center naturalist Erin Wildt, left, and Herrick District librarian Mary Cook conduct a pond study activity with young explorers on a floating deck in the nature center pond.

the island, DeWilde said. “It’ll create tremendous views and overlooks as you go down,” DeWilde said. The main portion of the boardwalk project calls for a winding 2,800-footBY GREG CHANDLER long path that would begin near the THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS entrance of Window on the Waterfront park, off River Avenue, and HOLLAND — A pedestrian bridge conclude at the island, with several connecting Holland Township to smaller spur paths leading to overlook Windmill Island could be part of a areas in the Macatawa Marsh. “We wanted to have as low impact, proposed boardwalk project linking the city’s downtown to the island. visually and physically, on the marshWhile not intended as part of the es (as possible),” DeWilde said. original design for the proposed No cost estimates have been develboardwalk, project architect Jim oped for the main boardwalk project DeWilde of M.C. Smith Associates on or the proposed bridge to Holland Wednesday outlined the bridge con- Township, but City Manager Socept to the Holland City Council. ren Wolff says the cost would be The bridge would be 160 feet long, significant. The City Council earlier this year 13 feet high and connect with planned pedestrian pathways on River Hills approved paying $94,600 for M.C. Drive and Scotts Drive, just west of Smith to design plans for the boardthe Boar’s Head Provisions meat pack- walk, half of which was covered by ing plant. One of the challenges of the a grant. project would be a 28-foot difference in elevation between Scotts Drive and E-mail:


“I got something big,” said Aaron Lindstrom, 10, after he dipped a net into the pond at Holland’s DeGraaf Nature Center on Wednesday. Herrick District Library, in collaboration with the nature center, is offering a free pond study program for children in grades 1-5. Participants learn about plants, animals and insects that make up pond ecology.

Pond study participants look for water creatures captured in a dip net.

Bridge would link to Windmill Island Proposed project would tie into boardwalk design


Support staff gives up MESSA plan they will receive health-care coverage from the same Blue Cross Blue Shield plan that administrators and other employee groups have had for four years. The support staff union also agreed BY JIM LARKIN to no pay raise for the 2009-10 school THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS years, getting instead a one-time stipend of $300 for part-time employees HOLLAND — Another school dis- and $600 for full-time staff. They will trict employee group has agreed to get a 1 percent pay raise this school replace MESSA health insurance with year and will get one or two additional a high-deductible plan, which could vacation days in 2011-12 instead of a signal a battle brewing over health- pay increase. care coverage when teachers go to the “Everyone at the table was sensitive bargaining table next year. to the economic times currently imThe Holland Education Support pacting our community,” Steve Grose, Personnel Association, which repre- Board of Education president, said in sents such support staff as secretar- a news release. ies, maintenance and transportation Superintendent Brian Davis also employees, ratified a three-year con- agreed to no raise in 2010-11, as have tract this week that dumps MESSA, athletic director Michael Clark; Jathe Michigan Education Association- nette Cochran, director of student sersponsored insurance plan. Instead, vices; Thomas Page, communications

Only teachers still have union-sponsored insurance


Hughes Park to get disc golf baskets, upgrade


BOYS Allendale: July 8: Grady Lee to Jason and Kelly Johnson Grand Rapids: July 10: Colton Alexander to Shawn and Justine Kelly Holland: July 7: Evan Thomas DeHaan to Laci Kroll and Christopher DeHaan; July 8: Brandom Hernandez to Anais Suarez and Yaser Hernandez


GIRLS Cutlerville: July 8: Eliza Rochelle to Rick and Sarah Bierling Grand Rapids: July 8: Olympia to Nathaniel and Jane VanHolten; July 8: Delaney Jane to Brad and Jennifer Andrzeiewski; July 8: Sydney Lou to Kyle and Sarah Dufendach; July 10: Reah Mae to Jeremy and Miranda Eden Hamilton: July 9: Julia Beth to Daniel and Jillissa Fynewever Holland: July 8: Kailey Ann to James and Jessica Stam; July 9: Tabitha Sophie to Michael and Beatrix Avery; July 10: Elyana Marie to Kevin and Tina VanderKlok Lake Odessa: July 9: Ashlynn Joy to Ryan and Crystal Terry Rockford: July 8: Lillian Grace to Philip and Erin Moerdyke Zeeland: July 8: Brinsley Anne to Jeffrey and Ruthanne Huizenga; July 8: Lillian Marjorie to Roger and Doreen VanderVeen; July 8; Emily Lyn to Jeffrey and Ruth Vikstrom

coordinator; and Phillip Schlemmer, curriculum-staff development administrator. The contract leaves teachers as the only district staff with the MESSA insurance. Teachers and the district begin negotiations next year to replace the current pact, which expires in August 2011. Geoff Legg, president of the Holland Education Association, said he could not discuss the support staff contract without knowing all the details. But Davis said something must be done to curb the $1.6 million increase in health insurance and retirement costs facing the district this school year. He said MESSA rates have gone up 52 percent over the past four years, while rates for nonunion employees have gone down 32 percent and 22 percent.


Bocce fundraiser: The Lowell Area Arts Council summer fundraiser, Bocce for the Arts, will be held July 30 at 149 S. Hudson in Lowell. The cost is $25 a person and proceeds will benefit the programs and services of the Lowell Area Arts Council. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7. Preparing for the event, which will feature the bocce competition and a silent auction of donations with an Italian theme, including foods and entertainment, are event co-chairmen Tina Greene, left, and Gary Eldridge. For tickets, call 897-8545, e-mail info@ or visit Rain date is July 31.

“Baskets are so much more satisfying,” one user wrote in May. Users agree the Hughes Park course is short and “isn’t challenging enough for someone who is looking to throw a disc far.” Mayor Pro-tem Larry Brandsen said he wants to see the course redesigned because “for those who really play Frisbee golf, they wouldn’t look at our course as one to use.” Changing the course’s layout to make it longer and more challenging will be considered, Besteman said. Commissioners also approved paying a $1,500 fee to Outdoor Discovery Center, a Holland-area nonprofit that will allow the city to use machines to make way-finding signs at 25 percent of retail cost, Besteman said. The top priorities are to replace a sign at the disc golf course and add trail signs in Hudsonville Nature Center. “For years we’ve been wanting to get signage in the nature center,” Besteman said. “Once we buy in (to the discovery center), we can use the machine as much as we want to.”

HUDSONVILLE — A disc golf course noted for its lack of chain baskets soon might be more satisfying. The city plans to spend $3,060 on DiscNation-brand Mach II baskets for a nine-hole course in Hughes Park. Comments on prompted officials to enhance the 4-inch-square wooden poles that function as the golf holes, said Dutch Besteman, public works director. The City Commission unanimously approved adding baskets to the poles this week. “Every one of the people that commented (on the website) didn’t like the poles,” Besteman said. The par-23, 442-yard course, which invites people to throw Frisbees into a series of nine poles stationed in the woods in the southeast corner of the park along 40th Avenue, was created in 2001 by fourth-graders at South Elementary School. Users noted on the website that the course is easy to navigate and great for practice, but the poles are a drawback. E-mail:



Homemade cookies? You bet, state says Restrictions lifted on ‘cottage industry’ food enterprises


PENDINGS BANTA — William C. Banta, age 91, of Grand Rapids. Ofield Funeral Home, (616) 455-9790

MILLARD Mrs. Barbara E. (Bostelaar) Millard, age 83, of Cedar Springs.

COUTURIER — Bryon "Lion" Robert Couturier, age 52, of Grand Rapids, passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2010. Visitation will be held 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home, 4646 Kalamazoo Ave., Kentwood. See full obituary in Friday’s edition.

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MORGAN — Patricia A. Morgan, age 62, of Grandville.

E B E J E R — Thomas Matthew H A RR IN G TO N — John C.

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Home cooks struggling to make ends meet might want to dust off grandma’s cookie recipe or concoct the perfect peach pie. On Monday, Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed into law legislation that exempts small-scale homemade food operations from the licensing and inspection provisions of state food safety laws. That means no longer is a commercial kitchen required for people who want to sell their own cookies, jams, fruit pies and such. Only certain foods qualify for the exemptions — no meat, canned items, dairy, sprouts or other potentially risky foods are included, according to the news release issued by the governor’s office. But a variety of foods that don’t require temperature control for safety have the green light to be prepared, packaged and sold from home. There still are rules for those foods — they must be packaged and properly labeled with ingredients, allergen information and the name and address of the food operation. And the foods must be sold directly to the consumer — no Internet or mail order sales. Although the exemptions might help home-based cooks, they won’t allow anyone to get rich. The law only applies to those who gross $15,000 or less per household from the business. The changes are intended to allow entrepreneurs a chance to get started in new food and agriculture businesses without risking the safety of the eating public.


High school gets assistant principal A Florida resident will be the new East Grand Rapids High School assistant principal, replacing Glenn Mitcham. Craig Weigel, a former athletic director and biology teacher at Fort Myers High School, was chosen from 95 applicants, 10 of whom were interviewed. He attended West Ottawa High School and Adrian College and received a master’s degree in educational administration from Florida Gulf Coast University. Mitcham resigned to accept a position at another district.

Rehab, nursing center hosts car show Saturday Spectrum Health Rehab and Nursing Center will host a car show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The free event is open to the public and those interested in showing an antique or classic car at the center, 750 Fuller Ave. NE. Registration is free for up to 80 cars. For more information, call Spectrum Health Continuing Care Volunteer Services at 486-3024. HOLLAND

Exhibit focuses on boat builders The Holland Museum has a special exhibit on the Slikkers family and their 50-plus years of boat building in Holland starting Friday as a prelude to its Vintage Holland Boat Show. Companies founded by businessman Leon Slikkers and his family include Tiara Yachts, S2 sailboats and Pursuit fishing boats. Slikkers also was the founder of historic SlickCraft powerboats. The boat show is 1-5 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 31 W. 10th St. Cost: $2. Details: www.hollandmuseum. org.

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WAITE — Todd Waite, aged 19, of Rockford. Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf, 534-5417

OBITUARIES ALLIN — Albert Willis Allin, age 81, of Grand Haven, passed away Sunday, July 11, 2010 at Heartwood Loge. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1951 to 1954. He married Rita Rodriguez on July 4, 1959 in Glen Arbor, MI. He is survived by his loving wife, Rita and many friends including, Joe (Deann) Lizari of Caledonia, MI. Friends may meet Al’s family at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 17, 2010 at Klaassen Family Funeral Home with a memorial gathering at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Father Julian officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Please visit: to sign Albert’s guestbook and view his full obituary. Klaassen Family Funeral Home 1500 Robbins Rd., Grand Haven

AVINK — Junior Avink, aged 80, of

Jenison, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, July 13, 2010. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor on May 6, 2003. He is survived by his children, Deb and Ray Rivera, Doug and Kim Avink; his grandchildren, Dustin, Tiffany and Chad, Curtis, Shannon, Erica, Mia, and Marianna; one great grandson, Jacob De Roo; his sister, Marilyn Clubine; sister-in-law, Gerri Avink; in-laws, Theresa and Preston Meeuwsen, Annlene and Jay Hulst, Kathy and Paul Scholten; many nieces and nephews. Funeral and committal services will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the South Blendon Reformed Church with Rev. Mark Kleinheksel officiating. Interment Georgetown Cemetery. Friends may meet with the family at the VanderLaan Funeral Home Friday 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Teen Challenge.


B O D E — Lucille (Van Houten)

Bode, age 87, of Wyoming, was peacefully called home by her Lord on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. She was preceded in death by her sister, Hilda Loeks; and her brothers, William R. Van Houten, and Robert Van Houten. Lucille was a woman of faith, who cherished her family very much. When enjoying her quiet time, you could find her using her crocheting talents. She was a former, active member of CRWRC and used her time and talents to serve the Lord through her mission work with them. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, of 64 years, Jay Bode; children, Leah and Sid Vander Ploeg, Sherry Bode, Rich and Bonnie Bode, Greg and Linda Bode, Randy and Lorraine Bode, Mary and Reed VanderSlik; 17 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; brother and sisters, Warren and Eleanor Van Houten, Gert and Jerry Bogard, Shirley and Larry Van Assen, Ethel and Bud Sikkema; brothers-in-law and sistersin-law, Elmer and Jean Bode, Pearl and Wilbert Koetje, and Harold and Helen Bode. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Lee Street Christian Reformed Church, 1261 Lee Street SW, Wyoming with Rev. Kent Rottman officiating. Interment will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Friday at Richland Township Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to CRWRC or Calvin Christian School Association. Relatives and friends may meet the family Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Home, 4145 Chicago Dr., Grandville. Condolences may be sent online at

CULP — Jeannette I. Culp, aged 81,

passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 11, 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Velma Crane, of Middleville; and her sister, Arvella Howell, also of Middleville. She is survived by her children, Paula Culp, of Aliso Viejo, CA, Kathy (Bart) Arrigo, of Grand Rapids, MI and Billie (Alberto) Pelaez, of Wyoming, MI; her grandchildren, Lisa (Andy) Howland, Bart Arrigo Jr., Rebecca (Troy) Hoople, Danelle (RJ) Kistka; three great-grandchildren, Gavin, Lena, and Lauren; her sister, Leola Spencer, of Battle Creek, MI. Jeannette retired after many year of service from Evans-Tempcon of Grand Rapids. It was Jeannette’s wish to be cremated and a Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 or Alzheimer’s Association, 2944 Fuller Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI. Arrangements by:

Ebejer, Sr., age 71, of Aliso Viejo, CA formerly of Grand Rapids and Detroit played his last round of golf on June 27, 2010. He passed away in his home from complications of cancer with his family by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Dorothy Ebejer. He is survived by his wife, Carleita Matthews; children, Matthew (Betty) Ebejer, Thomas (Aprill) Ebejer, Mary Ebejer, Cecelia (Domingo) Corpus, Dorothy (Brian) Rabourn; and their mother, Marjorie Ann Ebejer; grandchildren, Robby (Maria) Eager, Anthony Ebejer, Jessie Ebejer, Aaron Ebejer, Jordan Ebejer, Alyssa Ebejer, Dylan Cassard, Carlin Petertyl, Anna Petertyl, Kyle Graber, Gabrielle Corpus, Amanda (Michael) Krysty; Candace Rabourn; Ted Rabourn; brothers, James (Lillian) Ebejer, John (Sharon) Ebejer; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday, July 17, 2010 at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 2750 Burton SE with Rev. Ayub Francis Nasar presiding. Family will greet friends and family one hour prior to service at the church. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or Hospice of Saddleback Valley, 24451 Health Center Drive, Laguna Hills, CA 92653.

Harrington, age 71, of Belmont, was called home to be with his Lord on July 14, 2010. John is survived by his wife of 51 years, Dawn; their children, Amy Harrington-Bird and Julie Harrington-Nelson; grandchildren, Brooke DeLosh and her fiancé, Tonio Fominaya, Jonathon Wakeland, Brittni Bird, Jordan Nelson; brothers, Don (Joanne) Harrington, Marilyn (Jack) Kryger, Richard (Marcia) Harrington; brother-in-law, Samuel (Carol) DeMan; and many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Marie Harrington, and by his parents-in-law, Jay and Marguerite DeMan. John reposes at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home – Van Strien Creston Chapel, 1833 Plainfield NE where friends may visit with his family on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 17 at 11 a.m. at New Community Church, 2340 Dean Lake NE. Interment in Fairplains Cemetery. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to either CBH Ministries or New Community Church. To read more about John’s life, to share a favorite story, memory or photo, or to sign the guestbook, please visit

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CZARNOWSKI — Mr. Patrick J.

"CZ" Czarnowski (AKA Schnitz, P. King), aged 58, of Grand Rapids, entered eternal life, Tuesday, July 13, 2010, after a battle with AML Leukemia. Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Karen; three children, Brian (Elizabeth) Czarnowski, Angela Czarnowski, Patrick J. "P.J." Czarnowski Jr.; four grandchildren, Hope, Brendon, Madelynn, and Emma; his mother, Olga Czarnowski; two brothers, David Czarnowski, Larry (Sue) Czarnowski; two nephews, David (Christy) Czarnowski Jr., Stephen Czarnowski; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many dear friends. Patrick was preceded in death by his father, Joseph; and son, Joseph Lee "Joey". He was a retiree of G.M. (Grand Rapids Metal Plant) with 30 years of service, a member of St. Ladislaus Aid Society, a Veteran of U.S. Army and a member of the American Legion Post 305 for 35 years. He was also a member of MHSAA for 20 years, West Michigan Officials Association, the Heart of Michigan Officials Association and Greenville Football Association. He was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church where a Mass of Christian Burial and Committal Service will be celebrated Friday 10:00 a.m. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. His family will receive visitors Wednesday 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at Arsulowicz Brothers, Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd., where a Rosary will be prayed Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Memorials to Faith Hospice Trillium Woods will be appreciated. The family wishes to thank Dr. Michael Zakem and staff, Hospice of Michigan and Faith Hospice for their care and compassion.


Wyoming, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 10, 2010. He was born on Feb 16, 1932 to Jacob and Johanna Evink. He was preceded in death by his brother and sister-inlaw, Gordy and Verna Evink. He will be lovingly remembered by his brother, Bob (Dot) Evink; nephews and nieces, Loren (Kim) Evink, Ron Evink, Dave (Deb) Evink, Robin DiBiasio, Tom (Denine) Evink, Jim (Tracy) Evink, and Kathy (Rick) Wierenga; several great nephews and nieces; and many friends. Elmer worked for 22 years as a quality engineer at the Brunswick Corp, retiring in 1978. His most recent retirement job was with Holland Home. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the Cook Memorial Chapel, 4235 Prairie SW, Grandville (East Building). Interment will be at Grandville Cemetery. The family will meet with relatives and friends on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cook Funeral Home (West Building). Memorial contributions may be made to Holland Home. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at

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SMITHERS — Mary L. Smithers, age 84, of Grand Rapids.



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June unemployment rate dips slightly May. Unemployment declined by 21,000 people in June, but LANSING — Michigan’s total employment increased by unemployment rate continued only 1,000 workers, meaning its gradual decline last month, 20,000 fewer people were acalthough total employment tive in the state’s job market, remained largely unchanged, according to labor department officials. officials said Wednesday. That marked the first monthThe seasonally adjusted figure for June released by the ly dip in the labor force this state Department of Energy, year. Labor & Economic Growth is U.S. unemployment de13.2 percent, down four-tenths creased two-tenths of a perof a percentage point from centage point to 9.5 percent. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


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Carol Mohr was promoted to day center manager at Care Resources. Varnum Law added Gregory Smith as an independent trustee in the estate planning practice. Carol Mohr

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to Michigan, where there was less competition in the Chinese food business. He opened the Asian Grill Buffet in Benton Harbor, and, two years ago, Zheng moved into the Muskegon market with the Asian Buffet Grill, 1750 E. Sternberg Road. “We are very successful, and everybody says to us, ‘Why don’t we open in Grand Rapids?’” Zheng said. “We feel like the competition is bigger in Grand Rapids, and we are ready now since we have more experience in this market.” The challenge was picking the right location. Zheng said he did not want to open a restaurant along 28th Street because the corridor is saturated with Chinese restaurants and

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Avoiding 28th Street: Allen Zheng chops vegetables in preparation for the grand opening of Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet.

buffets. He was attracted to a street off Alpine because of the traffic volume and apartments nearby.

Paramount Commerce’s retail group, which represents the site, could not be reached for comment. Robert Elfinger, Walgreens’ spokesman at the company’s headquarters in Deerfield, Ill., said he could not comment because the chain had not signed a lease for the site yet. The pharmacy chain’s interest in the site is not new, according to Schulz Walgreens initially had looked at developing the site with Spartan Stores Inc. for its D&W Fresh Market. The Byron Township grocer dropped plans for what would have been an $8 million investment for the corner, citing uncertain market conditions.



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for doing a building swap with independent grocer Duthler’s Family Foods that left the area without a grocery store when it dropped its plans to build at the site. Spartan acquired the Fulton Heights store when it bought the 20-store D&W chain in 2005. Improvements were made to the store, and it was rebannered to Family Fare, another of Spartan’s grocery chains.

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PRESS GRAPHIC PRESS GRAPHIC Improvements will include a new contemporary storefront, new decor and flooring. The investment shows the grocer’s commitment to the site, which it leases, she added. The results will include a “destination” wine and cold Changed focus beer department, deli cheese CONTINUED FROM A16 with the company,” CEO MiCONTINUED FROM A16 While the state estimates But Spartan plans to begin a island and expanded hot foods lumber prices, going from chael Glenn said. “Our people a solution. 17,000 could be helped through $1 million exterior and interior and grab-n-go products, Nor- $367 per thousand board feet helped us turn in solid results While that may have slowed the program, joblessness re- facelift of its Fulton Heights cross said. in late April to $247 by the end in the face of some extreme the process, Sharga noted mains the biggest challenge to Family Fare store, 1415 E. Fulton Work could begin as early as of June. challenges.” Michigan filings toward the the housing crisis. Michigan’s St, located about a mile from next month and be completed They have been stable for The company decided before December. end of the foreclosure process seasonally adjusted unemploy- the Duthler site. the past two weeks. against forecasting future re“It’s good news the Duthler ment rate in June, announced “Hopefully, this will be pleasAnd on the sales front, all sults but expects the industry’s have grown. “In the final stage of foreclo- Wednesday by the state, was ant news for our consumers, site isn’t going to stay empty, four sectors of the business challenging conditions to consure, there were over 20,000 13.2 percent, down from May the neighborhood associations and Spartan Stores is going to did well. tinue through 2010. bank repossessions in the sec- but still well above pre-reces- and our business community,” invest (in the nearby) Family “While these numbers aren’t Shares were down 33 cents at ond quarter (of 2010), up from sionary levels. said Jeanne Norcross, Spartan Fare,” Schulz said. where we’d like them to be, Wednesday’s close on Nasdaq, 18,000 in the first quarter and spokeswoman. they aren’t a disappointment to $32.62. 14,000 a year ago,” he said. The grocer came under fire E-mail: E-mail: given the most unstable lumber “Those numbers are going market I’ve seen in my 36 years E-mail: up fairly significantly, and that really has nothing to do with changes in the laws.” Michigan this week launched A N E X C L U S I V E I N V I T A T I O N F O R P R E S S R E A D E R S another program aimed at preKent County venting foreclosure. Helping Hardest Hit Homeowners is a Board of Commissioners $154.5 million federal program Proceedings targeting homeowners who are collecting unemployment, are behind on payments because of a temporary layoff or mediNOTICE OF MEETING HELD cal situation or can no longer You could win four tickets to see A regular meeting of the Kent County Board of Commissioners was held on afford their mortgage because Indigo Thursday, June 24, 2010. of reduced income. the Indigo Girls concert on Girls







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Employment challenges




Man stuck in neutral must grab wheel and go HOROSCOPE by Stella Wilder


ear Abby: Nineteen-year-old “Hopeless in Chandler, Ariz.” (May 21), said he doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life. When I was his age, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, either. I didn’t want to go to college, the military didn’t interest me, and nothing I could think of seemed appealing. My parents had factory jobs — Dad in quality control and Mom in assembly. They talked me into filling out an application at the plant. I did so grudgingly, and was hired. I figured I’d stay one or two years and then find something I liked better. This September I’ll have worked



PHILLIPS DEAR ABBY there 32 years. I have survived layoffs and reorganizations, a move to another town and the sale of the product line I started on. I consider the job I’m doing now to be my dream job, and I enjoy going to work every day. My advice to “Hopeless” is to try something he may think he won’t like, give it a chance, and see how he feels in a couple of years.

Daily question It was supposed to be a sun-drenched day, but rain was hammering away on the bridge club’s roof. “Weather forecasts!” a player snorted. “They’re like horoscopes with numbers.” When I watched today’s deal, South played his 3NT by the numbers, but the wrong ones. He won the first spade in his hand, took the king of diamonds and led a diamond to ... dummy’s ace. When East threw a heart, South could win only three diamonds and had to try for a 3-3 club break.


You hold: ♠ A 4 2 ♥ 7 6 3 ◆ A Q 10 6 5 ♣ A 5. Your partner opens one heart, you bid two diamonds and he rebids two hearts. What do you say? Answer: A raise to four hearts would be inadequate. This hand, with three aces and a source of tricks, has slam potential. (Partner may hold 8 7, A K Q 9 4 2, K 3, J 6 4.) In a system where your two diamonds was gameforcing, you could bid three hearts; in Standard methods, bid two spades and support the hearts next.

