THESE KUTE KIDS… He’s a little bit country, she’s a little bit city! Sarah Kate (almost 3) and Isaac (1-1/2) enjoy a ride in a store cart with dual steering wheels, in a Ft. Smith, Arkansas hardware store, as their dad, Stephen Tomlin and mother, Sarah, shop. Grandparents are Jeff and Marcia (former Coloma resident) Tomlin. Richard and Emma (Vaughn) Adams, former Coloma residents, are the great-grandparents. Family still lives in Watervliet, Hartford, Coloma and Bangor.
Watervliet District Library summer programs look different this year; curbside service begins June 16
The Watervliet District Library is pleased to announce the start of the library’s annual Summer Reading Program, Monday June 15, and curbside service, beginning Tuesday, June 16.
Summer Reading Program This year’s Summer Reading Program will be unique, and will not take place within the building proper. Instead, each week new books and craft kits will be available for pick up at the Watervliet Middle School on Mondays from 11 to 12 p.m. with selections to please kids of all ages. The library’s book give-aways were purchased through the Scholastic Literacy Partnership and are free to keep. Pick up a craft kit, too! “Follow along” video instructions will be posted to Facebook for each craft. Kids are invited to share a photo of their completed craft. Free lunches will also be passed out by the Watervliet Public Schools during this time, as well. Library staff is pleased to partner with WPS for this year’s summer program. Summer events This year the library will host two events via live Zoom meetings. These events are free of charge, and interested viewers do not need to have a Zoom account to participate; just follow the link that will be posted later on to join: Stevens Puppets & Marionettes, Thursday, June 18 at 11 a.m., and ScienceTellers’ Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress, Thursday, July 23, at 11 a.m. Reading Logs Summer Reading Program Bingo sheets can be picked up at the Watervliet Middle School lunch site, along with other Library give-aways. An online version will also be available through www.watervlietlibrary.net. Once each Bingo sheet is completed, email a photo of it to firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message through Facebook. A filled Bingo card earns a free Frosty Boy cone! Wandoo Reader, a fun online reading game, will be available this year, too. Social media challenge Weekly challenges will be posted on the library’s Facebook page. When challenges are completed and turned in as instructed, kids will be entered into a weekly gift card giveaway valued at $15. New challenges will be posted every week. Curbside delivery Starting Tuesday, June 16 curbside service hours will be Monday, 10-2; Tuesday, 10-2; Wednesday, 4-8; Thursday 10-2, Friday 10-2; and Saturday, 12-2. Patrons can contact staff by phone during those hours (or anytime through social media or email@example.com) to place requests, and will be notified when the items are ready for pickup. Requests will be limited to five items per patron, at this time. Pickup will be contact free. Instructions will be provided with each notification. Library staff is eager to begin offering print materials to the public once again. Please call the library at 463-6382 or contact us via email for more details.
Museum to host Facebook Live presentation on Hagar Township’s Jacobia, June 16
The North Berrien Historical Museum is excited to announce that it will broadcast its first program via Facebook Live on Tuesday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m. The topic will be Hagar Township’s Jacobia, a private estate which once stood on the shores of Lake Michigan approximately 100 years ago. The Jacobia Estate in Hagar Township was the brainchild of entrepreneur and inventor Henry Jacobs, who foresaw Southwest Michigan’s potential to become a tourist mecca. The property included a fabled water tower known as Jacobs’ Tower that was visible to residents in the surrounding countryside. Although Jacobia only existed for a handful of years in the first quarter of the twentieth century, its local legacy still endures. Using research and images, Peter Cook, the Programs Director at the North Berrien Historical Museum, will present this topic via Facebook Live. The museum’s Facebook page can be found at facebook.com/northberrienhistory. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (269) 468-3330.
