July 26, 2007
Volume 6, Number 26 50¢
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Informing, Enhancing, Showcasing, Promoting and Educating Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana
"I'm Saving Myself" Music Camp
a Tobias Bonita Mitchell is pictured - mid center - surrounded by the students of "I'm Saving Myself" Music Camp
spondent performing arts, music, abstinence and pre-teen/teen participant to understand the creation of music to address these
"I 'm Savng Myself" Music Camp
is seiious fun! Bonita Mitchell
leads young men and women through a
healthy choices. "Our goal is to edu-
cate the students of the origin of music,
as well as the career opportunities in
the importance of saving themselves
from early unhealthy casual sexual
risks of low self esteem, drugs, alco-
issues," states Mitchell.
This program was made possible
by Kellogg ConnectUP!
tive-week music camp that focuses on the music industry. We challenges each hol, sex, violence and suicide. We use Read more on
I'M SAVING MYSELF - Page 12
Sisters Follow Same WHAT IS HAPPENING IN
Education Path BENTON HARBOR?
By Nancy R. Jones
ArT hOp & 2nd Annual Wine & Words
FRIDAY the 27th
A ndrea LaDoris
Marie Davis (Left), It’s ArT hOp night, the once a month get-together for those who love hanging
out with the creative crowd. Plus, it’s time for the Second Annual Wine and
Words event in the Benton Harbor Arts District. Read more on
daughters of Andre
and Doris Davis are ART HOP - Page 16
May 2007 graduates WHERE: Tabor Hill Wine
from Wayne State Tasting Room & Galleria del
University. Andrea Corazon 80 West Main Street,
earned a Master of Benton Harbor, MI.
Education Degree WHERE: Majestic Art
in Educational Andrea LaDoris Davis (Right) and Antoinette Marie Davis Gallery, 90 West Main Street,
Psychology while (Left) at Wayne State University's graduation ceremony. Benton Harbor. MI
Antoinette earned is self-employed as a private tutor,
her Master of Arts Degree in Applied tutoring undergraduate students in WHERE: The Livery
Mathematics. Both sisters are Coloma Math and Psychology courses. Microbrew, 190 5th Street,
Benton Harbor, MI
High School graduates and completed Andrea’s motto to follow: "I am
their undergraduate work in 2004 at somebody. I can, and I will LEARN." WHERE: New Territory
Oakwood College (a Historically Black Antoinette stresses to all of her stu- Gallery & The Studios @ 210
College and University) in Huntsville, dents that math can be learned no Water Street
AL. matter what background you come
At Oakwood College, both were from, and tells all of her students to WHERE: Benton Harbor
members of the United Student get in the habit of studying on a regular Gallery of Fine Art, 124 Water
Movement, Psychology Club (Omega basis. It will only help you in the long Street.
Sigma Psi), Honor Roll, Wade Hall run. Lastly, Antoinette encourages all WHEN: Friday July 27th,
Featured artist Julia Haw of
Residence Club, and the Dean's List. students to plan ahead when it comes 6:00-9:00 pm. The public
Kalamazoo, standing in front of one
Currently, Antoinette is employed to studying for exams. Procrastination is invited, (no charge for
of her masterpieces. Haw's work will
as an Adjunct Instructor of Mathematics is not a good tool when you are trying admission) munches, & wine
appear at Galleria del Corazon.
at Lake Michigan College, and Andrea to succeed in college. by TABOR HILL...
Page 2 July 26, 2007 PUBLISHER'S PAGE
Serious Talk from a Youth Perspective
“Eliminating Youth Substance Abuse”
82 West Main, P.O. Box 465
Benton Harbor, MI 49023 By Kristina Hutcherson
Telephone: 269/926-4241 Benton Spirit Aspiring
am pleased to
see an organiza-
tion that is focused
Hours of Operation: on eliminating
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays youth substance
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. abuse in our community and equally
pleased to see that they want to hear
Publisher/Editor - Princella Tobias from us – the community.
Co-Editor - Desmond Murray, Ph.D. Alcohol and marijuana/cigarettes
and drugs are very addictive to young
Community Liaison - Nancy Jones, people and need the communities’
Kristina Hutcherson, Kathy Smith, attention. I feel one of the reasons
Malcolm Butler, Ricky Hopkins, Kenny that young people try these harmful
Harper, Trenton Bowens, Carey Kimble, things is because of peer pressure,
and Pat Payne. their friends and also because they see
family members do it and it makes
Advertising Sales - Princella Tobias
them want to try it. It makes young
Layout/Design - Stoyan Stoyanov and people think that it is cool. IT IS NOT
Princella Tobias COOL!
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HOUSING July 26, 2007 Page 3
City of Benton Harbor Housing
Welcomes Mr. Daniel Potts
Let your home
take you to
T he Benton Harbor Housing
Commission welcomes Daniel
Potts to the newly created position of
a better place.
Facilities Manager. Dan is a Benton
Harbor native and is looking forward
to working with Benton Harbor fami-
Dan will be responsible for all
operations of the Virginia Edwards
Community Center, programs/special
events and leasing the facility.
If you are interested in a program
schedule, leasing information or need
to contact Dan for other information,
call (269) 927-3546.
Looking for something to do in Benton Harbor?
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plimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Guests will also have the opportu-
nity to register for door prizes including a free week vacation package. Your home can put you in a better place.
The event is for all Cornerstone members and others interested in
Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce membership. For more information,
contact Regina Ciaravino at Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce at (269)
757-0227 or go on-line to www.cornerstonechamber.com.
