07-20-2017 Schools news & calendars

THIS “KUTE KID” is… Abigail Baldwin, 4-year-old daughter of Brent and Shelly Baldwin. Abi loves to play outdoors and her favorite superhero is Spider-Man. She’s very independent. She also loves to spend time with her five older siblings, Kellie Russell, Richard Russell, Brendan Baldwin, Julia Russell, and Zandar Baldwin. Abi’s grandparents are Jeanine & the late Darrel Baldwin of Coloma and the late Lela Elliott (nana) of Stevensville. She is loved by her aunts and uncle, Brian & JaNay Tavolacci, Karla Elliott, and Joanne Duran along with many cousins. Share a photo of your “Kute Kids” with your friends, neigh-bors, 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 pa-per, 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 ap-pears in the paper or include a stamped, self-addressed envelope and we will mail it back to you.

Summer programs going well in Coloma Schools

By Annette Christie

Administrators told the Coloma School Board at their Monday, July 17 meeting that the summer learning programs are going well in the district.

High School Principal Dave Ehlers said that the high school summer school program is nearly filled to capacity.  The morning session has 30 students with the afternoon session having 24.  Ehlers told the board that they are not sure why the larger number this year but they are glad to see it.

Superintendent Peter Bush added that at the junior high level there are 20 students in an online program to help them advance as well.  While they haven’t set up a full summer school program at the junior high level, this is a good start.

In addition, the second session of the Summer Literacy Camp will be held July 31 – August 11 to help kids that might need extra attention in reading.  District staff is reaching out to families that may be interested in attending the camp.

During all of the summer education programs, the district’s food service department is providing breakfast and lunch to anyone from anywhere through August 11.  The free service is available from 8-8:45 for breakfast and 11 – 11:45 for lunch approximately.

The board set their board meeting for the coming year.  Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of the month with the exception of April and July when the meeting is moved to the 3rd Monday.  Their annual budget meeting is held on the 4th Monday in June.  They also voted to continue their depositories and memberships as previously set.

They will be holding their summer board retreat on July 22 at 9:00 a.m. to work on their goals for the coming year, in line with the district’s strategic plan.

The board also approved a renewal of the agreement with Lakeland Rehabilitation Services for the athletic trainer used by the district.  Administrators and board members alike spoke highly of the program and the trainer that assists the district.

Bush reported that the annual bus inspection went well.  Out of the 18 buses used in the fleet, four were flagged; however, two of the items were handled immediately and are all already cleared.  One bus remains in the shop for repairs.

Their next meeting will be held on Monday, August 14, 2017.

WHS Class of 1962 announces 55-year class reunion

 Plans have been made for the Watervliet High School Class of 1962 55-year class reunion. It is being held the weekend of August 18, 19 and 20.

On Friday, August 18 they will meet at the Arclight Brewery located on Main Street in Watervliet. Saturday plans are for 5:30 p.m. at Fairfield Inn, Watervliet and Sunday, breakfast at Mill Creek Charlies on M-140.

Class members that have not received a written invitation please call Marsha Stennecke Cole at 269-463-3712 for more information.

WHS 40 Year Club reunion reservation deadline is near

 The date for this year’s meeting of the Watervliet Public Schools 40 Year Club is Saturday, August 19, 2017.

The location will be the Watervliet Middle School, 450 East St. Joseph Street in Watervliet.  Social hour begins at 11:00 a.m., with lunch being served at noon.

Anyone that graduated from, or attended the Watervliet Public School system is welcome to attend.  Former school employees are welcome also.

Besides the social hour and lunch, tours will be provided of the newly renovated middle and high school buildings.  These improvements were a portion of the $23 million bond issue, passed in May, 2014.

Reservations are $15.00 per person and are due by Sunday, July 30, 2017.

A downloadable reservation form and more information may be found on the “Watervliet 40 Year Club, all class reunion” page on Facebook.

More information is also available by calling Marsha Stennecke Cole at 269-463-3712, or Donna Gillard Curtis at 269-463-6680.

WHS Class of 1977 reunion on Saturday

 On Saturday, July 22, 2017 the Watervliet High School Class of 1977 will hold their 40-year class reunion. The event begins at 5:00 p.m., running until 11:30 p.m., and will be held at West Street Station, 210 N. West Street in Coloma.

For more details, check out the “WHS Class of 1977 Reunion” page on Facebook or contact Greg Krell at thekrell59@yahoo.com or 269-876-8260.

Thursday, July 20, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. “LINEN SALE” fund-raiser hosted by Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Auxiliary in the Interim Room off the main lobby located at 400 Medical Park Drive. All proceeds benefit Auxiliary projects for the hospital.

Thursday, July 20, 3 p.m. “OWLS & VULTURE” presentation at Sarett Nature Center. $5/adult & $1/child

Friday, July 21, 8 p.m. “PARANORMAL INVESTIGATORS” at Van Buren County Historical Museum, 58471 Red Arrow Hwy, Hartford. Pre-registration is recommended; $20 per person. $25 at the door if space available. Call 269-621-2546 to register.

