01-24-2019 Emma Yazel and Mikenzie Chambers seek Miss Spirit 2019 title this Saturday; Enter the

COLOMA LIONESS CLUB delivered food and gifts to six families this Christmas. The club looks forward to this project each year and has found great rewards in helping make the Christmas season extra-special for those in need. Lioness members pictured are (from the left): Back row – Margot Mason, Cheryl Scholl, Rochelle Ulleg, Jo Ann Camp, Erica Hensel, Valerie Krieger, Sherri Ulleg, Carri McCarthy, Rosanne Bittner; Front row – Sandy Kraemer, Reggie Leedy, Sue Dahlquist, Debbie Friday, Kyra Krieger.

Emma Yazel and Mikenzie Chambers seek Miss Spirit 2019 title this Saturday By Annette Christie Olivia Ziemer of Hartford, outgoing Miss Spirit 2018, just may be able to pass on her crown to another Tri-City royal at the upcoming Miss Spirit Pageant this weekend. Hartford’s Mikenzie Chambers and Watervliet’s Emma Yazel will be vying for the title. Both Yazel and Chambers are the first runners-up to the queens in their respective communities and now have the opportunity to be a part of the Miss Blossomtime Pageant if they claim Miss Spirit.

The Miss Spirit of Blossomtime pageant is open to all first runners-up of community pageants. The winner of the Miss Spirit pageant will go on to participate in the Miss Blossomtime pageant though she is not eligible to win Miss Blossomtime, first runner-up, or second runner-up. She is eligible to be selected as Miss Congeniality by her fellow Blossomtime contestants. She may also win awards for the modeling, communications, photography, and community service portion of the contest.

Mikenzie Chambers, 17, is a senior attending Hartford High School. The daughter of Ben Chambers and Kim Chambers, she will be continuing her basketball career in college where she will attend Northwood University. Her future plans are to obtain a degree in sports management and to hopefully become a high school or collegiate athletic director.

Emma Yazel, 18, is a senior at Watervliet High School and attends Lake Michigan College. She will continue her education further at Wayne State University where she will receive a bachelor’s degree in Public Health. She ultimately plans on becoming a pediatrician with her own practice. She is the daughter of Brad Yazel and Rebecca Yazel. Runners-up from 16 other communities will join Chambers from Hartford and Yazel from Watervliet at the contest being held Saturday, Jan. 26 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Joseph High School.

Enter the Be My Valentine Love Letter contest and win prizes for your sweetie! The Tri-City Record is sponsoring a “Be My Valentine Love Letter” contest for Valentine’s Day, February 14. On that day a special someone will win dinner for two at Easy Street Inn in downtown Coloma along with many more gifts from the Tri-City Record advertisers. Selection of the “Be My Valentine Love Letter” winner is made by the staff of the Tri-City Record, based on the contents of a nominating letter submitted on behalf of the candidate. To enter that special someone in your life in the “Be My Valentine Love Letter” contest, simply write a letter to the Editor of the Tri-City Record. In 200 words or less, tell why this person deserves the “Be My Valentine Love Letter” title. Sign the letter and give your address and telephone number (do not forget that special someone’s name). Letters exceeding the 200 word limit will not be judged. Letter writer or nominee does not have to be a subscriber. Deadline for the letter entry is Friday, February 8, at 12:00 noon. The “Be My Valentine Love Letter” writer will be notified that day and the special someone mentioned in the letter will also be notified by the Tri-City Record. Winning letter and picture of winner will appear in the February 14 edition of the Tri-City Record. All letters submitted for consideration will appear in the Tri-City Record, as space allows, up to and after Valentine’s Day. The Tri-City Record reserves the right to not publish any letter for inappropriate contents.

Don’t Punish Pain Rally in Coloma Tues., Jan. 29 On Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 from 11 a.m. until noon a local rally will take place following the lead of the “Don’t Punish Pain Nationwide Rally”. The rally will be held at the Coloma City Hall, 119 N. Paw Paw Street. This is the third “Don’t Punish Pain Nationwide Rally”. While attempting to rein in the abuse and misuse of illegal/illicit drugs, the federal government has implemented policy that has caused great harm to Americans in genuine need of legitimately prescribed FDA-approved pain medications. The CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain were released in 2016. These guidelines were intended ONLY to provide recommendations for primary care clinicians who prescribe opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care. After the release of the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, millions of chronic pain patients went to follow-up appointments and discovered their provider would no longer treat chronic pain due to the CDC Guidelines. These patients were compliant patients, who were not abusing these FDA-approved prescription medications, and always used these medications exactly as prescribed. Their health care providers had been prescribing FDA-approved opioids as just one part of an overall integrated treatment plan.

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