08-22-2019 School news & calendars

Berrien County citizens needed to fill board vacancies

The Berrien County Board of Commissioners has announced the following board vacancies and is seeking citizens who would like to serve. Anyone interested in serving may contact the Berrien County Administration office at 269-983-7111, ext. 8095 or email akrieger@berriencounty.org, or download an application from the www.berriencounty.org website. The acceptance period is open through Friday, August 30, 2019. Mental Health Authority The Mental Health Authority has one vacancy and oversees the Riverwood Center. Their mission is to deliver personalized mental health services to create a positive environment for their consumers to improve their quality of life. The composition of the Mental Health Authority shall be representative of providers of mental health services, recipients or primary consumers of mental health services, agencies, and occupations having a working involvement with mental health services and the general public. The terms for the Mental Health Authority are three years and the meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. at the Riverwood Center, 1485 S. M-139 in Benton Harbor.

Board of Health The Berrien County Board of Health has a vacancy. The Board of Health provides policy leadership and oversight for the Health Department. The Board of Health is comprised of seven individuals that are appointed by the Berrien County Board of Commissioners. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 8:00 a.m. at the Health Department, 2149 E. Napier in Benton Harbor. The applicant must be a person licensed in Michigan to practice medicine (M.D. or D.O). The term is for five years.

Parks and Recreation Berrien County Parks and Recreation has one vacancy. It is the mission of the Berrien County Parks and Recreation Commission to plan, acquire, develop and maintain a responsive, efficient and creative natural resource based park and recreation system available to all citizens. The Parks and Recreation Commission consists of nine members including the County Drain Commissioner, a member of the Planning Commission, and seven members appointed by the Board of Commissioners. The residence of the applicant shall be considered when determining the appointment. Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m., 4-5 times a year at various locations. The term is for three years.

Coloma Community Schools back to school dates

Monday, August 26 – Freshmen Orientation, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 27 – 6th Grade Orientation, 6:00 p.m.; Junior High (6th-8th) Open House, 6:30-8:00 pm Wednesday, August 28 – Elementary (JK-3rd) Open House, 6:00-8:00 p.m.; Intermediate (4th-5th) Open House, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 3 – 1st Day of School (Half Day K-12th)

Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 22 JV & Varsity Football Scrimmages at Constantine, 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 23 Fall Sports Pictures, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.; First Annual Sports Panther Community Volunteer Day 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 24 Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Bridgman at Bridgman, 9:00 a.m.; Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Bangor at Bridgman, 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 26 Boys Varsity Soccer at Hartford, 5:00 p.m.; MS Volleyball begins; Board of Education Tour of School Buildings Tuesday, August 27 Back to School Night – all school buildings, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.; Girls JV & Varsity Volleyball, Home vs. LMC & Bridgman, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 28 Back to School Night – all buildings (Parents and Students), 4:00 p.m.; MS Cross Country at Bridgman Invitational, 4:30 p.m.; Boys Varsity Soccer, Home vs. Lakeside Charter School, 5:00 p.m. Thursday, August 29 JV Football at Lawton, 5:00 p.m.; Varsity Football at Lawton, 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 3 First Day of School – 1/2 day for all students; Young 5/Kindergarten Popsicle Event, South School, 9:30 a.m.

Greek Festival in New Buffalo Labor Day weekend

The Annunciation Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church is hosting Greek Festival Labor Day weekend at the Hellenic Center located at 17760 Behner Road – U.S. Rt. 12 (I-94 Exit 4B) in New Buffalo. Dates and hours are 3 to 9 p.m. on Friday Aug. 30, Saturday Aug. 31 and Sunday Sept. 1. There will be authentic Greek food prepared by Formal Fork. Also, enjoy the sights and sounds of Greece with Greek music and folk dancing. Not to be missed are delicious Greek pastries. The dance troop will perform Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The church and museum will offer tours during the festival. This event has free admission and parking.

Lakeland welcomes new oncologist

Spectrum Health Lakeland is pleased to welcome oncologist, Daniel Douce, MD, to the medical staff. Dr. Douce will see patients alongside Gerald Kozuh, MD, Edmund Paloyan, MD, and Sapna Patel, MD, at Lakeland Cancer Specialists with practice locations in Niles and St. Joseph. With the addition of Dr. Douce, the Niles practice will move to Suite 304 within the Lakeland Medical Suites in Niles, located at 42 N. St. Joseph Avenue, and expand from four to eight exam rooms. Dr. Douce earned his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He completed a residency with Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington and went on to serve in Louisiana and Afghanistan. Prior to coming to Lakeland, he completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont. Lakeland Cancer Specialists offers patients access to a wide variety of services and support for a cancer diagnosis including access to more than 100 clinical trials, chemotherapy and infusion services, holistic support services, and medical oncology. For more information, or to find a physician, visit www.lakelandcancerspecialists.com or call 269-428-4411.

