06-21-2018 Berrien County suffers tragic loss of Lori Jarvis, Register of Deeds; Dennis Thomas is “T

AND THEN THEY WERE #1… The Coloma varsity softball squad showed they were #1 after defeating Millington Saturday in the MHSAA state finals championship game at Secchia Stadium on the campus of MSU. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack) See the Press Box on Page 12 for more photos and sports new. See Page 14 for a special salute to the Champs!


Berrien County suffers tragic loss of Lori Jarvis, Register of Deeds

Lori Jarvis See obituary on Page 6

By Annette Christie Berrien County Undersheriff Chuck Heit said that their office was investigating a single vehicle fatal crash on M-63 near Eaman Road in Hagar Township on Thursday morning. Heit said the accident occurred at approximately 10:00 a.m. when the driver of a vehicle that was headed northbound, left the roadway and struck a garage on the west side of the road.

RACE FANS RELAX… Recent erroneous reports that Hartford Speedway has been sold to become a Medical Marijuana Grow Facility have been hugely over exaggerated. When in fact track owner Tim Dibble reports of a lease for just five currently unused acres of what would be the upper left corner of this photo to a Detroit area corporation for the development of a Secure Class C MM Grow Operation pending city and state licensing approval. The facility will have no business connection to the track, other than that of landlord/tenant and will have no effect on the Friday night racing fans and drivers have come to love. See the story on Page 3 (Google Earth photo)


Dennis Thomas is “Top Pop”

By Annette Christie When it came time to review all of the entries for Top Pop, it was the old-fashioned hand-written letter from a young girl about her father that earned the award. The little girl, Ava Thomas, said her daddy should be the Top Pop because he spends a lot of time with her and he is always there to cheer her on. We met up with the Top Pop winner at the ball fields but Dennis Thomas wouldn’t have it any other way. When asked what his plans were for the day honoring dads, “Hopefully we will be here all day, if they keep on winning,” Dennis said. Daughter Ava plays softball for a summer recreation team. Their day started with an 8:30 a.m. game that would hopefully lead to two more. If they were to do anything else, Dennis said, “It will be something simple with the kids.”

TOP POP… Top Pop Dennis Thomas (back right) spent his Father’s Day at the ball fields with wife Kassie (left) and daughter Ava. Ava authored the winning letter honoring her father. (TCR photo by Annette Christie)


Dennis grew up in Hartford and played baseball for the Hartford Indians. Wife Kassie says of the daughter and dad duo, “She is the female version of him.” Dennis boasts that they do enjoy a lot of the same things, fishing, hunting, playing ball, etc. “It will probably be golf eventually,” Dennis said. They also have a son, Jacob who is a recent graduate of Watervliet High School. Asked what advice he would give to future fathers, “Always put your kids first,” Dennis said. This is what Ava notices as she declared it in her letter honoring her dad, “My dad spends a lot of time with me, he takes me fishing, hunting, and he practices softball with me. When I am in pageants, my dad is always there to cheer me on. Even if I don’t win, my dad says I am his princess.” Dennis went on to point out that parents have to be a good role model because they (the kids) watch what you do. Dennis, who said he was a young father with his first child states, “I have made my mistakes but you have to remember it’s important how you present yourself because they are watching.” Ava mentioned in her letter that her dad is not only there for his children, “My dad helps other kids to. He helped the Hartford boys’ team for baseball since they didn’t have a coach,” Ava said. In her final statement as to why her dad should be the Top Pop she said, “He buys stuff for my family. And he takes care of us and makes sure we have what we need.” For being selected the 2018 Tri-City Record “Top Pop”, he receives a homemade pie from Bob’s Barn, a $25 gift certificate toward a pontoon rental from Guy’s Marine & Water Sports, a $25 gift certificate from Tom Smith Tractor Sales, Inc., a Double Papa Mo from Mo’e Pies, and a free pizza from DiMaggios Pizza and Burgers.

Mark Bolin: Longtime Watervliet resident, baseball fan/coach, veteran, City employee, and now Parade Grand Marshal

By Kristy Noack Mark Bolin, longtime resident of Watervliet and current Operator in Charge of the city’s Iron Filtration Plant, was named as the Grand Marshal of this year’s Independence Day Celebration parade, by members of the Watervliet Business Association. Bolin, 58, was born in Paw Paw “…back when we went to Paw Paw for the hospital,” he said. His parents are AC and the late Annette Bolin, longtime residents of Watervliet as well.

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