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                       "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
             Spirit Correspondent
                                                                                                  ArT hOp & 2nd Annual Wine & Words
                                                                                                          FRIDAY the 27th
           A     ndrea LaDoris
                 Davis (Right)
           and      Antoinette
           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
                                                                                Young Journalist
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                                                                       see an organiza-
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                                              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
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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?
 Try the Benton Harbor Housing Commission's
     Virginia Edwards Community Center!                                                Fifth Third Home Equity Loan

        Programs/Events • Computer Lab/Training • Sports
     Aerobics/Fitness • Performing Arts • Jr. Vocational Training
                     Banking/Financial Literacy

           Call Dan Potts, facilities manager, at   (269) 927-3546.

      Business After Hours at                                                                             Up to a 10-year term
                                                                                                   Up to 120 days without a payment
      Harbor Habitat Restore                                                                       Interest may be tax deductible**

   A    Business After Hours event will be held at Harbor Habitat for Humanity
        Restore. The event will take place at their location at 2302 Plaza Drive
   in Benton Harbor on Thursday, August 9, 2007 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.                      Now, you can turn all your hard work into a better
   The event is co-sponsored by Harbor Habitat for Humanity and Cornerstone                    tomorrow with a Fifth Third Home Equity Loan.
   Chamber of Commerce. Reservations are required.
       Highlights of the evening include the unveiling of the Crystal Avenue             Borrow up to 100% of your home’s equity to pay off
   Estates development, the opportunity to tour the Habitat Restore facility and         high-interest bills, or for home improvements, higher
   operations and learn more about the Habitat vision. Guests will enjoy com-
                                                                                                    education or even a long-awaited vacation.
   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
                                                                                                     Call 1-866-53-LOANS or walk in
                                                                                                    any of our 133 Western Michigan
                                                                                                     anking Center locations today.
                         Make your first stop
               Harbor Habitat Restore
              2302 Plaza Drive, Benton Harbor
                      (The street behind Old Navy)

     You can find slightly used, some new, always priced-
 right supplies. From lights to cabinets, sinks to windows,                                                               
 paint to partitions, you are bound to find something you
 need at Harbor Habitat Restore They even have a Wish
 List to help you find your dream item. For more info, call                        *Upon qualification. Applicable interest rate may vary depending on your credit qualifications. *As of 07/08/07, up to 80% loan-to-value
                                                                                   (LTV) home equity loan and 120 month term receives 6.99% Annual Percentage Rate (APR) and $580.39 monthly payment. APR reflects
         Harbor Habitat Restore at (269) 926-0006.                                   6.92% interest rate, amount financed of $50,000, 30 days to first payment, BillPayer2000® debited from a Fifth Third Bank checking
                                                                                      account, $165 loan fee, and is not available for Fifth Third refinances. Selection of 120 days no payment option may affect APR and
                                                                                      payment; APR is 6.99% and payment is $590.72. Interest will continue to accrue during the no payment period. No other discount
                                                                                      applies. Other rates are available on loans with loan-to-value ratios above 80% up to 100%. In Florida documentary stamp tax and
                  Save $$$ - Support Habitat -                                      intangible taxes apply. The total cost of these fees will generally range from $27.50 – $4,450. Contact your nearest Banking Center for
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               See RESTORE Coupon on page 14                                                    and Fifth Third Bank are registered service marks of Fifth Third Bancorp. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

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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
                       shall     get/Them
                                              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
                                                                                                   the City of Benton Harbor & the Cornerstone Alliance

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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
                                                                                                Spirit Correspondent
                                                                                                                                       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
     Recent House Votes
Energy/Water            Development
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:                                  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:
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
                                                                                                              Paid for by WILCE L. COOKE Campaign Committee

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                               Page 6   July 26, 2007                                                                                       HEALTH
                                                                                                                        Berrien County Health
                                                                                                                        Preventing Disease,
                                                                                                                        Prolonging Life and
                                                                                                                        Protecting the
                                                                                                                        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.
                                                                                                                         BIRD TESTING
                   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,, 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:

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

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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
                                           young lives.
                                                                                         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
                                                    lege.                                                                                      Justice.
                                                    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.

   Trenton Bowens
                                           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

                                                                                  Lab Tales
                       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
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
                          the Berrien
                      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-
                      I  took
                      Research Project
                                                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.

                                                                         Identity Theft
                      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
                                                          Connect       Up!

