05-28-2020 Tri-City Area Obituaries; Community Calendar; Pokagon Band Elders approach goal of making

DANIEL OWEN CASE Daniel Owen Case, 63 of Watervliet, passed away Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Lakeland Hospital. Dan (Doc) was born August 17, 1956 to Morton and Cindy (Green) Case in Benton Harbor. Dan graduated from Dowagiac High School and went on to work for Hipskind Lumber Company in Coloma, Raymond Lumber in Naples, FL, and Del’s 24 Hr. Store in Naples, FL. In his spare time Dan enjoyed spending time with family and friends, ice fishing on Dewey Lake, and watching NASCAR. Dan is survived by his parents Morton (Mac) and Cindy Case, his sister Cathy Case-Bradley (John Fazzone), his daughters Dawn Schopieray (Jesse), and Daisy Mae, his daughter-in-law Kristyn Case, and his grandchildren Tanner Newstead, Tristen Witkowski, Hunter Case, Turner Witkowski, Lilly Ann Case, and Saige Schopieray. Dan is preceded in death by Daniel Case II (son), Anthony Case (grandson), and Rick Bradley (brother-in-law). Death Notices Flore F. “Frank” Postelli, 101, of Coloma died May 25, 2020. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph Karol C. “Rudy” Toth, 84, of Bridgman died May 24, 2020 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma Barbara Adams, 80, of Eau Claire died May 22, 2020 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Bowerman Funeral Home, Eau Claire Christopher Monroe Dasse, 72, of Lincoln Twp. died May 11, 2020 at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford

Community Calendar


Fri, May 29, 6pm “WHS CLASS OF 2020 CAR PARADE” starting at South School, proceeding thru town and ending at the high school Fri, May 29, 7pm “CHS CLASS OF 2020 CAR PARADE” starting at Coloma Harding’s, proceeding thru town and ending at the high school Fri, May 29, 7pm “HARTFORD HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION” virtual ceremony streamed on district’s Facebook page. Senior Send-off processional thru town, 8:45pm; 9:15 fireworks display at High School Sat, June 6, 7:30am “ANNUAL GOLF SCRAMBLE” fundraiser for Grace Christian School at Indian Lake Hills Golf Course, 55321 Brush Lake Rd., Eau Claire. Check-in 7:30am w/ 8:30 shot gun start; $75 golfer fee includes green fee w/cart, food, door prizes & prize holes. Register online at gcspatriots.com/annual-golf-scrambler/. Proceeds support Financial Aid Fund. Fri, June 12, 7pm “COLOMA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION” drive-in style in the school parking lot Sat, June 27, 9-11pm “FIREWORKS DISPLAY” at Sister Lakes Lions Park. Rain date: Sun. June 28 Friday, July 24, 6:30pm “WATERVLIET HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION” in Panther Stadium Thursdays, 7pm, June 11-Aug 27 “CONCERTS IN THE PARK” in Ely Park hosted by Hartford Lions Club

Pokagon Band Elders approach goal of making 1,400 masks to fight COVID-19

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi is pleased to announce that members of its Elders Council have been working on the creation and distribution of face masks to protect Pokagon Health Service employees, patients, Pokagon Elders, spouses, Pokagon Citizens and more from the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The group is very pleased to announce that they are within 100 masks of reaching their goal of 1,400! Commenting on the project, Elders Council Vice-Chair, Julie N. Dye said, “This was a heartwarming, community-building project that provided an essential mission for skilled, idle hands during self-isolation.” Currently 14 local Pokagon Elder seamstresses have volunteered their time and skills to make masks. The following is a list of these hard-working and dedicated seamstresses: Barbara Ann Warren, Candi Wesaw, Carla Getz-King, Cathy Ford, Deborah Williams, Elizabeth McBride, Judy Augusta, Julie Winchester-Farver, Kathryn Crouch, Lisa Downing, Ruth Saldivar, Sandra Taylor, Roberta Watson, and Margaret Rapp. The project has been supported by several key donors and supporters including: Rhonda Wesaw-Keene and Julie Dye helped to organize and support the group, Majel DeMarsh has donated a lot of material, Ann Morsaw-Banghart has made and donated masks, and Julie Winchester-Farver – in addition to sewing masks she has also been donating materials and supplies. Julie recently opened Quilted Oak Leaf on March 5, 2020. The shop is located on Glenwood Road in Dowagiac and is a destination Quilt Shop offering fabric, quilt notions, supplies and more. For questions about the creation of face masks by Pokagon Elders, please contact Julie Dye at (269)462-1004.

