04-25-2019 School news & calendars

COLOMA HIGH SCHOOL… March 2019 Students of the Month are (from the left): Freshman Ethan Kreitner, Sophomore Mason Lampros; Junior Jerry Binder and Senior Michael Sanchez.


Hartford High School “Students of the Week” for April 15-19, 2019 are: (from the left) 9th Grade – Alyssa Birmele, student of Jeremy Birmele & Heather White; 10th Grade – Vanessa Diaz, student of Rogelio Diaz & Eleodora Rosas; 11th Grade – Maria Gutierrez, student of Analberto & Teresa Gutierrez; 12th Grade – Jesus Martinez, student of Eutimio Martinez & Azucena Jimenez. To become a “Student of the Week”, students are nominated by teachers or staff for doing something positive. For example: getting a good grade on tests or homework, doing well in class participation or just doing a good deed. Selected students will receive a certificate, their picture taken & posted in the High School front lobby showcase for the week and in the Tri-City Record. At the end of the school year all Student of the Week names will be entered in a drawing for some cool prizes, treats or gift cards. Congratulations to these “Students of the Week” and keep up the great work!


Coloma Community Schools Calendar of Events Friday, April 26 JV Golf at Kalamazoo Christian, 4:00 p.m.; Tennis vs. Dowagiac, 4:30 p.m.; Soccer vs. Bridgman, 5:00 p.m. Saturday, April 27 PROM Monday, April 29 JH Study Hall Closed; JV Softball vs. Hartford, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity Baseball at Galesburg, 4:30 p.m.; Soccer at Fennville, 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday, April 30 Tennis at Galesburg Augusta, 4:30 p.m.; JH Track vs. Gobles/ Comstock, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 2-Hour Delayed Start; Varsity Track vs. Watervliet, 4:30 p.m.; Soccer at Constantine, 6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 2 Varsity Baseball/ Softball at Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m.; JV Baseball vs. Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m.; Tennis vs. Schoolcraft, 4:30 p.m.; JH Track at Watervliet w/Martin, 4:30 p.m.

Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events Thursday, April 25 4th Grade Field Trip to Sarett Nature Center; Varsity Softball & Baseball Home vs. Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m.; JV Baseball at Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m.; MS Track at Gobles Relays, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 State Science Olympiad at MSU Monday, April 29 – Friday, May 3 Elementary PTO Book Fair Monday, April 29 Varsity Track at Martin, 4:30 p.m.; JV Softball & Baseball Home vs. Constantine, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity Softball & Baseball at Constantine, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity Girls Soccer at Lawton, 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 Varsity Baseball & Softball Home vs. Dowagiac, 4:15 p.m.; JV Baseball & Softball at Dowagiac, 4:15 p.m.; MS Track Home vs. Lawton & Constantine, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 Varsity Track at Coloma, 4:30 p.m.; PTO Meeting at South School, 5:30 p.m.; Varsity Girls Soccer Home vs. Delton Kellogg, 6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 2 MS Track Home vs. Coloma & Martin, 4:30 p.m.; JV Baseball Home vs. River Valley, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity Softball & Baseball at Gobles, 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 3 Mid-Marking Period Progress Reports; Varsity Golf, Watervliet hosting at Paw Paw Lake, 4:00 p.m.; Varsity Girls Soccer Home vs. Bangor, 5:00 p.m. Saturday, May 4 Band in Blossomtime Parade, St. Joseph/ Benton Harbor

Berrien County 4-H certifies nine new tractor operators

On March 28, nine local young people completed the Berrien County 4-H Tractor Operator Program. Michigan State University Extension teaches 4-H Tractor Operator each winter, January through March, with 4-H volunteer instructors. They require a minimum of 24 hours of instruction and practice. Participants must be 14 years of age by the date of the driving test to be eligible for certification. Successful completion of the 4-H Tractor Operator Program provides a certificate of training required for operation of a 20 PTO HP or greater, garden or agricultural tractor, by 14 and 15 year old youth employed on property not owned, leased or operated by a parent or legal guardian. Participants learned about topics such as: farm/ranch hazards and safety, tractor component basics, pre-operational procedures, operation basics, tractor-powered implements, self-propelled agricultural equipment, operating on public roadways, basic maintenance and repair, ATV/utility vehicle safety, first aid and emergencies.

Post-program evaluations indicated that one hundred percent of participants: Plan to seek work on a farm or ranch; felt they would be a safer worker as a result of this training; were more confident to operate a tractor as a result of this training. When parents were asked about what impact this program had on their child, they shared that the following skills were enhanced or that the young person learned: Increased confidence; how to think about and avoid potential hazards; hand/eye coordination; made connections; to follow directions and be able to have work done in a timely fashion; to anticipate problems before they occur.

