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Police helpless to keep legal whipped cream from becoming an illegal drug By y HOLLY SETTER Times Herald


anned whipped cream isn’t just for dessert anymore. Blue Water Area teenagers — and allegedly actress Demi Moore — are using it to get high. The cans contain small amounts of nitrous oxide. Deliberately concentrating and inhaling the gas — a practice called “doing Whip-Its” — produces a temporary intoxication that mimics alcohol consumption. Abusers experience slurred speech, lack of coordination, euphoria and dizziness. Experts said that doing WhipIts is a real threat despite the innocuous name and source. “People don’t think of it as dangerous as it is because it’s legal, accessible and cheap,” said Regina Friedman, associate director of clinical services at Professional Counseling Services in Port Huron. “It is very dangerous. It can cause brain damage, cut off the supply of oxygen to the brain and cause a rapid heartbeat, which can be fatal.” Doing Whip-Its also is linked to lightheadedness, hallucina-

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A whipped cream can litters the side of Keewahdin Road near North Road in Clyde Township. It’s one of dozens scattered along M-136, but police and school officials say they aren’t aware that anyone is inhaling the gas inside to get high. MARK R. RUMMEL/

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Except for roadsides, Whip-Its seem to be a hidden drug. Gregg Wagner, assistant principal at See WHIP-ITS, Page 2A


Take a stroll into Port Huron’s future In the 175 years since the naming of Port Huron, the community has received few gifts as generous as Jim Acheson’s donation of the Desmond Landing waterfront. Surely it ranks with what Congressman Henry McMorran’s daughters did for the community half a century ago when they underwrote the construction of a civic center, theater, college library, two hockey arenas and both municipal swimming pools. Acheson’s gift — a narrow strip of land along the St. Clair River between Vantage Point and Seaway Terminal — is so valuable because it is so rare. Where else can you find nearly a mile of undeveloped property on the busy St. Lawrence Seaway shipping channel? The gift comes with strings

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to the city, Acheson chose to give it to the Blue Water Land Fund, an arm of the Community Foundation of St. Clair County. In the spirit of full disclosure, I would mention I am on the land trust’s board and have followed the planning for the River Walk for many months. Why work with a nonprofit agency? Acheson’s good friend and adviser, Doug Austin, pointed to the obvious factor: money. A nonprofit agency is eligible for grants that would never go to a private individual such as Acheson. Also, the Community Foundation staff led by Randy Maiers has a fine record of winning grants. Vision is another issue. Had

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tions, delusions, confusion, vomiting, irreversible limb spasms and — in large doses — death. There is anecdotal evidence that huffing whipped-cream cans is growing in the Blue Water Area. If you doubt it, take a drive down Keewahdin Road east of North Road in Clyde Township. Discarded whipped cream cans line the road, far more than anyone could have used to top off dessert with a little extra decadence. But hard numbers just aren’t available because authorities don’t keep tabs on inhalant abuse. The St. Clair County Drug Task Force, Port Huron Police Department, St. Clair County Community Mental Health and St. Clair County Health Department all said they do not track use of inhalants. “Maybe it’s a good thing that we’re discovering that no one tracks this,” said Susan Amato, public information officer with the St. Clair County Health Department, after being told other agencies thought she might have more information on inhalant abuse.





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column, Acheson has shared about $200 million of his personal fortune with the community in the past 14 years. While he has contributed to dozens of good causes, his signature project is Desmond Landing, an ambitious effort to rebuild and renew the downtown waterfront. The River Walk is a key element of the larger project, of course, and in planning for it, the Community Foundation contracted with JJR, an Ann Arbor firm known for its expertise in landscape architecture. JJR’s initial report, which can be viewed online at, offered numerous suggestions for developing the waterfront. It also provided a window into Acheson’s vision for Desmond Landing. As I read the report, I found myself trying to imagine how the development might look if Port Huron were to enjoy a few years of prosperity. «« »» SO LET’S DREAM. Let’s pretend it is 2020, and Desmond Landing embraces many of the features described in the JJR report. We’ll begin our tour on Third Street, the spine of the development. At its northern end, where Third converges with Pine and Water streets, picture a circular plaza — a space for civic celebrations and festivities. Maybe there’s a fountain on the plaza, or a bandstand similar to what existed years ago at Pine Grove Park. Just off the plaza is a year-round farmers’ market, a smaller version of Detroit’s Eastern Market. Shops and cafés line Water Street, which has been closed to vehicular traffic east of Military Street. It has become a pedestrian mall and the centerpiece of Port Huron’s thriving Drawbridge District. Moving south on Third Street, we pass a half-dozen or so new buildings — perhaps a hotel, an indoor water park, a hockey complex and high-rise condominiums. Third Street ends with a cul-de-sac south of Oak Street. Farther south is a nature park where a wide footbridge carries the River Walk across a marsh. Just offshore, a manmade fish spawning reef is another improvement to the local fishery. «« »» COURT AND OAK STREETS

are the main entrances to Desmond Landing. Oak Street, in fact, has become the gateway to the city, carrying traffic from the expressways. Since we’re dreaming, let’s drive east on Court Street and stop at the newly constructed Bay Mills casino-hotel. Admittedly, this does require an overdose of optimism. The case that could open the doors for a Port Huron casino is scheduled to go to trial in October in a federal courtcourt

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room in Kalamazoo. Bay Mills hasn’t folded its hand, but its chances of winning look as slim as those of a poker player drawing to fill an inside straight. And even if the tribe does prevail in court, who knows if Gov. Rick Snyder will honor the agreements forged by his predecessors, John Engler and Jennifer Granholm? «« »» BEYOND THE CASINO, at the foot of Court Street, the prefabricated building that houses Vantage Point has been replaced by a permanent structure. Acheson first unveiled his plans for Desmond Landing in the late 1990s, and from the beginning, his vision included a Maritime Center at the point where the Black River flows into the strait carrying the overflow of the upper Great Lakes. In the JJR plan, the Maritime Center at Vantage Point is connected to a saltwater aquarium operated by a New Zealand company. That’s apparently not happening, even in our dreams. Still, let’s assume something grand has been built at the point. We also can assume it embraces the best of what’s there today — a ship-watching venue doubling as a community center. «« »» FROM THE POINT, we begin a leisurely mile-long stroll along the River Walk. It’s not only a local promenade, it also has filled a missing link in two major cycling and walking trails — the Bridge-to-Bay Trail between New Baltimore and North Lakeport, and the Great Lake to Lake Trail connecting Port Huron with South Haven on Lake Michigan. Strung like pearls along the walkway are “nodes,” or activity centers. There’s an outdoor classroom, for example, where school children gather for nature, nautical and local history lessons. At another node, a riverside stage offers an intimate setting for summer theater and concerts. Perhaps the most popular stop is the fishing bridge, which leads to a pair of sturdy old sheet-metal pilings out in the river. Fish, being as lazy as men, gather in the lee of the pilings to escape the current. «« »» WE CONTINUE ACROSS

the marsh and through the underpass beneath Military Street if only because we’d like a closer look at the railroad tunnels. Before we turn back, someone mentions plans for additional nodes. The River Walk, after all, is designed as a work in progress. New features will be added as ideas emerge and as money allows. Maiers has described it as “a long-term initiative that requires patience and perseverance.” Austin put it more bluntly, once telling me, “If we have to, we’ll build it 100 feet at a time.”

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Port Huron High School, said he has no knowledge of an inhalant problem among his students. “I’m not aware of them doing them,” he said. “If it’s happening, it’s not going on at school.” Harrison Center Principal Gloria Henry said the same thing. “We haven’t even heard about it through the ‘good kids,’” she said. “I’ve asked our teachers and staff... we haven’t even seen anyone that we suspected.” Part of the problem may be the subtle signs of inhalant abuse. Friedmann said Whip-It users may become more isolated and they may have small burns from the nitrous oxide. While high, they may have headaches, muscle aches, slurred speech or muscle spasms. And that is where the physical signs end. Law enforcement officers said that they seldom hear complaints of inhalant abuse. “We rarely if ever hear about inhalant use because technically that stuff is not illegal to have,” said Deputy Steve Campau with the St. Clair County Sheriff Department. “I don’t even know if it is illegal to huff; there is probably something in a statute somewhere, but it would be awful tough to prosecute.” It is illegal to use inhalants in Michigan; users can be charged with a misdemeanor and are subject to up to 93 days in jail and-or up to a $100 fine. However, St. Clair County Prosecutor Mike Wendling confirmed that prosecuting a whipped cream abuser would be tough. “Inhalants are hard to detect,” he said. “They don’t leave signature markers like alcohol or marijuana that we can find in blood or urine tests. Typically, all we have is evidence of use and the effect that it had on the juvenile, j , or adult for

The warning label on the back of a can of Reddi-Whip warns, “Deliberately concentrating and inhaling the contents can be harmful or fatal.” The National Inhalant Prevention Coalition claims an average of about 125 Americans die every year from using substances such as aerosol cans to get high. MARK R. RUMMEL/TIMES HERALD

“I don’t even know if it is illegal to huff; there is probably something in a statute somewhere, but it would be awful tough to prosecute.” DEPUTY STEVE CAMPAU

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that matter.” Wendling added inhalant cases are very rare and usually only come up if a user is driving while high. The cans scattered along rural roadsides suggest that’s the case. That was the situation in the county’s most prominent inhalant case to date.

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WEST LIBERTY, Ky. — Rescue workers with search dogs trudged through the hills of Kentucky, and emergency crews in several states combed through wrecked homes in a desperate search Saturday for survivors of tornadoes that killed dozens of people. But amid the flattened homes, gutted churches and crunched up cars, startling stories of survival emerged, including that of a baby found alone but alive in a field near her Indiana home, a couple who were hiding in a restaurant basement when a school bus crashed through the wall, and a pastor nearly buried in his church’s basement. The storms, predicted by forecasters for days, killed at least 38 people in five states — Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, where Gov. John Kasich proclaimed an emergency. President Barack Obama offered Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance as state troopers, the National Guard and rescue teams made their way through counties cut off by debrislittered roads and knocked down cellphone towers.


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The landscape was littered with everything from sheet metal and insulation to crushed cars and, in one place, a fire hydrant, making travel difficult. No building was left untouched in West Liberty, a small eastern Kentucky farming town in the foothills of the Appalachians. Two white police cruisers had been picked up and tossed into city hall, and few structures were recognizable. In Indiana, a baby was found alone in a field near her family’s home in New Pekin, said Melissa Richardson, spokeswoman at St. Vincent Salem Hospital, where the little girl was initially taken. The child was in critical condition Saturday at a hospital in Louisville, Ky., and authorities were still trying to figure out how she ended up in the field, Richardson said. A tornado hit the New Pekin area Friday, but it wasn’t clear whether it had picked up the child. Authorities have not identified the baby or her parents. About 20 miles east, a twister demolished Henryville, Ind., the birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Col. Harland Sanders.


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In 2000, 18-year-old Matt English was convicted of vehicular manslaughter after killing two other teenagers in a head-on collision after he “huffed” the computer keyboard cleaner Dust-Off. English told police he had no memory of the accident. Memory loss is not uncommon with inhalant use, as the chemicals take the place of air in the lungs, depriving the brain of oxygen. The aerosol chemical in Dust-Off causes effects similar to the propellant in whipped cream containers, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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ability to learn new things. While the gas itself is not addictive, the high users get is. “Anything can be psychologically addictive,” Friedmann said. “People become addicted to avoid thinking about something, or dealing with something. The brain gets used to that feeling. It’s very hard once that dependency is formed to just stop.” The drug, though more widely used by middleschoolers because of its accessibility, is a problem for all ages. One famous adult recently made headlines because of Whip-Its — use of the drug is reportedly what caused Demi Moore’s convulsions and subsequent trip to rehab. The Centers for Disease Control’s annual Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that about one in seven Michigan high school students admit to abusing inhalants. Nationally, it is one in nine. The Internet is littered with videos of teenagers using Whip-Its, laughing and sucking the gases out of a balloon. Online forums discuss the virtues of original whipped cream versus flavored varieties when it comes to inhaling, where to buy the equipment that makes it “safer” to puncture the nitrous oxide canisters from within whipped cream cans and instructing people on use. Part of the danger associated with Whip-Its, Friedmann said, is that no one takes it seriously. “In my experience, it is difficult to treat,” she said. “People aren’t aware of it and have a lot of denial about inhaling because it doesn’t seem like a big deal. “People are always going to find things to use, but there is a huge misunderstanding about the dangers because it’s cheap and legal. It’s absolutely incorrect to think inhaling is safe.” Contact Holly Setter at (810) 989-7641 or hsetter@gannett. com. Follow her on Twitter @hsetter.

DEATH NOTICES Archer Leonard Malott, 89


Leonard Malott, 89, died February 29, 2012. Survived by his wife, Phyllis. Service has taken place. Arrangements by Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.

Joseph John Summerville, 90

MARINE CITY- Joseph John Summerville, 90, died March 1, 2012. Survived by daughter Sandy Hobson. Services will be Monday March 5 at 11:00 a.m. at Marine City United Methodist Church. Visitation Sunday 2:00-8:00 p.m. at Young Funeral Home, China Twp., and Monday 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the church prior services.

Laddy M. Audia, 91


Audia, 91, died Friday, February 24, 2012. Survived by a son, Robert Audia. Cremation arrangements by Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.

Wanda P. Langolf, 80

PORT HURON- Wanda P. Langolf, 80, died March 3, 2012. Survived by her husband, Sylvester G. Langolf. Services 11 a.m. Tuesday in Our Saviour Lutheran Church. Visitation Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. in the Smith Family Funeral Home - North, 1525 Hancock St. and at the church Tuesday beginning at 10 a.m.

Larry L. Goulding, 76

YALE - Larry L. Goulding, 76, died February 28, 2012. Survived by his wife, Barbara. Visitation Friday 2 to 8 p.m. at Kaatz Funeral Directors, Yale. Funeral services 11 a.m. Saturday with 10 a.m. visiting.

Gerald Daniel Gorte, 69

PORT HURON - Gerald Daniel Gorte, 69, died Saturday, March 3, 2012. Survived by two sisters, Barbara E. Gorte and Martha Krenke, and two brothers, George Gorte and Fred


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Gorte. Visiting 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the PollockRandall Funeral Home. Services 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2012 in PollockRandall Funeral Home.

Phyllis D. Walmsley, 101

PHOENIX, AZ- Phyllis D. Walmsley, 101, died, Thursday, March 1, 2012. Survived by two nieces, Linda and Julie. Services 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2012 in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home Visitation from noon until the time of service.

Colin “Archie” Bryce 92

EAST LANSING- Colin “Archie” Bryce 92, died March 2, 2012. Survived by his sons, Colin Michael and Richard James Bryce. Visitation Monday, March 5, 2012 from 4-8 p.m. Services Tuesday 11 a.m. at Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Almont.

Dorothy Hall, 100

MARINE CITY - Dorothy Hall, 100, died Thursday, March 1, 2012. Funeral service, 11 AM, Tuesday in Rosehill Cemetery Chapel, East China Twp. Arrangements by L.C. Friederichs & Son.

Jay D. Hall, 66

LEXINGTON - Jay D. Hall, 66, died Wednesday, February 29, 2012. Survived by his wife Barbara. Funeral Services 1 PM, Monday, March 5 at the Pomeroy Funeral Home, Lexington. Visiting 3 - 8 PM Sunday, and 12 - 1 PM Monday.

Robert George Bullock, 83

MUSSEY TWP. - Robert George Bullock, 83, died Thursday, March 1, 2012. Survived by his wife, Phyllis. Private services. Arrangements by Kaatz Funeral Directors, Capac. The Times Herald publishes death notices free of charge.





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BENGHAZI, Libya — A large map of Libya hangs on the wall in the home of Idris alRahel, with a line down the middle dividing the country in half. Al-Rahel, a former f army officer, leads a movement to declare semiautonomy in eastern Libya, where most of the country’s oil fields are located. The region’s top tribal leaders meet Tuesday in the east’s main city Benghazi to consider unilaterally announcing an eastern state, linked to the west only by a tenuous “federal union.” Opponents fear such a declaration could be the first step toward outright dividing the country. But some easterners say they are determined to end the domination and discrimination by the west that prevailed under dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Al-Rahel points to the capital Tripoli on the map, in the west. “All troubles came from here,” he said, “but we will not permit this to happen again.”

The move shows how six months after Gadhafi’s fall, the central government in Libya has proved incapable of governing at all. Other countries that shed their leaders in the Arab Spring revolts — Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen — are going through rocky transitions, but none has seen a collapse of central authority like Libya. The collapse has only worsened as cities, towns, regions, militias and tribes all act on their own, setting up their independent power centers. “What Gadhafi left in Libya for 40 years is a very, very heavy heritage,” said Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, head of the National Transitional Council, which in theory rules Libya but doesn’t even hold sway in the capital Tripoli. “It’s … hard to get over it in one or two years or even five years.” Tripoli remains under the control of revolutionaries-turned-militiamen, who have resisted calls to integrate into a national army. Kufra, deep in the southern desert, is a battleground for two rival tribes, one Arab and one African, with dozens killed in two weeks of fighting last month. And Misrata, the country’s third-largest city and just two hours’ drive east of the capital, effectively rules itself, with its militias

ignoring government pleas and exacting brutal revenge on anyone they believe to have supported Gadhafi. In the Kufra, 600 miles from Benghazi, fighters from the powerful Zwia Arab tribe have besieged the African Tabu tribe for the past two weeks. The National Transitional Council, made up of representatives from across the country, is overseeing the transition to democracy after Gadhafi’s fall, including the organizing of elections set for June. But besides having little ability to enforce decisions, it has been mired in its own divisions. NTC chief Abdul-Jalil, a former f reformminded justice minister under Gadhafi, was largely welcomed as a clean and well-intentioned figure. But many criticize him for being a weak leader. The council’s attempts to put together a law governing the election are weeks behind schedule. Fathi al-Fadhali, a prominent writer originally from Benghazi, says the country has to overcome the poisons of Gadhafi’s rule and establish a society where rights are respected. “We are all polluted by Gadhafi’s evil, violence, envy, terrorism and conspiracies,” he said, “myself included.”

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In mourning: People hug after the funeral of school shooting victim Daniel Parmertor on Saturday in Chardon, Ohio.

Ohio school shooting victim honored Hundreds of people stood shoulder to shoulder along the street on a cold, windy Saturday morning to honor one of three teenagers killed in a high school shooting. The service in Chardon for 16-year-old Daniel Parmertor is the first of the three funerals. Services for 16-year-old Demetrius Hewlin and 17-year-old Russell King Jr. will be held this week. Those honoring the teen wore the school’s colors of red and black and huddled in hoods, knit hats and blankets. They held U.S. flags and signs with red hearts that read, “We are One Heartbeat.”

Obama: Efficiency key to gas prices President Obama says higher auto mileage standards set under his administration and better cars built by a resurgent U.S. auto industry will save money at the gas pump over the long term, a counterpoint to Republican criticism of his energy policy. In his weekly radio and online address Saturday, Obama said Detroit automakers are on track to build cars that average nearly 55 miles per gallon by 2025, doubling current mileage standards. In Saturday’s Republican address, Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington said a meeting this week among Obama and House and Senate leaders from both parties “provided a glimmer of new hope that the president and the Democratic-controlled Senate may finally act on some bipartisan energy bills” already passed by the Republican-controlled House. Around the world

Experts named at shipwreck hearing The first hearing of the criminal investigation into the Costa Concordia’s shipwreck was held in a theater Saturday in Grosseto, Italy, instead of a courthouse because of high demand, with angry survivors seeking compensation, justice and the truth. The judge at the hearing assigned four experts to analyze the cruise ship’s data recorder and ordered them to report their findings in July. Prosecutors must decide whether to seek a trial against the captain, other top officers and officials of Italian cruise company Costa Crociere SpA, which is owned by Miami-based Carnival Corp.

Protesters win Chinese village vote Two protesters who led a rebellion against officials accused of stealing farmland were elected Saturday to run their fishing village in a much-watched election that reformers hope will promote democracy as a way to settle many of the myriad disputes besetting China. The election committee in Wukan in southern China’s Guangdong province declared Lin Zuluan and Yang Semao the new village head and deputy head. The pair were instrumental in organizing protests in Wukan last year. By Jacqueline L. Salmon with wire reports

BP agrees to pay $7.8 $ billion to settle oil spill litigation BP took a step toward putting the nation’s worst oil spill behind it by agreeing to a $7.8 billion settlement of lawsuits filed by 100,000 victims. Analysts said they expect BP to move quickly to settle the rest of the claims. If approved by the court, Friday’s settlement could remove one of BP’s biggest legal and financial threats arising from the spill.

