07-18-19 Vintage Sale fundraiser for Hartford Public Library; New recovery addiction program offered

SENIOR BAND STUDENTS… The Coloma High School Class of 2019 band students received their band blankets at the Spring Band Concert on May 15. Congratulations to these students on this outstanding achievement which represents years of commitment, hard work, and dedication. Pictured (from the left): Front row – Robin Branscumb, Mackenzie Grant, Grace Gagliardo, Sarah Kelly, Alyssa Austin-Rowe, Nicole Swisher, Samantha Scott, Alyssa Little, Emma Young, and Katie Swisher; Back row – Emily Greenman, Brandon Schmidt, Lainey Meader, Paige Burgess, Matthew Kennedy, Jacob Huttenga, Steven Trosper, Caitlyn Lemoine, Paige Shipman, Ethan Lohraff, and Band Director Cheryl Thomas.


Vintage Sale fundraiser for Hartford Public Library

The Hartford Public Library needs to raise funds for the completion of the new Hartford Public Library/Art & Bonna Community Center. They are having “A Vintage Sale” July 22 through July 27. The sale offers jewelry, vintage clothes and hats, collectible decorative items, some very unusual antique pieces and some new items. Their goal is to raise $500 from this sale. The total funds needed to complete the project is $300,000. Watch for presale photos on the Hartford Public Library Facebook page. Help them reach their goal and take home one of their unusual treasures. The sale is during regular library hours at 15 Franklin Street in Hartford, just next to General Dollar. They are open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information contact the library at (269)621-3408 or email hartfordlib@yahoo.com.

OUTSTANDING BAND STUDENTS… Matthew Kennedy (left), Coloma High School Senior, was presented with the Louis Armstrong Award at the Coloma Spring Band Concert on May 16, 2019. He was chosen by the band and Band Director Cheryl Thomas based on his leadership, dedication, and musicianship. Matthew, the son of Phillip and Brandy Kennedy, plays the tenor saxophone in the concert, marching, jazz, and pep bands. He plans to attend Western Michigan University. Brandon Schmidt (right), Coloma High School Senior, was presented with the John Phillip Sousa Award at the Spring Band Concert. He was chosen by the band and Mrs. Thomas based on his leadership, dedication, and musicianship. Brandon, the son of Lisa Stonerock and Steve Schmidt, plays the trumpet in the concert, marching, jazz, and pep bands. He plans to attend Michigan State University.


New recovery addiction program offered at The Shore Church in St. Joseph

The Shore Church, 623 Church St., St. Joseph will be hosting a new recovery addiction program, “Reformers Unanimous” every Sunday at 1:00 p.m. beginning Sunday, July 21 and will be ongoing. The program addresses and helps individuals working through any type of addiction they may have. Anyone is welcome to be a part.

THIS KUTE KID IS… Annabelle Lee Hernandez, 9 months, happy to be in her unicorn outfit and showing off her first teeth. Her proud parents are Sarah and Justin Hernandez of Coloma. Annabelle’s loving grandparents are Christopher and Teresa McEachran of Warren, Michigan, Rito Hernandez of Wixom, Michigan, Mary Lizewski also of Warren, and Neil Huey of Sterling Heights, Michigan.


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

OPEN: Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 22 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 23 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 26 CLOSED due to staff in-service 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.

Bainbridge Township receives “Highest Opinion” audit

By Angela Stair

At the Bainbridge Township Board of Trustees regular meeting on June 10, Patrick Sage auditor of Kruggel Lawton CPA Firm reported the Township is solid with finances and received the “Highest Opinion”, which is the best rating an audit can give. He said that the opinion means, if they did not have an income for the next three years, they would have enough money to handle it.

The Board approved the 2018-2019 Audit unanimously. The Audit will now be sent to the State.

Fire and Ambulance news

The Township Board sent a letter to the Watervliet Fire Department thanking them for “reaching out to Bainbridge Township expressing your interest in service to our community.”

It went on to say, “our options were discussed, and at this time the Bainbridge Township Board is not considering a partnership that requires an ‘equivalent ownership interest’ or ‘financial investment equivalent’ to your current partners.’” The letter also added that should any other options become available, feel free to notify them for further review.

Deane Fizzell, Chairman of the Watervliet Joint Fire Board, had sent the Township a letter offering “a long-term partnership in which each partner has an equivalent ownership interest and, in some form, a financial investment equivalent to that of the other partners, which currently is two mills for the City of Watervliet and two mills for Watervliet Charter Township.”

The Sister Lakes Fire Department report for the Township as presented to the township board during their July 8 meeting indicated in the month of June four calls were answered in Bainbridge. Two were motor vehicle accidents, one dog rescue and one illegal burn. For May there had been one call in Bainbridge for a CO2 alarm going off.

Pride Care Ambulance Service reported a total of seven calls run in the month of May with an average response time of 10:03 minutes.

Drain work correspondence

The Township has been trying since last winter to reach a settlement with Clean Cut LLC over a drain that was worked on last year, with the help of the County Drain Commissioner. Township attorney Peterson informed Supervisor Bill Hodge that he has sent numerous requests for updated information or even a return phone call, but has received no response. In June the Board approved sending a letter to the Berrien County Board of Commissioners for their help in contacting the Drain Commissioner and getting a response.

By June 28 a letter was received by Supervisor Hodge from the Berrien County Commission stating they had received the Township letter and they are still waiting for communication from the Drain Commissioner before they could help settle the matter. When they do, they will get back to Supervisor Hodge.

The Township Board approved June bills in the amount of $66,527.88 (part of the reason for the high amount was the Township had to pay half of the cost for the road work to be completed this year, $30,267.00), Liabilities payroll $2,486.88, and Payroll of $7,737.42 for a total of $76,752.18.

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