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October 3, 2015

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15 $1 TRIBUNE the GRAND HAVEN ★ SPRING LAKE ★ FERRYSBURG PAGE 9 THE BIG # Unanswered points by MCC in comback win. TOP 3 STORIES SL woman gets 6-20 years prison for embezzlement 1 Prep Roundup: SL freshmen volleyball wins Mona Shores Invite 2 Red Arrows fly past Bucs for win 3 at CONNECT WITH US THANK YOU Laura Betts De Vries For being our FACEBOOK of the day! WEATHER Breezy & cloudy BY SAMUEL SABATINO 59 46 HIGH LOW TOMORROW'S GRAND HAVEN TWP. DEBUTS FACEBOOK PAGE SEE STORY, PAGE 3 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2015 2014 NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR | | | Tribune graphic/ Ryan Miller YOU SAID IT: "WHY DID YOU WANT TO TAKE YOUR PET TO THE BLESSING OF THE PETS EVENT?" CAROL VENTOCILLA "Because he's special to me. When I feel bad, it helps to have a dog." BRYCE VANDUINEN "I wanted to show my friends." ELLA ALBAN "Because she really likes peo- ple, and I wanted her to meet some dogs." ISABELLE SANDY "Because he's torn up most of my books and all my socks." Q: A kaleidoscope of color Tribune photo/Matt DeYoung Expect fall colors to pop this autumn, albeit a bit later than usual. F all is here, and with the arrival of the season comes the annual pop of fall color. From golden aspens, red maples and cream-colored beech trees, there's never a shortage of color options in West Michigan. But while we're already in the fall season, it doesn't yet look much like autumn on many branches. Marek Rzonca, who runs the website The Foliage Network, reports that this year's fall color change trails this time last year. " The color change continues to lag behind previous years, running about a week to a week-and- a-half behind," he noted. "Some locations, including the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan and much of northern Wisconsin, have crossed into the low color (11-30 percent change) category." Elsewhere in the region, according to the report, color change remains at or below 10 percent. "Cooler temperatures are expected the next few days and that should get the leaves changing," Rzonca said. According to Pure Michigan's weekly fall color update, peak color for BY ALEX DOTY See COLOR on PAGE 3 GH pier project on hold U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials say Grand Haven's pier reconstruction project planned for this fall is now on hold. Emergency federal funding that would have been used to pay for the $2 million project was sent to what they call a higher priority, outside of the Great Lakes region. "It was early last year that it was indicated to us that we'd get emergency funding for engineering work," said Jon Imbrunone, operations project manager with the Corps of Engineers' Detroit District. "(Later on) that funding had to go to a higher- priority project." Work on the south pier was supposed to begin in November. "Things were essentially finalized," Imbrunone said. Imbrunone noted that having plans finalized should help speed things up once the project gets the green light from Washington. The project has been submitted for emergency funding once again, and it would also be submitted for funding in the Corps of Engineers' next budget cycle, for fiscal year 2017-18. But corps officials say there is no timetable for when work on the pier could occur. "It's based fully on the budgeting process," Imbrunone said. While work on the pier is delayed, that isn't stopping the community's effort to save the catwalk. Grand Haven City Manager Pat McGinnis said the catwalk rehabilitation and pier work are two separate issues. "That effort is going to happen regardless of what the Army Corps of Engineers is BY ALEX DOTY See PIER on PAGE 3 Pets blessed at St. Mary's Tribune photo/Krystle Wagner Dogs and rabbits were among some of the four-legged friends to join their families out- side St. Mary's Catholic Church and School on Friday morning for the annual Blessing of the Pets. Father David Gross led the group in prayer and blessed the animals with holy water, following the ways of St. Francis of Assisi, the Catholic patron saint of pets. MCC SHOCKS FRUITPORT WITH COMEBACK WIN SEE SPORTS, PAGE 9

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