The Paw Paw River Journal
The original hipster The term “hipster” became popular in the 1960s. It was used to denote one who is in the know. One who is up on the latest things. Well, I know about hips because I broke one. It happened while we were in assisted living. Late night, and moonlight dappled tree shadows on the rug in our apartment at Maple Lake Assisted Living. I got up to go to the bathroom, and on the way back something happened. I don’t know what. Did I trip? Or did my hip break and make me fall. Immediately Marion called out, “are you all right?” “No,” I replied, “I can’t move my leg.” And I couldn’t. The EMTs were there almost immediately and had me stabilized to go to the hospital. In 14 hours I had a new hip and was in the recovery room at Bronson Hospital. My surgeon said, “The sooner you get it done, the less recovery time.” A matter of fact, in three days out of the hospital, but that was only the beginning. I had to go to rehab for three weeks and that was a long time. Marion and I talked on the phone several times a day, but we missed being together. Happy the day we had a conference in my room and they told me I had made so much progress I could go back to our apartment at Maple Lake. The hip feels as good as new, but I have had to practice walking using a walker. We both have physical therapists work with us now, and we are making progress. As I look back on the experience, I can see that I had the best of care. And an interesting side note… my surgeon, Dr. Roberts, did an excellent job. Turns out he knows the surgeon I had 25 years ago when my new knee was installed. That doctor is now retired, and my hip surgeon is a good friend of that doctor’s grandson. They did part of their training together, and all seem to have had the best education and experience possible. This new hip experience has made me think back to the time I had my knee replaced. Same side, and now the whole thing is bionic. One difference… I don’t think I bounced back this time as fast. Well, I’m 25 years older now, and that could make a difference. I remember so well back then, the new knee was very painful. A cute little therapist was showing me how to exercise. She said, “Now I’m going to show you these exercises, but I’m not going to do them for you. They are going to hurt, and I don’t want you to hate me.” “When I get it all back, will I be able to disco?” “You sure will!” “Good,” I said, “because I never could before!” In this life one of the most important rites of passage is learning to drive. Another part of that same rite is knowing when to stop driving. I realized with this hip problem I had reached that point. I might have known the handwriting was on the wall when we went to dinner a while before that. The Chief Accountant and I drove over to St. Joe to have dinner with a dear friend. We met her at Papa Vino’s and enjoyed a most scrumptious meal. In fact, we lingered long after we were finished, just talking. And we found some common connections with our waitress… had a great time just visiting, and it was past the noon hour rush… no one waiting for our table. They fed us so well. We had leftovers which the waitress put in boxes for us. We left; and as I started across the parking lot to unlock our car, one of my boxes slipped and fell to the ground. I leaned over to pick it up, and something happened. Don’t know how, I just tipped over the rest of the way and ended up in a heap. Two nearby girls rushed over and retrieved my fallen box. A young Hispanic man helped me to my feet and over to the car. On the way, he said, “Are you sure you are all right?” I said, “Yeah, I’m fine!” I thanked him, unlocked and got into the car, with the girls right behind me. The young man looked so worried. He said again, “Are you sure you are all right to drive?” He was so anxious and almost wringing his hands. I said, “I’m fine, just lost my balance. See? My arms and legs work perfectly!” … and I waggled each of my four limbs to show him. Then I thanked him again, and he walked off. I was so embarrassed! As we left the parking lot, I was a little distracted and thinking is it time? No! And I’ll fight it to the bitter end! But the handwriting was on the wall! A few years ago we threw a party for a young friend of ours. We wanted to make it special, so we hired a Greek belly dancer to entertain him. Her husband and manager just happened to be a former student of mine! The young friend was suitably impressed. As we all watched the dancer gyrate around the room, the young friend remarked, “Life’s a bitch… then you die!” No, no! I’m not going to think that! Life is still rich, and we are still weaving golden threads into the tapestry of our storybook towns along the Paw Paw River!
Coloma High School Baseball Team (year unknown) North Berrien Historical Museum is always interested in photos, stories or information sharing. The museum can be contacted at 269-468-3330 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coloma Library News Story Hour Story Hour meets on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to hear a story, make a craft and sing a song with Miss Amy. There is no sign-up or fee required. It is asked that all children be supervised by an adult during Story Hour. Book Club The Coloma Library Book Club is meeting on Thursday, May 31 at 5:30 p.m. The title to read before the discussion is “The Good Girl” by Mary Kubica. Generally, depending on demand there are titles available for check-out at the front desk. The book club regularly meets every other Thursday and is always looking for new members. Memorial Day Closings The library will be closed Saturday, May 26, Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28 to celebrate Memorial Day. Call 468-3431 with questions on any Coloma Library activity.
Watervliet District Library News Third Monday Book Club: May 21, 7 – 8 p.m. Great books, fabulous conversations; ask for a copy at the desk. This month’s adventure is Stitches by David Small. Teen Table Projects: May “X, a Novel” by Ilyasah Shabazz. Take home a copy, read it and share your inspiration in art – your choice of format – then take home a fedora in classic zoot-suit style. Special Stuff for Kids – May: Rhythm & Read Check out this year’s Michigan Ready-To-Read book, “I got the Rhythm” and take home a rhythm instrument craft. Library Garden Park Purchase a Legacy Walk brick and celebrate a memory! Bricks are $75; 13 characters, 2 lines. Pick up a form at the library. Yoga Monday, 9 – 10 a.m.; Wednesday, 7 – 8 p.m.; Chair Yoga, Wednesday, 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. Call 463-6382 with questions on any Watervliet library activity.
Sister Lakes Lions Pancake Breakfast May 27 The Sister Lakes Lions Club will have an all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast on Sunday, May 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at its clubhouse in Lions Park, 66991 95th Avenue. The cost is $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for children ages 4 to 12; children under 4 are free. Tickets are available from Lions Club members or may be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the breakfast will go to support Lions Club projects.
NEWS FROM THE COLOMA COURIER
100 years ago – 1918 The teacher accused of being unpatriotic states that it is a false accusation. The song “The Watch on the Rhine,” which is part of the children’s opening exercise, is found in the Uncle Sam Song Book. Furthermore, this teacher is a member of the Red Cross and holds a Liberty Bond receipt. The seniors of Coloma High School are looking forward to graduation exercises. The class consists of: Ruth Grahn, Florence Baker, Florence Carter, Bernice Hewitt, Clara Drach, Ethyleen Paul, Clarence Leonard and Lynn Voke. 60 years ago – 1958 A new vehicle ordinance is being prepared by Police Chief Ted Harding. The commission gave the “green light” to include a two-hour limit in the downtown section. A building permit was issued to the Decatur Dyer Package firm to build a 50-foot addition to their plant on Washington Street. Building Inspector Glenn Randall granted the permit. Members of the Coloma American Legion cadets will march in the Holland Tulip Festival parade. The Comets “muffed” a chance to lead the Little Eight conference when they handed the Berrien Springs Shamrocks a 10-6 win on a golden platter. 30 years ago – 1988 Top High School Seniors: Jennifer Nemethy, Wendy Arny, Chris Rush, Tracy Steinhoff, Rod Weir, Karen Willis, Kristy Willis, Alison Fournier, Kim Golas, Lynda Hoffman and Karen Hirsch. We Asked You… “What should be remembered on Memorial Day?” Meghan Cullitan: “People who are ill.” Crystal Green: “Old People.” Coloma Board of Education approved the sale of the Building Trades home constructed on Red Arrow Highway to Mr. and Mrs. Rich Zeeff. Former Mayor Glenn Randall was honored with the planting of a tree in Randall Park. Representatives of the North Berrien Senior Center were on hand for the planting. Submitted by volunteer Sandi Musick Munchow at Coloma Public Library from the Coloma Courier newspapers donated by the Tri-City Record. Hours: Mon & Fri, 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Tue, Wed & Thu, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Sat, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Phone: 269-468-3431
