04-05-2018 School news & calendars

NO IT’S NOT RIVER DANCE… It’s a pack of pint-sized Hartford “hoofers” kicking up their heels to “Cotton Eyed Joe” to open Kid Factor 2018 held Saturday March 17 at Hartford High School Auditorium. There were plenty of boots, bandanas and cowboy hats on stage as organizer Sandy Burchett chose to go with a western theme for this year’s event showcasing the talent of Hartford students K-12 to raise money for the District’s Special Education Department. (TCR photo by Jon Bisnett)

Hartford Public Library hosting a series of activities celebrating National Library Week

In celebration of National Library Week, April 9-13, 2018 the Hartford Public Library is having a “Library Scavenger Hunt” and “Pokemon Scavenger Hunt” on Wednesday, April 11 at 4 p.m. There will be prizes and refreshments for all participants. On Monday, April 16 at 6 p.m., the library will be hosting a program on “Cybersecurity: Fraud and Identity Theft” which will be given by Susan Layer of Chemical Bank. This program is very important during the increase in fraud, scams and identity theft using computers and the internet. On Tuesday, April 17, the library is hosting a “History of Hartford” evening. We will be discussing past happenings in Hartford. Please bring interesting stories about events in Hartford’s history. There will be a “Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt” on Saturday, April 28 at 11 a.m. at the library. Participants must register at the library by Wednesday, April 25 in order to participate. Please call the library at 621-3408 for more information or visit the library website at www.hartfordpl.michlibrary.org for a calendar of all events.

THESE “KUTE KIDS” are… Adelyn Tyler and Preston Tyler ready with their Easter baskets. They are the daughter and son of James and Jessica Tyler of Watervliet. Proud grand and great-grandparents are Barb and Warren Tyler, Dan and Char Tyler, Val Garland, Ken and Becky Garland, Sandra Garland, Maxine Mock and Mike and Mary Shotts.

Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events

Tuesday, April 10 No school for Seniors; PSAT Testing – 9th & 10th grades; Off-site SAT Testing – Juniors; Varsity Golf at Ravines, TBA; Varsity Softball & Varsity Baseball DH at South Haven, 4:00 p.m.; Varsity Soccer Home vs. Cassopolis, 5:00 p.m.; WHS student art at Box Factory in St. Joseph, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 Off-site ACT Testing – Juniors; PTO at South School, 5:30 p.m.; Varsity Track Home vs. Lawton & Martin, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12 MME Testing – Juniors; Berrien RESA Playgroup at South School, 9:30 a.m.; Varsity Softball & Varsity Baseball, Home vs. Martin, 4:30 p.m.; MS Track at Gobles with Fennville, 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 13 South School Spirit Day; Lifetouch Spring Pictures (pre-paid only); MS Dance, MS Gym, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.; Varsity Track at Marcellus Co-ed Relays, 4:30 p.m.; JV Softball & JV Baseball Home vs. Centreville, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity Softball & Varsity Baseball at Centreville, 4:30 p.m.; Choir at MSVMA State Solo & Ensemble at Allendale HS Saturday, April 14 Choir at MSVMA State Solo & Ensemble at Allendale HS; 9th & 10th Track at Hartford Invitational, 10:00 a.m.; Varsity Softball at Dowagiac Invitational, 10:00 a.m.; Varsity Baseball at Bethel College vs. Brandywine, 10:00 a.m.; Varsity Soccer Home vs. Bridgman, 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 16 Board of Education Meeting, HS Media Center, 6:00 p.m.

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. Saturday, Apr. 7, 1-3 p.m. “CIVIL WAR DAYS!” free program at North Berrien Historical Museum, 300 Coloma Ave. for ages 6-12 and their families. Call 468-3330 for more information. Monday, Apr. 9, 6:30 p.m. “WRITING HISTORY: ROSANNE BITTNER” Q&A session at Watervliet District Library. Free event, no RSVP required. Contact the library at 463-6382 for more information. Wednesday, Apr. 11, 3-7 p.m. “REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE DAY” at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor. Contact Jill Adams, Berrien County Environmental Property Manager, County Parks Department, 269-983-7111 x8234, jadams@berriencounty.org; or visit www.berriencounty.org, click Recycling Services for more information. Saturday, Apr. 14, 5-7 p.m. “SWISS STEAK DINNER” hosted by Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Auxiliary at North Berrien Senior Center, 6648 Ryno Rd., Coloma. $10/adults & $5/children 7 and under. Saturday, Apr. 14, 8:30 p.m. “WOODCOCK WALK” at Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor. Fee is $3; call 927-4832 to register. Monday, Apr. 16, 6 p.m. “JULY 4TH PLANNING MEETING” for anyone interested in helping plan the 2018 Watervliet Independence Day Celebration at the Watervliet Fire Department. Tuesday, Apr. 17, 9:30 a.m. “MARSP CONFERENCE” for Cass & Van Buren counties at Van Buren Conference Center, 490 S. Paw Paw St., Lawrence. Contact Jim Vogel at 269-657-4954 or jpvogel@yahoo.com. April 23, 24 and 26, 5:30-9:30 p.m. “RAD BASIC PHYSICAL DEFENSE FOR WOMEN” offered by Berrien County Sheriff’s Office at Berrien County Health Dept., 2149 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor. Free classes offered to females age 16 and older. Pre-register at 983-7111 ext. 7715 or RAD@berriencounty.org Tuesday, Apr. 24, 6:30 p.m. “FOCUS ON LIFE BENEFIT DINNER” sponsored by Berrien County Right to Life at First Church of God, 2627 Niles Ave., St. Joseph. $25/person. Call Linda Jackson at 269-463-3224 for more information. Sunday, May 13, 12:30-5:30 a.m. “WHS POST PROM EVENT” for Watervliet High School juniors and seniors at Airway Lanes in Kalamazoo. Contact Karla Liles at 269-506-3692, Tara Matthews at 269-930-0201 or Nikki Priebe at 269-208-6875 for more information. Friday, June 1, 6:30 p.m. “WATERVLIET HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION” Saturday, July 14 “WATERVLIET PAPER MILL REUNION” hosted by North Berrien Historical Society. Former mill employees and family members may share items, photos & documents of the mill by calling the historical society at 468-3330 or emailing info@northberrienhistory.org.