The Paw Paw River Journal
The dreaded broccoli Isn’t it wonderful, Dear Readers, that we have turned the simple act of eating food into such a marvelous part of our lives? We celebrate birthdays and anniversaries by going out to eat. What else? A dinner by candlelight can be the prelude to a love affair, or the celebration of a continuing relationship. I can’t count the times we have marked a special occasion by going out to eat. In my family it all started out with my mom’s preoccupation with a proper diet. As little kids my sister and I had certain restrictions. We could not eat ice cream and drink lemonade at the same time… might curdle in our stomachs! Certain foods she felt were too mature for our little systems. There is a story in our family from when my sister was in her high chair (before my time). They were having baked beans and my mom wouldn’t let Wilma have any. When she was older, then she could have some. So she fixated on baked beans and was always wanting them. A favorite uncle and aunt came to visit. They were at the dinner table, and Uncle Roy remarked, “My, Wilma, you’re getting to be a big girl!” She thumped her spoon on the high chair tray and said, “I want some beans!!!” When I was but a wee nipper, my mom had quite a struggle getting me to eat vegetables. I couldn’t see the value in consuming cooked carrots. I ate them… but under duress. She would always say, “Carrots will give you good eyesight!” I wonder perhaps from this distance, if I didn’t have enough of whatever that was in my system. Because when I got into the Air Force they told me I had excellent night vision. The vegetable I really came to dread was broccoli! Don’t know why, and I like raw broccoli in a salad. But even the smell of the cooked kind makes me want to beat a hasty retreat. I know it’s unreasonable, but there you are! The first assisted living we were in, we made some great friends. And we liked the place. The one thing that bothered me was the frequency with which they served the dreaded broccoli. I wondered if perhaps they had a contract with one of the local broccoli farmers. So whenever it was served I went through a little routine… I’d clutch my throat and go “Aaarrrrrgh!” …hoping they’d take a hint! It made for pretty good theater, but we still got the broccoli! Then we moved. Fast forward a few months and here we are at the Vineyard, ensconced in a new apartment, and settling into a nice routine. Just the other day I went down to one of the exercise classes. It is held in the workout room and our fearless leader is the wife of the guy who built the place. She is in superb condition and was just getting us into it when a group came by on a tour. Led by Amanda, another girl in superb condition, they stopped to see what we were doing. Turns out it was a family looking for an assisted living place for their mother. Amanda introduced us all and asked if we would like to give these new people our impression of what life is like here. I said to her, “Should I tell them my broccoli story?” She nodded yes enthusiastically, so I told them the following: “The place we used to live we liked. But I have a problem with broccoli, and I think they had a contract with a local broccoli farmer. It got so every time they served it, I’d make a big scene like… clutch my throat and go, “Aaarrrrrgh!” I hoped they’d take a hint and change their ways. No such luck. “We moved over here because it is very close to one of our daughters. First afternoon we were getting acquainted… all brand-new and we liked it. We went down to the dining room for supper. There are windows on three sides and a nice view. Resting easy in the saddle and ready for our first meal… guess what the vegetable was! Yup, the dreaded broccoli! Without even thinking, I went into panic mode, clutched my throat and ‘Aaarrrrrgh!’ came out! “Everyone looked at our table, and I think one little lady almost had palpitations! Well, when I explained it we all got a big laugh out of it. And truth be told we’ve not seen much broccoli since! “The next morning we came to breakfast. The lady chef told us we could have a choice of pancakes, waffles, sausage, bacon, eggs any style, fresh fruit, juice, and coffee. I thought for a moment, then said, ‘Yes!’ I ate so much I didn’t need any more nourishment all day.” Well, the touring group got a kick out of that. As they were getting ready to leave, the tour guide, Amanda, said to me… “We may have to put you on the payroll!” And we went back to our exercises. And that’s the story on broccoli! I’d just as soon not talk about it anymore. There’s plenty of other good food as we go through life weaving more golden threads into that marvelous tapestry… the one that includes our storybook towns along the Paw Paw River.