NEWS FROM THE HARTFORD DAY SPRING
100 years ago – 1918 The new street signs to be erected preparatory to the establishment of free village mail delivery in Hartford were received by Postmaster W.H. Blashfield. The signs have white lettering on a blue enameled background and will give some the first opportunity to know the names of streets over which they pass daily. The surgical dressing department of the Red Cross is ready for volunteer workers. The surgical dressing rooms have been opened on the second floor of the post office block. 75 years ago – 1943 As Mayor of the Village of Hartford, I hereby proclaim the week of May 17-22 inclusive to be Hartford Cleanup week and request wholeheartedly participation of every individual in making this a successful campaign of rubbish-riddance. All tin cans should be prepared according to government salvage requirements, opened at each end, labels removed, thoroughly cleaned and flattened. These should be separated from the rest of the rubbish. I respectfully submit this proclamation trusting that each individual in our village will hold himself personally responsible for the success of this campaign and will individually take pride in carrying out his civic and patriotic duty. Johannes C. Van Lierop, Mayor 50 years ago – 1968 The best dressed fire department in southwestern Michigan extinguished a grass fire here last Tuesday evening. The firemen were all dressed up and attending the fire department’s annual spring dinner at the high school. The first table had been served when the fire alarm came in, and in a moment, only the guests remained. The fire fighters put out the blaze on Beechwood Street and then returned to their dinner. Miss Connie Snodgrass, Miss Hartford visited Marine Cpl. Gerry Bixby, 22, of Milnor, ND at Great Lakes Naval hospital. Cpl. Bixby’s day was highlighted by two events – the visit of the blossom queens and his receipt from a marine general of his second Purple Heart medal. Submitted by Librarian Stephanie Daniels at Hartford Public Library from microfilm copies of the Hartford Day Spring. Hours: Mon, Tue & Wed, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thu & Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Phone: 269-621-3408
NEWS FROM THE WATERVLIET RECORD
90 years ago – 1928 John Warman, secretary of the Watervliet Board of Education has just completed the annual school census for this district and reports a total of 504 children of school age, an increase of 19 over the census of a year ago. Miss Louisa Rogers and Miss Mildred Price will represent Watervliet among the 78 Albion College seniors to hear Bishop Francis J. McConnell of the Methodist Episcopal Church when he makes the annual commencement address at the college on June 5, 1928. May 27, 1928 was the eighty-sixth birthday anniversary of Mrs. Anna Emerson, a pioneer resident of Watervliet. A party was given in her honor at the home of her son, F.W. Emerson. 60 years ago – 1958 Clark Shimer, who was recently discharged from the Army, Mrs. Shimer and baby returned to Watervliet. They were met at the docks by his parents, Pfc. Ed Carmody, USMC has been spending the past two weeks with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Carmody. He will continue his studies at the Naval Training Center, Bainbridge, Maryland. Lieut. Arthur Aspengren, formerly 330th Troop Squadron Training Officer, promoted to new position after his squadron rated highest in the 839th Air Division. Lt. Aspengren is now Management Analysis Officer under Col. John R. Roche, Commander of the 513th Troop Carrier Wing, Stewart Air Force Base, Tennessee. 30 years ago – 1988 Mr. Nobuo Kitagawa and Mr. Masanobu Ohashi spent two days visiting classes in the Watervliet School District. The duo participates in the Michigan-Shiga Teacher Exchange program. Both are from Japan. Watervliet songbird Teresa Saurbier has ten days and $1,500 to go before she can fly halfway around the world this summer with the ministry of a nondenominational group called the Continental Singers and Orchestra. Teresa graduated from WHS in 1985. WHS Senior Brian Coon has received a $1,500 honor award from the Whirlpool Corporation. Brian is the son of a Whirlpool employee. Submitted by Sally Q. Gonzalez from files at Watervliet District Library of the Watervliet Record newspapers donated by the Tri-City Record. Hours: Mon & Wed, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tue, Thu & Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Phone: 269-463-6382