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Delicate relationship: President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sept. 21 in New York. By Aamer Madhani USA TODAY

Iran issue further complicates ties between U.S., Israel

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been complicated by misunderstandings, diplomatic miscues and occasional differences of opinion. Obama has angered Israelis and some American Jews with his call to halt settlements in the West Bank. Last time Netanyahu visited Washington, he embarrassed the president by lecturing him about Israel’s history in front of the cameras. And at the G-20 summit in November, a hot mike caught Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy griping about the Israeli premier. As Netanyahu headed to Washington this weekend, the relationship might be approaching its most delicate moment. Obama is trying to convince Netanyahu that it’s in Israel’s interest to resist, at least in the immediate future, launching a direct strike against Iran’s nuclear program. The president will have a chance to press Netanyahu face to face when the two meet Monday at the White House, the same day Netanyahu is scheduled to speak to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee today. Obama will address AIPAC on Discussions about the Arab Spring, and the future of Middle East peace talks are among issues on the AIPAC agenda, but the buzz before the group’s annual meeting centers on whether Israel will buck the White House and carry out a military strike on Iran. The different perceptions of Obama and Netanyahu over how much time they have to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon seem stark. “The two are temperamentally very different leaders, but this isn’t about personalities,” says Jon Alterman, a Middle East analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton repeated the administration’s position on Tuesday that Iran has not decided whether to pursue a nuclear weapon. The Obama administration believes there is still “time and space” to thwart Iran’s nuclear program through sanctions and diplomacy, White

Obama’s director of national intelligence, James Clapper, said in late January that the Iranian regime “so far” had not changed its behavior in the face of sanctions, but “as the pressure ratchets up, there is the prospect that they could change.” “The Israelis are looking at a calculus where they are not really sure if Obama means what he says when he articulates over and over again that an Iranian nuke is unacceptable and the military option is always on the table,” says Dubowitz, who has advised the administration and Congress on sanctions against Iran. “If I were an Israeli, I would be much more worried about the Iranian regime than their hardware. I would want assurances from the president that he is not willing to bet the survival of Israel on the theory that this is a containable regime.” In recent weeks, Obama has dispatched some of his top advisers to Israel to huddle with Netanyahu and Israeli officials about Iran’s nuclear program, and senior administration officials have publicly stated that they believe an attack against Iran is not wise. But a report by the United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, indicated last week that Iran has accelerated uranium enrichment, further cementing the Israeli viewpoint that time is running out. It remains unclear whether Israel will even give the Obama administration forewarning if it decides to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran. Carney declined to comment on the matter during a White House news briefing Tuesday. In the GOP presidential race, the candidates have stepped up criticism of Obama’s handling of Iran and have repeatedly suggested that the president has been a less-than-trustworthy ally to Israel. Mel Levine, a fformer California congressman who serves as an adviser to the Obama re-election campaign, says the suggestion that Obama is not dedicated to Israel’s security is “flat wrong.” The most recent budget request includes a record amount of military aid to Israel, he says. “To suggest that there is a tension in the relationship . . . I think it potentially sends the wrong message to Iran,” he says.

Obama to urge Netanyahu not to launch military attack on nuclear program House spokesman Jay Carney said. Iran has become further isolated as both the United States and Europe have increased sanctions in recent weeks. The European Union has announced a boycott of Iranian oil. Penalties against Iran’s central bank and those doing business with it have helped prompt a precipitous slide in Iran’s currency. Iran is finding it more difficult to do business with reputable international banks. Even India, which continues to buy Iran’s oil, is willing to pay only in rupees — limiting where Iran will be able to spend that revenue.

“If I were an Israeli, I would be much more worried about the Iranian regime than their hardware." Mark Dubowitz, executive director at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies Israeli officials say Iran is quickly approaching what Defense Minister Ehud Barak calls a “zone of immunity” where Israel’s military capabilities wouldn’t be sufficient to mount an effective strike. Though the Israelis agree that stepped-up sanctions are starting to take a toll on Iran, they aren’t working fast enough, says Mark Dubowitz, executive director at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative group that focuses its research on human rights and terrorism issues.

Gingrich, Santorum battle for Bible Belt voters By y RUSS BYNUM The Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The GOP presidential candidates are fighting to win over conservative voters in the Bible Belt as the race takes on a more prominent Southern focus. After bowing out of recent contests north of the Mason-Dixon line, Newt Gingrich is staking his entire campaign on a big victory Tuesday in Georgia, where the onetime House speaker represented a suburban Atlanta district for 20 years. Rick Santorum is making inroads in Tennessee ennessee with a message that

the state’s evangelical voters should feel right at home with the former Pennsylvania senator’s socially conservative views. Both candidates hope to capitalize on Super Tuesday victories to propel their campaigns forward to Alabama and Mississippi on March 13 and to Louisiana on March 24. None of those Southern states was very hospitable to Mitt Romney during the former Massachusetts governor’s White House bid in 2008, so there’s prime recruiting ground to entice conservative voters who want an alternative to Romney.

“I fully believe that the South will be a key player,” said Joe Dendy, Republican chairman for Cobb County in metro Atlanta. “I think we’re going to see a clearer picture between Newt and Rick as to which one the South has seen as more conservative. And that’s going to play a big role in the rest of the campaign.” With 76 delegates up for grabs, Georgia holds the biggest prize on Super Tuesday, and Gingrich spent most of the past week touring the state by bus. Still, a victory largely would be seen as meeting expectaexpecta

tions and might not generate much momentum. For Santorum, any victory in the South would come off as a sign of strength. Jacob Wilkins, a 19-year-old student at a Tennessee Bible college, said he’s decided Santorum is the superior candidate “as far as moral issues are concerned.” He heard Santorum speak last week at a Baptist church in Powell, Tenn. “America’s a mess and he’s got a better hold on what we need than any other candidates,” Wilkins said.

Romney hasn’t completely conceded the South. He stopped once in Atlanta last month, and his wife stood in for him at an event in the city Thursday. He planned a rally Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn. In the 2008 race, Romney finished third in each of the upcoming Southern primary states except for Mississippi, which voted after Romney quit the race. He still faces trouble connecting with Southern conservatives, who see him as too moderate, and with evangelicals, who might be troubled by Romney’s Mormon faith.



IN BRIEF In Washington, GOP go for delegates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and their Republican presidential rivals vied for delegates Saturday in Washington state caucuses, a quiet prelude to 10 Super Tuesday contests this week in all regions of the country. Romney, Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul all campaigned in the first West Coast state to vote in the Republican presidential race, but a minimal television ad campaign turned it into a relatively low-key contest.

Navy sinking ships raise pollution fear SAN FRANCISCO — In 2005, the USS America aircraft carrier was towed out to sea on its final voyage. Hundreds of miles off the Atlantic coast, U.S. Navy personnel then blasted the 40-year-old warship with missiles and bombs until it sank. The massive KittyHawk class carrier — more than three football fields long — came to rest in the briny depths about 300 nautical miles southeast of Norfolk, Va. Target practice is now how the Navy gets rid of most of its old ships, an Associated Press review of Navy records for the past dozen years has found. And they wind up at the bottom of the ocean, bringing with them amounts of toxic waste that are only estimated.

3 family members killed in Mississippi PRENTISS, Miss. — Authorities are investigating the killings of three family members in their rural southern Mississippi home. The bodies of 80year-old Arvin Smith, 74year-old Maxine Smith and their 48-year-old son Roland Smith were discovered early Friday. Jefferson Davis County Chief Investigator John Wayne Tolar told The Hattiesburg American that some suspects are being interviewed.

— From wire reports



Scams against elderly add up By y DAVID CRARY The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Boomers beware: Scams, frauds and other financial exploitation schemes targeting older Americans are a growing multibillion-dollar industry enriching the schemers, anguishing the victims and vexing law enforcement officials who find these crimes among the hardest to investigate and prosecute. “The true con artists, who are in the business of making money off older folks through devious means, are very good at what they do,” said Sally Hurme, a consumer fraud specialist with AARP. “They cover their tracks, they use persuasive psychological means to spin their tales.” Elder financial abuse encompasses a wide range of tactics, some perpetrated by relatives or trusted advisers, some by strangers via telemarketing and Internet-based scams. Researchers say only a fraction of the abuse gets reported to the authorities, often because victims are too befuddled or embar-

rassed to speak up. Even with the reported cases, data are elusive because most federal crime statistics don’t include breakdowns of victims’ ages. Nonetheless, there’s ample research to convey the scope of this scourge. A federally funded study conducted for the National Institute of Justice in 2009 concluded 5% of Americans 60 and older had been the victim of recent financial exploitation by a family member, while 6.5% were the target of a nonfamily member. The study, led by psychologist Ron Acierno of the Medical University of South Carolina, was based on input from 5,777 older adults. A report last year by insurer MetLife Inc. estimated the annual loss by victims of elder financial abuse at $2.9 billion, compared with $2.6 billion in 2008. “Elder financial abuse is an intolerable crime resulting in losses of human rights and dignity,” MetLife said. “Yet it remains underreported, underrecognized and underprosecuted.” Older Americans are by

Charlene Marshall holds the shoulder off her husband, Anthony Marshall, in a courtroom in New York. Brooke Astor’s 85-year-old son Marshall was convicted Thursday of exploiting his philanthropist mother’s failing mind and helping himself to her nearly $200 million fortune. Scamming the elderly is a growing industry. STEVEN HIRSCH/ASSOCIATED PRESS no means the only target of schemers and scammers, but experts say they have distinctive characteristics that often make them a tempting prey.

Some have disabilities that leave them dependent on others for help; others are unsophisticated about certain financial matters or poten-

tial pitfalls on the Internet. Many are relatively isolated and susceptible to overtures from seemingly friendly strangers.

Vets split on mental health expansion By y KEVIN FREKING The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Two years after Congress passed a high-profile law to improve health care for military veterans, lawmakers and advocates are again raising alarms that the sprawling Department of Veterans Affairs is not expanding help for the nation’s former fighters and their families as quickly or widely as intended. This time, the dispute is regarding two mental health measures: one to establish a network of peer counselors so Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have someone to consult with who shares their war experience, the other to give the families of National Guard and reserve mem-

bers temporary access to mental health services at VA facilities. Veterans Affairs, the second largest federal agency after the Defense Department, said it was already providing the help that Congress wrote into law in May 2010. Advocates for veterans, though, said the VA is effectively ignoring the law’s demand for those two steps. “The VA does some wonderful stuff, don’t get me wrong, but they seem to be ignoring their obligations under this law, almost to the point of being a scofflaw,” said Peter Duffy, deputy director for legislative programs at the National Guard Association of the United States.

The VA said it already offers peer support and family counseling at about 300 vet centers around the country. The vet centers are located in strip malls, downtown stores and in office buildings around the country. About two-thirds of the workers are veterans. So, rather than create an entirely new program, the department has told lawmakers it’s meeting the bill’s requirements through existing services. “I think we need to use the legislation in a positive sense to reinforce what we’re already doing,” said Dr. Jan Kemp, director of the VA’s suicide prevention program. “As the need increases, which it inevitably will, we’ve got the legis-

lation now to help us move resources in that direction. It’s an evolving sort of process.” The VA’s response has upset those who fought to get the legislation passed. They expected the VA to establish a peer support network consisting of Iraq and Afghanistan vets at each of its 152 hospitals. They also expected family members of guardsmen and reservists to temporarily have access to the full range of mental health services available at the VA’s hospitals and its nearly 800 outpatient clinics. “The language in the bill was not written with the precision that you would like to see, but you can’t read a provision of law and say it has

no meaning, which is essentially what the VA is doing,” said Ralph Ibson, national policy director for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit group that assists injured service members and veterans. “To say we’re already doing this is to say Congress is an ass.” Ibson said the conflict reminds him of an earlier disagreement regarding the bill’s provision of financial aid to caregivers of wounded vets. When the department announced in early 2011 how the program would work, lawmakers and advocacy groups complained it would help fewer families than expected. The department subsequently expanded the program’s reach to about 3,500 families.

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IN BRIEF Ahmadinejad rivals lead parliament vote TEHRAN, Iran — Conservative rivals of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are leading in the race for parliament seats according to early election results. The conservatives’ lead was expected as the elections boiled down to a contest between conservatives supporting and opposing Ahmadinejad. Early returns Saturday in the capital Tehran show loyalists to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have pulled ahead. The results indicate Ahmadinejad may face a more hostile parliament in the nearly two years remaining of his second term in office.

By y AHMED AL-HAJ The Associated Press

Egypt court rejects 2nd Mickey lawsuit CAIRO — An Egyptian court has rejected the second of two lawsuits brought forth by ultraconservative Islamists accusing a Christian tycoon of insulting Islam by posting an online cartoon of Mickey Mouse with a beard and Minnie in a face veil. Judge Sherif Kamel ruled Saturday that the plaintiffs were not eligible to file the religious defamation lawsuit and sent the case back to the state prosecutor’s office for further investigation. The first lawsuit was thrown out earlier this week on similar grounds.

Putin poised to regain Kremlin MOSCOW — Vladimir Putin appears all but certain to return to the Kremlin in Sunday’s Russian presidential election, but he’ll find himself in charge of a country far more willing to challenge him. An unprecedented wave of massive protests showed a substantial portion of the population was fed up with the political entrenchment engineered by Putin since he first became president in 2000, and police are already preparing for the possibility of postelection unrest in Moscow.

Drug debate tops VP Biden’s travel Vice President Joe Biden heads to Latin America today amid unprecedented pressure from political and business leaders to talk about something U.S. officials have no interest in debating: decriminalizing drugs. Presidents of Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia and Mexico, all grappling with the extremely violent fallout of a failing drug war, have said in recent weeks they’d like to open up the discussion of legalizing drugs. Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and Mexico already allow the use of small amounts of marijuana for personal consumption, while political leaders from Brazil and Colombia are discussing alternatives to locking up drug users.

Report: Clashes kill 10 in Burkina Faso OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — State radio in

Burkina Faso is reporting that 10 people have been killed in a southern village in ethnic clashes. The radio report said the clash between the Liliou and the Akonga communities was because of a dispute over a chieftancy. The Liliou is rejecting the current chief in the village of Guenon who is from the Akonga ethnic group. The rivalry culminated Friday when the son of the chief was killed by the rival Liliou group.

Stolen antiquities lead to 35 arrests THESSALONIKI, Greece

— Police in Greece said they have made 35 arrests in several locations in the north and center of the country, recovering a trove of stolen antiquities, mostly ancient coins. Police say one of the suspects was found with around 4,000 ancient coins in his possession. Other artifacts have also been recovered. Police didn’t provide further details Saturday. An announcement with details of the operation is expected today or Monday.

—From From wire reports


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Syria shelling rages Red Cross C still trying to enter beleaguered city By y ZEINA KARAM The Associated Press

BEIRUT — Syrian forces launched a fresh assault on Homs on Saturday as the Red Cross pressed forward with efforts to deliver badly needed aid to thousands of people stranded in a besieged neighborhood despite warnings from regime troops of land mines and booby traps. Two days after they fought their way into the rebel stronghold of Baba Amr, government forces shelled several other neighborhoods of the city, the country’s third largest with about 1 million people. They included districts where many of Baba Amr’s residents had fled, activists said. The Syrian regime has said it was fighting “armed gangs” in Baba Amr, which has become a symbol of the nearly ea y yea year-old o d up uprising s g

against President Bashar Assad’s authoritarian rule. The revolt has killed more than 7,500 people, according to the U.N. The Local Coordination Committees activist network said mortars slammed into the districts of Khaldiyeh, Bab Sbaa and Khader. Abu Hassan al-Homsi, a doctor at a makeshift clinic in Khaldiyeh, said he treated a dozen people who were wounded, most lightly. “This has become routine, the mortars start falling early in the morning,” he said. Several homes were damaged from the morning shelling. Another Khaldiyeh resident who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals said the district has been without water and heating fuel for a week amid freezing temperatures and s ow snow.

“We are collecting rain and snow water, and cutting trees to burn to warm ourselves,” he said. Conditions in Baba Amr are believed to be dire, with extended power outages, shortages of food and water, and lack of medical care. Syrian government forces took control of the neighborhood Thursday after rebels fled the district under constant bombardment that activists said killed hundreds of people since early February. The Red Cross said the regime blocked its entry to Baba Amr on Friday, one day after the group received government permission to enter with a convoy of seven trucks carrying 15 tons of humanitarian aid including food, medical supplies and blankets. “We are still in negotiat o s to enter tions e te Baba aba Amr,” ,

ICRC spokesman Hicham Hassan said Saturday in Geneva. The Syrians said they were not letting the Red Cross into Baba Amr because of safety concerns, including land mines, Hassan said, adding the organization had not been able to verify the danger. The government has not offered an official explanation. There was no immediate word on what was going on in Baba Amr on Saturday, a day after activists accused regime forces of execution-style killings and a scorched-earth campaign of burning homes, raising fears of revenge attacks in a country on the verge of civil war. Telephone and Internet lines were still down and activists in nearby areas said they had no informat o from tion o inside. s de

SANAA, Yemen — Two suicide bombers struck an army camp in central Yemen Saturday, killing one soldier while explosions rocked a southern port city and clashes erupted between suspected alQaida militants and security forces in the south, officials said. The ongoing violence across Yemen highlights challenges facing the country after a yearlong political turmoil resulted in a security vacuum and gave al-Qaida the opportunity to seize several towns in the south. The threat of al-Qaida on the Arabian Peninsula was a key reason why the United States played an active role in Yemen’s transition after millions of Yemenis took to the streets demanding the ouster of longtime ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh. After clinging to power for a whole year, Saleh officially stepped down after Yemenis voted in favor of his vice president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to replace him. Saleh’s ouster is part of a U.S. and Arab backed power-transfer deal that gave him immunity from prosecution in return for leaving power. Hadi, during his inaugural speech, said that his two top priorities are to restructure the army and launch a national dialogue among various political factions. His first decision was to replace top commanders loyal to Saleh in the southern province of Aden where officers were complaining that the outgoing commander was hindering supplies to their forces engaging in battles with al-Qaida. On Saturday, Hadi held his first meeting with cabinet members since becoming president and urged his ministers to accomplish their mission with “no apolog es or ogies o excuses.” e cuses.

Sides differ on story of burnt books By y PATRICK QUINN The Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan — An investigation into the burning of Muslim holy books at a U.S. military base has found it was a mistake involving at least five Americans who may face a disciplinary review, a Western official said Saturday, but Afghan investigators claimed it was an intentional desecration. The conflicting accounts highlight rising tensions between the two countries despite apologies by President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials following the Feb. 20 discovery of charred Qurans and other religious literature in a burn pit at Bagram air base. Anger regarding the burnings already has led the deaths of more than 30 Afghans during violent protests as well as six U.S. soldiers who were killed by rogue Afghan forces. A Western official told The Associated Press that preliminary findings from a joint investigation by senior Afghan and U.S. military officials that was ordered by Marine Gen. John Allen has convinced them that although mistakes were made, there was no intent to desecrate the Qurans or other material. The official, who has knowledge of the investigation but spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case, said it could lead to a disciplinary review of at least five U.S. military personnel involved. The official did not elaborate, and it was unclear what such a review could recommend. The controversy began when Qurans and other Islamic texts were removed

from the library at the Parwan Detention Facility, then taken to the burn pit at the adjoining Bagram Air Field. The Western official confirmed earlier reports that extremist inscriptions were found inside the texts, including notations apparently scribbled by detainees exchanging messages. He said that after the writings were discovered, two AfghanAmerican interpreters were assigned to go through the library materials, and 1,652 items were removed and placed in boxes. A decision was made to dispose of the material because of a lack of storage space and the notes inside, but three soldiers on a garbage detail removed the books before that could be done properly, the official said. He said the soldiers had no idea what they were throwing into the burn pit and insisted none of the material was destroyed before it was removed by Afghan workers. However, Maulvi Khaliq Dad, a top Afghan religious leader who was on a different panel appointed by President Hamid Karzai to investigate the incident, claimed the burning was intentional. According to Dad’s account, the books were kept in a place where refuse is picked up and taken to a garbage burn pit on the base. Afghan workers at the base noticed that they were religious books and notified an Afghan army commander who questioned U.S. troops about the books and was satisfied when he was told they would be stored somewhere safe. But the Afghan workers later noticed the books had been set on fire.

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IN BRIEF Biniecki announces re-election campaign SANDUSKY Y — Sanilac County Sheriff Garry M. Biniecki has announced he will seek re-election. Biniecki was undersheriff from 2006 until his election as sheriff in 2009. He was hired as a corrections depGarry y Biniecki uty in 1976 and was promoted to sergeant in 1984. Biniecki is a 36-year veteran of the Sanilac County Sheriff Department. Biniecki and his wife, Debra, are both shipwreck hunters, and he was instrumental in establishing the Sanilac Shores Underwater Preserve.






MARINE CITY: Free Movie Madness, 11 a.m., Riverside Cinemas, 6746 River Road PORT HURON: Concert: Cliff Erickson, 5 p.m., Grace Episcopal, 1213 Sixth St.; $10 PORT HURON: Gospel Concert: The New Destiny Quartet, 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1814 Sanborn St.

Conquer the cold

Bundled up against the brisk wind, Denise Forstner, of Kimball Township, carries a sign while treading on the sidewalk along Huron Avenue, Saturday during the annual Walk for Warmth in downtown Port Huron.

Tickets for Bayfest show are available SARNIA — Individual general admission and VIP tickets for the Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper concert at Rogers Sarnia Bayfest are available online only at The concert is 6:30 p.m. July 14 at Centennial Park. No festival passes will be available until the full lineup is announced on March 27. Outlets will not be selling tickets until after the announcement. For more information and ticket prices, visit the festival website, call the festival office at (519) 337-4474 or go to the festival Facebook page at http://on.fb. me/xGfotL.

High winds leave thousands in dark About 1,400 DTE Energy customers in St. Clair County were without power after strong winds swept through the area late Friday and early Saturday. Lt. Jim Terpenning of the St. Clair County Sheriff Department said deputies responded to dozens of reports of trees blocking roads and power lines down. Two of the largest outages were in western St. Clair County near Capac. Port Huron Fire Department reported three power lines down in the city, and Port Huron Township Fire Department extinguished a power pole fire. About 180,000 DTE customers in southeast Michigan were without power at some point during the high winds; DTE had restored power to about 65,000 customers Saturday evening. Submit your news at news f @

STATE Man kidnapped, assaulted 3 women HAMTRAMCK — Authorities accuse a Detroit-area man of kidnapping three women, forcing them to drive at gunpoint and sexually assaulting them. WWJAM and television stations WDIV and WXYZ report police arrested the man from Hamtramck early Saturday. He wasn’t identified, but police say he’s expected to be arraigned Monday.

Boy accused of killing mother arraigned DETROIT — A 14-yearold boy accused of fatally shooting his mother in their Detroit home has been arraigned. The teen appeared Saturday in Detroit’s 36th District Court and was charged as an adult with first-degree murder and felony firearm. Authorities say the boy and his 36-year-old mother argued early Monday and he shot her multiple times while she was sitting on a sofa. The boy is being held at the Wayne County Jail and is due back in court March 8.

