09-13-2018 Boy Scouts propose 2020 Jamboree in Coloma; Public Works Report; Book signing and dip ta

90th birthday celebration for Norine Arnt The children of Norine Arnt, Sandy Wilson of Perrinton, Joe Arnt of Watervliet, and TJ Arnt of Bark River, would like to invite her family and friends to a 90th birthday celebration in her honor. The celebration will take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 7454 Paw Paw Ave., Watervliet on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. They request no presents, only your presence.


Ken & Ardith Russell celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

Ken and Ardith Russell were high school sweethearts at Hartford High. Ardith (Kraiger), a Bundy School transplant, met Ken during the “sock hop” era; Ken played baseball, football and basketball with his “best buds” and Ardith cheered him on with her “best friends”.

Their four sons, Kip (Carmi, IL), Kyle (Columbus, OH), Keith (Wakarusa, IN) and Kennon (who passed in 2000) all attended the Coloma schools until 1977. Three daughters-in-law, Kendra and Cindy, and Deb Phillips, round out their happy family along with eight terrific grandchildren and eight fantastic great-grandchildren.

Boy Scouts propose  2020 Jamboree in Coloma

By Maryann Worl Just imagine – an invasion of 2,000 Boy Scouts in Coloma for a jamboree in 2020! Bob Chaput, local Boy Scout leader, presented the Coloma City Commission meeting with the possibility of the Boy Scout Jamboree coming to Coloma. Mayor Jim Polashak feels the City of Coloma would be able to assist with this. When asked by Commissioner Julie Smith what expenses the City of Coloma should expect, Chaput stated they would need to assist with police and first aid. The local Boy Scouts have been busy this summer and have another day planned to work on cleaning up the property along the river. With the help of a group organized by Al Hartline, Louis Rudell, Jack Hess and others they have removed trees and debris. A special “thank you” goes to the Benton Harbor Airport for donating and delivering gravel to assist in the cleanup project.

Rick Rasmussen, representing Friends of the Paw Paw River, addressed the Commission and presented them with pictures of signs that have been created for the area parks. He wanted to thank the Coloma DDA for the money they provided. A special “thank you” also goes to the Rowe family for allowing them on their property to assist in the cleanup process. The efforts have paid off as it has been reported that a minimum of 560 people enjoyed the river during the month of August. Back to the agenda… no unfinished business, new business, finance/insurance, clerk, ordinance, Fire Board or correspondence to report.

Public Works Report

Commissioner Kent Churchill presented due to the absence of Marsha Hammond. Personnel changes are on the horizon. After 26 years with the City of Coloma, Ramiro “Peso” Pena has submitted a letter of retirement effective November 30, 2018. Churchill made a motion to accept, seconded by Smith and approved unanimously by all. A proposal to promote Ryan Parrigan to full time at a pay rate of $16.38 per hour was motioned by Churchill and seconded by Commissioner Jason Hicks with unanimous approval. A motion to offer a permanent part-time non-union position to Stephen Kolenko at a rate of $10.50 per hour with no benefits was presented by Churchill, seconded by Smith and approved by all. Waste Water classes are being offered on Oct. 3 and 4 at a cost of $250 per person. Churchill motioned that approval for Parrigan and Kolenko are given. This was seconded by Smith and approved by all. The Mayor wanted to make note that no transportation costs would be involved. Ordinance worker Commissioner Linda Freitag noted the City is still without an ordinance worker and that Rory Bell has been doing this job. She motioned that he be assigned on a temporary basis with compensation to be determined at a later date. This was seconded by Hicks and approved by all.

Police Report It was noted that there were 63 traffic stops and 44 city incidents. Hicks motioned to accept the report, seconded by Churchill and approved by all. The mayor stated he would like to say that he feels the police department is doing a great job as the officers are visible everywhere.

Rental inspections At the present time, there is no one on board to perform rental inspections. Churchill brought up the fact that Bob Adams is qualified to do this. Mayor Polashak said he will talk with him about it. A motion was made by Hicks at approximately 7:45 p.m. to adjourn. It was seconded by Churchill and received unanimous approval.

Book signing and dip tasting  at Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet gift shop, Thursday, Sept. 20

Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Auxiliary’s Park Bench Gift Shop will host a book signing and dip tasting Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 1 to 3 pm. Children’s author Marcia Allen will be signing copies of her children’s book, “Bugs in my Tummy”, which are on sale at the gift shop for $8.00. A sampling of Dars Dips will also be available to try and to buy. This will take place at the Park Bench Gift Shop located in the Hospital Lobby.

Bible prophecy subject of speaker at The Shore Church, St. Joe, Sept. 24 The Shore Church, 623 Church St. in St. Joseph will have guest speaker Dr. Gary Frazier speaking on Bible prophecy Sunday, Sept. 23 at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Frazier writes and speaks on T.V., radio and travels the world talking about end times. This is a free event. For more information call 269-208-3844.

North Berrien Historical Museum presentation to focus on Potawatomi, September 18

The North Berrien Historical Museum invites the public to attend an evening program on Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. with Andy Jackson of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi presenting Potawatomi Customs and Traditional Medicines. The Potawatomi inhabited the southwestern portion of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula long before European settlers began arriving in the region in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi remains in the area today, preserving cultural traditions and autonomy as a federally recognized Native American nation. Jackson, a Pokagon Tribal Council member, will discuss some of the traditional roles of Potawatomi men and women as well as cover a variety of the natural medicines they have used both historically and today. No RSVP is required for this free program. For questions, please contact the North Berrien Historical Museum at (269) 468-3330 or email peter@northberrienhistory.org. As a reminder, daily Museum hours have changed for the fall. The North Berrien Historical Museum is now open Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Mobile Food Pantry in Watervliet on Oct. 10

Berrien Community Foundation is proud to “Give Something Back” by sponsoring a Mobile Food Pantry on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. The site of the mobile pantry is 7181 Red Arrow Hwy between Watervliet and Coloma. It will be serving anyone in the community in need of food assistance. Because of our generous, bountiful community no one should go to bed hungry. For more information call 269-983-3304.

Marvin-Schwerdt wedding announced for September 22

Madison Paige Marvin, daughter of Ted and Melanie Marvin of Watervliet, and Tyler Andrew Schwerdt, son of Mike and Kelly Schwerdt of Benton Harbor, plan to wed on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The ceremony, followed by a reception, will take place at Lake Michigan Hills Golf Club.

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