In addition to the support of the instructors, parents, and friends of 4-H; MSU Extension would like to thank Berrien County Farm Bureau for the scholarships that were given to the graduates in support of farm safety to help cover part of their registration fees. For more information about the 4-H Tractor Operator Program, contact Deb Barrett at smithde6@msu.edu or 269-927-5674. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.

Berrien County Spring Scrap Tire Collection May 9-10

The Berrien County Scrap Tire Collection is Thursday, May 9, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, May 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. No early drop-offs allowed. This collection is open to Berrien County residents only. Tires from businesses are not accepted. This collection is coordinated by the Berrien County Parks Department. The collection location is the Berrien County Road Department, 2860 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor. Participants must enter the Road Department facility at the southernmost gate (3rd gate from the corner) on Yore Avenue. Look for and follow event signs. Fees will be charged and are due at the event by cash or check (written to Berrien County): $1/passenger tire; $2/passenger tire on the rim; $5/semi-truck tire; $10 and up for larger tires. Participants planning to bring large tires must call 269-983-7111 x8234 prior to May 8 to report size and quantity. “This collection event provides Berrien County residents with a low cost way to safely and legally handle waste tires,” says Jill Adams, the Berrien County Environmental Property Manager. “Residents with unwanted scrap tires can protect their family’s and neighbors’ health, the health of the environment, and potentially free up storage space at home by participating in this tire collection event”. Abandoned tires can hold water and become breeding grounds for mosquitoes and rodents. Tires left on a property, in a ditch, or public green space are an eye sore and can cause property values to decrease. Tires will go to Deerpath Recyclers in Dowagiac to be processed. More information, and a list of other tire recycling options, can be found at www.berriencounty.org, click Recycling Services or call the Berrien County Parks Department, 269-983-7111 x8234 or x8232.

Friday, Apr. 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. “RETIREMENT OPEN HOUSE” for Coloma City Deputy Clerk/ Treasurer Roseann Clements at Coloma City Hall, 119 N. Paw Paw Street. Saturday, Apr. 27, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. “RANDALL PARK WORK DAY” Volunteers needed to help with renovation project. Park is located at corner of Tannery Drive and S. Church Street in Coloma. Sunday, Apr. 28, 2 p.m. “ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING” at Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor followed by director Dianne Braybrook presentation on Baja, Mexico trip. Saturday, May 4, 10:30 a.m. “RUN FOR THE BUDS 5K RUN/WALK” as part of the Blossomtime Festival in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor. Visit https://blossomtimefestival.org/run-for-the-buds for more information. Saturday, May 4, 1:00 p.m. “BLOSSOMTIME GRAND FLORAL PARADE” in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor Sunday, May 5, 2-5 p.m. “KENT CHURCHILL BENEFIT SUPPER & SILENT AUCTION” at North Berrien Fire Rescue Station #1, 170 Washington St., Coloma. Call North Berrien Fire Rescue at (269) 849-3409 or City Hall at (269) 468-6606 for more information. Friday, May 10, 3-4:30 p.m. “GRAND OPENING & RIBBON CUTTING” Blackbird Waterhouse restaurant, 4896 Paw Paw Lake Rd. Open to the public. Friday, May 10 “FARM HISTORY DAY” at Michigan Flywheelers Museum, 06285 68th Street, South Haven. Watch for more information on www.michiganflywheelers.org or Facebook. May 10, 11 & 12 “MOTHER’S DAY PLANT SALE” at Salem Lutheran Church, 275 Marvin St., Coloma. Hours are: Friday 12-4 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sunday 12-6 p.m. Hanging baskets and potted flowers Friday, May 17, 5-8 p.m. “SPAGHETTI DINNER” hosted by Michigan Flywheelers Museum at South Haven American Legion, 129 Michigan Ave. $9/adults, $4/children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit construction cost of addition to Stephenson Barn. Call 639-2010 for more info. Friday, May 24 “SOUP SUPPER” at Van Buren County Museum, 58471 Red Arrow, Hartford. Menu includes an assortment of soups, salads & desserts; freewill offering. For inquiries, call 269-621-2188. June 7 & 8 “SWAP MEET” at Michigan Flywheelers Museum, 06285 68th Street, South Haven. Watch for more information on www.michiganflywheelers.org or Facebook. Saturday, Aug. 24, 6 p.m. “50-YEAR CLASS REUNION” for Coloma High School Class of 1969. For more information, email nmessal@att.net, call 630-464-8287 or check out the Facebook page of Coloma High School Class of 1969 50th Reunion. Sept. 5-8 “ANTIQUE ENGINE & TRACTOR SHOW” at Michigan Flywheelers Museum, 06285 68th Street, South Haven. Watch for more information on www.michiganflywheelers.org or Facebook. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. “STAY & PLAY” at Hartford Public Library – unstructured story hour includes play time with doll house, giant LEGOs, computers, sticker sheets and possibly stories. No registration required or no age limit.

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