02-28-2019 Letters and Commentary

Thank God for our local heroes Dear Editor, Our brave men and women of the North Berrien Fire and Rescue Department plunged headway into a burning, smoke-filled building without any concern for their own welfare and safety. They did not know what to expect; the roof could collapse on them, the floor could give way, and every time they answer any call, they are putting their lives at stake. We recently experienced a devastating fire at our family restaurant. Without the quick action of the First Responders, the building could have been a complete loss. As it is, we suffered extensive damage to the interior. We will rebuild and open as soon as humanly possible. Our hearts go out first to our very dedicated, long time employees for this loss of employment during this period. And secondly, to our very loyal and wonderful customers who have supported us thru the 62 years in business at the same location, our local residents that support us all year, and of course our seasonal customers with over three generations of families that have graced us with their support, they are all our extended family. A sincere thank you goes to Fire Chief Mike Mattix and the outstanding men and women of the North Berrien Fire and Rescue. Also, a very special thank you to the mutual aid from the Benton Charter Township and Covert Fire Departments who were immediately on the scene to offer assistance if needed, such a comforting site. And finally, huge thanks to the citizen who saw the smoke and called 911 which saved precious time. We will rebuild with the same family atmosphere that we have provided for the past 62 years. Next time you see a firefighter, a police officer, a paramedic, military personnel active or veteran, tell them thanks, and GOD BLESS them for they are our real HEROES. The DiMaggio Family, Hagar Township

Tree trimmers helped Coloma Twp. not lose power Dear Editor, KUDOS to the tree trimmers who worked through I&M during all the winter months, we never lost our power during the recent windstorm. This should alleviate all the power outages we had last year in Coloma Twp. Thanks again for all your hard work! Dawn Consolino, Coloma

Where’s Travis? Dear Editor, A few years ago you carried an article about a young Watervliet HS graduate, Travis Bolin, who was then a member of the Texas Rangers minor league farm system. Since my wife is from Watervliet and we volunteer at Surprise Stadium where the Texas Rangers conduct Spring Training, we decided to see if we could meet him face to face. The Texas Rangers arraigned our meeting. I’m writing now because we have lost touch with him and wonder if he was traded to another team or perhaps gave up on baseball and is back in Watervliet. Whatever help you might provide would be greatly appreciated. I should mention that we look forward to receiving the Tri-City Record each week and reading the many articles. Keep up the fine journalism. Pam and Jerry Wojtas, Surprise AZ

Seeking applicants for Lioness Club scholarships The Coloma Lioness Club is seeking applicants for two $1,000.00 scholarships that will be awarded to two Coloma High School seniors this spring. To be eligible, the student must be enrolled as a full-time college student in the fall of 2019 and have a minimum grade point average of 2.75. The application must be completed and returned to the Coloma High School Guidance Counselor or a Lioness Club member no later than April 10, 2019. Applications and instructions are available at the High School Counselor’s office or can be located on the Coloma Lioness Facebook page: cdn.fbsbx.com. A dehumanized USA Dear Editor, Vice President Pence’s recent visit to honor Jewish Holocaust victims at Auschwitz reminded me about America’s still ongoing inhumanity and disrespect for human life. We are shocked about how Nazi Germany, under Hitler, became so inhumane that they murdered millions of God’s elect-Jewish people, trying to exterminate them. They displayed total disregard for human life in this horrific crime against God and humanity. And we should also be alarmed that Iranian leaders want to “kill all Jews and annihilate Israel.” They have been fed hate toward God’s chosen nation for so long that they say it is “legal and acceptable” to exterminate them. They sure do not know that God said He would bless those who bless Israel, and curse those who curse Israel. With such hate they only curse themselves. A society which believes in killing innocent human beings is a morally sick society. God’s just Commandments were edged in stone by God’s fiery finger, and given to Moses, to create a just and orderly nation/world, and so that Israel would be a blessing to the world. After more than 400 years in captivity in Egypt, God kept His promise to Abraham, and gave the land of Canaan as inheritance to Jacob/Israel, one of Abraham descendants. The people in that land had become morally corrupt and God passed judgment upon them to cleanse the land. Parents were spilling their children’s blood by throwing them into the fire in worship of idols. In the last several decades America has gone so far away from God that it is now even more corrupt than Nazi Germany and Canaan. Respect for God, and for His God-given-human life, is sorely missing. Individual and national judgment is coming. Time to Repent! Manuel Ybarra, Jr. Coalgate, OK United Way “Win A Car” winner takes the prize at Tyler Auto Seven finalists faced off in the United Way of Southwest Michigan Car Challenge on Tuesday, February 19 at Tyler Automotive in Stevensville. The finalists were given a random key; one of those keys started the car. John Taylor, a GIS specialist at Whirlpool, was the lucky winner of a two-year lease on a sub-compact vehicle from Tyler Automotive. “That was pretty wild!” Taylor said when the car started. “Believe it or not, I’ve never won anything before,” he exclaimed to the crowd at the dealership. To help incentivize last year’s campaign, United Way of Southwest Michigan partnered with Tyler Automotive to provide a Car Challenge. Donors who gave $156 (or $3 per week) were automatically entered into a drawing to be eligible. The finalist names were drawn and announced on February 7 on a Facebook Livestream. Chris Tyler, who owns Tyler Automotive, said, “We love partnering with United Way on this fun incentive for their campaign. We hope it raises awareness of what United Way does for this area and that each person can make quite an impact with their donation.” A gift of $3 a week for a year has big impact! It provides: 34 meals for someone dealing with food insecurity; two months of support to help a young child learn to read; one free book for a child every month for five years; school supplies for eight kids to start the school year; support for two individuals to address their mental health; one year of a physical activity/nutrition program for a school-age youth. United Way of Southwest Michigan is thankful to all who donated last year for helping to make the campaign a big success and to Tyler Automotive for its generous support. Restricted Use Pesticide Review Workshop and RUP Exam offered A Restricted Use Pesticide Review Workshop for private and commercial applicators will be held Wednesday, March 13, at the Berrien County MSU Extension office, 1737 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor. Registration, along with refreshments begins at 8:30 a.m. The pest management review will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The Pesticide Applicator Core Manual is available on-line for purchase for $30.00 plus tax at the MSU Extension Bookstore at http://shop.msu.edu/category_s 345.htm. A fee of $25.00 covers the review session given by Michigan State University Extension staff. Fee can be paid in advance by cash or by check payable to MSU. To register, call the Berrien County MSU Extension office at 269-927-5674 by March 8. An open exam period is scheduled in which all private and commercial exams will be administered by Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) staff at 12:30 p.m. MDARD procedures requires that applicants pay a separate exam fee ($50.00 private; $75.00 commercial) by check or money order – NO CASH — at the exam site. Identification and renewal notices (for recertification exams) are also needed in order to take the test. No exams will be given after 2:00 p.m. Michigan State University prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, or family status. For registration information, disability accommodations or questions, please contact the Berrien County Michigan State University Extension office at (269) 927-5674.