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Page 4 July 26, 2007 URBAN RENEWAL
Urban Renewal XCIII: We Can Do For Ourselves
By Dr. Desmond Murray – Luke 19:26. pie? Listen, I don’t want to hear the us, in our neighborhoods, don’t invest
Spirit Columnist There is no pre-ordained law of same old excuses about ‘da man’ not in our community, but only swindle,
the universe that says Benton Harbor allowing us to do it. We don’t need sell and suck upon us as leeches, don’t
B illie Holiday
has told us:
“Them thats got
residents cannot have our own service nobody’s (ok, anybody’s) permission
stations, our own grocery stores, our to mentor our own children. It doesn’t
hire them to run our businesses, our
schools, our housing complexes, our
own clothing shops, our own restau- take much. If you can read, write or nursing homes, or our city …… and
rants, our own economic development count – you can mentor. If you are let’s be about the business of doing for
thats not shall
department, our own banks or even our in your twenties, thirties, forties, or ourselves.
lose/So the Bible
own courthouse. There is no law writ- beyond – you can teach a child how to Doing for ourselves brings self-
said and it still is
ten in heaven or on earth that prevents fish, plant a garden, cook a meal, or bal- respect. It means we must also respect
news/Mama may have, papa may have/
us from becoming CEOs, scientists, ance a checkbook; you can teach a child the talents and abilities of each other. It
But God bless the child thats got his
authors, engineers, interior designers, what’s right and wrong; you can teach a means we should not invest our time in
own/Thats got his own.”
attorneys, accountants and business boy how to be a man and a girl how to playa' hating. It means we must support
James Brown also told us the same
moguls. But, this much I know, we got be a woman. You can teach them they each other’s businesses – stores, barber
message of self-reliance, not once but
to do it for ain’t gonna salons, beauty shops, restaurants, radio
twice. In ’68 he sang: “Now we demand
ourselves. God bless the child thats got his own. find their stations, schools, mechanic shops, and
a chance to do things for ourself/We're
Nobody is future idling did I mention newspaper!
tired of beatin' our head against the
interested in day in and Doing for ourselves means that
wall/And workin' for someone else/ – Billie Holiday (1915 – 1959)
doing for us day out on we ought to do right by each other.
We're people, we're just like the birds
unless they the streets. History tells us that not everyone that
and the bees/We'd rather die on our
get some- Pass on the looks like us, talks like us, or preaches
feet/Than be livin' on our knees/Say it
thing from us. The good news is – We knowledge you have from your life to us Sunday after Sunday, is for us.
loud, I'm black and I'm proud.” Then
CAN do for ourselves. We can do experience, formal education or both to There are those among us who also
in ’69 he made it plain: “I don't want
for ourselves, because we live not by others – our youth – who need it. profit from our situation for their own
nobody to give me nothing/Open up the
human expectation, but in God’s imagi- Why is it that we allow others self-promotion, status and self-aggran-
door, I'll get it myself.”
nation. to come into our town to do things dizement. There are some we have
In fact, we probably heard pretty
I am tired of hearing tired old for us that we can do for ourselves? been placed in positions of trust who
much the same message in Sunday
excuses about how we are mistreated Why? Why do we allow others to are not trustworthy. They stand for no
church services: “I tell you that to
and cheated by others who we still con- build mansions along Lake Michigan one but themselves and stand up only to
everyone who has, more will be given,
tinue to patronize. Why can’t we get from money they got because of our bow down to the wishes and dictates of
but as for the one who has nothing,
our own damn piece of the American dependency? Why do we allow for- power in ‘yes massa’ style. Beware of
even what he has will be taken away.”
eigners (and I am one), carpetbaggers those who we elect or appoint to be our
and others to continually profit from representatives. Many will not do for
our dependency? If people have shown us (until election time), but are always
us year after year, day in and day out, eager to comply with the powerful.
that they really don’t care for us or love Think about it, Benton Harbor. If your
us, why in God’s holy name are we still representative has to check in with the
knocking on their doors? If they don’t high and mighty in the middle of the
want us at their annual festivals, get our night before they address your needs or
own. If you don’t think we are properly the needs of our community, we don’t
represented in the Arts District, create need them.
our own. If they portray us mainly as We can do for ourselves. Remember
gangsters and hooligans in their daily and live by the words of Billie Holliday,
newspapers, publish our own. Ok, so James Brown and Holy Scripture and
we already got that covered with the may ‘God bless the child thats got his
Benton Spirit! But, have you sent in own.’ Believe that and see Benton
positive stories about our community Harbor change.
to the Benton Spirit? If you don’t like
how you have been treated at the nail Desmond Murray, PhD, is Assistant
salon or grocery store, why can’t you Professor of Chemistry at Andrews
and your girlfriends get your own? University in Berrien Springs,
If these people don’t live among Michigan.
Fresh produce and handmade crafts
from local farmers and artisans.
Every Friday thru October – 12:30 to 5:30 pm
Downtown Benton Harbor–Corner of Main & 6th Street
A partnership between
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GOVERNMENT July 26, 2007 Page 5
2007 Candidate Forum Landlords Looking
Thursday, July 26th for “Carrots”
Y ou are invited to hear the City of Benton Harbor candidates for Mayor and
City Commissioner speak on issues facing your community on Thursday,
July 26, 2007, 6 pm to 7:30 pm. The forum will be held at the Sammy Smith
By Robert Elliott
code enforcement is “all sticks”, they
wondered where the “carrots” were
Family Investment Center, 801 Martin Luther King Drive, Benton Harbor. to entice members to invest in Benton
This event is hosted by the Band of Brethren in Christ, in partnership with
Citizens for Progressive Change and Youth in Government.
P olice Chief Al Mingo and his
assistant Lisa Lee were the fea-
tured guests at the July 19th meet-
Harbor. Chief Mingo suggested they
contact the Cornerstone Alliance which
ing of Southwest Michigan
Rental Housing Association
(SMRHA). They were on
VOTE NOTE - July 23, 2007 hand to answer questions
about the new city code for
Michigan's 6th Congressional District property maintenance. Chief
Mingo with a brief statement,
citing his goals to clean up
Recent Senate Votes the city and his commitment
Transportation/HUD to hold all property owners
Troop Withdrawal Amendment - Appropriations, FY2008 - H.R.3074. to the new code. He said
Vote Rejected (52-47, 1 Not Voting). This $105 billion House bill would there was no hidden agenda.
