08-31-2017 Schools news & calendars

THESE “KUTE KIDS” are… the great-grandchildren of Larry Blyly of Hartford and the late Lois Blyly. Pictured with the Blyly’s grandson, Scott Blyly and his wife Janelle are 1-1/2 year-old twin sons, Gus and Buddy, and daughters, 3-year-old Valerie and 6-year-old Vio-let. They are from Green Bay, Wisconsin. 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. Where are your “Kute Kids”?

Watervliet Community Hospital Foundation announces plans to renovate Parcourse

 Redevelopment plans for the Watervliet Parcourse moved from vision to reality with the kick-off of a $125,000 fundraising campaign. Renovations are expected to begin in 2018 and be completed in several stages by the end of 2020.

Currently, the Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Parcourse is a 1.1 mile walking/running track with a gravel base. After thirty years, the overall site is in disrepair, and the existing track base is worn. The course is currently utilized by therapists and their rehabilitation patients, local athletic teams, physical education classes at Watervliet Middle and High schools, and older adults from a nearby apartment complex. The track is open to the public and free of charge.

Renovations for the Parcourse will feature two quarter-mile loops. One loop will be asphalt to accommodate individuals with disabilities that may need to use wheelchairs or walkers and the other loop will consist of crushed limestone for runners and walkers who prefer a softer landing. Each loop may also feature up to four stations with different types of professional grade exercise equipment offering varying degrees of difficulty for all fitness levels.

The project will offer naming opportunities and each donor will be personally recognized on signage displayed throughout the Parcourse. Tax deductible online donations can be made at www.lakelandhealthfoundations.org/PARCOURSE. Checks should be made payable to: Community Hospital Foundation, c/o Parcourse Campaign, 1234 Napier Avenue, St. Joseph, MI 49085. For more information, call (269) 927-5145.

Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 31

Varsity Football at Buchanan, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 5

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL – half day for all students

Thursday, September 7

JV Volleyball at Gobles Quad, 5:00 p.m.; Varsity Volleyball at Hackett Quad, 5:00 p.m.; Cross Country at Hartford Teske Invitational, 5:00 p.m.

Friday, September 8

JV Football Home vs. Glenn Lake, 4:00 p.m.; Varsity Football Home vs. Glenn Lake, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 9

Watervliet Varsity Volleyball Invitational, 8:00 a.m.; Rocket Football in Panther Stadium, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Community Soup & Salad Supper

Friday, September 8

A Community Soup & Salad Supper will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Friday, September 8, 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 Hope Resources Food Pantry, formerly North Berrien Food Pantry, located at Coloma United Methodist Church. This month’s supper is hosted by the First Congregational UCC – Coloma.

Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce hosting Business & Networking Event

 The Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Hartford are sponsoring their first Business & Networking Event today, August 31 at 5 p.m. at the Hartford City Hall, 19 West Main Street. They are fortunate to have as guest speaker, Representative Beth Griffin. Representative Griffin represents the 66th District, which includes Van Buren County, Alamo Township, Cooper Township and the city of Parchment. She has served two terms as a Van Buren County Commissioner and has many more accomplishments. She holds a Michigan Excellence in Public Service Series certificate.

Representative Griffin has invited Tamara Davis, the regional director for the Southwest Michigan Small Business Development Center at Western Michigan University. In her position, Tamara Davis assists start-up and second-stage business ventures in developing feasibility studies, business plan development, accessing capital, strategic planning, accessing state and federal programs and general business consultation. Her duties also allow her to provide support and advice to business ventures throughout Southwest Michigan- at no cost!

This is an open event for everyone in the business community for an evening of socializing and networking. Sandwiches and beverages are provided. Please RSVP (269)621-5303 or email hartfordmichamber@gmail.com.

River of Life Church showing movie, Chonda Pierce: Enough, Sept. 9

 River of Life Church, 8712 Red Arrow Hwy., Watervliet, is hosting an encore of Chonda Pierce’s new movie “Enough” on Saturday, September 9 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  A portion of the proceeds will go to their worship team, Relentless, for much-needed equipment updates.

There will be refreshments for purchase and a bake sale!!

Tickets are available now at www.itickets.com/events.  Be sure to select the correct time.  Tickets are $8 through Sept. 8 and $10 the day of the event (tax not included). Please note: Chonda Pierce will not be in attendance.

Saturday, Sep. 2, 3 p.m. “TURKEY VULTURE LECTURE” at Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor. Admisssion: $3/adults; free/children.

Sunday, Sep. 3, 8 a.m. – noon “PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST” Sister Lakes Lions Club fund-raiser held at Lions Park, 66991 95th Ave., Sister Lakes. Cost: $7/adults, $3/ ages 4-12, under 4 free.

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.

Friday, Sep. 8, 5-6 p.m. “COMMUNITY SOUP & SALAD SUPPER” at the North Berrien Senior Center, 6648 Ryno Rd., Coloma. $5/adults; $3/children 3-12; free for children under 3. Hosted by First Congregational UCC-Coloma. Proceeds go to Hope Resources Food Pantry.

Saturday, Sep. 9, 2 & 7 p.m. “CHONDA PIERCE: ENOUGH” movie encore at River of Life Church, 8712 Red Arrow Hwy, Watervliet. Tickets are $8 in advance at www.itickets.com/events; $10 at the door.

Saturday, Sep. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday, Sep. 24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. “COLOR OUR WORLD WITH QUILTS” presented by The Niles Piecemakers Quilt Guild at Brandywine Elementary School, 2428 South 13th St., Niles. Quilts on display, door prizes, vendors, quilt raffle, silent auction and food. Admission/ $5.

Saturday, Oct. 21 “ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW” fund-raiser by Lakeland Hospital Watervliet Auxiliary at Watervliet Middle School.

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.

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. “TODDLER TIME” at Watervliet District Library. Half hour class Sept. thru Nov.

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. (resumes 9-13-17)

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. & Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. “STORY HOUR” at Watervliet District Library. Program for preschool-aged children Oct. thru Apr.

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.