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Lori Driscoll . ...........................989-6250 General Manager M ichael Eckert . ......................989-6264 E ditor L ori Driscoll . ...........................989-6236 D irector of Advertising C heryl Richardson . ....(517) 377-1037 H uman Resources Director J ack Conaboy ................(517) 377-1016 R egional Production Director Advertising »Classified: Call toll-free (866) 982-5550 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. M onday through Friday. » Retail Display: Call 989-6249 or ( 800) 462-4057, ext. 6249, from 8 a.m. t o 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. News Tip Line » If you have a news tip or need i nformation on how to get your news in the paper, call 989-6257 or (800) 462-4057. » The Times Herald is published m ornings Monday through Sunday b y The Times Herald Co. Offices open 9 :30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 911Military St., Port Huron, Mich. Our mailing address is 911Military S t., Port Huron, Mich. 48060. Second class postage paid at Port Huron, Mich. 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Alternate Subscriptions that include print edition delivery are also delivered the following p remium print editions. 2013 dates: 1/1, 5/27, 7/4, 9/2, 11/28, 12/25 EZ Pay is a convenient method for automatically paying your subscription. To start or switch a subscription payment to EZ Pay, call (800) 686-1213 or go to T erms and conditions apply. EACH Digital Access SUBSCRIPTION includes access to thetimes-, tablet, mobile and the e -Newspaper. For more informa- t ion, contact (800) 686-1213. Newsstand Daily $1.00 Sunday $2.00 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Times Herald, 911Military St., P ort Huron, MI 48060. How to call us: (810) 985-7171or (800) 462-4057 AGannett Newspaper ©2014 Volume No. 110, No. 178 Friday, June 27, 2014 T IMES H ERALD WWW . THE T IMES H ERALD . COM We’re online at: WWW . THE T IMES H ERALD . COM Home delivery subscribers access your account online at w Subscriber Zone. 2A TIMES HERALD, PORT HURON, MICHIGANFRIDAY,JUNE27, 2014 NEWS »Midday daily 3: 1-8-7 »Midday daily 4: 6-0-7-4 »Daily 3: 9-3-9 »Daily 4: 2-8-7-9 »Fantasy 5: 01-19-32-33-36 »Keno: 09-13-17-21-23-2426-27-32-35-36-38-44-50-58- 59-60-63-72-73-76-79 »Wednesday Powerball: 10-20-25-50-53, Powerball: 3 5 LOTTERY THURSDAY’S NUMBERS The Times Herald strives for fair and accurate reporting, and we regret it any time an error is made. It is the policy of t his newspaper to correct substantive errors in fact that appear in its news columns. Please bring errors to the attention of M ichael Eckert at (810) 9 89-6264 or meckert@ GETTING IT RIGHT CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS TODAY High 79 Clear TONIGHT Low 58 Clear SATURDAY 85|66 Partly cloudy MONDAY 85|70 40% chance of storms SUNDAY 81|68 Partly cloudy LOCAL FORECAST – GET THE LATEST WEATHER ONLINE AT THETIMESHERALD.COM/WEATHER YesterdayHighLow » Port Huron7553 » Mt. Clemens7756 » Bad Axe 7 4 5 3 » Normal8159 » Record9745 Water temperatures » Lakeport57 » Port Huron62 » Marysville 6 2 » St. Clair63 » Marine City64 Weather & You » Air quality: Good » Pollen: 3.9 (Low-medium) » UV: 9 (High) 15 minutes to burn BIRCHWOODCINEMAS • ALL SHOWTIMES INCLUDE PRE-FEATURE CONTENT • TRANSFORMERS 4 2D PG13 11:00AM 12:00 12:30 3:15 4:00 6:30 7:30 9:00 TRANSFORMERS 4 3D PG13 11:30AM 2:15 2:45 5:30 6:00 9:15 JERSEY BOYS R 12:30 4:00 7:00 9:50 THINK LIKE A MAN TOO PG13 12:30 4:00 6:35 9:00 HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON2 2D PG 11:00AM 1:20 4:00 6:30 9:00 22 JUMP STREET R 11:45AM 2:10 4:45 7:25 9:55 THE FAULT IN OUR STARS PG13 11:00AM 1:40 4:20 7:05 9:45 MALEFICENT 2D PG 11:30AM 1:45 4:05 6:45 9:05 LJ-0100276992 TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (PG-13) 11:05, 11:30, 11:55, 1:45, 2:45, 3:00, 3:20, 5:30, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45, 9:00, 9:45, 10:00, 10:10 FRI/SAT LS 11:05 3D TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (PG-13) $2.50 PREMIUM PER 3D TICKET 11:00, 2:30, 6:05, 9:30 JERSEY BOYS (R) 12:20, 3:30, 6:25, 9:20 HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (PG) 11:10, 1:35, 4:00, 6:20, 8:40 22 JUMP STREET (R) 11:25, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30 FRI/SAT LS 12:00 THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (PG-13) 11:00 AM No passes Stadium Seating SHOWTIMES 6/27 - 6/30 TITLES AND TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE Kra2t Rd. at Pine Grove (M 25 ) $6.00 BARGAIN TWILIGHT DAILY 4:00-6:00 PM * excludes Fathom events & Digital 3D and on Facebook 24th Street to the I-69 business loop. Port Huron Township Fire Chief Craig Miller said his department has worked closely with MDOT to stay up to date on closures, detours and construction. “Its not been easy, but it certainly hasn’t been impossible either,” Miller said. “We’ve been basically u pdated on all aspects of the project from the very b eginning. MDOT has w orked very closely with us.” M iller said people s hould be careful when approaching new detours and construction. “ The most important thing is just to slow down and be alert,” Miller said. “There’s a lot of distractions with traffic s igns, with