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.