— From wire reports

A group walks in front of the Sail Away Cafe on Saturday during the annual Walk for Warmth in downtown Port Huron. MELISSA WAWZYSKO/TIMES HERALD

Walk for Warmth participants brave brisk, windy weather to raise money By y BOB GROSS Times Herald

Mehgan Brookins, 12, of Yale and her grandfather, Jim Bridge, of Fort Gratiot, braced themselves as they strode across the Seventh Street Bridge in Port Huron. “It’s blustery, that’s for sure,” Bridge said. “But it’s better than cold and rain, because we’ve done it before in the cold and rain.” The duo and about 100 other people participated Saturday in the Walk for Warmth in Port Huron to raise money to help people pay their utility bills. If they got a warm glow or worked up a sweat, that was a side benefit.

The walk, which started at the St. Clair County Council on Aging building, 600 Grand River Ave., is sponsored by the Community Action Agency. “We’re raising money to help people pay their utility bills who can’t afford them this winter,” said Melinda Johnson of the Community Action Agency. She said such fundraisers help meet shortfalls in funding. “Funding at both state and federal levels has been cut, so we didn’t have as much as in previous years to help people,” she said. “With the high unemployment in the

community, we’ve seen an increase in the need for assistance.” Saturday’s blustery weather was ideal for the walk, she said. “That’s why we do it in the winter time, to remind people it’s cold out there,” she said. Jay Lindsey, of Fort Gratiot, and Roxanne O’Dell, of Port Huron, were part of a team of walkers from DTE Energy. DTE, O’Dell said, encourages workers “to do community activities and give back to the community.” “This particular one we like because it stays in the community,” community, Lindsey


KEEPING THE HEAT ON » The St. Clair County Community Action Agency will take donations to help people pay their utility bills. Call (810) 982-8541 or visit the agency’s website at » You can also donate to The Heat and Warmth fund (THAW) at (800) 866-THAW. Visit support for more information » The St. Clair County Council on Aging will have its seventh annual Walk for Meals from 8:30 to 10 a.m. March 24 at Birchwood Mall in Fort Gratiot. Registration forms are available at the Council on Aging center, 600 Grand River Ave., Port Huron. Call (810) 987-8811 for more information or visit the council’s Facebook page at http://

said. “We do other things too, but they are more in southeast Michigan where this one stays in our community.” Johnson said the Community Action Agency works with companies such as DTE and SEMCO Energy Gas Co. to find ways for people to pay their utility bills.

“The need has always been there, but it’s been increased in the last couple of years,” she said. Meghan said she was walking with her grandfather to help others. “It’s to give those less fortunate heat in their house.”

Contact Bob Gross at (810) 9896263 or

Don’t call them cuddly

Nature center brings kids face-to-face with critters By y BOB GROSS Times Herald

GOODELLS — Virginia the opossum looked comfy and cozy snuggling in Kathy Frantz’s arms. But Frantz was quick to warn her audience Saturday at the Pine River Nature Center in Goodells not to try that with a wild opossum and its 50 sharp teeth. Virginia, she said, was raised from a baby by someone who should have known better, and she is too tame to be released into the wild. Frantz brought Virginia and several other critters including a flying squirrel, a ferret, hawks and owls to the Pine River Nature Center for a wildlife presentation. “We’re We re a wildlife rehareha

bilitation center, in addition to many other things, and we get thousands — about 2,400 — injured animals and birds each year,” Frantz said. “Most of them we are able to rehabilitate and release, but the ones that are permanently injured and we know they would not survive, we use in educational programs like this.” Sarah Nelson, operations manager for the Pine River Nature Center, said about 70 people registered for Frantz’s first program Saturday, Furry and Feathered Friends. Her second program, Lords of the Sky: The Exciting World of Birds of Prey, attracted more than 80 people. “The kids love it,” Nelson said. “They They love seesee

ing close-up, face-to-face, the animals, and it’s educational. “Howell Nature Center provides a wonderful program,” she said. “We’ve had them here before.” Mike Smith of Kimball Township said he and his grandchildren, Luke, 10, and Alaina Jolly, 7, of St. Clair have seen the other programs. “You never ever get to see animals this close up, even in a zoo,” he said. “They’re right here in front of you.” Alaina said she likes coming to the nature center “because I like seeing the animals and what they do.” “I especially like seeing the animals,” Luke said. “Some of the animals I’ve never seen before; some of them I’ve never heard of before.” Contact Bob Gross at (810) 989-6263 or rgross@gannett. com.

Virginia the opossum rests in the arms of Kathy Frantz of the Howell Nature Center during a wildlife program Saturday at the Pine River Nature Center. BOB GROSS/TIMES HERALD

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Wanda P. Langolf

Port Huron Wanda P. Langolf, 80, of Port Huron went home to be with the Lord on March 3, 2012. She was the loving wife of Sylvester G. Langolf to whom she was married to for 50 years; they recently celebrated their Golden anniversary on February 3. She was born December 8, 1931 to the late John and

Neva Kidd. During her five-decade long service to Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Wanda served in many pivotal roles within the congregation. Along with being a member of the Action Group, she was active in the Altar Guild as well as serving as the Church Treasurer. In addition to her avid work at church, her contributions to the larger St. Clair County community included volunteering for the local chapter of The American Red Cross. She also attended Port Huron Town Hall sessions for 20 years, and was a member of the Port Huron Musicale. On Election days, Wanda could be seen at the local precinct checking in voters throughout the day. While Wanda loved to fill her days with a number of activities, she enjoyed the simple joys of reading, laughing, and spending time with her close-knit family of brothers and sisters. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two children Krystal E. Murray and her husband Keith of Nashville, TN and William D. Langolf and his fiancée Sunny Lee of New York, NY. She is also survived by a grandson William C. Murray; brothers George Kidd and wife Jane, Fred Kidd and wife Cathy; sisters Shirley Fettes, Elizabeth (Betty) Stevens and husband Harold "Gary", Dorothy Schindler, Mary Ann (Ruthie) Nichol; godchildren Michael Stevens, Kellie Bordato; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by sister Margaret Rosemary Neal and brothers Alexander Kidd and Robert John (Jack) Kidd. A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Our Saviour Lutheran Church with The Rev. Donald Doerzbacher officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. in the Smith Family Funeral Home - North, 1525 Hancock Street. There will also be visitation at church on Tuesday beginning at 10 a.m. Honorary Pallbearers: Jackson Langolf, Timothy Langolf, Robert C. Odle, Jr, John Paul Odle, Nicholas Pontine, Charles Stevens and Michael Stevens. Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Clair County Chapter of The American Red Cross and Our Saviour Lutheran Church. Thanks to friends and family for their love. Special thanks to the staff of Port Huron Hospital, Hema-Tech Services, Marwood Manor and Blue Water Hospice especially caretakers Matt Avery, Glen Anthony and Karen Woods.

Donald F. Spencer

Croswell Donald F. Spencer, age 90, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012 at Mercy Hospital, Port Huron. He was born April 18, 1921 in Roseburg, MI, the son of the late Floyd and Blanche (Spencer) Spencer. He and Lucille Pabst were married on September 12, 1945 in Croswell, MI. She preceded him in death September 21, 2010. Donald was a member of the Bethel Missionary Church, Roseburg, where he taught Sunday School, was a class leader, and Church board member. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army serving in WWII, and had served as Fremont Twp. Clerk. He farmed in the Yale area. He is survived by his daughter, Sharleen (Lawrence) Jakubowski of Memphis, MI; 2 step-grandsons, Kevin (Brandy) Jakubowski of Rock Springs, WY, and Todd (Rebecca) Jakubowski of West Branch; 5 step great-grandchildren, Russell and Ryan, both of West Branch, Kaitlyn of Arizona, Dakota and Ainsley, both of Rock Springs, WY; brother Ervin (Ruth) Spencer; two sister-in-laws, Betty Pabst, and Harriet Spencer; and many nieces and nephews. Donald was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille; son, Wayne, November 9, 1964; brothers and sisters-in-law, Everett and Marguerite, Harold and Marybelle, Wesley, Howard and Lola; sister and brother-in-law, Olive and Kenneth Hausker; and brother-in-law, Leonard Pabst. Funeral Services will be held 11 AM Monday at Bethel Missionary Church, Roseburg. The Rev. Rich Kriesch will officiate. Burial will be in Croswell Cemetery. Visiting will be held 1-8 PM Sunday at the Pomeroy Funeral Home, Croswell, and 10-11 AM Monday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Bethel Missionary Church.

William D. Doetsch

Port Huron William D. Doetsch, age 76, of Port Huron, passed away on February 29, 2012 in Medilodge of Port Huron, with his family by his side. He was born on July 23, 1935 in Detroit. He married Glen Redfield on July 5, 1960 in Marine City. He is the son of the late Paul and Lydia Doetsch. He served in the U.S. Navy. He retired from Yellow Freight and G.M.A. He was a member of the V.F.W. and enjoyed golfing and bowling. He is survived by his wife, Glen of Port Huron; daughters and sons-in-law, Dianna (Bill) Nicholls of Port Huron, Doreen (Thomas) Lavigne of Port Huron, Donna (Kevin) Jakubowicz of Dearborn; and son and daughter-in-law, William Desmond (Michelle) Doetsch of Grand Rapids; grandchildren, Stephen Doetsch, Nikki Lavigne, Kristin (Mike) Santos, Jessica Nicholls and Helen Jakubowicz; great grandson, Drake Carter; sisters, Dorothy Collins of Roseville, Alice Papp of Lincoln Park; brother, Henry Doetsch of Marine City; brothers and sisters-in-law, Norman (Carol) Doetsch of Arizona, Barton (Mary Lou) Doetsch of Marine City; along with several nieces and nephews. A private family service will take place. Cremation arrangements by: Jowett Funeral Home - 1634 Lapeer Ave. at 17th St., Port Huron. Memorials can be made to St. Clair County Allied Veterans Council.

Phyllis H. VanLuven-Rix

Port Huron Phyllis H. VanLuven-Rix, age 88, of Port Huron died March 1, 2012 in Port Huron Hospital after a brief illness. She was born April 26, 1923 in Detroit, and lived in the Port Huron and Tawas areas. She married Murriel E. VanLuven on January 8, 1942 . He preceded her in death on May 6, 1977. She married James C. Rix on January 17, 1984 in Port Huron. He preceded her in death on May 18, 2009. Phyllis worked for many years at Bob’s Bakery in Port Huron, which her parents owned and operated. She was also an avid bowler. For 20 years Phyllis was a resident of Tawas, MI, and was an active member of the Senior Center there. Most recently, she enjoyed the time she spent in Port Huron with other residents at Port Haven Manor. She is survived by her son, Gary W. (Gloria) VanLuven, 5 grandchildren, Gary E. (fiancé Candy Maertens) VanLuven, Scott W. VanLuven, Heather R. (Kevin) Schlagel, Linda (Gary) Haylor, and Matthew R. (Carla) Brooks, greatgrandchildren, Connor and Kaitlyn Schlagel, Mathew Jr., Ian, and Bryan Brooks, Jennifer, Brenden Haylor, one-greatgreat-granddaughter Charlie, a sister, Pauline Sansum, a brother, Robert (Pat) Sassanella, Step-Daughter Carolyn (Gale) Sims, and a Step-Son William (Debbie) Rix. She was preceded in death by her two husbands, a brother, Edwin Sassanella, a daughter, Judith A. Brooks, and a grandson, Chad W. VanLuven. A funeral service will take place at 3 p.m. Monday in the Smith Family Funeral Home - North, 1525 Hancock Street with The Rev. Max Amstutz officiating. Visitation will also be on Monday beginning at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the American Heart Association.


Maxine Louise Wall

Port Huron Maxine Louise Wall, age 87, of Port Huron, was called to Heaven on February 29, 2012. She was born in Yale on November 11, 1924 to Herbert and Ethel Koch. She graduated from Yale High School in 1942 and then attended Port Huron Junior College. Maxine then pursued her dream of becoming an artist. She attended art schools here in Michigan, Connecticut and in Switzerland. Maxine worked as a commercial artist in the Detroit area, was a fine arts painter working with oils and frequently taught oil painting classes as well. Her art work has been exhibited in Geneva, Switzerland, Saugatuck, Birmingham, St. Clair and Port Huron, Michigan. Not only was she an accomplished artist, she was also proficient at the piano and was skilled in the arts of crocheting and knitting. Maxine was a quiet and dignified woman. She spent her last years in the caring environment of Marwood Manor. She continued to practice her art work and drew the cover for the 2010 Christmas Tea invitations. She also enjoyed participating in the many activities at Marwood, especially working in the gardens. Maxine is survived by her nephews and nieces; Kenneth Max Koch of Bad Axe, Mark (Katherine Lark) of Hanover, New Hampshire, Jeffrey (Thimmie) Koch of Mountain View, California, Kathryn (Alan) Skinner of Port Huron, Karen (Eugene) Brasse of Caldwell, Idaho and Rebecca Pettengill of Troy, Michigan. She had ten great nieces and nephews, as well as seven great-great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her faithful friends; Irma and Lyell Schneider and Richard Ripley. She will be sorely missed, but know that she is with the angels in Heaven. She is preceded in death by her son; Bobby, father and mother; Herbert and Ethel Koch, and a brother; Kenneth Max Koch. Graveside services will be: Saturday, March 17th at 1:00 p.m. in Sunset Memorial Garden Cemetery Chapel. The Pastor John Carrier of Trinity Lutheran Church will officiate. Cremation arrangements by: Jowett Funeral Home - 1634 Lapeer Ave at 17th St., Port Huron. Memorials can be made to Marwood Nursing and Rehab.

Garand Russell "Gary" Moore

Marysville Garand Russell "Gary" Moore, 60, of Marysville, died Friday, March 2, 2012. He was born September 8, 1951 in Detroit. He married Tammy Gravlin on September 28, 1991. Gary served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and a member and past Commander of the Shafer-Rachelle VFW Post #6782. He worked for many years as plant superintendant at Yale Industries and recently as the produce manager at Wally’s Supermarket in Marysville. Gary was an avid hockey player and fan and also enjoyed playing golf, fishing, gardening and landscaping, and cooking. He is survived by wife, Tammy; daughters, Heather (Alan) Earls of Nashville, Tennessee, and Stacy (Brad) Connell of White Lake; sons, Jamie O’Mara of Orlando, Florida, and Jason (Alisa) Moore of St. Clair Shores; grandchildren, Beck and Brock Amo, Ava Connell, and future granddaughter, Bethanny Moore; two sisters, Donna Kucharek of Gaylord and Maureen (Rich) Radcliffe of Warren; many nieces, nephews, and cousins, including special cousin, Michael Embry; and wonderful canine companion, Brandy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Neu and Marcella Moore, and a brother, Dennis Moore. Visitation will be from 2-4 & 6-9 p.m. on Monday and 3-6 p.m. on Tuesday in the Marysville Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 in the Marysville Funeral Home. The Reverend Max Amstutz will officiate. Memorials may be made to Soldier’s Best Friend, an organization that places service dogs with war veterans. To send condolences, visit marysvillefuneralhome .com.

Ardith M. Taylor

Brown City Ardith M. Taylor age 90, of Brown City died March 2, 2012. She was born March 14, 1921 in Pontiac, Michigan to Joseph and Mary Larsen. Ardith became a young widow when her husband Gordon Payne died. On January 14, 1956 Ardith was united in marriage to John "Jack" Taylor. She was a mother and grandmother and had worked many years at D & R Clothing in Brown City. In prior years she had been a Girl Scout leader and had owned and operated a restaurant in Keego Harbor. In her semi-retired years, Ardith sold arts and crafts. She was a long time member of the Brown City United Methodist Church where she had been active with the Sunday school and the Women’s group. She is survived by three children, Richard (Penny) Fitzgerald, Shelby Township, Patricia Barr, Bay City, Gloria (Leonard) Reou, Attica, 7 grandchildren, James (Ann Marie) Payne, Jeffery, Eric, Beth Reou, Jonathon Cahoon, Shelley and Richard Fitzgerald, a son-in-law, Charles (Danielle) Cahoon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack and a daughter, Vickie Cahoon. A Gathering for family and friends will be Tuesday from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Carman Funeral Home in Brown City. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Carman Funeral Home in Brown City. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Brown City United Methodist Church Building Fund or Medi-Lodge of Yale.

Denise Walker

Denise Walker, 68, passed away on March 2, 2012. She was born in Detroit on January 22, 1944 to the late John and Bernadette Walker. Denise’s big enjoyment in life was attending the ARC. A program was started during the 1950’s in Detroit by Denise’s mother and other mothers of children with Down’s Syndrome. Denise participated in the Macomb, St. Clair and Port Huron ARC programs until health issues forced her to leave in 2009. She loved working with her hands which showed in her hobbies which included creating hook rugs, cross stitching and weaving potholders and place mats. Denise is survived by her sister, Nancy Holman; nieces Shelley (Doug) Wuennenberg, Sue Byrnes; nephew, Keith (Pat) Byrnes; one great niece and five great nephews. The family would like to extend a special thanks to River Bend for providing excellent care during Denise’s final years. Cremation arrangements by Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home. For guest book and information please visit

Hale Payne Saph III

In loving memory of Hale Payne Saph, III, attorney at law, age 78, born December 2, 1933 in St. Clair, Michigan passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2012 in Lighthouse Point, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Diane L. Saph and three children: Lisa Saph Dowling of San Francisco, CA, Hale Payne Saph IV of Lighthouse Point, FL, and Deborah Myers of Ocala, FL. He had four grandchildren: Chelsea and Mackenzie Dowling, Grayson Saph and Michaela Spena. Hale is, also, survived by his brother Stephen R. Saph of Marine City, Michigan. Hale was born and raised in Marine City, Michigan and attended University of Miami undergraduate in 1956, and a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He served his country in the Air Force Reserves and graduated University of Miami Law School and received his Juris Doctorate in 1961. Hale was part of a long-time family law practice in Marine City and he was a valued member of The Board of Directors of the Marine Bank and Trust for nearly 20 years. Hale practiced law for over 40 years as an attorney with The Michigan and Florida State Bar.


Walter S. Phare

Port Huron Walter S. Phare, 95, a lifelong resident of Port Huron, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012 after a lengthy illness. He was born October 25, 1916 in Port Huron to the late Thomas and Jemina Phare. Walter married Mary G. Roth on August 6, 1947 and they had four children. She preceded him in death in 2009. After graduation from Port Huron High School, Walter worked in the CCC camp at Camp Glennie outside of East Tawas, then served in the Air Force during WWII. He was stationed in South Dakota where he supervised the setup of ground targets at the aircraft gunnery range, and left military service with the rank of Captain. He attended Port Huron Business College then worked as an independent accountant for 48 years, during which time he served many different area businesses. He retired from his accounting practice in 1995. Walter was an active member of the Port Huron Host Lions Club since 1948, during which time he held the offices of secretary, treasurer, and president. He received the Melvin Jones award for outstanding leadership to Lions Club International in 1997. Walter and Mary were members of St. Mary Catholic Church in Port Huron since its founding and he was a Life Member of the Blue Water Sportsman’s Association since 1949. Walter loved to hunt, fish, and travel "up north", and he also enjoyed sports, especially baseball, hockey, football, and bowling. He is survived by his children: Sharon (Glenn) Glassner, Robert "Bob" (Rita) Phare, William "Bill" Phare, and Susan Phare; four grandchildren, Eric, Brian and Scott Glassner, and Christopher Phare; his brothers, Fred (June) Phare and Albert (Donna) Phare; sister, Doris (Hadley, Sr.) Hurford; sister-in-law, Betty Phare; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister and brother-inlaw, Pearl and Fred Wilton, and his brothers Roy and Clarence. Visitation will be from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Sunday in the Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. Mr. Phare will lie in state from 9:30 until the time of the Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 5, 2012 in St. Mary Catholic Church. The Reverend Brian Cokonougher will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Port Huron. Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or the Port Huron Host Lions Club. To send condolences, visit

Gerald Daniel Gorte

Port Huron Gerald Daniel Gorte, 69, of Port Huron, died Saturday, March 3, 2012. He was born June 23, 1942 in Port Huron, the son of the late Henry and Sophia (Fischer) Gorte. He is survived by two sisters, Barbara E. Gorte and Martha (Ed) Krenke, both of Port Huron; two brothers, George Gorte of Utica and Fred Gorte of Las Vegas; and several nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2012 in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. Dr. M. Jacob Kaufman, pastor of St. John’s United Church of Christ, will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Port Huron.

Harold S. "Bud" Allen

Ruby Harold S. "Bud" Allen, age 69 of Ruby died March 2, 2012 in St. Joseph Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was born December 7, 1942 in Croswell to Harold and Helen Allen, they moved to the Port Huron area in the 50’s. He married Linda L. Barr on July 1, 1967 in Forester, Michigan. He was a member of Local 324 for 48 years, and worked as a heavy equipment operator, and later as a small engine mechanic. Bud was a people person, and enjoyed the company of others. In the past he also enjoyed riding motorcycles and most recently, watching NASCAR. He is survived by his wife, Linda L. Allen, 2 sons, David (Lisa) Birtles, and Tom Allen, a grandson, Thomas Allen Jr., a sister Grace (Wally) Nunn, the entire Barr family, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Jack, and a sister, Roberta. A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Smith Family Funeral Home - North, 1525 Hancock Street with The Rev. Max Amstutz officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m., and on Wednesday beginning at 10 a.m. Memorials may be made to the family or St. Joseph Mercy Hospital’s People’s Clinic for Better Health.