the barrels, w ith the heavy equipment, and the workers moving back and forth along the roadway.” Lapeer Road under the I-94/I-69 overpass will be closed for construction from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday and Friday, but the end of that project might be in sight. During the closure, crews will be removing heavy equipment from under the bridge, making space for other contractors to finish up the construction. C ross said both Lapeer Road lanes should be open w ithin the next week or t wo. St. Clair, which has an a rt fair this weekend, w on’t escape construction. Two lanes of south- b ound M-29 (Riverside Avenue) between Brown and Jay streets will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. C ross said crews will r esurface the roadway during the closure period. The project will cost about $45,000. Contact Beth LeBlanc at (810) 989-6259 or eleblanc@gannett .com. Follow her on Twitter @THBethLeBlanc. EXIT Continued from Page 1A for MDOT. C ross was uncertain when MDOT would reschedule the work. When they heard about the construction plans Thursday, Fort Gratiot officials contacted MDOT with their concerns. “It would have been incredibly inconvenient for cruisers and spectators,” F ort Gratiot Supervisor Jorja Baldwin said. “ (MDOT) had no desire t o be in conflict with a local event and they were g lad we were able to connect.” Kristy Jones, community development coordinator for Fort Gratiot, s aid many of the cruise stops are north of the junction with M-136 and wouldn’t be affected by t he construction. But cruisers often s tart farther south and c ruise toward the north end, Jones said. And spec- t ators often line Pine Grove Avenue to watch the stream of classic cars. She said MDOT’S change was a relief. “ It will just definitely make everything a little easier, especially with the crowds we anticipate,” J ones said. Blue Water Cruise W eekend begins with C ruise Night 6-10 p.m. Friday. Cars will cruise t hrough Port Huron and Fort Gratiot along Pine Grove Avenue and 24th Avenue. Food, drinks and enter- t ainment are available at restaurants along the route, including Cheap Charlie’s, 4495 24th Ave.; B ig Boy’s Restaurant, 396124th Ave.; Mama V icki’s Coney Island, 4425 24th Ave.; and Chili’s restaurant, 4305 24th Ave. The Keith Peterson Memorial Car Show is from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Birchwood Mall parking lot, 4350 24th Ave., Fort Gratiot. Car registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. A free drive-in movie, “Turbo,” will be shown at d usk Saturday at Moran C hevrolet, 451124th Ave. Contact Beth LeBlanc at (810) 989-6259 or eleblanc@gannett .com. Follow her on Twitter @THBethLeBlanc. CRUISE Continued from Page 1A BLUE WATER CRUISE WEEKEND IF YOU GO » Cruise Night: 6-10 p.m. Friday along Pine Grove Avenue and 24th Avenue in Port Huron and Fort Gratiot. Food, drinks, entertainment available along the route. » Keith Peterson Memorial Car Show: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Birchwood Mall parking lot, 4350 24th Ave. » Drive-in Movie: “Turbo” will be shown at dusk Saturday at Moran Chevrolet, 451124th Ave. also save us time and money.” Gratopp estimated it will save the county $50 a meeting in the printing fees and man hours it took t o put the packets together. “ It’s made things easi- e r, the fact that you can file almost everything a nd pull it up if you have a question,” he said. “In the p ast you would have to go through eight feet of packets.” He didn’t envision a problem going to the iPad system. “ Everyone is at different levels when it comes t o technolog,y but everyone seemed to have the hang of it after the train- i ng session,” Gratopp said. H e said the one downside of the system is comm issioners can only access the internet when connected to Wi-Fi. He said a data plan would cost the county more money and would include a contract. He said it was the right t ime for the change. “The road commission have been using them for a while — we need to step forward with technology i n this county,” Gratopp said. “This is the way t hings are going. A lot of businesses use these now.” Chairman Jeff Bohm is one of the elected officials learning the technol- o gy. “We just received t hem and had a training a session on them. Everybody is in the process of “ Other commissioners like Bill Gratopp and S teve Simasko are more used to them.” T he public can view each meeting’s agenda packet online at http://publicagenda Contact Nicholas Grenke at (810) 989-6261or ngrenke Follow him on Twitter @NickSJ86. Liz Shepard contributed to this report. getting used to the iPads,” he said. B efore a training session three weeks ago B ohm said the commissioners used to receive information packets in the mail. He said the packets used a large amount of paper and going paperless w ill save the county money in the long run. “ I have not used personally iPad for county business,” Bohm said. COUNTY Continued from Page 1A the national Beach Action Value for designated beach areas in 2013. Only 2 37 of the state’s 642 were monitored in 2013. B each Action Value is a number the U.S. Envi- r onmental Protection Agency recently issued as a more protective threshold for allowable bacteria levels of 