03-28-2019 School news & calendars

Hartford High School “Students of the Week” for March 18-22, 2019 are: (from the left) 9th Grade – Carter Skinner, student of Jason & Sara Skinner; 10th Grade – Ian Ledesma, student of Carlos & Evelyn Ledesma; 11th Grade – Erianna McCoy, student of Eric & Khaliah McCoy; 12th Grade – Makiah Tripp, student of Tino & Tosha Tripp. To become a “Student of the Week”, students are nominated by teachers or staff for doing something positive. For example: getting a good grade on tests or homework, doing well in class participation or just doing a good deed. Selected students will receive a certificate, their picture taken & posted in the High School front lobby showcase for the week and in the Tri-City Record. At the end of the school year all Student of the Week names will be entered in a drawing for some cool prizes, treats or gift cards. Congratulations to these “Students of the Week” and keep up the great work!


Coloma Community Schools Calendar of Events Friday, March 29 K-12 Half Day of School; End of 3rd Marking Period April 1 – 5 SPRING BREAK – Classes will resume on Monday, April 8

Hartford student is Grand Valley State University graduate Gabriella N. Barajas of Hartford was one of more than 1,150 Grand Valley State University students who participated in commencement ceremonies on December 8, 2018 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. Barajas was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree.

Save the date for 50-year class reunion Coloma High School Class of 1969 is planning a 50-year reunion for Saturday, August 24, 2019. The class reunion will be held at F.O.P. Lodge #147 located at 3470 Angling Rd., Coloma. For more information, email nmessal@att.net or check out the Facebook page of Coloma High School Class of 1969 50th Reunion.

Lake Michigan College to survey community members Lake Michigan College is seeking the community’s help in setting its goals for the future. Using the online survey at www.lakemichigancollege.edu/goals-survey, community members can provide feedback that will be used to develop the college’s next five-year strategic plan and revise its mission statement. The survey will close April 3, 2019. The first part of the survey asks for five key words or phrases that describe what the college should strive to achieve on behalf of the region. The second part of the survey asks for feedback about the college’s current goals: academic excellence, student success and community impact. LMC President Dr. Trevor Kubatzke said, “We’re here for the members of our community. We want to be sure we’re on the right track as we establish a foundation for the future.” The college’s current mission statement was adopted by the Board of Trustees in January 1998 and updated in 2013. The full text can be found at www.lakemichigancollege.edu/about. Director of Accreditation Melissa Emery and Dean of Career & Workforce Education Dr. Kenneth Flowers are the chairs of the college’s 2019-2024 Strategic Planning Committee. “The current mission statement was developed through a process suited to the nature of the institution at that time,” said Flowers. “We will use the survey results to hopefully end up with a statement that is shorter and more memorable, as well as more specific to our region and culture.” For more information about the survey and the Strategic Planning Committee, visit www.lakemichigancollege.edu/ strategic-plan.

Retirement Planning Seminar for public school employees Sponsored by the Berrien County Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel, the 2019 Retirement Planning Seminar will be held at the Berrien County RESA, (Regional Education Service Agency), 711 Saint Joseph Ave., Berrien Springs. A retirement analyst from the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS) will make presentations for future retirees on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required for this workshop. On the chapter website (www.marsp-bcc.org) click on “PRIM,” move down the MPSERS page and click on “Check the upcoming schedule,” scroll down to April 18 and register for the 4:00 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. workshop at the Berrien RESA. A Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan information table will be available for future retirees attending the 4:00 and 6:30 MPSERS sessions.

Watervliet Lions Club Hog Roast April 13 at K.C. Hall On Saturday, April 13 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. the Watervliet Lions Club is holding their annual Hog Roast. Tickets are $15 each. Children 10 and under are free. The “all you can eat buffet” features the Best Pulled Pork in Southwest Michigan! Slow cooked and smoked in a real wood burning smoker. The buffet also includes salads, rolls, side dishes, coffee, water or punch. The Lions Club Hog Roast is held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 7454 Paw Paw Ave. in Watervliet with a cash bar available. Tickets purchased in advance include a chance at winning the 65” Flat Screen TV door prize. All attendees have an opportunity to participate in 50/50 raffles with big jackpots, and drawings for 65” TV, door prizes, golf packages, silent auction and more! A live auction begins at 6 p.m. sharp! All proceeds help the Watervliet Lions fund the following projects: Watervliet High School Post Prom Party; new pavilion at Hays Park (2018); youth projects like ball fields at North & South Elementary schools; Watervliet Schools Golf Team, Band, Baseball, Football; scholarships for Watervliet High School students; HOBY Leadership & Boys State programs for Watervliet candidates; glasses, eye care and hearing support for local residents in need; Lions projects like Leader Dog for Blind, White Cane, and Camp LEO. To purchase tickets in advance or to make donations please contact Martin Teresko at 269-621-1000 or Chris Blough at 269-615-2793.

