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03-19-2020 Tri-City Record History Page

The Paw Paw River Journal

You’re not going to believe this! Today I’d like to discuss something you may not believe. In fact, it may stretch the borders of your thinking to the point of chaos. One of my favorite writers is Charles Krauthammer. Many believe his was one of the finest minds in our whole country. An attorney and an MD specializing in Psychiatry, he was known as a Conservative… but that is really beside the point. And the physical problems he endured for years only make his accomplishments seem greater. In one of his columns titled “E=mc2… gone in 60 nanoseconds,” he tells about the European scientists who have been quietly proving Einstein to be wrong. That famous scientist posed the theory that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. Einstein said that as something approaches the speed of light, its mass increases, and time slows. This has been verified by many experiments. Wow! This means that astronauts who have been traveling so fast in space… when they return to earth they are a few seconds younger than the rest of us! Also after living in zero gravity, they are in pretty tough shape. So, according to Einstein, as velocity increases, the size of an object becomes infinitely large, and time slows to zero… making it impossible to exceed the speed of light… extremely difficult even to approach that speed. This held true until those scientists in Europe built a machine called a ‘super collider,’ a tube that stretches through the Alps Mountains. They sent infinitely small particles called ‘neutrinos’ through it so fast that they arrived before they left. Ha! Crazy, you say? Well, read up on it a little and find out. Imagine arriving somewhere before you left! Krauthammer even told a little joke about it: “We don’t allow faster-than-light neutrinos in here,” says the bartender. A neutrino walks into a bar. How did the European scientists know this new truth? Krauthammer says that to over simplify the whole thing… if the guys firing the neutrinos through the collider could see their destination… they would have seen and heard those same neutrinos clanging against the plate at their destination BEFORE THEY LEFT! What do you think about that? Now what are neutrinos? Charles says they are infinitely small ghostly particles. They travel everywhere… and we have thousands going through our body all the time. These guys experimenting with the collider in Europe are not charlatans or magicians. They are serious scientists. He says they are not crank inventors wheeling a perpetual motion machine into the patent office! They are respected scientists who are actually firing neutrinos through a long tube that has been tunneled under the Alps. And if their theories prove to be correct… it could upset all our laws of physics and change our world infinitely. At this point Albert Einstein is surely rolling over in his grave. His theory of relativity has been the basis of physics for a long time… and if it proves to be wrong, all of our other theories pertaining to it are wrong too. Astronomy and cosmology theories are built on the assumption that the speed of light is the limit! Overturning all of that brings new limitless ideas into play. And what about the social implications? Well, we have toyed with that idea before. Take Superman for instance… everyone I know has grown up with this guy… he goes about the business of saving mankind with remarkably calm confidence. And he does not age! But what about the people around him? Out in California Ronald Koertge writes novels and poems… and one bit of his poetry on this subject I cannot get out of my mind… the title is “Dear Superman,” It is from his book titled “Fever,” and was sent to me by friend Dick Hatch out there in the land of palm trees and bikinis. I quote from it with the author’s permission. It goes like this: “Dear Superman, I know you think that things will always be the same: I’ll rinse out your tights, kiss you good-bye at the window, and every few weeks get kidnapped by some stellar goons. But I’m not getting any younger, and you’re not getting any older. Pretty soon I’ll be too frail to take aloft, and with all those nick-of-time rescues, you’re bound to pick up somebody more tender and just as ga-ga as I used to be. I’d hate her for being 17 and you for being… what, 700? I can see your sweet face as you read this, and I know you’d like to siphon off some strength for me, even if it meant you could only leap small buildings at a single bound. But you can’t, and, anyway, would I want to just stand there while everything else rushed past? Take care of yourself and of the world which is your own true love. One day soon, as you patrol the curved earth, that’ll be me down there tucked in for good, being what you’ll never be but still. Your friend, Lois Lane” So what about the guys who go charging off into the universe with time/space travel… and the loved ones they leave behind? No one has mentioned social problems! We sort of don’t understand it at all… and if the experiments work out… Charles Krauthammer says we will need new physics, a new understanding of past and future… cause and effect! Why? Because you can’t have neutrinos being kicked out of taverns they have not yet entered!

