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Wednesday April 14, 2010

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Harnessing energy Council takes proactive stance on wind and solar ordinances By JON SZERLAG Sentinel-Standard writer

Vikings earn sweep in season-opening double header See Page 10 • Spring break is over, everyone’s back to work — Page 5 • Court news — Page 5 • Portland scores are high across the board — Page 3 • Scrabble crisis obviated — Page 4 • Balanced leadership makes companies and countries stronger — Page 4 • Huck: Protecting U.S. troops’ right to vote — Page 4 • 11-year-old girl found in Florida swamp — Page 3


Roast Beef and pork dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Lyons Muir Lions Club, 228 Superior St. There is a cost. For more information call 989-855-3852. See Calendar, Page 3

Today’s Weather

Mostly Sunny High of 71 F See Page 12

Today’s Thought “Go on failing.

Go on. Only next time, try to fail better.” Samuel Beckett Irish playwright and author 1906 – 1989

Index Annie’s Mailbox. . . . . . . . . . 9 Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Classified . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Commentary . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Crossword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Horoscope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Lottery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11 Television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Weather . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

IONIA — The Ionia City Council is preparing for the future of alternative energy with the first reading of solar and wind energy system ordinances. The Planning Commission has been working for several months to research and develop ordi-

nances that would work in a city setting. “This is an attempt to be proactive, we don’t want them to be in the front yard,” said Ionia Council Member Gordon Kelley. “Some of the rooftops in downtown could be a perfect spot (for small wind turbines).” The ordinances will allow for solar and wind energy sources, while protecting the image of the city and the respect for its citizens.

“It permits the use of solar energy while protecting neighboring properties from incompatible effects,” said Eppler. “This is for current technology, and we are not saying that there will not be amendments.” There will be a second reading and a public hearing on the proposed ordinances at the May 4 council meeting. See ENERGY Page 2

MOBILE FOOD PANTRY: FEEDING FRIENDS AND FAMILIES ion United Methodist Church in Ionia spearheads a local effort to provide food for people in need who reside within Ionia County’s borders. Through volunteer efforts and donations, the church is able to bring a mobile food pantry truck to the Ionia Free Fair grounds once a month. “We have to have these trucks,” said Pastor Cliff Allen as he renewed the stock of fresh fruits and vegetables for food bank patrons Tuesday. The pastor is hoping to find enough funding to continue the once-a-month visits for the remainder of 2010. For how to help, send a check to the church (address below) and earmark it for the mobile pantry.


Commission makes cuts in annual budget FURLOUGH HOURS

By JON SZERLAG Sentinel-Standard writer

Barb Holton (above) places bakery goods out on a table, while Virginia Carter (below) hands out bread products.

Sentinel photos/LORI KILCHERMANN

Volunteer Dave Mellinger places fresh green beans is bags for mobile food truck patrons.

BY THE NUMBERS Number of times a mobile food truck comes to the Ionia Free Fair Grounds each month.


The number of people who passed through the food line in the first half-hour on Tuesday.


The street address to send donations to Zion Methodist Church, 423 W. Washington St., Ionia, to help fund the mobile food pantry.


The cost to fill the truck with enough food for one visit.



Authors, authors ... By JON SZERLAG Sentinel-Standard writer BELDING — Woodview Elementary students became published writers Tuesday, when they received hardcover books of their own words and illustrations. “The students learned that hard work really pays off, and that writing is a lot of work; that it’s not done when you first take your pencil to the paper the first time, that is just the beginning of the process,” said Woodview Elementary Literacy Coach Kari Reynolds. Students went through the whole process of first draft and revisions, all the way to the publication process. The cost for the roughly 425 books was paid for by a service learning grant in the amount of $400. The publication was through Nationwide Learning, and the students received a free hardcover of their own work. This is the third year of students receiving their own hardcopy book, and they have learned to appreciate the books that are on their library shelves. “They have to see a finished product to get See AUTHOR Page 3


Woodview Elementary Literacy Coach Kari Reynolds hands students’ finished copies of their hard work Tuesday morning. Students wrote and illustrated their own stories, which were put into hardcover form through a service learning grant.

IONIA — With an unaudited addition of over $500,000 in the general fund balance, the Ionia County Board of Commissioners approved eliminating furlough hours for the 2010 budget. The furlough hours would have cut roughly $125,000 by closing at 3 p.m. every Friday if they were left intact. “There was $300,000 in the fund balance to balance the budget that we didn’t have to use,” said Ionia County Administrator Mark Howe. “We ended last year in the black by over $500,000.” Howe also said that the board of commissioners is going to have to focus on 2011, and Ionia County Commissioner Larry Tiejema said that he has heard a few say in the county that they are having enough trouble getting current tasks done in the time frame. Also at the meeting, commissioners discussed an interlocal agreement that would include Clinton and Shiawassee counties to form an authoritative entity to develop and maintain Rails to Trails, and will be known as the Heart of Michigan Trail Authority. The counties will appoint the members to the authority, and the counties will not put money towards the entity to maintain the trails. “(The counties) will be able to lease, develop and maintain the trail,” said Howe. “It will be a quasi-type government (entity), with a specific purpose to develop and maintain the trail.” One of the purposes in creating this agreement is because the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) would rather work with a single group, as opposed to receiving three different opinions. “In order to get the trail complete, the DNR would rather work with one entity, so we need to create one entity,” said Ionia County Commissioner Lynn Mason. Tiejema had two worries about the language in the agreement, which had to do with the removal of a member of the authority, and the wording for allowing the members the authority to authorize anything not mentioned in the agreement. “Once it is in place, the commission can’t change it, and it allows power to do almost anything,” said Tiejema. “If it is not covered, it should come back to the county to add.” The board is hoping to have an agreement planned out and adopted at the first May meeting. Once it is adopted, it will immediately take effect.

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LaBelle to receive honorary degree R&B

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Veteran R&B diva Patti LaBelle is getting an honorary degree from Temple University in her hometown of Philadelphia. The university will present LaBelle with the doctorate in humane letters at its May 13 commencement ceremony. LaBelle's singing career has spanned more than four decades and includes several hit records and two Grammy Awards. She has also written four books, two of which are cookbooks. LaBelle served as a spokeswoman for the American Diabetes Association after being diagnosed with the condition. Two years ago, she partnered with Temple to raise awareness about diabetes.

Twitter finally feathers Raise the Roof its nest with advertising event postponed


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Is Twitter the next Google, the next, or something in between? It may have begun answering that question Tuesday, with its long-awaited first step into advertising. The startup is trying to make money without alienating the tens of millions of people who have gotten used to tweeting and following friends, celebrities and others without commercial interruptions. Just as it has through most of its fouryear existence, Twitter is treading cautiously. The new ads, called "promoted tweets," will pop up only on searches at Twitter's Web site, and the messages will be limited to a small group of test marketers including Virgin America, Best Buy Co., Sony Pictures and Starbucks Corp. Fewer than 10 percent of Twit-


ter's users were expected to see the ads Tuesday, but the messages should start appearing on all relevant searches within the next few days. One promoted tweet from Starbucks was getting retweeted heavily, thanks to its free tax-day offer: "On 4/15 bring in a reusable tumbler and we'll fill it with brewed coffee for free. Let's all switch from paper cups." The move heralds a turning point for Twitter, which has held off on selling ads even as its widening audience turned it into an obvious marketing magnet and investors poured $155 million into the San Francisco company. The last cash infusion seven months ago valued privately held Twitter at about $1 billion, even though its only significant revenue had come from giving Google Inc. and

Microsoft Corp. better access to its service. The technology powerhouses paid Twitter an undisclosed amount for that right. Twitter's seemingly ambivalent attitude about making money reminded some Silicon Valley observers of the profitless Internet startups that wooed investors during the dot-com boom of the late 1990s, only to crash and burn at the turn of 21st century. Twitter co-founder Biz Stone defended the company's "slow and thoughtful approach to monetization" in a blog announcing promoted tweets, even as he recalled a joke Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert made at his expense during an interview last year: "So, I assume that 'Biz' in 'Biz Stone' does not stand for 'Business Model.'"


