07-18-19 Letters and Commentary

Church youth group help at Randall Park much appreciated

Dear Editor,

The Coloma DDA wants to say a big THANK YOU to The River church youth group that came on Sunday, July 14 to Randall Park and applied sealer to the wooden structures. This ongoing project has from the beginning, been a community effort and this is another example of a group stepping out to volunteer their time and energy with nothing expected in return.

We appreciate the hard work on a hot day and please know your efforts were truly appreciated. Thank you again for doing something that benefits children, residents and visitors alike, we love your community spirit!

Marsha Hammond

Coloma Downtown Development Authority

4th of July car show raises $1,525.50 to benefit veterans

Dear Editor,

Thank you for donating a subscription to the Tri-City Record as a door prize at the 4th of July car show in Watervliet.

You helped us raise $1,525.50 this year that is donated to the Battle Creek VA Hospital that will be used for various programs that benefit our veterans.

Les Fairbanks

Vacation in Tennessee

Dear Editor,

It’s summertime! The kids are out of school. Mom and Dad have got their vacation week set. Friends and family loathe the idea of spending the whole summer at home doing nothing but work around the house. It’s totally uncool, especially in the hot days of summer.

Here’s a helpful and exhilarating suggestion. If you are looking for a place to go for a few days with your family and friends, pack your bags and head to Tennessee. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking. When you get there, you’ll want to get a good view of the Smoky Mountains, especially if you come in to Tennessee from the north on 1-75. The mountain peaks are so high it looks like they are touching the clouds making the mountains look like they are spewing out smoke.

Go through some of the cities and towns and you’ll find that Tennessee is not a dull place. In Sevierville, there is never a dull block. There are stores to shop in and amusement rides as well as places for people to play miniature golf on every corner. You can go whitewater rafting at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Gatlinburg, TN considered to be “one of the best outfitters on earth,” according to National Geographic Adventure.

In Pigeon Forge, TN there is Dollywood where there are 139 different places to go to. Among the many attractions in Dollywood are the Dolly Parton Celebrity Theatre, Doggywood, Dolly Parton’s Tennessee Mountain Home, and the Smoky Mountain River Rampage.

As far as shopping is concerned, there are plenty of things to buy at the Dollywood Emporium, Gazebo Gifts, the Southern Pantry, Hillside General Store, and the Lucky 7 Mine. One can also find interesting things at Ashley’s Antique Tintype and Photo, Costner and Sons Magic Shop, Rivertown Garden and Gifts, and Dolly’s Closet.

For dining pleasures, try Showstreet Ice Cream, Spotlight Bakery, Lumber Jack’s Pizza, and Aunt Granny’s Restaurant as well as the Grandstand Cafe, Granny Ogle’s Ham and Beans, the Hickory House, Sit and Sip, and the Midway Market. “There’s always something to do and places to shop in Pigeon Forge,” said Debra Kroening, sister of this traveler who went with her and her husband Herb on a four day vacation trip to Tennessee from June 17 to June 21.

If you are looking for a place to stay for a few days, you can stay at the Hidden Valley Resort not far from Dollywood. Each log cabin is lavishly made with an upstairs living room accommodated with all the comforts of home. There is even a downstairs complete with a pool table. Every cabin has plenty of room for family and friends to enjoy each other’s company while sampling some Tennessee moonshine from some of the stores nearby.

If you’ve been to Tennessee once before, you’ll want to go again. There’s always something new going on, because it’s always changing, especially in Sevierville and Pigeon Forge.

Richard A. Weschgel, Watervliet

Deadline fast approaching for low-income Michigan students to apply for college tuition assistance

Time is running out for eligible individuals from the class of 2019 who have graduated with a high school diploma or equivalent to claim their Tuition Incentive Program benefits, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.

The grant program – commonly referred to as TIP – encourages eligible Medicaid recipients to complete high school by providing college tuition assistance. Eligible TIP students have four years from high school graduation to begin using their TIP benefits.

The application deadline is Aug. 31 for eligible seniors to apply for TIP. To qualify, students must have been on Michigan Medicaid for 24 months within a 36-consecutive month period between 9