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T IMES H ERALD Monday,October1,2012 SINCE1869 PORTHURON,MICHIGAN SINCE1869 PORTHURON,MICHIGAN WWW . THE T IMES H ERALD . COM Copyright2012TheTimesHeraldCo. AGannettNewspaper PrintedintheUSA $1 RetailMonday-Saturday Forhomedeliveryseepage2A. Breakingnews onyourcellphone Text THNEWS to 44636 (4INFO). presentedby www.thetimesherald.com RichardH.Barker,92 EdwardBrabaw,56 DonaldGeister,69 CharlesGoodman,80 DennisLane,42 JaniceMessmer,66, KeelanPorter,infant WilliamRich,69 AudreyRittinger,69 CharlesAnthonySmith ArleneWilliams,78 BeulahWhite,94 MonicaZimmer,96 DEATHS,4A Local/3A Lottery/2A Sports/1B TV/7B Weather/2A Calendar/6A Classified/4B Comics/7B Crossword/7B DearAbby/6B Horoscope/6B INDEX FormerWhiteHouse pastrychefRoland Mesnierspeaksat McMorran. COMINGTUESDAY Highflyin’ St.ClairAirporttakes kidsforfreeplanerides LOCAL,3A Girlpower Coedtennisteamholds itsownwiththeboys SPORTS,1B D ennisRiddellshook hissonScott’shand andtookagoodlook athisnewbrown uniform. “ Youlookgood,”Dennis saidwithpride. DeputyScottRiddellis thethirdgenerationofRid- dellstowearthebrownofa sheriffdeputy,butthecolor isanewoneforScott,who wasonlyyesterdaydressed inthebluesoftheAlgonac PoliceDepartment. InaceremonySunday evening,fivefull-timeAlgo- nacPoliceOfficerswere sworninassheriffdeputies aspartofthecity’schange- overfromamunicipalpo- licedepartmenttoaSt.Clair CountySheriffOfficesub- station.Theceremony markedthebeginningofa three-yearcontractbetween thecityandtheSt.Clair Changeof COMMAND DeputyTimO'DonnellisgivenhisbadgebySheriffTimDonnellonduringtheSundayceremonyattheAlgonacCityHalltoswearin fiveAlgonacpoliceofficersasnewSt.ClairCountysheriffdeputies. ANDREWJOWETT/TIMESHERALD SeePOLICE,Page2A AlgonacMayorIreneBirdandSheriffTimDonnellonshowoffthe newsignatAlgonacCityHallonSundayduringthechangeover ceremonyforthecityofAlgonac. Algonacpolicenow sheriff’sdeputies ByBethLeBlanc TimesHerald MARYSVILLE— ChrisNes- bitt,Marysvillefirefighter unionpresident,neverexpect- edMarysvillecityofficialsto entertaintheideaofaprivate ambulanceservice. MarysvilleCityCouncillis- tenedtoapresentationfrom KenCummings,chiefexecu- tiveofficerofTri-HospitalEM- S,lastweek. MarysvilleFireDepartment providesambulanceserviceto thecity.Itsfull-timefirefight- ersaretrainedasparamedics. Butit’suncertainwhatthecity’s nextstepswillbeonwhetherto keepitsemergencymedical serviceinhouseormoveto- wardprivatization. Cummingssaidhispresenta- tionwaspurelyinformational. Tri-HospitalEMShasnotof- feredthecityanambulance proposal,andhesaidthecity hasnotaskedforone.Cum- mingssaidhemadethepresen- tationafterCityManagerJason Hamiaskedhimtosharewith thecitycouncilhowTri-Hospi- talEMSoperates. Hamirefusedtocommenton theTri-HospitalEMSpresenta- tion. Ifthecitychoosestoelimi- nateitsambulanceservice, Nesbittsaidhefearsthecity willlayofffirefighters.Hesaid thatwoulddirectlyaffectwhat thefiredepartmentdoesinthe city—includingthepublic’s safetyandfirefighters’safety. “ Ourbigfearisthatthey’re goingtoreducestaff,”Nesbitt said. “ That’shuge,becausethat compromisesfirefightersafe- ty,anditcompromisesthepub- lic’ssafety.” ChiefTomKoniksaidcityof- ficialsare “ factfinding.”He saidthecityislookingatallal- ternativestoensureitisprovid- ingthelevelofservicethecom- munitywantsfortheleast Private EMS proposal getslook Marysvillecity officialshear presentation ByJulianneMattera TimesHerald SeeEMS,Page2A DriversoneastboundInter- state94/69boundforthePort Huronareashouldkeeptheir eyespeeledforchangesstart- ingthisafternoon. Ifdriversdon’t,theycould findthemselvesheadedtoCan- adainsteadofPineGroveAve- nue. RobMorosi,aspokesmanfor theMichiganDepartmentof Transportation,saidlocaltraf- ficeastboundonthefreeway willhavenewexitstochoose from. Thebiggestchangewillbe fordriversheadedtoPine GroveAvenuefromthefree- way.Thosedriversmusttake exit275toheadoveroneoftwo neweastboundbridgesandto PineGroveAvenue.Ifdrivers failtoexit,theywillcontinueto theBlueWaterBridge,Morosi said. Driversalsowillbeableto takeexit274AtotheLapeer Connectorand274BtoWater Street. Crewsbuiltthreenew bridgesovertheBlackRiveras partofthe$90millionproject. Onebridgeserveswestbound traffic,whiletwoserveeast- boundtraffic.Oneofthose bridgesserveslocaltraffic, I-94/69Eastexitschanging MDOTsays freewaytobe openbyNov. ByJulianneMattera TimesHerald EastboundmotoristsonI-94/69willneedtonoteexitchangesifthey don’twanttoheadintoSarnia. ANDREWJOWETT/TIMESHERALD SeeEXITS,Page2A ThePortHuronRecreation Departmenthasagreedto takeovermanagementofthe SantaClausParadeandChilly Fest. CityManagerBruceBrown saidthatbecauseofthede- partment’sexperiencewith eventslikeRockin’theRivers, itisanidealchoicetotakethe eventsover. “ Thenextfewmonthsare lessintensivethanthesum- mermonthsfortheRecrea- tionDepartmentstaff,and theyhaveexpressedenthusi- asticsupportforaddingthese functionstotheircurrentre- sponsibilities,”hesaid. PortHuronRecreationdi- rectorNancyWinzercouldnot bereachedforcomment. Leadershipfortheevents wasinquestionafterDown- townPortHurondirector LeeAnnPeartsubmittedher resignationeffectiveSept.30. Peartsaidsheresignedaf- teritbecameclearthere wouldnolongerbefundingfor RecDept.totakelead withSanta,ChillyFest Eventsproceedonschedule ByHollySetter TimesHerald SeeFESTIVALS,Page2A GETINVOLVED SANTACLAUS PARADEAND CHILLYFEST Togetinvolvedwitheitherthe SantaClausParadeorChilly Fest,contactNancyWinzerat thePortHuronRecreation Departmentat(810)984-9760.

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