Jackie Kennedy interviews to be published NEW YORK (AP) — During the first half of 1964, just months after her husband was assassinated, Jacqueline Kennedy sat for seven interviews with historian and family friend Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. They met at her home in Washington, D.C., where the former first lady discussed her marriage, her White House years, election-year campaigning and her husband's thoughts about a second term. The interview is part of what became the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library's Oral History and, at Jacqueline Kennedy's request, was kept sealed for an indefinite time. She died in 1994. Now, with the 50th anniversary of her father's inauguration coming next year, daughter Caroline Kennedy is allowing the conversations to be widely released. In September 2011, Hyperion will publish the transcripts and release six and one half hours of audiotape, providing a new and extended opportunity to hear the famously breathy voice of Jacqueline Kennedy discuss topics she rarely touched upon in public. Caroline Kennedy will serve as editor and write an introduction for the book, currently

untitled, and a historian will provide annotation. (Schlesinger, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, died in 2007.) "My mother's passion for history guided and informed her work in the White House," Kennedy, president of the Kennedy Library Foundation, said in a statement Tuesday issued by Hyperion. "She believed in my father, his vision for America, and in the art of politics, and felt it was important to share her knowledge and excitement with future generations. It is a privilege for me to honor the memory of my parents by making this unique history available." According to Hyperion, the interviews will cover everything from early campaigns to the Cuban Missile Crisis to Jacqueline Kennedy's role as first lady. "In these conversations, Mrs. Kennedy shares revealing insights into the politics and personalities of the day," Hyperion said in a statement. Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who knew both Jacqueline Kennedy and Schlesinger, said the interviews might be as close as we'll ever get to a memoir from the late first lady.


“Not all candidates are good for the work (of crack filling),” said Eppler. “Many of the streets have been resurfaced in the last five years.” The cost for the filling is just under $11,000. Also at the meeting, the council approved a bid to purchase a replacement for a 1999 Dodge pick-up for the Department of Public Utilities. The truck was competitively bid out, and the low bidder was Vollman Ford out of Portland for $23,183. The 1999 truck will be sold through a competitive bid process. The funding will come from the Sewage Disposal System Fund, which the 2009-10 fiscal year budget contains funding for.

Continued from Page 1 In other business, the council approved contracting with a low bidder to fill the cracks in the streets. The bids opened on March 26, and the low bidder was A-1 Asphalt Sealing and Repair, Inc. out of Wayland. “The city has worked with A-1 Asphalt Sealing in the past, and we were pleased with their work,” said Ionia City Manager Jason Eppler. Over 10 streets will see filling, including Baldie, Depot, High, Library and King streets. The streets were identified by staff members, and this year’s filling will be completed later this spring if weather permits.

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IONIA — The Ionia County Animal Shelter Raise the Roof dinner/dance scheduled for Friday will be re-scheduled due to some unforseen issues. Organizers hope to re-schedule the event to be held in June. Ticketholders may either get a refund or hold on to the tickets and they will be honored at the rescheduled event. The new date will be announced shortly. For more information, contact Todd, 616-690-2872 or Linda, 616402-4064.

Ex-mine official to lead probe of W.Va. blast

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Joe Manchin on Tuesday asked a former top federal mine safety official to independently investigate an explosion that killed 29 West Virginia miners, and also called for more scrutiny of mines with a history of safety violations. Manchin told The Associated Press that J. Davitt McAteer, who headed the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration during the Clinton administration, will probe the blast at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine and be his special adviser on the matter. McAteer's probe will be independent of separate

state and federal investigations, and he'll focus on what actions should be taken to prevent such explosions in the future. "I want a transparent third party, that's not attached in any way, shape or form," Manchin said. McAteer conducted similar probes of the Sago mine disaster that killed 12 and the Aracoma Alma No. 1 mine fire that killed two miners. He told AP he expects to focus on the apparent failure of systems meant to prevent such a disaster: the spraying of powdered rock to dilute explosive coal dust; the venting of methane gas; and safety conditions before miners begin each shift.

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Driving instructor busted for speeding

PARIS (AP) — A driving instructor in France taught three of his students a lesson about the consequences of speeding, when police stopped him for exceeding the speed limit — with the students in the car. Police immediately suspended the instructor's license for four months after he was clocked at 134 kilometers (83 miles) per hour in a 70-kilometer zone on a highway offramp in Valence, in south-

east France, according to local police commander Claude Bourrelly. The students had just taken driving tests when their instructor was stopped. It was unclear whether they passed their tests. The instructor's boss at a driving school in Valence, Jean-pierre Mounier, said Tuesday he was ready to give the instructor another chance, calling him "a very good worker."

Toyota to temporarily halt sales of Lexus GX 460

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is temporarily halting sales of the 2010 Lexus GX 460 after Consumer Reports issued a rare "Don't Buy" warning amid concerns the large SUV has handling problems that could cause it to roll over during sharp turns. The Japanese automaker said Tuesday it had asked dealers to temporarily suspend sales of the SUV while it conducts its own tests on the GX 460. "We are taking the situation with the GX 460 very seriously and are determined to identify and correct the issue Consumer Reports identified," said Mark Templin, Lexus vice president and general manager. The decision to stop selling the SUV is the latest blow to Toyota's tarnished safety reputation after the recall of millions of cars and trucks over gas pedals that are too slow to retract or that can become stuck under floor mats. The GX 460 is not covered by the pedal recalls. But it reflects Toyota's attempt to respond more quickly to safety concerns after federal investigators accused the automaker of dragging its feet on recalls to address the faulty gas pedals. Toyota faces a $16.4 million fine from the Transportation Department and has until April 19 to decide whether to contest the penalty or accept it.

Oil prices fall below $84 (AP) — Oil prices fell for a fifth day to below $84 a barrel Tuesday as traders mulled whether a slowly improving U.S. economy justified the recent two-month, 25 percent crude rally and experts warned that high oil prices could threaten the budding economic recovery. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for May delivery was down 76 cents to $83.58 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract lost 58 cents to settle at $84.34 on Monday. Crude jumped to above $87 a barrel last week from $69 in early February on investor expectations tepid U.S. crude demand will eventually catch up with a recovering economy. U.S. crude inventories have remained high, but some analysts were cheered by signs global economic growth is strengthening. Goldman said it expects crude to rise to $94.50 a barrel in three months and $99 in 12 months. Other, however, said that higher oil prices had been driven more by external factors like the dollar and speculative investments rather than the fundamentals of supply and demand. This change, JBC said, would likely mean that oil prices would "continue to be pressured by increasing overcapacity" this year.

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PROMISES, PROMISES: Health plan maps Obama pledges

Ionia County Events Calendar Wednesday, April 14 IONIA • Immunizations are being given from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Ionia County Health Department, 175 E. Adams Street. No appointment is necessary for regular immunizations. • AA meeting at 10 a.m., noon, 6 p.m. men only and 8 p.m. 122 N. Dexter Road. • Ionia Community Library is having a board game night for anyone 12 years old or older. For more information, call 527-3680 or log on to www.ioniacommunitylibr • Cultural diversity training from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Ionia Community Mental Health. For more information call 616-5271790. • Enhance Fitness class from 9:15 to 10:15 and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Commission on Aging. For more information call 616-527-5365 or 888-5275365. BELDING • Hooker Chapter Royal Arch Masons are having stated convocations at 7:30 p.m. at the Temple, 211 E. Main Street. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. PORTLAND • Spring Hunter Safety Class from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Grand River Conservation Club, 7345 Lyons Road. There is a cost. For more information call Jim Winslow at 517-647-6134 or Gordy Hoppes 517526-0427. MUIR • Roast Beef and pork dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lyons Muir Lions Club, 228 Superior Street. There is a cost. For more information call 989-8553852. HUBBARDSTON •Line Dancing class at 6:30 p.m. and Ballroom dancing at 7:45 at the Hubbardston Community Building. There is a cost. For more information call 989-533-9373. SUNFIELD • Blood drive from 1 to 6:45 p.m. at the Sunfield United Brethren Church, 8436 W. Grand Ledge Highway. STANTON • Emotions Anonymous meeting at 1 p.m. at the Miracle DropIn Center, 310 E. Main Street. For more information call Carol at 989-831-8778. CARSON CITY • Open house to help celebrate the Carson Apothecary Shoppe’s 25th anniversary from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Carson City Hospital. For more information call 989-5843971 ext. 237. GREENVILLE • The Heartland District United Methodist women invite all women to the Time Apart event at

