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05-02-2019 Schools News & Calendars

SOLO & ENSEMBLE… These Coloma Junior High band students all earned medals (1st or 2nd division ratings) at the recent MSBOA District 6 Junior High Solo & Ensemble Festival at Southwestern Michigan College. In the photo (from the left) are: Front row – Hannah Wagner, Camryn Brown, & Brodie McQuillan; Middle row – Liliana Contreras, McKinleigh Kraemer, Hannah Grenon, Amber Cheek, Fletcher Todd, Boden Genovese, Trevor Massey, & Wyatt Sinnett; Back row – AshLynn DeLaTorre, Miryssa Nelson, Clara Kimmerly, Alyse Grenon, Emily Abraham, Yohaly Estrada, Addyson Milnickel, Jazmine Rios, & McKenzie Sing. Coloma Community Schools congratulations their performances at Solo & Ensemble Festival!

Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 2 Elementary PTO Book Fair; 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 Elementary PTO Book Fair; 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 Monday, May 6 Varsity Baseball & Softball at Kalamazoo Christian, 4:30 p.m.; JV Baseball Home vs. Kalamazoo Christian, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity Girls Soccer Home vs. Kalamazoo Christian, 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 JV Softball at Paw Paw, 4:00 p.m.; MS Track Rain Date Meet Possible, 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 Golf Red Arrow Cup Round 1 at Lake MI Hills, 10:00 a.m.; Golf Red Arrow Cup Round 2 at Paw Paw Lake, 1:00 p.m.; Varsity Track Home vs. Fennville & Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity Girls Soccer at Schoolcraft, 5:00 p.m. Thursday, May 9 MS Track SAC Divisional Meet at Martin, TBA; Varsity Girls Soccer Home vs. Hartford, 6:00 p.m.; HS 2021 Europe Trip Meeting, HS Cafeteria, 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 10 North School Spirit Day; 5th Grade Orientation, 9:00 a.m.; 3rd Grade meets with School Resource Officer, 10:30 a.m.; Varsity Golf, Fennville hosting at Beeches, 4:00 p.m.; Varsity Softball & Baseball at Coloma, 4:30 p.m.; JV Softball & Baseball Home vs. Coloma, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11 JV Softball at River Valley Tournament, 9:00 a.m.; HS Junior/Senior Prom

Senior Services Hartford United Methodist Church, 425 E. Main St. OPEN: Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 6 Coffee and Conversation, 10:00-11:30 a.m.; LUNCH served at 12:30 p.m.; Bingo – Cards/ Euchre/ Dominoes – Knitting/ Crochet/ Quilt Group, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 Coffee and Conversation, 10:00-11:30 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11:30 a.m.; LUNCH served at 12:30 p.m.; Cards/ Euchre/ Dominoes – Computer with Emma – Quilting/ Knitting/ Crochet Group, 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 10 Coffee and Conversation, 10:00-11:30 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11:30 a.m.; LUNCH served at 12:30 p.m.; Cards/ Euchre/ Dominoes, 1:30 p.m. Food Truck Senior Services will be hosting a food truck in South Haven at Hope Reformed Church, 1365 Monroe Blvd., on Thursday, May 9 at 11 a.m. No preregistration is required. Please bring bags to carry all of your goodies!! For more information please call Shaina Lafferty at 269-637-3607. Any questions or comments, please contact Senior Services, Senior City on 76th Street at 269-637-3607 or Senior Services Paw Paw office at 269-655-8000. Rides are available through Van Buren Public Transit with no less than 24-hour advance notice at (269) 427-7921.

Hartford High School “Students of the Week” for April 22-26, 2019 are: (from the left) 9th Grade – Jasmin Janicki, student of Dave Janicki & Janice Lee; 10th Grade – Nicolas Kronewetter, student of David & Rebecca Kronewetter; 11th Grade – Mason Summerton, student of Kevin & Sandy Reed; 12th Grade – Mackenzie Brinsfield, student of Jamie Tunstill & Amy Welch. 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!

