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 projects throughout Berrien County. Through these funds the Community Foundation is able to support the ever-changing needs of Berrien County now and into the future. The Foundation holds over $48 million in assets providing grants and scholarship throughout the County. The Foundation also provides opportunities for individuals to fulfill their charitable intentions through life-end giving and estate planning. For more information on the Berrien Community Foundation visit our website at www.BerrienCommunity.org or call (269) 983-3304.

Watervliet Public Schools

Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 11

Berrien County Playgroup, South School Gym, 9:30 a.m.; JV Girls & JV Boys Basketball at Lawrence, 5:30 & 7:00 p.m.

Friday, January 12

South & North Schools Spirit Day

Varsity Girls & Varsity Boys Basketball, Home vs. Lawrence, 6:00 & 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 13

Varsity Wrestling at Fruitport Invitational, 9:00 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 15 – Friday, Jan. 19

NWEA Testing at North School

Monday, January 15

1/2 Day for all students – Teacher Professional Development

7th and 8th grade Maroon girls basketball at Brandywine, 4:30 & 6:00 p.m.; JV Girls and JV Boys Basketball, Home vs. Schoolcraft, 5:30 & 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 16

North School Choir, 3:10 – 4:15 p.m.; Varsity Girls and Varsity Boys Basketball at Schoolcraft, 5:30 & 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 17

½ Day for MS & HS Only – Exams

7th grade White girls basketball at Paw Paw, 4:30 p.m.; Wrestling at Delton with Martin, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 18

½ Day for MS & HS Only – Exams

Middle School Wrestling at Coloma, 5:00 p.m.; 7th and 8th grade Maroon girls basketball at Andrews, 5:30 p.m.; JV Girls and JV Boys Basketball, Home vs. Gobles, 5:30 & 7:00 p.m.

Friday, January 19

½ Day for all Buildings

End of First Semester

Varsity Girls and Varsity Boys Basketball at Gobles, 6:00 & 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 20

Varsity Wrestling at Marcellus Invitational, 9:00 a.m.; Elementary Movie Night (Despicable Me 3), South School, 5:30 p.m.

Rep. LaSata hosts local coffee hours

 State Rep. Kim LaSata announced plans to meet with residents of Berrien County during her first scheduled office hours of 2018.

“As the Legislature starts a new year, I want to hear from residents of Berrien County on issues they would like tackled in 2018,” LaSata said. “Hearing directly from people in the community will help me better serve them in Lansing.”

January office hours take place on Monday, Jan. 29 at Martin’s Supermarket, 5637 Cleveland Ave. in Stevensville from 10 to 11 a.m.

No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend are invited to contact her Lansing office by phone at 517-373-1403 or via email at KimLaSata@house.mi.gov.

Friday, Jan. 12, 6:00 p.m. “CUPCAKES FOR ZOE” fundraiser hosted by WHS varsity cheerleaders at the Watervliet High School gymnasium during the girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball games. By donation. For more information, contact Karlianne Loshbough at 269-861-2075 or facebook.com/karlianne.loshbough

Saturday, Jan. 13, 6 p.m. “MISS WATERVLIET 2018 PAGEANT” at the Watervliet High School Auditorium. Tickets are $20 at the door. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 14, 4 p.m. “TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE” Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, Sodus is offering a free screening of the classic movie starring Humphrey Bogart.  Free pop and popcorn; bring a friend.

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m. “AVIATION FIRSTS IN SW MICHIGAN” presented by Dr. Stuart Boekeloo at North Berrien Historical Museum, 300 Coloma Ave., Coloma. Free program, no RSVP

Monday, Jan. 29, 10-11 a.m. “REP. LASATA COFFEE HOUR” at Martin’s Supermarket, 5637 Cleveland Ave., Stevensville. No appt necessary.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. “AARON SHUST CONCERT” at Freshwater Community Church, 274 E. West St., Coloma. $16 general admission tickets available at Eventbrite.com. For more info contact Amy Loshbough at 269-876-1326.

Sunday, Mar. 11 “MR. BLOSSOMTIME 2018 CONTEST” at Lake Michigan College Mendel Center

Monday, Mar. 12 “MISS BLOSSOMTIME 2018 PAGEANT” at Lake Michigan College Mendel Center

April 23, 24 and 26, 5:30-9:30 p.m. “RAD BASIC PHYSICAL DEFENSE FOR WOMEN” offered by Berrien County Sheriff’s Office at Berrien County Health Dept., 2149 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor. Free classes offered to females age 16 and older. Pre-register at 983-7111 ext. 7715 or RAD@berriencounty.org

Saturday, July 14 “WATERVLIET PAPER MILL REUNION” hosted by North Berrien Historical Society. Former mill employees and family members may share items, photos & documents of the mill by calling the historical society at 468-3330 or emailing info@northberrienhistory.org.

Mondays, 7 p.m. “PUB THEOLOGY” at Arclight Brewery. Public is invited to join in discussions. Hosted by St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. “PICKLEBALL” (excluding holidays) at Watervliet Catholic School (Head Start) gym, Lucinda Lane and M-140. Must wear clean gym shoes.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. & Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. “STORY HOUR” at Watervliet District Library. Program for preschool-aged children thru Apr.

Thursdays, 6 – 10 p.m. “Trap shooting” at the Coloma Rod & Gun Club.

Second Thursday of each month, 3 – 5 p.m. “BERRIEN COUNTY PARKINSON SUPPORT GROUP” at Lakeland Healthcare Frederick S. Upton Education Center rooms 5 & 6, 1234 Napier Ave. For info, contact Michigan Parkinson Foundation at 800-852-9781 or bcpdsupport@aol.com.

Third Monday of each month, 3 – 6 p.m. “FOOD BANK” at Central Assembly of God, 6801 Ryno Rd., Coloma.