Dear Abby: “Hopeless” should choose something he enjoys doing, do it well and enjoy the experience. Most important, he should stick with it until he’s sure a change is needed. Career planning works for some, but for most people life has a funny way of taking us down roads we never saw coming. — “Doc” in Los Osos, Calif.

Dear Abby: I would encourage “Hopeless” to take college transfer courses at a community college. This often leads to finding an interest. Volunteer and/or get a part-time job. If nothing else, those experiences can eliminate some fields of endeavor or spark an Write Dear Abby at P.O. Box 69440, Los interest in something he has not Angeles, CA 90069 or


Nine tricks

I wouldn’t have forecast down one, but South forgot that the important number was nine — as in tricks. On the second diamond, South should execute a safety play by playing dummy’s ten. If East could produce the jack, diamonds would have split no worse than 4-2, and South would be sure of four diamonds, two spades, a heart and two clubs. The safety play gains when West’s diamonds are J-9-8-7-3.

yet considered. — Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Murphy, N.C.

Rosacea is treatable

It wasn’t to be, and down he went. “Diamonds will break 5-1 only 15 percent of the time,” South grumbled.

by Frank Stewart

He may be surprised by what he discovers. — Happy and Satisfied in Ohio Dear Happy: Great advice! It never hurts to give something a try before deciding you don’t like it. Read on for more suggestions:



ear Doctor: The tip of my husband’s nose and his cheeks have become noticeably red this past year. People ask me — half kidding, half serious — if he’s been drinking heavily. He doesn’t touch alcohol. This doesn’t bother him, but it bothers me. What is this? — N.D. The probable culprit is rosacea (roseA-she-uh). It starts as a reddening of the nose and cheeks, and sometimes can affect the forehead. The skin also develops webs of tiny blood vessels. Pimples — which look much like acne — break out. The final stage, which should never be reached these days, is the bulbous nose of W.C. Fields. Rosacea is common. Fair-skinned people with light hair are the most susceptible. So are those who blush easily. The actual cause is a bit unclear. Some believe the skin mite Demodex is involved. It lives in hair follicles. But people without rosacea also have the mite, so a cause and effect is not certain. People with rosacea often have eye involvement, something that’s often overlooked but needs consideration. The eyes feel gritty and might burn. They, too, can become red.

by The Los Angeles Times


Rosacea isn’t a curable condition, but it is highly treatable. Your husband ought to steer clear of spicy foods, sunlight and extremes of heat and cold. That he doesn’t drink alcohol is in his favor. Metronidazole cream, gel or lotion, or Azelex (azelaic acid) cream can bring gratifying results. Over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide often works for an acne breakout. Sometimes oral metronidazole or an oral antibiotic is added to the program. You or your husband would do well to contact the National Rosacea Society, which can provide you with informative literature and keep you abreast of the latest changes in treatment. The society’s website is, and its phone number is 888-NO-BLUSH. Dear Doctor: A couple of years ago, you said rubbing your legs daily prevents some strokes and heart attacks. Please repeat the information. I am 93. My grandfather was a doctor in the Confederate Army. — J.M. I’m 100 percent positive that I’m not the one who wrote that. I don’t know if it works. I find it hard to believe. It won’t hurt you, and it might make your legs feel good, though. Write Dr. Donohue at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

by Michael Mepham

Your birthday, July 15

You have a positive yet aggressive approach to life that makes it difficult for others to say no to you for any reason — and this will pave the way to much success in most, if not all, areas of your life, be it personal, professional, recreational or even experimental.

Tomorrow, July 16

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — The information you have may point to more than one answer to the question you’re asking. Only one can be the correct answer, however. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — You should be able to rule out several options after a day of personal investigation. Two or three, however, may compete for your primary attention. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — It’s a good day to assert yourself in a situation that usually finds you working behind the scenes. The spotlight may be good for you. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — A dispute over property may come down to a simple case of finders, keepers — though you may uncover some info that tells a more vivid story. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — A misunderstanding early in the day has you and a friend working through a conflict characterized by an exchange of petty insults. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — You are more likely to get what you want by being subtle and agreeable than aggressive and insistent. Speak softly. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You’re anticipating something big to begin tomorrow, but you have one or two loose ends to tie up before moving on to anything new. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — You’re likely to get more stimulation through unusual means, but you must take care that you avoid anything illegal or hazardous. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) — The truth comes to you the long way, but no matter when it arrives, the result is sure to be the same. You’ll remember this day. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Now is the time to devote yourself to better living, but that includes doing the right things for your mind and body. Get rest; eat right. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — You may enjoy unlimited options after changing course and following a new instinct. You’ll have to make a choice eventually. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — It’s a good day to treat yourself to something you’ve always wanted, even though someone else may not understand the choice you make.

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Modern-day witch hunt in Utah? STATE SEARCHING FOR SOURCE OF LIST OF 1,300 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS whose name was on the list along with those of her husband and three children, said through a translator she is SALT LAKE CITY — Investigators consumed by fear. She said her family examined records at several state is considering returning to their home agencies Wednesday to find the ori- outside of Mexico City where they all gins of a list being circulated around have citizenship. Utah that contains the names and per“Our worst fear was that immigration sonal information of 1,300 purported will come for us or will stop us while illegal immigrants and demands they driving or being out on the street,” said be deported immediately. the woman, who requested anonymity Utah is looking into whether a state to protect her family’s identity. worker may have illegally accessed The list contains Social Security a database containing the sensitive numbers, birth dates, workplaces, adinformation to help compile a list that dresses and phone numbers. Names of has sent chills through the Hispanic children are included, along with due community. dates of pregnant women on the list. The dossier — sent from an anonGov. Gary Herbert’s spokeswoman ymous group to reporters, state of- said Wednesday it will likely be sevficials and politicians — marks the eral days before it’s known whether latest example of hysteria that has state workers leaked the personal spread since Arizona passed its harsh information. immigration crackdown this year. ImArizona’s law, which takes effect migrants liken the list to a modern- July 29, directs police enforcing other day witch hunt. laws to ask about a suspect’s immigraA 36-year-old Salt Lake City woman tion status if there is reason to believe BY BROCK VERGAKIS


release of the list will distract from a policy debate at a forum on immigration with the governor next week. “This is one of those issues that’s volatile. I don’t know what’s coming next,” she said. “It was obviously a very calculated process, and that is concerning.” Hispanic activist Tony Yapias said his phone was ringing off the hook with immigrants expressing concern about the list. “This is real. This is a witch huntstyle of doing things,” he said. “What concerns me the most in this whole debate is just the cowardness, the the person is in the U.S. illegally. The intolerance.” Barack Obama administration has Herbert spokeswoman Angie Wellsued Arizona to throw out the law and ing said the governor did not set a keep other states from copying it. timeframe for the investigation, but Conservative Utah lawmakers will that it is a priority. The state’s techconsider adopting a measure similar nology department is assisting to see to that in neighboring Arizona when which state agencies have records that they meet in January. match those on the list. Democratic state Sen. Luz Robles of “Obviously, they’re working on it Salt Lake City said she is worried the now, and we’re interested in hearing

The list contains Social Security numbers, birth dates, workplaces, addresses, phone numbers, children’s names and due dates of pregnant women.




the results,” Welling said. “It’ll take several days. This is a lot of information and it will take some work to really get down to it because, obviously, those data are accessed for legitimate purposes on a daily basis.” While each state agency is being reviewed, Welling said most of the focus is on the Department of Workforce Services, the Department of Health and the Department of Human Services. In a letter included with the list, the writers say their group “observes these individuals in our neighborhoods, driving on our streets, working in our stores, attending our schools and entering our public welfare buildings.” “We then spend the time and effort needed to gather information along with legal Mexican nationals who infiltrate their social networks and help us obtain the necessary information we need to add them to our list,” the letter says.

New Orleans cops enter pleas in killings

Afghan attacks kill 8 American troops

NEW ORLEANS — Three police officers charged in the killing of two unarmed residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina and a coverup that followed pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Sgts. Robert Gisevius and Kenneth Bowen and Officer Anthony Villavaso will remain jailed at least until a hearing Friday. Magistrate Louis Moore Jr. read the counts — 13 against Bowen, 11 against Gisevius and 10 against Villavaso. Former officer Robert Faulcon made his initial court appearance Tuesday in Texas, but did not entered a plea.

KABUL, Afghanistan — American forces suffered a deadly 24 hours in Afghanistan, with eight troops killed in attacks including an audacious Taliban raid on a police compound in the key southern city of Kandahar, officials said Wednesday. The U.S. and its coalition allies have warned that violence and troop casualties are likely to mount this summer as thousands of new forces fan out across southern insurgent strongholds.

Iranian says CIA kidnapped him

Cheney gets heart pump WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Dick Cheney announced Wednesday that he has undergone surgery to install a small pump to help his heart work, as the 69-year-old enters a new phase of what he called “increasing congestive heart failure.” The surgery took place last week at Inova Fairfax Heart and Vascular Institute in northern Virginia. Cheney has suffered five heart attacks since age 37.

Limits on Avandia suggested GAITHERSBURG, Md. — A federal medical advisory panel recommended Wednesday that Avandia, a controversial diabetes drug, should either be withdrawn from the market or have sales severely restricted because it increases the risks of heart attacks. The panel’s votes, taken after two days of intensive scientific discussions, were a blow to GlaxoSmithKline, which makes Avandia. The company argued Avandia is a safe option in treating diabetes. But panel members voiced skepticism about the company’s trustworthiness after questions were raised about its clinical trials. Internal company documents showed the company for years kept crucial safety information about Avandia from the public.


A crew member takes a picture from the crow’s nest of the Delaware Responder oil skimming vessel Wednesday while passing a controlled burn on the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana. The federal government gave BP permission Wednesday to go ahead with testing its new, tighter cap over the Gulf of Mexico gusher after a daylong delay to satisfy worries about whether the work might make the leak worse.


Knife, not ax, used to kill woman HIGHLAND PARK — Authorities said Wednesday a woman used a knife, not an ax as earlier believed, to kill her son’s girlfriend, the mother of the suspect’s 3-year-old grandson. The revised reported cause of death came after the arraignment of Onita Higdon, 53, of Highland Park. The judge entered a not guilty plea for her on first-degree murder charges in the Monday death of Mila Perry.

Indiana plans carp barrier INDIANAPOLIS — A mesh fence will be installed across a 700acre marsh in northeast Indiana to help block an entryway for the


Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston engaged


Engaged: Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston and their son, Tripp, are on the cover of the July 26 issue of “Us Weekly” magazine.

The tumultuous relationship between Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston took another surprising turn Wednesday, when the couple announced they were back together and recently got engaged. The abrupt reunion between Sarah Palin’s daughter and the father of Sarah Palin her toddler son felt like a flashback to 2008, when the couple shared the spotlight at the Republican National Convention. The romance later

Asian carp into the Great Lakes, Indiana wildlife officials said Wednesday. The fencing should be in place by late summer in Eagle Marsh, a restored wetland area near Fort Wayne that under certain flood conditions could allow the invasive fish to access the Maumee River, the state Department of Natural Resources said.

Court: Data mandate illegal LANSING — The Michigan Supreme Court said it is illegal for school districts to be forced to collect data without the state paying the bill. In a 4-3 decision, the court said Wednesday a 2000 executive order and subsequent law violated the state constitution because lawmakers didn’t cover the costs.

TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian nuclear scientist who disappeared a year ago headed back to Tehran on Wednesday, telling Iranian state media he was abducted by CIA agents who tried to bribe him into speaking out against his homeland. The U.S. says he was a willing defector who changed his mind. Shahram Amiri’s reappearance broke into the open an often-bizarre intelligence drama. U.S. officials have dismissed accounts of a kidnapping and suggested Amiri returned home because he missed or feared for his family. But much in the case remains mysterious, including whether the 32-year-old scientist could face any punishment in his homeland. Amiri vanished in Saudi Arabia while on a pilgrimage in June 2009.

‘Virgin of the Rocks’ restored LONDON — A restoration project for Leonardo da Vinci’s “Virgin of the Rocks” has revealed new details and suggest the Renaissance artist may have painted all the picture himself, instead of with his assistants as previously thought, a British gallery said Wednesday. The 18-month conservation project involved removing much of some badly degraded varnish that was applied to the painting in the late 1940s, enabling experts to take a much closer look at the picture’s brush strokes and styles.

Pilot, 3 kids die in plane crash

Apartments for homeless vets

MACKINAC COUNTY — A 73-year-old Chicago area man and three granddaughters from Israel were killed when their small plane crashed on an interstate in the Upper Peninsula. A 13-year-old grandson was the only survivor of the Tuesday crash, Mackinac County Sheriff officials said. The pilot, Moshe Menora of Skokie, Ill., was killed, along with granddaughters Rikki Menora, 16; Rachel Menora, 14; and Sara Klein, 17.

DETROIT — A four-story, 150unit apartment building will open today in Detroit to provide long-term housing and care for homeless veterans. The $23 million Piquette Square in Detroit’s New Center Area is financed through tax credits, bond funding, chronic homeless funds and grants. Southwest Housing Solutions developed, owns and manages the project which it says is one of the largest of its kind in the nation.

devolved into a messy tabloid drama as Johnston posed for Playgirl, trashed Sarah Palin in interviews and fought with the Palins over custody. In this week’s Us Weekly, Bristol Palin, 19, and Johnston, 20, say they’re engaged, marking a rapid turnaround for the couple that just months ago was fighting over child support and Johnston’s critical comments about the family. They tell the magazine they reconnected while working out a custody plan and got engaged two weeks ago. Sarah Palin, a former Alaska governor, and her husband, Todd, released a statement saying that as parents, “we obviously want what is best for our children, but Bristol is ultimately in charge of determining what is best for her and her beautiful son.”

Woman testifies in Stamos case

Celebrity birthdays today

A Marquette woman accused of plotting to scam John Stamos out of hundreds of thousands of dollars insisted Wednesday she once had a photo of the “Full House” and “ER” star snorting cocaine in Florida six years ago, but cannot find it. Testifying in her own defense in U.S. District Court, Allison Coss also confessed she and boyfriend Scott Sippola had lied repeatedly to Stamos in e-mails threatening to sell photos of him with drugs and strippers to celebrity tabloids unless he bought them for $680,000. Coss and Sippola, 31, are charged with conspiracy and two counts of extortion. If convicted, the Marquette couple could get up to five years in prison for conspiracy and two years for each extortion count.

Author Clive Cussler is 79. Actor and former football star Alex Karras is 75. Actor Ken Kercheval is 75. Actor Jan-Michael Vincent is 66. Singer Linda Ronstadt is 64. Actor Terry O’Quinn is 58. Model Kim Alexis is 50. Actor Willie Aames is 50. Actor-director Forest Whitaker is 49. Actress Lolita Davidovich is 49. Diane Actress Brigitte Kruger Nielsen is 47. Actor Kristoff St. John is 44. Actor Stan Kirsch is 42. Actor Jan-Michael Vincent is 41. Actor Scott Foley is 38. Actor Brian Austin Green is 37. Actress Diane Kruger is 34. Actress Lana Parrilla is 33. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kia Thornton (Divine) is 29.






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State House, 89th District Township Supervisor Amanda Price is best candidate in eight-person GOP field


ight Republican candidates are vying to win the seat being vacated by Rep. Arlan Meekhof, R-Olive Township, who is running for the state Senate this year. The 89th District covers the western shore of Ottawa County, reaching into the center of the county. It includes the townships of Allendale, Grand Haven, Olive, Park, Port Sheldon, Robinson and Spring Lake, as well as the cities of Ferrybsburg and Grand Haven. The winner of the Aug. 3 primary will face Democrat Don Bergman in the November election. Though there are several good candidates in the field, we believe the best is AMANDA PRICE of Park Township. Ms. Price has been a trustee for Park Township for the past decade. She was elected township supervisor in 2008. In addition, she works as a legislative aide for state Sen. Patricia Birkholz. In that capacity, Ms. Price has been involved in key laws. That includes a landmark groundwater protection statute and the Great Lakes Compact, a multi-state agreement that protects the lakes against large-scale water withdrawals. She has been involved, too, in a law that has saved the lives of abandoned babies, and bills that have created more green power in Michigan. Her knowledge of complex public policy questions from such a close perspective would make Ms. Price a productive lawmaker from day one. So would her involvement with local government. Ms. Price likely would serve in the same distinguished fashion as Ms. Birkholz, who started her legislative career in the House and is term-

ELECTION 2010  For more information about the candidates, go to the online voter guide. It can be found at: limited from office this year. Her GOP opponents are John Nash of Spring Lake Township, Jeffrey Meyer of Allendale Township, John McNeil of Spring Lake Township, David Miller of Spring Lake Township, Sec Garcia of Allendale Township, William Easterling Jr. of Robinson Township, and Brandon M. Hall of Grand Haven. Mr. Nash is Spring Lake Township supervisor and a retired high school teacher. Mr. Meyer is an industrial engineer for General Motors. Mr. McNeil is the head of international shipping for Mackinaw Kite Co. Mr. Miller owns his own design firm and served eight years as Spring Lake Township clerk. Mr. Garcia is a facilities manager who is between jobs. Mr. Easterling is a certified automotive instructor and serves on the Robinson Township Zoning Board of Appeals. Mr. Hall is a student. All of these GOP contenders would bring a mix of employment backgrounds and life experiences to the Legislature, along with some service in local government. But none can match Ms. Price’s background in helping to shape legislation at the state level — experience that is invaluable in an age of term limits. She is our choice for this seat in the Republican primary.

MARK RUSSELL SAYS a dramatic prisoner exchange, the 10 Russian spies in “theInU.S. (the Suburban Saboteuers) were traded for prisoners held in Russian on charges of jaywalking.” Reporters were not permitted at the various American “suburban neighborhood farewell barbecues for the spies.” In the Cold War, prisoner exchanges were conducted in the “middle of a bridge somewhere in Europe. This one was held at a cookout at the American Embassy in Moscow.”

Remember the book, “The Spies Who Came in From the Cold”? This one would be, “The Spies Who Came in From the Little League.” — Tribune Media services



don’t have so great a body of voters who’d like to ignore it? With this Supreme Court’s command of the law, or lack thereof, the feds stand a good chance of prevailing when trial comes to appeal. Because of the intricacies of constitutional law, the border between state and federal jurisdiction when it comes to immigration law may be as vague as Arizona’s own border. And the feds may manage to assert an exclusive jurisdiction over it — when they’re not asking state and local authorities for help. At the moment the administration is bringing its full arsenal of doublespeak to bear against the state — and people — of Arizona. For example, the feds’ brief asserts: “In our constitutional system, the federal government has pre-eminent authority to regulate immigration matters.” What the feds are really saying is that Washington has preeminent authority not to regulate immigration matters. Or can anyone with eyes to see believe immigration along the border is now well regulated?

ASHINGTON — For Roman Polanski, the long, unspeakable nightmare of being confined to his three-story chalet in Gstaad, the luxury resort in the Swiss Alps, is finally over. The fugitive director is free once again to stroll into town, have a nice meal, maybe do a little shopping at the local Cartier, Hermes or Louis Vuitton boutiques. Or he could scurry like a rat into France or Poland, the two countries where he has citizenship — and where authorities have a history of acting as if Polanski’s celebrity and talent negate his sexual brutalization of a 13-year-old girl. I’m betting on the rodent option, even though Swiss authorities are doing their best to convince Polanski that he can relax and enjoy the fondue without ever having to answer for his crimes. After all, they did force him to wear an electronic ankle bracelet for several whole months. The horror. The horror. After authorities announced last week that they were denying the U.S. request to have Polanski extradited, one of the famed auteur’s lawyers called the decision “an enormous satisfaction and a great relief after the pain suffered by Roman Polanski and his family.” That statement should stand as the definitive textbook example of unmitigated gall. Anyone tempted to feel Polanski’s pain should take a closer look at the case. In 1977, when he was 43, Polanski lured a 13-year-old girl to a house in the Hollywood hills owned by Jack Nicholson — the actor was not home at the time — and plied her with drugs and champagne before having sex with her. Polanski and his lawyers claimed that the sex was consensual. That’s absurd as a legal argument, since the girl was too young to give her consent. But the girl’s grand jury testimony makes clear that this was anything but a no-fault romp. She testified that Polanski, on the ruse of photographing her and wanting to make her a star, convinced her to pose nude and then assaulted her. She testified that Polanski raped and sodomized her, against her will, and that she was distraught before, during and after the act. The director was indicted on six felony charges, including rape by use of drugs and child molestation, but was allowed to plead guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse. Polanski, who spent about a month and a half in jail, thought he had a deal that would get him off with nothing worse than 90 days in confinement under psychiatric observation. But when the judge had second thoughts about going through with such a lenient deal, Polanski fled. He has been on the lam ever since. Polanski is a great filmmaker, and his Hollywood friends and supporters have blithely taken the position that his genius outweighs his crimes. Whoopi Goldberg opined last year that what happened between Polanski and the child “wasn’t rape-rape.” More than 100 movie-business luminaries — including Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, Harvey Weinstein and, yes, Woody Allen — signed a petition asking Swiss authorities to set Polanski free. The decision by Switzerland to release the artist from his gilded cage was based on a technicality. The issue was “not about deciding whether he is guilty or not guilty,” Justice Minister Eveline WidmerSchlumpf said. She’s right; Polanski is guilty by his own admission. What the Swiss have decided is that despite admitting his crimes and fleeing from U.S. justice, Polanski will never have to be punished. It’s relevant that Polanski has never shown remorse. He claimed in a 1979 interview that he was being hounded because “everyone wants to (have sex with) young girls.” It’s irrelevant that the victim, now a middle-aged woman, has no interest in pursuing the case and reliving a traumatic episode. What matters is what Polanski admitted doing to her 33 years ago — and the fact that Polanski decided to run away rather than face the music. As long as he steers clear of U.S. justice, why don’t we steer clear of his movies?



PUBLIC PULSE Lawsuit confounds attempts to uphold law The national events over the last 18 months continue to amaze and confound me. Where is our America headed when the White House, via the Justice Department, will sue a state over a bill passed to enforce a law that Washington, D.C. won’t enforce (“Suit tests immigration law, states’ rights,” Press, July 7)? President Obama said in his recent prime time TV speech that the borders are too large to close. Has he already forgotten that right after 9/11, when war was declared on America in New York City, some of the borders were quickly and effectively closed? Who are the enemies of the White House — the citizens of Arizona or the illegal aliens who continue to pour in, creating havoc and endangering our legal citizens? JIM BLUM Grand Rapids

Amash needs life experience As a person who almost always votes Republican, I am frightened by the candidacy of Justin Amash for Congress. Since time immemorial, societies have selected their elders to rule and govern because they have been tested in the cauldron of life. In his 29 years, Mr. Amash has graduated from high school, college and law school, worked awhile in his father’s business and spent less than two years in the Michigan Legislature. Where is the local community involvement that teaches service to humanity as the best work of life? Where is the independent business or employment experience that teaches hard work and integrity? Where are the life experiences that teach justice, mercy, humility and wisdom? There hasn’t been time yet for all those efforts and they are absent from Mr. Amash’s resume. Being a Libertarian and having a Facebook account are not the sole qualities one needs to serve in Congress. I cannot support Mr. Amash to serve as our representative in the 3rd District without evidence that he has attained the experience and stature required of a congressman. ART SPALDING Plainfield Township

Bill Huizenga will get the job done I am a Hope College student and a volunteer on Bill Huizenga’s campaign for Congress. My willingness to give 60 to 70 hours

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a week stems from my belief that Bill is the only candidate prepared to fight the system in Washington, D.C., and represent the 2nd District. Huizenga is the only candidate with business and government experience. He owns a gravel company in Jenison and understands the challenges facing small businesses today. Bill also worked for Pete Hoekstra for six years, developing an understanding of the district that no other candidate can match. I share the many frustrations I hear about Washington. I recently interned in D.C. for four months and felt the frustration first-hand. Bill Huizenga has proven to me that he is the one candidate with an understanding of small businesses and the work of a legislator. The other candidates are nice guys with similar principles, but Bill is the only one who has proven he can get the job done. Serious times call for a serious candidate. Join me in voting for Bill on Aug. 3. NATE BULT Georgetown Township

Congress needs independent thinkers Mare Sorenson’s tribute to Vern Ehlers prompted thoughts about our district’s earlier congressmen: the pragmatic Jerry Ford, the thoughtful Dick Vander Veen, the effective Paul Henry (“Ehlers’ shoes will be hard to fill,” Pulse, July 7). Until this last congressional term, we have been blessed with worthy representation. However, in today’s political climate, there is only obeisance to party leaderships and the answer is a resounding “No!” to any proposals or compromises, regardless of our nation’s urgent needs. Regrettably, that means a vote for any Republican candidate, however qualified, is really a vote for John Boehner, of West Chester, Ohio, and Eric Cantor of Richmond, Va. LEONARD KIAN Grand Rapids Township

Role Reversal: The Feds vs. Arizona TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES


he administration’s lawsuit against the state of Arizona for attempting to stem the tide of illegal immigrants across its southern border isn’t just an exercise in litigation. It’s an exercise in irony. For once upon a sad time, namely the bad old days in these Southern latitudes, states systematically denied a large class of their citizens the equal protection of the laws, denying their rights and, when challenged, waving the banner of states’ rights to cover the mistreatment of their own citizens. The federal government was bound by law and conscience to step into that vacuum of law, and protect the privileges and immunities of all its citizens, to use the language of the 14th Amendment. And it finally did so. The happy result is that the evils of racial segregation enforced by state law, and defended by various and distinguished advocates, is now a thing of the past. Now the legal positions are reversed. It is the federal government that has long neglected its duty to secure the country’s


GREENBERG OPINION border, and so protect its citizens — especially in states like Arizona. So state governments are trying to fill that vacuum. And it is the federal government, waving the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, that seeks to divert attention from its own failure to enforce the laws of the United States. For connoisseurs of irony, a sage observer once noted, politics is a virtual banquet Of course, the U.S. Department of Justice is suing the supposedly sovereign state of Arizona. It’s so much easier to file suit than to secure the country’s border. The flood of intruders crossing that broken border represents a danger to the life, liberty and property of Arizona’s citizens — especially when the trade in illegal drugs runs through the Grand Canyon state. That geological wonder isn’t the only prominent hole in Arizona; its porous border with Mexico is another.