1:30 p.m. at the Turk Lake United Methodist Church. There is a cost. For more information call Waltha Gaye Leavitt at 989-2367330. Thursday, April 15 IONIA • Tidal Wave swim class from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Ionia YMCA. There is a cost. To register call 616-527-5760. • The Ionia County Historical Society is showing “France” at 9:30 a.m. at the Ionia Theatre. • Immunizations are being given from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. at the Ionia County Health Department, 175 E. Adams Street. No appointment is necessary for regular immunizations. • AA meeting at noon, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at 122 N. Dexter Road. • St. John’s Episcopal Church is collecting old cell phones and care packages for the military every Tuesday and Thursday. • Arthritis Foundation Exercise program at 11 a.m., Late Bird Nintendo Wii Bowling league from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and The Grand Valley Strings are having a jam session from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at the Commission on Aging. For more information call 616-527-5365 or 888-5275365. LYONS • Lyons Library hosts a writing group from 10 a.m. to noon each Thursday morning. New member welcome. Call 989-855-3414 for more information. PORTLAND • Free parent workshop explaining the Kindergarten Round Up process from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Oakwood Elementary School. For more information call 517-647-2991. • Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Portland United Methodist Church, 310 Bridge Street. SARANAC • Chess Club meeting from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Saranac Public Library. CLARKSVILLE • Storytime at 10:30 a.m. at the Clarksville Area Library. SHERIDAN • Free breakfast for veterans and their families from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and a Heritage Village lasagna dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sheridan VFW. There is a cost for dinner. For more information call 989-2919680. GREENVILLE • Better Breathers Club support group meeting from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at United Lifestyles, 407 S. Nelson. Registration is required. For more information, call 616 7546185, ext. 100 or 800 406-4551.

BY RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press writer


Woodview elementary third- and fourth-grade students are giving the books they wrote a thumbs up. Sharing the stories they wrote, Woodview fourth graders Josh VanDyke and Andrew Gonzalez read their books to one another.


AUTHOR Continued from Page 1 them excited to do it,” said Reynolds. “This was my way of showing them that this is what can happen when you work hard on your writing.”


Portland scores high across the board By JON SZERLAG Sentinel-Standard writer PORTLAND — Portland Public Schools Board of Education heard a presentation Monday on their Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) scores, and saw a rise from previous years. “The scores all went up (from the last two years), and last year’s were good,” said PPS Superintendent Charles Dumas. “We are very pleased with the students taking their learning in the classroom seriously, which reflects how well they do on the MEAP.”

The low scores were in the 80’s, and the majority were in the mid-to-high 90’s. The scores were also higher than the state average, except for an eighth grade reading portion. “We do an analysis of each test to try to ascertain where our scores are lower to where we would like them to be,” said Dumas. “That is basis for our school improvement plan, so we are continually trying to improve.” Dumas also said that they use the feedback to focus the instruction in the areas that need improvement the most.




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Select students will go to Ellis Elementary school and read their work to inspire the kindergarten students to write, which is one of Woodview’s main goals. “We picked three goals that we are working to improve upon, and writing is one of those goals,” said Reynolds. “This is one way of doing that.”

11-year-old girl found in Fla. swamp

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A missing 11-year-old central Florida girl with an autism-related disorder was found alive Tuesday by a member of her family's church four days after she disappeared into an alligator-infested swamp a half-mile from her home. Fifth-grader Nadia Bloom was taken to a hospital where she was evaluated and treated for dehydration and insect bites, said Winter Springs Police Chief Kevin Brunelle.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's big new health care law largely delivers on more than two dozen specific promises he made as a candidate, but that isn't winning him points with the public. Although Americans are divided over the wisdom of his far-reaching blueprint for expanding coverage they basically got what a majority voted for when they elected Obama in 2008, . "No one has the right to say they were misled during the campaign," said health care industry consultant Robert Laszewski, a critic of the law. "For all the controversy, what (Obama) has done in health care is consistent with what he promised. It's really very close." Obama kept most of his promises, but not all. A tax penalty on people who don't get the health insurance — starting in 2014 — will hit some middle class households. As a candidate, Obama called for putting the U.S. on a path to coverage for all by building on the existing health care system, in which most workers and their families get private insurance through an employer. He proposed tax credits to help people whose jobs didn't come with health benefits, and he wanted large employers to contribute to the cost of coverage. His plan required insurers to accept all applicants, regardless of medical problems. It recommended a new, competitive health insurance market for people buying coverage on their own and expanding Medicaid to more low-income people. The 10-year, nearly $1 trillion plan Obama signed into law March 23 incorporates those major elements, with some tweaks. The tax credits and the Medicaid expansion won't come until 2014, to keep down the initial cost of the bill. The ban on denying coverage to any person in poor health also won't be in place until then.

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Pop Culture: 'Scrabble' crisis obviated


crabble enthusiasts freaked out last week when word came that a new version of the game allows proper nouns. The new version, called "Scrabble Trickster," is set for release in July, but it will be sold only in the UK. News of the proper-noun banlift caused a wave of hysteria on the Internet. I've never seen such querimony. A headline on read, "Scrabble to upset purists with ‘dumbing down' rule change." Other headlines had a similar tone. "Beyonce on a triple-word score?" "Misguided quixotry!" John D. Williams Jr., the executive director of the National Scrabble Association and spokesman for Hasbro, soon calmed the word-geek waters with an official statement. "You may have heard the official rules of 'Scrabble' have changed," Williams said. "That is simply


palaver. P-A-L-A-V-E-R. That's 12 points, plus it's a double-word score, and I used all my letters, so‚ I got 74." Scrabble was created in 1938 by Alfred Butts. An unemployed architect, Butts needed something to occupy his time, and also sought a practical use for a box of alphabet-labeled wooden cuboids in his closet. Butts wanted to create a game that combined the vocabulary skills of crossword puzzles and anagrams, with the additional element of chance. I think it succeeded. Whenever I play Scrabble, I find my skill lacking equally in each of those areas. Don't get me wrong. My vocabulary is OK. It's the "chance" part that gets in the way. I draw the tiles, put them in the miniature church-pew, and stare blankly at an impending vowel-fest. "K-H-I-U-O-I-A?" I say to myself. "I wish we were playing 'Scrabble Hawaii.'" Other times, I have complete

mental block. "I can't think of a single word with a blank in it." Even if you do get a promising letter combo, it won't fit with the configuration of tiles already on the board. You can't get a word in edgewise. Scrabble Trickster doesn't solve any of those problems, but it does expand the options. Most casual Scrabble players would jump at the chance to use names of people and places. How often have you had to pass up Zanjan? Some people would insist on trying it anyway. "Let's see, J, O, H N ... there – Johnson!" "You can't use that," you say. "It's a proper noun." "That isn't proper!" "I know. That's why it's against the rules." Now that the noun-scare has passed, our attention turns to the next tradition-wrecker “Scrabble: Proper Verbs" version. Contact Dennis Volkert at


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"We're constantly having to prove ourselves." — Chicago nurse practitioner Amanda Cockrell, 32, who tells patients she's just like a doctor "except for the pay." With a looming shortage of primary care doctors, 28 states are considering expanding the authority of nurse practitioners.