During the Defense Authorization bill fund the departments of Transportation During the Q & A period,
debate, the Senate failed to invoke and Housing and Urban Development the members were advised to
cloture on this amendment that would for the upcoming fiscal year. contact Lisa Lee for potential Benton Harbor Chief Al Mingo
have set a timetable for withdrawing contractors that do mainte-
nance work. For another member, the has the latest information on Harbor
troops from Iraq. Sen. Carl Levin Commerce/Justice/Science
question was on boarded-up proper- Shores and other developments in the
voted YES. Sen. Debbie Stabenow Appropriations, FY2008 - H.R.3093.
ties. The chief responded that after city.
voted YES. This $54 billion House bill would fund
two years a boarded-up property may Dennis Grabovac, president of
College Cost Reduction Act - Vote the departments of Commerce and
be subject to demolition. Subject to the association, reported that there
Passed (78-18, 4 Not Voting). The Justice for the upcoming fiscal year.
the availability of funds. The dia- are approximately 100 members, 80%
Senate approved this bill to increase of which own properties in Benton
the amount of aid to college students. Farm Bill Extension Act of 2007 - logue continued with discussion about
appeals to the review board, trash Harbor. About 25 members were on
Sen. Carl Levin voted YES. Sen. H.R.2419. The House is scheduled to
collection and the recently announced hand for the meeting. The organization
Debbie Stabenow voted YES. take up a new farm bill that authorizes a
Empire Avenue Improvement initia- meets monthly at the DANK. For more
broad range of agricultural programs.
tive. Some members pointed out that information visit www.SWMRHA.org
Recent House Votes
Appropriations, FY2008 - Vote
City of Benton Harbor
Passed (312-112, 7 Not Voting).
This $31.6 billion bill would fund the
Contact your representative: 2007 Election
Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Senator Carl Levin (D-MI)
Corps of Engineers and the Interior Web Site: levin.senate.gov Primary Election
Department's Bureau of Reclamation
for the upcoming fiscal year. Rep. Fred Washington Office: TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2007
Upton voted YES. 269 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2202
Labor/HHS/Education Phone: (202) 224-6221
Appropriations, FY2008 - Vote Fax: (202) 224-1388 General Election
Passed (276-140, 15 Not Voting). The
House passed this $153.7 billion bill Senator Debbie A. Stabenow (D-MI) TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2007
that would fund the departments of Address:
Labor, Health and Human Services and 133 Hart Senate Office Building
Education for the 2008 fiscal year. Rep.
Fred Upton voted YES.
Washington, D.C. 20510-2204
Phone: (202) 224-4822
Fax: (202) 228-0325
VOTE VOTE VOTE
This ad is sponsored by Spirit Community Services: GOTV Program
Upcoming Votes Representative Fred Upton (R-MI 6th)
Web Site: www.house.gov/upton
Higher Education Amendments Act Keep GOOD, HONEST and PROVEN LEADERSHIP
- S.1642. This Senate bill would reau- Washington Office:
thorize higher education programs and 2183 Rayburn House Office Building Vote WILCE L. COOKE for MAYORR
place limits on relationships between Washington, D.C. 20515-2206
student loan lenders and colleges. Phone: (202) 225-3761
"I will not let you down. I cannot let you down. Benton
Fax: (202) 225-4986
Homeland Security Appropriations,
Harbor will again stand tall among the great communities of
FY2008 - H.R.2638. The Senate St. Joseph Office: Southwest Michigan. This is my promise to my citizens."
800 Center Ship St., #106 --Wilce L. Cooke, live-long resident of Benton Harbor
is scheduled to begin work on this
St. Joseph, MI 49085
$37.6 billion bill that would fund the Phone: (269) 982-1986;
Department of Homeland Security for
the 2008 fiscal year.
Fax: (269) 982-0237
Vote COOKE - Tuesday, August 7th
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Page 6 July 26, 2007 HEALTH
Berrien County Health
Prolonging Life and
Health of the
What is West Nile Virus?
West Nile Virus (WNV) is a mos-
quito-transmitted disease that was
There were two human cases of
WNV in Berrien County in 2006.
headache, stiff neck, weakness and
confusion. Doctors say if you
BATS, BUGS &
first detected in the United States
in 1999 in the New York City
Both patients were over 70 years
old and were exposed to infected
have those symptoms three to fif-
teen days after being bitten by a BACTERIA
area. It has been known for sev- mosquitoes in the Galien and Ben- mosquito you should seek medical The warm humid air of July makes
eral decades to be in other coun- ton Harbor area. Nationwide, in attention. this time of year a high-risk period
tries across Asia, Africa and south- 2006, there were 4,200 WNV hu- About one in five people infected for bugs and bacteria. The Berrien
ern Europe. The infection was man cases reported to the Center with the virus will have a mild
probably brought into the United for Disease Control and Preven-
County Health Department will pro-
States by a traveler or an infected tion; 55 of those cases were Michi- illness with fever, headache and vide you with information through-
bird or mosquito. The virus has gan residents. body aches, sometimes with a skin out the month on West Nile Virus,
been known to be in Michigan rash and swollen lymph glands. foodborne illnesses, rabies, E.Coli
The disease is most serious for the Only about one in 150 infected
since 2001 and is found across the and outbreaks. For more informa-
elderly, but people of all ages can will develop encephalitis or men-
United States. be infected and become seriously tion on any of these topics, please
ill. Symptoms can range from al- call the health department at 926-
most none to moderate flu-like “We are still recommending all of 7121. Happy Summer!
symptoms to swelling of the brain the common sense precautions to
in extreme cases. minimize or eliminate exposure to
mosquitoes”, said Rick Johansen,
Symptoms of the West Nile Virus, M.D., Berrien County Health De-
which are comparable to encepha- partment Medical Director.
litis and meningitis, include fever,
Apply insect repellent that contains the active ingredient DEET to exposed skin or
clothing (Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.)
Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes out of buildings.
Drain puddles in yard, emptying water from mosquito breeding sites such as buck- Because the WNV has become so com-
ets, troughs, barrels, cans, old tires or similar places mosquitoes can lay eggs. mon in Michigan and federal dollars
Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active (dusk and dawn.) are scarce, the Berrien County Health
Wear light colored long-sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors. Department (BCHD) will no longer
accept dead crows or blue jays for test-
ing. Residents who find these sick or
West Nile Cases Nationally, Statewide and Locally dead birds should visit the BCHD web-
January 1 - December 31, 2006
Birds and the West Nile Virus site, www.berriencohlthdept.org, and
Certain birds carry the West Nile Virus and can be used click on “What’s New,” where there
Geographic Area Human Cases Corvid Cases will be a “link” for reporting. People
as indicators for human danger. Large numbers of
United States 4220 2746* deaths among these birds classified as Corvids (crows, without internet access can call the
Michigan 55 256 ravens and blue jays) can indicate higher risk to humans. Health Department at 927-5623. Re-
REGION 5 Some birds are often mistaken for Corvids including: porting will allow health department
officials to detect an increase in corvid
Allegan Co. 1 5 Red-Winged Blackbird – Male is black with red-
(crows, ravens, blue jays) deaths and
Barry Co. 1 1 dish-orange shoulder stripe.
educate the public of the increased risk
Brown-headed cowbird –Male has metallic green/ to human health.
Berrien Co. 2 10
black body with brown head.
Branch Co. 0 0 Common Grackle – Male appears all black, but has
For bird testing questions
Calhoun Co. 0 0 iridescent purple head, neck and breast, pale yellow call: 927-5623
Cass Co. 0 1 eyes, common throughout Michigan.
Kalamazoo Co. 0 3 European Starling – Black with iridescent green and
purple, has white spots on head and body which are
St. Joseph Co. 1 3
most evident during fall.
Van Buren Co. 0 0
*Data as of October 10, 2006 For more information on WNV: http://www.cdc.gov/
The Berrien County Health Department has five locations to serve you:
Benton Harbor Niles Three Oaks This page is
769 Pipestone M-139 Office School Based 1205 N. Front St. 21 N. Elm sponsored by the
P.O. Box 706 2106 S. M-139 870 Colfax Ave 684-2800 756-2008 Berrien County
926-7121 927-5623 925-4500 Health Department
Or visit us on the web at www.berriencohlthdept.org
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EDUCATION July 26, 2007 Page 7
WMU Opts For Low Tuition Increase
A fter voting to keep the increase
in student costs for 2007-08 at
one of the lowest levels for any of
plan presented by new WMU President
John M. Dunn that would raise in-
state tuition for the fall by just 6.4
tuition average 10 percent.
In keeping with WMU's tradition
of having student financial assistance
Michigan's 15 public universities, the percent and keep fees at their current keep pace with tuition increases, Dunn
Western Michigan University Board of rates. For a full-time, Michigan fresh- pledged to boost the amount of finan-
Trustees gave University administra- man or sophomore, that would mean cial aid available to students by 6.4
tors the green light July 24 to launch an increase of just $394 per year, percent.
a plan designed to save students from bringing the total of required tuition "Our focus is on making sure our
incurring the biggest cost of all-extra and fees to $7,260, which is 5.7 per- students are successful and keeping the
semesters or years on campus trying to cent higher than tuition and required quality education we offer affordable,"
complete their degrees. fees for the 2006-07 academic year. Dunn said of the plan.
Acting at a special public ses- Tuition increases, alone, at the 12 other Dunn told trustees that budgeting
sion July 24, trustees adopted a tuition Michigan universities that have set fall to keep the tuition increase down to 6.4
John M. Dunn, WMU president
percent, meant "some painful internal
decisions" to reduce the University's
base budget by nearly $11 million.
Those actions were triggered by recent
state cuts and the uncertainty surround-
ing higher education appropriations
from the Legislature for the coming
"We’ve done what we can to make
sure we preserve our institutional qual-
ity without putting too great a burden
on our students and families," Dunn
said. "Now it’s up to the Legislature to
live up to its commitments to ensure
we can continue to keep our tuition at
an affordable level. We simply can't do
that without the state's support."
"We’re very competitive, but we
want to be even better," he told trustees.
"Most students go to college expecting
to earn a degree in four years. We’re
out to tap the energy and enthusi-
asm students have when they arrive
on campus, and we’re determined to
remove any obstacles that get in the
way of their success."
Complete details of the plan will
be available to current and prospective
students in the coming weeks. Dunn
noted that for current students and
those who opt not to participate in the
Western Edge, there will be benefits as
well. Enhanced advising and improved
course scheduling will have an impact
on all students, he said.
"We're making some strategic
investments in how we carry out our
core mission—helping students excel
academically and prepare for success-
ful lives," he said. "This will have a
long-term effect on our ability to do
WMU tuition rates for 2007-08
can be found online at www.wmich.
Final Call for Class of 1977
The Benton Harbor High
School "Class of 1977" will be
hosting their 30th Class Reunion
on August 31, 2007 to September
2, 2007. The theme is “Back
Together Again” and if you know
of anyone of the class of 1977, they
want you to join them. For more
information, contact Brenda Davis
at (269) 925-2564.
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Page 8 July 26, 2007 EDUCATION
Celebrating the Spirit of Three 2007 Graduates
T he Benton Spirit was invited to and
attended several open houses given
for Benton Harbor graduates. These
ebrated and were celebrated at their open
houses for attaining this landmark in their
open house with family and friends.
