SPRING GRADUATES… W-A-Y Watervliet High School celebrated its eleventh graduation this past May 17, at Watervliet High School auditorium. This was yet another proud celebration for both students and parents as each student proudly received their diploma from members of the Board of Education. Pictured are the graduates (from the left): Miranda Green, Adrianna Rutherford, Trey Ray, Elizabeth Snider, Gerardo Martinez Jr., Sara Krieger, and Ashley Marshall. Not pictured are graduates, Taylor Marvin and Hannah Swart.
BBQ Roundup, Big Band Concert & Gala Sailboat Raffle to benefit veterans, July 7
Real Heroes USA is holding their second annual BBQ picnic & raffle on Saturday, July 7 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Freedom Park, 777 Riverview Drive along the St. Joseph River in Benton Harbor. Raffle tickets are currently being sold for great prizes that include a chance to win one of two 20-foot motor-sailboats professionally serviced and ready to sail. Drawing will take place at the event on July 7. Tickets are $35 each or three for $100. Bonus purchase of three raffle tickets includes two free BBQ meal tickets. Tickets for the BBQ Roundup are $10 each for a menu that includes BBQ ribs, deluxe burgers with chips, roast corn on the cob, strawberries-n-cake and water or a beverage. Enjoy lots of fun – food – folksy festivities for a Gala Summer Time Picnic while the Sousa Concert Band plays America’s favorite concert music. All net proceeds benefit Berrien County veterans and their families. Call 1-800-440-2344 for more information on this organization and to purchase tickets for the raffle and meal..
PLAY BALL… On June 6, 2018 the Hartford League of Miracles traveled to Four Winds Field to take on the South Bend Cubs. Miracle League Manager Sandy Burtchett said, “This South Bend Cubs team is a class act. The guys got right in there and engaged with our players, even if it meant taking time out to play in the dirt.” They started the day with a pep talk, pre-game stretching and on to the field to play ball! After the game the kids had dinner and ended the night watching the South Bend Cubs take the win.
Hartford Township says, “Play Ball” on inter-local agreement
By Jon Bisnett Hartford Township moved Thursday June 14 to endorse the inter-local agreement between the City, and Hartford Schools which supports operations of the Hartford Council for Recreation. The council runs summer baseball and softball along with rocket football and cheer for area youth. The matter had been stalled for the prior two seasons. The sticking point for the township had been the agreement’s requirement for an annual financial audit which was just recently completed. What may sound like a simple administrative matter is complicated by the fact that the council had been frustrated in locating a reasonably priced auditing firm. “Smaller local accounting firms simply don’t perform audits anymore…” said Hartford Mayor Rick Hall, “When the council runs on a budget of roughly $50,000 it’s crazy to look at audit charges quoted upwards of $10,000.” The council did eventually find a solution via Hungerford Nichols CPAs, who recently merged with Gerbel and Company, the auditing firm that has serviced both the city and school district for decades. The township will approve their 2018 budget in the coming week which includes a proposed line of $5,000 for the rec council. There was no mention of the prior two years during which the township withheld contributions due to the lack of an audit. It is notable that statically speaking, the majority of the youth athletes reside in the township. In terms of the inter-local agreement roles of the three entities; the township contributes cash, the school provides the facilities and the city extends liability coverage for the program. Supervisor Ron Sefcik accepted the audit and following the board’s unanimous approval of the agreement, made a statement the he wished to reserve the right to reopen the agreement with the intent to revise the terms. He suggested the burden of future audit cost be divided equally among the city, school district and township, thus preserving the operating monies of the rec council.
Salem Lutheran Church offering summer VBS The week of Monday, July 23 through Thursday, July 26 Salem Lutheran Church is holding their summer Vacation Bible School from 6:00 to 7:45 each evening. For all inquiries or to pre-register please call the church office at 468-6567 or Marilyn at 463-6148. Salem Lutheran Church is located at 275 Marvin in Coloma.
WONDER OF NATURE… Nelson Pearson of Nelson’s Wildlife Safari entertained an overflow crowd at the Watervliet District Library on June 14 with guest python, Banana Split. The library offers special events each Thursday morning from 11 – noon, followed by free lunches for children sponsored by Watervliet Public Schools. For more library news, see Page 4.
Shriners’ Brat & Corn Roast in Berrien Springs is July 24 On Tuesday, July 24 the Berrien County Shrine Club is holding their annual Brat & Corn Roast fund-raiser at the Sportsman’s Club in Berrien Springs starting at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for this event are $10 for adults; children under 10 eat for free. The meal includes all the brats, sweet corn, baked beans and potato salad you can eat plus condiments and free beverages. There will be door prizes and other prizes to be raffled. Winner need not be present to win. All proceeds benefit the Berrien County Shrine Club. Payments are not deductible as charitable contributions. Call Jim Cobianco at 269-214-4646 for tickets and more information. Berrien County Sportsman’s Club is located at 2985 E. Linco Road in Berrien Springs.