06-12-2019 Local author and artist Donna Nelson Gauntlett book signing at Back on the Rack in Water

WATERVLIET HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1954… Classmates pictured here gathered at the Watervliet All Class Reunion on August 17 held at the Watervliet Middle School. From the left are: Front row – Alora Howard Davis, Wanda Skibee Ray, Sandra Rogers Swaim, Patricia Forsythe Lottridge, Jeanette Bellenger Lottridge; Back row – David Menefee, Duane Spencer, Max Rogers, Nancy Lindemann Wilson, Arthur Scherer, Gerald Rosenbaum.

THIS KUTE KID IS… Jaysyn Clay, or is he “Bob the Builder”. He loves to help his dad build and fix things around the house. Two-year-old Jaysyn is the brother of Sin’cere Taylor Mr. Blossomtime 2019. Jaysyn’s parents are James Clay Jr. and Tuesday Clay from Coloma. His grandparents are Melvin Taylor of Chicago, IL and Karin Taylor of Covert; and James Earl Clay Sr. and Juanita Atkins, both of Benton Harbor. Jaysyn’s godparents are Lori and Kevin VanArkel of VanArkel farms in Watervliet.

Local author and artist Donna Nelson Gauntlett book signing at Back on the Rack in Watervliet

Watervliet author and artist Donna Nelson Gauntlett will be doing a book signing at Back on the Rack, the upscale, resale consignment shop at 7746 Red Arrow Highway in Watervliet on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. Donna’s latest book, “Unexpected Joys in Life’s Detours” has her sharing lessons learned, and unexpected pleasures she experiences as she travels with her senior parents and their Pekinese dog back to her birth town, Watervliet. While helping her parents with their health struggles as well as managing her own, Gauntlett is determined to seek out happiness wherever life takes her: doctors’ offices, grocery stores, and even cemeteries. She challenges herself to “find the extraordinary in the ordinary.” Through the act of helping others, small town living, and embracing simplicity she discovers “the richness of life.”

N.B. Historical Museum program to cover history of environmental activism, Tuesday, September 17

From the conservation movement which established state and national parks in the early part of the 20th century to the federal legislation of the seventies, the environmental movement has had a significant impact on everyone living in the United States for more than one hundred years. Dr. David Benac, associate professor of history at Western Michigan University, has done extensive research on the American environmental movement as well as the history and heritage of the timber industry in culture and landscape. His research investigates how individuals and communities develop cultural ties to environments (built, natural, and landscape) and how these connections emerge in grassroots activism. On Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Benac will visit the North Berrien Historical Museum to detail substantial moments in environmental activism including one episode of national significance which came out of Berrien County. No RSVP is required for this free event. Please contact peter@northberrienhistory.org with any questions. The North Berrien Historical Museum is located at 300 Coloma Ave. in Coloma.

KING & QUEEN CANDIDATES… (from the left): Seniors Serena Reyna, Nick Polaskey, Chelsea Speck, Nick Tilley, Allison Eisen, Cole Pline, Ashley Bumstead, Keegan Adams, Alexis Worley, Logan Geisler, and Zoe Mast vie for the titles of Homecoming King and Queen at Watervliet High School for 2019. The theme for this year’s homecoming is “The Happiest Homecoming on Earth” with Disney movies as float themes. The Watervliet Panthers celebrate Homecoming at the varsity football game against Fennville on Friday, Sept. 20.

WHS HOMECOMING… Underclassmen reps for 2019 Homecoming at Watervliet High School are (from the left): Freshmen Samantha Dietz and Daniel Weckwerth; sophomores Alissa Abney and Brennan Bornas; junior Adriyanna Winters. Not pictured is junior Grant Jackson. The homecoming varsity football game is Friday, Sept. 20 with a parade starting at Arclight Brewery on Main Street in Watervliet at 5:30 p.m. The Panthers take on the Fennville Blackhawks, kickoff at 7 p.m.