05-16-2019 Berrien County Drain Commissioner incommunicado in Bainbridge Township; Chamber holds 2

RIBBON CUTTING AT BLACKBIRD WATERHOUSE… About 50 people attended the grand opening of the Blackbird Waterhouse on Friday, May 10, with a beautiful cake by Heidi Hurst and live music by Mike Struwin. Attending the ribbon cutting are (from the left) Front row: Senator Kim LaSata, Lynzee Krohne, January Immer (owner and cutting the ribbon), Katie Hobbs, Mason Immer (son of owners), husband and co-owner Trip Immer, Representative Pauline Wendzel; Back row: Amy June Jovanovic, Don Jennings, Andrew Cooper, and Calie Jean Biondo.


Berrien County Drain Commissioner incommunicado in Bainbridge Township

By Teresa Smithers Bainbridge Township met for their regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 13, at Bainbridge Township Hall. Jerry Burkhardt came before Bainbridge Township with concerns about the Dakin-Peters Drain Project. He advised he had been trying to contact Berrien County Drain Commissioner Christopher Quattrin, but Quattrin has not returned any of his calls. Supervisor Bill Hodge advised Burkhardt that Bainbridge Township has no authority over the drain project. He advised him to contact County Commissioner Jon Hinkelman to resolve the matter. Coincidentally, Bainbridge Township received a letter on an unrelated matter from their attorney who had also not heard from the Drain Commission. The Township will give them another 30 days, then will send a letter to the County Commission asking for resolution. Other business A resolution was adopted by the Board for the foreclosed property at 270 Millburg Drive, Benton Harbor, to be approved for demolition. The property will be sold at auction by May 17 with the stipulation that the demolition is done. Several roads in Bainbridge Township are scheduled for maintenance this year. Three roads will receive Sealcoat: Bainbridge Center Road from Napier to Carmody; North Branch Road from Park to Friday; South Park Road from Territorial to North Branch. Hill Road from M-140 to Hill curve will receive three inches of Grind & Gravel treatment and two roads – E. Napier from M-140 to County Line and Friday Road from North Branch to Carmody – will receive Trap Rock & Fog Seal. Total cost for these road repairs is $264,601. Residents wishing to burn need to contact the fire department that serves their district: Benton Township – 925-3958 or Sister Lakes – 424-3145. Their next meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 10, 7:00 p.m.

Chamber holds 2 ribbon cuttings in downtown Coloma today, May 16 The Coloma Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce invites the public to two Grand Opening celebrations and ribbon cuttings right next door to each other on Thursday, May 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in downtown Coloma. Downtown Digits located at 190 N. Paw Paw St. is holding a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting at 5:30 p.m. Jasmine Miller has purchased Downtown Digits. Please welcome her and enjoy a few snacks with her family and friends and Chamber members. They will also be sharing the evening with Denise Donohoe from next door at: If the Shoe Fits… for their Grand Opening and 5:30 p.m. ribbon cutting. If the Shoe Fits is located at 178 N. Paw Paw Street. Denise Donohoe has transformed this beautiful shop into a women’s & men’s shoe store. Everyone is invited to attend, take a look and enjoy light refreshments. Celebrate with the Chamber as they wish both businesses much success!

N.B. Historical Museum presents A Global History of Meat, Tuesday, May 21 From large-scale cattle farming to water pollution, meat—more than any other food—has had an enormous impact on our environment. Historically, Americans have been among the most avid meat-eaters in the world, but long before that, meat was not even considered a key ingredient in most civilizations’ diets. On Tuesday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Wilson Warren will appear at the North Berrien Historical Museum where he will present on how meat entered the daily diet and at what costs and benefits to society. Dr. Warren is a professor and chair of the History Department at Western Michigan University and has studied the meat industry for more than a decade. He recently published his book, “Meat Makes People Powerful: A Global History of the Modern Era”, and will have copies available to purchase at the program. Collaborating with the North Berrien Historical Museum for this event is Water & Wheat Cafe who will have sliders of their vegan burger available to sample following the presentation. No RSVP is required for this free program. The North Berrien Historical Museum is located at 300 Coloma Avenue in Coloma. Please contact peter@northberrienhistory.org with any questions or call the Museum at (269) 468-3330.

Tuesday planning meeting at City Hall for Watervliet Independence Day Celebration Members of the Watervliet Independence Day Celebration 2019 committee (WBA) are holding an organization meeting on Tuesday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting is at Watervliet City Hall. They are looking for volunteers to make this festival bigger and better than last year! Please mark this date on your calendars and plan on attending.

Rep. Griffin sets May in-district office hours for this Friday in Hartford State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, will meet with area residents this month during office hours across her district. “Office hours are a great way to talk about the issues affecting our local communities,” Rep. Griffin said. “I hope you’ll take the opportunity to join me and share what’s on your mind.” Rep. Griffin will be available Friday, May 17 at the following times and locations: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Hartford City Hall, 19 W. Main St. in Hartford; 1 to 2 p.m. at the South Haven Library, 314 Broadway St. in South Haven; and 3 to 4 p.m. at Cooper Township Hall, 1590 D Ave. W. in Kalamazoo. No appointments are necessary. Those who are unable to attend at the scheduled times but would like an opportunity to talk with Rep. Griffin may call her office at (517) 373-0839 or email BethGriffin@house.mi.gov.

Household chemicals and electronics recycling, document shredding event, for Berrien Co. residents May 18 Berrien County residents can recycle household chemicals, home medical waste, electronics, and get their personal documents shredded on Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m. to 12 noon. The community recycling event takes place at the Southeast Berrien County Landfill Recycling Center, 3200 Chamberlain Road, Buchanan. The household chemicals and liquids will be recycled and disposed of properly to prevent poisoning and protect environmental health. Accepted items include home, garden, garage, and workshop liquids, oils, solvents and chemicals, as well as batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury items and home medical waste such as pills, liquids, aerosols, and sharps. The household chemical collection is open to Berrien County residents only, no business waste is allowed. Donations are accepted to help off-set some of the collection and processing costs. Items that are not accepted are latex paint (can be dried out and placed in regular curbside trash with the lid off the paint can), gas grill propane tanks, fireworks, and ammunition. Visit www.berriencounty.org, click Recycling Services to learn how to recycle and properly dispose of these materials, or call 269-983-7111 x8234. Green Earth Electronics Recycling out of St. Joseph will be on-site to collect household electronic waste including computers, televisions, printers, large and small appliances and anything else with a cord or that is battery operated. There is a fee of $10 per computer monitor and $20 per television. Cash or check is accepted. All other accepted electronics are collected at no cost. Call Green Earth Electronics Recycling for more information, 269-326-1232.

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