DeVal and Yves, had an untradition
open house. They invited family and
We cannot help but think on these
occasions about the future. Indeed, open
houses are both a celebration for the past
events are special because they show Trenton who worked for the Benton friends to join them in their secon home, and a toast to the future. The Benton
completion and accomplishment. The Spirit years ago has shown the commu- church. These two young spiritual young Spirit encourages our community to sup-
three young men featured here are all nity the power of dedication, determina- men invited various church youth organi- port our youth in every way possible;
proud graduating Tigers from Benton tion, and excemplifies leadership though zation to join them at Pilgrm Rest as they embrace them in our hearts, uplift them in
Harbor High School. DeVal Washington, his volunteersim and director of Benton celebrated this occasion in the House of your prayers and do whatever lies within
Yves Tramlee and Trenton Bowens cel- Harbor Youth-in-Government, spent his the Lord. your power to show them we care.
DeVal Washington Yves Tramlee
Affiliations: ROTC, Benton Affiliations: Teen Advisory
Harbor High School Choir, Board, Benton Harbor High
Key Club, Member of School Band, Benton Harbor
Greater Community Christian High School Madrigals, All
Fellowship. Conference Football, Colfax
Employed: McDonalds- Player and Praise Dance
Manager in Training. Leader.
Accomplishments: 1st in Future Plans: Attend
family to graduate from High Tennessee State University
School and 1st to go to col- and earn Degree in Criminal
Future Plans: Graduate Message to other students:
Lake Michigan College and Never let the devil steal your
later become a Michigan joy. You can do anything
State Trooper. through Christ. Look unto the
Message to other students: hills from which cometh your
Keep GOD First – Be a help and all your help cometh
Leader, Not a Follower from the Lord.
DeVal is the Great Grandson
of Martha Brady.
raising over $30K, Volunteer of the
Affiliations: Neighborhood Year Youth Award and 2005 MLK
Association of Michigan, Benton Humanitarian Award.
Harbor Youth in Government, Youth Future Plans: Attend Kaplan
for Grant Holmes Committee, and University, majoring in Business. Also
Kellogg Leadership for Community plans to run for City Commissioner
Change. within next few years.
Accomplishments: Co-founder of Message to other students: Keep you
Benton Harbor Youth in Government, head Up, Always Give 100%.
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COMMUNITY July 26, 2007 Page 9
Support the Boys &I Girls Club
of Benton Harbor
4th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner
To become a sponsor or buy tickets for this worthy event,
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR CHILDREN!
contact Joyce Kemp of the Boys & Girls Club at
(269) 926-8766, ext. 10
$25 per ticket
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Page 10 July 26, 2007 SPIRITUAL FOCUS
“Always Yield to God”
By The Reverend
run.” and in control. This quality was “hard- When we pray for God’s power, we
Dr. Michael C. Carson Jesus asks each and every one of wired” into the core of your very being. operate out of our true relationship with
Spirit Columnist us “which of you by taking thought can This is something that we cannot nor God. Always acknowledge that God
add one cubit unto his stature?” (St. should not try to escape. has true power and all power. “Ye have
“I can make a grey Matthew 6:27) In the midst of all our God has provided us with wisdom. not chosen me, but I have chosen you,
sky blue. I can make it potential, God is still the “first mover” Wisdom dictates that when we are in the and ordained you, that ye should go
rain whenever I want it in this or any world. presence of God we are always in the and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit
to.” The Temptations It is so presence of pen- should remain; that whatsoever ye ask
God has blessed you with the ability very important ultimate power of the Father in my name, he may give
to make so many things happen in life. that we truly “Hast thou an arm like God? and authority. it to you.” (St. John 15:16)
You have been given the power to sit u n d e r s t a n d Or canst thou thunder with a In regards to Always operate out of a position
and meditate on something and through just where the voice like him?” --Job 40:9 a show of power of power and strength-always yield to
hard work it can become a reality. real power is between God God!
God extends to us the opportunity located. God and all others Peace With Justice, Be Blessed Real
to attend institutions of higher learning informs us “Behold, I am the Lord, the let’s again borrow from “The Gospel Good, Attend Worship, and Families
so that our skills and abilities can be God of all flesh: is there anything too According To The Temptations.” “I Matter.
enriched and enhanced. When we study hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27) can’t get next to you.” None of us can
to show ourselves approved” we have Always acknowledge that your ever or will ever “Out God, God!” Reverend Dr. Michael C. Carson is
the potential to be more and do more. intelligence, liquid and fixed assets, What a wonderful thing to know Pastor of Union Memorial African
Always place your power and abil- connections, whatever, had it not been that we can always access (not harness), Methodist Episcopal Church in
ity in its proper perspective. Always for the Lord would not have been yours the power of God. Relationship is so Benton Harbor, Michigan and
give God all of the honor and glory. in the first place. very important. Understanding one’s Religion Columnist for Benton
Take care to never believe that you You are created in the image of God relationship to God is paramount for Spirit Community Newspaper.
are the one making “the engine of life so of course you want to be in charge effective living.
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LAB TALES July 26, 2007 Page 11
High School Students Perspectives on Science
T his is the final installment of Lab
Tales featuring stories from Spring
2007 Grade 12 students from Berrien
Murray. The students come from 11
high schools across Berrien County and
were part of a first time pilot labora-
first hand experiences in real scientific
research. Currently, three of these stu-
dents are doing summer research with
Chicago on March 26. See the April 12
Benton Spirit story about the Chicago
trip at www.bentonspiritnews.com
County Math Science Center at Andrews tory course designed and directed by Dr. Murray. Lab Tales is sponsored by
University. The stories describe student Professor Murray with funding from Several of the students from this Building Excellence in Science and
experiences doing real research and the National Science Foundation. The class also attended the 233rd American Technology (BEST) and Benton
making real discoveries under the super- purpose of the course was to give Chemical Society (ACS) National Spirit Community Newspaper.
