07-11-2019 School News & Calendars


COLOMA 10U took home the Berrien Springs All Star Championship against 11 other local All Star teams. This team went undefeated in the preliminary seeding to earn them the #1 Seed in the Tournament. They continued their undefeated streak throughout the Tournament weekend beating New Buffalo in the semi finals and Bridgman in the Championship. Picture (from the left) are: Front Row – Brody Ashley, Carson Coble, Ethan Schelling; Middle row – Jared Mccoy, Dylan Mccoy, Brady Carlson, AJ Moore, Masyn Hess, Ross Smothers, Dylan Groendyk, Jaeylin Vawter, Aiden Hampton; Back row – asst. coaches Mark Coble, Kenny Ashley, Paul Darling, and Head Coach Josh Groendyk.


State Rep. Wendzel hosting insurance and roads forum

State Rep. Pauline Wendzel will host a community forum that will focus on road funding, local road projects and the recently signed auto-insurance reform law on Thursday, July 18. Rep. Wendzel will be bringing in Representative Jason Wentworth, Senator Aric Nesbitt, Senator Kim LaSata, and Jason Latham to provide an update and answer the questions of Berrien County residents. Representative Jason Wentworth spearheaded the House’s select committee on auto-insurance reform; Senator Aric Nesbitt led the insurance reform package in the Senate; Senator Kim LaSata is the Vice Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee; and Jason Latham is the Managing Director of the Berrien County Road Department. “The two most talked about issues I hear from the people of Southwest Michigan are roads and car insurance,” Rep. Wendzel said. “I’m bringing in the best of the best, Representative Wentworth and Senator Nesbitt, to explain our historic auto-insurance solution to the people of our community. Senator LaSata and I will give updates on both the House and Senate road funding proposals while Mr. Latham gives an update on local projects happening right here in Berrien County.” The event will take place on Thursday, July 18 at Kinexus, 499 W. Main St. in Benton Harbor from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. RSVP’s are not required, but are appreciated. For more information, you may contact Rep. Wendzel’s office at 517-373-1403 or via email at PaulineWendzel@house.mi.gov.


Senior Services Hartford United Methodist Church, 425 E. Main St.

OPEN: Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 15 Coffee and Conversation, 10:00-11:30 a.m.; LUNCH served at 12:30 p.m.; Bingo – Cards/ Euchre/ Dominoes – Knitting/ Crochet/ Quilt Group, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 Coffee and Conversation, 10:00-11:30 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11:30 a.m.; LUNCH served at 12:30 p.m.; Computer with Emma, 1 p.m.; Cards/ Euchre/ Hand & Foot – Quilting/ Knitting/ Crochet Group, 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 19 Coffee and Conversation, 10:00-11:30 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11:30 a.m.; LUNCH served at 12:30 p.m.; Cards/ Dominoes/ Knitting/ Crochet, 1:30 p.m. Any questions or comments, please contact Senior Services, Senior City on 76th Street at 269-637-3607 or Senior Services Paw Paw office at 269-655-8000. Rides are available through Van Buren Public Transit with no less than 24-hour advance notice at (269) 427-7921.

Professor to share his experience in NASA research

On Thursday, July 18, Coloma Public Library will welcome Associate Professor Timothy Evans to share his experience in a free lecture as part of NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) simulated space mission. During the summer of 2017, Evans was part of a four-man crew to allow researchers to study the effects of space travel on the human body from the controlled environment of the Johnson Space Center. Evans’s lecture at 6 p.m., titled “Houston, We Have a Botanist! My 45-day Simulated Space Mission in NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA)” will detail the scientist’s 45 days inside NASA’s HERA mission simulator as part of a study on the effects of sleep deprivation while working in space.

2019 North Berrien Photo Contest welcomes submissions until August 23

The North Berrien Photography Contest invites photographers to submit images which capture the unique character and culture of North Berrien County, Michigan. This can include, but is not limited to, nature, architecture, landscapes, public buildings and events, historic locations, etc. For the purposes of this contest, “North Berrien” is defined as the cities of Coloma and Watervliet, plus the townships of Bainbridge, Coloma, Hagar, and Watervliet, including all bodies of water. To be eligible, photographs must be taken after August 2018. All entries must be submitted to the North Berrien Historical Museum by Friday, August 23 at 4:00 p.m. Each contestant may submit up to three entries and must provide the museum with both a physical and digital version of each piece entered. Winners and Honorable Mentions in each age category (senior, adult, and youth) will appear in an exhibit at the North Berrien Historical Museum during September. All photographs will be added to the permanent collection of the North Berrien Historical Society. Winners in each category will be awarded a local gift certificate courtesy of the Coloma–Watervliet Chamber of Commerce, a $25 Visa gift card courtesy of the Twin City Camera Club, and a free one-year membership to the North Berrien Historical Society. For official rules and entry form, stop by the Museum or visit their website at www.northberrienhistory.org, go to the “Plan Your Visit” tab and select “Photography Contest.” For more information, please call the Museum at (269) 468-3330.

VBRGS to meet July 22

The next meeting of the Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society will be held on Monday, July 22, at the Van Buren Conference Center, 490 South Paw Paw Street in Lawrence. The program for the evening will focus on the History of Immigration and Naturalization in the United States. The presenter will be VBRGS Vice President Jeff Fisher. Jeff has been researching his family history on and off for about 30 years. He holds a degree in history from Western Michigan University and currently works as a Special Education Teacher for the Van Buren Intermediate School District. This promises to be an informative evening. The meeting is free and open to the public, and will begin at 7 p.m. The VBRGS welcomes anyone with an interest in local history and genealogy. Their mission is to promote history and genealogy in all of Southwest Michigan. For more information about this and other programs, email to vbrgs@yahoo.com, visit their website at vbrgs.org, or check out their Facebook page, VBRGS Southwest Michigan Genealogy.

