06-13-2019 Community promoter Chana Kniebes to be Watervliet Parade Grand Marshal; Museum presents p

THIS KUTE KID IS… sent in by Bob & Lenny Becker of Watervliet. Winston Becker is the first child of their grandson, Nabil and his wife Katharina, which makes Winston their first great-grandchild. He was born last fall and resides in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Winston, like a true Floridian has taken to the beach and surf. Little Winston loves his swim lessons and probably in a few years will accompany his mom and dad on his first dive in the Keys.



Community promoter Chana Kniebes to be Watervliet Parade Grand Marshal

By Annette Christie Coloma High School graduate turned community promoter Chana Kniebes will be in her very first Watervliet Independence Day Parade at this year’s event. She will be serving as the Grand Marshal. Kniebes, the Community Development Coordinator for the North Berrien Community Development and Coloma Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce has been assisting new businesses with making their home in the communities of Watervliet and Coloma for 19-20 years.

Museum presents program on Hagar Twp. Jacobia, June 18

The Jacobia Estate in Hagar Township was the brainchild of Henry William Jacobs—inventor, entrepreneur, aeronautical enthusiast—who foresaw Southwest Michigan’s potential to become a tourist mecca. The centerpiece of Jacobs’ eponymous resort was a 160-foot water tower with an observation deck. The 180-acre retreat upon which this structure stood was located along the shore of Lake Michigan and also included cottages, barns, a chapel, a dance pavilion, and a 150-foot stairway to the beach known as Jacob’s Ladder. Although Jacobia only existed for a handful of years in the first quarter of the twentieth century, the legacy of its founder and his vision of Southwest Michigan’s tourism potential still endure. Using research and images, Peter Cook, the Programs Director at the North Berrien Historical Museum, will detail the rise and fall of Jacobs and his towering ambition on Tuesday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. No RSVP is required for this free program. The North Berrien Historical Museum is located at 300 Coloma Ave., Coloma. For questions, please email peter@northberrienhistory.org or call the Museum at (269) 468-3330.