190 E. coli bacteria colony forming units per 100 milliliters of water in a sample. One in 10 U.S. beaches exceeded the bacteria levels used in the council’s report. T he state uses an average of 300 colonies from three 100-milliliter samples to determine when a beach should be closed. Shannon Briggs, toxicologist in the water resources division for the state Department of E nvironmental Quality, said she is confident the Michigan standards are just as good because h ealth departments take t hree samples from each b each, and the BAV is set up for single sample comparisons. Health departments also phys- i cally inspect the beach and report the condi- t ions. The St. Clair County H ealth Department last year tested all 15 public beaches in the county: Eight beaches had never e xceeded the 190 E. coli colonies per 100 milliliter sample. Four beaches had between 2 percent a nd 6 percent of the samples exceeding BAV. At Holland Road Beach, 11 percent of the samples exceeded the BAV. Twelve percent of samples at Keewahdin Road and Lakeside beaches exceeded the levels. D emick said beaches are tested weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and any b eaches that exceed the b acteria level are ret ested as soon as possible. There have been no beach closures to date, D emick said. He said higher lake levels this y ear have played a role in that as less water is t rapped near the shore. “St. Clair County does have a proactive beach monitoring program,” he s aid. “We are one of a few counties in the state to test all of its coastal beaches.” I t costs about $18,000 a year for all the testing. That funding came from state and federal sources, Demick said. The federal government gave Michigan $152,000 for beach testing in 2014, down from $ 260,000 in 2013; the state allocated $100,000 of that money to Lake St. Clair Metropark. S t. Clair County re- c eived about $13,000 of t he federal money. The Legislature made up some of the shortfall by allocating $50,000 in state f unds for beach testing in Michigan. S anilac County received $1,500 from the s tate, which was not enough to test its beaches. Forrester, Lexington a nd Sanilac county parks each provided between $1,300 and $1,400 to have their beaches sampled, a nd Dr. Dennis Splaine provided a private donation of $2,000 for more testing, said Steven Aguinaga, director of environmental health at the Sanilac County Health Department. The money will allow t he health department to sample five beaches for nine weeks starting next week, he said. Lexington w ill collect its own sam- p les. Aguinaga said he h opes to work with the village to report that data to the state. He said the depart- m ent has been testing water samples for the p ast 13 years, so he was glad the program could c ontinue. Health departments currently wait 18 hours to get results back from the past three years and its future is unclear. In addition, the NRDC report stated the worst 10 beaches and best 10 beaches in the nation would have been the s ame ifthe list had been based on the higher t hreshold for bacteria. “ It’s not a cost effect ive way of making our beaches safer,” Briggs said about changing the regulations. “That’s why we would rather collect three water samples, do sanitary inspection surveys and bring in rapid testing equipment.” She said many beaches in Michigan have low bacteria counts. “To go through a time- c onsuming process of changing regulations, it’s not a good use of our limited resources and time,” she said. “We prefer to do more cost-effective measures to make our beaches better and safe.” A lthough water quality is important, it’s not the only thing beach- goers look for. H aving lived in Lud ington, Carol Paukstis s ays she was “spoiled” by its beaches. “The beach there, you can’t compare it to here; n o stones, very pure sand,” the Port Huron r esident said. Contact Crystal Garcia at (810) 989-6276 or cagarcia Follow her on Twitter @THCrystalGarcia. water samples, but Briggs said the DEQ’s 2015-16 budget includes $500,000 to provide rapid testing technology for beaches in the state. The technology will present results in two to four hours. It counts p ieces of DNA instead of colonies to give health departments the opportunity to test for genetic m arkers to determine the s ource of the bacteria s uch as human, cow or bird, Briggs said. The EPA has grants available for states to use t he BAV, but Briggs said it would require the state t o change its regulations, which takes 18 months. S he said funding on the federal level for beaches has been cut from the president’s budget for GERM Continued from Page 1A AT A GLANCE BEACH CONDITIONS » To follow beach conditions, visit w b each, call (877) 504-7946, or download the free M yBeachCast app. SURF REPORT The local beach forecast from Weather Under- g round for this weekend is a low swim hazard risk with waves of 1to 3 feet a nd a water temperature o f 62 degrees. The UV Index is high — 15 minutes t o burn. People enjoy the weather and sun Thursday at Lakeside Beach in Port Huron. One in 10 U.S. beaches is not safe for swimming, according to the Natural Resources Defense C ouncil's 24th annual beach report. MARK R. RUMMEL/TIMES HERALD

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