Madeline G. (Richardson) Watson

Grant Township Madeline G. (Richardson) Watson, 91, of Grant Township passed away peacefully on February 29, 2012 in Regency on the Lake. She was born on October 26, 1920 in Yale, Michigan. She married Ralph Watson on September 2, 1945 in Port Huron. He passed away on April 6, 1987. She is the daughter of the late Ray and Gertrude Richardson. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening, and crafts. Madelyn always looked forward to spending time with family and friends. She is survived by her son, Robert Watson of Waterford, Michigan; cousin, Jeanne Roblins of Waterford; A sister- inlaw, Eleanor Richardson, New Baltimore. Several nieces and nephews including Janet Puchlak- Smith, Lexington, Michael and Kathleen Puchlak, Croswell, Judy and Gabriella Walker, Lexington, Joan Nicely and Julie Richardson, Indianapolis, William and Connie Hipple, Kim and Haley Hipple, Justin Neil, all of Kimball Twp, Sherry Stewart, Billy and Amanda Hipple, Dick Hipple, all of Port Huron Twp, Don and Linda Martin, Heather and Holly Martin, all of New Baltimore, Gordon Bechtel, Yale, Gerald Bechtel, Mt. Clemens, and a special caregiver and friend, John Beno, North Street. She is preceded in death by 6 brothers and sisters and her son, William Watson, who passed away on March 10, 2010. A celebration of Madeline’s life will be held at Quay Street Restaurant, 330 Quay St, Port Huron, MI on Saturday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m.. Ph. (810) 982-4100. The Reverend William Ballard of Waterford, will be officiating the service. For guest book and information please visit

Joseph John Summerville

Marine City Joseph John Summerville, age 90, died March 1, 2012. He was born November 2, 1921 in Harbor Beach. Joe married Helen Smith in December of 1945. She preceded him in death on February 10, 2012 after 66 years of marriage. Joe was a member of the Marine City United Methodist Church. He was very active in his church. Joe worked at the Detroit Gasket and owned and operated Summerville Industrial Wood Products for 53 years. He is survived by his daughter; Sandy Hobson, granddaughter; Lori A. Hobson and grandson Matthew J. Hobson. He was preceded in death by his parents; David and Margaret Summerville, sisters; Viola Gies and Mildred Furman, brothers; Ervin and Melvin Summerville and son in law; Richard Hobson. Funeral services will be conducted Monday March 5th at 11:00 a.m. at Marine City United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Marine City. Visiting hours are Sunday 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Young Funeral Home, China Twp. and Monday 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the church prior to services. Pallbearers are Matthew Hobson, Randy Orchard, Dennis VanTiem, Joe Gies, Dennis Summerville and William Smith. Honorary pallbearer is Talmadge Coy. Memorials are suggested to Marine City United Methodist Church.



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t looks as if you have a lot on your minds today. So let’s get to it. Talk to me: » No Name: “I just finish read Eugene Grewe’s Thursday guest column, ‘Local leaders would be wise not to tinker with Edison Inn.” Finally, somebody is using a little common sense. It’s too darn bad Grewe’s not a St. Clair County commissioner. Why in the heck would you want to build a culinary school on the St. Clair River when you’ve got all this land between the college and the river,


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f you’re keeping score — and Blue Water Area residents certainly are — the latest benchmark on the unwanted influx of Canadian trash shows some progress. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s reported a 0.9% overall decrease in solid waste going into the state's landfills. The February report — from October 2010 to September 2011 — also shows a drop of about 20% in trash coming from from Canada. Considering Michigan’s long battle against the Canadian trash problem, the DEQ’s report is welcome news. But the flow of Canada’s refuse into our state has been reduced, not eliminated. The Blue Water Bridge still sees a daily stream of trucks transporting the trash to landfills beyond St. Clair County’s border. Some of those trucks have caused accidents on Interstate 69 that caused traffic backups and environmental cleanups. More than anything, Canadian trash has long festered as a problem the Blue Water Area and the rest of the state deplore, but cannot fix. One easy step is making the state’s landfills less attractive. Michigan’s trash tax is a bargain — about 21 cents per ton. Illinois charges about $2.22 per ton and Wisconsin’s fee is nearly $13 per ton. It is no wonder states and the province of Ontario send their trash to Michigan. The price is unbeatable. No matter how much Michigan residents complain about Canadian trash, raising the trash tax is a nonstarter. The state Legislature has resisted calls to increase the fee, and Canadian garbage trucks keep crossing the Blue Water Bridge. Give U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin credit. In the absence of federal legislation to stem the flow of Canadian trash into Michigan, the Democrats struck a bargain with Ontario officials to voluntarily reduce the province’s refuse export to Michigan. The 2006 agreement ended the residential trash from Canada by 2010. But Canadian commercial trash keeps coming — and it comprises the majority of what goes into state landfills. U.S. Rep. Candice Miller is trying to get Congress to act. The Republican congresswoman plans to introduce legislation to give state governors the power to stop international trash from crossing the America’s borders. She doesn’t expect to it pass, given the Senate’s past failure to act on similar legislation. She thinks Stabenow and Levin are content with the Ontario trash agreement. The drop in Canadian trash is no victory. It just reminds us the battle is far from won.


Studio 1219 celebrates artists battling mental health stigmas onday is the closing M day of Studio 1219’s art show, “Creative

Minds, Changing Minds.” It features the work of artists throughout Michigan who use community mental health services. The show, assembled by the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards, has toured the state for 21 months. The exhibit’s goals extend beyond bringing quality art to communities across the state. First, by showcasing the talents of people who use public mental health services, it hopes to chip away at the stigmas that surround mental health issues. Second, by underlining the therapeutic dimensions of the artistic process, the exhibit hopes to highlight the rather unconventional pathways to recovery provided by the arts. The works of art will be sold in an October online auction, and the proceeds will be used to launch a subsequent show. One of the best ways to look at how art combats stigma and how it works in the lives of artists who live with mental illness is to listen to the words of the artists themselves. “Art and music are my passions and help me cope in life,” said Catherine Milson, 26, who represents St. Clair County in the show with her vivid likeness of an avatar from the 2010 movie. “I will be feeling mad


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and I can just paint out my feelings,” said Laura Warschull, 33, of Lapeer County, who drew a boy struggling to fit together the two warring sides of his personality. “Art has been a stable, consistent form of therapy since early on,” said Melissa Brown, 35, of Gladwin County. “Through my art, I am able to work on emotions that I am unable to express verbally.” “Art has been my backbone,” said Jennifer Leigh, 36, of Kalamazoo County. She painted a picture of a woman underwater, obscured by currents of clashing reflection. “Without it, I wonder if I’d be alive — seriously. I use my art to regulate my emotions.” “When I was at my worst, I was as empty and bare as the canvas itself,” said Susan Meekhof, 48, of Kent County. She painted a welcoming frame house flying an American flag, tucked behind a picket fence. “I was alone, isolated from society. Art accompanied me when no one else would. It was not judgmental. Art did not hold stigma against me. It carved good times in my life just when I thought the good times

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vacant property that nobody’s using? I’m glad I’m at the age that I am because one of these days, Port Huron won’t be known as the ‘Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes.’ It will be known as the ‘Laughing Stock of the Great Lakes.’ Worse, we’ll be known as ‘Flop City.’” » Martin from Port Computers: “I’m kind of excited about the new convention center. I have some questions. If we build it, will they come?

Who will come and where are they going to park? If the Edison Shores housing development was torn down, that would make a nice parking lot for the convention center. Or we could probably do the smart thing and expand McMorran Place to its north parking lot. We also could have buses that transport convention center visitors to the hotels in the area. What we seem to be doing instead is spinning our wheels.” » Caroline from Port Huron: “To all the St. Clair County commissioners: Please vote yes for the convention center and all the improvements at the Thomas Edison Inn, the seat of Port Huron’s future. To all the people in the townships that use our city parks

were a thing of the past.” One of the most disturbing paintings in the show is that of a young man with his eye lids, mouth and ears sewn shut. “I painted this painting to show how some people with disabilities may feel,” said the artist, who is nearly deaf. “You want to see something beautiful one day and be able to open your eyes, but you can’t.” “Doing art helps me relax and express my compassion for life,” said 13-year-old Annaliece Wilkie from Mason County. She loves swimming and painted a beautiful, nearly pointillist scene featuring translucent fish, squid, turtles and seashells. “I hear the voices every minute of every day except when I’m painting,” said Brian Frank, 27 of Berrien County. Seeing the Ed Harris movie about abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock in 2009 saved his life. “I discovered I could use paint to show my inner emotions in a way I never thought possible. What is special to me is the act of painting, not the painting itself.” Matthew Craig of Ingham County might have best summed up the role of art: “Art makes me whole,” he said.

Mike McCartan is a community columnist and executive director of St. Clair County Community Mental Health.

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for picnics, fishing, boat watching and swimming and the McMorran theater and ice rinks: This is your time to pay it forward. I’m looking forward to progress in Port Huron!” The St. Clair County Board of Commissioners voted in favor of the new convention center and a $9 million bond to finance its construction, Caroline. Some county residents want the bond to be put to a referendum. » No Name: “I called in some time ago, like the first of the month, to see if you knew anything about Leap Year, but you didn’t reply. The only reason I called was because my niece was going to have a baby a couple weeks from now. Well she had her baby on Wednesday, Feb. 29, Leap

hen it comes to the economy, the current crop of Republican presidential candidates must think America’s middle class is willing to believe any outrageous, fabricated nonsense they can think up. One example is the candidates’ constant tirade about how they will “fix” the economy and balance the budget. According to a study conducted by a nonpartisan group, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Newt Gingrich’s budget plan would add $7 trillion to the national debt through the next nine years (double what it would be if we continued with the status quo). Rick Santorum’s plan would add $4.5 trillion over during the same period (about the same as the status quo). Gingrich also said if he were elected president, he would bring gasoline prices down to $2.50 per gallon. I guess he doesn’t know that 76% of the cost of gasoline is based on the global oil market, much of which is controlled by the Middle East. Even if we drilled for oil on every inch of U.S. land (and sea) do you think for a minute the oil companies wouldn’t sell the oil to the highest bidder? What makes anyone think they would sell their oil cheaper to the United States than they would to China in order to increase their profit margin? Before the next election, I hope anyone who considers him or herself a middle-class American checks the facts before voting. PATRICIA FERDA Lakeport, Feb. 23

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apt. Dan Gallagher’s Thursday letter, “Convention center is right course,’ inadvertently hit the nail right on the head with his quote from the May, 1967 issue of Telescope: "(Ship) builders (private enterprise) also invited capital from the townsfolk (voluntary investors) to enhance their operations. Many individuals or fraternal orders would invest in the new ship and take their chances that it would make a tidy sum for them.” Nowhere in the excerpt was there any mention of county commissioners funding the construction of a portion of the ship and obligating taxpayers to pay back a 30-year bond. St. Clair County voters should be allowed to decide for themselves whether to invest in building the new Blue Water Area Convention Center at Port Huron’s Thomas Edison Inn. TOM SEAVER Kimball Township, March 1


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Day. The newborn gets to have the choice of having the birthday on Feb. 28 or Mar. 1.” Congratulations on the newest member of your family. » Al from Marysville: “I’m calling in response to Ralph from Marysville. I also work for Edison. The bakery was called Sanford. You’re right, the bread was excellent.” » No Name from St. Clair: “I called earlier about the Sanford bake shop, I misspoke. It was not on Electric Avenue. It was on Military, the street closest to the St. Clair River.” » Don Lee from Port Huron: “I received the Good Neighbor Spirit Award from the city of Port Huron. I just want to thank the police depart-

ment, Chief Michael Reaves, the City Council and Mayor Pauline Repp. She did did a good job announcing my award and talking about me. Without the police department, the City Council and all of my neighbors, I wouldn’t have been able to get this award. I’m very proud of it, and I just want to thank everybody.” The thanks belongs to you, Don, for your efforts to coordinate the Seaway East-West Neighborhood Watch. » Grandma Betty from Croswell: “Last Sunday, I had one redwinged blackbird at my feeder. The other afternoon, I had a whole back yard full of them. Spring must be coming early this year.” Can’t wait, Betty.






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Breakfast, to 11:30 a.m. Knights of Columbus , 3501 Rattle Run Road, St. Clair. $6 adults, $4 children older than 5. 11 a.m. Free Movie Madness. Familyfriendly movie. Riverside Cinemas, 6746 River Road, Marine City. Second show: Noon. 11:30 a.m.Bingo. Play begins at 1 p.m. Knights of Columbus, 7556 Lakeshore Road, Lexington. 1 p.m. Family Program: Toy Tech Discovery: Rocket Launch. Create a rocket to be tested in the Toy Tech rocket launcher. Port Huron Museum, 1115 Sixth St. Registration requested. (810) 982-0891. Free with museum admission: $7 adults, $5 students and seniors, free for children 4 and younger, $20 for family. 4 p.m. Free Concert: Student Music Lesson Award Winners. With Port Huron Musicale award winners. Salvation Army Citadel, 2000 Court St., Port Huron. 4 p.m. St. Paul’s Lutheran Chili Cook-Off. Also, dessert auctions. Perch Point Conservation Club, 7930 Meisner Road, Casco Township. $8 adults, $5 children ages 6-12.

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Sowing ideas Getting antsy about digging into the soil? New gardening columnist Amy Holzberger says you can start planning now.

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Small changes make big health difference

Getting your body ready for the beach season doesn’t have to be a big deal. Registered dietitian Keri Gans, author of “The Small Change Diet,” offers these tips. » Start each day the right way. It’s not only important to eat breakfast, but lunch, dinner, and two snacks. » Make a breakfast sandwich with egg whites with toppings such as tomatoes and spinach between bagels » For your snack cravings, try low-fat yogurt with fresh berries, low-fat chocolate milk, or a piece of fruit with 1.5 ounces of nuts » Eat the right kind and right amount of fats – healthy fats such as an ounce of nuts, a fifth of an avocado, or other healthy fats and oils are the smart choice

Art takes to streets in Mount Clemens

The Detroit Institute of Arts is getting money to help support its InsideOut project and has picked the latest group of participating communities. The James L. Knight Foundation is giving $250,000 to sponsor the project for 2012 and 2013. The effort includes putting up reproductions of some of the museum’s significant paintings on the streets of Michigan. InsideOut is in its third year. Each community will have seven to 10 reproductions clustered within walking or biking distance. Participating communities include Mount Clemens, Eastpointe, Roseville, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Southfield, Clarkston, Bloomfield Township, Wyandotte, Wayne, Taylor and the five Grosse Pointe communities.

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Judi Melms looks on as her granddaughter, Girl Scout Cadette McKayla Melms, 12, checks out a hat filled with “swaps,” items given to her by other Scouts. The family has been involved in Scouting for generations. MELISSA WAWZYSKO/TIMES HERALD


Family of Girl Scouts marks 100th anniversary By CRYSTAL GARCIA

Kid Rock gets classy for symphony benefit

Kid Rock is teaming up with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for a one-night benefit concert. The May 12 show at Detroit’s Fox Theatre aims to raise $1 million for the orchestra. Kid Rock will perform with the orchestra and his own band, Twisted Brown Trucker Band. “As a musician, and of course a Detroiter, I am proud to be supporting this longstanding cultural institution,” Kid Rock said. Tickets start at $100, with the top price levels including an afterparty.

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eing a Girl Scout is about more than just cookies for the Melms

family. It’s a lifestyle, one that began 35 years ago for mother and daughter Judi, 66, and Denise, 41. Denise’s troop needed a leader. Judi thought she could pitch in temporarily. A few meetings turned into 35 years of the family’s involvement in camp-

ing, badges and troop meetings. This year marks Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary, and the Melmses of Port Huron have seen a lot of changes in the years they’ve been involved. The newest generation in Scouting is Denise’s daughter, McKayla, 12. Judi got the ball rolling with a troop of 14 girls. Her husband, Walter, became her co-leader. “I thought it was a good program and a way See SCOUTS, Page 3C

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Denise Melms prepares to add an item from a Sri Lankan Girl Guide to souvenirs she’s collected during the years.

Group grows from 18 girls to millions By CRYSTAL GARCIA Times Herald

Juliette Low had no way of knowing the small group of 18 girls she organized to be the first Girl Scout troop in 1912 would flourish into millions of girls in thousands of troops around world. But that’s what has happened. There are 228 troops in St. Clair County and 53 troops in Sanilac County, said Yavonkia Jenkins, public relations director for Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, one of four councils in the state. Other counties in the Southeastern council are Oakland, Macomb, Genesee and parts of Wayne, Monroe and Livingston. Scout levels range from Daisys for girls ages 5 (or in kindergarten) to Ambassador for girls in 11th and 12th grade. The Southeastern council was formed in See GROUP, Page 3C


GIRL SCOUTS OF SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN » Events for people involved in Scouting and the public will be taking place around the country to celebrate the organization’s birthday. Many announcements will come the week of March 11 for people involved in Scouting and the public. » For more information about Girl Scouts in the area, visit www., call (810) 984-3189 or stop by the Port Huron Service Center, 2186 Water St., Port Huron Township. » Service Center hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and noon to 7 p.m. Thursday » Cookies are on sale at locations throughout the area through March 25. For local times and locations, go to cookies or call (800) 482-6734.

Thai sauce heats up shrimp A lot of things have changed through the years, and the culinary world is subject to those changes as much, or more, than any industry While perusing a vintage copy (1970s) of Bon Appetit, someone had requested a recipe for a dessert they called “Burnt Sugar.” Scanning the ingredients and recipe, I was surprised to find it matched up exactly to what is now one of our favorite dessert tray items — crème brulee. Another bit of trivia: In those days, most recipes called for using margarine. Today butter has replaced that wannabe taste-substitute spread. In my refrigerator, it must be unsalted butter.


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Being the spice queen, I have earned frequent flier miles for the use of cayenne, hot pepper flakes and Tabasco sauce. In the past year, I have found something that transforms mundane to the magnificent when it comes to heat. It is called sriracha sauce. It is produced here in the United States by a Thai immigrant who must be making big bucks selling this

Carol Chargot adds a little heat to her Firecracker Shrimp recipe. The secret? Sriracha sauce. E.J. HARRINGTON

new king of condiments. The product ingredients on the label are printed in five languages. I discovered it a year

or so ago while dining in a local upscale restaurant, which was using it as a See CHARGOT, Page 3C




» ARIES (March 21April 19). Any daily activity can be a path to peace, as long as you are mindful as you do it. Your attention to experiences will involve all of your senses as you completely join with the moments of your life. » TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You will have moments in which you rise above the chatter of your mind and act without thinking. You’ll be at one with your nature and with the nature of the world, and it feels good to be back in the flow. » GEMINI (May 21June 21). You can’t “try” to be more spontaneous any more than you can “seriously” work on your sense of humor. You’ll be aware of similarly futile efforts, and you’ll give them up. » CANCER (June 22-July 22). People have a right to change their minds, but there’s a wrong way to do this and a right way. You could be dealing with some flaky people today — or maybe it’s just no one taught them the right way. » LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your breath anchors you to life. Being aware of your breathing — the depth of it, when you hold your breath, what makes you exhale — will make you aware of your life » VIRGO (Aug. 23Sept. 22). Your understanding will broaden, and suddenly you may question certain things you took for granted — for instance, your freedom. How free are you really, and how

could you be more free? » LIBRA (Sept. 23Oct. 23). It will be lucky for you to address any concerns you have about your self-image or body. You’re likely to either nip a problem in the bud or make easy, inexpensive improvements. » SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Just because you make something doesn’t mean people will buy it. And the same goes for your opinions. However, today the odds are in your favor. Play them and cash in. » SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You don’t require that your loved ones stand by your side at all times, but you like to know they would if you wanted them to. You might create a false alarm situation just to make sure. » CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’ll be in “watch and learn” mode, preferring to hang back and watch how people interact, solve problems and go about their daily business. You’ll absorb a week’s worth of experience in one day. » AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You attract highly compatible individuals, people who harmonize with you in many ways and on multiple levels. he inspiration will coax your soul into singing its sweet song. » PISCES (Feb. 19March 20). You are an expression of divine energy even though you sometimes feel like a complete mess. Really, you need to stop being so hard on yourself.


Start planning garden now Although we have experienced an unusually mild winter thus far, it is a little too early to start your garden seeds. However, now is the time for one of my favorite things: planning my garden. This time of year, my garden has endless possibilities. I love browsing through the glossy pages of seed catalogs, dreaming about what I want to grow, learning about varieties I haven’t tried yet and discovering some of the tricks to make a certain plant flourish. There is so much information out there, I never fail to learn something new. When planning, consider how much sun is needed and how many days it takes the plant to mature. Will you be planting in


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the ground or in containers? Look at the ultimate height and spread of each plant before you make any decisions. By now, you should have a list from which to place an order or take to a local garden supply center. When you have gathered all your seeds, start looking at the sowing instructions on each packet. Most will tell you how long it takes for the seeds to germinate and when they should be sown.

In our area, the average last frost date is about May 15. It’s almost always safe to plant Memorial Day weekend. That means if your seed pack says to start seeds four weeks before the last frost, you would plant between April 15 and April 30. That would cover most seeds. I will get into the specifics in a future column. Michigan’s mild winter this year, however, could mean the last frost date will come sooner than usual. When you plant your seeds, write the name of the seed and plant date on a calendar. Do this for each of your seed packets, and you will have your planting schedule. I hope all of your dreams come to fruition, so to speak.

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Browse through old country-oriented shelter magazines and you’ll see a lot of what designers used to call “duck and basket” decor: calicoprint-filled rooms, colonial furnishings, walls stenciled with flowers and ducks. It was a homey, wellloved style. Now a new generation of home decorators and stylemakers is updating the look. Country Living magazine fills pages with bright colors, crisp graphic prints, tag-sale side tables and smart

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but nowadays the duck’s more likely to be part of a hip new wallpaper. Call it Modern Country or Farmhouse Chic — it’s sparer and less cluttered than the old country, but no less welcoming. It honors country’s homespun roots without sending us too literally back to the past. Well-worn, often utilitarian elements from the farm house, barn and small-town store blend with contemporary furnishings and finishes, making it all look fresh and interesting. Becky Cunningham, a home decorator near Shreveport, La., fell in love with vintage stuff during her first visit to a flea market in Canton, Texas. That’s where she found an old cowboy’s bathtub that now holds extra blankets in her bedroom. The room’s transformation, which includes snowy white paint, a chandelier and luxurious white bed linens, is chronicled on her blog, “Buckets and Burlap.” An unusual focal point is a gray, weatherbeaten headboard. “We used 100-year-old lumber taken from an old shack on my husband’s aunt’s farm,” Cunning-

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for her (Denise) to make friends,” Judi said. It paid off in many other ways. “We’ve gotten to travel and do a lot of things I wouldn’t have been able to do had it not been for Scouts,” Denise said. Among those things were meeting former first lady Barbara Bush and author/poet Maya Angelou. “It’s that sisterhood that says we’re not all blood-related, but we have that Girl Scout bond. “And you know when somebody’s going through a divorce or they’re having their first child, the good and the bad times, you’re just there for each other.” “It brings peeps from diverse backgrounds — whether it’s social economic or financial, no matter what, it brings you all on a neutral ground for common good. It gives you a starting point for friendships. ... It gives you a nice even playing field that you can learn and grow from.”


