Coloma UMC celebrating 175 years; Community open house Sept. 21
“Remember, Rejoice, Reach Out” The Coloma United Methodist Church is celebrating their 175th Anniversary as a Methodist congregation this year! To mark this occasion the following events and festivities have been planned: Sunday, Sept. 15 at 9:45 a.m. – An Old Time Hymn Sing; Saturday, Sept. 21 – An Outdoor Community Open House Party from 1 to 4 p.m. They are hoping for good weather so this event can be outdoors with food, history, games, music, and time capsule burial; Sunday, Sept. 22 at 9:45 a.m. – A Covenant Renewal Service. All are invited as they look forward to celebrating this anniversary with community members! The beginning of the Coloma United Methodist church goes back to 1844 in a log house west of the present church site. They called themselves the “Mt. Hope Class” which was part of the Silver Creek Circuit of Methodists. In 1859, they started holding worship services in the newly built First Congregational Church. Methodists held services there until 1879 when their first church building was constructed next to the Congregational Church. Over the years, there have been several additions and remodels to the building. Many pastors have come and gone. As a congregation they remember and rejoice for the many blessings bestowed upon them. Praise God! They invite all to come and celebrate with them! The Coloma United Methodist Church congregation is known for their community involvement. Hope Resources started as a food pantry at the church in the 1970s. It is still housed in their building and serves over 350 people a month. It will soon be moving to its own building allowing for expanded services! Kids Hope is a mentoring program partnering their congregation with Coloma Community Schools. Mentors meet one-on-one with students in the elementary school once a week for an hour. Prayer Partners provide support behind the scene. Other fun activities are planned throughout the year. They have a “Backpack for Kids” program which supplies food for 15-20 students from Watervliet and Countryside schools. This provides them with food every weekend for the school year. They charter Boy Scout Troop #696 which meets in their building as do several other scout troops. Plus, there are AA meetings three times a week in the building. They are sometimes referred to as the “Bell Tower” church. Their bell tower was erected in 2013 as a sign of unification with the Watervliet United Methodist Church. The Watervliet church closed its doors in 2011 and joined with Coloma to become the NEW Coloma United Methodist Church. Each of the churches bells hang in the tower along with a third bell symbolically called the “Unity Bell”. They still have ecumenical services/suppers with the neighboring United Church of Christ, joint Sunset Services with Riverside United Methodist Church on Wednesday nights throughout the summer and they participate in the Glad-Peach Festival – a sponsoring member for over 20 years. Worship services are at 9:45 and 11:15 on Sunday mornings. ALL are welcome to join in worship and service!
13TH WAY GRADUATION… Watervliet High School W-A-Y program hosted a graduation on Wednesday, August 14 for six of its students. There were several dozens of family, friends and relatives on hand to join in the celebration. The graduation on August 14 puts the number of WAY program graduates at Watervliet to over 120! Graduates pictured are (from the left): Cassandra Kimbro, Alana Burnett, Juan Garcia, Natalie Harris, Jessica Gearhart, and Hannah Meader. The staff of WAY expressed how proud they are for each of these graduates. Their hard work and dedication have helped them reach the pinnacle of the K – 12 part of their educational journey. They wish them all the best of luck as the graduates move forward with their lives and enjoy the next chapters.
Hartford poised to expand cannabusiness licenses; City eyes potential $250,000
in permit fees and taxes
By Jon Bisnett Veteran Commissioner Frank Dockter reported on the formal recommendation of the city’s committee to review the Medical Marijuana Ordinance at the August 26 City Counsel business session with a proposed expansion of licensing opportunities. Dockter, who reminded all that he personally had been opposed to any cannabusiness in the city when discussion began over two years ago, now recognizing the benefits of the emerging industry spoke to the committee’s findings recommending four additional Class A Grower’s Licenses, two Class B, and four Class C. Michigan Grower’s Licenses are incremented as 500, 1000 and 1,500 plants respectively. Additionally, the committee would propose five additional Processing Licenses and three more Provisioning Centers. The existing ordinance allows only one of each category. The recommended amendment will come for a formal vote at the September business meeting and if passed will become effective immediately. During discussion, only Commissioner Terry Tibbs expressed a dissenting opinion. Commissioner Dennis Goss ran some round numbers of permit fees and taxes on proposed new grow operations predicting somewhere in the neighborhood of $250,000 of potential new annual income to the city. Hartford’s first provisioning center is set to open this fall. Med+Leaf is engaged in the final stages of construction, slated to open October 1 at their location of 309 West Main Street. The expanded ordinance would allow a proposed $2 million dispensary/growing operation to be located on property spun-off from the site of the Hartford Speedway. Another concern wishes to locate a dispensary at the former Krenek building on Main Street, along with additional office/retail space at the site. The most aggressive project proposal is that from Lake Grown Organics Cannabis who plans to purchase nine acres of city-owned vacant land west of Marion Street to build