Nor is Arizona the only state struggling with illegal immigration, which has become a national phenomenon. It’s just more intense in places like Arizona, California and Texas. But because it’s a national issue, does that mean illegal immigration can only be tackled by the national government — and states need to butt out? At this point, the thought might occur to a simple layman unlearned in the law that, just because something is a federal problem, like anything from illegal drugs to kidnapping, doesn’t mean it’s only a federal problem. States have passed a multitude of their own laws against various crimes. Why not illegal entry? Does being in this country illegally mean you can’t be in any of its states illegally? You’d probably have to be a licensed lawhead to defend a position like that — it defies common sense — but there’s no shortage of lawyers in Washington. Of all the many crimes that are both federal and state in this system of dual sovereignty, why has the administration chosen to make this one an exclusively federal preserve? Can it be because the other crimes









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Vanderbilt coach abruptly quits Saying there’s never a good time for a football coach to quit, Bobby Johnson retired abruptly Wednesday as coach at Vanderbilt. Johnson, 59, called it a very difficult decision, but one not prompted by health concerns for him or his wife. He said he began seriously considering retirement a month ago. Johnson’s retirement comes a week before he was scheduled to appear at the Southeastern Conference’s preseason media days, nearly three weeks before players report for fall practice and just seven weeks before the Commodores’ opener Sept. 4 against Northwestern. Robbie Caldwell will be the interim coach after serving as assistant head coach.


ere’s the funny thing about the recent Floyd MayweatherManny Pacquiao negotiations, which now are a scant 24 hours away from a decision deadline: The Mayweather side never even has acknowledged they happened. So, if the Pacquiao side’s Friday deadline passes with no fight in place, as I’ve suspected all along, the pocket-veto tactic of the

Mayweather side — eschewing the deadline without acknowledging the offer at all — will be an extension of its position that there never were any substantive talks. Floyd To what degree Mayweather that is true, someone might let us know some specifics soon. Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, may be that someone. He’s the one who said there was a final offer on the table to Mayweather, after all. And it was another member of Team Pacquiao, adviser Michael Koncz, who set the mid-July deadline, later specified as the end of this week. There surely were talks between

representatives of Arum’s company, Top Rank Inc., and representatives from Golden Boy Promotions, which has promoted Mayweather’s past three fights but has Manny no formal contract Pacquiao with him and is not empowered to negotiate unilaterally on his behalf. There might have been talks between Arum and Mayweather’s business adviser, Al Haymon. Arum did not deny that possibility when asked. Haymon, who does not speak publicly to the media — even on far less sensitive issues than backchannel negotiations for potentially the richest fight in history — hasn’t hinted anything. What we do know, with absolute

certainty, is that Mayweather has not shown the slightest inkling of interest in fighting Pacquiao without a big advantage in financial terms and Olympic-style random drug testing right up until fight night, and that there is no evidence Pacquiao’s side has yielded on either point. Arum is a public-relations genius. In fact, he’s a genius in general. He got out in front of the story, despite both sides’ self-imposed gag order. He declared that Pacquiao had agreed to Mayweather’s terms, without specifying what terms he meant — Mayweather’s mid-winter terms, which included a more equitable financial split and a 14-day pre-fight cutoff with no blood testing; or the mid-summer terms, which don’t — and put the publicity onus on the Grand Rapids native. SEE MAYO, B2

Tigers hope kids can keep up Rookies have allowed team to contend in AL Central


Woodson escapes fire Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson said he was lucky to escape a burning house in Michigan over the weekend. Woodson told The Associated Press he was at Gwen Haggerty’s house in Bay Harbor on Friday night. It was part of a celebration honoring the Ted and Jane Von Voigtlander Foundation for donating $15 million to name the new women’s hospital at the University of Michigan. The former Wolverine said he and other overnight guests were fortunately still awake when the fire started sometime after 4 a.m. Saturday. Everyone was able to get out of the house. NBA

LeBron pendant pays off An Akron, Ohio, woman who paid $5 at a yard sale for a LeBron James pendant she thought was costume jewelry has found out it’s worth nearly $10,000. Vaneisha Robinson, 20, said she used to wear the basketball jersey-shaped pendant to high school when she didn’t know its value. Then she had it appraised. Gemologist Jerry Ehrenwald said the 14-karat white gold pendant sports more than 2 carats of diamonds. The No. 23 jersey reads “King” on the front and “James” on the back. Robinson, who has listed the jewelry on eBay, said the King’s brand will never die even though he has left the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat. BASEBALL

Shortstops swapped The NL East-leading Atlanta Braves, looking to bolster their lineup for the second half of the season, acquired Alex Gonzalez in a swap of shortstops that sent Yunel Escobar to Toronto on Wednesday. The Braves also traded left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes to the Blue Jays in the five-player deal. Gonzalez, 33, is hitting .259 with 17 home runs and 50 RBIs. Escobar, who hit .299 with career-bests of 14 homers and 76 RBIs last season, has struggled, hitting only .238 with no homers and 19 RBIs this season. — Press wire services


CLEVELAND — Center fielder Austin Jackson is the only rookie who has started for the Detroit Tigers since opening day. Right before the All-Star break, he was asked if he still felt like a rookie. “Sometimes, I still do,” Jackson said with a smile. “And sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I say, ‘Dang, is this still my rookie season?’ It feels like I’ve been playing three years already.” He was batting .341 on June 3, but has hit .212 since. Still, just when Jackson appears to be in a batting average free fall, he gets hot. He BY JEFF ARNOLD Visitors, some of whom arrived as Beaver Stadium. batted .341 in a 10-game PRESS NEWS SERVICE early as 6 a.m., checked out the new For athletic director David stretch from June 26 to luxury suites and club seating. Brandon, showcasing the stadium July 6. ANN ARBOR — For most of “It’s impressive,” Marilyn Donnelly gives fans a true vision of what nearly Jackson has the past three years, Marilyn said. “We were just very curious and three years of construction looks displayed outstanding Donnelly and her husband watched knew this would be our one chance to like. range in Comerica the Michigan Stadium construction come in and take a look. It’s just kind Before Wednesday, images were Park’s huge outfield, from afar. of fun to come and see limited to artist’s renderings and taking away countless For the first 12 months of the what happened.” sketches similar to the ones Brandon hits and making many MORE $226 million renovation project, the The stadium will saw when the Board of Regents first tough plays look easy Austin Donnellys dealt with inconvenient with great reads on the Jackson  Michigan open for its 83rd season approved the renovations. construction noise and congestion With the project complete, on time ball and outstanding keeps “Big Sept. 4 for Michigan’s along Main Street. From their home House” look, B3 season-opener against and on budget, Michigan has a new jumps. He’s also batting near I-94, they watched the face of Co n n e c t i c ut w i t h crown jewel to show off, marking a .300 and leading all a new capacity of day Brandon has looked forward to rookies with 52 runs the stadium change, likening it to the coliseum in Rome and joking about 109,901. from the beginning. and all American when the gladiators and lions would The suites — which come with a “One of the things we wanted to League rookies with arrive. price tag of up to $85,000 — again do was to make sure we kept the ‘Big 94 hits. On Wednesday, they were among propel Michigan Stadium to being House’ the ‘Big House,’ ” Brandon said Will Jackson and the 15,000 visitors who stepped the nation’s largest football venue, Wednesday. “We wanted it to have the other three or inside the Michigan Stadium gates. reclaiming the title from Penn State’s SEE STADIUM, B3 four rookies in the Brennan starting lineup — Boesch Brennan Boesch, Alex Avila, Danny Worth and pitcher Andy Oliver — hold up during the dog days of the stretch run? That could tell the tale for the 2010 Tigers, who resume play Friday night in Cleveland. The kids have been all right so far. Detroit is 48-38 and one-half game out of first place. Los Angeles Angels village where he first learned to play manager Mike Scioscia was asked the game, along Spain’s wind-swept how difficult that showing was to JIM northern coast. accomplish with a rookie-laden Howling gusts and sideways rain lineup. forced cancellation of Wednesday’s “With a strong veteran nucleus and SPORTS COMMENTARY exhibition, but did little to dim foundation,” Scioscia said, “you can the memories of the man or his absorb two to three and maybe four momentous win here in 1984. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS rookies and keep moving forward if Ballesteros sent a video played at a they are talented enough. But it is a dinner inside the Royal and Ancient T. ANDREWS, Scotland — A SEE TIGERS, B4 clubhouse at St. Andrew for his sand wedge and a pair of worn white golf shoes stuck inside a glass former fellow champions. UP NEXT Not long after it ended, they museum case are all anyone will see voted to donate the 50,000 pounds of Seve Ballesteros this week at the Tigers at Indians ($76,394 U.S.) in prize money to British Open. the Seve Ballesteros Foundation, What a shame. Ballesteros hoped First pitch: 7:05 p.m. established for brain tumor to be on hand at the Old Course Friday at Cleveland research. for a four-hole exhibition of past Starters: Detroit, “He said, ‘I wish I could be there. champions commemorating the Justin Verlander, 11-5, AP FILE PHOTO I wish I had the energy to be there,’ 150th anniversary of the game’s 3.82; Cleveland, Jake and he wished us all the best of oldest major. But his recovery from Westbrook, 5-5, 4.75 Spain’s main man: Seve a brain tumor that nearly killed him luck,” said five-time Open champion TV, radio: FSD, WBBL-FM (107.3), Ballesteros, who is home Tom Watson, who finished two has kept Europe’s most influential WKZO-AM (590), WHTC-AM (1450) recovering from a brain tumor, golfer ever close by the fishing SEE LITKE, B4 is shown competing in 2007. Renovation complete: The new-look “Big House” now seats 109,901, making Michigan Stadium the country’s largest football venue following a $226 million improvement project.

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The scene was so dramatic it could have been plucked right out of an action movie, but it’s difficult to identify which part of the June 27 drag boat race in San Angelo, Texas, was more unbelievable. Was it when Top Fuel Hydro champion John Haas of Allegan lost a rudder, sending Haas into the path of opponent Daryl Ehrlich at 230 mph? Ehrlich got caught up in Haas’ rooster tail, sending the Texas racer airborne before crashing back into the waves and smashing his boat into pieces. Or was it Haas’ relaxed demeanor after emerging from the chaos and barely escaping the destruction? “You had to be there in my position to really appreciate the situation,” said Lou Osman of St. Louis, who owns the 22-foot long boat that Haas races on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series. “There was all kinds of carnage and chaos on the ramp when they brought him in. The ambulance was there and the other driver was bleeding. People were screaming. It was pandemonium. He came in and he was standing there like he usually does. “I said ‘John, are you OK?’ He said, ‘Yeah, I’m fine. It got a little rough out there. I think I lost the steering.’ ” That was his comment. He has ice water in his veins, and that’s what makes him so successful. It was just another day at the office for him.” Haas recently was notified that he will be inducted into the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame during a Nov. 7 ceremony in Mount Pleasant. It’s a good thing that the hall of fame selects active competitors because Haas, 55, has no plans

 See John Haas’ crash at of slowing down. Haas, the three-time defending series champ, leads the point standings in the circuit’s fastest class. The circuit makes stops all over the country, including this weekend’s 25th annual Augusta Southern Nationals in Augusta, Ga. Ehrlich suffered a crushed vertebrae in the accident, but he is going to be fine. Many of Haas’ friends haven’t been so fortunate, though. The sport offers two boats battling side-by-side racing down a 1,000-foot strip of water, just like they do in drag racing for cars. Osman’s 8 ,0 0 0 h o rs e p owe r n i t ro methane Speed Sports boat, which is sponsored by Flexfab of Hastings, races in the circuit’s fastest class. Haas said the speeds and danger have taken away many of his friends — 15 of his friends have been killed in racing related accidents since he started competing in 1988. And yet, it’s that speed and danger that continues to draw him to the sport. “I don’t want to go out and die on one of these things, but if there was no danger, then it wouldn’t be any fun to me,” Haas said. “I guess that’s why only a handful of us do it. There are only about 15 licensed Top Fuel Hydro racers in the world. “I have driven fast cars and motorcycles. But this is the biggest rush of all. You go 250 miles per hour in less than four seconds. It’s the highest accelerating thing I have ever done. In 600 feet, you go from zero to 225 mph in 2.6 seconds.” Haas and his wife Deanna

beach runs — at 10 a.m. The “recreational” race, starting at 9 a.m., consists of three laps on a 1-mile course. The event, sponsored by The Outpost of Holland, features BY CRIS GREER professional athletes from THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS across the country, including Appleby and Dean Karnazes, HOLLAND — Candice who is best known for running Appleby, the top female stand 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 up paddler in the world, is states. leaving Hawaii and the Pacific Stand up paddling, which Ocean to compete at Holland began in the 1960s, is the fastest growing water sport State Park on Lake Michigan. The 24-year-old, who has in the world, according to Jim earned a living in the water for Misiewicz, the paddle sports about two years and has spent buyer for The Outpost. It has ample time on the water since become more popular the past birth, will compete in the first eight years. “This is the first really true Great Lakes Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Classic on Saturday at the Holland State Park. “My parents brought me to the beach when I was 2 years old, and I was bodysurfing and boogie boarding when I was THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS really young,” said Appleby, who recently won the premier For the third year in a row, Battle of the Paddle in Hawaii, the same 13 boys playing on a was born and raised in San Western Little League baseball Clemente, Calif., and later te a m wo n a D i s t r i c t 9 moved to Hawaii. championship. “I began competing in The Western majors (ages surfing at age 10 and the rest 11-12) shut out host Pinery Park is history.” 8-0 on Wednesday to claim The University of Hawaii the second District 9 all-star graduate said she will com- championship of the summer pete in the SUP “elite” race — and a berth in the majors state six laps on a 1-mile course tournament. along with three 50-yard Their Western softball

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Living to tell about it: Drag boat racing champion John Haas of Allegan, top, works his way to safety after escaping injury in a race this summer at San Angelo, Texas. A rudder broke off of Haas’ boat, causing opponent Darrel Ehrlich to lose control. Ehrlich suffered a crushed vertebrae.

live on Miner Lake in Allegan. Haas said he has lived his whole life there, which explains his passion for fast boats. The worst accident he had was on the Grand River in 1998, where he suffered a broken neck. But Haas continued to race. He joined Osman in 2004 and won his first world championship in 2005.

Races were shortened from one-quarter mile in length to 1,000 feet this season, and Haas predicted it will save lives. “I was one of the guys who was pushing for it,” Haas said. “Some of my friends that I lost would be here today if we were racing 1,000 feet.” E-mail:

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women’s pro division of Duke’s Ocean Festival. “I’m a water woman,” said Appleby, who also won the women’s national amateur longboard title in her early teens. “I love it all. In short, I want to be the most ultimate water woman that ever lived.” Her goal is to win the Molokai SUP, a grueling 32-mile race across the Molokai channel to Oahu. “It’s the Super Bowl of paddling,” Appleby said. Appleby and Karnazes will be available post race for questions and tips on stand up paddling.

stand up paddle board race in our area,” he said. “We’ve been at a couple races ourselves in California and Carolina and said we have to do this. We need to showcase the fastest growing paddle sport in the world. “It kind of brings a touch of California and Hawaii to West Michigan.” Appleby has been a big part of that growth. In 2008, she won both the men’s and E-mail:,

Western majors win baseball title counterparts earned the first such crown Tuesday night. The boys now advance to the state tourney, beginning July 22 in Gaylord. Western’s opponents for pool play have not yet been determined. This team of 13 is used to heading to state, also winning the 9-10 title in 2008 and the 11-year old championship last summer in District 9 action. This year, Western began its all-star tournament play with a 1-0 victory against Hudsonville.

Since, the team has scored 59 runs, while giving up seven. “We’ve been scoring runs in bunches, and that’s been a big help for us,” Western coach Sam Stulpe said. Jace Beatty, Collin Stulpe and Bennett Norry all homered for Western in the finals. The rest of the roster includes Cade Cintorino, Jimmy Smith, Jake Boonstra, Jarod Nickel, Bryce Hill, Christian Falicki, Adam Kregel, Kyler Tuttle, Troy DeGroot and Bruce Buurstra.


THOMPSONVILLE — Lisa Strom of Huntersville, N.C., has won the Michigan Women’s Open championship twice, and both times with flair on the final hole. In 2007, then married and known as Lisa Fernandes, she holed out a wedge shot for an eagle and won. This time, the 33-year-old non-exempt LPGA Tour player and Futures Tour player, now divorced, holed a pressurepacked 8-foot birdie putt to win by one shot over Suzy Green-Roebuck of Ann Arbor o n We d n e s d ay o n t h e Mo u n t a i n R i d ge co u rs e at Crystal Mountain Resort. “I knew I needed to make a (birdie) 4,” Strom said after hitting driver and then a 5-wood shot on the 485-yard par 5 hole. Her third shot was a chip from the banked rough just left of the front part of the green and the pin. It slipped past 8 feet, but she knocked the putt in for the win after GreenRoebuck had made about a 9-foot birdie putt. “It’s cool,” said the former Ohio State standout. “I didn’t make a putt outside of 10 feet all week, but today I was solid and that putt was straight in.” E-mail:

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CLINTON, Iowa — Too many mistakes doomed the West Michigan Whitecaps in Wednesday’s 9-4 loss to Clinton. The Whitecaps, who had won three of their previous four games, made three errors leading to four unearned runs. Ahead 2-1, the LumberKings t o o k a dva n t a ge o f t wo Whitecaps errors to score three unearned runs in the fourth inning. A throwing error by first baseman Tony Plagman followed two walks to open the inning. Plagman earlier had made an error that led to a firstinning run. An error by third baseman Wade Gaynor also gave the LumberKings a second-inning run. Clinton added two more in the fifth, including an RBI triple by James Jones. West Michigan starter Nate Newman gave up seven runs, but only three were earned. The Whitecaps scored a run in the fourth on a walk to Jamie

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the media swallowed the hook, believing the fight was close. I believe it was as close in January as it is in July. That means not close at all. Everyone hopes I’m wrong. That includes me. I want to see Mayweather-Pacquiao as much as anyone. I actually think it’s a pretty easy fight for Mayweather because Pacquiao’s wide-open, offensive style will make him his own victim. Every time he launches that whirlwind attack, Pacquiao might as well be punching himself — and he can’t win the fight without launching it. Plenty of people hope I’m wrong on that one, too.

Maybe someday we will see. Next May, I suspect, could be that someday. As for November, it’s Pacquiao’s dictated date. This is Pacquiao’s dictated deadline. These are Pacquiao’s dictated terms. And Pacquiao, against common opponents, never has sold pay-per-view television on the scale Mayweather has. I hope I’m the one played for a fool here. But I honestly think anyone who thought that formula adds up to Mayweather-Pacquaio this year was. E-mail:

UPDATE LumberKings 9, Whitecaps 4 Next game: West Michigan (Victor Larez 5-7, 4.90) at Clinton (Nolan Gallagher 0-2, 3.72), 8 tonight Radio: WBBL-FM (107.3) Johnson, a bounce out and an RBI single from newcomer Corey Jones, a second baseman who had been recalled from the Gulf Coast League Tigers earlier in the day. He took the place of infielder Chris Sedon, who was sent to Connecticut. Jones was taken by the Tigers in the June draft after batting .374 with nine homers at Cal-State Fullerton. He was 0-for-5 in three games with Gulf Coast. West Michigan scored three runs in the ninth inning on a bases-loaded walk to Johnson, his fourth of the game, a fielder’s choice and an error. The Whitecaps finished with seven hits. The only extra-base hit was a double by Gaynor, who extended his hitting streak to nine games, in the fourth inning.

Shimmell bows out father, who worked his corner. “Jordan was landing shots and not getting credit for what he Jo rd a n S h i m m e l l l o s t was landing, but that’s how out on a bid to defend his computer scoring goes; it can U S A B o x i n g N a t i o n a l be really bad. “There were a couple times Championships heavyweight title Wednesday night. Jordan threw a few good And it was the same punches, and then we went opponent who prevented him down more in the score. from defending his National Jordan fought a good fight, he Golden Gloves title in May at just wasn’t getting points for Little Rock, Ark. what he was landing, and that The 21-year-old Hudsonville was very frustrating. boxer, the top-ranked amateur “That changes your gameheavyweight in the country, plan, because when you are lost a 13-4 quarterfinal decision down nine points after two to Florida’s Steve Geffrard at rounds, all you can do is go for the Olympic Training Center in the knockout. That’s hard in Colorado Springs, Colo. the third round, and the other Shimmell bowed out of the guys know that’s what you have tournament with the loss. to do.” “Scoring was terrible,” said Dennis Shimmell, Jordan’s E-mail: BY JEFF CHANEY



Strom f inished with a 1-under-par 71 for 214, and took $5,500 home for winning. Green-Roebuck, 43, a two-time former champion and the leader after each of the first two rounds, closed with a 75 for 215 and won $4,000. Ionia native Sue Ertl, 52, stayed in the mix with a 71, and tied another 52-year-old former LPGA regular, Elaine Crosby of Jackson, who also shot 71 to finish at 216. They each won $3,050. Ertl had four birdies on the day, but also three bogeys. “I had the birdies I needed to have the great round, but I made some mistakes, too,” she said. “Lisa is a great player. She made that last putt when she had to, and I don’t think people realize how good she is. She just needs to get exempt and get her chance on the LPGA Tour. She has the talent to make the Solheim Cup team.” Green-Roebuck said her ball-striking was inconsistent through the week, and it finally caught up to her in the last round. “I hit some bad shots,” she said. “I’m proud I competed, but I didn’t have enough to hold off Lisa.” Laura Kueny of Whitehall, last year’s runner-up, shot a 73 to tie for eighth at 219. Kentwood native Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll shot 75 for 226 and a tie for 19th. Hudsonville amateur, Alanna Gerber, an Oakland University golfer, shot 76 for 231 and a tie for 34th.