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2008 during a revamping of the organization. More than 300 councils across the country were narrowed down to 112, Jenkins said. There are 30,717 girls and 9,885 adults in the Southeastern council. Girl Scout participation has ebbed and flowed throughout the years, but Jenkins said things are picking up.

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decorative dribble on an entrée plate. I went at it gingerly at first and remember raising a few eyebrows when I started asking for extra sides. I finally found my very own bottle at a specialty shop. Now it is available at nearly every supermarket. Sriracha, aka rooster sauce

1900s » March 12, 1912 Juliette Low gathered 18 girls to register the first troop of American Girl Guides. The name of the organization was changed to Girl Scouts the following year. » June 10, 1915 The organization was incorporated as Girl Scouts Inc. under the laws of the District of Columbia. 1920s » There were nearly 70,000 Girl Scouts nationwide, including the territory of Hawaii. 1930s » The first sale of commercially baked Girl Scout cookies took place. 1940s » Girl Scouts sponsored Defense Institutes, which taught 10,000 women survival skills and techniques for comforting children during blackouts and air raids. 1950s » The Girl Scout movement was well established as the decade started, with 1.5 million girls and adult volunteers. 1960s » Scout program changes included introduction in 1963 of four program age – levels for girls: Brownie, Junior, Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts. » The Piper Project, headed by actress and Girl Scout troop leader Debbie Reynolds, was launched to retain girls so they could benefit from the program for each age level, as well as to recruit Girl Scouts in populations that were underserved. 1970s » Girl Scout members elected the first African American National Girl Scout President, Gloria D. Scott, in 1975. 1980s » New badges included Computer Fun, Aerospace and BusinessWise. » A new Daisy Girl Scout age level for girls 5 years old or in kindergarten was introduced. 1990s » Girl Scouting experienced a renewed emphasis on physical fitness with the inauguration of a health and fitness national service project in 1994 and the GirlSports initiative in 1996. 2000s » Girl Scouts took to the web via the organization’s website, local Girl Scout council Web sites and online troop meetings.

McKayla Melms, 12, looks up as her mother, Denise Melms, shows a sash that was part of her Girl Scout uniform when she was younger. MELISSA WAWZYSKO/TIMES HERALD

Three generations of the Melms family talk about their Girl Scout experiences.

Girl power

Denise attributes her confidence, self-sufficiency and public speaking skills to being a Girl Scout. She hopes her 12-year-old daughter, McKayla, experiences the same thing. McKayla, a seventh-grader at Central Middle School in Port Huron, has been in Scouts for eight years She joined as a Daisy, the youngest category of Scouting for girls in kindergarten or age 5. “If she has half of the experiences that I had, I know Scouts did its job for her,” Denise said. Scouts is showing McKayla “her self-worth and her independence and making her into a better person.” McKayla plans to make the most of being a Girl Scout. “I hope to (gain) new experiences, because I’ve learned so much now,” she said, such as how to build a fire and pack for a trip. McKayla will experience something her mother never did when she travels in August to Mackinac Island as part of the Mackinac Honor Guard. Participants raise and lower flags, serve as guides in historic buildings and Fort Mackinac and complete a service project during their weeklong stay. McKayla does have one regret. She’d like to learn some of survival skills that no longer are stressed in modern-day Scouting, such as tin-can cooking. “The older ways of doing things have been forgotten, and I just hope that I can kind of, maybe not bring it completely back, but I can learn some of those ways,” she said.

or taking a computer apart and learning how it works. It really

Denise Melms holds a beanie she wore as a Brownie. The family’s involvement in Scouting began with her mother, Judi Melms.

is about accomplishing our mission, which is building girls of courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.”


Fighting stigma

Scouting has changed in the past 100 years. It has evolved from cookies, camp and crafts to leadership, technology and building relationships to achieve goals. Girls learn “to develop a relationship and understand how to use those relationships to get things done,” said Yavonkia Jenkins, public relations director for Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, one of four councils in the state. St. Clair and Sanilac counties are part of the Southeastern council. “Whether it’s as simple as ‘I want to get better food in the cafeteria in school,’ or ‘I want to run for office in school, or I want to be captain of the softball team.’ It’s important to have the skills to do that,” she said. Badges range from the traditional cooking and sewing to more modern concerns such as financial literacy and using technology. Monthly leader meetings and newsletters that used to come in the mail have been replaced with websites and emails. While Denise believes in the program, she said she some-

times has a hard time with some of the changes she’s seen. She describes herself as “very traditionalistic.” “I think it’s an amazing organization to empower this many millions of women to be able to do things. I think it is important in that regard,” Denise said. “But at the same time, you have to blend the past with the present. You have to keep the fun part in Scouts in order to make it exist in future years.” She likes the survival aspect of Scouting, which is fading as the push for more modern skills increases. “I like the survival. I like the camping. I like doing the songs. I like making little buddy burners and stuff like that and cooking on a tin can — because when it comes to push and shove, if we don’t have any power, the kids aren’t going to be able to play on their Game Boys and computers and stuff like that,” Denise said. Troops still go camping, make crafts and sing. The girls decide which avenues they wish to pursue, Jenkins said. “The whole point is to develop leadership — whether they’re learning it by cooking, whether they’re learning it by shadowing a woman executive

The opportunities increase the longer a girl remains a Scout, Denise said. Unfortunately, she said, “as girls get older, Scouts isn’t cool anymore. And they lose out on all of these amazing opportunities.” Judi said that’s one problem that hasn’t changed throughout the years. “You get into junior high, and it was not cool,” she said of her 12 years as a leader. “And I told the girls ‘If you’re ashamed if it, then we’re done. If you’re proud of it, then we’ll meet at the school you went to.’ And we met at the junior high. And when they went to the high school, guess where we met? Port Huron High.” McKayla plans on sticking with the program. “I’m proud, but I wish it was farther out (more mainstream), as in more people knew about, it because now people think it’s childish,” she said. “But I’m glad that I’m learning these skills and resources I can use for reference.” “And I know how to make certain things that I learned at camp —and I’m having fun and you meet so many new people. It’s just amazing.

“We’re on an upswing” she said. “There was kind of a slide off across the country. We’re definitely working to recruit many more adults and girls, because there is pretty much something for everyone in Girl Scouts.” Although she could not provide specific changes in membership numbers, the most recent drop was in the early 2000s, Jenkins said. That was “when public perception about the organization’s relevancy and value was

declining.” In response, councils were revamped. Programs were restructured to focus on leadership development skills and to allow each girl to choose the avenue through which she hoped to attain those skills. The changes helped to increase Girl Scout membership nationwide from 3.7 million to more than 3.8 million between 2000 and 2010, Jenkins said. She said the level of participation is up to each girl. There are five levels: Troop, events,

series, camp and travel. Troop is the traditional level of participation with meetings and activities. Events typically are onetime programs that can be a few hours, a day long or sometimes overnight. Series programs are shortterm or long-term and typically run for multiple weeks to develop and build skills such as learning how a computer works, making jewelry or shooting and editing videos. Camp programs emphasize

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» Cliff Erickson, 5 p.m. Grace Episcopal Church, 1213 Sixth St., Port Huron. Concert, appetizers and a 50/50 raffle. (810) 985-9539. $10. » The New Destiny Quartet, 6 p.m. First Baptist Church, 1814 Sanborn St., Port Huron. Offering. » Student Music Lesson Award Winners, 4 p.m. Salvation Army Citadel, 2000 Court St., Port Huron. Featuring winners of Port Huron Musicale awards. Free.


» “Camelot” Auditions, 7 p.m. Also Tuesday. St. Clair Theatre Guild, 1456 Goffe St. Clair. (810) 326-3977.


» “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Also 9:30 am. and 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. March 11. Port Huron Northern High School Performing Arts Center, 1799 Krafft Road. Presented by the school’s drama club. $10 adults, $8 students and seniors.


» “The Elves and the Shoemaker/Rumplestiltskin is My Name,” 8 p.m. Also 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. March 11. McMorran Auditorium, 701 McMorran Blvd., Port Huron. Presented by Port Huron Civic Theatre. (810) 985-6166. $15 adults, $10 children.


» Blue Water Area Humane Society Charity Auction, 9 a.m. Port Huron Factory Shops, 1661 Range Road, Kimball Township. Doors open at 9 a.m. Auction begins at 10 a.m. Donations. » Cabaret 2012: “Let’s Go to the Movies,” 6 p.m. Knights of Columbus , 3501 Rattle Run Road, St. Clair. Presented by St. Clair Theatre Guild. Show at 7 p.m., dance music by Bigfoot DJ afterward. Ages 21 and older. Benefits the scholarship fund. (810) 326-3977. $12. » Enchanted Princess Ball, 10 a.m.-noon, 1:303:30 p.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m. Also 1-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. March 11. St. Edward On-the-Lake School, 6995 Lakeshore Road, Lakeport. Featuring more than 40 fairy tale characters, a 60-foot castle and wishing fountain. Children may dress in princess costumes or


BLUE WATER AREA Acoustic » Duncrief Rising, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday. Raven Café, 932 Military St., Port Huron. (810) 984-4330. » John D. Lamb, 6-9 p.m. today. Raven Café, 932 Military St., Port Huron. (810) 984-4330. » Mike Galbraith and Livy, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday. Raven Café, 932 Military St., Port Huron. (810) 984-4330. » Traditional Music Coffeehouse, 7 p.m. Saturday. Trinity Episco-

in their Sunday best. Children must be with an adult. Reservations requested. (810) 385-4461. $17 per person. » “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry,” 6 p.m. Northgate Bible Church, 4311 Pine Grove Road, Fort Gratiot. Take something to sit on for comfort. Admission is free. An offering will be accepted for food and beverage to benefit the Blue Water Child Evangelism Fellowship. » Thumb Dance Club, 7-11 p.m. Maple Valley Elementary School, 138 Maple Valley St., Sandusky. Featuring music by Melody Magic. $4 members, $4.50 nonmembers, $10 annual membership fee.

March 11

» Ourselves, 3 p.m. Sanilac County Historical Village and Museum, 228 S. Ridge St. (M-25), Port Sanilac. (810) 622-9946. $10 adults, $5 students, free for children younger than 12. » St. Patrick’s Day Banquet, 3 p.m. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Hall, 10817 Brandon Road, Emmett. Featuring dinner by Achatz Catering, entertainment, cash bar. (810) 384-6902. $13 in advance, $15 at the door. » Wills Sainte Claire Automobile Museum, 1-5 p.m. 2408 Wills St., Marysville. $5, free for children younger than 12 accompanied by an adult.


» American Wild West, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Knowlton Ice Museum, 317 Grand River Ave., Port Huron. (810) 987-5441. $5 adults, $4 seniors, $2 children ages 6 to 10, free for younger children. » Beatrice Thornton Student Art Exhibition, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays; 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. St. Clair County Community College Fine Arts Gallery, 323 Erie St., Port Huron. Middle school and high school art. Free. The gallery is closed Friday, Saturday and March 11. » March Artist of the Month: Valerie Hoste, gallery hours 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Spiral Gallery, 1219 Military St., Port Huron. Featuring work by Hoste, a St. Clair County Community College alumna. Free. » Toy Tech Exhibit, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Port Huron Museum, 1115 Sixth St. Hands-on, interactive learning exhibition focusing on toys. $7 adults, $5 students and seniors, free for children 4 and younger, $20 family rate.

‘Artist’ deserves ovations By BILL GOODYKOONTZ

No one can predict with certainty how someone else will feel about a movie. Usually. But “The Artist” is such an engaging, delightful film that, if you like movies, you will walk out of the theater with a smile. The French film has only two words of dialogue, spoken in English. Its brilliant star is known for French comedies. The film also is shot in black and white — fitting, as it chronicles the effects of the introduction of sound in the movies: A silent star’s fortunes decline while the career of one of his young fans skyrockets. It’s sweet, it’s funny and surprisingly moving. “The Artist” begins in Hollywood in 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a famous movie star with a legion of fans, a mansion, a loyal driver, Clifton (James Cromwell), a spoiled wife (Penelope Ann Miller) and, of course, a small dog. Valentin makes blockbuster hits for Kino-


SHOWING LOCALLY Act of Valor (R) eg

When a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation.

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (PG) eee

Conservatives already are angry at the strong environmental message in Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda’s film version of the well-loved children’s book. That’s OK, though; the movie is so much fun, it surpasses such worries. With the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito and Ed Helms.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (PG-13)

No review available As stuntman Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form.

» Hrant Hratchian at the Piano, 6-10 p.m. Wednesdays. Voyageur, 525 S. Riverside Ave., St. Clair. (810) 329-3331. » Piano Bar with Harry Krause, 6-10 p.m.


Jean Dujardin portrays George Valentin, left, and Berenice Bejo portrays Peppy Miller in a scene from the Oscarwinning “The Artist.” THE WEINSTEIN CO./THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

graph, a company run by Al Zimmer (John Goodman). One day, a would-be dancer and Valentin fan named Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) stumbles into a photo a paparazzo takes of the star. The picture makes the papers, heads are turned and she gets a bit of a break — and, in a sweet scene that involves Peppy dancing with Valentin’s coat, she meets him. Nice enough, but the delineation is clear: Valentin is a star, Peppy is an extra, at best. Then a funny thing happens: Sound comes to the movies, and Zimmer decides to go all-in on the

new technology. He announces Kinograph no longer will make silent films — a decision that horrifies Valentin. Sound is a fad, the latter protests, but when that gets him nowhere, he strikes out on his own, producing his own film. A familiar story follows. Peppy’s fame grows as Valentin’s career — and his life — spirals downward, with only the loyal Clifton (and the actor’s dog) remaining by his side. Writer and director Michel Hazanvicius and Dujardin create characters and situations that feel original — situations that have the same heart

Gone (PG-13)

ing lady. Not much of a story, and worse, it’s boring.

No review available Jill Parrish (Amanda Seyfried) comes home from a night shift to discover her sister Molly has been abducted. Jill, who had escaped from a kidnapper a year before, is convinced the same serial killer has come back for her sister.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG) ee

Dwayne Johnson does his best to make the audience like him in Brad Peyton’s film, based loosely on Jules Verne’s work. But the story is a mess.

Project X (R) eg

Three seemingly anonymous high school seniors try to make a name for themselves. Their idea is innocent enough: Throw a party no one will forget. But nothing could prepare them for this party. Word spreads quickly as dreams are ruined, records are blemished and legends are born.

Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds (PG-13) eg

Tyler Perry writes, directs and stars in this film about a businessman (Perry) whose orderly life is rocked by a clean-

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» Piano Company, 6-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Quay Street Brewing Co., 330 Quay St., Port Huron. (810) 982-4100.


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pal Church, 5646 Main St., Lexington. Open mic acoustic performances. (810) 359-8741. Free; canned goods accepted for Project Blessing. » Some Velvet Evening, 6-9 p.m. March 11. Raven Café, 932 Military St., Port Huron. (810) 984-4330.


Singer-songwriter John D. Lamb.

Tuesday and Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Voyageur, 525 S. Riverside Ave., St. Clair.


» The Hackwells,


» 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Frank’s Swissel Inn, 4985 24th Ave., Fort Gratiot. » 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Office Lounge, 1951 Water St., Port Huron. (810) 9821531.

Safe House (R) ee

Denzel Washington can convey menace with the hint of a smile, which director Daniel Espinosa would have done well to remember. Too often Washington, as a rogue CIA agent, simply observes, or disappears altogether. His scenes with Ryan Reynolds as a young agent are good, but too infrequent.

Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace (PG)

No review available Sci-fi adventure which takes place before the birth of Luke Skywalker, featuring the friendship between the young ObiWan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd), who would later become Darth Vader. This is a 3-D version of the original film.

The Artist (PG-13) eeee

Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin is brilliant as a fading silent-movie star in writer-director Michel Hazanavicius’ terrific film, which also took home Oscars for best picture and director.

Open Mic

» With karaoke, 8 p.m. Mondays. Office Lounge, 1951 Water St., Port Huron. (810) 9821531.


» Findingcore, Avidas and When Systems Collide, 9 p.m. Saturday. The Stubborn Mule, 505 Campbell St., Sarnia. Proceeds benefit prostate cancer research and awareness. $10 (Canadian). » Doin’ Time, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Outpost, 521 24th St., Port Huron Township. (810) 982-3954. » The Gobies, 9:30

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» Review: Jean Dujardin is brilliant as a fading silentmovie star in writer and director Michel Hazanavicius’ terrific film. Mostly silent, shot in black-andwhite, it’s funny, entertaining and moving. Berenice Bejo also is great as the star whose fortunes rise with talkies. A great movie. » Rated: PG-13

found in the movies of Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton. Credit Dujardin for a lot of that. His grace and carriage allow him to float through the dance scenes, he’s funny in the comic bits, yet he brings enough weight to the down-and-out segments to break your heart. But it’s Hazanvicius who ultimately is responsible for the film, having created it and brought all the elements together, masterfully so. “The Artist” refers to Valentin, naturally, but for Hazanvicius, it’s an apt description as well.

Mostly silent and shot in black-and-white, it’s funny, entertaining and moving. Berenice Bejo also is great as the star whose fortunes rise with talkies.

The Vow (PG-13) ee

A car accident puts Paige (Rachel McAdams) in a coma. When she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo (Channing Tatum) works to win her heart again. You’ll swear you’ve seen this somewhere before.

Wanderlust (R) ee

Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston are likable enough as a New York couple who give up bigcity life for a free-love hippie commune. It’s an all-too-familiar set-up, and you’ve got to wonder why we're still making fun of hippies in 2012. But the laughs still come, often in spite of your better judgment.

This Means War (R) ee

You would think a romantic comedy with Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy might make sparks fly, but thanks to a sloppy script and direction, they don’t.

Reviews from wire services

p.m. Friday and Saturday. Military Street Music Café, 1102 Military St., Port Huron. (810) 987-5990. Cover charge. » The Voo-Doo Doctors, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Eagles 3702, 2645 Howard St., Port Huron. » Troubled Boiz, 9:30 p.m. today and Saturday. Active Lounge, 708 Lapeer Ave., Port Huron. (810) 987-5482.

Variety » Dave Liniarski, 8:30 p.m. Saturday. LaCroix’s Riverside Pub, 314 Clinton Ave., St. Clair. (810) 329-9955.




Kids learn about life through books BOOKS TO BORROW

In “Hope of Earth,” Margaret Lee Runbeck wrote: “A man leaves all kinds of footprints when he walks through life. Some you can see, like his children and his house. Others are invisible, like the prints he leaves across other people’s lives, the help he gives them and what he has said — his jokes, gossip that has hurt others, encouragement. A man doesn’t think about it, but everywhere he passes he leaves some kind of mark. All these marks added together are what man means.” Kids imitate what they hear and see, and are particularly eager to be just like Mom and Dad. If we can be ever mindful of carefully tending to the marks we leave throughout each day, what better example for our kids to do the same?

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Books to buy

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Books to Borrow

The following book is available at many public libraries. » “My One Hundred Adventures” by Polly Horvath, Schwartz & Wade, 260 pages » Read aloud: Ages 8 to 12 » Read yourself: Ages 10 to 12 Twelve-year-old Jane lives by the sea in Massachusetts with her younger siblings and single mother. Their life is modest but the family is rich in the things that matter most – their love for one another, for the sea, and for their small community and friends who color their lives. Suddenly, Jane feels herself changing, and she longs for adventure and excitement. As if a magic genie has heard her request, adventures begin to make their way into Jane’s life. An unusual cluster of possible fathers, an unlikely friendship, hot air balloons and fortune tellers are just the start of Jane’s summer. Then Jane’s best friend, Ginny, vanishes.

The sea, the salt air, a cast of unforgettable characters and wild yet believable events form the framework of this wonderful novel. Peppered with humor, philosophy and a genuine sense of longing fulfilled, this comingof-age story excels in every way.

Librarian’s choice

» Library: Marysville Public Library, 1175 Delaware Ave. » Branch Manager: Mike Mercatante » Assistant Branch Librarian: Jayme Tarzwell » Children’s Programmer: Lori Stank » Choices this week: “The Song of the Whales” by Uri Orlev, “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by Kate DiCamillo and “Paddle-to-the-

The following books are available at bookstores. » “Just Because You’re Mine” by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by Frank Endersby, Harper, 2012, 32 pages, $16.99 hardcover » Read aloud: Ages 2 and older » Read yourself: Ages 7 and older Little Red Squirrel is playing with his daddy in the woods. As Little Red Squirrel scampers to and fro, showing his daddy all of his best tricks, he tries to guess why his daddy loves him so much. Is it because Little Red Squirrel is such a fast runner, or so brave, or so good at climbing high into the trees? Each question has the same reply from Daddy, that no, that isn’t the reason he loves him. And when Little Red Squirrel learns the real reason his Daddy loves him, all is right with the world. A warm and tender story about unconditional love, “Just Because You’re Mine” is first-rate. » “The People of Twelve Thousand Winters” by Trinka Hakes Noble, illustrated by Jim Madsen, Sleeping Bear Press, 2012, 32 pages, $16.95 hardcover » Read aloud: Ages 6 and older » Read yourself: Ages 7 and older




Part of “Tales of the World” series from Sleeping Bear Press, “The People of Twelve Thousand Winters” centers on 10-year-old Walking Turtle of the Lenni Lenape tribe in what is now northern New Jersey. Walking Turtle lives with his family in a small village next to the Passaic River, where life is good and nature provides adequately for the tribe’s needs. Walking Turtle has always been close to his younger cousin, Little Talk, and protective of him, too. Little Talk was born with a twisted foot that made it hard for him to walk, so Walking Turtle has carried Little Talk on his back for years. But now, Walking Turtle’s father tells him he must soon leave his childhood behind and begin training as a warrior. Walking Turtle worries about what will become of Little Talk, but Little Talk’s wise and loving words ease Walking Turtle’s heart and mind, setting him free to become the man Little Talk knows he will become. A marvelous story that rings with strength and wisdom, this selection excels.