12 Corners Church Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction April 13 to raise funds for new building Twelve Corners Community Church is holding a Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, April 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. They will collect a love offering for the dinner. The church is located at the corner of Hick Avenue and Benton Center Road in Benton Harbor. All proceeds from this event will go to their building fund.

Thursday, Mar. 28, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. “SUSIE’S GOODIES SALE” hosted by Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Auxiliary in Classroom C off the hospital lobby. Available for purchase: baked goods, candies & salsa. Saturday, Mar. 30, 1 & 3 p.m. “BIRDS OF PREY” presentation by Lake Milton Raptor Center at Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor. Cost is $6/adult and $2/child; seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Thursday, Apr. 4, 1 p.m. “CARRYING ON THE FOLK TRADITION” musical spring break program at North Berrien Historical Museum, 300 Coloma Ave., for kids 6-12; all ages are welcome. Free program; no RSVP. For questions, please contact peter@northberrienhistory.org. Friday, Apr. 5, 5-6 p.m. “COMMUNITY SOUP & SALAD SUPPER” at North Berrien Senior Center, 6648 Ryno Rd., Coloma. Menu includes soup, salad, bread, dessert & beverage. Cost is $5/adults, $3/kids up to 12 & under age 3 is free. Proceeds go to H.O.P.E. Resources. Hosted by Coloma Salem Lutheran Church. Sunday, Apr. 7, 4 p.m. “SPAGHETTI DINNER” at the Van Buren Sportsmen’s Clubhouse, 54030 County Road 687, Hartford. Meat Sauce Spaghetti, Garden Salad, Garlic Bread and Dessert; $7.00/adults, $5.00 for children under the age of 10. Proceeds go to new rooftop heating and air conditioning unit. The public is cordially invited Friday, Apr. 12, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. & Saturday, Apr. 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. “EASTER BAKE SALE” at Greek Orthodox Church Hellenic Center, 18000 Behner Rd, New Buffalo sponsored by Berrien County Orthodox Women’s Group. New this year, Friday 2-9 p.m. Fish Fry Buffet catered by Tony Mamouzellos and Formal Fork; $10/person; beer, wine, other beverages available for sale. Saturday, Apr. 13, noon-8 p.m. “LIONS CLUB HOG ROAST” at Knights of Columbus Hall, 7454 Paw Paw Ave., Watervliet. All you can eat buffet – pulled pork, salads, rolls, side dishes, coffee, water & punch. Tickets are $15; children under 10 are free. Cash bar, 65” flat screen TV drawing, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and more. Contact Martin Teresko 269-621-1000 or Chris Blough 269-615-2793 to purchase tickets or make donation. Saturday, Apr. 13, 1 p.m. “EASTER EGG HUNT” at Ely Park in Hartford sponsored by Van Buren Sportsmen’s Club. Rain date Saturday, April 20. Saturday, Apr. 13, 5-7 p.m. “SWISS STEAK DINNER” hosted by Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Auxiliary at North Berrien Senior Center, 6648 Ryno Rd., Coloma. Tickets are $10/adults, $5/children 7 and under; available at Park Bench Gift Shop at the hospital, the Senior Center and from an auxiliary member. Saturday, Apr. 13, 5-7 p.m. “SPAGHETTI DINNER & SILENT AUCTION” at Twelve Corners Community Church, 3902 Hicks Ave., Benton Harbor. Love offering for the dinner; proceeds go to building fund. Wednesday, Apr. 17, 6:30 p.m. “BUILDING SCHOONER HURON JEWEL” lecture at Michigan Maritime Museum, 260 Dyckman Ave., South Haven. Admission is $8, $7 for seniors. There is no admission fee for Museum members. For more information, contact the Museum at 269-637-8078 ext. 3 or visit www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org/events. Saturday, Apr. 20, 6:30-11:00 p.m. “BLOSSOMTIME CORONATION BALL” at Lake Michigan College Grand Upton Hall. Reservations required, call 982-8016 Sunday, Apr. 21, 8:30 a.m. “EASTER BREAKFAST” at Salem Lutheran Church, 275 Marvin St., Coloma celebrating 100 years. All are welcome Saturday, May 4, 10:30 a.m. “RUN FOR THE BUDS 5K RUN/WALK” as part of the Blossomtime Festival in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor. Visit https://blossomtimefestival.org/run-for-the-buds for more information. Saturday, May 4, 1:00 p.m. “BLOSSOMTIME GRAND FLORAL PARADE” in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 “50-YEAR CLASS REUNION” for Coloma High School Class of 1969. For more information, email nmessal@att.net or check out the Facebook page of Coloma High School Class of 1969 50th Reunion.

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