VBT’s Moriah Rao wins Box Factory Emerging Artist Award

Van Buren Tech proudly recognizes Commercial Design student Kaitlyn Lyzenga (Bangor High School junior) and Print Media senior Moriah Rao (Watervliet High School senior) for exhibiting artwork in the Box Factory for the Arts 2019 Community Student Art Exhibition. Each student submitted artwork created at her home school but applied talent and training she has been developing through high school art classes and Van Buren Tech program training. At the opening reception for students and families on April 9, The Box Factory for the Arts awarded Moriah Rao 2D First Place which includes a $75 gift card to Michaels, plus the Emerging Artist Award which includes a $500 scholarship. Each year, Berrien RESA, The Box Factory for the Arts, and the Krasl Art Center team to present two spectacular student art shows, one for elementary students and one for middle school and high school students. These shows provide area students with opportunities to share their creativity, talent and skills by displaying artwork in a professional gallery exhibition viewed by hundreds of people from the surrounding communities. Students compete for multiple juried awards. Van Buren Tech congratulates Kaitlyn Lyzenga and Moriah Rao for demonstrating the value and joy provided by art programs at Van Buren County high schools and Van Buren Tech training in the Commercial Design and Print Media programs.

BHHS Class of 1949 70th Class Reunion The Benton Harbor High School Class of 1949 will be hosting their 70th Class Reunion July 27 & 28, 2019, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Benton Harbor. Saturday the 27th will start at 4:30 p.m. including dinner and a planned program and Sunday the 28th at 9:00-11:00 a.m. will be a Continental Breakfast. Classes from BHHS 1940s and 1950s are invited to attend. No formal invitations will be sent, but reservations and payment for all attending is required. To attend both functions, it will be a total of 35.00. For more information, please contact Barb Radewald at 269-982-9939 or If other classes should attend, class pictures will be promptly at 5:30 on Saturday! Please feel free to bring any others, classmates or family members. It will be a time for fellowship and memories of years past.

Friday, May 3, 5-6 p.m. “COMMUNITY SOUP & SALAD SUPPER” at North Berrien Senior Center, 6648 Ryno Road, Coloma. Menu includes soup, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. Cost is $5/adults, $3/children up to 12 years of age and free for children under three. Proceeds go to the H.O.P.E. Resources Food Pantry located at Coloma United Methodist Church. This month’s supper is hosted by Coloma United Methodist Church. 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 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. Monday, May 6, 6 p.m. “WATERVLIET 4TH OF JULY MEETING” Members of the Watervliet Independence Day Celebration 2019 committee of the Watervliet Business Association are holding a planning meeting at the Watervliet Fire Station. Anyone is welcome to attend. 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 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 Saturday, May 11 “STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE” donations of nonperishable food items left by residential mailboxes will be picked up by Postal workers. Saturday, May 11, 1-4 p.m. “FINAL BOW RETIREMENT OPEN HOUSE” for Patrice Culver at Watervliet South Elementary School. Open to the public; refreshments will be served. 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. Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m. “ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC” fundraiser for Hartford Indian Emerald Vanguard at Lake Cora Hills Gold Club, 56640 CR671, Paw Paw. $60/player fee includes cart, greens fee, lunch & refreshments. 2-player, 15-team scramble; $200 first place prize. Email Derek Clements at for more info. Saturday, May 18, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. “AMISH MARKET” at Hartford United Methodist Church, 425 E. Main St. sponsored by Friends of the Amish. Items for sale include soft serve ice cream, baked goods, building & household products and services plus more. 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. Wednesday, May 29, 6:30 p.m. “WATERVLIET HIGH SCHOOL BACCALAUREATE” Friday, May 31, 6:30 p.m. “WATERVLIET HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION” Friday, May 31, 7 p.m. “COLOMA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION” Friday, May 31, 7 p.m. “HARTFORD HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION” June 7 & 8 “SWAP MEET” at Michigan Flywheelers Museum, 06285 68th Street, South Haven. Watch for more information on or Facebook. August 12-17 “BERRIEN COUNTY YOUTH FAIR” Visit for more information. Saturday, Aug. 24, 6 p.m. “50-YEAR CLASS REUNION” for Coloma High School Class of 1969. For more information, email, 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 or Facebook.


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