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LoriDriscoll ............................989-6250 GeneralManager MichaelEckert .......................989-6264 Editor LoriDriscoll ............................989-6236 DirectorofAdvertising CherylRichardson .....(517)377-1037 HumanResourcesDirector JackConaboy ................(517)377-1016 RegionalProductionDirector Advertising »Classified: Calltoll-free(866) 982-5550from8:30a.m.to6p.m. MondaythroughFriday. »RetailDisplay: Call989-6249or (800)462-4057,ext.6249,from8a.m. to5p.m.MondaythroughFriday. NewsTipLine » Ifyouhaveanewstiporneed informationonhowtogetyour newsinthepaper,call989-6257or (800)462-4057. » TheTimesHeraldispublished morningsMondaythroughSunday byTheTimesHeraldCo.Officesopen 9:30a.m.to5p.m.Monday-Fridayat 911MilitarySt.,PortHuron,Mich. OurmailingaddressisBox5009,Port Huron,Mich.48061-5009.Second classpostagepaidatPortHuron, Mich. (USPS438-700) CirculationCustomerService (800)686-1213 Hours: Mon.-Fri.7a.m.-5p.m. Satclosed;Sunday7a.m.-11a.m. Walk-inhours: Mon.-Fri.9:30a.m.- 5p.m. FullAccesssubscription rates: Digitalaccessonly(excludeshome deliveryoftheprintedition)$9.00 permonthwithEZPay. DigitalaccessincludingMon.-Sun. printeditiondelivery:$22.00per monthor$20.00withEZpay. DigitalaccessincludingMon.-Sat. printeditiondelivery:$16.00per monthor$14.50withEZpay. DigitalaccessincludingFri.-Sun. printeditiondelivery$16.00per monthor$14.00withEZPay. DigitalaccessincludingSunday printeditiondelivery:$12.00per monthor$10.00withEZpay. Ratesthatincludeprintedition deliveryapplytoareaswhere carrierdeliveryserviceisavailable. TheThanksgivingDayprint editionisdeliveredwithevery subscriptionthatincludesprint editiondeliveryandwillbe chargedatthethenregular Sundaynewsstandprice,which willbereflectedintheNovember payment.AlternateSubscriptions thatincludeprinteditiondelivery arealsodeliveredthefollowing premiumprinteditions.2012 dates:1/2,5/28,7/4,9/3,11/22, 12/25 EZPayisaconvenientmethodfor automaticallypayingyoursub- scription.Tostartorswitcha subscriptionpaymenttoEZPay, call(800)686-1213orgoto www.mynewspaperservice.com. Termsandconditionsapply. EACHDigitalAccessSUBSCRIP- TIONincludesaccesstowebsite- .com,tablet,mobileandthe e-Newspaper.Formoreinforma- tion,contact(800)686-1213. Newsstand Daily$1.00Sunday$2.00 POSTMASTER:Sendaddresschangesto:TimesHerald,Box5009,Port Huron,MI48061-5009. Howtocallus: (810)985-7171or(800)462-4057 AGannettNewspaper © 2012 VolumeNo.108,No.275 Monday,October1,2012 T IMES H ERALD We’reonlineat: WWW . THE T IMES H ERALD . COM Homedeliverysubscribers accessyouraccountonlineat www.theTimesHerald.comSubscriberZone. 2A TIMESHERALD,PORTHURON,MICHIGANMONDAY,OCTOBER1,2012 NEWS LJ-0100189625 LJ-0100191828 NOTICE: TheFortGratiotTownshipZoningBoardofAppealswillholdapublichearing on10/16/2012at7:00p.m.attheTownshipHalltoheararequestforasetback variancefromMichaelZakrzewskifor3555MiltonRoad/74-20-320-0014-000. Copiesoftheproposalcanbeviewed&writtencommentscanbesentto theTownshippriortothemeetingduringregularbusinesshours.Questionsor concerns:810-38 5-4489x104orjbaldwin@fortgratiottwp.org. Published:10/01/12 LJ-0100191876 CHARTERTOWNSHIPOFCHINA NOTICEOFPUBLICHEARING APPLICATIONFORREZONING Residents,ownersofrealproperty,andotherinterestedpersons,pleasetake