03-18-2018 School news & calendars

THIS “KUTE KID” is… Jaxon Lee Loshbough, 7 lbs 7 oz, 20 inches, born on March 2, 2018 to Brook Rose and Willy Loshbough. Proud big brother is 15-month-old William. Jaxon’s grandparents are Leanne Rose, Brad & Karen Rose, and Amy & Bill Loshbough. Loving great-grandparents are Anne & Karl Bayer, Parris & Fran Rose, Dian & Ed Mahar, Karen & Brig Johnson, Barb & Sonny Loshbough. Baby Jaxon shares his birthday with his special Great Aunt Gillian Marchenko! Share a photo of your “Kute Kids” with your friends, neighbors, and relatives who read the Tri-City Record. Make sure you write your kids’ names on the back of the picture and include any other information about it you would like to see in the paper, including mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, and so on. Send the “original” photo to the Tri-City Record, P.O. Box 7, Watervliet, MI 49098 or email it with your information to record@tricityrecord.com. Pick up your photo after it appears in the paper or include a stamped, self-addressed envelope and we will mail it back to you.

Van Buren Technology Center’s DECA Chapter announces winners at district conference

Nineteen students from the Van Buren Technology Center’s Marketing/ Entrepreneurship program attended the District 3 DECA competition at Kalamazoo Valley Community College on Friday, January 19. There were 641 students from 16 Southwest Michigan schools competing in 26 events. Each event consists of a written exam and a role play presentation.

WATERVLIET NORTH SCHOOL ROCK STARS… for March 2018 are (from the left): Owen Epple, Julian Cardoso and Nate Schmitt. Owen is a 5th grade student in Mrs. Morse’s room. He has passed all of his timed tests, has straight A’s, and always does his best work. Julian is a 4th grade student in Mrs. Holloway’s room. He is a very honest student, and he always does his very best. He has made a lot of growth in reading and math already this school year. Julian is a great friend to others and is very respectful. Nate is a 3rd grade student in Mrs. Brown’s room. He is an outstanding student who is always enthusiastic about learning and applying something new. He is a very helpful and caring student, willing to assist classmates and teachers whenever needed. Great job to all Rock Stars! Thank you to Burger King for donating gift certificates.

The following five students earned medals for overall event scores and qualified for the DECA State Career Development Conference which will be held at the Cobo Center in Detroit on March 9-11: Josh Alburtus (Lawrence) for Principles of Hospitality and Tourism, Alexandra Mangan and Justin Allison Jr. (both Gobles) for Marketing Management Team, and Kiarra Herson (Paw Paw) and Kirsten Kneller (Gobles) for Travel and Tourism Team. Additionally, Josh Alburtus and Kiarra Herson received medals in their respective events for high test scores. In addition to those that qualified, eleven students placed as alternates. These students will have the opportunity to compete at the state conference if the other finalists in these categories are unable to attend: Quentin Walantyn (Bangor) for Business Finance Series, Jordan Rosillo and Reagan McFadden (both South Haven) in Marketing Communications Team, Christopher Wagner (Paw Paw) for Restaurant and Food Service Management, Levi Hahn (Paw Paw) for Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Graciela Flores and Felisha Garcia (both Lawton) for Financial Services Team, Matthew Arnold and Herik Garcia (both Hartford) for Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team, and Lila Mancera and Cierra Teeples (both Lawton) for Travel and Tourism Team. DECA is a student run organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition.

WATERVLIET NORTH SCHOOL ROCK STARS… for March 2018 are (from the left): Kaylee Williamson, Olivia Mitchell, and Allison Poole. Kaylee is a 5th grader in Mrs. Laws’ room. She is a fantastic student who works very hard and has maintained all A’s so far this year. Kaylee also has an incredible work ethic and strives to help others in her classroom. Olivia is a 3rd grade student in Mrs. Bohle’s room. She always has a smile on her face. She’s very cooperative in the classroom with her peers. Olivia has a very caring heart, and cares deeply about others. Allison is a 3rd grade student in Mr. Babcock’s room. She is always willing to go above and beyond what is expected of her in the classroom. Allison continually looks for ways to help other students out without thinking twice about it. Great job to all Rock Stars! Thank you to Burger King for donating gift certificates.

