04-11-2019 School news & calendars

MIGHTY PANTHER AWARD WINNERS AT SOUTH ELEMENTARY… Teachers, staff, and students at Watervliet South Elementary are working together to “Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible” which all adds up to: Be a mighty Panther! These six students were awarded the “Mighty Panther Award” the week of March 29, 2019 for their amazing behavior on the playground. Pictured (from the left): Wesley Russell (Mrs. Trapp’s 1st Grade), Shelby Tamlin (Mrs. Tag’s 1st Grade), Emilee Bowren (Mrs. Wendt’s Young Five), Anabelle McCarty (Mrs. Smith’s Kindergarten), Emily Hansen (Mr. Hoffman’s 2nd Grade), and Paige Shafer (Mrs. Martin’s 2nd Grade).

N.B. Historical Museum to feature program on West Michigan Pike, April 16

Fuel up and hit the road to the North Berrien Historical Museum on Tuesday, April 16 where a detailed history of a popular twentieth century Michigan tourism route will take place at 7:00 p.m. With the emergence and rapid growth of the automobile in the early part of the 20th century, West Michigan roads made long-distance travel slow and difficult. The West Michigan Lakeshore Highway Association was founded in 1911 to foster a continuous, improved roadway that would encourage tourism from the Chicago area to support the new resort industry that began to develop after logging ceased in the region.

Built between 1916 and 1922, the West Michigan Pike extended from the Indiana state line to the Straits of Mackinac. A section of the Pike went through Coloma and Watervliet around Paw Paw Lake, later becoming what we know today as M-140. Presenter John Geisler, a retired professor of counselor education and counseling psychology at Western Michigan University, will detail the West Michigan Pike’s development, covering the names and numbering of the highways that became part of the Pike as well as a history of the resorts that flourished as a result of the increased tourism from about 1900 to 1955. Geisler has been studying Michigan’s roads and highways for nearly twenty years. He has traveled thousands of miles over hundreds of hours collecting materials, taking photographs, and conducting research on highways. No RSVP is required for this free presentation. For any questions about this program, please contact peter@northberrienhistory.org or call the Museum at (269) 468-3330.

Blossomtime Festival honors Tim Richards, Gordon W. Hosbein 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award

The Blossomtime Festival is proud to announce that a recipient of the prestigious Gordon W. Hosbein Volunteer of the Year Award has been named. This award, established in 1996, honors the many years of service and dedication that Gordon gave to the Blossomtime Organization, and elects annually an outstanding Festival volunteer. Nominees must have at least three years of service with the Festival. Previous winners of this award and the Blossomtime Board of Directors are not eligible. This year Board of Directors’ President Anna Abdelnour presented the 2018 award to Tim Richards who was honored at the 2019 Miss Blossomtime Pageant, Monday, March 11, 2019 at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Mainstage. This person is the example of what the word “volunteer” means according to the festival. Tim is a great example of a volunteer that contributes to the festival in multiple ways. During pageant weekend and tour week, Tim organizes the hotel security to make sure the Queens/Kings and all volunteers are safe through the evenings that they are staying overnight. He also organizes the Grand Floral Parade day security throughout the whole parade route. In 2008, Tim was the recipient of the Grand Floral Parade Spirit of Blossomtime Award. In addition, Tim organizes security for all other Blossomtime events. He always makes sure there are officers available to ensure events are safe and running smoothly. If Tim ever moved on from volunteering, someone would have very big shoes to fill! Volunteers like Tim are what help keep the festival running seamlessly throughout the year. Whenever Tim is seen, he’s always smiling and friendly and willing to lend a hand to help. He is also the type of guy that doesn’t volunteer for the recognition, but to help his community and the festival. This year, after 26 years of service, is the perfect year to award him the 2018 Gordon W. Hosbein Volunteer of the Year Award. Tim will receive a Blossomtime Patron Membership and will be Blossomtime’s honored guest at all 2019 Festival events. He will also be featured in a convertible in the 2019 Grand Floral Parade as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year.

Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 11 5th Grade M-Step; MS Track at Gobles, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity Baseball & Softball Home vs. Martin, 4:30 p.m.; JV Baseball at Berrien Springs, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 12 5th Grade M-Step; MSVMA HS State Solo & Ensemble at Allendale HS; Elementary Spring Pictures Day; MS Dance, 3:00-5:00 p.m.; JV Baseball at Coloma, 4:00 p.m.; HS Track at Marcellus Relays, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 13 MSVMA HS State Solo & Ensemble at Allendale HS; Varsity Softball at Dowagiac Invitational, 10:00 a.m.; 9th & 10th Track at Hartford, 10:00 a.m.; Varsity Soccer at Bridgman, 10:00 a.m.; Varsity Baseball at Bethel College vs. Brandywine, TBA

Monday, April 15 5th Grade M-Step; Golf at Lake Michigan Hills, 4:00 p.m.; Varsity Baseball and Softball Home vs. Hackett, 4:30 p.m.; JV Baseball and Softball at Hackett, 4:30 p.m.; Board of Education Meeting, HS Media Center, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16 5th Grade M-Step; Jazz Band Festival, South Haven HS; Varsity Softball Home vs. South Haven, 4:00 p.m.; JV Softball at South Haven, 4:00 p.m.; MS Track Home vs. Martin, 4:30 p.m.; National Honor Society Induction, HS Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.