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April 18, 2015

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BY ALEX DOTY This past week marked the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, and it brought a coincidental surprise to the Tri- Cities Historical Museum. "During a routine inspection of our safety deposit box, we noticed we had a ticket from the Ford's Theatre from 1865," Tri-Cities Historical Museum Director Steve Radtke said. And the ticket was not just any ticket from the Washington, D.C., theater, the site of the Lincoln assassination. It happened to be for the same performance of "Our American Cousin" — April 14, 1865 — when Lincoln was fatally shot. "It's actually stamped with the day and the date," Radtke said. The owner of the theater also signed the back of the ticket, Radtke noted. "It was presented to Dr. Arend VanderVeen, the day after the assassination, by Mr. Ford," Radtke said. "They both were in the Civil War together." VanderVeen, a Grand Haven doctor, immigrated to the U.S. in 1847 and studied medicine at Hope College. He was called into the Union Army when the Civil War broke out in 1861. Known as the "Kid Surgeon" due to his knowledge about medicine at a young age, VanderVeen was credited in being involved in 18 battles and served the entire war with a Michigan infantry unit. After the war, he earned a medical degree before returning to Grand Haven, where he set up a practice. His old home with a third-story cupola is across the BUSY. BUSY. BUSY. BUSY. BUSY. BUSY. BUSY. BUSY. Life insurance shouldn't wait. Even though life is busy, take a moment to reflect on what's most important. For peace of mind, protect your family with State Farm ® life insurance. We put the life back in life insurance. ™ CONTACT AN AGENT TODAY. 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Jeffrey Scott Grysen, 31, of Grand Haven filed suit against Ottawa County, Sheriff Gary Rosema, and captains Mark Bennett and Robert Tease of the Sheriff 's Department. Ottawa County officials, including Rosema and Administrator Al Vanderberg, declined to comment on the lawsuit at this time. "The county typically doesn't comment on lawsuits until they are finished," Vanderberg said. "If it's a pending lawsuit, I can't say anything about it," Rosema said. The officials both said they were not aware of the lawsuit until contacted by the Tribune on Friday. None of the defendants had been served on the case at the time. Grysen had worked for the Sheriff 's Department since 2003 — first as a corrections officer and then as a road deputy, starting after completion of Grand Valley State University Regional Police Academy in 2008, he notes in the lawsuit. Rosema said Grysen had worked for the Sheriff 's Department for five years, but has not been employed by the county since Jan. 6. Coming from a family of law enforcement officials — including his great-uncle Bud Grysen, who served as Ottawa County sheriff for 20 years — Jeff Grysen claimed he always earned high marks in service reviews until he announced this past November that he was running against Rosema for sheriff. In a statement, Rosema said he had not yet decided on whether to seek re-election in 2016. In the lawsuit, Grysen noted that he decided to run for sheriff in 2014. On July 23, 2014, Grysen was admitted to North Ottawa Community Hospital. He subsequently requested, and was granted, 12 weeks of medical leave under the Family Medical Leave Act. Neither Grysen nor his attorney, Karie Boylan of Rochester, returned calls before press time. It is unknown why Grysen was hospitalized. The lawsuit notes that Grysen returned to work on or about Oct. 22, 2014, but the defendants sent him home and changed his status to administrative leave with pay. At that time, he was requested to submit to a "fit for duty" examination. "Implicit with this order was the threat that he would be subject to department discipline if he failed to appear," the lawsuit says. Grysen said he completed two and a half days of the exam. Then it took an "unreasonable" amount of time before the report was presented to the sheriff. He said the written report was never made available to him or his union. The lawsuit notes that Grysen met with supporters of Terminated deputy sues Ottawa County Grysen Rosema See LAWSUIT on Page 3 Tri-Cities Historical Museum finds link to Abraham Lincoln Right: Tri- Cities Historical Museum Collections Manager Meredith Meyer holds a ticket from Ford's Theatre dated April 14, 1865. The ticket is from the same play performance when President Abraham Lincoln was assassinat- ed. It was redis- covered this past week in the museum's safety deposit box. Below: The owner of Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., gave the ticket to Dr. Arend VanderVeen of Grand Haven the day after Lincoln was shot. Tribune photos/ Alex Doty See LINCOLN on Page 3 BY ALEX DOTY If you've got questions about Proposal 1, you might soon have some answers. Several information sessions are planned over the next two weeks to give information about the statewide road funding ballot proposal. The first event is sponsored by the Grand Haven Area League of Women Voters. The group will host an information session from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave. in Grand Haven. "Basically, we will be presenting neutral league information about the proposal with handouts, giving time to someone from pro and con sides, then allowing for some audience questions on 3-by-5 cards," local chapter President Christine Baker said. Baker said the individual providing the supporting side of the issue is Chris Glass, the director of legislative affairs for the West Michigan Talent Triangle. The league is still working on getting someone from the opposing side of the issue to participate, but have alternate plans in case no one is available. "The PowerPoint we will present outlines the con argument and lists those groups opposed," Baker said. "We will also announce the efforts we made and which groups refused our invitation or didn't respond at all." If you can't attend the April 22 event, or if you want more information, another event is slated for Monday, April 27, at Spring Lake District Library. This event, hosted by state Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, and state Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, will be a town hall-style discussion on the proposal. "We're going to have a representative from the Michigan Department of Transportation," Price said. "They're going to explain the nuts and bolts of Proposal 1, and I'll have a presentation and be there for questions." The Spring Lake event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 123 E. Exchange St. Price noted that she's heard from a lot of voters during her office hours throughout the district, all Want to know about Prop. 1? Several events aim to provide insight into ballot measure prior to May 5 election Learn about Proposal 1 Still trying to gure out what a 'yes' and a 'no' vote on Proposal 1 would mean? Several informational meetings are planned in the next few weeks to talk about the measure: • 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven. This event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters. • 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 27, at Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St., Spring Lake. Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, and Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, are hosting this event. Tribune graphic/Sandy George See PROPOSAL on Page 3

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