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FALCON HEAD GOLF CLUBOPENS RESTAURANT
Soft opening held today, Saturday; openfor regular business MondayBIG RAPIDS — Since purchasingFalcon Head Golf Club 10 years ago,Tim and Kim Dawkins have focused ona few aspects of their business at a time.Now the couple is ready to take on theirnewest endeavor.Today and Saturday the facility will holdthe soft opening of its new restaurant,Green’s Edge. The soft opening will offertwo seating times, with one starting at 6p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m. Invitationsfor the opening have been distributed,however, anyone who wishes to attendcan contact Phil Moreno, food andbeverage manager, at (231) 796-2614 foran invitation.The Dawkins began working on therestaurant during the winter. Throughtheir years of ownership, the couple feltthey had successfully ran the golf courseand banquets and were ready for a newproject.“I feel like it is time. We just want tomove forward and go on to the next stepand put one more choice in Big Rapidsthat isn’t just a chain,” Kim said. “I reallywanted to do it when we ﬁrst got here,but we felt like we needed to focus onthe two other entities — meaning thebanquets and the golf course itself ﬁrst.”The dinning room of the restaurant willbe in the area where the Rotary Clubof Big Rapids meets. It also includes adeck and bar. Between the dinning room,bar and deck, Moreno estimates therestaurant can hold roughly 200 patrons.Moreno describes the Green’s Edge’smenu as casual dining, or upscale pubfood. The restaurant will feature locally-sourced food and handmade items asmuch as possible, Moreno said.“I think we can ﬁll a hole between thefast food places and the chains,” Morenosaid. “We can adapt more quickly to whatthe clientele wants. Chains are told fromcorporate what to do. Where if I havea customer that comes in and wantssomething speciﬁc, within two days I canhave it on the menu or have a specialthat correlates to that.”Moreno was hired at the golf club in April.Within a week, construction began onthe new restaurant. The facility receiveda facelift with a new entranceway, paint,seating, tables and televisions. Therestaurant also built a smoker on premiseto serve barbecue dishes like ribs, brisketand pulled pork.Although Moreno would not discuss therestaurant’s ﬁnancial investment, he didsay he has hired 15 new staff membersand might add more positions.The biggest challenge facing therestaurant will be showing customersthe facility isn’t just a golf course withthe typical food offered on golf courses,Moreno said. He wants to create dinnerand golf specials, and the bar will havea sports bar atmosphere to attract golfsafter a game.After the soft opening, the restaurantwill be open during its normal summerhours from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday throughThursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridaythrough Sunday. Although if customersare enjoying themselves and want to staylater, the restaurant will accommodatethem, Moreno said. Unlike the golfcourse, Green’s Edge will be open year-round.For more information about Green’sEdge, contact the golf club at (231) 796-2614.
HOW TRAVELERS CAN AVOIDCOZYING UP TO BED BUGS
(NewsUSA) - Bed bugs are a year-roundproblem, but if you’re gearing up for travelor vacation -- you may be at an increasedrisk of bringing these most unwantedsouvenirs home.A 2011 national survey of pestprofessionals conducted by the NationalPest Management Association (NPMA)found that a whopping 99 percent ofrespondents encountered bed buginfestations in that year, and 80 percentencountered bed bugs speciﬁcallyin hotels and motels. And since bedbugs remain the hardest pest to treat,infestations can easily grow out ofcontrol.“Increased public awareness, educationand vigilance are key in detecting andpreventing bed bug infestations as thesepests tend to travel undetected fromplace to place, breed quickly and remainone of the most challenging to treat,”says Missy Henriksen, vice president ofpublic affairs for the NPMA. “Bed bugsare equal-opportunity pests and are nota result of poor sanitation. So whetheryou’re staying at a motel or ﬁve-starhotel, check your surroundings.”To reduce the risk of cozying up to thesepests, remember the following expertadvice while you’re traveling.* Thoroughly inspect the room with aﬂashlight before unpacking, includingbehind the headboard, under lamps,and inside dressers, drawers, sofas andchairs.* If you do suspect a bed bug problem,notify management immediately.* If you need to change rooms, don’tmove to a room that is adjacent, directlyabove or below the suspected infestation.* Do not place luggage on upholsteredsurfaces. The safest place is in thebathroom in the middle of a tile ﬂoor oron a wooden luggage rack after it hasbeen thoroughly inspected.* When you return home, vacuum yoursuitcase thoroughly before bringing itindoors and storing it away.* Wash and dry all of your clothes --even those items you haven’t worn -- onhot cycles to remove any bed bugs oreggs that may have traveled home withyou. Clothes that are not suitable formachine washing should be taken to thedry cleaner.To ﬁnd more information about bed bugsor locate a pest professional near you,visit www.pestworld.org.
