03-19-2020 Columns; Vets to receive medals at planned May 9, Coloma; Grace Christian School announce

Grace Christian School announces date changes and March Students of the Month

Grace Christian School postponed their March 17 Open House under the advisement of President Trump to limit gatherings of more than 10 people. A new date has not yet been set, but will be announced when that information becomes available. The Grace Christian School Annual Auction originally set for March 28 is rescheduled for Saturday, April 25. Doors will open at 3:30 for registration. Silent Auction bidding begins at 4:00 p.m. and the Live Auction begins at 4:30 p.m. To see a complete list of auction items, visit: https://www.silentauctionpro.com/onlineprogramguide.php?group=1347&event=2958. March Students of the Month

Grace Christian School Students of the Month for March 2020 are Brayden DesRosiers in 7th Grade and Daijah Strickland in the 9th Grade.


Vets to receive medals at planned May 9, Coloma Vietnam Veterans Celebration; City hires Ordinance Officer

By Nancy Albright Coloma plans to award medals to Vietnam vets in commemoration of their service at the Vietnam Veterans Celebration scheduled for May 9, 2020. U.S. Medal of Honor recipient Pfc. James McCloughan of South Haven will speak at the rededication of the Vietnam War Memorial in Baker Park following a parade through downtown Coloma honoring all veterans. McCloughan will award the medals along with an official letter signed by him at a dinner hosted by Coloma FOP Lodge 147 that evening. “All those who wish to receive a medal will,” said City Commissioner Fred Reeves. Honor Flights will also have a booth at the FOP event that evening. The non-profit organization arranges visits to Washington D.C. war memorials at no cost to veterans. For more information on the Honor Flight Network visit honorflights.org. The city is relocating the Vietnam War Memorial in Baker Park to the north end of the green for rededication. After widening Paw Paw Street, the memorial sat at the curb and the names engraved on the stone could only be read from the street. Commissioners feel it deserves to sit in a place of honor where people can see it, so they are creating a military memorial park. Coloma Public Works and St. Joe Monuments Co. moved the stone and now the monuments company is refurbishing the monument and storing it until the May event. The city plans to hang banners from the light posts along the parade route honoring several local veterans, and officials will read the names of forty area vets classified as Missing in Action in Vietnam at the rededication at 3:00 p.m. on May 9. The commission emphasized at their monthly meeting on Monday, March 9 that the event is also meant to celebrate the service of all veterans that have served in the U.S. military, and all vets are invited to walk in the parade and be part of the celebration. The city asks that residents spread the word. To participate or help in some way contact Coloma City Hall, (269) 468-6606. To donate please visit Edgewater Bank in Coloma, 167 N. Paw Paw St. The city will donate leftover funds to a local or national veteran’s organization.

City hires new Ordinance Officer The City of Coloma has hired former Berrien County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Ziebarth to conduct annual inspections on rental properties in town. The inspections ensure the safety of renters and generate revenue for the city. Public Works Supervisor Rod Burkholder currently performs inspections on a part-time basis. A dedicated ordinance officer will allow Burkholder the additional time he needs to devote to DPW operations. Ziebarth will be paid a flat fee of $600 a month to inspect over 400 properties annually. He is authorized to run property liens and background checks. The city will provide Ziebarth with a $400 uniform stipend and purchase a two-way radio at a cost of $1,600 to maintain direct frequency communication with the Coloma Police Department in the event of an emergency.

Waterworks Peerless Midwest inspected city wells two and three in 2019 and reports that maintenance has been completed on well three: It is up and running. Work is now slated to begin on well two. Mayor Pro Tem Marsha Hammond told those assembled at the Coloma commissioners meeting that water system bonds reissued