05-21-2020 Wildflowers planted at St. Paul’s in answer to God’s call to care; Kute Kid;

COVID CAN’T STOP BIRTHDAY PARADE… Tim Dibble, of Watervliet, will always remember his 9th birthday when hundreds of well-wishers including some 40 members of the SW Michigan Jeep Owners Club rolled in to Hartford Speedway to help Timmy and his parents celebrate. The story even caught the attention of local CBS affiliate WWMT. Tim is a survivor of childhood Leukemia. Parents Tim and Leah readily admit they spoil him and try to make each birthday bigger than the last. Folks came from as far away as Ohio at the behest of Leah’s invitation. (Photo courtesy of WWMT)


Memorial Day Parade canceled in Watervliet

Watervliet V.F.W. Post 1137 has announced the annual Memorial Day Parade held in Watervliet has been canceled for 2020 due to the restrictions put in place to stop the mitigation of COVID-19.

THIS KUTE KID IS… Stella Marie Wade, who is coming up on 4 months old. Ashley and Josh Wade of Hartford are the proud parents of this little bundle of joy. Happy grandparents of sweet Stella are Rick & Jodene Rendo, Watervliet, and Harold & Andrea Wade, Hartford.


Wildflowers planted at St. Paul’s in answer to God’s call to care

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ is blooming! Well her property will be. A large part of the church lawn has been plowed under and tilled in preparation for a wildflower garden explosion. Pastor Dani Veenstra said, “Humanity was given dominion (care) over the earth by God (Genesis 1:28) and our denomination. The United Church of Christ has a motto on how to ‘Be the Church’; part of that is to ‘Protect the Environment’ and to ‘Share Earthly Resources’, our garden answers those calls.” St. Paul’s congregation has learned that wildflowers give back to nature in many ways. Birds and bees can benefit from large areas of wildflowers which provide food, shelter and for humans, sheer beauty. Gil Weber has done the work of plowing and on May 13 the weather finally cooperated with warmth enough to plant and rain forecasted to water for a few days. Pastor Veenstra blessed the seeds and field with prayer before planting. The church invites community members to stop by and see the progress of their garden at 1650 N. Bainbridge Ctr. Rd. as they are tending the earth in response to God’s call to care.

Michigan Girls State activities canceled for summer 2020