08-15-2019 Letters and Commentary

Glad-Peach Festival not promoted on TV

Dear Editor,

In the morning, I listen to Kalamazoo and South Bend TV channels and never once in weeks leading up to Glad-Peach Festival have I heard one single word about out little town’s big weekend. Merchants should advise the Chamber of Commerce that it “pays to advertise” or are we keeping our festival a big, deep dark secret? Fran Wooley, Coloma

V.B. County museum seeking vendors for yard sale

The Van Buren County Historical Society is hosting a county-wide yard sale Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., on the Museum grounds. Crafters, antique collectors and produce folks are more than welcome also, at 58471 Red Arrow Hwy., Hartford. Cost is $25.00 for a 10’ X 10’ space. Knives, guns or pornography are not allowed in any of the booths. The museum will do the advertising. Vendors have to sign up and pay by Sept. 7. Mail request/money to: V.B.C. Historical Society, P.O. Box 452, Hartford MI 49057. Call 269-621-2188 with questions; best time for calling is Wed., Fri., and Sun. from 12-5 p.m. Tables and canopies are not supplied; set up time begins at 8 a.m. The LEO Club from Lawrence Lions will provide help unloading, setting up canopies, and loading up at end of day. This event will be rain or shine, with no refunds. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available for a nominal fee. The Museum will be open for tours with the regular fee of $5 for 12 years and up, and $2 for 5 to 11 years of age.

Hartford museum schedules events for remainder of 2019 season

As the 2019 season at the Van Buren County Museum starts coming to an end, they still have some wonderful events that no one will want to miss. On Saturday, Aug. 24 the Paw Paw Brewing Co. is hosting a fund raiser for the museum at their Pub, 780 S. Gremps St. in Paw Paw, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Twenty percent of the food bills for this day will be donated to the museum. The museum will have pictures on display showing Paw Paw in the good old days. Anyone having old pictures or a memory to share is invited; museum volunteers will be there to talk to. Sunday, Aug. 25, the museum is hosting a Murder Mystery beginning at 12 noon with clues available all afternoon. The public is invited to put on their Sherlock Holmes hat and have fun figuring out who did it. The museum board will meet Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. at the museum; all are welcome to attend and find out about being a volunteer. Board President Tad Moody commented, “I came 13 years ago and I’ve been coming back ever since. Our volunteers are a great group of people, it’s a labor of love and we always have a lot of laughs” On Friday, Sept. 27 is a Soup Supper from 4:30-7 p.m. at the museum. Menu includes homemade soups, Sloppy Joes, salads, desserts and drinks. A free will donation will be collected. Wrapping up the 2019 season will be an Oct. 1 Board Meeting at 7 p.m., all are welcome. And then Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 12-5 p.m. is the last day for Public Tours.

Red Cross urgently needs blood donations before summer ends

With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage. While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs. More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies. Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 112 days. With the help of a generous $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who help overcome the shortage by coming to give July 29 through Aug. 29 with a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.) A local blood donation opportunity is on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. at Caretel Inns of Lakeland, 3905 Lorraine Path in St. Joseph.

“Promote the Vote” Proposal 3 Town Hall Meeting, October 7

On November 6, 2018, Michigan electors passed Proposal 3, a Constitutional Amendment that affects when voters can register to vote, how they’re registered, and who can vote by mail. The Office of the County Clerk will hold a public presentation at the Berrien County Conference Room, Berrien County Health Department, 2149 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to this informational session covering topics such as automatic voter registration, registration by mail up to 15 days before election, in-person registration extended to Election Day with proof of residency, and no-reason absentee voting. For more information, contact the Elections Department, 269.983.7111, Ext. 8264 or at elections@berrriencounty.org.

Upstairs, Downtown Loft Hop to highlight urban living in B.H.

The New Territory Arts Association will host its 2nd Loft Hop fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 23 in the Benton Harbor Arts District, from 6-9 p.m. The Loft Hop will provide the public with an opportunity to walk through five Arts District loft apartments located “Upstairs” in historic “Downtown” buildings within the Arts District. The tour celebrates the growth and evolution of living opportunities in the popular Arts District neighborhood. Over the past 20 years, once abandoned and neglected buildings have been gradually reclaimed and repurposed to provide creative urban living spaces for a growing population of ‘urban dwellers’. Where once there were empty second floors devoted to nothing more than storage, there are now residents enjoying a walkable neighborhood of artists, shop owners, restaurants, breweries, and quaint parks. “There are now upwards of seventy-five loft apartments in and around the Benton Harbor Arts District”, notes James Galbraith, arts district resident and co-owner of the new Houndstooth Restaurant. “The demand is there, I just wish there were more lofts available. Young people love it down here.” Printed programs for the “Upstairs, Downtown Loft Hop” will be sold at the Phoenix Coffeeshop, 132 Water Street, Benton Harbor or at