Real estate transfers: Jan. 22

Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print LUCAS COUNTY 43412 Agricultural Kelley Dennis & Karensue Or Survtc to Ackerman Elissa B, 313 S Yondota Rd, Curtice, $139,450, (1/24) Residential Tefft Kristine M to Tefft Kristine M, 425 S Yondota Rd, Curtice, $0, (1/24) Shepherd James Edward to Morrison Seth C, 445 S Yondota Rd, Curtice, $73,000, (1/26) 43522 Residential Curtis Robert B & Patricia A to Curtis Robert B & Patricia A, 11323 Henry Lucas Rd, Grand Rapids, $0, (1/23) Rowe Christopher L Sr to Grabow Marc B, 11820 Jeffers Rd, Grand Rapids, $24,000, (1/24) Ball Sherry J to Dotson Brian O & Kelly L (orsurvtc), 11525 Manore Rd, Grand Rapids, $170,000, (1/26) Ball Sherry J to Dotson Brian O & Kelly L (orsurvtc), 13555 Patton, Grand Rapids, $170,000, (1/26) 43528 Commercial Marksch Frank & Phyllis to Marksch Phyllis, 213 Medbury Rd, Holland, $0, (1/24) Marksch Frank & Phyllis to Marksch Phyllis, 219 Medbury Rd, Holland, $0, (1/24) Marksch Frank & Phyllis to Marksch Phyllis, 225 Medbury Rd, Holland, $0, (1/24) Marksch Frank & Phyllis to Marksch Phyllis, 229 Medbury Rd, Holland, $0, (1/24) Residential Mooney Chelsea M to Mooney Chelsea M Etal (orsurvtc), 7719 Winter Sweet Dr, Holland, $0, (1/22) Deck William G to Smith Betty Etal (orsurvtc), 7541 Addler St, Holland, $142,500, (1/22) Haines Jessie L to Kistner Charles, 825 N Schwamberger Rd, Holland, $55,500, (1/23) Wehbi Arbid to Orra Ali, 6425 South Ave, Holland, $38,500, (1/24) Ramsdell Donald A & Lois A to Williams Mary Helen (tr) Of The Mary Helen, 49 Wolf Ridge Dr, Holland, $215,000, (1/24) Puhl Sharon A to Puhl Kerry A Etal, 147 S Mccord Rd, Holland, $0, (1/25) 43537 Commercial 520 Il LLC to 520 Il LLC, 532 Illinois Ave, Maumee, $0, (1/24) Disalle Daniel J Tr to Disalle John D (suc Tr) Of The Daniel J Disalle, 2037 Trailview Dr, Maumee, $0, (1/24) Disalle Daniel J Tr to Disalle John D (suc Tr) Of The Daniel J Disalle, 934 Michigan Ave, Maumee, $0, Continue Reading

The 21 biggest LI restaurant closures of 2017

Updated December 19, 2017 11:04 AM Here are some of 2017’s most notable closings. True North True North, Huntington: This well-regarded gastropub, which opened in October 2015 and earned 2 1⁄2 stars from Newsday for its polished food and buoyant vibe, closed in January 2017. It has recently opened with new owners as The Shed. Eleanor Rigby's Eleanor Rigby's, Mineola: For more than 20 years, Mineolans gathered here for generous drinks, simple food, live music and, of course, Beatles memorabilia. In 2017 the building was sold and the bar closed. The building's new owners, chef Steven Del Lima and his partner Dean Miller, plan to open a second location of their Manhattan restaurant, White Oak Oyster Bar and Cocktail Lounge. Siam Lotus Siam Lotus, Bay Shore: This Bay Shore mainstay that grew to be a dependable stop for classic Thai fare and a top spot on Newsday's best Thai food list, closed last spring, having served its last bowl of beautifully layered shrimp hot and sour soup. Owners Danny and Jeannie Poom said they decided to retire after a successful twenty-five year run. Mio Posto Mio Posto Multiple locations: Both the Hicksville and Oceanside branches of this boisterous Italian restaurant closed in 2017. The owners have opened a new location in Long Beach. Scrimshaw Scrimshaw, Greenport: Since 2004, Scrimshaw had been the rare waterfront restaurant whose gorgeous view was matched by its food. The restaurant closed for the season after the village's annual Shellabration festival in early December 2016, and did not reopen in 2017. It opened for the summer as Barba Bianca but closed after Labor Day. Madras Woodlands Madras Woodlands, New Hyde Park: The old Madras Woodlands space in New Hyde Park closed and will soon give way to a new Indian restaurant that will double as a banquet hall and sports bar, complete with TVs playing your favorite cricket match. The Petulant Wino The Petulant Wino, Aquebogue: Continue Reading