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began my career as nurse in 1960, only to be fired on my first day because I didn’t stand up for a doctor. It didn’t matter that I was inserting an IV line for a patient. In those days, showing deference to men – and virtually all doctors were men – took precedence. Now we know that the best patient outcomes are achieved by balance and synergy – it takes women and men, doctors and nurses as members of health teams to achieve optimal results. It's beginning to dawn on society that women are the talent base for the future. They're the force behind consumer spending and the drivers of small-business development. Women in every profession are trained, experienced and ready to add their individual and collective strength to business and political decision-making. Yet when it comes to balanced leadership, we're stuck in a rut. We rightfully celebrate “first women” like Katherine Bigelow, who this year became the first woman to win a Best Director Oscar in the Academy Awards' 82-year history. But our celebrations mask the stark reality and expose our complacency. We tend to gloss over the real picture. Geena Davis, working to see more women behind the cameras as filmmakers, writers and directors, reminds us that we've been in exactly the same place for 46 years. There’s a stiff cost when only half of the nation's talent pool is tapped for leadership. And data for politics are similar to data for Hollywood. Congress now includes 17 percent women, which means the U.S. trails 82 other countries in proportion of women in political leadership. Women partners in law firms hover at the 16 percent level; in the nonprofit world the proportion is 20


percent, with fewer and fewer women in management as organizations grow larger. Women in the religious community call it the “stained-glass ceiling,” with larger congregations much more likely to have men giving the weekly message. Corporate boards are stalled at about 15 percent. Measuring where we are is important, but this is more than a numbers game. There is a different conversation going on around the world. Instead of congratulating themselves on the progress women have made, male leaders worldwide are joining with women in serious discussions about leadership needed for the future – and then they're taking bold actions. Their shared goal is to reach the "30 Percent Solution" – the tipping point for balanced leadership. Why? It’s not for justice or human rights. Instead, the motivator is a simple: Balanced leadership yields better results. Also, it's well-recognized that no significant progress is made on women's issues in any country unless the government is made up of at least 30 percent women. The U.S. federal government is made up of 17 percent women, which explains why we have had such a difficult time moving forward. Results across various industries, sectors of society and political systems are consistent. With balanced leadership, companies make greater profits, become more risk-aware and determine their course of action with a longer time frame. The 30 Percent Solution opens the door for more women to bring their talents, creativity and knowledge to making the right decisions for society. Twenty-first century management requires teamwork, partnerships, relationships and consensusbuilding – a comfortable fit for women

leaders. Simply put, we cannot afford to leave half of our talent outside the door. While in London on tour for my book, I was overwhelmed with the rapidly changing environment in European political and business circles. In the United Kingdom, both the Conservative and Labour parties are short-listing women candidates, and 43 of the FTSE 100 top CEOs are personally mentoring women for board seats. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has introduced legislation that follows the Norwegian example of modernizing boards of directors to include 40 percent women. Recent studies show that French financial firms with a significant representation of women on their boards better weathered the most recent downturn. We are overdue for a vigorous public debate in the U.S. about women being our most underutilized national resource. We must put aside old myths and stereotypes that stand in the way of progress. McKinsey & Co., a global management consulting firm, has concluded that the U.S. gross domestic product would be 9 percent higher if we maximized women’s talents. Think of that – 9 percent higher GDP. To get there will take cultural change and attention to the winning strategy of the 30 Percent Solution. Women and men must work together to bring about these changes. Tarr-Whelan is a Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow on Women’s Leadership. Her book, “Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World” was published in 2009. She is the former Ambassador to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Protecting U.S. troops’ right to vote HIS VIEW

LANSING – State Representative Mike "Huck" Huckleberry (DGreenville) voted Tuesday for a comprehensive plan to make it easier for Michigan troops stationed overseas to vote by absentee ballot and to help ensure their ballots are returned in time to be counted. The plan, which passed the House, is now set to be signed into law. "With all the sacrifices our soldiers make to defend our Constitution and protect our freedoms, we must do all we can to make sure their votes count back home," Huckleberry said. "It's just wrong that so many of their votes don't make it into the ballot box and fall by the wayside. Our brave servicemen and women deserve every chance to enjoy the same rights they are fighting to protect, no matter where they're stationed." More than a quarter of the ballots requested by U.S. military members stationed abroad and other American voters overseas went uncollected or uncounted in the 2008 presidential election, according to Congressional Research Services. In Michigan, of the nearly 21,300 ballots sent, only 15,407 were returned within the deadline to be counted. The plan will help ensure that Michigan military personnel and citizens living overseas can vote in time by: ■ Allowing for fast, email transmission of absentee ballots to service members stationed overseas. Service members can print them, fill them out and mail them back to their local clerk. ■ Requiring all absentee ballots to be delivered to clerks for distribution at least 45 days in advance of all elections. ■ Giving local governments more time to print out ballots in order to send them to military personnel. Thirty-two other states already allow the electronic transmission of absentee ballots to voters.


"All I know is that I've got two guys on my street that are unemployed. This unemployment (compensation) is a big deal. I hate borrowing the money for it. But ... it's allowed people to keep their families together." — Ohio Republican George Voinovich said as he emerged as a key figure while Democrats and Republicans continued to quarrel over whether federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed should be paid for with borrowed money. Voinovich signaled he will side with Democrats to provide a crucial vote that to ensure the measure's speedy advance into law — even though it would add about $18 billion to the deficit.

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Military voting plan passes From Associated Press Wire

LANSING — Legislation meant to make it easier and faster for military personnel from Michigan to vote in elections is close to becoming law. Bills approved unanimously by the state House on Tuesday are headed to Gov. Jennifer Granholm's desk. The legislation requires that all absentee ballots be delivered to clerks for distribution at least 45 days before an election. The bills permit the state to send absentee voter ballots to Michigan residents serving overseas by e-mail. Voters could print out the ballots and mail them to election clerks in Michigan. Supporters say the plan would speed up the process of voting and increase participation in elections for military personnel stationed overseas.

Proposal gives weight to primaries

LANSING — A state lawmaker has started a longshot bid to allow Michigan's Democrats and Republicans to choose their candidates for attorney general and secretary of state through August primary elections instead of party conventions. The key part of the proposal would change the state constitution, which is relatively difficult to do. The measure must be approved by two-thirds of the state House and state Senate before it could be placed before voters, who would have the final say on the measure. Michigan's major political parties have nominated their candidates for secretary of state and attorney general at conventions for decades. They will do so again over the next few months, setting up showdowns between major party candidates in the November general election.

Engler buys lakefront home

LANSING — Former Republican Michigan Gov. John Engler and his wife have bought a lakefront home about 20 miles northeast of Lansing. The Detroit Free Press reports John and Michelle Engler paid $550,000 for a four-bedroom home on Scenic Lake in Shiawassee County. The Englers, who have 15-year-old triplet girls, also own a home in McLean, Va. The National Manufacturers Association, where Engler is president and CEO, said he wasn't available for an interview Tuesday but plans to remain with the group. It's unlikely the purchase is related to political plans.

Spring break is over, everyone’s back to work

he children went back to school after being home a week for spring break. Lovina, 5, says she is glad to be back to school because she misses her teacher. The week is starting out nice with temperatures over 50 this morning and it is sunny. It looks like a good laundry day. While the children were home last week we washed the curtains and windows in the upstairs bedrooms. They were in need of being cleaned and looked so much brighter again when we were through. We hope to get more of our spring cleaning done this week. Last week Elizabeth,15, was helping a friend do her spring cleaning for two days so I missed her help here. We have more garden planted. My husband Joe and the boys put out another 50 pounds of red potatoes. Now we have 100 pounds of red potatoes planted and we want to put out 100 pounds of storage potatoes yet. We also planted green beans, zucchini, cucumbers, lettuce, Swiss chard, radishes and peas. Our peas and radishes we planted a few weeks ago are really doing well so far. Also on our list to do is to make homemade horseradish. Our rhubarbs and strawberries are also coming up real well. I always like this time of year when everything starts growing and things are greening up. Dandelion greens are getting bigger and it doesn’t take long to collect some for a salad. I have seen a few yellow blossoms. The dandelion



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greens will be bitter after they bloom. Sister Emma and husband Jacob and family stopped by here on the way home from church yesterday. We had council meeting so church services lasted longer than usual. (Writer’s note: “Council” refers to the service in preparation for upcoming Communion). I told them I would make supper for them so they could eat before they went home. We made everything in the oven such as meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, baked beans, and dressing. Joe, Jacob and the boys played basketball outside while we prepared supper. It was a nice warm evening for everyone to enjoy the outdoors. I recently heard the news that my older sister Leah and Paul’s son Ben and Rosemarie are the parents of their second child, Amos. Ben is my deceased parent’s oldest grandchild and lives in Wisconsin. That would have made nine greatgrandchildren for my parents. This week also marks sister Leah and Paul’s 29th wedding anniversary. Where did all the years go to? I was in third grade when they were married and I still remember that day well. Elizabeth has the water in the

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Matthew Hoffman, 19, from Portland, pleaded guilty to two counts Tuesday in 8th Circuit Court before Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger. Hoffman pled guilty to one count of home invasion in the second degree, and a second count to breaking and entering with intent to steal. The sentence that Hoffman can face with the plea is one year in Ionia County Jail, or if he is sentenced to Michigan Department of Corrections, the judge can opt for boot camp instead. The home invasion was in Portland Twp. between Nov. 2 and 6. Stolen was a Xbox game console, three games and a controller. The breaking and entering with intent to steal took place at a church in Portland on June 9. Stolen was a sound system. There were several other incidents that were dismissed, and Hoffman will have to pay restitution to all charges, which are mostly insurance deductibles since the majority of stolen property was retrieved and not sold.