Hartford Lions hold Concerts in the Park summer series
While many summer music venues have cancelled their seasons, the Hartford Lions Club Concerts in the Park series is going ahead. Ely Park in downtown Hartford provides an ideal place for people to spread out to social distance and still enjoy the musical performance. Concert Manager Pete Sinclair said that several large performing groups were forced to cancel because of not being able to rehearse. He said he was able to fill those spots in the schedule with smaller groups and still maintain a wide variety of entertainment. Concerts will start on Thursday, June 18 and continue every Thursday through August 27. Performances start at 7 p.m. and always feature free popcorn. This will be the fourth year that the Lions Club has organized these concerts. Sinclair said that without the support of their sponsors, the concerts would not be possible. A grant from The Pokagon Fund is covering over half the cost. Other major sponsors include the City of Hartford, Harding’s Market and the Hartford DDA. The following is the schedule for the 2020 season: June 18 – Past Time (50s & 60s music) June 25 – VanDyke Revue (4-piece variety band) July 2 – High Life Band (Classic country & rock) July 9 – Diane VanDeurzen & Lisa Otey (A blend of jazz, blues & boogie-woogie) July 16 – Jared Knox (Country) July 23 – Jimmy & the Mortals (Classic rock) July 30 – Elvis Tribute – Tim Dudley August 6 – Joe Jason (Acoustic 70s) August 13 – Wyatt & Shari Knapp (Folk music) August 20 – Exit 41 Acoustic Group (4-piece variety band) August 27 – Blue Shoes Jazz (Not your typical jazz band)
Advanced Energy promotes Neil Brinker to president
Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. a global leader in innovative power, measurement and control technologies, announce the promotion of Neil Brinker to the position of President. Brinker will also continue to serve in his current role as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Advanced Energy, Neil was director of global operations at Gilbarco Veeder-Root, a Danaher company responsible for manufacturing operations, strategic planning and M&A for several global locations. Neil is a graduate of Watervliet High School. He holds a B.S.M.E from Michigan State University, a Master of Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University. Neil and his wife, Elizabeth, have three children, and live in Colorado. His parents are Dave and Vicki Brinker from Watervliet.
Nearing retirement? What questions should you ask? The recent market volatility has affected just about everybody’s financial and investment situations – so, if you were planning to retire soon, will it still be possible? Of course, the answer depends somewhat on your employment situation. With so many people’s jobs being affected by the coronavirus pandemic, your retirement plans may also have been thrown into confusion. But assuming your employment is still stable, what adjustments in your financial and investment strategies might you need to make for your retirement? Here are a few areas to consider, and some questions to ask yourself: Retirement goals – Now is a good time to review your retirement goals and assess your progress toward achieving them. You may want to work with a financial professional to determine if the current environment has materially affected your goals or if you need to make modest adjustments to stay on track. Retirement lifestyle – You probably created your investment strategy with a particular type of retirement lifestyle in mind. Perhaps you had planned to become a world traveler when your working days were over. Of course, in the near term, extensive travel may not be possible, anyway, but once we move past the pandemic, your freedom to roam will likely return. But if your investment portfolio is not where you thought it might be, can you (or do you want to) adapt your lifestyle plans? And can you accept the same flexibility with your other lifestyle goals, such as purchasing a vacation home, pursuing hobbies, and so on? Tradeoffs – Based on your retirement goals and your willingness to adjust your retirement lifestyle, you’ll want to consider your options and tradeoffs. For example, would you be willing to work more years than you had originally planned in exchange for greater confidence in your ability to enjoy a comfortable retirement lifestyle? By working longer, you can continue adding to your IRA and 401(k) or similar retirement plan, and you may be able to push back the date you start receiving Social Security to receive bigger monthly benefits. You might also review your budget for opportunities to reduce spending today and potentially save more toward your retirement goals. Social Security – You can file for Social Security benefits as early as 62, but you can get 25% to 30% more each year if you wait until your full retirement age, which is likely between 66 and 67. As you created your retirement plans, you likely also calculated when you would take Social Security, but you may need to review that choice. If you postpone retirement a few years, what effect will that have on when you choose to take Social Security and, consequently, the size of your benefits? You won’t want to make a hasty decision, because once you start taking Social Security, you can’t undo your choice. This is certainly a challenging time to be entering retirement, and you’ll have some questions to answer. But even in the midst of uncertainty, you still have many choices. Consider them carefully and make the decisions that work for you. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones, Member SIPC