Glimpses From The Past Who is this boy on the 4-wheeler? Stop by the NBHS Museum if you have information on this or any other photo appearing here. North Berrien Historical Museum is always interested in photos, stories or information sharing. The museum can be contacted at 269-468-3330 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. From the photo collection at the North Berrien Historical Museum 300 Coloma Avenue, Coloma
Watervliet Library In Stitches Knitting Group Apr. 12, 2:30 – 4 p.m. Second Friday of every month, bring a project or interest; they’ll help you get started. Third Monday Book Club Apr. 15, 7-8 p.m. Great books, fabulous conversations! Ask for a copy at the desk; this month –The Mermaid’s Chair by Sue Monk Kidd. Story Hours Wed. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. & Thur. 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Picture books, crafts and fun designed to inspire the love of reading! For ages 3 – 5. Yoga Mondays 9–10 a.m.; Chair Yoga-Wednesdays 6–6:30 p.m.; Wednesdays 7–8 p.m.; Fridays 10:30–11:30 a.m. Please call 463-6382 for more information on any Watervliet Library activity.
Hartford Library On Tuesday, April 16 is “Melted Crayon Art” project. Participants should bring a hair dryer to create a crayon art picture from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required to participate in this project. Wednesday, April 17 is the library’s “Family Roller Coaster Construction” program. This activity is open for children and families from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. There are different kits to put together to form different types of roller coasters. Pizza and beverage will be served. Please call 621-3408 or stop in the library to reserve a spot.
Coloma Library Michigan Activity Pass A library card can be used to gain free admission to hundreds of Michigan’s cultural destinations and natural attractions. Card holders can “check out” free or discounted admission passes or other exclusive offers to Michigan state parks, campgrounds, museums, trails, arts & cultural destinations, and more. Visit the link on the library’s website to print a pass. Book Club The Coloma Library Book Club is meeting on Thursday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m. The title to read before the discussion is “I’ll be Gone in the Dark” by Michelle McNamara. The book club regularly meets every other Thursday and is always looking for new members. Read with Spirit Spirit, a certified therapy dog will be at the library on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Children may sign up for a 15-minute slot by stopping in at the front desk or calling the library at 269-468-3431. Story Hour Story Hour is held on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers and preschool-aged children. No sign-up required.
NEWS FROM THE COLOMA COURIER
100 years ago – 1919 The misses, Ethel Alguire, bookkeeper for the Friday Bros. Canning factory, and Ethel Watts, bookkeeper for the Berrien County Fruit Association have the distinction of being the first ladies to serve on an election board. They both have served as clerks of the election and did regular men’s work. Residents were shocked when news spread rapidly that Thomas Cherryholmes had died of apoplexy. He had been in his usual health, returning to work in a happy frame of mind from his noonday meal. The summons of death came entirely unexpected. 60 years ago – 1959 Roger W. Carter, township supervisor, led a complete slate of Republicans into office. Over 400 electors cast ballots. Mrs. Oscar Damon is home from Mercy Hospital after undergoing surgery. Miss Nancy Strejc is crowned “Miss Coloma” of 1959. Runners-up are Janet K. Zilkowski and Peggy Lou Heimsoth. Please attend “Johnnie Miller” night at the Methodist church. John was chosen for the Michigan Youth for Understanding European trip sponsored by the Berrien County Council of Churches. Enjoy a cooperative supper and a program of fun and inspiration. A free will offering will be taken. 30 years ago – 1989 Top scholars at Coloma High School for 1989: Christopher Baushke, Joseph Fester, Rachel Miller, Beth Rogers, Vikki Hosbein, Michael Spica, Tammy Vance, Angela Faris, Charles Kibler, John Willming and James Walke. Candidates seeking Board of Education seats include incumbents Charles Nelson and Walter Arny; Bob Wooley enters the race as a former commissioner. We Asked You… “Should citizens vote on every issue?” Ralph Bower, Linda Smith, Jeff Allison all say, “Yes, they have that right.” The St. Pat’s Day Committee say thanks for donations, and to all the people who helped with the parade. It made it such a great day. 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