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1. You are notified that a certain land conmtract dated 11/13/2007 between Don McKinch and Norma McKinch as seller(s) (party[ies] of the first part), and Jesscia Brown, Gonzalo Lopez, and Josue Lopez as purchaser(s) (party[ies] of the second part), concerning the property at 778 McKinch, Saranac , MI 48881 is in default because of nonpayment of installments of principle and/or interest. 2. You have forfeited your rights under the land contract, and payment is demanded by Don McKinch, who holds the land contract as seller. 3. The sum of $19,500.00 is now past due in principle and interest under the land contract. The dates upon which the payments were due are by the 5th of each month beginning in July of 2007. 4. The total amount due, or the material breach(es) of contract , must be cured or paid within 15 days* from the date of the service notice upon you. (*15 days, unless the parties have by contract agreed to a longer time.) 5. If the total amount due is not paid in full within the time stated, or if the material breach(es) is/are not cured within the time stated, the land contract will be forfeited, as provided in the contract,a nd you will be required to move out and give up the described property without further notice to you. IF YOU DO NOT MOVE OR PAY THE VOLUNTARILY, CONTRACT HOLDER MAY TAKE YOU TO COURT AND EVICT YOU. 6. The property is described as: Part of the SE 1/4 Section 24, T7N, R8W, described as: commencing at the East 1/4 corner of Section 24; thence S 89º 53’30” W 992.71 feet along the EastWest 1/4 line of Section 24; thence S 00º 54’04” E 1369.00 feet to the point of beginning of this description; thence S 00º 54’04” E 200.00 feet, thence S 89º 53’30” W 689.40 feet; thence N 00º 06’ 07” W 199.98 feet; thence N 89º 53’30” E 686.61 feet to the point of beginning. Together with an easement for ingress and egress. (McKinch Drive-private) described as: beginning at a point on the East-West 1/4 line S 89º 53’ 30” W 992.71 feet from the East 1/4 corner of Section 24; thence S 00º 54’04” E 1599.00 feet to the point of curvature of a curve to the right thence along the curve an arc distance of 275.90 feet, said curve heading a radius of 60.00 feet, a delta angle of 263º 28’ 05” ; and a long chord and bearing of N 48º 22’ 28” W 89.55 feet; thence N 00º 54’04” W 1539.38 feet; thence N 89º 53’ 30” E 66.00 feet along the East-West 1/4 line to the point of beginning. Date: 08/31/2009


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Sentinel-Standard, Wednesday, April 14, 2010 Page 9

Comics & Features Annie’s Mailbox


Playing nice is only route back into son’s life

Dear Annie: Ever since my son met his wife 12 years ago, he has allowed her and her family to insult me. For example, her family held a party for my grandson’s first birthday at their home and included the entire family, plus my ex-husband and his fifth wife. Because the fifth wife doesn’t like me, I wasn’t invited. They did, however, have a second, tiny party so I could bring my grandson a birthday present. My son went along with this insult. They live 45 minutes away, and I am not permitted to stop by and visit. I must phone with a specific date and time, and my son will call back after he has checked to see whether it is OK with his wife. Every holiday is spent with her family. The grandkids have never been to my house on Christmas Day. They are with her parents and then at her aunt’s. Two years ago, I had triple bypass surgery two days before Easter. My son and daughter-in-law stopped by the hospital to visit, and her parents called and said to hurry up because they were holding Easter dinner. Unbelievable. They have Caller ID, and my daughter-in-law never picks up when I phone. I do, however, get calls from them when they want money. I recently posted a comment on Facebook that was directed at my son. Her aunt had the nerve to respond, so I wrote back that she should MYOB. Now my son says I am no longer allowed to see the grandchildren or come




to their house. How do I deal with this? -Devastated and Frustrated Dear Devastated: We realize you don’t have a great relationship with your daughter-in-law, and although much of that may be her fault, you are not blameless. No one should drop in on the kids without calling first. Any comment posted on Facebook is fair game, and telling her aunt to MYOB was asking for trouble. You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar, Mom. Stop antagonizing your daughter-in-law and looking for reasons to be angry. Instead, find something to like about this woman and focus on it. Apologize for upsetting her. Respect their privacy. Play nice even if it kills you. It’s the only route back into their lives. Dear Annie: My father recently died of cancer. During the interment, my husband’s uncle coincidentally was visiting a grave at the same cemetery. When he saw us, he walked over and interrupted my father’s service to argue with the funeral director. Why? Because my father was not from this state and “Uncle Buck” felt Dad was taking a space that should go to a resident. As the funeral director was guiding my mother to my father’s gravesite, Buck stepped right between them. Afterward, he stood watching us, glaring and shaking his head. I am terribly hurt and angry with this man. Am I wrong? -- Still Grieving Daughter Dear Still: Uncle Buck was amazingly insensitive and rude. Even if

the cemetery has a provision to give preferential treatment to local residents, he should have had the decency to discuss it after the service. The man is a clod and a boor and doesn’t deserve another thought. Our condolences. Dear Annie: I read the letter from “At My Wits’ End,” whose daughter has bipolar disorder, but her husband “doesn’t believe it’s a true illness.” Please inform her that the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers family support groups, a free 12-week family-tofamily education course and a free 6-week NAMI basics course (the latter for parents and other caregivers of children living with a mental illness). She and her husband could attend these programs, and if her husband cannot go, she should go anyway because the information and support are invaluable. To find out whether these programs are offered in her area, she can check and click on “Support and Programs.” -- Guy Beales, President, NAMI North Central Massachusetts, Board of Directors, NAMI Massachusetts Dear Guy Beales: We have recommended NAMI numerous times in the past. Thanks for reminding our readers of this wonderful organization. Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please e-mail your questions to, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Ste. 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

Daily Horoscope WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010 A lovable bulky-armed cartoon sailor said, “I y’am what I y’am.” Though it usually turned out that he was so much more than that when he ate his spinach. What’s your spinach equivalent? What does it take to push you past your human into the realm of limits superhuman? Pose this question, and the Aries new moon will bring you answers. ARIES (March 21-April 19). As the sun continues to favor you, you are even more courageous than usual. As one Greek philosopher said, “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.” -- Aristotle TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You will maintain the respect of your peers because you are not afraid to confront sub-par behavior from yourself or anyone else. Continue to demand excellence from yourself and your world. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). A special place is featured in your day. The doors open wide for you. You will get the sense of belonging -- of coming home -- even if you have never been to the location before in your entire life. CANCER (June 22-July 22). It’s very lucky to have high expectations right now. The world will either rise to meet them, or your hopes will be dashed. Both are positive. You’ll learn more about what it is you really want and how to fill in the missing parts. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22).


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Vikings open with sweep of Bulldogs ❐ Lakewood’s pitching, timely

hitting leads to win over Ionia in annual rivalry doubleheader

By ANDREW ROBERTS Sentinel-Standard sports editor LAKE ODESSA — Lakewood coach Keith Carpenter felt confident in his pitching heading into the Vikings’ doubleheader against Ionia Tuesday night. It was his players’ offensive production that was a bit of a surprise. The Viking players backed up ace Spencer Schuiling in game one, using a five-run fifth to pull away from the Bulldogs to earn a 9-3 win in their first game of the season. “I knew we be a pretty good defensive team with our pitching, and our players made plays behind them,” Carpenter said. “I liked what we did on offense, too. It was a bit of a surprise, but these guys have worked hard in the off-season and that helped us get the season off to a good start.” Schuiling picked up the win on the mound, giving up three earned runs while walking three and striking out 13 in 6 2/3 innings of work. Thomas AckerSentinel-Standard/ANDREW ROBERTS son finished out the game for Lakewood. For reprints of this photo and more, log on to At the plate, Ackerson went 4-4 with three RBIs, while Brendan Stahl went 3STOLEN: Lakewood runner Austin Duits slides into second for a stolen 3 with two RBIs. base while Ionia’s Kendall Leonard makes a leaping catch on the throw. For Ionia, Tyler Spohn took the loss,

