05-23-2019 Crowdfunding campaign launched for  PARCOURSE; Lori Jarvis Memorial Scholarship awarded t

ARCHER IN PRACTICE… Addisyn Willming, an 8-year-old 2nd grader at Coloma Elementary School, joined Straight Shooters 4-H club on May 19, 2019. She is the daughter of Brittany Willming and Kristopher Laukus. On Addisyn’s first day on the archer field she was already hitting the target. The Straight Shooters 4-H club would like to welcome Addisyn; she is a great listener and a fast learner! The club meets starting in June on the second and fourth Sunday of most months from 2-4 p.m. Kids from 8-19 are welcome. Parents must stay at each meeting unless prearranged. For more information text or call Julie Holtsclaw at (269)277-2233, Herman Mattson at (269) 208-7452 or John Andrasi at (269) 861-1824.



Crowdfunding campaign launched for PARCOURSE renovation in Watervliet $35,000 goal to winmatching grant through MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places initiative

Lakeland Hospital Watervliet is creating a space for citizens in the Tri-City area of Watervliet, Coloma and Hartford, as well as southwest Michigan, to focus on their fitness and overall well-being through a new crowdfunding campaign the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Lakeland Health Foundation announced. The campaign is being offered through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity. If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $35,000 by June 30, 2019, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. For project details and to donate, please visit: patronicity.com/parcourse. “Accessible outdoor community fitness is a growing demand in public placemaking,” said MEDC Senior Vice President of Community Development Katharine Czarnecki. “This parcourse is a great example of putting that into motion. We are pleased to provide resources for this effort through our Public Spaces Community Places program.” The campaign is being led by Lakeland Health Foundation and will complete renovations to a formerly dilapidated parcourse, replacing the old 1.1-mile gravel-base track originally opened in 1981. The foundation, along with community members, will create a new, updated space featuring two quarter-mile asphalt loops to accommodate individuals who may use wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility aids. Each loop will feature four stations or pods, and each station will include diverse types of professional grade exercise equipment offering varying degrees of difficulty for all fitness levels. “We’re so grateful for the opportunity to receive a matching grant from the MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. We’re also thrilled to offer the Tri-City area of Watervliet, Coloma and Hartford a chance to invest in the health of their community,” said Brandi Smith, vice president of philanthropy and president of foundations for Spectrum Health Lakeland. “The renovated PARCOURSE will provide the public with a state-of-the-art greenspace allowing for safe exercise at no additional cost.” Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity, in which local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from MEDC. Communities, nonprofits and other business entities can apply at https://patronicity.com/puremichigan. “Providing attractive outdoor spaces for recreation and fitness is key to great placemaking,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and executive director of the Michigan Municipal League. “This parcourse will give a boost to the aesthetics of the park as well as residents’ health.” The Public Spaces Community Places initiative started in 2014 with MEDC providing matched funding of up to $50,000 for community improvement projects throughout Michigan. As of May 1, 2019, MEDC has provided $6,375,441 in matching grants. Since the launch of the program, 204 projects have been successful in reaching their goal, with more than $7 million raised from 39,030 individual donors.

Lori Jarvis Memorial Scholarship awarded to Coloma High School band student

The Coloma Band Boosters are proud to award the “Live Like Lori” Lori Jarvis Memorial Scholarship to CHS senior Caitlyn Lemoine. The recipient of this award has exhibited characteristics which honor the memory of their friend and fellow band parent, Lori Jarvis, whose love for her family, friends, school, and community is an example to us all.

MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP… Coloma Band Boosters had the privilege to present the first annual “Live Like Lori” Lori Jarvis Memorial Scholarship of $500 to Senior Caitlyn Lemoine at the Coloma High School senior awards night. Pictured are recipient Caitlyn Lemoine and Band Booster Dave Plitt.


This scholarship was open to all graduating senior band members at Coloma High School. The applicants were asked to write two essays; what being a band member means to them and what their community means to them. The winner is the daughter of Mark and Karla Lemoine of Riverside. After graduation she plans on starting out at Lake Michigan College in the hopes of pursuing a career in Art Therapy for individuals with special needs. Her family moved here her sophomore year and she immediately plugged in to the marching band program, performing with the color guard. In her senior year, she was section leader for both marching and concert season. She is also involved with Jazz Choir and Chamber Choir where she is also section leader. Caitlyn volunteers during events for the North Berrien Fire Rescue Department and provides companionship for a special needs middle schooler during youth group at her church. She is a true example of what the recipient of this scholarship is meant to embrace. The scholarship of $500 is funded by the Band Boosters ice cream booth at the Glad-Peach Festival in which Lori was instrumental in establishing. The Boosters would like to thank the Jarvis family for allowing them to honor her in this way. They would also like to thank the community for generously supporting not just this fund but the entire band program.

