01-25-2018 Free preschool offered in Watervliet; Lakeland Hospital Watervliet Auxiliary holding flow

KING AND QUEEN CANDIDATES… for Winterfest this Friday, January 26 at Watervliet High School. Senior boys running for king are (from the left): James Bell, Nick Swanson, Brad Scott, Jordan Leoni, and Tyler Eyerly. Queen candidates pictured are senior girls (from the left): Ariana Rowe, Ellie Troyer, Arianna Dolge, Kylee Warren, and Valarie Wells. Crowning will take place during halftime of the 7:30 p.m. varsity boys’ basketball game against Martin. This year’s theme is “Panther Throwback.” Student Council is holding the Winterfest dance immediately after the game until 11:30 p.m. with DJs, Benny Loshbough and Hunter Wright from WIRX.

WINTERFEST PRINCE AND PRINCESS… will be crowned Friday afternoon during the pep assembly. Candidates pictured are (from the left): Freshman Kade VanNiel, Sophomores Madelyn Wilkinson and Jay’Shawn Scruggs, and Juniors Payton Priebe and Eric Kehrer. Missing from the photo is Freshman Sophie Tavolacci. There will be 50/50 raffle tickets for sale during both varsity basketball games which begin at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening at Watervliet High School. All proceeds will benefit the WHS Post Prom event. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and that drawing will take place during halftime of the boys’ game.


Families have the opportunity to learn if they qualify for free preschool thanks to programs being offered in Berrien County through GSRP (Great Start Readiness Program) and Tri-County Head Start. Children living in Berrien County who are at least 4 years old, but not 5, by September 1, 2018, and 3-year-olds who meet Head Start guidelines may qualify for these programs. An event to determine eligibility is being held on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at South Elementary School. The Berrien County Health Department will also be on site providing vision and hearing screenings. Families are encouraged to attend. Families will need to bring a legal birth certificate and proof of income to help determine if they are eligible for FREE Preschool. (Please bring one of the following: 2017 tax return, 2017 W-2, or two months of current pay stubs.) School personnel and program representatives will be available to assist families in this process. Berrien County FREE Preschool programs are available at numerous sites throughout Berrien County. For more information contact: Berrien RESA at 269-471-7725, Watervliet Public Schools at 269-463-6755 or Tri-County Head Start at 1-800-792-0366. If you would like more information on Berrien County FREE Preschool please contact Early Childhood Services, Berrien RESA at 269-471-7725. This program complies with all federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and with all requirements and regulations of the United States Department of Education and the Michigan State Department of Education.

Lakeland Hospital Watervliet Auxiliary holding flower and candy sale on Valentine’s Day

Lakeland Hospital Watervliet Auxiliary will host their annual Valentine Flower and Candy Sale. The sale will be Wednesday, February 14, 2018 in the hospital lobby located at 400 Medical Park Dr, Watervliet. Proceeds go to hospital projects supported by the auxiliary.

Hartford School Board moves into the New Year: 2018 Consent Agenda approved; board considers reviewing trustee compensation By Jon Bisnett The Hartford Public School Board began their January 11 annual organizational meeting with senior board trustee Jason Meachum serving as temporary chairman to address the brief agenda to begin the year 2018. At a brisk pace the board handled the tasks of electing officers. With all trustees present except Lisa Johnson, Meachum entertained a motion for a unanimous ballot, subsequently approved in a roll call vote. Ben Chamber will continue to serve as president, with Mike Banic, vice president. Secretary Jason Meachum continues along with Kurt Kuhnle as treasurer. Consent Agenda