09-10-2020 WAY Graduates; HOPE Resources loses Community Soup Supper fundraising

DIPLOMAS AWARDED… Watervliet High School WAY Program hosted its summer graduation ceremony recently. Seven young ladies and gentlemen earned their high school diploma during this very unusual time of a worldwide health pandemic. These students persevered through being quarantined and not being able to come to school to get help. All of these students did a great job of reaching out when they needed it. Out of this group, there are future police, teachers, nurses, cosmetologists, business people, authors, and more! Attending the outdoor ceremony was (from the left): Hailey Wright, Ariel Collins, and Sam Munson. Also receiving his diploma this summer is Wyatt Howard (far left). WAY students graduating but not pictured are Hunter Charles, Hailey Smith, and Cody Decker.


V.B. Museum yard sale

Van Buren County Historical Museum is holding their 2nd Annual Yard Sale on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Set up is at 8 a.m., in the parking lot. Rain date is Sept. 26. Space rental is $20 for 10’ x10’ space. Sellers need to bring their own tables and lunch, also a canopy for shelter. Call 269-621-2188 to reserve a spot. Fee must be paid prior to sale; $25.00 if paid on day of sale. Van Buren Co. Historical Museum is located at 58471 Red Arrow in Hartford.

THIS KUTE KID IS… Austin O’Neill at 5 years old, son of Antonio and Bailey O’Neill from Hartford. Austin’s siblings are Aubrey, Aidan and Ashton O’Neill. Danny and Amanda Costner (Hartford), Cecil and Angela Jackson (Watervliet), and Judi Nail also of Watervliet are the loving grandparents of this family of grandchildren.


N.B. Museum welcomes Sam Monte for video program,

Sept. 15

Since 1925, the Monte family has been dedicated to manufacturing and supplying the finest produce containers available. In 2014, the Monte Package Company donated 22 basket making machines that were made by two Twin City companies—St. Joe Iron Works and Saranac Machine Co.—to the North Berrien Historical Museum. This machinery collection became a permanent exhibit at the Museum in 2017. On Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7:00 p.m., a pre-recorded presentation by Sam Monte will become available on the North Berrien Historical Museum’s Facebook page. During his presentation, Sam will be discussing the machinery collection and detail several local businesses that made Southwest Michigan into one of the major fruit and vegetable producers in the country. Please contact peter@northberrienhistory.org with any questions.

HOPE Resources loses Community Soup Supper fund raising for balance of year

HOPE Resources of Coloma has been informed that the monthly soup suppers held as fundraisers will not happen for the remainder of 2020. The Community Soup Suppers in the past have been hosted by the North Berrien Senior Center with meal preparation by various local organizations. Proceeds from these dinners have been donated to HOPE Resources food pantry to assist local families in need. The North Berrien Senior Center Board sent a letter to H