Lady ‘Skins win O-K Blue opener

By Sentinel-Standard staff on Thursday when they take on the Rams of Grand COOPERSVILLE — Rapids Central. The Belding softball team defeated Ottawa-Kent St. Pats 10, Blue Conference rival Ashley 0 (5 inn.) Coopersville Tuesday St. Pats 18, night by a score of 11-2 in Ashley 6 (5 inn.) their league opener. Kyleigh Linebaugh PORTLAND — The picked up the win in the Shamrocks needed a total pitcher’s circle, giving up of 10 innings to earn two two run on four hits while wins over the Bears of walking no one and strik- Ashley Tuesday night. ing out 10. In game one, Allison At the plate, Linebaugh Werner picked up the win led the way, going 3-4 in the circle, giving up two with a double and four hits while walking one and RBIs. Jessie Holyfield striking out eight in the went 2-2, while Macken- shutout effort. zie Dahl went 1-1 with an Richelle Vallier led St. RBI and Morgan Hill went Pats at the plate, going 2-3 2-3 with a double and an with a double, a triple and RBI. three RBIs. Werner went Belding (5-0, 1-0 in O- 1-3 with two RBIs. K Blue) will play its first home game of the season See SHORTS Page 11

giving up eight earned runs while striking out six. Jake O’Connor went 2-2 with a solo home run, while Jacob Heppe went 1-3 with a run scored. In the nightcap, Brian Satterly pitched six shutout innings and Ackerson pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh to earn the save in a 3-0 victory for the Vikings. Satterly gave up one hit while walking one and striking out 11 to earn the win. At the plate, Stahl went 2-3 at the plate, while Ryne Muscbach, Cody Brown, Satterly and Aaron Hawkes earned one hit each. Ionia hurler Brent Ketchum took the loss, striking out five Lakewood batters in the effort. Ketchum also led the Bulldogs on offense, going 2-3 at the plate. Ionia coach Jason Lundstrom said Lakewood’s pitching was the biggest reason his team struggled on offense in both games. “I give a lot of credit to the pitchers from Lakewood,” he said. “They both pitched great games and I have always felt that great pitching trumps great hitting in any game.” Lakewood (2-0) will play host to Charlotte on Thursday in another Capital Area Activities Conference crossover doubleheader. Ionia (1-3) will travel to Lowell to take on the Red Arrows in a pair of games on Thursday as well.

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CLOSE PLAY: Lakewood second baseman Kelsey Stoddard catchs a throw from catcher Lexie Spetoskey for an out on a bunt attempt by Ionia bater Kayla Epps (4) Tuesday afternoon in the first game of the Vikings’ doubleheader against the Bulldogs.

Lady Dawgs take two from Vikings ❐ Ionia ladies return

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BIG KNOCK: Ionia senior Anna Conrad drills a home run over the outfield fence Tuesday afternoon during the opening game of the Bulldogs’ doubleheader against Lakewood. Conrad also earned wins in the pitcher’s circle in both games.

LAKE ODESSA — It didn’t take long for the Ionia softball team to pick up where they left off before spring break in their return to the diamond Tuesday night. The Bulldogs scored five runs in the first two innings en route to a 7-0 win in game one against rival Lakewood, then got one big hit by clean-up hitter Hannah Watson in game two as they earned their third doubleheader sweep of the season. In the opener, senior pitcher Anna Conrad picked up the win, giving up two hits and four walks while striking out eight in six innings of

work. Junior Kayla Epps pitched the final inning to complete the shutout. At the plate, Conrad earned the big hit of the game, in the form of a solo home run. Kali Puroll went 3-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored, while Bridget Stout went 2-4 with a double and an RBI and Taylor Sanicki went 1-3 with a two-RBI double and two runs scored. Lakewood pitcher Britteny Hilley took the loss in her season debut. She struck out four in seven innings. Brittany Wallace and Lexie Spetoskey each earned hits for the Vikings. In the nightcap, Courtney Thomason put Lakewood on the board first with a solo shot over the left-centerfield fence. However, Watson hit a threerun blast in the bottom of the third with the score tied at 1-1 and with two outs to finish the scoring, and giving Ionia the 4-1 win.

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SHORTS Continued from Page 10 In the nightcap, the Shamrocks jumped out to a 6-0 lead before Ashley came back to make it a one-run game in the third. Werner took over in the circle and gave up one run the rest of the way as the Shamrocks got going on offense to earn an 18-6 win. Rachel Miros earned two strikeouts in the start, while Werner finished with eight strike outs and three walks. Miros went 2-4 with the bat and drove in one run. Jocelyn Schrauben went 3-5 with two RBIs, while Werner went 2-5 with an RBI. St. Pats (4-0) will play host to Fulton on Thursday as the Shamrock open Central Michigan Athletic Conference play against the Pirates. Ithaca 9, P-W 5 P-W 15, Ithaca 11 PEWAMO — The Pirates earned a split with the Yellowjackets Tuesday night. In game one, Taylor Thelen gave up seven runs on seven hits while striking out three in three innings of work. At the plate, Rachel Schafer went 3-5 and Rachel Nurenberg finished 3-4. In game two, P-W outlasted Ithaca in an offensive battle. Macie Smith struck out four and walked one in three innings of work inside the pitcher’s circle. Elizabeth Kramer picked up the win, striking out four and walking two in four innings. Paige Wolniakowski and Kristi Droste each went 3-5 at the plate. P-W (1-3) will travel to Dansville on Thursday to open CMAC play against the Aggies.

Baseball Coopersville 5, Belding 0 COOPERSVILLE — The Redskins dropped its OK Blue opener Tuesday night to the Broncos. Seth Nelson started on the mound for Belding, giving up five runs, one earned, on two hits all in the first innings. Jon Geisen finished the game, pitching five innings of scoreless baseball. He gave up two hits. Coopersville starting pitcher Jason Ruster threw a complete game no-hitter against the Redskins. Belding (0-2, 0-1 in O-K Blue) will return to action on Thursday at home against Grand Rapids Central.

St. Pats 13,Ashley 2 (5 inn.) St. Pats 13,Ashley 1 (5 inn.) PORTLAND — The Shamrocks earned a pair of wins over the Bears Tuesday night in a final tune up to the CMAC season. In the first game, Jason Gross earned the win on the mound, giving up two runs, one earned, while walking three and striking out five in four innings of work. Tyler Smith hit a Grand Slam for St. Pats, while Kyle Wilcox went 2-2 with a double and two RBIs and Ethan Hoppes went 2-3 with a triple and two RBIs. In the nightcap, David Simon earned the win, giving up one run while walking no one and striking out five in three innings of work. Colin Lay and Luke Wilcox also pitched for the Shamrocks. Lay struck out two batters. Simon went 3-3 at the plate with four RBIs, while Sentinel-Standard/ANDREW ROBERTS Luke Wilcox went 2-4 with For reprints of this photo and more, log on to an RBI and Preston Beard hit a double for his first varsity RIVALRY RENEWED: Lakewood’s Ashley Durham (14) tries to get in front of Ionia’s Courtney hit. Jones during the second half Tuesday night. St. Pats (4-0) will play host to Fulton on Thursday. Ithaca 9, P-W 5 PEWAMO — The Pirates fell in their season opener against the Yellowjackets Tuesday night. Grant Thelen got the start on the mound for P-W. He gave up six runs on four hits while walking seven in four innings of work. Justin Thelen gave up two hits and hit two batters in relief, while Brad Winans finished the game. The Pirates struggled with runners on base, leaving the bases loaded twice, once in the third and once in the fourth. Thelen hit a solo home run, while Everett Mason and Grant Thelen earned one RBI each and Winans hit an RBI triple. P-W (0-1) will travel to Dansville on Thursday for its CMAC opening doubleheader against the Aggies.

Girls Tennis Haslett 6, Lakewood 2 HASLETT — The Vikings fell for the first time Tuesday night against Haslett. Lakewood got wins from the No. 1 doubles team of Abby Haskin and Orianna Ramos (6-3, 6-3) and the No. 3 duo of Nicole Graham and Olivia Salazar (6-3, 4-6, 6-3). Lakewood (1-1) will play host to DeWitt on Thursday.