DEAR ABBY: I bought my aunt, uncle and two teenage cousins gift cards from an online retailer a year and a half ago. I checked with them in advance to see if this might be something they’d use. Six months ago, I noticed in my order history that only one of the cards had been redeemed. I hate to see the money go to waste. Should I call my relatives? If I do, what do I say? It’s possible they just haven’t gotten around to using the cards. Should I reprint the cards and send them with a reminder note? (Maybe the cards were lost?) I suppose if I hadn’t seen the order history, I would never have known whether the cards had been used. What do you think I should do? — CONFLICTED IN CONNECTICUT DEAR CONFLICTED: Use the direct approach. Contact your relatives and tell them that while reviewing your account history, you noticed three of the four gift cards you sent have not been used. Ask if they would like to have them printed out again or if they would prefer you send them a check for the value of the cards. To contact them isn’t rude, and it shouldn’t be awkward. It may be appreciated.

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Rikki Terry, son of Ron and Joni Terry of Cincinnati, Ohio and Susie Hill, daughter of Tony and Sara Hill of High Point, North Carolina are pleased to announce their engagement and plans to marry on May 27th, 2012 in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Rikki graduated from Marysville High School in 2000 and South Eastern Line Constructors Apprenticeship training in 2011. He is an IBEW journeyman/lineman. Susie graduated from Southern Guilford High School in 2000, Elon University in 2004 and Charleston School of Law in 2007. She is a Attorney Advisor for the Social Security Administrations’Office of Disability Adjudication and Review and teaches legal writing at the Charlotte School of Law. The couple currently reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.

12-29-11 Joshua Brenner & Heather Dengler Lance Corporal Joshua J. Brenner formally of Marine City, married Heather Dengler, of Massillon, Ohio on December 29, 2011. The private wedding took place at the McKinley Grand Hotel in Akron Ohio. With only their immediate family attending.

Joshua is the son of John Jr. and Karen Brenner, of Marine City, Michigan. He is currently stationed at 29 Palms in California as a Small Arms Technician. He is scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan in March 2012.

Heather is the daughter of Robert and Cindy Dengler of Massillon, Ohio, Heather is continuing to attend school at Akron University, Ohio, to become a Registered Nurse. Graduating in Spring of 2013.

A reception to celebrate this marriage with family and friends is planned upon his return from Afghanistan.



Surviving trumps saving strategy





» For questions, comments or suggestions about business, investing or personal finance, call Bob Gross, assistant city editor, at (810) 989-6263.

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No pension, no retirement savings — and no solid plan for how they will fund the latter part of their life. That’s the dire situation for many small-business owners. About a third of smallbusiness owners do not have a personal or businesssponsored retirement plan, according to a new survey from the nonprofit American College. Many workers feel unprepared for their golden years. But a lack of retirement planning by small-business owners is stunning because they “have no one else to rely on,” said Mary QuistNewins, director of the State Farm Center for Women and Financial Services at the American College. Unlike government or company employees, who are eligible for 401(k)s or similar plans, small-business owners are often solely responsible for their retirement planning, she said. And that can be a difficult task for a business owner who is already taxed timewise. “They are just so living in the moment,” QuistNevins said. “They are just trying to keep this (business) going.” Other reasons business owners aren’t better prepared for retirement: » Just surviving takes priority over saving

Businesses that are in the start-up and early growth phase often reinvest money into the firm and don’t put it into retirement funds, said Gary Kushner, chief executive officer of human resources consulting firm Kushner & Co. And many owners — even those of more mature businesses — severed retirement funding during the downturn. “Certainly when you’re worried about your business surviving, you’re not worried about funding your retirement,” said Michael Preisz, an adviser with the nonprofit Institutional Retirement Income Council. » They think the business will provide their needs

Some owners solely plan on continued revenue from the business or proceeds from selling the firm to sustain them later in life. And there are those who prefer to rely on their business’ returns rather than unpredictable stock and bond funds. But if the firm goes south “they are left with nothing,” Preisz said. » Setting up a company savings account appears daunting

Many haven’t set up an employer-sponsored plan because the paperwork can seem time-consuming and complex, Kushner said. » They don’t consider retirement

Many entrepreneurs “love what they are doing and don’t see the point of retiring,” so they don’t plan for it, said Patricia Greene, the Paul T. Babson Chairwoman in Entrepreneurial Studies at Babson College. “It’s hard for many of them to think what life would be like without (running) the business.” ness.

The key to avoiding stress or making poor decisions after being named a trustee to someone’s estate is to surround yourself with a solid team of trusted advisers that includes a lawyer and an accountant. THINKSTOCK

Marshaling i your fforces A good trustee needs strong team of advisers You may have been named as successor trustee of Mom or Dad’s trust. Do you really know what that entails? Do you know what your obligations are? As a successor trustee, your primary duty is to preserve and protect the trust assets for the use of the named beneficiaries. To accomplish that objective, you should assemble a team to assist you with your duties as trustee, especially if you have never acted as one before. Two key team members are your attorney and accountant.

Your attorney’s role

The first team member with whom you should consult is your attorney. Your attorney can review the trust, outline your duties and responsibilities and prepare the necessary documents to allow you to take over as trustee. Those documents typically would include an acceptance of trust, a certificate of trust and, if taking over as a disability trustee, the disability certificates. An acceptance of trust is the document in which you agree to act as trustee and abide by all the terms and conditions of the trust. A certificate of trust names you as trustee and states your authority over the trust. If properly drafted, the certificate of trust is the only document you need to have for banks, investment advisers and others to show your authority over the trust. If you are taking over as a disability trustee, the disability panel members need to sign disability certificates stating that Mom or Dad are no longer capable of managing their own affairs. The disability panel is usua y family usually a y members, e be s, but


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may include others. If you are taking over as death trustee, your attorney also will assist you by preparing the creditors notice for publication. Since Mom or Dad had a revocable trust, you must publish in the local paper, a notice to all of Mom or Dad’s creditors that they have four months in which to file a claim against Mom or Dad’s trust. Your attorney or accountant can also help with applying for the tax identification number for the trust. Mom or Dad’s Social Security number was used by the trust during Mom or Dad’s lifetime but Social Security numbers expire with their owners. The trust becomes a separate tax entity upon the death of a trust maker, after which the trust must apply for its own tax identification number.

Your accountant’s role

The three most important things to remember when you are acting as trustee is organization, organization, organization. By keeping track of trust records, it makes your job immensely easier. Whenever you make a deposit, make a copy of the check and any documentation of that deposit. When you pay any bills, pay by check not cash, and keep copies of all those bills. You will need to make a e annual a ua accountings accou t gs to

the trust beneficiaries, usually with the assistance of your accountant. Without the proper records, it can be a nightmare. In addition to annual accountings, your accountant will prepare tax returns. There will be individual income tax returns for Mom or Dad during their lifetimes and final returns after death. The trust will have its own income tax return as a separate entity after Mom or Dad’s death. The accountant would also prepare the federal estate tax return if the assets in Mom or Dad’s estate and trust total more than the federal estate tax exemption amount of $5 million in 2012. This exemption amount is scheduled to go down to $1 million in 2013. Some attorneys will offer to do the accountings and tax returns for the trust. If that is the case, at least get a fee estimate from an accountant. Even though I am a CPA, with the exception of some family returns, I stopped doing tax returns for my clients years ago. What I found in my own practice is that I could not be as efficient as an accountant when I am only preparing dozens of tax returns per year compared to the hundreds of tax returns per year prepared by an accountant. I would rather have someone who does accountings and taxes on a full-time basis for my clients, rather than do them myself on a part-time basis. In addition, accountants’ hourly rates are generally less than attorneys. For the accountings and tax returns, it often makes more sense to use an accountant who takes less time, costs less money and has more experience than most attorneys. W e Ia When am dealing dea g with w t sucsuc

cessor trustees, I try not to disturb existing relationships. If Mom or Dad had an accountant who has experience preparing trust and estate tax returns, then why not use Mom or Dad’s accountant who is familiar with Mom or Dad’s finances? You might also want to hire a financial adviser to assist you with the investments of the trust. Mom or Dad had confidence in their financial adviser. Usually, only in cases where the adviser took advantage of Mom or Dad, would I recommend that the trustee choose another adviser. For example, I have seen advisers who name themselves as beneficiaries of their clients’ accounts or advisers who sell annuities with 15 years of surrender charges to 85-yearolds. There are also many annuity and insurance peddlers out there masquerading as financial advisers. When you are trustee, you can hire advisers and others to assist you with your duties. Feel uncomfortable paying the bills? Hire an accountant to pay the bills. Then you don’t have to keep track of all of the documentation. The key in being a good trustee is to know what you are good at and what you are not. Do what you are good at, and hire others to do the rest. Regardless of whatever you do or have others do, you still have ultimate responsibility and authority over the trust and for preserving and protecting those assets for the use of the trust beneficiaries.

Matthew M. Wallace is an attorney and CPA with the law firm of Matthew M. Wallace, PC, in Port Huron. He can be reached at (810) 985-4320 o at matt@wallacepclaw or com




Ireland captures second state title By y PAUL COSTANZO Times Herald


Ireland never imagined his high school wrestling career would turn out like this. Butonthefinaldayofhissenior season, the Richmond 119-pounder stood on top of the podium at the Palace, holding onto his second Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state championship medal. Ireland defeated Lake Fenton’s Todd Melick 10-7 in the Division 3 final, finishing off a year in which he and his Richmond teammates also won their third consecutive team state title. “If you told me I’m going to do that (for his career), I would have told you you’re out of your mind,” Ireland said. “My coaches and most of all my drill partners from my high school career, they’ve trained me to where I am. It’s not just me — I had the heart, but my partners, they pushed me. “If I’m having a bad day, if I’m cutting, they pick me up. They all went harder. Sometimes they’d go harder just to (tick) me off, because they knew if I was (ticked) off, I’d go harder.” Ireland was one of four local finalists, two of which were his teammates. Marlette’s Matt Mata came up short in his bid for a second straight Division 4 state title, losing 10-9 to Watervliet’s Brock Thumm at 125 pounds. Richmond’s Devin Skatzka and Garett Edwards wrestled after the Times Herald went to press. Ireland won a state title at 103 pounds as a sophomore and placed third a year ago at 112. This season, he battled a shoulder injury throughout, and missed much of the season. The three losses in his 24-3 record came because of injury defaults. So, like his freshman year, nobody beat Ireland on the mat this season. “This one is better,” he said. “Way better. It’s my senior year, we made history as a team, and to cap it off with a title my senior year. I’ve been an underdog to most people.” Ireland had a 2-0 lead after the first period, and Melick never pulled closer than that. Early in the first period, the Lake Fenton senior attempted the same pinning combination he See IRELAND, Page 2D



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WHAT TO WATCH: Class A doubleheader at St. Clair. Port Huron Northern takes on Anchor B in a rematch of th regular-season opener won by the Huskies. St. Clair plays L’Anse Creuse North in the nightcap. The host Saints reache the district finals a year ago before falling. RIVALRY RENEWED: Brown City travels to Marlette for a Class C showdown between Greater Thumb Conference member The Green Devils and Red Raiders spli meetings. BY THE NUMBERS: Brown City coach Tony Burton earned career win No. 400 in the final week of the regular season. STANDOUTS: Junior guard Cody Edgerton of Yale is a threat behind the 3-point line. Deckerville’s Justin Asher, a 6-foot-5 center, is a rebounding machine.

Anniversary of the fall of the Alamo

WHAT TO WATCH: Semifinals at St. Clair. Port Huron High eds one win to ch the finals and ys either Northern Anchor Bay in the mifinals. The Big ds and Huskies uld meet for a third e this season. HO’S HOT, WHO’S OT: Carsonville-Port nilac, the area’s p-ranked team, rings the best record into tournament at 19-1. Kimball Landmark Academy has struggled in the r State Athletic ference and faces he winner of the eckerville/New fe game. TANDOUTS: nior Jalen Esters Port Huron gh has put up big mbers. C-PS nter Calvin Amey force inside with his scoring and rebounding. Matt Russell of Marysville looks to follow his brother, Nate’s, performance from a year ago.

U.N. Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace

WHAT TO WATCH: It’s a real mixture of teams at the Class district in New aven with seven uads from five onferences. Look for e Rockets, runnerp in the Macomb rea Conference Gold vision, to be tough n their home court. HIRD TIME A HARM: Beating a am three times in a ason is a tough task. the C-PS Tigers want return to the ass D regionals ey have to do not only once, ut possibly twic Peck. T STAKE: Distct winners ove on to the regionals, startin March 12 with the semifinals.

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CLOSE TO HOME: If an area team survives the St. Clair district, they travel to Anchor Bay for the Class A regional. FAMILIAR SITE: The Marysville football season ended at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep. If the Vikings can win a district, they will travel to Notre Dame and take on the Chandler Park Academy district winner. THUMB BOUND: The Class C and D regionals are at Vassar and Kingston, respectively.

National Check Your Batteries Day

GETTING CLOSE: Regional finals are being played and winners move to the uarterfinals, eeding nly three ore wins or a title.



National Quilting Day

HOME COO Blue Water Conference champion Imlay City would like nothing better than to be playing on their home court in the quarterfinals. BIG STAGE: The Class A quarters consist of a doubleheader at Calihan Hall on the University of Detroit Mercy campus. The Class C quarterfinals for area teams would be at Delta College, while Waterford Kettering will ntertain the Class D eams.

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» GOLF: McIlroy’s in the lead at Honda Classic, 2D. » BIG TEN: MSU vs. OSU could leave shared Big Ten title, 4D.


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IN BRIEF NFL Saints put franchise tag on Drew Brees

McIlroy closes in on No. 1

METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints have placed the franchise tag on Drew Brees — giving them exclusive negotiating rights with the Pro Bowl quarterback for the next year. Brees has been involved in lengthy contract talks with the Saints and, without the tag, could have negotiated with other teams as a free agent. In 2011, Brees set NFL records with 468 completions, 5,476 yards passing and a completion percentage of 71.2. He has been with the Saints for six seasons, including a win in Super Bowl XLIV in 2010.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL Pilipovich named Air Force coach AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Air Force athlet-

ic director Hans Meuh has seen enough to remove the interim title of men’s basketball coach Dave Pilipovich. The contract is still being finalized. Pilipovich took over after Meuh fired coach Jeff Reynolds on Feb. 8 and he won two of his first three games, including a 58-56 thriller over then-No. 13 San Diego State, the program’s first win over a top-20 team in 65 tries. Prior to joining the Falcons five years ago, Pilipovich spent two years on Tommy Amaker’s staff at the University of Michigan.

NASCAR Martin nabs pole at Phoenix AVONDALE, Ariz. — Veteran Mark Martin will start on the pole at Phoenix International Raceway. Regan Smith was in line for his first career pole, but Martin passed him late in Saturday’s qualifying session with a top speed of 136.81 mph for his 52nd career pole. Defending Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart also beat Smith’s time with the last qualifying run of the day and will start on the front row in today’s 312-mile race.

MLB Fielder has two hits; Tigers pitch 1-hitter LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Prince Fielder went 2 for 2 and Doug Fister combined with seven pitchers to throw a one-hitter, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 2-0 victory against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. Fielder, Detroit’s big free agent signing this winter, also walked. He’s 3 for 3 in a Tigers uniform, having doubled in an exhibition against Florida Southern on Friday. Fister walked a batter in two innings, and the Tigers took a no-hitter into the eighth inning when Jordan Parraz singled off Chris Bootcheck.

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fans are showing up to take a peek at the Miami Marlins’ new ballpark and join the growing bandwagon for a team transformed by a winter spending binge. The retractable roof was open Saturday, but the air conditioning was also on for the team’s annual Fanfest. Salsa played in the plaza behind home plate. Beyond the outfield, fans gawked at the downtown skyline and the colorful subtropical sculpture that will go into motion when the Marlins hit a homer.

BOXING Klitschko retains heavyweight titles DUESSELDORF, Germany y — Wladimir Klitschko

stopped Jean-Marc Mormeck of France in the fourth round of a one-sided fight to retain his WBA and IBF heavyweight titles on Saturday. The Ukrainian put Mormeck down with a left-right combination. Mormeck beat the count but looked wobbly, and referee Luis Pabon ended it. Klitschko improved to 573, while Mormeck dropped to 36-5.

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ished his round before the leaders made the turn Saturday in the Honda Classic, only this time, thousands of fans didn’t head for the parking lot. They went looking for the kid who already looks the part as golf’s next star. U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy put on quite a show at PGA National. From mangled rough right of the 11th fairway, he measured up a 7-iron from 181 yards and figured it was worth the risk to take on the water in front of the green. The ball cleared the hazard by no more than a yard, and McIlroy seized on the moment by holing a 50-foot birdie from the back of the fringe. Tw o p a r s a v e s w e r e equally important on the back nine, and a birdie from the front bunker on

4 Blue Devils wrestlers place third at state meet Times Herald


mond had four wrestlers finish third Saturday at the Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state finals at the Palace. Greg Sebastian (215 pounds), Nick Burg (119), Dustin Pitcel (125) and Nate Henke (135) each finished third in their respective weight classes in Division 3, leading a group of 14 non-finalist all-state finishers in the area. Pitcel defeated Capac’s Mykle Dedenbach 4-2 in the consolation finals. He had defeated Johny Johnson of Otsego 5-2 in his consolation semifinal match. Sebastian didn’t give up a point on Saturday, defeating Jay Sroufe of Dundee 6-0 in the consolation semifinals and Nick Huckabay of Montrose 7-0 in the consolation finals. Burg defeated Chance Lisik of Hemlock 5-3 in the consolation semifinals and Andy Caffrey of Parchment 10-9 in the consolation finals. Burg defeated Caffrey twice in the tournament. Henke got a late reversal to force overtime in his consolation finals match against Jared Fekete of Benzie Central. He won 64 in double overtime. Henke pinned Larry Bulson of Newaygo in 4 minutes, 12 seconds in the consolation semifinals. Including its three finalists – Stephen Ireland (119), Devin Skatzka (135)

PREP WRESTLING TOURNAMENT and Garett Edwards (140) – Richmond had 10 placers at the tournament, a school record. Richmond’s Austin Cattera was sixth at 125 pounds, going 1-2 on the day. He defeated Tyler Fish of Ida 6-3 to start his day, and lost consecutive matches against Dedenbach (14-6) and Johnson (pinned in 2:15). John Gaffney (171) and Josh Younk (285) each finished seventh for the Blue Devils. Gaffney lost to Joe Sika of Whitehall 7-3 in his first match of the day, and defeated Zach Johnston of Belding 4-2 in overtime in the seventh-place match. Younk lost by fall to Tony Brechting of Grand Rapids West Catholic in his first match and pinned Colt Nevins of Leslie in 2:01 in the seventh-place match. All three Capac wrestlers that qualified for the tournament came home with allstate honors, led by Dedenbach’s fourth-place finish. Dedenbach was 1-1 on the day, splitting matches the two Richmond wrestlers. Dan Cornish was fifth at 171, also going 1-1 on the day. He lost to Mason Geno of Essexville Garber 6-3 in his first match, and defeated Sika 8-4 in the fifth-place match. Cornish defeated Sika twice in the tournament.

Dustin Hunsucker was seventh at 103. He lost to Logan Irey of Whitehall in his first match of the day, and defeated Judah Caballero of Grosse Ile 11-0 in the seventh-place match. Yale’s Bailey Bischer placed fifth at 140 pounds, going 2-1 on Saturday. He defeated Joe English of Grand Rapids Catholic Central 8-5 before losing to Eric Dennis of Otsego 10-6. He defeated Bullock Creek’s Johnny Finney 13-3 in the fifth-place match. Algonac’s Santos Alvarez finished sixth at 130, going 1-2 on the day. He defeated Nick Baker of Vassar 12-6 before losing to Brandon Atchley of Dundee (5-1) and Lake Bennett of Birch Run (5-1). Tw o a r e a w r e s t l e r s joined finalist Matt Mata of Marlette as all-state in Division 4. Dan Lindsay of Brown City finished fifth at 215 pounds. He lost his opening match of the day against Austin Hamilton of Manchester (pinned in 1:48) before pinning Chet Atkins of Holton in 28 seconds in the fifth-place match. Mata’s teammate, Andy Bowman, placed sixth at 112 pounds. Bowman was 1-2 on Saturday, defeating Shane Parisi of SanfordMeridian 8-6 in his first match. He lost to Carter Ballinger of Jonesville (114) and Jason Richardson of Addison (pinned in 5:56).


