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 Ni