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06-25-2020 Mobile testing for COVID-19 coming to  Watervliet;

THESE KUTE KIDS ARE… McKenzie Smith (age 3) & Molly Smith (5 months). They are the precious daughters of Brian & Sarah Smith of Coloma. Their loving grandparents are Kurt & Tami Wisner of Sawyer and Jeff & Amy Smith of Kalamazoo.



Mobile testing for COVID-19 coming to Watervliet

InterCare Community Health Network, headquartered in Bangor, has received supplemental funding to expand its capacity to test for COVID-19. This expanded testing program consists of mobile teams to cover its four-county service area which includes Berrien County. In an attempt to do mass testing for the coronavirus at apartment complexes two dates and locations have been selected in Watervliet. Their mobile unit will be at Tri-City Village, 541 N. Main Street on Wednesday, July 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Friday, August 7, also from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the unit is scheduled to be at Cobblestone Village Apartment Homes, 8788 Cobblestone Rd., Watervliet. To get tested for COVID-19, people are not required to have a doctor’s order and do not have to be an InterCare patient. For more information, call 855-869-6900.

Hartford Public Library News

The Hartford Public Library at 15 Franklin Street in Hartford re-opened on Monday, June 8. They are open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; certain restrictions apply such as social distancing and only four computers are available for public use. The staff is all wearing masks and asks that everyone wear a mask coming to the library, but if you cannot for medical reasons, please let them know. Reservations are accepted to use the public computers if it is needed. Copies and fax are available. The new Hartford Public Library/ Arthur & Bonna Vanderlyn Community Center is still under construction. There have been delays due to the COVID-19 lock down. The new building should be mostly completed in mid-July. Their expected move-in will be sometime in August. Everyone at the library is very excited for the Hartford area and are eternally grateful to Bonna Vanderlyn for her donation. Without her donation, this project would have not been possible. This is a much needed facility for Hartford.

2020 AMERICAN LEGION AWARD WINNERS… Alyse Grenon and Boden Genovese are the 2020 Coloma Junior High School recipients of the American Legion Award from Post 362. Alyse is the daughter of Andrea Brule & Courtney Grenon. Boden is the son of Theresa & David Genovese. This honor is awarded to 8th grade students who demonstrate citizenship, courage, industry, honor, loyalty, and scholarship throughout their elementary years as selected by staff and students. Congratulations Alyse and Boden! Coloma Community Schools is proud to have you represent their school family.

Coloma Public Library News

Curbside Services are now available weekdays from noon – 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Request materials by calling 269-468-3431, ordering through the online catalog, or emailing readcoloma@gmail.com. The building remains closed to the public as they are working to implement new safety procedures and comply with regulations.

Summer Reading Program Summer Reading has officially begun! This year’s offering is virtual so children, teens, and adults can participate in fun reading challenges online! However, paper logs and craft kits (while supplies last) are available through their Curbside Services. Visit www.colomapubliclibrary.net for more information. Please call, email, or reach out to staff through Facebook for any questions.

Little Free Cart Weather permitting, the library will place a cart outside the front doors with free reading materials. Patrons should keep the items until the library has reopened for services. Materials come from donations and will be an eclectic assortment.

Watervliet Fourth of July Fly-In canceled for 2020

The Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 585 of Watervliet has announced it will not be able to host the annual Fourth of July weekend Fly-In for 2020 because of the COVID-19 health crisis. They hope to be able to have it next year.