Hartford Concerts in the Park for summer 2019

The Hartford Lions Club is pleased to announce the 2019 schedule for the summer Concerts in the Park series. This will be the third year the Lions have sponsored the free Thursday night concerts. The entertainment starts at 7 p.m. at the Chappell Pavilion in beautiful Ely Park on Main Street in Hartford. The season starts on June 6 and as in the past will include free popcorn. On July 18 the Hartford Lions will sponsor a Community Picnic at 6 p.m. featuring free hot dogs, chips and those delicious cookies. The program line up will include music for every taste from country, traditional band, folk, jazz, rock and much more. The schedule is as follows: June 6 – Brian Randall Band (Country) June 13 – Southwestern Michigan College Brass Band (traditional English style band) June 20 – Sounds of Elvis – Steve Otto June 27 – Southshore Concert Band July 4 Independence Day – NO CONCERT July 11 – Wyatt & Shari Knapp (folk music) July 18 – Casco Band with Community Picnic at 6 p.m. July 25 – Van Dyke Revue (four piece variety band) Aug. 1 – Lake Effect Jazz Big Band (a mix of traditional & modern jazz) Aug. 8 – Jimmy & the Mortals (classic rock) Aug. 15 – Whateverly Brothers (acoustic goodness) Aug. 22 – Joe Jason (acoustic 70s) Aug 29 – Past Time (50s & 60s music)

12 Corners Church moving & bake sale

Twelve Corners Community Church is having a sale May 30, 31 and June 2, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The church is located at the corner of Hicks Avenue and Benton Center Road. They are getting ready to move into their new church. The sale will include such items as choir music, choir robes, dishes, pots and pans, crafting items, etc. Also, the church ladies will have wonderful baked goods for sale.

Friday, May 24 “SOUP SUPPER” at Van Buren County Museum, 58471 Red Arrow, Hartford. Menu includes an assortment of soups, salads & desserts; freewill offering. For inquiries, call 269-621-2188. Sunday, May 26, 8 a.m.-noon “PANCAKE BREAKFAST” hosted by Sister Lakes Lions Club in Lions Park, 66991 95th Ave. All you can eat: $8.00/adults, $5.00/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. Wednesday, May 29, 6:30 p.m. “WATERVLIET HIGH SCHOOL BACCALAUREATE” May 30, 31 & June 1, 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. “CHURCH MOVING & BAKE SALE” at 12 Corners Community Church, corner of Hicks Ave. & Benton Center Rd. Items include choir music & robes, dishes, pots & pans, craft supplies and more along with baked goods. Friday, May 31, 6:30 p.m. “WATERVLIET HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION” Friday, May 31, 7 p.m. “COLOMA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION” Friday, May 31, 7 p.m. “HARTFORD HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION” Monday, June 3, 3 p.m. “AWARD CEREMONY” for Community Landscape Beautification by Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association at Watervliet Library Garden Park, 333 N. Main St. June 7 & 8 “SWAP MEET” at Michigan Flywheelers Museum, 06285 68th Street, South Haven. Watch for more information on www.michiganflywheelers.org or Facebook. June 24-27, 6 – 7:45 p.m. “VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL” at Salem Lutheran Church. Early sign-up at VBSMate.com/SalemLutheranColoma June 28-30 “WATERVLIET INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION” July 15-20 “VAN BUREN YOUTH FAIR” For more information visit www.vanburenyouthfair.com. Saturday, July 27, 4-9 p.m. “WHS CLASS OF 1977 60TH BIRTHDAY PARTY” in the banquet room at Chief’s Bar, 4790 Territorial Road, Benton Harbor. More details may be found on the “WHS Class of 1977 Reunion” page on Facebook; by contacting Greg Krell at thekrell59@yahoo.com, or by calling Greg at 269-876-8260. August 12-17 “BERRIEN COUNTY YOUTH FAIR” Visit www.bcyf.org for more information. Saturday, Aug. 17, 11 a.m. “WATERVLIET ALL CLASS REUNION” at Watervliet Middle School, 450 E. St. Joseph St. Social hour 11 a.m.; lunch served at noon. $15/person registration due Aug. 9. Anyone that graduated from, or attended the Watervliet Public School system is welcome to attend (also current & former employees). More information is available by calling Marsha Stennecke Cole at 269-463-3712, or Donna Gillard Curtis at 269-463-6680. Saturday, Aug. 24, 6 p.m. “50-YEAR CLASS REUNION” for Coloma High School Class of 1969. For more information, email nmessal@att.net, call 630-464-8287 or check out the Facebook page of Coloma High School Class of 1969 50th Reunion.

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