01-30-2020 Hartford schools facility upgrades complete; Kute Kid; Work continues on Strategic Plan a

2020 OFFICERS… Watervliet 4-H Straight Shooters Club elected officers for 2020 on Dec. 8 at their annual Christmas party. Elected were (from the left): Reid Lowry – vice president, Charlotte Lowry – reporter/ photographer, Benjamin Lowry – treasurer, Mylia Mensah – president, and Henry Lowry – secretary. The Lowrys are from Watervliet and are homeschooled. Mensah is from Berrien Springs and a student in Berrien Springs schools. This will be the first time holding office for each of these new officers.


4-H Straight Shooters Club holding annual open house, March 22

Watervliet 4-H Straight Shooters Club will hold their 2nd annual open house for club sign-up on Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m. at the Watervliet Rod and Gun Club, 3413 Hennessey Rd. The club meets most every second and fourth Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Fee is $10 per year per child. Club is open to children ages 9-19 and if space available 7-8 year olds welcome as well. Members must have taken hunter safety class to shoot all fire arms, but may shoot archery. Children must be accompanied by an adult unless cleared by leaders!

THIS KUTE KID IS… Riley “the cool kid”, helping stack firewood. His parents, Brent & Jennifer Robbins of Benton Harbor, love him for helping with a smile. Riley’s proud grandparents are John & Marilyn Robbins of Benton Harbor and Mark & Marianne Dine of St. Joseph.



Hartford schools facility upgrades complete

By Jon Bisnett Typical monthly bills were presented at the Hartford school board business meeting on Monday, Jan. 20. Business Manager Rebecca Drake made note of the following: Apple iPads were purchased for the Redwood ESL department with 41a grant funding. Varsity boys and girls basketball uniforms were purchased. Billing for the lighting project at Redwood is complete including outdoor playground lighting and library lighting converted over to cost-saving LED. Two additional Chromebook carts were purchased for Redwood Elementary with leftover Capital Outlay Funds. A new ride-on floor scrubber for use at the high school – middle school campus was also purchased with excess Capital Outlay Funds. Also noted, the auditorium upgrade audio and lighting project is now complete and has been billed in full. Th