Vikings slip past Bulldogs ❐ Lakewood earns one-goal

win over Ionia in annual rivalry game

By ANDREW ROBERTS Sentinel-Standard sports editor IONIA — With both teams entering Tuesday night with unbeaten records, the Lakewood and Ionia girls soccer teams looked to continue their success with a win in their annual rivalry game. The Vikings took advantage of a sluggish first half by the Bulldogs, then held of the home team in the second half to earn a 3-2 win. Lakewood coach Paul Gonzales

said the game was a typical Ionia versus Lakewood game in which it was a competitive contest. “Every time we play Ionia it is always a close game,” he said. “I think it is because it is a big rivalry.” At the half, the Bulldogs found themselves trailing, a position they have not been familiar with this season, but during the break, they regrouped and came out with more energy in the second half. Ionia coach Angela Repke said her players rallied as a team during the final 30 minutes of play and despite the loss, she was happy to see that. “We played together in the second, so I can’t be too hard on the girls,” she said. “We really game together as a team and didn’t give up.”

RIVALRY Continued from Page 10 Conrad again picked up the win in the pitcher’s circle, giving up one run on three hits while walking one and striking out 10 in seven innings of work. Along with Watson’s homer, Sanicki went 2-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored, while Puroll hit a double. Chelsea Lake took the loss in the circle. She struck out seven batters in seven innings of work. Along with Thomason’s home run, Tiffani Ackerson

and Cori Curtis finished with one hit each. “The top of our lineup performed really well and Anna pitched two good games,” Ionia coach Andy Barr said. “Brooke Peterson also did a lot of good things in the field. “We had a lot of kids come in a play well for us.” Ionia (6-0) will travel to Lowell on Thursday for a doubleheader against the Red Arrows. Lakewood (0-2) will play host to Charlotte on Thursday in another Capital Area Activities Conference crossover doubleheader.

Tigers get best of opposing bull pen again

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers know they can't expect to keep overcoming big deficits. For the moment, though, they're going to keep enjoying the results. On Tuesday, the Tigers scored six runs in the seventh to beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5 — the second time in three days that Detroit had won despite trailing 5-0. "We were able to score runs late again," said Johnny Damon, who singled and scored during the latest rally. "Hopefully, sometime this year we can score some runs early and make it easier on our pitchers, but the fact that we are going out and winning these games says a lot about our team." Jose Guillen hit his fourth home run in three games as the Royals took a 5-0 lead against Dontrelle Willis and the Detroit bullpen. But just like Sunday, when the Tigers fell behind 5-0 to Cleveland, they recovered to win. The Tigers (6-2) are now 4-1 in games when they trail after six innings — a trend that manager Jim Leyland doesn't figure to continue. "This is a team that is going to play nine innings, and that's a good thing," he said. "But I can certainly assure you that if you put yourself into situations like this all year,

you aren't going to win. It just won't happen. We need to get out early in some games and give ourselves a cushion." Royals manager Trey Hillman, meanwhile, was again searching for answers from his bullpen. Starter Brian Bannister left with one out in the seventh and a 5-1 lead, only to see three relievers give away the game in a span of seven hitters. "I've never seen anything like that, and I know I've never used that many pitches that fast," Hillman said. "It was disheartening, disappointing, unbelievable and a lot of other words that I don't want to use." Bannister hadn't allowed a runner into scoring position through six innings, but Hillman took him out after Brandon Inge walked and Gerald Laird hit an RBI double. "There's a lot of times that a pitcher loses it in a hurry in their second or third start of the season, and that's what happened to Banny," Hillman said. "We need someone to step up at that point and throw strikes, but no one did. We're 3-5, the bullpen has had an impact on all eight games, and that impact has been negative a lot more than it has been positive." Scott Sizemore hit Roman Colon's second pitch for a run-scoring double and with two outs, Austin Jackson pulled the

Tigers within 5-3 with Detroit's third RBI double in four batters. Dusty Hughes (0-1) came in, but didn't retire either batter he faced, leaving Juan Cruz to face Miguel Cabrera with the bases loaded. A four-pitch walk brought in Detroit's fourth run, and Carlos Guillen hit a two-run double on the next pitch to put Detroit up 6-5. "I think we knew that, with the way Bannister was pitching, our best chance was probably to get to their bullpen," Jackson said. "That's the key to beating a lot of good ballclubs. You don't always want to be playing from behind like this, but we have confidence that, no matter what point it is in the game, we have a chance to come back." Reliever Joel Zumaya (2-0) picked up the win and Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth for his second save. Willis continued to struggle with his command, allowing four runs on nine hits and three walks in five innings. "His problem was obvious — he wasn't really erratically wild, but there were too many two-ball counts when he was behind the hitter," Leyland said. "We were short of pitchers today, so we had to work through it, but when you get behind hitters 2-0, they are going to hurt you."

Lakewood out shot the Lady Dawgs 16-10. Viking goalkeeper Shannon Bridget made four saves, while Ionia net-minder Erica Velasco finished with 13 saves. Ashley Durham scored two goals for the Lady Vikes, while Isabel Salgado kicked in the other. Roxanne Powelson and Shannon Moore each earned assists. Ionia seniors Janna Mayle and Olivia Velasco each scored for the Lady Dawgs, while Krysta Moore earned an assist. Lakewood (2-0) will be off until Monday when they open a threegame week on the road against Haslett. Ionia (3-1) will travel to Lansing on Thursday to take on the Vikings of Everett High School.

Red Wings, Coyotes have changed since last meeting By MATT PAULSON AP sports writer

GLENDALE, Ariz. — When the Coyotes and Red Wings last met, Phoenix rallied from a two-goal deficit in the final 90 seconds of regulation to post a 5-4 overtime victory. The result evened the season series at two wins apiece. But neither team is putting much stock in that game — or the season's other three for that matter — as they prepare for their first-round playoff series which starts Wednesday. Eleven weeks have passed since that Jan. 26 meeting and neither the Red Wings nor Coyotes are the same team they were that day. Detroit was still dealing with myriad injuries. Those injured this season included several of the Red Wings' best players. Their top nine scorers have missed a combined 75 games. "They were pretty injuryriddled there," Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski said. Phoenix has since beefed up its lineup, adding five new players, including forwards Lee Stempniak and Wojtek Wolski, who each have 18 points in 18 games with the Coyotes. "They've improved the depth of their team, there's no question about it," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. Detroit finally started to get healthy around the Olympic break, and Phoenix revamped its roster just after, at the trade deadline. Both played their best hockey down the stretch. Since the Vancouver games,

the Red Wings (16-3-2) and Coyotes (13-4-2) have the top two winning percentages in the Western Conference. That's where the similarities end, though. While looking at this year alone suggests the series will be highly competitive, history favors the Red Wings. Detroit is in the postseason for the 19th straight time and is aiming for its third straight trip to the Stanley Cup finals. Phoenix is making its first playoff appearance since 2002 and hasn't won a series since 1987. "If I'm coaching them I say that experience is overrated and because I'm coaching us I think experience is important," Babcock said. The Coyotes know Detroit's postseason success gives the Red Wings an advantage, but they feel it's not one they can't overcome. "They've got a lot of experience and world-class players, and it'll be a challenge for us," Stempniak said. "I think we're certainly up for it. We've got a really good team, and I don't think that should be overlooked." After all, Phoenix has been defying conventional wisdom all season. Despite former owner Jerry Moyes taking the franchise into Chapter 11 bankruptcy last offseason, starting training camp without a coach, the NHL purchasing the team when no buyer could be found that would keep the team in Glendale and its future in Arizona still in doubt, the Coyotes have put together their best season ever with 50 wins and 107 points.

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Tonight we will see partly cloudy skies with an overnight low of 49º. The record low for tonight is 20º set in 1962. Thursday, skies will be mostly sunny with a high temperature of 76º, humidity of 43% and an overnight low of 49º.



HEAT INDEX 43% Humidity at 2 p.m.



Forecast high . . . . . .76º Will feel like . . . . . . . .76º




Shown is tomorrow’s weather. Temperatures are tonight’s lows and tomorrow’s highs.