The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea

The United States has no diplomatic relations with North Korea, so there is no embassy in Washington, but for years the two countries have relied on the “New York channel,” an office inside North Korea’s mission to the United Nations, to handle the unavoidable parts of our nonexistent relationship. The office has, among other things, negotiated the release of prisoners and held informal talks about nuclear tensions. In April, I contacted the New York channel and requested permission to visit Pyongyang, the capital of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The New York channel consists mostly of two genial middle-aged men: Pak Song Il, a husky diplomat with a gray brush cut; and his aide-de-camp, Kwon Jong Gun, who is younger and thinner. They go everywhere together. (The North Korean government has diplomats work in pairs, to prevent them from defecting, or being recruited as spies.) Under U.S. law, they can travel only twenty-five miles from Columbus Circle. Pak and Kwon met me near their office, for lunch at the Palm Too. They cautioned me that it might take several months to arrange a trip. North Korea periodically admits large groups of American journalists, to witness parades and special occasions, but it is more hesitant when it comes to individual reporters, who require close monitoring and want to talk about the nuclear program. Americans are accustomed to eruptions of hostility with North Korea, but in the past six months the enmity has reached a level rarely seen since the end of the Korean War, in 1953. The crisis has been hastened by fundamental changes in the leadership on both sides. In the six years since Kim Jong Un assumed power, at the age of twenty-seven, he has tested eighty-four missiles—more than double the number that his father and grandfather tested. Just before Donald Trump took office, in January, he expressed a willingness to wage a “preventive” war in North Korea, a prospect that previous Continue Reading

Iowa high school basketball scores: Dec. 16, 2017

BOYS BASKETBALLAlburnett 69, Marquette Catholic, Bellevue 57Ballard 81, Nevada 59Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 68, St. Paul Como Park, Minn. 42Dakota Valley, S.D. 68, Woodbury Central, Moville 45DeLaSalle, Minn. 79, Cedar Falls 44Dubuque, Hempstead 66, Lee’s Summit Community Christian, Mo. 61Dunkerton 74, Denver 65, OTDurant-Bennett 78, Mid-Prairie, Wellman 54Gilbert 58, ADM, Adel 52Iowa City West 81, Bolingbrook, Ill. 65Iowa Mennonite, Kalona 73, Sigourney 34Maquoketa Valley, Delhi 52, Midland, Wyoming 33Nashua-Plainfield 64, Clarksville 51PCM, Monroe 56, Knoxville 51Ruthven-Ayrshire 59, Marcus-Meridian-Cleghorn/Remsen Union (MMCRU) 49Saint Ansgar 58, Belmond-Klemme 49Saydel 47, Iowa Christian Academy 15Underwood 55, Fremont Mills, Tabor 36WACO, Wayland 54, Winfield-Mount Union 36West Des Moines, Valley 75, Cedar Rapids, Jefferson 70Westwood, Sloan 62, Hinton 55IA-MN Hoops Border BattleKingsland, Minn. 52, Crestwood, Cresco 44Mabel-Canton, Minn. 58, Turkey Valley, Jackson Junction 39Postville 62, Lyle/Austin Pacelli, Minn. 60Schaeffer Academy, Minn. 66, West Central, Maynard 17IA/IL Shootout TournamentDavenport, Central 61, Riverdale, Ill. 56Davenport, North 72, Rock Island Alleman, Ill. 58Davenport, West 74, Geneseo, Ill. 44East Moline United, Ill. 44, Assumption, Davenport 39Galesburg, Ill. 67, Bettendorf 31GIRLS BASKETBALLCedar Falls 51, Ankeny Centennial 32Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 55, Fairfield 37Central City 63, Lisbon 60, OTCentral Lee, Donnellson 49, Mount Pleasant 32Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 45, Rockford 36Clarksville 54, Nashua-Plainfield 39East Dubuque, Ill. 46, Cascade,Western Dubuque 42English Valleys, North English 54, Iowa Mennonite, Kalona 49Gilbert 50, ADM, Adel 48Iowa City High 72, Muscatine 26Maquoketa Valley, Delhi 56, Midland, Wyoming 27Mid-Prairie, Wellman 53, Durant-Bennett 26Nevada 34, Ballard 31North Linn, Troy Mills 71, Cedar Valley Christian School 16Saydel 50, Iowa Christian Academy 13Sioux City, North 59, West Monona, Onawa 56St. Continue Reading