                      "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
Bryan Joseph

  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

                                          Saturday July 28, 2-3p.m                269-927-4832,
curious kids’ museum                      Book Club Meeting, by: Elizabeth
                                                                                                                            movies in the park in
415 Lake Boulevard
St. Joseph, MI 49022
                                          Scott                                   3:00 p.m. (ET) Summer long                niles
                                                                                  Join seasonal naturalist Libby Megna
(269) 983-CKID
                                          Monday July 30, 2-4 p.m.                for a look at some of our caterpillars.   269-687-4332
week of july 26-august 2                  Melty Bead - Come make melty            See several live caterpillars and learn
                                          beady creations and other crafts!!      their habitat needs, life cycle and, of   July 27th: The Muppet Movie
                                                                                  course, learn about butterflies.          Bring your blanket and chairs and
Daily Programs                            July 31st 2-3 p.m.                                                                settle in to watch the show at the
Volcanic Mondays:                         Kid’s mystery movie                                                               Wonderland Outdoor Screen
                                                                                  the acorn theater                         Free to all…Fridays at dusk - All
1:30 – 3:00 pm                                                                    107 Generations Drive
Who is the Man on the                     August 1st 2-4 p.m.                                                               movies rated G or PG
                                                                                  Three Oaks, MI 49128
Moon?                                     Board Games for ALL!
                                          Children have until August 11th
                                                                                       27th annual kids
Animals ALIVE Tuesdays: 1:00 pm
Wild Tracks----Creepy Crawlers.           to enter the 2007 Summer Reading
                                                                                  July 28, 2007, 5:00 p.m.
                                          Program, Get-A-CLUE @ YOUR                                                        Potawatomi Park Swimming Pool,
                                                                                  Sean Masterson Presents His Family
Creature Feature Wednesdays:              LIBRARY, by reading and record-                                                   2000 Wall Street, South Bend, IN
                                                                                  Magic Show
1:30 – 3:00. Hide and Seek.               ing their library books. Every child                                              Saturday, July 28th, 2007
                                                                                  Chicago-area Magician Sean
                                          who participates gets her/his picture                                             Race Time is 8:00 a.m.
                                                                                  Masterson presents "Magic Matinee",
Animals ALIVE!                            taken for the Detect a Good Reader                                                Teacher’s Credit Union 27th Annual
                                                                                  a live stage show for all ages featur-
Thursday: 1:00 PM                         wall, and wins prizes as books are                                                Kids Triathlon For Kids ages 5 to 12
                                                                                  ing sleight-of-hand, baffling illusions
Michigan Reptiles &                       read. Teens may enter the YOU                                                     years old. "Every Kid is a Winner"
                                                                                  and audience participation. Sean
Amphibians from Love                      NEVER KNOW @ YOUR LIBRARY                                                         in this exciting event. Each partici-
                                                                                  Masterson has always had a duel
Creek Nature Center                       reading program to receive prizes as                                              pant will receive a race t-shirt, finish
                                                                                  interest in magic and theater.
                                          well.                                                                             medal, post race food, snacks and
            Lighthouse Friday:                                                                                              awards for age division winners.
                                                                                  Admission: $7.00 for Children 12 and
            1-4 p.m. & 5:30-6:30 p.m.                                             under; $10.00 for Adults.
            Old Michigan City             berrien springs                         Tickets at: The Acorn Theater
                                                                                                                            Want to Volunteer: Call 574-299-4768
            Lighthouse.                                                                                                     ext. 239
                                          community library
                                          215 W Union Street
Day Camp Adventures                       Berrien Springs, MI 49103
                                          (269) 471-7074
Hooked On
Fishing:                                  July 26, 10:15 a.m. Story Time
July 23 - 27,
Ages: 8 – 12 yrs.                         August 1st, 1:30 p.m. Reading pro-
No previous expe-                         gram
rience required
– just an interest in learning and hav-   August 2nd, 10:15 a.m. Story Time
ing fun! So grab your poles – and get
ready to go fishing!                      saint joseph library
Family Programs                           500 Market Street,
                                          St. Joseph, MI 49085
Saturday, July 28, 12 Noon – 4:00
p.m. Weather and Climate. What’s
                                          (269) 983-7167
the weather like today? Is it sunny or
cloudy, wet or dry, windy or still? In    Thursday, July 31
most parts of the world the weather       Lion’s Park Beach
is always changing. Join us as we         Story time
travel the world looking at weather       7:00 pm at Lions Park
patterns. Fun activities will include     look for our banner.
making a sundial and a weather
vane. Family Programming is free          August 1st
with admission.                           Family Story Time
                                          10:30 am in the Library

benton harbor                             August 2nd
                                          Kevin Devine
public library                            2:30 pm Interactive Kids Music
213 E Wall St. Benton Harbor, MI
(269) 926-6139                            August 4th
                                          Last day to turn in reading log
July 26, 3:00
Harry Potter Party                        sarett nature
- includes food,
games, and free to
                                          2300 Benton Center Road
                                          Benton Harbor, MI 49022

      The Children's Summer Calendar of Events is Sponsored by
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                July Special:
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                                                                   Clothes for Men, Women, and Children                          FREE 25 lb. wash
                                                                   Open Monday - Thursday • 9 am - 3 pm
              Free Home Warranty when
                                                                                                                                                  (3 load minimum)
               you List or Buy with me.
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          I would love to be your #1 Realtor!                               10% OFF
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                            1211 E. Napier Ave
                                                                                                                                                                      I’m in the mood for
                        Benton Harbor, MI 49103                                                                                                                         some Real food!
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CLASSIFIED                                                                                                               July 26, 2007         Page 15