NEWS FROM THE HARTFORD DAY SPRING
100 years ago – 1919 One Yankee soldier who has been a prisoner in German camps since November, 1917, is now in France where he is guard of honor to President Wilson at the peace conference. This soldier who has had more months as a prisoner of Germany than any other Yank about Hartford is Harry Laughman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen H. Laughman. Mrs. Charles Thompson enjoys the distinction of being the first woman to vote at a township election in Hartford, while Mrs. W.H. Blashfield was the second. 75 years ago – 1944 Members of the Hartford Woman’s Club met in the home of Mrs. Alice Hurry. Mrs. C.H. Palmer addressed the members on medical science and nursing in the war. A dress rehearsal and Thursday matinee for school children will precede the one-night performance of “His Name was Aunt Nellie”, Hartford PTA play directed by Miss Peggy Galbreath. The PTA chose an all adult cast of ten Hartford citizens to present the home talent drama as a novel method of raising funds. 50 years ago – 1969 Mr. and Mrs. John McLeod will observe their 70th wedding anniversary Saturday. McLeod is 94 and his wife is 93. The couple was married in 1899 at Pullman IL, where McLeod was employed with the Pullman Car Co. In 1907 they moved to Shafer Lake where he farmed and did some carpentry work. Pfc. Kenneth C. Brinsfield is now serving as a small arms specialist near Di An, in Vietnam. He is assigned to the 610th maintenance battalion. Airman Lowell A. Harris, son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Harris, has completed an air force technical school at Sheppard AFB, TX. He was trained as an aircraft mechanic and has been assigned at Webb AFB, TX. He is a graduate of Hartford High School. The Modern Mothers Club will meet tonight at the home of Mrs. James Chappell. Co-hostess will be Mrs. Gale Weberg. The program will be a Chinese auction. 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
NEWS FROM THE WATERVLIET RECORD
90 years ago – 1929 W.W. Knapp, local Guernsey breeder, shipped a registered yearling Guernsey bull to Orland, Indiana. Recently Mr. Knapp and Chas. Hennessey each furnished a registered heifer calf for a shipment of Guernsey calves to West Virginia. Miss Mildred Carmody, Blossom Week Maid, was presented a fund of $121. The gift was provided by local business and professional men and is accordance with the custom of other towns and cities. After being in the mercantile business for 40 years, William C. Spreen announces that he will close out his stock of variety merchandise. He has served as postmaster, village clerk, township treasurer and member of the village council. 60 years ago – 1959 Printed on Nov. 27, 1958: A promise of more useful and productive lives for the aging population has been made. The assurance was given by the American Medical Assoc. Comm. on Aging. “The major scourges of aging man are largely the result of faulty diet, flabby bodies from poor hygiene, excessive fatigue and aimless living,” the committee said. A plan for “positive health” was suggested including: balanced diet; regular elimination of waste; adequate rest; interesting recreational activities; sense of humor; avoidance of excessive emotional tension; loyalty of friends and family; pride in a job; participation in community affairs; continued expansion of knowledge. 30 years ago – 1989 Marine Pfc. Matthew E. Kean recently completed the Basic Security Guard Course. During the course, conducted at Naval Station Mare Island, Vallego CA, Kean received training which centered on: physical security duties; anti-terrorism information; care, handling and use of various firearms, and tactical training in a hostile environment. A 1988 graduate of WHS, he joined the Marine Corps in June 1988. Navy Airman Recruit Tina R. Golden recently reported for duty with Patrol Squadron-Eight, Naval Air Station, Brunswick, Maine. A 1987 graduate of WHS, she joined the Navy in June 1988. 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