N.B. Historical Museum to feature program on Pere Marquette Railway, July 16

The Pere Marquette Railway operated in the Great Lakes region and the southern parts of Ontario for the first half of the 20th century. The Pere Marquette later became the Chesapeake & Ohio line, and now the CSX line. Nadra Kissman, one of the founders of the New Buffalo Railroad Museum, will visit the North Berrien Historical Museum to discuss the commercial and cultural force of the Pere Marquette and how it helped develop and sustain the community. This presentation will take place at the museum on Tuesday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. No RSVP is required for this free program. Questions can be directed to peter@northberrienhistory.org or call the Museum at (269) 468-3330.

Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m. “VENDOR BAZAAR & BAKE SALE” at Twelve Corners Community Church, corner of Hicks Ave. & Benton Center Rd. Raffle drawing; lunch served beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 3-5 p.m. “MEET & GREET” Open House for 2019 officers of the Coloma American Legion Post 362, Ladies Auxiliary and Sons of the Legion. Light refreshments will be served. The Legion is located at 351 E. St. Joseph Street. Saturday, July 13, 5-8 p.m. “FISH BOIL FUNDRAISER” at Michigan Maritime Museum, 260 Dyckman Ave., South Haven. Tickets: $10/plate; $5/children 5 and under. Sunday, July 14, 9 a.m. “GUEST ORGANIST NICHOLAS QUARDOKUS” at Salem Lutheran Church, 275 Marvin St., Coloma. Public invited; reception to follow service. Sunday, July 14, 11 a.m. “PRAISE AT THE PARK” hosted by New Hope Community Church. Free Praise and Worship Service in Watervliet’s Flaherty Park followed by a cookout, games and fellowship. Sunday, July 14, 2 p.m. “VB HISTORICAL MUSEUM SPEAKER” is Jerry Kerns presentation on Van Buren County railroads. Call 269-621-2188 Wed., Fri., or Sunday for more information, noon to 5. Admission is $5 for 12 and up, $2 for 5-11. July 15-20 “VAN BUREN YOUTH FAIR” For more information visit www.vanburenyouthfair.com. Tuesday, July 16, 7 p.m. “PERE MARQUETTE RAILWAY” presentation by Nadra Kissman at North Berrien Historical Museum, 300 Coloma Ave. Free program, no RSVP. Questions can be directed to peter@northberrienhistory.org or call the Museum at (269) 468-3330. Thursday, July 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m. “AUTO INSURANCE & ROADS FORUM” organized by Rep. Pauline Wendzel at Kinexus, 499 W. Main St., Benton Harbor. For more information, you may contact Rep. Wendzel’s office at 517-373-1403 or via email at PaulineWendzel@house.mi.gov. Thursday, July 18, 6 p.m. “TIMOTHY EVANS LECTURE” on NASA experience at Coloma Public Library; free program open to the public. Saturday, July 20, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. “CAR WASH” at Watervliet Free Methodist Church, 7734 Paw Paw Ave. Fundraiser for children’s Ark Encounter trip. Sunday, July 21, 2 p.m. “VB HISTORICAL MUSEUM SPEAKER” is Steve Rossiio presentation on World War I. Call 269-621-2188 Wed., Fri., or Sunday for more information, noon to 5. Admission is $5 for 12 and up, $2 for 5-11. July 22-27 “VINTAGE SALE” fundraiser for Hartford Public Library community center building project during regular library hours. Monday, July 22, 7 p.m. “VB REGIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY MEETING” at Van Buren Conference Center, 490 S. Paw Paw St., Lawrence. Free event; public invited. For more information about this and other programs, email to vbrgs@yahoo.com, visit vbrgs.org, or check out their Facebook page, VBRGS Southwest Michigan Genealogy. Friday, July 26, 4:30-7 p.m. “SALAD & DESSERT SUPPER” at the Van Buren County Historical Museum, 58471 Red Arrow Highway in Hartford. Free will donation. Saturday, July 27, 4-9 p.m. “WHS CLASS OF 1977 60TH BIRTHDAY PARTY” in the banquet room at Chief’s Bar, 4790 Territorial Road, Benton Harbor. More details may be found on the “WHS Class of 1977 Reunion” page on Facebook; by contacting Greg Krell at thekrell59@yahoo.com, or by calling Greg at 269-876-8260. Tuesday, July 30, 6 p.m. “BRAT & CORN ROAST” annual fundraiser for Berrien County Shrine Club at Berrien Springs Sportsman’s Club, 2985 E. Linco Rd. Tickets are $10 each (children under 10 eat for free). Call Jim Cobianco at 269-214-4646 for tickets and more information. August 5-9, 9 a.m.-noon “SOCCER CAMP” at Midway Baptist Church, 7517 Red Arrow Hwy, Watervliet, for kids ages 5-10. FREE. Pre-register at www.midwayministries.org August 8-10 “VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL” at Calvary Pentecostal Church, 13 South Haver St., Hartford. Thursday & Friday 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday Fun Fair 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information contact Kerri Archie at (269) 254-5929.

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