Tuscany region of Italy is the perfect destination for food and wine lovers

It’s no secret that Italians take their food and wine seriously. But in Tuscany, the passion runs much deeper than just producing perfect samples of gelato, risotto and Chianti. The region in central Italy boasts a whole resort built around an olive oil theme, an entire town devoted to knife production, and a natural spring that the Medici family once drank from that’s now the source of a premium bottled water. While Florence is a highlight of any Tuscan trip, build time around touring the culturally rich capital city for day trips and overnight excursions. A good start is the Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort. Just 22 miles northeast of the city of Florence, it’s super-relaxing and a great base for taking off to other area attractions like the wineries of the Chianti Rufina area, 4 miles from the hotel. Gorgeous views of the Mugello Valley and the Chianti Rufina area are only part of Villa Campestri’s charm. With its own olive grove onsite, it’s the first olive oil resort in the world. Guests can take part in olive oil tastings, get an olive oil massage and dine in a restaurant where almost everything is made or served with extra-virgin olive oil produced on the property. A must-try on the menu is the olive oil gelato, packed with flavor and topped with chocolate flakes and strawberries. Olive oil beauty treatments here include the “Jet Lag Recovery Massage” ($110). Treatments can take place in a variety of settings, including inside a private bamboo-enclosed circle outside, not far from the olive groves. During the warmer months, a pool set between hills lets guests swim with a view. The 25 guest rooms are in a restored Renaissance house that’s 492 yards above sea level. Should you grow tired of taking in the scenery, Villa Campestri offers a variety of activities including painting courses, guided bike tours, truffle hunts and cooking courses. For Continue Reading

World’s ‘most married couple’ has tied the knot 106 times

A couple claim they are the most loved-up pair in the world - after tying the knot 106 times. Lovebirds David and Lauren Blair, who met in 1982, notched up the huge tally after promising each other they would never let go of that initial moment of bliss the first time they became husband and wife. They have since married in locations across the globe from London to New York, Scotland, Las Vegas, Elvis' birthplace Graceland and even on a professional Romeo and Juliet theatre set. But it hasn't always been plain-sailing for the Blair's after Lauren said NO the first time David proposed - only to change her mind three months later when she caught the bouquet at her cousin's wedding. They first wed in 1984 and have since renewed their vows on days such as Valentine's Day, a minute either side of New Year, Christmas Day, February 29 and count every day of the month their anniversary. They broke the world record for the 'most married couple' at Serendipity 3 Restaurant in New York City on Valentine's Day 2001 but haven't slowed down since scooping the romantic crown. Their latest ceremony is scheduled for August 4 2013 and the happy couple, from Hendersonville in Tennessee, USA, can't wait to say their 'I dos' again as they celebrate their 30th year of married life. Lauren, 62, said: "We met at Universal Studios in Hollywood in September 1982. David said it was love at first sight and after three months of dating proposed to me. "I thought it was a bit soon but three months later I caught the bouquet at my cousin's wedding and it was a sign - the next day I gave him a card that said 'If you still want to marry me, please ask me again.' "So he got down on one knee and proposed again and this time I said yes. "We got married in Los Angeles on May 6, 1984 and then had a church wedding the next day in Chicago which is where I am originally from with both families in attendance. "Then on May 12, while on our honeymoon, we renewed our vows Continue Reading

Message in a bottle: Latest celebrity trend is stars purchasing and running wineries

So you’re a big Hollywood star and you have it all — heaps of money, a Beverly Hills mansion, and more Porsches than Jerry Seinfeld. What more could one want? A Ferris wheel? A helipad? Nope, a winery. And Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie now top the list of superstars who’ve acquired this latest celeb accessory. When Brangelina bought Château Miraval, an estate in southern France, as their summer home, they not only got a fabled, organic winery on the property, but the studio where Pink Floyd recorded their iconic album “The Wall.” The couple has continued the production of a rosé called “Pink Floyd,” gave it a fancy new bottle, label, and name — Château Miraval Côtes de Provence 2012 — and debuted the new look this spring. Doesn’t Brangelina already have enough to manage with all those kids? What’s the motivation? For some, it may be the prestige and cachet of this rarefied, centuries-old profession. For others, it’s clearly the adrenaline rush of taking on a whole new set of challenges. And for the rare, saavy few it’s actually good business. The phenomenon has even inspired a new book on the topic. In “Celebrity Vineyards” (Welcome Books, $35), author Nick Wise travels the world visiting wineries owned by celebrities as diverse as Francis Ford Coppola, Antonio Banderas and former porn-star Savanna Samson to understand their motivations. Wise is pleasantly surprised not only by the high quality of the wine he encounters, but by the intense passion each of the vintners brings to the process. We’ve sampled Brangelina’s batch and other celebrity wines to see whether there’s any substance behind the celebrity tinsel. 1. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Château Miraval: Côtes de Provence 2012 ($22.99) After Brad and Angelina took over Château Miraval, they hired local winemakers to Continue Reading