Rep. Griffin sets August in-district office hours

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, will meet with area residents this month during scheduled office hours across her district. “Office hours are a great way to hear directly from residents about the issues that concern them,” Rep. Griffin said. “If you want to ask questions, or just share what’s on your mind, I encourage you to attend!” Rep. Griffin will be available Friday, Aug. 30 at the following times and locations: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Decatur Village Hall, 114 N. Phelps St. in Decatur; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at South Haven Memorial Library, 314 Broadway St. in South Haven; and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Parchment City Hall, 650 S. Riverview Drive in Parchment. No appointments are necessary. Those who are unable to attend at the scheduled times but would like an opportunity to talk with Rep. Griffin may call her office at (517) 373-0839 or email BethGriffin@house.mi.gov.

Senior Services Hartford United Methodist Church, 425 E. Main St. OPEN: Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays

10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday, August 26 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, August 27 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.; Quilting/ Knitting/ Crochet – Cards/ Euchre/ Hand & Foot, 1:30 p.m. Friday, August 30 Coffee and Conversation, 10:00-11:30 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11:30 a.m.; LUNCH served at 12:30 p.m.; Bible Study, 1:00 p.m.; Cards/ Euchre/ Dominoes, 1:30 p.m. PLEASE NOTE: All senior sites will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2019 in observance of Labor Day. Beginning in September the Hartford Senior Center will change days to Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. 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.

Caring Circle to host global partnership film screening, silent auction

Community members are invited to join Caring Circle for a reception and silent auction in support of their partnership with Our Lady’s Hospice of Thigio, Kenya through Global Partners in Care (GPC). The free event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Caring Circle in St. Joseph, located at 4025 Health Park Lane. During the event guests will enjoy a screening of the documentary Okuyamba which depicts the common mission shared by a small band of palliative care nurses working to ease the pain and suffering of AIDS and cancer patients in rural villages of Uganda. The reception will feature home cooked Kenyan dishes and a silent auction with art and craft items made in Kenya as well as pieces created by local artists. Funds raised from the silent auction will go to support Our Lady’s Hospice. “This reception provides a unique opportunity for members of our community to learn more about the wonderful partnership between Caring Circle and Our Lady’s Hospice in Kenya,” said Kunga Nyima Drotos, social worker, Caring Circle. “Since the partnership was established in 2017, we have been able to support the organization in a number of ways both financially and educationally including funding improvements to their facilities with new flooring and installation of a septic system.” For more information about the program, and to RSVP, call 269-429-7100 or email kdrotos@caring-circle.org.

Community Calendar

Friday, Aug. 23, 10:30 a.m. “PARCOURSE GRAND OPENING” at Lakeland Hospital Watervliet Saturday, Aug. 24, 1 p.m. “65th BIRTHDAY PARTY” for Watervliet High School Class of 1972. Cookout with live music & games. $10/person. BYOB and dish to pass. Money due July 31 to Freda Foster, 67828 Red Arrow Hwy, Hartford 49057 – phone 921-4128 for more info or go to WHS Class of 72 Facebook page. Saturday, Aug. 24, 6 p.m. “50-YEAR CLASS REUNION” for Coloma High School Class of 1969 at Coloma F.O.P. Lodge, 470 Angling Rd. For more information, email nmessal@att.net, call 630-464-8287 or check out the Facebook page of Coloma High School Class of 1969 50th Reunion. RSVP required. Sunday, Aug. 25, noon-5 p.m. “MURDER MYSTERY” at the Van Buren County Historical Museum, 58471 Red Arrow Hwy., Hartford. Clues given out all day. Call 269-621-2188 Wed., Fri., or Sunday for more information, noon to 5. Admission is $5 for 12 and up, $2 for 5-11. Sunday, Aug. 25, 2 p.m. “CARNIVOROUS PLANTS” program by Ron Dudek at Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor. $7/adults Saturday, Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. “YARD SALE” hosted by American Legion Auxiliary at Coloma American Legion Post #362, corner of Red Arrow Hwy & Sassafras St. in Coloma. Sept. 5-8 “ANTIQUE ENGINE & TRACTOR SHOW” at Michigan Flywheelers Museum, 06285 68th Street, South Haven. Cost is $7; children 12 and under are free with paid admission. Watch for more information on www.michiganflywheelers.org or Facebook. Sunday, Sept. 8, 9:30 a.m. “CONSIGNMENT AUCTION” fundraiser at Michigan Flywheelers Museum during Antique Engine & Tractor Show. For auction information, contact Mike at 269-369-9500. Saturday, Sept. 14, 5 p.m. “END OF SUMMER DINNER” at Twelve Corners Community Church, 3902 Hicks Ave., Benton Harbor. Fundraiser event includes complete dinner (suggested price $8/plate) and a raffle. Proceeds go to building fund. Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. “FESTIVAL OF FAMILIES” hosted by Berrien RESA at the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds, Berrien Springs. Saturday, Sept. 21, 5-8 p.m. “BBQ FUNDRAISER” at Coloma Rod & Gun Club, 6145 Angling Rd. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance at the club’s Glad-Peach Festival booth, at the clubhouse or by phone to 944-6464. Kids 5 and under are free. Proceeds go to playground fund. Kids games, marshmallows and bonfire at 8 p.m.