vision of Chemistry Professor Desmond all 25 high school students individual, Meeting & Exposition in downtown
By Alia Zander and educational. In my high school, I partner, Rebecca Mondich, on the cis- The challenge and anticipation of
Guest Correspondent know that I would never have had the stilbene synthesis experiment that we improving my experiment was reward
opportunity to spend my days in a well- anticipate will lead to new anti-cancer enough even when my results did not
I found the experi-
ence of research-
ing in my bioor-
resourced lab researching and experi-
menting. Next year, I plan to attend the
agents. Even though our attempts were
unsuccessful, I learned a lot along the
turn out the way we wanted. I enjoyed
my bioorganic chemistry class and was
ganic chemistry school of engineering at the University way. We used the NMR to determine pleased with this opportunity.
class to be unique of Michigan to major in biomedical the outcome of our experiments. With
engineering. the help of Dr. Desmond Murray, we Alia Zander, a 2007 graduate of
Alia Zander, Edwardsburg High School, Having been able to take a research conducted five different variations of Edwardsburg High School loves to play
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI class was a great advantage to me. I the experiment trying to perfect deter- tennis, bake, and spend time with her
Biomedical Engineering have been able to work with my lab mine the best reaction conditions. friends and family.
By Patrick Zielbauer to work on an independent research importance of research to modern life. I world operates. It also gave me a great-
Guest Correspondent project during organic chemistry learned specific laboratory techniques, er appreciation for all of the work that
involving imino stilbene synthesis. My such as, refluxing, using a Dean Stark goes into developing new applications
A s a senior at
County Math and
experiment involved forming an imine
by reacting an aldehyde with a pri-
trap, and rotovaping. I also learned how
to use modern chemistry instruments
and developments in the real world.
Patrick Zielbauer, a 2007 graduate of
mary amine. The purpose for making like the IR (infrared) and NMR (nuclear Berrien Springs High School, is a soc-
Science Center I our imines was to test their ability to magnetic resonance). I used the spec- cer player with a lot of heart and enjoys
had an opportunity function as colorimetric sensors for tral data from IR and NMR to determine lifting weights and going to see movies
with his friends. He plans on working
Patrick Zielbauer, Berrien Springs substances that engage in hydrogen whether my reaction worked or not.
at Tabor Hill Winery and Restaurant
High School, Grand Valley State bonding, from urea to DNA. The research project was an excel-
as a tour guide and wine consultant
University, Grand Rapids, MI I learned about conducting indepen- lent experience. It gave me a great
before going to college.
Physical Therapy dent research projects in general and the opportunity to see how the scientific
By Caitlin Worden with Andrews University Professor building blocks of life. We were inter- to prepare samples for NMR (nuclear
Guest Correspondent Desmond Murray. My research project ested in the potential pharmaceutical magnetic resonance) analysis and how
involved synthesis of hybrid coumarin properties of combining coumarins and to interpret NMR data in order to deter-
pyrimidines. We were trying to create
new drugs that combines the general
pyrimidines into one compound.
I really enjoyed doing the research.
mine if my reactions were successful.
It was not until the last few weeks
(IRP) chemis- structures of both coumarins and pyrim- It was a new and different experience of class that I felt like I was beginning
try class this past idines into a single molecule. Coumarins for me. Before this class I was familiar to fully understand what I was doing.
spring semester are currently used in perfumes, cosmet- with the research process but I had never The understanding that dawned on me
ics, anticoagulants (blood thinners) and done any extended research. I learned made the whole project worthwhile.
Caitlin Worden, Watervliet High even in rat poison! Pyrimidines forms how to do many new experiments, Caitlin Worden, a 2007 graduate of
School, Central Michigan University, three of the bases (cytosine, thymine, and laboratory techniques (for example, Watervliet High School, is in the top ten
Mount Pleasant, MI, Architecture and uracil) in nucleic acids (DNA, refluxing, extraction, rotovaping, and of her graduating class. She is great-
RNA) and consequently are important vacuum filtration). I also learned how ly involved in her church and enjoys
spending time with people.
BY STEPHEN MUJEYE
many as 9 million Americans have their puter databases (Trojan horses, hacking); and this makes it easy for you to moni-
Technology Columnist identities stolen each year. While some • Infiltration of organizations that store tor your accounts. Checking your credit
identity theft victims can resolve their large amounts of personal information; report regularly may be able to limit the
T his week I have
decided to write my
article on identity theft.
problems quickly, others spend hundreds
of dollars and many days repairing dam-
• Phishing - they pretend to be financial
institutions or companies and send spam
damage caused by identity theft.
If you are a victim of identity theft,
age to their good name and credit record. or pop-up messages to get you to reveal filing a police report, checking your credit
I believe this is a very Some consumers victimized by identity your personal information; reports, notifying creditors, and disputing
important subject to theft may lose out on job opportunities, • Spam (electronic): Some, if not all spam any unauthorized transactions are some
discuss since there are studies that show or be denied loans for education, housing requires you to respond to alleged con- of the steps you must take immediately
an increase in the total value of iden- or cars because of negative information tests, enter into "Good Deals" etc.; to restore your good name. In order for a
tity fraud in this country. According to a on their credit reports. In rare cases, they • Using another arguably illegal reason police report to entitle you to legal rights,
survey from the Identity Theft Resource may even be arrested for crimes they did to victimize individuals who display the FTC recommends it must contain
Center, the average fraud per person rose not commit. their personal information in good faith, specific details about the identity theft.
from $5,249 in 2003 to $6,383 in 2006. There are many techniques used such as landlord-related fraud, where the You should file an ID Theft Complaint
According to the Federal Trade by thieves to steal an identity. These Patriot Act is used to create suspicion on with the FTC and bring your printed
Commission (FTC), identity theft occurs include: prospective tenants, and then using their ID Theft Complaint with you to the
when someone uses your personally iden- • Stealing mail or rummaging through personal information to commit fraud. police station when you file your police
tifying information, like your name, Social rubbish; It is a good practice to monitor report. The printed ID Theft Complaint
Security number, or credit card number, • Eavesdropping on public transactions to your accounts and bank statements each can be used to support your local police
without your permission, to commit fraud obtain personal data; month, and check your credit report on a report to ensure that it includes the detail
or other crimes. The FTC estimates that as • Stealing personal information in com- regular basis. Most banks have e-banking required.
