01-18-2018 News and Newsmakers of 2017 revisited

By Angela Stair In the first weeks of the New Year it is an annual tradition of the Tri-City Record to recall the headline stories of the past year. Following the News and Newsmakers feature, the Record will publish noteworthy stories and photos from the Press Box columns of 2017. Complete pages of each issue are archived at www.tricityrecord.com. They are also available for viewing on the Coloma Public Library website resources in newspaper archives at colomapubliclibrary.net. Continued from last week… OCTOBER 5, 2017 New neighbors in town; increase of Amish families is positive change to community, making neglected property productive The communities of Hartford, Lawrence and Bangor have some new neighbors in their area. Amish families have been steadily increasing their presence in the area over the last couple years. These very private, hardworking people are making a positive change in the communities by buying run down or neglected farms and cleaning them up to make them productive again. Amish church groups seek to maintain a degree of separation from the non-Amish world, i.e. American and Canadian society. The young couple that spoke with the Tri-City Record was willing to speak with us, but asked that the paper not use their names, exact location, or pictures of them to maintain their privacy. The paper will honor their request. The young man said he, his wife and four young children (most families have 6-7 children) had been living approximately 100 miles north and wanted to move toward the south. When reaching this area, they liked it so much that they decided to settle here. When asked if all the new people were from the same area, he said no. The people arriving are from all over, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and other places. When researching the size of an Amish District, it was found that most districts consisted of from 20 to 40 families that are looked after by a Bishop, several ministers and deacons. There are between 12-18 families now in the area with more coming soon.

OTHER OCTOBER HEADLINE NEWS

Palisades’ closure delayed to 2022 as Entergy and Consumers continue Power Purchase Agreement Hartford Schools to seek replacement for long-time business manager Coloma Library Has Meet the Author Night with local writer, Rosanne Bittner School Board starts meeting with Lockdown Press Release for Coloma Jr. High & High School; Student said to have a weapon, police and staff find none Governor approves bills related to property tax exemptions; Vacation home tax scofflaws targeted by LaSata bill Sheriff’s training facility gun range back in State Supreme Court sights; Locals won first Supreme Court case in 2008 Supreme Court agrees to hear case of training facility; 12-year court battle pits Coloma Township against Berrien County insistence to operate gun range for deputies Chili Hop, 5K Run/Walk at Watervliet Municipal Airport Coloma Commission working at finding an ordinance officer; Chief Roe reports on school lockdown Hartford School Board thanks Redwood staff; Positive outlook of first 30 days Watervliet City receives good audit; Commissioners approve fireworks show for Panthers vs. Comets football game Coloma Township Board pledges to continue court battle with Berrien County over gun range on Angling Road; Police Chief says public safety millage increase needed for long-term police and fire services Watervliet Township gifts property in industrial park to city business; County police coverage cost increase has Supervisor looking for other options Kevin Mann’s Tale of the Hunt includes 1,400 lbs. bull moose and small boat ride in eight-foot waves Bainbridge Township amends policy on NSF checks, increases collection fee Save the Sidetrack Café campaign has kicked off Blast into Scouting at Watervliet Municipal Airport on Saturday Hagar Township Board looking for public input on unused baseball field; annual audit complete, township is debt-free It’s Green Gang versus Maroon Platoon Friday night; Coloma Comets meet Watervliet at Panther Stadium… continuing 100+ year tradition Watervliet Middle School students show off websites to Board of Education Keeler Township seeking recreation plan input; holds hearings for lake weed control assessments Former Hartford firefighter, Kyle David Norden, admits to numerous arsons Hartford and Watervliet seek gridiron glory as playoffs begin Friday City of Coloma seeking ordinance officer contract with Sieg Freitag Trick or Treating in the Tri-City Area Great Pumpkin Derby in Coloma this Saturday Safe Trick or Treat at Woodland Terrace in Coloma Trunk or Treat is Saturday in Coloma

NOVEMBER 2, 2017

City of Hartford voters to decide first mayoral race in decades as Johnson is challenged by Mayor pro-tem Hall The City of Harford’s last actual mayoral race was back in the mid-90s. Now incumbent Ted Johnson faces his first challenge in over a decade from his own Mayor Pro-Tem, City Commissioner Rick Hall.