03-14-2019 N.B. Historical Museum to host program about the House of David, March 19; 80th birthday

80th birthday open house for Pat Snow Pat Snow has been a lifelong member of the Coloma community and will be celebrating her 80th birthday on March 23, 2019. She has been a realtor for Tala Real Estate in Coloma for 35 years and is still going strong! She is a lifelong active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet. Pat’s children and their spouses are Robert and Kim Molter, George and Dina Molter, Gina and Patrick O’Brien, Lisa and Lindy Dolezan, Donna and Jim Strouse, Dana and Chris Nosich, Peter Molter and Natalie Contreras; she has 15 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

N.B. Historical Museum to host program about the House of David, March 19

Founded in Benton Harbor as a religious society in 1903, the House of David has long been the subject of urban legends and tall tales. In an effort to dispel some of these mistruths, three representatives of the House of David will team up at the North Berrien Historical Museum, 300 Coloma Ave. in Coloma on Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. to present the numerous fables and misrepresentations of the House of David dating back to the 1920s up to the present. Brian Ziebart is a trustee, archivist, and historian for the House of David and has spent more time with their collections than anyone else. Debbie Boyersmith is the preservationist for Eden Springs Park whose family was part of the House of David for many years. Ron Taylor is a trustee, archivist, historian, and the museum director whose family joined the House of David at Sydney, Australia, in 1919—100 years ago. The presentation will take on three aspects of the falsehoods circulated and widely accepted: present day publications and broadcasts, Eden Springs Park’s many recognized features and entertainments, and a review of a twisted legal history that spanned a decade before the State Supreme Court overturned the several lower court decisions. But the legends have never died. The three speakers hope to make the presentation both entertaining and educational.

As a reminder, the North Berrien Historical Museum will also be hosting the St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, March 16 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. This program designed for children is in collaboration with the Coloma-Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce as part of their St. Patrick’s Day event the same day. Both programs are free. No RSVP is required. For questions, please call the Museum at (269) 468-3330 or email peter@northberrienhistory.org.

ROTARY SPEAKER… Chief Boatswains Mate Grant D. Heffner (right), the Officer in Charge for the local U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Station in St. Joseph, was the guest speaker at the Paw Paw Lake Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27. He is shown here with Jordan Ness, Rotary President. Heffner gave a fascinating account of the role of the USCG in maritime law enforcement. He takes his responsibilities very seriously as the coast guard because they are the only federal entity here locally that can enforce federal law. Native of Grosse Pointe,