noticethattheChinaTownshipPlanningCommissionwillholdapublichearing Thursday,October18,2012at7:30P.M.attheTownshipHall,4560IndianTrail, China,Michigan,48054.Thepurposeofthehearingistoreceivepubliccomment onanapplicationbyMr.WilliamD.MacDonald,MacDonaldInvestments, LLC,andtheSallyDeloreRevocableTrust;torezoneaportionofaparcelof vacantlandlocatedat2977FredW.MooreHighway,fromRM,MultipleFamily ResidentialDistricttoB-2,GeneralBusinessDistrict. PropertyProposedtobeRezoned: Thatportionofthefollowingdescribed parceloflandwhichiscurrentlylocatedwithintheRM,MultipleFamily ResidentialDistrict: LegalDescription. PartoftheNortheast1/4FractionalSection2,T.4N., R.16E.,ChinaTownship,St.ClairCounty,Michigan,morefullydescribed as:CommencingattheNorth1/4cornerofFractionalSection2;thence N.87 ° 58'00"E.1322.46feetalongtheNorthlineofFractionalSection 2;thenceS.2 ° 09'13"E.688.55feettothePointofBeginning;thence N.87 ° 58'00"E.780.94feettotheWesterlylineofPrivateClaim306; thenceS.12 ° 58'42"W.581.32feetalongsaidWesterlyline;thence S.87 ° 58'00"W.629.19feet;thenceN.2 ° 09'13"W.561.48feettothePoint ofBeginning.Saidparcelcontains9.09acres.Thisdescriptionoflandis partofalarger29.28acreparceloflandcommonlyknownasParcelTax ID#74-13-002-2005-020. AcopyoftheapplicationforrezoningmaybeexaminedattheOf fi ceofthe TownshipClerkattheaboveaddressduringregularbusinesshours. Writtencommentsconcerningtheproposedrezoningwillbereceivedatthe Of fi ceoftheTownshipClerkattheaboveaddressuntilthecloseofbusinesson October18,2012. RonaldBeier,Chairman ChinaTownshipPlanningCommission Publish:10/03/12 »Middaydaily3: 7-9-2 »Middaydaily4: 2-4-6-7 »Daily3: 1-1-1 »Daily4: 0-7-6-3 »Fantasy5: 01-05-06-14-23 »Keno: 01-04-11-17-22-2427-28-30-31-32-38-44-48-51- 58-59-63-69-70-73-75 »SaturdayPowerball: 14-18-28-29-57Powerball: 08 LOTTERY SUNDAY’S NUMBERS TheTimesHerald strivesforfairandaccu- ratereporting,andwe regretitanytimeanerror ismade.Itisthepolicyof thisnewspapertocorrect substantiveerrorsinfact thatappearinitsnews columns.Pleasebring errorstotheattentionof MichaelEckertat(810) 989-6264ormeckert@ thetimesherald.com GETTINGIT RIGHT CORRECTIONSAND CLARIFICATIONS TODAY High 68 Partly cloudy TONIGHT Low 46 Mostly cloudy TUESDAY 66|54 40% chanceof rain THURSDAY 72|54 Partly cloudy WEDNESDAY 68|45 40% chanceof rain LOCALFORECAST – GETTHELATESTWEATHERONLINEATTHETIMESHERALD.COM/WEATHER YesterdayHighLow » PortHuron6339 » Mt.Clemens6441 » BadAxe6339 » Normal6647 » Record8232 Watertemperatures » Lakeport67 » PortHuron63 » MarysvilleNA » St.Clair64 » MarineCity63 Weather&You » Airquality:Good » Pollen:2.6(Low) » UV:1(Low) 85minutestoburn »ColleenfromCasco Township: “ Iverymuch enjoyedMr.Stevens’ firstinstallmentonthe FenianRaidandallthe backgroundofferedto createthesetting.It’sa subjectthatisofutmost interesttome,andIea- gerlyawaitthenextin- stallmenttohearhowthe invasionandconquering ofCanadabymydear Fenianswent.” »IrishDescendantin PortHuron: “ RockSte- vens’articlewasrefresh- ingandenlightening. Maybeheshouldre- searchanotherpartofit calledtheAcadianwars. MoreIrishwereforced outofCanadaandcame toPortHuronthrough theAcadianwars.I’m sureitwillsurprisealot ofpeople.” »NoName: “ Tothe ladywhosewindchimes havebeenstolenfrom LakesideCemetery:I,for