03-21-2019 Letters and Commentary

TEMPUS FUGET… Time marches on and waits for no one. The first day of spring is history, the last pile of February snow has melted into a puddle and the daffodils and crocuses are fixing to blossom in all their spring glory. Of course, “the no free lunch” axiom applies to spring as well. As much as we don’t lament the passing of winter, there is still plenty of debris on the ground to fill a couple weekends worth of trash and limbs. Also, the telltale tunnels of gophers and moles appeared faster than a mushroom in a barnyard. Sending those denizens of a healthy lawn to their reward is a challenge in itself.

RIP AL… Former Watervliet City Mayor Al Steffens passed away recently. His obituary is in this week’s TCR, see Page 6. Al had already left office when I came to town in 1984, but he was still active in his home town, sitting on several boards and teaching school at Hartford. That doesn’t mean it took some time for me to get to know him. Al didn’t enter a room; he swept in, his toothy grin adding to any occasion. When he and Audrey moved to Texas, some of that light left with him. He was a consummate watchdog citizen, not accepting any “BS” from anyone. I’m sure they never made a special trip to Michigan to pay their subscription but it was a coincidence that they paid their sub, in person, each year. When they came into our office, they filled the room with questions about the local issues they had read in the Record and liberally distributing advice at the same time. They had moved back to Michigan the past few years, and I saw them both a couple years ago. Sadly, Audrey preceded him to heaven. Happily, I think, they are together again.

Drumming fundraiser for Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month Dear Editor, My cardio drumming club is having a fundraiser for “Traumatic Brain Injury Month”. Please promote this in the Tri-City Record, so that we can have an awesome fundraiser with a large turnout. We are having a “Cardio Drumming Event” on Saturday, March 23 from 9 to 11 a.m.; this will coincide with Brain Injury Awareness month. The event will be in the Alwood Gym at Coloma Intermediate Building, 274 South West Street. The cost is $25 for two hours of cardio drumming. Participants can drum for one hour or two hours for the same fee (includes a Tea or a T-bomb). We will be having a drawing with door prizes that include t-shirts, drumstick bags, and Herbalife items. One ticket per registration, extra tickets available to purchase. This fundraising event is open to the public. Donations will be accepted and can be made out to “Mary Free Bed”. Our donation will go toward the purchase of a special need bike for a child with traumatic brain injury. Searching Facebook for “Drumathon Brain Injury Awareness” will also result in finding the information on the fundraiser. Thank you in advance for your support in this fundraiser and giving the community the information to support our cause. Thanks again, Diana D. Parrigin

Many thanks for a spectacular St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Coloma Dear Editor, Thank you to all that participated in the St. Patrick’s Day Evening Lighted Parade held on Saturday, March 16 in downtown Coloma and all the other fun activities during the day. It was a jam packed weekend with something for everyone. The weather was clear and cold for the 40 entries that paraded through the downtown and the large crowd that came out to watch. Prizes were awarded in categories of Float, Costumed Individual, Marching Unit, Municipal and Decorated Vehicle in adult and youth, as well as an “Over All” winner. We distributed $1,200 in “gold” coins between all the winners, as well as generous gift certificates donated by area merchants. The deserving winner of our window display contest this year was Four Seasons Spa and Pool Services and they received $150.00 of advertising courtesy of the Tri-City Record. The 4th Annual St. Pat Run/Walk held that morning was a success and we appreciate the LEO and Lion’s Club and their hard work in organizing the event. The proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and The LEO Club. Thank you to the Coloma Public Library as they held their popular Book Sale. The North Berrien Historical Museum had a fun Irish Scavenger Hunt for the kids and served delicious refreshments and treats. Thank you to the Coloma United Methodist Church for hosting their delicious Irish Stew Dinner. A big thank you to Sieg Freitag of Custom Truck and Tractor and his dedicated crew as they created a beautifully crafted judges station to keep our judges warm! Each year none of the activities could be done without the support of the merchants and businesses in the community and the help of volunteers. Thank you to the following: American Homes Real Estate Mikki Swisher, Blackbird Waterhouse Restaurant & Event Center, Centsible Heating and Air, Chemical Bank, Coloma City, Coloma Lionesses Club, Coloma Lions Club, Coloma Public Works, Coloma Charter Township, Coloma Township Police Department, Coloma Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce, DiMaggio’s Pizza, Don Young Insurance, Easy Street, Edgewater Bank, Edward Jones Brian W. Smith, Four Season’s Spa and Pool, Friendly Tavern, Getz Dentistry, Grapevine Nursery, H&R Block, Honor Credit Union, Karla Smothers State Farm Insurance, Lifestyle Chiropractic, Linda and Sieg Freitag, Lisa Streu, Marsha Hammond, North Berrien Community Development, Orchard Hill Landfill, R&B Stelter Farms LLC, Vincent J. Jewelers, St. Pat Committee members: Fire Chief Mattix, Ross Streu, Sandy Kraemer, Kandyce Hays, Susie Moser and Tony Bertuca. A special thank you to North Berrien Fire Rescue, for hosting the parade registration line-up and awards ceremony, and the Ladies Auxiliary for coordinating refreshments after the parade and to our wonderful Leprechaun Skylor who gave out candy during the scavenger hunt and the parade! Thank you to the volunteers that judged the parade and window decorating contest. If you would like to be a part of the committee next year please contact the Coloma Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce office at 468-4430 for more information. We look forward to the 2020 parade on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Sincerely, Chana Kniebes Coloma St. Patrick’s Day Committee