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All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts N.Y. Rangers 63 41 15 7 89 Pittsburgh 63 37 21 5 79 Philadelphia 63 35 21 7 77 New Jersey 64 36 23 5 77 N.Y. Islanders65 27 29 9 63 Northeast Division

GF 175 202 209 180 154

GA 130 166 191 174 195

GP W L OT Pts GF 63 38 22 3 79 206 66 34 24 8 76 200 64 29 27 8 66 157 64 29 28 7 65 191 65 25 30 10 60 169 Southeast Division

GA 146 194 180 200 181

GP W L OT Pts GF Florida 63 30 21 12 72 158 Winnipeg 66 31 27 8 70 173 Washington 64 32 27 5 69 172 Tampa Bay 64 30 28 6 66 180 Carolina 64 24 27 13 61 168 WESTERN CONFERENCE

GA 179 186 183 216 193

Boston Ottawa Buffalo Toronto Montreal

Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF RED WINGS 65 43 19 3 89 208 St. Louis 65 40 18 7 87 166 Nashville 64 37 20 7 81 181 Chicago 66 35 24 7 77 200 Columbus 64 19 38 7 45 148 Northwest Division Vancouver Colorado Calgary Minnesota Edmonton

GP W L OT Pts 65 41 16 8 90 65 33 28 4 70 65 29 25 11 69 65 28 27 10 66 64 25 33 6 56 Pacific Division

GF 206 168 157 143 170

GA 151 130 165 194 212 GA 156 175 178 178 192

GP W L OT Pts GF GA Phoenix 64 33 22 9 75 168 160 San Jose 63 33 23 7 73 178 160 Dallas 65 34 26 5 73 171 176 Los Angeles 64 29 23 12 70 138 137 Anaheim 65 28 27 10 66 164 182 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Friday New Jersey 5, Washington 0 Chicago 2, Ottawa 1 Tampa Bay 4, N.Y. Rangers 3, OT Detroit 6, Minnesota 0 Dallas 3, Edmonton 1 Anaheim 3, Calgary 2 Saturday N.Y. Islanders 3, Boston 2 Toronto at Montreal, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Carolina, 7 p.m. Nashville at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Columbus at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Pittsburgh g at Colorado, 9 pp.m.


Noon CBS — Kentucky at Florida ESPN2 — Clemson at Florida St. 1 p.m. ESPN — Michigan at Penn St. 2 p.m. CBS — Missouri Valley Conference, championship game, at St. Louis 3:30 p.m. FSN — Arizona at Arizona St. 4 p.m. CBS — Ohio St. at Michigan St. 5:30 p.m.


1 p.m. ABC — New York at Boston 3:30 p.m. ABC — Miami at L.A. Lakers 7 p.m. ESPN — Chicago at Philadelphia 9:30 p.m. ESPN — Denver at San Antonio


12:30 p.m. NBC — National coverage, Boston at New York Buffalo at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Anaheim at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. St. Louis at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Today Boston at N.Y. Rangers, 12:30 p.m. New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, 3 p.m. Chicago at Detroit, 4 p.m. Ottawa at Florida, 6 p.m.

4 p.m. FSD — Chicago at Detroit 7 p.m. NBCSN — Philadelphia at Washington


1 p.m. FSN — Texas A&M at Texas 2 p.m. ESPN2 — Atlantic Coast Conference, championship game, at Greensboro, N.C. 4 p.m. ESPN2 — Big Ten Conference, championship game, at Indianapolis 6 p.m. ESPN2 — Southeastern Conference, championship game, at Nashville, Tenn. 9 p.m. FSN — Stanford at California


1 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, The Honda Classic, final round, at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 3 p.m. NBC — PGA Tour, The Honda Classic, final round, at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.


2:30 p.m. FOX — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Subway Fresh Fit 500, at Avondale, Ariz. Dallas at Calgary, 6 p.m. Philadelphia at Washington, 7 p.m. Colorado at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Monday Phoenix at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Edmonton at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

the par-5 18th gave him a 4-under 66, matching the low round of a windy afternoon and giving him a twoshot lead. That left the 22-year-old from Northern Ireland one round away from becoming the second-youngest player behind Woods to reach No. 1 in the world. He would have to win the Honda Classic to replace Luke Donald atop the ranking. “I definitely feel like I need to put it out of my mind tomorrow,” McIlroy said. “I need to focus on just trying to win this golf tournament. It might be a little difficult.” McIlroy was in a similar spot last week when he reached the final of the Match Play Championship, knowing a win would make him No. 1. Only this time, there is more than Hunter Mahan in this way. McIlroy, at 11-under 199, had a two-shot lead against 22-year-old rookie Harris


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was able to get Richmond’s Nick Burg with in the semifinals, but Ireland blocked it. On more than one occasion, Melick looked to be taking Ireland to his back, only to end up reversed. “Ireland was a lot stronger than I expected him to be,” said Melick, who finished the season 47-4. Said Ireland: “I’m a funky kid. His go-to move is the mixer. I prepare myself to be stronger than their strengths, and to be stronger than they are in their weak parts.” Mata looked to be in control early in the second period of his match, taking a 5-1 lead. But Thumm reversed

English (66) and 43-yearold Tom Gillis (69). Seven players were within five shots of the lead, a group that includes PGA champion Keegan Bradley and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel. The difference from last week? “I wasn’t standing up 2 up on the first tee in the final,” McIlroy said, smiling. He also realizes that it’s important not to take a match-play mentality into stroke play, especially with an early start because of approaching storms, with birdies and bogeys around every corner. Even so, McIlroy is getting accustomed to the pressure, and the scrutiny. Thousands of fans lining every fairway and surrounding every green were cheering him on, and one fan even asked him on the 17th tee what kind of shampoo he uses on those curly brown locks.

Mata to his back to take a 6-5 lead. Mata tied the match at 6 heading into the third period, but found himself trailing 9-6 midway through. He was able to escape and get a takedown, but Thumm escaped with 6 seconds left to get the win. “He got caught — he got caughtforfivepoints,”Marlette coach Cal Hayward said. “He forcedtheactionandgotcaught. Goodwrestlersdothat.” Mata finished his senior season 53-1. He is a four-time placer. He won at 119 a year ago, was second at 112 as a sophomore and third at 103 as a freshman. “He had a 215-9 record,” Hayward said. “He’s done pretty good.” Contact Paul Costanzo at (810) 989-6251 or pcostanzo@gannett. com.

Marlette wins its 1st district title since 2000 Times Herald

The Marlette girls basketball team put an end to a district title drought Friday at home. The Red Raiders raced to 19-0 first-quarter lead and cruised to a 68-30 victory against New Haven in the Class C district championship game. It was Marlette’s first district crown since 2000. Coach Cathy Storm’s squad (20-3) advances to the regionals Tuesday night against Saginaw Valley Lutheran. Also winning district championships Friday were Sandusky (Class C), along with Marysville, Croswell-Lexington and Capac in Class B. Junior guard Jenna Hirsch led the Red Raiders with a game-high 22 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Keara Wilson followed up Hirsch’s effort with 14 points and six rebounds. MacKenzie Kelly and Kelsey Roggenbuck each had seven points for the Greater Thumb Conference East Division champions. GTC East Division runnerup Sandusky won its 21st district title and ninth in the past 10 years with a 3126 decision against league rival Harbor Beach. Emily Hale led the Redskins with 12 points, while Kelcey Stauffer added seven. Sandusky takes on Saginaw Nouvel in the doubleheader nightcap at Valley Lutheran.

Pioneers repeat

Cros-Lex (15-7) defended its Class B district title with a strong defensive effort in a 34-27 victory against Yale. The Pioneers, who finished second to Capac in the Blue Water Area Conference race, travel to Carrollton Tuesday and plays Corunna. Cassidy Carpenter led Cros-Lex with 15 points, while Abby Bringard added six. The Pioneers outscored the Bulldogs 16-9 in the second half. Sam Charney paced Yale (12-11) with 11 points.

“I thought — as we have the entire season — we would have to rely on our defense and rebounding,” Cros-Lex coach Darren Bongard said. “Both of those were keys in the win. “I also think our offensive rebounding sealed the victory. “I’m real proud of the girls and excited for a second straight district championship.” Capac needed a big second-half comeback to settle a score with Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 41-36. It was the Chiefs’ first district title since 2004. The Irish eliminated the Chiefs in the district finals a year ago. Capac was down 19-8 at the end of the first quarter and 23-14 at halftime. Coach Chris Huss’ squad enjoyed a 13-2 scoring advantage in the third quarter. Nichole Parks led the Chiefs (18-5) with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Sarah Mousseau had nine points. Whitney Paddock chipped in with seven points and five rebounds. Capac takes on stateranked Detroit Country Day Tuesday at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.

Cardinals, Tigers fall

Area Class D teams — Marine City Cardinal Mooney and CarsonvillePort Sanilac — both dropped close decisions. Mooney was defeated for a third time this season by Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes 42-36. Sophomore center Michela Coury led the Cardinals with 13 points and 18 rebounds. Haley Distelrath finished with nine points, and Rachael Torey had seven assists. Playing on its home court, C-PS suffered a 51-47 loss to Kingston. The Tigers and Cardinals split two North Central Thumb League South Division contests. Sarah Albrecht (14) and Erika Lentz (12) each were in double figures for the Tigers, while Merisa Munro added nine points and Lucie Sertich eight.




Fort Gratiot LL puts on clinic Fort Gratiot Little League is offering a softball clinic for all girls ages 8 to 14 interested in playing in the softball program. The clinic is from 5-8 p.m. every Tuesday until April at the Salvation Army gym. Cost is $25. Contact Ron Jacobs at (810) 3002433 to register.

Michigan Synergy has euchre tourney Michigan Synergy girls fastpitch softball program will be hosting a euchre tournament fundraiser 6 p.m. March 10. Players will have a choice of formats including Grand Prix (same partner for duration) and Progressive (different partner every round). The event will take place at the former JC Penney building, 315 Huron Ave. Cost is $15 per person in advance. Evening will include water, pop, snacks. There will be cash prizes, 50/50, free cab service, door prizes, much more. For more details, contact Kevin Cates (810) 479-3048 or via FaceBook at Michigan Synergy.

HOCKEY Squirt A team holds tryouts at McMorran The Squirt A Spring youth travel hockey team tryouts are scheduled for 5 to 6 p.m. March 26, March 28 and March 29 at McMorran Arena. The team is for players with 2003 birthdate or before. Cost is $15 per session or $35 for all sessions. For more details, contact Bill Watt at (810) 841-8233.

VOLLEYBALL Northern hosts coed tourney March 10 The Port Huron Northern volleyball program is having an adult coed volleyball tournament fundraiser March 10 at Northern. It’s a blind draw format. Cost is $25 per person, which includes pizza lunch. Signup begins at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Northern volleyball program and the Marysville Goodyear men’s volleyball team. For more details, contact Tim Langolf at (810) 3000042.

BOWLING Senior/NonSenior event March 25 The fourth annual Senior/ Non-Senior Match Game Doubles is 11a.m. March 25 at Port Huron Lanes. Each bowler must be U.S.B.C. sanctioned and PHBA members with 12 games in 201112 PHBA prior to March 1. Each team must have one bowler 50 years of age or older and one bowler 49 years of age or younger. A 90% handicap will be used. There will be three games of qualifying. Cost is $50 per duo. For more information, contact Henry Sullivan at (810) 3001433 or email henwade826@

LITTLE LEAGUE SIGNUPS » Port Huron Little League late registration will take place March 24 during the tryouts at Port Huron High. Cost is $40 for T-ball (ages 56); $55 for baseball (7-12) and $85 for Junior League (1315). Tryouts on March 24 are: 9 a.m. (7-8); 11 a.m. (9-10) and 1 p.m. (11-12). Opening day is April 28. For more details, contact Scott Wilson at (810) 531-2103. » Fort Gratiot Little League will be having signups for baseball (ages 4 to 16) and softball (ages 8-14) on the following dates: 58 p.m. March 9; 9 a.m. to noon March 10 and 5-8 p.m. March 23 at the Fort Gratiot Township Hall/Fire Department on Keewahdin Road. » St. Clair Little League will have a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. March 21 at the American Legion Hall on Clinton Ave. Monthly meetings are the third Wednesday of the month. Coaches for all ages are still needed. Registrations are being accepted for all age groups. Tryouts for boys and girls ages 8-12 are March 10 at St. Clair High School. 8-yearold boys at 8 a.m.; 9-year-old boys 9 a.m.; 10-year-old boys 10 a.m.; 11- and 12-year-old old boys 11 a.m.; girls all ages noon. For more details, call (810) 329-6354. 329 6354.



Judy’s Girls capture Thornley team title The women crowned some new champions in the 2012 Mary “Sis” Thornley Championship Tournament last weekend at Port Huron Lanes. Winning the team event were Judy’s Girls of Kimball with a 2,722. Other teams were Girls Havin Fun 2,688, Mouse’s Cat’s 2,664, CFAK 2,657, and Diamond Girls 2,595. In the singles event, Michelle Rowell won the event with a 747 and finishing second was Kristie Lashbrook 713. Linda Bullis came in third at 702, followed by Jaynie Grosso 698 and Gale Kicinski 92. Winning the doubles title were Ann Nichols and Lashbrook at 1,402. Judy Hawley and Michelle Rowell placed second at 1,353, followed by Vicki Vandevelde-Sherry Pellegrom 1,332, Jaynie Grosso-Jessica Reeve 1,330, and Julie Malinowski-Lisa Carrizales 1,321.


Scott Wassom

In the all-events, Rowell won with a 2,253. Bullis earned second 2,067, Grosso was third 2,060, Brenda Arnold fourth 1,988, and Vandevelde fifth 1,978. Jeff Morrison led the week with a big 833 series last Friday in the Friday Nite Misfits League at Port Huron Lanes including a 288 game. Morrison has had many 800 series to his credit. Leo Anthony eclipsed the 800 mark with an 808 in the PHL Early 4 Man League at Port Huron Lanes. Anthony had a high game of 290 and recorded an 801 in 2007. Rick St. Onge (757) rolled

another 300 game at Port Huron Lanes also in the PHL Early 4 Man League. In the William Vincent tournament the last two weekends there were some award scores recorded by Brian Williams who shot a 300 and 299 on back-to-back days at Bowl O Drome, and Ron McCulloch shot another 300 game at Blue Water Bowl in the singles/doubles event. Hitting the 290 mark in the tournament were Jeff Morrison and Dan Hawley Sr. Results of the Vincent tournament should be published after averages are verified within a week. Alicia Schroeder led the women with a big 716 series and 268 game in the Friday Nite Misfits League at Port Huron Lanes. Schroeder had a pretty consistent year and has led the women many times. Other men’s top series were near misses by Jim

Creasor 794 and Dave Klaas 793; Ed Jacobs 775, Oscar Vazquez 767, Mike Schindler 738, Chuck Ouellette, Jr. 735, Steve Jakubowski 731 and 728, Dave Cox 731, Jose Ganhs 729, Nick Conard 728, Ray Randall 727, Mike Raleigh 727, Scott Badley 726, Brian DeFrancesco 725, and Scott Wassom 725. Other top games were 289s by Klaas, Wassom and Walter Grass; Jakubowski 280, Steve Lynch and DeFrancesco 279; 278s by Jacobs, Ouellette Jr., and Frank Mowinski; and 277s by Creasor, Vazquez, and Pat Reilly. Trish Defrain finished second to Schroeder with a 685. Others included Crystal Cramer 669, Annette Paradis 664, Barb LePla 647, Ann Nichols 637, Joddy Swoffer 626, Jenny Delor 620, Dara Sinclair 616, Tara Schlaufman 615, Amy Sears 611, Stacey Frederick 609, Julie Drouillard

605, Stacy Grant 602, and Shawna Lentner 601. Top games were Paradis 254, Cramer 247, DeFrain 247, Schlaufman 246, Karen Benner 244, Sinclair 238, Swoffer 235, Cec Simmons 235, and 231 games by Becky Van Hoesen, LePla, and Frederick.

Special Mentions

» Betty Doxtator rolled triplicate 106 games in the Tuesday Early Ladies League at Bowl O Drome.

Split Conversions

» 5-7: Joann Schweihofer; Mike Greer » 2-5-7-8: Anita Hubbard » 5-10: Gary Milutin; Arline Barnes » 5-7-8: Ginny Irwin » 4-5-10: Jessie Burnie » 4-7-8-10: Bruce Sedich » 5-10: Becky Bauman » 6-7: Rose Ford » 6-10: Ruth Eagling » 5-8-10: Bob Emerick » 6-10: Dick Laube » 4-10: Dale Thrushman » 4-7: Janie Neis


YOUTH LEAGUES BOWL O DROME Bumper (2-4) Mackenzie Zimmerman 91; Madison Zimmerman 82; Kassidy Kavanagh 80; Jeffrey MacPherson 77; Clara Bellman 63 Prep (9-11) Tyler Elliott 509 (197); John Zimmerman 339(148); Troy Walcott 338; Jason Zimmerman II 148; Emily Macpherson 250 (91) Juniors (12-14) Dante Hicks 468 (171); Matt Tetreau 452 (175); Shaun McCormick 410 (153); Bryanne Stopczynski 456 (181); Katie Quader 371 (137); Katie Hodgins 322; Lindsay Klein 116 STRIKERS ENT CENTER Preps (9-11) & Juniors (12-14) Mary Soldan 364(130); Kirsten Gombos 345 (124); Kacie Conner 313 (116); Chris Minauro 473 (202); Matt Hammer 454 (159); Nate Scheuer 436 (173) BLUE WATER BOWL Don McIvor Memorial Mike Benner 718 (267); Jacob Danik 708 (258); Mike Schindler 738 (269); Jose Ganhs 707 (269); Matt Galanos 655 (265); Steve Jakubowski 671 (237); Steve Lynch 675 (279); Mike E. Gossman 660 (233); Carmey Snellenberger 677 (257) Friday Night Wanna Bees Rich Scott 246; Chad Jeroue 653 (263); Oscar Vazquez 677 (246); Dale Camphausen 703 (269); Jose Ganhs 729 (264) Mixed Singles Becky Van Hoesen 597 (231); Regina Dye 484 (179); Marty Nichols 670 (246); Mike Gibson 647 (235); Rick Sosa 628 (237) Mon PM Adult Bowling Vic Parmann 599 (214); Bruce Sedich 552 (194); Tim Sassanella 552 (205); Jerry Bailey 569 (204) Mueller Retirees Jerry Bailey 618 (237); Elmer Gamble 685 (266); Jim Hepting 638 (245); Gerry Sedich 519; Joyce Bailey 545 (221); Luann Carlisle 205 Port Huron Hospital Joddy Swoffer 626 (235); Jamie Yeager 578 (211); Heather Politowicz 520 (202); Becky Van Hoesen 520; Debbie Warner 515; Christie Damon 513 (219); Elena Williams 223 Thirsty Thursdays Johnnie Angerbrandt, Jr. 686 (246); Ray Randall 727 (267); ( ); Jacob Danik 684 ((247); );

Nate Bowen 658 (253); ( ) Ryan Kowalski lk 697 (247); Gary French 249; Ron McCulloch 233 Viking Three Man Scott Badley 726 (269); Tony Hebel 709 (246); Emmett Williams 702 (245); Leon Jemison 702 (254); King Thomason III 699 (253); Randy Avers 257; Seth Jones 241 BOWL O DROME BOD Sunday Men’s Jay Davis 245; Rick Johnston 256; Nathan Holmes 676 (253); Dan Schef 657 (232); Jeff Wright 248; Zach Doan 245 Original Sunday Funtimers Mike Schindler 708 (259); Craig Seaman 685 (268); Rick Sosa 532 (246); Jason Diaz 613 (266); Chuck Middleton 611 (215); Scott Quant 236; Jesse Diaz, Jr. 216; Rob Kelley 220; Christina Bachorski 554 (203); Anna Betts 517 (196); Nancy Harrington 517; Catherine Pulliam 517; Sherry Middleton 512; Vickie Emigh 508; Cheryl Howe 507 (190); Judy Tidwell 502 Tuesday Early Ladies Deb Czarnecki 188; Gail Toles 485 (182); Sue Zuege 463 Zebraettes Brenda Delano 462 (207); Cindy Spillane 180; Jody Stump 174; Lori Schrieber 463; Tara Barnes 508; Ron Messer 596 (220); Howard Owen 594 (219) PORT HURON LANES Adult Activities-Mon AM Walt Cumerlato 584 (233); Maxine Brown 517 (176); Jill Mercurio 509 (203); Jane Angels 496 (180) Cowboys & Indians Jim Creasor 794 (277); Dave Klaas 793 (289); Ed Jacobs 775 (278); Dave Cox 731 (269); Brian DeFrancesco 725 (279); Scott Wassom 725 (289); Scott Badley 723; Dan Hawley, Jr. 711; Carl Norton 710; Bob Pihaylic 706; Frank Mowinski 278; Crystal Cramer 669 (247); Annette Paradis 664 (254); Dara Sinclair 616 (238); Shawna Lentner 601 (210) Friday Morning Industrial Steve Jakubowski 728 (258); Steve Turak 706 (257); Rich Wolfe 267 Friday PM Seniors Geri Wise 477 (183); Karen Watzek 498 (201); Lysle Smith 660; Red Cowper 628 (258); Dale Ross 654 (242); Randy Teufel 683 (245) Friday Nite Misfits Jeff Morrison 833 (288); Dom Cocco 684

((240); ) Joe Beidler dl 642; D.J. White h 637; Rich Mansfield 625 (245); Byron French 244; Shawn McIvor 231; Alicia Schroeder 716 (268); Stacey Frederick 609 (231); Jamie Yeager 568 (205); Lynn Wilcox 544; Angela Brennan 200 Inter City Ladies Ann Nichols 637 (216); Amy Sears 611 (226); Julie Drouillard 605 (223); Kelly Larsen 599 (228); Amanda Long 572 (223); Kim Kargol 200 Masters Paul Schroll 678 (254); Dave Steinhauer 649 (231); Tim Jackson 639; Brian Patrick 233 PHL Early Four Man Leo Anthony 808 (290); Oscar Vazquez 767 (277); Rick St. Onge 757 (300); Chuck Ouellette, Jr. 735 (278); Steve Jakubowski 731(280); Pat Reilly 729 (277); Nick Conard 728(258); Mike Raleigh 727 (267) Service Trish Defrain 685 (247); Barb Lepla 647 (231); Gilda Schott 502; Judy Autra 211; Greg Urben 708 (246); Carl Schott 659; Josh Mattox 657; Craig Felt 233 Sunday Outcast Tara Schlaufman 615 (246); Pam Reid 555 (195); Cindy Badley 522 (198); Jean Pihaylic 521 (183); Laura Hernandez 182; Matt Pawlak 692 (247); Scott Badley 646; Dan Grzech 241 Tuesday AM Adult Jean Radford 180; Robyn Rossow 512 (216); Mary Lou Moen 498 (176); Dale Thrushman 573 (209); Bob Hall 606 (245); Paul Fleckenstein 577 (211) Tuesday Mixed Angie Allen 494 (175); Kelly Schmelter 470 (184); Jennifer Krohn 431; Misty Adair 160; Greg Allen 672 (242); P.J. Hollis 670 (244); Matt Harvey 653; Joe Rutherford 245 Wednesday Night Ladies Jenny Delor 620 (217); Karen Benner 589 (244); Cec Simmons 575 (235); Stacy Grant 602 (215); ST. CLAIR RIVER LANES Blue Water Mens P.J. Williams 662 (250); Frank Randazzo 262; Mike Smith 269; Todd Fleury 692 (258); John Galvin 688 (245); Don Pike 269; Walter Grass 664 (289) Ladies City League Anne Distelrath 501 (185); Karin Hudolin 519 (198); Jane Biscorner 193; Pam Cramer 500 (204); Joann Suisse 505 (189)

Blue Devils’ Scheuer reaches quarterfinals Times Herald

JACKSON — Noelle

Scheuer of Richmond reached the quarterfinals of the Division 3 bowling state tournament Saturday afternoon. Scheuer, a sophomore, suffered a 339-336 loss in the Michigan High School Athletic Association event at Airport Lanes. The Blue Devil was knocked out of match play by Brooke Brancato, the 14th seed from St. Clair Shores South Lake. Scheuer landed the No.