Tomorrow Hi/Lo Wx 76/51 s 73/50 pc 71/41 sh 66/40 sh 77/56 pc 80/55 s 76/56 s 75/52 pc 80/52 s

City Ann Arbor Bay City Cadillac Cheboygan Cleveland Dayton Detroit Flint Fort Wayne

Bessemer 49/73

Friday Hi/Lo Wx 62/37 mc 56/38 mc 58/35 mc 54/35 mc 64/40 t 70/44 t 61/41 mc 61/37 mc 67/42 t

Houghton Ontonagon 49/69 50/64 L’Anse 50/72

City Grand Rapids Houghton Indianapolis Jackson Joliet Kalamazoo Lafayette Lansing Marquette

Marquette 49/68

Iron River 51/74

Tomorrow Hi/Lo Wx 75/49 pc 69/39 s 80/56 s 77/51 s 79/56 mc 78/51 s 80/55 s 77/50 s 68/43 pc

Friday Hi/Lo Wx 63/36 mc 47/33 pc 70/43 t 66/37 mc 64/39 mc 64/36 mc 69/41 t 65/36 mc 47/35 pc

Tomorrow Hi/Lo Wx City Muncie 79/55 s Muskegon 75/48 sh Pontiac 75/52 s Port Huron 70/52 s Saginaw 75/51 pc Sault Ste. Marie 64/42 sh South Bend 79/51 s Toledo 79/54 s Traverse City 72/46 sh


Levels in feet as of 10 a.m. yesterday

Location Ionia

Newberry 44/66

Flood Stage 21.0

Current 14.03

Friday Hi/Lo Wx 68/42 t 59/36 mc 59/38 mc 56/37 mc 58/39 mc 51/34 mc 65/41 t 65/38 t 59/38 mc

Change -0.90

Sault Ste. Marie 45/64

Munising St. Ignace 46/66 45/63 Escanaba LOCAL ALMANAC 0 - 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11+ Manistique 45/62 Cheboygan Grand Rapids yesterday How can snow keep you warm? 44/59 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, 6-7: High, Temperature 46/66 8-10: Very High, 11+: Extreme Exposure Answer: If you are trapped in a blizzard, a High . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56º Petoskey Rogers City snow cave can insulate you from the cold. Low . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45º 51/67 45/69 Normal High . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55º SUN AND MOON © 2010., Inc. Menominee Gaylord Normal Low . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35º 51/66 Sunset tonight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8:22 p.m. WEATHER HISTORY Record High . . . . . . . . . . .80º in 1941 51/71 Sunrise tomorrow . . . . . . . . . . . .6:58 a.m. Alpena Traverse City Record Low . . . . . . . . . . .16º in 1957 Moonrise today . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6:37 a.m. April 14, 1987 - A storm system moving slowly 45/67 Precipitation 54/72 Moonset today . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9:00 p.m. northeastward across the middle of the Houghton Manistee Yesterday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.10" East Tawas Mississippi Valley produced severe thunderLake Month to date . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3.36" 54/71 storms which spawned three tornadoes around 44/70 49/70 Normal month to date . . . . . . . .1.47" Ottumwa, Iowa and produced up to four inches of Ludington New Last Full First Cadillac Year to date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7.18" Harbor Beach rain in southeastern Nebraska. 51/75 Bay City 4/14 5/5 4/28 4/21 Normal year to date . . . . . . . . . .7.63" 49/71 44/59 46/73 Big Rapids NATIONAL SUMMARY NATIONAL CITIES 48/73 Muskegon Saginaw Tomorrow Friday Tomorrow Friday The Northeast will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies, with the highest Mount Pleasant 50/75 45/75 Hi/Lo Wx Hi/Lo Wx City Hi/Lo Wx Hi/Lo Wx City temperature of 83º in Danville, Ill. The Southeast will experience mostly clear Port Huron 47/76 Albany 65/42 mc 54/38 sh Little Rock 82/56 s 79/55 pc skies, with the highest temperature of 86º in Memphis, Tenn. The central United Flint 43/70 Grand Rapids Albuquerque 77/46 pc 74/43 t Los Angeles 70/53 pc 70/53 pc States will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies and isolated thunderstorms, 46/75 Anchorage 41/27 mc 42/31 sn Louisville 82/57 s 76/51 t 50/75 with the highest temperature of 84º in Bartlesville, Okla. In the Northwest, there Ionia Atlanta 75/52 s 78/54 s Macon 76/46 s 80/51 s Holland will be mostly clear to partly cloudy skies and a few showers, with the highest Atlantic City 63/55 s 65/51 sh Memphis 86/62 s 85/61 s 49/76 Lansing 50/75 temperature of 74º in Pasco, Wash. The Southwest will see mostly clear skies, Baltimore 73/53 s 75/49 sh Miami 80/67 s 78/66 s 48/77 Battle Creek Detroit Billings 62/39 s 66/45 mc Milwaukee 71/51 t 60/40 s with the highest temperature of 91º in Chandler, Ariz. Kalamazoo 51/78 Bismarck 62/36 s 60/36 s Minneapolis 69/44 s 58/38 s 52/76 52/78 Birmingham 80/55 s 81/55 s Nashville 84/57 s 80/55 mc NATIONAL WEATHER MAP Jackson Ann Arbor Boise 69/45 s 70/43 s New Orleans 78/59 s 78/60 s 49/77 47/76 Boston 60/39 s 46/40 ra New York 69/48 s 68/44 sh Forecast map for April 15, 2010 Niles Buffalo 59/50 sh 61/41 sh Norfolk 72/55 s 74/54 s Sturgis Hudson Adrian Charleston, SC 73/54 s 81/59 s Oklahoma City 77/59 mc 76/59 t 54/79 110s 53/79 51/76 49/76 Charleston, WV 75/53 s 76/49 s Omaha 72/49 t 68/45 pc

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This map shows high temperatures, type of precipitation expected and location of frontal systems at noon.

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Charlotte Cheyenne Chicago Cincinnati Cleveland Dallas Denver Des Moines Duluth, MN El Paso Fargo Ft. Myers Helena Honolulu Houston Indianapolis Kansas City Las Vegas

76/54 64/38 77/55 81/55 77/56 78/61 69/41 72/48 70/35 77/54 63/38 84/61 54/36 80/65 78/63 80/56 78/59 79/60

s s mc s pc mc s t s mc s s s s mc s s s

83/57 56/38 60/41 72/46 64/40 77/61 65/40 64/43 54/29 79/51 61/34 83/63 58/38 78/64 78/62 70/43 70/50 79/58

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Orlando Philadelphia Phoenix Pittsburgh Portland, ME Portland, OR Rapid City Reno St. Louis Salt Lake City San Antonio San Diego San Francisco Seattle Topeka Washington Wichita Wilmington

81/60 72/53 89/62 76/52 48/41 66/44 65/35 67/39 83/58 67/48 74/62 64/57 65/50 60/46 77/55 75/53 77/56 70/53

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82/60 73/48 85/59 66/45 43/41 67/46 61/42 63/37 74/51 72/47 77/61 63/57 66/50 59/46 69/50 76/49 69/52 70/48

s sh s sh ra mc s mc mc mc t s pc mc t s t sh

Weather (Wx): cl/cloudy; fl/flurries; pc/partly cloudy; r/rain; rs/rain & snow; s/sunny; sh/showers; sn/snow; t/thunderstorms; w/windy

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Tomorrow Hi/Lo Wx City Athens 72/53 pc Baghdad 88/62 s Beijing 55/41 sh Berlin 60/41 s Buenos Aires 70/53 s Cairo 92/65 s Calgary 52/28 cl Caracas 85/69 t Jakarta 93/79 t Jerusalem 71/51 s Jonannesburg 74/55 pc London 59/43 s Madrid 60/48 ra Manila 93/77 t

Coupon Expires 3/31/10

Friday Hi/Lo Wx 71/53 pc 92/65 s 69/41 s 53/40 pc 73/57 s 91/70 s 62/32 pc 83/69 t 92/78 t 75/51 s 70/55 pc 55/43 s 57/46 ra 93/77 pc

Tomorrow Hi/Lo Wx City Mexico City 78/55 t Moscow 57/35 sh Nassau 79/69 sh New Delhi 110/79 s Paris 62/45 pc Rio de Janeiro 82/70 pc Rome 67/47 pc Seoul 56/37 pc Singapore 93/79 t Sydney 71/59 pc Tehran 78/59 pc Tokyo 55/45 sh Toronto 62/50 sh Warsaw 62/45 pc

Friday Hi/Lo Wx 75/53 t 60/35 sh 78/68 sh 111/81 s 63/45 s 83/71 s 68/49 pc 57/38 pc 90/79 t 72/61 s 78/62 s 46/45 sh 59/40 ra 56/41 sh


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