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ANN ARBOR — David Brandon has ushered guests through Michigan Stadium for weeks now, showing off what $226 million will buy in renovations. The response is routinely the same as the U-M athletic director watches the wow factor of the stadium’s elegant new luxury suites and club seating sinks in. But the 81 boxes and nearly 3,000 club BY KELLY HILL seats are just part of an imTHE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS proved Michigan football expeEAST GRAND RAPIDS — rience Brandon believes offers Dave Wollerman, who has led something for everyone. the East Grand Rapids tennis Yet, for all of the additions teams to four state champion- including 297 new flat screen ships in the past 10 years, is televisions, 797 speakers, the finished as the Pioneers boys 5,100 square feet of granite in and girls coach. the suites and the 1.89 million Five weeks before the boys bricks inscribed with a Block tennis season is set to begin M that are shaped 52 different Aug. 11, Wollerman quit after ways, Michigan Stadium still EGR athletic director Scott feels it always did. Just with a fresh face. Robertson denied his request for a new assistant coach, one “The things this stadium he would mentor to take over means to the University of both programs in 2011-12. Michigan and the meaning it “I went in and told him that has in the hearts and minds my assistants didn’t want to of our alums, our supporters coach any more and that I and our fans is just incredible,” couldn’t do it myself,” Woller- Brandon said. “So, to go in and man said. “I asked for $1,000 change it was a big decision, for an assistant, he couldn’t do it was one we were incredibly that, so I told him I wanted to thoughtful about, it was one step down as the boys coach. that had risk, but I am very, “The next day Scott called very pleased.” me and said, ‘It would be easier As fans passed through the for me to fill the boys and girls new east structure Wednesday, coaching jobs as one position, they gawked at their surroundso you’re not coming back’ (for ings, posing for pictures inside either job).” luxury boxes while testing the Robertson has a different comfort level of the chairs in take on events. the club seating areas. Before last spring’s girls seaFor all of the stadium’s son began, he said Wollerman storied history, modern ametold him he didn’t know if he nities such as etched glass could keep coaching. designed with winged helmets, “And this year, he said he rich wood surroundings and was getting tired,” Robertson large open common areas ensaid. “He wanted to bring in an hance the areas fans got a chance assistant, but I don’t have any more money to hire coaches. I told him the only way he could bring in an assistant was if the money came out of his salary. That’s when he said he was going to walk away from the boys job.” Boys high school tennis teams can schedule a match as early as Aug. 18, one week after preseason practice begins. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS “It’s five weeks away from the boys season, and he walked ANN ARBOR — Brad away. I was stunned,” Robert- Labadie has resigned as director son said. “What would keep of football operations at him from doing the same thing Michigan, saying the move is before the girls season. Quite unrelated to an NCAA investifrankly, I need to offer the ten- gation into the program. nis program to someone in its Labadie and coach Rich entirety. He walked away from Rodriguez were among the the boys team five weeks be- seven people who received fore the season, so I wouldn’t a letter of reprimand from be confident going into the the school for playing a role girls season. in what the NCAA says were “I respect Dave and every- major rules violations. Labadie thing he has done for the pro- was blamed for failing to corgram, but I can’t have someone rectly and promptly file forms checking out five weeks before tracking hours players spent the season.” with the team. Labadie said his resignation According to Robertson, Wollerman was not fired as had “absolutely nothing to do girls coach. All EGR coaches with” the investigation. have one-year contracts, and “I’ve been looking for a move Robertson did not renew his out of athletics since our third contract after the girls finished child was born a couple years runner-up in the state in the ago,” he said Wednesday in a Division 3 state championship telephone interview with The last spring. Associated Press. He said he “Scott is certainly in charge,” has accepted a job as an account Wollerman said. “I just thought representative for Blue Cross that after all these years that Blue Shield of Michigan. “It was a hard decision, but I would go out better than this.” I’m excited about it and I’m Wollerman led the EGR boys very thankful for my time at team to state championships in Michigan,” he said. 2001, ’03 and ’07 and the girls Athletic director David team to the 2009 state title. Brandon confirmed the move Wednesday and stressed it was E-mail: made for family reasons.

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to see during Wednesday’s open house. Fathers such as Mark Neumann from Ypsilanti held up their infant sons, overlooking a Field Turf-covered surface that hasn’t yet been painted. Neumann comes to only the occasional game, sitting as close to Michigan’s student section as he can. But, for a day, he got an overview of the field below from the club seating level that begins at $3,000, plus the $375 cost of a season ticket. “I came in here and I was like, ‘Wow,’ ” Neumann said. “Then they told me how much it cost and I was like, ‘Wow.’ ” Fans got their first look at parts of the renovated stadium. They stood at the ends of the east-side structure, taking in aerial views of Ann Arbor’s skyline and the University of Michigan golf course. They looked down as stadium workers stroked maize paint over the unpainted Block M in the

lower bowl and completed brickwork in the plaza outside the stadium tunnel. They sat inside luxury boxes that will seat as many as 22, appreciating elevated sight lines while soaking in many of the changes that have been incorporated into the three-year renovation project. “I can appreciate the $226 million costs now,” said Bill Berlin, a 1959 Michigan graduate and season ticket holder. “It’s impressive. We were so accustomed to the way it was and we had concerns (about changes), but it’s terrific..” In addition to all the structural changes, Brandon said the improvements will change the way a typical Michigan game sounds. According to estimates, the noise level on the field will be 30 percent louder. “I actually think the people downtown heard more noise than the people on the 50-yard line did because of the way that

sounds spreads from the bowl,” said Brandon, a former Michigan football player. “That’s part of the design that I think is really going to improve the atmosphere as well. I think the stadium will rock and roll a lot more.” Michigan officials are reseating the stadium, offering more room to fans who have felt squeezed. More restrooms and concession stands along with more concourse space will reduce congestion. Sales of luxury seating, which tops out at $85,000 a year, continues to go well, Brandon said. Associate athletic director Joe Parker said Wednesday that of the 61 suites that have been committed to, 60 percent have been sold to individuals while the remaining 40 percent have gone to corporate entities. Parker has been pleased with the way sales have continued, especially recently at the club seating level.

STADIUM NEW SALES COVER COST OF RENOVATION more restrooms and concessions areas, Brandon said the university will look to improve the stadium’s scoreboard. As fans saw on Wednesday, the renovations haven’t taken away from the stadium’s traditional feel. Seeing the stadium’s old-school feel watered down was a concern for Pat and Bill Berlin, who graduated from Michigan in the late 1950s. Since then, they’ve maintained season tickets in Section 16, Row 72, soaking in the football tradition they’ve always

appreciated. After touring the stadium Wednesday, the couple is reassured that what they have always loved about Michigan football has remained intact. “ T h e y d i d n ’ t d e s t r oy the stadium — they really enhanced it,” Pat Berlin said. “It’s beautiful.”


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DETROIT — Two weeks into free agency, the Detroit Red Wings are keeping in contact with unrestricted free agents Kirk Maltby and Andreas Lilja, while waiting for Mike Modano to decide on his future. Maltby, a longtime Red Wing, is seeking a one-way contract. If he doesn’t get it, the Red Wings will offer him a one-year, two-way contract (lower salary in the AHL). He would compete for a roster spot in training camp and the preseason and would be assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins if he doesn’t beat out somebody. At this stage of his career, it seems unlikely that Maltby, 37, would be willing to play in the minors. If Maltby retires, the Red Wings might have a spot for him on their pro scouting staff, after Pat Verbeek left last month to join Steve Yzerman in Tampa Bay. Whether or not the Red Wings sign the 40-year-old center Modano, they are in the market for a veteran sixth or seventh defenseman. Lilja, 35, is seeking a deal worth $1.5 million a season. The Red Wings aren’t going to pay him $1.5 million, but if he remains unsigned later this summer and is willing to take $1 million or less, Lilja still could return to Detroit. Modano is expected to meet with the Minnesota Wild this week. San Jose and Anaheim reportedly have some interest as well. Th e Re d Wi n g s h ave offered Modano a one-year deal for $1.25 million and aren’t likely to increase that offer because they’re tight on salarycap space, still needing to sign restricted free-agent forwards Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader. Defenseman Derek Meech is expected to ink a oneyear contract by Friday.




the same feel, but yet, we were going to erect these new structures and add these new elements that weren’t there before. “But you walk in there, and it’s still the ‘Big House,’ and I’m really pleased about that.” As of Wednesday, 61 of the stadium’s 81 luxury suites have been sold, as have nearly 80 percent of the 2,952 club seats. While it’s unlikely the new seating will reach capacity by the start of the season, the university has sold enough to cover the costs of the renovations. Brandon said the university is “cash ahead” as the revenue generated by the sale of the luxury seats surpasses the debt load for the stadium improvements. At full capacity, Brandon said the athletic department will generate an additional $4.5 million to $5 million in incremental revenue. Brandon said the university won’t consider selling empty club and luxury suite seating on a game-bygame basis, but through events like Wednesday’s, he hoped to see sales continue. “When we can get people up there to see what that experience is all about is the greatest marketing tool that we have,” Brandon said. Brandon said the renovations aren’t likely to be the last improvements. With a stadium that now boasts another level of seating along with wider aisles,




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LOS ANGELES — Drew Brees was the big winner at the ESPY Awards, collecting four trophies, including male athlete of the year on Wednesday night. The New Orleans Saints quarterback also won best championship performance, NFL player and shared the team award with his Super Bowl champion colleagues. Brees was chosen male athlete over Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Jimmie Johnson and Albert Pujols. All but James picked up trophies in other categories. Gold medal-winning skiier Lindsey Vonn won female athlete of the year honors during the show hosted by “Saturday Night Live” comic Seth Meyers that aired live on ESPN from the Nokia Theatre. She beat out Serena Williams and basketball players Maya Moore of

Connecticut and Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury. Vonn also was chosen best female Olympian. Landon Donovan of the U.S. national soccer team picked up three trophies, for best moment in a World Cup game against Algeria, best MLS player and the performance under pressure award. Phil Mickelson ended Tiger Woods’ five-year run as best male golfer, denying Woods a record 23rd career ESPY. Phil Jackson of the two-time defending NBA champ Los Angeles Lakers was named best coach, while Bryant won best NBA player. James was booed when a montage of male athlete nominees was shown. He didn’t attend the 18th annual awards. Meyers zinged James’ decision to leave Cleveland as a free agent and sign with the Miami Heat. “Did it really need to be an hour?” Meyers said. “Somebody time me. Miami. How long did that take? A second.” Actors Steve Carell and Paul Rudd spoofed James’ hour-long special on ESPN in a pre-taped bit that culminated in Carell announcing he had

chosen to eat dinner at Outback instead of his longtime haunt Chili’s. Local ESPY nominee Linnea Dohring of Grandville, a gymnast who was Linnea nominated in the category “Best Female Dohring Athlete with a Disability,” lost out to track and field athlete Amy Palmiero-Winters, who recently ran more than 130 miles in less than 24 hours and became the first person to be added to the U.S. Track and Field team with a prosthetic limb. Dohring competes in floor exercise and vault with only one arm because of a birth defect. “I guess anyone would want to win,” said Dohring, who was thrilled to meet some of the members of the U.S. World Cup team, “but any of us deserved to win. She deserved it.” Grand Rapids native Floyd Mayweather won in the “Best Fighter” category. Mayweather, who defeated Shane Mosely in a unanimous decision, beat out Manny Pacquiao and MMA competitor Georges St. Pierre for the honor.

Portugal’s Paulinho tops Tour stage







New York Tampa Bay Boston Toronto Baltimore

56 54 51 44 29

32 34 37 45 59




Chicago Detroit Minnesota Kansas City Cleveland

49 48 46 39 34

38 38 42 49 54




Texas Los Angeles Oakland Seattle

50 47 43 35

38 44 46 53



.636 — .614 2 .580 5 .494 121/2 .330 27 PCT


.563 — .558 1/2 .523 31/2 .443 101/2 .386 151/2 PCT


.568 — .516 41/2 .483 71/2 .398 15


BASEBALL 8 p.m. — Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals. MLB Network GOLF 2 p.m. — PGA Tour Nationwide: Chiquita Classic. Golf Channel 4 p.m. — PGA Tour Legends Reno-Tahoe Open. Golf Channel SOCCER 8 p.m. — MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at D.C. United. ESPN2


No games scheduled

TODAY Chicago White Sox (Danks 8-7) at Minnesota (Slowey 8-5), 8:10 p.m. Texas (Tom.Hunter 5-0) at Boston (Wakefield 3-7), 7:10 p.m. Seattle (Fister 3-4) at L.A. Angels (Pineiro 9-6), 10:05 p.m.

FRIDAY Detroit at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. Tampa Bay at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Texas at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Oakland at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m. Seattle at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.




Atlanta New York Philadelphia Florida Washington

52 48 47 42 39

36 40 40 46 50




Cincinnati St. Louis Milwaukee Chicago Houston Pittsburgh

49 47 40 39 36 30

41 41 49 50 53 58




San Diego Colorado Los Angeles San Francisco Arizona

51 49 49 47 34

37 39 39 41 55



.591 — .545 4 .540 41/2 .477 10 .438 131/2 PCT


.544 — .534 1 .449 81/2 .438 91/2 .404 121/2 .341 18 PCT


.580 — .557 2 .557 2 .534 4 .382 171/2


AUTO RACING 9 p.m. — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: 200. Speed BASEBALL 7 p.m. — Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians. FSD 7 p.m. — Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees or Texas Rangers at Boston Red Sox. MLB Network

14 minutes back, alongside his biggest rivals for the title. GAP, France — Something finally Paulinho edged Vasil Kiryienka of went right for Lance Armstrong’s Belarus over the sun-baked 111-mile squad at the Tour de France. trek from Chambery to Gap that Team RadioShack got its first featured one difficult climb — the taste of success at this year’s Tour Laffrey pass — as the race left the when Sergio Paulinho of Portugal Alps. captured the 10th stage Wednesday, Paulinho pointed skyward then narrowly winning a two-man sprint sucked his thumb in honor of his among breakaway riders. 8-month-old daughter after beating Andy Schleck of Luxembourg Kiryienka by less than half a wheel. retained the yellow jersey. He fin- They both clocked 5 hours, 10 minutes, ished in the main pack more than 56 seconds. Belgium’s Dries

Devenyns was third, 1:29 behind. “This is a victory we’ve been looking for a while, after all the bad luck we had in the first week,” Paulinho said. “I hope this victory gives morale back to our team.” It was the Portuguese rider’s first individual stage win at the Tour, though he was part of the Astana squad — including Lance Armstrong and 2010 Tour winner Alberto Contador — that won the team time-trial last year.


very, very difficult proposition if you want to contend.” He credited Detroit manager Jim Leyland. “This is where Jimmy’s strength is,” Scioscia said. “At Pittsburgh, they did this (start rookies) regularly when he was there. He understands the level of production he needs to achieve as a team. And they have Miguel Cabrera, Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen, Brandon Inge and Johnny Damon. “Austin Jackson and Boesch and others are playing at a level that does not point to them being intimidated. They are re-forming a nice nucleus. They are going to be good for awhile.” When the season began, Jackson and second baseman Scott Sizemore were the only rookies starting for Detroit. But then Sizemore struggled and was sent to Toledo. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski didn’t shy away from giving more rookies chances, though. He was confident in the talent in the farm system, and 13 rookies have been on the roster this season. Eight were making their major league debuts. Outfielder Brennan Boesch (.342,

12 homers, 49 RBIs) leads all major league rookies in the Triple Crown categories and is the easy midseason favorite for American League Rookie of the Year. Chicago Cubs left fielder Tyler Colvin is tied with him at 12 homers. Shortstop Danny Worth (.274) came up to play second, but was platooned with Ramon Santiago when it was decided that Adam Everett’s lack of offensive production required a change. Catcher Alex Avila (.222, two homers, 14 RBIs) became the primary starter because Gerald Laird struggled with the bat, but still shares the position with Laird. Since Worth hits right-handed and Avila bats left-handed, they generally don’t start together. So, that makes it three rookies starting most games, and it becomes four when Andy Oliver (0-3, 6.38 ERA) takes the mound. “This year’s been kind of a freak thing with all the young players,” Leyland said. “Boesch and Jackson have both been pretty good.” Jackson was on fire during the first weeks of the season, but now more media attention goes to Boesch. “Jackson’s under the radar a bit now,” Leyland said, “and that’s a

good thing.” Six months under the media glare has burned out more than one hot rookie, but now Jackson has been allowed to pretty much go about his business with the other rookies. “Worth has showed some signs,” Leyland continued. “If he hits, he’ll be a regular. If he doesn’t, he’ll be a utility guy. Avila’s improved behind the plate. I think he is going to be a pretty good major league hitter some day, but being a young catcher with the stress of handling the pitching staff plays into it right now.” Robbie Weinhardt and Daniel Schlereth, both 24, are young rookies in the bullpen. Both figure to be important to the club in the future, and will get opportunities to make an impact this year with veteran relievers Bobby Seay, Zach Miner and Joel Zumaya out for the year. Leyland maintained from the start that the veterans must produce to keep pressure off the rookies, and they have. But they also have gone out of their way for the rookies. “That’s something that the fans and a lot of people don’t see,” Jackson said. “Magglio, Brandon and Adam are guys who help mold you as a player.”


shots behind Ballesteros, tied for second, in 1984. “It was sad. It was sad to see him,” Watson added. “He’s obviously struggling at this point, and it’s sad to see that.” Ballesteros’ most recent interview took place at his home with Golf Digest’s Jaime Diaz, who imagined the Spaniard’s opening tee shot on the game’s most storied stage as “golf’s version of Muhammad Ali lighting the Olympic torch at the 1996 Summer Games.” Like Ali, Ballesteros’ flamboyance and his fierce independence rubbed some of the people in authority the wrong way. And, like Arnold Palmer, he was a crowd favorite nearly everywhere he went, though few galleries anywhere loved him more than the Scots. When his 15-foot birdie putt at the final hole dropped languidly into the cup in that 1984 win, a roar erupted that shivered up and down the coast. Back in the United States, a promising young golfer named Stewart Cink was watching on TV. “Our playing careers never crossed, but what I remember, what I’ll always remember about Seve,” Cink recalled Wednesday,

“was the way he thrust his fist into the air and then turned to the crowd in just about every direction and did it again and again. “I’m not sure people back home ever really appreciated how good he was,” Cink, the defending champion, added a moment later. “His English was only so-so ... but even his game seemed like a foreign language. You’d see him hit all those incredible shots, but because the courses over here look brown and bumpy on TV, a lot of people just thought, ‘That’s the kind of stuff you do at a muni.’ ” He shook his head slowly, then let out a low whistle. “They have no idea,” Cink finally said. Despite winning two Masters to go with his three British Opens and almost single-handedly igniting the game on the continent — similar to the way Palmer popularized golf in America — Ballesteros never received his due back in the U.S. Yet, it wasn’t just the language barrier, or even the way his charisma and all those remarkable recovery shots — including one from a parking lot — got lost in translation. Much of what put off Americans, no

doubt, was simply Ballesteros’ competitiveness and over-the-top delight at punishing the U.S. squad in several Ryder Cups. “That only made him more of a hero to us,” countryman Miguel Angel Jimenez said. “There were so few models for many of us when we began playing, but it was not just his swing. It was how he walked, like a leader all the time, how he never lost his fighting spirit, no matter how much trouble he was in. “It was so many things,” he added. “So many.” Jimenez said the last time the two spoke was two months ago. Asked how Ballesteros seemed at the time, he raised both arms in a gesture that seemed to say, ‘Who knows?’ ” Palmer, too, has been in touch. “I sent Seve a note,” he said, “wished him well and invited him to come, if he ever felt good enough, to the States and play.” Tucked in with the letter was a photograph of Palmer’s dog, Mulligan. It made Ballesteros’ day. “Because the doctors saved my life, they say now I use my mulligan,” Ballesteros told Golf Digest with a chuckle. “So Palmer’s picture says, ‘Here’s a Mulligan for you.’ ”



a-Great Lakes (Dodgers) x-Lake County (Indians) Lansing (Blue Jays) Bowling Green (Rays) Fort Wayne (Padres) S. Bend (Diamondbacks) Dayton (Reds) West Michigan (Tigers)

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WEDNESDAY Kansas City 1, Columbus 0

SCHEDULE Today—Stage 11, Sisteron—Bourg-les-Valence, plain, 180 (111.8) Friday—Stage 12, Bourg-de-Peage—Mende, hilly, 210 (130.5) Saturday—Stage 13, Rodez—Revel, plain, 195 (121.2)



.842 — .526 6 .500 61/2 .474 7 .474 7 .421 8 .368 9 .316 10 — 1/ 2

1 11/2 21/2 21/2 41/2 6

WEDNESDAY Clinton 9, West Michigan 4 Burlington 7, Bowling Green 6 Kane County 8, South Bend 7 Cedar Rapids 4, Fort Wayne 2 Great Lakes 8, Beloit 7 Lake County 5, Quad Cities 3 Peoria 10, Dayton 9 Lansing at Wisconsin, ppd., rain

TODAY West Michigan at Clinton, 8 p.m. Lansing at Wisconsin, DH, 6:35 p.m. Bowling Green at Burlington, 7:30 p.m. South Bend at Kane County, 7:30 p.m. Fort Wayne at Cedar Rapids, 7:35 p.m. Great Lakes at Beloit, 8 p.m. Lake County at Quad Cities, 8 p.m. Dayton at Peoria, 8 p.m.

FRIDAY West Michigan at Clinton, 8 p.m. Bowling Green at Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Fort Wayne at Cedar Rapids, 7:35 p.m. Lake County at Quad Cities, 8 p.m. Great Lakes at Beloit, 8 p.m. Dayton at Peoria, 8 p.m. South Bend at Kane County, 8 p.m. Lansing at Wisconsin, 8:05 p.m.


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E—Plagman 2 (3), Gaynor (18), Noriega (12). DP—West Michigan 1. LOB—West Michigan 9, Clinton 7. 2B—Gaynor (19). 3B—J.Jones (7). HR—Ochoa (1). SB—Franklin (15), Nunez (7). SF—Franklin, Ochoa. ip






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4 3 1

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BASKETBALL WNBA EASTERN CONFERENCE Washington Atlanta Indiana Connecticut New York Chicago


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.706 .700 — .611 2 .579 21/2 .471 41/2 .450 5 1/ 2

WESTERN CONFERENCE Seattle Minnesota Phoenix San Antonio Los Angeles Tulsa



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At Crystal Mountain Resort (par 72)

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Final round—Wednesday





FC Gold Pride 9 3 1 28 22 Philadelphia 6 4 3 21 21 Sky Blue FC 5 5 3 18 12 Washington 4 4 5 17 19 Chicago 4 5 5 17 11 Boston 3 5 4 13 12 Atlanta 1 7 4 7 7 Three points for victory, one point for tie.



000 101


Philadelphia at FC Gold Pride, 10 p.m. PCT



.895 — .389 91/2 .368 10 .353 10 .278 111/2 .167 131/2

WEDNESDAY Chicago 88, San Antonio 61 Minnesota 83, Atlanta 81 Connecticut 77, Indiana 68 Seattle 111, Phoenix 107, OT

TODAY Washington at New York, noon

FRIDAY Atlanta at Indiana, 7 p.m. Tulsa at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Los Angeles at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.







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54. Sergio Paulinho, Portugal, Team RadioShack, 41:51. 70. Yaroslav Popovych, Ukraine, Team RadioShack, 53:14. 84. George Hincapie, United States, BMC Racing Team, 1:02:37. 134. Gregory Rast, Switzerland, Team RadioShack, 1:27:04. 140. Brent Bookwalter, United States, BMC Racing Team, 1:29:46. 150. David Zabriskie, United States, GarminTransitions, 1:35:32. 176. Tyler Farrar, United States, GarminTransitions, 1:50:18.



a-Quad Cities (Cardinals) 11 6 .647 x-Cedar Rapids (Angels) 11 7 .611 Kane County (Athletics) 11 8 .579 Clinton (Mariners) 10 8 .556 Burlington (Royals) 9 9 .500 Wisconsin (Brewers) 9 9 .500 Beloit (Twins) 7 11 .389 Peoria (Cubs) 5 12 .294 x-clinched first half; a-first-half wild card

Columbus New York Toronto FC Chicago Kansas City New England D.C. Philadelphia

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West Michigan


Los Angeles at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.


West Michigan Clinton


Toronto FC at Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m. New York at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Kansas City at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Philadelphia at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. Houston at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Colorado at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. Washington at Florida, 7:10 p.m. Milwaukee at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. Arizona at San Diego, 10:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3




0 1 2 1 0 0 1 2 1 8

BASEBALL 7:50 p.m. — West Michigan Whitecaps at Clinton LumberKings. WBBL-FM (107.3), WHTC-AM (1450), WKLQ-AM (1490), WDEE-FM (97.3)

Seattle FC at D.C. United, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia (Moyer 9-8) at Chicago Cubs (Dempster 7-7), 8:05 p.m. Milwaukee (Bush 4-6) at Atlanta (Jurrjens 1-3), 7:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 9-4) at St. Louis (Carpenter 9-3), 8:15 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Dickey 6-2) at San Francisco (Lincecum 9-4), 10:15 p.m.

1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 4


Los Angeles 11 2 3 36 Real Salt Lake 9 3 3 30 FC Dallas 5 2 7 22 Colorado 6 4 4 22 San Jose 6 4 4 22 Houston 5 7 4 19 Seattle 4 8 4 16 Chivas USA 4 9 2 14 Three points for win, one point for tie.