one,donotwanttogoto mylovedone’sgraveand hearwindchimes.Just becauseyoulikethem, whyshouldotherpeople havetohearthem?I thinktheyshouldbe outlawedfromtheceme- tery.” »AlfromMarysville: “ Doesanyoneknowthe regulationsforwideand oversizedloadsforsemi- haulers?Myconcerns areforthecarspassing thesesemis.Someloads areextremelywide,and driverspassingare pushedoutoftheirpass- inglanes.Notasafesitu- ation.” Thelawinquestion saysadriverwhocannot passsafelymaynotpass legally. »YankfromSt.Clair: “ Wehavehummingbirds thatcomearoundour flowersdaily.Iwaswon- deringwhathappensto theminthewinter? Wheredotheygo?How dotheysurvive?I’m curiousaboutthatif anybodyknows.” Michiganhumming- birdsspendtheirwinters inMexicoandCentral America.They’reusually allgonebynowandwill returninMay. »RickfromCasco Township: “ Uponreading BlueWaterMemories,I see70yearsagotoday thatoldmanwinteris justaroundthecorner. Forecasterspredictthe temperaturewilldropto freezingtonightaccom- paniedbyhighwinds.Is thatwhatwe’rehaving today?OnSept.24,2012? It’sprettystrange,ain’t it?” »NoName: “ Itookmy daughtertotheemergen- cyroomlastnight.She wasrunningatempand wasverystuffyandhav- ingahardtimebreath- ing.Afterwaitingfour hours,fourlonghours, theonlypersonwesaw wasregistration.Weleft withoutseeinganurseor adoctor.What’supwith that?” Astuffynoseisnota medicalemergency. »SeniorCitizenfrom KimballTownship: “ I wouldliketoknowwhy wearenotgettingour absenteeballotsfromthe StateofMichigan. They’vebeenholding themup,andI’msure therearealotofseniors thatwouldliketovote. ThisisthewholeofSt. ClairCountytomy knowledge.Itcouldbe thewholestate.Please seeifwecanfindout.” You’retooeager. They’reusuallymailed outinearlyOctober. Expectyoursearlynext week. »MikefromPortHuron: “ SoIseethatBarack ObamawasonTheView andheclassifiedhimself aseyecandy.I’msorry, butifhe’stalkingabout hislooks,he’dmakea freighttraintakeadirt road!” SothattrainIsaw...It wasme? »NoName: “ Iwas readingthepaperthis morninganditwasgoing onabouttheMedicare Advantageplan.Dothey meanallSt.ClairCounty residentsorpeoplethat haveretiredfromSt. ClairCounty?Couldyou clarifythis?” Formeremployeesof thecountygovernment. »BillfromPortHuron: “ I’minEastLansingat anAdmiralgasstation. I’mfillingupmycar rightnowfor$3.67a gallon.WhenIpulled ontoI-94outofPortHu- ronthelocalstationthere was$3.99agallon.” Stevenscolumndrawsnew recruitstoFeniancause TALKBACK989-6297 Michael Eckert WHATDOYOU THINK? TalkBackisthenewspa- per’sversionofaradiotalk show.Theopinionsare Michael’sandthoseofhis readers. CALLTALKBACK » TheTalkBacklineisopen 24hours:(810)989-6297 Tollfree:Call(800)462- 4057from8a.m.to5p.m. weekdays. » Email:talkback@ thetimesherald.com » VisitTalkBackonline: www.thetimesherald.com. Clickforums. herposition. MayorPaulineRepp saidshedoesnotseethis asastepbackwardinthe city’splantogetoutofthe event-planningbusiness. “ Wearen’tgoingtobe hiringapromoter,”she said. “ Cityrecreationhas alreadyproveditselfto becapableofpullingoff smallereventswith Rockin’theRivers,andit isinthesamelineoftheir missionfordealingwith familiesandchildren.” “ Theeventsthatwe aretryingtogetaway fromarelikewhenwe wentandtriedtohandle BlueWaterFest.That wasn’tourrole.” TheDowntownDevel- opmentAuthoritywill holdaspecialmeeting