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",*$#&)#!%+!(# EXPLOREYOURCAREERANDDEGREEOPTIONS. Tuesday,Oct.23 10a.m.to2p.m.and4to6p.m. CollegeCenterAtrium www.sc4.edu/programfair T IMES H ERALD Saturday,October20,2012 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 HelenIdaAndrews,94 JerroldP.Campbell,35 PatriciaL.Ciesiolka,63 KathyLeeGraham,58 SharonE.Hudson,70 MargaretRuthKoch,49 MargaretM.Mumford,93 BarbaraJ.Pemberton,86 HelenWaters,95 DEATHS,4A Local/3A Lottery/2A Religion/6A Sports/1B TV/7B Weather/2A Calendar/9A Classified/5B Comics/7B Crossword/7B DearAbby/6B Horoscope/6B INDEX MikeConnellreveals MittRomney’srolein thedemiseofSperry’s landmarkstore COMINGSUNDAY PHwins BigRedsdefeatChippewa Valley,27-9 SPORTS,1B Fundraiser Museumstaysopenfor toursanddining LOCAL,3A Twoplasticscompanyareexpanding. WrightPlasticsisaddinganaddition- al8,000squarefeettoitscurrent15,000- square-footfacilityintheChristianB HaasindustrialparkinSt.Clair. AndPrismHighPrecisionPlastic Products,basedinPortHuronTownship, alsoisexpanding,addingathirdfacility inChesterfieldTownship. TomArquette,directorofoperations atWrightPlastics,saidthefacilityis workingatcapacitybecauseofgrowing demand.Thecompanyhasaddedmore equipment,butspaceisgettingtight. “ It’snotabadproblemtohave,”Ar- quettesaid. Threepositionsalreadyhavebeen addedtothe35-personworkforceatthe facility.Arquettesaidheanticipateshir- ing10to15morepeopleafterthefirstof theyearwhentheadditioniscompleted. WrightPlasticsisaninjectionmold- ingfacilityproducingavarietyofprod- ucts,includingsomefortheautomotive industry. Thecompanyheadquartersarein SheridanincentralLowerMichigan.Ar- quettesaidthepropertyinSt.Clairwas purchasedin1999sothecompanycould expand.ItsfacilityinSheridanisland- Plastics companies addingjobs Uptickinauto industrycited ByLizShepard TimesHerald SeePLASTICS,Page2A PortHuronofficialssaytheendis insightfortheWaterStreetconstruc- tionproject,andbusinessowners haveonethingtosayaboutthat. “ Iwishithadgonefaster,”said HarryTekumulla,physicaltherapist andownerofRiverviewPhysical TherapyonWaterStreet. “ Thework hasbeensohaphazard.Theywould haveabigcrewcomeinandgetalot doneandthenitcouldbeweeksbe- forewesawthemagain.” Hegesturedoutofthefrontwin- dowinhisofficetowardthequiet streetlinedwithconstructionbarrels, notingthatnoworkwasbeingdone onFriday. “ Thisisoneofthebusiestcorri- dorslinkingPortHurontothetown- ship,”Tekumullasaid. “ Weneedto haveitopenedup.” WaterStreethasbeenclosedfrom 13thStreettothewestcitylimits, whichfallbetweenTaylorandHenry streets,sincelateMayascrewsre- placedanagingwatermainthat servesPortHuronTownshipcustom- ers,workedonsanitarysewerlines andreconstructedtheroad.CityEn- gineerBobCleggsaidtheprojectis currently “ onoralittleahead”of scheduletofinishbyNov.21. “ I’mthinkingthattheyaresome- wherearoundtwoorthreeweeks aheadofthatatthistime,butwho knowswhattheweatherwilldo,”he said. “ Theyaremovingrightalong, andthecontractorhasdoneagood job.Itallproceededalongasweex- pected.” Thetotalprojectcostwasaround $1.9million. Cleggsaidfederalfundscovered 80percentoftheroadreconstruction costs,withavoter-supportedtax pickingupthewatermainandsan- itarysewerwork. ‘Stressed,anxious andanguished’ VehiclesmaketheirwaythroughtheconstructionsitealongWaterStreetwestof10thStreet. MELISSAWAWZYSKO/TIMESHERALD ConstructiondebrisremainsneartheOfficeBaralongWaterStreetwestof10th Street. MELISSAWAWZYSKO/TIMESHERALD $1.9millionWaterStreetprojectwrappingup ByHollySetter TimesHerald SeePROJECT,Page2A Takingshelterfromthecoldand rainyweather,local,state,andnational officialsgatheredunderatentFriday morningattheRiversideBoatLaunch. WiththenewlyreconstructedBlack Riverbridgeinthebackground,they celebratedtheopeningoftheInterstate 94/I-69reconstructionproject. The$90millionconstructionproject beganinMarch2011andincludedthe wideningfromtwolanestothreeof2.2 milesofeastboundandwestboundI-94/ I-69betweenLapeerRoadandPine GroveAvenue.Theprojectalsoinclud- edthereplacementoftheagingbridges overtheBlackRiverwiththreenew bridges—oneeastboundtoPineGrove Avenueforlocaltraffic,oneeastbound forinternationaltraffic,andonewest- boundforinternationalandlocaltraffic. Interstate94/69bridgeprojectdone UPCOMINGPROJECTS » Newwayfindingsigns » CompletionoftheHarkerStreetconnec- torbyendofNovember » Localtourismcenter » SignalsynchronizationresearchonM-25 trafficsignals » PermanentWelcomeCenter » 2013:Replacementofbridgesandfree- wayonI-69andI-69businessloopfrom RangeRoadto32ndStreet.RebuildofI-94 fromGriswoldtoLapeerroads. Itstartedin2011 ByBethLeBlanc TimesHerald SeeBRIDGE,Page4A EASTCHINATWP.— Withplentyof foodoptions,drinksandentertainment, thisyear’s “ ATasteofAttheMarket” strollingtastefestshouldbringinmore peoplethaneverbefore,saideventcoor- dinatorElizabethHeissSteiner. Nowinitsthirdyear,Monday’staste festatSt.JohnRiverDistrictHospitalin EastChinaTownshipwillfeatureselec- tionsfrom20arearestaurants. Steinersaidpeoplecanvisiteachof therestaurantstationsandtwobars,as wellaslistentolivemusic. Theeventbeganasanendofseason celebrationforrestaurantswhohadap- pearedonthecookingshow “ AttheMar- ketwithBryanNeiman”onCTV.Since then,thetastefesthasexpandedfrom sixrestaurantsto20andwillwelcome about150peoplethisyear. Strollersget atasteof thebest ByBethLeBlanc TimesHerald IFYOUGO TASTEOFATTHEMARKET » The3rdannual“ATasteofAttheMar- ket”strollingtastefestis5:30-8p.m.Mon- dayatSt.JohnRiverDistrictHospital,4100 RiverRoad,EastChinaTownship. » Ticketsareavailablefor$40eachatSt. JohnRiverDistrictHospital,ReStorein MarineCity,Neiman’sFamilyMarket,and TheSweetToothofMarineCity. » Guestscanalsobringnon-perishable itemsforSt.Mary’sEcumenicalFoodPantry inSt.ClairandDownriverBreadofLife FoodPantryinMarineCity. EventwillbenefitHabitat SeeTASTE,Page2A

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