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Page 12 YOUTH PAGE
July 26, 2007
“Saving Ourselves is a Great Choice”
By Anthony Jett thanks to the
Program Coordinator Benton Harbor
"I ’m Saving Myself is excit-
ed about our 1st Music
Camp this summer which is
Grant for giving
us the opportu-
nity to make a
being held at the new Virginia difference in
Edwards Community Center," this community.
says Executive Director, Bonita Working with
Mitchell. We put together a Mr. Anthony Jett
tive-week music camp for the students that focused has just been a
on performing arts, music, abstinence and healthy joy. Anytime
choices. Our goal is to educate the students of the that I need him
origin of music, as well as the career opportunities in he is always right
the music industry. there to lend a
We have had a great time with the students rais- helping hand.
ing the awareness of the origin of music, the different The Citizen’s
genres of music and behind the scenes of the Music For Progressive
Industry. The students have experienced live record- Change is the
ings for the 1st time and everyone had a blast. Our fiscal agent for
students have had the opportunity to work with musi- this project and
cians either on the drums or keyboards. We are excit- continues to be Bonita Mitchell with her "I'm Saving Myself Music Camp" band
ed about having in our sessions Brent Easton who’s an organization God is doing in our community. The public is invited
currently on the road with Jay Moss, a Gospel Stellar who leads change in the Benton Harbor Community. and refreshments will be served.
Award Winner and recording artist. Mr. Easton has The overall objective of the I’m Saving Myself The I’m Saving Myself other sponsors and part-
given any aspiring drummer hope to continue to camp enlightens and challenges each pre-teen/teen ners are The Frederick S. Upton Foundation, The
practice and be the best they can be musically. participant to understand the importance of saving Berrien Community Foundation, and The Whirlpool
We have some foster grandparents on site with themselves from early unhealthy casual sexual risks Foundation. The Salvation Army and the Berrien
the students assisting in whatever they need. Students of low self esteem, drugs, alcohol, sex, violence and County Health Department and the Lakeland Medical
are coming from walking distance to the Music suicide. We use the creation of music to address Center PSI.
Camp as well as being bused in to be a part of this these issues. The camp has been such an overall
exciting 2 hour camp. The camp was slated to have success that the Virginia
up to 50 participants, but it has exceeded well over Edwards Center would
70 participants in each session. like for us to continue this
The I’m Saving Myself Music Camp has part- program year long. We
nered with the Pizza Hut are making a difference in
who supplies the camp our community and with
with pizzas for lunch. the help of each of you we
Mr. Bryan Joseph is can continue moving for-
such a community ori- ward in the right direction.
ented person who works The I’m Saving Myself
behind the scenes, but Music Camp is having a
makes such a difference Culmination Performance
in the Benton Harbor on July 31, 2007 at the
Community. The I’m Virginia Edwards Center
Saving Myself Music at 5:30 pm. Please attend
Camp gives a special and see firsthand what
Bonita Mitchell directing her band while doing a performance with our youth
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W.K. Kellogg Foundation's ConnectUp!
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS July 26, 2007 Page 13
CHILDREN'S SUMMER CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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interest in magic and theater.
well. medal, post race food, snacks and
Lighthouse Friday: awards for age division winners.
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fifteen (15) days and 23 triplexes. bs/adv students to weekly
The test will be for your review Service is to be SALES July 26, 2007 tutoring program,
conducted at fol- and comments at provided from Responsibilities POSITION ASAP Col-lead a middle
MEMBERS include advance-
lowing time and the following loca- October 2, 2007 PROPERTY school group.
ABSENT: ment/development MANAGER
location.10:00 tions: thru October 1, Base pay +
None of marketing mate- ASSN'T NEEDED
a.m., Monday 2010. Bid packets Commission. Requirements:
July 30, 2007 Office of the City may be obtained rials, coordination MUST have High school diplo-
ALSO PRESENT: of advertising, part-time posi-
Don P. Mitchell Clerk, from the City proven sales expe- ma/GED required
Twp. Building press releases, tion available at a
Building 175 Territorial Road Clerk’s Office, 175 rience. At least 4 years
Inspector-Chris project experience subsidized 40-unit
175 Territorial Rd Benton Harbor, MI Territorial Rd., (269) 926-4241 work experience
Fuchs with sheets, pro- senior community.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Benton Harbor, desired. Must have
Monday – Friday posals, resumes, FREELANCE/ Seeking a depend- reliable transpor-
Approved the min- trade shows and able, self-motivat-
Joyce A. Taylor, Benton Harbor's from 8:30 a.m. to WRITERS tation and Proof
utes of the regular maintenance of ed, and organized
City Clerk Public Library 5:00 p.m. Bids of insurance.
meeting held July website. individual who
269-927-8408 213 E. Wall Street must be received Excellent gram- Background clear-
3, 2007 as pre- has an affinity
July 24, 2007 Benton Harbor, MI by Tuesday, mar, spelling, ance required.
sented. Must excel in for working with
49022 August 21, 2007 sentecen structure,
bs/adv at 10:00 a.m. at Microsoft Word/ and experience in people. Bi-lingual Interested persons:
Held 2nd read- Excel/PowerPoint/ ability (Spanish)
July 26, 2007 Department which time bids writing for news- submit a resume to
ing and adopted Access, adobe req'd. Computer,
of Community will be opened. papers needed HHUM
property rezoning PageMaker, multi-tasking, and
CITY OF Development Part-time, per P.O. Box 1042
ordinances #82-9 Illustrator, subsidized hous-
BENTON 200 E. Wall Street Please note that assignment. Start Benton Harbor,
and #82-11 for Photoshop CS2 ing experience are
HARBOR'S Benton Harbor, MI this request replac- ASAP. MI. 49023-1042
property on M-63 and Acrobat. Must pluses. Optional
DEPARTMENT 49022 es the request Send letter of Deadline: July 30,
and Enterprise have strong com- 1 bedroom apt.