Spectrum Health Lakeland offers COVID-19 antibody testing

Spectrum Health Lakeland is among the first health systems in the state to begin offering COVID-19 antibody testing to the general public. The antibody testing will help meet a community need and determine how widely the disease has spread through Southwest Michigan. The antibody, or serology, test is a blood test designed to detect a previous COVID-19 infection through the presence of disease-fighting antibodies. Spectrum Health Lakeland is offering a two-tiered test, recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which targets the IgG antibody specific to the virus that causes COVID-19. This test improves accuracy by confirming results using two different mechanisms. “We know there are likely many people in our community who have been previously exposed to the virus and never received a test,” said Joe Brown, director of laboratory services, Spectrum Health Lakeland. “We hope through antibody testing we will be able to further understand how the disease spreads in our community and who it has affected.” The two-tiered test, available at all Spectrum Health Lakeland laboratories, is not restricted to a specific patient population but does require an order from a doctor or advanced practice provider. It is not intended for the diagnosis of an acute COVID-19 infection and should only be used 10 or more days after the onset of symptoms. Anyone who would like a test should contact their health care provider. Spectrum Health has the capacity to conduct up to 1,000 antibody tests per day with results typically available within 24 hours. The cost of the test is $45 and should be covered by most insurance plans. Once the test is ordered by a provider, patients will need to schedule an appointment with a Lakeland lab by calling 269-556-2810. Spectrum Health Lakeland cautions that the presence of antibodies does not mean you are immune from contracting COVID-19, nor does it support easing behaviors such as social distancing, wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 call your primary care provider or the COVID-19 hotline at 833-559-0659 to be scheduled for a free virtual screening. Anyone with severe or life-threatening symptoms should call 9-1-1.

AEP Foundation donates funds to communities

(Press Release) Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) on behalf of the American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation is announcing more than a half million dollars in additional grants totaling more than $700,000 to help communities in Indiana and Michigan amid the coronavirus pandemic. The funds throughout Indiana and Michigan will be available to some local not-for-profits to support basic human needs like housing assistance, shelter and food needs for those in need and senior citizens across I&M’s service territory. “As the COVID-19 pandemic impacts the communities we live and work in, I am proud to say that I&M is continuing to step up and help the people we serve,” said Toby Thomas, I&M President and Chief Operating Officer. “By partnering with local organizations, and through the generosity of the AEP Foundation, these efforts will have lasting benefits for the people and families in our region. Being there for our neighbors is what matters most to everyone at I&M.” The following local agencies will receive a donation in this round of giving from the AEP Foundation to help I&M’s neighbors and customers: Berrien County Community Foundation in the amount of $31,000 and United Way of Southwest Michigan, $46,000. These gifts to the Berrien County Community Foundation and United Way of Southwest Michigan provide a total of $77,000 to support the Southwest Michigan Cares Fund. The AEP Foundation has committed $3 million to help charitable non-profit organizations across communities served by AEP in eleven states in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I&M understands people are struggling with their finances. Disconnections for non-payment have been suspended to respect the impact this pandemic is having on the lives of Hoosiers and Michiganders. I&M also has flexible payment options available to assist customers. Customers should stay current with their utility account, and if they experience problems paying their bill, they may contact the customer care center by phone at 1-800-311-4634 or at www.indianamichiganpower.com or through Facebook or Twitter to discuss payment options.

Hartford Twp. meets briefly in May

By Jon Bisnett Hartford Township officials met twice during the month of May for its regular business and a special meeting with the City hosted by the Hartford Joint Fire Board. Special Session with city officials The May 13 Special Meeting included general review discussion, with the fire board and Hartford City Commissioners, regarding the 2020-2021 Budget and Financials. It was noted on the income statement that Pride Care Ambulance is contracted with Hartford City and Township to reimburse the fire department the amount $15 per medical call and has failed to do so since April of 2019 leaving a significant open balance. A motion by Supervisor Ron Sefcik, seconded by trustee Michael Phillips, led to the approval the 2020-2021 Fire Board Budget of $947,413 including the $650,000 purchase of the new replacement fire truck. Business Session of 5/11 As in the prior month, Supervisor Ron Sefcik thinned the monthly agenda to cover only those most pressing issues at hand. Treasurer Steve Starner presented April bills and payroll in the amount of $34,437.41, unanimously approved. Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Hunt reported on typical monthly activity which notably included some 20 hours of follow-up in regard to a parental kidnapping case. The board approved Resolution #20-6 Fire Apparatus and Equipment Renewal November ballot language. The board also approved Resolution #20-5 Hartford Township Road Millage Renewal November ballot language. The May 14 Regular Business Meeting was canceled. The board concluded with approval of a cemetery marker request from the Downey family. Subscribe to the Tri-City Record see Page 4 for special rate or call 463-6397

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