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06-18-2020 The Bainbridge Township Hall is a photographer’s favorite N.B. Museum hosts virtual photo

The Bainbridge Township Hall is a photographer’s favorite N.B. Museum hosts virtual photography contest

The North Berrien Historical Museum is set to host the 2020 North Berrien Photography Contest, with one significant change: it is now virtual. Photographers of all skill levels that live in Michigan part-time or full-time are encouraged to participate. This contest seeks images that capture the unique character and culture of northern Berrien County, Michigan. This can include, but is not limited to, architecture, landscape, nature, public buildings and events, historical locations, etc. For the purpose of this contest, “northern Berrien” is defined as the cities of Coloma and Watervliet, plus the townships of Hagar, Bainbridge, Coloma, and Watervliet. Each entry, up to three per contest, must be individually emailed to, with image description, by Friday, August 21. Judges’ Choice will be determined by the Twin City Camera Club (TCCC). Winners of each category will be awarded a local gift certificate courtesy of the Coloma–Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce, a $25 VISA Gift Card courtesy of TCCC, and an honorary 1-year membership to the North Berrien Historical Society. Both winners and honorable mentions will be announced online, in local newspapers, and the Museum’s newsletter. New this year is the People’s Choice award. The North Berrien Historical Museum will be posting a collection of photographs, determined by TCCC, to the Museum’s Facebook page on Monday, August 24, at 1:00 p.m. On Monday, August 31, at 1:00 p.m., Museum’s staff will count the number of “likes” per photograph and determine who wins the People’s Choice Award. Winner and Honorable mention will be announced in the North Berrien Historical Museum’s newsletter. The photo above is Lora Heinz’s submission of Bainbridge Township Hall that won the 2019 1st place award in the adult category. For more information, rules, and entry form, please visit or call (269) 468-3330.

THIS KUTE KID IS… Caelyn Miri Alessa Cole. She is 9 and lives in Coloma. Her siblings are Riley, Madison and Annibelle Cole and Emberly and Sophia Tarantino. Caelyn’s parents are Marc Cole and Wendy Tarantino. Her grandparents are Jan Moore, Cathy Cole and Kurt Riemland.

N.B. Museum now open for private tours only

North Berrien Historical Museum in Coloma is now offering private tours. Tours are available Tuesday–Friday from 10am–4pm. No appointment is necessary. The museum has had to make changes to reopen like all community organizations due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The museum’s staff is dedicated to making the facility an inviting, welcoming, and safe location to all. Upon arrival, guests are to call (269) 468-3330. A staff member will greet and guide one household at a time through the museum. Face masks must be worn by staff and guests, and six feet must be maintained. At this time, they are not offering public restrooms. Museum staff thanks all guests, patrons, and members in advance for following the museum’s guidelines. To view the museum’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, please visit: This plan will be revisited monthly, so make sure to check current guidelines before arrival. For all those visiting for the first time, the North Berrien Historical Museum is located at 300 Coloma Ave. in Coloma across the street from the Coloma High School on Red Arrow Highway.

Can you invest for retirement and education?

Typically, this time of year is filled with graduation ceremonies and celebrations. But with the coronavirus pandemic, not much has been typical lately. Eventually, though, things will return to normal and schools will reopen for in-person learning. And if you have young children, you may want to save for their higher education, whether that is college or trade school. At the same time, though, you’re moving ever closer to retirement. Can you save for your kids’ education and a comfortable retirement for yourself at the same time? It is indeed possible, although you may need to prioritize somewhat. Specifically, you may not want to put off saving for retirement in favor of education. But by viewing these goals together and investing as early as possible in each of them, you can take advantage of one of your biggest assets – time. Of course, you’ll still have to budget your resources. You want to invest as much as you can, but not so much that your monthly cash flow is crimped. Consequently, you may have to consider retiring later, contributing less to your child’s education, or a combination of the two. But in terms of logistics, you can make saving and investing easier. First, consider your retirement accounts. If you have a traditional 401(k) or similar plan, your contributions come out of your paycheck before you even see the money – so it’s about as painless a way of building your retirement fund as possible. Put in as much as your budget allows and consider increasing your contributions when you receive a raise at work. You can also direct your bank to move money each month from your savings or checking account into your IRA. Now, let’s move to your other key goal: education. Several education funding vehicles are available, but one of the most popular is the 529 plan. Your earnings grow tax-deferred and withdrawals are free from federal tax, provided the money is used for qualified higher education expenses. (529 plan withdrawals not used for qualified expenses may be subject to federal and state income tax and a 10% IRS penalty on the earnings.) Furthermore, your 529 plan contributions may earn a state tax deduction or credit if you participate in your own state’s plan. You can set up recurring contributions from a bank account to a 529 plan. And you don’t have to fund your 529 plan on your own. Instead of gifts for birthdays, holidays, graduations and other occasions, why not ask friends and relatives to contribute to the 529 plan you’ve set up for your child? They’re all eligible to participate – and their contributions may earn them tax benefits if they live in your state and you’ve invested in your own state’s plans. A financial advisor can help you plan for more than one goal, understand the benefits and tradeoffs of your decisions, and make the process of saving for those goals easier. So, get the help you need to stay on track – or rather, two tracks – toward the important objectives of education and retirement. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones, Member SIPC

Fair Food Drive-Thru at V.B. Fairgrounds this weekend

A Fair Food Drive-Thru, featuring Skerbeck Entertainment Group, will be held Friday through Sunday, June 19-21, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Van Buren Youth Fairgrounds, located at the corner of County Road 681 and Red Arrow Highway in Hartford. Those attending the event must be in line by 6 p.m. to enter through the West Gate on Red Arrow Highway, and follow the signs through the fairgrounds, exiting at the East Gate on County Road 681. Menus will be attached along with a map through the fairgrounds. Cash or credit cards will be accepted. Individuals must remain in their vehicles.

Managing Editor of The Rotarian magazine was recent guest of local Rotary Club

The Paw Paw Lake Rotary Club welcomed Jenny Llakmani, Managing Editor of The Rotarian magazine as our guest speaker on June 10, 2020. Her topic was her impressions of new Rotary International (RI) President, Holger Knaak of the Rotary Club of Herzogotum Laurenburg-Molin, Germany, the first RI president from Germany, through her series of three interviews. She was impressed with his vision to grow Rotary by the inclusion of more minorities and women and to transition Rotarators (18 to 30 year olds mainly on college campuses) into Rotary Clubs. Another important focus is to make the public aware of Rotary through its “People of Action” campaign. This campaign conveys the global image of Rotary while respecting the differences in regions and culture. She was impressed that while being more informal than RI presidents in the past, his peers acknowledged he was an effective leader. Knaak has been a Rotarian since 1992. Rotary has been involved in Polio eradication since 1986 and with additional Funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been successful in stamping out polio in all but two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan and only 64 cases were reported last year. Llakmani has worked at the Rotarian since 2006, is a graduate of MSU with a major in German. She has spent time in Germany, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. She has been an editor at the Ludington Daily News, the Prague Post, New England Journal of Medicine and Lakeland Boating magazine. More information about the local Rotary Club and the work they do both locally (their area of service includes Coloma, Watervliet and Hartford) and internationally can be requested by contacting Bob Becker at


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