Coloma Public Library offering limited services during temporary closure

Out of concern for the health and safety of the community, the Coloma Public Library will close from Monday, March 16 through Monday, March 30. During the closure, limited library services will be offered including telephone and email reference which will be available from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call the Library at 269-468-3431. Questions can also be emailed to or Patrons will continue to have access to e-books and digital audiobooks through OverDrive on the Library website or directly at Research can still be conducted on Michigan’s eLibrary as well at Any information regarding further changes to the library’s status will be announced on the website as well as their Facebook page.

Library services limited at Watervliet District Library thru April 6

In light of the closing of Michigan schools and in order to support those measures for the health of the community, the Watervliet District Library will close and plan to remain closed through April 6. Staff will be available during regular business hours beginning Monday, March 16, to answer questions by phone, email or through social media, as needed and provide limited service. At this time, given the speed of changing developments, they do not yet know what that service might be. The library and its board, along with many other libraries throughout the state, are working hard to determine best practices for the handling of library materials, and to protect their community of users. They will keep the public fully informed as they work through this process. Community Room use will also be cancelled for this period. Staff is in the process of contacting everyone currently holding a Community Room booking for this time period. Anyone who has rented the Community Room will be fully refunded their deposits. In addition, all Watervliet overdue fines will be waived during this time. The library asks that patrons keep checked-out materials until they reopen, pending further developments. Also, Watervliet Public Library is part of an online library community with a plethora of e-books and e-audio books to choose from. The easiest way to access those is through their website to set up an account (if you have not already done so) by clicking the overdrive button on their homepage. Give them a call if you need assistance with this. The library can be contacted throughout this time by calling 269-463-6382, emailing, or messaging them through Facebook.

Does anyone recognize this float? Bainbridge is prominent across the front. Was it for the Blossomtime Parade or perhaps the Glad-Peach Parade? Have you ever ridden on a float in a parade? Do you have a favorite community parade memory? If you have any information on this photo or a parade story to share, please contact North Berrien Historical Museum at 269-468-3330,, or stop by Tues-Friday 10am-4pm they would love to hear your stories. From the photo collection at the North Berrien Historical Museum 300 Coloma Avenue, Coloma


100 years ago – 1920 Professor David Friday, from the University of Michigan, was speaker at Kiwanis luncheon. He is brother of Jacob, George and Philip. Graduation honors have been determined in the Coloma High School. Emily G. Shoup will be the valedictorian and Evelyn G. Scott is to be salutatorian. Construction of the highway north from Coloma to the Van Buren county line will begin. The work of laying the brick pavement will begin if enough men and teams can be secured. 60 years ago – 1960 City Commissioner Bernard Hafer submitted findings of the police services citizens’ committee. He recommended hiring one full-time police officer with car and equipment. Jerry Strejc, high school sophomore, gave up his German shepherd to Leader Dogs for the Blind. Coloma Lions Club president, Harvey Kibler, accepts the very generous gift. The senior chorus of Coloma High School will present an all-sacred concert. Also, the Washington PTA will sponsor Talent Search with Mrs. Robert Cottier as talent search chairman. The Citizen’s Band Standbyers club met at The Hub restaurant. Gust Anton and Cecil Eltzroth are Activity Chairmen. 30 years ago – 1990 We Asked You… “What has caused Property Taxes to Increase?” Robert Faulkner says, “Mismanagement.” Ken Irwin says, “The lack of funds for the County.” CJHS Science Olympiad State Qualifiers are Adrian Tavolacci, Harry Craft, Brian Reed, Richard Moss, Rob Goetz and Michelle Wiltfong. Back Out of Whack? – Come to Nancy’s Furniture Mattress Sale! A family business for over 50 years. Winners in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Marching Band, Berrien Springs High School Band; Float, Coloma Firehouse Widows; Antique Automobile, Robert Dill and his Model A Ford; Children’s Costumed Individual, Cinderella’s Coach. Wes Fikes gave the benediction at the Coloma Wrestling Banquet. Coach Becht reviewed the season and presented awards. Submitted by volunteer Sandi Musick Munchow at Coloma Public Library from the Coloma Courier newspapers donated by the Tri-City Record. Hours: Mon & Fri, 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Tue, Wed & Thu, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Sat, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Phone: 269-468-3431


