09-07-2017 Letters and Commentary

PATRIOT DAY IS MONDAY… Monday, September 11 is Patriot Day, the day we remember the heroes of the terrorism attack September 11, 2001.

Now the day has grown to recall the sacrifices of all heroes that serve the public daily as policemen, firemen, medical professionals, and first responders.  Please remember all this coming Monday. If you can, join with the Watervliet VFW as they salute these heroes at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Park in downtown Watervliet.

BEAUTY VS. FIRE AND FLOOD… my, oh my, we had a gorgeous Labor Day weekend. Sunny days and cool nights, the rain held off until 4 p.m. here in the Tri-cities and the cool air followed.

God Bless the good folks of Houston and all those that rose to the occasion during the time of their great flood the past week.  How tragic that more than 50 people were victims of the high water.

Meanwhile many folks in southern California were losing their homes to giant brush fires caused by dry weather and human complications. One fire was reportedly caused by fireworks… how stupid can that be.

Now Hurricane Irma is creating havoc in the Caribbean and threatens Florida. Earlier this week the hurricane was rated as a category 5, forecasters hope the rating will lower as Irma moves over Cuba and Puerto Rico and loses energy.  Pray for all the folks in Irma’s path.

THANKS… the last issue was the end of our annual summer feature “Welcome to Paw Paw Lake.” Local advertisers express their appreciation for the trade the lake residents and visitors bring to the community each season.

The individual advertisers, in turn, also provide a story of their business, including new products, hours, specials and a photo or two.

Thanks to this year’s advertisers for their support of the feature.  Guy’s Marine of Coloma, owned by Guy and Chris Leach, offers complete water sports services and indoor, secure watercraft storage.

Chris and Guy Leach also own and operate West Street Station next to the marina in Coloma. West Street Station offers a large, superb, well-appointed hall rental for groups large and small.

Four Seasons Spa and Pool is your complete spa and pool headquarters in downtown Coloma. Owner Paul Cayo offers a large inventory of parts and professional repair service.

Sarah and Jay Jollay are the owners of a major tourism location on Friday Road, operating Jollay Market at the I-94 exit and Jollay Orchards just a few miles south.   The market offers fresh produce, ice cream, donuts and more. Jollay Orchard is a great fall time farm visit for cider, donuts, and pumpkins.

Kim Mattson owns Mattson’s House of Décor, certainly one of the finest and unique gift shops in the area. Kim anticipates the upcoming seasons with great gift and decorating ideas. You’ll find the store at the corner of Paw Paw Avenue and Paw Paw Street in Coloma.

Vincent J. Jewelers in downtown Coloma is owned and operated by Jim and Gloria Frazier. Both are Master Jewelers and bring 29 years of experience to help with your purchases and other needs, such as repairs and appraisals.

Annette and Randy Bjorge keep their Fruit Acres Farm Market stocked with their own farm-raised produce. The farm market is located right at I-94 exit 39 and Friday Road. Their U-Pick farm is just a bit south of there on Friday Road and offers fruit picking in season.

Some Things Different says it all. The new store in downtown Watervliet is the unique gift shop of all. Owned by Lisa Quiroz and Andy Craig, the shop features original musical instruments, hand crafted gifts and custom furniture.

There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the summer-like weather and shop your hometown stores. If you like, include a visit to these just down the road.

LOST AGAIN… Anne and I spent a good part of Saturday with the Loshbough family and friends at Leisure Valley campground near Decatur. We had a nice visit and a relaxing day topped off with a great picnic dinner.

All was well until I took a wrong turn out of the campground and soon found myself in unfamiliar territory. The error turned to concern when my cell phone battery went dead and I discovered my back up Garmin GPS direction finder was not in the glove box.