Soil health  seminar sponsored by Berrien Conservation District

A free soil health seminar will be held at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center located at 1791 Hillandale Rd. in Benton Harbor on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Registration with coffee and donuts is from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. and the seminar is from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Dr. Ray Smith, owner of Phase II Inc., will present information on nutrient interactions and soil health, and how nutrients in the soil become available to plants. Dr. Smith has over 50 years of experience as a certified agronomist and soil consultant. He has developed a fertilizer formulation that is environmentally friendly to maximize crop quality and yields. Speaker Ryan Smith will talk about economic farming challenges and speaker Keith Morris will explain application of the Phase II fertilizer system in different crops. The event is sponsored by the Berrien Conservation District, for questions call 269-471-9111 x3.

Fridays, thru Mar. 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m. “LENTEN FISH FRY” at American Legion Post 362, 351 E. St. Joseph St., Coloma. Adult dinners/$9; all-you-can-eat fish dinners/$11; children 4-12/$5; children 3 and under are free. Call 468-5501 for takeout orders. Thursday, Mar. 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. “SUSIE’S GOODIES SALE” hosted by Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Auxiliary. Items for sale include baked goods and candies. Sale held in first floor classroom C of the hospital at 400 Medical Park Dr., Watervliet Friday, Mar. 16, 6 p.m. “XO MARRIAGE CONFERENCE” hosted by LifeBridge Church, 10420 M-140, South Haven. Ends at 4:00 p.m. March 17. $30/person. To register, visit webuildbridges.org/x02018. For more info, call 269-872-3464. Saturday, Mar. 17, 2:30-4:30 p.m. “ST. PATRICK’S DAY SCAVENGER HUNT” at North Berrien Historical Museum, 300 Coloma Ave., Coloma. Free event for kids 6-12, and their families. Call 468-3330 for more information. Tuesday, Mar. 20, 7:00 p.m. “SILVER BEACH AMUSEMENT PARK” presentation at North Berrien Historical Museum, 300 Coloma Ave., Coloma. Free event; no RSVP required. Contact 468-3330 or kristen@northberrienhistory.org for more info. Thursday, Mar. 22, 5:30-8:00 p.m. “PRESCHOOL ROUND-UP” eligibility determination for FREE preschool thru Great Start Readiness Program and Tri-County Head Start. Takes place at Watervliet South Elementary. For more information call Berrien RESA at 471-7725, Watervliet Public Schools at 463-6755 or Tri-County Head Start at 1-800-792-0366. Saturday, Mar. 24, 1 p.m. “EASTER EGG HUNT” sponsored by Van Buren Sportsmen’s Club in Hartford’s Ely Park. Rain date: Saturday, Mar. 31, 1 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 24, 1 & 3 p.m. “LIVE RAPTORS AT SARETT” presented by Lake Milton Raptor Education Center. Sarett Nature Center is located at 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor. Admission: $5/adults, $2/children Saturday, Mar. 24, 4-8 p.m. “SPAGHETTI DINNER FUND-RAISER” at the Keeler Township Fire Department, 64121 Territorial Rd., Hartford. Dinner is by donation only and includes spaghetti, rolls, salad, and dessert. Sunday, Mar. 25, 2 p.m. “TRAIL CLEAN-UP & WORK DAY” at Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor. Volunteers need to wear work clothes, boots & gloves. Sunday, Apr. 1, 10:30 a.m. “THE ENCOUNTER” Easter drama at River of Life Church, 8712 Red Arrow Hwy, Watervliet. Public invited; call 463-3224 for more info or to request a ride. Saturday, Apr. 7, 9 a.m. “SPRING STAMPEDE 5K RUN/WALK” at Sarett Nature Center. Registration open at 7:30 a.m. Fun run at 8:30 a.m. Pre-register at runsignup.com. Call 927-4832 or visit sarett.com for more information.