06-11-2020 Watervliet District Library summer programs;

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 info@wdlib.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 info@wdlib.org) 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 peter@northberrienhistory.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 K