04-19-2018 School News & Calendar

“Kute Kids”… THESE “KUTE KIDS” are… Gabriella Layne (5), Madelyn Layne (2), Holly Jones (4), Ivie Jones (1), and Nathan Layne (4). Gabriella, Madelyn and Nathan are the children of Ashley and Danny Layne of Watervliet. Holly and Ivie are the children of Ashlei Bradshaw and Tony Jones of Stevensville. All five “kuties” are the grandchildren of Steve and Deedee Stakley of Coloma and Tracy and Chris Jones of Mansfield, Ohio. Loving great-grandparents are Dick and Joan Stakley of Benton Harbor. Share a photo of your “Kute Kids” with your friends, neighbors, and relatives who read the Tri-City Record. Make sure you write your kids’ names on the back of the picture and include any other information about it you would like to see in the paper, including mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, and so on. Send the “original” photo to the Tri-City Record, P.O. Box 7, Watervliet, MI 49098 or email it with your information to record@tricityrecord.com. Pick up your photo after it appears in the paper or include a stamped, self-addressed envelope and we will mail it back to you. Where are your “Kute Kids”?

Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 19 JV Softball & JV Baseball at Lawrence, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity Baseball & Varsity Softball, Home vs. Lawrence, 4:30 p.m.; MS Track at Gobles Invitational Relays, 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 20 Optional Lifetouch Spring Picture Day (Pre-paid only); Varsity Track Watervliet Relays Invitational Meet, Home, 4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 21 Varsity Softball at Schoolcraft Tournament, 9:00 a.m. Monday, April 23 Varsity Softball & Varsity Baseball, Home vs. River Valley, 4:30 p.m.; JV Softball & JV Baseball at River Valley, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 MS Track at Coloma, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity Baseball, Home vs. Benton Harbor, 4:30 p.m.; JV Baseball at Benton Harbor, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 Music Department Trip to New York (through April 29); Varsity Track at Gobles SAC meet, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity Soccer, Home vs. Hackett, 6:00 p.m. Thursday, April 26 Varsity Baseball & Varsity Softball at Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m.; MS Track, Home vs. Hackett, 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 27 6th Grade trip to Chicago; Varsity Soccer at Berrien Springs, 5:00 p.m.

Honor Credit Union is proud to support mothers in need

Honor Credit Union is proud to provide six collection sites in Berrien County for Two Men and a Truck’s Movers for Moms program. The following Honor Credit Union locations are collecting donations from the community until Monday, May 7: Coloma, Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Stevensville, Berrien Springs, and Niles. Movers for Moms partners with local businesses and organizations to collect essential care items for women, specifically moms, staying in local domestic abuse or homeless shelters. Two Men and a Truck will deliver all donations to partnering shelters around Mother’s Day. Local communities in Berrien County are encouraged to donate items such as soaps, hair styling products, shampoos and conditioners, pillows, blankets, slippers, and other basic clothing items to a participating Honor Credit Union location during April. More information can be found at www.twomenandatruck.com/movers-for-moms. Honor Credit Union is proud to serve more than 75,000 members across the State of Michigan. Providing solutions for financial success and giving back to the communities it serves remains the driving forces behind Honor Credit Union. For more information call 800.442.2800, or visit www.honorcu.com.

Coloma / St. Joseph KOA Holiday open for 2018 Season; Announces progress on rehabilitation partnership with Harbor Habitat for Humanity

In spite of the cooler temperatures, the Coloma/St. Joseph KOA Holiday welcomed their first guests this past weekend as they opened for the 2018 camping season. “Our first campers were two German couples traveling through the United States on vacation, followed by ‘snow birds returning to Michigan from their RVing in the south this winter,” said Mark and Karla Lemoine, owners and managing partners. “Hopefully our weather will warm up a bit more once they unpack the sunshine they brought with them,” they quipped. Building upon several renovations that were accomplished during the past year and a half, including a fully renovated General Store & Café featuring Hunt Brothers Pizza, the Lemoines shared the progress of several upgrades as part of their ongoing rehabilitation efforts. They refurbished the pool deck, installed a new Jumping Pillow, begun renovation to their 2,000 sq. ft. Club House which will be available for campground activities and group rentals, and are nearing completion of five deluxe patio sites which are expected to be available for guests within the next few weeks. The Lemoines were also busy making several infrastructural improvements this winter including replacing all water faucets throughout the park, and purchasing new picnic tables for their 130 sites. They also announced their partnership with Harbor Habitat for Humanity, which is picking up the older picnic tables to be sold in their ReStores. Proceeds from the donated picnic tables will help Harbor Habitat build homes and improve communities locally and around the world. The Lemoines concluded by saying, “Being active members of our community is deeply important to us. We’re pleased to support Habitat as they seek to create affordable housing for families.”

Hartford Strawberry Festival events planned; contestants, vendors and sponsors needed

The community of Hartford has an Annual Strawberry Festival. This year, the festival is Friday and Saturday, June 8 & 9, 2018. The location is Ely Park right in the heart of downtown Hartford. On Friday afternoon the Strawberry Prince & Princess, Strawberry Shortcake and Sweetest Strawberry contests winners will be announced with a children’s parade at 6 p.m. Pictures and registration applications are due Wednesday, April 25 at 5 p.m. at the Redwood Elementary gym. For information call Sarah Briley at 269-539-1345 before April 25. The park rides are open Friday and Saturday. Saturday features craft vendors, music, rides, food and the grand parade a 1 p.m. Craft vendors are needed for Saturday, June 9. They are also looking for sponsors for the event. They accept business and individual sponsors. Sponsors are acknowledged throughout the weekend. This is a long standing community festival for over 30 plus years. They need the help of the community to sustain this popular event. For information call Patty Schroeder (269)621-3408.

Saturday, Apr. 21, 2 p.m. “WILDFLOWER WALK” at Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor. Fee is $3; call 927-4832 for more information. Saturday, Apr. 21, 5 p.m. “SPORTSMEN’S DINNER” at Midway Baptist Church, 7517 Red Arrow, Watervliet. Doors open at 3:30. Call 463-3195 to make reservations and to get more information. Cost by donation. 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. Wednesday, Apr. 25, 4:30 p.m. “MONEY SMART KIDS READ” children’s program at Coloma Public Library geared towards K-2nd Grade; all children are welcome. No sign-up required; free program. Friday, May 11, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. “FARM HISTORY DAY” at Michigan Flywheelers Museum, 06285 68th St., South Haven. Free event for schools, home-schoolers & public. Call 639-2010, email michiganflywheelers@yahoo.com or visit www.michiganflywheelers.org. 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. Saturday, May 19, 8 a.m. “2-PLAYER SCRAMBLE GOLF CLASSIC” fund-raiser for Hartford Indian Emerald Vanguard at Lake Cora Hills Golf Club in Paw Paw. Contact Derek Clements at clementsd@hpsmi.org for registration information. Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. “4-H SPRING ACHIEVEMENT” at Berrien County Youth Fair to showcase youth projects. Free event open to the public. For more information contact Berrien County MSU Extension Office at 927-5674. Friday, June 1, 6:30 p.m. “WATERVLIET HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION” Friday, June 1, 7 p.m. “HARTFORD HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION”