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
American Legion Auxiliary and Michigan State University have announced that all junior activities for the Michigan Girls State candidates have been canceled for the 2020 summer program. The juniors of 2020 do get recognition for being accepted to participate in Girls State and can use the recognition for future plans. American Legion Auxiliary has also announced that applications for next year’s Girls State are in all area schools. The Auxiliary is happy to assistant any junior girl in the application process. Contact can be made via email@example.com or michiganala.org.
Coloma Public Library serves community during closure
The Coloma Public Library will remain closed until further notice. The Library Administration is available through Facebook messaging or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org. eLibrary Kids Parents turned home schoolers can find help with databases such as School Center from Learning Express Library. With School Center, kids in grades 4 through 12 can improve math, writing, grammar, and social studies skills. Go to MEL’s main page and select the option for “Kids”.
For a great selection of teen reading materials, teens can check out this resource found through the Library’s online catalog. eLibrary Adults Find scholarly information on health at Alt HealthWatch or Consumer Health Complete databases. Interested patrons can browse information on complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to healthcare and wellness.
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Sign up for a digital card from the Coloma Public Library. A free card is available for residents or business owners in the library’s legal service area including Coloma Township, the City of Coloma, Bainbridge Township, and Hagar Township. Gain access to e-books and other electronic resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit their website at www.colomapubliclibrary.net. Click on “Catalog” in the banner and look for the “Sign Up” button near the top right corner.