andcommunityroundta- bleat8:30a.m.onOct.16 todiscussthefutureof thelargerfestivals,in- cludingBlueWaterFest andtheOffshoreBoat Races.Themeetingis opentothepublic. “ Itisourdesiretosee theseeventscontinueand prosper,”Brownsaid. Accordingtoapress releasefromthecity,the SantaClausParadewill beinDecember,and ChillyFestisscheduled forJanuaryinconjunc- tionwiththeSilverSticks hockeytournament. ContactHollySetterat (810)989-7641orhsetter@ gannett.com.Followheron Twitter@hsetter. FESTIVALS ContinuedfromPage1A Thisyear’sSantaParadewillbemanagedbythecity’s RecreationDepartment.HereSantaridesontheSt.Clair CountyFarmMuseumfloatinlastyear’sevent. TIMESHERALD amountofmoney.Cityof- ficialsarelookingtosee wheretheycouldsave moneybecausetheyex- pectrevenuesfromprop- ertytaxeswillcontinueto fallnextyear,which meanstherewillbeless revenuecomingintothe generalfund. Cityofficialshavenot mentionedfollowingup withCummings,Konik said.Buthesaidheex- pectedprivatizingemer- gencymedicalservices couldcomeupwhenbud- getdiscussionsbegin. Marysville’sbudgetruns fromJuly1toJune30. “ Iwouldimaginewhen welookatnextyear’sbud- getthatwillbesomething they’llhavetoconsider— whatthepotentialsavings couldbeandwhatthat woulddototheservices forthecity,”Koniksaid. “ ButIdon’tknowwhere thatstands.” JosephJohns,thecity’s mayorprotem,saidhe doesn’tseeanadvantage toswitchingfromMarys- ville’scurrentin-house ambulanceservicetoa privatecompany. “ AsfarasI’mcon- cerned,thediscussionis over,”Johnssaid. Koniksaidhedidn’t knowhowanagreement withTri-HospitalEMS wouldaffectthefirede- partment. “ It’stooearlytotell,” hesaid. Allfull-timefirefight- ersatthefiredepartment arecross-trainedaspara- medics,Koniksaid. Theycandofirerescue orsuppression,workwith hazardousmaterialsand doemergencymedical services.Hesaidthat’san advantagetothedepart- ment. Evenifthecitywent withaprivatecompany forambulanceservices, therelikelystillwouldbe coststothefiredepart- mentformedicalruns. Otherfiredepart- mentsrespondtomedical callsasfirstresponders ortoprovidebasiccareto patients. Marysvilleprovides advancedlifesupportser- vice,whichisthehighest levelofemergencymedi- calresponserecognized bythestate. Cummingssaidhis companydoesn’tcharge communitiesforambu- lanceservice.Itonly chargesthepatientswho receivetheservice. Thecompanycurrent- lyprovidesambulance serviceto26municipal- itiesinthecounty. Ifthecitywentwitha privateambulanceser- viceandlaidofffirefight- ers,Nesbittsaidasmaller staffoffull-timefire- fighterswouldcausede- laysinperformingtasks onsceneand,overtime, leadtomorefirefighter injuries. Italsowouldaffectthe department’spublic-edu- cationprogramsandfire- preventionprograms. Rightnow,Nesbitt said,thecityresidentsare gettingthemost “ bangfor theirbuck.” “ Wecoverallemergen- cyworkinthecity,not justambulance,”Nesbitt said. “ So,we’reproviding multipleroles.” ContactJulianneMatteraat (810)989-6275orjmattera@ gannett.com.Followheron Twitter@jumattera. EMS ContinuedfromPage1A whiletheotherisfortraf- ficheadedtoCanada. MorosisaidMDOThas madeCustomsandBor- derProtectionawareit’s possibledriversunfamil- iarwiththenewconfigu- rationwillmissexit275 andgototheBlueWater Bridge. “ Weacknowledge therewillbealearning curve,”Morosisaid. Butthatlearningcurve