05-09-2019 Letters and Commentary; “Miss Pat” to retire after 60 years  of dance

Miss Pat” to retire after 60 years of dance

By Annette Christie Being enrolled in dance at the young age of six, the woman that would fondly become known as “Miss Pat” to many Tri-City generations knew that dance is all she would ever want to do. Raised at Twelve Corners, she and her sisters were all enrolled in dance but it was Patrice Culver that grew to love it and make it her career. Following her graduation from Benton Harbor High School, she worked for her father’s business in the morning and taught dance in the small studio that her father built behind his business. Once she was married, she and her husband moved to Coloma and since then, has remained a staple in the community of Coloma while training and teaching youth from all over Southwest Michigan. With a steady stream of students and individuals expected that she describes as “my second family,” Miss Pat will be honored this Saturday, May 11, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Watervliet South Elementary as she prepares to retire with her final bow after 60 years of dance instruction.

Evaluation of marijuana use Dear Editor, One of the issues facing society today is the production, sale and use of marijuana for recreational use. I would like to encourage your readers to read an article written by Alex Berenson. The article is available on line at hillsdale.edu. Go to their publication, Imprimis and look for the article, “Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence”. I believe it is an honest evaluation of the subject. Sincerely, Roy Jeffery, Coloma

Attorney General Barr should resign Dear Editor, William Barr does not seek truth nor does he protect the people of the United States. Donald Trump, according to basic facts, has now passed the 10,000 mark in lies and misrepresentations. We are exhausted by the daily onslaught on the rule of law by this president, now fully supported by Mr. Barr. Since the release of the Mueller Report on the 2016 election investigation, it has been clear that the characterization portrayed by Barr in his “summary” letter and in his news conferences distorted and misrepresented the facts presented in the rather lengthy report. It has now been revealed that Special Counsel Mueller responded by letter to Attorney General Barr objecting to the “summary” given to the public and to Congress. Mr. Mueller stated, “The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this office’s work and conclusions… There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation. This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations.” In his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barr was confronted about his previous false statements to the committee in which he denied knowing about any challenge from Mr. Mueller. If you had the opportunity to witness any of his responses to the Committee it was obvious he did not want to answer the most basic questions in a forthright manner; and refused to answer some queries at all. Now Barr balks at testifying before the House Judiciary Committee. Truth denied to the American People is no truth at all. The Attorney General must represent the citizens of the United States of America. Mr. Barr has shown that he is unfit for office and holds the rule of law in contempt. We should all be requesting his resignation. Respectfully submitted, Cynthia Miller, Benton Harbor

Mailbox Improvement Week arrives in time for spring cleaning The U.S. Postal Service is asking all homeowners to inspect and repair their mailboxes during Mailbox Improvement Week, May 12–18, says Coloma Postmaster Marilyn Wassell and Watervliet Postmaster Wendy Fisher. “Repairing suburban and rural mailboxes improves the appearance of our communities and makes delivering and receiving mail safer for our carriers and customers,” says Wassell. The Postal Service makes this annual request because of the wear and tear that occurs to mailboxes every year. “This is especially important after the effects of last winter,” adds Fisher. Some of the typical activities homeowners may need to do include: Replacing loose hinges on a mailbox door; repainting a mailbox that may have rusted or has started to peel; remounting a loosened mailbox post; replacing or adding house numbers. “If a homeowner plans to install a new mailbox or replace a worn one, he or she must use only Postal Service–approved traditional, contemporary or locking full/limited service mailboxes,” said both Postmasters. “Customers must be careful when purchasing curbside mail receptacles because the use of unapproved boxes is prohibited. Customers may use a custom-built mailbox, but they must consult with our offices to ensure it conforms to guidelines applying to flag, size, strength and quality of construction.” For more information on the use of names or numbers on mailboxes, or answers to any other questions, contact your local Post Office directly.

County seeks public input on 2020-2024, Berrien County Parks Five Year Plan Berrien County Parks and Recreation officials are seeking public input on the development of the 2020-2024 Berrien County Parks Five Year Plan. The plan will cover Rocky Gap, Silver Beach, Love Creek, Madeline Bertrand, Paw Paw River, Historic Courthouse Square and Galien River County Parks, as well as the Red Arrow Linear Trail. Park officials invite the public to share their ideas at “Open House” style meetings on Wednesday, May 15, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. before the Berrien County Parks Commission Meeting and after the meeting from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Madeline Bertrand County Park, 3038 Adams Road in Niles. Meetings will take place periodically at different locations around the County in 2019 to seek public input and ideas for Berrien County Parks’ future plans. The public is also invited to send written comments to: Berrien County Parks, 701 Main Street, St. Joseph MI, 49085 or email comments to parks@berriencounty.org. Please have written or emailed comments in by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

Educational Hemp Seminar at MSU Extension Center Join the Berrien Conservation District, MSU Extension, and Guest Speaker Milan Kluko for an all-day Educational Hemp Seminar on Tuesday, May 21 from 8:30-4 at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center – 1791 Hillandale Road in Benton Harbor. The cost is $35 and includes snacks and lunch. The all-day conference on hemp will cover various topics. These will be presented by Milan Kluko, an established grower in Oregon and a vertical farmer in Southwest Michigan along with Eric Anderson, Field Crops Educator, from Michigan State University Extension. A list of potential topics include: Industrial Hemp Uses, Licensing, Production and Equipment for Industrial Hemp, Markets for Industrial Hemp, Seed Selection – to Maximize CBD in the Hemp, Nursery and Seedling Development for Mother Plants, Cloning of Seedstock (from Mother Plants), Lighting and Nursery Procedures for Seedstock, Hardening of Seedstock Prior to Planting, General Procedures for Transplanting of Seedstock, Growing Hemp f