07-18-2018 Schools news & calendars

“Kute Kids”… THIS “KUTE KID” is… Riley Robbins, age 6, a student at Grace Christian School in Watervliet. Riley’s proud parents are Brent and Jennifer Robbins of Benton Harbor/Bainbridge Township. His loving grandparents are John and Marilyn Robbins, Benton Harbor / Bainbridge Township and Mark and Marianne Dine, Saint Joseph. Share a photo of your “Kute Kids” with your friends, neighbors, and relatives who read the Tri-City Record. Make sure you write your kids’ names on the back of the picture and include any other information about it you would like to see in the paper, including mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, and so on. Send the “original” photo to the Tri-City Record, P.O. Box 7, Watervliet, MI 49098 or email it with your information to record@tricityrecord.com. Pick up your photo after it appears in the paper or include a stamped, self-addressed envelope and we will mail it back to you. Where are your “Kute Kids”?

Coloma-Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce to host two ribbon cutting ceremonies next week in the Tri-City area The Coloma-Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting two ribbon cuttings coming up next week. The first is on Wednesday, July 25 for Soulard’s at 5:30 p.m. with their Grand Opening on Thursday, July 26. Soulard’s is located at 126 N. Church Street, downtown Coloma. The second is Watervliet Pharmacy having their Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m. Watervliet Pharmacy is at 317 N. Main Street in Watervliet. Information on both businesses can be found on their Facebook pages.

Program on dating old photographs scheduled for Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society On Monday, July 23, the Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society will welcome Alice Clark, who will give a presentation entitled “Dating Old Photographs.” Alice is president of the South Bend Area Genealogical Society and has been researching her family history since the 1970s. The family trees and stories passed down to her from her grandmothers sparked her interest into digging deeper and learning more about her ancestors. From her experience, she has learned that all family stories are based on truth, but finding and proving the details have helped develop her skills in research and documentation. Many of those details are right there in old photographs. The public is invited to join the genealogical society as they hear from Alice tips and tricks for gaining information from photos that most families collect throughout the years in their own research. The meeting will be held beginning at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Webster Memorial Library, 200 North Phelps Street in Decatur. Refreshments will be provided and visitors are welcome. The VBRGS welcomes all who are interested in preserving genealogy and local history. They offer help and encouragement to assist anyone in tracing their roots and uncovering the past. For more information about the society or their featured program, please visit their website, www.vbrgs.org, or email them at vbrgs@yahoo.com.

New exhibits and speaker series at Van Buren County Museum in Hartford The Van Buren County Museum at 58471 Red Arrow Hwy., Hartford, is all abuzz about their new exhibits and Sunday Series Speakers. On July 22, the Ottawa County Poor Farm: A Documentary and July 29, History of the Van Buren County Poorhouse; all speakers will start at 2 p.m. Regular admission charge of $5.00 for adults applies with children 5-12, $2.00. This includes a tour of the museum which has 44 rooms of local history. On Saturday, July 28 they are again hosting a paranormal (ghost) tour. This event is conducted by MIPRO from Decatur. It is a very popular event and starts at 8 p.m. Reservations must be in by Thursday, July 26 and the fee is $20 per person, call Tad at 269-621-2546. Van Buren County Museum is open Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 12-5, Wednesday is a great day to go for those who are looking for family history, not just poor farm history, as they have a large archive from Van Buren families.

August meetings cancelled The Coloma-Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce has cancelled their August meeting, and will meet next on Tuesday, September 11 at noon at the Coloma / St. Joseph KOA in Riverside. North Berrien Community Development will not have an August meeting and their next regular meeting will be Thursday, September 13 at their 142 Badt Drive, Coloma office.

Online AYSO registration underway for fall soccer season Do you know a child who likes to run, laugh, socialize and learn some new skills? How about soccer? Local A.Y.S.O. Region 613 is registering for fall soccer now! All children ages 3 to 19 are invited to sign up and join the fun. No experience necessary. Everyone plays and teams are balanced for fun, fair, and safe soccer games. Fall will be here before we know it! Register online at AYSO613.com. The cost of registering is $75 for the season, until July 31, which includes the uniform, training of volunteers, and the supplies needed for the game. If you need assistance with registering or have any questions, please call Regional Commissioner Heather Hastings at 910-237-0049.

Chapel Hill UMC in Sodus holding Maker Fun Factory VBS

Children age 4 through 5th graders are invited to Vacation Bible School at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church Monday, July 23 thru Friday, July 27.

The program this year is “Maker Fun Factory” held 6:15 to 8:15 each evening. The children will make new friends, do amazing experiments, play creative games, enjoy snacks, have surprising ad