No games scheduled




BOXING 9 p.m. — Zab Judah vs. Jose Armando Santa Cruz. ESPN2 11 p.m. — Fernando Guerrero vs. Ishe Smith. Showtime CYCLING 8:30 a.m. — Tour de France: Stage 12. Versus GOLF 5 a.m. — British Open. ESPN 7 a.m. — British Open. ESPN 2 p.m. — PGA Tour Nationwide: Chiquita Classic. Golf Channel 4 p.m. — PGA Tour Legends: Reno-Tahoe Open. Golf Channel SOCCER 7 p.m. — Manchester United vs. Celtic. ESPN2

Washington at Boston, 5 p.m. Atlanta at Sky Blue FC, 7 p.m.

CYCLING TOUR DE FRANCE 10TH STAGE Wednesday At Gap, France A 111.2-mile medium-mountain ride through the Alps from Chambery to Gap (one Category 1 climb and one Category 2 climb) 1. Sergio Paulinho, Portugal, Team RadioShack, 5 hours, 10 minutes, 56 seconds. 2. Vasili Kiryienka, Belarus, Caisse d’Epargne, same time. 3. Dries Devenyns, Belgium, Quick Step, 1 minute, 29 seconds behind. 4. Pierre Rolland, France, Bbox Bouygues Telecom, same time. 5. Mario Aerts, Belgium, Omega Pharma-Lotto, 1:33. 6. Maxime Bouet, France, AG2R La Mondiale, 3:20. 7. Nicolas Roche, Ireland, AG2R La Mondiale, 12:58. 8. Remi Pauriol, France, Cofidis, 13:57. 9. Mark Cavendish, Britain, Team HTC-Columbia, 14:19. 10. Alessandro Petacchi, Italy, Lampre-Farnese, same time. 11. Thor Hushovd, Norway, Cervelo Test Team, same time. 12. Robbie McEwen, Australia, Katusha Team, same time. 13. Lloyd Mondory, France, AG2R La Mondiale, same time. 14. Sebastien Turgot, France, Bbox Bouygues Telecom, same time. 15. Jose Joaquin Rojas, Spain, Caisse d’Epargne, same time. 16. Sebastian Lang, Germany, Omega PharmaLotto, same time. 17. Jurgen Roelandts, Belgium, Omega PharmaLotto, same time. 18. Kristjan Koren, Slovenia, Liquigas-Doimo, same time. 19. Damien Monier, France, Cofidis, same time. 20. Matti Breschel, Denmark, Team Saxo Bank, same time. Also 21. Andy Schleck, Luxembourg, Team Saxo Bank, same time. 23. Levi Leipheimer, United States, Team RadioShack, same time. 25. Alberto Contador, Spain, Astana, same time. 30. Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Belgium, Omega Pharma-Lotto, same time. 37. Janez Brajkovic, Slovenia, Team RadioShack, same time. 41. Gregory Rast, Switzerland, Team RadioShack, same time. 43. Samuel Sanchez, Spain, Euskaltel-Euskadi, same time. 46. Denis Menchov, Russia, Rabobank, same time. 66. Yaroslav Popovych, Ukraine, Team RadioShack, same time. 78. George Hincapie, United States, BMC Racing Team, same time. 84. Andreas Kloeden, Germany, Team RadioShack, same time. 109. Christopher Horner, United States, Team RadioShack, same time. 130. Lance Armstrong, United States, Team RadioShack, 15:47. 132. Dmitriy Muravyev, Kazakhstan, Team RadioShack, same time. 146. Tyler Farrar, United States, GarminTransitions, same time. 165. David Zabriskie, United States, GarminTransitions, same time. 175. Brent Bookwalter, United States, BMC Racing Team, same time.

OVERALL STANDINGS (After 10 stages) 1. Andy Schleck, Luxembourg, Team Saxo Bank, 49 hours, 56 seconds. 2. Alberto Contador, Spain, Astana, 41 seconds behind. 3. Samuel Sanchez, Spain, Euskaltel-Euskadi, 2:45. 4. Denis Menchov, Russia, Rabobank, 2:58. 5. Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Belgium, Omega Pharma-Lotto, 3:31. 6. Levi Leipheimer, United States, Team RadioShack, 3:59. 7. Robert Gesink, Netherlands, Rabobank, 4:22. 8. Luis-Leon Sanchez, Spain, Caisse d’Epargne, 4:41. 9. Joaquin Rodriguez, Spain, Katusha, 5:08. 10. Ivan Basso, Italy, Liquigas-Doimo, 5:09. 11. Roman Kreuziger, Czech Republic, LiquigasDoimo, 5:11. 12. Ryder Hesjedel, Canada, Garmin-Transitions, 5:42. 13. Nicolas Roche, Ireland, AG2R La Mondiale, 6:23. 14. Alexandre Vinokourov, Kazakhstan, Astana, 6:31. 15. Michael Rogers, Australia, Team HTCColumbia, 7:04. 16. Carlos Sastre, Spain, Cervelo Test Team, 7:13. 17. Bradley Wiggins, Britain, Sky Pro Cycling, 7:18. 18. Cadel Evans, Australia, BMC Racing Team, 7:47. 19. Thomas Lovkvist, Sweden, Sky Pro Cycling, 8:03. 20. Andreas Kloeden, Germany, Team RadioShack, 9:05. Also 25. Christopher Horner, United States, Team RadioShack, 11:06 31. Lance Armstrong, United States, Team RadioShack, 17:22. 35. Janez Brajkovic, Slovenia, Team RadioShack, 21:43.

(a-amateur) L.Strom, Huntersville, N.C., $5,500 S.GreenRoebck, Ann Arbor, $4,000 Sue Ertl, Bradenton, Fla. $3,050 Elaine Crosby, Jackson $3,050 J.Tomlinson, Noblesvl, Ind. $2,000 Ashley Tait, Littleton, Colo. $2,000 Jennifer Hong, Granger, Ind. Laura Kueny, Whitehall K.YoungRobyn, Imperial Bch, Calif. Jimin Jeong, Tampa, Fla. Brittany Johnston, Akron, Ohio a-C.Powers, Bowling Green, Ohio a-E.Podzielinski, Noblesville, Ind. Stephany Fleet, Dewitt Cindy FiggCurrier, Austin, Texas a-Natalie Brehm, Mt Pleasant a-S.Marshall, Northfield, Ohio a-Sarah Hoffman, Saline a-Minjoo Lee, Clarkston a-Stacy SlobodnikStoll, Haslett C.BarnettHowe, Appleton, Wis. Karen Davies, Carefree, Ariz. Jessica Schneider, Elgin, Ill. a-Alexandra Lipa, Birmingham Jillian Wyne, Calgary, Alberta C.Mahon, Lees Summit, Mo. a-Gabriella Yurik, Oakland a-Meagan Bauer, Grand Blanc a-Christine Meier, Rochester Hills a-Louisa Shu, Northville a-Michelle Bowles, Howell Connie Ross, St Joseph a-Stephanie Koske, Swartz Creek a-Melissa Beurmann, Jackson a-Alanna Gerber, Hudsonville a-Amy Meier, Rochester Hills a-Elizabeth Nagel, Dewitt a-Darby Peters, Lake Orion a-Leah Grawburg, Mt Pleasant a-Min Yean Tan, Ann Arbor Erika Oldenkamp, Hinsdale, Ill. Rachael Schmidt, Elk River, Minn. a-Courtney Aili, Chelsea a-Jenn Cleary, East Lansing a-Stephanie Bevington, Owosso a- Mara Kovac, Lansing Alison Meyer, Duluth, Minn. a-Heather Marks, Byron Center MerriLyn Gibbs, Belle Vernon, Pa, Erica Bieniek, Bellaire a-Shana Bauer, Grand Blanc Loretta Youngssion, Texas a-Joan Garety, Ada a-Natalie Matuszak, Traverse City Josie Artymovich, Shelby Twp Michelle Boogaard, Grand Rapids a-Sarah Johnson, Wixom a-Blaize Baumgartner, Perry Margie Muzik, Naperville, Ill. Spring Javor, Nashville a-Collette Hansen, West Olive Raquel Bryant, Grand Rapids a-Lindsey McPherson, Flushing a-Bree Baumgartner, Perry a-Lina Pasquali, Kendallville, Ind. a-Carolyn Schaner, Caledonia a-C.DuvalHoppenrth, Grand Rapids a-Grace Abitz, Appleton, Wis. a-Elizabeth Murray, East Lansing a-Alyssa Selig, Appleton, Wis. a-M.Weinstein, Farmington Hills Kelly Kuhlman, Frankenmuth a-Brandi Studer, Essexville a-Kara Francis, Allendale

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Angels 8 4 .667 — Davenport 7 4 .636 1/2 Aquinas 5 6 .455 21/2 Hope 3 9 .250 5 Game times 6:15 p.m. Fields: Sullivan (S), Kimble (K). Games against Kentwood teams do not count in standings.

WEDNESDAY Angels 7, Davenport 0, forfeit

TODAY Aquinas at Angels (K) Hope at Davenport (S)

JULY 20 Davenport at Angels (S) Aquinas at Hope (K)





Bandits 8 2 .800 — RIT Music 8 3 .727 1/2 Cocktailz 5 4 .556 21/2 Clawed Cats 6 5 .545 21/2 Berkenpas 6 5 .545 31/2 Fiorenzo Financial 4 6 .400 4 Power Baseball 0 12 .000 9 Game times 6:15 p.m. unless noted. Fields: Gainey North (GN), Gainey South (GS), South Christian North (SCN), S. Christian South (SCS)

WEDNESDAY Fiorenzo Financial 5, Power Baseball 3 Berkenpas Construction 8, Bandits 7

TODAY RIT Music at Cocktailz (SCS) Clawed Cats at Power Baseball (SCN)

FRIDAY Berkenpas Construction at RIT Music (GN) Cocktailz at Fiorenzo Financial (GS)


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Chad Pleiness and Todd Harvey; Nick Beach, Dan Kniebel (5) and Justin VanderIest. W—Pleiness (4-2); BB-2, SO-13. L—Kniebel (1-1); BB-1, SO-3. 2B—Berkenpas, Bill Berkenpas, Bill Lanford; Bandits, Beach. SB—Bandits, Chris Hanna, Chris Stancil.

FIORENZO FINANCIAL 5, POWER BASEBALL 3 Fiorenzo Financial Power Baseball

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FRIDAY'S NATIONAL FORECAST Showers and storms will erupt from the Gulf Coast to the Northeast Friday. The cold front won't have much affect on temperatures, but it will bring in a less humid air mass. It will be dry from the Plains to the Pacific Coast.


With the heat and moisture in place over this past weekend, some isolated thunderstorms erupted on Lake Michigan, moving slowly inland. While we did not see any severe weather, there were several reports of small hail and gusty winds. There also were a few reports Sunday of a cold air funnel near McBride in Montcalm County. These funnels form well above the surface, usually from interactions with a colder, shallow pool of air. While they can rotate, they do not develop like a tornado and usually dissipate quickly without reaching the ground.





MONDAY Seattle 73/56 Billings 96/56 Minneapolis 88/66

Storms end, decreasing clouds

Mostly sunny


68 | 90

Partly cloudy

Partly cloudy, chance of p.m. storms

Partly cloudy, chance of storms

66 | 88

67 | 84

66 | 89

Chicago 88/72 San Francisco 75/68

Detroit 89/74 New York 92/78

Denver 95/66

Washington 95/80

Kansas City 89/73

Los Angeles 86/68





Temperatures shown are tonight's lows and Friday's highs.

El Paso 100/74


67 | 89

68 | 86

Houston 94/77


Miami 88/81


Showers and storms exit tonight, then decreasing clouds. Low: 68. Wind: WSW 5-10 mph. Mostly sunny Friday. High: 90. Wind: W 10-15 mph.

Cedar Springs

69 | 86


66 | 89

Sparta 67 | 89

67 | 90


Belding 68 |88

68 | 89

Grand Haven 69 | 86 Grand

LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE Showers and storms this evening move east, then drying out. Lows: 67-70. Wind: WSW 5-15 mph. Mostly sunny Friday. Highs: 85-89. Wind: W 10-15 mph.

Holland 70 |88

Becoming mostly clear tonight. Lows: 57-64. Mostly sunny Friday. Highs: 78-88.

Saugatuck 70 | 86




TEMPERATURE Wednesday's high: 87 Normal high: 83 Wednesday's low: 66 Normal low: 61 Record high: 95 (1898, 1995) Record low: 47 (1987)




Wednesday: None For month: 1.66 inches Normal month to date: 1.80 inches

July July Aug. Aug. 10 18 3 26



Marquette 64 | 83

Ironwood 60 | 81

AIR QUALITY G = Good M = Moderate U = Unhealthful



L = Low M = Medium H = High

Sault Ste. Marie 57 | 78 Petoskey 62 | 83 Traverse City 64 | 85

Alpena 64 | 88 Saginaw

Milwaukee 68 | 89

Ultraviolet Index

67 | 89

Grand Rapids 68 | 90

Lansing 68 | 89

Flint 69| 89

Detroit 74 |89


Chicago 72 | 88

Low | Moderate | High | Dangerous




Albuquerque Anchorage Asheville Atlanta Atlantic City Baltimore Birmingham Bismarck Boise Boston Brownsville Buffalo Charleston, SC Charleston, WV Cincinnati Cleveland Dallas Denver

97/74pc 63/54sh 87/68t 88/72t 87/78pc 96/81pc 92/74t 95/64s 99/65s 89/74pc 95/77ms 84/69t 90/77t 92/72t 89/72t 86/72t 99/80pc 95/66s

99/73pc 64/55pc 77/67t 84/71t 87/76t 91/78t 84/73t 92/58t 94/63s 92/72t 93/78t 83/62pc 86/77t 80/68t 87/71t 85/71pc 96/79pc 94/66pc

Des Moines Helena Honolulu Houston Indianapolis Kansas City Las Vegas Little Rock Los Angeles Louisville Memphis Miami Minneapolis Nashville New Orleans New York Oklahoma City Omaha


City Amsterdam Athens Baghdad Beijing Berlin Bermuda Buenos Aires Cairo Dublin Kabul

FRI 74/60pc 91/74nd 116/86s 89/71t 94/66ms 84/78pc 52/33s 98/76s 65/49r 97/68s

SAT 70/56pc 90/73nd 114/86s 86/72t 85/63r 84/78pc 54/36pc 96/76s 65/49pc 98/66s


90/70ms 92/57s 84/74pc 94/77pc 88/70t 89/73pc 111/90s 98/78t 86/68pc 90/76t 95/75t 88/81t 89/69s 92/71t 91/79t 92/78pc 94/75t 90/69ms

92/74ms 85/53s 84/74ms 91/77t 89/71ms 91/75ms 110/90s 93/76t 81/68s 88/74t 87/74t 90/81t 89/71pc 81/70t 87/79t 90/76t 94/75pc 91/74ms




90/77t 89/77t Orlando Philadelphia 93/77pc 90/75t 115/93s 113/93pc Phoenix 85/72t 82/69t Pittsburgh Portland, ME 79/71pc 86/67t Portland, OR 75/56ms 78/57s 92/76t 87/74t Raleigh 100/67s 99/64s Reno 96/77pc 89/74t Richmond 88/73t 92/74ms St. Louis Salt Lake City 101/72s 96/71ms 83/66s 82/67pc San Diego San Francisco 75/68pc 74/68ms 92/75sh 89/75t San Juan 73/56ms 75/57s Seattle 90/76t 90/77t Tampa 104/86pc 106/86t Tucson Washington, DC 95/80pc 89/77t


Escanaba 64 | 85

Green Bay 64| 87

Sunrise: 6:17 a.m. Sunset: 9:20 p.m.

High: 93 percent


are tonight's lows and Friday's highs.

Moonrise: 11:06 a.m. Moonset: 11:27 p.m. First


69 | 90


Shown are noon Friday's positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for the day. Forecast individual high/low temperatures are given for selected cities.


STATE & REGIONAL FORECAST Temperatures shown


Low: 55 percent

68 | 90

Allegan 69 |89

Scattered showers and storms tonight. Lows: 66-74. Becoming mostly sunny. Highs: 87-90.

Lowell Ionia 68 | 89 68 | 90

Gerald R. Ford Hudsonville International Airport 68 |89 69 |90 Caledonia 69 | 90 Middleville 68 | 90 Wayland Hastings 69 | 90 68 | 90

Zeeland 70 | 88



South Bend 71 | 90

City London Madrid Manila Mexico City Montreal Moscow Nassau Paris Riyadh Rio de Janeiro

FRI 72/59sh 95/65s 91/77t 76/54t 83/69t 94/69s 91/81t 80/59pc 117/93s 78/65t

SAT 70/58pc 97/65ms 89/77t 74/57t 81/64pc 92/69pc 91/81pc 75/56pc 115/92s 73/66sh

City Rome Seoul Singapore Stockholm Sydney Taipei Tel Aviv Tokyo Toronto Warsaw

FRI 96/74s 81/74t 87/78t 83/64s 62/45ms 90/80t 89/74s 85/76t 86/71t 91/66ms

SAT 95/74ms 83/74t 86/78t 80/63sh 63/46pc 90/80t 87/74s 86/76t 84/64ms 92/71ms

Legend: s-sunny, ms-mostly sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, r-rain, t-thunderstorms, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice












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Video critics debunk popular ghost stories — repeatedly TUNE IN TONIGHT UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE Ventura’s “Conspiracy Theory” and the nightly TMZ round up of celebrity When is a “ghost car” not a ghost footage, “Fact” features a former FBI car? Who are you going to call to de- agent and a relatively telegenic panel bunk a UFO sighting? Just how much of video experts, journalists and paraof what you see on YouTube can be normal investigators. Every show begins in their offices believed? These are the big questions submitted to the new series “Fact or where they present and evaluate odd Faked: Paranormal Files” (10 p.m., videos, often widely available on the SyFy). Internet. They dismiss many out of A belabored hybrid of Jesse hand as easily detectible fakes and BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH

explain why they rejected them. Then they settle on two films that stumped them and set out to see whether they can duplicate or explain the apparently paranormal phenomenon. Using “Mythbusters”-like skepticism and a Hollywood stuntman, they test a policeman’s surveillance video of an apparent “ghost car,” a vintage getaway vehicle that appears to drive through a chain-link fence and then vanish into the night. The panel also examines

some widely disseminated footage of reported UFOs over Arizona. It would spoil the fun to reveal which turn out to be fact or faked. But it’s readily apparent that this is a halfhour show masquerading as an hourlong series. Every conversation, clip and conclusion seems to be repeated at least three times. And every segment is belabored painfully as if the panel had no faith in its audience’s attention span. Or if they simply assumed

nobody could watch this without zooming around the dial in search of more fascinating phenomenon.

Tonight’s other highlights

 “Reverse the Curse of the Bambino” (6:30 p.m., HBO) recalls the 2004 championship season of the Boston Red Sox.  Sue contrives a bitter competition between singers on “Glee” (8 p.m., Fox, repeat).









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John Gonzalez takes on the Rockford Corner Bar’s Veggie Dog Challenge.


‘Medium Fidelity’ Troy Reimink does a mid-year progress report on the best music of 2010.

Thursday, July 29 $35, $45, $55

‘C.A.F.E.’ Linda Odette’s kind-of buy-local event: Uptown Shop Hop.

DIERKS BENTLEY Saturday, July 31 $50, $60, $70

‘Sound Check’ John Sinkevics keeps those Local Spins from area artists spinning.

Classic rock/pop band Alive & Well will play the Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series at 7 tonight on Riverwalk Plaza in Lowell. The band promises “musical gems by the Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Temptations” and some originals. Admission is free.

NEW YORK, L.A. ACTS AT BILLY’S New York’s Vic Ruggiero (lead singer for the ska/reggae/soul band The Slackers), Los Angeles ska/reggae artist Chris Murray, British Columbia rock band Forthright and Chicago reggae/ska band Deals Gone Bad play a 9:30 p.m. Saturday show at Billy’s Lounge, 1437 Wealthy St. SE. Admission is $8.

THE TUBES IN AUGUSTA Iconic rock group The Tubes with Fee Waybill will play a benefit for The Barn Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday in the theater at 13351 W. M-96 in Augusta. Tickets are $35. Waybill has performed in past Barn productions; Jim Cummings Band opens. Call 269-731-4121.

FREEBIE Highly regarded singer-songwriter Ruth Gerson, now based in San Francisco, releases a new album, “This Can’t Be My Life,” on Tuesday. At 8 tonight, she’ll play a free show at One Trick Pony, 136 E. Fulton St., part of the Acoustic Stew Series.


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The Great Train Robbery. Looking for something a little different this weekend? The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Division is hosting a Westernthemed adventure on the Coopersville and Marne Railway, 311 Danforth St., Coopersville. Departures are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $14.50 for adults, $13.50 for seniors and $11.50 for children 2-12. Call 997-7000, or go online to


Sparta Town and Country Days. The “small town with a big heart” opens its doors for three days of fun, beginning with a rummage sale today and continuing with various activities through Sunday. Highlights include eating contests, children’s activities, lawn mower races and the popular parade, which is at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Hometown comedian/entertainer Dennie Middleton and the Bims will perform Friday and Saturday night at the Eagles Lodge. More info at


Umphrey’s McGee. I like it when Meijer Gardens pushes beyond the mainstream. That’s why it’s so exciting to see jam/rock band Umphrey’s McGee get a chance to perform at the intimate, beautiful setting of


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Like a little family: Annie, played by Emily Elderkin, falls asleep on the shoulder of Oliver Warbucks, played by Brian Lauer, as his secretary, Grace Farell, portrayed by CiCi Gramer, sits nearby during a scene in “Annie,” presented by Circle Theatre.

the outdoor amphitheater. The show is at 7 p.m. Friday at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE. Tickets are $37. Call 800-585-3737, or go to


“Annie.” I have never received a Facebook message from a dog. Then I heard from Deacon Doodle Smith, who plays Sandy in Circle Theatre’s production and also is up for a national contest to be in the 2011 Cutest Doodle Calendar. So, check out Deacon’s Facebook page or my “Going Gonzo” blog on how to vote. In the meantime, performances of “Annie” continue this week with shows at 7:30 p.m. tonightSaturday, and 5 p.m. Sunday (through July 24) in Circle

Theatre, Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, 1607 Robinson Road SE. Tickets are $25, 456-6656 or


Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. If you like swing music, then you already know about BBVD. The popular act returns to West Michigan as part of the Grand Rapids Symphony Picnic Pops series. Performances are at 7:30 tonight and Friday night at Cannonsburg Ski Area, 6800 Cannonsburg Road NE. Advance lawn tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $5 for children 2-15 (add $2 for tickets purchased at the door). More info: 800-982-2787 or


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Rolling into downtown: Michael Tuffelmire, left, and Miguel Negron, both of Grand Rapids, organized the second Bikestock Saturday on Rosa Parks Circle.

SPOKES AND FOLKS BIKESTOCK EVENT CELEBRATES GROWING CYCLIST COMMUNITY bicycles in recent years have proven, it can be far from easy riding a bike through downtown RAND RAPIDS — “As Grand Rapids, where drivers easy as riding a bicy- aren’t accustomed to sharing cle” may need some the road with pedalers. Cue Bikestock Dos, brought revision. As frequent acci- back for a second year as a celdents involving vehicles and ebration of the growing local BY RACHAEL RECKER



community of bicycle enthusiasts and to advocate for more bicycle accommodations in West Michigan. Saturday’s noon-6 p.m. event at Rosa Parks Circle will feature local bands, family-friendly fun, food and a beer tent as well as short talks from city

officials and notable figures. Organized by Michael Tuffelmire and Miguel Negron, the festival was moved from Ah-Nab-Awen Park to Rosa Parks Circle. Tuffelmire, the event’s director, said about 1,500 attended last year’s festival, which was

hampered by heavy rainfall toward the end. He is hoping a much larger crowd will turn out this year with the move to a more central downtown location. The event will go on, rain or shine. “I think it will attract a lot of people who are just down


there ... with their families,” Tuffelmire said. The festival is being sponsored by more than 30 local businesses and hosted by the West Michigan Environmental Action Council and Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition, of which Tuffelmire is treasurer. The coalition is made up of representatives of large local bike organizations in the city, including The Rapid Wheelmen, West Michigan Mountain Bike Association and Pedal GR.

