08-29-2019 A great day to be a Panther; first Impact Watervliet day called a huge success; DeMorrows

DeMorrows wed 50 years

David and Cheryl (Frantz) DeMorrow are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Dave and Cheryl were united in marriage on August 30, 1969 in Hartford, Michigan. They are blest with three children Michael DeMorrow of Hartford; Lisa (John) Vroegop of Delton, MI and Jason DeMorrow of Kalamazoo; and five grandchildren Ryan (Kate) DeMorrow, Laine DeMorrow, Noelle Vroegop, Libby Vroegop and Lucianna DeMorrow.

Community Soup & Salad Supper

Friday, Sept. 6

A Community Soup & Salad Supper will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, at the North Berrien Senior Center, 6648 Ryno Road in Coloma. The menu includes soup, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. The public is invited. Cost for adults is $5; $3 for children up to 12 years of age; and free for children under three. Proceeds go to the H.O.P.E. Resources Food Pantry. This month’s supper is hosted by First Congregational UCC – Coloma.

THIS KUTE KID IS… Harper Caroline Selby, born on June 16, 2019 weighing 9 lbs. 13 oz. The little bundle of joy is the baby daughter of Dakota Selby and Jordyn Jones. Harper’s proud grandparents are Shannon and Aaron McVay of Coloma, Darius Howard of Coloma, and Larry and Eadie Warmbein of Berrien Center.

Hospital Auxiliary Swiss Steak Dinner Sept. 14

Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Auxiliary will host their Semi Annual Swiss Steak Dinner Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 from 5-7 p.m. at the North Berrien Senior Center, 6648 Ryno Road in Coloma. The cost of tickets is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 7. Tickets are available for sale at the Park Bench Gift Shop in the Hospital, the N.B. Senior Center or from any of the Auxiliary volunteers. All proceeds are used for Auxiliary Projects that support the Hospital in Watervliet.

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A great day to be a Panther; first Impact Watervliet day called a huge success

By Annette Christie In the words of former boxing champ Muhammad Ali, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” Student-athletes from the Watervliet School District paid their rent in an “Impact Watervliet” community service day held last Friday. While the event was a first, it definitely will not be the last. Watervliet Public Schools Athletic Director Ken Dietz said the idea started last spring when all coaching staff got together to talk about their seasons and sports and what they could do better. One of the noted items was getting the kids more involved in community service.

GREY WALL NOW A GREAT MAROON WALL… Members of the Watervliet Panthers football team painted the retaining wall behind the Skate Park in Hays Park. (TCR photo by Gloria Reeves)

Dietz chatted with Watervliet City Manager Tyler Dotson and what started as an idea turned into a plan. “The community does so much for the schools with support both financially and by being in the stands at events, it was an opportunity to do something for the community,” Dietz said, adding, “I am so happy with the collaboration.” The one-day event put student-athletes, coaches, and city staff side by side on projects needed to beautify the community. Projects included painting light posts on Main Street, painting the dugouts and concession stand in Hays Park, staining the bridge over Mill Creek in Flaherty Park, and starting the creation of fall and winter decorations for downtown. One hundred nineteen WHS athletes from cheer, cross country, football, soccer and volleyball teams worked with their teams on the assignments given to them. In some cases, the athletes were using a paintbrush for the very first time but not hesitant to learn from the adults that were there to teach them. In addition to the efforts of Dietz, Dotson, and Public Works Supervisor Jeff Allen and his staff, the Downtown Development Authority donated funds for supplies and Matt Clancy with the Sherwin-Williams of St. Joseph sold the city supplies at a fraction of the cost. Watervliet Hardware was also a contributor. Local contractor Travis Becht worked with Allen on securing the right supplies and quantities for the projects. Dotson confirmed that the city had the funds for the maintenance and repair work scheduled, but said that the extra support allowed the city to accomplish much more than previously planned. A few days after the event Dotson commented, “I’m still collecting feedback from a few folks, but so far the event appears to be a huge hit among the student-athletes, coaches, and city staff,” adding, “We were able to complete several different projects and get a substantial start on many more.” Dietz stated, “I am so proud to be involved, this was crazy good.” Cheerleader Riley McKinney saw the event as an opportunity to do good things with all the teams from Watervliet High School along with her cheerleading team. “I think it’s good for us to see our community, to get involved, and see what a difference that we can make,” McKinney said. She was part of the athletes that painted decorations for the fall and winter and when they were done, they went down to Flaherty Park to help there. Dietz commented, “Some of these kids played ball at Hays Park and now they get to come back and beautify it.” He estimated that with all the volunteers, they probably provided 350-400 man hours. Dietz said that the goal going forward is to do something every sports season. While there are no concrete plans at this point, they are gathering ideas for ways that they can give back. “I want it to be that if people need help, they call the Panthers,” Dietz said. The city looks forward to what they can do in the future as well. “Hopefully this is just the start as I look forward to partnering with our schools to continue to make Watervliet a great place to live, work and play. One thing is for sure, we have great kids in this community and when empowered to do so, they can do some really great things,” Dotson said.

Luncheon meeting for retired school personnel The Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel of Berrien County will meet Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Berrien RESA, 711 St. Joseph Ave., Berrien Springs, at noon. Lunch will be served for $12. Any retired Berrien County school personnel is invited to attend. There will be a speaker after lunch. For more information or reservations call 849-0953 or visit www.marsp-bcc.org.