02-13-2020 Kute Kids; VBCD seeks input on county’s natural resources; VBCD seeks input on county’s n

THIS KUTE KID IS… adventure seeking Hannah Halamka. She turned 6 years old on Feb. 12! Hannah is the daughter of Jody and Jenni Halamka, granddaughter of Diana Olmsted and the late Jim Olmsted, granddaughter of Coleen Halamka and the late Les Halamka, and great-granddaughter of Irma Krieger. Hannah loves playing basketball, swimming, singing and playing with her friends. Happy birthday Hanni, your family loves you to the moon and back!!

N.B. Historical Museum to host presentation on women’s suffrage, Tues., Feb. 18

Michigan women were on the forefront of the national women’s suffrage movement and the state of Michigan was often in the national eye. This was due to its pioneering status as one of the few states where women could vote in school elections long before they won full suffrage. The upcoming 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment is a fitting time to examine and celebrate Michigan’s role in the suffrage movement. Ruth Stevens is a retired professor of Legal Studies at Grand Valley State University, where she taught Women and the Law, among other Legal Studies courses. She is currently a member of the board of the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council. Her work on Ella Mae Backus, the first female Assistant U.S. Attorney in Michigan, was published in the Michigan Historical Review. More recently, Stevens has turned her attention to filling gaps in the story of the women’s suffrage movement in Michigan, with special attention to local suffrage efforts. Her presentation, Getting the Vote: Michigan Women and the Path to Suffrage, is an inspirational story which sheds light on how determined individuals can join together to battle and overcome injustice. No RSVP is required for this free program, which takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7:00 p.m. The North Berrien Historical Museum is located at 300 Coloma Ave. across from Coloma High School. Please contact peter@northberrienhistory.org with any questions or call the Museum at (269) 468-3330.

VBCD seeks input on county’s natural resources

(Press Release) Every few years, the Van Buren Conservation District (VBCD) looks for feedback about natural resources and conservation in the county. These surveys help prioritize the most important needs identified by residents and/or visitors, helping guide Conservation District programs and projects that help promote and implement voluntary conservation. “We feel it is very important to hear from a wide variety of residents to get a good representation of views across the County. We have set a high goal for responses from people that live, work or play in our communities and look forward to evaluating the responses,” says AJ Brucks, Executive Director. Anyone that lives, works, or plays in Van Buren County is encouraged to take a few minutes to give their input. This survey can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VanBurenCo or by paper copy. For a paper copy, please contact the VBCD at 269-657-4030×5 or stop by the office (1035 E. Michigan Ave. Paw Paw, MI). Visit www.VanBurenCD.org for the online survey link or to print a copy. All responses will be kept anonymous and surveys will be available through April 30, 2020. The Van Buren Conservation District provides education, technical assistance, partnerships, and contacts for local resources to help residents conserve their lands and the environment for a cleaner, healthier, and economically stronger Van Buren County.

Coloma School Board adding security cameras

By Annette Christie The Coloma School Board took action at their Monday, Feb. 10 meeting to further improve their security camera system. Recently the district received a grant from the Michigan State Police which allowed them to improve and increase the cameras throughout the district. In that review and under further observation, additional areas were identified as needing the additional visibility that cameras will give them. The board approved expenditure in the amount of $18,000 out of the sinking fund. Senior trip approved The board also approved an overnight senior class trip to be held in May. In a repeat from last year, interested seniors can attend the trip to Six Flags Great America Amusement Park in northern Illinois. Graduating seniors can celebrate their success with classmates and friends from all around the Midwest on a day built especially for them. The packages include all day admission and other special activities for seniors. Last year was the first time that Coloma seniors had participated in an event like this and it was well received. Scheduled dates Future dates of interest include Kindergarten round-up on March 18 and 19; Band Festival from March 2-5; Choir Festival for junior high on Feb. 25 and high school on Feb. 26. Spring Count Day was Feb. 12.

Burger Night at Coloma American Legion, Feb. 20

Everyone is invited to Burger Night Thursday, Feb. 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 362 in Coloma. They will be serving hamburgers, cheeseburgers and French fries. Post 362 is located at the corner of East St. Joseph and Sassafras streets.

Rotary hosts Attorney John C. Postelli Mr. John C. Postelli, Attorney from Postelli Law Office in Coloma, was the program for the Paw Paw Lake Rotary Club’s recent meeting. His presentation was on Estate Planning. He has been practicing for 32 years. Attorney Postelli said, “Money makes people funny.” He spoke of the importance of having primary and contingent beneficiaries, a Last Will and Testament, a durable power of attorney for finance and for healthcare. He said it’s important to have a plan for long term care as Medicare only pays for the first 100 days in a facility after that it’s self-pay. Which turns into a spend down situation. All of your money is spent down to $2,000 and then Medicaid starts paying. During the program, he mentioned doing a ‘Lady Bird Deed’ for a person’s home to help protect it. He also said it’s important to seek professional help with estate planning. Many people think they are planning correctly only to find out they’ve made costly mistakes that affect their family. Paw Paw Lake Rotary Club meets regularly on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. at Lakeland Hospital Watervliet.


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