Bike-friendly city The organization was recognized in December by the League of American Bicyclists as a bronze-level bicyclefriendly city. While a good thing, and a reason for Bikestock to help keep the positive progression of bicycle-friendly advancements moving forward, Tuffelmire sees room to improve. The differences between a bronze and platinum rating are great, he said. “We don’t have the lanes to be a called a platinum or gold city,” he said. “It gave us a benchmark.” New bike lanes in Eastown and the new Grand Rapids Bike Park, 580 Kirtland Ave. SW, are good starts, but Tuffelmire said the city needs more bikes lanes, better connectivity between lanes so bikers can travel from one section of the city to the other and stricter ordinances that promote biker safety. “The more accommodations with the lanes, the more strict the ordinances, the less I believe people will be getting hit,” he said.

Few close calls



IF YOU GO Bikestock Dos When: Noon-6 p.m. Saturday Where: Rosa Parks Circle, Monroe Center Admission: Free Call: 589-6776 Connect: Facebook (,

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: 12:30 p.m. — Flying Without Wingz, with DJ SuperDre 1 p.m. — Ghost Heart 2 p.m. — The Bangups 3 p.m. — Simien The Whale 4 p.m. — A.B! & Coconut Brown 5 p.m. — Mustard Plug

SPEAKER SCHEDULE: 12:30 p.m. — Jay Steffen, director of Parks & Recreation 1 p.m. — Ruth Kelly, 2nd Ward commissioner 2 p.m. — David Shaffer, 1st Ward commissioner, and Jim Talen, Kent County commissioner 3 p.m. — Jack Hoffman, Green Grand Rapids, and Eric Nordman, Grand Valley State University 4 p.m. — Suzanne Schultz, city planning director 5 p.m. — David LaGrand, state Senate candidate don’t have a bicycle or maybe have never ridden one. “You don’t need a bicycle to come down here. This is just pretty much a festival for advocacy and a concert,” he said. As for that concert aspect, Tuffelmire said he lined up many of the bands for specific reasons. Simien The Whale, scheduled to play the event last year, never got to the stage because of the rain. Local experimental indie group, Ghost Heart, uses a bicycle wheel as part of its percussion setup. And as for Mustard Plug, well, it’s Mustard Plug. “I grew up around here in the ’90s, and I enjoyed Mustard Plug then,” Tuffelmire said. “And I just thought it would be nice to have a band that a lot of people know who has been around a while. “They’re ska, and I think that Bikestock is hippy-ish in some respect.”

Tuffelmire, an Iraq war veteran and Ferris State University senior who averages 12-15 miles a day via bike, has been hit by a vehicle while riding a bicycle, but not seriously injured. He has had a few “close calls” this summer, too, he said. Last year, just days before the inaugural Bikestock, he broke his leg and ankle while riding his motorcycle. Tuffelmire, 29, hopes attendees who have bikes show up at the festival on them, if only to get a feel for what it’s like to ride in the city. “It’s a different experience,” he said. “It’s fast.” But he’s quick to note that the event also is for those who E-mail:

In transit: Mustard Plug will perform at 5 p.m. Saturday as part of Bikestock Dos.

Touring never gets old for veteran ska band BY RACHAEL RECKER THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

GRAND RAPIDS — David Kirchgessner calls it “random.” Rick Johnson has given it a theme. “We’ve played every formof-transportation festival,” Johnson said. So far, the summer tour of Grand Rapids’ Mustard Plug has taken the band around the country for performances at a hot rod festival, a skateboard festival and, come Saturday, a bicycle festival. The almost 19-year-old ska band of Colin Clive, Brandon Jenison, Nate Cohn, Kirchgessner and Johnson will headline Bikestock Dos, an event Saturday in Rosa Parks Circle that aims to make Grand Rapids more bicycle-friendly. On second thought, Johnson said Mustard Plus still hasn’t played a motorcycle, Segway or scooter festival. “Room to grow. Hopefully, we can cover all bases of transportation before the summer ends,” he said. The summer has been a busy one for Mustard Plug, whose Saturday headlining slot at Festival of the Arts was rained out for the second time in a row. “We’re cursed,” Kirchgessner said. The summer will end Aug.

28 for Mustard Plug at Turtle Lake Resort Music Fest, held at the Union City nudist resort. “There’s lots of rules. They said we don’t have to get naked, which is cool, because I’m probably not going to get naked,” Johnson said. “That will be the official ending of summer. Forever.” Said Kirchgessner: “It’s just a weird summer for Mustard Plug.” But touring in general isn’t weird for the band, which has made a career of constant gigging for almost two decades. “The band always has really enjoyed playing live. I think that has kept us going for 19 years,” Kirchgessner said. “And I think that’s our appeal. I think that’s why people like the band — because we’re having fun.” Even though 160 shows a year has been scaled back to about 50 in the last few years, the group performs everywhere, including a recent two-week European tour. A fall tour in eastern Canada is planned for October. The band is working on 10 new songs, three of which are close to being complete. What does that mean exactly? You can practically hear Kirchgessner shrug his shoulders over the phone. “We could have a finished album in six months or six

years,” he said. “At this point in our career, we don’t put hard deadlines on our career.” As Johnson put it: “We’re kind of free agents.” Once signed for a handful of years with California-based record company Hopeless (which Johnson said was fitting), the group is label-less, and it’s a good thing. “We can do whatever we want. We released a song earlier in the spring, and we didn’t really have to ask, ‘Can we release this song?’” Johnson said. “It’s kind of nice not to deal with the politics of it all.” No matter how the band matures, future albums are always going to sound “similar” to previous works. The group has released new tune “AyeAyeAye” digitally and is constantly looking for new ways to put out its music. Band members also are penning a song for a national collaborative album about, as well as to benefit, the Gulf oil spill. But for now, it’s about touring and making sure its audiences are having fun. And if the band gets a free beer out of the deal, that’s OK, too. “Keep going as long as we enjoy it,” Kirchgessner said. “I’m looking forward to the next 20 years.” E-mail:





THE ULTIMATE LISTING OF EVENTS IN WEST MICHIGAN TONIGHT IN CONCERT Douglas Social with Sam Phillippe, Strings Attached, 5:30-9 p.m. today, Beery Field, downtown Douglas, Open Mic Night, 6:30 tonight, Garden Club Park Stage, along White Pine Trail, near dam, downtown Rockford, free. Matisyahu, 7 tonight, $17-$20; Titus Andronicus, 7:30 tonight, front lounge, $10, The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave. SW, 800-745-3000 or 451-8232, or Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts: Alive & Well, 7 tonight, Riverwalk Plaza, downtown Lowell, free, 897-9161, Wyatt and Shari Knapp, 7 tonight, Veterans’ Memorial Park, 254 W. Randall St., Coopersville, free, 997-8555. Thursdays at the Point, sponsored by Grand Haven Area Arts Council, 7-8:30 tonight, Mill Point Park, downtown Spring Lake, free, 842-2285, Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck with Jacques Ibert, Darius Milhaud and Francis Poulenc: “C’est Magnifique” 7:30 tonight, Saugatuck Woman’s Club, 310 Butler St., Saugatuck, adults $20, students $10, 269-857-1424, saugatuckmusic. org. Grand Rapids Symphony Picnic Pops: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, 7:30 tonight, Cannonsburg Ski Area, 6800 Cannonsburg Road NE, adults $14$43, seniors $12-$14, students $12-

$14, ages 2-15 $5-$7, free to children younger than 2, lawn seats $2 more at gate, 800-745-3000, 800-9822787 or 454-9451, or Acoustic Stew: Ruth Gerson, 8 tonight, One Trick Pony, 136 E. Fulton St., 235-7669,

SPECIALS Brawl for the Ball Basketball Tournament, today, DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, or devosplace. org. “The School House to the White House: The Education of the Presidents” and Quilts,” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St. NW, adults $7, seniors $6, college students with ID $5, ages 6-18 $3, free to age 5 and younger, 2540400, “Chihuly: A New Eden,” and “Sculptors Celebrate the Legacy of Fred and Lena Meijer,” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, ages 14-64 $12, age 65 and older $9, students with ID $9, ages 5-13 $6, ages 3-4 $4, free to age 2 and younger, 957-1580 or 888-957-1580, or John Ball Zoo, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. today, 1300 W. Fulton St., adults $7.50, age 62 and older $6.50, children $5.50, free to children younger than 2, 336-4301, Regional Exhibition, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today, Muskegon Museum of Art, 96 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon, free, 231-720-2570, Art Bazaar and Vintage Flea Market, 5-8 p.m. today, Holland Area Arts Council, 150 E. Eighth St., Holland,, 396-3278. Hip Hop, 5:30 p.m. today, Rosa Parks Circle on Monroe Center NW, free, Street Performer Series, 6:308:30 tonight, downtown Holland, 988-6187,

FOR KIDS The Intersection: Matisyahu will perform at 7 tonight.

Summer Fun Days, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St. NW, 456-3977,


Spectrum Theatre: From left, Nancee Moes, Maureen O’Brien and Rachel Pineiro star in the modern adaptation of the Shakespearean classic “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” “Curious George,” 9:30 a.m.- 8 p.m. today; Family Night, 5-8 p.m. today, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, 22 Sheldon Ave. NE, $6.50, 5-8 p.m. today $1.50, free to children younger than 2, 235-4726, Miranda’s Park Party, noon-2 p.m. today, following 11:30 a.m. free lunch for age 18 and younger, Kollen Park, 240 Kollen Park Drive, Holland,

ON STAGE “Annie,” 7:30 tonight, Circle Theatre, Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, 1607 Robinson Road SE, $25, 456-6656, “The Music Man,” 7:30 tonight, Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, 600 Forest Hill Ave. SE, adults $8, age 18 and younger $6, 800-745-3000 or 493-8966, or “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” 8 tonight, Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE, $10-$18, 234-3946 or 451-2600, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” 8 tonight, Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St., Saugatuck, $33-$39.75, 269-857-4898, “An Italian Straw Hat,” by Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, 8 tonight, Hope College, DeWitt Center, 141 E. 12th St., Holland, $8$19, 395-7890,

FRIDAY IN CONCERT Summer Concert Series: The

Macpodz, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Kollen Park, 240 Kollen Park Drive, Holland, 394-0000. Umphrey’s McGee, 7 p.m. Friday, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, $35-$37, free to age 2 and younger, 800-585-3737 or 957-1580, or meijergardens. org. GRAM on the Green: Pangea Steel Drum Band, 7-9 p.m. Friday; Broken Flowers, a Butoh-Inspired Performance, 8 p.m. Friday, Grand Rapids Art Museum terrace, Rosa Parks Circle on Monroe Center NW, free, 831-1000, Punch Brothers, 7 p.m. Friday, The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave. SW, $17-$20, 800-745-3000 or 451-8232, or Grand Rapids Symphony Picnic Pops: “Big Bad Voodoo Daddy,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cannonsburg Ski Area, 6800 Cannonsburg Road NE, adults $14-$43, seniors $12-$14, students $12-$14, ages 2-15 $5-$7, free to children younger than 2, lawn seats $2 more at gate, 800-7453000, 800-982-2787 or 454-9451, or grsymphony. org. Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck with Jacques Ibert, Darius Milhaud and Francis Poulenc: “C’est Magnifique” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saugatuck Woman’s Club, 310 Butler St., Saugatuck, adults $20, students $10, 269-857-1424, saugatuckmusic. org. Blue Lake Summer Arts Festival:

Blue Lake Faculty Showcase, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, 300 E. Crystal Road, Twin Lake, 231-894-1966 or 800-221-3796, Kitchen Band, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Luke Lenhart & Friends, 7:45 p.m. Friday, Hallelujah Square Gospel Music Barn, the Chapel in the Pines, 6881 64th Ave., Hudsonville, free, 875-8928, Chosen Few’s Fuego, 9 p.m. Friday, Club 131 at the DeltaPlex, 2500 Turner Ave. NW, Walker, $15$20, 800-745-3000 or 364-9000, or

SPECIALS Fulton Street Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 1145 E. Fulton St., free, “The School House to the White House: The Education of the Presidents” and Quilts,” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St. NW, adults $7, seniors $6, college students with ID $5, ages 6-18 $3, free to age 5 and younger, 2540400, “Chihuly: A New Eden,” and “Sculptors Celebrate the Legacy of Fred and Lena Meijer,” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, ages 14-64 $12, age 65 and older $9, students with ID $9, ages 5-13 $6, ages 3-4 $4, free to age 2 and younger, 957-1580 or 888-957-1580, or


John Ball Zoo, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 1300 W. Fulton St., adults $7.50, age 62 and older $6.50, children $5.50, free to children younger than 2, 336-4301, Grand Haven Beach Vault, 9 a.m.7:30 p.m. Friday, Grand Haven City Beach, S. Harbor Drive, Grand Haven, free, GRAM on the Green Downtown GR Bazaar, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Grand Rapids Art Museum terrace, Rosa Parks Circle on Monroe Center NW, free, 831-1000, Friday Night at the View Family Film Series, twilight Friday, Orchard View Church of God, 2777 Leffingwell Ave. NE, free, 361-1669,

FOR KIDS Summer Fun Days, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St. NW, 456-3977, “Curious George,” 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; Monkey Around in Our Obstacle Course, 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, 22 Sheldon Ave. NE, $6.50, free to children younger than 2, 2354726, Fresh Art + Fresh Film: “Magic in the Air,” for ages 5-8, 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St., Saugatuck, $5, 269-857-2399,

ON STAGE Hope Summer Repertory Theatre Children’s Troupe: “Brand New Kid,” 10:30 a.m. Friday, Hope College, DeWitt Center, Studio Theatre, 141 E. 12th St., Holland, $10, 395-7890, “The Music Man,” 3 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, 600 Forest Hill Ave. SE, adults $8, age 18 and younger $6, 800-7453000 or 493-8966, or “Annie,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Circle Theatre, Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, 1607 Robinson Road SE, $25, 456-6656, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” 8 p.m. Friday, Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE, $10-$18, 234-3946 or 451-2600, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” 8 p.m. Friday, Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St., Saugatuck, $33-$39.75, 269-857-4898, “Into the Woods,” by Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, 8 p.m. Friday, Hope College, DeWitt Center, 141 E. 12th St., Holland, $10-$26, 3957890,

IN A WORD Ox-Bow Lecture Series with Jack Becker: “Public Art in the


Age of Obama,” 1:30 p.m. Friday, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Rosa Parks Circle on Monroe Center NW, free with admission of adults $8, seniors $7, college students $7, ages 6-17 $5, free to age 5 and younger, after 5 p.m. Friday $5, 831-1000,

SATURDAY IN CONCERT The Lordsmen, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Hallelujah Square Gospel Music Barn, the Chapel in the Pines, 6881 64th Ave., Hudsonville, free, 875-8928, chapelinthepinescampground. com. The Dixie Echoes, 7 p.m. Saturday, Christian Reformed Conference Grounds, 12253 Lakeshore Drive, Grand Haven, donation, 842-4478, Blue Lake Summer Arts Festival: Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, 300 E. Crystal Road, Twin Lake, 231-894-1966 or 800-2213796, The Tubes with The Jim Cummings Band, 8 p.m. Saturday, Barn Theatre, 13351 W. Highway M-96, west of Augusta, $35, 269-7314121,

SPECIALS Fulton Street Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1145 E. Fulton St., free, “The School House to the White House: The Education of the Presidents” and Quilts,” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St. NW, adults $7, seniors $6, college students with ID $5, ages 6-18 $3, free to ages 5 and younger, 2540400, “Chihuly: A New Eden,” and “Sculptors Celebrate the Legacy of Fred and Lena Meijer,” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, ages 14-64 $12, age 65 and older $9, students with ID $9, ages 5-13 $6, ages 3-4 $4, free to age 2 and younger, 957-1580 or 888-957-1580, or John Ball Zoo, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 1300 W. Fulton St., adults $7.50, age 62 and older $6.50, children $5.50, free to children younger than 2, 336-4301, Grand Haven Beach Vault, 9 a.m.7:30 p.m. Saturday, Grand Haven City Beach, S. Harbor Drive, Grand Haven, free, grandhavenbeachvault. com. All Day with the Arts, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center NW, free with admission of adults $8, seniors $7, college students $7, ages

6-17 $5, free to age 5 and younger, after 5 p.m. Friday $5, 831-1000, Regional Exhibition, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Muskegon Museum of Art, 96 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon, $5, free to students with ID and age 17 and younger, Thursdays free, 231720-2570, muskegonartmuseum. org. The Great Train Robbery, benefiting Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, Mounted Division, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Coopersville and Marne Railway, 311 Danforth St., Coopersville, adults $14.50, seniors $13.50, ages 2-12 $11.50, free to children younger than 2, 997-7000, coopersvilleandmarne. org. Vintage Base Ball: Douglas Dutchers vs. Bonneyville Millers BBC, 2 p.m. Saturday, Beery Field, downtown Douglas, Races, 7 p.m. Saturday, Berlin Raceway, 2060 Berlin Fair Drive, Marne, $12, seniors $10, ages 6-12 $5, 677-5000,

FOR KIDS “Curious George,” 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; Make a Monkey Puppet, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, 22 Sheldon Ave. NE, $6.50, free to children younger than 2, 235-4726, The Village Puppeteers, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Saugatuck,

ON STAGE “Hello, Muddah, Hello, Faddah,” by Jewish Theater of Grand Rapids, 7 p.m. Saturday, Red Barn Playhouse, 3657 63rd St., Saugatuck, adults $20, seniors $15, students $15, 269-8575300, “Annie,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Circle Theatre, Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, 1607 Robinson Road SE, $25, 456-6656, River City Improv, 7:33 p.m. Saturday, Calvin College, Gezon Auditorium, 3201 Burton St. SE, $8, 526-6282, or “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE, $10-$18, 2343946 or 451-2600, heritagetheatregr. org. “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St., Saugatuck, $33-$39.75, 269-857-4898, “An Italian Straw Hat,” by Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, 8 p.m. Saturday, Hope College, DeWitt Center, 141 E. 12th St., Holland, $8$19, 395-7890,

SUNDAY IN CONCERT Karen Peck, 6 p.m. Sunday, Sandy Pines Lakeside Chapel, in Sandy Pines Campground, Hopkins, donation, 896-8315, Calico, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Hallelujah Square Gospel Music Barn, the Chapel in the Pines, 6881 64th Ave., Hudsonville, free, 875-8928, chapelinthepinescampground .com. Blue Lake Summer Arts Festival: Blue Lake Festival Band, 7:30 p.m. Sunday; Imago Tijl Dance Group, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, 300 E. Crystal Road, Twin Lake, 231-894-1966 or 800-2213796, Worship on the Waterfront: Sarah Schieber, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Waterfront Stadium, 1 N. Harbor Drive, Grand Haven, donation, 8426600, www.worshiponthewaterfront. org. Cook International Carillon Concert Series: Peter Langberg, 8 p.m. Sunday, Grand Valley State University, Cook Carillon Plaza, Allendale, free, 331-3484, music.

SPECIALS “The School House to the White House: The Education of the Presidents” and Quilts,” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St. NW, adults $7, seniors $6, college students with ID $5, ages 6-18 $3, free to age 5 and younger, 2540400, needs www John Ball Zoo, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 1300 W. Fulton St., adults $7.50, age 62 and older $6.50, children $5.50, free to children younger than 2, 336-4301, Sunday Art Market, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Farmer’s Market pavilion,


Chinook Pier, 301 N. Harbor Drive, Grand Haven, visitgrandhaven. com. Fulton Street ARTisans Market, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Fulton Street Farmers Market, 145 E. Fulton St., free, “Chihuly: A New Eden,” and “Sculptors Celebrate the Legacy of Fred and Lena Meijer,” noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, ages 14-64 $12, age 65 and older $9, students with ID $9, ages 5-13 $6, ages 3-4 $4, free to age 2 and younger, 957-1580 or 888-957-1580, or

FOR KIDS “Curious George,” noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, 22 Sheldon Ave. NE, $6.50, free to children younger than 2, 2354726,

ON STAGE “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” 2 p.m. Sunday, Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE, $10-$18, 2343946 or 451-2600, heritagetheatregr. org. “Hello, Muddah, Hello, Faddah,” by Jewish Theater of Grand Rapids, 2 p.m. Sunday, Red Barn Playhouse, 3657 63rd St., Saugatuck, adults $20, seniors $15, students $15, 269-8575300, “Annie,” 5 p.m. Sunday, Circle Theatre, Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, 1607 Robinson Road SE, $25, 456-6656, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” 7 p.m. Sunday, Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St., Saugatuck, $33-$39.75, 269-857-4898,



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MUSKEGON — About 35,000 motorcycles are expected to roll into downtown Muskegon starting Friday, where four beer tents with names such as “Twisted Lizard” and “Bust’d Hawg” await riders and as many as 90,000 spectators likely to make an appearance. Besides plenty of beer and chrome, there will be live music, drag racing, stunt demonstrations, a Miss Bike Time competition, monster truck rides and more. So, is the first thing that springs to mind the economic opportunities all this has to offer Muskegon? It likely is for John Vanwyck, chairman of the Bike Time Board of Trustees. “Economically, it’s a huge event,” Vanwyck said. “Motorcyclists, they don’t carry a lot with them. They’re going to stay in our hotels, shop in our stores, eat in our restaurants. ... The economic impact is large.” According to Bike Time’s website, in 2009, the event drew visitors from 38 states and Canada. The three-day event features four beer tents this year: Twisted Lizard at the Muskegon County Visitors Center; Porky’s on Fourth Street and Western Avenue; Bust’d Hawg at Western Avenue and Second Street; and Steel Horse Saloon on Western and Jefferson avenues. On Saturday night, at the Steel Horse Saloon, Grammy-nominated singer Kenny Wayne Shepherd will perform. The show is included in the price of admission to the beer tents for the weekend. “It’s all part of the event,”

Muskegon Bike Time When: Friday through Sunday Where: Downtown Muskegon More info: Find a complete schedule of events and admission information at said Matthew Louck, vice president of marketing for Family Events, the outside promoter overseeing Bike Time. This is the second year the Bike Time board has opted to hire Family Events, an Indianapolis-based company with extensive experience organizing and promoting car and bike shows. The entertainment schedule is extensive. It includes GR’s Finest Street Bike Team Stunt Show, the Freestyle Insanity Moto X Aerial Stunt Team, Circus Una Motorcycle Thrill Show (an all-female aerial daredevil act), and the return of Sgt. Smash Monster Truck rides. The Mayor’s Ride, a classic Bike Time event, is back as well. The fundraising ride supports the James Fund, which gives assistance to widows and orphans of veterans in West Michigan. Registration is 9 a.m. Sunday, with bikes leaving at 10:30 a.m. It returns about noon. Cost is $10 per person. Louck and Vanwyck are hoping for an excellent festival. “If this weather holds, it’s going to be huge,” Vanwyck said. “Hotels are sold out, camping is sold out. It’s bigger and better than ever.” E-mail:







ummer had only just begun, but downtown Grand Haven already pulsed with the life of high season on a warm, cloudless Friday evening in late June when we stopped in at the Dee-Lite Bar & Grill. The place lived up to its first name. We had a delightful experience, with top-notch food, excellent service in the dining room and the fun of peoplewatching as crowds wound their way past us on the town’s main street.

More than a grill As for the rest of the restaurant’s name, the bar is separate from the quiet dining area, physically and aesthetically, and the term “grill” seems a bit misleading. This establishment is far from being merely about flipping burgers and pouring beer. It offers an eclectic variety of well-prepared palate-pleasers, ranging all the way up to oysters and sushi, and at prices belying the juke-joint image

suggested by its moniker. If culinary diversity is your bag, the Dee-Lite and its cousins offer plenty of it. Part of the Harbor Restaurants group owned by Steve and Carole Loftis, the place is connected to the Theatre Bar and the Grand, a higher-end restaurant in the town’s former theater a half-block from Waterfront Stadium. Other group members include longtime favorite Snug Harbor and the newer Jelly’s.

All-hours breakfast The Dee-Lite opened in 1937 and quickly became a staple breakfast spot. Once housed in a wooden, cabin-like building, it has been renovated with a modern facade of high, fullfrontal glass windows and a spare but pleasant restaurant interior. Inside is a remnant of the diner, where the authentic decor and an all-hours breakfast menu still are valued by those who frequented the early DeeLite. Next to that is the main dining room, where we enjoyed great food created by veteran head chef Lonnie Klop. While many people still think of the eatery as a sunrise place, its offerings also range from wraps

Authentic decor: Dee-Lite’s main dining room is quiet. The bar is in a separate area of the restaurant.

and burritos to steak and seafood on widely varied lunch and dinner menus. Two appetizers quickly caught our eyes: I chose crab cakes ($12.95) and my wife, Melanie, opted for lizard tongues ($6.95) — fried potato-skin slices general manager Michael Coleman said are spiced trimmings that come from the ton of spuds used for menu items each week. They arrived with a tasty, homemade red chile ranch dip on a cavernous plate and were a big hit with both of us. So were the three meaty jumbo crab cakes that almost could have been a meal in themselves. Fashioned with baby spinach, chipotle aioli and cilantro-lime dressing, they nearly made me forget I had an entree coming.

