02-21-2019 Letters and Commentary

CORRECTION In the February 14, 2019 issue of Tri-City Record, the following errors were reported in the article on the Bainbridge Township meeting: The survey was for Boyer cemetery (not Byers); Nancy Weber was reported to be the Clerk, she is the Treasurer; salary increase of 3% not 2% approved for hourly, salaried and deputy employees. In addition, in the article reporting on the Coloma City Commission meeting, the Coloma royalty listed Miss Teen Coloma 1st Runner-up as Kylie Smith. The correct name is Kylie Prisk. Missing to the list was Miss Teen Sweetie Isabella Greenman. Tri-City Record is sorry for any inconvenience or confusion these errors may have caused.

Family Dollar announces grand re-opening celebration in Coloma, Saturday Family Dollar Stores, Inc., a leading small format and convenience retailer, has announced plans for a renovated store’s grand re-opening in Coloma. “Family Dollar is proud to be a part of the Coloma community and we’re excited to welcome existing and new customers to our newly renovated store,” said Heather Briganti, Family Dollar spokesperson. “In addition to providing everyday low prices and a broad assortment of merchandise, we have expanded our selection of food, beauty and essentials, household products, and seasonal items. Our renovated store should provide even greater value and convenience to our shoppers.” There will be a grand re-opening celebration for the community from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23. The event will feature gift basket raffles, giveaways, free samples and family-fun entertainment. In addition, the first 50 customers on Saturday will receive a gift card and reusable gift bag. Family Dollar stores are open seven days a week and offer everyday items for the entire family in an easy-to-shop neighborhood location. The store is located at 251 North Paw Paw Street.

Bishop Bradley releases statement on the Holy See’s decision to dismiss the former Archbishop Theodore McCarrick from the clerical state Bishop Paul J. Bradley has released the following statement upon the decision of the Holy See announced Feb. 16 regarding the former Archbishop Emeritus Theodore McCarrick: “Today’s announcement that Pope Francis has approved the dismissal from the clerical state of the former Archbishop Emeritus, Theodore McCarrick, comes as a sad, yet just decision. While further investigation into this grave matter continues, this unprecedented step of dismissing a member of the hierarchy from all rights and obligations of ordained ministry, as well as all ability to function as a member of the Catholic clergy, is an important step forward. It is also a significant demonstration that everyone, regardless of rank or status, is accountable to the Law of God and the Laws of the Church. I affirm the statements made by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the official statement from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. “Most importantly, I call on all of us to unite our prayers with all survivors of clergy sex abuse. As Pope Francis prepares to convene the historic worldwide meeting of Bishops, representing all Episcopal Conferences throughout the world, beginning on Thursday, February 21, through Sunday, February 24, let us also pray that the Holy Spirit will guide those important deliberations, enabling us to find the necessary and effective solutions to root out the evil and sin of sexual abuse, especially among those raised to ordained ministry, forever. “I take this occasion to reaffirm my efforts to continue doing all that we can in our Diocese to ensure that I, all our priests and deacons, as well as all those who have any involvement in carrying out the apostolic life of the Church, remain firmly committed to protecting our precious children and all people entrusted into our pastoral care. We remain steadfast in the implementation of our ‘Plan to Protect’, as well as all our Diocesan policies and procedures related to creating a safe environment for all God’s people. I also take this occasion to urge anyone who has ever experienced anything of that nature, who has not already done so, to come forward by contacting the Diocese of Kalamazoo’s Sexual Misconduct Question and Reporting Line (877) 802-0115, your local law enforcement, or both.”

Berrien County 9th grade students to learn about careers, pathways while meeting with employers On Friday, Feb. 22, over 1,500 freshmen will visit Lake Michigan College’s Hanson Technology Center to meet with Berrien County employers to learn about future job opportunities during Berrien Regional Education Service Agency’s (Berrien RESA) Career Pathways Day. The event’s aim is to help 9th grade students begin to identify career choices that they are interested in, help them determine how to prepare themselves for that career by aligning their high school and post-secondary education curriculum choice, and then learn about the employment opportunities within the community that may help them with their future post-secondary training and education. Employers will be organized into sections based on Michigan’s Career Pathways: Arts & Communication, Business Management, Marketing, Engineering, Manufacturing and Industrial Technology, Health Sciences, Human Services, and Natural Resources & Agri-Science. College representatives from both Lake Michigan College and Southwestern Michigan College will also be onsite to answer any questions students may have. “This is a tremendous experience for area students,” said Berrien RESA Career & Technical Education Regional Director Chris Machiniak. “They will enjoy hands-on activities presented to them by employers from the area. Based on what interests them the most, they will then return to their home districts and meet with their counselors and teachers to help them determine how best to prepare for employment in their chosen field. The goal is to help students narrow their focus on what they want to do in the future and to realize that Southwest Michigan offers a multitude of job opportunities that will satisfy their career aspirations.” Machiniak explained that this is not a job fair, but a career exploration opportunity. Students will be interacting with engineers, business owners, instructional technologists, biologists, crop consultants, office managers, bankers, nurses and more to gain a first-hand understanding of what it means to be employed in that field. Berrien County employers will benefit too. The event will bring employers and students together in an effort to help close the ‘skills gap’ that we are experiencing in our region. “For many of our young people, they have never had the opportunity to ask a welder or a human resource professional what their day-to-day life is like,” said Machiniak. “This event will provide students with direct access to these individuals and see first-hand that they are successful. Students will also recognize that the featured employees are their neighbors and people that they see in their communities regularly, providing a connection for the students to see people they know living out their career goals right here in Berrien County.” Participating companies include: Maximum Mold, Moersch Hospitality Group (Round Barn Winery and Public House, Tabor Hill Restaurant), Honor Credit Union, Whirlpool Corporation, Eagle Technologies, Vickers Engineering, Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 357, Cook Nuclear Plant, Edgewater Automatio