OF COM- issued on July 13, interest to: 2007
Way from A-2 munication and at reduced rent
MUNITY If you have ques- 2007. bentonspirit@aol.
Residential to technical writing of $100/mo. with
DEVELOP- tions, or concerns com or fax to: bs/adv
D-2 Commercial skills and the abil- minimal residen-
MENT regarding this Joyce A. Taylor, 269/925-4540. July 26, 2007
(Pri-Mar-11-03- ity to work on tial responsibili-
FISCAL YEAR notice, please City Clerk Start ASAP.
0007-0016-16- tight deadlines in a ties. Send resume
2006/07 contact Erma J. 269-927-8408
3, Cornerstone fast-paced environ- to: Property
CONSOLI- Mons, Community July 25, 2007 WEBSITE
Director at (269) bs/adv
ment. SPECIALIST Management, 101
Sheldon SE, Suite SAVE
7, with special
PERFOR- 927-8421 or July 26, 2007 We offer a com-
petitive wage and
Help us main- 2, Grand Rapids,
MI 49503 or fax
MANCE submit written taince our website.
Charter Township- industry leading (616) 454-5249.
EVALUATION comments to GREAT way to
Please send your
make a few extra
dollars for an one-
resume to: bs/adv SUPPORT
Development at works day job. Needed
July 26, 2007
TO ALL the above address. on Thursday. Start
of bill listing total- Business Manager/
AGENCIES, Erma J. Mons, CALL US CFO
GROUPS, AND Director of TODAY Abonmarche Must have website Classifieds
INDIVIDUALS: Community P.O. Box 1088 experience. Send
at 5:40 p.m. Benton Harbor, MI BUSINESSES
The City of Development, letter of inter-
Benton Harbor has Dwight P. (269) 49022 est/resume to:P.O. works
Carolyn Phillips, _______
made available for Mitchell, City 926-4241 Box 465, BH, MI
Dated: July 18,
public examination Manager, No telephone calls 49022, e-mail to: (269) See
and copying upon Joyce Taylor, City please bentonspirit@
request the FY' Clerk IT'S SIMPLE E.O.E. aol.com or fax to
2006/07 CAPER. & (269) 925-4540.
July 26, 2007
The Mayor and bs/adv IT WORKS!
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Page 16 ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2007
The Benton Harbor Arts District's ArT hOp &
2nd Annual Wine and Words on Friday the 27th
I t’s ArT
h O p
Holland and Grand Rapids, MI. Well-
known for using local color in her works,
she has used southwest Michigan as the
Tabor Hill Wine Tasting Room
& Galleria del Corazon (wine & words with
once a setting for two of her mysteries. Her most a book signing.....). 80 West Main Street,
month get- recent mystery is Death of a Thousand Cuts. Benton Harbor, MI.
together More on D’Aamata, visit www.barbarad- WHERE: Majestic Art Gallery,
for those amato.com.
90 West Main Street, Benton Harbor.
who love Rick Rasmussen, local historian and
h a n g - author, will present his fourth non-fiction Featured Artists: Sharon Mott, Ludington,
ing out book. Released for sale June 30th, it’s a MI; Josh Andres, (metal sculptures) Benton
with the product of his hard work researching the Harbor, MI
creative history of Sister Lakes. Rasmussen has three
crowd. other books to his credit, they are: Paw Paw
WHERE: The Livery Microbrew.....
Plus, Lake, A Hundred Year Resort History, 1890
(190 5th Street ) (grab a micro-brew and
it’s time – 1990 (1994), Images of a Lake (pictorial of visit the upper balcony art exhibit!).
for the Second Annual Wine and Words Paw Paw Lake, 1996), The History of Deer
event in the Benton Harbor Arts District. Forest and Little Paw Paw Lake. More on WHERE: New Territory Gallery & The
Novelist Laura Caldwell joins the event this Rasmussen, visit his website: www.swmichi- Studios @ 210 Water Street (Next to Brammel
year. A former trial lawyer, Caldwell’s first ganstore.com. Supply)
novel, Burning the Map, was select by www. Mystery writer, Debra Brod, will wow
barnesandnoble.com as one of “The BEST the audience with her latest, Heartstone. Ask WHERE: Benton Harbor Gallery of Fine
OF 2002." Following her debut mystery, her about how she writes from the male point Art ....the newest gallery in the arts district!
Look Closely, came what the Chicago Sun- of view (must we say more). Her website is:
124 Water Street. Featuring world renowned
Times called “her most exciting book yet,” www.dcbrod.com.
artist Greg Constantine
A Rome Affair. Caldwell continues as an
Adjunct Professor of Law at her alma mater, MORE INFO: Richard's Retro Store 1-
WHEN: Friday July 27th, 6:00-9:00 pm.
Loyola University in Chicago. For more on 877-RETRO-70 or www.taborhill.com
The public is invited, (no charge for admis-
Caldwell, visit www.lauracaldwell.com.
Joining Caldwell is author Barbara Hope to see you in the newest cool city sion) munches, & wine by TABOR HILL...
D’Aamato. She lives in Chicago but hails in michigan !!!!!
Benton Harbor ARt, HoP & SHop - Friday, July 27th
A wine & fine
Retro Store! Wine Tasting Room
80 W. Main
Located in the “Benton Benton Harbor, MI
80 W. Main at Pipestone
(noon-five pm Thurs-Sat)
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