willbeworththebenefit, hesaid.Hesaidseparat- inginternationalfromlo- caltrafficwillbealarge safetybenefit. MDOTwillplacesign- ingtonotifydriversinad- vancethatiftheyfailto takeexit275toPine GroveAvenue,theyare saidheexpectedany gradingorrestoration workwouldoccurin spring2013.Hesaidthat wouldhaveminimal,if any,impacttotraffic. Hesaidtheprojectre- mainsonscheduleandis withinitsbudget. ContactJulianneMatteraat (810)989-6275orjmattera@ gannett.com.Followheron Twitter@jumattera. “ goingtoCanada.” Morosiexpectsall eastboundandwestbound laneswillbeopenbythe endofOctober. Crewswillbedoing wrap-upworkduringthe firstthreeweeksofNo- vember.Duringthattime, therewillbesomeinter- mittentlaneclosures. Alllanesshouldbe fullyopentotrafficbythe endofNovember.Morosi EXITS ContinuedfromPage1A CountySheriffOfficefor patrollingservices. “ Iseeitasawin-win forAlgonacaswellasthe policeofficersbecoming deputies,”saidGary Tuzinowski,anAlgonac councilmember.Tuzi- nowski’sson,Dennis, alsowassworninasa deputySunday. “ Ithink thisisgoingtobethe templateforthefutureof St.ClairCounty.” AlgonacCityManager DougAlexanderexpects thecitywillsaveabout $550,000overthethree- yearcontractwiththeSt. ClairCountySheriff’s Office. “ Theoverwhelming motivationwastosave money,”Alexandersaid. “ Butwe’vehadvery goodfeedbackfrom (residents).” Fiveofthesixfull- timeAlgonacpoliceoffi- cersappliedtothesher- iff’sofficeandwere rehiredasdeputies,Al- exandersaid. DeputyDebbieDan- ielson,whowasswornin andreceivedhernew uniformfromSt.Clair CountySheriffTimDon- nellon,said “ We’revery excited.Theremightbea fewbugstoworkout,but overallIthinkitwill workout.” Thecityof4,100peo- plewillreceivethesame coverageitdidformerly withitsownpoliceser- vice,Alexandersaid. Alexandersaidone deputywillbeonthe road24/7,andasecond deputywillservesix hoursadayfromthe earlyafternoontoeve- ning,whentrafficvol- umeisheavier. Alexandersaidthe deputiesandtheirvehi- cleswillbebasedlargely outofAlgonacCityHall intheformerAlgonac PoliceDepartment. AtSunday’sevent, DonnellonsaidAlgonac servedasatemplatefor suchachangeover. “ Thisishowthings aresupposedtobedone betweencountygovern- mentandcitygovern- ment,”Donnellonsaid. Donnellonsaidthe contractwiththesher- iff’sofficebenefitsboth thecityandthecounty. “ Ithinkit’sagreat thingforthecityofAlgo- nac,anditwillhelpwith theirfinancialissues,” Donnellonsaid. “ They’ll haveincreasedservices atalessercost.” DeputySteveCampau, publicinformationoffi- cerforthesheriff’sof- fice,saidresponsetothe changeoverhasbeen positive. “ Asopposedtothe manyacrimonious‘take- overs’inotherlocations, membersoftheAlgonac CityCouncilandthe Algonacofficershave beenverywelcoming involvingthischange- overtosheriff’soffice patrol,”Campausaidina pressrelease. UndersheriffTom Buckleysaidthemajor- ityofAlgonacpolice officerswillremainin Algonacafterbecoming deputies,butmaybe alternatedoutofthecity duringtraining. ToniTuttle,aresident ofAlgonacwhoalso worksontheplanning commission,hadconflict- ingemotionsaboutthe newarrangement. “ I’mgladitshappen- ing,butalittlesadwe don’thaveourownforce anymore,”shesaid. “ But thebottomlineis,we’ll beprotected.” ContactBethLeBlancat(810) 989-6259oreleblanc@ gannett.com.Followheron Twitter@THBethLeBlanc. POLICE ContinuedfromPage1A

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