Winners for dinner My mushroom penne pasta ($17.95), to which I added a chicken option ($3.95), came in another deep plate piled high with enough shiitake and portabella mushrooms tossed with red onion, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red pepper and creamy asiago cheese sauce to feed a family. The combination of flavors made a wonderful blend that kept this dish intriguing to the end of our meal and again as a leftover after sitting in its own juices in our refrigerator. Melanie’s oven-roasted salmon ($23.95) was light and flaky, and winsomely presented on a bed of flavorful mashed potatoes. Here, too, the combination of ancho chile and honey glaze with fresh tomato relish and chipotle aioli was a lip-smacking winner. Dessert — her xangos ($5.50), a pair of fried cheesecakes, and my chocolate lava cake ($5.25), with warm chocolate bubbling up the center — was a fine capper to a satisfying evening of Dee-Lite. E-mail:


On the menu: Dee-Lite Bar & Grill entrees include ovenbaked Mahi-Mahi (front) with a carmelized onion crust and asiago risotto, and topped with roasted shallot aioli. At back is pan-seared, sesame-crusted ahi tuna on a bed of sticky rice with a toasted sesame vinaigrette.

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DINING GUIDE DOWNTOWN 1913 Room — This restaurant located in the Amway Grand Plaza features lavish design inspired by 18th century France and a fivecourse chef’s tasting menu; jacket required. Closed Sundays. 187 Monroe Ave. NW, 774-2000. $$$ Bar Divani — A wine bar that also offers specialty liquor and beer, this gathering place features a large array of small plates and several entrees. Closed Sundays. 15 Ionia Ave. SW, 774-9463. $$$ The Chop House of Grand Rapids — This fine dining spot boasts excellent service and aged, USDA prime steaks, including less pricey Black Angus beef selections and other various entrees. Sides and salads priced separately. Optional dessert dining in separate downstairs lounge, La Dolce Vita. Closed Sundays. 190 Monroe Ave. NW, 451-6131. $$$ Cottage Bar and Restaurant — American fare in the oldest eatery in the city’s core. House special is the Cottage burger. Closed Sundays. 8 LaGrave Ave. SE, 454-9088. $ Gill’s Fish House — One of the area’s more popular fish houses, known for its fresh selections. Located on the first level inside The B.O.B. Closed Sundays. 20 Monroe Ave. NW, 356-2000. $$, $$$ Restaurant Bloom — Light, innovative cuisine. Open TuesdaySunday. 40 Monroe Center, 6322233. $$ One Trick Pony — Bustling atmosphere and frequently evolving flavor combinations; brick oven pizzas, pasta or Jamaican entrees, vegetarian dishes. Full bar and extensive wine list. Closed Sundays. 136 E. Fulton St., 235-7669. $, $$ Tre Cugini — Upscale restaurant offers authentic Italian dishes, seafood, steaks and chops. Closed Sundays. 122 Monroe Center, 2359339. $$$

NORTHEAST Bud and Stanleys Pub and Grub — This casual dining spot offers a diverse menu, including Mexican and Italian fare. Open daily. 1701 Four Mile Road NE, 361-9782. $, $$ Golden Dragon — This Chinese restaurant offers an extensive menu with soups, noodle and rice dishes and operates a Japanese steakhouse dining room. Closed Sundays. 3629 Plainfield Ave. NE, 363-1318 or 3636279. $, $$ Golden Wok — This spot in the

Knapp’s Corner area features a wide variety of lunch and dinner items. Open daily. 1971 East Beltline Ave. NE, 363-8880. $, $$ The Melting Pot — Interactive fondue restaurant allows diners to be a part of the cooking experience, as each table is equipped with a built-in burner. Start with a salad and a cheese fondue course, or head straight to a hearty meal of seafood, beef or vegetarian fondue dishes — dessert fondue also available. Open daily. 2090 Celebration Drive, 365-0055. $$$ Red Hot Inn — Chili dogs, burgers, sandwiches, salads, breakfast all day. Closed Sundays. 3175 Leonard St. NE, 956-9425. $ The Restaurant at Thousand Oaks — American dishes, including duck, lamb, seafood and steaks, are offered at the year-round dining at the golf course eatery. Open daily. 4100 Thousand Oaks Drive, off East Beltline Ave. NE and Five Mile Road, 447-7750. $$

NORTHWEST China Chef — Plenty of entrees and starters to choose from, with many seafood concoctions and several less-traditional Chinese dishes. Closed Mondays. 4335 Lake Michigan Drive NW, 791-4488. $ The Landing — Riverfront dining inside the Radisson Riverfront, featuring seafood, steaks and prime rib, plus German specialities. Open daily. 270 Ann St. NW; 363-7748, $$ Shamrock Bar and Grill — The restaurant and sports bar has a limited menu with tasty dinners and children’s menu. Open daily. 2501 Wilson Ave. NW, 735-3888. $$

SOUTHEAST BD’s Mongolian Barbecue — The chain that began in Royal Oak has expanded to nine states with its interactive approach; diners choose their own meats, seafood, oils and spices and watch as cooks grill the concoctions in front of them. Open daily. 2619 28th St. SE, 957-7500. $, $$ Bar Louie — Eclectic menu from Southwest, classic American, Italian, and Cajun fare to hearty sandwiches, burgers and salads. Open daily. Located in Woodland Mall, 3191 28th St. SE.; 885-9050. $$ Beltline Bar — The longtime favorite is known for wet burritos and great service, consistent food and a broad menu of Mexican entrees; plenty of appetizers and

a kids’ menu also available. Open daily. 16 28th St. SE, 245-0494. $ Bonefish Grill — Located in Terrazzo Plaza, Bonefish offers fancy fishery. Market-fresh fish are flown in daily. Open daily. 1100 East Paris Ave. SE, 949-7861. $$ Carlos O’Kellys — A Mexican eatery (despite the name) that features Southwest decor and offers a large selection of south-of-theborder fare along with traditional American dishes. Open daily. 4977 28th St. SE, 942-1600. $, $$ Fleetwood Diner — This “diner on steroids” offers classic diner fare, Greek entrees and full dinners. Open daily. 2222 44th St. SE, Kentwood. 281-2300. $, $$ Forest Hills Inn — Standard American fare, including pizza and steaks. Open daily. 4609 Cascade Road SE, 949-4771. $, $$ Great Lakes Shipping Co. — A popular steakhouse that also offers seafood, salads and desserts. Open daily. 2455 Burton St. SE, 949-9440. $$, $$$ Green Well — American gastro pub offers intriguing cuisine. Open daily. 924 Cherry St. SE, 808-3566. $$ Nighthawk Food & Spirits — Family-owned restaurant popular for homemade beer-battered gizzards and wet burritos, specializing in American fare, including burgers, wraps, sandwiches, steaks, salads and appetizers. Open MondaySaturday for lunch and dinner. 6950 Whitneyville Ave. SE. 868-6336. $ Olives — Traditional Spanish tapas dining spot with cozy surroundings. Closed Sundays. 2162 Wealthy St. SE, 451-8611. $, $$ Osta’s — Storefront restaurant offers Lebanese cuisine. Closed Mondays. 2228 Wealthy St. SE, 4568999. $ Papa Vino’s Italian Kitchen — Old World Italian restaurant; huge portions. Open daily. 4570 28th St. SE, 285-5004. $$ The Pier Head Grill and Tavern — A nautical theme welcomes diners to this casual, cozy and low-key restaurant located in Cascade Center. Featuring a limited menu with salads, steaks and burgers, the restaurant provides hearty, simplyprepared comfort fare with broad appeal. Open daily. 6246 28th St. SE. 974-9010. $, $$ Pietro’s Back Door — Seven styles of pizza, famous breadsticks, pasta dishes and sandwiches. Closed Sundays. 2780 Birchcrest SE (behind Pietro’s restaurant), 452-7488. $, $$ Ruby Tuesday — Chain restaurant offers several entrees and a wellstocked salad bar with soups. Open every day. 3684 28th St. SE, 285-7917. $ Sayfee’s Restaurant — More casual than in the past, but still

offers delicious food, impeccable service and classic entrees such as steak Diane, prime rib and chateaubriand. Closed Sundays. 3555 Lake Eastbrook Blvd. SE, 9495750. $$, $$$ Scooter’s — Sports-bar and bistro aims to be a culinary Epcot featuring dishes from 20 countries. 3097 Broadmoor Ave. SE. 464-4300. $, $$ Thai House — A range of Thai cuisine: Hot, sour, sweet and salty flavors are evident in the extensive menu. Closed Sundays. 6447 28th St. SE, Cascade, 285-9944. $$ Tokyo Grill — This little eatery in Bretwood Center, at Breton Avenue and 44th Street SE, offers sushi, sashimi, miso soup, small Orientaltype salads and hibachi-prepared dinners of scallops, chicken, pork, steak and shrimp. Closed Sundays. 455-3433. $ Uccello’s Pizzeria/Grille and Sports Lounge — You can indulge in the sports-bar experience or turn left inside the restaurant for casual dining; homemade sauces accent the entrees and pizza; sandwiches, regular and Italian (panini) are available; televisions are everywhere; dining room is smokefree, sports lounge is not. 2630 East Beltline Ave. SE, 954-2002. $ Wei Wei Palace Chinese Seafood Restaurant — This Cantonese restaurant specializes in dim sum, a meal made up of small items, steamed, baked or deep-fried, chosen by diners from carts paraded by waiters; each plate offers three to six pieces; fresh seafood from tanks in the dining room. Open daily (catch dim sum 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily). 4242 S. Division Ave., 724-1818. $

SOUTHWEST Bangkok View — Thai restaurant serves traditional ethnic cuisine, including Pad Thai. Closed Mondays. 1233 28th St. SW, 531-8070. $ Cracker Barrel — One of the biggest restaurant chains of the South has a location just south of Grand Rapids, near RiverTown Crossings. Open daily. 4340 Kenowa Ave. SW (457-7219). $ Golden Gate — Chinese restaurant offers about 50 dinners across a wide range of styles, along with egg rolls and desserts. Open daily. 4023 S. Division Ave., 5347087. $ Monelli’s Restaurant and Sports Bar — A new eatery just off M-6 in Wyoming, this restaurant offers smoke-free casual dining on one side and a sports bar on the other. Featuring a variety of pizzas, paninis, oven-baked subs, pasta dishes and Italian entrees. Open daily. 5675 Byron Center Ave. SW. 530-9700. $$ Woody’s Press Box — Has the look of a sports bar with several

TV sets, billiards area and sports memorabilia decorating the walls; food is hearty and includes ribs, burgers, pizza, sandwiches and pulled pork dishes. Open daily. 5656 Clyde Park Ave. SW, 530-7400. $

AREAWIDE Applebee’s — Varied menus, appetizers and desserts. Open daily. 3851 Alpine Ave. NW (784-6199); 1375 28th St. SW (261-2558); 4955 28th St. SE (977-1900); 1685 Market Place Drive SE; 4488 Potomac Ave. SW (534-8173); 3250 Grand Ridge Drive NE (364-9492); 4475 Lake Michigan Drive NW (453-3623) $ Brandywine — The two location have similar menus featuring soup and salad, several south-of-theborder items and breakfast. Open daily. 1345 Lake Drive SE (774-8641); 2844 East Beltline Ave. NE (3631723). $, $$ Mr. Burger — Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert at family ownedand-operated restaurant for more than 40 years. 2101 Lake Michigan Drive NW (453-6291); 950 44th St. SW , Wyoming (538-0363); 1750 44th St. SE, Kentwood (455-8604); 5181 Northland Drive NE (3633888); 2300 28th St. SW, Wyoming (538-4439); 5835 Balsam Drive, Hudsonville (662-5088). $ O’Charley’s — Several specialty items include aged hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and chicken, pastas and sandwiches, homemade yeast rolls, a variety of fresh-cut salads with special-recipe salad dressings and signature caramel pie. Full bar. Open daily. 1600 East Beltline Ave. (301-8171); 12389 James St., Holland (616/392-7680) $ Chili’s — Southwestern decor and fare, with a wide variety of entrees, sandwiches and appetizers. Open every day. 4580 28th St. SE (9495892); 770 54th St. SW, Wyoming (261-9733) $ Max and Erma’s — American fare including steaks, chicken, entree salads and vegetarian-friendly options. Open daily. 3940 Rivertown Parkway SW (406-1600). $ Olive Garden — Franchised chain of Italian restaurants offers many appetizers, soups and a slew of pasta dishes with endless complimentary breadsticks and salad. Menus on cassette for the vision-impaired. Open daily. 3883 28th St. SE (940-1632); 3030 Alpine Ave. NW (785-0087); 4499 Potomac Ave., Grandville (406-0852). $, $$ Red Lobster — Seafood combination plates, long list of standards appears on the menu, with a highlight on fresh fish and shrimp dishes. Open daily. 3920 28th St. SE (949-9190); 3464 Rivertown Point Circle SW (406-1190); 1681 Sternberg Road, Muskegon (231/798-9586). $$


A PLEASANT DRIVE Beechwood Inn/Coyote Cafe — Geared for family dining, the Beechwood features an extensive and varied menu with seafood, steaks, sandwiches, chicken, ribs and burgers. Closed Sundays. 380 Douglas Ave., Holland (616) 3962355. $$ Butch’s Dry Dock — American cuisine in downtown Holland, extensive wine list; deli by day. Closed Sundays. 44 E. Eighth St., (616) 396-8227. $$, $$$ The Dining Room at Clearbrook — Hand-cut steaks, flown-in fresh seafood, vegetarian dishes, more than 200 wine choices. Open Friday and Saturday nights; call for off-season hours. 6494 Clearbrook Drive, Saugatuck. See tonight’s menu at (269) 857-2000. $$$ Clementine’s — South Haven eatery serves steak, ribs, burgers, burritos, entree salads, some pasta dishes and plenty of seafood in a casual atmosphere; full bar and wine list. Open daily. 500 Phoenix St. (269) 637-4755. $$ County Seat — Located in downtown Hastings, the restaurant has a varied menu that includes Italian and Mexican cuisines, steak and an award-winning chocolate dessert. Open daily. 128 Jefferson St., (269) 948-4042. $$ Everyday People Cafe — A popular spot in Douglas for its numerous entrees, each item made from scratch. Closed Wednesdays; open for lunch and dinner other days and for breakfast Saturdays and Sundays; hours vary, call (269) 857-4240; 11 Center St., Douglas. $$ Fricano’s — Pizza specialty place has one item on the menu — a 12-inch thin-crust pizza with limited options for toppings; due to popularity of the restaurant, be prepared to stand in line outside for

20 to 30 minutes. Closed Sundays. Grand Haven, (616) 842-8640. $ Goog’s Pub & Grub — Sportsthemed restaurant featuring 25 burgers including one doozy topped with onions and peanut butter. Kids get free baseball cards. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 667 Hasting Ave., Holland. 546-3422. $-$$. Honey Creek Inn — A casual pub serving lunch and dinner, the “downtown Cannonsburg” eatery is a popular spot. Closed Sundays. 8025 Cannonsburg Road NE, 8747849. $ Lamplight Grill — Seafood, chicken, steak, salads, sandwiches and more. Open daily. 314 W. Main St., Ionia; (616) 523-2233. $ Latitudes Roadhouse and Steelheads Sports Tavern — A sportsbar and tavern with steak, ribs, pasta, seafood and more; serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual setting. Open every day. 101 E. Edgerton Road, Howard City, (231) 937-7056. $ McDuff’s Bar & Grille — Mexican and American fare plus specialty pizzas. Open daily. 105 E. Superior St., Wayland, (269) 792-2257. $ Main Street Pub and Eatery — A great spot for those who like dining with a view of the water — Muskegon Lake; decor is a mixture of Southwest and sports bar. Open daily; closed after 2 p.m. Sundays. 1113 Ruddiman Road, North Muskegon; (231) 744-7139. $, $$ Mermaid Bar and Grill — Waterfront restaurant in Saugatuck provides casual seafood dining. Hours vary during summer and winter months, 340 Water St., (269) 857-8208. $$ Monterey Grille Restaurant and Lounge — Trendy and traditional food in a family-friendly dining room with large booths; large portions of homemade dishes are featured, some with a Southwest flavor. Open daily. 9175 Cherry Valley Road, Caledonia, 891-2928. $ Porto Bello — Located in downtown Grand Haven, this restaurant offers a casual atmosphere in an old piano factory with a view of the Grand River channel. Pasta, chicken, veal and pizza. Open daily. 41 Washington St., (616) 846-1221. $$ Rosebud — Dinner choices include lots of pasta dishes, sandwiches, pizzas, prime rib and barbecued ribs, homemade soups and dressings for salad and a limited dessert menu. Open daily. 100 Washington St., Grand Haven, (616) 846-7788. $, $$ Sardine Room — Decor is a mix of New Orleans and old Chicago of the ’20s; gourmet dishes, soups and sandwiches. Open daily. 2536 Henry St., Muskegon; (231) 755-5008. $$, $$$

Terra Verde — Restaurant overlooks the Ottawa County golf course that bears the same name. Mostly Italian entrees, with pasta, soups, steaks, seafood and desserts. Open Tuesdays-Saturdays. 11741 Leonard St. NW (south from the Nunica exit off Int. 96), (616) 8378392. $$ Timbers Inn — This casual eatery features a log-burning fire and a full dinner menu for casual dining. Open daily. 6555 Belding Road NE, Rockford, 874-5553. $$ Turk’s Inn — Nunica gathering place offers seafood, steak and an assortment of munchies. Open daily. Just off the Nunica exit from westbound Int. 96; (616) 837-7096. $ The White House — Full dining experience with ever-changing menu, an eclectic mix of various ethnic dishes, wine bar featuring house wines; signature, colorful cocktails are made with house wine rather than liquor. Open ThursdaySunday. 148 Griffith St., Saugatuck, (269) 857-3240. $$, $$$ Whitefish Lake Golf Grill & Steakhouse — Located north of Pierson at the Whitefish Lake Golf Club, this dining spot features handcut steaks, fresh fish, barbecued pork ribs, and a number of specialties grilled over an applewood fire. Open daily. 2241 Bass Lake Road, Pierson. (616) 636-5260.



The Grand Rapids Press’ film critic loves to talk movies - and now you can join him for his series, My 2 Cents! John will host a special screening of “Cyrus,” starring John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill, at 1 p.m. July 18 at Celebration! Cinema North, 2121 Celebration Drive NE. Free refreshments will be provided for a post-show chat. Come out and join the conversation!


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Sam’s Joint — Eight locations famous for the house ribs and lake perch. 7449 68th St., Alaska (6981833); 107 E. Main St., Caledonia (8911128); 15520 48th Ave., Coopersville (837-8558); 2412 S. Briggs Road, Middleville (269/795-3965); 1665 Viewpond Drive, Kentwood (4553111); 6618 Grand Haven Road, Spring Lake (231/798-7155); 675 N. 10th St., Plainwell (269/685-8235); 19 N. Main St., Rockford (866-3324). Hours vary by location, so call the administrative office for information: 891-9600. $$ Village Inn Pizza Parlor — Locally owned group offers pasta, Mexican fare and, of course, pizza. Both locations provide full table service. 2215 44th St. SE, Kentwood (281-1444); 934 S. Washington St., Holland (616) 392-1818. Open daily. $, $$






A GUIDE TO MUSIC AND MORE AT LOCAL WATERING HOLES ALTERNATIVE ROCK BILLY’S, 1437 Wealthy St. SE, 459-5757, — ’70s Tribute Show, 9 p.m. tonight, $5, 21 and older; UV Hippos, with Roots Of Creation, 9 p.m. Friday, $10, 21 and older; NEONBLCK, with Finan, 9 p.m. Wednesday, no cover, 21 and older. THE INTERSECTION, 133 Grandville Ave. SW, 451-8232, — Matisyahu, with Dub Trio, 7 tonight, $17 in advance, $20 day of show, all ages; Titus Andronicus, with Hallelujah the Hills, 7:30 tonight, doors at 7, front lounge show, $10, all ages; Punch Brothers, with Rogue River Grass, 7 p.m. Friday, $17 in advance, $20 day of show, all ages. MIXTAPE, 133 S. Division Ave., — Dwarf Corpse, We Call This Irony, Left Hand Fail, Only Hours After, The Crown Virgin, 6:30 p.m. Friday, $6 in advance, $8 day of show; Patent Pending, with Set It Off, Score 24, The City Walk, We Say Sunrise, Way To Fall, Midwest Skies, Tony Oleck, Sidney Anderson, 2 p.m. Saturday, $5 in advance, $8 day of show; Spoken, Righteous Vendetta, Mike Mains & The Branches, Hail Your Highness, 6 p.m. Wednesday, $8 in advance, $10 day of show.

COUNTRY/ROCK CRAZY HORSE SALOON, 4601 14 Mile Road NE, Rockford, 696-8605 — Beginner line-dancing lessons, with Lia, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, $5, call 540-9111 for dance questions. LOUIE’S BAR & ROCKET LOUNGE, 608 Bridge St. NW, myspace. com/louiesandtherocketlounge — Beginner line-dance lessons with Lia, 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, $5, call 540-9111 with dance questions. MAXINE’S, 370 N. State St., Sparta, 887-8700 — Open mic/ jam, with John J and friends, 5-8 p.m. Friday, no cover; Keith & The Rowdy Country Band, 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, no cover. POINT BAR, 1720 Hamilton Ave. NW, 361-8460, — Live music, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday night, no cover. TWISTED BULL, 3230 Eastern Ave. SE, 245-0531 — Union Guns, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, $2; Beginner line-dancing lessons with Lia, 7-9 tonight, $5,

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ROCK FLAMINGO LOUNGE, 930 Bridge St. NW, 774-2246 — Pretzel Logic, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Wednesday night. FOUNDERS BREWING CO., 235 Grandville Ave. SW, 776-1195, — The Bridge, with Theodore, 9:30 tonight, no cover, 21 and older; The Red Sea Pedestrians CD-Release Show, with Wire In The Wood, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, $5, 21 and older. MCDUFF’S, 105 E. Superior, Wayland, 269-792-2257 — Swerve, 9:30 tonight, no cover. POINT BAR, 1720 Hamilton Ave. NW, 361-8460, — The Beveridge Brothers Band, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Wednesday night. QUINN & TUITE’S IRISH PUB, 1535 Plainfield Ave. NE, 363-8380 — The Strain, 9 p.m. Saturday, no cover. RIVER CITY SALOON, 1152 Leonard St. NW, 451-0044, rcsaloon. com — Classic Fix, 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, no cover. RIVERBEND, 8124 E. Fulton, Ada, 676-9785 — Joe Latch, 7-11 p.m. Friday, no cover; Straight Shot, 8 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, no cover. ROCKY’S, 633 Ottawa Ave. NW, 356-2346 — The Straight Arrows, with FishLips, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, $3 cover 21 and older, $5 ages 18-20.

ACOUSTIC/FOLK BILLY’S, 1437 Wealthy St. SE, 459-5757, — Vic Ruggiero, Chris Murray, Forthright, Deal’s Gone Bad, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, $8, 18 and older; “Plugged” open

mic for bands, 9 p.m. Tuesday, no cover, 21 and older. THE COUNTY SEAT LOUNGE, 128 S. Jefferson St., Hastings, 269-948-4042 — Rush Clement, 6-10 tonight; Brant Satala, 7-11 p.m. Friday; Matt Foresman, 7-11 p.m. Saturday. FENIAN’S IRISH PUB, 19683 Main St., Conklin, 899-2640 — Sean Nos singing and Irish music session, 7 p.m. Friday; Traditional Irish music session, 7 p.m. Wednesday, no cover. MOCHA-N-MUSIC, 5211 Cherry Ave., Suite 170, Hudsonville, 6699917, — Mark Mullins, 7 tonight; Ryan Nelson, 7 p.m. Friday; Brieanna Zwiep, 7 p.m. Saturday; Erin Bristol, Shawn Wielends, 7 p.m. Monday; Nathan Gafford, 7 p.m. Tuesday; Java Blue, 7 p.m. Wednesday. ONE TRICK PONY, 136 E. Fulton, 235-PONY, — Ruth Gerson, 7 tonight. QUINN & TUITE’S IRISH PUB, 1535 Plainfield Ave. NE, 363-8380 — Live music, 9-10 p.m. Friday, open mic 10-midnight, open jam, midnight. ROCKY’S, 633 Ottawa Ave. NW, 356-2346 — Acoustic open mic with Sam Kenny, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, no cover, 18 and older. ZELLIE’S OPRY HOUSE, 230 E. Edgerton, Howard City, 260-3032, — Friday Night Fun, acoustic open jam/mic, 7 p.m. Friday, doors at 6, $5.