PREP BOWLING 7 seed with a 1,105 qualifying score. She defeated 10th seed Emma Britten of Perry 368-305 in the Round of 16. Richmond’s Samantha Conner (20th, 1,053) and Payton Dickson (31st, 1,017) also competed in the finals. Lindsay Hammond (934) and Charity Mosher (893) of Croswell-Lexington placed 47th and 54th, respectively, in Division 3. In Division 3 boys compe-

tition, Capac’s Ethan Moran placed 34th at 1,029. Jonathan Kovalak of Richmond took 39th at 1,019 and Armada’s Mark Casamer was 55th at 945. Marysville’s Kaitlyn Ulrich came in 53rd with a 925 in the Division 2 tournament at Century Lanes in Waterford. The Division 4 tournament was wiped out Saturday because of a power failure at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights. The event will be held today at Century Lanes.

Tigers pull away from A-F to grab win No. 19 Times Herald


Carsonville-Port Sanilac boys basketball team made school history Saturday. The Tigers wrapped up their regular-season schedule with a 19-1 record following a 69-49 victory against Akron-Fairgrove. Coach Cliff Amey’s squad, which went 18-2 a year ago, went 13-0 in the North Central Thumb League South Division. The Tigers have won 35 consecutive league


At Carrollon Tuesday Croswell-Lexington vs. Corunna, 6 p.m. Frankenmuth vs. Goodrich, 7:30 p.m. Thursday

PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP contests. Senior forward Calvin Amey put together a big game for the No. 3-ranked Tigers with a season-high 27 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots. Amey connected on nine field goals in 14 attempts and was 9-16 from the foul line.

Finals: 7 p.m. At Notre Dame Prep Tuesday Marysville vs. Chandler Park Academy, 6 p.m. Capac vs. Detroit Country Day, 7:30 p.m. Thursday Finals: 7 p.m.


Hayden Adams followed up Amey’s effort with 14 points. The Tigers led 15-11 at the end of the first quarter and 32-27 at halftime. They took control of the game with an 18-5 scoring advantage in the third quarter. C-PS returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Class D district semifinals at Peck. The Tigers will play the winner of Monday’s game between Peck and Kingston.

At Saginaw Valley Lutheran Tuesday Marlette vs. Saginaw Valley Lutheran, 5:30 p.m. Sandusky vs. Saginaw Nouvel Catholic, 7:30 p.m. Thursday Finals: 7 p.m.

Monday Big 12 Nathan Holmes 698 (243); Wayne Leppek 705 (257); Vern Richardson 695 (257); Ed Toles 696; Mark Schoeneweg 722 (267); Chris Viney 688 (264); Marc Vincent 694 (257) River Queens Linda Collins 502; Anita Hubbard 492; Karen McCoy 491 (187); Sue Pope 191; Melissa Basic 179


BLUE WATER BOWL Women’s High Series Joddy Swoffer 626 Becky Van Hoesen 597 Jamie Yeager 578 Joyce Bailey 545 Heather Politowicz 520 Women’s High Game Joddy Swoffer 235 Becky Van Hoesen 231 Elena Williams 223 Joyce Bailey 221 Christie Damon 219 Men’s High Series Mike Schindler 738 Jose Ganhs 729 Ray Randall 727 Scott Badley726 Mike Benner 718 Men’s High Game Steve Lynch 279 Scott Badley269 Mike Schindler 269 Dale Camphausen 269 Jose Ganhs 269 BOWL O DROME Women’s High Series Christina Bachorski 554 Anna Betts 517 Nancy Harrington 517 Catherine Pulliam 517 Sherry Middleton 512 Women’s High Game Brenda Delano 207 Christina Bachorski 203 Anna Betts 196 Cheryl Howe 190 Deb Czarnecki 188 Men’s High Series Mike Schindler 708 Craig Seaman 685 Nathan Holmes 676 Dan Schef 676 Jason Diaz 613 Men’s High Game

BASKETBALL BOYS DISTRICTS CLASS A At St. Clair Monday Port Huron Northern vs. Anchor Bay, 5 p.m. L’Anse Creuse North vs. St. Clair, 7 p.m. Wednesday Port Huron High vs. Northern/ Anchor Bay winner, 5 p.m. Dakota vs. the LC North/St. Clair winner, 7 p.m. Friday Finals: 7 p.m.


At Algonac Monday Richmond at Algonac, 7 p.m. Wednesday Marine City vs. Clintondale, 5 p.m. Marysville vs. the Richmond/ Algonac winner, 7 p.m. Friday Finals: 7 p.m. At Imlay City Monday Lutheran North vs. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, 6 p.m. Imlay City vs. Capac, 8 p.m. Wednesday Armada vs. Lutheran North/ Notre Dame winner, 6 p.m. Almont vs. Imlay City/Capac winner, 8 p.m. Friday Finals: 7:30 p.m. At Millington Monday Millington vs. Yale, 6 p.m. Wednesday Caro vs. Millington/Yale winner, 6 p.m. Cros-Lex vs. North Branch, 7:30 p.m, Friday Finals: 7 p.m.


Monday Brown City at Marlette, 7 p.m.

Registration open for softball season Regristration for 2012 Adult Summer Softball is now available at City Recreation Department at Palmer Park by Port Huron Competitive Sports Association. Available leagues are: for men s modified, women’s men’s women s

Craig Seaman 268 Jason Diaz 266 Mike Schindler 259 Rick Johnston 256 Nathan Holmes 253 PORT HURON LANES Women’s High Series Alicia Schroeder 716 Trish Defrain 685 Crystal Cramer 669 Annette Paradis 664 Barb Lepla 647 Women’s High Game Alicia Schroeder 268 Annette Paradis 254 Crystal Cramer 247 Trish Defrain 247 Tara Schlaufman 246 Men’s High Series Jeff Morrison 833 Leo Anthony 808 Jim Creasor 794 Dave Klaas 793 Ed Jacobs 775 Men’s High Game Rick St. Onge 300 Leo Anthony 290 Dave Klaas 289 Scott Wassom 289 Jeff Morrison 288 ST. CLAIR RIVER LANES Women’s High Series Karin Hudolin 519 Joann Suisse 505 Linda Collins 502 nne Distelrath 501 Pam Cramer500 Women’s High Game Pam Cramer204 Karin Hudolin 198 Jane Biscorner 193 Sue Pope 191 Joann Suisse 189 Men’s High Series Mark Schoeneweg 722 Wayne Leppek 705 Nathan Holmes 698 Ed Toles 696 Vern Richardson 695 Men’s High Game Walter Grass 289 Mike Smith 269 Dion Pike 269 Mark Schoeneweg 267 Chris Viney 264

Mayville at Vassar, 7 p.m. Memphis at Dryden, 7 p.m. At New Haven Wednesday Brown City/Marlette winner vs. Mayville/Vassar winner, 6 p.m. New Haven vs. Memphis/ Dryden winner, 7:30 p.m. Friday Finals: 7 p.m.


Monday Harbor Beach at USA, 7 p.m. Lakers at Sandusky, 7 p.m. Ubly at Bad Axe, 7 p.m. Wednedsday At Cass City Cass City vs. the USA/Harbor Beach winner, 6 p.m. Ubly/Bad Axe winner vs. Sandusky/Laker winner, 8 p.m. Friday Finals: 7 p.m. CLASS D At Peck Monday Deckerville vs. Kimball New Life Christian Academy, 6 p.m. Peck vs. Kingston, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Landmark Academy vs. Deckerville/New Life winner, 6 p.m. Carsonville-Port Sanilac vs. Peck/Kingston winner, 7:30 p.m. Friday Finals: 7:30 p.m. At Clarkston Everest Collegiate Monday New Haven Merritt Academy vs. Clarkston Everest, 7 p.m. Wednesday Auburn Hills Oakland Christian vs. the Merritt/ Everest winner, 6 p.m. Cardinal Mooney vs. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes, 7:30 p.m. Friday Finals: 7 p.m.

slow-pitch, men’s slow-pitch and coed play. Teams must submit roster and check for $100 deposit by March 23 to hold a spot. League play will start in May. For more information, call (810) 385-2229 or email PHCSA@hotmail. com or visit web site





Spartans want Big Ten title alone By y LARRY LAGE The Associated Press

EAST LANSING — Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan each have a shot to share the Big Ten title going into the final day of the conference’s regular season. The fifth-ranked Spartans, who already have earned at least a piece of the championship for the third time in four years, could’ve taken the stakes out of Sunday, but they couldn’t hand No. 18 Indiana its first home loss. The 10th-ranked Buckeyes and 13th-ranked Wolverines both pulled within a game of Michigan State by bouncing back from losing their final home games with a win on the road. Draymond Green hopes his Senior Day isn’t like the one his peers experienced at Ohio State and Michigan when the Spartans host the Buckeyes on Sunday afternoon in his last game at the white T-shirt filled Breslin Center. “You just don’t want to be that guy,” the senior forward said. “We have a

great opportunity to not be that guy and we just have to take advantage of it, but it’s not going to be a cake walk. They’re not coming in here and laying down and we’re not going to lay down. “We just have to make sure we come out on top, last man standing.” If the Buckeyes, who had their 39-game home winning streak snapped by Michigan State last month, can become the first team to win at the Breslin Center this season they will share the conference championship with the Spartans. Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger is glad his team still has a shot to win a third straight Big Ten title. “It’s pretty cool,” Sullinger said. Michigan feels the same way. If the Wolverines win at Penn State on Sunday and Ohio State beats Michigan State later in the afternoon, they will end a Big Ten regular season championship drought that dates back to 1986. Even though Michigan

needs the rival Buckeyes to beat the rival Spartans to have a chance to win the title, Wolverines coach John Beilein refused to say he would be pulling for one team over the other in East Lansing while his team travels back to Ann Arbor on Sunday. “I don’t know if I’ll be rooting for anyone,” Beilein said. “But I’ll be watching the scoreboard with great interest.” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said on Monday that a “little bit” of him wished Ohio State beat Wisconsin last week, so that his team would’ve had to win at Indiana to secure their share of the championship instead of it being clinched by the Badgers beating the Buckeyes. After losing against the Hoosiers on Tuesday night, Izzo insisted he doesn’t mind that there is now a lot on the line for the Spartans on Sunday. “It’s everything you want,” Izzo said. “When you’re a kid, you dream of making a 3-point shot to beat Duke in the backyard.

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, right, shakes hands with forward f Draymond Green before Green left the game while playing Purdue last month. AJ MAST/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS As a coach, you dream about putting your team in a position where you can share something special with them and the fans.” Michigan State will honor its seniors: Green, a Big Ten player of the year can-

didate, late-blooming guard Austin Thornton, first-year guard Brandon Wood, seldom-used center Anthony Ianni and former forward Delvon Roe. Roe, from Euclid, Ohio, ended his three-year career

before the season started because of knee injuries. He will be on the bench, but not in uniform. Michigan State didn’t ask the NCAA to restore Roe’s eligibility after he lost it by becoming a professional actor.

Marysville,, Northern claim regional titles

Vikings stun No. 1 Cranbrook, 2-1, in OT Times Herald

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Marysville Vikings pulled off the shocker of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 hockey state tournament. Marysville knocked off top-ranked Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood 2-1 in overtime Saturday afternoon on the Cranes’ home ice. In another regional title game, Port Huron Northern

PREP HOCKEY TOURNAMENT blanked Midland Down 3-0 in the Division 2 tournament. Marysville (23-2) travels to the Troy Sports Center at 7:40 p.m. Wednesday for the quarterfinals. The Vikings will play either Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett or Dearborn Divine Child. Drew Johnson scored 4 minutes into overtime on a wraparound shot. BJ Kolcz and Jordan Horne had assists. “What an upset,” Marysville coach Paul Moretz said. “To beat the No. 1 team, and on their own rink, is something else. “I know we have a darn

good team.” “I thought we could beat them. I talked to the players all week about it. The kids bought into it, and we came up with a nice game plan.” Anthony Benvenuti was in net and made 41 saves. “We forced them to take a lot of shots from the outside, and Benvenuti made save after save,” Moretz said. “He made a lot of big saves. “We out-shot them 5-0 in overtime. I think the longer the game went, the more confidence we had.” Horne gave the Vikings, who finished with 19 shots, a 1-0 lead early in the first period. Johnson and Kolcz assisted on the goal. The Cranes tied the game late in the first period.

“Cranbrook dominated the second period,” Moretz said. “The second half of the third period I thought we took the play to them pretty good. “We are not on the same level as them day in and day out. I just told the guys all we have to do is be better than them one day. “They weren’t real happy afterward. They didn’t expect this.”

Huskies prevail 3-0

SAGINAW W — Northern (169-1-1) celebrated back-toback regional titles with a victory against Dow at the Saginaw Bay Ice Arena. Northern advances to the quarterfinals at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Suburban Ice Arena in Macomb. The Hus-

kies will play either Rochester Hills Stoney Creek or Romeo. “Winning two regional titles in a row, I’m very proud of this team,” Northern coach Daryel McCarrel said. “But this group wants to get beyond the quarterfinals. “We’re getting better and getting closer to playing Northern hockey.” Matt Fernandez was in net for the Huskies and made 19 shots. Northern finished with 35 shots. Bryce VanHorn opened the scoring 55 seconds into the game with a power-play goal. Tyler Hughes and Vesa Sivula each had an assist. It was 2-0 after the second period as Dillion Pfeifer knocked in a goal on assists

from Austin Ainsworth and Hughes. Bobby King wrapped up the scoring with 1:18 remaining in the game. Lewis Nowakowski and VanHorn assisted on the goal. “I thought we had some good scoring chances early on,” McCarrel said. “We could have had two or three more goals in the first period and a couple of more in the second. “The puck just didn’t go in the net. But it was 2-0 in the third period, and they were putting pressure on us. If they bang one in, we still have a game. “Dow has been a hot team. They have played their best hockey at the end of the year.”

Stars, Flags advance to state semifinals Times Herald

CALUMET — The Blue

Water Stars Squirt AA youth travel hockey team finished pool play at the state tournament with a 2-1 record. Coach Ange Guzzo’s squad split two games Saturday in the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association event. The Stars skated past Trenton 7-3 Saturday morning before losing 5-0 to Troy in the afternoon. The squad qualified for the semifinals at 11 a.m. today. The finals are set for 4:30 p.m. The Stars will play the winner of a late game Saturday between Marquette and Ann Arbor. Troy takes on the loser in the other semifinal contest. Patrick Guzzo (two assists) sparked the Stars with a hat trick against Trenton, while Brett Bush added two goals and an assist. Carter Handy and Cameron Lulich each had a goal. Averie Robbins picked up an assist, while Andrew MacLean was in goal g and

made eight saves. The Stars were hurt by early penalties and allowed three power-play goals against Troy. » In the Midget AA state tournament at St. Ignace, the Port Huron Flags finished pool play at 3-0 with a 5-0 victory against Trenton. Coach Charley Cook’s team advances to the semifinals at 9 a.m. today. The finals are scheduled for 5 p.m. Nick Hartig (two assists), Jason Pringle, Erik Gouin, Corey Hutchinson and Brian Nichols each had a goal for the Flags. Nick Pitre was in net for the shutout. » The Port Huron Flags Bantam AA team suffered a 5-3 loss to Marquette Saturday afternoon at McMorran Pavilion and fell to 0-2 in pool play. Port Huron returned to the ice Saturday night for its final pool-play game. Kevin Straney, Jake Schott and Hunter Austin (two assists) scored for the Flags, while Josh Conant picked up an assist.

For Marquette, Ethan St. Germain fired in a pair of goals; Alex Warchol, Tristan Ashbrook and Kristian Jackson each had one. The Flags dropped a 9-1 decision against Farmington Hills late Friday night in the Pavilion. Port Huron avoided the shutout with a third-period goal by Austin on assists from Tim Tramski and Tyler Mrock. Joshua Smith turned in a big game for Farmington Hills with three goals. Dylan Smith, Brendan Wexler, Benjamin Kowalske, Nolan Johnson, Benjamin Chafin and Lee Hamill had one goal apiece.


At McMorran OAKLAND JR. GRIZZLIES 5, TRENTON 4: Mark Ritonja finished with three goals in the Grizzlies’ victory. Joey Savel and David Tmej (game-winner) each had goal for the winners. Conor Cunningham, g , Austin

Port Huron Flags’ l Kyle l Blum, l left, l f tries to take k the h puck kd down the h ice as Marquette’s Jake k Phillips guards Saturday during second period Bantam AA youth travel hockey. The Flags lost the game to Marquette 5-3. MELISSA WAWZYSKO/TIMES HERALD Bliznik, Phillip Pugliese and Quinn Preston each had a goal for Trenton. SOO MICHIGAN 2, EASTERN MICHIGAN 0: Soo scored single goals in the second and third periods for the victory. Abby Rogue and Austin Christie each had a goal for the winners. GREATER LANSING 1, MARQUETTE 0: Mike Zsigo scored in the opering period on an assist from Adam Goodsir and that was enough for Lansing. TRENTON 9, SOO 4: Trenton broke the game open with a

five-goal second period. Quinn Preston led the balanced scoring attack with four goals. Zach Kohn chipped in with two goals, while Phillip Pugliese, Conor Cunningham and Brendan Damron had one apiece. For the Soo, Landon Hubbard, Garrett Mayer, Andrew Dale and Abby Rogue scored. OAKLAND JR. GRIZZLIES 5, EASTERN MICHIGAN 2: The Grizzlies pulled out the victory with three goals in the second period. David Temj, Tommy Theoharis, Coale Norris, Garrett

Hall and Drew Sabina each had a goal for Oakland. Stefan Cramer and Yoodong Hwang scored for Eastern Michigan. FARMINGTON HILLS 6, GREATER LANSING 3: After battling to a 2-2 tie through two periods, Farmington Hills broke loose for four goals in the third. Lee Hamill sparked the comeback with a hat trick in the third period. Bemjamin Kowalske, Grant LaLonde and Kyle Abraham each had a goal for the winners. Zach Heeke paced Lansing with two goals and Michael Rounds had one.

Former big leaguer Abbott speaks at Town Hall Jim Abbott is working a doubleheader next week in Port Huron. That’s fine with the former University of Michigan All-American and Major League baseball pitcher. Abbott, 44, is the featured speaker March 12 at the Port Huron Town Hall, which has scheduled performances for 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. “I’m looking forJim Abbott ward to spending the day in Port Huron,” Abbott said. “I grew up in Flint, so I’m familiar with Port Huron but have only driven through on the way to Canada. “I will probably deliver the same message to each group. I plan to talk about the lessons in life II’ve ve


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experienced and also my story. “It will be nice to have some athletes in the crowd. We can have some fun.” Abbott, who was born without a right hand, won the Sullivan Award in 1987 and pitched for the Gold Medal Olympic team in 1988. As a member of the New York Yankees, he tossed a 4-0 no-hitter Sept. 4, 1993, against the Cleveland Indians.

After playing 10 seasons in the big leagues with four different teams, Abbott retired in 1999. Besides being a guest pitching instructor during spring training with the Los Angeles Angels, Abbott is a motivational speaker. “I’m so jealous of the guys at spring training right now,” said Abbott, who lives in California with his wife and two daughters. “It was so much fun. “Getting out in the warm weather and playing ball in Arizona or Florida was great. I really miss it.” Abbott said he takes some time off each summer to return to Michigan, where his parents live. He has the opportunity to spend time with family and friends at a cottage on a lake in northern Michigan. With daughters, ages 15 and 11,

Abbott stays busy attending their events. “I try to keep my schedule open as much as possible when the girls are playing their sports,” Abbott said. “They are both pretty good athletes and enjoy it. The oldest one is big into volleyball and the younger one does soccer and water polo. “I believe supporting the girls in whatever they do is important as a parent. That’s an area I will talk about with both groups.” Abbott has a connection with a student-athlete from the Blue Water Area and that’s Joe Rogers, a Marysville graduate and reserve goaltender for the Notre Dame hockey team. Rogers was born with and overcame a disability in his hand. “Joe is a great kid,” Abbott said. “I’m so impressed with what he’s he s

done with his life. “I hope he does well, but it’s hard to root for Notre Dame.” Abbott said he is excited about the Angels, but also roots for the Yankees and Tigers. “I always pull for all the Detroit pro teams to do well,” Abbott said. “I also really follow Michigan football.” Abbott is just the second speaker in the history of the Port Huron Town Hall to perform during an evening event. If you’re interested in hearing Abbott, tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. For more information, call (810) 985-6166. Contact Jim Whymer at (810) 9896267 or Read his blog at sports.


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