50+ fun things for week of June 22-28

Real Deal Boxing Championships: Evander’s Tribute to Ali. Freedom Hall, Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 24. Derric Rossy vs Carlos Negron; Erique Collazo vs Steve Martinez and Peter Dobson vs. Jeremy Nichols. $41-$109. Parking $8, $20 bus. 800-745-3000.Locust Grove Summer Antiques Market. Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Dealers displaying their wares on the lawn, country antiques, formal furniture, books, textiles, jewelry, and silver. Admission includes tours of the house museum. Concessions are available. $8, free for age 12 and younger. 502-897-9845; Craft Bash: Craft Beer Festival. Festival Plaza, Waterfront Park, 231 Witherspoon Ave., noon-Saturday, June 24. Kentucky breweries with more than 70 varieties of beer. Presented by the Kentucky Guild of Brewers. $50-$75. kycraftbash.comFloat Like a Butterfly: Distillery Tour & Butterfly Release. Copper & Kings Distillery, 1121 E. Washington St., 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Butterfly release of 60 painted lady butterflies from Idlewild Butterfly Farm, tours of the distillery, Copper & Kings American Brandy cocktails and food from the Butchertown Pie Company available for purchase. $20. Lynch: The Art Life. Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. Third St., 7 p.m. Friday, June 23; 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 24; 3 p.m. Sunday, June 25. The documentary explores the work of David Lynch through his art, music, and early films. $9, $7 Speed and Louisville Film Society members. Uncorked Biannual Blind Wine Tasting Competition. Resurfaced, 801 E. Liberty St., 7-10 p.m. Thursday, June 22. Bring your own wine blind tasting competition. Guests can register in teams of one, two or three. Regardless of size, each team is asked to bring three bottles of the same wine for their entry. Participants sample as many wines as they like and vote for their favorites. The votes are Continue Reading

Corrections & Clarifications

To report corrections & clarifications, contact:Please indicate whether you're responding to content online or in the newspaper.The following corrections & clarifications have been published on stories produced by USA TODAY's newsroom: February 2018Life:An earlier version of this report incorrectly credited the 1996 Summer Olympics performance of The Power of the Dream. Celine Dion sang the theme at the opening ceremony; the song was performed again at the closing ceremony by Rachel McMullin and a choir of other children.​ Sports: A previous version of this graphic incorrectly located hockey player Megan Keller's hometown on the map. Sports: An earlier version of this story misidentified the U.S. hockey player who is quoted in the third paragraph. Opinion: An earlier version of this column mischaracterized who could receive a tax credit for campaign donations. It would be refundable and available to all Americans who file taxes. Sports: A photo in some editions Feb. 8 incorrectly identified the person next to New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. The person was special teams coach Joe Judge. Sports: A headline in some Feb. 12 editions had an incorrect result of Serena and Venus Williams’ doubles match in the Fed Cup. The sisters lost. Twitter: On Feb. 11, a previous tweet misidentified Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson. Continue Reading

Researcher maps out epic U.S. road trip hitting all 50 landmarks in fastest route

It's the great American road trip. A Michigan researcher has mapped out the fastest route to drive across the country, hitting all major 50 landmarks before coming full circle, using a calculated algorithm he initially designed to quickly find Waldo. It would take about nine days of driving, or 224 total hours, to complete the 13,699-mile journey, according to Randy Olson's calculations. Ambitious travelers waste no time seeing the sights -- which include the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, the White House and the Statue of Liberty -- due to the "near-perfect" solution which was computed in less than a minute, the computer science graduate research assistant at Michigan State University said. “It’s grand by design," Olson, 28, told the Daily News. "It has a combination of major sites that Americans want to see at some point in their lives." The data genius previously used the algorithm to design a foolproof strategy to find the famously hidden Waldo in the series of children's books. He also mapped out an epic trip around Europe. "It’s a huge trip. It really captures a lot of people's imagination," Olson said. "It’s something we all want to get out and do." The journey around the U.S. would realistically take about three months, Olson said. But motorists could start their trip at any landmark, so long as they stay the route. Here’s a list of the landmarks in order: Grand Canyon, AZ Bryce Canyon National Park, UT Craters of the Moon National Monument, ID Yellowstone National Park, WY Pikes Peak, CO Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM The Alamo, TX The Platt Historic District, OK Toltec Mounds, AR Elvis Presley's Graceland, TN Vicksburg National Military Park, MS French Quarter, New Orleans, LA USS Alabama, AL Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL Okefenokee Swamp Park, GA Fort Sumter National Continue Reading