02-08-2018 Ian Haight  former Hagar Twp Clerk, announces candidacy for Michigan Senate, 21st Distric

Ian Haight  former Hagar Twp Clerk, announces candidacy for Michigan Senate, 21st District

The first Democrat announces his candidacy for Michigan’s 21st State Senate district comprising Berrien, Cass, and St. Joseph counties. Ian Haight, a resident of the city of St. Joseph and former Clerk for Hagar Township in Berrien County, is running for the State Senate seat being vacated by John Proos. Proos has represented the 21st District since 2010 and is term limited from running again.

New dryer vent debuts at National Home Builders Show; brainchild of local builder on shelves at Watervliet Hardware

By Annette Christie A brand new invented product made for home builders and the do-it-yourselfer has just finished its first production run, and can now be found in the Watervliet Hardware Store. Dryer Vent Made Easy was invented by Watervliet resident Dale Christie after struggling with the installation of dryer vents for many years. Christie, a residential custom home builder for over 35 years, found the cumbersome and unreliable way that dryer vents hook up, a common frustration and one that left a larger than desired space behind the dryer.

Murder mystery to be played out at Watervliet District Library, Feb. 22

The Watervliet District Library is hosting a murder mystery, and is looking for a few brave souls to sign up to participate and solve the crime. “Sour Grapes of Wrath” will be held Thursday, Feb. 22 at the library, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. The library’s community room will be transformed into the fictitious Killingsworth Vineyard Manor where the assembled guests will try to uncover the truth about the demise of Robert Killingsworth, the manor’s recently deceased owner. Six participants will be given specific parts to play (and all of them will be considered suspects). All other attendees will play the role of party guests; everyone will try to solve the mystery. A murder mystery is an interactive experience, where participants dress up to play an assigned role or match a theme. The evening’s setting will be a somewhat elaborate dinner party; all guests should dress accordingly. Participants can expect clues to be revealed throughout the evening, and work together in teams or alone to try to determine “who done it.” Approximately one week before the event invitations will be sent out to everyone who has signed up, providing further details of each individual’s role. Six people will be identified as suspects. The event offers plenty of food and fun for would-be actors and detectives, alike. Preregistration is required; contact the library at 269-463-6382, through Facebook messenger or info@wdlib.org to sign up. “Sour Grapes of Wrath” was written by Michael Akers and is made available for non-commercial use.

Babies born at Lakeland celebrate Heart Month with red knit hats

Volunteers for the American Heart Association and Lakeland Health are celebrating American Heart Month by knitting red hats for all babies born at southwest Michigan area hospitals in February. The Little Hats, Big Hearts project raises awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects (CHD), the most common type of birth defect in the country and the leading killer of infants with birth defects.