Saturday, July 22, 5:00-11:30 p.m. “WHS     CLASS OF 1977 40-YR REUNION” at West Street Station, 210 N. West St., Coloma. For more information visit WHS Class of 1977 Reunion page on Facebook or contact Greg Krell at thekrell59@yahoo.com or 269-876-8260.

Tuesday, July 25, 3 p.m. “OBSERVE ANIMAL FEEDING” at Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor. $5/adults; $1/children. Call 269-927-4832 or visit www.sarett.com.

Wednesday, July 26, 1-3 p.m. “VOYAGEUR LIFE!” free kids program at North Berrien Historical Museum, 300 Coloma Ave. for ages 6-12 and their families. Call 269-468-3330 for more information.

Wednesday, July 26, 6-8 p.m. “FALL SPORTS SIGN-UP” at Indian Pride Park. Hartford Council for Recreation equipment pick up and final sign-up for rocket and flag football and cheerleading. Online sign-up at www.hartfordrecreation.org until July 26.

Thursday, July 27, 3 p.m. “LEARN ABOUT SNAKES” at Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor. $5/adults; $1/children. Call 269-927-4832 or visit www.sarett.com.

Friday, July 28 “BATTLE OF MICHIGAN” World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Hartford Speedway. Tickets on sale at slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by calling SLS Promotions at 815-344-2023.

Aug. 4-6 “GLAD-PEACH FESTIVAL” in Coloma celebrating 50th year. Visit www.colomapeachfest.com for more information

Aug. 5-6, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. “WWII LANDING CRAFTS RIDES” presented by Lest We Forget at Tiscornia Beach in St. Joseph. $5/person; under 12 free. Call 269-925-7176 or visit www.lestweforgetusa.org.

Tuesdays Aug. 8, 15, 22, 29, 10 a.m.-noon “STEM CAMP ON SAILING” at North Berrien Historical Museum, 300 Coloma Ave. for students in grade 6 and up. Register by July 31, stop in or call 269-468-3330.

Friday, Aug. 11 “COMMUNITY GOLF MIXER” at Paw Paw Lake Golf Club hosted by North Berrien Community Development & Coloma Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce. $60/person 4-person scramble. Call Chana at (269) 468-4430 or 757-2457.

Saturday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m. “WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S” at Riverview Park on Niles Ave. in St. Joseph. For more information contact Kristin Burt at kburt@alz.org or 269-342-1482.

Saturday, Aug. 12, 12 noon “TRENT MCKINNEY MEMORIAL WATERVLIET WRESTLING GOLF OUTING” at Pipestone Creek Golf Course, 6768 Naomi Rd., Eau Claire. 4-man scramble/ $65 per person includes cart & steak dinner. Registration deadline August 4. Prize drawings, silent auction, 50/50 raffle. Contact Travis McKinney (269-308-1177) or Nicole McKinney (269-308-1176)

Aug. 14-19 “BERRIEN COUNTY YOUTH FAIR” in Berrien Springs. For more information, visit www.bcyf.org or call the Fair Office at 269-473-4251.

Aug. 18-20 “WHS CLASS OF 1962 REUNION” Friday at Arclight Brewery; 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Fairfield Inn, Watervliet; Sunday breakfast at Mill Creek Charlies on M-140. Call Marsha Stennecke Cole at 269-463-3712.

Saturday, Aug. 19, 11 a.m. “WATERVLIET PUBLIC SCHOOLS 40 YEAR CLUB” annual meeting at Watervliet Middle School, 450 E. St. Joseph Street. Social hour at 11 a.m.; lunch at noon. $15/person reservation due by 7/30. For more info call Marsha Stennecke Cole 269-463-3712 or Donna Gillard Curtis 269-463-6680.

Friday, Aug. 25 “2017 NORTH BERRIEN PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST” deadline for submissions. For more information, contact North Berrien Historical Museum at 269-468-3330 or Kristen@northberrienhistory.org.

Sep. 7-10 “ANTIQUE ENGINE & TRACTOR SHOW” at Michigan Flywheelers Museum. Admission $7/adult; children 12 and under free. For information visit www.michiganflywheelers.org or call 269-639-2010.

Mondays, 7 p.m. “PUB THEOLOGY” at Arclight Brewery. Public is invited to join in discussions. Hosted by St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. “STORY HOUR” at Coloma Public Library. A free weekly program for toddlers and preschool-aged children, it does not require sign-up. Call 269-468-3431 for information.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday “SUMMER PROGRAMS” at the Hartford Public Library. 11 a.m. for baby thru 6 years old, and 1 p.m. for 7 years old and up. Visit their website at www.hartfordpl.michlibrary.org for more details.

Thursdays, 6 – 10 p.m. “Trap shooting” at the Coloma Rod & Gun Club.

Second Thursday of each month, 3 – 5 p.m. “BERRIEN COUNTY PARKINSON SUPPORT GROUP” at Lakeland Healthcare Frederick S. Upton Education Center rooms 5 & 6, 1234 Napier Ave. For info, contact Michigan Parkinson Foundation at 800-852-9781 or bcpdsupport@aol.com.

Third Monday of each month, 3 – 6 p.m. “FOOD BANK” at Central Assembly of God, 6801 Ryno Rd., Coloma