MATH COUNTS: HOW TO RAISEAN INDEPENDENT LEARNER
(NewsUSA) - Did you know success inmathematics has been linked to successin college and future careers? Simplystated, math counts when it comes to abright future.To mark the importance of math, SylvanLearning is offering tips to help allstudents excel in mathematics educationand become independent learners.“The deluge of data that childrenencounter in their daily lives makes iteven more important that they buildstrong math and statistics skills,” says Dr.Richard Bavaria, senior vice president foreducation outreach for Sylvan Learning.“Good skills in math and statistics canequip your child with the ability to discernvalid data from misleading data, andto make intelligent decisions based onfactual data,” Bavaria added.Here are some helpful tips that parentscan use to bridge the gap betweenfear of math and the essential world ofnumbers:VALIDATE IT: Don’t be a parent whosays, “I was never good at math.” It onlysends the wrong message that “mathis hard” and it has null value. Instead,stress that math is something that has tobe learned by putting time and effort intoit -- like anything else.ADD IT UP: Point out math in everydaylife. Make sure your child knows thatmath is relevant, whether it’s ﬁguring outhow long a road trip will take or makinga grocery budget. Show them how youwork out math problems.MULTIPLY IT: Find online resources tohelp your child acquire the math skills heor she needs. There are plenty of freeonline resources to help teach and buildmath skills. You’ll ﬁnd everything fromentertaining math tricks to multiplicationshortcuts to free online practice sessionslike the ones on SylvanMathPrep.com.They provide online video lessons on allsorts of math problems to help with mathhomework and studying.SOLVE IT: While classroom learning maybe enough for one child, it may not beenough for another. Supplemental mathinstruction from a professional sourcecan provide the one-on-one attentionthat is sometimes missing from a busyclassroom. Giving a child the time andopportunity to ask questions and learnmath at their own pace can open doorsof understanding -- and eventuallyprovide them with the conﬁdence theyneed to learn in a classroom setting.CHECK IT: If algebra is around thecorner for your child, log onto www.Fit4Algebra.org, and have him or her takethe Fit 4 Algebra Challenge! The free testtakes 20 minutes. You’ll also gain accessto other free resources to help your childget in tip-top shape for algebra. For moremath help, visit www.sylvanlearning.comor call 1-800-31-SUCCESS.
THINK WE’VE LOST OUR MOJO?THINK AGAIN
(NewsUSA) - Let’s play a game.Number of years it took to create theentire transcontinental railroad, whichconquered mountains and deserts inopening the West to settlers back in the1860s: 7.Number of years it took to completeBoston’s infamous “Big Dig” highwayproject, which opened ofﬁcials to criesof “boondoggle” as cost over-runs anddesign ﬂaws mounted: 16.No, this isn’t another story about howAmerica’s lost its mojo. In fact, the samecompany that laid hundreds of miles ofthose railroad tracks, Union Paciﬁc, iscelebrating its 150th anniversary, and-- while the public may accept politics-as-usual from their leaders -- you don’t stayin business that long without consistentlyexcelling.