09-06-2018 Healthy Home Fair to be held Sept. 12 in Hartford; Hartford Public Library offers many gr

55-YEAR REUNION… Coloma High School Class of 1963 held their 55-year reunion on Saturday, Aug. 18 upstairs in the Banquet Room of The Friendly Tavern in downtown Coloma. Attending the reunion were (from the left): First row – Betty Timm Baynes, Martha Quigley Darling, Janice Cottier Hollendonner (standing), Linda Kaye Hartwig, Rosanne Reris Bittner, Sharon Tacy Watts; Second row – John Huizinga, Sandra Albertson James, Deanna Emhoff Signor, Barbara Eltzroth Buckley, Janye Reeves, Barbara Kreitner Mausen, Jack Bury, Richard Freed, Dilys Kuehl (class of 1962); Third row – Jack Liles, Frank Gaipa, Don Walter, Judy Tibbs Timm, Larry Bittner, Wanda Holmer Bouchikas, Sheila Gleason Albright, Rita Herman, Martha Baker; Fourth row – Richard Messal, Charlie Watts, Dennis Soulard, Ed Helbling, Leonard Feury and David Carlson. Not pictured is Jane Krenek Stainbrook.

Healthy Home Fair to be held Sept. 12 in Hartford

Games, giveaways, music and snacks are just a few of the things people can look forward to at the Van Buren Conservation District’s “Healthy Home Fair” to be held from 3-7 p.m., Wednesday, September 12 at Ely Park in Hartford. The event is free and open to the public. “We wanted to highlight some of the things people can do in their homes and yards to keep their environment clean and healthy,” says Erin Fuller of the Van Buren Conservation District. “People don’t always know how to properly dispose of household chemicals, test their well water or maintain their septic systems, so we’ll be having some fun with activities, demonstrations and giveaways to help with some of these less-than-fun tasks.” Attendees can enter free drawings for chances to win $25 grocery gift cards, a rain barrel and septic system pump-out vouchers. Other giveaways will include tote bags, pet care supplies, tap water testing coupons and more. Staff will also be performing well water testing for nitrates on site. The screening is open to all Van Buren County residents that are on private water systems (non-municipal wells) for drinking water. To sample your well please follow these directions: Pick a tap that supplies water that has not run through any treatment devices (water softener, carbon filter, RO system, etc.). An outdoor faucet often works well. Run the water for 20-30 minutes before collecting the sample to flush the water pressure tank and plumbing so you can collect a valid sample. Do not sample through a hose. Rinse the sample bottle and lid thoroughly in the water to be sampled; then fill and cap the bottle. Any clean container can be used for sample collection. Label the bottle clearly with your name, the sample date, and the well name (ex. main home, back yard, barn) using a waterproof pen. Keep the sample dark and cold for up to 24 hours before bringing it to the Healthy Home Fair for testing. The fair is funded in part through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Nonpoint Source Program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For more information, contact the Van Buren Conservation District at 269-657-4030 x5 or visit www.vanburencd.org.

EXPANDED PARKING at Hartford Harding’s Market accommodates the community’s new four-legged friends with the recent installation of a custom-made hitching post to serve an increasing number of Amish visitors to the store. Both city-owned lots on either side of Main Street in downtown Hartford also are fitted with hitching posts to provide access to businesses. (TCR photo by Jon Bisnett)

Hartford Public Library offers many great programs in September; “Tot Time” is new children’s story hour

Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Hartford Public Library. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000 book goal in three years. This program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years. The library has many Spanish-English books for children. For every 100 books read, your child may select a free book. September is Library Card Sign-Up month. Any child who signs-up for a Hartford Public Library card will get a free prize. The library’s first STEAM Night is Wednesday, Sep. 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. Create with LEGOS, and other construction materials. STEAM Nights are twice a month. Participate in four sessions to receive a prize. The Hartford Public Library’s latest addition is a 3D printer. They are offering monthly demonstrations and lessons on 3D printing. The first demo is on Wednesday, Sep. 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. Please call the library to register for the demo lesson. “Tot Time” is a new children’s story hour. All ages are welcome. For library patrons participating in 1,000 books before kindergarten, the story time counts in the book total. Tot Time is on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. We have giant LEGOS, the doll house, train table and children’s computers for story time play. Constitution Day is Monday, Sep. 17. In celebration, they are showing the movie, “A More Perfect Union: America Becomes a Nation” beginning at 4:30 p.m. They have available pocket books of “The U.S. Constitution” in both Spanish and English for free.

“The River” New name – New direction – Same God at Watervliet church

As they look toward the future, they are clarifying their direction as a church. So River of Life Church has a new name, new direction, but the same God. As of August 19 their new name is “The River”. They believe that announcing the new name as they approach their 19th anniversary is the best way to honor the past while at the same time, looking forward to their exciting future. Their goal is building a church of big hearted people who want to Touch God, Teach people, and Transform community. Everyone is invited to join them as they venture into this new season at The River on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

The River is located at 8712 Red Arrow Hwy., Watervliet.

Van Buren County Museum  continues schedule of events

As September is under way the Van Buren County Museum is starting to wind down on their 2018 season. However, they still have a few fun events for everyone to enjoy. The museum located at 58471 Red Arrow Hwy., Hartford, will present on Sunday, Sep. 16, a Murder Mystery that will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (come anytime for the clues). Find out who really killed John Patrick O’Malley. Regular admission is in place, adults $5.00, students 6-13 $2.00, children 5 and under free. On Sunday, Sep. 23 a paranormal event will take place starting at 5:30 p.m., reservations are limited and must be made by Sep. 21 by calling 269-621-2546. This event is $20.00 per person, please take a flashlight. MIPRO from Decatur will be host for the evening. Museum regular hours are Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday from 12-5 p.m.; Wednesday is archival search day call ahead and their search team will help with your needs, 269-621-2188.


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