100 years ago – 1920 Moses Cullom has purchased the Charles E. Anderson house in the northeast part of town, and will move to the village. Mr. Cullom has been working the Mrs. Lee Druillinger farm southeast of town, but will dispose of his personal property at auction March 30 and quit farming. A dancing party will be given at the town hall on Friday evening with music by Sung’s orchestra of Kalamazoo. This orchestra is gaining a reputation as one of the most popular in this section of the state. 75 years ago – 1945 “Gym Night”, an exhibition under the direction of Gustav Zielke, athletic instructor, will be presented. The purpose of the program is to familiarize the public with the activities of the high school gym classes. The evening’s program will consist of a basketball game between Lawrence and Hartford junior high teams, obstacle races, calisthenics, tumbling demonstrations and relay races. Hartford tennis enthusiasts are becoming interested in a proposed organization to create interest in the sport through scheduled contests and tournaments. Although a cement court has been available, few have taken advantage of the opportunity to use it. Back-stops and the court itself have been allowed to deteriorate. One of the objects of the club would be to maintain these facilities and to put the court to use during the summer months. A navy rally at the Burnette Casting Company, in Keeler, featured addresses by navy and marine fighters returned from the South Pacific. The program began with the national anthem, followed by an introductory speech by Ralph Mack, president of the company, who introduced Lt. S.B. Patterson, of the naval industrial incentive office in Detroit. Lt. Patterson commended company officials and employees for their record in turning out much needed parts for war equipment. 50 years ago – 1970 Frances Kronewetter will demonstrate flower arrangement at a meeting of the Hartford Garden Club. Mary Bly and Hertha Woodrum will be hostesses. The Southwest Hartford Thursday Club will meet at the home of Mrs. Lee Ramsey for a program on Modern Education. At a recent meeting, election of officers was held with Adeline Richmond being elected president; Thyra Jennings, vice-president; and Bertha Matthews, secretary. Submitted by Librarian Stephanie Daniels at Hartford Public Library from microfilm copies of the Hartford Day Spring. Hours: Mon, Tue & Wed, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thu & Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Phone: 269-621-3408


90 years ago – 1930 Printed on Apr. 4, 1930: Probably no social event held in this city in recent years was so thoroughly enjoyed by those in attendance as was the address of Dr. Harry H. Hammel of Tecumseh, MI before the Forum Club at the Congregational Church on Mar. 24, 1930. Dr. Hammel is a former Watervliet boy, graduate of the local high school in 1910. Besides attaining distinction and success in his chosen profession, Dr. Hammel has found time to do dome extensive traveling, both abroad and in America. On two occasions he spent several weeks in the wild mountainous region of northwestern Alberta, seeking wild animal specimens for the University of Michigan and getting motion pictures of that uninhabited territory and its wild life. 60 years ago – 1960 WHS senior Bill Stewart went down to Crawfordsville, Indiana on March 27, 1960 to take scholarship examinations for Wabash College. On Mar. 24, 1960, Frank W. Barden said that fifty years ago he did his first day’s work in Watervliet. Mr. Barden came here from Kendall, MI, having hired out to Parsons & Baldwin for eight months on their farm north of this city and he continued in their employ for 12 years. Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Bush returned to this city from Chicago this week and have re-opened the Midway Service Station on U.S. 12 and 31, about half way between here and Coloma. The station retails the Sinclair gas and motor oils, hot lunches of coffee and sandwiches and soft drinks. 30 years ago – 1990 Printed on Mar. 28, 1990: In Woman at Work by Tamara Jones on Word Play: There’s a four-letter word in the English language that I would love to cut out of the vocabulary of every woman who uses it to rationalize her existence. The work is “only”. I still bristle when I hear a woman describe herself as “only” a secretary, or “only” a factory worker, or even “only” a wife and mother. There is no reason to qualify what you do. Whatever it is, it stands on its own merits. While other cultures may have variations of caste systems forced on them, none of us has to take the proverbial back seat to anyone else in this society. If you need proof of how important your work is, just think of where the rest of us would be if no one did it. Submitted by Sally Q. Gonzalez from files at Watervliet District Library of the Watervliet Record newspapers donated by the Tri-City Record. Hours: Mon & Wed, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tue, Thu & Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Phone: 269-463-6382


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