BCYF postpones 75th Anniversary 2020 Fair replaced with Youth Showcase

After much discussion during the past three months, the Board of Directors of the Berrien County Youth Fair has decided to postpone the 75th Anniversary Berrien County Youth Fair to August 16-21, 2021. However, the Board Directors and volunteers are planning a showcase and exhibition for the youth this summer. Slated for August 15-23, the “Berrien County Showcase – Where Youth are Essential” will allow the Fair to showcase the exhibits of our county’s youth in a different format and still comply with the current Executive Orders. The Berrien County 2020 Showcase – Where Youth are Essential will be open to Berrien County Youth between the ages of 5 and 20 as of January 1. Exhibitor eligibility rules will still apply. There will be no premiums paid to the exhibitors, no traditional BCYF ribbons and no trophies. The showcase will not be open to the public. Only exhibitors and their parents/guardians should plan to attend. There will be a one day showcase for all exhibit areas and there may be multiple department showcases each day. More information, including livestock auction information, will be published as decisions are made. Throughout the years, the Youth of Berrien County have and always will be the passion of the Board of Directors and all the volunteers that make the annual BCYF happen. This decision was not made in haste. Many months of discussion and sleepless nights went into this decision that the Board feels will ultimately protect the health of their exhibitors and fairgoers. Thinking outside the box and coming up with workable and safe solutions has been in the forefront of the Board’s decision making process. All those involved express thanks for everyone’s patience during this process and also for the support of the Berrien County 2020 Showcase – Where Youth are Essential. Fair planners look forward to celebrating the 75th BCYF in 2021 where hopefully no masks will be required.

Grand Valley State University Dean’s List Winter 2020

Grand Valley State University has announced the names of students who were placed on the dean’s list for the Winter 2020 semester concluding in April. The list includes those students who have maintained a 3.5 grade point average and been enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits. Students honored for the winter semester include: Chelsea E. Glisson & Simon M. Wagner of Coloma; Trey T. Ackerman, Emma L. Beal, Maria L. Boers, Paul M. Chappell, Mariel E. Hallgren, Monica G. Perez & Gage A. Pritchard of Hartford; and Trent J. Boone & Karli R. McClendon of Watervliet.

Ensure you’re properly insured There’s certainly been plenty of volatility and uncertainty the past few months, but one aspect of your financial picture has probably remained stable: your need for insurance. And since National Insurance Awareness Day is observed on June 28, now is a good time to review your overall insurance coverage to determine if you and your loved ones are well-protected. You might be surprised at the lack of protection among your fellow citizens. Less than 60 percent of Americans have life insurance, and just about half of those with insurance are underinsured, according to LIMRA, a research organization. Of course, you might think the reason so many people don’t have insurance is because they don’t need it. But just about every age group can benefit from life insurance. If you have a house and a family … Your insurance needs are obvious: If something happened to you, could your mortgage payments still be met? How about your car payments? Doctor’s bills? College for your children? Even if you have a spouse or partner who earns a decent income, your family could still have big trouble paying its bills if you weren’t around. If you’re young and single with no family responsibilities … If you’re in this group, why would you need life insurance? For one thing, perhaps you owe money together with someone else – you might, for example, be a joint debtor on a mortgage. If you passed away, your co-debtor would be responsible for the entire debt. And just because you don’t have family responsibilities now, it doesn’t mean you never will. If you have a family history of serious health issues, which may eventually affect you, you could have trouble getting life insurance later, or at least getting it without paying a lot. Now, when you’re young and healthy, the coverage is available and may be more affordable. Your children are grown and you’re retired … If you retire with debt or have a spouse dependent on you, keeping your life insurance is a good idea, especially if you haven’t paid off your mortgage. Plus, life insurance can be used in various ways in your estate plans. Even if you recognize the need for life insurance, though, you may be uncertain about how much you require. Your employer may offer insurance, but it might not be sufficient for your needs. And, perhaps just as important, if you leave your job, voluntarily or not, you’ll likely lose this coverage. If you purchase a private policy, what’s the right amount? You might have heard you need a death benefit that’s worth seven or eight times your annual salary, but that’s just a rough estimate. To determine the appropriate level of coverage, you’ll need to consider a variety of factors: your age, income, marital status, number of children, and so on. Still, even after you’ve got the right amount in place, it doesn’t mean it is set in stone. You should review your coverage regularly, and especially when you change jobs, get married or remarried, have children or experience any other major life event. Life insurance should be a key part of your overall financial strategy, along with your retirement accounts and other investments. Make sure you’re properly covered – for today and tomorrow. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones, Member SIPC Edward Jones is a licensed insurance producer in all states and Washington, D.C., through Edward D. Jones & Co., L.P., and in California, New Mexico and Massachusetts through Edward Jones Insurance Agency of California, L.L.C.; Edward Jones Insurance Agency of New Mexico, L.L.C.; and Edward Jones Insurance Agency of Massachusetts, L.L.C. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors are not estate planners and cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your estate-planning attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation.

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