The Paw Paw River Journal
EDITOR’S NOTE: This entry of the Paw Paw River Journal was previously published in the Tri-City Record.
Words that live Most of my adult life I have dealt in words. They are an important part of my living, my work, my hobbies, and even my recreation. In fact, I have gotten so used to them I sometimes forget how important they are. So then I have to stop and think… consider… and sometimes write about the importance of the words we all use in our daily lives. First time I realized that words could be powerful was in about the seventh grade. We all had to write a story for English class. I had been reading about World War I and the men who flew the skies in crude fabric airplanes… They were like knights jousting as they tried to shoot each other down. I loved those stories, so I tried writing one about the air war over France. It was a crude effort, but my teacher must have seen something in it because she praised my efforts. Now I realize she was trying to encourage me… seeing in those first efforts the possibility that some day… some day… I might get better and write a worthwhile story. When I started college after WWII, I was interested in getting back to writing. So I enrolled in a course for learning how to write creatively. It was taught by a lady professor, and I won’t say she was down on life… but I don’t remember her smiling very often. She did teach us a lot about what authors really do when they ply their craft. We all had to read our stories in front of the class. One of my first real efforts was about a crime. And it was a doozy! The plot turned on a case of mistaken identity… two guys who looked so much alike that one was tried for a crime the other committed. Well, when I read it before the class, it was received well enough. But the prof was still sucking on a lemon and, in our conference afterwards, she told me, “It might make a pulp magazine story.” Back in the day, “pulp magazines” were those cheap dime publications on the newsstand… printed on newsprint paper, and having lurid covers. I had been an avid reader of them as a kid… “G-8 & His Battle Aces,” “Doc Savage, Man of Bronze,” “Black Mask Detective,” etc. But my teacher said it with such a sneer, I was crushed. Later I came to realize she was right. But it still didn’t make me like her! Since that time, I have come back to my earlier efforts and I can see what was wrong with them. And I realize that writing well consists mostly not of inspiration but solid ideas and revising, revising, revising. In fact, I came to rely on revision so much that when I applied for a fellowship that would give us a year at a major university with all expenses paid… I wrote a six-page autobiography as an entrance exam. And I revised that paper again and again. My Chief Accountant said she knew all along that I was going to get the fellowship. But… in my mind… what tipped the scales was the endless revising that improved it. Words are so powerful… and perhaps I could end with a story that came in one of Marion’s nursing school newsletters. The son of one nurse wrote it. I know nothing about him, except that he is in the religious life and his name is Brother Benjamin. He said, “A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the unfortunate frogs they would never get out. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit. The other frogs above kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and simply gave up. He fell down and died. The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and suffering and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. “When he got out, the other frogs asked him, ‘Why did you continue jumping? Didn’t you hear us?’ The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time. “This story teaches two lessons: 1. There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift him up and help him make it through the day. 2. A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to kill him. “Be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross your path. The power of words… it is sometimes hard to understand that an encouraging word can go such a long way. Anyone can speak words that tend to rob another of the spirit to continue in difficult times. Special is the individual who will take the time to encourage another!” I say, “Amen, Brother Benjamin, amen!” And, goodness knows, we need more word of encouragement as we weave golden threads into the tapestry of our lives in these storybook towns along the Paw Paw River.
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Coloma Library News Money Smart Kids Read Story Time
The library is participating in Money Smart Week by having a children’s program, presented with Honor Credit Union in Coloma on Wednesday, April 25 at 4:30 p.m. This program is geared towards K-2nd Grade, but all children are welcome. Children will learn about money, saving, spending and what makes sense! There will be a story, craft, game, snack and each family will get to take home a copy of “Lots and Lots of Coins” by Margarette S. Reid. Books are provided by the Michigan Credit Union Foundation. There is no sign-up or fee required. Story Hour Story Hour meets on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to hear a story, make a craft and sing a song with Miss Amy. There is no sign-up or fee required. It is asked that all children be supervised by an adult during Story Hour. Book Club The Coloma Library Book Club is meeting on Thursday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. The title to read before the discussion is “Still Life” by Louise Penny. Generally, depending on demand there are titles available for check-out at the front desk. The book club regularly meets every other Thursday and is always looking for new members. Call 468-3431 with questions on any of these activities.
Watervliet District Library News “National Library Week” April 8 – 14, 2018
In Stitches Knitting Group: Apr 13, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Second Friday of every month, bring your needles and come on down! Limited supplies available; beginners are welcome. Third Monday Book Club: Apr 16, 7 – 8 p.m. “Goodbye, Vitamin” by Rachel Khong. Great books, fabulous conversations! Ask for your copy at the desk. Money Smart Art: April – Special stuff for kids. Pick up some library “bucks” at the desk and spend them on our art supplies; create something just for fun! Teen Table Projects: April – Celebrate Poetry Month by writing in some books! Take a page from one of our recycle-bound books and cross off everything but your very own poem! Zachary – the read to me dog: Every Saturday through the spring – 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Come meet Zachary – a certified therapy hypoallergenic labradoodle, has a Good Canine Citizen Certificate and is a member of the American Kennel Club, loves to be read to by kids.
