05-02-2019 Watervliet students plant trees at Hospital PARCOURSE on Earth Day

THIS KUTE KID IS… Bryce Winnell who just turned 2 years old. His proud parents are Jason Winnell & Jennifer Hartman. His siblings are Brody & Aubrey Winnell. His loving grandparents are Mark & Dawn Winnell and Mitch & Michelle Hartman. Thank you to Great-gram Jackie Ballard for sharing the photo. Also celebrating the event were Uncle Matt Winnell, Uncle Troy & Aunt Michelle Ballard, cousins Payton Ballard & Kylee Winnell, and friends Sam Bosley & Kay Hernandez.



Watervliet students plant trees at Hospital PARCOURSE on Earth Day

By Bob Becker Paw Paw Lake Rotary Club

COMMUNITY SERVICE… Sydney Ellison, Payton Priebe, and Maria Privett from Watervliet High School assist Paw Paw Lake Rotary Club beautify the PARCOURSE on the campus of Lakeland Hospital in Watervliet by planting trees on Earth Day 2019. (photo by Brooklyn Dumont)


This past Earth Day, April 22, 2019 the Paw Paw Lake Rotary Club (PPLRC) sponsored three Watervliet High School Interact Club members along with thirteen other students to plant two Sycamores, one Crimson King Maple and one Red Maple tree on the PARCOURSE at Spectrum Lakeland’s Watervliet Campus. This was the second year students from Watervliet High School planted trees donated by club members and provided by the Watervliet Fruit Exchange. Upon maturing these trees will provide shade and beautify the grounds. The Hospital’s Community Foundation has driven PARCOURSE improvements including two new quarter mile loops, six exercise pods and various stretching and resting areas. The course will help rehabilitation patients improve their health and mobility while providing local school teams and community residents a source for outdoor exercise and recreation. PPLRC has been involved with the PARCOURSE since the inception of the original course and has donated additional funds over the past few years to provide for the walkway to the course and for one of the eight pods on the course. Rotary’s location for the additional four trees this year has one adjacent to the Rotary path connecting the course from the Volunteer’s Gazebo and another three surrounding Rotary’s Exercise Pod. The PPLRC Board wishes to thank members and friends who have supported this effort as well as Mrs. Colby Tein, WHS English teacher and Interact Club advisor, and the students who planted the trees. The entire effort would not be possible without the work of the Watervliet Hospital Foundation and our tree supplier, Watervliet Fruit Exchange. Kenny Ashley and T.J. Ricketts from the hospital maintenance department picked up and staged the trees on the course. Kenny and T.J. made the planting go much smoother for the students! One last note, as the group was packing up a young mother and her perhaps 3- year-old son were seen beginning their walk on the course. A perfect ending to a great morning!

Community Soup & Salad Supper Friday, May 3

A Community Soup & Salad Supper will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at the North Berrien Senior Center, 6648 Ryno Road in Coloma. The menu includes soup, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. The public is invited. Cost for adults is $5; $3 for 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.

Watervliet Independence Day Celebration committee meeting Monday

Members of the Watervliet Independence Day Celebration 2019 committee of the Watervliet Business Association are holding a planning meeting on Monday, May 6 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting is at the Watervliet Fire Station. They are looking for volunteers to make this festival bigger and better than last year! Anyone is welcome to attend. Please mark this date on your calendar.

Good Grief: Bereavement Sharing and Education Program on Tuesdays

Good Grief is a free program that covers topics such as how to cope with loss, guilt, and regret; why you feel the way you do; and finding a sense of peace. Each seven-week session meets for one and a half hours of meaningful information and sharing. In St. Joseph, Good Grief meets Tuesdays, May 7 to June 18, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Caring Circle, 4025 Health Park Lane. For more information, and to find out about other ongoing bereavement programs, call Lory’s Place at (269) 429-7100.

Amish Market hosted by Hartford United Methodist Church May 18

The Hartford United Methodist Church is the location for an Amish Market on Saturday, May 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The market is sponsored by Friends of the Amish. Amish vendors will be selling a wide variety of their products including donuts, pies & cakes, cookies, noodles, bread, candy, and maple syrup. There will also be vendors of rugs, crafts, deer blinds, steel siding, construction, mini barns, house cleaning services and more. While there be sure to enjoy some soft serve ice cream. Hartford United Methodist Church is located at 425 E. Main Street.

Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary returns to Covert Library May 18

On Saturday, May 18 the Covert Branch Library will host live alligators, courtesy of the Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary which is located in Athens, Michigan. Attendees can learn about, touch and view live alligators right in the library. The event will take place on Saturday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m. If interested in attending please register at the Covert Branch Library or call at 269-764-1298.

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