JAZZ/BLUES BRICK ROAD PIZZA CO., 1017 Wealthy St. SE, brickroadpizzaco. com — John Shea Trio, 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, no cover. GILLY’S, inside The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW, 356-2000, thebob. com — Paul Lesinski, Tony Reynolds, 7-10 tonight. THE KIRBY HOUSE, 2 Washington Ave., Grand Haven, 846-3299, — Jimmy Pop, 9:30 p.m. Friday; Flashback, 9:30 p.m. Saturday. NOTO’S, 6600 28th St. SE, 4936687, — Bob Van Stee, Kathy LaMar, 7-10 tonight; Tony Reynolds, Wally Michaels, 7:3010:30 p.m. Friday; John Shea, Chris Lawrence, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, no cover; Tommy Hagen Trio, with Rick Reuther, 7-10 p.m. Wednesday. REPUBLIC, 45 S. Division Ave.,

Don’t let the name fool you: Chicago band Deal’s Gone Bad is headlining Billy’s on Saturday night (see Acoustic/Folk). 608-6465, — Monday Night Jazz, with John Shea, Chris Laurence, Matt Herridia, 8-11 p.m. Monday. ROCKY’S, 633 Ottawa Ave. NW, 356-2346 — Blues on the Mall After Party, with Blues Conspiracy, 10 p.m. Wednesday, no cover, 21 and older.

COMEDY DR. GRINS, inside The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW, 356-2000 — Mike Armstrong, 9 tonight, $5; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, $10. THE LANDING LOUNGE, The Radisson, 270 Ann St. NW, 363-9001 — Michigan comedians, hosted by Brian B., 8:30 p.m. Sunday, no cover.

POP/VARIETY AMVETS POST 23, 98 52nd St. SE, Kentwood, 531-5438 — Sunday jam session, with Denny Gramza and friends, 4-9 p.m. Sunday. BLUE WATER GRILL, 5180 Northland Drive NE, 363-5900, — 3’s A Crowd, 7-10 tonight; Lazy Blue Tunas, 7-10 p.m. Friday night; Curt Hines, 7-10 p.m. Saturday night; Greg Miller, 4-7 p.m. Sunday; Mark Swanson, 7-10 p.m. Monday; John Proulx, 7-10 p.m. Tuesday; Tom Northrup, 7-10 p.m. Wednesday. BOBARINO’S, inside The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW, 356-2000 — Valentiger, 8-11 tonight; Umphrey’s McGee After Party, with Lubriphonic, 9:30 p.m. Friday; One Pump Daisy, 9:30 p.m. Saturday; Curt Hines, 7-10:30 p.m. Tuesday; Magic Frank, 10 p.m. Wednesday. CHEERS, 3994 Plainfield Ave. NE, 363-1188 — Trilogy Unplugged, 7:3010:30 tonight, on the deck. CLIQUE LANES, 533 Stocking Ave. NW, 456-6123 — Corey’s School of Rock Band, 6:30 p.m. Friday. THE GRILLE AT WATERMARK, inside Watermark Country Club, 5500 Cascade Road SE, 949-0570 ext. 1 — Drop 35, 8 p.m. Friday.

THE LANDING LOUNGE, The Radisson, 270 Ann St. NW, 3639001 — Noteworthy, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, no cover. MANGIAMO!, 1033 Lake Drive SE, 742-0600, — Kevin Viilo, 7-11 p.m. Friday; Dave Molinari, 7-11 p.m. Saturday; Wally Michaels, 7-10 p.m. Wednesday. NICK FINK’S, 3965 West River Drive NE, Comstock Park, 784-9886 — Don Bidel, 9 tonight. RED JET CAFE, 1431 Plainfield Ave. NE, 719-5500 — John Proulx, 6-9 p.m. Monday. RUSH CREEK BISTRO, inside Sunnybrook Country Club, 624 Port Sheldon St. SW, Grandville, 457-1100 — Curt Hines, 9 p.m. Friday. SAYFEE’S, 3555 Lake Eastbrook Blvd. SE, 949-5750 — Live music/ dancing with Spellbound, 8-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, no cover. VFW OLD KENT CUSTER POST 830, 557 11th St. NW, 774-9271 — Denny Gramza, Dale Thomas, Tom Geluso, Earl Outz open jam session, 5-10 p.m. Saturday. VFW CRESTON POST NO. 3023, 1535 Monroe Ave., 361-1245 — Groove Therapy, 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, no cover.

DJ/KARAOKE AM-VETS POST 126, 2929 Marshall Ave. SE, 243-6577 — Karaoke with Footloose, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday night. AMERICAN LEGION POST 208, 133 44th St., Wyoming, 534-3220 — Karaoke with Jackie (R & S), 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday night. APPLEBEE’S, 1685 Marketplace Drive SE, Caledonia, 698-9342 — Karaoke with Lori (T-n-T), 8 p.m.midnight Tuesday night. BILLY’S, 1437 Wealthy St. SE, 459-5757, — “Revival” ’80s dance night with DJ Hustlah, 9 p.m. Sunday, $2, 21 and older; “Bassbin,” featuring DJ SuperDre, 9 p.m. Monday, no cover, 21 and older.





A GUIDE TO MUSIC AND MORE AT LOCAL WATERING HOLES ALTERNATIVE ROCK BILLY’S, 1437 Wealthy St. SE, 459-5757, — ’70s Tribute Show, 9 p.m. tonight, $5, 21 and older; UV Hippos, with Roots Of Creation, 9 p.m. Friday, $10, 21 and older; NEONBLCK, with Finan, 9 p.m. Wednesday, no cover, 21 and older. THE INTERSECTION, 133 Grandville Ave. SW, 451-8232, — Matisyahu, with Dub Trio, 7 tonight, $17 in advance, $20 day of show, all ages; Titus Andronicus, with Hallelujah the Hills, 7:30 tonight, doors at 7, front lounge show, $10, all ages; Punch Brothers, with Rogue River Grass, 7 p.m. Friday, $17 in advance, $20 day of show, all ages. MIXTAPE, 133 S. Division Ave., — Dwarf Corpse, We Call This Irony, Left Hand Fail, Only Hours After, The Crown Virgin, 6:30 p.m. Friday, $6 in advance, $8 day of show; Patent Pending, with Set It Off, Score 24, The City Walk, We Say Sunrise, Way To Fall, Midwest Skies, Tony Oleck, Sidney Anderson, 2 p.m. Saturday, $5 in advance, $8 day of show; Spoken, Righteous Vendetta, Mike Mains & The Branches, Hail Your Highness, 6 p.m. Wednesday, $8 in advance, $10 day of show.

COUNTRY/ROCK CRAZY HORSE SALOON, 4601 14 Mile Road NE, Rockford, 696-8605 — Beginner line-dancing lessons, with Lia, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, $5, call 540-9111 for dance questions. LOUIE’S BAR & ROCKET LOUNGE, 608 Bridge St. NW, myspace. com/louiesandtherocketlounge — Beginner line-dance lessons with Lia, 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, $5, call 540-9111 with dance questions. MAXINE’S, 370 N. State St., Sparta, 887-8700 — Open mic/ jam, with John J and friends, 5-8 p.m. Friday, no cover; Keith & The Rowdy Country Band, 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, no cover. POINT BAR, 1720 Hamilton Ave. NW, 361-8460, — Live music, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday night, no cover. TWISTED BULL, 3230 Eastern Ave. SE, 245-0531 — Union Guns, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, $2; Beginner line-dancing lessons with Lia, 7-9 tonight, $5,

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 Find more After Dark listings at grand-rapids. call 540-9111. WESTWOOD AT THE CROSSING, 5760 West River Drive NE, 363-5104 — Beginner line-dancing lessons, with Lia, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, $5, call 540-9111. WHISKEY RIVER SALOON, 4050 Chicago Drive SW, Grandville, 5381220 — Double Barrel, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights.

ROCK FLAMINGO LOUNGE, 930 Bridge St. NW, 774-2246 — Pretzel Logic, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Wednesday night. FOUNDERS BREWING CO., 235 Grandville Ave. SW, 776-1195, — The Bridge, with Theodore, 9:30 tonight, no cover, 21 and older; The Red Sea Pedestrians CD-Release Show, with Wire In The Wood, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, $5, 21 and older. MCDUFF’S, 105 E. Superior, Wayland, 269-792-2257 — Swerve, 9:30 tonight, no cover. POINT BAR, 1720 Hamilton Ave. NW, 361-8460, — The Beveridge Brothers Band, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Wednesday night. QUINN & TUITE’S IRISH PUB, 1535 Plainfield Ave. NE, 363-8380 — The Strain, 9 p.m. Saturday, no cover. RIVER CITY SALOON, 1152 Leonard St. NW, 451-0044, rcsaloon. com — Classic Fix, 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, no cover. RIVERBEND, 8124 E. Fulton, Ada, 676-9785 — Joe Latch, 7-11 p.m. Friday, no cover; Straight Shot, 8 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, no cover. ROCKY’S, 633 Ottawa Ave. NW, 356-2346 — The Straight Arrows, with FishLips, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, $3 cover 21 and older, $5 ages 18-20.

ACOUSTIC/FOLK BILLY’S, 1437 Wealthy St. SE, 459-5757, — Vic Ruggiero, Chris Murray, Forthright, Deal’s Gone Bad, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, $8, 18 and older; “Plugged” open

mic for bands, 9 p.m. Tuesday, no cover, 21 and older. THE COUNTY SEAT LOUNGE, 128 S. Jefferson St., Hastings, 269-948-4042 — Rush Clement, 6-10 tonight; Brant Satala, 7-11 p.m. Friday; Matt Foresman, 7-11 p.m. Saturday. FENIAN’S IRISH PUB, 19683 Main St., Conklin, 899-2640 — Sean Nos singing and Irish music session, 7 p.m. Friday; Traditional Irish music session, 7 p.m. Wednesday, no cover. MOCHA-N-MUSIC, 5211 Cherry Ave., Suite 170, Hudsonville, 6699917, — Mark Mullins, 7 tonight; Ryan Nelson, 7 p.m. Friday; Brieanna Zwiep, 7 p.m. Saturday; Erin Bristol, Shawn Wielends, 7 p.m. Monday; Nathan Gafford, 7 p.m. Tuesday; Java Blue, 7 p.m. Wednesday. ONE TRICK PONY, 136 E. Fulton, 235-PONY, — Ruth Gerson, 7 tonight. QUINN & TUITE’S IRISH PUB, 1535 Plainfield Ave. NE, 363-8380 — Live music, 9-10 p.m. Friday, open mic 10-midnight, open jam, midnight. ROCKY’S, 633 Ottawa Ave. NW, 356-2346 — Acoustic open mic with Sam Kenny, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, no cover, 18 and older. ZELLIE’S OPRY HOUSE, 230 E. Edgerton, Howard City, 260-3032, — Friday Night Fun, acoustic open jam/mic, 7 p.m. Friday, doors at 6, $5.

JAZZ/BLUES BRICK ROAD PIZZA CO., 1017 Wealthy St. SE, brickroadpizzaco. com — John Shea Trio, 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, no cover. GILLY’S, inside The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW, 356-2000, thebob. com — Paul Lesinski, Tony Reynolds, 7-10 tonight. THE KIRBY HOUSE, 2 Washington Ave., Grand Haven, 846-3299, — Jimmy Pop, 9:30 p.m. Friday; Flashback, 9:30 p.m. Saturday. NOTO’S, 6600 28th St. SE, 4936687, — Bob Van Stee, Kathy LaMar, 7-10 tonight; Tony Reynolds, Wally Michaels, 7:3010:30 p.m. Friday; John Shea, Chris Lawrence, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, no cover; Tommy Hagen Trio, with Rick Reuther, 7-10 p.m. Wednesday. REPUBLIC, 45 S. Division Ave.,

Don’t let the name fool you: Chicago band Deal’s Gone Bad is headlining Billy’s on Saturday night (see Acoustic/Folk). 608-6465, — Monday Night Jazz, with John Shea, Chris Laurence, Matt Herridia, 8-11 p.m. Monday. ROCKY’S, 633 Ottawa Ave. NW, 356-2346 — Blues on the Mall After Party, with Blues Conspiracy, 10 p.m. Wednesday, no cover, 21 and older.

COMEDY DR. GRINS, inside The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW, 356-2000 — Mike Armstrong, 9 tonight, $5; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, $10. THE LANDING LOUNGE, The Radisson, 270 Ann St. NW, 363-9001 — Michigan comedians, hosted by Brian B., 8:30 p.m. Sunday, no cover.

POP/VARIETY AMVETS POST 23, 98 52nd St. SE, Kentwood, 531-5438 — Sunday jam session, with Denny Gramza and friends, 4-9 p.m. Sunday. BLUE WATER GRILL, 5180 Northland Drive NE, 363-5900, — 3’s A Crowd, 7-10 tonight; Lazy Blue Tunas, 7-10 p.m. Friday night; Curt Hines, 7-10 p.m. Saturday night; Greg Miller, 4-7 p.m. Sunday; Mark Swanson, 7-10 p.m. Monday; John Proulx, 7-10 p.m. Tuesday; Tom Northrup, 7-10 p.m. Wednesday. BOBARINO’S, inside The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW, 356-2000 — Valentiger, 8-11 tonight; Umphrey’s McGee After Party, with Lubriphonic, 9:30 p.m. Friday; One Pump Daisy, 9:30 p.m. Saturday; Curt Hines, 7-10:30 p.m. Tuesday; Magic Frank, 10 p.m. Wednesday. CHEERS, 3994 Plainfield Ave. NE, 363-1188 — Trilogy Unplugged, 7:3010:30 tonight, on the deck. CLIQUE LANES, 533 Stocking Ave. NW, 456-6123 — Corey’s School of Rock Band, 6:30 p.m. Friday. THE GRILLE AT WATERMARK, inside Watermark Country Club, 5500 Cascade Road SE, 949-0570 ext. 1 — Drop 35, 8 p.m. Friday.

THE LANDING LOUNGE, The Radisson, 270 Ann St. NW, 3639001 — Noteworthy, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, no cover. MANGIAMO!, 1033 Lake Drive SE, 742-0600, — Kevin Viilo, 7-11 p.m. Friday; Dave Molinari, 7-11 p.m. Saturday; Wally Michaels, 7-10 p.m. Wednesday. NICK FINK’S, 3965 West River Drive NE, Comstock Park, 784-9886 — Don Bidel, 9 tonight. RED JET CAFE, 1431 Plainfield Ave. NE, 719-5500 — John Proulx, 6-9 p.m. Monday. RUSH CREEK BISTRO, inside Sunnybrook Country Club, 624 Port Sheldon St. SW, Grandville, 457-1100 — Curt Hines, 9 p.m. Friday. SAYFEE’S, 3555 Lake Eastbrook Blvd. SE, 949-5750 — Live music/ dancing with Spellbound, 8-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, no cover. VFW OLD KENT CUSTER POST 830, 557 11th St. NW, 774-9271 — Denny Gramza, Dale Thomas, Tom Geluso, Earl Outz open jam session, 5-10 p.m. Saturday. VFW CRESTON POST NO. 3023, 1535 Monroe Ave., 361-1245 — Groove Therapy, 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, no cover.

DJ/KARAOKE AM-VETS POST 126, 2929 Marshall Ave. SE, 243-6577 — Karaoke with Footloose, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday night. AMERICAN LEGION POST 208, 133 44th St., Wyoming, 534-3220 — Karaoke with Jackie (R & S), 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday night. APPLEBEE’S, 1685 Marketplace Drive SE, Caledonia, 698-9342 — Karaoke with Lori (T-n-T), 8 p.m.midnight Tuesday night. BILLY’S, 1437 Wealthy St. SE, 459-5757, — “Revival” ’80s dance night with DJ Hustlah, 9 p.m. Sunday, $2, 21 and older; “Bassbin,” featuring DJ SuperDre, 9 p.m. Monday, no cover, 21 and older.




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11:10 pm DESPICABLE ME 3D (PG)  TOY STORY 3 in 2D (G) Special 3D Pricing Daily - 11:30, 1:50, 4:10, 6:30, 8:50 Thur. - 11:00, 12:10, 1:30, 2:45, 4:05, 5:20, 6:40, 9:15 Feature Presentations begin 10-15 minutes after published showtimes Also Fri. - 11:10 pm Fri. - 11:00, 1:30, 4:05, 6:40, 9:15 DESPICABLE ME 2D (PG)  A-TEAM (PG-13) East Beltline at Knapp St. NE Thur. - 11:00, 12:15, 1:05, 2:35, THE Thur. - 11:10, 1:55, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10 Opens Friday THE LAST 3:25, 4:55, 5:45, 7:15, 8:05, 9:40 Fri. 9:35 pm only INCEPTION (PG-13)  AIRBENDER 2D (PG)  Fri. - 12:15, 1:05, 2:35, 3:25, 4:55, Fri. - 12:01 am, 10:30, 12:15, 1:50, Thur. - 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 5:45, 7:15, 8:05, 10:25 THE KARATE KID (PG) 3:30, 5:10, 6:45, 8:30, 10:00, 11:00 Fri. - 12:30 pm & 9:55 pm Daily - 12:00, 3:05, 6:10, 9:15 THE LAST CYRUS (R)  AIRBENDER 3D (PG)  Last Times Today TWILIGHT SAGA: Fri. - 12:01 am, 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, ECLIPSE (PG-13)  Special 3D Pricing SHREK FOREVER AFTER 2D (PG) 7:10, 9:30, 11:50 Daily - 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he Imperial March” is one of the most iconic, memorable musical themes in cinema history. So, if you’re an orchestra performing the greatest hits of the “Star Wars” film scores, why not play it twice? The program for the touring extravaganza Star Wars: In Concert, which drew 8,000 people to Van Andel Arena on Wednesday night, ended its first set with Darth Vader’s signature brassy leitmotif and tacked it on the end for a thundering, crowd-pleasing encore. The 82-piece orchestra sounded best during the finale, letting rip for the famous number, exhibiting the power of both ensemble and piece. It was the crowd’s closest glimpse of the musicians who, with the lights on and the movie clips and laser lights off, truly performed the number. Granted, the multimedia extravaganza, consisting of two sets split by an intermission, mostly emphasizes the music. Several thematic pieces are



Star Wars: In Concert  (out of four stars) Highlight No. 1: The rousing encore reprise of “The Imperial March.” Highlight No. 2: Host Anthony Daniels revealing a gold vest beneath his jacket while reciting lines as his droid alter-ego, C-3PO. Time on stage: 100 minutes, plus a 20-minute intermission. P

the foundation of the show, the visual aspect for which sets aside the chronology of the six “Star Wars” films for numbers focused on characters or situations. Not many classical-music concerts have arena-sized productions; even fewer, I’d wager, dedicate a segment of the program to battles

Protocol droid: Anthony Daniels, the actor who portrayed C-3PO in all the “Star Wars” movies, addresses the crowd.

set in asteroid fields. Unlike the touring show for the “Lord of the Rings” series, which presents one of the films uncut with the score performed live, Star Wars: In SEE MUSIC, PAGE 19





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as Leia, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker drew the biggest cheers, and producers were smart enough to keep the show mostly free of the burden of Jar Jar, the much-loathed irritant from “The Phantom Menace.” Some of the series’ bigger moments, the epic victories and bitter defeats, seemed muted by the presentation, which perhaps catered to younger, and presumably shorter, attention spans. But the music was efficacious enough to rise above the show’s occasionally spotty elements. E-mail:

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Concert is a unique retelling of the primary story arc. For those fresh from a 35-year excursion to the Crab Nebula, Vader’s heroism, corruption and redemption is the central plot, told over the course of the original “Star Wars” trilogy (released between 1977-83, technically Episodes IV-VI), and the three prequels (1999-2005, Episodes I-III).


was put into the visual edits, so dips and crescendos correspond with spaceships’ flight paths or the explosion of Death Star space stations. Between the segments, Anthony Daniels, the man and voice inside the C-3PO costume, provided the type of slick, scripted, aimed-at-theback-row narration that betrayed his training as a stage actor. He was as polished as his robot alter-ego and didn’t A different view hesitate to unleash the charThe visual clips were cut acter’s unmistakably puckered like movie trailers and, disap- voice, at one point revealing pointingly, didn’t let favorite an appropriately golden vest extended sequences — like, beneath his black suit jacket. say, Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber battle with Vader in “The Ode to Leia Empire Strikes Back” — unThe most affecting marriage fold and breathe. But at least of music and visuals came durit’s a presentation that “Star ing “A Defender Emerges,” an Wars” fans, who have watched homage to the Princess Leia the movies countless times, character played by Carrie Fisher. The character’s soft, haven’t experienced. Example: A segment dubbed French horn theme meshed “Sanctuary Moon,” focusing on well with the big-screen monthe battle on the Ewok planet- tage, which captured the strong moon Endor in “Return of the female character, and on anothJedi,” recontextualized images er level, was a fashion show rife of large-scale skirmishes from with white gowns, an infamous several of the films. It’s an idea metal bikini and ridiculous that works better in execution cheese-danish hairdos. than on paper — some thought Classic characters such CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18

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GRAND RAPIDS — When it comes to the Summer Concert Series at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Levon Helm makes sense. Chris Isaak and Brandi Carlile make sense, as does really everyone else this season. Save one. Like Ani DiFranco, The Wallflowers and Cake — all of whom brought a harder edge to the picturesque flower-framed amphitheater — Chicago-based Umphrey’s McGee is that band this season, likely bringing a younger crowd of devotees and volume that might seem like a noticeable juxtaposition with

IF YOU GO Umphrey’s McGee When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE Tickets: $37 ($35 for Gardens members), available at the Gardens, Star Tickets outlets, 800585-3737,

Umphrey’s McGee, from left: Brendan Bayliss, guitar, vocals; Jake Cinninger, guitar, vocals; Joel Cummins, keyboard, piano, vocals; Andy Farag, percussion; Kris Myers, drums, vocals (seated); and Ryan Stasik, bass.

Joel Cummins. “Those particular flowers at Meijer Gardens probably haven’t gotten enough, so we’ll be happy to bring a little of that to them.” Cummins was chilling at his Chicago home after the band sweated it out at the “incredthe delicate flora. ibly, incredibly hot” Bonnaroo “Well, you know, the one Music & Arts Festival June 10thing most people don’t know is 13 in Manchester, Tenn. flowers actually like hard rock,” Formed in 1997, and today quipped Umphrey’s keyboardist with 21 albums to its name, the

progressive rock jam band has been invited back to play the famous eclectic festival more than any other band. “It was amazing. It always is. It’s a really, I feel like, special vibe there,” he said. Cummins says its multi-dimensional sound will fit in well at the Gardens. “We have a few really nice, kind of beautiful, mellow, pastoral songs. And, then, you know,





the next tune could be like a funky up-tempo dance number. We’ll probably run the usual gamut of our sound throughout that show and just try to give people the best night of their summer. That’s the goal. Cummins said the band — Brendan Bayliss (guitar, vocals), Jake Cinninger (guitar, synthesizers, vocals), Andy Farag (percussion), Kris Myers (drums, vocals), Ryan Stasik (bass) — looks forward to bringing its improvised rock to the Gardens, which has been on Cummins’ radar for years. “I’ve seen a ton of pictures for it, and it just looks amazing,” Cummins said. “For a couple years, I’ve been sayin’ ‘Frederik Meijer — let’s play up there.’ And to have it finally happening right on a weekend in the middle of the summer is really exciting.” The band is working on new material that will be a reaction to its last album, “Mantis,” which was a “real heavy, dense, progressive record with all these different sections and so much going on.” The group has about 120 original tunes in its rotation right now. About 80 or 90 of them will be played in a week. A song won’t be repeated for at least four or five days. So, the Gardens’ set list is sort of a guessing game. And you can expect a couple of covers. “You just never know when you’re going to get ‘Africa’ by Toto or something by Miles Davis,” Cummins said. E-mail:

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