NEWS FROM THE COLOMA COURIER
100 years ago – 1918 The thrift of American farms, factories and homes is the foundation of American VICTORY – George Lorenz, Hard and Soft Coal – Coloma. “How Do Your Sacrifices Compare?” The American boy who goes to war gives up so much. When you invest in Liberty Bonds, it is not a SACRIFICE, but a PRIVILEGE – C. Kloess – Groceries and Meat, Coloma. As The Editor Sees It – This is not only President Wilson’s war. Your government needs YOUR support, not your criticism. Stand by your president. 60 years ago – 1958 Berrien County Sheriff Henry Griese inspects several stolen items that were recovered. A Coloma teenage gang was apprehended and the investigation continues. Everything is ready for the selection of Miss Coloma. Three judges from South Bend will face the task of selecting among 27 beauties. Miss L. Marie Furman and John Steele will receive certificates of merit from the Berrien County Educational Association. Firemen were busy with four fires this past week. Fire Chief Chester W. Hocker reminds residents not to burn rubbish and weeds on windy days. 30 years ago – 1988 Several candidates are running for terms on the Board of Education. Voters will be choosing from Larry Steck, Rose Coble, Blaine Olney, Jerry Jollay and Walter Arny. We Asked You… Have you mailed your Income Tax Return? Lana Enos and Melanie Troike already have refunds back. Jeff Cheatham says, “It is back and spent.” Bill Beverly, local historian, will present The History of Watervliet and Coloma. This lecture is sponsored by Watervliet Public Schools, North Berrien Historical Society and North Berrien Adult and Community Education. Deadlines for the Glad-Peach Festival events are approaching. Attend the meeting with your ideas. Refreshments will be served. 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 – 1918 Hartford’s excellent record during the first year of the war is an assurance that Hartford will go “over the top” in the third Liberty Loan drive. Jacob Oppenheim, president of the Olney National Bank and one of Hartford’s most enthusiastic war workers, has been named by Chairman Cavanaugh as chairman of the Hartford committee. With his customary aggressiveness Chairman Oppenheim is busily gathering the sinews of war and is confidently predicting that the coin of the realm will pour into Uncle Sam’s coffers until Hartford’s apportionment of $42,458 is more than met. 75 years ago – 1943 The chorus of the Hartford Philharmonic Club will present a patriotic concert according to chorus director Mrs. Dan Staples. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Red Cross. Miss Helen Sanford has earned the honor of being valedictorian of the Hartford High School senior class, according to an announcement by Supt. B.W. Robinson. Miss Sanford has maintained the highest scholastic average during the four years of high school work. Miss Donna Vanderlyn has been named as salutatorian of the class of 1943, having also a record of excellent scholarship in a class which is credited with an exceptionally high scholastic rating. 50 years ago – 1968 Mrs. William Vann will entertain the Modern Mother’s Club at a come as you are party. Roll call will be answered: “How do you feel TV could be improved?” Miss Barbara J. Smith, daughter of E.M. Smith, became the bride of Theodore E. Przybylo. The bride is a graduate of Hartford High School, attended Michigan State University and is a graduate of Patricia Stevens at Chicago. Her husband is a graduate of Waller High School and served in the Marine Corps. Pictures of the 1967 Blossom Parade were shown at a dinner meeting for mothers of and contestants in the Hartford queen contest. Miss Bernice Wolverton, Miss Hartford of 1967 was guest of honor. 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 – 1928 Mayor and Mrs. F.W. Brown and daughter Evelyn and H.G. Hinckley motored to Chicago on Apr. 27, 1928, returning that evening. Dr. Brown drove from Watervliet to the down town loop district in 3-1/2 hours and it was the first time that he had ever driven into Chicago. Theron Forbes is serving on the circuit court jury, having been drawn for the April term to take the place of B.F. Budd for this city. Mr. Forbes has been off duty at the Rosenberg & Forbes plant on account of a crippled hand from an injury sustained the first day at the yards on his return from Florida. Mr. and Mrs. John Ryan of Kalamazoo have purchased F. Reinbold photograph studio in this city and will take possession of the business May 1, 1928. Mrs. Ryan is an experienced photographer and will assist her husband in the work. 60 years ago – 1958 The home of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gross, Watervliet, was the scene of a delightful surprise party; the occasion being the 40th wedding anniversary of the former’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Colver Gross. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Salmons are the proud parents of their baby girl, Patricia Ann, born Jan. 7, 1958 and weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces. The seventh grade of the Watervliet Junior High School went on a class trip to the Science and Industry Museum in Chicago on Apr. 12, 1958. They left the school at 7:00 a.m. in two school buses and returned at 9:30 p.m. 30 years ago – 1988 Dr. Henry Anthony Fischer, Class of 1953, will be the featured speaker at the annual National Honor Society Induction Ceremony on Apr. 21, 1988. Area high school students identified as achievers in mathematics and science were recently honored at a banquet at Southwestern Michigan College. Roger Lottridge and Phil Gearhart from Watervliet were among them. WHS distinguished graduating seniors for 1988 were Todd Bannen, Shannon Hanks and Roger Lottridge, all Co-Valedictorians. They earned 4.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale after their seven semesters of high school. 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