PUBLIC NOTICE            NOTICE                lished Wednesday,         REQUEST                           ADMINI                          GRAPHIC                PROGRAM
                                                                                              EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANT
                         OF PUBLIC             August 15, 2007 as        FOR BID                                                           DESIGNER               STAFF
                         ACCURACY              a Public Hearing                              OPPORTUNITIES NEEDED                          -START ASAP-           POSITION
                         TEST                  date at 5:30pm.        REQUEST FOR
THE REGULAR                                                                                  MARKETING
                                               in the Lula Lee        BIDS                                          Part-time experi-      Benton Spirit          Harbor Harvest
MEETING OF                                                                                   COORDINATOR
                         A Public Accuracy     Commission             SOLID WASTE/                                  enced, driven, ded-    Community              Urban Ministries
                         Test has been         Chambers, 200          YARD WASTE                                    icated, skilled and    Newspaper is           A 501 c 3 non-
CHARTER                                                                                      Abormarche, a
                         scheduled for the     East Wall Street,      DISPOSAL                                      resourceful. If this   currently look-        profit ministry is
TOWNSHIP                                                                                     progressive A/E
                         purpose of testing    Benton Harbor,                                                       describes you, then    ing for an expe-       seeking a mature,
BOARD OF                                                                                     firm with office
                         the accuracy of the   Michigan as the        The City of                                   contact Building       rienced graphic        reliable person
TRUSTEES                                                                                     in S.W. Michigan
                         tabulating equip-     date, time and         Benton Harbor                                 Excellence             designer with          for the position of
HELD ON                                                                                      and Northern
                         ment and programs     place to hear citi-    is soliciting bids                            in Science &           Adobe CS2 profi-       Program Staff.
TUESDAY, JULY                                                                                Indiana is seek-
                         which will be         zens' comments on      for Solid Waste                               Technology at          ciency (Photoshop,
17, 2007 AT 5:30                                                                             ing a Marketing
                         used to tabulate      the utilization of     Collection and                                269/757-1641 or        InDesign), using       Duties include, yet
P.M.                                                                                         Coordinator. Ideal
                         voted ballots for     the Community          Disposal Services                             e-mail: michbest@      PC platform. The       not limited to:
                         the PRIMARY           Development            including the          candidate will pos-           position is part-      Conduct inter-
MEMBERS                                                                                      sess a Bachelors
                         ELECTION on           Block Grant            Collection and                                                       time. Send letter of   views in target
PRESENT:                                                                                     Degree in
                         Tuesday, August 7,    Performance            Processing of Yard                            bs/adv                 interest/resume to:    area, Co-lead
Supervisor                                                                                   Communications
                         2007 in the CITY      Report.                Waste for approxi-                            July 26, 2007          e-mail: bentonspir-    neighbor-
Ferguson, Clerk                                                                              or Marketing and/
                         OF BENTON                                    mately 2,736 occu-                                         , or fax     hood meetings,
Phillips, Treasurer                                                                          or 4+ years profes-
                         HARBOR–               The FY' 2006/07        pied residences,                              BENTON                 269-925-4540.          Facilitate registra-
Boothby and                                                                                  sional experience
                         COUNTY OF             CAPER will             which include                                 SPIRIT NEEDS           EEOC.                  tion process for
Trustees Harvey,                                                                             in a similar field.
                         BERRIEN.              remain on file for     230 duplexes                                  HELP!                                         programs, Walk
Hudson, Jefferson
                                               fifteen (15) days      and 23 triplexes.                                                    bs/adv                 students to weekly
& Price
                         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
conditions, Benton
                         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
11-03-0007-0017-                                                      Classifieds
                                               the Department
                                               of Community
                                                                                             benefits package.
                                                                                             Please send your
                                                                                                                    make a few extra
                                                                                                                    dollars for an one-
                                                                                             resume to:                                    bs/adv                   SUPPORT
Approved payment
                                               Development at             works                                     day job. Needed
                                                                                                                                           July 26, 2007
                         TO ALL                the above address.                                                   on Thursday. Start
of bill listing total-                                                                       Business Manager/
                         INTERESTED                                                                                 ASAP.
ing $399,340.62.
                         AGENCIES,             Erma J. Mons,            CALL US              CFO
Meeting adjourned
                         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,                                                                                                                                                     _______
Township Clerk
                         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.        or fax to
                                                                                                                                              926-4241             Coupons
                         2006/07 CAPER.                                     &                                       (269) 925-4540.
                                                                                                                                                                   on PAGE
July 26, 2007
                         The Mayor and         bs/adv                 IT WORKS!
                                                                                             bs/adv                                            TODAY!
                         City Commission       July 26, 2007                                 July 26, 2007                                                            14
                         hereby estab-

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                                       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
                                 night, the
                                                     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
                                                                                                   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                                   Supply)
novel, Burning the Map, was select by www.            Mystery writer, Debra Brod, will wow 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,”
                                                                                                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
                                                                                                The public is invited, (no charge for admis-
Caldwell, visit
      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
   arts gallery
   featuring the
   new TABOR
   HILL wine
   tasting room
   & Richard’s
   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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