01-11-2018 School News & Calendars


THIS “KUTE KID” is… Kenzi, 15-month-old daughter of Brad & Jen Behnke of Kimberly, Wisconsin. Kenzi is the grand-daughter of Coreen Behnke of New Holstein, WI; Mike Post of St. Joseph, MI; and Teresa O’Riley of Wyoming, MI. Her great-grandparents are Gene & Carol O’Riley of Hartford and Della Fink of Bangor. Share a photo of your “Kute Kids” with your friends, neigh-bors, and relatives who read the Tri-City Record. Make sure you write your kids’ names on the back of the picture and include any other information about it you would like to see in the pa-per, including mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, and so on. Send the “original” photo to the Tri-City Record, P.O. Box 7, Watervliet, MI 49098 or email it with your information to record@tricityrecord.com. Pick up your photo after it ap-pears in the paper or include a stamped, self-addressed envelope and we will mail it back to you. Where are your “Kute Kids”?


2018 grants now available from “The Heart of Cook”

 Grant applications are available for “The Heart of Cook” Foundation Fund. The Heart of Cook is a grant program funded by Indiana Michigan Power’s Cook Nuclear Plant and administered by the Berrien Community Foundation to assist nonprofit programs in Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana (La Porte, St. Joseph, and Elkhart counties).

“We are pleased to provide this funding opportunity to the organizations that help our community to be a great place to live and raise a family,” said Joel Gebbie, senior vice president and chief nuclear officer. “The Heart of Cook Foundation is one way that we can say thank you for the important services these organizations provide to us throughout the year.”

Educational projects, human services programs that support families, and environmental protection and preservation projects are the focus areas for this grant program. The grant review committee, comprised of Cook Nuclear Plant employees, gives special consideration to projects that involve I&M employees. Organizations must have 501(c)(3) tax exempt or equivalent status to qualify for funding.

“In 2017, we provided more than $52,000 in funding to 36 non-profit programs and special projects in educational and community-based agencies,” said Bill Downey, employee advisory committee member. “Cook takes its job of being a community partner very seriously.  We know that when we work together there is no limit to what we can achieve.”

Grant applications and guidelines may be obtained by visiting the Berrien Community Foundation’s website at www.berriencommunity.org/HOC. All grant applications must be submitted electronically through the Berrien Community Foundation’s website. The grant application due date is February 9, 2018, with awards to be announced in May. Agencies that have received funding for three consecutive years will not be eligible to apply during this grant cycle.  If you have questions about applying, contact Susan Matheny at susanmatheny@berriencommunity.org or by calling 269-983-3304.

Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, IN and serves more than 580,000 customers in Indiana and Michigan. I&M, part of American Electric Power, is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. For more information, visit indianamichiganpower.com or www.cookinfo.com.

The Berrien Community Foundation works to be the center of philanthropy in Berrien County. BCF holds endowment and other funds that help to fund programs and pro